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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 05:22 pm: Edit Post

2014 General Election

Debra Berry, Wayne County Clerk, reminds registerd voters of voting center locations. Eligible voters only need to bring their Indiana state or government issued photo ID to vote. NO POSTCARDS were mailed to voters because it is not necessary, due to the ability to scan driver's licenses.

Vote Early
Friday, October 31, 2014
Four (4) vote center locations, Kuhlman Center, First English Lutheran Church, Golay Center in Cambridge City and Hagerstown New Testament Church will be open from 10am to 7pm. Also the Courthouse is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm to vote.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Voters may vote at the Kuhlman Center from 10am-3pm or at the Courthouse from 9am to 4pm.

Monday, November 3, 2014
Voters may vote absentee in-person until NOON at the Courthouse.

Election Day: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Eight (8) vote center locations: Kuhlman Center, First English Lutheran Church, Golay Center, Hagerstown New Testament Church, Townsend Center, First Baptist Church (S. 16th & A St), Centerville Christian Church and Fountain City Wesleyan Church will be open from 6am to 6pm.

For additional information, call 765.973.9304 or visit our website at http://www.co.wayne.in.us/voter/or follow us on Twitter @WayneCoVoters.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 11:28 am: Edit Post

The Author's Storytime
Supplied Graphic: Story Time
Families with pre-schoolers to 3rd graders - join us at Morrisson-Reeves Library as we host two very special Storytimes in November – with local authors reading stories to children!

The Author's Storytime will reflect the joy of reading and provide the chance to rediscover children's books from the author's perspective. Each author will read a favorite selection by an author of their choosing as well as one of their own books.

Saturday, November 01, 2014
in the Children’s Programming Room

Saturday, November 08, 2014
in the Children’s Programming RoomFor more information, contact Morrisson-Reeves Library at 765-966-8291.

(Message edited by Admin on October 14, 2014)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 01:06 pm: Edit Post

Veach's Plans Craft Workshops, Prepares for Visit from Santa
Flyer: Veach's Toy Station Holiday Flyer

For more information, visit http://veachstoystation.com/ or call 765.962.5761.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 11:14 am: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Express Enrollment Event is Monday, Nov. 3

Richmond, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Richmond’s “Make it Happen Monday” Express Enrollment Event is set for November 3 in Johnson Hall on the Richmond campus. Prospective and returning students may complete the spring semester enrollment and class registration process in one day. An appointment is not required.

Express Enrollment Center
Johnson Hall, Richmond Campus
Monday, November 3, 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m.

During the event, new and returning students will be able to work alongside staff who will assist them with the enrollment process including: applying for admission, new student orientation, taking the ACCUPLACER assessment (if they do not have SAT/ACT/SAT scores, high school transcript or college transcript for an assessment waiver), financial aid verification and completion assistance, and connecting with an academic advisor to complete an academic completion plan and to register for classes. New students should arrive at least two hours prior to 6 p.m., if they need to complete the Accuplacer assessment.

Now is the time to register to assure classes to assure they are at times and on days you want. Spring semester starts Monday, January 12.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, October 07, 2014 - 11:57 am: Edit Post

2014 General Election: Absentee Voting Begins

Debra Berry, Wayne County Clerk, announces Absentee Voting begins for the 2014 General Election on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.

First day that a voter may vote an absentee general election ballot before an Absentee Voting Board in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk or a satellite office of the Circuit Court Clerk. (IC 3-11-10-26)

Absentee voting ends by noon on Monday, November 3, 2014.

For additional information: Call 765-973-9304 or visit our website at www.co.wayne.in.us/voter/ or follow us on Twitter @WayneCoVoters.

Office Hours:
Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 04:00 pm: Edit Post

Free Organ Concert at St. John's Lutheran on November 2nd
Flyer: Dr. David Crean
Dr. David Crean, Organist and Director of Music at Wittenberg University, will present a Free organ concert at St. John Lutheran Church, 501 South 7th St., Richmond, IN on Sunday, Nov. 2nd beginning at 4:00 pm. The public is invited and a reception will follow in the church parlors.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, October 27, 2014 - 11:04 am: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond invites the Native Pride Dancers to share in celebrating Native American Heritage Month

Richmond, Ind. – The nationally acclaimed Native Pride Dancers will present a free noon performance celebrating Native American Heritage Month, Tuesday, November 4 on the Ivy Tech Richmond campus.

Students, faculty, staff, and the Richmond community are invited see the Dancers, in traditional costumes, share the skill and majesty of American Indian music and dance. The performance will be in Johnston Hall’s Stidham Auditorium.

The Native Pride Dancers was established 2003 with a mission is to not only educate but to inspire and motive people to bridge cultural gaps.

For further information contact: Toure Conley, Director of Multicultural Affairs, 765-966-2656 x 1224 or tconley18@ivytech.edu.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 12:51 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond plans Express Enrollment Event at the Connersville Instructional Center

Richmond, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Richmond plans “Make it Happen Mondays” at the Connersville Instructional Center, 717 West 21st St. Prospective and returning students may complete the enrollment process in one day and does not require an appointment.

The Express Enrollment “Make it Happen Mondays” is Monday, November 10.

During the event, new and returning students will be able to work alongside staff who will assist them with the enrollment process including: applying for admission, new student orientation, taking the ACCUPLACER assessment (if they do not have SAT/ACT/SAT scores, high school transcript or college transcript for an assessment waiver), financial aid verification and completion assistance, and connecting with an academic advisor to complete an academic completion plan and to register for classes.

Please arrive at least two hours to prior to 6 p.m., if you need to complete the Accuplacer assessment.

Registration for spring semester is open with classes starting Monday, January 12.

For more information, contact Mary Richey at mrichey@ivytech.edu or 765-825-9394 ext. 6010 or go to IVYTECH.EDU or call 888-IVY-LINE (1-888-489-5463), 7am-1am daily.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 04:10 pm: Edit Post

Veteran Resource Fair
Flyer: Veteran Resource Fair
Veteran's can explore a variety of resources from government, mental health, employment, free health screenings, education and other community resources at the Veteran Resource Fair on Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Kuhlman Center, 861 Salisbury Road, Richmond. Doors will close at 2:30 p.m. Contact Brian Rea at 962-8591 ext. 2711 or brea@work-one.org for more info.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 04:28 pm: Edit Post

UPDATE: I-70 Pavement Repairs in Wayne County

WAYNE COUNTY – Contractors for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plan various lane restrictions through this weekend for pavement repairs on Interstate 70 in the Centerville and Richmond areas.

Beginning Thursday at 9 p.m., crews plan to close the right lane of eastbound I-70 between State Road 227 Exit 153 and U.S. 40 Exit 156 until Friday at 6 a.m. as crews saw-cut areas of pavement to be removed and replaced.

Beginning Friday at 9 p.m., crews plan to close the right lane of eastbound I-70 between State Road 227 Exit 153 and U.S. 40 Exit 156 to remove and replace damaged pavement. This area will remain restricted until Monday at 6 a.m. to give new concrete pavement adequate time to cure.

On Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2, motorists should expect alternating single-lane restrictions on eastbound and westbound I-70 between Centerville Road Exit 145 and U.S. 35/Williamsburg Pike Exit 149 as crews repair pressure relief joints.

All work is dependent on favorable weather and schedules are subject to change.

Overnight and weekend I-70 lane restrictions should be expected as crews progress with pavement repairs in the Centerville and Richmond areas. Recurring overnight and weekend restrictions on I-70 should also be expected in Henry County (between New Castle Exit 123 to State Road 3 and Knightstown Exit 115 to State Road 109) and in Hancock County (near Greenfield Exit 104 to State Road 9).

Drivers are advised to always practice safe habits – especially in highway work zones. Follow work zone speed limits, maintain safe distances from other vehicles, and avoid all distractions. For information on INDOT work zones and highway restrictions, go to TrafficWise.in.gov or call toll-free 800-261-ROAD (7623).

Subscribe to receive INDOT news and project information by email here. Updates are also available by liking the Indiana Department of Transportation East Central Facebook page and by following @INDOT_ECentral on Twitter.


(Message edited by Admin on October 30, 2014)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 01:17 pm: Edit Post

Hedy Chang, Director of Attendance Works to speak at Communities In Schools Annual Dinner

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 from 6:00-8:00pm
Centerville Senior High School, 507 Willow Grove Road, Centerville, IN 47330


Reducing Chronic Absence: A Hidden Key to Raising Student Achievement

Did you know that missing just 10 percent of the school year in the early grades can leave many students struggling throughout elementary school? Or that by sixth grade, missing only that much school is strongly linked to course failure and eventually dropping out of high school? That’s just 18 days of the school year – or two to three days per month.

School attendance is essential to academic success, but too often students, parents and schools don’t realize how quickly absences, excused or unexcused, can add up to academic trouble. Chronic absence—missing just 18 days per school year—can lead to third graders unable to master reading, sixth graders failing courses and ninth graders dropping out of high school.

Our guest speaker, Hedy Chang, Director of Attendance Works, is a nationally recognized expert on attendance policy and practice. Ms. Chang will share the latest research on chronic absence and examples of best practices from communities across the country. There will also be an opportunity for participants to assess their own practices and draw upon resources to improve attendance in their own schools and communities.

Attendance Works is a national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance.

To make your reservation for the Communities in Schools annual dinner, call Vivian Ashmawi at 765.983.2263.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 04:24 pm: Edit Post

Area 9 Agency and Reid Hospital Offer Dementia Seminar

On November 6, 2014, the Area 9 In-Home & Community Services Agency is sponsoring our 3rd annual Caregiver Retreat with a seminar on Best Practices in Dementia Care at Indiana University East, Vivian Auditorium, 2325 Chester Blvd. in Richmond from 3:00pm – 5:30pm for health care professionals, caregivers and senior advocates. Attendees can earn two (2) CEUs for participating in the session.

Our presenter is nationally renowned dementia expert, Teepa Snow. Teepa is a Master’s prepared occupational therapist with over thirty years of clinical practice and teaching experience in a wide variety of educational and settings. She has clinical appointments at Duke University’s School of Nursing and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine.

An additional earlier session designed for family members who care for loved ones with dementia patients will be held from 8:30am – 2:30pm. The topics for this session will be Managing Behaviors; Start with Yourself and What Do I Do – I’m Alone and I’m It. This session will also include lunch, an opportunity for shopping, and nice gifts for all caregivers.

“This is a unique opportunity to the Richmond area,” said Rhonda Scott, Caregiver Coordinator. “I encourage people to attend because Teepa provides a new and refreshing perspective on dementia care.”

There is no charge for either session, but registration is required by November 1st. For more information or to register, contact the Area 9 Agency at 966-1795 or 1-800-458-9345.

Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency is a service of Indiana University East.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 03:28 pm: Edit Post

Great Clips Honors Veterans With Free Hair Cuts

This Veterans Day, for the second consecutive year, Great Clips in Dayton, Centerville, Huber Heights, Vandalia, Tipp City, Eaton, Bellefontaine, Miamisburg, Springfield, Kettering, Beavercreek, Xenia, Greenville, Piqua, and Urbana, OH and Richmond, IN are showing appreciation to those who serve by offering free haircuts for veterans. It’s all part of the “Thank a Veteran” promotion from Great Clips, the world’s largest hair salon brand. In 2013, Great Clips salons provided 130,525 free haircuts to veterans through the promotion. You can show your appreciation to veterans by awarding active or retired U.S. military members a free haircut.

March into Great Clips
On Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, customers who come in for a haircut at any U.S. Great Clips salon will receive a free haircut card to give to an active/inactive/retired military member of any branch, including the National Guard. Military members can also come in on Veterans Day for a free haircut or to pick up a free haircut card to use, with proof of service, any day before Dec. 31, 2014.

“Most of us know at least one veteran we would like to thank on that day,” says Great Clips CEO, Rhoda Olsen, who is married to a Vietnam veteran. “We invite everyone to come into a U.S. Great Clips salon on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) to purchase a service and pick up a free haircut card. Give the card to a veteran in your family, a neighbor or just someone you notice is a veteran to thank them for serving our country. It’s a simple, yet meaningful, way for more people to show appreciation to veterans with the help of Great Clips.”

“We are happy to honor the men and women in the Cleveland area who served in the military with the ‘Thank a Veteran’ promotion,” said Clara Osterhage, Great Clips franchisee owner. “We look forward to serving them with a small token of gratitude for their service to our country.”

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:33 pm: Edit Post

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County selected for Wayne County Foundation Challenge Match

Funds raised during match period will support teen center renovation and programming

Richmond, IN, October 21, 2014 – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County have been selected to participate in the Wayne County Foundation’s 2014 Challenge Match and have been given the opportunity to earn $10,000 in matched funds from the Foundation. Contributions from donors may be matched on a 1:1 basis up to $1,000 and there is no requirement to be a first time gift or new gift. All gifts are eligible for the match.

In addition to the Foundation’s contribution, both First Bank Richmond and Richmond Baking Company have offered to match an additional $10,000 each. This means that up to $30,000 of donations will be matched to provide $60,000 in contributions to fund the renovations of the teen center and programming.

The focus on teens and the effort to provide desirable programming for them comes directly from a Teen Task Force composed of Boys & Girls Club board members, volunteers, staff and Club members. The Task Force spent 18 months researching and analyzing teen services in the Richmond community. They surveyed all students in Richmond Community Schools’ intermediate and high schools and determined that in order to better serve teens, the Club’s teen centers needed a dramatic makeover and rejuvenated programming. Plans have been underway to upgrade the physical teen center space and enhance our academic programs for teens including college preparedness and mentoring programs.

Teens are the most vulnerable demographic in our society, facing obstacles such as pressures to use drugs, have sex, participate in delinquent activity, skip school or even drop out. In order to combat these pressures, teens need someplace to go with caring adults to help set them on the right path. Our
statistics show that teens attending the Club two or more times a week can lead to a higher rate of civic engagement. The Club’s teen centers aim to be the place kids can go to feel safe, have a sense of belonging and hone the skills necessary to succeed in school and in life.

The Wayne County Challenge Match period will take place from November 10-21, 2014. Gifts received by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County during this time will be considered for the match. While the Foundation’s match includes gifts of up to $1,000, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County can
accept gifts above that amount during this timeframe. Gifts above $1,000 would be matched by First Bank Richmond or Richmond Baking Company.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Members of the Club, ages 6-18, have access to dedicated, trained professionals who provide guidance in adopting healthy lifestyles and pursuing educational objectives. Currently, we serve over 2,500 youth at four locations: the Jeffers, Central, Fairview and Hagerstown units and during the summer at our 168-acre Camp Guy located on the Whitewater River. Since 1957, the Club has been striving to equip young people with the skills they need to succeed in life.

For more information, call Maria Fisher at the Club 765-962-6922, e-mail mfisher@bgcrichmond.org or visit www.bgcrichmond.org.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 12:53 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond plans Express Enrollment Events on Richmond campus

Richmond, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Richmond plans “Make it Happen Mondays” in Express Enrollment Center in Johnson Hall on the Richmond campus. Prospective and returning students may complete the enrollment process in one day and does not require an appointment.

The Express Enrollment “Make it Happen Mondays” are Monday, October 27 and Monday, November 3.

During the event, new and returning students will be able to work alongside staff who will assist them with the enrollment process including: applying for admission, new student orientation, taking the ACCUPLACER assessment (if they do not have SAT/ACT/SAT scores, high school transcript or college transcript for an assessment waiver), financial aid verification and completion assistance, and connecting with an academic advisor to complete an academic completion plan and to register for classes.

Please arrive at least two hours prior to 6 p.m., if you need to complete the Accuplacer assessment.

Registration for spring semester is open with classes starting Monday, January 12.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 04:19 pm: Edit Post

Lutheran Bishop Coming to Richmond

On Sunday, Dec. 7th the Presiding Bishop of the Lutheran Church in America, Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of Chicago will be guest preacher at the 10:30 am worship service at St. John Lutheran Church, 501 South 7th St., Richmond, IN. This is her first visit to Richmond. Everyone is invited to attend.

St. John Church is 170 years old.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 11:35 am: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College awards Ahaus Tool & Engineering, Inc. as Benefactor of the Year
Supplied Photo: Benefactor of the Year award
The Benefactor of the Year award was presented to Kevin Ahaus by Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas Snyder, at the annual Benefactor of Year Awards dinner in at the West Baden Hotel in French Lick, Indiana. Pictured above are from the left Indiana Third District Congressman Marlin Stutzman, speaker for the evening, Ahaus, Snyder, Chad Bolser, Richmond/Connersville campus president, and Andy Bowne, Chancellor, East Central and Richmond Regions.

Richmond, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College recognized Richmond business Ahaus Tool & Engineering, Inc. as the Benefactor of the Year.

Each year the Foundation honors individuals, corporations or foundations, nominated by each of the College’s regions, that have changed the lives of Ivy Tech Community College students and the communities in which they live, learn and work by providing exceptional philanthropic and volunteer leadership to the Ivy Tech Foundation.

Ahaus Tool & Engineering, Inc. began an apprenticeship program with Ivy Tech Richmond in 1978 to train future employees. For more than 35 years, 80 apprentices have participated in the training, 34 have graduated, and 19 currently work for Ahaus Tool. Some of the graduates have even started their own businesses.

“The Ahaus family has a strong history of leadership in the community,” says Chad Bolser, campus president, Richmond/Connersville. “The family has been heavily integrated with Ivy Tech by serving on advisory boards, trustee positions, and gift campaigns. They also provide support toward Richmond and local communities, which is why their relationship with Ivy Tech is highly valued.”

Kevin Ahaus, president, currently serves as vice chairperson of the Ivy Tech Foundation Board of Directors and is the chair of the region’s “Changing Lives… Making our Communities Great” campaign.

Ahaus said,” It’s an honor to help Ivy Tech Richmond Region. We at Ahaus are dedicated to training the next generation of toolmakers and machinists for our business and take pride in American craftsmanship.”

Ahaus Tool & Engineering, Inc. has donated tooling and steel, hired graduates of the College, hosted several student field trips and had a continued presence on the program advisory boards.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 10:31 am: Edit Post

NSY Book Discussion 2014 Summer /Fall Schedule

The Not So Young Book Discussions are designed for adults who love to read teen and young adult novels. Discussions are held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Two Sisters book store, 193 Ft. Wayne
Avenue, Richmond, IN. Here’s a list of upcoming dates and books:

For more information call Peggy Booker at 765-966-4161 or email us at anydot@hotmail.com.


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