Community News Archives for 2023-08

Local legislators seek Statehouse interns for 2024 session

Local lawmakers are seeking interns to join them at the Statehouse during the 2024 legislative session.

According to State Rep. Cory Criswell (R-Middletown), House interns will be paid $900 bi-weekly as they work in downtown Indianapolis during session, which starts in January and concludes mid-March.

"Internships are often a key aspect of a student's resume as they look to start their career," Criswell said. "The skills gained and connections made during the legislative session can make all the difference when job searching. I encourage all Hoosier students in our community to apply for this great opportunity." 

State Rep. Jennifer Meltzer (R-Shelbyville) said House internships are open to college students and recent graduates of all majors.

"Interning is a vital part of young Hoosiers' early work experience," Meltzer said. "At the Statehouse, interns can help with media relations, constituent issues or work closely with our policy teams. These are all wonderful opportunities, and I look forward to working with students again."

Paid, spring-semester intern positions are full time, Monday through Friday, and include free parking, career and professional development assistance, enrollment access to an Indiana government class, and opportunities to earn academic credits through the student's college or university. Interns are also eligible to apply for a competitive $3,000 scholarship to use toward undergraduate and graduate expenses.

According to State Rep. Robb Greene (R-Shelbyville), students can apply for internships in a variety of departments related to their field of study, including legislative operations, policy, and communications and media relations.  

"After college, it can be overwhelming to find the right place to land, but internships can unlock rewarding career opportunities," Greene said. "This internship really helps students gain experience, hone their skills and connect to a full-time job."

Applications are available online at and are due by Oct. 31. 

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Open Mic Night Thursday in downtown Shelbyville

Shelby County Players will be welcoming a wide variety of local talent to the PopUps at the Pavilion south stage in downtown Shelbyville. 

SCP will be hosting the first “Open Mic Night” this Thursday, August 31from 6-8 p.m. This opportunity is for talent of all ages who previously or currently live, work, or attend school in Shelby County.

Cindy Leahy, Managing Director of Shelby County Players has been spearheading the weekday PopUps at the Pavilion events in Shelbyville’s downtown pavilions which has hosted 21 different performers this summer.  “Shelby County has an incredible pool of quality talent.  As a local music teacher, I worked amazing singers and performers who needed more opportunities to perform publicly.  Open Mic Night is for performing artists of all ages, including emerging artists, to showcase the hard work they put into their craft in a non-competitive format.”

Singers, dancers, musicians, poets, comedians, and other performers are encouraged to sign up in advance using this link and clicking on the Open Mic Signup tab. 

The event is free and open to the public.  Bring your picnic blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy Shelby County’s incredible talent.

Already included in Thursday’s lineup are:

Vocalist Kinley Runyon is a freshman at Triton Central. She is currently recording an album, prepping to audition for The Voice, and recently attended Berklee College of Music in Boston for a summer program.

Hillary Martinez-Humphrey  will be covering You Know ‘m No Goos by Amy Winehouse is a resident of Shelby County and works for the City of Shelbyville.

Tap dancer Laura Elizabeth currently dances with Style Dance Academy, Circle City Tap and Detroit Tap Repertory.  She also participates in shows with Tap 24.7 out of Arizona.  Laura has been tap dancing for 10 years and is currently training with 5 time World Champion Mike Glenney out of Canada.  Her first dance was choreographed by herself, the second one was choreographed by Mike.

Local favorite Kit Haymond is providing the sound system for Open Mic Night and will also be performing a few songs.

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Sing along with the SongFarmers Monday at the library

Join the SongFarmers of Shelby County at 7 p.m. Monday at the Shelby County Public Library outdoor plaza, 57 W. Broadway.

Bring your string and woodwind instruments to play with them or sing along as they present their “Front Porch ’round the World.”

Make yourself and your family comfortable tonight by bringing snacks and drinks as you enjoy the SongFarmers’ toe-tapping music. Shoot, dance around if you want to. The library will have tables and chairs set up on the plaza, but bring lawn chairs if you prefer.

While the SongFarmers play bluegrass music, they bring toe-tapping, popular tunes that everyone knows and loves to listen or sing. Their performances are enjoyed by the entire family, from ages 1 to 101 and more. The library will be open until 9 p.m., so visitors will have access to restrooms and books, movies, and music to check out.

Monday sees even more activity at the library besides the SongFarmers. Dungeons and Dragons Journeys for 18+ begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Annex Room C, while the Writers Group meets at 7 pm in the Annex Room A. On Wednesday, the library’s popular Euchre Fun returns at 6 pm in the Main library Room D.

Morristown’s Make-It Monday at 4 p.m. will craft with paper quilling. Teens and tweens won’t want to miss this craft taking Pinterest by storm. 

The library has packed this week before the Labor Day holiday weekend. The library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 4, but will open on Tuesday, Sept. 5 for regularly scheduled hours.

The rest of the week at Morristown has a full slate. Cookbook Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss “Summer: A Cookbook” and taste-test on yummy morsels. This book club is best for teens and adults.  Paint Your Pet on Glass starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. Bring at 5” x7” photo of your pet or favorite animal with you, or send it to Registration is suggested due to demand of this craft, but it is Free. All ages are welcome for this craft, but adult supervision is requested for age 12 and below.

Preschool activities continue at their normal times at both library branches. Play Date Socials from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Morristown is popular for energetic socialization, and Storytime at 11 am Thursday offers a more relaxing atmosphere. At Shelbyville, Storytime focuses on frogs this week. Ribbit! Times are 10 a.m. Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, and 1 p.m. Thursday.

Teens at the Shelbyville library branch can enjoy crafting a miniature bookshelf at 6 p.m. Tuesday. This will be perfect to display the miniature books teens have crafted previously. On Wednesday at 6 p.m., teens can attend the DND Character Workshop to create a character and back story for use in DND play. On Thursday at 6 p.m., teens can join DM Black for a two-hour DND adventure using their new character or a pre-created one by the library. Beginning and experienced players are welcome.

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Indiana Senate Republicans offering paid internships

The Indiana Senate Republican Caucusis offering paid spring-semester internships in its communications, information technology, legal, legislative, page and policy offices during the 2024 session of the Indiana General Assembly, said State Sen. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield).

Qualified candidates may be of any major and must be at least a college sophomore. Recent college graduates, as well as graduate and law school students, are also encouraged to apply. Positions are open to Indiana residents, as well as nonresidents who attend a college or university in Indiana.

Interns earn a $900 biweekly stipend and benefit from scholarship and academic credit opportunities, professional development, community involvement and networking.

Senate internships are full-time positions at the Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis that typically begin with a mandatory orientation in late December and conclude at the end of the legislative session in March 2024.

“This internship provides a unique look at state government and the legislative process for young Hoosiers looking to develop their professional skills," Crider said. "With opportunities to network, gain experience in a formal office setting, perform public service and more, the Senate internship is a well-rounded educational program. I encourage all who qualify to apply for this career building internship."

For more information and to apply, visit

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Our Hospice and Palliative Care welcomes Dr. LaTasha Hayes to medical staff

Our Hospice has announced the addition of Dr. LaTasha R. Hayes, a highly accomplished Board-Certified Internal Medicine Physician, to its team of medical professionals.

Dr. Hayes' impressive career spans several years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has demonstrated exceptional skills in managing severe long-term illnesses and providing comprehensive care to patients with multiple, complex chronic conditions. Her supportive and rational approach to problem-solving has garnered her accolades within the medical community.

Steph Cain, President of Our Hospice and Palliative Care, expressed her excitement about Dr. Hayes' arrival, stating, "We are honored to welcome Dr. LaTasha R. Hayes to Our Hospice. Her remarkable track record in delivering primary care and managing critically ill patients makes her an invaluable asset to our team. Dr. Hayes' dedication to enhancing the lives of patients aligns perfectly with our commitment to providing compassionate end-of-life care. She joins a top-tier medical team of experienced hospice physicians including Dr. Roy Goode. Dr. Arthur Alunday, and Dr. Amir Tirmizi, led by Medical Director, Dr. Leigh Anderson. These physicians guide the care of our patients along with an interdisciplinary team of nurse practitioners, nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers, working together to fulfill our mission to Make Every Moment Count.”

Dr. Hayes has most recently been associated with Ascension St. Vincent Medical Group, where she has been instrumental in delivering primary care to patients, managing diagnoses and treatment, and helping patients and families feel comfortable during challenging and stressful situations.

In her own words, Dr. Hayes shared her enthusiasm about joining Our Hospice, "It is an honor to be a part of Our Hospice and Palliative Care, an organization renowned for its commitment to providing exceptionalcare to patients and their families. I am excited to contribute my skills and experience to further enhance patient care and support. Together, we will work towards improving the quality of life for patients and their families during difficult times."

Dr. Hayes has held various academic appointments and has been involved in crucial research projects focusing on HIV prevention, medical review, and understanding the effects of targeted therapies for the treatment of advanced cancers. 

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Register now for Delta Theta Tau Crop and Craft Event

Space is filling up quickly. Register soon for the all-day Crop & Craft Event on Sept. 16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the St. Vincent DePaul Parish Hall, 4218 E. Michigan Road, Shelbyville.

The event, sponsored twice a year, is a fundraiser by Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Zeta Lambda chapter, to generate funds to provide scholarships to a senior in each of the five county high schools through the Shelby County Scholarship Fund and to assist multiple non-profit organizations in Shelby County.

September 2 is the deadline to register for $30 to attend the day-long event to scrapbook and work on your craft. The fee will then increase to $35. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Vendors will also be on-site and gift baskets of various themes will be raffled. This activity is on file with the Indiana Gaming Commission.

The registration form is available on Facebook, Delta Theta Tau, Zeta Lambda chapter, or by emailing a request to

Indiana American flushing fire hydrants in Shelbyville area

Indiana American Water crews will begin routine flushing of the water distribution system in the Shelbyville area through Oct. 15.

Flushing will occur between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

Flushing also allows Indiana American to test and maintain fire hydrants.

When crews are working you may notice reduced pressure or discolored water. If your water is discolored, run the cold water taps only, at the lowest level of the house for about 3-5 minutes until the water runs clear. If discolored water occurs, also refrain from doing laundry during that time.

In keeping with American Water’s focus on safety for both customers and employees, please do not approach our crews while they work.

For more information or to see a map of the affected area please go to and click on "Alerts."

Indiana American apologizes for any inconvenience, and thanks the public for its patience and understanding while we undertake this necessary maintenance of the water system.

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McKay Manor grand re-opening and award announcement

The 2023-2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Senior Living report has honored McKay Manor with its Best Independent Living award.

Residents and families from over 3,000 senior living communities were surveyed and asked to rate their experience with what matters the most in independent living — kindness of staff, variety of activities, food and dining, the quality of on-site caregiving, and more.

“This is such an honor for the McKay Manor staff and residents. When you step into McKay Manor, it just feels comfortable – like home. We have a great team serving our residents and we’re proud to have a professional chef on board serving up extraordinary food in our dining room,” said Tina Everhart, Sales Director of McKay Manor. She went on to say that the Five Star independent living communities empower each resident to experience more choice, comfort, and possibilities in a vibrant community with a breadth of accommodations tailored to every lifestyle. These community rankings were based on resident satisfaction, value, caregiving, dining quality, and more.

“Our company, Five Star Senior Living, is honored to have McKay Manor chosen in the US News & World Report Best Senior Living Communities 2023-2024. This is a testament to the quality of our staff and our care for residents,” Everhart said.

McKay Manor has received the award just in time to announce their “Grand Re-Opening” to the public. The property has undergone renovation of apartments, a patio upgrade, new and improved landscaping, and a remodel of the lobby.

“We are so proud of our improvements that we want to share our improvements with the community. Everyone is invited to stop by and take a tour of the community,” Everhart said.

There will be a ribbon cutting to officially acknowledge our improvements as well as being named one of the best Senior Living Communities of the year. The event will be on Aug. 17 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. 

There will be live music, hor d’oeuvres, special drinks, and ice cream on the new patio. Tours also will be available.

“This public celebration of our Grand Re-Opening is a great way to network with friends and family. I’m excited to taste the 5-Star Sangria which is a special blend created just for this ribbon cutting event,” replied Everhart.

Indiana State Police focusing attention on school bus safety

As the summer break comes to an end, students across Indiana are starting their return to school. 

Keeping that in mind motorists should expect to see an increased amount of school bus traffic during the morning and afternoon commutes, and therefore should plan accordingly to allow for extra travel time each day. 

According to an April 2023 survey that focused on school bus stop arm violations, the Hoosier State experienced over two thousand daily incidents of stop arm violations (on average). That number is unacceptable and we must do a better job towards ensuring our children's safety as they travel to and from school each day. 

The Indiana State Police would like to remind all motorists of the rules of the road pertaining to school buses and when you are required to stop for a school bus:

When a school bus is stopping or stopped with the red lights flashing and stop arm extended ...

  • When approaching the school bus from either direction on a two-lane road, motorists are required to STOP. 
  • When approaching the school bus from any direction on a multiple lane highway where there is no barrier or median separating lanes of travel, motorists are required to STOP.
  • Motorists who are on a highway that is divided by a barrier, such as cable barrier, concrete wall, or grassy median, are required to STOP only if they are traveling in the same direction as the school bus.  

Regardless of your particular situation, when you see a school bus with or without lights flashing or the stop arm extended, that big yellow school bus should serve as a reminder that there are children in the immediate area. Slow down, be patient, use caution, and always be prepared to stop. 

The Indiana State Police is committed to the safety of our children and keeping Indiana’s roadways safe through educational programs and enforcement action. 

If you observe a school bus stop arm violation, please call 911 to report that incident, to include the suspect vehicle description, location, and the number of the school bus involved.

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Wortman Family Foundation Fund grant cycle

Bob Wortman and his family have long been major philanthropic supporters of both Shelby and Hancock counties funding numerous nonprofit agencies as well as the development of two major medical facilities in the area: the Sue Ann Wortman Nephrology Center at Major Hospital and the Sue Ann Wortman Cancer Center at Hancock Regional Hospital. 

To ensure that the family’s tradition of supporting their hometown communities continues, Mr. Wortman established the Wortman Family Foundation Fund of Shelby and Hancock Counties in partnership with Blue River Community Foundation (BRCF) in 2021. 

“I want to ensure that I can support the communities that helped to support Sue and our family for so many years in perpetuity,” said Bob Wortman.

The Wortman Family Foundation Fund has already made tremendous impact in Shelby and Hancock counties since the inaugural cycle. Thirty-two individual organizations have been supported with grant dollars of over $500K being distributed.

Funding from the Wortman Family Foundation focuses on the community needs of both Shelby and Hancock counties. Although efforts and initiatives in education and health are preferred, activities that better the two counties through community enhancement projects in the areas of art, recreation, and beautification are also considered. Grant proposals may range between $2,500 and $25,000. 

Grant interest forms for the 2023 cycle are due by Nov. 1 and grant applications must be submitted by Dec. 1. 

Mr. Wortman and his board of advisors will evaluate requests and announce grantees in early 2024. Nonprofit agencies may contact Jordan England, BRCF Grants and Nonprofit Relations Director.

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Family Fun reigns at Shelby County Public Library

August is here and school is just around the corner, but never fear. Family fun reigns supreme at the Shelby County Public Library.

Teens, elementary age, and preschoolers have a packed schedule the week-and-a-half before school starts. To cap off the week, young Indianapolis blues musician, harmonica player, and skateboarding enthusiast Carson Diersing will perform on Saturday at 2 p.m. on the library’s plaza stage.

Teens and Tweens have a beefed up program, meeting three times a week. Bubble Therapy – relaxing with those Storytime favorites – meets every Friday at 4 p.m. DM Blake will lead patrons 11-19 on a Dungeons & Dragons adventure every Thursday at 6 p.m. Every Wednesday, Teens and Tweens will meet 4 p.m., YAB will meet, while Aug. 9, the huge favorite Chip Taste Test returns! (It’s a perfect way to relax after the first day of school at 4 p.m.)

Kids Club will meet on Thursday, Aug. 3 at 4 p.m. Elementary-age kids can start the school year off right. Kids Club will meet again on Thursday, Aug. 17, at the usual time – 4 p.m.

Storytime, for our preschool patrons, stays at their popular times: 10 a.m. on Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, and 1 p.m. on Thursday. The theme this week is Stars and Space. Each storytime includes stories, songs, crafts, and bubbles – everyone’s favorites!

Put Baby/Toddler Play Time on your schedule for 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11 – next week. This popular socialization time occurs twice a month. Unless demand increases, of course.

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