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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 03:07 pm: Edit Post

22nd Annual Ivy Tech Car Show will be held on Rain Date, Sunday, April 26, noon – 4 pm on the Richmond Campus

Richmond, Ind. - Ivy Tech Community College Richmond announced today that its Annual Car Show will be held on the rain date, Sunday, April 26. The Saturday weather forecast prompted the Car Show Committee’s decision.

The Car Show will be open to the public from noon-4:00 p.m. Sunday on the Richmond campus. Proceeds from the annual event fund scholarships for Ivy Tech Richmond Automotive Program students.

Vehicles of all eras from Model T’s to Muscle Cars and Classics, to Street Rods and Motorcycles will be on display. Food, music, a 50/50 raffle, children’s’ activities, and Office of Student Life sponsored events will accompany the show.

Registration for the show is $15 and begins at 11:30 a.m. with on-site rolling judging. The awards presentation will be at 4:00 p.m.

For more information, Bob Frantz 765-966-2656 ext. 4016 or or Cheryl Honkomp, 765-966-2656 ext. 2344 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 03:07 pm: Edit Post

2015 Richmond Municipal Primary Election

Debra Berry, Wayne County Clerk, announces that the City of Richmond will be the only Primary Election in 2015.

Absentee-Early voting is available in the Wayne County Clerk’s office until NOON, Monday, May 4, 2015. The office will also be open for absentee voting Saturday, April 25, 2015 and Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

April 27, 2015 through May 1, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

*Kuhlman Center
861 N. Salisbury Road
Richmond, IN 47374

First English Lutheran Church
2727 National Rd. East
Richmond, IN 47374


Saturday, April 25, 2015
*Tom Raper Center
861 N. Salisbury Rd.
Richmond, IN 47374

Saturday, May 2, 2015
*Kuhlman Center
861 N. Salisbury Rd
Richmond, IN 47374

*Salisbury Rd. is closed from US 40. Access to the Kuhlman Center & Tom Raper Center is from NW L St., and/or detour from US 40 W to Round Barn, East on

6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

*Kuhlman Center
861 N. Salisbury Road
Richmond, IN 47374

First English Lutheran Church
2727 National Rd. East
Richmond, IN 47374

Townsend Community Center
855 N. 12th Street
Richmond, IN 47374

First Baptist Church
1601 South A Street
Richmond, IN 47374

Call 765-973-9304 or visit our website at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 01:38 pm: Edit Post

Trail Mixer for the Wayne County Cardinal Greenways
Poster: Trail Mixer
Trail season kickoff and volunteer open house will be held at the Warehouse Cafe, 213 North 3rd Street, Richmond. All are welcome. Come and learn more about the Cardinal Greenway and how you can help maintain this wonderful Wayne County asset. For more information, contact Denise at 765.977.2886 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 01:30 pm: Edit Post

Taste of Italy in the Depot District
Poster: Parma: Taste of Italy
Enjoy what the Italian call “La Dolce Vita” or “The Sweet Life” during the Depot District’s Taste of Italy Italian-American Festival on May 16, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For a vendor application or to become a sponsor, contact Rick Parker at or (765) 966-3614 or 800-966-3614

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 05:58 pm: Edit Post

The Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library Annual Book Sale with 10,000 Items for Sale!
Supplied Flyer: MRL Book Sale
April 22-25, 2015 In the Bard Room at Morrisson-Reeves Library

The Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library Annual Book Sale is set for the last full week of April. It kicks off with the Friends Preview Night for current supporting members on Tuesday, April 21st. Show your Friends Membership card, or buy one at the door!

The sale is open to the public starting on Wednesday, April 22nd and runs through Saturday, April 25th. Friday is “Half-Price Sale Day!” and Saturday is “Bag Day!,” when a bag of books will cost $3.00.

Wednesday - April 22 Thursday - April 23 Friday - April 1 Saturday - April 25
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Regular Book Sale – open to the public. Regular Book Sale – open to the public Half-Price Sale Day! $3 Bag Day!

Donated materials cover subjects including fiction, foreign languages, cooking, computer science, government, history, political science, law, education, fine arts, self-help, reference, business, social sciences, philosophy, and religion.

Friends of MRL Book Sale Price List

Browse our children's books, where you'll find many under $1, including picture books, school-age fiction, award winners and books for parents and teachers. All proceeds from this book sale will go toward improving programs and services for Morrisson-Reeves Library. The Friends of MRL need your help to achieve their goal – which is to have the biggest, best book sale yet! Book Sale stock replenished throughout the day. This book sale is open to the public.

The Friends of MRL are a non-profit association of people interested in promoting knowledge and interest in the functions, resources, services and needs of the Library. Friends provide time, talents, and funds for services and programs that enrich, educate and entertain the community. Membership is open to individuals, businesses or groups who wish to join in support of Morrisson-Reeves Library.

If you would like to learn more about the Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library, please call MRL at (765) 966-8291 or visit us at our website:

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 07, 2015 - 02:44 pm: Edit Post

Family Earth Day Celebration
Postcard: Family Earth Day 2015
Come celebrate our amazing planet, the life it supports, and what our community is doing to protect it at Family Earth Day Celebration! This FREE event will feature fun games and activities for all ages, information from Earth-friendly organizations and non-profits, and two animal shows. Held at the Richmond Family YMCA, 1215 South J Street, Richmond from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 25th.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 08:50 pm: Edit Post

Centerville Antique Roadshow/Free Antique Evaluation
Flyer: Centerville Antique Roadshow
Centerville, Indiana: Dig out those 45s. Bring out those Radio Flyer wagons. Gather up your rocking horses. And brighten up those Tiffany lamps because it’s show time! On Thursday, April 23rd from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Centerville Public Library, come on down to the Centerville Antique Roadshow! This is one show you definitely don’t want to miss! Antique experts from right here in Centerville, the heart of Antique Alley, will evaluate your treasures for free at the library. Round up any three items from your attic, closet, or basement and we’ll tell you how much each item is worth. Come for the show; stay for the atmosphere. There will be plenty of free refreshments.

From old coins, to family heirlooms, to forgotten treasures buried deep in your basement, bring any three items and experts from Centerville Antique Mall, Main Street Antiques, Mockingbird Antiques, and Walther & Hawkins Auctioneers will give you their expert opinion as to what the item is, how much it’s worth, and what you can do with it. Who knows, you might actually get rich. If nothing else, you’ll have a cleaner attic and a new appreciation for the past, even if you’re still mad at your sister for messing up your Slinky or throwing away your G.I. Joes. What do you have to lose? More importantly, what do you have to gain? It could be more than you ever imagined.

About the Centerville Public Library: The mission of the Centerville-Center Township Public Library is to serve the total community as a source of materials, activities, and technology for personal recreation, intellectual growth, and cultural enlightenment. Located in the heart of Centerville, Indiana along the Historic National Road, the Centerville-Center Township Public Library is THE place for books, magazines, newspapers, music, movies, audiobooks, e-Books, programs, classes, genealogy, and much more! Find us online at: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @centervillelib.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 08:22 pm: Edit Post

Community Christian School Plans Carnival for April

The annual CCS carnival is Friday, April 24. This is a fun event for families of students, prospective students, graduates and friends of CCS. There will be a variety of games located in classrooms throughout the building, a cake-walk, a bounce house and balloon-pop dart game in the gym. Each grade-level creates a themed basket that is raffled off at the end of the evening. Themes include a garden theme, movies, chocolate, home-improvement and a devotional basket. There are will also be a silent auction. Past items available in the silent auction have included a television, American girl doll, a bathroom vanity and sink.

Food service begins at 5:30 p.m. and carnival games begin at 6:00 and go until 8:00 p.m. Game tickets will be for sale during the carnival $5.00 for a bundle of 20 game tickets. Raffle tickets will also be for sale during the carnival.

For more information, visit the Community Christian School website at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 04:38 pm: Edit Post

Business Education Breakfast
Flyer: Business Education Breakfast
The next Business Education Breakfast will feature Jane Barker from RMD/Patti discussing employee health initiatives and WellnessWorks. The event will take place at the Innovation Center on Thursday, April 23 at 8:30 am. To register, please click here. Free.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 20, 2015 - 12:49 pm: Edit Post

22nd Annual Ivy Tech Cruisin’ for Scholarships Car Show Saturday April 25 on Richmond campus

Richmond, Ind. - Ivy Tech Community College Richmond’s 22nd Annual Cruisin’ for Scholarships Saturday, April 25, will feature US Army’s NHRA top fuel dragster, “the Sarge,” driven by Tony Schumacher. The 2014 show drew a record 230 entries. Proceeds from the annual event fund scholarships for Ivy Tech Richmond Automotive Program students.

Free to the public, the show includes vehicles of all eras from Model T’s to Muscle Cars and Classics, to Street Rods and Motorcycles. Food, music, a 50/50 raffle, children’s’ activities, and Office of Student Life sponsored events will accompany the show.

The car show is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Registration for the show is $15 and begins at 8:30 a.m. with on-site rolling judging. The awards presentation will be at 1:00 p.m. The show rain date is Sunday, April 26, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ivy Tech’s Express Enrollment Center will be open during the Car Show from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for prospective, current and returning students who wish to enroll in summer and/or fall classes. No appointment is needed to complete steps in the enrollment and registration process. Students needing to take the ACCUPLACER assessment should arrive by 11:00 a.m.

For more information, Bob Frantz 765-966-2656 ext. 4016 or or Cheryl Honkomp, 765-966-2656 ext. 2344 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 07:40 pm: Edit Post

Announcing For the Love of Richmond T-Shirt Design Contest
Poster: Re-brand Richmond
Richmond, IN - The public is invited to submit their own creative t-shirt designs that will help re-brand Richmond as a lovable city! This contest was inspired by Author Peter Kageyama, who wrote "For the Love of Cities" and "Love Where You Live". We are honored that Peter, has agreed to be on the judges panel.

This re-branding of Richmond T-Shirt Contest is made possible by a grant from Susan Isaacs, Grassroots Community Center, For the Love of Richmond: The $500 Project Initiative. And also the design, computer skills and assistance of Angel Gray, communications expert.

This contest is open to all ages. Design a positive image of your vision with a slogan for our city.

Design area is 8.5”x11”, 2 color on white t-Shirt.

The winning entry will become a limited edition t-shirt for sale at RAM, our Tourism Bureau and Deer Ridge Camping Resort.

Prize consists of $300 plus in cash, gift baskets and gift certificates from Richmond businesses!

All contributors will be listed on our Facebook page.

Pat Orzechowski, contest originator is looking for more contributions to increase the prize for the winner. Contact Pat at Deer Ridge Camping Resort 765-939-0888.

RAM, courtesy of Shaun Dingwerth, will be the base for pick-up of rules/entry forms and a drop off point for all entries! RAM is located at 350 Hub Etchinson Parkway, Richmond. Open Tuesday- Saturday 10-5. Deadline for entries is June 5th, 2015.

Entry forms and rules also available on the contests groups Facebook Page:

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 20, 2015 - 04:48 pm: Edit Post

AMIGOS Plans Fourth Annual Children's Day

On Saturday May 2, from 4-7pm, AMIGOS will host the Fourth Annual Children’s Day/Día del Niño at the Boys and Girls Club on 1717 South L Street and Dave Snow will be the guest DJ. This event is free and open to the public.

The Día del Niño is an important Hispanic cultural event that AMIGOS will recreate through fun, engaging activities to celebrate the younger generation. Young and old are invited to take part in this special day.

This event will highlight health, recreation and reading. There will be special activities for kids offered by many community non-profits. Information about health and wellness will be provided and many children’s books. There will also be a demonstration of the new USTA tennis program for children that Amigos plans to offer this summer. Zumba instructors, jugglers, clowns, balloon figures, performers will all be present to entertain and encourage participation. Children will take part in soccer and basketball activities led by local high school athletes.

The Amigos’ Super Sibling Bilingual high school children’s book readers will engage children by reading bilingual books and having them act out different parts of the book, showing how being able to read two languages is an important lifelong skill. Many free books will be given to children who participate in the reading groups.

This event is part of AMIGOS’ effort to promote understanding, learning and cooperation across cultures. We would like to thank this year’s sponsors: First Bank Richmond, West End Bank, Richmond Baking, Dot Foods and all of our supporters throughout the community.

Amigos, is a 501(c) based in Richmond, Indiana. Amigos, the Richmond Latino Center, was founded in 1999 to support the Latino population and other groups by engaging people actively in Richmond and Wayne County and by promoting education and understanding of Richmond’s diverse communities. Amigos programs include social services, translation, consultation, education and partnering with others throughout the community.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 04:00 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Career Fair planned April 29 in Johnson Hall

Richmond, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Richmond’s Career Fair will be Wednesday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Johnson Hall on the Richmond campus, 2357 Chester Blvd. (I-70 & US 27).

The event is for soon-to-be or recent college graduates to network with many employers and explore career and intern opportunities. In addition, bachelor’s and master’s degree institutions will be present. Any job seeker who has or will soon have higher education credentials is encouraged to attend.

For more information about this event contact Paul Luttman at 765-966-2656 ext. 1120, 800-659-4562 ext. 1120 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 06:27 pm: Edit Post

Crews Repairing Pavement Near I-70 Freight Scales

WAYNE COUNTY – Construction crews plan to restrict westbound Interstate 70 traffic lanes near U.S. 35/Williamsburg Pike (Exit 149) and the commercial vehicle scales facilities.

On Wednesday, April 22 at 9 p.m., crews will close the right lane of westbound I-70 near the U.S. 35/Williamsburg Pike (Exit 149) interchange. Traffic entering westbound I-70 from U.S. 35/Williamsburg Pike will be shifted to safely accommodate the work zone and maintain access to the interstate. This restriction will end before Thursday at 6 a.m.

On Saturday, April 25 at 8 a.m., crews will again close one lane of westbound I-70 at the same location. Traffic on the U.S. 35/Williamsburg Pike entrance ramp to westbound I-70 will also be shifted.

All schedules are subject to change and work will be postponed because of inclement weather. All traffic restrictions will end before Monday at 6 a.m.

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 or call toll-free 800-261-ROAD (7623).

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

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 08:57 pm: Edit Post

Foundation Announces Lilly Endowment Community Scholars

The Wayne County Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of two area high school seniors who will receive the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

Kristen Kramer and Kiersten Merida were chosen from a pool of 41 applicants from throughout Wayne County. Each recipient will receive a four-year, full tuition scholarship and $900 annual stipend for required books and equipment.

Kristen, a senior at Richmond High School, maintained a 4.0 GPA while participating in Student Council, academic teams, and Mayor’s Youth Council throughout her high school career. She has served in several leadership positions including captain of the varsity tennis team and president of the National Honor Society. She also volunteers at her church and as a credit recovery tutor at her school. Kristen plans to major in biology at Indiana University Bloomington and continue her studies to become an orthodontist. She is the daughter of Anthony and Teresa Kramer.

Kiersten, a senior at Lincoln High School, maintained a 4.0 GPA while participating in varsity tennis, National Honor Society, Key Club, Lincoln Teens, Student Council, and Spanish club throughout her high school career. She has also held several leadership roles including captain of the varsity volleyball team and president of BPA along with volunteering at her church and as a teacher’s assistant. Kiersten plans to major in pre-pharmacy at Purdue University. She is the daughter of Derek and Nanette Merida.

This year a total of 142 scholarships were awarded statewide by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc., in conjunction with community foundations and Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI). ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.

Since 1998, 39 students have been awarded Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships through the Wayne County Foundation. This year’s awardees will be recognized, at the Wayne County Foundation’s Annual Report to the Community dinner in June.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 08, 2015 - 02:47 pm: Edit Post

Inaugural National Juried Art Exhibition: GENDER
Supplied Poster: 2015 Exhibition: Gender
The Indiana University East Fine Arts program is hosting an inaugural national themed juried art exhibition, and the theme for this year is “Gender.” The exhibit will be open from April 9-June 19 in the Whitewater Hall Art Gallery, 2325 Chester Blvd, Richmond, Indiana.

The show was juried by a panel of four judges: Ann Kim, assistant professor of fine arts; Carrie Longley, assistant professor of fine arts; Ed Thornburg, lecturer of fine arts; and Kate Cunningham, adjunct lecturer of fine arts at IU East and Purdue University College of Technology.

Kim said the exhibition is set to become an annual juried exhibition each spring with a rotating theme. She added there were nearly 160 works of art submitted from which 40 were chosen for inclusion, representing 30 artists from 15 states.

The opening reception for the exhibition is from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, at the Art Gallery, located in Whitewater Hall. Award winners will be announced at 6 p.m.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 13, 2015 - 04:32 pm: Edit Post

INDOT’s Trash Bash Kicks Off Spring Cleaning of State Highways
Last year, more than 16,471 bags of trash were collected on 1,486 miles of roadway

INDIANAPOLIS — Each spring, many Hoosiers roll up their sleeves and begin the task of “spring cleaning” along Indiana’s highways. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) annual Trash Bash is a statewide effort to focus resources on removing litter and debris from state roadsides.

Trash Bash 2015 begins this week and will be conducted through the month of April. INDOT is calling upon Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups, Department of Corrections offender crews and INDOT personnel to clean up the roadsides after a long winter and rainy early spring.

Across the state, 2,400 Adopt-A-Highway volunteers helped pick up 16,471 bags of trash and 9,394 cubic yards of loose debris along 1,486 miles of highways last year. Those volunteers logged in more than 10,250 hours.

If your organization is interested in caring for a portion of a Hoosier highway as part of the Adopt-A-Highway program, contact the INDOT East Central District Office at 1-855-463-6848 for information. The Adopt-A-Highway program helps significantly reduce the roadside trash problem and improves the look of Indiana's communities while helping to uncover the state's natural heritage and save tax dollars.

INDOT is pursuing innovative ways to provide highway litter control at the lowest cost to taxpayers, including the Sponsor-A-Highway program for interstate highways in Indianapolis and the surrounding area. Under Sponsor-A-Highway, businesses and organizations contract with private service providers for litter cleanup. The service provider and its safety procedures are approved by INDOT, but unlike volunteer groups, the personnel are trained in working safely along interstate highways. The same service providers perform these functions for similar programs in many other states. If you are interested in sponsoring a highway, go to

Adopt-A-Highway and Sponsor-A-Highway programs benefit all parties involved: The motoring public benefits from litter removal, the taxpayer receives a valuable service while allowing more resources to be invested in roads and bridges, and the group is promoted by well-located signage in high-traffic areas.

Everyone shares the responsibility to keep Indiana’s highways clean by following these tips:

As you travel along Indiana’s roadways watch for crews as they are cleaning the roadside. Reduce your speed, use caution and consider worker safety when driving through the area.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 01:44 pm: Edit Post

Reid departments to open at 600 East Main April 27

Reid departments that handle bill payments, signups for insurance programs and providing copies of medical records will open at a new location at 600 East Main in downtown Richmond on April 27, Reid officials said.
Supplied Map: 600 East Main Street
“Many families we serve have transportation challenges that sometimes inhibit their ability to access our financial support services. This location provides more room and also brings these services to the heart of downtown, which offers some of our customers more convenience,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid President/CEO.

“This location also provides larger spaces on the first floor for meeting with our patients and families in private areas, as well as improved space and workflow for the team members on the second floor who communicate with patients, agencies and insurance companies on the telephone, email and internet. In total, the building supports approximately 80 team members and the customers they serve,” Kinyon said.

The departments are moving from a Reid complex at 1501 Chester Boulevard, where the expanding team has outgrown the space that was originally designed for a physician practice. Kinyon said that space will soon be ready again for future physicians, and serves as a recruiting tool to make Reid more competitive in ongoing efforts to attract doctors to the area.

“We are currently recruiting for almost 40 physicians or mid-level providers,” Kinyon said. “We need to be able to share with candidates potential locations for their practices when possible as a way to distinguish ourselves from other health systems who are also seeking providers in a very competitive market. From a local economic perspective, success in physician recruitment means more jobs for our community.”

The new location is not far from a downtown parking garage and also includes a parking lot behind it, though some of those spaces will be affected by future construction downtown.

Services to be available at the location, which is expanding hours with the move to 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, include:

Downtown businesses are excited to have so many Reid team members in their area, said Jason Whitney, Executive Director of Center City Development. "The Main Street merchants are very excited about this influx of activity into the 600 building, which has been mostly vacant for many years. This increased activity will help to sustain existing businesses and will help to entice new development to the area."

Whitney said he believes having a group of Reid employees in the center of the city is valuable to downtown redevelopment and it has “energized” existing retailers in the area. "They not only contribute a large employment base to the effort but also daily customer traffic to experience the unique businesses along Main Street … This timing for this exciting change only adds to the momentum created by the new Stellar developments in the continued revitalization of Center City."

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 01, 2015 - 06:35 pm: Edit Post

InFocus Candidate Forums to be Broadcast on WCTV

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce and Whitewater Community Television (WCTV) are partnering on candidate forums for the Richmond municipal election being held May 5. The “IN Focus candidate forums” will be broadcast live Thursday evenings at 6pm on WGTV, Channel 11 (on Comcast cable). The programs can also be viewed live online at (click on the broadcasts tab and choose Channel 11). Replays of the program will be available on WGTV Thursday nights at 10:30 pm, Friday nights at 8 pm, Saturdays at 8 am and 9 pm and Sundays at 8 am & 1 pm. Video on Demand replays will also be available on WGTV Online, which can be reached through WCTV’s website:

IN Focus candidate forum shows will begin Thursday, April 2nd and candidates for the following races have been invited to appear on these dates:

The Wayne County Area Chamber and WCTV are soliciting residents’ questions for the candidates. Send your questions for the candidates to: or to:

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce and WCTV encourage all Wayne County residents to register to vote and become informed about the candidates and vote in the primary election on May 5. You can register to vote through April 5. WCTV and the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce will also have live local election coverage on the evening of May 5 beginning at 6 pm, also on WGTV, Channel 11 and also streamed online.

Note: For further information about the IN Focus candidate forums contact Amy Holthouse at the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce at 765-962-1511 or Eric Marsh at WCTV at 765-973-8488.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 05:44 pm: Edit Post

Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center
“Coaches for Kids” Charity Golf Classic

Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center will be holding its annual “Coaches For Kids” Charity Golf Classic on Thursday, May 28th beginning at 9:30 am.

This event will be co-hosted by Tim Brown and Allen Pinkett. Tim Brown is a 2015 NFL Hall of Fame recipient, Heisman Trophy winner & former Oakland Raiders Wide Receiver. Tim also was the recipient of Wernle’s 2014 National Catalyst 4 Change award. Allen Pinkett is a former Houston Oilers running back and returning host for the golf classic.

The event will be held at Forest Hills Country Club in Richmond, Indiana. There are still limited openings for sponsorships and teams and a silent auction will be held before and during the event for all.

This event is one of two annual major fund-raising events for Wernle. Wernle’s Catalyst 4 Change Awards dinner with National Honoree Joe Montana will be held on September 24th. All proceeds will go to benefit the children of Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center.

Come out and support us in our efforts “To Rebuild Relationships, and to Restore Hope.”

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 02:22 pm: Edit Post

Local Club Member Ulexus Spicer Named Runner-up at State Youth of the Year Competition
Supplied Photo: Ulexus and Bruce; Medal
Richmond, IN, March 31, 2015 – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County’s 2015 Youth of the Year, Ulexus Spicer, was named Runner-up at the State Youth of the Year competition in Indianapolis. This is the second year in a row that the local Club’s Youth of the Year has placed second in the statewide competition.

Youth of the Year candidates are judged on moral character, community engagement, school leadership and service, Club involvement and leadership potential. The statewide competition amongst the Youth of the Year winners from all the Indiana clubs is very intense, including a public speaking component along with the interview process and the written application each candidate submits.

Ulexus graduated early with an honors diploma from Richmond High School in February. She has enlisted in the Army and will pursue her goal of becoming a forensic pathologist. A selection committee of Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Board members chose Ulexus based on her application and bold vision for her future.

She has been an active member of the Club for 10 years. Ulexus has helped in the Club’s homework room, participated in Afternoons ROCK (the Club’s drug and alcohol prevention program), served as Torch Club President for two years, served as Keystone Club President for two years, and has been a Jr. Staff member for two years. She has helped with the Gleaner’s Food Bank Giveaways, a graffiti clean-up project in Richmond and she volunteers at a local animal shelter.

At the State Youth of the Year competition earlier in March, Ulexus received a surprise from the U.S. Army recruiters she had been working with to enlist in the Army. Upon conclusion of all the Youth of the Year speeches, the recruiters made a special presentation of a military coin to Ulexus for her
perseverance and dedication in all she has done and has yet to do.

Our local Youth of the Year serves as a role model to younger Club members and a representative to the community. Ulexus still serves as a Jr. Staff member and volunteers at many Club events and she plans to continue doing so until she starts basic training this summer.

“Ulexus is a great example of how perseverance and dedication can pay off,” said Alicia Painter, Jeffers Unit Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County. “She was diligent in her preparation for the state competition, practicing her speech for many different groups of people and showing the poise that is required of a Youth of the Year candidate.”

Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is the Boys & Girls Club of America’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to the Club, community and family; academic success, strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. Local Clubs select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competition. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.

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, visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 09:02 pm: Edit Post

May Date for Quilt Show in Richmond, Indiana

The Wayne County Extension Homemakers Biennial Quilt Show will be held May 8 and 9, 2015, at the Raper Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, Richmond, Indiana. Over 200 quilts are expected to be displayed at the “Splashes of Color for a Cure” quilt show.

During the show, several noted speakers will give presentations and vendors will offer a variety of products.

Noted quilter Barbara Roll will speak about the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt. In 1922 “The Farmer’s Wife,” a popular women’s magazine at the time, asked the following question: If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you . . .
want her to marry a farmer? There were over 7,000 responses.

Designed by Laurie Aaron Hurd and inspired by those letters to the magazine, the quilt contained over one hundred blocks with names such as “bat wing” and “railroad.”

Textiles and how to care for them is the topic of a presentation by Jan Livingston Brady, a local museum textile curator. Brady will discuss basic techniques designed to preserve both old and new quilts and other textiles.

Another speaker is Linda Ringley who will present a “1600 Quilt from a jelly roll” quilt top that can be made in four hours.

New and returning vendors will display their products at the quilt show.

New vendor The Soap Shepherd from Sunman, Indiana, sells soaps and body cream made from fresh goat’s milk. More information about their products can be found on their website

Located in Rushville, Indiana, the quilt shop In Stitches is back as a vendor this year. In Stitches specializes in high quality quilting fabrics and notions and is active in the Quilts of Valor program for returning veterans. Get a preview at her website

Always popular is scissors sharpening offered by vendor Barb Originals. Coming from Florida in their Lazy Daze RV, owners Barb and Joe Callahan will also bring unique patterns, handcrafted weaving looms and unique quilt kits. Barb is a nationally known designer, teacher and lecturer. Find more at their website

The Good Life from Jefferson, Ohio, offers quilt patterns and kits, fabric, notions, paper piecing and embroidery kits. Their website is

Handcrafted handbags, totes and natural gemstone jewelry will be featured by Sunny Anders of Rising Sun, Indiana.

Located in Richmond is Nancy’s Fancys Sewing Corner which is a dealer in Janome and Brother sewing machines. Nancy also offers fabric, notions, specialty threads and machine embroidery designs. Nancy’s Fancys can be found at their website

For further information, call the Wayne County Extension office at (765) 973-9281 or email Visit us on our Facebook page at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 01:39 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Date for Golf Outing
Flyer: Chamber Golf Outing
Save the date, May 15th, for the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce's annual spring golf outing, held at Forest Hills Country Club. Rain date will be May 22nd. For more information, call the Chamber at 765.962.1511.

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