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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 07:17 pm: Edit Post

I-70 Traffic Restrictions in Wayne & Henry Counties
Motorists should consider using U.S. 40 as an alternate route to avoid potential traffic backups on Interstate 70

I-70 pavement repairs from State Road 1 to Centerville Road

There is a good chance weather forecasts will cancel work, but Milestone Contractors plans to restrict the right lane of eastbound Interstate 70 this weekend as part of a $9.5 million pavement repair and resurface project in Wayne County.

If weather permits, the right lane of eastbound I-70 will be closed between State Road 1 Exit 137 and Centerville Road Exit 145 beginning Friday, Nov. 20 after 9 p.m. until Monday, Nov. 23 at 6 a.m.

Motorists should also expect recurring weeknight lane restrictions from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. on eastbound and westbound I-70 between State Road 1 and Centerville Road. Weekend lane restrictions for full-depth concrete pavement patching will be scheduled each weekend weather allows.

Milestone plans to cease construction before winter and resume pavement repairs and complete surface paving next year. All work on the contract is expected to be complete before October 2016.

I-70 Restrictions for Paving in Henry County
Motorists should also plan for single-lane traffic on I-70 between State Road 109 (Knightstown Exit 115) and State Road 3 (New Castle/Spiceland Exit 123). Both directions may be restricted to one lane during evening and overnight hours as crews complete final work on the paving contract.

Tips for driving safely in work zones

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 07:30 pm: Edit Post

Guns and Hoses Basketball Charity Event
Flyer: Guns and Hoses
Attend this fun charity basketball event that pits the Police against Firemen on the court. All proceeds will benefit the Townsend Community Center. Admission is only $5, students $3 with ID. Held at the Chuch Mosey Memorial Gymnasium at Seton Catholic High School, 233 South Fifth Street, Richmond, IN on Tuesday, November 24 at 6:00 p.m.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 05:23 pm: Edit Post

Gaar House Holiday Tours
Flyer: Gaar House Holiday Tours
Enjoy a tour of the beautiful Gaar House at 2593 Pleasant View Road, Richmond on the following Sundays, November 11, December 6 and December 13. Tours start on the hour from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for students and children 18 and under. The house will be decorated for the holidays by Daggy's Flowers with decorations for sale. Artisans will be on site offering unique, locally created gift items. For more information, call 765.966.1262.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 01:59 pm: Edit Post

Old National Road Welcome Center to host new RHS Alumni Book Signing

Richmond, Indiana – A new book entitled Devils’ Tales will feature the 150 year history of Richmond and Morton High Schools. Mary Lou Griffey, executive director of the Richmond High School Alumni Association, and 1962 RHS graduate Duane Hodgin, partnered together to publish the book. The public is invited to meet Griffey and Hodgin, Saturday, December 5th at the Old National Road Welcome Center from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Autographed copies will be available for purchase at this time.

Included in the three hundred page book are over 170 facts, 970 pictures, and 192 memories shared by alumni from the 1930s to the present. Readers will learn why the school colors are red and white, why they are called the “Red Devils” and many more intriguing details!

The book signing is in conjunction with The Old National Road Welcome Center Holiday Gift Shop Open House occurring Friday and Saturday, December 4th & 5th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.. The Welcome Center gift shop is filled with a unique array of locally made and one-of-a-kind items to include; candles, pottery, glass ware, jewelry and much more!

It is the season of giving and new this year, for every canned good or personal care product brought to the Holiday Open House, shoppers will receive a ticket for a chance to win 1 of 3 prizes – an overflowing Wayne County Gift Basket, a $50 Visa Card or a $25 Visa Card! All donations received will be distributed to area food pantries in the community. Participants do not need to be present to win. If you are unable to attend the open house, donations can be dropped off during business hours.

The Old National Road Welcome Center is located at 5701 National Road East, Richmond, Indiana. For more information call 800-828-8414, 765-935-8687 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 05:10 pm: Edit Post

Richmond Community Orchestra Presents Holiday Concert on November 29th
Flyer: RCO Holiday Concert
Enjoy a free holiday concert performed by the Richmond Community Orchestra with special guests, the Eaton Area Community Chorus on Sunday, November 29at 3:30 p.m. in Goddard Auditorium, Carpenter Hall, Earlham College, 801 National Road West, Richmond.

(Message edited by Admin on November 12, 2015)

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 05:12 pm: Edit Post

Richmond Friends School and Pauline Trueblood Childhood Development Center to Merge

RICHMOND, INDIANA - The Richmond Friends School (RFS) will assume operation of the Pauline Trueblood Childhood Development Center effective July 1, 2016.

The Friends School is currently a Pre-Kindergarten through Sixth grade independent school founded in 1971 and located on West Main Street. Trueblood is a Preschool serving children from 3-6 years of age. Both are rooted in Quaker values, with Trueblood being located on the campus of Earlham College. Trueblood opened in 1955 and was named after Pauline
Trueblood, the first wife of Elton Trueblood, noted Quaker author and theologian.

Leaders from both schools look forward to the transition. “It's a perfect match in terms of our philosophy and approach to working with children,” says RFS Head of School Marcie Roberts.

“Trueblood has always been a warm, welcoming place for children to learn and play.” Trueblood Director and Lead Teacher Emily Kendall also spoke to the similarities of the schools. “The classroom cultures are very similar. We think it will be a seamless transition for the children and a really good fit.”

There has always been a strong connection between the two, in part due to the shared childcentric approach and background of both. “Over the years we've had many families transition between Trueblood and the Friends School,” Roberts added. “We're very excited about the Preschool to Eighth grade model and think it's something our community needs. We think it's a win-win.”

The Friends school recently announced it will be adding seventh and eighth grades starting in the fall of 2016. Because of these expansions, Trueblood board chair and parent Laura Brazil said, “The ‘where do we go next’ question doesn't exist. It's a natural transition.” Trueblood leaders hope aligning with RFS will provide opportunities for stability and growth. Brazil added, “We're very excited about the merger, it just makes a lot of sense.” Roberts continued, “Whether families are with us only through their Preschool years or choose to stay through middle school, Richmond Friends looks forward to offering our unique education to more students throughout early childhood to adolescence.”

Located in Richmond, Indiana, Richmond Friends School is a PreK-6th grade independent Quaker school founded in 1971 and committed to providing a quality educational experience for each child within a community explicitly framed by principles of the Religious Society of Friends.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 06:03 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Readies for the Winter Season

Governor Mike Pence has declared this week, Nov. 15 through 21, as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana. The Indiana Department of Transportation has been preparing for the upcoming winter season since the snow and ice melted last spring. INDOT’s top wintertime priority is removing snow and preventing ice on more than 11,000 miles of interstates, U.S. highways and state routes.

Salt in stock
Last winter, nearly 278,000 tons of granular salt and 5.2 million gallons of salt brine were deployed on state and federal highways. INDOT continues to receive deliveries of salt and already has more than 193,000 tons on hand.

New plow equipment
Last winter, INDOT plow trucks logged nearly 5.7 million miles – the equivalent of 228 trips around the earth or 12 round trips to moon.

INDOT continues to add new equipment to its fleet of more than 1,000 plow trucks. A total of 10 “tow plows” will be used this year to clear multi-lane highways. The tow plow and material spreader are pulled behind and to the side of a yellow INDOT plow truck, allowing one driver to clear two lanes at once.

Each yellow plow truck undergoes a full bumper-to-bumper inspection, and mechanics will repair mechanical problems before the first winter storm.

Each yellow plow truck takes 2-3 hours to complete its route with salt assisting in melting between passes. In addition, INDOT has outfitted 50 marked white pickups with plows and material spreaders to clear ramps, intersections and trouble spots.

Hiring, training drivers
Last winter, INDOT staff logged 311,000 man hours performing winter operations. Mechanics, salt loaders and radio operators support plow drivers to keep the trucks running around the clock when needed.

INDOT has been holding job fairs and aggressively hiring seasonal and full-time plow drivers over the past few months. Applications are still being accepted for some locations at Both plow drivers and supervisors attend classroom training to learn new technology and techniques.

Preventing potholes
INDOT spent the warmer months resurfacing and sealing state highways to prevent water from seeping into the pavement and forming potholes.

During the current fiscal year, INDOT is awarding contracts to resurface 727 miles of state highways. In addition, INDOT maintenance crews sealed more than 1,200 lane miles this year. INDOT has increased its preservation and maintenance program since Governor Pence took office in 2013 to keep pavement and bridges in good condition for as long as possible.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, November 09, 2015 - 03:27 pm: Edit Post

2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

The Wayne County Foundation is pleased to announce the 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application cycle is now open.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship was created to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and to leverage further the ability of Indiana's community foundations to enhance the quality of life of the state's residents. Since 1998, 39 students have been awarded this prestigious scholarship through the Wayne County Foundation.

Recent recipients are attending Rose-Hulman, Notre Dame, Butler, Purdue, Valparaiso, IUPUI, Ball State, and Indiana University Bloomington. Their majors include: biology, pre-pharmacy, business marketing, mechanical engineering, meteorology, journalism, pre-med, and nursing.

This scholarship pays full-tuition, required fees and a book stipend for four years. Recipients may attend any public or private, Indiana four year college or university, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Recipients must pursue undergraduate study in a baccalaureate program on a full-time basis.

The program is open to any Wayne County resident who will have graduated by the end of June 2016 from an accredited Indiana high school. This scholarship will be awarded to two students based on the following criteria: Academic Performance,
Statement of Future Plans, Extracurricular Activities and Community Leadership, Recommendations, Overcoming Adversity, and Work Experience.

All interested individuals should visit the Foundation’s website for a link to the online application. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, January 8, 2016 by noon.

If you have further questions contact Lisa Bates, Program Officer at the Wayne County Foundation, or 765-962-1638.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, November 05, 2015 - 07:06 pm: Edit Post

Three U.S. Bicycle Routes to Cross Indiana, Promoting Tourism and Healthy Transportation

The Indiana Department of Transportation, the Adventure Cycling Association, Bicycle Indiana, and the Hoosier Rails to Trails Council announce the designation of three U.S. Bicycle Routes that will span the Hoosier State from border to border, stretching a combined total of 610 miles.

U.S. Bicycle Routes are officially numbered bicycle routes that connect communities and the nation. The routes are for experienced long-distance bicycle riders – generally considered “touring cyclists” – who are comfortable riding on most types of facilities, including roads without any special treatments for bicyclists. This group also includes utilitarian and recreational riders who are confident enough to ride on busy roadways and navigate in traffic.

“INDOT is proud to partner with the Hoosier Rails to Trails Council, Bicycle Indiana, and the Adventure Cycling Association to turn the idea of a bicycle route network throughout the state and the nation into a reality,” said INDOT Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson. “Indiana is the true crossroads of America, validated not only by our roadways, but now by our bicycle routes as well.”

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials approved INDOT’s applications for USBR 35, USBR 36 and USBR 50 at its annual meeting last month in Chicago.

Nancy Tibbett, executive director of Bicycle Indiana, said: “The designation of these routes puts Indiana at the crossroads of a budding network of national bicycle touring routes. This is a good thing for Indiana, since studies show that bicycle tourism is growing rapidly, and that bicycle tourists spend more and stay longer than other travelers.”

AASHTO approved new U.S. Bicycle Route miles in Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Ohio and Vermont in October, bringing the system to more than 11,000 miles. Indiana is now seventh in the nation with the most number of U.S. Bicycle Route miles.

“Indiana is delighted to be joining 22 other states as part of the U.S. Bicycle Route System,” said Mark Newman, executive director of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. “We take great pride in our rural roadways and the charm of our natural assets and destinations. Hoosiers look forward to sharing their roads and communities with bicycle tourists as they travel the Indiana portions of these U.S. bike routes.”

The three U.S. Bicycle Routes in Indiana are:

USBR 35: The nearly 381-mile, north-south route crosses Indiana from LaPorte County on the Michigan border to Jeffersonville at the Big Four Bridge over the Ohio River. Because USBR 35 was previously approved through Michigan, the route now connects southern Indiana to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, for a total of 865 miles. USBR 35 follows county roads, city streets, state highways and off-road trails, traversing along diverse topographies and ecosystems, including wetlands, forests, fields and agricultural land. Cyclists can explore cultural and historical attractions and bicycle facilities along the route, including the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Hoosier Rails to Trails Council Vice Chairman Richard Vonnegut said: “Of all motor and bike routes in Indiana, USBR 35 is the only international route and therefore brings bicycling to supersede other interstate, federal and national roads across Indiana. Further, the requirement for local approvals in creating USBR 35 sets a model for creating other cross-state and local bike routes in Indiana.”

USBR 36: The 58.7-mile route runs between Illinois and Michigan, with 35 miles of the route on off-road trails. The route begins near the southern tip of Chicago in Hammond, where it soon diverts from an urban setting to a loop trail around Wolf Lake and its 1,000-foot boardwalk bridge through naturalized areas hosting a myriad of wildlife. The route connects with the Erie-Lackawanna Trail, and along the Oak-Savannah and Prairie-Duneland trails. These off-road trails eventually lead riders to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The Dunes Highway, or U.S. 12, takes cyclists through Michigan City and eventually crosses the Michigan state line.

USBR 50: This 160-mile route connects from the Illinois border, near Terre Haute, to Richmond on the Ohio border. The Ride Across Indiana bicycle ride follows this route, which passes through rolling hills and agricultural land, and many bike-friendly communities in central Indiana. USBR 50 intersects with USBR 35 in Indianapolis.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, which determines most standards for roads in the United States, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. AASHTO’s primary goal is to foster the development of an integrated national transportation system. AASHTO works in concert with the Adventure Cycling Association regarding the U.S. Bicycle Route System.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 02:27 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Announces November Express Enrollment Days for Spring 2016 Classes

Richmond, Ind. - Ivy Tech Community College Richmond’s spring classes start Monday, January 11. Student applications and registrations are being accepted now. Many academic programs offer schedules that include evening, online, and one class meeting per week providing more opportunities for students to work and attend classes.

The Express Enrollment Center’s, Make It Happen Mondays, are scheduled November 2, 9, 16, 23, and, 30, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The enrollment process can be completed in one visit with no appointment needed. Staff will work alongside new, continuing and returning students to assist with the enrollment process: applying for admission; financial aid, Ivy Tech Scholarships, or verifying financial aid; new student orientation; completing the placement/assessment test (if necessary); and, meeting with an academic advisor to develop or review their Academic Completion Plan; and, register for spring classes. Students who need to assess should arrive at least two hours before closing time.

The Express Enrollment Center in Johnson Hall on the Ivy Tech Richmond campus is open 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 765-966-2656, ext. 1202, or 800-659-4562, ext. 1202.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, November 02, 2015 - 08:50 pm: Edit Post

Report Signal, School Zone Flasher Timing Errors; Overhead Lighting Outages

The Indiana Department of Transportation asks Hoosier motorists to report signal timings and school-zone flashers that did not change over automatically with daylight saving time on Sunday, Nov. 1. In addition, motorists may report overhead lighting outages above interstates, U.S. highways and state routes to INDOT’s district offices around the state.

Signals and school-zone flashers
Flashers that alert motorists entering school zones and traffic signals are timed using computerized controllers. This allows traffic signals to use different patterns for periods of heavy traffic, such as the morning and evening commutes.

INDOT is now confirming that the internal clocks in traffic signals and school-zone flashers changed over automatically. INDOT technicians may remotely access the computerized controllers within most traffic signals. INDOT crews must manually patrol and confirm timings for school-zone flashers.

Overhead lighting
Photosensors turn on most lighting above state and federal highways, and are not affected by daylight saving time. But turning the clocks back each fall changes daylight during commuting times and may make overhead-lighting outages more noticeable.

INDOT also urges commuters to be more alert when driving at night. About half of the nation’s crashes occur at night even though nighttime driving makes up a quarter of the miles traveled.

Report timing errors, outages
To report an overhead-lighting outage, signal timing change or school-zone flasher that displays an hour early, contact the INDOT district office for your region. A map of INDOT’s districts with links to contact information is at

INDOT maintains numbered state routes, U.S. highways and interstates, including their intersections and interchanges.

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Find links to INDOT’s regional Facebook and Twitter pages at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, October 19, 2015 - 07:55 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation Set to Award $200,000 Within 2015 Challenge Match Program

Twenty-Seven Organizations Selected to Participate

The Wayne County Foundation confirmed today the organizations selected to participate in its 2015 Challenge Match Initiative.

The one-to-one match offers the possibility of generating $500,000 for 27 non-profit organizations throughout the Wayne County community. It is specifically designed to help organizations trigger support from the Foundation in relation to the contributions they receive from the community.

“We believe this is a good opportunity for many different organizations to raise significant operating dollars or money in support of selected programs that will benefit from broad-based community involvement,” said Steve Borchers, the Foundation’s executive director.

This will be the fourth year for the Challenge Match. Last year the program generated nearly $800,000 for 40 local non-profits on $231,370 of available match dollars from the Foundation and its Challenge Match Sponsors.

This year, the match pool is a little smaller – $200,000 – and fewer organizations are involved. Also, participating organizations must achieve a threshold level of contributed support before the match kicks in.

“We wanted to keep the Challenge Match challenging,” said Borchers, “and we wanted to inspire thoughtful, high-quality applications. Every one of the 50 applications we received was judged against four selection criteria that we announced earlier this year.”

Another change this year was that smaller organizations were allowed to apply for a larger match amount than was previously allowed. Even so, Borchers is quick to point out that the match goal is not a limit to what an organization can raise. “The sum of the match goals only represents the Foundation’s total level of participation. We hope that every organization exceeds its goal by a wide margin.”

The organizations participating in the Foundation’s 2015 Challenge Match and their match goals are:

The Challenge Match Program will kick off on Monday, November 9, and run for 12 days, through Friday, November 20. Qualifying contributions to the participating organizations in that period will trigger matching dollars from the Foundation, with respect to certain limits. Contributions may also be made online through the Foundation’s Website.

More information about each organization’s fundraising goals and specific details about qualifying gifts will be available on the Foundation’s Website:

Additional information may also be obtained by contacting Lisa Bates at or by calling 765/962-1638.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, November 02, 2015 - 03:01 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond establishes scholarship endowment with Richard Jeffers to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County members

Richmond, Ind. – Richard “Jeff” Jeffers has created an endowed scholarship which will assist Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County members who are pursuing a degree at Ivy Tech Richmond.

“Jeff Jeffers recognizes the importance of educating the workforce and this endowed gift is a testimony of his legacy for supporting the youth of Wayne County beyond their Club years,” says Valerie Ray, executive director of resource development, Ivy Tech Community College Richmond region. “Scholarships help students meet the cost of higher education by providing funds for tuition and books. Students can then increase their earning potential, and in return, put that money back into the local economy.”

An endowed scholarship changes lives forever. When an endowed scholarship is created, the Ivy Tech Community College Foundation donor will invest a minimum of $10,000, and proceeds from the interest are awarded annually in scholarship funds. These dollars are rewarded in perpetuity, guaranteeing various and many students ongoing financial assistance.

“This scholarship is another example of my interest in improving the lives of young people in our community,” says Jeff Jeffers. “It is something I believe in and have dedicated myself to and hope to assist students, who were Club members, realize their dreams.”

“This endowed scholarship, provided by Jeff Jeffers and held and administered through Ivy Tech, will provide members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County another opportunity to grow into adulthood and become productive members of our community. We are extremely pleased to have Jeff’s ongoing support and are thrilled to cement our positive working relationship with Ivy Tech,” says Bruce Daggy, executive director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County.

“Jeff is providing an opportunity for students to pursue higher education, which helps our community as a whole,” says Chad Bolser, Richmond campus president. “The support of Jeff, combined with the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County, demonstrates that we are united in our efforts to educate our youth and help them in the path to success.”

For more information on endowed scholarships or giving to the Ivy Tech Foundation in Richmond, contact Valerie Ray at, or 765-966-2656 ext. 2348, or

Please view the link for more information on “Changing a Life through the Foundation:”

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