Community News Archives for 2021-09

Upcoming changes to SNAP for October

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has announced two upcoming changes the U.S. Food and Nutrition Services Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Together these changes may impact the benefits received by Hoosier SNAP participants.


  • On Sept. 30, 2021, the 15% increase in SNAP benefits provided as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 will end.
  • Starting in October 2021, benefits will increase due to the recent re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan.

The result of these two updates occurring at the same time is that in October most SNAP participants will see a slight increase to their monthly benefit.


SNAP households may have heard that because of the updated Thrifty Food Plan their benefits are increasing. However, they may not understand that this increase is to the pre-pandemic benefit amounts—before the 15% increase. As a result, some participants may be expecting their benefits to increase substantially over their current level.


With these changes happening around the same time, SNAP participants, stakeholders, and others may become confused. Here is a Q and A from FNS that could help.


Shelbyville's Morris Ave and Vine St tree trimming today

The Shelbyville Street Department will be trimming trees along Morris Avenue & Vine Street on Monday, September 27.

Temporary lane restrictions will be in place. The lane restrictions will be in effect from 8:30-11am.

Rookie drivers claim Morristown Derby Days titles

Adilyn Boring and Carter Bell claimed the 2021 Morristown Derby Days racing titles Saturday.


Boring defeated Chloe Longwell in the final girls race of the day.  Boring raced in Car 51.  The rookie driver's parents are Doug Boring and Brittany Green.


Bell took the boys title by defeating Keegan Coombs in the finale.  Bell operated Car 33 and was one of the 20 rookies among 24 competitors.  His parents are Will and Julian Bell.


Indiana to begin offering Pfizer Covid-19 booster shots for eligible Hoosiers following FDA, CDC actions

The Indiana Department of Health announced today that booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine are available to eligible Hoosiers following federal authorization of the additional dose.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday recommended the administration of a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine to counter waning immunity in specific populations following the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) decision to expand its Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to include the boosters. Previously, the FDA had authorized a third dose (Pfizer or Moderna) for immunocompromised individuals who did not build protection from the vaccine.


The single booster dose can be administered at least six months after completion of the second dose and applies only to individuals who previously received the Pfizer vaccine. Individuals who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines are not eligible at this time.


According to the CDC:


    Individuals ages 65 and older and residents of long-term care facilities should receive a booster dose.


    Individuals ages 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions that put them at high risk of severe COVID-19 should receive a booster dose.


    Individuals ages 18 to 49 with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster dose, based on their individual benefits and risks.


    Individuals ages 18 to 64 who are at high risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of an occupational or institutional risk of exposure may receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks.


Eligible Hoosiers who want to obtain a booster dose can go to and search for a site that has the Pfizer vaccine, which is designated by PVAX, or call 211 for assistance. Hoosiers are encouraged to bring their vaccination card to their appointment to ensure that the booster dose is added.


Upon arriving at the vaccination clinic, Hoosiers will be asked to attest that they meet the eligibility requirements listed above. Beginning Monday, that attestation will be incorporated into the online appointment registration at

Southwestern Jr./Sr. High School students visit Statehouse

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg, front right) meets with students from Southwestern Jr./Sr. High School at the Statehouse Thursday, Sept. 16.


Students from Mr. Justin Meredith's class toured the Statehouse and learned about state government and the role of a state senator.


Students also witnessed oral arguments in the Indiana Supreme Court.   

Traffic restriction on Shelbyville's W. Washington

There will be a lane restriction in the eastbound lane of Shelbyville's 600 block of West Washington St.


The lane restriction will be through 5:00 pm Thursday and 7:00 am - 4:00 pm Friday.


Whalen Construction will be replacing a water service meter.  

Flags to half-staff in remembrance of 9/11

Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags statewide to be flown at half-staff in honor of Patriot Day.


Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Saturday, Sept. 11.


Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff in remembrance of the victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Pre-registration for Indiana 9/11 Memorial expansion event closes September 6

This is your last chance to pre-register for The American Legion Department of Indiana 9/11 Remembrance event that will honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and help raise funds for the Indiana 9/11 Memorial expansion to include the lives lost at the Pentagon and in the ensuing wars.


Open to all, the event will consist of a vehicle motorcade that welcomes motorcycles, jeeps, trucks, cars, vans, and buses that will ride as a group to honor all lives lost on 9/11.


Pre-registration for the event closes Sept. 6th, 2021. Pre-registered participants save $10 per person.


The event will occur rain or shine and start from all four corners of the state, with start times that vary based on location. The four motorcades will convene at the Indiana Legion Headquarters located on the ground of the former Fort Benjamin Harrison located in Lawrence, Indiana, before departing at 12:30 p.m. as a group, and travel together to the Indiana 9/11 Memorial site.


A remembrance ceremony featuring dignitaries, first responders, and military veterans will start at 2:00 p.m. and honor all lives lost on 9/11 and in the ensuing wars.


Registration is $25 online (pre-registration) and $35 day of ride. The first two-thousand registrants will receive a 9/11 commemorative patch and chip. For starting locations and times, visit: