Community News Archives for 2023-04

Springtastic Craft Show to be held at former SCAC on Saturday

All local 50+ vendors and crafty individuals that Shelbyville and the surrounding area has to offer will be featured at Saturday's event at the former Shelby County Athletic Club, 24 West Rampart Street.

The following vendors are expected to attend.

Gigi's Precious Gems

Asrthi paper box crafts

Moonlight Crafts 

Not Missin A Stitch

Shirt Station 3117

DelMary Creations

Wreaths and Things Madd Hatter Creates

The Woodchuck

On Hooks N Needles

Marias Unique Designs

Kimberly Hoffman

Wesson's Canine Bakery

Little City Girl

Credit Farms 101

Karen Barclay

Michelle Longo

Indy Grandma's Crafts

Hotmess Express

Boutique by Bre

Scentsy by Sherry

Enlightened Elements

Wiggle Butt Bandanas

Roie Jewelry

Your Purpose Designs

Cre8ed by Loralyn

Bonfire Girls

Kyrie Creations

Cheat Day Cake Boutique

Precious Lather

Courtney Ann Design Z

A&M Lakeside Creations

Red Aspen

Paper Pie Usborne Books

Designs by Rustique

Inherited Talent

Barb's Art Corner

Sherri's Heavenly Balloons

Saving Grace Fire Protection Inc.

Rustic 2 Refined

Unique Dazzles

Aba Creations

Crissy's Place 4 Wreaths and more

Dream in Color by Kristi

Artisan Lumma

Crispy's Craft Bubble

D's Variety Sctore

Crochet by Schebler

Sherri's Crafty Creations

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The Indiana Destination Development Corporation launches Home Again Campaign

The Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC) in partnership with the Indiana Association of Realtors, is excited to announce the launch of their new "Home Again IN Indiana" campaign.

The campaign seeks to celebrate Hoosier pride by sharing the stories of those who were born and raised in Indiana and, after moving away, chose to return.

"Indiana has a strong sense of community, and many Hoosiers have a deep connection to the state that brings them back home," said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. “We want to showcase those stories and inspire others to see all that Indiana has to offer."

Home Again Hoosiers credit Indiana's deep community values, the lively downtowns, locally owned businesses and so much more for drawing them back to Indiana. After moving back to Indiana, Home Again Hoosiers found the impact they can make in their communities to be overwhelmingly fulfilling. From business to civic, to culinary arts and hospitality, Home Again Hoosiers draw on their passions to become a part of their communities and improve them while doing so. "We believe that Indiana is a wonderful place to call home, and we're thrilled to showcase people who have returned to Indiana and the reasons why they love it here," said IDDC Secretary and CEO Elaine Bedel. "We want to hear from Hoosiers who have experienced life in other states or countries and have returned to Indiana."

To learn more about the "Home Again IN Indiana" campaign and to share your story, click here.

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SCUFFY Roadblock scheduled for April 29

The Shelby County United Fund drive will go to the streets this weekend.




SCUFFY Executive Director Alecia Gross requested locations from the Board of Public Works and Safety to hold the annual Roadblock on April 29.



The request was approved by the Board of Works.

Cleanup of Blue River to impact Shelby County road

Trisler Construction, a contractor for the Shelby County Highway Department, is closing E 600 N between N 150 E and N. Morristown Road to remove a log jam that is piled up against the bridge on 600 N across BIue River.

Trisler Construction was setting up its crane Tuesday afternoon and will begin pulling debris from the river tomorrow on Wednesday. It is not known yet how long this closure will last.

The roadway should be open at night, but it will be closed to traffic during the day.

National Lineworker Appreciation Day illuminates the people behind the power

For lineworkers, weathering the storm is just another day on the job. On Tuesday, Duke Energy celebrates National Lineworker Appreciation Day – an acknowledgement of the challenging work of utility lineworkers nationwide who are committed to keeping the lights on and readying the grid for a low-carbon future.

Line teams support daily customer needs as well as projects that will help modernize and strengthen the grid to improve reliability and resiliency, enable the connection of more renewables and help protect it from cybersecurity and physical threats.

Lineworkers also perform the work that they’ve become known for – ensuring power flows to vital infrastructure such as hospitals and water treatment facilities and to everyday home conveniences – always keeping safety top of mind. Through lightning, wind, ice, and even extreme heat and cold, they diligently perform hands-on work through high-stress situations and the aftermath to serve customers.

“Our line teams are the calm before, during and after a storm. They maintain our systems and serve our communities in their greatest time of need – going head-to-head with storms and emergencies to deliver safe and reliable service,” said Scott Batson, senior vice president and chief distribution officer at Duke Energy. “Being a lineworker isn’t for everyone, but it’s certainly a job that impacts everyone.”

Ten years after the U.S. Senate passed a resolution in 2013 designating April 18 as National Lineworker Appreciation Day, the role of lineworkers is more important than ever before – in maintaining and growing energy infrastructure, protecting public safety and making sure communities have power.

“Our lineworkers continue to do the important work of ‘keeping the lights on’ – whether it’s our transmission techs working on high-voltage transmission lines that carry electricity from power plants or our distribution techs working on the lines that carry power to homes and businesses,” said Harry Sideris, executive vice president of customer experience, solutions and services for Duke Energy. “I’m proud that our line teams prioritize safety and taking care of our customers and of each other.”

The more than 7,700 Duke Energy and contract lineworkers who make up the Duke Energy line team are responsible for constructing, operating and maintaining equipment and more than 300,000 miles of power lines in Duke Energy’s service territories – enough to circle the Earth 12 times.

As Duke Energy continues to launch new grid and infrastructure improvement projects to modernize, harden and technologically advance the power grid, the need for skilled workers – especially entry-level lineworkers – is also on the upswing. Lineworkers play an integral role in a more efficient, more reliable digital grid.

The company’s lineworker hiring strategy is transforming to fast-track and hire more aggressively, collaborate with community colleges to identify lineworker talent, shorten new hire onboarding process and deploy new hires more rapidly.

“It’s a great time to be working in energy – and we’re fortunate to be able to source great talent through community colleges,” said Batson. “Individuals who fill these roles join our other lineworkers as ambassadors for the company when they’re in the field.”

Over the past six years, Duke Energy and its Foundation have provided more than $2.8 million in funding to support lineworker programs in states where the company operates.

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State Road 9 and U.S. 52 roundabout construction to begin soon

Road work approaching for new roundabout at the Shelby County intersection of State Road 9 and U.S. 52.

The project is slated to begin on May 1.

Also, starting the last week of April, E&B Paving will be constructing a temporary road that will relocate SR 9 to the east for construction of the west half of the new roundabout. There will be no access to SR 9 from US 52 throughout the construction of the new roundabout.

The detour route will remain the same throughout construction of the roundabout the only thing that will change is how SR 9 will be routed during construction and once west side is constructed, they will switch SR 9 onto the new roundabout.

Officially, the detour uses I-465, I-74 and SR 44 from Indianapolis to Rushville.

This closure will be for 120 days.

Shelby County volunteer fire departments receive Hometown Community grants

In 2023, Blue River Community Foundation (BRCF) is celebrating Hometown Communities.

BRCF recognizes that a great deal of the safety of these hometown communities is dependent on the volunteers of their local fire departments. These departments are comprised of community members that donate their time to ensure the residents of their communities are safe. These individuals sacrifice time away from their own families and often perform this voluntary job in addition to their full time jobs.


Pictured: Kyle Pruitt – Waldron VFD, Jay Tennell – Marietta VFD, Dan Pennington – St. Paul VFD, Jeff Crisman – Flat Rock VFD, Jennifer Jones, BRCF, Danny Kuhn – Manilla VFD, Dean Tyner – Fountaintown VFD, Steve Davis – Morristown VFD. Not pictured: representatives of Fairland VFD and Moran VFD.


City of Shelbyville Fire Chief Brian Tackett shared the following about his friends at the Shelby County volunteer fire departments:

“The Shelbyville Fire Department is unique in the fact that it is completely surrounded by volunteer fire departments. We respond to approximately 2,000 calls per year with volunteers. These departments also provide backup to our department on larger scenes and in some cases will back fill our stations. The volunteer departments often struggle with up-to-date equipment since they are not typically funded. They will often host fundraisers just to purchase much needed equipment or to make repairs to items that are already outdated. “

This year the foundation is recognizing these departments’ service and dedication to their hometowns and the comfort they bring us all knowing that they are just a phone call away and quite literally just down the road when we are in need.

On April 11, BRCF executive director Jennifer Jones and Grants Director Jordan England presented each Shelby County volunteer fire department with a $5,000 grant to help support the work that they do in their communities.

If you’re interested in supporting your local fire department by starting a designated fund that will pay out to their department annually, in perpetuity, please contact our office to find out more information on this wonderful way to invest in your hometown!

Derby Day reservations now open at Horseshoe Indianapolis

Horseshoe Indianapolis is a perfect place to catch all the action for the 149th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 6.

Reservations for the entire racing program are now open with an added bonus of live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse action offered at Horseshoe Indianapolis in Shelbyville, Indiana.

The first race from Churchill Downs gets underway at approximately 10:30 a.m. with live racing from Horseshoe Indianapolis beginning shortly after at 10:45 a.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for Derby Day.

The Kentucky Derby has an estimated post time of 6:45 p.m. Special Derby Day packages are available in the Clubhouse by calling ahead to Beth Litteral at 317-421-8801 or email at



In addition to racing on Derby Day, fans can participate in various promotions, including handicapping contests, a drawing for a $3,000 Win-Place-Show wager on the Kentucky Derby, a Derby Day Hat Contest with the top three sharing $600 in prize money, and a free Magic Mirror Selfie Station. Those watching the action trackside can enjoy food trucks and additional beverage stations.

Parking and admission are free, and the racing side of the property is open to guests of all ages.

The 21st season of live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing begins Tuesday for a 123-day meet.

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Shelby County Porter Visitors Center site for DNR's Teddy Bear Camp

Does your child have a curious stuffed animal who loves adventures, new experiences, and making new friends?

If so, make plans to send it to Teddy Bear Camp, May 8–19. Hosted by the DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DHPA), this “camp” is for stuffed animals belonging to children ages 5–12 who live in Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan, Hendricks, or Boone counties. 

During Teddy Bear Camp, DHPA staff will take the stuffed animals to a variety of sites to learn about history, architecture, archaeology, and historic preservation. Photos of the visits will be posted to DHPA’s Facebook page (, and a digital photo album will be emailed to parents/guardians along with an Indiana Junior Preservationist certificate.

To participate, complete the registration form and drop your child’s stuffed animal at one of three partner locations at the dates and times below.

  • Indianapolis: Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington Street, inside the main level doors: May 8, 9 a.m.–noon and May 9, 1–4 p.m.
  • Shelbyville: Shelby County Porter Visitors Center, 501 North Harrison Street, May 8, noon–3 p.m.
  • Zionsville: SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 West Hawthorne Street, May 9, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

The program will conclude with owners picking up their stuffed animals at the drop-off locations and times below.

  • Indianapolis: Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington Street, inside the main level doors, May 18, 9 a.m.–noon and May 19, 1–4 p.m.
  • Shelbyville: Shelby County Porter Visitors Center, 501 North Harrison Street, May 18, noon–3 p.m.
  • Zionsville: Sullivan Munce Cultural Center, 225 West Hawthorne Street, May 19, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Additional information and the registration form for campers are at:


Shelby County Cubs 10U rallies to win USSSA Frozen Rope tournament in Edinburgh

The Shelby County Cubs won the USSSA Frozen Rope tournament 10-and-under division Sunday in Edinburgh, Indiana.

Pool play games were rained out so the Cubs went right into bracket play Sunday where it needed a pair of come-from-behind wins to secure the championship.

The Cubs rallied to defeat the Kentucky Aces (Flemingsburg, Ky.), 8-5 in the semifinal round. In the championship, the Cubs bested the Redbirds from Sellersburg, Ind., 10-9.

Members of the Cubs are (from left, first row): Isaac Fricke, E.J. Martzall, Dylan Barnes, Will Shively and Coleston Gentry; (second row) coach Lucas Eads, Carder Conrad, Zach Karr, Kyler Eads, Isaac Karr, Emmitt Newbold, Damon Russell, Drew Tabeling and coach Jacob Shively.

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Shelby County Cubs 12U wins USSSA Frozen Rope tournament

The Shelby County Cubs won the USSSA Frozen Rope tournament 12-and-under division Sunday in Seymour, Indiana.

The Cubs finished the event with a 4-1 record after going 1-1 in pool play games Saturday and then 3-0 Sunday including a 12-4 win over Hagerstown in the championship game.

Members of the Cubs are (from left, first row): Noah Leap, Levi Martzall, Jayden McGuire and Kendrick Hook; (second row) Wyatt Everette, Nathan Stocklin, Cooper Reed, Bram Kolkmeier, C.J. Shamley and Brenden Williams; (third row) coaches A.J. Martzall, Ryan McGuire and Barry Reed.

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Nonprofit Formation and Upkeep Workshop to be held May 2

Blue River Community Foundation and Shelby County Chamber of Commerce are partnering together to offer a “Nonprofit Formation [& Upkeep] Workshop.”

The workshop is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon at ECHO Effect Arts Campus, 102 E Washington Street, Shelbyville. This workshop is free to attend for all Shelby and Hancock County residents. 



“Starting a nonprofit organization can have many advantages including opening grant funding opportunities. A roadblock that the Foundation and Chamber of Commerce have witnessed to people establishing a 501c3 status is intimidation by the formation process – how to file, what is expected to keep it active, what are the costs, etc. To help break down some of those barriers and to provide a space for people to ask questions, a beginner’s workshop has been developed,” said Jennifer Jones, Executive Director.

David J. Fry, Owner and CEO of Effective Advancement Strategies located in Greensburg, will co-present the workshop. Fry has over 25 years of nonprofit consulting experience and has founded five nonprofits, was employed in executive positions of two nonprofits, and has served on dozens of boards. He also led a series of nonprofit roundtable discussions in 2022 in Shelbyville.

Jody M. Butts, Attorney at Stephenson Rife LLP, located in Shelbyville, will be bringing legal expertise to the workshop and helping to navigate the landscape of the process.

The interactive session will focus on these key areas: how to successfully launch a nonprofit, discovering the benefits of having a nonprofit and pitfalls to avoid, navigating the minimum requirements and best practices for operation, key considerations in the formation of an organization, finding out about some of the basic logistics (applications, fees, etc.) and an overview of the planning efforts that should be commonplace.

“We want those with passion for their causes to walk away from this workshop with knowledge beyond formation,” Fry said. “It is a competitive sector now, and we want them to have the basics in place to enable successful outcomes.”

If someone already has an established 501©(3) but has questions, they also will find the presentation and Q & A time beneficial and are encouraged to come. 

Residents from surrounding counties are also welcome to join the session for a $50 donation to Blue River Community Foundation to help cover costs. This is payable at the event -- check preferred. 

To reserve a space, people can RSVP by emailing or registering online at (Events Calendar –> May 2, 2023).

Questions about the event can be directed to Laura Land, 317-392-7955 ext. 107.