Community News Archives for 2020-03

Walmart announces additional steps for the health and safety of Associates

As our company and country continue to deal with the spread of COVID-19, we remain focused on the health and safety of our associates.


We continue to follow and communicate the CDC’s recommended guidance on behaviors like washing hands, social distancing and the cleaning of surfaces. And we have made significant operational changes in our stores, clubs, DCs and FCs this month – such as closing overnight for cleaning, starting to install sneeze guards at checkout and pharmacies, using wipes and sprayers for carts, putting in signing for social distancing and implementing a COVID-19 emergency leave policy.


Today we’re sharing additional steps we’re taking to promote a safe and healthy workplace.


Temperature Checks

As the COVID-19 situation has evolved, we’ve decided to begin taking the temperatures of our associates as they report to work in stores, clubs and facilities, as well as asking them some basic health screening questions. We are in the process of sending infrared thermometers to all locations, which could take up to three weeks.


Any associate with a temperature of 100.0 degrees will be paid for reporting to work and asked to return home and seek medical treatment if necessary. The associate will not be able to return to work until they are fever-free for at least three days.


Many associates have already been taking their own temperatures at home, and we’re asking them to continue that practice as we start doing it on-site. And we’ll continue to ask associates to look out for other symptoms of the virus (coughing, feeling achy, difficulty breathing) and never come to work when they don’t feel well.


Our COVID-19 emergency leave policy allows associates to stay home if they have any COVID-19 related symptoms, concerns, illness or are quarantined – knowing that their jobs will be protected.


Masks and Gloves

Today we are also sharing more guidance with our associates regarding masks and gloves.

While the CDC and other health officials do not recommend masks or gloves for healthy people who don't ordinarily use them for their jobs, we will make them available — as supplies permit — for associates who want to wear them.


The masks will arrive in 1-2 weeks. They will be high-quality masks, but not N95 respirators – which should be reserved for at-risk healthcare workers.


We encourage anyone who would like to wear a mask or gloves at work to ask their supervisor for them, while keeping in mind that it is still possible to spread germs while wearing them.

6-20-100 Guidance

This week we are also sharing a new framework with associates regarding healthy behaviors at work. We’re asking them to remember three numbers: 6, 20 and 100.


6 feet is the amount of space people should keep from others, when possible, to maintain social distancing.


20 seconds is the amount of time people should take to wash their hands with soap and water.

And 100 is the temperature that someone should stay home with.


We will continue to consult with health officials and experts inside and outside Walmart as this situation evolves. We greatly appreciate the work our associates are doing for customers, members, and their communities, and we will continue to prioritize their health and well-being.

New statewide map available for Hoosiers seeking food assistance during COVID-19 pandemic

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, in partnership with the state’s  food banks, the Indy Hunger Network and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, has developed a statewide, interactive map that will help Hoosiers seeking food assistance find what they need. The map is online here, and will be prominently featured at The map can be used on desktop/laptop computers and mobile devices.


“Many Hoosiers’ situations have changed as a result of our state’s important and necessary response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,” said Jennifer Sullivan, M.D., M.P.H., FSSA Secretary. “We know there is a significant need for families – many of whom have never needed assistance before. We hope this tool helps them locate resources to meet their food and nutrition needs during this crisis and in the future.”


There are two types of organizations shown on the map: food pantries and meal sites. Food pantries are locations where Hoosiers can pick up groceries to prepare and use at their homes. Meal sites serve packed meals, ready to take home and eat.


Earlier this week, FSSA encouraged food pantries to stay open to keep serving Hoosiers and issued a call for volunteers under age 60 who are able to serve. FSSA is actively working with food pantries, food banks and community kitchens across the state to track which are open and is updating the map accordingly.

SCUFFY (Shelby County United Fund) announces new executive director

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Alecia M. Gross has accepted the position of Executive Director.  She will replace David Fisher, Interim Executive Director, who has been filling in since Angie Davies, long time executive director, passed away unexpectedly in January. SCUFFY President of the Board of Directors, Aaron Haehl said “We are thrilled to have Alecia on board and feel confident she will be great in the position. With her background, education and the fact that she grew up in Shelbyville she is a perfect fit for the job.”


Interim Executive Director David Fisher:



Most recently Ms. Gross has been the Pastor at First Christian Church in New Castle Indiana.  Before her career as a pastor she was the Executive Director of the Shelby Community Health Center, a SCUFFY agency before it transitioned into the Jane Pauley Community Health Center.


She has a Bachelor of Science from Ball State University and completed her

Mastersdegree at Christian Theological Seminary.


Alecia is married to Russ Gross, also a Shelbyville native.  She and her family are excited to return to Shelby County and serve the community that helped form them.


In her interview with the Board she said “Most recently I have served as pastor of local churches. Returning to not-for-profit management would be a professional shift, but the mission of SCUFFY aligns exactly with my personal mission – to create community, to garner hope, and to strengthen relationships.  The skills I have developed throughout my career lend themselves to this transition”

Forging a new path for Indiana students: Purdue Fast Start program offers giant leaps in opportunity, savings

Every promising Indiana student deserves the opportunity to pursue an affordable, world-class education. With its new Fast Start program, which could easily save Indiana families thousands of dollars, Purdue University has taken yet another step toward making this possible.


Fast Start, created by Purdue in partnership with the philanthropic online learning program Modern States, is designed to help Indiana high school students earn access to up to a year of college credit through free online courses and the corresponding College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. Students receive assured admission into Purdue if they complete five courses, pass the corresponding CLEP exams and meet the University’s standard admissions requirements.


This partnership with Modern States creates opportunities for Indiana students to take giant leaps in their education with a direct track to Purdue. The move also aligns with Purdue’s land-grant mission and its continued commitment to affordability and accessibility ­— a longtime University priority that has led to nearly 60% of Purdue students now graduating debt-free.


“Too many young Hoosiers miss out on college either because of its cost or simply a disbelief that they can succeed there,” says Purdue President Mitch Daniels. “Our Purdue-sponsored high schools are one attempt to open a new pathway to Purdue, and this new venture is another, with special relevance to rural and small-town youth.”


Steve Klinsky, CEO and founder of Modern States, says, “Modern States and my family are pleased to partner with Purdue to make college more attainable for students throughout Indiana. Purdue has long been a leader in innovations to help students, and we hope this effort will both help families throughout the state and create a model for many other universities nationwide.”


Innovating for Indiana


Fast Start will allow Hoosier students to take online courses and CLEP exams at no cost. Passing five CLEP exams — the equivalent of one semester — can save students and their parents the cost of an entire semester, and almost $11,000. And passing 10 CLEPs — the equivalent of one full year — amounts to more than $21,000 in savings when considering Purdue tuition and housing. Every individual CLEP passed is a big savings. Additionally, the Fast Start option can move students toward early graduation and early entry into the workforce.


Purdue Fast Start offers support to high school students enrolled in the program, helping guide them through taking courses and tests, and navigating Purdue admittance. Students also can connect to Purdue alumni and friends for mentoring if desired. Once Fast Start students accept admission into Purdue, they will be known as Klinsky Scholars.


The program officially launches in Fall 2020, with inaugural students granted admission for the Fall 2021 semester. As Purdue Fast Start begins outreach to prospective students this spring, Purdue Extension, which has offices in every Indiana county, will be a vital resource in helping reach students and their families.


Fast Start is available to all Indiana residents. But it’s especially beneficial to students in rural Indiana, in inner-city schools that often lack access to the full offering of Advanced Placement courses, or those for whom college education is less affordable. Purdue assures admission to students who pass a minimum of five CLEP exams through the program.


Purdue, the No. 6 most innovative school in the country according to U.S. News & World report, also is ranked as the No. 7 best value school in the U.S. by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education.


The Fast Start program marks the University’s latest innovation in affordability and accessibility, a priority that dates to its 2012 tuition freeze. Other innovative initiatives include the creation of statewide Purdue Polytechnic High School locations, the Back a Boilermaker income-share agreement program and the Degree in 3 fast-track program, among others.


“This is a great opportunity for us to improve the lives of Indiana residents by working with students to increase educational attainment all across the state,” says Jason Henderson, senior associate dean and director of Purdue Extension.


Visit for complete details on the Purdue Fast Start program.

Kroger utilizing masks, gloves, plexiglass partitions

Kroger is taking additional steps to protect workers and customers during the coronavirus pandemic.


The Ohio-based grocery chain says it is asking the government for help securing protective masks and gloves for its workers.


Kroger will soon begin installing plexiglass partitions at many cash registers, to promote social distancing. The partitions will be placed at every checkout lane, pharmacy counter, and Starbucks register in Kroger stores.


The grocery chain will also install floor decals to promote physical distancing at checklanes and other counters.


“These and other recently announced steps will help Kroger ensure the safety of associates and help our communities flatten the curve while at the same time meeting our obligation to be there for our customers,” the company said in a statement.

BMV announces 2-week branch closure and available out-of-branch options

Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced that beginning Tuesday, March 24 all state government offices will be closed to in-person public activity until at least April 7, 2020. This closure includes all Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) branches.


On March 19, 2020, Governor Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-05 which in part waived Administrative Penalty Fees (late fees). Today, he further ordered an automatic extension of all state-issued licenses and stated he will advise law enforcement to refrain from issuing citations for a driver’s license or registration that expires during this emergency. Effectively, this extends expiration dates of registrations, driver’s licenses, and identification cards without changing the expiration date printed on documents in an individual’s possession and waives late fees during a future renewal.


Several out-of-branch options are still available, and Hoosiers are encouraged to complete transactions using the below services whenever possible. These services include:

• Online transactions through

• Contact Center

• Mail-in renewal


Additional information regarding out-of-branch services and branch closures can be found on the BMV’s COVID-19 Information and Updates webpage.


If you hold a Commercial Driver’s License, there are resources available on the BMV website including information from FMCSA. In addition, CDL holders are encouraged to reach out to the Contact Center with questions. The phone number is 888-692-6841 and the lines are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Indiana DNR COVID-19 response

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19.  The list below, and updates, can be found at

What’s open

  • All DNR properties including state parks, state forests, fish and wildlife areas, nature preserves and state recreation areas.  Families will be able to go outside and take a walk, run or bike ride, but they should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people. Entrance fees at properties have been temporarily suspended.
  • Unstaffed archery ranges.
  • Indiana DNR-managed trails and campgrounds at Brookville, J.E. Roush, Salamonie, Mississinewa, Cecil M. Harden (Racoon SRA), Cagles Mill (Lieber SRA), Patoka and Monroe lakes (campgrounds, wildlife areas, and boat ramps) remain open. However, public facilities managed directly by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at or below the dams at these lakes (tailwater areas, observation mounds, etc.) are closed.
  • Campgrounds remain open at this time, but advance reservations are required. No walk-ins are permitted. For those who would prefer to cancel or reschedule due to COVID-19, we are committed to waiving fees for cancellations or transfers of reservations and to issuing refunds as requested for campsites held through April 30, 2020. This time frame may be extended as the COVID-19 status evolves.

What’s closed

  • All property offices. Passes and permits can be purchased online at Property maps are available online at Office contact information will be provided on doors for those who have specific questions.
  • State park inns and restaurants.
  • Welcome centers, playgrounds, cabins, camper cabins, fire towers, and other facilities.
  • Nature Centers, Historic Buildings and Visitor Centers, Forest Education Centers, rifle ranges, and enclosed picnic areas.
  • State Park Inn pools and the aquatic center at Abe Martin Lodge.
  • All group camps, recreation buildings, youth tent and rally tent areas through April 30, 2020. Any groups with reservations have been contacted and fees will be refunded.
  • The DNR Customer Service Center in downtown Indianapolis is closed to public but is still available by telephone.


  • All indoor and outdoor public programs and special events are postponed through April 30. There will be virtual programming added through social media; watch the DNR calendar at for details and times.

We will continue to implement recommendations from the Indiana State Department of Health and will follow other directives from the State of Indiana regarding any future closures or cancellations. Notifications of any changes will be provided directly to guests and groups with reservations, and added to our property advisories webpage and the DNR calendar.

Online and phone options

We urge the public to do business with us by phone, email, or online. Here are your options:

Indiana Fish & Wildlife Online License System

Make or change State Park Inns reservations online or by phone at
877-LODGES1 (1-877-563-4371). Call center open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Make or change campground reservations by calling 866-622-6746 or visiting

The DNR Customer Service Center staff can answer questions at 317-232-4200 or 877-463-6367. It is open 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Updates on our website

Please check our COVID-19 webpage regularly for additions and modifications to this list.

USDA Service Centers precautionary measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus

U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Centers are encouraging visitors to take proactive protective measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.


USDA Service Centers in Indiana will continue to be open for business by phone appointment only and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While our program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with our producers by phone, and using online tools whenever possible. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or any other Service Center agency are required to call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment.  In the event a Service Center is closed, producers can receive assistance from the closest alternate Service Center by phone.


Producers can find Service Center phone numbers at


FPAC agencies continue to look at the flexibilities to deliver programs on behalf of producers, just as they have in past situations, such as natural disasters. Farmers and ranchers are resilient and FPAC agencies will continue to deliver the farm safety net programs and resource conservation programs that keep American agriculture in business today and long into the future.


Online services are available to customers with an eAuth account, which provides access to the portal where producers can view USDA farm loan information and payments and view and track certain USDA program applications and payments. Online NRCS services are available to customers through the Conservation Client Gateway. Customers can track payments, report completed practices, request conservation assistance, and electronically sign documents. Customers who do not already have an eAuth account can enroll at


For the most current updates on available services and Service Center status visit

FSSA calls on Indiana food pantries to stay open and keep serving Hoosiers

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration today called on Hoosiers to help keep the state’s network of food pantries open. FSSA is tracking the number of food pantries operating across the state as part of the state’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).


“Now is the time for us as Hoosiers to double down on our best quality -- serving each other,” said Jennifer Sullivan, M.D., M.P.H., FSSA Secretary. “Food pantries are critical harbors of hope in many local communities, and with them facing difficulties operating and possibly reducing the food supply to our neighbors in need, it’s time to sound a loud call for help across the state.”  


Many food pantries are supported by a volunteer workforce, with many volunteers over the age of 60. Understandably and thankfully, many of those older Hoosiers and others with health challenges are choosing to stay home to protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19.


Sullivan urged anyone who not in a vulnerable population or demographic to answer to call to help at a local food pantry.  Hoosiers can call 2-1-1 and ask for a list of nearby food pantries.


Anyone having troubling obtaining enough food for themselves or their families should call 2-1-1 for help.

FSSA calls on Indiana food pantries to stay open and keep serving Hoosiers

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration today called on Hoosiers to help keep the state’s network of food pantries open. FSSA is tracking the number of food pantries operating across the state as part of the state’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).


“Now is the time for us as Hoosiers to double down on our best quality -- serving each other,” said Jennifer Sullivan, M.D., M.P.H., FSSA Secretary. “Food pantries are critical harbors of hope in many local communities, and with them facing difficulties operating and possibly reducing the food supply to our neighbors in need, it’s time to sound a loud call for help across the state.”  


Many food pantries are supported by a volunteer workforce, with many volunteers over the age of 60. Understandably and thankfully, many of those older Hoosiers and others with health challenges are choosing to stay home to protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19.


Sullivan urged anyone who not in a vulnerable population or demographic to answer to call to help at a local food pantry.  Hoosiers can call 2-1-1 and ask for a list of nearby food pantries.


Anyone having troubling obtaining enough food for themselves or their families should call 2-1-1 for help.

Shelbyville Street Department announces it will no longer have a limit on bags of trash due to COVID-19

Shelbyville Street Commissioner Doug Hunt released the following information regarding trash collection:


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the amount of children and families at home, practicing social distancing, the street department will no longer have a limit on bags of trash that are collected during the weekly stops.  We will collect all bags of trash that are tied closed and out for collection. This will continue until announced otherwise.


We are asking residents to PLEASE cooperate and do not place loose trash in their cans or loose trash on the ground. It is very important that everyone bag all trash for our weekly collection.


We are taking serious precautions to protect our crews, their families, and the city residents and their families from germs and contamination, in order to continue services to the public.


Any bags that are left open and not tied up with loose trash exposed or cans with loose trash will not be collected. 


Recycling is going to continue to be collected.


We will announce any and all changes from our department to the public news outlets and our Street Department Facebook Page. 


We thank the citizens for taking this seriously and for cooperating with our crews. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 317-392-5169

Household Hazardous Waste Building closed until further notice

A message from Shelby County Recycling District Executive Director Lisa Carpenter:


In an effort to fight COVID-19, the Household Hazardous Waste Building will not be open this Saturday and will be closed until further notice.


If you have an immediate need to dispose of your household hazardous waste, please contact us at 317-392-8904.


Thank you for your understanding!



DOR announces filing and payment extensions

Today, Governor Eric Holcomb announced the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) is extending certain filing and payment deadlines to align with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and support Hoosiers during the COVID-19 health crisis.


“Last night, the IRS announced tax payment extensions for individual and corporate returns. We understand that Hoosiers need that same relief and our teams are swiftly taking steps to make that happen,” commented DOR Commissioner Bob Grennes.


“Since COVID-19 is impacting so many, in addition to the payment extensions announcement by the IRS, we are also extending the associated Indiana tax return filing deadlines.”


Individual tax returns and payments, along with estimated payments originally due by April 15, 2020, are now due on or before July 15, 2020. Returns included are the IT-40, IT-40PNR, IT-40RNR, IT-40ES, ES-40 and SC-40.


Corporate tax returns and payments, along with estimated payments originally due by April 15 or April 20 are now due on or before July 15, 2020. Those originally due on May 15, 2020, are now due on August 17, 2020. Returns included are the IT-20, IT-41, IT-65, IT-20S, FIT-20, URT-1, IT-6, FT-QP and URT-Q.


All other tax return filings and payment due dates remain unchanged.


If Hoosiers need additional time to file, they can request an extension. Instructions for those extensions can be found on DOR’s website. If an individual requests a federal extension, Indiana automatically extends the state deadline and there is no need to file anything additional.

“DOR is working hard to ensure that customers are getting the assistance they need. Our team can still be contacted through phone and email, and we encourage customers to take advantage of those options.”


DOR team members are continuing to provide customer service by phone and email, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., local time. Customers have the following service options:


  • Call DOR’s individual customer service line at 317-232-2240.
  • Call a specific District Office—contact information can be found on DOR’s website at
  • Call DOR’s Motor Carrier Services at 317-615-7200.
  • Contact a specific DOR business unit using a list of phone numbers and email addresses available at
  • Email DOR using the online form at

Additionally, customers can visit DOR's website at to take advantage of online services available.


Any changes to this guidance, additional modifications to normal operations or changes to tax filing and payment deadlines will be posted on DOR’s website, as well as DOR’s social media accounts.

Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home offers care bags

A message from Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home:


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 If you are 65 and over and at risk for Covid-19 we have a Corona care bag for you.


Stop by Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Rd, Shelbyville starting Thursday to pick one up or we will deliver in Shelby County weekdays starting Friday, March 20.


Call 317-398-4599 between 9-4 to reserve yours.


MHP Nephrology featured on Chamber Chat, raising funds to help patients with transportation

MHP Nephrology Center Director Melissa O'Connor appeared on Chamber Chat to talk about the new center and to inform the public about an effort to raise funds to help with transportation costs for dialysis patients.



Major Health Partners Nephrology is asking for donations. 


Major Health Partners Nephrology started a fundraising page through the foundation to help with transportation costs for our dialysis patients. 



Please click on the link below to help save a life!

Rose-Hulman in-person instruction suspended; virtual learning employed

Message from Rose-Hulman President Robert A. Coons:


Students come to Rose-Hulman for a world-class education, experienced in a community that unites students, faculty, and staff in authentic care and mutual support for one another. These values have been foremost in our careful consideration of possible responses to the public health situation caused COVID-19 coronavirus.


Ultimately, we have decided that we can best serve our students and community at this time by transitioning to remote learning, canceling face-to-face class meetings and most on-campus events.


While we are now making rapid changes to our practices as circumstances evolve, our commitment to our mission remains steadfast. In the weeks to come, we intend for Rose-Hulman to remain an atmosphere of individual attention and support for one another.


Although there are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Rose-Hulman campus, the number of cases in Indiana continues to rise. After careful consideration, and in collaboration with faculty and staff across campus, we are employing the following measures:

  • All Friday, March 13 classes are canceled.
  • Spring Break – originally scheduled April 11-19, is moved to March 13-22.
  • This change in schedule will allow faculty, administrators and support staff the opportunity to continue preparations for a virtual, e-learning environment.
  • At this time, we plan to conduct classes online beginning March 23 through April 19, at a minimum. We will continue to assess the situation daily and provide updates on when in-person instruction will resume, as the situation becomes clearer. All athletic events have also been suspended during this time.
  • All classrooms, labs and learning facilities (such as the Branam Innovation Center/Kremer Innovation Center), as well as the Logan Library, will be closed to students during this time. Residence halls and the Mussallem Union will remain open. Dining services will continue to operate.
  • We recognize that some students will elect to remain home to take their online courses, whereas others may choose to remain on campus. Student Affairs will communicate with students to learn of their intentions.
  • Faculty will identify courses that cannot be taught remotely and will put plans in place to respond to those situations. Students should be informed of those plans by Wednesday, March 18, from that area department head or academic advisor.
  • Students should contact their faculty for any specific software needs for e-learning.
  • Faculty will work with students taking their classes on their e-learning approaches and expectations.
  • All on-campus events, without written special permission through the Office of the President, are canceled through March 31.
  • The campus will not be closed during this period, including spring break. Campus offices and services will remain open. The institute will continue to employ advanced cleaning and disinfecting measures on all building hard surfaces.
  • Employees, except those on sick, vacation or FMLA leave, are expected to report to work as normal. Area vice presidents will offer guidance on expectations during this time.
  • All non-essential, institute-related domestic travel is suspended through March 31, at a minimum.
  • We have shared with our campus community best practices around preventive measures to control the spread of the virus.


We recognize our community has many questions. We continue to work through logistical issues as quickly as possible and are meeting daily to work through these challenges. We will continue to update the campus as details emerge and appreciate your patience.


We recognize the disruption to our students’ education and are committed to fulfilling our educational mission during this time. We will do all we can to ensure our students continue to progress to their degree.


Rose-Hulman will continue to update our website with institute actions based on information provided by the CDC, Indiana State Department of Health, and the Vigo County Health Department. You can find that page at

Shelbyville yard waste collection underway; routes begin in April

City of Shelbyville residents may put out yard waste currently with their trash collection, but it will be combined with the trash until the start date for the yard waste truck.


The yard waste truck will begin running the routes on April 13 for the season.


The yard waste truck will not run separately during the week of Heavy Clean-Up.  That is April 27-May 1.


Triton Central students among finalists announced for National History Day in Indiana Central Region Contest

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) proudly announces students have been selected to advance to the National History Day in Indiana (NHDI) State Contest after a successful Central region contest at Carmel High School on Saturday, Mar. 7. The contest included students from Hamilton, Hendricks, Madison, Marion, Shelby and Tippecanoe counties.

Approximately 265 students took part in Saturday’s contest, with finalists advancing to the NHDI State Contest, Saturday, April 25, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, the Indiana State Government Center Convention Center and the Indiana State Library.

NHDI is a yearlong program dedicated to enhancing history education in Indiana's schools. Students in grades four through 12 explore a historical subject that fits under the annual theme. This year’s theme is “Breaking Barriers in History.” Students use their research to work individually or in a group to create a documentary, exhibit, paper (individual only), performance or website. To reach the state contest, students must qualify at one of nine regional contests around Indiana — with the Central contest being the fourth of 2020.

Meghan Vibbert, Lillian Gahimer and Jessika McKee of Triton Central High School will compete in the Senior Group Exhibit with their project on the Wright Brothers.

NHDI is presented by the Rooker Family Foundation with support from the Vigran Family Foundation and TCU Foundation. State Contest support is provided by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.

Indiana Tourism Association announces award winners; Shelby County receives honor

Indiana’s annual tourism conference was held March 2-4 in Elizabeth, Indiana.


The Indiana Tourism Awards, presented by Indiana Connection (a division of Indiana Electric Cooperatives), were awarded on Tuesday, March 3. The awards honor tourism businesses who are creative, innovative and maximize the dollars invested. The winners were:


  • Best Advocacy Initiative – Gibson County Visitors & Tourism Bureau
  • Best Cooperative Partnership – Visit Fort Wayne
  • Best Culinary Focused Marketing Campaign – Snappy Tomato Pizza
  • Best Digital Marketing Campaign (Marketing Budgets under $300,000) – French Lick Resort
  • Best Digital Marketing Campaign (Marketing Budgets over $300,000) – Indiana State Fair Commission
  • Best Leisure Travel Marketing Campaign – Hamilton County Tourism, Inc.
  • Best Event/Festival – Steuben County Tourism Bureau
  • Best Specialty Item – Hamilton County Tourism, Inc.
  • Best Visitors Guide (Marketing Budgets under $300,000) – Shelby County Tourism and Visitors Bureau
  • Best Visitors Guide (Marketing Budgets over $300,000) – Visit Bloomington
  • Best Tourism Website (Marketing Budgets under $300,000) – Kosciusko County Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Best Tourism Website (Marketing Budgets over $300,000) – Visit Indy


In addition to the above awards, the Indiana Tourism Association gave out an individual award based on merit:


Indiana Tourism Association Member of the Year – The Member of the Year award is designed for members of the association who stepped forward and provided exemplary service and leadership to the industry and the association. This year’s award went to Sherry Matlock, Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau.


Two hundred tourism leaders from around the state came to the Indiana Tourism Conferencefor networking and educational sessions over the three-days.

SHS student Austin Dwenger receives Chase Hubler Travel Award

Austin Dwenger, a student at Shelbyville High School, is the recipient of the Chase Hubler Travel Award made possible by the Chase Hubler Memorial Fund administered by BRCF. 


This $750 award will be used to help pay for his travel expenses later this month as part of SHS’s World Language Department’s trip to France. 


Presenting Austin with his award is Jill Coffey.  Jill established this fund in 2008 as a memorial tribute to her son, Chase.