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Duke Energy cautions customers in Indiana to guard against utility scammers

Duke Energy is warning its customers in Indiana to be on guard against phone calls from utility scammers who are demanding that customers pay their electric bill immediately or risk having their electric service disconnected within the hour.


Local law enforcement officials say the number of scam calls reported by citizens has increased in the past few days.


“These scammers are thieves who prey on unsuspecting customers with the sole purpose of stealing their money,” said Marvin Blade, Indiana vice president of community relations for Duke Energy. “The scammers typically target elderly residents or small family-owned businesses, including restaurants, repair shops or other retail businesses.”


The best way to defend yourself against these scammers is to recognize how the scam works and understand that Duke Energy never asks customers for prepaid debit cards.


Typically, the customer receives an unsolicited phone call from an individual who falsely claims to be a Duke Energy representative demanding immediate payment, usually in the form of a prepaid debit card. Scammers have even duplicated the Duke Energy upfront Interactive Voice Response system, so when customers call back phone numbers provided by the scammer, it sounds like a legitimate Duke Energy phone number. Some of these criminals also use caller-ID spoofing to replicate Duke Energy’s customer service number.


Red flags for scam activity

  • The caller becomes angry and tells the customer his or her account is past due and service will be disconnected if a large payment isn’t made – usually within the hour.
  • The caller instructs the customer to purchase a pre-paid debit or credit card – widely available at retail stores – then call him or her back to supposedly make a payment to Duke Energy.
  • The scammer asks the customer for the prepaid card’s receipt number and PIN number, which grants instant access to the card’s funds.
  • The customer has received no other notice from Duke Energy that an account is overdue.

How to protect yourself

  • Duke Energy never asks or requires a customer with a delinquent account to purchase a prepaid debit card – or iTunes card -- to avoid disconnection.
  • Customers can make payments online, by phone, automatic bank draft, mail or in person at any number of retail outlets.
  • Customers with delinquent accounts receive advance disconnection notification with the regular monthly billing – never a single notification one hour before disconnection.
  • Customers who suspect or experience fraud, or feel threatened during contact with one of these thieves, should contact local law enforcement authorities and then the Duke Energy Indiana phone number listed on their bill (800.521.2232). Never dial the phone number the scammers provide.

Customers can get more scam and fraud prevention information at our “Report Fraud and Scams” web page.



USDA reopens continuous CRP signup

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications beginning June 3, 2019, for certain practices under the continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup and will offer extensions for expiring CRP contracts. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized CRP, one of the country’s largest conservation programs.


“USDA offers a variety of conservation programs to farmers and ranchers, and the Conservation Reserve Program is an important tool for private lands management,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “CRP allows agricultural producers to set aside land to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife and boost soil health.”


FSA stopped accepting applications last fall for the continuous CRP signup when 2014 Farm Bill authority expired. Since passage of the 2018 Farm Bill last December, Fordyce said FSA has carefully analyzed the language and determined that a limited signup prioritizing water-quality practices furthers conservation goals and makes sense for producers as FSA works to fully implement the program.


Continuous CRP Signup


This year’s signup will include such practices as grassed waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland restoration and others. View a full list of practices approved for this program.


Continuous signup enrollment contracts are 10 to 15 years in duration. Soil rental rates will be set at 90 percent of the existing rates. Incentive payments will not be offered for these contracts.


Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Signup


FSA will also reopen signup for existing Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) agreements. Fact sheets on current CREP agreements are available on this webpage.


Other CRP Signup Options


Fordyce said FSA plans to open a CRP general signup in December 2019 and a CRP Grasslands signup later.



CRP Contract Extensions


A one-year extension will be offered to existing CRP participants who have expiring CRP contracts of 14 years or less. Producers eligible for an extension will receive a letter describing their options.


Alternatively, producers with expiring contracts may have the option to enroll in the Transition Incentives Program, which provides two additional annual rental payments on the condition the land is sold or rented to a beginning farmer or rancher or a member of a socially disadvantaged group.


More Information


On December 20, 2018, President Trump signed into law the 2018 Farm Bill, which provides support, certainty and stability to our nation’s farmers, ranchers and land stewards by enhancing farm support programs, improving crop insurance, maintaining disaster programs and promoting and supporting voluntary conservation. FSA is committed to implementing these changes as quickly and effectively as possible, and today’s updates are part of meeting that goal.


Producers interested in applying for continuous CRP practices, including those under existing CREP agreements, or who need an extension, should contact their USDA service center beginning June 3. To locate your local FSA office, visit More information on CRP can be found at

FUSE announces Sara Cummins to serve as Interim Executive Director

FUSE (Families United for Support and Encouragement) announces new interim executive director in the following release:


As Denise Arland, our founding Executive Director, transitions out of her full time roll with FUSE this month, we are pleased to announce that Sara Cummins will serve as our Interim Executive Director as the FUSE Board continues its search for a full time Executive Director. Sara has been with FUSE since 2015 and has been the Development Director for the past two years, leading the fundraising efforts that allow FUSE to continue our mission. Sara shared, "I love my job as Development Director of FUSE, and that part time role better fits my family life at this time. During this transition, I am honored to take on the role as Interim Executive Director to give our Board of Directors the time it needs to find the right person to lead FUSE into the future and best serve our families."

Sara is the parent of a two young child with rare disorders.  In 2013 Sara reached out to FUSE for resources and referrals to assist her son and family, and her passion for our organization was ignited as she connected with other families for support.  Sara started volunteering for FUSE as a member of the Cruisin’ for FUSE Charity Motorcycle Ride in 2014.  Sara left her career in the retail management industry to join FUSE as our Development Associate in 2015. She moved into the Development Director position in March 2017, drawing upon her skills in sales and marketing to secure funding for our operations.  Sara has served as a parent representative on the First Steps Local Planning and Coordinating Council since 2014. 


Sara is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Shelby County and a 2017 graduate of Indiana’s Partners in Policymaking Academy, an eight month training program of the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. Governor Holcomb appointed Sara to the Interagency Coordinating Council in 2018. In 2018 Sara became the first Indiana Early Childhood Leadership Parent Cohort with the Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC) and Division for Early Childhood (DEC).


She also recently joined the Major Health Partners Family and Consumer Advisory Council.

Sara will have the assistance of our support staff and members of the FUSE Board. Denise Arland will continue to support both programs and administrative needs for FUSE, working 15 hours a week until the new Executive Director transitions into the organization. Courtney Locke is the FUSE Administrative Assistant who brings additional experience and skills to her role to help families. Courtney lives in New Palestine but grew up in Shelby County, where she and Sara attended high school together. Courtney has a young son with autism who was diagnosed in 2015. She began attending FUSE events that year, and joined us as part time staff in 2018. Courtney also works part time as a Direct Support Professional for a waiver service provider. Courtney's previous career included over 10 years in financial services as a loan officer. Courtney graduated from Partners in Policymaking in 2017 and has stayed active with the council as a volunteer. In the past she has also volunteered for events with the Autism Society of Indiana and at Easterseals Crossroads in the Autism Family Resource Center. She was a HOSTS mentor at New Palestine Elementary, helping children learn to read. Currently she serves as moderator for on online ABA parent group,  and she runs a parent group with another mom for her son's ABA therapy center. Courtney will be assisting Sara with parent contacts and taking a lead role in program coordination in the coming weeks.

Sara emphasized, "While Denise may be moving on to a new phase of life, FUSE isn't going anywhere! We will be right here empowering individuals and families, connecting them with resources, and continuing the programs that help our families grow and live their best life." 


For assistance with programs or resources, families and individuals with disabilities can reach Sara at or 317-462-9064. 

As weather warms more motorcycles on the road

The warm weather of spring and summer brings increased motorcycle traffic with Hoosiers out riding for recreation and transportation.


According to ICJI, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, motorcycles are involved in less than 2 percent of crashes in Indiana, but make up nearly 13 percent of all Indiana traffic deaths. Motorcycle crashes – and resulting injuries and deaths – have all declined over the past five years. According to ICJI motorcycle deaths have fluctuated from a low of 100 in 2016, to a high of 147 in 2017 to 112 in 2018. The Indiana State Police offer these safe driving tips so that everyone can share Hoosier highways safely.


Tips for passenger vehicles:


  • Watch attentively for motorcycles. Check blinds spots before changing lanes and look twice at intersections before you turn or pull out into traffic.
  •  Use your turn signals when changing lanes.
  • Anticipate hazards that may confront and affect a motorcyclists like large pot holes, debris, or other hazardous road conditions.
  • Be cautious and observant when turning left. This is a primary cause of most crashes between vehicles and motorcycles, as cars frequently turn left into the path of oncoming motorcycles. Always take a second look for oncoming traffic.
  • Remember, motorcycles are entitled to operate in a full lane.
  • Allow a safe following distance as motorcycles stop quicker than cars.
  • Never Drive Distracted or Impaired

Tips for motorcycle riders:


  • Wear protective equipment and clothing, especially a helmet. Motorcyclists age 18 or younger and those with a motorcycle learner’s permit are required to wear a helmet. Motorcyclists of all ages and abilities are less likely to be killed or injured if they wear helmets.
  • Make yourself visible by wearing bright Hi-Viz clothing, by using reflective tape and by using your motorcycle’s headlight.  Always use turn signals when changing lanes and turning.
  • The top unsafe actions motorcycle operators can avoid are following too closely, unsafe speed, improper passing and disregarding a signal or sign.
  • Look for road hazards, especially potholes.  Be especially cautious around intersections, alleys, driveways, and other areas where an animal, pedestrian, or vehicle might enter your path.
  • Avoid riding in the blind spot of other vehicles.
  • Ride defensively; always leave enough reaction time for unexpected movements from other vehicles.
  • Be cautious in construction zones watching for different pavement heights and drop-offs.
  • Never ride impaired.

One of the best ways to avoid a motorcycle crash is to prepare for and pass the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles motorcycle skills and riding test, or to successfully complete an approved motorcycle safety course. More information is at


Motorcycles are harder to see then other vehicles; consequently, many crashes occur because other motorists don’t see the motorcycle. All motorists should take the time for a second look before pulling into an intersection or making a left turn. It only takes a second to take a second look and maybe save a life. 

Hoosier businesses encouraged to prepare for emergencies now

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) encourages Hoosier businesses to prepare for every possible emergency during Business Continuity Awareness Week, May 13-17.

In recognition of the positive impacts continuity planning has on state resiliency, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, proclaimed May 13-17 as Business Continuity Awareness Week in Indiana. The state’s observance coincides with a national recognition. The week’s theme, “Investing in Resilience,” emphasizes the importance of being able to adapt and respond to an emergency with little to no disruption in daily business functions.

“When disasters occur, many private companies may not have the means to reopen,” said Scott Huffman, state continuity of operations/government planning manager. “It is imperative that organizations create a well-developed Continuity of Operations (COOP) or Business Continuity plan so they can continue to provide their much needed services.”

A Business Continuity or COOP plan provides the framework to help private businesses continue daily operations after an emergency. A well-developed plan is tailor-made for the organization, identifies risks that could disrupt services and provides alternative methods to effectively continue operations.

Business Continuity Awareness Week serves as an opportunity for organizations to review their pre-existing plan, create a plan if one is not already implemented and discuss the importance of following the continuity plan.

Organizations can share how they are participating in the week by using the #bcaw2019 hashtag on social media.

For more information on continuity planning, visit the IDHS website.

Indianapolis to host first ever Made in U.S.A. trade show

INDIANAPOLIS (MAY 6, 2019) MADE IN AMERICA 2019, the first-ever exposition and celebratory event solely focusing on U.S. manufacturing and products made in the USA, will take place at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, October 3-6, 2019. With more than 800 exhibitors and 10,000 attendees expected, this four-day event will bring together the largest-ever network of industrial professionals, keynote speakers and conscious consumers for one common goal: raising awareness for the economic, environmental and community impact of American manufacturing.


"We are so pleased to announce that the inaugural Made in America 2019 show will be held in Indianapolis," said President and CEO Don Buckner, Sr. “After meeting with several venues around the country, we selected the Indianapolis Convention Center for its facilities, which are second to none, and the incredible hospitality by Mayor Hogsett and the team at Visit Indy.”


“As a top convention destination, Indianapolis prides itself on being a city that truly welcomes all,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “We are certain visitors to downtown will find easy access to our thriving cultural institutions and bustling culinary and brewing scene, or perhaps enjoy the changing of the seasons during a walk on the Cultural Trail.   The city of Indianapolis is ready to extend its legendary Hoosier hospitality to thousands of visitors this October for Made in America 2019.”


For this monumental event, more than 450,000 square feet of the Indiana Convention Center has been reserved to showcase American-made machines and products by 800 U.S. manufacturers. While all exhibitors will share a commonality in their U.S.-based productions, the variety of represented product categories and industries will be incredibly vast, ranging from aerospace and automobiles to apparel and textiles. This event will truly be the most comprehensive representation of American manufacturing and production ever in its purest form.


The Made in America Kickoff Show will take place on Thursday, October 3, 2019. This night will include live performances by top-selling American billboard artists and keynote speakers. Friday, October 4, will feature the past, present and future of American manufacturing, with speeches by industry leaders and a celebration honoring U.S. military veterans who helped lay the foundation for American manufacturing. The closing evening event on Saturday, October 5, will be the first annual “Made in America Awards” to honor the American manufacturing tradition and to recognize the accomplishments of American production heroes, the heart and soul of homegrown manufacturing.


To learn more about exhibiting your American-made machines or products at this historic event or to join the movement to keep America on track to be the #1 manufacturer in the world, please visit and follow us on social media at, or


To attend visit


To register as an exhibitor visit

BBB warns against making spring storm damage worse by getting scammed

Spring brings flowers, yard work, outdoor activities, and periodically, severe storms. Severe storms in Indiana can cause everything from downed trees to major damage to homes.


According to the Insurance Information Institute (iii), hail causes about $1 billion in damage to crops and property each year. In 2017, Indiana ranked #7 in the U.S. in the number of properties that experienced hail damage.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOOA) reports that in 2016, Indiana had 440 combined incidents of tornados, hail and wind. 


Better Business Bureau Serving Central Indiana (BBB) gets reports every year of scammers taking advantage of consumers needing immediate repairs after a severe storm. While it’s understandable that consumers want to immediately hire a contractor to make repairs, BBB advises consumers to take some time to do their homework before hiring a contractor. The need for immediate repairs combined with the emotional toll of experiencing loss can be the perfect storm for anyone to be scammed.


BBB offers the following tips for consumers when dealing with storm damage: 


  • Contact your insurance company immediately. Inquire about your policy coverage and filing requirements. Some insurance companies now have dedicated storm response teams that could offer additional assistance. 
  • Document the damage.?Take pictures and videos from multiple angles.    
  • Do your research. Visit to check the trustworthiness of a business or to get a listing of BBB accredited contractors. If the work being done requires a license, check with your local licensing authority to make sure the business’s license is current. This is particularly important for businesses soliciting door-to-door. 
  • Insist on a written contract before any work is started and understand all the terms. Make sure the business name, address and phone number appear on all estimates and contracts.  The contract should specify the work to be done, the materials used, estimated start and completion dates, warranties, who is responsible for any permits that may be needed (typically the business is responsible for this) and the payment terms. Any verbal promises should be added to the contract. 
  • Do not pay in cash. Do not pay in full up front and always pay in a form that can be documented such as a check or credit card. 
  • There is a telephone scam going around that involves names of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office Deputies including leadership. 
  • These phone calls include threats of tracking the victims cell phone and false accusations of criminal charges if the victim does not comply. 
  • Please DO NOT give any personal information. Hang up and call your local law enforcement authorities. 

Mainstreet Shelbyville Inc. receives 2019 National Main Street Accreditation

Mainstreet Shelbyville has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs to recognize their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™


“We are proud to acknowledge thisyear’s 840nationallyaccredited Main Street America programs that have worked tirelessly to strengthen their communities,”said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “These programs deserve recognition for generating impressive economic returns, preserving community character, and celebrating local history.Main Street America Accredited communities are part of a powerful movement of changemakers, and their dedication to improving quality of life in the places they call home is inspiring.


In 2018 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.93 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 5,310 net new businesses, generated 25,301 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,146historic buildings, and clocked 2.2 million volunteer hours.


Mainstreet Shelbyville’s performance is annually evaluated by the Indiana Main Street Programwhich works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.



Mainstreet Shelbyville is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the residents of our community by revitalizing and ensuring the long-term stability of downtown as a business district while enhancing its historic integrity. Since it’s incorporation in 1999, Mainstreet Shelbyville has made amazing strides in the economic vitality and historic preservation of downtown Shelbyville. The entire organization is excited about the progress that has been made and theyare also very encouraged by the futureplans for the historic downtown.The success of the program isdue to great efforts in grant programs, small business support, and a full season of community events in the Downtown Shelbyville. The 2019 National Main Street accreditation is very rewarding for Mainstreet Shelbyville and continues to encourage their dedication to the historic downtown.



Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $79.12 billion in new public and private investment, generated640,017 net new jobs and 143,613net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 284,936 buildings.Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

State Police release results of targeted slow down and Move Over enforcement project

Troopers from the Indiana State Police concentrated their enforcement efforts last week on catching those drivers who fail to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles. The effort was coordinated with state police agencies from five other states, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.


With the increase in construction zones this was an opportune time to utilize special patrols not only to find those drivers who violate the law, but to educate the public on the importance of slowing down and moving over for emergency vehicles. Troopers concentrated efforts on all emergency vehicles, including construction vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, police vehicles, maintenance crews, and roadside service crews.


The results of the efforts are in the chart below.





Fail to change lanes for stationary Highway Maintenance Vehicle on 4 lane highway




Fail to reduce speed for Stationary Highway Maintenance Vehicle on 2 lane highway




Failure to change lanes for Emergency Vehicle on 4 lane highway




Failure to reduce speed for Emergency Vehicle on 2 lane highway










We’ve all heard about it before; the Move Over Law.  In 1999 Indiana was the first State in the nation to pass such a law requiring motorists to move to an adjacent traffic lane, or reduce speed by 10 mph below the posted speed limit if unable to change lanes safely when driving by a stationary police, fire or ambulance emergency vehicle stopped along the side of the road.  Over the years Indiana's law has expanded to include stationary recovery, utility service, solid waste haulers, road, street highway maintenance vehicles, as well as a stationary survey or construction vehicles when displaying alternately flashing amber lights.


Indiana’s law was originally crafted and passed the result of the death of ISP Tpr. Andrew Winzenread who was killed in April of 1997 while assisting a stranded motorist on I-74 in Dearborn County.  Now, in 2019, every state, with the exception of Hawaii has some form of a move-over-law.


But we all know laws are only effective when followed.  In Indiana we still have too many emergency vehicles being struck by inattentive or distracted motorists.  And in neighboring Illinois, three state troopers have been struck and killed since the beginning of 2019.



As part of a joint ‘Move Over Law’ traffic enforcement project Indiana will be working with our ‘Six State Trooper’ law enforcement partners in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia during the week of April 14 through the 20.  During this time motorists can expect to see additional patrols looking for distracted driving violations which often lead to motorists failing to move over when they approach an emergency vehicle stopped roadside or at a crash scene.  Some violations associated with Driving While Distracted include speeding, following too close, drifting from lane to lane and failing to signal turns or lane changes.


It is not the goal of the Indiana State Police to simply write tickets.  We encourage and desire voluntary compliance with traffic laws to ensure the safety of the public as well as the safety of public safety professionals.  Our historical enforcement of the move over law reveals about 50% of persons stopped for this violation receive a written warning, but citations are issued for particularly egregious violations of the law.


To learn more about Move Over Laws in other States, visit this site:










2019 to April 1st



Tickets and Warnings Issued for Violation of Indiana's Move Over Law

Indiana State Police 



2019 to April 1st

Struck at Crash Scene




Struck while Assisting Motorist




Struck while Directing Traffic




Struck in Work Zone




Stuck on Traffic Stop








Indiana State Police Vehicles Struck When Not in Motion


Crash with Property Damage 

Crash with Injury

Crash with Fatality













2019 to April 1st




Crashes of a Parked Police Vehicle from ANY Indiana Police Agency 




On April 25, 1997 while patrolling I-74 in Decatur County, Trooper Winzenread stopped to assist a motorist who had run out of gas. Returning to the stranded vehicle after getting gas, Trooper Winzenread exited his patrol car and was struck by an oncoming semi-tractor trailer. Trooper Winzenread died at the scene.

Three to be inducted into Shelbyville HS Hall of Fame on May 2

The Shelbyville High School Alumni Hall of Fame Committee has selected three candidates for the 2019 induction. 


The recipients will be honored at the induction ceremony on Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 pm in the Golden Bear Room at Shelbyville High School. 


Sandy E. Allen, Shelbyville High School class of 1973

Sandy E. Allen graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1973. While being the world’s tallest woman, as recognized by the Guinness World Book of Records, she was quite active in high school. Sandy was in Honor Society and Library Club, serving as the secretary/treasurer and vice president. She was a member of the Economics Club, Sunshine Society, and C.O.E Member of the Year as a senior. She was an Office of Education Assistant her senior year and President of the office her senior year.


Sandy was well known for being the Guinness World Record holder as the world’s tallest woman at seven feet, seven and one-quarter inches. During her lifetime, Sandy wrote a book, along with John Kleiman, called Cast the Giant Shadow: The Inspirational Life of Sandy Allen. She had a cameo in the academy award winning Italian film Fellini’s Casanova.


During her life, Sandy appeared in a variety of documentaries, TV shows, and movies. Each appearance had a central theme of embracing who you are no matter what other people say. When she spoke at public engagements, she championed the idea that it is alright to be different. Her goal was to bring this message to school age children. With this message in mind, she produced “It’s OK to be Different,” an inspirational video filmed in Shelbyville, IN. Throughout the video, Sandy spreads her message of being positive, unique, and relying on the Golden Rule when interacting with others.

All those who met Sandy were touched by her positive energy and encouraging messages. After a brief encounter with the lead singer of Split Enz in New York City, the singer/songwriter wrote the song “Hello Sandy Allen” in which he notes that her appearance never held her back.


When she passed away, the New York Times reported on her death:  Sandy stated that “when I was in high school, I used to get a lot of comments about my height. That really upset me, but now that I have gotten to be the world’s tallest woman, I’m going to take advantage of all the publicity that I can get and let children know ‘It’s ok to be different.’”


Jean Ann Dellekamp Wheeler, Shelbyville High School class of 1964

Jean Ann graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1964 and, to this day, she attributes growing up in Shelbyville as the greatest gift of her life. She was raised prior to the changes in schooling that recognized bright students with learning disabilities, prior to knowledge of ADD and dyslexia. 


With no indoor pools in Shelbyville, she swam in Indianapolis and Bloomington with supportive parents, outstanding swimming coaches and encouraging teachers.  Jean Ann channeled her energy into swimming where she ultimately won at 7 national championships in breaststroke, setting five world records, twice named All-American, at age 14 won every race in Europe on USA team and alternate 1960 Rome Olympics.


Additionally, at Shelbyville High School, she was proud to serve on May Court and Student Council.


Finding ways to move beyond her ADD and dyslexia diagnosis, Jean Ann graduated with degrees from Indiana University and Butler University.  Her own challenges as a student led her to be the most requested teacher as she took new approaches to reaching her students who excelled and loved learning. Outside of a traditional classroom, Jean Ann aided adults helping them to improve interviewing skills and basic reading skills so they could gain meaningful employment.


Age 33, Jean Ann began her career in medical sales selling instruments and high-tech equipment to surgeons and operating rooms of hospitals. She used her same drive and goal setting from swimming years to lead nationally in surgery sales.


With each new task providing new challenges and triumphs for Jean Ann she devotes herself entirely into whatever task she takes on.  Jean Ann shows all of us that no matter how we start life, we can choose the paths that we take and how we use our gifts. As Jean Ann once said, “I’ve always lived my life—loved my life—differently.”


Jean Ann is married with two children and two granddaughters, loves entertaining, hiking in the Colorado and Arizona mountains, working out, gardening and enjoying horses.



Dr. William DePrez Inlow, Shelbyville High School class of 1909

Dr. William DePrez Inlow was born in Manilla, Indiana on November 27, 1890. He attended high school in Manilla for three years. Since a fourth year was unavailable in Manilla, he commuted to Shelbyville by train and graduated from Shelbyville High School on May 20, 1909.


At Indiana University, he studied Greek, algebra, and philology. Dr. Inlow always looked up to his grandfather, Dr. J.J. Inlow which ultimately lead to the decision to pursue medicine instead of becoming a classical scholar. William DePrez Inlow enrolled at the University of Chicago and where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He completed his Bachelors of Science in 1915, his Masters of Science in 1917, and graduated from Rush Medical College in 1917.


Dr. Inlow was a veteran of WWI where he served as an officer in the United States Army Medical Corps. He served through the Armistice. Afterwards, Dr. Inlow trained at the Mayo Clinic, working with both Dr. Will and Dr. Charles Mayo. It was here that he used his breadth of surgical knowledge to develop the “Inlow fistula” which became a standard in experimental surgery.


Dr. Inlow was a leader, setting the standard of practice in creating the Inlow Clinic which was known throughout Indiana as a superior source of medical care. Dr. Inlow was a student, continually expanding his knowledge by reading, travelling, and challenging himself. Dr. Inlow was a teacher, working within a traditional school in Homer, Indiana. At the Inlow Clinic, he taught surgeons, one of whom stayed in Shelbyville. He taught surgery in Shelbyville to Urologic residents from Johns Hopkins University over a ten year period. One became Professor of Urology at Stanford University. He wrote and published documents on topics ranging from medicine to library science to geology. Dr. Inlow was an accomplished violinist, forming his own orchestra and studying at the Indianapolis Conservatory of Music.


In 1975, Dr. Inlow was the recipient of the Arts and Humanities Award by the Shelby County Rotary Club. In his honor, the “Inlow Award” is given annually by the Priestley Society at the Mayo Clinic for top surgical research by a Fellow in their surgical program.


Dr. Inlow retired at the age of seventy, but only from the medical practice. He remained “young” and interested in everything until he died at age ninety.

Free Fishing Day is Saturday, April 20

Bring the family to your local fishing hole Saturday, April 20, the first of four Indiana Free Fishing Days this year.

On Free Fishing Days, Indiana residents can fish public waters without a fishing license or a salmon/trout stamp. Free Fishing Days are a great opportunity for families to learn to fish together because adults do not need a fishing license on those days.


Children 17 and younger do not need a license on any day. 


A number of fishing events will be held on April 20:


  • A Women's Learn to Fish workshop will be held at St. Patrick’s County Park in South Bend from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Advanced registration is required; register online at or by calling 574-674-9765.
  • A Family Learn to Fish workshop will take place at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge in Seymour from 9 a.m. to noon. Advance registration is required by calling 812-522-4352 x12 or emailing Find more information at
  • State Parks are also hosting Free Fishing Day events. You can find a list of State Park events at

Specific information about all Free Fishing Day events can be found at

Higher limits now available on USDA farm loans

Higher limits are now available for borrowers interested in USDA’s farm loans, which help agricultural producers purchase farms or cover operating expenses. The 2018 Farm Bill increased the amount that producers can borrow through direct and guaranteed loans available through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and made changes to other loans, such as microloans and emergency loans.


“As natural disasters, trade disruptions, and persistent pressure on commodity prices continue to impact agricultural operations, farm loans become increasingly important to farmers and ranchers,” FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said. “The 2018 Farm Bill provides increased loan limits and more flexibility to farm loans, which gives producers more access to credit when they need it most.”


Key changes include:


  • The Direct Operating Loan limit increased from $300,000 to $400,000, and the Guaranteed Operating Loan limit increased from $ 1.429 million to $1.75 million. Operating loans help producers pay for normal operating expenses, including machinery and equipment, seed, livestock feed, and more.
  • The Direct Farm Ownership Loan limit increased from $300,000 to $600,000, and the Guaranteed Farm Ownership Loan limit increased from $1.429 million to $1.75 million. Farm ownership loans help producers become owner-operators of family farms as well as improve and expand current operations.
  • Producers can now receive both a $50,000 Farm Ownership Microloan and a $50,000 Operating Microloan. Previously, microloans were limited to a combined $50,000. Microloans provide flexible access to credit for small, beginning, niche, and non-traditional farm operations.
  • Producers who previously received debt forgiveness as part of an approved FSA restructuring plan are now eligible to apply for emergency loans. Previously, these producers were ineligible.
  • Beginning and socially disadvantaged producers can now receive up to a 95 percent guarantee against the loss of principal and interest on a loan, up from 90 percent.

About Farm Loans

Direct farm loans, which include microloans and emergency loans, are financed and serviced by FSA, while guaranteed farm loans are financed and serviced by commercial lenders. For guaranteed loans, FSA provides a guarantee against possible financial loss of principal and interest.


For more information on FSA farm loans, visit or contact your local USDA service center.

Boxwood blight found in Indiana landscape

The DNR Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology has discovered boxwood plants in the landscape of central Indiana infected with the boxwood blight fungus. The infected plants had been purchased several years earlier from a local retail chain stores.


Boxwood blight (Calonectria pseudonaviculata) is a fungal disease that infests members of the popular Buxaceae family, and is often transported through the nursery trade. Hosts include Buxus (boxwood), Pachysandra (Japanese spurge) and Sarcococca (sweetbox). Annual inspections of nursery stock by the DNR verify that this pathogen is not indigenous to Indiana, nor can it be found in nursery stock that is sourced locally.


When the fungus, which can lay dormant in drier conditions, is present, it can be found on all above-ground portions of the plant and presents itself as dark leaf spots. It causes rapid defoliation, which typically starts on the bottom of the plant and moves toward the top. This fungal pathogen can move through sporulation in water and from dropped leaves. As a result, infection can spread to surrounding plants from a single infected plant.


If you suspect one of your plants shows signs and symptoms of boxwood blight, please call (866) NO EXOTIC (866-663-9684) use the information at


For more information on this pathogen, see the following link

The DNR is currently surveying for boxwood blight in Indiana. To date, the DNR has not found the pathogen, except for a few interceptions at retail chain stores that source materials from out of state.


If you see symptoms of this plant pathogen, call the DNR at (866) NO EXOTIC (866-663-9684) with the location. Members of the public may report boxwood blight or any other invasive species to the DNR through the Report IN website or by downloading the Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) app on a smartphone.


For more information on all invasive species that could affect Indiana and ways to help stop their spread, see

Avoid planting invasive pear trees

Gov. Eric Holcomb has proclaimed this week, April 8-12, as Invasive Species Awareness Week in Indiana, an important reminder for Hoosiers to watch for potentially devastating pests.


Ornamental pear trees, most commonly known as Bradford pears, have been a popular landscaping tree in Indiana for decades. So popular that they are crowding out native Indiana trees.


For that reason, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources encourages homeowners and landscapers to avoid planting such trees and to replace them when possible.


“Over time different varieties of pear have cross pollinated in our urban areas, allowing them to rapidly spread into our natural resources,” said Megan Abraham, director of the DNR Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology.


Cultivated forms of this invasive species are most accurately known as Pyrus calleryana or the Callery pear tree. Commonly available ornamental pear cultivars, all of which are invasive and should be avoided, include Bradford, New Bradford®, Cleveland select, autumn blaze, Aristocrat®, capitol, Chanticleer®, and dozens more.


In addition to being invasive, these cultivars, which are known for their striking white flowers, typically don’t last long. They are structurally weaker and more easily damaged by storms than native trees.


Carrie Tauscher, urban forestry coordinator with the DNR Division of Forestry, says evidence of the trees’ rapid spread is easy to see.


“Just take a look for glossy leaved, egg-shaped trees in highway interchanges,” Tauscher said. “It’s common to find them in unmown areas under utility lines and in lots and fields initially cleared for construction that are then left fallow.”


Stopping the spread of this invasive plant means selecting alternate trees for yards and forested property. The best tree to replace any invasive tree species is one that is native to a particular region.


If you are looking for an alternative flowering tree for Indiana, serviceberry trees, which have similar white blooms in the spring and fruits that attract wildlife, are one option. Eastern redbuds, which grow quickly with eye-catching lavender flowers in the spring, are another option.


To learn more about native trees that are great for landscaping, visit the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society page at


For more information on all invasive species that could affect Indiana and ways to help stop their spread, see

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana Partners with Indianapolis Indians to Recruit 150 Men in 50 Days

For the fourth year in a row, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana (BBBSCI) is partnering with the Indianapolis Indians in an effort to recruit 150 adult male volunteers in 50 days and raise awareness of the importance of mentoring. The campaign begins April 13 and ends on June 1, 2019.


This yearly campaign was launched by BBBSCI in 2014 to meet the overwhelming need for male mentors. Previously named the “100 Men in 50 Days” recruitment campaign, this year BBBSCI and the Indians are increasing the campaign goal to meet the increasing need for more male mentors as BBBSCI’S 1-to-1 mentoring program continues to grow and serve more youth.


The Indianapolis Indians are serving as the Presenting Partner for the campaign and will offer Knot Hole Club memberships to Bigs and Littles matched as a result of the campaign, as well as make special appearances at BBBSCI events during the campaign.


Seventy percent of the children waiting to be matched with Bigs are boys. The average wait time for boys waiting to be matched is about one year due to the lack of male volunteers. The campaign is aimed at involving individuals and organizations of all kinds to engage with BBBSCI and the Indians. Through various community events, social events, and awareness opportunities, the BBBSCI staff, current volunteers, Board of Directors, and campaign ambassadors are pounding the pavement to engage men as Big Brothers, Big Couples, and Big Friend pairs.


“The Indianapolis Indians are fully invested in making our community the strongest it can be, and we know that our community is at its best when we are fully invested in the potential of our youth,” Darcey Palmer-Shultz, BBBSCI Chief Executive Officer said. “We’re thankful to partner with the Indianapolis Indians for the fourth year in a row to recruit more men to serve as mentors. We have so many kids who have asked for someone to encourage and guide them, and we want to make sure they get that opportunity.” 


“The Indianapolis Indians are proud to once again partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana,” said Randy Lewandowski, Indianapolis Indians president and general manager. “The success of the campaign in previous years has been exciting, but we know there is still work ahead of us to continue recruiting matches for the ones who need it most—the youth of our community. We’re thrilled to shine another light on this important campaign.”

USDA announces buy-up coverage availability and new service fees for noninsured crop coverage policies

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced that higher levels of coverage will be offered through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), a popular safety net program, beginning April 8, 2019. The 2018 Farm Bill also increased service fees and made other changes to the program, including service fee waivers for qualified military veterans interested in obtaining NAP coverage.


“When other insurance coverage is not an option, NAP is a valuable risk mitigation tool for farmers and ranchers,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “In agriculture, losses from natural disasters are a matter of when, not if, and having a NAP policy provides a little peace of mind.”


NAP provides financial assistance to producers of commercial crops for which insurance coverage is not available in order to protect against natural disasters that result in lower yields or crop losses, or prevent crop planting.


NAP Buy-Up Coverage Option


The 2018 Farm Bill reinstates higher levels of coverage, from 50 to 65 percent of expected production in 5 percent increments, at 100 percent of the average market price. Producers of organics and crops marketed directly to consumers also may exercise the “buy-up” option to obtain NAP coverage of 100 percent of the average market price at the coverage levels of between 50 and 65 percent of expected production. NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production.


Producers have a one-time opportunity until May 24, 2019, to obtain buy-up coverage for 2019 or 2020 eligible crops for which the NAP application closing date has passed.


Buy-up coverage is not available for crops intended for grazing.


NAP Service Fees


For all coverage levels, the new NAP service fee is the lesser of $325 per crop or $825 per producer per county, not to exceed a total of $1,950 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties. These amounts reflect a $75 service fee increase for crop, county or multi-county coverage. The fee increases apply to obtaining NAP coverage on crops on or after April 8, 2019.


NAP Enhancements for Qualified Military Veterans


The 2018 Farm Bill NAP amendments specify that qualified veteran farmers or ranchers are now eligible for a service fee waiver and premium reduction, if the NAP applicant meets certain eligibility criteria.


Beginning, limited resource and targeted underserved farmers or ranchers remain eligible for a waiver of NAP service fees and premium reduction when they file form CCC-860, “Socially Disadvantaged, Limited Resource and Beginning Farmer or Rancher Certification.


For NAP application, eligibility and related program information, visit or contact your local USDA Service Center. To locate your local FSA office, visit

Shelbyville Fire Department puts three new ambulances into service

The Shelbyville Fire Department is proud to have begun operation of three new ambulances within their fleet. The new ambulances offer safer options for crew and patients, in addition, to cost savings.


The three new ambulances were produced by Wheeled Coach, a part of REV group, in Winter Park, Florida. Safer options for the patient include DuraLite cabinetry that allow quicker access to life saving medication, oxygen outlets more conducive to care, technology for transporting pediatric patient securely, and toggle switches in the patient compartment decreasing the risk of malfunction in electrical components.


            Crew safety is maximized with in-seat 4-point PER4MAX ® Controlled Decelerator seating, allowing crew member to provide care will remaining seat-belted. SafePass  techonology on exit doors providing safety overrides in event of an accident.  Crews are additionally protected with securement devices for portable medical equipment to prevent loose moving object within the vehicle. Seamless upholstery allows for the decreased risk associated with contaminants in the firehouse and while on scenes.



Patient and crew safety is a top priority at Shelbyville Fire Department. Power loading Strykercot systems provide multiple safety functions with minimal increased cost. Patient safety is increased with the automatic lifting into the vehicles decreasing the risk of injury. Injuries are also preventing crews from back injuries related to patient lifting, which top the list of firefighter disabilities across the nation. Turn-around times are enhanced with the use of the lifts, as fire engines are not required to respond to the hospital to assist with the removal of obese patients from the ambulance. 


            The exterior of the ambulance resembles to previous red and white paint scheme and blacked-out tire rims, allowing for easier care of the rims and prevention of loose parts, such as, caps on the vehicle. Corner capped lighting increases 360° high-visibility lighting, providing scene safety. DuraSeam Door Systems provided the exterior with a seamless look, while eliminating protruding handles and providing structural integrity and strength. GatorGrip surfaces, Yellow handicap handles, and easy to replace running boards assist with safety and functionality.


Mechanical advantages to the vehicles include a gasoline engine for cost-saving measures while not compromising the response or integrity of the vehicle. Cost savings in the use of gasoline engines lower the cost of regular maintenance and parts. The vehicle includes a Ford E450 Type III chassis with decreased technological luxuries within with cab allowing for easier operation and less times ambulances are out of service for electrical issues, and easier repair.


The Shelbyville Fire Department prides itself in providing the best possible critical care medical services to the citizens and visitors of Shelby County, while optimizing use of resources under a sound fiscal mind. The department is comprised of 63 highly trained, dedicated medical providers delivering progressive, rapid, and reliable services to the community. Two ambulances will be provided to the community during a 24 hours period by Shelbyville Fire Department, in additional to, a third paramedic crew staffed by St. Francis EMS during high call volume time periods as determined by use of System Status Management. In 2018, over 5,000 calls were completed by the Shelbyville Fire Department.

'Super outbreaks' of severe tornadoes are very uncommon, says Ball State meteorologist

The April 3-4, 1974 Super Outbreak was the U.S.'s largest and most violent tornado outbreaks.  Nearly 150 tornadoes affected 13 states and Ontario, including 30 F4 or F5 tornadoes.  


Twenty-one tornadoes, including 3 rated F5, killed 47 people as they raced across the Hoosier state.  One tornado began near Lafayette and ended north of Ft Wayne, tracking 121 miles and killing 19.  This tornado also destroyed the White County Courthouse in Monticello.


“Such ‘super outbreaks’ of severe tornadoes are very uncommon,” Call says. “Researchers continue to seek ways to better predict tornadoes and improve warnings to save lives.


“Today, thanks to more accurate computer models, Doppler radar, and greater knowledge of how severe weather and tornadoes form, meteorologists can provide earlier notice and more timely warnings when tornadoes threaten,” he says.  “The April 2011 super outbreak in Alabama and nearby states caused more than twice as many tornadoes as the 1974 outbreak, but the death toll was slightly lower. 


Call has been at Ball State since 2007 and teaches classes in physical geography, elementary meteorology, severe local storms, and broadcast meteorology. His research interests center around how society copes with hazardous weather events, especially ice and snow. Call received his bachelor’s degree from Penn State (meteorology) and master’s and doctoral degrees from Syracuse University (geography). He also worked as a broadcast meteorologist for several years prior to arrival at Ball State.

Hoosiers have until April 8 to register to vote in 2019 municipal elections

2019 is a municipal election year in Indiana. Are you registered to vote? If you want to have your say in the primary election, you must register in the next few days.


Hoosiers must register by April 8 to be able to vote in the May 7 primary election. Most cities

and towns in Indiana will cast votes for mayor, council, and city ballot questions.


Citizens can register to vote online by using the Indiana Voters app or by visiting, and can submit an application to register in person at their local county

clerk's office.


The Indiana Voters app also allows Hoosiers to confirm their voter registration, look up their

polling place, get driving directions to their polling location, find out who's on their ballot, track

their absentee ballot application or provisional ballot information and contact local election



In order to be eligible to register to vote, you must:

• be a citizen of the United States


• be at least 18 years old on the day of the next general, municipal, or special election


• have lived in your precinct for at least 30 days before the next general, municipal, or special

election (except for certain military voters)


• not currently be imprisoned after being convicted of a crime.


“I encourage all Hoosiers to exercise their right to vote,” said Secretary Lawson. “Voting is one

of our most precious rights as Americans – it’s how we make sure our voices are heard in

government. Registering only takes a few minutes and can be done from your smartphone or



Voter registration will reopen after the May primary. Hoosiers wishing to take part in the

November 5 general election must be registered by October 7.


Voters with questions can call the Hoosier Voter Hotline at 866-IN-1-VOTE.

Governor Holcomb and INDOT award "Community Crossings" funds to City of Shelbyville for more street improvements

Earlier this week, Shelbyville was awarded another $1 million in road funding through the state’s “Community Crossings” program. These funds will help to further accelerate efforts to improve the road networks in Shelbyville, funding an additional 48 resurfacing projects, a two-block reconstruction project, and another two blocks of partial road reconstruction for the next year. Since the “Community Crossings” program was established in 2017, the City has been awarded $3 million dollars in additional road funding, which has completed much needed maintenance and repair work on numerous local roads.


Mayor Thomas DeBaun was quoted saying, “We appreciate the efforts undertaken by the state general assembly, INDOT, and Governor Holcomb to make more funding available to local communities so that we can re-invest in our infrastructure. Investing in preventative maintenance in our roads today, means that our infrastructure lasts longer and performs better over it’s lifespan.”

In 2019 and 2020, over 60 projects will be completed due to the Community Crossings Initiative funding made available through the State of Indiana. 


A map showing all of these project locations has been made available.


“The Community Crossings Program has allowed us to make numerous large investments in infrastructure in Shelbyville the last few years. Over 60 roads projects are being funded in 2019 and 2020, a task that would not have been possible before,” City Engineer Matt House said. “The grant program, along with an increase in local funding from the City Council, has allowed us to more than triple the amount of work yearly that we were doing prior to 2017.”

Health officials urge Hoosiers to protect against ticks

Indiana health officials are encouraging Hoosiers to protect themselves from tick bites while outdoors as warmer temperatures bring an increase in tick activity across the state. Recent field sampling by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has found adult and immature ticks (nymphs) carrying the bacterium that causes Lyme disease in a number of counties, particularly in the northern, west central, and south central parts of the state. Maps displaying the tick infection data are available at


“Our field work shows that ticks are carrying Lyme disease in multiple regions within our state,” said State Public Health Veterinarian Jennifer Brown, D.V.M., M.P.H. “However, all Hoosiers should take precautions against tick bites when enjoying the outdoors, no matter where they are.”


Ticks can transmit several diseases in addition to Lyme disease, such as ehrlichiosis and spotted fever rickettsioses like Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Preventing tick bites can protect Hoosiers from all tick-borne illnesses, Brown said.


Hoosiers can reduce their risk of tick bites by:

  • Wearing a long-sleeved shirt and light-colored pants, with the shirt tucked in at the waist and the pants tucked into socks, if they will be in grassy or wooded areas
  • Treating clothing and outdoor gear with 0.5% permethrin, which is an insect repellent specifically designed for this purpose (permethrin should NOT be used on bare skin)
  • Using EPA-registered insect repellents with active ingredients such as DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD) or 2-undecanone
  • Conducting frequent tick checks while outdoors


Once indoors, people should thoroughly check for ticks on clothing, gear, pets and skin. Tumbling clothes in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes will kill ticks, and showering can help remove any unattached ticks.


“Quickly finding and removing a tick can help prevent you from becoming sick,” Brown said. “Use a mirror or the buddy system to check your entire body for ticks, bearing in mind that immature ticks can be no larger than a poppy seed.”


Ticks may be safely removed by using tweezers to grasp the tick close to the skin and then pulling outward with steady and even pressure. After the tick is removed, the area should be washed thoroughly with soap and water. The tick should be discarded by submerging it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag or container, wrapping it tightly in tape or flushing it down the toilet. Ticks should never be crushed with the fingernails.


Anyone who becomes ill after finding an attached tick should see a medical provider immediately and alert the provider to the exposure. Tick-borne diseases can be treated with antibiotics, and prompt diagnosis can help prevent complications.


For more information about ticks and how to prevent the diseases they carry, see the ISDH website at You also can visit ISDH at for important health and safety information or follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at

The Strand Theatre in Shelbyville seeks volunteers for Saturday work session

The Strand Theatre of Shelbyville will hold a Special Work Session Saturday March 30, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.


The Strand has several projects that need work and is preparing for its busiest month yet.  Most

of the work will be on stage, but there is some work in the fly loft above the stage, too.


If you have questions, please call 317-395-3318.

PK U.S.A. President Mr. Masakazu Nakayama retiring on April 1

For a little over 14 years, Mr. Masakazu Nakayama has led PK U.S.A. North America. Under his leadership, PK U.S.A. has grown and prospered with expansions, crucial growth and technology updates that included axle related business for many U.S. automakers including G.M., Ford and FCA.




“I have enjoyed my time and tenure at the Shelbyville, Indiana facility for the past 14 years. Since I came to PK, our company has had its ups and downs, but our associates and local government have supported us tremendously. Shelby County has provided so many opportunities for our company to grow and prosper over the years, and the relationships we have fostered with the City of Shelbyville have strengthened our position in the U.S. market. I cannot thank everyone enough. Over half of our associate’s are Shelby County natives, and they are the most hard-working, and friendly people you’ll find anywhere. PK U.S.A. will be in good hands with Mr.Peter Sandström who will take over as President. In order to stay relevent in our business, we must strive to do be better and work harder every day. At PK U.S.A., we have associates in every department that do these very things with pride. I wish to thank everyone at PK U.S.A. for their hard work and dedication, you have made this company one of the best in the U.S.”

Avoid bogus bargains at Going Out of Business sales

When brightly colored signs with prominent letters shout “Going Out of Business Sale,” “Total Liquidation,” or “Everything Must Go!” you might think you are about to get the deal of a lifetime. But there are several reasons you should shop with caution – even when merchandise is deeply discounted.  The following tips will help you avoid common pitfalls and get the best deals. 


Make Sure the Deals are Real 

First things first; always check a company’s reputation on before doing business with them. Look beyond the letter grade rating to read the customer reviews and details of complaints to get an idea of what past customers have experienced. You may decide the great prices they advertise may not be worth the potential problems that could arise.


Second, according to the BBB Code of Advertising, liquidation and going out of business sales are considered “emergency” or “distress” sales. Businesses may only advertise this kind of sale if they are actually going out of business. In addition, they have a limited time period to offer such deals. BBB’s code states, “If such sales exceed ninety (90) days, advertisers must be prepared to substantiate that the offering is indeed a valid emergency or distress sale.” If you notice a business in your area seems to be advertising a “going out of business” or “liquidation” sale for months on end, without ever closing, be wary. It could be a shady sales practice. Some businesses use these terms dishonestly to draw in customers and pressure them to buy, often by implying limited access to certain merchandise or a small window of time to purchase.


Even in legitimate going out of business sales, some businesses hire third party liquidators to help them get the most money possible from their remaining merchandise. After all, the business owner is still responsible for paying off any outstanding bills they owe, even after their business closes. Third party liquidators often mark merchandise up first and then offer a small discount in the first week or two of the sale. This offers a better return to the business owner, but consumers may unwittingly end up paying more than the original price of the product, even though the seller claims it is discounted. To avoid falling into this trap, shop around. Compare prices at other stores to make sure the “discounted” item you plan to purchase really is cheaper than normal price. 


Think About Returns and Warranties 

When a business closes, you may not be granted the same kind of after-sale customer service you’ve come to expect. Many retailers offer discounted prices on the condition that “all sales are final.” This means that you may not be able to return items for a refund or exchange items – even if you later discover they are defective. With this in mind, you’ll want to inquire about what kind of return policy the business offers and how long it will be in place. 

If there is no return policy, be sure to inspect items closely before making a purchase. If you are buying electronics, ask to test them. If you are buying clothes, try them on. If you buy a boxed set of something, ask to look inside the box to make sure all pieces of the set are included. 

If an item comes with a warranty, find out who will fulfill its terms. If a third-party business takes care of repairs on items with a warranty, you may not need to worry. However, if the business itself is the warranty provider, the terms may be null and void. Make sure you find out the details before you make a purchase. Get it in writing; don’t rely on verbal agreements.


Use Up Gift Cards and Pay with a Credit Card 

BBB has general tips for shopping at companies that are going out of business. Two main pieces of advice involve gift cards and credit cards. When a store goes out of business, gift cards do, too. Don’t let the money on your gift card go to waste. Use them up before the store closes for good. 

Also, paying with your credit card offers you the most protection on your purchase. If a business closes and doesn’t deliver the goods it promised you, you will be able to dispute the charges with your credit card company. On the other hand, if you paid with cash or even just left a partial cash deposit for an item and the business closes without delivering, you may simply be out of luck. You could sue the business, but they no longer have assets to pay the damages.   


Don’t Make Impulsive Decisions 

The goal of going out of business sales is to get merchandise out the door fast. Advertisers take advantage of a sense of urgency and scarcity to pressure consumers into buying things they may not need, simply because the price is too good to pass up. Use good judgement when shopping going out of business sales. Make sure you really are getting a good deal on a product that isn’t defective.


Going out of business sales can be a great way to save money on products you need, but always proceed with caution. By following these tips, you can take advantage of sales wisely and avoid making a purchase you might later regret. 


ABOUT BBB SERVING CENTRAL INDIANA: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2018, people turned to BBB more than 173 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.4 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including BBB serving Central Indiana, which was founded in 1916 and serves 46 counties. 


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