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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, April 18, 2014 - 04:15 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Announces New Director of Membership and Marketing
Photo: Trevor Oakerson
Richmond, IN.—The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that they have acquired new talent. Trevor Oakerson has joined the organization as Director of Membership and Marketing. Oakerson is a graduate from Ball State University and brings experience to the position from previous positions at Merrion Business Development, The International Center, and Mayor Ballard’s Office.

Oakerson will be responsible for increasing and retaining membership, serving on the Buy Local and Member Outreach committees, and coordinating external communications for the group. The latter will be no easy task, as the Chamber represents 514 business and 14,901 workers. Amy Oler Holthouse, President and CEO of the Chamber, said, “We are excited to work with Trevor because he will really help us increase the value of membership in the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce.”

Oakerson said, “I feel honored to be invited into an organization that plays such an active role in the development of the community. I hope to help the Chamber communicate their great work as it continues to grow and develop.”

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is a business network that promotes members and the community by encouraging economic growth and a superior quality of life. The organization does this by providing network opportunities, developing strategic partnerships and a number of initiatives. These initiatives include the School is Cool awards program, the Taste of Wayne County program, hosting local political debates and more.

The Chamber mission is to Promote, Lead, Unite, and Serve our members, our businesses, and our communities in order to be a great place to live and learn, start and grow a business, raise a family, and enjoy retirement years of quality living. For more information about joining or volunteering with the Chamber, visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 04:42 pm: Edit Post

Celebrating National Library Week with a Community Food Drive
Communities Matter @ MRL
“Food for Fines!” Donate Food to pay off library fines or simply donate food for our community.
Flyer: Food for Fines 2014
For further details and a complete review of the Food for Fines Policy, please call the library or visit our website at

Please call Sue King, Circulation Services Manager at Morrisson-Reeves Library at (765) 966-8291, Ext. 116 if you have any questions or if you need additional information

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 11:39 am: Edit Post

2014 Spring Leadership Forum: BOOST 2.0: From Vision to Vitality, Building on Our Strengths Together
Logo: Boost 2.0
Tuesday, April 22
7:30-8 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Informal Networking
8-9 a.m. Program
IU East, Whitewater Hall, Vivian Auditorium
No charge, the program is underwritten by the
IU East School of Business and Economics.
Reservation Required

The presenters will share specific examples of projects and initiatives with proven economic and cultural impact. They will explore key principles – such as bringing together diverse partners and building on unique points of positive potential – that have taken these projects from vision to vitality.

Jim Walker – Back by Popular Demand
Founder and executive director of Big Car, a nonprofit community creativity organization based in Indianapolis.

Jeremy Efroymson
President of Efroymson Family Fund. Advises, supports and advocates for organizations that contribute to the arts, cultural vibrancy and enrichment in Indianapolis and beyond.

The 2014 Spring Leadership Forum is presented by the IU East Center for Leadership Development.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 01:19 pm: Edit Post

The Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library Annual Book Sale: April 23-26, 2014
Flyer: Friends of MRL Annual Book Sale
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 22nd. Show your Friends Membership card, or buy one at the door!

The sale is open to the public starting on Wednesday, April 23rd and runs through Saturday, April 26th. Friday is “Half-Price Sale Day!” and Saturday is “Bag Day!,” when a bag of books will cost $3.00.

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 Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:48 pm: Edit Post

It’s more than chess and checkers!
Flyer: Tabletop Game Day
Drop in the Library’s Bard Room and play a fun and interesting, tabletop game with friends or make new friends at the event.

Refreshments will be served. No registration required.

We’re planning to offer this event monthly on the first Saturday of each month from noon – 4:00pm

Stay tuned. More details coming soon. For more information, please phone MRL at (765) 966-8291

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:24 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond Car Show Saturday April 26

Richmond- Whether it is vintage cars, street rods, military vehicles or motorcycles, Ivy Tech Community College Richmond’s 21st Annual Car Show April 26 will have something for all ages. Show proceeds support Ivy Tech Richmond’s Automotive Program student scholarships.

Show registration, $15 per car, begins at 8:30am on the Richmond campus at 2357 Chester Blvd (I-70 and US 27). There will be rolling judging and trophies.

The free to the public show will be open from 9-1pm. Over 150 cars and other vehicles will be on display. Attendees can enjoy food, DJ music, and activities by the Student Veteran’s Organization and Student Life that include a military vehicle display, pedal car drag racing and a lawn mower tractor train for kids.

The Ivy Tech Express Enrollment Center also will be open in Johnson Hall from 9-1pm for prospective and returning students to enroll in one stop. They can apply, enroll, advise and schedule summer and fall semester classes and attend the Car Show.

For more information call Cheryl Honkomp, 765-966-2656 ext. 2347 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:54 pm: Edit Post

Morrison-Reeves Library is pleased to present a 5 PART FILM FESTIVAL in support of the Richmond Shakespeare Festival!
Poster: Shakespeare Film Festival
Join MRL in the Bard Room from 6:00 – 9:00 P.M. on Tuesdays and Thursdays May 6 – 22, 2014

We will be showings classic and modern Shakespeare films with discussions to follow. Refreshments will be served.

No Registration is required to attend this Film Series. All showings will be free and open to the public. For more information, please phone MRL at (765) 966-8291

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 01:58 pm: Edit Post

The Chocolate Garden
Flyer: The Chocolate Garden
Follow the Chocolate Trail through the Richmond Rose Garden from 1 to 3 p.m. on May 3rd and enjoy a performance by the Richmond Symphony Brass at 2:00 p.m. Local chocolatiers will gather in one place, offering free samples of numerous items, including Killer Brownies, cake pops, and chocolate wine.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 10:39 am: Edit Post

Veach's Announces Events for Summer 2014
Poster: Veaches 2014 Summer Events
Special events for children and their families have been scheduled at Veach's Toy Station during their special evening hours on "First Fridays". Additional details for their summer craft workshops can be found at or on Facebook. Be sure to visit the store to sign up early!

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 14, 2014 - 11:04 am: Edit Post

Second Chance Education Fund established at Wayne County Foundation

The Wayne County Foundation and Ivy Tech Community College Richmond announced today the establishment of a new education fund. The Second Chance Education Fund will assist students to complete workplace skills certification training at Ivy Tech Richmond.

Stephen C. Borchers, Executive Director of the Wayne County Foundation said, “The Second Chance Education Fund is a great chance for students who did not graduate from high school in a traditional manner or timeframe achieve workplace skills that will support regional vitality. The donors who established this fund were very clear. They wanted to invest in people who have made the commitment to invest in themselves. Moreover, they see this approach as a very effective way of improving the quality of our local workforce.”

Diana Pappin, Executive Director of Resource Development at Ivy Tech Community College Richmond said, “Ivy Tech is looking forward to working with individuals who are making huge strides in their pursuit of education and workplace skills. They have already taken the first step by either taking the GED Exam or enrolling in the Excel programs. With this wonderful new scholarship program they will be able to get a workforce certification without going into debt and hopefully get a job or continue their education”.

To qualify for assistance applicants must have graduated from the Excel Center or be a Wayne County resident who earned a GED after December 1, 2013. Students must enroll in an Ivy Tech Richmond certificate program within one year after graduating from the Excel Center or receiving the GED. Programs leading to a certification are usually 16-30 semester hours.

Recipients will receive up to $2,000 in “last dollar” support to complement their financial aid package and/or pay for certification testing. Aid packages are expected to include Pell Grants (if applicable) and any applicable federal and/or state grants.

Borchers said, “The Wayne County Foundation is delighted to partner with Richmond Community Schools, the Excel Center and Ivy Tech to encourage more people to pursue higher levels of academic achievement and critical workforce skills.”

For information about the program contact Toure Conley, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Ivy Tech Community College Richmond, 765-966-2656 x 1224 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 09, 2014 - 05:43 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.

Leah Basford and Kaitlin Kramer were chosen from a pool of 44 applicants from throughout Wayne County. Each recipient will receive a four-year, full tuition scholarship and $900 annual stipend for required books and equipment.

Leah, a senior at Centerville High School, maintained a 4.0 GPA while participating in cheerleading, model legislature, and national honor society throughout her high school career. She has served in several leadership positions along with volunteering at her church and Greens Fork Animal Hospital. Leah plans to major in business marketing at Butler University. She is the daughter of Sally Osborn and Tim Basford.

Kaitlin, a senior at Richmond High School, maintained a 4.0 GPA while participating in soccer, tennis, and social studies academic team throughout her high school career. She has also held several leadership roles including captain of the soccer and tennis teams along with volunteering at Reid Hospital and Kick-Off to Mentoring Program. Kaitlin plans to major in mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame. She is the daughter of Teresa and Anthony Kramer.

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, 37 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 on June 25.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 10, 2014 - 05:56 pm: Edit Post

Duke Heitger's Swingtet: aStarr-Gennett Legacy Concert
Poster: Duke Heitger's Swingtet
Friday, May 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Lingle Hall Auditorium, Reid Hospital, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond, Indiana. For more information, call 765.962.2860.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 05:19 pm: Edit Post

IU East Center for Leadership Development, Wayne Bank and Trust Co. to host first ATHENA Leadership Award Dinner

Richmond, Ind. - Wayne Bank and Trust Co. and the Indiana University East Center for Leadership Development are pleased to announce the first annual ATHENA Leadership Award® Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on June 12, 2014, at Forest Hills Country Club, located at 2169 South 23rd St. in Richmond, Ind.

Both organizations felt that bringing the ATHENA Award to Wayne County was a perfect fit. Wayne Bank is owned by Bonnie Boyd Kruckenberg, Wendy Boyd Semba and Kristen Boyd Scrougham and IU East just inducted its first female chancellor, Kathryn Cruz-Uribe.

Nominations are now being accepted for the ATHENA Leadership Award® which will be presented at the dinner to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. The keynote speaker will be Sherrie Bossung, RN, M.B.A., director of Community Outreach and Employee Engagement of Eli Lilly and Company and vice president of Eli Lilly and Company Foundation.

Founded 30 years ago, ATHENA International is a women’s leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA’s flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award® Program, has honored over 6,250 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception in 1982. The program is facilitated locally by Wayne Bank and Trust Co., a licensed ATHENA host organization. Nominations are sought throughout the community and recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders based on the criteria above.

ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award’s rich history, international scope and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive.

Wayne Bank and the IU East Center for Leadership Development are honored to bring this award to Wayne County. ATHENA Leadership Award® Recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronzed and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage and wisdom of ATHENA recipients.

Wayne Bank and the IU East Center for Leadership Development believe in the values underlying ATHENA International’s philosophy of incorporating the talent and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, our communities and our government. Reflective of a quote attributed to Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there,” the ATHENA Leadership Award® honors and illuminates the leaders and leadership styles of individuals others would emulate.

The Wayne County recipient will be invited to join ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients and other leaders at the annual ATHENA International Women’s Leadership Summit held each spring in Chicago.

ATHENA International is nationally underwritten by KMPG. Local sponsorship is provided by Wayne Bank and Trust Co. and Indiana University East Center for Leadership Development.

Nominations will be accepted until May 5, 2014. Nomination and sponsorship forms may be obtained at or by contacting Norene Groth, director of Marketing at Wayne Bank and Trust Co., at (765) 935-5222 or or Stephanie Hays-Mussoni, director of Gift Development at IU East, at (765) 973-8331 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 07, 2014 - 02:31 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Contracts 27 Miles of New Interstate Median Cable Barriers

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has awarded two contracts to install new median cable barriers on more than 27 miles of Interstates 69 and 70.

RMD Holdings of Chesterfield, Michigan submitted the low bid of $609,276 to install 8.8 miles of cable barrier on I-69 between State Road 28 (Exit 245) in Delaware County and State Road 26 (Exit 254) near the Grant County line. The company also submitted the low bid of $1,297,833 to install 18.6 miles of cable barrier on I-70 between State Road 103 (mile marker 126) in Henry County and Centerville Road (Exit 145) in Wayne County.

Both installations are expected to be complete this year. Over the next few years, INDOT plans to add median cable barriers on approximately 130 miles of interstates in various parts of the state.

Since beginning a pilot program in 2005, Indiana has installed 370 miles of median cable barriers statewide. INDOT prioritizes installation in areas where crash history, traffic volumes, speed, median width and road geometry dictate the greatest need.

Cable barrier systems are lines of highly tensioned cables between anchored posts in the medians of roads. They are designed to control cross-median crashes, which produce half of all severe-outcome crashes and nearly two-thirds of fatal crashes nationwide. When applied correctly, cable barriers can be a cost-effective system to reduce the frequency and severity of cross-median collisions and save lives.

INDOT encourages motorists, residents and businesses to visit and subscribe to receive INDOT news and information by email using the red GovDelivery envelope icon. Updates will also be provided on Facebook at and by following @INDOT_ECentral on Twitter.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 07, 2014 - 02:27 pm: Edit Post

Earn a Business Administration associate degree in 12 months at Ivy Tech Richmond

Richmond- Spring high school graduates looking for a fast start on a college degree can complete their Business Administration degree in one year at Ivy Tech Community College Richmond. The deadline to apply for Ivy Tech Richmond’s new one year Associate of Science degree in Business Administration is June 6. Classes begin June 9.
The program called the Associate Accelerated Program (known as ASAP) enables a student to complete the two year associates degree program in one year. The degree is an excellent foundation for entering the workforce, as well as transferring into Indiana University East’s Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

With the ASAP program, a student will complete the associate degree in 12 months instead of the traditional two year track thus saving education costs. This should enable the majority of ASAP students to be placed at the junior level of admission to other universities including Purdue and Ball State.

ASAP serves high school graduates who are prepared to enter college academically, have a good attendance record and are highly motivated to complete college. Students attend school full-time, almost 40 hours a week, in a learning group called a cohort. Students in the learning group form a close community and provide peer support for each other during their year-long program.

For further information about the Ivy Tech Richmond ASAP Business Administration program, interested candidates should visit to fill out an interest form, talk with their guidance counselor, and/or call Chris Seger at 765-966-2656 ext. 1218 or 800-659-4562 ext. 1218, email:

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