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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - 07:25 pm: Edit Post

Indiana State Income Tax Refund for Certain 65 Years or Older Residents

Older Indiana Hoosiers who have only small incomes or no income other than Social Security benefits are eligible to apply for the ‘Indiana Unified Tax Credit for the Elderly’ using Form SC-40 for tax year 2010.

The Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, which provides services to older adults and physically disabled individuals in Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union and Wayne Counties, wants to remind the elderly and their caregivers that eligible older adults may receive a check from the State of Indiana in the amount up to $100 for a single or widowed 65+ or $140 for a married couple who are both 65+. The deadline for filing the Form SC-40 is June 30, 2011.

According to Tony Shepherd, Executive Director of Area 9, “The SC-40 is relatively simple and easy to complete, for a tax form. The form itself is less than a single page and the instructions are only a single page in length.”

You may be able to claim a credit if you and/or your spouse meet the following requirements:

You may file a claim if you meet all the above requirements, andThe SC-40 ‘Unified Tax Credit for the Elderly’ form is available at most public libraries in Area 9, at our Richmond and Connersville offices, most senior citizen centers or online at and scroll down to ‘SC-40’.

If an older person, family member or caregiver has any questions, please contact us by calling 765-966-1795 or 1-800-458-9345. Area 9 Agency is a service of Indiana University East.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - 04:39 pm: Edit Post

Richmond Civic Theatre Presents "The Fourth Wall"

On the weekend of Jan. 14 and 15 Richmond Civic Theatre will present its latest Studio 10 production, The Fourth Wall by A.R. Gurney. The play is produced in cooperation with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., and is directed by Jack Leer, a veteran performer at RCT.

The Fourth Wall is often described as A.R. Gurney’s love letter to the theatre, as it imagines the everyday life of a couple if one wall of their home was the proverbial “fourth wall” separating a show’s performers from its audience. As such, the show is filled with literary allusions, references to modern day politics, and tongue-in-cheek comments on typical theatre audiences. Many prominent drama critics consider this to be Gurney’s finest work.

The show features Denise Harrington as Julia, Brian Jackson as Roger, Ruthanne Bolling as Peggy, and Josh Greeson as Floyd.

The Fourth Wall is notable for including five songs written by Peru, Indiana native Cole Porter, including I’m In Love Again, Why Shouldn’t I ?, Big Town, After You Who ?, and Let’s Be Buddies.

Porter, the grandson of a man once considered the wealthiest in Indiana, was prolific as a composer/lyricist for both Broadway and Hollywood productions, with perhaps his best known show being Kiss Me, Kate. He attended Yale University and went on to Harvard Law School, though he quickly realized that his talents were better directed to music. Despite a fall from a horse that left him in constant pain and eventually led to the amputation of his right leg, Porter continued producing some of the best loved hits of Broadway.

Showtimes for this production are 7:30 p.m. on Friday Jan. 14 and Saturday Jan. 15. Tickets are $10 ($5 for RCT members) and may be reserved by calling the theatre box office at (765) 962-1816.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 03, 2011 - 07:58 pm: Edit Post

Area 9 Agency and Miami University Co-Sponsor "Snozelen" Training

Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East, and Miami University are co-sponsoring a hands on Snoezelen training.

What is Snoezelen? Snoezelen is a special room for those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia that promotes sensory stimulation. It is a safe, designated place that helps
them reconnect with their senses: touch, sound, smell, taste, and sight. An alternative therapy approach, it helps to give these individuals back some control, to reconnect with each other, and to provide relaxation.

Presenting the training will be Susan McKinley, Director of Tangible Alternatives. Susan, a licensed massage therapist and Snoezelen trainer, will conduct a hands-on training using Snoezelen products that will educate caregivers, family members, professionals and teachers on the benefits of using alternative therapies to help with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia.

Training will be January 22nd from 10:00am to 2:00pm at First Lutheran Church, 2727 E. Main Street in Richmond, and is open to all caregivers, family members, healthcare professionals, teachers and other interested individuals. A five dollar registration fee includes lunch.

For more information or to register, contact Karisha Solomon at 765-966-1795 (ext. 240) or 800-458-9345 (ext.240) or via email at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 03, 2011 - 02:44 pm: Edit Post

Reid, Centerstone agree to Aurora patient transition

Reid Hospital and Centerstone announced today (December 30, 2010) an agreement for transitioning chemical dependency outpatient services from Reid’s Aurora program to Centerstone when Reid’s program closes Jan. 31.

“This is great news,” said Reid President/CEO Craig Kinyon. “Our psychiatric services team and other agencies in the area are making sure outpatient addiction services remain readily available in our community.” He said the Reid team has worked hard to ensure that ample outpatient chemical dependency services continue since the decision was made in early December to close Reid’s outpatient program. Reid’s efforts included leading meetings with community agencies affected to discuss how they could meet this need.

Robb Backmeyer, Centerstone chief operations officer, said his agency is confident it can help meet the demand by beefing up existing outpatient services – possibly even with some of Reid’s team. Backmeyer said his agency is interested in taking on some Aurora team members so they can help handle the increase in patients and further
ensure a smooth transition. “We understand the challenges this type of program has become for hospitals to maintain,” he said. “That’s why few hospitals have been able to continue these services in the past few years.” Backmeyer said. “As an organization dedicated to mental health and addiction service, this certainly aligns with our mission.”

Backmeyer said he has already gathered information from referral sources about the needs and demands and believes expanding his agency’s outpatient services will make sure no void in care occurs. Services may be provided in existing Centerstone space, though that is also being evaluated as preparations are made for increased patient flow.

No other services cut

Aurora is so far the only service discontinued by Reid as a result of intense scrutiny of its 2011 budget. Kinyon said steps had to be taken as a direct result of the regional economy and continued federal reimbursement reductions. He cited “an explosion” of bad debt and charity care – a direct result of the sustained double-digit unemployment affecting everyone in the region. As a result, Reid expects to provide up to $314 million in care in 2011 for which the hospital won’t be paid.

With psychiatric services, Kinyon said the financial issues are compounded by the fact that other psychiatric care that Reid continues to offer – such as inpatient adult psych – result in an even larger operating loss than Aurora. “But Reid is the sole provider of these important services in our service area. Yet, outpatient addiction treatment is offered by several other agencies. Centerstone, Meridian and others are there to meet the need and can do so much more cost effectively than we can,” Kinyon said.

Kinyon said the change also allows Reid to beef up the inpatient adult psychiatric program by adding two chemical dependency counselors. These counselors will also serve as liaisons with Centerstone and other agencies to ensure continuity of care.

Kinyon said Reid strives to continue the other more costly psychiatric services, including outpatient psychiatric, inpatient adult psych, inpatient detox and geropsych, though many hospitals have closed similar programs. In 2008, for example, a state survey found that only 9 of 121 Indiana hospitals were maintaining inpatient psychiatric care because they generally lose money. Other Indiana hospitals have discontinued these services this year, including Hendricks Regional, for example.

Betty Mark, spokesperson for this East Central region’s National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) said her concern through the changes is to be sure comprehensive care remains available for the people who need it. “I do understand what is happening because it is happening all over,” she said. If other agencies are able to help meet the
outpatient need formerly addressed by Aurora, she said, “I would feel very, very good about it.”

She said she is also a strong supporter of maintaining inpatient psychiatric services and appreciates Reid’s continued commitment.

Other budget decisions

Kinyon said his team has risen to a daunting challenge of reducing expenses and labor costs without compromising patient care in light of major economic forces affecting everyone in eastern Indiana and western Ohio. “Though we have had to make difficult decisions, I am confident that these changes going forward will keep us on track in the new year,” Kinyon said. “But our cutbacks certainly don’t resolve the national health care and economic crisis that will continue to challenge us in the months and years ahead. We still face many uncertainties in the economy and with health care reform.”

Reid officials announced in November that Medicare/Medicaid payment shortfalls, steep increases in bad debt and charity care brought on by the region’s high unemployment levels would make the 2011 budget one of its most challenging ever. The increase in unpaid care is also complicated by current and slated changes in the new health care reform law, which brings further cuts in reimbursement to hospitals.

To accomplish the goals, Reid administration, department directors and managers were forced to reduce labor and other costs:

Though it is heartbreaking for all of us that anyone lost a job, Reid has always operated with lean strategies for cost effectiveness,” Kinyon said. “At this point with all that we are facing, we are glad the job loss is such a small percentage of our work force.”

Kinyon said Reid remains financially sound, in part because its governing board and past administrations have always made tough decisions when they were necessary to protect the hospital’s health. He also noted that Reid will continue to expand and grow services and hire staff as needed. “We are nationally recognized for the quality
of our care on many fronts, from technology to heart and vascular care and more,” he said. “We will continue to excel in patient care and look to increase Reid’s presence and reputation in the region around us,” he said. “That’s what a healthy hospital does.”

Other steps in the 2011 budget include no wage or salary increases for the year. Kinyon said Reid will also expand a continuing focus on wellness and disease management in 2011, noting that early detection of disease and better management of chronic illness saves lives and reduces health care costs.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 01:13 pm: Edit Post

Joint Executive Agreement Leads to New Model for Wayne County Economic Development

Richmond, IN (January 10, 2011) – The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce and the EDC of Wayne County will form a new model of economic development for Wayne County and the region. The EDC board of directors at their January 10th meeting approved a contract for a joint executive to oversee both organizations. The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce approved the agreement on December 20th, 2010.

Both organizations are unanimous in selecting Tim Rogers, current President and CEO of the EDC of Wayne County to be the executive to oversee both organizations. Angie Dickman, Chairperson of the Chamber board of directors stated, “Tim’s past experience in a similar combined economic development and Chamber leadership role in addition to his knowledge and experience in our community made him a logical choice.” Chairperson of the EDC board of directors, Gary Hackman says the model allows for both organizations to retain separate board structures and respective budgets. Hackman continues, “There will be no co-mingling of EDC public funds with Chamber membership dollars and each organization will remain committed to pursuing its own mission and goals while working with each other for the betterment of the community.”

Both boards agree Wayne County has strengthened its position in the area of economic development through the agreement. Wayne County Commissioner, Denny Burns, says one of the benefits of the new model will be the enhanced ability of both organizations to reach out to existing Wayne County area businesses to determine the challenges they face and address retention and expansion opportunities. Chamber Chairperson Angie Dickman adds with the new arrangement the community is better positioned to work with area allies to promote regional growth and cooperation through implementation of the Bright Futures program and its regional data analysis initiative. Richmond Mayor Sally Hutton says, “The new model will foster a closer working relationship between the leadership and staff of both the Chamber and the EDC, which in turn will lead to more creative and innovative approaches to business advocacy, member services, and education initiatives.”

With the joint executive contract approved the transition will begin immediately with the goal of both offices being co-located at the EDC office by the end of January. Wayne County Council President, Gary Saunders, says he feels the arrangement will lead to a more efficient use of resources and staff, saving significant dollars for county taxpayers. The Chamber of Commerce will still retain their existing phone number, email and web address. Their new location will be at the Wayne Bank and Trust WayTru Plaza at 500 South A Street in Richmond.

Tim Rogers came to Wayne County in early 2009 to head the EDC of Wayne County. He previously held the position of vice president of the Springfield, Illinois Chamber of Commerce. He has thirty years experience in business development and leadership roles in economic development organizations, chambers of commerce and local and state government.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 10, 2011 - 03:06 pm: Edit Post

Area 9 Agency Offers Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Offered by Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East, the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program was developed by Stanford University. It is a workshop given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. People with different chronic health problems attend together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with a chronic disease themselves.

Subjects covered include:

  1. techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue,
  2. pain and isolation,
  3. appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance,
  4. appropriate use of medications
  5. communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  6. nutrition, and
  7. how to evaluate new treatments.
Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion book, Living a Health Life with Chronic Conditions, 3rd Edition, an audio relaxation tape or CD, and an Indiana State Park Annual Pass for a small fee of $10.00.

It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

Does the program replace existing programs and treatments?

Program will not conflict with existing programs or treatment. It is designed to enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education such as Better Breathers, cardiac rehabilitation, or diabetes instruction. In addition, many people have more than one chronic condition. The program is especially helpful for these people as it gives them the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health, as well as to help them keep active in their lives.

The next scheduled workshop series is at MedFit 24/7, 750 Chester Blvd. in Richmond at 9:30am on the following Tuesdays: January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22.

If you are interested in registering for the workshop, or for more information, contact Area 9 Agency at 765-966-1795 or 800-458-9345.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 11:18 am: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Continues Record Breaking Enrollments

RICHMOND -- Ivy Tech Community College Richmond continues its eight year enrollment growth pattern. Spring Semester 2011 enrollment is at an all time high of 4,370 students, up 2.6 percent over Spring 2010. Total student credit hours taken are up 7 percent over Spring 2010.

Ivy Tech Richmond’s Connersville Campus contributes to the enrollment growth. Spring Semester 960 Ivy Tech students attend classes in Connersville, an increase of 11.6 percent compared to Spring 2010.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 03:12 pm: Edit Post

Rhythm of the River Project Captures History of Whitewater Valley’s Rich Transportation Heritage

Metamora, Indiana – January 26, 2011 - The Whitewater Canal Byway Association (WCBA) recently completed a major transportation heritage project – The Rhythm of the River: Transportation’s Role in the Whitewater Valley’s Past, Present and Future. A Humanities Initiative Grant from the Indiana Humanities Council supported the project.

Rather than conduct new research, the project was designed to compile existing stories, articles, and images to document the evolving relationship between transportation systems in the Whitewater Valley. “With this information pulled together, we will be able to showcase the Whitewater Valley’s unique role in each era of Indiana’s transportation history,” said Candy Yurcak, WCBA President of Metamora.

The project’s director, Phil Anderson of ReThink!, based in Carmel, Indiana, presented the project at the WCBA’s 2011 Annual Meeting. The project explored all modes of transportation and their effects on the development of southeastern Indiana. “The region’s transportation heritage is so rich because Indiana began here in this valley,” he said. “The project is three full binders and digital files of material covering early pioneer trails, Whitewater Canal and National Road, railroads and interurbans, bicycles, automobiles and highways, and new hiking-biking-driving trails. Down through the years, transportation systems have steered economic and cultural development of the communities in the Valley. This is true today as the people travel the valley on the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway and its sister byways, people ride the Whitewater Valley Railroad, and companies such as Stant and Carbon Motors continue to keep the automotive industry’s engine running,” Anderson added.

The information from the Rhythm of the River project will be crafted into key stories that capture the history of people, companies, organizations, and communities and showcase the unique historical assets still found throughout the Whitewater Valley. The project will provide a foundation from which the WCBA will create programs, exhibits, and activities for use along the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway, in the new Whitewater Valley Gateway Park, located in Metamora, and in other locations in the valley. “This project is another building block in the WCBA ‘s efforts to improve the quality of life through economic and tourism development, preservation and education, and create memorable experiences for visitors and residents,” added Yurcak.

The Whitewater Canal Byway Association is a not-for-profit organization representing interests in eight counties–Dearborn, Fayette, Franklin, Ripley, Wayne and Union in Indiana and Butler and Hamilton in Ohio. The group includes business leaders, elected officials, community foundations, economic development groups, tourism organizations, historical groups, community leaders, and others. The WCBA is responsible for the oversight and development of the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway and the region’s new Whitewater Valley Gateway Park.

The Indiana Humanities Council, the statewide affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage people to think, read and talk. Its grant programs assist grassroots organizations and communities in capturing their histories and creating promising futures.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 05:57 pm: Edit Post

Where to Find Internet Marketing Tools That You Can Use for Free

Richmond IN marketing firm, Marketing & Creative Services has introduced a new website, that reveals marketing tools that any business can use for free.

According to Marketing & Creative Services president Gary Arndts, “There are literally thousand of really useful, free marketing tools available online if you know where to look for them. Internet Marketing Tools Depot introduces a new tool each day by email to subscribers. Anyone can subscribe for free.”

Almost any Internet marketing task, from creating your own website to sending out email campaigns, can be done using free online tools. Marketers can create blogs, find photographs, build links to their website, distribute publicity releases, create info products and presentations, and much more without spending a penny.

Each new posting includes a link to a brief “Starter Video” that helps introduce the free tool to marketers and lead them through the first few steps of using it.

Businesses can sign up to regular receive free marketing tool announcements at Internet Marketing Tools Depot Subscriptions.

The website also archives free Internet marketing tools by category, by keyword search and with a directory of “Starter Videos.”

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 24, 2011 - 11:33 am: Edit Post

Ivy Tech receives $205,000 grant to recruit, train workers for skilled jobs at area companies

Richmond—A $205,000 three year grant to Ivy Tech Community College Richmond will enable employers in Wayne, Fayette, Franklin, Rush and Union and Rush counties in Indiana to add and retrain 150 workers for skilled jobs.

The project will train workers in demand occupations for businesses based on industry need, primarily in advanced manufacturing, transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) and applied information technology.

“This innovative program provides area companies the opportunity to expand or retool their businesses with workers who have today’s needed skills,” James Steck, Ivy Tech Richmond Chancellor said.

An Ivy Tech Richmond and WorkOne partnership will provide employers in the five county area with state and federal resources to minimize direct costs for hiring these new employees. In collaboration with employers, Ivy Tech and WorkOne will determine new employee skills needs, develop training requirements to those needs, assess potential new employees, train and certify, as appropriate, potential employees as well as advertise and market open positions.

Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder said, “This is a great opportunity to help Hoosiers that are very much in need of retraining, and Ivy Tech stands prepared to help those looking for a career change. In today’s uncertain economy, there are few guarantees for anyone who enters the workforce, but these students will have the 21st century skills and expertise to prepare them for the changing job market.”

Eight other Ivy Tech Community College regions share in the $5 million grant to Ivy Tech Community College through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) administered by the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.

Ivy Tech Richmond is offering open enrollment programs this Spring targeted to employers in Wayne, Fayette, Franklin, Rush and Union counties. Kim Thurlow, Workforce and Economic Development (WED) Executive Director, explains that “at a time when employers are looking to reinvent their workforce for the new economy, having access to training and funding support provides them with a boost in the right direction. Supervisory training, technical, lean, frontline and customer service courses are scheduled for Spring. Employers looking to hire should call to find out if this grant can help them increase the likelihood of successful hires.”

Regional coordinator for the program is James Maley, Ph.D., a Wayne County resident with extensive experience in production process design, improvement and implementation projects in North America, Asia and Europe. He has managed business development, industrial engineering, training and production departments. He is meeting with companies in the area to determine their employee and skills needs. He can be reached by email at or phone 800-659-4562 x 4106. Workers interested in the program should contact WorkOne for additional information.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 12:55 pm: Edit Post

The Wayne County Foundation will offer the workshop, "Writing Effective Proposals," on March 1.

Reservations are due Feb. 15. The workshop and lunch cost is $5 each.

The workshop is designed for Wayne County non-profit organizations that would like to apply for a Wayne County Foundation grant but are unsure how to proceed. The workshop also might benefit any organization that has applied previously but not had its proposal funded.

The workshop will include an overview of the foundation and its funding criteria; information about the foundation's grant cycles; and review aspects of successful grant applications.

It will start at 11 a.m. March 1 at the foundation office, 33 S. Seventh St. in Richmond.

For reservations or information, contact Rachel Hughes at (765) 962-1638 or e-mail

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 11:58 am: Edit Post

Reid Cardiac Surgery Program Tops in National Ratings

Reid Heart & Vascular Center’s heart surgery program has received the highest rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), putting the Reid program in the top 13% nationally.

The “three-star” rating denotes the highest quality and indicates Reid’s program scores significantly higher than almost 90% of the others evaluated. The analysis is based on national data from July 2009 through June 2010 of approximately 900 programs that participate in the STS database. Approximately 75.5% receive a two-star rating and 11.4% get a one-star rating.

“We knew we had excellent services and an excellent team, so this prestigious national recognition is just more proof that our heart patients are in the best of hands,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid president/CEO.

E. Paul Howanitz, M.D., chief cardiothoracic surgeon at Reid, said the evaluation is based on four key quality indicators:

“The three-star rating reflects the commitment of our surgeons and cardiologists to providing the highest level of care for our patients,” Dr. Howanitz said. “This recognition reflects not only what happens in surgery, but th care our patients receive before and after from our entire team.”

About the Society of Thoracic Surgeons The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 5,800 surgeons, researchers, and allied health professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensure the best possible heart, lung, esophageal and other surgical procedures for the chest. Founded in 1964, the mission of STS is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, advocacy and database review.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 17, 2011 - 05:33 pm: Edit Post

Reid Community Benefit grants announced

Reid Hospital & Health Care Services has announced grants totaling $76,225 to eleven organizations supporting community health, fitness and anti-hunger efforts.

Reid’s Community Benefits Committee, which advises Reid’s governing board on community needs and wellness priorities, meets quarterly to process grant requests under the direction of board member Larry Parker, chairman.

“Eleven is the most the committee has ever approved,” said Education Department Director Karen Everett. “There have been rare occasions when the members have disbursed more money, but their decisions this time, in this economy, target programs and institutions they feel can make the most difference in our community’s most urgent needs.”

“Many in the community are stressed and struggling,” said Everett. “Reid’s Community Benefits program is making a major effort to help all across the board.”

The grants approved at the December 9 Community Benefit meeting:

In addition to outright grants and subject to availability, the committee gives donations such as used computers and printers, used linens, first aid kits and medical supplies to not-for-profit entities.

In direct medical initiatives, Reid’s mammogram and prostate screening programs are covered by Community Benefit funds at no charge to qualifying individuals with physician referral.

“Often, the agencies we assist fill a small niche and provide a service that no one else does. They are helping meet a physical, spiritual or emotional health need of the community,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid president/CEO. “It’s part of Reid’s mission – to support efforts that enhance community health and well-being. Small niches are important to those in them.”

Over the years, the committee has approved grants to organizations such as Adult Day Care, All-American City, Indiana Women In Need (I.WIN), Wayne County Challenge and Student Support Services at IU East.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 17, 2011 - 02:23 pm: Edit Post

IU East To Host Legislative Forums

The Indiana University East Alumni Association and the Whitewater Valley Chapter of the IU Alumni Association will co-host a Friday legislative forum once a month now through April, allowing the community an in-person discussion with state legislators who represent Wayne County.

The first legislative forum will be held from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, January 21, in the Springwood Hall Graf Center and will include Senator Allen Paul, Representative Tom Knollman, and Representative Tom Saunders.

The forums are free and open to the public. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

“I think it’s great to have these forums at Indiana University East for our local legislators to share the goings-on at the Statehouse and how it will affect communities like ours,” said Matt Grafflin, Whitewater Valley Chapter of the IU Alumni Association board president. “As an active community member, I hope IU alumni and other citizens take advantage of these forums as a means of being more engaged in the future of Wayne County.”

Each elected official will have an opportunity to give opening remarks on the 2011 session of the Indiana General Assembly and any legislation of interest. The forum will then be opened for a question-and-answer period with the audience, moderated by Dale McConnaughay, Viewpoints/Community Conversation Editor at the Palladium-Item.

Upcoming legislative forums will be held as followed at IU East.

• Friday, January 21, 8-9 a.m, Graf Center, Springwood Hall
• Friday, February 18, 8-9 a.m., Graf Center, Springwood Hall
• Friday, March 18, 8-9 a.m., Vivian Auditorium, Whitewater Hall
• Friday, April 8, 8-9 a.m., Graf Center, Springwood Hall

For more information, contact Terry Wiesehan, IU East director of Alumni Relations and Campus Events, at (765) 973-8221 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 06:36 pm: Edit Post

EXHIBITION: Indiana Artist Series: Portraits by Tom Casalini

350 Hub Etchison Parkway
Richmond, Indiana 47374

DATES: January 30—March 27, 2011
OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, January 30 1- 4 pm

MUSEUM HOURS: The Richmond Art Museum is open
Tuesday—Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Closed
Mondays, Saturdays and major holidays.

INFORMATION: Admission is Free. For further information visit the web site at or call (765) 966-0256.

We visit museums, admire the beauty of or the concept behind a piece of artwork, and catch glimpses of the shadowy figures of the artist behind the work. But who are they really? In an attempt to answer this question, photographic portrait artist Tom Casalini of Zionsville, Indiana, has conceived a project called the Indiana Artists Series in which he has selected a group of Indiana artists to photograph. In this exhibit, a work created and selected by the artist will be shown alongside their portrait
taken by Tom Casalini, giving us a window into the world in which that artist lives and creates.

India Cruse-Griffin Todd Reifers Greg Hull
Douglas David Constance Scopelitis Walter Knabe
Lois Davis K.P. Singh C.W. Mundy
John Domont Carol Strock-Wasson Jay Parnell
Willie Faust Lois Templeton Alan Patrick
Becky Fehsenfeld Bill Rasdell

The opening reception will be held January 30, 2011 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm with an artist talk held at 2:00 pm.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 21, 2011 - 08:45 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond names students to fall semester 2010 Dean’s List

Richmond— Ivy Tech Community College Richmond named 695 area students to the Fall Semester 2010 Dean’s List. Dean’s List students must achieve a 3.5 or higher average for the semester’s course work. The grade averages are based on a 4 point scale. Serving students from Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union, Wayne and surrounding counties, Ivy Tech annually enrolls move than 5,000 students annually.

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 community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Those recognized from Wayne County include:

Cambridge City: Sheri L. Black, Sharon A. Brothers, Randi L. Brown, Jason K. Caluza, Pamela J. Chaney, Robert D. Chaney, Sandra K. DeBruler, Monica A. Delks, Roy D. Fugate, Sierra K. Godwin, Adrienne J. Gough, Donald D. Hancock, Jeanene L. Hensley, Alisha M. Lilley, Donna J. Longnecker, Tim A. Longnecker, David F. Maupin, Cynthia L. Meadows, Craig A. Moistner, Gerald L. Phillips, Lindsay N. Price, Charles E. Sasse, William E. Schwab, Rebecca L. Stonerock and Regina J. Tucker,

Centerville: Robert A. Amburgey, Gregory D. Arthur, Nancy R. Babcock, Lynn A. Baldwin, Kathleen M. Bane, Marcus W. Barnes, Lillian D. Blue, Carol L. Brabaw, Michelle, E. Brouse, Kristin M. Conner, Marvin Edwards, Brandy J. Elder, Lindsey N. Elliott, Krista J. Fannin, Michelle Fields, Christopher N. Jennings, Barbara Johnson, James R. Jones, Bobbi A. Kearney, Rachael R. Lucas, Charity L. Lyons, Brandon W. Lyons, Cheryl J. Martinez, Vickie Mofield, Richard O. Moody, Xavier C. Mullins, Richard B. Oakley, Lelia M. Pipenger, Travis W. Power, James G. Price, Paul E. Stall, Williams G. Stanton, Sondra K. Taylor, Judith A. Torres, Natalie K. Wampole, Kasey L. Whalen, Marla J. Whittaker and Misty J. Williams,

Economy: Kathleen J. Lewis and Nicole E. Strunk

Fountain City: Rick L. Doulen, Patricia A. Fulton, Misty R. Gray, Amanda M. Hussey, Diane K. Lamb, Amanda J. Martin, Karen J. Turner and Charles E. Williamson

Greens Fork: Marie Abrams, Kellie S. Bane, Marcia M. Bennett, Robert L. Bennett, Rebekah F. Clark, Jeffrey K. Nicholson and Jeremy R. Stamper

Hagerstown: Clay C. Bavender, William E. Blann, Mary E. Brown, Chris Chamberlain, Julie Davis, Angelia E. Day, Kaylee R. Goins, Rachelle L. Gruell, Rebecca A. Harrist, Monica J. Lee, Cheryl Legg, Tina L. LeMaster, James C. Marshall, June M. Marshall, Myra L. McCall, Denise D. McDaniel, Corey D. Perry, Emily J. Phillipy, Heather D. Pierce, Judith M. Pierce, Marcus W. Pitcock, Hannah M. Stevens, Michelle D. Stolle, Elizabeth M. Thompson, Tom J. Turner, Richard L. Weber, Justin B. Werking and Carrianne R. Williams

Richmond: Christina L. Allen, Kim J. Anderson, Kenneth J. Austerman, Melson J. Bacos, Donna K. Bailey, Jeff S. Barfield, Heather B. Barrett, Lisa M. Bauer, William D. Beach, Elizabeth R. Belt, Jordan D. Bentlage, Katrina L. Bentley, Patricia J. Best, Ena Bhattacharya, Kimberly D. Bloom, Steven J. Blue, Brian E. Bowers, Steven P. Bowman, Dustin N. Brady, Mafrie S. Brandenburg, Samantha N. Brattain, Angela Britto, Sheri Brookbank, Joseph D. Brown, Travis D. Brown, Katherine Browning, Aaron M. Buckland, Emily C. Buckler, Jacqueline F. Cain, Beverly S. Caplinger, Danny W. Capps, Richard Carrera, Ada J. Carter, Anthony F. Caskey, Fredna R. Centers, Brittany A. Clark, Bonnie L. Coleman, Ivy D. Coleman-Mebane, Thomas K. Cones, Paul A. Connell-Brewer, Bryce D. Conway, Melissa S. Conyers, Amber N. Cooper, Nancy C. Cooper, Jennifer L. Copes, Benjamin H. Costner, Sarah G. Costner, William P. Crawford, Diana E. Davis, Leonard E. Davis, Melissa G. Davis, Tena F. Davis, Jeffery R. Day, Jennifer E. Deetz, Kimberly K. Duggan, Marianne E. Duke, Thomas J. Evertts, Michael L. Ewbank, Tracey J. Farmer, Donna S. Fleenor, Valerie J. Fonzer, Brittany R. Foust, Randy T. Gabbard, Star A. Gabbard, Amy J. Garcia, John A. Garner, Maria D. George, Tara E. Gray, James R. Hall, Nancy E. Handley, Andrew J. Hartman, Danny S. Hatch, Treva J. Haynes, Donna F. Hayre, James S. Hazelbaker, Jonathon O. Hemmer, David B. Hensley, Brittany M. Higgs, Karly G. Hines, Kimberly Hittle, Richard K. Hobson, Zelmer Holder, Patricia M. Hoover, Kimberly J. Hoppe, Brandi D. Horn, Jayme M. Howe, Mildred J. Hubbard, Rachel R. Huber, Karl R. Hudson, Henry B. Hunt, Tiffany N. Hunt, Jennifer L. Isaacs, Ashley N. Jarboe, Amber N. Jarvis, Lu A. Jeffers, Carrie D. Jenkinson, Anthony J. Jobe, Alisha A. Johnson, Danielle A. Johnson, Heather N. Johnson, Sandra L. Johnson, Chad A. Jones, Craig Jones, Linda Jones, Nicklas J. Jones, Erin J. Jordan, Lisa R. Jordan, Jacob A. Kamps, Terra S. Kennedy, Kara A. Kenworthy, Rebecca J. Kettler, Skyler M. King, Colleen Klingman, Jeffrey W. Kottyan, Anna L. Kovach, Amanda M. Kurtz, Mark E. Lacey, Eric D. Lakamp, Cherlyn R. Lambert, Todd A. Laswell, Trent S. Lawson, Amanda R. Lee, Jeremy W. Lee, John D. Leith, Robert E. Lewis, Amy D Linker, Clinton B. Lipscomb, Eric M. Long, Brenda K. Luce, Ronda S. Lutz, Miranda A. Maiden, Korey D. Mathena, Joseph L. Mauller, Kristina R. Maxwell, Emily McClain, James E. McClain, Sherry D. McClain, Laura R. McCord, Wendy M. McDaniel Gray, Danielle N. McGuire, Yvonne E. McKay, Beverly A. McKnight, David M. Melton, Ashley D. Michael, Stephen P. Michael, Kimberly K. Middleton, Brian T. Miles, Megan C. Miller, Andrea M. Minor, Jeannette J. Mollo, Michelle Moores, Adria A. Morken, Samantha C. Mosier, Paula J. Murphy, Ashley D. Murray, Jami R. Musser, Carl A. Myers, Paula J. Norton, Jonathan I. Norvell, Charles R. Ogden, Henry R. Page, Brandi A. Palmer, Patricia J. Payton, Caren L. Peacock, Grayce D. Pearson, Sharon L. Pennington, Sarah E. Phillips, Kristofer J. Ponder, Deborah L. Presley, Stephanie L. Ragle, Tamara M. Ramey, Tammy J. Ramsey, Alisa A. Rankin, Robert R. Reece, Nelltiona D. Rice, Lisa K. Richards, Deborah L. Richardson, Mindy L. Richie, Patrick M. Ripberger, John E. Rolfe, Karen N. Roser, Mark A. Ross, Tammy J. Sabados, Jennifer D. Sandstrom, Christopher J. Scales, TerryL. Scheibler, Paula A. Schubert, Kimberly R. Schultz, Chasity J. Scott, Jennifer R. Scott, Misti Settle, Jennifer A. Shaffer, Marcia J. Shaver, Jeffrey D. Sheets, Tammy L. Shiverdecker, Shane A. Shook, Amber M. Sittloh, Vincent H. Smith, Deanna Smith, Brian K. Smith, Tammy R. Smith, Dawn K. Snyder, Janel A. Sparks, Megan N. Sparks, Scott Sparks, Sandra L. Spencer, Danielle C. Standing, Julie L. Stanton, Kristopher C. Stevens, Michael E. Stevens, Kathy J. Stone, Claudia R. Stuckey, Tara J. Stuckey, Leigh Anna Thomas, Justin S. Thurston, Karen A. Tomlin, Marilyn L. Toschlog, Melaney L. Tucker, Torrance Turman, Christie L. Uhl, Paul A. Vandermar, Shonda N. Vaughn, Donna J. Walker, Tiffany E. Walker, Courtney B. Washington, Megan J. Way, Angela N. Weaver, Denise E. Webb, Teva M. Weigel, Laurie M. Welch, April C. Weston, Andrew K. White, Damian A. White, Alicia M. Wilkerson, Lakia L. Williams, Cressida N. Woodard, Brenda L. Woolums, Ashley Wright, Michelle L. Wright, Kelly L. Yandl and Jamie M. Zumwalt

Webster: Tina May

Williamsburg: Tameka R. Burns, Rodney G. Carlin II, John M. Chasteen, Victoria J. Houpt, Kimberly S. Klingman, Michael D. Lindsey and Michelle R. Provance

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 03:10 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Student receives International Ladies Club Scholarship

Richmond – Lynn Baldwin, Centerville, received the first International Ladies Club Scholarship Thursday during a ceremony on the Ivy Tech Community College Richmond campus.

Baldwin, a Dean’s List student in Office Administration who wants to manage a doctor’s office when she completes her degree, was selected for the $500 scholarship based on her essay that focused on the scholarship’s importance in helping her complete her studies and maintain her grades.

Baldwin, the mother of a teen, is an active volunteer at the Red Cross and in her church as secretary, librarian and choir director.

International Ladies Club members and Scholarship Awards chairs Erma Rich and Therese Soper presented the scholarship during Baldwin’s Office Administration class.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 07, 2011 - 03:06 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Site for College Goal Sunday, Feb 20

Financial aid professionals are volunteering to help 2011 college-bound students and their families complete college financial aid applications as part of the statewide College Goal Sunday on February 20 at the regional site Ivy Tech Community College's Richmond campus.

The program starts at 2 p.m., Sunday, February 20 in Johnson Hall 1239 on Ivy Tech's Richmond campus. Students and their families from Wayne, Fayette, Franklin, Rush and Union Counties are encouraged to attend.

The free program is designed to assist Indiana students seeking undergraduate admission to a college or technical school in 2011 in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, loans and scholarships at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide and must be filed by March 10. Completing this required form correctly and by the deadline is sometimes perceived to be complicated and time consuming. In one afternoon at College Goal Sunday, students and their families can get free help and file the form online.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 03, 2011 - 05:53 pm: Edit Post

Indiana Cultural Tourism / Grant Applications Being Accepted

During the Indiana Cultural Tourism Conference, the Efroymson Award for Excellence in Cultural Tourism Development is bestowed to encourage and share exceptional practices with Indiana leaders in cultural tourism development.

In 2011, a $25,000 Efroymson Award will recognize a nonprofit or for-profit organization for a creative, emerging cultural tourism initiative.

This is made possible through a gift from the Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF Fund.

You are invited to attend a grant information session to go through the application, talk with faculty organizers, and ask questions of a previous award recipient.

Free Public Grant Information Session
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
IndyFringe, 719 E St. Clair Street, Indianapolis

For space purposes, please help us by letting us know you will attend. RSVP to

Questions: contact Carina King, or visit the website for more information:

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 05:21 pm: Edit Post

RCT to perform All My Sons featuring a Wall of Honor

Richmond Civic Theatre will present the play All My Sons by Arthur Miller on Feb. 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and on Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. This drama takes place in 1947, shortly after World War II, and portrays one average American family, the Kellers, who have experienced those war years personally. The successful family business produced parts for military aircraft. The two sons both served in the military; one of them did not return.

One theme of the play is a person’s responsibility to his family, to his country and to his fellow human beings. And when those responsibilities seem to be in conflict, which is most important? The play’s title suggests that “family” can include more than blood relatives. For example, one could consider all of the servicemen, or all of the younger generation, to be his sons.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Also, active duty military personnel may purchase two tickets to any performance of All My Sons at the discount price of $12 each.

RCT’S WALL OF HONOR In conjunction with its production of All My Sons, RCT will honor U.S. military veterans as well as current servicemen and women. We ask the community to help us honor the veterans or service members in your family by submitting their names, military history, and photos, which will be used to create a special “Wall of Honor” in the RCT lobby. Specifically, please provide the following:

  1. The service member’s name
  2. Rank and branch of the service, if available
  3. Years (dates) of service, if known
  4. Any distinguished medals received
  5. A photograph or scanned copy (please label the photo on the back)
  6. The name and relationship of the person submitting
Mail your Wall of Honor recognition to: Wall of Honor, Richmond Civic Theatre, 1003 East Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374. Or bring it to the theatre during RCT business hours, Tuesday through Friday. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 11.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 04:18 pm: Edit Post

Richmond Family YMCA Welcomes New Members to the Board of Directors

On February 7th the Richmond Family YMCA welcomeed 3 new members to the Board of Directors and approved the 2011 Board Officers.

Josh Amyx is welcomed to his first term with the Richmond Family YMCA. Coach Amyx is a 9th Grade
Academy English teacher at Richmond High School, as well as the head baseball coach for the Red Devils. He is an active member of the First English Lutheran Church in Richmond.

Brett Roland, a Y Board Member from 2008-2009, is welcomed back to the Y. Mr Roland is the president
of Whitewater Construction, and is currently serving on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Wayne County. He is also a member of St Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Rick Parker is also returning to the Y’s Board of Directors. Mr Parker is an active member of the Richmond Community, operates The Parker Company in Richmond’s historic Depot District, and regularly participates in the Lunch Bunch, the Y’s lunchtime basketball held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

On February 7th, the Y also saw a changing in the guard in its slate of officers. Connie Anderson, Vice President at First Bank Richmond and president of the Y’s Board of Directors for the past two years, welcomed David Stidham as the new president of the Board.

Mr Stidham is a Richmond High School and Ball State graduate, as well as a veteran of the United States Navy. He retired from US Bank and has been an active member of the Y’s Board for the past 5 years. Mr Stidham has been an active member of the community serving on the Boards and Committees of the Chamber of Commerce, Ivy Tech, Reid Foundation, Reid Hospital, Richmond Community Schools, United Way, and US Bank.

Porter Miller will assume the position of 1st Vice President. Mr Miller is a member of Fountain City Wesleyan Church and currently employed with the Health Department. He retired as the Athletic Director at Earlham College after serving the college from 1985-2002 and remains an Associate Professor Emeritus of Athletics, Wellness and Physical Education.

Richard Bryant accepted the responsibilities of 2nd Vice President. Coach Bryant is the former head football coach at Richmond High School and is currently a career counselor at the high school. He currently is the president of the board for the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.

John Robinson will remain the Treasure for the Y. Mr Robinson is the Vice President of Finance and
Development at Friends Fellowship Community, as well as a member of First English Lutheran Church. He has been a member of the Richmond Y for 4 years and has served on the Board for the past 3 years.

Dan Myers will also remain as the Secretary in 2011. Mr Myers is a longtime supporter and Board member of the Y. Prior to serving on the Y’s Board of Directors, he served with the Y’s Men for nearly 35 years.

The Richmond Family Y is sad to see Misty Hollis leave the Board of Directors. She was a strong supporter and avid voice for the Y during some tough years. Ms Hollis was instrumental in bringing new ideas and events to the Y that helped support the mission and cause of the organization.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 07:31 pm: Edit Post

Severe Weather Awareness Week Offers Hoosiers Opportunity to Prepare

INDIANAPOLIS-The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), in cooperation with the National Weather Service, Indiana State Police, Indiana Public Safety Commission, Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana Broadcasters Association, the American Red Cross, Indiana Department of Transportation and the amateur radio community, will be observing severe weather preparedness week March 13-19, 2011.

Severe weather frequently accompanies the arrival of spring. Historically, Indiana has experienced some of the worst thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding incidents during the spring months.

Planning and preparedness help minimize weather related deaths, injuries and property damage.

On Wednesday, March 16, a test of the Emergency Alert System will sound between 10:00 and 10:30 a.m. EDT, and again between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. EDT on commercial radio, television networks and all hazards alert radios. Thursday, March 17 is the make-up drill day if severe weather postpones Wednesday’s drill.

“Every family, school and business should take time now to review or create a weather safety action plan, said IDHS Executive Director Joe Wainscott. “The March 16th tornado drills are an excellent time to practice these plans.”

In addition to knowing what to do during a severe weather emergency, it’s also important to be prepared in advance. “Being informed is an essential first step, but Hoosiers must also join the effort of being prepared,” said Wainscott. “During a disaster, emergency services may be stressed and in high demand. Being able to take care of your own needs – for even a short time – will help responders assist those needing it most.”

All citizens are encouraged to prepare or update a disaster preparedness kit.

Ten important items to include in your family’s disaster kit are:

1. Food and water for three days (includes 3 gallons of water per person, per day)
2. Battery operated all hazards radio
3. Flashlight
4. Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
5. First aid kit
6. Extra clothing, sturdy shoes, rain gear, blankets, and personal hygiene items
7. List of emergency phone numbers
8. Important documents (copies of photo ID, social security card, insurance and banking information)
9. Cash (Small bills. Power outages can limit ability to use ATMs and credit cards)
10. Special items (baby formula, insulin, life sustaining medication)

To find out more about preparing for severe weather, visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 02:35 pm: Edit Post

Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Tornado Drills Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Governor Mitch Daniels has proclaimed March 13th through 19th, 2011 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana. The National Weather Service, in conjunction with the Indiana State Police and Public Safety Commission, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Department of Education, the Indiana Broadcaster’s Association, the Red Cross, and Amateur Radio Operators will conduct a statewide test of communication systems on Wednesday, March 16 between 10:15 A.M. and 10:30 A.M. EDT and between 7:30 P.M. and 7:45 P.M. EDT. If weather postpones the tests, make-up tests are Thursday, March 17 at the same times listed.

The goal of Severe Weather Preparedness Week is to better educate people about the hazards of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, and to help everyone be prepared should severe weather occur.

For more information concerning Severe Weather Preparedness, see

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, March 11, 2011 - 05:24 pm: Edit Post

Report Damage from Severe Thunderstorms and Flooding by Monday, March 14, 2011

Hoosiers, who sustained damage caused by severe weather, including wind and flooding beginning Sunday night, February 27 and ongoing, are urged to report damage online at A link to the form is available on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) website at<>. In the middle of the page under “Topics of the Day,” click on “Report damage from severe storms and flooding that began February 27, 2011.”

"Individuals with uninsured damage from the severe weather must report quickly," said IDHS Executive Director Joe Wainscott. "The faster we can assess the situation, the better, especially if the determination is to pursue federal assistance." This information is needed quickly. Damage reports need to be completed by 5 PM Monday, March 14th.

Wayne County residents and business owners who sustained damage may obtain a Flood Damage Questionnaire from the Wayne County website – or call the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency at (765) 973-9399. Completed questionnaires need to be returned to Wayne County EMA by 5 PM on March 14th. Completed questionnaires may be faxed to (765) 973-9360.

Individuals will be asked to provide their name, address, phone number, damage to property and type of damage the property sustained. Losses can include structural damage to homes and businesses and loss of personal property.


This is NOT an application for a grant with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Information will be used to help local emergency management agencies and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security preliminarily assess damage to determine if federal assistance can be pursued.

Individuals without Internet access are encouraged to contact a friend, family member or neighbor for assistance. Web access is also available at many libraries, religious institutions, community centers and other public facilities. As a last resort, individuals may contact IDHS directly to report damage at 317-233-0939.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 03, 2011 - 11:37 am: Edit Post

Ivy Tech, NAACP Annual Unity Banquet to be March 17

Richmond- The 8th Annual Ivy Tech Community College Richmond and the local NAACP chapter Unity Banquet is planned for Thursday, March 17 at the Townsend Community Center in Richmond. This year’s theme is Unity in the Community: We must reach them to teach them.

Richmond native and Earlham graduate Kenneth Christmon will speak about his experiences assisting young people, their families, universities and communities find ways to make a college education accessible, affordable and a reality.

Christmon’s dedication to assisting young people achieve their education dreams has led him to over 25 countries and throughout the Caribbean with a mission: assist not-for-profit and for profit businesses, social services, faith-based and educational organizations, and help their constituents increase their ability to become self-sufficient through higher education

The 6 p.m. event features entertainment by rapper Marq Muziq, West Alexandria, Ohio and a silent auction sponsored by the local NAACP chapter.

The evening is open to the public. Admission is $10. RSVP attendance to Tina Smith at 765-966-2656 ext 1228 by March 11.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 05:16 pm: Edit Post

Severe Weather Spotter Training Course March 8th at Lincoln High School from 6-9 PM.

To register call 765-973-9399

A Severe Weather Spotter Training Course (Storm Spotter Class) will be held Tuesday, March 8th 2011 from 6 to 9 pm. The location will be at the Lincoln High School Cafeteria, 205 East Parkway Drive, Cambridge City, IN 47327. This training will be presented by staff meteorologists from the Wilmington Weather Forecast Office of the National Weather Service. The training is free of charge and open to the public.

Severe weather seems to be an increasing part of our lives. During weather events like severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, flooding and snow storms, trained spotters are the eyes and ears of the National Weather Service helping to identify, verify and report significant weather and speeding the issue of needed weather warnings. Spotters help save lives. Citizens, amateur radio operators and members of emergency services are often in the best position to observe and report threatening weather conditions as they develop. This course will help you to confidently identify and report severe weather observations and events.

For more information concerning the SKYWARN Spotter Program, go to

Those interested in participating in the Spotter Training program are encouraged to pre-register by calling the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency at (765)973-9399.

This annual training program is sponsored by the Wayne County EMA and hosted by Wayne County Skywarn and the Cambridge City Fire Department. Our thanks to Western Wayne Schools for the use of their Cafeteria to hold this training.

For full details, go to

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 05:01 pm: Edit Post

Dr. Laura K. Windsor to Speak about "New Options for the Visually Impaired"

If you or someone you love is blind or has low vision, join us on Wednesday, March 16th, at Friends Fellowship Community and hear Dr. Laura K. Windsor, low vision specialist with The Low Vision Centers of Indiana; speak about “New Options for the Visually Impaired”. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will take place in the Community Room at Friends Fellowship located at 2030 Chester Boulevard in Richmond. Light refreshments will be served.

Being informed about the latest in technology for the visually impaired can enhance the quality of life for a person living with vision loss. At the “New Options for the Visually Impaired” event, you will learn about new treatments for common eye diseases, low vision eyewear, high tech magnifiers, large print and talking appliances and household aids, reading, magnifying and voice activated software, and driving options, including bi-optics and Jordys. Sample vision aids and information on low-cost and no-cost services for persons with vision loss and other disabilities will be provided by staff of the Independent Living Center of Eastern Indiana.

Dr. Laura K. Windsor is a recognized specialist in the field of low vision. She achieved a Bachelor of Science in Optometry and Doctor of Optometry from Indiana University in Bloomington. She is a member of the America Optometric Association, A.O.A Low Vision Section, A.O.A. Contact Lens and Cornea Section, Indiana Optometric Association and the American Academy of Optometry. In addition, Dr. Windsor has published articles on Macular Degeneration, Achromatopsia, Pathological Myopia, Vision problems due to stroke or traumatic brain injury, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Ocular Histoplasmosis, Albinism and low vision, Diabetes and low vision, Nystagmus – vision enhancement, and Low Vision Rehabilitation. She has also lectured at numerous venues throughout Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan.

This event is sponsored by The Independent Living Center of Eastern Indiana and Friends Fellowship Community. For more information, to RSVP, and for transportation call 765-939-9226.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 04:14 pm: Edit Post

A Gift to the Y Helps Strengthen Community

Richmond Family YMCA launches annual Building Strong Kids Campaign

The Richmond Family YMCA is launching its annual Building Strong Kids Campaign to financially support individuals and families in need, so that they can participate in Y programs and services. Funds raised directly support the Y’s cause of strengthening communities by nurturing the potential of every youth and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being and providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Providing financial support is critical to the Y’s goal of ensuring that everyone has access to programs and services that support their individual health and well-being.

“At the Y, we count on the generosity of our donors and volunteers to make a meaningful impact on our community,” said Kevin Carr, Executive Director of the Richmond Family YMCA. “We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.”

Gifts to the Richmond Family YMCA make a direct impact to the community. Last year, more than $30,000 in financial support made it possible for nearly 200 youth and families to have a safe place to learn and build confidence after school; it allowed children and families an outlet to participate in youth sports; to be a part of a team and develop a sense of self-worth; to bring families together and share in a common bond; to play, laugh, and learn in our seasonal Y camps; and the opportunity to improve their overall health and well-being.

The Building Strong Kids Campaign kick-off event will take place on February 17th at 7:30 am.

To learn more about the event or how to support the Building Strong Kids Campaign, please contact the Richmond Family YMCA at (765) 962-7504 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 06:34 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Recognizes Teachers, Administrators Participating in the High School Dual Credit Program

Richmond – Ivy Tech Community College Richmond recognized 48 teachers from 12 high schools and two career centers at a dinner at the MCL Cafeteria in Richmond.

The Dual Enrollment program is for high school juniors and seniors. Students can earn college credits while taking high school classes in their school and on the Ivy Tech campus.

In Spring Semester 2011 there are 772 students receiving credit in 105 classes and 186 of these students are taking more than one dual credit course.

Teachers and administrators participating in the program are from Richmond High School, Centerville High School, Franklin County High School, Hagerstown High School, Knightstown High School, Lincoln High School, Northeastern High School, Rushville High School, Union County High School, Ben Davis High School, Eastern Hancock High School, Blue River Career Center and Whitewater Technical Career Center.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 07:49 pm: Edit Post

Rally for Independence

Indiana’s nationally acclaimed CHOICE home care program is facing substantial cuts that will harm the frail elderly and physically disabled who receive home care services. CHOICE enables older Hoosiers to delay or prevent permanent placement in a nursing home by providing certain home care services: help with maintaining the person’s home, assisting the spouse caring for a wife or husband, assisting the adult children in caring for parents or grandparents at home and basic

The Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency is assisting Indiana AARP with the “Rally for Independence” on March 29th to be sure state legislators do not unfairly cut CHOICE funding.

More frail elderly will be forced into more costly nursing home care that could have been kept at home with a little assistance from CHOICE.

AARP is furnishing a motor coach and a box lunch for those attending the Rally for Independence. There is no cost to participate, but registration by March 22nd is needed.

Opportunities to meet with your state legislators and tour the Indiana State Capital Building will be provided. The motor coach will pick up those attending at the Area 9 Agency office in Richmond with a stop at the Western Wayne Senior Center located at the Golay Community Center in Cambridge City.

Residents of Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union and Wayne Counties should call the Area 9 Agency at 1-800-458-9345 or 765-966-1795 for information.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, March 11, 2011 - 03:09 pm: Edit Post

$20 Million Available for Non-Motorized Transportation

INDOT and Federal funds build 378 miles of sidewalk, 215 miles of trails

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is seeking competitive applications for $20 million in federal Transportation Enhancement (TE) funding that is frequently applied to bicycle and pedestrian projects. Since 1991, Congress has set aside federal highway and bridge funds to TE projects that expand transportation choices or enhance the transportation experience.

Since Gov. Daniels took office, the state has dramatically expanded transportation facilities for bicycles and pedestrians. With his Major Moves program boosting infrastructure investment statewide, the mileage of new or rebuilt sidewalks installed each year has steadily doubled, for a cumulative total of 378 miles since 2005.

“As both gas prices and temperatures rise, it’s time for a healthy reminder that Indiana’s sidewalk and trail network is also expanding to serve a demand for non-motorized modes of transportation and recreation,” said INDOT Commissioner Michael B. Cline.

With the innovative Hoosiers on the Move trails plan, dedicated bicycle and pedestrian facilities have grown by more than 50 percent in the past four years. More than $12 million in state and federal funds are invested each year in trails and multi-use paths, building roughly 215 miles since 2005.

INDOT directly awards federal highway and bridge funding for cities, towns and counties outside of urban areas larger than 50,000 in population. Federal funds reimburse 80 percent of approved project development and construction costs, with the applicant providing a 20 percent required match.

In addition to the TE funds, INDOT has also posted the availability of $20 million for rural bridge projects and $20 million for Group III communities with populations between 5,000 and 50,000. The funds are for construction contracts to be bid out starting in October 2013, allowing sufficient time for project design and development. Applications and eligibility criteria are on the Web at

Applications for Transportation Enhancement funds are due March 18, Group III funds on March 31 and Local Bridge funds on April 22. Applicants will present their projects before a selection committee at one of INDOT’s six regional districts before final selections are announced in June.

More information about state and federal pedestrian and bicycle initiatives is on the Web:
· INDOT Context Sensitive Solutions:
· Federal Highway Transportation Enhancements:
· Hoosiers on the Move Plan:

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 09, 2011 - 01:43 pm: Edit Post

Family to Family Education Course

NAMI, East Central Affiliate, will sponsor a Family to Family education course for families of the mentally ill. The 12 week series of classes will start in Richmond on Thursday March 17th from 6:00 to 8:30PM at the CTC Building on the Richmond State Hospital Campus.

The course covers schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder. It offers coping skills, basic information about medications, communication techniques, problem-solving skills, recovery and rehabilitation.

The public is invited. There is no charge, but reservations are requested.

For more information and directions to the location, Contact:
Sue Raby (765) 962-4816
Bernice Isaac (765) 458-6758

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 08, 2011 - 05:18 pm: Edit Post

Celtic Blaze, Featuring Stephanie Cadman

Performance: Saturday, March 26, 2011 / 8:00pm

Coming to Civic Hall Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 26, 2011 @ 8:00pm. Celtic Blaze featuring Stephanie Cadman is a brand-new theatrically-staged show appealing to all ages. The show explores Canadian heritage through music and dance, set to a modern creative-contemporary edge. The unique performance blends Ms. Cadman’s vast performance experience featuring Ottawa Valley Stepdancing, classical and Celtic fiddling, musical theatre and vocals. A world-champion tap dancer, Ms. Cadman has traveled throughout North America and Asia with various groups including Bowfire and The StepCrew). Celtic Blaze’s unique choreography brings the entire show together through song and dance. Don’t miss this exciting evening of music and dance in Civic Hall.

Good seats are available for the performance at 8:00pm; $26 for adults, $18 for students with group rates available. Call the Civic Hall Box Office for tickets: 765-973-3350, toll free 1-888-CIVIC HALL (1-888-248- 4242), or visit

Box Office hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30am - noon and 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards are accepted with a $3 charge for all credit card transactions. There is also a fifty-cent fee for mailing ticket orders.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 07, 2011 - 07:48 pm: Edit Post

The Hagerstown Museum and Arts Place Building to Receive Update

The big brick building on Hagerstown's Main Street will take on a fresh appearance this summer, thanks to a restoration grant from the Wayne County Foundation. The Foundation awarded $7000 to the Hagerstown Museum & Arts Place for painting the historic sites' ornate iron facade and trim. Built as a lodge hall in 1880 by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, an international social order devoted to the "well being of widows and orphans and burying the dead," the building has housed a community museum for more than 25 years, and an art center since 2009.

The not-for-profit Hagerstown Museum & Arts Place features exhibits of local life on two upper floors, focusing on Perfect Circle and the Teetor family; the Odd Fellows; and other area activities and citizens of interest.

Visiting hours are 1-6 PM, Wednesday through Saturday. There is no admission charge. For more information call 765-489-4005.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 07:28 pm: Edit Post

NAMI Family to Family Education Course

The Alliance on Mental Illness, Nami East Central Affiliate, will sponsor another Family to Family education course for families of those persons diagnosed with serious mental illness.

The 12 week series of classes will start in Richmond on Thursday March 17th from 6:00 to 8:30PM at the NAMI Farmhouse located at NW 13th and Indiana Ave. The course will cover information about schizophrenia, the mood disorders {bipolar disorder/manic depression}, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse, basic information about medications, listening and communication techniques, problem-solving skills, recovery and rehabilitation, and self-care.

The curriculum has copyrights and was written by an experienced family member mental health professional and will be taught by NAMI East Central family member volunteers that have taken intensive training as course instructors. The co-teachers for the Richmond area will be Sue Raby, Bernice Isaac, and Kay Lake.

NAMI hopes families with relatives who have serious mental illness, interested professionals, and significant others will take advantage of this unique opportunity at no expense to the attendees.

Seating is limited so call for your reservation:

Sue Raby 765.962.4816
Bernice Isaac 765.458.6758
Kay Lake 765.969.1862

NAMI East Central Office 765 966 4094 M-W-F 10a.m.-2:p.m.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 03:45 pm: Edit Post

Project 911 Escort will be staged in Richmond, Indiana

Two 22' steel beams from the World Trade Center are being erected in Indianapolis as part of a 9/11 Memorial, to be dedicated on the 10th Anniversary; 9-11-2011 Patriot's Day.

This memorial will be located at 421 West Ohio Street (near the Canal). These beams will be trucked from New York and will arrive in Richmond at American Legion Post 65 at approximately noon on April 9th.

All patriotic motorcyclists are invited to ride with this escort.

Staging at 10:00 a.m. to Noon, departing by 1:30 p.m. Assisting the Indiana State Police with escort to Stout Field in Indianapolis. Interstate 70 will be closed for this escort.

Primary staging location:
American Legion Post 65
109 North 6th Street
Richmond, Indiana 47374
(765) 962-4321

Hog Roast Location:
American Legion Post 64
601 South Holt Road
Indianapolis, IN 46241
(317) 248-8801

Second staging location:
VFW Post 1108
213 South 8th Street
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 966-6441

For additional information, to volunteer or to donate, contact:
Greg Hess, Indy F.D. Leader (317) 339-1601
Bill Henry, ALR re: Staging & Breakfast in Richmond, IN (765) 967-2141
Mike Cox, ALR re: Tee Shirts & Hog Roast in Indianapolis (317) 919-8699

For additional information, visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, February 18, 2011 - 02:36 pm: Edit Post

Paved Whitewater Gorge Park Trail to be extended

RICHMOND, Ind.—The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has awarded Calumet Civil Contractors, Inc. a contract to pave part of the Whitewater Gorge Park Trail. Calumet submitted the lowest of four bids at $408,800.

Calumet will be constructing nearly half a mile (0.48 mile) of permanent trail extending north from where the current paved trail from Test Road ends, near the Starr-Gennett building. The enhanced section of trail passes under both US 40 and Main Street bridges and ends at a point north of Johnson Street near the Weir Dam. The total 3.5-mile trail continues north to Thistlethwaite Falls.

The newly-paved section of trail will consist of a treated subgrade, six inches of compacted limestone aggregate, two inches of intermediate asphalt and one inch of surface asphalt. The paved surface of the trail will be 10 feet wide with two feet of compacted aggregate shoulder on each side. The trail will be wide enough to be accessible by emergency and maintenance vehicles.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 04:20 pm: Edit Post

FREE Income Tax Preparation
by AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers

Richmond, IN — Free income tax preparation by AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers will take place this Saturday, February 5, 2011, from 10am – 2pm, at Elizabeth Starr Academy, 301 North 19th Street. Richmond, IN 47374. Electronic filing option will be available. Interested participants are asked to bring social security numbers and all information pertaining to 2010 taxes.

For more information call Diane Whitehead 765-983-7203.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 02:50 pm: Edit Post

Help Available For Heating Hoosier Homes this Season

Indiana Program Offers Financial Assistance to Low-Income Households

As cold weather bears down on our state this season, low-income households may receive help keeping their families warm by participating in Indiana's Energy Assistance Program (EAP).

Managed by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the EAP offers financial assistance to low-income homeowners who struggle to pay their utility bills during the winter months. Program funding can be used to pay gas or electric bills.

A second program, aimed at reducing energy consumption and utility costs for heating homes, is also available to low-income households. The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides a variety of comprehensive services:

Unlike past years, EAP or WAP applicants are now required to present proof of a Social Security number (SSN) for all persons over the age of one. A SSN may be verified with a Social Security card, benefit letter, pay stub or other federal documents.

To ensure all Hoosiers in need have access to apply for the EAP or WAP, the Community Action Agency has outreach offices in Indiana's 92 counties. Homeowners may contact their local office with any questions regarding the application process and how the program works.

Here are the Community Action Agency outreach offices in our area:

Jay, Randolph counties (CFSI)
521 S. Wayne St.
P.O. Box 1087
Portland, IN 47371
(260) 726-9318

Wayne County (HSI)
1845 W. Main St.
P.O. Box 1314
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 966-7733

More information regarding Indiana's Energy Assistance Program and Weatherization Assistance Program can be found online at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 07, 2011 - 07:08 pm: Edit Post

Indiana 1 to reopen Friday, April 8, 2011

CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind.—The Indiana Department of Transportation will reopen Indiana 1 on Friday morning by 9 a.m. The highway was closed on Monday, April 4 to rebuild the Norfolk-Southern railroad crossing between I-70 and Indiana 38. The condition of the crossing had deteriorated over time and was completely reconstructed from the road’s subgrade to the surface and railroad tracks.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 06, 2011 - 07:10 pm: Edit Post

U.S. 40 Downtown to Close
Motorcycle parade will restrict traffic on Saturday

RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will close westbound U.S. 40 between the 500 and 900 blocks of North A Street/U.S. 40 on Saturday, April 9 at 1:30 p.m. Drivers in the downtown area should seek an alternate route for about an hour.

Beginning Saturday morning, the downtown area will be a staging point for Project 9/11. Two 22-foot steel beams recovered from the World Trade Center are being escorted to Indianapolis to construct a memorial.

Following a ceremony, the escort—including a large procession of motorcycles—will leave the downtown area on North A Street/U.S. 40. The procession will head north on U.S. 27 and continue west on I-70 to the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza in Indianapolis.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 12:45 pm: Edit Post

Indiana 1 Will Close
INDOT contractor to replace culvert

LOSANTVILLE, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has chosen a contractor to replace a culvert on Indiana 1 north of U.S. 35. Kings Trucking & Excavation, a Seymour, Indiana company, submitted the lowest bid at $121,765.

The culvert is located on Indiana 1, eight tenths of a mile north of U.S. 35 and south of Weaver Road. Replacement of the culvert will require road closure; however, the highway is expected to be closed less than two weeks and completed before the middle of June. Exact dates for construction will be announced soon.

The official detour routes for the closure are U.S. 35 and U.S. 36.

Drivers can receive updates on roadway conditions by calling 800-261-ROAD (7623) or by going online to .

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 28, 2011 - 03:36 pm: Edit Post

S.R. 1 to Close for Railroad Repairs

CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Norfolk Southern Railroad will close S.R. 1 between I-70 and S.R. 38 on Monday, April 4. The closure is expected to last about a week.

During this time, the Norfolk Southern Railroad will reconstruct its crossing with S.R. 1. The railroad crossing has deteriorated over time and will be completely replaced. The railroad crossing is located on S.R. 1 between Swoveland and Teetor Roads.

The official detour for the closure is I-70 to U.S. 35 (exit 149 B) to S.R. 38.

S.R. 38 west of Hagerstown is closed for a culvert replacement. The official detour for the S.R. 38 closure is S.R. 1 to U.S. 35, U.S. 36 and S.R. 3

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 28, 2011 - 03:35 pm: Edit Post

Northwest Fifth Street intersection with U.S. 40 to close

RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will close the intersection of U.S. 40 and Northwest Fifth Street on Monday, April 4. The closure is expected to last at least seven days.

Traffic on U.S. 40 will not have access to Northwest Fifth Street from this intersection, and traffic on Northwest Fifth Street must take an alternate route to reach U.S. 40. U.S. 40 through traffic will not be affected.

If weather permits, Milestone Contractors will begin digging out the north side of the intersection on Monday, April 4. Parts of the interurban rail line will need to be removed, and the new road subsurface will be constructed. If weather permits, a base layer of asphalt could be placed the following Monday, April 11, which would allow the intersection to be reopened. Short-term intermittent closures would follow to lay the necessary additional layers of asphalt.

The U.S. 40 reconstruction on Richmond’s west side is scheduled to be complete by July 1. The project is part of Indiana’s Major Moves transportation plan, which significantly improves and expands Indiana’s highway infrastructure.

Drivers can receive updates on roadway conditions by calling 800-261-ROAD (7623) or by going online to .

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, March 25, 2011 - 08:43 pm: Edit Post

Brown named regional winner of new Ivy Tech Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction}

Richmond- Antoinette Brown, BSN, Richmond, is the regional winner of the new Ivy Tech Community College Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction. Brown, an adjunct faculty member since 2007, is Ivy Tech Richmond’s Certified Nursing Assistant Coordinator.

The Excellence in Instruction award recognizes an adjunct faculty member from each of Ivy Tech’s 14 regions who epitomizes the mission of Ivy Tech. The 14 regional winners are being honored in Evansville Saturday at the annual Adjunct Faculty Conference. The first Gerald I. Lamkin Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction winner will be announced during the conference.

Brown is a graduate of Ivy Tech Richmond with the Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing and the Associate of Science in Nursing. She earned the Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University and is enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing program at the University of Southern Indiana. She is employed as a registered nurse in the Emergency Department at Reid Hospital.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, March 25, 2011 - 08:34 pm: Edit Post

Public Input Sought on Short, Long Term Transportation Plans

Two Weeks of Open Houses Being Held Around the State

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is seeking public input on Indiana’s draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan and draft Long Range Transportation Plan.

The public and stakeholders are invited to learn more about, and participate in, the short- and long-term transportation planning process at two weeks of regional open houses being held across the state. The open houses are informal, and citizens are invited to show up at any time to speak with INDOT planners one-on-one or have public comments be included in the official record. Open house locations and hours are listed in local times below:

· East Central Indiana: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, at INDOT’s Greenfield District Administration Building, 32 South Broadway Street, Greenfield, Ind.

· Northwest Indiana: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5 at INDOT’s LaPorte District Office, 315 East Boyd Blvd, LaPorte, Ind.

· Southeast Indiana: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, at INDOT’s Seymour District Office, 185 Agrico Lane, Seymour, Ind.

· Southwest Indiana: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 8 at INDOT’s Vincennes Sub-District Office, 3650 South U.S. Highway 41, Vincennes, Ind.

· Northeast Indiana: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 11 at INDOT’s Fort Wayne Sub-District Office, Conference Room A-B, 5333 Hatfield Road, Fort Wayne, Ind.

· West Central Indiana: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13 at North Montgomery High School, 5945 North U.S. Highway 231, Crawfordsville, Ind.

Citizens can also review the draft documents and submit written comments through INDOT’s website. The draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program is posted at, while the draft Long Range Transportation Plan will be posted to A 30-day public comment period is one of several public involvement steps in developing and finalizing short- and long-range transportation plans.

INDOT is adopting a more flexible and opportunistic planning approach by identifying transportation needs in the timeframe that capital improvement projects can be developed. Short- and long-range transportation planning is designed to support the state’s economy and environment by selecting the most context appropriate transportation solutions for moving people and freight. Public involvement in the planning process is essential both to determine citizens’ transportation priorities and to develop an accountable, efficient transportation system.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, March 18, 2011 - 05:37 pm: Edit Post

Durham named 1st Christmon Scholarship Recipient at NAACP, Ivy Tech Unity Banquet

Richmond-- Denzel Durham, a Richmond native and a 2008 Richmond High School graduate, was named the first recipient of the Kenneth A. Christmon Scholarship at the 8th Annual NAACP and Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Unity Banquet Thursday evening at the Townsend Center. Durham is a Business Administration major at Ivy Tech Richmond.

The scholarship named for the late Rev. Kenneth A. Christmon recognizes those in need from underrepresented minority groups and enables them to achieve their education goals at Ivy Tech Richmond. Christmon, a 10-year employee at Ivy Tech and a 33-year employee of Earlham College, was a co-founder and board president of the Galileo Charter School and a co-founder of the Ivy Tech African-American Male Summit.

Christmon’s son, Kenneth C. Christmon, was the featured speaker. He spoke about assisting young people, their families, universities and communities find ways to make a college education accessible, affordable and a reality.

The NAACP presented Community Service Awards to Al Glover, former Richmond City Council member, for his commitment and service to the Richmond Community; Ralph Wynn, retired educator and community volunteer, for his commitment to education and service to the Richmond Community and Potter’s Contracting, LLC for their commitment to business and service to the Richmond Community.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, March 18, 2011 - 05:31 pm: Edit Post

Road Closures Coming to Hagerstown Area

HAGERSTOWN, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will close S.R. 38 west of Hagerstown on Wednesday, March 23.

Milestone Contractors, L.P. of Columbus was awarded the $453,775 contract to replace the box culvert over Bear Creek, near Turnpike Road. Turnpike Road will not be accessible from S.R. 38 during the 45-day closure. Construction is scheduled to be complete by early June.

The official detour for the closure is S.R. 1 to U.S. 35, U.S. 36 and S.R. 3. S.R. 1 south of S.R. 38 will not be an available detour because it will be closed beginning April 4 for railroad crossing repairs.

Drivers can receive updates on roadway conditions by calling 800-261-ROAD (7623) or viewing online.