Community News Archives for 2019-06

Indiana Farm Service Agency extends prevented plant crop reporting deadline for non-insured, non-NAP producers to July 15

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is extending the prevented plant crop reporting deadline for Indiana producers affected by spring flooding and excessive moisture.


Producers without crop insurance or NAP coverage in Indiana now have until July 15, 2019, to report acres they intended to plant this spring but could not due to weather conditions. The new deadline coincides with the July 15, 2019, FSA crop acreage reporting deadline that is already in place.


“Producers need to report prevented plant acres to retain eligibility for FSA program benefits,” Steven Brown, State Executive Director said. “In many areas of the state, excessive moisture has made it challenging for producers to get into their fields to plant and this deadline extension provides reporting flexibility.”


Normally, the prevented plant reporting deadline is 15 calendar days after the final planting date for a crop as established by FSA and the Risk Management Agency (RMA). The prevented plant reporting deadline extension to July 15 only applies to FSA and does not change any RMA crop insurance reporting deadline requirements.


However, the extension does not apply to crops covered by FSA’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). Producers should check with their local FSA office regarding prevented plant provisions for NAP-covered crops.


Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA office as soon as possible to make an appointment to report prevented plant acres and submit their spring crop acreage report. To locate your local FSA office, visit


For information regarding RMA crop insurance, contact your Approved Insurance Provider. To find your provider, visit

DNR: Brown County SP overnight facilities remain closed; limited day use continues

At Brown County State Park, the campgrounds, cabins and Abe Martin Lodge closures have been extended another day through at least Wednesday, June 26. Campers and lodge guests with reservations have been contacted directly. 

The park will continue with day use activities and services only on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 25 -26. This includes such activities as sight-seeing, fishing and picnicking. Gates are staffed, but no admission is charged. The Saddle Barn is also open for guided horseback rides.

Abe Martin Lodge remains closed, and the pools, and drinking fountains remain closed. Modern restrooms are closed, but vault toilets are available. Guests who visit for permitted activities must bring their own drinking water, although bottled water and packaged snacks are now available at the park’s Country Store near the campground.

The nature center and park office remain open, but restrooms in those buildings are closed. Hiking trails 1 and 3 are fully open; trails 2, 8, 9, and 10 are open but with some washouts so please use caution. Hiking trails 4, 5, 6, and 7 are closed. Mountain bike trails and horse trails remain closed.
The park vistas, for which Brown County is so well known, are beautiful and green as they always are in summer.

Park staff, working together with DNR’s Division of Engineering, consultants and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) are making daily progress in removing the excess sediment from water from Ogle Lake to produce a potable water supply. Park staff are also continuing the process of evaluating the more than 116 miles of trails of all types and conducting initial repairs.

Closure of overnight facilities beyond Wednesday night will be evaluated as we watch lake conditions and rainfall, and as we receive water test results.

Brown Co. State Park to stay closed thru Thursday; day-to-day decision after

Brown County State Park and Abe Martin Lodge will be closed through Thursday June 20. There is still too much sediment from last weekend’s heavy rainfall coming into the system to allow the production of potable water.


State Parks staff members are contacting guests with reservations through Thursday evening in the campground and at the Abe Martin Lodge with cancellation notices. With additional heavy rainfall predicted, closure beyond Thursday is still a day by day decision.

Staff members are working in partnership with DNR’s Division of Engineering, consultants and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to ensure that when the park reopens there is safe drinking water and water for all needed uses across the park.

Big band music featuring Shelbyville HS singer at The Strand in July

The Strand welcomes back The Sound of Dreams Big Band.  


Under the leadership of Ron Duncan, this 17 piece big band will bring the sounds of the era back to the Strand.    The repertoire includes all your favorites plus music from today.   The band will feature Shelbyville High School student McKenna Hall.


"I am very grateful for the opportunity to perform with the Sounds of Dreams Big Band and I'm so excited to be back on the Strand's stage!   It is going to be a great show!", said Hall.

Sounds of Dreams has a spirit of being laid back but full of energy. The members of the band are incredible musicians, all team players, full of encouragement and humor. When you hear and see the band – there is a real sense of joy coming from the bandstand.

Ron Duncan says, "Seventeen musicians bring back the sounds of Glen Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton. Add our outstanding vocalists and we add a special touch to The Great American Songbook. We stay current with musical selections from newer performers like Nora Jones, Diana Krall and Michael Buble’. Dreams do come true. I have heard them when I was young and am leading them today."


Tickets are available online at or locally at Mickey's T-Mart.

Ball State tuition set for 2019-20 and 2020-21, lowest in the MAC

The Ball State University Board of Trustees voted to raise undergraduate tuition rates 1.25% for 2019-20 and 1.25% in 2020-21. Even with this small increase, Ball State will still have the lowest tuition in the Mid-American Conference.


Board Chair Rick Hall noted that the increase falls below tuition rates recommended by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (1.65%), the inflation rate the Federal Open Market Committee projects over the next 2 years (2% to 2.7%), and well below the national average for four-year public universities (3.1%). This is the lowest combined eight years of tuition rate increases since the 1950s.


“Our ability to keep tuition rate increases at 2% or less since 2013 is no accident,” he said. “We have been entrusted with the stewardship of public funds and Indiana families’ investments, and we take that responsibility to heart. Our prudent fiscal management has enabled us to keep tuition increases low and provide our students with high quality, affordable education.”


At the same time Ball State is keeping tuition rates low, it has more than doubled its institutional financial aid offered to students — from $21.5 million in 2013 to $46 million by the end of this academic year.

“We remain committed to providing students with access to a transformative college education that leads to fulfilling careers and meaningful lives,” said Ball State President Geoffrey S. Mearns.


In addition, the Board reviewed the design of a new Multicultural Center, which will be built east of Bracken Library and adjacent to the planned East Mall and Grand Lawn.


With a monumental stairway, the two-story structure will have entrances on the East Mall on the east side and to the University Green on the west side. The public-focused first floor will contain a multipurpose meeting room, program kitchen space, and connected food-service venue. The second floor will house a library, student organization collaborative space, administrative offices, and a conference room.


Construction bids for the $4 million project, designed by RGC Collaborative of Indianapolis, are expected in September, and the new 10,000-square-foot center will open in 2020 (view a rendering [link to rendering, when available]).


“The new facility will be at the heart of campus, where it belongs, and it will provide services closer to where students live and study,” President Mearns said. “Its amenities will be designed to assist and support all students, and to promote inclusiveness — one of our University’s enduring values.”


In other business, the Board approved naming sports facilities after benefactors who committed a combined $11 million toward the new sports indoor practice facility. The $15 million, 84,000-square-foot structure will be named the Scheumann Family Indoor Practice Facility in honor of June and John Scheumann, ’71, who made the lead gift. The field inside the practice facility will be named Briner Field to honor Peggy and Kenneth Briner, ’69. The field within Scheumann Stadium will be called Gainbridge Field to recognize the donation from company executive Daniel Towriss, ’94, and his wife, Heather. About 90% of the anticipated total cost of the privately financed building, to be constructed southeast of the Fisher Football Training Complex, has been committed.


“This facility is only possible with the private gifts from our alumni and friends,” President Mearns said, “and I am grateful to the people who have made very generous commitments towards our goal.”

Second wave of free concerts as part of the 2019 Indiana State Fair

The Indiana State Fair announces five additional shows that will be part of the 17 total concerts that make up the 2019 Indiana State Fair Free Stage headline entertainment, which returns August 2-18. Each day of the State Fair features a concert that is free with paid fair admission. All shows start at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted.


The first six shows were announced last week and the five additional shows, announced today, include:

  • Air Supply - (Legendary multi-million selling Australian duo) – Monday, August 5
  • SWITCHFOOT (GRAMMY® winning Alternative Rock band) – Wednesday, August 7
  • David Nail  (Chart topping Country music superstar) – Saturday, August 10
  • Sixteen Candles (1980s Party Cover band) – Tuesday, August 13
  • Boyz II Men (one of the most recognizable & iconic R&B groups in music history) – Wednesday, August 14


Additional Free Stage Shows will be announced June 19. A video featuring today’s newly added shows is available here:


Advance discount tickets (a savings of 38% off gate prices) are $8, plus a $1 convenience fee. Children 5 and under are free. To purchase tickets, visit Tickets can be purchased at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum Box Office during business hours at the discounted rate. Tickets purchased at the gate are $13. Check for additional promotions available throughout the summer. Purchase of an Indiana State Fair tickets allows for general admission to the Free Stage concert seating area. No seats can be reserved unless otherwise specified.





Air Supply, the Australian duo made up of Graham Russel and Russel Hitchcock, came together in 1975 through the common thread that has kept them together for all these years: love of music. They enjoyed the peak of their success in the 1980s with multi-million selling hits including,  “Lost in Love”, “All Out Of Love”, “The One That You Love”, “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All”, and “Sweet Dreams”. Today, they are still going strong, touring their live act extensively to adoring and dedicated fans across the globe. Their most recent and highly anticipated album, “Mumbo Jumbo”, released in 2010, was received positively and with charting success.




SWITCHFOOT is an American alternative rock group consisting of members Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman, Chad Butler, Jerome Fontamillas, and Drew Shirley. The group originated in San Diego, California and found success early on in the Christian rock genre. In 2002, four of the group’s hits, including “Dare You To Move” and “Only Hope”, were featured in the movie, “A Walk to Remember”. This propelled them even further into stardom. Since then, SWITCHFOOT have continually toured their spirited live act around the globe. They have been nominated for and have won numerous awards, including a Grammy Award for Best Rock or Rap Album for their album “Hello Hurricane”. After their 2017-2018 hiatus, the group is back, better than ever, and ready to get back on the road with material from their newest album “Native Tongue”.




With his unique talent for synthesizing elements of many musical styles and genres, David Nail continues to find success within the modern country music scene and beyond. Nail has released several recognizable hits, including “Let It Rain” (Featuring Sarah Buxton) and “Whatever She’s Got”, with both reaching number one on the US Country charts and “Red Light” which spent time in the top 10. Most recently, Nail has ventured into a more collaborative project and group. David Nail and The Well Ravens’ 2018 album, “Only This and Nothing More”, serves to showcase the versatility and musical innovation of Nail and his collaborators, Andrew Petroff and Jason Hall. Solo or in a group, Nail follows his musical passion and inspiration wherever it may lead.




One of the defining factors of the turbulent ten years that made up the 1980s was the music that was created throughout the decade. Through their stage presence and commitment to delivering the best and most loved hits of the 1980s with astounding detail and enthusiasm, Sixteen Candles is the premier 1980s hit band, made up of members Adam LeBlanc, Billy Furlong, Chris Hagen, Dave Ensslin, and Scott Barbeau. Beginning in 2003, the five-man group has continued to build up a repertoire packed full of mega-hits guaranteed to provide the ultimate 80s throwback for audiences reliving their favorite years or for new fans discovering the iconic and totally rad music of the decade.




Undeniably one of the most recognizable and iconic R&B groups in music history, Boyz II Men continue to add to an already legendary musical career which speaks for itself in terms of success. Hits such as, “I’ll Make Love to You”, “End of the Road”, “One Sweet Day”, and others have earned the group a plethora of awards including several Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, Billboard Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and more. In addition to the music they make and share with the world, the group’s own charity called Boyz II Men House is also an instrumental part of the group’s livelihood and mission. It focuses mainly on supporting organizations and individuals alike that provide help to the less fortunate, while working on finding ways to let the untapped potential of these human beings flourish.  The current group lineup consisting of members Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman, and Wanya Morris continues to create music and tour extensively to loyal fans worldwide. The most recent release from the group is a Doo-Wop album titled, ‘Under the Streetlight”. 

38th Infantry Division Band to perform in Shelbyville

Headquartered in Indianapolis, the 38th Infantry Division Band, the only military band in the state of Indiana, will be performing at the Strand Theatre in Shelbyville from 7:30 – 9:30 pm on June 28.


The Band performs ceremonies, concerts, and parades in both military and civic capacities throughout the state and is one of the most requested units in the Indiana National Guard.

CW4 Patrick Palumbo, Commander of the 38th Infantry Division Band, says, “we are honored to be performing in the historic Strand Theatre and look forward to putting on an outstanding performance for the community festivities.”


The Band is a versatile organization which performs a wide variety of music including marches, traditional, and patriotic selections, as well as jazz and popular musical styles. Notable performances for the Band include appearances with country artists Wynonna Judd and Josh Turner, halftime for the Indianapolis Colts, Indianapolis 500 Festivities and performances for political dignitaries at the state and national level.

The 38th Infantry Division Band is comprised of several performing components including: Concert Band, Ceremonial Band, Brass Quintet, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Combo and Show Band. These music performance teams are in high demand.


75 years after D-Day, the relationship between U.S. and Europe is strained

Ball State University’s Kevin Smith believes that 75 years after D-Day, the relationship between America and western Europe is currently strained.


June 6, 2019 marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, a milestone that is expected to represent the last large gathering of D-Day veterans around the globe.


“We have taken for granted on both sides of the Atlantic that the postwar stability of Europe would continue indefinitely, and that the United States would be a willing guarantor of that,” said Smith, a Ball State history professor. “Both are now in question, not for the first time, but in a new way. It is easy to forget how critical Europeans were of President Reagan in the 1980s and how angry Americans were at Europeans (especially the French—remember “freedom fries”?) during the Iraq War in the early 2000s.


“A new generation has arisen with different priorities and viewpoints, again on both sides of the Atlantic,” he said. “Incorporating and addressing their concerns while retaining good relations will be a challenge that we can meet, but it will require effort and thoughtful attention. “

Smith’s research is anchored in examining the Anglo-American relationship during the Second World War and the history of American foreign relations.


“I had the privilege of being present in 1994 at the Eisenhower Library (and burial place for the former president) in Kansas for a scholarly conference for the 50th anniversary of D-Day, and to be present in June 2009 at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia for the 65th anniversary during another conference,” he said. “This anniversary means a great deal to me, and the current tensions sadden me. But, there is that the possibility that we can recover from current strains in the relationship.”

State health officials recognize cancer survivors

June 2 is National Cancer Survivors Day, which celebrates those who have survived the disease; inspires individuals who have recently been diagnosed with cancer; and acknowledges the contributions of families, friends and healthcare providers.


“When people hear the term ‘survivor,’ they often think of someone who has completed treatment and is considered cancer-free, but a person is a cancer survivor from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of their life,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG.


According to the Indiana State Cancer Registry, as of Dec. 31, 2016, Indiana had an estimated 275,439 cancer survivors for all cancers combined. The four highest-burden cancers for the state—breast, colorectal, lung and prostate—accounted for more than half of those survivors.


Over the past 50 years, major advances in cancer prevention, early detection and treatment have resulted in longer survival and an increase in cancer survivorship. In the U.S. alone, more than 15.5 million people are living with a history of cancer.


Survivorship, like cancer itself, is complex and can be difficult to navigate. Cancer survivors are at risk of cancer recurrence and developing secondary cancers due to the effects of aging, prior cancer treatment, unhealthy lifestyles, underlying genetics or family history and other factors.


Having a survivorship care plan after a cancer survivor completes their primary cancer care is recommended. Survivorship care plans should reflect the survivor’s treatment and address their post-treatment needs to improve their health and quality of life.


“National Cancer Survivors Day is a great opportunity for survivors, caregivers, family and friends to come together and affirm that life after a cancer diagnosis can be active, productive and even inspiring,” said Box.


To locate a National Cancer Survivors Day event near you, or for more information on National Cancer Survivors Day, visit


To learn more about cancer survivorship in Indiana or to find survivorship resources, visit the Indiana Cancer Consortium (ICC) at In 2018, the ICC released the Indiana Cancer Control Plan 2018-2020, which includes a focus area for survivorship with the goal of improving quality of life for all those affected by cancer.