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Deer season helps to feed the hungry in Indiana

Deer season is approaching in Indiana. As such hunters are eager to get their hands on some fresh deer meat.


But, sometimes you get your fill and you have some meat leftover, or you don't want any of the meat at all. Hoosiers Feeding The Hungry executive director Deb Treesh suggests donating any deer meat you don't want to help feed struggling families.



Treesh said they are able to pay those processing fees through the Sportsman Benevolence Fund from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.


Treesh said any protein-based foods, like deer meat, are the hardest types of food for food banks to come by.


Treesh said the average deer that hunters kill will account for about 200 meals worth of meat.

To figure out where you can find a meat processor that takes in donated deer meat, visit

Souls Harbor Church to host Unity Dinner Saturday

Tina Keel and Ann Houseworth appeared on The Morning Show to talk about the first annual Community Unity Dinner set for September 19 at 6:30 pm.



Tickets are $15 for singles, $25 for couples.  Contact Sister Tina Keel 317-512-5421.

Indiana Debate Commission asks Hoosier voters to submit questions in the race for Governor

The Indiana Debate Commission, the first independent debate commission of its kind in the United States, is now accepting questions from Hoosier voters who want to pose questions to Indiana’s three gubernatorial candidates who are on the November 3 ballot.


The governor’s race is a three-way contest this year between incumbent Republican Eric Holcomb, Democrat Woodrow “Woody” Myers, and Libertarian Donald G. Rainwater II.


In keeping with its mission of “Putting Voters First,” the commission invites Hoosier voters to submit questions via its website using the form on the “Ask a Question” tab at the top right of the home page.


Questions will be vetted by members of the commission and accepted for consideration through October 15. Hoosiers whose questions are selected also may be offered the opportunity to ask their questions on pretaped video during each of the hour-long debates.


“We look forward to giving citizens this platform to voice their concerns,” said Commission President Elizabeth Bennion, who is a political science professor at Indiana University South Bend. “The debates offer the best opportunity for Hoosier voters to hear extended comments on the issues of the day directly from the candidates.”


Candidates have agreed to debate on Tuesday, October 20 and Tuesday, October 27. The debates will be broadcast from 7-8 p.m. EDT from WFYI-TV in Indianapolis and will also be livestreamed on the commission’s website and YouTube channel. Hoosiers can also check with their local news organizations to find out other ways to watch or listen.


While the commission normally hosts three debates in gubernatorial elections and hosts some events in public arenas, caution is being exercised during the pandemic and has changed some of the commission’s past practices. One long-standing, standard practice holds – candidates do not receive the questions in advance from the commission.


Since its founding in 2007, the Indiana Debate Commission has produced 21 statewide debates in U.S. Senate and gubernatorial elections – many of which were also broadcast nationally via C-SPAN. The commission, a nonprofit organization which hosted its first debates in 2008, is the only independent organization in the state that provides free broadcast satellite feeds and web streams to all news media – including college and high school press associations.


Moderators will be announced in the coming weeks.

Jordan England joins Blue River Community Foundation

Blue River Community Foundation (BRCF) welcomes Jordan England to our organization as Grants and Nonprofit Relations Director. Jordan will be responsible for managing BRCF’s grant program, providing support to local nonprofits with their charitable endeavors, and promoting catalytic philanthropy in Shelby County.

Jordan is a lifelong Shelby County resident. She graduated from Waldron Jr. Sr. High School and Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Retail Management. She most recently held the position of Program Coordinator for Mainstreet Shelbyville.


Jordan and her husband Brian are the parents of three children.

Jordan looks forward to continuing to work in the community she grew up and assisting our efforts to improve the quality of life in Shelby County.

The NUTmobile comes to Shelbyville at MHP Medical Center

The Planters NUTmobile has driven the salty streets to the circle city and will be making an appearance at the MHP Medical Center on Thursday, September 17 from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.


The Planters NUTmobile is a 26-foot-long peanut on wheels that travels from coast to coast spreading smiles and sharing nuts. Planters hires Peanutters, who are recent college grads, to drive the vehicle on a yearlong tour. At event stops, guests can take a photo with the NUTmobile, grab a sample and coupon, and play a game for a prize.


The mission of this east to west nut-cracking fest is to spread smiles as our nation navigates these uncertain times. While the iconic Mr. Peanut was born in 1916, his first NUTmobile did not appear until 1935 and was used by a Planters salesman. The traveling NUTmobile program began in 2011 with one vehicle and has since grown to three NUTmobiles and nine Peanutters bringing Mr. Peanut across America.


Each team is comprised of three Peanutters trusted to drive the oversized peanut. The Indianapolis is comprised of Grace Noice aka Go Nuts Grace, Danny Holton aka Maca-Danny-a, and Shannon Hope aka ShanNut.


Planters and the NUTmobile is a division of KraftHeinz.

Free flu shots coming to the Shelbyville VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic

Veteran Health Indiana will be providing free flu shots to Veterans through their Drive-thru Flu Clinic at the Shelbyville VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic located at 30 West Rampart Street, Shelbyville.

Veterans - bring your VA card and wear a short sleeve shirt to receive your flu shot from 9:30 to 11:30 AM and 12 to 2 PM on the following days at the Shelbyville VA Clinic:

September 14 or 28, 2020
October 26, 2020
November 9, 2020

Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever this year to minimize the risk of illness and possible hospitalization. Hand washing, face coverings and social distancing are all important in eliminating infections.

New Veteran patients should contact Veteran Health Indiana’s Health Benefits Unit office at 317-988-4301 to enroll in VA healthcare or you may also enroll on-line at


Indiana State Police detectives warn public about online dog scams

Indiana State Police detectives are currently investigating a couple of fraud incidents involving individuals attempting to purchase dogs online.


One recent Warrick County resident purchased a dog through a website and paid $900. The dog was going to be shipped to the buyer and required insurance and vaccinations, which was an additional $2,800. After the resident paid the additional funds, the company informed the buyer that the insurance was expired and they needed additional payment. The resident became suspicious, refused to send any additional payment and contacted Indiana State Police. The victim paid a total of $3,700 and never received a dog.


According to the Better Business Bureau data, nearly 10,000 scam reports and complaints have been received during the last three years about businesses selling puppies and dogs. The Federal Trade Commission estimates that only about 10% of victims report these crimes, so this number could be much higher.


Tips if you are interested in purchasing a dog online:


  • Avoid classified sites.
  • Communicate with the seller.
  • Research prices.
  • Meet the seller and puppy/dog.
  • Get a contract and check references.
  • Be wary of shipping services.
  • Never wire money or use gift cards for payment.
  • If the price is too good to be true, it’s likely a scam!

St. Vincent dePaul Thrift Store furniture sale this Saturday

A Labor Day Sale is ready Saturday for shoppers at the St. Vincent dePaul Thrift Store, 424 E. Jackson St., Shelbyville. All furniture will be half price during store hours, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Masks must be worn to enter and remain in the store. Those in need of a mask will be provided with one at the entrance. No one younger than 18 years of age may be inside the store at this time due to COVID-19, and the number of customers shopping will be limited. 


Donations will also be accepted Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at the warehouse, 628 Hodell St., Shelbyville.


At this time, however, kitchen tables and chairs will not be accepted, neither will Christmas items and men’s suits. A detailed list of items that may be donated is available outside at both the Thrift Store and Warehouse.


All profits from the store are used to assist Shelby County residents on a person-to-person basis.

Those in need of assistance may call the Society’s help line, 317-395-7027 and leave a message for the call to be returned or send an email to

Harrah's Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand donate $50,000 to IMPD Mounted Patrol Unit

officials from Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino presented the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit a $50,000 contribution to aid a capital fund for a new equine facility. Following today’s donation, the unit has raised nearly $200,000 towards a goal of $1 million.


The presentation took place at the IMPD’s Mounted Patrol headquarters, located on the west side of Indianapolis, with remarks from Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, IMPD Chief of Police Randal Taylor, IMPD Operations Department Chief Josh Barker, IMPD Horse Patrol Sergeant Allan Whitesell, Mounted Horse Patrol Association Board President and Executive Director Chris Golightly, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino SVP and GM Mike Rich, and Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino SVP & GM Trent McIntosh.


“We’re here to keep our community safe and improve relationships,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. “There are no better ambassadors than the horses I stand in front of today. One day soon you’ll see a state of the art location at this site.”


I want to thank Mike and Trent of Indiana Grand and Harrahs for this $50,000 contribution,” added Mayor Hogsett. “These officers and these animals deserve it.”


The IMPD Mounted Patrol Unit currently operates out of a small barn and three small construction trailers on the former grounds of the Central State Hospital. The current facilities were not intended for long-term use. The $1 million capital fundraising project will provide a new equine facility on 20 acres on the same grounds.


“When you tour the grounds, you see a new facility is needed,” noted Indiana Grand Racing & Casino SVP & GM Mike Rich. “We’re thrilled to be able to help kickstart this campaign.”


Both Harrah’s Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand teams toured the IMPD Mounted Patrol Unit’s facility in January, and met with Sergeant Whitesell and members of the board to learn more about the capital initiatives.


“Our teams are passionate about finding ways to work on projects we believe are impactful to communities,” said Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino SVP & GM Trent McIntosh. “These equine athletes help the IMPD do their jobs every day.”

FDA with Costco shrimp recall

 If you bought frozen shrimp from Costco, you might not want to eat it.


The shrimp could be contaminated with Salmonella, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The shrimp was sold between February and May under brand names like Kirkland, Fresh Market, Unistar, and Wellsey Farms.


If you have any of the recalled shrimp, the FDA says you should return it to the store.

Crider: Indiana Senate Republicans offering paid internships

The Indiana Senate Republican Caucus is offering paid spring-semester internships in its communications, information technology, legal, legislative and policy offices during the 2021 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 $750 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 April 2021. The Indiana Senate is currently developing plans to conduct legislative work amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and, as always, strives to provide a safe working environment for all interns, staff and senators.


"This is a great opportunity for any college student or recent graduate to gain firsthand experience working in state government," Crider said. "I strongly encourage those looking for an internship to consider this program."


For more information and to access an application, visit


The deadline to apply is Oct. 31. 

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign underway

In 2018, there were just under 4,000 alcohol-impaired crashes in Indiana that resulted in 83 deaths. That's just one of many reasons more than 200 state and local law enforcement agencies have joined the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.


Of those crashes, 48 of them and 1 death happened during the Labor Day Holiday weekend. The campaign is going on now through Labor Day again this year. The patrols for it are supported by money from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which are distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.


"People are having more parties as summer is winding down. We just typically see an increase of DUI arrests over this time period," says Sergeant Matt Ames, Public Information Officer for the Putnamville District.


Ames says one person is killed every 50 minutes by a drunk driver in the U.S. It's something Ames calls "totally preventable."


"Unfortunately, the tragedies of someone choosing to drive drunk touches every county in the state of Indiana at some point or another," says State Police Sergeant John Perrine, Public Information Officer for Central Indiana. "If we catch someone driving impaired, they will go to jail."


Perrine says there are several strategies they will implement during the campaign to catch people who are driving impaired.


"Sometimes it's high visibility patrol. Sometimes it's DUI checkpoints. Sometimes it's unmarked cars. We have different strategies in place and we'll be using all of those," says Perrine.


In Indiana, it is illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Drivers under the age of 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and having their license suspended for up to a year.


Ames says police will catch drivers, but they could also use your help.


"If you happen to see an impaired driver, make sure that you call 911 and give the dispatcher an accurate description of the vehicle and a possible license plate number," says Ames.


Both Perrine and Ames say planning a safe and sober ride home is something you should do if you plan on drinking. They recommend using a ride-sharing service (like Uber or Lyft), public transportation, or a taxi to get home safely.


"Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving," says Ames.

Adding derecho to your list of weather terms

For some, the word derecho became a new weather term this week.  The wide-ranging storm system hit the Midwest hard on Monday.


National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Frazier.



The more conventional wind damage associated with a tornado was felt near two northern Indiana  communities.


Kroger celebrates educators and parents with Extra Credit Wednesdays promotion

Kroger is offering more ways to save on back-to-school essentials during its first Teachers and Honorary Teachers savings event this fall. Now through September 9, teachers, school administrators and parents who shop at Kroger on Wednesdays will save an extra 10% on general merchandise, including school and craft supplies, toys, games, sporting goods, housewares, apparel and electronics.


“We’re always excited by back-to-school season,” said Colleen Juergensen, president of Kroger Central Division. “We’re uplifted and encouraged by the enthusiasm for education we see at this time of year. And, especially during this challenging time, Kroger is pleased to offer this discount to teachers and ‘honorary teachers’ as a demonstration of our gratitude for what they do for their students and our communities.”


To receive the Teachers and Honorary Teachers discount, customers can shop in-store at Kroger or via Kroger Pickup using their shopper’s card on any Wednesday during the promotion dates and simply request the discount at checkout.


For more information on the discount, please visit

Study: Up to 84,118 K-12 students in Indiana may lack internet access at home

When K-12 classes start in the next month across Indiana, school teachers may have students whose educational achievement suffered due to the lack of internet access during the pandemic, says a new policy brief from Ball State University. 


How Many School-Age Children Lack Internet Access in Indiana?” found that about 68,649 to 84,118 Indiana school-age children do not have internet access at home.  


The study also found the most urban areas of the state (including the city of Indianapolis and northwest Indiana near Chicago) and the most rural parts of the state have the highest percentages of households without internet access. 


“The lack of access to appropriate devices and the internet — also known as the digital divide —could increase educational and social gaps among children,” said Michael Hicks, director of Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) and the brief’s lead author.  “With the closing of school buildings during the final months of the 2019-2020 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential closing of schools if COVID-19 cases continue to increase in the coming months, this policy brief helps to gauge the impact on vulnerable children without access to internet.” 


He pointed out that various studies over the last decade suggest that moderate and monitored home computer/internet use has positive impacts on children’s social development, cognitive development, and school performance.  


“During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to acknowledge the impact of the digital divide on children who have limited alternatives to remote and virtual learning during school closures,” Hicks said. “This inequality in internet access could further increase the learning gap between children with and without access to the internet.” 


CBER’s study found that among households with school-age children and without internet access, most are single parent households (57%), have parents not in labor force (18.9%), are low-income families (35.2%), have non-English speakers at home (22.4%), and are households living in rental property (49.3%).  


The study also found:  


  • About 42,413 households or about 6.5 % with school-aged children do not have internet access at home. 
  • The absence of broadband access disproportionately affected students in families with characteristics that already challenge academic success. 


Hicks said CBER’s research points out that the interruption of school in March 2020 resulted in wide variation in delivering online education because there are large gaps in internet access across the state.  


“In the coming months, Indiana lawmakers will need to fund efforts to remediate students whose educational achievement suffered due to the pandemic,” Hicks said. “Indiana policymakers must also prepare for learning impacts of school closings during the 2020-2021 school year.”  


In addition to Hicks, the CBER research team included Dagney Faulk, director of research: Srikant Devaraj, research professor; and Yuye Zhang, a graduate research assistant specializing in GIS. 

Mysterious seeds from China showing up in the mail

Packets of unsolicited seeds from China have appeared in mailboxes across the nation, perplexing residents and sparking invasive species concerns.


Indiana joined a growing list of states warning residents not to plant the unidentified seeds after the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) received “several” calls and emails about possible recipients.


At least two Hoosiers reported receiving seed packets in the mail since Saturday, the Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC) said Monday.


Officials were unable to confirm where in Indiana the packages were sent.


The seeds, enclosed in small plastic bags and tucked in square or rectangular packets with Chinese shipping labels, appear to be sent from Shenzen.


Photos of several seed packets, provided to News 8 by a member of the Association of American Seed Control Officials (AASCO), show the contents mislabeled in English and Chinese as “stud earrings.”


The packages contain no jewelry.


“I’ve been in the seed business over 30 years I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Don Robison, Indiana’s state seed administrator.


Some seeds reported in other states look similar to wheat or cucumber seeds, he said, but could carry unknown disease.


The OISC’s primary concern is determining whether the seeds come from an invasive plant that could threaten native species, including local agriculture.


States with economies driven by agriculture are responding with heightened concern; some farm supply chains are still recovering from pandemic-related disruptions.


“Indiana has 12 million acres of crops and we want to make sure we protect those crops,” Robison said. “We want to make sure the seed’s not thrown away and gets in a landfill, where it can then grow and expose other seeds other crops to a disease that Indiana doesn’t have.”


If seed control officials confirm a threat, efforts could be launched to search for seeds that were improperly disposed of, he added.


Federal and state officials warned recipients not to plant, destroy or throw away the seeds.

Hoosiers who receive unsolicited seeds in the mail with Chinese shipping labels are urged to immediately send the packets to the Indiana State Seed Laboratory at Purdue University.


- Do not plant

- Do not throw away

- Do not microwave, burn or otherwise destroy


Label packet "Foreign Seeds for Identification" and send to:


Indiana State Seed Laboratory

Purdue University

175 S University St

West Lafayette, IN 47907

Shelbyville downtown street closings

There are a couple of downtown Shelbyville street closures coming up as a part of the downtown project.

Wednesday, July 29

Franklin and Harrison will have a ½ day closure for a parking garage pour.

August 3 – 7

Tompkins and West Washington intersection will be closed to remove a water line and finish the storm sewer.


Society of St. Vincent dePaul Shelby County has great deals Saturday at Thrift Store

Volunteers with the Society of St. Vincent dePaul Shelby County are nearly giving away all clothing and all shoes at the Thrift Store this Saturday again.


Clothing items and shoes continue to be priced at $1!

Four kitchen tables with chairs will be half off their original pricing and priced as a set, too.

The store, located at 424 E. Jackson St., Shelbyville will be open Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

J. Kenneth Self Shelby County Boys and Girls Clubs begins search for new CEO; John Hartnett talks about his 40 years

In 1980, John Hartnett was happy to fill a post at the Boys & Girls Club of Shelbyville.  He didn't know it was a life career move.



The CEO job description.  Resumes are being accepted thru August 5.


Position Title:

Chief Executive Officer




An exciting opportunity to lead the Boys & Girls Club of Shelbyville located in ­­­Shelbyville, IN is open and we are looking for our next Chief Executive Officer to make a positive impact on kids’ lives.  We are looking for candidates that will lead the overall planning and operation of the organization while providing leadership, direction and support to the Board of Directors. 


Boys & Girls Clubs mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  You will be responsible for bringing this mission to life in this community, as you work to ensure that the kids and teens in your care achieve great futures by providing a safe and fun space, an engaging Club Experience, and managing caring professionals to guide them along the way.


As a proof point, 54% of Club alumni said the Club saved their life, so the impact you and your team will have on these kids and teen’s lives will be life changing.


Please submit resumes by August 5th to



                                                   ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES



  • Guides, supports and serves the Board of Directors in establishing goals and developing policies, procedures, budgets and programs that fulfill the mission of the Boys & Girls Club.
  • Monitors and approves the organization's program services and assures achievement of its mission and goals.
  • Leadershiprolein organization’sSafetyCommitteeandserveasakeyplayerinthedevelopmentofinstitutionalpolicies, procedures, andpractices ensuring that the organization and all unit clubs are in compliance with local, state and federal safety requirements and the Membership Requirements of Boys & Girls Clubs of America at all times.
  • Ensure that the Organization has standards and measures in place that define effective safety practices, train to those annually, and identify vulnerabilities and strategies to mitigate risks
  • Serve as point of escalation, feedback and approval for reportable Club incidents ensuring that all accident and incident reports are completed, up to date and submitted to administrative office for archiving.
  • Provides leadership to Club staff by developing administrative and operational standards by which goals will be met.
  • Assures management and attainment of resources necessary to ensure the financial operations of the agency are conducted in accordance with applicable laws.
  • Assures that the organization is in compliance with membership and other requirements or standards of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and other affiliated and regulatory agencies
  • Oversees staffing activities of the organization, including recruiting, training, and evaluation of both paid and volunteer staff.
  • Promotes Boys & Girls Club services to individuals, other service organizations, and the local community.
  • Directs and participates in public relations and fundraising activities.
  • Provides professional leadership to the Board of Directors to assure development of an effective and motivated board, including identification, recruitment, training and involvement of members in meeting the goals of the organization.
  • May be assigned special projects periodically by the Board of Directors.
  • Reports to the Board of Directors



                                            KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES           


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, direct, plan and coordinate operations in a multi-unit organization.
  • Leadership skills, including negotiation, problem solving, decision making, delegation.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written; ability to speak effectively and persuasively to groups and individuals.
  • Demonstrated competency and ability in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with a Board of Directors, Staff, Community Groups, and other related agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise professionals and other staff/volunteers who may be in distant subunits of the organization.
  • Advanced knowledge and expertise in asset management including financial resources and property.
  • Demonstrated skills and competency in the following areas preferred:  the mission, objectives, policies, programs and procedures of Boys & Girls Clubs; of the principles and practices of non-profit organizations and of management; and resource development activities and sources of funding.






The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification.  It is not designed to contain, nor to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.



BBB Scam Alert: E-Skimming targets online shoppers

For years, scammers have used a small device on ATMs, gas pumps, and other terminals, to harvest credit card information. As technology has improved, this form of “skimming” has become less effective. However, scammers aren’t deterred! Now, they use a technique called “e-skimming” to steal credit card data from online shoppers instead.? 


How the Scam Works 


You are shopping online on a reputable website. You put an item in your cart and proceed to check out. You enter your credit or debit card number and your billing address to make your purchase. Everything seems totally normal. 


But what you can’t see is that cybercriminals have hacked into the company’s server and planted malware on the site. This harvests your personal information, including your credit or debit card numbers, as soon as you make a purchase. You won’t be aware your information was stolen until the company discovers the breach and alerts its customers. In other cases, you’ll only find out after scammers use your credit card and fraudulent purchases appear on your statement. 


How to Protect Yourself from E-Skimming: 


  • Keep a close eye on your statements.?Check your bank and credit card statements regularly to confirm all charges. If you notice any suspicious activity, call your bank or credit card company immediately to report it. Use the customer service number found on the back of your card or on your monthly statement to make sure you are speaking with the real company. 

  • Make online purchases with a credit card.?Use your credit card instead of your debit card to make online purchases. It is much easier to dispute charges made with your credit card, plus getting money returned to your debit card can take time. 

  • Consider using a virtual credit card.?Some credit card companies and banks offer?virtual cards?to their clients. These provide a unique credit card number to use when shopping online that links to your normal account. If any unusual transactions are made or the number is compromised, other charges are immediately declined. 

American Red Cross wants your help to sew face coverings

If you like to sew, you could be a great help to the American Red Cross!


The Indiana Region of the American Red Cross is looking for people to help sew and distribute face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic. The face coverings can be hand-sewn or sewn using a machine.


In Indiana, more than 8,000 face coverings have already been sewn and distributed over the past seven weeks to agencies providing childcare, senior and veteran services, according to the American Red Cross–Indiana Region.


“These face coverings are so important. Wearing them is a simple way to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19,” said Jeff Imel, American Red Cross–Indiana Region director of Service to the Armed Forces and International Services.


Non-sewers are also needed for tasks like cutting out patterns, ironing, disinfecting and packaging, and inventorying and delivery to organizations.


For more information, visit .

Fresh Produce offered to backstretch at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

When Covid-19 restrictions prevented the creation of the community garden for backstretch workers at Indiana Grand, Brian Elmore, executive director of the Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) came up with an alternative. A local group is now making a weekly stop outside the stable gate to provide fresh produce for those who work at Indiana Grand.


“Brian (Elmore) noticed a group selling produce to raise money for mission trips in nearby New Palestine and made arrangements for them to provide the same service for the people that work and live on the backstretch,” said Otto Thorwarth, one of the chaplains with Indiana HBPA. “Without being able to have the community garden this year, he wanted to make sure these folks had access to fresh produce on a consistent basis.”


To sweeten the deal, Indiana HBPA is paying 50 percent of the cost of the produce, which offers it to individuals at a 50 percent discounted rate. Those purchasing the items must show their Indiana Horse Racing Commission license to be able to participate in the purchase at the discounted rate.


The fresh produce stand is available each week in July on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. next to the soccer field. The stand started Wednesday, July 8 and has already proved to be a big hit and a nice option for those individuals that fall under the Indiana HBPA umbrella.


One of the most popular items has been sweet corn. Other items that sell quickly include tomatoes, various peppers, peaches, cantaloupes, cucumbers and okra.


“We initially set it up for the month of July, but with the success it has already had in just two weeks, I’m guessing we will extend this through August,” added Thorwarth. “People are really enjoying this and taking advantage of the service. And it’s for such a great cause. It’s a win-win situation all around.”


State's Rental Assistance Portal to go live July 13

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) wants to remind Hoosiers that the state’s Rental Assistance Portal will be available beginning Monday, July 13 at 9 am Eastern. The application can be found by visiting


“The application portal is designed to help Indiana renters adversely affected by COVID-19 living outside of Marion County avoid eviction by connecting them with programs that can help them cover monthly rent payments or past due rent,” said Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who serves as board chair of IHCDA. “We are pleased, along with our network of program partners, to assist Indiana renters.”


Last month, Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced $25 million in relief for renters through the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program. This, combined with other funding sources including the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), will provide Hoosier renters that have been affected by COVID-19 with a variety of resources after they have applied through the Rental Assistance Portal.


“It is important that all Hoosiers have equal access to the rental assistance that is available,” said Jacob Sipe, Executive Director of IHCDA. “We are thankful for a wide variety of local, community and not-for-profit organizations who are assisting us in communicating information about the Rental Assistance Portal throughout the state.”


IHCDA developed a communications toolkit for organizations to share information about this and other housing and utility resources available in Indiana.


Individuals seeking rental assistance living in Marion County should visit: The application to apply for this program also opens on Monday, July 13.


Hoosiers that are homeless, in a housing crisis, or in need of immediate assistance should call 2-1-1 and ask to connect with a navigator.


Homeowners in need of assistance paying their mortgage payment should visit:

USDA reminds Indiana producers to complete crop acreage reports

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds Indiana producers to complete crop acreage reports by the applicable deadline for their county. Acreage reporting dates vary by crop and by county. Contact your FSA county office for a list of acreage reporting deadlines by crop.


“To make sure you’re eligible for many USDA programs, you need to file an accurate crop acreage report by the applicable deadline,” said Steven Brown, State Executive Director in Indiana. “Our FSA staff is standing by to help you with your acreage reports, including providing maps.”


The following acreage reporting dates are applicable in Indiana:


July 15, 2020     

All other crops, Perennial Forage and Cucumbers (Planted 5/10 to 6/15 in all Indiana counties)                     


August 15, 2020                    

Cucumbers (Planted 6/16 to 8/5 in Fulton, LaPorte, Porter and St Joseph counties)


September 15, 2020               

Cucumbers (Planted 6/16 to 8/15) in Knox County)


Due to the pandemic, FSA has implemented acreage reporting flexibilities. FSA can work with producers to file timely acreage reports by phone, email, online tools and virtual meetings. Some FSA offices are open for in-person appointments, but you must call first to make an appointment. [BC-FST1] 


FSA county offices in Indiana provided maps to producers along with instructions for completing and returning the maps through either mail, email or through commercially available free and secure online tools such as Box for file sharing and OneSpan for eSignature solutions. After planting is complete, producers must return the signed form certifying their acreage report to the FSA office through mail, email or the Box and OneSpan tools bythe applicable acreage reporting date.


After completed maps and all acreage reporting information is received, FSA will make software updates andsend producers the completed Report of Acreage form (FSA-578) to sign. Producers must return the signed form certifying their acreage report to the FSA office through mail, email, or Box by the applicable acreage reporting date.


The following exceptions apply to acreage reporting dates:


  • If the crop has not been planted by the acreage reporting date, the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.


  • If a producer has not timely filed an acreage report, the producer may file the acreage report within 30 days of the acreage reporting date. Because of the pandemic, late fees will be waived if filed within the 30 days.


FSA is also providing additional flexibilities for producers to file on acres with failed crops or crops that were prevented from planting because of extreme weather events. For insured crops, producers who timely filed a prevented planted claim with the reinsurance company but filed a Notice of Loss (CCC-576) form after the deadline will be considered timely filed for FSA purposes. For uninsured crops, producers may start a Notice of Loss by calling their FSA county office.


Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders should note that the acreage reporting date for NAP-covered crops is the earlier of the dates listed above or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the crop begins.


When producers are working with FSA staff – either in-person or virtually – they can also take care of applications for other FSA programs, including the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. A CFAP Call Center is available for producers who would like additional one-on-one support with the CFAP application process. Please call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. The CFAP Call Center can provide service to non-English speaking customers. Customers will select 1 for English and 2 to speak with a Spanish speaking employee. For other languages, customers select 1 and indicate their language to the Call Center staff.


Applications can also be submitted for the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus for 2018 and 2019 as well as other disaster assistance programs that may be able to assist producers at this time.


For questions, please callyour FSA county office. To locate your local FSA office visit


All USDA Service Centers are open for business, including some that are open to visitors to conduct business in person by appointment only. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service or any other Service Center agency should call ahead and schedule an appointment. Service Centers that are open for appointments will pre-screen visitors based on health concerns or recent travel and visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Visitors may also be required to wear a face covering during their appointment. Field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. Our program delivery staff will be in the office, and they will be working with our producers in office, by phone and using online tools. More information can be found at


Society of St. Vincent dePaul (SVdP) Thrift Store to reopen next weekend

The Society of St. Vincent dePaul (SVdP) Thrift Store will re-open Saturday, July 11, after closing in early March because of the COVID-19 risks. Clothing and shoes will be sold for $1 each.

Many protective measures are still necessary, according to guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and have been put in place at the 424 E. Jackson St. store in Shelbyville, said Jim Carrier, president of SVdP Society Shelby County. Store hours will be 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Here’s what visitors need to know:

• Five to six adult shoppers (18 years of age and older) will be allowed inside at a time. No one younger. Others may need to wait outside for a turn to enter.

• Masks are required to enter the store and to remain inside the store. A mask will be provided to those who do not have one.

• Customers are asked to be considerate of others and maintain a distance of six feet from other shoppers and from store volunteers.

• Hand sanitizer will be provided. There will also be a hand washing station in the furniture room.

• The fitting room will be closed.

• Surfaces will be disinfected throughout the hours of operation as suggested in guidelines by local ordinances and the Centers for Disease Control. The focus of SVdP Society’s membership continues to be on the health, safety, and well being of its guests, volunteers, and community.

Donations will be accepted at the Society’s warehouse, 628 Hodell St., by appointment after July 11. Call 317-395-7027, leave a message, and provide a phone number so the call may be returned. The normal warehouse schedule – open to the public the first Saturdays of each month, 9-11 a.m. – will tentatively resume on August 1.

All profits generated by the store and accepted from donations are used to assist Shelby County residents with tangible assistance on a person-to-person basis. The aid may involve intervention, consultation, and oftentimes include direct dollar and in-kind service. SVdP Society Shelby County is a not-for-profit organization established in March 2018 as part of a larger international Society of St. Vincent dePaul.

The local Society welcomes new volunteers. Additional information is posted on social media through the Society of St. Vincent dePaul Shelby IN Facebook page, the website, or by email to or telephone, 317-395-7027.

“We are committed to serving all of you even in the midst of these new challenges,” said Carrier. “We are grateful for your continued support.”