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Third Annual Family History Fair on Saturday at Shelby County Public Library

Time to turn back the clock to The Story of Us: Immigrant Experience on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Third Annual Family History Fair at the Shelby County Public Library’s Carnegie East Wing.

Participate in an interactive Ellis Island encounter for a taste of what our ancestors endured to see if they were healthy in mind and body. Will you get to stay in America, or will you be sent back?

Try out the digital photo both to “picture your heritage,” and check out the continuously running Ellis Island video. The Ellis Island encounter is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room A.

The Gallery features “Lady Liberty: Mother of Exiles.” The Indiana Room displays a collection of ceramics and glassware from Germany as well as the ever-popular “Who Is It?” table.

At 10:30 am, keynote speaker M. Teresa Baer of the Indiana Historical Society Press will speak in Room B. At 1 pm in Room B, she will join the roundtable discussion on “Your Immigrant Ancestors.”  Baer is managing editor of Indiana Historical Society Press Family History Publications, edits The Hoosier Genealogist: Connections as well as books on migration and ethnic history. She has compiled and edited the book, “Finding Indiana Ancestors: A Guide to Historical Research” (2007). Baer has a master’s degree in comparative history from Indiana University.

“Shelby County Immigrants,” a presentation by Genealogy & History Department Head Donna Dennison, will begin at 2 p.m. in Room B. Dennison will focus specifically on groups of immigrants as they moved through Shelby County on their way further west and those who decided to stay here and create a community.

Stampede String Band will bring “Indiana’s freshest modern folk and bluegrass” to the Plaza from noon to 1 p.m. Band members John Bahler, Kyle Buck, and Aaron Nicely will play music from their 2023 tour, “The Last Shall Be First.” It is inspired by blind blues singers and red clay farmers who gave the nation its heart and soul. Three-part harmonies, bass, mandolin, guitar, and banjo achieve that old-time sound with all the energy and finesse of modern music.

Visitors may buy a chili lunch with all the trimmings for $10 from the First Church of Pentecost. Baked good, snacks, and drinks will also be available throughout the day. 

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New career scholarships can open doors for high school students

Local lawmakers encourage high school students who want to pursue work-based learning and credentials outside the classroom to apply for the state's newly launched Career Scholarship Account program.

State Rep. Jennifer Meltzer (R-Shelbyville) said Hoosier students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades at a state accredited public or private school can receive up to $5,000 to access qualified training opportunities. About 1,000 spots are available for the 2023-2024 school year and students can apply for a Career Scholarship Account until the Sunday deadline.

"Getting work experience at a young age can really set them up for success after high school," Meltzer said. "These scholarships can make it easier for Hoosier students to learn more about and explore potential careers while also perfecting their skills for the future."

State Rep. Cory Criswell (R-Shelbyville) said Career Scholarship Accounts are available to high school students who are enrolled in a course or educational experience approved by the Indiana Department of Education. Eligible students may also be enrolled in an apprenticeship, applied learning experience, work-based learning and/or credential attainment experience approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

"Many businesses are looking for additional education and training certifications beyond a high school diploma, which can make all the difference for students when looking for high-paying, quality jobs," Criswell said. "These scholarships can take some of the financial burden off when enrolling in programs or participating in work-based learning that can give them a head start after graduation."

Approved students will receive $5,000 over four disbursements and can use the money toward certain qualified expenses:

  • Expenses to enroll in and attend sequences, courses, apprenticeships, or programs of study
  • Career coaching and navigation services
  • Postsecondary education and training
  • Transportation and equipment
  • Certification and credentialing examinations
  • Any other expenses approved by the Treasurer of the State

According to State Rep. Robb Greene (R-Shelbyville), approved courses and classes, which are listed on the online application, can be in accounting, cybersecurity, information technology, software development, veterinary science and more.

"Our state will always be in need of plumbers, electricians and other skilled laborers just like we need IT and accounting professionals," Greene said. "Through CSAs, we can ensure that students have access to quality, work-based learning and courses so they can fill these and other vital positions."

The State Board of Education is also reviewing high school diploma requirements to provide more flexibility in a student’s schedule, so they can pursue work-based learning and apprenticeship experiences.

To learn more about Career Scholarship Accounts and enroll before the Sunday deadline, click here.

For more information, visit, email or call 317-232-0723. 

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Flat Rock Volunteer Fire Department fish fry starts Friday

The Flat Rock Volunteer Fire Department hosting a fish fry and tractor pull this weekend.

Serving on Friday is from 4 - 8 p.m. The tractor pulls start at 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the fish fry runs from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday's tractor pulls start at 4:30 / 5:00 p.m.

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Job fair hosted by Staff Management and WorkOne Wednesday in Greenfield

Staff Management is teaming up with WorkOne Central Indiana on a job fair in Greenfield Wednesday.

The job fair features several area employers looking for candidates to fill a variety of positions and careers.

GIANT fm WSVX will broadcast live from the event in Greenfield.

Fly the US Flags at half-staff on Monday, September 11

Monday, September 11th, marks the 22 year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed in suburban Pennsylvania. Patriot Day serves as a remembrance of the lives lost on that September morning.


By a joint resolution approved 12/18/2001, (Public Law 107-89) has designated September 11th of each year as "Patriot Day" which also directs the flags be lowered to half-staff for the entire day on September 11.


A section of the law is below: 


''§ 144. Patriot Day''(a) DESIGNATION.-September 11 is Patriot Day.''(b) PROCLAMATION.-The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation calling on-


''(1) State and local governments and the people of the United States to observe Patriot Day with appropriate programs and activities;


''(2) all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States and interested organizations and individuals to display the flag of the United States at halfstaff on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001; and'


'(3) the people of the United States to observe a moment of silence on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001.''…


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September Library events, Shelby County Reads book club meetings

Ease into autumn with the Shelby County Public Library in the next two weeks. Put on your calendars Shelby County Reads novels in library book clubs, crafts for adults, and clubs for kids of all ages.

September is Shelby County Reads, where all county residents are encouraged to read and discuss one book. Our two adult book clubs are focusing on Shelby County Reads selections.

Ken Jewell Literary Society at Morristown will discuss the adult selection, “If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name” by Heather Lende, at its regular meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

The Book Club at The Bookmark will discuss “Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley, the teen selection, at noon at the café. Pick up a book at the library branches’ main desks.

Fan Favorite Upcycled Book Art returns to the Velma Wortman Morristown Branch on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m. just for adults.  Then on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Morristown staff present a Fall Wreath class. Thrift Store Painting – Ghost Vision! follows a week late at 6:30 p.m on Sept. 14. Teens and adults can enjoy both of these crafts.

A new LEGO Club for elementary-age students starts Thursday at 4 p.m. in Shelbyville Youth Services. Ages 6-11 will enjoy stretching their creativity every Thursday at LEGO Club. Storytime’s focus is on oceans this week and numbers next week. On Friday morning at 10 a.m., Baby/Toddler Play Time meets again just for the littlest patrons. Teens have their Hang Out on Wednesday at 4 p.m., DND with Blake at 6 p.m. on Thursday, and Bubble Therapy at 4 p.m. on Friday. Next week, teens will make buttons on Tuesday at 4 p.m., while Wednesday will have a YAB meeting at 4 p.m.

Mark down the Pirates and Princesses Party on Sept. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. at Morristown. Drop in or stay the entire time.

Regular LEGO League for elementary-age kids meets Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., then the same age group meets Friday at 4:30 p.m. for Let’s Play a Game!

Storytime remains at 1 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. Thursday with Play Date Socials on Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. Teens have Make-It Monday on Sept. 11, when they will craft patriotic suncatchers.

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Local legislators seek Statehouse interns for 2024 session

Local lawmakers are seeking interns to join them at the Statehouse during the 2024 legislative session.

According to State Rep. Cory Criswell (R-Middletown), House interns will be paid $900 bi-weekly as they work in downtown Indianapolis during session, which starts in January and concludes mid-March.

"Internships are often a key aspect of a student's resume as they look to start their career," Criswell said. "The skills gained and connections made during the legislative session can make all the difference when job searching. I encourage all Hoosier students in our community to apply for this great opportunity." 

State Rep. Jennifer Meltzer (R-Shelbyville) said House internships are open to college students and recent graduates of all majors.

"Interning is a vital part of young Hoosiers' early work experience," Meltzer said. "At the Statehouse, interns can help with media relations, constituent issues or work closely with our policy teams. These are all wonderful opportunities, and I look forward to working with students again."

Paid, spring-semester intern positions are full time, Monday through Friday, and include free parking, career and professional development assistance, enrollment access to an Indiana government class, and opportunities to earn academic credits through the student's college or university. Interns are also eligible to apply for a competitive $3,000 scholarship to use toward undergraduate and graduate expenses.

According to State Rep. Robb Greene (R-Shelbyville), students can apply for internships in a variety of departments related to their field of study, including legislative operations, policy, and communications and media relations.  

"After college, it can be overwhelming to find the right place to land, but internships can unlock rewarding career opportunities," Greene said. "This internship really helps students gain experience, hone their skills and connect to a full-time job."

Applications are available online at and are due by Oct. 31. 

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Open Mic Night Thursday in downtown Shelbyville

Shelby County Players will be welcoming a wide variety of local talent to the PopUps at the Pavilion south stage in downtown Shelbyville. 

SCP will be hosting the first “Open Mic Night” this Thursday, August 31from 6-8 p.m. This opportunity is for talent of all ages who previously or currently live, work, or attend school in Shelby County.

Cindy Leahy, Managing Director of Shelby County Players has been spearheading the weekday PopUps at the Pavilion events in Shelbyville’s downtown pavilions which has hosted 21 different performers this summer.  “Shelby County has an incredible pool of quality talent.  As a local music teacher, I worked amazing singers and performers who needed more opportunities to perform publicly.  Open Mic Night is for performing artists of all ages, including emerging artists, to showcase the hard work they put into their craft in a non-competitive format.”

Singers, dancers, musicians, poets, comedians, and other performers are encouraged to sign up in advance using this link and clicking on the Open Mic Signup tab. 

The event is free and open to the public.  Bring your picnic blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy Shelby County’s incredible talent.

Already included in Thursday’s lineup are:

Vocalist Kinley Runyon is a freshman at Triton Central. She is currently recording an album, prepping to audition for The Voice, and recently attended Berklee College of Music in Boston for a summer program.

Hillary Martinez-Humphrey  will be covering You Know ‘m No Goos by Amy Winehouse is a resident of Shelby County and works for the City of Shelbyville.

Tap dancer Laura Elizabeth currently dances with Style Dance Academy, Circle City Tap and Detroit Tap Repertory.  She also participates in shows with Tap 24.7 out of Arizona.  Laura has been tap dancing for 10 years and is currently training with 5 time World Champion Mike Glenney out of Canada.  Her first dance was choreographed by herself, the second one was choreographed by Mike.

Local favorite Kit Haymond is providing the sound system for Open Mic Night and will also be performing a few songs.

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Sing along with the SongFarmers Monday at the library

Join the SongFarmers of Shelby County at 7 p.m. Monday at the Shelby County Public Library outdoor plaza, 57 W. Broadway.

Bring your string and woodwind instruments to play with them or sing along as they present their “Front Porch ’round the World.”

Make yourself and your family comfortable tonight by bringing snacks and drinks as you enjoy the SongFarmers’ toe-tapping music. Shoot, dance around if you want to. The library will have tables and chairs set up on the plaza, but bring lawn chairs if you prefer.

While the SongFarmers play bluegrass music, they bring toe-tapping, popular tunes that everyone knows and loves to listen or sing. Their performances are enjoyed by the entire family, from ages 1 to 101 and more. The library will be open until 9 p.m., so visitors will have access to restrooms and books, movies, and music to check out.

Monday sees even more activity at the library besides the SongFarmers. Dungeons and Dragons Journeys for 18+ begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Annex Room C, while the Writers Group meets at 7 pm in the Annex Room A. On Wednesday, the library’s popular Euchre Fun returns at 6 pm in the Main library Room D.

Morristown’s Make-It Monday at 4 p.m. will craft with paper quilling. Teens and tweens won’t want to miss this craft taking Pinterest by storm. 

The library has packed this week before the Labor Day holiday weekend. The library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 4, but will open on Tuesday, Sept. 5 for regularly scheduled hours.

The rest of the week at Morristown has a full slate. Cookbook Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss “Summer: A Cookbook” and taste-test on yummy morsels. This book club is best for teens and adults.  Paint Your Pet on Glass starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. Bring at 5” x7” photo of your pet or favorite animal with you, or send it to Registration is suggested due to demand of this craft, but it is Free. All ages are welcome for this craft, but adult supervision is requested for age 12 and below.

Preschool activities continue at their normal times at both library branches. Play Date Socials from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Morristown is popular for energetic socialization, and Storytime at 11 am Thursday offers a more relaxing atmosphere. At Shelbyville, Storytime focuses on frogs this week. Ribbit! Times are 10 a.m. Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, and 1 p.m. Thursday.

Teens at the Shelbyville library branch can enjoy crafting a miniature bookshelf at 6 p.m. Tuesday. This will be perfect to display the miniature books teens have crafted previously. On Wednesday at 6 p.m., teens can attend the DND Character Workshop to create a character and back story for use in DND play. On Thursday at 6 p.m., teens can join DM Black for a two-hour DND adventure using their new character or a pre-created one by the library. Beginning and experienced players are welcome.

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Indiana Senate Republicans offering paid internships

The Indiana Senate Republican Caucusis offering paid spring-semester internships in its communications, information technology, legal, legislative, page and policy offices during the 2024 session of the Indiana General Assembly, said State Sen. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield).

Qualified candidates may be of any major and must be at least a college sophomore. Recent college graduates, as well as graduate and law school students, are also encouraged to apply. Positions are open to Indiana residents, as well as nonresidents who attend a college or university in Indiana.

Interns earn a $900 biweekly stipend and benefit from scholarship and academic credit opportunities, professional development, community involvement and networking.

Senate internships are full-time positions at the Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis that typically begin with a mandatory orientation in late December and conclude at the end of the legislative session in March 2024.

“This internship provides a unique look at state government and the legislative process for young Hoosiers looking to develop their professional skills," Crider said. "With opportunities to network, gain experience in a formal office setting, perform public service and more, the Senate internship is a well-rounded educational program. I encourage all who qualify to apply for this career building internship."

For more information and to apply, visit

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Our Hospice and Palliative Care welcomes Dr. LaTasha Hayes to medical staff

Our Hospice has announced the addition of Dr. LaTasha R. Hayes, a highly accomplished Board-Certified Internal Medicine Physician, to its team of medical professionals.

Dr. Hayes' impressive career spans several years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has demonstrated exceptional skills in managing severe long-term illnesses and providing comprehensive care to patients with multiple, complex chronic conditions. Her supportive and rational approach to problem-solving has garnered her accolades within the medical community.

Steph Cain, President of Our Hospice and Palliative Care, expressed her excitement about Dr. Hayes' arrival, stating, "We are honored to welcome Dr. LaTasha R. Hayes to Our Hospice. Her remarkable track record in delivering primary care and managing critically ill patients makes her an invaluable asset to our team. Dr. Hayes' dedication to enhancing the lives of patients aligns perfectly with our commitment to providing compassionate end-of-life care. She joins a top-tier medical team of experienced hospice physicians including Dr. Roy Goode. Dr. Arthur Alunday, and Dr. Amir Tirmizi, led by Medical Director, Dr. Leigh Anderson. These physicians guide the care of our patients along with an interdisciplinary team of nurse practitioners, nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers, working together to fulfill our mission to Make Every Moment Count.”

Dr. Hayes has most recently been associated with Ascension St. Vincent Medical Group, where she has been instrumental in delivering primary care to patients, managing diagnoses and treatment, and helping patients and families feel comfortable during challenging and stressful situations.

In her own words, Dr. Hayes shared her enthusiasm about joining Our Hospice, "It is an honor to be a part of Our Hospice and Palliative Care, an organization renowned for its commitment to providing exceptionalcare to patients and their families. I am excited to contribute my skills and experience to further enhance patient care and support. Together, we will work towards improving the quality of life for patients and their families during difficult times."

Dr. Hayes has held various academic appointments and has been involved in crucial research projects focusing on HIV prevention, medical review, and understanding the effects of targeted therapies for the treatment of advanced cancers. 

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Register now for Delta Theta Tau Crop and Craft Event

Space is filling up quickly. Register soon for the all-day Crop & Craft Event on Sept. 16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the St. Vincent DePaul Parish Hall, 4218 E. Michigan Road, Shelbyville.

The event, sponsored twice a year, is a fundraiser by Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Zeta Lambda chapter, to generate funds to provide scholarships to a senior in each of the five county high schools through the Shelby County Scholarship Fund and to assist multiple non-profit organizations in Shelby County.

September 2 is the deadline to register for $30 to attend the day-long event to scrapbook and work on your craft. The fee will then increase to $35. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Vendors will also be on-site and gift baskets of various themes will be raffled. This activity is on file with the Indiana Gaming Commission.

The registration form is available on Facebook, Delta Theta Tau, Zeta Lambda chapter, or by emailing a request to

Indiana American flushing fire hydrants in Shelbyville area

Indiana American Water crews will begin routine flushing of the water distribution system in the Shelbyville area through Oct. 15.

Flushing will occur between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

Flushing also allows Indiana American to test and maintain fire hydrants.

When crews are working you may notice reduced pressure or discolored water. If your water is discolored, run the cold water taps only, at the lowest level of the house for about 3-5 minutes until the water runs clear. If discolored water occurs, also refrain from doing laundry during that time.

In keeping with American Water’s focus on safety for both customers and employees, please do not approach our crews while they work.

For more information or to see a map of the affected area please go to and click on "Alerts."

Indiana American apologizes for any inconvenience, and thanks the public for its patience and understanding while we undertake this necessary maintenance of the water system.

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McKay Manor grand re-opening and award announcement

The 2023-2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Senior Living report has honored McKay Manor with its Best Independent Living award.

Residents and families from over 3,000 senior living communities were surveyed and asked to rate their experience with what matters the most in independent living — kindness of staff, variety of activities, food and dining, the quality of on-site caregiving, and more.

“This is such an honor for the McKay Manor staff and residents. When you step into McKay Manor, it just feels comfortable – like home. We have a great team serving our residents and we’re proud to have a professional chef on board serving up extraordinary food in our dining room,” said Tina Everhart, Sales Director of McKay Manor. She went on to say that the Five Star independent living communities empower each resident to experience more choice, comfort, and possibilities in a vibrant community with a breadth of accommodations tailored to every lifestyle. These community rankings were based on resident satisfaction, value, caregiving, dining quality, and more.

“Our company, Five Star Senior Living, is honored to have McKay Manor chosen in the US News & World Report Best Senior Living Communities 2023-2024. This is a testament to the quality of our staff and our care for residents,” Everhart said.

McKay Manor has received the award just in time to announce their “Grand Re-Opening” to the public. The property has undergone renovation of apartments, a patio upgrade, new and improved landscaping, and a remodel of the lobby.

“We are so proud of our improvements that we want to share our improvements with the community. Everyone is invited to stop by and take a tour of the community,” Everhart said.

There will be a ribbon cutting to officially acknowledge our improvements as well as being named one of the best Senior Living Communities of the year. The event will be on Aug. 17 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. 

There will be live music, hor d’oeuvres, special drinks, and ice cream on the new patio. Tours also will be available.

“This public celebration of our Grand Re-Opening is a great way to network with friends and family. I’m excited to taste the 5-Star Sangria which is a special blend created just for this ribbon cutting event,” replied Everhart.

Indiana State Police focusing attention on school bus safety

As the summer break comes to an end, students across Indiana are starting their return to school. 

Keeping that in mind motorists should expect to see an increased amount of school bus traffic during the morning and afternoon commutes, and therefore should plan accordingly to allow for extra travel time each day. 

According to an April 2023 survey that focused on school bus stop arm violations, the Hoosier State experienced over two thousand daily incidents of stop arm violations (on average). That number is unacceptable and we must do a better job towards ensuring our children's safety as they travel to and from school each day. 

The Indiana State Police would like to remind all motorists of the rules of the road pertaining to school buses and when you are required to stop for a school bus:

When a school bus is stopping or stopped with the red lights flashing and stop arm extended ...

  • When approaching the school bus from either direction on a two-lane road, motorists are required to STOP. 
  • When approaching the school bus from any direction on a multiple lane highway where there is no barrier or median separating lanes of travel, motorists are required to STOP.
  • Motorists who are on a highway that is divided by a barrier, such as cable barrier, concrete wall, or grassy median, are required to STOP only if they are traveling in the same direction as the school bus.  

Regardless of your particular situation, when you see a school bus with or without lights flashing or the stop arm extended, that big yellow school bus should serve as a reminder that there are children in the immediate area. Slow down, be patient, use caution, and always be prepared to stop. 

The Indiana State Police is committed to the safety of our children and keeping Indiana’s roadways safe through educational programs and enforcement action. 

If you observe a school bus stop arm violation, please call 911 to report that incident, to include the suspect vehicle description, location, and the number of the school bus involved.

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Wortman Family Foundation Fund grant cycle

Bob Wortman and his family have long been major philanthropic supporters of both Shelby and Hancock counties funding numerous nonprofit agencies as well as the development of two major medical facilities in the area: the Sue Ann Wortman Nephrology Center at Major Hospital and the Sue Ann Wortman Cancer Center at Hancock Regional Hospital. 

To ensure that the family’s tradition of supporting their hometown communities continues, Mr. Wortman established the Wortman Family Foundation Fund of Shelby and Hancock Counties in partnership with Blue River Community Foundation (BRCF) in 2021. 

“I want to ensure that I can support the communities that helped to support Sue and our family for so many years in perpetuity,” said Bob Wortman.

The Wortman Family Foundation Fund has already made tremendous impact in Shelby and Hancock counties since the inaugural cycle. Thirty-two individual organizations have been supported with grant dollars of over $500K being distributed.

Funding from the Wortman Family Foundation focuses on the community needs of both Shelby and Hancock counties. Although efforts and initiatives in education and health are preferred, activities that better the two counties through community enhancement projects in the areas of art, recreation, and beautification are also considered. Grant proposals may range between $2,500 and $25,000. 

Grant interest forms for the 2023 cycle are due by Nov. 1 and grant applications must be submitted by Dec. 1. 

Mr. Wortman and his board of advisors will evaluate requests and announce grantees in early 2024. Nonprofit agencies may contact Jordan England, BRCF Grants and Nonprofit Relations Director.

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Family Fun reigns at Shelby County Public Library

August is here and school is just around the corner, but never fear. Family fun reigns supreme at the Shelby County Public Library.

Teens, elementary age, and preschoolers have a packed schedule the week-and-a-half before school starts. To cap off the week, young Indianapolis blues musician, harmonica player, and skateboarding enthusiast Carson Diersing will perform on Saturday at 2 p.m. on the library’s plaza stage.

Teens and Tweens have a beefed up program, meeting three times a week. Bubble Therapy – relaxing with those Storytime favorites – meets every Friday at 4 p.m. DM Blake will lead patrons 11-19 on a Dungeons & Dragons adventure every Thursday at 6 p.m. Every Wednesday, Teens and Tweens will meet 4 p.m., YAB will meet, while Aug. 9, the huge favorite Chip Taste Test returns! (It’s a perfect way to relax after the first day of school at 4 p.m.)

Kids Club will meet on Thursday, Aug. 3 at 4 p.m. Elementary-age kids can start the school year off right. Kids Club will meet again on Thursday, Aug. 17, at the usual time – 4 p.m.

Storytime, for our preschool patrons, stays at their popular times: 10 a.m. on Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, and 1 p.m. on Thursday. The theme this week is Stars and Space. Each storytime includes stories, songs, crafts, and bubbles – everyone’s favorites!

Put Baby/Toddler Play Time on your schedule for 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11 – next week. This popular socialization time occurs twice a month. Unless demand increases, of course.

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American Red Cross offers heat safety tips

High temperatures are expected throughout much of the Indiana region in the next few days. For this reason, it is important to take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

The American Red Cross offers steps you can take to help stay safe when the temperatures soar.

  • Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  • If you do not have air conditioning, seek relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day in places like schools, libraries, theaters, malls, etc.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities.
  • Take frequent breaks and use a buddy system when working outdoors.
  • Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water and shade.

Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If someone is experiencing heat cramps in the legs or abdomen, get them to a cooler place, have them rest, lightly stretch the affected muscle, and replenish their fluids with half a glass (about 4 ounces) of cool water every 15 minutes.

Heat Exhaustion

If someone is exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion (cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, heaving sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness and exhaustion), move them to a cooler place, remove or loosen tight clothing and spray the person with water or apply cool, wet clothes or towels to the skin. Fan the person.

If they are conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Watch for changes in condition. If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 911.

Heat Stroke

Heat stroke usually occurs by ignoring the signals of heat exhaustion. Heat stroke develops when the body systems are overwhelmed by heat and begin to stop functioning. Signs include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting and high body temperature.

Call 911 immediately if someone shows signs of heat stroke. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the person’s body by immersing them up to their neck in cold water if possible. Otherwise, douse or spray the person with cold water, or cover the person with cold, wet towels or bags of ice.

Risk Factors

Heat is the leading weather-related killer in the U.S. More than 600 people in this country die every year from heat-related illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Some people are more at risk of developing a heat-related illness, including adults over 65, those with chronic medical conditions, people who work outside, infants and children, and athletes. Some may take medications that make the effects of extreme heat worse. People with heart disease, poor blood circulation, obesity and mental illness are also at risk for getting sick if the temperatures climb.

For additional extreme heat safety tips, please click here. You can also download the Red Cross Emergency App to receive full weather alerts in Spanish as well as English to track conditions with six different weather overlays. More information here.

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Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans event set for Wednesday

Veterans who served in the military between 1955-1975 are invited Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to attend a “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” event in the Shelby County Courthouse Annex, 2nd floor, 25 W. Polk St. 

Veterans will be given a gift of gratitude on behalf of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the American Legion and Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. A veterans benefit officer will be onsite.

Welcome Home Vietnam War Veterans is one of two veterans projects underway through the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). Board members of the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” project hope to do an event in every Indiana county to honor veterans, according to Bonnie K. Wooten, NSDAR Service for Veterans vice chair, and project board member from Indianapolis.

A veterans benefit officer will be onsite Wednesday to provide veterans with information about potential benefits they may not know about.

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Blue River Community Foundation celebrates 2023 Spirit of Community recipients

The 2023 recipients of Blue River Community Foundation’s Spirit of Community Awards were recently announced.

First awarded in 2016, the intent of these awards is to shine a light on the extraordinary generosity and leadership of outstanding individuals, families, or companies who demonstrate community spirit through their service and giving. An award also is presented to a Shelby County nonprofit organization that has shown a measurable difference in bringing about a positive change in the community.

The recipient in the individual/family/business category receives $500 to direct to any nonprofit organization in Shelby County. The nonprofit organization recipient is awarded a $500 grant to continue their impactful work in the community.

BRCF has announced the 2023 Spirit of the Community Award winner in the individual category is Kay Koenig (photo, far left). Her leadership, generosity, commitment, and advocacy to ensure our community is accessible for all is an inspiration and an exceptional philanthropic example for Shelby County community members to follow.

Koenig’s nomination came from Susan Furgeson, who wrote:

“Kay has spent countless hours over the last several years working to make Shelby County more accessible. She was instrumental through her service on the Major Health Partners (MHP) Patient and Family Advisory Council in making certain that the MHP building has ample handicapped parking spaces and automatic doors for the main restroom facilities. She recently re-joined the council where she continues to share her time and knowledge to encourage improvement in accessibility.”

Koenig served on the Mayor’s Livable Communities Coalition and met monthly to discuss issues related to mobility and accessibility. As part of her service on the coalition, Koenig evaluated accessibility at various community events and provided feedback about ways to improve accessibility at these events. She was recently asked to re-join the coalition and agreed to do so.



More recently, Koenig donated automatic doors and the installation costs to the Grover Center, the Strand Theatre, and Cagney’s Pizza King. She has hosted ribbon cutting events for the installation of the doors with the goal of raising community awareness around accessibility needs.

Koenig also has generously given her time to a variety of organizations that have asked her to provide advice and feedback on ways they can make their premises more accessible. She is currently working with Shelby County Players as it continues plans for a new facility.

Koenig has enjoyed her work in this area so much that she wants to teach others about the joy of giving back to the community. To that end, in celebration of her 80th birthday last year, she threw a “Pay It Forward” party. With her invitations, she described her experience in giving back, and encouraged others to do so as well.

As extra incentive, she sent checks with many of her invitations and asked the recipients to donate the money to a cause they cared about. She asked the recipients to let her know where donations were made, and she shared information about these great causes at her party. She even had “Pay It Forward” stickers made so that her guests could put reminders on their calendars to continue to think about ways to give back in the future, hopefully developing new “Pay It Forward” habits.

Despite having significant mobility issues of her own, Koenig is tireless in her efforts to improve accessibility for others, and to educate the general public about the importance of accessibility.



In the nonprofit category, BRCF received multiple nominations for Little Yellow Jackets Preschool. In 2023, Early Learning Shelby County will break ground on a new facility to offer care for children ages 0-5.

However, the new center will not be able to handle all of Shelby County’s childcare needs; a county that is in a childcare desert. Providing quality early learning opportunities is an effort of many organizations in the area and this year’s Spirit of the Community award winner in the nonprofit organization category is a group that is excelling.

The Little Yellow Jackets Preschool at Morristown Elementary has grown its program to provide care for 60 children in its first two years of operation. The program has obtained a Level 3 Paths to Quality rating, providing children from ages 3-5 with high quality early learning opportunities.

Early Childhood Education Director of Morristown Elementary School, Ashley Evans, shared the following with BRCF:

“We have worked hard to obtain the ability to provide our families with tuition assistance programs to ensure all children have the opportunity to receive a quality education despite financial circumstances. We are working hard to make a difference in this community by providing a program that not only impacts our children in a positive way, but helps strengthen our community as a whole. We strive to be the best we can be to our students and families and believe that providing opportunities for students to learn about inclusion, focus on kindergarten readiness, and provide a play-based environment that meets students where they are but helps build them up through knowing they are loved, brave, and can do anything they put their minds to.”

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Health officials launch start smart campaign to promote back-to-school vaccine clinics

The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) has partnered once again with local health departments and other healthcare entities across the state to host summer back-to-school immunization clinics as part of a statewide effort to help families easily access required and recommended school immunizations prior to the start of the 2023-24 school year.

Now in its second year, the Start Smart campaign includes a map showing dates, times and locations of community immunization clinics. The map can be found at The clinics are open to children ages 5 and older. Families will not be charged at the site of the clinic but should provide insurance information if available.

“Routine immunizations are the best way to protect children from highly contagious diseases like measles, mumps and chicken pox and can help ensure every student has a healthy start to the school year,” said State Health Commissioner Lindsay Weaver, M.D., FACEP. “During last year’s back-to-school outreach, nearly 50 percent of children who were behind on their immunizations got caught up on at least one vaccine, giving them protection that can last a lifetime. We hope to see even greater success this year.”

IDOH is also mailing letters to parents of children whose state immunization records show they are behind on a required immunization. A list of immunizations required for school can be found here

“Partners across the state are coming together to make it easier than ever to ensure that your child is protected from preventable illnesses before the start of school,” Dr. Weaver said. “I encourage every parent of a school-age child to check their child’s vaccine status today and to schedule an appointment with their healthcare provider or take advantage of these convenient opportunities in their communities.”

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Lane closures scheduled for portion of I-65

Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Force Construction plans to restrict Interstate 65 northbound this week to perform full-depth concrete patching at Columbus.

Starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, the right lane of northbound I-65 is scheduled to close near State Road 46 (MM 68). The right lane will remain closed through 6 a.m. on Monday.

This work will be rescheduled to the following weekend if necessary due to inclement weather.

Dakich Cycles for the City receives $10,000 donation from Horseshoe Indianapolis

Indiana Derby Week is filled with all types of activities leading up to Central Indiana’s biggest summer sporting event Saturday. Part of the events in the lineup include several philanthropic initiatives, including a $10,000 donation to Dakich Cycles for the City.

Dan and Leigh Dakich created the not-for-profit foundation a few years ago and have already provided hundreds of bikes to less fortunate kids in Central Indiana. As a result of the partnership with Horseshoe Indianapolis, Dakich Cycles for the City donated 12 bicycles and one tricycle to kids in need in Shelby County.

A special check presentation was recently held at the track during live racing as the bicycles were delivered and ready for their new owners.



“This project started off to help out a couple of kids that needed a bike, and this has just grown from there to include hundreds of bicycles every year for kids that need a bike,” said Dakich, a former Indiana basketball legend and sportscaster. “Every kid should be able to have a bike. I had a bike when I was growing up, so I know how invaluable it is. We try to assist as many kids as we can each year, and this project is especially important to my wife, Leigh. We are so happy to include these kids in Shelby County. Leigh and I appreciate this donation from Horseshoe Indianapolis, which will go a long way to help a lot of kids down the road.”

The Shelby County CASA program (Court Appointed State Advocates) was contacted to get sizes and types of bikes needed. Bikes are then coordinated by Indy Sports Corp through the Dakich organization and Dick’s Sporting Goods assembles the bikes. Each kid also received a helmet and lock to go along with their new bicycle. The bicycles are in the process of being delivered to area children, ranging in ages from one to 18 for both boys and girls.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to do something positive for the youth of our local community,” said Trent McIntosh, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Horseshoe Indianapolis, located in Shelbyville. “Providing these bikes to area kids that otherwise do not have one is a great gesture, and we are proud and honored to be included in this project that will make such an impact to 13 kids in Shelby County.”

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