Community News Archives for 2022-05

Blue River Community Foundation announces Summer Scholarship Workshop

Blue River Community Foundation (BRCF) is once again hosting a summer, scholarship workshop for Shelby County high school students on track to graduate by June of 2023.


Students attending will learn about scholarship opportunities available through BRCF including the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, as well as, applying through BRCF’s online application, writing an expressive essay, selecting
recommenders, interviewing tips, and hearing suggestions about the transition from high school to college from members of BRCF’s Alumni Scholar group.


Interested students are encouraged to select one of the following dates to attend:

June 23: 1 - 3 pm

July 14: 10 - noon

To register, or to learn more about this popular event, visit or contact Julie Alvis at or 317.392.7955 ext. 102.


The deadline to register is June 20.


Link to flyer promoting workshop:


Link to register:


Shelby Co. Health Department has allotment of at-home rapid test kits

The Shelby County Health Department has an allotment of FDA Emergency Use Authorization at-home rapid test kits. Results in 15 minutes.


They can be used in Facilities, by employees, or individuals.


These tests are free.


Go to the Shelby County Health Department at 1600 East State Road 44 to pick up.


Shelby County's Diligent Digger Garden Club holding annual plant sale Saturday

Diligent Digger Garden Club is having their annual plant sale Saturday, May 21 from 9:00 am - noon at the covered stage at the Shelby County fairgrounds.


The majority of plants for sale are perennials, which have a life span of many years.


The club members provide these plants from their gardens in addition to various items related to gardening at reasonable prices.


The Shelby County Diligent Digger Garden Club was formed in 1992 when the Shelby County Garden Club, which started in 1935 and the Diligent Diggers club which started in 1950, merged into one club. Diligent Diggers is a not for profit club which will use the profits from the plant sale to maintain the flowers and shrubs in front of the Shelby County Public Library and to plant new annual plants to add color to the existing landscaping.


The club appreciates the community support of this fund raising project!


New property assessment information for 2022, Pay 23

Taxpayers should be aware of some changes for the January 1, 2022, assessment which may cause significant increases in the assessed values of their properties.


The value changes will not impact the 2022 property tax bills.


The changes are beyond the control of the Assessor’s Office.


Changes are:


• Statewide certified agricultural land base rate increased from $1,290 to $1,500 per acre. This rate is set by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) and is the same in all 92 counties.


• Cost tables used for assessments were updated. These tables are also set by DLGF and they

determine the approximate building costs of structures throughout the state. The tables were last updated in 2018. Due to increased material costs, the majority of cost schedules increased, and the four primary schedules (dwellings, general industrial, general commercial mercantile, general commercial residential) increased an average of 10% to 15%.


• Real estate market: This is perhaps the biggest factor and the one everyone is familiar with at this point. Each year the Assessor’s Office must review property sales and adjust property values accordingly. According to a recent article on, median home prices in the US increased by 16.9% in 2021 and Shelby County was no different. This office must keep assessments in line with the market by law, which means as the market goes up, so do assessments and vice versa.



To summarize, many changes have occurred over the last year that will impact assessed values across the board. However, taxpayers should not panic. As assessments increase, tax rates decrease because the property tax levy, the amount of revenue collected via property tax, is frozen. There is no way to estimate what taxes will do as the Assessor’s Office has no control over tax rates.


More information regarding appealing assessments and specific property values are provided on Assessment Notices (Form 11s) mailed on April 27, 2022. The appeal deadline is June 15, 2022. This can be done by filing an Appeal Form 130 (Taxpayer’s Notice to Initiate an Appeal) that can be located at the resources listed below:


Assessor Shelby County Website:

Shelby County Website:

Department of Local Government Finance website:

DNR LE hosts two recruiting events May 23, 24

DNR Law Enforcement will host two conservation officer recruiting events on Monday, May 23, and Tuesday, May 24 for District 6, which includes Hendricks, Marion, Hancock, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby, Marion, Brown, and Bartholomew counties.

The May 23 event will be held at DNR Fire Headquarters inside Morgan-Monroe State Forest, located at 6220 Forest Road, Martinsville. The May 24 event will be held at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds Conservation Building, located at 750 W. 200 S. Columbus.

Both events will start at 6:30 p.m. and will cover critical portions of the 2022 Indiana Conservation Officer hiring process, including duties of a conservation officer, preparation for the written exam and core values training, and physical agility testing requirements.

Participation at either recruiting event does not guarantee you a position but should provide insight into the competitive hiring process.

To see if you qualify to be an Indiana Conservation Officer and to complete the pre-screen exam, see and click on Become a Conservation Officer. 

Waldron's Chad Williams named DNR photo contest winner

A well-known Shelby County photographer has been recognized for his work by the state's Department of Natural Resources.


In honor of the state’s Historic Preservation Month, which is May, the DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology announced the winners of its annual Historic Preservation Month photo contest.

A variety of the entries and the winning photos will be shared on the DNR Instagram account (@indianadnr) all week.

The winners are:

Altered Category
Chad Williams of Waldron
Photo of barn at sunset in Waldron



Artistic Category
Michael McQuillen of Indianapolis
Photo of the Indiana Statehouse reflection

Black & White Category
Amanda Bennett-Cole of Lafayette
Photo of City Methodist Church in Gary

Color Category
Carla Hall of Roann
Photo of the Stockdale Mill in Roann

Kids Category
Kara Baker of Peru
Photo of barn in winter in Peru