Community News Archives for 2023-06

Congressman Pence announces opening of 2023 Congressional App Challenge

Congressman Greg Pence (IN-06) announced the opening of the 2023 Congressional App Challenge, including the deadline for submission.

Prospective students must register and submit their app by Nov. 1 at

“The Congressional App Challenge is an opportunity for students to expand their knowledge with hands-on experience and compete amongst their peers in a fun and rewarding way,” said Congressman Pence in a media release. “I am excited to be hosting this challenge for Indiana’s Sixth District and invite our brilliant students to create and submit an app before Nov. 1.”

The Congressional App Challenge was launched in 2016 by the House of Representatives. In the first five years of the challenge, the program has yielded 1,134 App Challenges across 49 states. Thousands of functional apps have been created by over 25,000 students.

For more information, review the Congressional App Challenge Rulebook at

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Hoosiers can expect increased grocery prices ahead of Fourth of July

Hoosiers can’t seem to escape rising food prices. The summer cookout is expected to cost Indiana shoppers 8% more this summer

Indiana Farm Bureau’s annual summer cookout market basket, featuring some of America’s summertime staples, revealed Hoosiers are paying an average of $69.47 for a cookout feeding 10 people this summer, or $6.95 per person – an 8% increase compared to last year. That’s similar to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Price Outlook for grocery store food purchases, which increased 5.8% this past May compared to this time last year.

Indiana’s market basket price is approximately 3% more, or 18 cents more, than the U.S. average price of $6.77 per person. This is the first time since 2019 that the total Indiana market basket price came in above the U.S. average. Additionally, the Indiana price is up 5%, or 34 cents more, than the average price for the Midwest region of $6.61 per person.

“We are still seeing food inflation throughout the whole supermarket, specifically with items that require more processing, labor and transportation,” said INFB Chief Economist Dr. Todd Davis. “This impacts items like cookies and chips that are non-perishable with no urgency to sell by a strict deadline, meaning grocery stores don’t need to discount to move inventory.” 

The total market basket price of $69.47 includes ground beef, cheese, hamburger buns, pork chops, chicken breasts, pork and beans, potato salad, strawberries, chips, ice cream, cookies and lemonade.

All items on the shopping list are more expensive in Indiana than last year, except cheese and pork chops, which were relatively unchanged. Many items were less than the national average, including ice cream, strawberries, pork and beans, hamburger buns, lemonade and potato salad. The items that came in significantly above the U.S. average were chocolate chip cookies, chicken breasts and chips.

While food prices have increased, so have input prices for the farmers growing that food. Drought in the west and Midwest has significantly impacted feeding costs for livestock, which has increased consumer prices for meat as well.

According to the USDA, just 14 cents of every retail food dollar can be attributed to farm production, after accounting for input costs. Using this figure, the farmer’s share of this $69.47 market basket would be less than $10. The rest is for food processing, packaging, transportation, wholesale and retail distribution, and food service preparation.

“Like consumers, farmers are price takers, not price makers,” said Isabella Chism, INFB 2nd vice president. “While food prices are increasing, the amount farmers are being paid doesn’t cover the sharp increase in their input expense. When our crops or animals are ready to sell, we have to sell at the current commodity price.”

“This year’s summer cookout market basket reflects what Hoosiers are seeing when they go to their local grocery stores,” Chism explained. “Farmers are consumers too, and we experience the price increase at the grocery store as well as on the farm.”

The INFB summer cookout market basket survey was conducted in early June by volunteer shoppers across the state who collected prices on specific food items from one of their local grocery stores. Volunteer shoppers were asked to look for the best possible prices, without taking advantage of special promotional coupons or purchase deals.

“This survey was conducted before many stores offer Fourth of July sales, so if you go to the grocery store now you are likely to see slightly reduced prices than what this market basket shows,” noted Dr. Davis.

Indiana’s survey was completed in conjunction with a national survey administered by the American Farm Bureau Federation. More details about AFBF’s national summer cookout market basket results can be found at

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Cookout Items (INFB survey)

2022 Indiana Total Cost

2023 Indiana Costs

% Change of Indiana Costs (2022 to 2023)

% Difference between 2023 Indiana Costs and 2023 U.S. Average

Ground Beef (2 lbs.)





Cheese (1 lb.)





Cookies (13 oz bag)





Ice cream (half gallon)





Strawberries (2 pints)





Chips (16 oz bag)





Chicken Breast (2 lbs.)





Pork Chops (3 lbs.)





Pork and beans (32 oz)





Hamburger Buns (1 package)





Lemonade (2.5 qts.)





Potato Salad (2.5 lbs.)










*The total meal price listed above is for a group of 10 individuals. 

Waldron Freedom Festival opens Friday

The schedule for attractions and entertainment for this weekend's Waldron Freedom Festival.


Friday, June 30

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.:Vendor Registration (cabin area)

4:00 p.m. - Dusk: Food and retail vendors open

4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Kid Zone open

5:30 p.m.: Doors open for Waldron alumni banquet

5:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Hay bale throwing registration

6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.: Hay Bale Throwing Competition

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: House decoration judging

6:00 p.m. - Close: Live entertainment (Main Stage)

6:00 p.m. - Close: Top Hat Blues!


Saturday July 1

7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Vendor registration (Cabin Area)

7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.: Mohawk Trail Walk / Run registration

8:00 a.m.: Mohawk Trail Walk / Run begins (3.5 miles)

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Car Show registration (East WES parking lot)

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: 3-on-3 Basketball

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.: Flag raising

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: Pie Contest drop-off

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Car Show

11:00 a.m. - Dusk: Food and retail vendors open

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Pie Contest Judging

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Parade Line-Up (WHS parking lots)

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Car Show Judging

1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.: Kid Zone Open

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Parade begins

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Car Show Awards

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Pedal Tractor Pull registration (Cabin)

5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Biggest Little Tractor Pull Competition

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Tractor Pedal Pull Awards

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Frog Jumping Competition

7:50 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.: Float Contest Awards

7:55 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: House Decoration Awards

6:00 p.m. - 10:15 p.m.: Live Entertainment (Main Stage)

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.: Ty Hornback

5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.: Fusion

6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.: Hemlock Row

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Top Hat

8:30 p.m. - 9:50 p.m.: Saul Good

10:08 p.m.: National Anthem - Nick Fischer

10:10 p.m.: GIANT fm Music Intro - Start

10:15 p.m.: Fireworks presented by Premier Pyro

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Independent pharmacies being targeted in burglaries

The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA) and the Indiana Board of Pharmacy have been made aware and are closely monitoring a recent string of pharmacy burglaries across Indiana, primarily targeting independent pharmacy locations.

The perpetrators have specialized tools to break and enter through windows. They are stealing Promethazine-Codeine, C-II, and stimulant medications.

IPLA and the Indiana Board of Pharmacy strongly encourage pharmacies to take the following actions to better protect their inventories:

• Set your pharmacy’s alarm each night upon closing.

• Check security cameras to ensure that they are operational and are continuously monitoring your inventory.

• If your safe is less than 750 pounds (lbs.), it must be mounted or secured to something of substantial construction, in accordance with the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) requirements.

All pharmacy burglaries and attempted burglaries should be reported immediately to local law enforcement and the IPLA’s Compliance Division at


Bridge deck replacement scheduled for Brandywine Creek Bridge on State Road 9

The Indiana Department of Transportation contactor E & B Paving LLC announces upcoming closures and traffic changes on State Road 9 near Fountaintown.

Beginning on or after June 26, crews will close one lane of the Brandywine Creek Bridge on State Road 9 for a bridge deck replacement. There will be a temporary signal placed to allow for one 11-foot lane of traffic to move across the bridge at a time.

This work is expected to be complete by early December, weather permitting.  

Community Treasure Series details turn of the century Shelbyville murder

Wednesday night's Community Treasure Series at The Strand Theatre features the Orebaugh Photography Studio.

And, murder.

This edition of the Community Treasure Series will take the audience back to 1909, amidst the members of the local Court of Honor Lodge in Shelbyville. Charles Tindall, a prominent lawyer, commanded attention as he took the floor to address the gathering.

All eyes turned to Mrs. Alice VanPelt, the group's recorder, as Tindall directed his piercing gaze towards her. Though the reputation of Alice VanPelt and her family certainly took a hit, nobody could have known Charles Edward VanPelt, Alice's husband, would murder Charles Tindall two years later.

David Finkel and Alex Krach appeared on The Morning Show Wednesday to preview the look back in time.





Brenda Kay (Sturgill) Turner honored by Pete Jarvis Organization Incâ„¢ at Morrison Park

Pete Jarvis Organization Inc™ was founded February 26, 2007, by Carol and Steve Wagner in memory of Carol’s brother, Paul Ray “Pete” Jarvis. Pete founded Pete Jarvis' Cornstock™, an all day music festival originally located in Morrison Park in Shelbyville.
Brenda Kay (Sturgill) Turner served as a volunteer for many years at Pete Jarvis' Cornstock™. She and her husband David worked tirelessly to make the event a success. In 2019, Brenda joined the Executive Board, becoming the Director of Merchandising of Pete Jarvis' Cornstock™. Brenda passed away suddenly Sunday, August 7, 2022, at her home.
The Executive Board of Pete Jarvis Organization Inc™, the fiscal sponsor of Pete Jarvis' Cornstock™, wanted to honor Brenda for her years of hard work and dedication to helping the residents of Shelby County through her volunteer work at Cornstock.



The Board collected plastic bottle caps and obtained an eight-foot rainbow-colored park bench. On June 2 the bench was placed in Morrison Park, the home of the original Pete Jarvis' Cornstock™.

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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 2024.

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 process, 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 Alliance. Interested students are encouraged to select one of the following dates to attend:

  • June 22 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
  • July 13 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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 19.

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Free fishing weekend in Indiana

It’s a free fishing weekend in Indiana.

On Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4, Indiana residents can fish in public waters and without having to buy a fishing license and/or a trout/salmon stamp.

One free fishing day remains this year. It’ll be on September 23.

James Taylor tribute artist Bill Griese talks about Friday's show at The Strand

America's No. 1 James Taylor tribute artist Bill Griese visits The Strand Theatre in Shelbyville with his acclaimed Sweet Baby James show.

Griese will perform the timeless music of the 6-time Grammy winner, with a performance you have to hear to believe! Not your typical tribute band fare and not a "look-alike" impersonator, Griese brings you the songs and stories of Taylor in a refreshingly authentic way – using only his spot-on vocals and skillful guitar playing. 

Griese previewed his Shelbyville appearance on The Morning Show.



Operation Back to School helps veteran families with expenses

The Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs will be offering funding applications to veteran families experiencing financial hardships this summer.

Operation Back to School offers veteran families $500 per dependent child for back to school expenses. Veteran families are able to apply and receive money from the Military Family Relief Fund for children in grades K-12 and full time college students that still live with their veteran family up to age 23.

Applications will be accepted from June 1 to August 31. Those interested in applying must have proof of income, proof of child’s residency, proof of child’s dependency, a bank statement, and a DD 214.

A link to the application is here.