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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 01:22 pm: Edit Post

Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center's CEO & President, Darrell Gordon, nominated for CLD's upcoming Minority Achievers Awards

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, February 11, 2015 – A nationally renowned sports and entertainment executive and acclaimed public health official will be honored at the Center for Leadership Development’s 35th Annual Minority Achievers Awards & Scholarship Gala scheduled Wednesday, March 11 at the Indiana Convention Center’s Sagamore Ballroom along with 12 other award recipients. A reception begins at 5:00 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. Citizens Energy Group is the title sponsor again for the eighth year.

The Minority Achievers Awards Selection Committee in conjunction with the Center for Leadership Development (CLD) is delighted to personally acknowledge and comment Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center's CEO & President, Darrell Gordon, for having been nominated for CLD's upcoming Minority Achievers Awards.

Twelve additional awards will also be presented to select individuals in the following categories: Arts & Entertainment, Business & Industry, Communications/PR/Advertising, Education, K-12 and Postsecondary, Entrepreneurship, Financial Services, Professions, Public & Community Service, Science & Technical Disciplines, “Up & Coming” Achiever and the CLD Distinguished Alumni award. The awards selection committee consists of local volunteer business and community leaders and executives and is chaired by Tamara Zahn. Tables of 10 are still available for $750 or individual tickets can be purchased for $75. Both may be purchased online at

A special recognition will also be announced for the 9th Annual “S. Henry Bundles, Jr. Award for Service to the Center for Leadership Development”. The award is named in honor of CLD’s founder, Mr. S. Henry Bundles, Jr. to recognize those unique individuals who have made significant investments of resources (time, talent, and treasure) to help undergird CLD’s strength, sustainability, and growth.

The event will also focus on CLD’s partnering higher education institutions and community partners who will introduce the 2015 class of “CLD Scholars”. CLD’s educational scholarship sponsors are helping make education accessible, affordable, and achievable for CLD participants and their families. Since 2004, CLD has been in partnership with various colleges and universities throughout the state of Indiana that see the value of CLD’s programming. Nearly $13,500,000 in scholarships has been awarded to CLD students since 2004. The total awarded at the 2014 Achievers Gala was a record $2,759,976 to 44 students, an increase of over half a million in 2013.

About Center for Leadership Development
CLD is a non-profit organization with the mission to foster the advancement of minority youth in Central Indiana as future professional, business and community leaders by providing experiences that encourage personal development and educational attainment. CLD inspires and develops Central Indiana youth to realize their highest human potential so they are empowered to live rich, purposeful lives and make meaningful contributions to their families and to our community.

Follow us on Twitter @CLDincorg. Find us on Facebook at

Center for Leadership Development | 2425 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street | Indianapolis, IN 46208

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 04:08 pm: Edit Post

Volunteer Workshop at WCTV on March 14th
Flyer: WCTV Volunteer Workshop
If you would like to learn the basics of studio lighting as well as studio and field camera recording, sign up for the 2015 Volunteer Workshop, on Saturday, March 14th from 9am to 1pm in the WCTV studio. No charge for this event but space is limited so RSVP by March 11, 2015.

If you have any questions, contact Eric Marsh at (765) 973-8488 or by email at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 05:50 pm: Edit Post

Special Olympic Athletes To Play Exhibition Game on Saturday, February 28th

The Wayne County Special Olympics Athletes’ boys and girls (Believers & Pacers) basketball team will play an exhibition game during hall-time at the Richmond High School Friday, February 27th.

This opportunity has been made possible through the efforts of a student at Seton Catholic High School (Jacob Stamm). Jacob is working with other students on the Student Advisory Board state wide to promote a program involving Special Olympics Athletes and high school students called “Champions Together”. For more information on this program please go the SOINDIANA.ORG web page.

Please join in the fun to support both Wayne County Special Olympics Athletes and the Richmond High School students and athletes.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 03:00 pm: Edit Post

Still time to register for Ivy Tech Richmond 8 Week spring classes

Richmond, Ind. - There is still time for new students to start earning a college credential or current and returning students to take an extra class this spring. Ivy Tech Community College Richmond’s eight week spring classes start March 16. Classes are being offered face-to-face and online. New students should start the application/enrollment process by calling 888-ivyline (489-5463) 7 am-1am daily or (765)-966-2656, ext. 1202 or (800) 659-4526 ext. 1202.

Current and returning students, and new students can start the application and/or enrollment process in the Express Enrollment Center on the Richmond campus, no appointments needed to complete all steps in the enrollment and registration process in one stop. The Center is open 8:00-6:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:00-5:00 p.m. Friday in Johnson Hall on the Richmond campus (I-70 & US 27). Rose City Transit has bus service to the Ivy Tech campus.

A free Admissions Application is available online at New students and current and returning students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online NOW at Students applying for aid for spring/summer should use 2013 tax return information. Those applying for the 2015/16 academic year aid should use the 2014 tax return. Information.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 02:58 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Offers Scholarships, Jobs to Engineers in Training

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation is offering civil engineering students scholarships of up to $3,125 per semester, and paid employment during summer breaks and upon graduation.

Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana’s certified civil engineering schools and apply using the form at Applications for the 2015-2016 school year must be postmarked by Tuesday, March 31.

INDOT’s scholarship program offers $3,125 per semester or $2,083 per trimester for up to five years of post-secondary civil engineering education. Scholarship funds can be applied to educational expenses, fees and books. In return, recipients will work for INDOT in full-time, paid positions during their summer breaks and upon graduation.

Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana’s Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology certified civil engineering programs. Eligible programs include Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, Purdue University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Trine University, University of Evansville, University of Notre Dame and Valparaiso University.

Learn more about the INDOT Engineer Scholarship program and download the application at Applications for the 2015-2016 school year must be postmarked by Tuesday, March 31.

Students or parents with questions may contact recruitment consultant Jeremy Haggard at or 317-234-8096.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 02:40 pm: Edit Post

Bob Evans Hosts Community Fund Raiser for Wayne County Special Olympics
Coupon: Bob Evans/Special Olympics
Between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on February 23, 24 and 25, Bob Evans, 401 Commerce Road, Richmond, will donate 15% of their sales to Wayne County Special Olympics when you present this flyer.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 02:13 pm: Edit Post

Reid Medical Associates to open at 1250 Chester temporary location

The Reid Medical Associates (RMA) physician practice displaced by water damage last week will reopen Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 1250 Chester Boulevard.

Jim Hayes, Executive Director of Reid Physician Associates, of which the practice is a part, said the RMA team will see patients at the location for up to six weeks while the damage is repaired. “We are glad that the practice was able to keep disruption to our patients to a minimum with last Friday and Monday the only two days where service was affected,” Hayes said.

Reid Medical Associates will use the first entrance on the north side of the building that will continue to house Reid Family Health in other separate space, Hayes said. The RMA practice was among the areas most severely damaged last Thursday when a weather-related pipe break flooded two floors of the Reid 1350 Chester Boulevard complex that houses several departments and services.

The actual water damage affected just one wing of the building that houses RMA, Reid Urgent Care, Reid Sleep Disorders Center, the Reid Radiology School and work stations for more than 30 Information Services team members. While damage was limited to the wing that housed RMA and Information Services, the plumbing issues mean the whole building must remain closed until the sprinkler system is repaired.

On Monday, Reid Urgent Care opened at the Reid Orthopedic Center, 1400 Highland Road, after operating in the 1250 building Saturday and Sunday. Patients who were scheduled this week for sleep studies are being contacted for rescheduling while the team there works to find a temporary location, Hayes said, noting that the service is not one that can easily relocate because of special environment needs and equipment involved.

Information Services and Radiology School staff relocated to other Reid properties, including others on Chester Boulevard and in temporary spaces on Reid’s main campus at 1100 Reid Parkway.

Reid officials said damage from the frozen pipe break could reach six figures, though quick action when the leak happened prevented it from being even more extensive. Jeff Cook, Reid Engineering Services Director, was actually able to reach the building and shut off the water within 12 minutes of when the leak began from a high-pressure sprinkler water line in the attic above Reid Medical Associates.

The Information Services area of the lower level took the brunt of the water damage, though the medical practice also sustained flooding that affected some furniture, carpet and walls.

Cook said Monday it may be possible to reopen the undamaged wing of the building sometime in March, depending on how quickly the sprinkler system is operational in that wing.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 07:08 pm: Edit Post

Sign Up for HIP 2.0!
Flyer: Healthy Indiana Plan Sign Up
The public is invited to learn more about the Healthy Indiana Plan and sign up for HIP 2.0 with assistance from ClaimAid at a meeting in Lingle Hall at Reid Hospital, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond on Thursday, February 26 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 765.983.3000 ext. 4676.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 09, 2015 - 02:26 pm: Edit Post

Foundation to Announce Changes to Grant Application Procedures

The Wayne County Foundation will outline a number of changes to its grant application process in two meetings to be held on February 24 and 26. Representatives of local organizations who anticipate applying to the “Improving the Quality of Life” grant cycle this spring are strongly encouraged to attend one of the two sessions.

A new, online system for receiving and processing applications represents the biggest change to be announced. The Foundation is also implementing a number of small, but significant policy changes and making some procedural changes in the application process. The most significant procedural change will involve submitting some materials in advance of the full application.

“Our goal is to improve the process, for both applicants and our reviewers,” said Steve Borchers, the Foundation’s executive director. “We also want to encourage stronger proposals that represent the very best ideas for moving our community forward.”

Last year, the Foundation awarded more than $430,000 in its two traditional grant cycles and the Challenge Match Initiative. The Foundation expects even more money to be available this year. According to Borchers, the overall structure of the Foundation’s grant-making calendar will not change. There will still be two traditional grant-making cycles in April and August, and a Challenge Match program in November.

The meeting on February 24 will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Innovation Center in downtown Richmond. The meeting on February 26 will be held at the Boys and Girls Club at 1717 South L Street, Richmond. Cost for the workshop is $5, which includes lunch. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Lori Johnson at lori@waynecountyfoundation or 765-962-1638.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, February 20, 2015 - 02:23 pm: Edit Post

Celebrate Black History Month at MRL with Ray Kamalay

Morrisson-Reeves Library is pleased to offer a musical and philosophical tribute celebrating Black History Month. Ray Kamalay will be presenting "Freedom, Slavery and the Roots of American Music" at the library on:
Thursday, February 26th at 6:00pm

In this lecture/concert, Ray Kamalay puts African American and American music in the perspective of world history. With both story and song, Ray traces the development of slavery from ancient Rome to its links with American society. He intersperses his own "live" performance of the music between astonishing stories from that history.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 765.966.8291.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, February 20, 2015 - 02:19 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond celebrates Black History Month showing Disney film Ruby Bridges, February 27 in Johnson Hall

Richmond, Ind. –Ivy Tech community College Richmond’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is showing the Disney film, Ruby Bridges, as part of its Black History Month celebration. The film, free to students, faculty, staff, and the Richmond community, is 6:30 p.m. Friday, February 27 in Johnson Hall’s Stidham Auditorium on the Richmond campus.

The Ruby Bridges movie is based on the true story of the first black student to attend public schools in New Orleans in 1960. Ruby Bridges was one of four black first graders selected based on test scores to integrate the previously all-white schools.

For further information contact: Toure Conley, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, 765-966-2656 x 1224 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 23, 2015 - 02:05 pm: Edit Post

Reid relocating some services after water line break at Chester Boulevard building
Supplied Image: Information Services Work Area
Information Services work areas were among two floors damaged by pipe break.
Patient services housed in the Reid complex at 1350 Chester Boulevard will be relocating and reopening mostly uninterrupted while repairs are made over the next six weeks, hospital officials said Friday.

“The good news is we have a plan to ensure that our affected patients are cared for while we take care of the damage,” said Reid President/CEO Craig Kinyon Friday afternoon. A weather-related broken water pipe Thursday at the 1350 Chester complex, though discovered and stopped in less than 15 minutes, damaged two floors of the building that houses a medical practice and other Reid departments and services.

“We are extremely pleased that we have been able to keep disruption to patient services at a minimum,” Kinyon said. The building is home to Reid Urgent Care, Reid Medical Associates practice, the Reid Sleep Disorders Center, Reid Radiology School and work stations for more than 30 Information Services team members. The extreme cold Thursday afternoon caused a high pressure sprinkler system pipe to burst at about 5:30 p.m., flooding two floors of one wing.

As the Reid team worked Friday to assess damage and clean up, plans were developed for interim locations:

“This issue developed quickly,” Kinyon said. “Thankfully, our team in the building was able to evacuate fast and our Engineering Director Jeff Cook was able to get the water supply shut off quickly – or this could have been even worse.” Kinyon said he was proud of how the affected areas rallied and developed a plan to keep patient care going. “These team members always prove themselves to be about putting our patients first,” he said.

Tim Love, Director of Reid’s Information Services department, said the work cubicles of his team in the lower level took the brunt of the damage. He was also thankful to learn that numerous “water resistant” laptops that had not been tested actually survived getting wet. “We only lost two, I believe,” Love said.

Cook said it will take up to six weeks to totally repair and reopen all departments in the complex. He said issues with frozen pipes in facilities when the weather gets and remains so cold for extended periods is always a risk, though he said this incident is the worst he’s faced in his approximately seven years of handling maintenance of Reid’s 42 buildings in the East Central Indiana and West Central Ohio area Reid serves.

Jim Hayes, Executive Director of Reid Physician Associates, said patients who had appointments at Reid Medical Associates were reached and seen at other practices or rescheduled. And Urgent Care opened Friday in a temporary location next door at 1250 Chester Boulevard offices of Reid Family Health.
Supplied Image: Pipe Break Area Supplied Image: Water Soaked Carpets
The pipe break was in this area of the attic in the back of one wing | Water soaked carpet and other areas of Reid Medical Associates

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 02:53 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Financial Aid offers Saturday Feb. 28 FAFSA Workshop for current and returning students, high school seniors and parents

Richmond, Ind. – The Ivy Tech Community College Financial Aid Office is offering a free FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Workshop for current and returning students and high school seniors and their families.

The FAFSA Workshop will be Saturday, February 28, 10:00 a.m. – noon at the Ivy Tech Richmond campus in Johnson Hall. Rose City Transit offers Saturday bus service to the campus.

The workshop helps current, returning and new students meet Indiana’s March 10 deadline for filing FAFSA forms. Filing by the March 10 deadline enables students to be considered for Indiana state grants to assist in paying for their college education in the 2015-2016 academic year. Financial Aid staff members will answer questions and assist students and families with completing their FAFSA application.

Attendees should bring:

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, February 18, 2015 - 08:39 pm: Edit Post

Morrisson-Reeves Library Announces the Addition of MANGO Languages
RICHMOND, Indiana, February 18, 2015 — Morrisson-Reeves Library is pleased to announce that it now offers the Mango Languages online language-learning system to its patrons. Alex Sarkissian, Audio-Visual Services Manager made the announcement today.

Mango is free for all library patrons and can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection.

Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. In addition to traditional language courses, Mango also offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film with Mango Premiere™ and access to a variety of specialty mini courses, like Pirate, Medical Spanish and romance courses. Mango can be accessed at the library, remotely, or even on-the-go with apps for iPhone and Nook®, Android™, and Kindle®.

"We are thrilled to join the growing list of libraries across the country that offer Mango to their patrons at no cost," said Alex Sarkissian. "Some people need to learn a second language for business or travel. Others want to for personal or professional development. No matter the reason, learning a language should be fun and easy. With Mango, it definitely is."

To learn more about Mango, stop by the library and ask a librarian for an introduction. Library card holders can access Mango through the library website at For more information, contact Morrisson-Reeves Library at (765) 966-8291. Contact Alex Sarkissian,

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 16, 2015 - 04:43 pm: Edit Post

Seton Catholic Schools Hold Open House on February 26
Flyer: Seton Open House
Learn more about Seton Catholic's challenging curriculum, community service projects, school spirit and traditions, extra-curricular activities, athletic opportunities, faculty and staff members, admissions process and financial aid options during the open house on February 26th from 5:30 to 7pm at Seton Catholic Elementary, 700 North A Street and 6:30 to 8pm at Seton Catholic High School, 233 South 5th Street Richmond.

For more information, call 765.962.5010 or visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 03:00 pm: Edit Post

Area 9 Agency Offers Tools for the Conversation Project

When it comes to end-of-life care, one conversation can make all the difference. It’s not easy to talk about how you want the end of your life to be. But it’s one of the most important conversations you can have with your loved ones. Area 9 In-Home and Community Services, a service of Indiana University East, is offering resources provided by IU Health-Walther Foundation to help you prepare for the conversation.

The Conversation Starter Kit will help you get your thoughts together and then have the conversation. It isn’t about filling out Advance Directives or other medical forms. It’s about talking to your loved ones about what you or they want for end-of-life care. Whether you’re getting ready to tell someone what you want, or you want to help someone else get ready to talk, this Starter Kit will be a useful guide.

PREPARE is a program that can help you make medical decisions for yourself and others; talk with your doctors; and get the medical care that is right for you.

Go Wish gives you an easy, even entertaining way to talk about what is most important to you.

The cards help you find words to talk about what is important if you were to be living a life that may be shortened by serious illness. Playing the game with your relatives or best friends can help you learn how you can best comfort your loved ones when they need you most.

To access these useful resources, visit the Area 9 Agency website at and click on “links” under the “Resources” tab.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 03:17 pm: Edit Post

2015 Quilt Show Comes Together

Putting together the “Splashes of Color for a Cure” quilt show has been a labor of love for members planning the 2015 Wayne County Extension Homemakers Biennial Quilt Show. It has given them a chance to honor loved ones affected by cancer. Held May 8 and 9, 2015, it will be at the Raper Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, Richmond, Indiana.

Some of the highlights of the show include:

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 Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 05:53 pm: Edit Post

Advisory: Warming Stations Available On-Call for Expected Stretch of Frigid Winter Weather

With the onset of continued cold temperatures expected tonight and continuing toward the weekend, we have updated the list of warming stations throughout Wayne County. The following warming stations are on-call to protect citizens who may be without heat in the on-going winter weather.

Warming stations are intended for short-term use and will have minimal accommodations. Persons who intend to utilize the warming stations should call the designated contact prior to arrival. Take your family's emergency supply kit with you when going to a warming station. Please bring any personal medications that will be required along with personal care items, snacks and items to occupy your time such as books, magazines and electronics.

Genesis of the YWCA
15 South 11th St.
Richmond, IN 47374
Phone: 765-935-3920

Rock Solid Ministries
1024 E. Main St.
Richmond, IN 47374
Contact: David Eales or Helen Manning
Phone: 765-962-5099
Hours Available: T-W-F 9am-2pm

Salvation Army
707 So. A St.
Richmond, IN 47374
Phone: 765-966-7791
Hours Available: M-F 9am-12 noon & 1pm-3pm

Abington Fire Department
4618 Pottershop Rd.
Centerville, IN 47330
Station # 765-855-3950
Contact: Mark Crist
Phone: 765-969-8037

Boston Fire Department
102 South Salem
Boston, IN 47324
Station # 765-935-2494
Contact: Joe Buckler
Phone: 765-220-1586

Cambridge City Fire Department
127 W, Maple St.
Cambridge City, IN 47327
Station # 765-478-9676
Contact: Jeff Gabbard
Phone: 765-541-0964 or 765-478-5656

Centerville Fire/Rescue
414 So. Morton Ave.
Centerville, IN 47330
Station # 765-855-3889
Contact: Dennis Spears
Phone: 765-967-0028

Dublin Fire Department
2248 E. Cumberland St.
Dublin, IN 47335
Station # 765-478-1266
Contact: Jerry Myers or Contact: Nathan Ulerick
Phone: 765-969-7382 Phone: 765-914-5403

Economy Fire Department
138 Poplar St.
Economy, IN 47339
Station # 765-886-5594
Contact: Scott Gregory
Phone: 937-371-7737

Fountain City Fire Department
312 W. Main St.
Fountain City, IN 47341
Station # 765-847-5305
Contact: Jeff Himelick
Phone: 765-914-2151
or 765-847-2829

Greens Fork Fire Department
114 E. Pearl St.
Greens Fork, IN 47345
Station # 765-886-5542
Contact: Jan Riggleman
Phone: 765-914-1199

Hagerstown Fire Department
151 No. Plum St.
Hagerstown, IN 47346
Station # 765-489-5404
Contact: Rick Cole
Phone: 765-238-0315

First Hagerstown United Methodist Church
199 S. Perry St.
Hagerstown, IN 47346
Contact: Rodney Frieden
Church Office: 765-489-4558
Hours Available: M-Th 9am-3pm

Milton Fire Department
200 E. Walnut St.
Milton, IN 47357
Station # 765-478-4727
Contact: Scott Hicks
Phone: 765-977-5427

Webster Fire Department
5122 Main St.
Webster, IN 47392
Station # 765-935-1585
Contact: Dennis Hollingsworth or Contact: Kevin Fouche
Phone: 765-977-2164 Phone: 765-969-3978

Williamsburg Fire Department
8323 No. Centerville Rd.
Williamsburg, IN 47393
Station # 765-886-6122
Contact: Bryan Spears or Contact: Josh Smith
Phone: 765-967-7288 Phone: 765-277-2594

Be prepared for the cold winter weather - get helpful information from the CDC's Extreme Cold Guide at and the Winter Storm and Extreme Cold page at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 23, 2015 - 06:24 pm: Edit Post

Work Begins March 9 on State Road 227 Bridge Over Middle Fork

RICHMOND, Ind. – Construction crews plan to begin work on the State Road 227 bridge over Middle Fork Reservoir on or after Monday, March 9.

One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction as half of the road width is restricted between Interstate 70 Exit 153 and Smyrna Road. After the first half of the bridge work is complete this summer, traffic will be shifted to continue work on the second half.

Contractors for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will repair damaged concrete, pave new approaches to the bridge, and place a latex-modified concrete overlay on the 300-foot deck. Bridge deck overlays preserve the structures, protect against moisture and provide a renewed driving surface for motorists.

R.A. Myers Construction Company of Muncie, Indiana is the INDOT contractor for the $969,000 project, which is expected to be complete by September.

Stay informed about INDOT projects by subscribing to receive email updates. For updates by social media, follow @INDOT_ECentral on Twitter and like Indiana Department of Transportation: East Central on Facebook.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 04:08 pm: Edit Post

Watercolor Workshop with Bruce Neville
Supplied Image: Watercolor Painting by Bruce Neville
Saturday, March 21, 10 - 4 pm
Join Richmond Art Museum for an enriching workshop filled with information in developing your own style in painting watercolor. With focuses on approaching the subject, illustrating design, color mixing, and capturing of light this one day workshop will be valuable to painters of all skill levels.

Taught by award-winning artist Bruce Neville (as featured in RAM’s current exhibition) who has taught at the Baker-Hunt Art and Cultural Center for 15 years, held workshops at the Dillmans of Wisconsin, the South Bend Art Museum, the Cincinnati Art Club and in various sites in Kentucky.

The workshop is only $75 for RAM members; $85 for the general public. Register online here or call us at 765 966-0256.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 02:44 pm: Edit Post

New Concertmaster, senior Orchestra member to be recognized at March 7 RSO performance
Supplied Image: Mari ThomasSupplied Image: Pat Rogan
Left to Right, Mari Thomas, Pat Rogan
Richmond, Ind. - The Richmond Symphony Orchestra (RSO) will welcome its new Concertmaster, Mari Thomas, and honor its senior member of the Orchestra, Pat Rogan, at the March 7 concert in Civic Hall Performing Arts Center.

Thomas is no stranger to the Concertmaster position in Richmond. She performed those duties for a brief period in the early 1990s. RSO Conductor Guy Bordo says, “Mari is a terrific violinist. I was truly impressed with her passion and leadership at the RSO concert in September. I’m looking forward to collaborating with her.”

A Cincinnati resident, she is very busy with three teenager sons and husband, David Thomas, a trumpet player and band director at St. Xavier High School. She also is the concertmaster of Sinfonia Gulf Coast in Destin, Florida.

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music with an Artist Diploma and Bachelor of Music, she also studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder and Pepperdine University.

Mari says, “I’m excited about the opportunity for this Orchestra leadership position. It’s a perfect fit for me. I see my role as Concertmaster a one of ‘collaborator and interpreter’ working with the conductor.”

“She is someone our audience is going to enjoy and our musicians already respect. She is a wonderful choice for the RSO,” Guy Bordo said.

Local talent Pat Rogan has been a familiar face in the Orchestra French Horn section since joining at age 15, auditioning for the RSO’s first conductor Manfred Blum. About his experience, Rogan says, “I was given an unbelievable opportunity to be part of this fantastic organization and have never taken a moment for granted. I wish everyone could experience all of the amazing musical moments that I have had with this orchestra.” Pat celebrates 40 years with the RSO this year and is the only member that has played under the direction of all three of the RSO’s conductors. Guy Bordo says, “The RSO has a core of committed and experienced musicians that provide leadership for the young players. Pat is an important member of that group.”

Rogan’s wife, Chris, is director of the RSO Singer and is also an Orchestra member. Together they are raising two sons Sam and John.

The RSO has several upcoming events beginning with Artful Harmony: A Collaborative Auction benefiting RAM, RSO, and area Artist. A variety of paintings inspired by the symphony painted by The New Richmond Art Group will be available for silent auction beginning with a preview on February 28 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at IU East’s 912 Studio on Richmond’s Main Street. The auction will conclude following the RSO’s March 7 concert at 7:30 pm at Civic Hall Performing Arts Center.

The Richmond Symphony Orchestra’s Signature Event Committee is asking area residents to” Save the Date”, Saturday, April 25, for its major event. The Boogie Woogie Ball will celebrate the end of WW II and area Veterans from all generations. Reservations are available at the or call the office at 765-966-5181 to order tickets now.

The March 7 Richmond Symphony Orchestra concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in Civic Hall Performing Arts Center at Richmond High School, 380 Hub Etchison Pkwy, Richmond. Students 18 and under are admitted free. To order tickets or for additional information: call 765-966-5181 or visit the RSO website at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 09, 2015 - 02:18 pm: Edit Post

Reid pulling back collection letters prematurely sent to patients

Reid Hospital is asking two collection companies to pull back letters that were sent prematurely to patients for unpaid bills.

“We apologize for this miscommunication,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid President/CEO, referring to the letters that some patients received in January from Finance System and United Collection. “We have discovered that many of these patients may not have received the standard series of three monthly bills that they should have received before any collection agencies became involved. I take full responsibility for this problem, and we are taking immediate steps to correct it.”

He said the letters gave readers the impression that their credit report could be affected. “This is not the case -- and we regret that this added a significant amount of stress to our patients and families.” Kinyon said a policy change as of January 1, 2015, means that unpaid medical accounts will no longer be reported to credit bureaus or affect credit ratings. In other words, even if a collection agency gets involved with a Reid patient account, there will not be any negative reporting from Reid on their personal credit file.

The steps to resolve the issues include:

Kinyon said the notices in some cases were for balances that may have only recently been billed that largely resulted from performance issues with a former billing company.

He emphasized that as of January 1 of this year, collection agencies used by Reid no longer submit any non-payments to credit reporting agencies, which has been a major concern to the people who received letters from Finance System and United Collection. “These unpaid balances will not and would not have affected anyone’s credit,” he explained. “Because of the confusion, we will continue to work one-on-one with anyone who has questions or concerns as we rectify this situation.”

Generally, these balances reflect the patient’s portion after their insurance plan has paid.

He said the hospital’s billing team is working with customers who may have not realized they owed balances dating back in some cases to 2011. “We are dealing with these on a case by case basis. We will be sending letters to all those who have received the notices with information on how to proceed. The most important thing we want them to know is that we take responsibility for all of the concerns and issues and will work with them.”

Kinyon said Reid took back all functions of billing from a contracted service provider on Oct. 1. He said the department has expanded by 24 team members as work continues to revamp and improve operations. “We are confident that we have resolved the issues we have found and that we won’t have this type of breakdown again,” he said.

Questions and answers about recent billing issues

Question: I got a collection notice. What should I do?
Answer: These notices were sent in error and can be ignored. We will be sending another communication to those affected.

Question: Why am I receiving bills now for things dating back so long?
Answer: Some customers with Dates of Service generally prior to 6/1/2014 were not billed, or not billed in a timely manner, because of problems that were discovered several months ago involving a former billing management company.

Question: Won’t this collection notice unfairly affect my credit scores?
Answer: Absolutely not. We are immediately pulling these accounts back from these agencies. And because we stopped reporting to credit bureaus as of Jan. 1, 2015, the notices would never have affected anyone’s credit.

Question: I believe my bills are wrong or have already been paid. What should I do?
Answer: Watch for a new communication in the mail with more details or contact our Patient Financial Services team by calling (765) 983-3184. You may also visit a specialist at our 1501 Chester Boulevard location.

Question: Have you resolved the problem?
Answer: Yes. We have taken numerous steps over the past few weeks, including adding staff and improving computer systems used for billing. We have also brought the billing process back in-house as a function of employees who work directly for Reid.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 03, 2015 - 08:57 pm: Edit Post

Free Tax Service Starts This Week at MRL

Tax counseling, form preparation, and electronic filing will be available to local taxpayers with low to middle income, with special attention to those 60 years of age or older. This service is open to the public and provided by AARP Tax-Aide volunteers. Assistance will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Couples who wish to file electronically should both be present to sign their return. Individuals with tax returns that are deemed to be too complicated will be referred to a tax professional.

It will be necessary to bring the following items in order to be properly served:

These Tax Returns that WILL NOT be processed:February Tax Services Offered: Wednesdays from 9:30am - 3:30pm
Open 9:30am - 6:00pm on February 18th

March and April Tax Services Offered: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am - 3:30pm
Open 9:30am - 6:00pm on March 18th and April 8th

For more information, visit:

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 05, 2015 - 04:51 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond announces Admissions Staff changes
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L to R: Chris Seger, Darryl Decker, Jennifer Haler, Linda Przybysz, Stephanie Hill Alexander

Richmond, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Richmond is announcing several staff changes in its Admissions Office. Christine Seger, Admissions Director, is moving to Financial Aid Director with the retirement of Financial Aid Director Ann Franzen-Roha. Linda Przybysz, Richmond, moves to Admissions Director from Assistant Director.

The Admissions team will be in area high schools across the Richmond Region during February assisting with the schools’ FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Days. Team members, Assistant Directors Stephanie Hill Alexander, Richmond, Darryl Decker, Centerville, and Jennifer Haler, Hagerstown, will be working with school districts and residents in the five county Richmond Region. They will share college information and assist with the application and enrollment process- Haler in Wayne County; Hill Alexander in Fayette and Franklin Counties; and, Decker in Rush and Union Counties.

Ivy Tech Richmond’s Express Enrollment Center is offering FREE FAFSA Workshops on six February dates-three days in Richmond and three days in Connersville. The workshops are open to anyone in the Richmond Region wanting to complete a FAFSA and/or learn more about financial aid. The Richmond campus dates are February 10, 18, and 26 in Johnson Hall noon-2:00 p.m. and 5:00- 7:00 p.m. and Connersville Ivy Tech Instructional Center, February 11, 19, and 23, noon- 2:00 p.m. and 5:00- 7:00 p.m. If possible, call the Express Enrollment Center to reserve a seat in advance at 765-966-2656 ext. 1202.

Prospective, current and previous students still have time to start earning a college credential or additional college credits this spring in Ivy Tech Community College Richmond’s eight week spring classes that start March 16. Classes are being offered face-to-face and online to meet individual schedules. Online classes offer flexible scheduling and do not require travel to a campus location.

New students, current and returning students should start the application and/or enrollment process by calling 888-ivyline (489-5463) 7 am-1am daily or (765)-966-2656, ext. 1202 or (800) 659-4562 ext. 1202. The Express Enrollment Center, no appointments needed to complete all steps in the enrollment and registration process, is open 8:00-6:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:00-5:00 p.m. Friday in Johnson Hall on the Richmond campus (I-70 & US 27).

A free Admissions Application is available online at New students applying for financial aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at using the Ivy Tech school code - 009917.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 05, 2015 - 04:29 pm: Edit Post

RHS Shamrock 5K & 10K to be Held on March 14
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RHS Business Professionals of America (BPA) organization is sponsoring the 4th annual 5K and 10K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 14th at Richmond High School. The event begins at the Tiernan Center, 380 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond.

Early Registration (before March 7) $15/adult and $10/student. After March 7, $20.

Event day registration and packet pick up begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 8:45 a.m. Packet pickup will also be available on Friday, March 13 from 4-6pm at the RHS Career Center, Door #37 or you may register online.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 09, 2015 - 02:49 pm: Edit Post

Applications open for Jack Reed Memorial Scholarship

Richmond, IN, February 9, 2015 – Applications are now available for the Jack Reed Memorial Scholarship program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County. The scholarship is available to high school seniors wishing to further their education beyond high school. Traditionally, $2,000 is awarded at the discretion of the scholarship committee. Applicants must be a current or past member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County and must be going on to continue their education at a post-secondary institution including a college, university or trade school.

Candidate applications are judged on grade point average, Club involvement and activities, character, leadership and service to the community. Each applicant must write an essay, submit a letter of recommendation, provide a transcript and participate in an interview process with members of the scholarship committee.

Applications are available from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County or from the guidance counselors at area high schools. The deadline to submit the completed application, reference letter and transcript is March 20, 2015. The timeline for applications is as follows:

March 2-20 – Scholarship applications available

March 20 – Completed application, reference letter and copy of high school transcript due

March 23 – Applicants notified of interview times

March 26 – Interviews conducted between 5:30-9 p.m.

April 1 – Scholarship recipient announced

Jack Reed was a Board Member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County and an advocate for youth development. After relocating to northern Indiana, Reed was instrumental in helping to open a new Boys & Girls Club in the Fort Wayne area. His dedication to youth and service to his community was remembered by his family when they created the Jack Reed Memorial Scholarship in his honor.

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 Monday, January 05, 2015 - 03:39 pm: Edit Post

Art Is...China A Hands-On Exhibit of Art and Culture
February 3 - March 27, 2015
Press Release: Art Is...China
The Richmond Art Museum invites your class to the 2015 Children's Hands-On Exhibit Art Is...China, for K-3rd grade students. This year, the art and culture of China will be explored through looking a the country's arts, crafts, and other objects and by participating in creative activities.

Once you've reserved a spot for your class, a packet of activities, along with reservation confirmations will be sent out as your visit date approaches. The pre-packet is designed to introduce some of what will be explored in the exhibit, and will give your students basic background information about China.

The exhibit will run from Tuesday, February 3 through Friday, March 27, 2015. Keep in mind that this program if free of charge, so please take advantage of it!

Note this change: Groups will be scheduled Tuesday through Friday at 9:00 a.m.; 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. (No Monday sessions) All sessons are approximately one hour in length. The schedule fills quickly, so register early.

Scheduling multiple classes on the same day is ideal. This allows the bus to drop off a class at the museum and then return to school for the second class. When the second class is dropped off at the museum, the first class then loads onto the bus for the return trip. Talk to your fellow teachers and coordinate your visits!

To schedule your class(es), call the Richmond Art Museum at (765) 966-0256. You may also email Lance Crow at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, December 29, 2014 - 07:49 pm: Edit Post

2015 Wayne County FAFSA Days
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During the months of February and March, each of the Wayne County public high schools will host a FAFSA Day. During these workshops any HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR or PARENT, CURRENT COLLEGE STUDENT, or ADULT CONSIDERING COLLEGE can visit a high school computer lab to receive free hands-on assistance in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or ask questions about college admissions, financial aid, etc.

For more information contact:
Christy Tollett
Steering Team Member
Wayne County College Success Coalition
Purdue University College of Technology at Richmond

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 06:29 pm: Edit Post

NAMI Invites Families with a Mentally Ill Loved One to Sign Up for their Annual 12-week “Family to Family” Program, beginning March 2

NAMI, (National Alliance on Mental Illness,) will hold its February General Meeting on Tuesday, February 3 at the CTC Building at the west end of the Richmond State Hospital campus at 7:00 p.m. This group meets on the first Tuesday of each month, and features a speaker on a topic of interest and information. These meetings are designed as a public service of NAMI, and are for not only consumers of mental health services and their families, but for the community at large, and anyone who would like to attend is invited.

The speaker for this month will be a representative of the Natco Community Empowerment Center. The organization provides free programs to help people work toward financial stability and independence.

The Natco Community Empowerment Center offers: One on one financial counseling, resume and job seeking training, home buyer education, foreclosure prevention assistance, small business support, budgeting, credit and debt solutions, access to computers and office resources, workshops and more.
They are located at 1627 E. Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374.

NAMI is a national organization, with the East Central Chapter located in Richmond. They offer many programs and services to the 5 county area they serve. An upcoming NAMI event is the annual 12-week “Family to Family” program which begins on March 2. It is designed for families with a mentally ill loved one and helps families gain insight into their patient’s illness and helps them develop strategies in dealing with this illness. Also, advice is available to obtain professional help, or other assistance that may be needed. The program is taught by specially trained persons with experience in dealing with mental health issues.

For more information, call the NAMI office at 966-4094 Mon., Wed. or Fri. between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Calls received at other times will be returned.

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