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National Pie Day Freebies and Deals 2020

If it weren’t for Charlie Papazian, we wouldn’t have National Pie Day to celebrate. Papazian, an American nuclear engineer, teacher and an absolute pie lover, declared Jan. 23 (his birthday) to be National Pie Day. And we should all be thankful for that.

Pies are delicious, we can all agree. From pumpkin, to pecan, to apple, to all sorts of different kinds, everyone can find something that they truly love. So to celebrate this delicious holiday, we’ve rounded up the best deals and freebies available at your favorite restaurants and bakeries. Plus, we surveyed 1,000 Americans (via Google surveys) to find out their favorite pie and broke it down by state. And last but not least, we’re sharing an apple pie recipe from one of our favorite bloggers.

National Pie Day Survey Results

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National Pie Day Deals & Freebies

Disclaimer: Please read all coupon details and call your local restaurant to make sure the offer is eligible for your location.

Bakers Square: Get $2 off whole pies for National Pie Day. The deal runs from Jan. 20 to Jan. 23. You can also get a free slice of pie every Wednesday with any entrée and beverage purchase.

Coco’s Bakery Restaurants: Get a free slice of pie every Wednesday when you purchase an entrée after 11 a.m.

Grand Traverse Pie: Get a free slice of pie with any purchase on National Pie Day.

Kohl’s: Kohl’s has a variety of pie pans, dishes and slicers. Go here to see the retailer’s latest promo codes.

Marie Callender’s: Get an appetizer, two entrees and two slices of pie for $25 when you order from their Pair & Share menu.

O’Charley’s: Get a free slice of pie with the purchase of an entrée.

Shari’s: Get a free slice of pie when you join the Shari’s Cafe Club and a free slice on your birthday. Also, get a free slice of pie with the purchase of an entrée every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Sur La Table: Sur La Table has a variety of pie pans and dishes. And use this code to get 15% off any order plus free shipping with email sign up.

Target: Find everything you need to bake a pie at home, from pie pans to ingredients. And get free 2-day shipping on select items over $35.

Village Inn: On Wednesdays, the chain offers a free slice of pie with the purchase of a dine-in entrée. And, get $2 off any whole pie for National Pie Day between Jan. 20-23.

Walmart Grocery: Order frozen pies or all the ingredients you need to make your own pie via Walmart Grocery. Get $10 off on orders over $50.

Impossibly Easy Apple Pie recipe by Melissa Johnson


  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp. sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 1/2 lbs. golden delicious apples [or Granny Smith apples], peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten with 2 tsp. water
  • 4 cups Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 pouch Breyers™ Caramel Flavored Ice Cream Sauce


  • Line 9-inch pie plate with one pie crust. Leave edges overhanging; chill until ready to use.
  • Combine 1/2 cup sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt in large bowl. Add apples and lemon juice and toss to coat. Arrange apples in prepared pie crust, mounding in center. Place second crust over apples and press gently to adhere to lower crust. Fold overhanging crust over; flute edge and cut a small hole in center to vent. Chill 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Brush pie with egg wash. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Place on baking sheet in the lower third of the oven. Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake additional 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, until apples are tender, filling is bubbling and crust is golden. Cool on wire rack before serving.

For more delicious recipes like this one, visit Melissa’s blog Best Friends For Frosting.

Indiana to accept tax filings starting Jan 27

If you want to get your 2019 income taxes done and over with, you'll soon be able to file them with the state.


The Indiana Department of Revenue will start accepting tax filings on Monday, January 27.


Once you get the paperwork done, don't rush to submit it -- make sure the form is complete and correct or your tax return will likely be delayed, IDOR said Thursday.


The deadline to file income taxes is Wednesday, April 15.

Century and Half Century award application deadline February 10

The Governor’s Century and Half Century Business Awards honor Indiana businesses that have remained in operation for 50 to 100 plus years and have demonstrated a history of community service.


Indiana companies that have been in operation for 50 to 99 years and meet program criteria are eligible for the Half Century Award. Indiana companies that have been in operation for 100 years or more and meet program criteria are eligible for the Century Award. Award winners will receive a commemorative certificate and be recognized at a ceremony at the Statehouse.


Each business must have had continuous operations in Indiana for at least 50 or 100 years by December 31, 2019. Companies that have been in business for more than 50 or 100 years are welcome to apply for an award.


In 2019, the Chamber joined Chamber members at the Governor's celebration of Indiana businesses. Sandman Brothers, Inc. was recognized with a Century Award celebrating 100 years in business. The Cancer Association of Shelby County, Runnebohm Construction Co. and MHP Foundation were each recognized with a Half Century award.


A company may only receive Century or Half Century business recognition from the State of Indiana one time. Half Century Award recipients may later qualify for a Century Award. By completing an application the company certifies that it has not previously received the award for which it is applying.


The following link to the application and criteria for these awards can be found here:


The Shelby County Chamber would like to celebrate our Indiana-based member businesses at this event in 2020. The event will be hosted at the Statehouse in March/April of 2020. Participants will be notified of the date and time 6-8 weeks in advance. Let’s have a great showing to honor the organizations that have achieved these member milestones.


Application acceptance begins in January. Applications are due by February 10, 2020. Please let the Chamber know if you have questions or need assistance.

Health officials offer tips to prevent birth defects

Birth defects are the second-leading cause of infant deaths in Indiana, and about 2,500 Indiana babies are born with birth defects each year. Congenital malformations, such as cardiovascular, chromosomal, central nervous system and musculoskeletal defects, contributed to about one in five infant deaths in Indiana in 2018.


Governor Eric J. Holcomb has made having the lowest infant mortality rate in the Midwest by 2024 a top priority of his administration. To help accomplish this, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is joining with leading prenatal health organizations during National Birth Defects Prevention Month in January to increase awareness of five critical tips to reduce the chances of having a baby with a birth defect.


“While we can’t prevent all birth defects, we can increase a woman’s chance of having a healthy baby by helping her to be healthier when she conceives,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. 


The National Birth Defects Prevention Network’s awareness campaign theme, “Best for You. Best for Baby,” aims to raise awareness of these five tips:


  1. Take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day. Folic acid is very important because it can help prevent some major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine.
  2. Schedule a visit with your healthcare provider before stopping or starting any medicine. There are often benefits to continuing treatment throughout pregnancy. Discussing a treatment plan before a pregnancy allows a woman and her healthcare provider to weigh the pros and cons of all options to keep mom and baby as healthy as possible.
  3. Become up-to-date with all vaccines, including the flu shot. Having the right vaccinations, like the influenza and Tdap vaccines, at the right time during pregnancy can help keep a woman and her baby healthy.
  4. Before you get pregnant, try to reach a healthy weight. Obesity increases the risk for several serious birth defects and other pregnancy complications.
  5. Avoid harmful substances during pregnancy, such as alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. There is no known safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy, and exposure to alcohol can cause significant birth defects. Smoking during pregnancy can cause dangerous chemicals to damage the placenta and/or reach the baby’s bloodstream, and the opioid epidemic has led to a sharp increase in neonatal abstinence syndrome, premature birth and drug withdrawal in developing babies.


ISDH encourages health advocates as well as the general public to be active participants in National Birth Defects Prevention Month, which is also supported by experts from the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, March of Dimes, Teratology Society and MotherToBaby.


The complete 2020 NBDPN Birth Defects Prevention Month information packet, including this year’s primary prevention tips, is available online at All materials can be printed, electronically conveyed or added to websites for distribution as needed. Additionally, resources are available through the ISDH Liv app, a mobile application for women who are pregnant, parenting or planning to be pregnant. It is available for Apple and Android users by searching for Liv Pregnancy App.


Visit the Indiana State Department of Health at or follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at

2019: Businesses plan 27,000+ new Hoosier jobs with record-high average wages; Shelby, Hancock, area companies

Today, Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced the end of a third consecutive, record-breaking year for economic development in Indiana, with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) securing 296 commitments from companies to locate or grow in the state. Together, these businesses plan to invest more than $8.44 billion in their Indiana operations and create up to 27,137 new Hoosier jobs with average wages of $28.60/hour – marking the highest annual records for capital investment and average wages since the IEDC was established in 2005.  

“I’m excited to announce yet another record-breaking year for economic development in Indiana as we work every day to ensure that Hoosiers have the best place possible to live, work and play,” Gov. Holcomb said. "As a state, we have worked tirelessly to create a nationally ranked, pro-growth business climate, and the results have solidified Indiana's reputation as a global destination for business, creating high-quality career opportunities for Hoosiers in the process."

These 27,137 new positions are expected to offer average wages of $28.60/hour, or nearly $59,500 annually, which is above the U.S. average wage and 21% higher than the state’s average wage of $23.01/hour (BLS, 2018). Moreover, of the 296 commitments made, 216 have committed average wages at or above the county average wage, and 56 are between 80-99% of the county average wage. 

Businesses announcing the largest growth commitments, based on the number of new jobs or capital investment planned, in 2019 were:

Growth Trends: 

  • NEW TO INDIANA: The IEDC, in partnership with local communities, secured 80 commitments from businesses in 2019 to establish new operations in Indiana. Of these, 18 were new companies committing to locate startup operations in Indiana, and 62 were companies already established and headquartered elsewhere in the U.S. or around the world; together, they plan to invest $2.04 billion and create up to 9,141 new jobs in Indiana.

    Commitments include: Arizona Isotopes (Arizona-based, Miami County), Energizer Holdings Inc. (Missouri-based, Johnson County), Great Lakes Lamination (startup, Elkhart County), Grinds (California-based, Hamilton County), LifeNet Health (Virginia-based, Hendricks County), PerceptIn (California-based, Hamilton County), Sequel Wire and Cable Company (startup, Marshall County), Sims Bark Co. (Alabama-based, Jackson County), and Opus Packaging (Michigan-based, Boone County).
  • FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT: Indiana is home to more than 1,030 foreign-owned business establishments that together support 203,000 Hoosier jobs – a number that continues to grow. In 2019, 38 foreign-owned businesses headquartered in 17 countries and territories committed to locating or growing in Indiana. Together, these firms plan to invest $3.1 billion in Indiana and create up to 6,022 new jobs, accounting for 22% of the total new jobs committed in 2019.  

    Commitments include: BraunAbility (Sweden, Hamilton County), Cormo USA (Switzerland, Rush County)DOT America (Germany, Whitley County), Greenleaf Foods, SPC (Canada, Shelby County), Indiana Wheel Corporation (China, Marshall County), Ingram Micro Services (China, Hendricks County), Magna Powertrain (Canada, Delaware County), Marbach America (Germany, LaPorte County), Multimatic (Canada, Allen County), OSR Inc. (Japan, Bartholomew County), Saab (Sweden, Tippecanoe County), SDI LaFarga (Spain, Allen County), Sullair (Japan, LaPorte County), and Yamaha Marine Precision Propellers (Japan, Hancock County).
  • LIFE SCIENCES: In 2019, the IEDC secured 43 commitments (+60% from 2018) from life sciences companies to locate or expand in Indiana. Together, these businesses plan to invest more than $968 million (+89% from 2018) and create up to 3,631 new jobs (+94% from 2018) in Indiana.

    Commitments include: Abbott (Hamilton County), Catalent (Monroe County), Expert RN|MD (Marion County), Hill-Rom Services (Ripley County), LifeNet Health (Hendricks County), Mach Medical (Whitley County), Micropulse Inc. (Whitley County), Nexxt Spine (Hamilton County), and PharmaCord (Clark County).
  • MANUFACTURING: This year, 160 manufacturers committed to investing more than $5.3 billion to grow their operations here and create up to 14,433 new Hoosier jobs with average salaries above the state’s average wage. These job commitments, which account for 61% of the total 27,137 new jobs committed in 2019, represent growth plans across a number of manufacturing sub-sectors, such as automotive and RV, steel, food and beverage, hardwoods and machinery.  

    Commitments include: Allison Transmission (Marion County), Auto Truck Group (Allen County), Cummins Inc. (Bartholomew County), Common Collabs (Starke County), Creative Works (Morgan County), Franke Plating Works (Allen County), GCI Slingers (Boone County), (Clark County), Magna Powertrain (Delaware County), Poynter Sheet Metal (Johnson County), SDI LaFarga (Allen County), and SoChatti (Marion County).
  • TECHNOLOGY: In 2019, 44 tech and tech-enabled firms committed to growing in Indiana, planning to create up to 3,851 new jobs (accounting for nearly 15% of the total jobs committed) with average annual wages exceeding $76,000 for new positions. 

    Commitments include: ActiveCampaign (Marion County), Accutech Systems (Delaware County), Anvl (Hamilton County), LHP Engineering Solutions (Bartholomew County), MetaCX (Marion County), and Zotec Partners (Hamilton County).
  • SMALL BUSINESS: Along with these 27,137 committed jobs, the IEDC also works to support entrepreneurs and small businesses through the Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). In 2019, the Indiana SBDC assisted in 406 new business starts and in the creation of 4,360 new jobs. Additionally, the Indiana PTAC registered 312 new clients and helped secure more than $162 million in federal government contracts that allowed businesses to grow and create 433 new jobs for Hoosiers.

IEDC incentives offered for these 296 commitments are conditional, meaning a company must create new jobs or provide workforce training in order to be eligible to receive incentives, and are based on new payroll for Hoosiers in order to protect taxpayer money while simultaneously attracting high-wage jobs and new investment to the state. The IEDC offered an average incentive of $0.21/new payroll dollar committed in 2019. 
About IEDC
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, helping businesses launch, grow and locate in the state. Governed by a 15-member board chaired by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, innovation and entrepreneurship resources, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit


Salvation Army looks to year-end gifts to help fund 2020 programs

With 2020 just days away, The Salvation Army is hopeful that year-end giving will make a big impact in communities across the state. Red kettle donations were down across the state, but these late-December donations can help ensure that life changing programs are able to continue into the new year.


In the United States, around 30% of all annual giving takes place during the month of December. For many Salvation Army locations, a large portion of their annual budgets are supported by the annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign and charitable donations made in last weeks of the year. These donations include cash and personal checks, corporate and foundation gifts, and gifts of stocks, mutual funds, and federally-mandated IRA distributions.
"We've built up some amazing programs across Indiana," said Major Bob Webster, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army in Indiana. "Everything from a world-class summer camp for low-income kids to our Pathway of Hope program, which is helping families break the cycle of poverty. These programs are dependent on the generosity of donors in every county in Indiana, because they serve Hoosiers from every zip code."


Year-end gifts can be designated to help a single county, community, facility, or program. Donors are able to earmark gifts for services like emergency assistance or food pantries. They can also ask that funds are used specifically to help children attend summer camp at Hidden Falls Camp or to help adults seeking treatment at the Harbor Light Center. Both of these Salvation Army facilities serve residents from every corner of the state.
Donors who are interested in making a year-end gift can contact the Indiana Divisional Headquarters in Indianapolis at (800) 589-1037 or find their local Salvation Army by visiting The easiest way to give is to visit the Ways to Give page on The Salvation Army's website:


Both designated and undesignated gifts can be sent through the mail to:


The Salvation Army Indiana Division

6060 Castleway West Drive

Indianapolis, IN 46250
Thank you to all the donors and volunteers who made 2019 such a wonderful year. Because of their efforts, The Salvation Army helped displaced people find shelter, hungry families put food on the table, and at-risk children rediscover the joys of childhood. There will always be need in Indiana, but The Salvation Army is dedicated to continue serving Hoosiers and giving them hope for better days ahead.

Final call for Shelbyville leaf pick-up

The City of Shelbyville Street Department says the leaf machine will stop running on Friday, January 3 for the season. 


Shelbyville residents can call the Street Department from now until next Friday to request pick up. 


After January 3, leaves will have to be bagged in paper bags for pickup. 


Call 317-392-5169 for scheduling.

DNR says no ice is safe ice

With the recent snowfall and dropping temperatures, Indiana Conservation Officers advise being mindful of the potential hazards of frozen lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.


It’s also important to keep a watchful eye on neighborhood retention ponds, lakes and other waterways for others who may venture out and find themselves in trouble.


Every winter, thousands of Hoosiers safely enjoy fishing, skating, hiking, or just sliding around on frozen ponds and lakes. And every year, people drown after falling through ice.


Just like  driving differently on snow versus clear roads, some may need to re-learn how to safely have fun on ice.


Put safety first. The best rule of thumb is, when thinking about getting on the ice, believe it is thin ice unless proven otherwise.


Here are a few tips to remember when considering standing on or walking on a frozen lake or pond: 

  1. No ice is safe ice.
  2. Test the thickness of the ice with an ice auger. At least 4 inches of ice is recommended for ice fishing; 5 inches is recommended for snowmobiling.
  3. If you don’t know the thickness of the ice, don‘t go on it.
  4. Wear life jackets or flotation coats.
  5. Carry ice hooks and rope gear.
  6. Before going on the ice, leave a note of your whereabouts with a friend or family member.
  7. Don’t test the thickness of the ice while alone.

Wearing a life jacket is especially important when on the ice. If you fall through, a life jacket will keep your head above the water until help arrives.


The coating of snow that Indiana just received can make for treacherous ice conditions. The snow can insulate the ice, causing it to freeze at a slower rate. When snow and rain freeze into ice, it is never as strong as solid, clear ice.


If you see a pet or other animal in distress on the ice, do not go after it. Doing so can often end in tragedy. Instead, contact your local emergency response personnel, who are equipped to make a rescue.


Some bodies of water will appear to be frozen solid but actually can have thin ice in several potentially unexpected areas. Flowing water, such as rivers and streams, should be avoided when covered by a layer of ice. Water that is surrounded by sand may freeze with inconsistencies in the thickness of the ice.


Underground springs, wind, waterfowl and other animals can also keep areas of ice thin.

Robinson awarded Lilly Endowment Scholarship by Blue River Community Foundation

Blue River Community Foundation submitted the following article announcing the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship for Shelby County - Maddie Robinson.


Blue River Community Foundation (BRCF) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship for Shelby County. This prestigious award grants full tuition to any accredited public or private college or university in Indiana. In addition, it provides an annual stipend of $900 for required books and equipment.


Madeline (Maddie) E. Robinson is the Class of 2020 recipient for Shelby County. Maddie is the daughter of Rebecca and Heath Robinson. She will graduate in May from Waldron Jr./ Sr. High School and plans to attend Marian University to pursue a degree in nursing.



At the time of application, Maddie was ranked second in her graduating class and her GPA was 3.92 on a 4.0 scale. She is involved in several extracurricular activities including; National Honor Society (Vice President), Student Council (President), Sunshine Society (President), HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America), basketball, volleyball and softball. In addition, she is an active community volunteer who has served in various capacities for Waldron United Methodist Church, Shelby Senior Services, and her school community. Maddie is also employed at Especially Kidz as a certified nursing assistant.


Maddie’s dedication to pursuing a career in nursing is not only demonstrated through her current employment, but also with the academic track she committed to prior to high school.


After learning of Maddie’s selection, Whitney Moore, Waldron Jr./Sr. High School (WHS) Counselor, stated, “Maddie has been determined to enter the medical field in some way as long as I have known her. She approached me her freshman year to ask if we could arrange her four years at WHS to accommodate for 3 years (instead of our normal 2) at Blue River Career Programs (BRCP) in the Health Science programs and internship. Maddie has taken classes every summer to keep up with the requirements of the Academic Honors and Technical Honors Diplomas and provide flexibility to attend the career center. She has done internships and job shadowing to solidify her plans for life after high school and college. She is a highly motivated individual who is passionate about serving others and making a difference in the world, which she demonstrates regularly in her extracurricular involvements.”


The Foundation’s competitive selection process for this scholarship begins with an online application. Students must provide a written essay, two letters of recommendation, and a scholastic profile completed by their school counselor. Meaningful community involvement, extracurricular activities, academic history and commitment, character, and the student’s potential for success are also considered by the BRCF scholarship committee during the application evaluation process. Without question, selecting a student for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship continues to be a difficult decision for BRCF’s Scholarship Selection Committee.


According to Julie Alvis, Youth and Education Program Officer for BRCF, the committee evaluated a total of 55 fully completed, qualifying applications for the 2020 scholarship. “Shelby County students continue to impress the members of our scholarship committee. In addition to excelling academically, these students are leaders that are contributing to our community.”


After thorough review of each application, which the Foundation’s scholarship committee does in the blind (applicant’s names are removed from viewing during this phase of the selection process), eight finalists were selected for a personal interview. Selection criteria considered during the interview include determination, decision making skills, knowledge of what is required to succeed in college and the ability to apply that knowledge, goal orientation and evidence of life planning, and intellectual curiosity in the student’s chosen field.


In addition to Maddie, Alexandra Carter (Shelbyville High School), Catherine (McKenna) Hall (Shelbyville High School), Brooke Haney (Triton Central High School), Karmen Kissell (Southwestern High School), Reid Schene (Shelbyville High School), Joshua von Werder (Shelbyville High School), and Landon Watson (Shelbyville High School) were also interviewed for the scholarship. Due to their exceptional academic and personal achievements, these seven students will receive a four-year renewable scholarship from one of the 90 funds administered by BRCF.


Independent Colleges of Indiana oversees the administration of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program and provides final review and selection of the recipients. ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 30 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state and oversees the administration of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.


Since the program’s inception in 1998, 4,769 students have been awarded over $405M in full-tuition scholarships; including the 23rd cohort.


The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are:

1. to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana

2. to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities

3. to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Rental fraud pervasive among home, vacation property listings, Better Business Bureau study shows

The place seems like a dream come true: the right space, the right location, the right price. But is it really for rent? Or will the renter or traveler arrive to find their money gone with nowhere to stay? 


An in-depth investigative study by Better Business Bureau (BBB) finds that fraud is widespread in the online rental home and vacation rental market, with 43% of online shoppers encountering a fake listing and more than 5 million consumers losing money to such scams. 


The investigative study -- Is That Rental Listing Real? A BBB Study of Rental Scams Involving Apartments, Houses and Vacation Properties -- notes that 85% of consumers encountering fake rental listings do not fall for them. However, these figures suggest that the volume of rental scams lurking on the internet is staggering. Get the full study at


According to the study, rental scams can take several forms, but perhaps most commonly, fraudsters simply copy the photo and description of a property, post it online with their own contact information and try to get a deposit and first month’s rent from the victim. The fraudster may communicate only by email or text message and may claim to be out of the country and unavailable to show the property. Once the victim sends money, the fraudster disappears. 


In less common types of fraud, victims may be enticed to buy an online directory of homes supposedly for rent, or they may be tricked into signing up for credit monitoring that comes with recurring monthly charges. 


“While an advertised rental that meets your needs at a great price might be tempting, it may just be a scam,” said Tim Mansicalo, BBB Central Indiana President and CEO. “Consumers shouldn’t rush into paying upfront fees for renting housing sight-unseen. Instead, take time to verify the details of listings.” 


BBB Scam Tracker has received more than 1,300 reports of rental fraud from 2016 to 2019, while the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) reports more than $37 million from January 1, 2019, through October 20, 2019, in losses associated with complaints that mention the word “rent.” 


Many consumers look for rental listings on free classified listing sites like Craigslist in the U.S. and Kijiji in Canada, as well as Facebook Marketplace. They also check websites such as, Zillow, Trulia, and Fake listings turn up frequently on these sites, despite the companies’ efforts to keep scam listings off their sites and warn consumers about potential fraud. The study finds that while the most fraud reports come from the largest metropolitan areas, no geographic area in North America appears to be safe from it. 


One Indianapolis woman lost more than $1,000 to a scammer that posed as an actual property management company. The scammer duplicated the company’s rental listing and took advantage of how large property management companies show rentals. By using a website called Rently, a self-showing solution for residential rental vacancies, the scammer was able to intercept the process and provide the woman with a lockbox code to view the property. The property manager contacted her after she visited a property, but the scammer acted quickly before anyone caught on by pressuring her to make a deposit via money order. 


Scams also frequently appear on vacation rental websites such as Airbnb, VRBO and They follow the same pattern, preying on vacationers’ inability to check out a listing before paying money for it. Cases also have been noted of scammers luring a renter away from Airbnb to deal with the “landlord” directly or spoofing Airbnb’s site to impersonate the landlord and the company’s payment portal. These companies likewise have warned consumers about potential fraud and taken steps against fake listings. 


Rental fraud often is committed by Nigerian criminal gangs that participate in other types of fraud. Law enforcement efforts have targeted perpetrators of a variety of rental fraud. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took action against a company that fraudulently sold credit monitoring that allegedly was required before a consumer could tour a rental property, while another company selling a fake directory of “pre-foreclosure” homes was successfully prosecuted in federal court. 

In addition to warning consumers of red flags that may signal apartment or vacation rental scams, the report recommends: 


  • Rental unit owners should watermark photos used for rental postings, which will make it more difficult for scammers to copy photos of other properties posted online.  

  • Website platforms that list houses, apartments and vacation properties should make extra effort to screen for bogus listings, and they should explore ways to allow consumers to easily report scam listings. 

  • Police should encourage victims to report not only to the rental platform, but also to the FTC, BBB, and IC3. 

What to do if you are the victim of a rental scam: 

Online form intended to help fight Social Security scams

Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, and Gail S. Ennis, the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration, have announced the launch of a dedicated online form at to receive reports from the public of Social Security-related scams.


These scams—in which fraudulent callers mislead victims into making cash or gift card payments to avoid arrest for purported Social Security number problems—skyrocketed over the past year to become the #1 type of fraud reported to the Federal Trade Commission and the Social Security Administration.


To combat these scams, Social Security and the OIG will use the new online form to capture data that will be analyzed for trends and commonalities. The OIG will use the data to identify investigative leads, which could help identify criminal entities or individuals participating in or facilitating the scams. Ultimately, these efforts are expected to disrupt the scammers, help reduce this type of fraud, and reduce the number of victims.


Commissioner Saul and Inspector General Ennis encourage the public to use the new online form to report Social Security phone scams including robocalls and live callers, as well as email, text, and in-person scams. The form allows people to create a unique Personal Identification Number (PIN), so if OIG contacts a person about their report, they will know the call is legitimate.


Social Security employees do occasionally contact people--generally those who have ongoing business with the agency--by telephone for business purposes. However, Social Security employees will never threaten a person, or promise a Social Security benefit approval, or increase, in exchange for information or money. In those cases, the call is fraudulent and people should just hang up.

Generally, the agency mainly calls people who have recently applied for a Social Security benefit, someone who is already receiving payments and requires an update to their record, or a person who has requested a phone call from the agency. If a person is not in one of these situations, they normally would not receive a call from the agency.


The Social Security OIG will also continue to take reports of fraud, waste, and abuse in Social Security's programs and operations. A separate online form for those reports remains available at their website.


Online shopping this holiday season? Be sure to stay safe

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) is partnering with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to encourage online shoppers to be extra vigilant to protect their important financial data.


The holidays offer cybercriminals the perfect opportunity to steal sensitive data and turn it into cash by either draining financial accounts, charging credit cards, creating new accounts or even using stolen identities to file a fraudulent tax return for a refund.


“We all need to proceed with a heightened sense of awareness during the holiday season to protect our financial and personal information,” said DOR Commissioner Adam Krupp. “Please don’t let your guard down, especially during the season of giving, because cybercriminals, in particular, are looking to prey upon Hoosier consumers.”


The IRS and DOR have several tips to help individuals protect themselves while shopping online:

  • Avoid unprotected Wi-Fi. Unprotected, public Wi-Fi hotspots may allow thieves to view transactions causing a huge risk if you make any online purchases or financial transactions.
  • Shop at familiar online retailers. Generally, sites with the “s” designation in “https” at the start of the URL are secure. Be sure to also look for the “lock” icon in the browser’s URL bar.
  • Learn to recognize and avoid phishing emails. Look for misspellings and bad grammar. Never click on links or attachments from unknown or suspicious sources and remember, neither DOR nor the IRS uses email to send or request sensitive information.
  • Keep a clean machine. Use security software to protect against malware that may steal data and viruses that may damage files. Set it to update automatically, so your device always has the latest security defenses.
  • Use strong and unique passwords. Be sure to use different passwords for each account and use a password manager if necessary. Experts suggest a minimum of 10 characters.
  • Use multi-factor authentication. If it is offered, set up your multi-factor authentication for accounts. This means that users may need a security code, usually sent as a text to a mobile phone, in addition to usernames and passwords.
  • Encrypt and password-protect sensitive data. If keeping financial records, tax returns or any personally identifiable information on computers, encrypt this data and use a strong password.

To learn more about how to prevent identity theft, visit DOR’s website at and click on “Stop ID theft” on the menu.

Black Friday concert deals

Old National Centre is offering special deals on all-in tickets (tickets with fees included in the price) for Black Friday!


Tickets to 20 upcoming shows are available for $15 and $25.


To take advantage of the deal, use the passcode BLACK.


The deal runs from Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 8 a.m. and until Monday, Dec. 2 at 11:59 p.m.


Tickets available for $25 include:


- Steel Panther, Nov. 29

- Straight No Chaser, Dec. 8

- Nick Jr. Live!, Jan. 4 and 5

- Yacht Rock Revue, Jan 10 and 11

- Sublime with Rome, Jan. 18

- Alter Bridge, Feb. 9

- Little Big Town, Feb. 22

- Opeth, Feb. 25

- One Night of Queen, March 31

- Scooby-Doo! Live, May 9 and 10

- Whose Live Anyway?, May 17


Tickets for $15 include the following shows:


- Led Zeppelin 2, Jan. 17

- Ultimate '80s Party ft. Tiffany, Feb. 1

- The Motels, Bow Wow Wow & More, Feb. 14


For a full list of shows and more information, visit .

Shelbyville High Apartments launches long awaited major historic restoration and renovation - and changes its name too

Purple Vetch Properties, LLC, the long term owner and developer of Shelbyville High Apartments – now re-christened as “Old Shelby High Apartments” - announces the recent consummation of a partnership with lender Sterling Bank, based in St. Louis and Cherry Tree Group, LLC a tax Credit advisory Firm from Boston that is infusing equity into the project from the purchase and sale of low income housing and historic tax credits. The 49 unit apartment complex offering one, two and three bedroom apartments will now be rent and income restricted for individuals and families who earn between 50 and 60 percent of the area median income, and thereby qualify under low income housing tax credit requirements. Over the course of the next 8+ months, the project will continue to be renovated through the proceeds of the sale of Low Income Housing and Federal Historic tax Credits and Tax Exempt Bonds which all of which will help to preserve the property as affordable housing for up to 40 years. The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) awarded the bonds and low-income housing tax credits to the ownership team along with additional resources through its Housing Development Fund.


“We are very excited about this long-awaited and negotiated financing package that has now enabled us to recapitalize and begin to renovate this historic asset and provide decent, safe and affordable housing for a long time in Shelbyville. Our immediate neighborhood and the entire city of Shelbyville will benefit greatly from an upgraded 'Old Shelby High." Stated Mitch Genser, principal of Santa Rosa, CA based Purple Vetch Properties, LLC.



Due to to the early onset of winter, most of the early renovation attention will be on the interior of the building, including apartment unit modernization to kitchen and bathrooms, with new plumbing fixtures and lighting, cabinetry, counter tops, new stainless steel appliances, along with the installation of enhanced heating and cooling systems, all designed for the comfort of our residents and the long term viability of this community. Institutional hallways will be warmly and creatively painted, modern artwork and historical photographs will be displayed, living plants will take advantage of a great deal of natural light of the immense hallways, and even historic Holophane light fixtures reminiscent of the early 1900's will replace inefficient, outdated and unattractive fluorescent light fixtures. An elaborate CCTV camera system has already been installed for the benefit of the residents of the apartment community and installation has begun on an enhanced fire alarm system with state-of-the-art modern fire equipment.



The exterior of the building will benefit from extensive masonry and stonework restoration work, and new gutters and downspouts will be a component of the outside renovations as well. In the springtime, virtually all the windows in the entire building will be replaced with glorious off white historically sensitive windows, exquisite in both form and function. At that time, all exterior doors will be replaced with heavy duty stock, and access control key FOB features will be added to all entrances and egresses to the building. The parking lot will be re-paved, a new dumpster enclosure built and modest, yet tasteful landscaping will be added to the mix.

"This restoration and renovation project of Old Shelby High is going to go a long way towards re-capturing the magnificence of Shelbyville High School that was built in 1911, and remind us all why preserving history is so important and how our modern needs can be embedded in such an iconic historic cornerstone in our community." Stated Mitch Genser, President of Santa Rosa, CA based Purple Vetch Properties, LLC.


The construction management company overseeing the renovation process is Rasner Enterprises, Inc., a company with over 30 years’ experience in residential housing and a particular commitment to this building, having previously owned Old Shelby High immediately prior to Purple Vetch Properties, LLC. “I am excited to be involved in this renovation having had aspirations of bringing this facility back to its once glorious stature, and now, through my business, Rasnser Enterprises, LLC, I get to participate in this process. I’ve worked with the Mitch Genser for almost 8 years, and it’s my honor to work with such a dedicated owner and developer and I am certain that the ultimate outcome will reflect our strong relationship and collaboration.” Stated Bill Rasner, President, Rasner Enterprises, Inc.




The building is now managed by Moynahan Williams, Inc. (MWI), a property management company based in Indianapolis with vast experience in Section 42 low income housing communities and has employed two very talented long time Shelbyville residents who serve as onsite property manager and maintenance person.


There will be a grand 're-opening' public event later in 2020 when the bulk of the renovations are complete, but in the meantime, Old Shelby High is very much open for business.

Shelby County Players to convert former bowling alley to theatre home

Shelby County Players, Inc. has purchased the former 44 Bowl Bowling Alley located at 1416 Miller Ave to become SCP’s “forever home.” 


The adaptive reuse of the building will create anintimate auditorium with seating for 144 and a full-sized stage with wing space and dressing rooms.  Included in the build-out andrenovation will be a lobby, box office,set construction & painting area, props storage, costume storage, an office as well as a green room.


Shelby County Players, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit, has been providing live theatre experiences in Shelby County for more than 30 years.  In 1988, SCP performed their first production on the 2nd floor of Fiddler’s Three.  In 1992, they occupied the Shelbyville Community Theatre on South Tompkins Street which they called home for 18 years.


In 2010, SCP moved their performances to the Strand Theatre and utilized a myriad of spaces around town for set construction, rehearsal, storage and office space.  For the past six years, SCP has been leasing the former 44 Bowl as their primary rehearsal, office and storage space. 


Acquisition and completion of this project will help SCP expand their educational programming and artistic collaborations.   


President David Fisher: “We see this project as a catalyst to help re-vitalize Shelbyville’s west corridor.  The facility will be a one-of-a-kind and something the community will be proud of.  The Strand Theatre has been a good partner for our performances and SCP will continue to hold performances at the Strand until additional funding is secured and renovations are completed.”

Researcher: Holiday spending should continue climbing as economy expands

Americans consumers will continue to spend at unprecedented levels during the holiday shopping season because the economy continues to expand, says Ball State University economist Steve Horwitz.


How much of a climb may also depend on economic and political factors now in play, he added.


Horwitz, the Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise, points out that the National Retail Federation (NRF) recently released its prediction for retail sales for the 2019 holiday season. Excluding car dealerships, gas stations, and restaurants, NRF foresee a 3.8 to 4.2 percent increase in spending compared to the 2018 season. This exceeds the roughly 3.7 percent average annual increase over the last five years, he said.


“The consistent growth in holiday retail sales is a reflection of both the long-term growth in the U.S. economy and its relatively strong performance over the last few years,” Horwitz said. “Americans have more disposable income to spend on holiday gifts, decorations, and parties. This indicates that we have become increasingly able to meet our basic wants for food, shelter, and clothing and can afford to spend on gifts, entertainment, and fun, whether for the winter holidays or everything from Valentine’s Day to Halloween.


“Our larger indulgences in these celebrations is a sign of progress and prosperity.”


The economist also believes that, in the short-term, wage growth and low unemployment are likely to encourage consumer spending this season, despite increasing economic uncertainty due to everything from tariffs to political instability.


“Increased consumer spending does not necessarily mean that people are better off if that spending is due to higher prices caused by tariffs,” Horwitz said.


“If some of the increase in retail sales is a result of the tariffs, it reflects losses to households who are getting fewer goods and services for the amount they are spending.


“Finally, the effects of uncertainty created by the impeachment process are hard to account for. If households become increasingly concerned about political instability, it may reduce their willingness to spend and cause retail sales to fall short of the NRF estimate.”

Blue River Community Foundation scholarship apps available

The application for 2020 Blue River Community Foundation (BRCF) scholarship opportunities is available on the BRCF website:


The deadline to submit an application is January 15, 2020.


High school graduating seniors planning to pursue vocational or undergraduate studies, current college students, graduate students, and adults pursuing or finishing a college degree are eligible to apply. One unique feature to BRCF’s application process is that applicants complete one application to qualify for all scholarship opportunities for which they are eligible. Specific criteria, requirements, and instructions for applying, as well as a list of scholarships available through the application process, are listed in the BRCF Scholarship Resource Guide for Students located on the Foundation’s website under the Scholarshipstab.


Since 1994, BRCF has invested over $5.4 million in students pursuing post-secondary education. This amount represents $2 million which has been awarded to Shelby County’s 38 Lilly Endowment

Community Scholarship recipients and is made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc., as well as, $3.4 million awarded to students from BRCF Scholarship Funds. In fact, last spring alone 126 students claimed 163 scholarships totaling $297,650 in awards from 76 scholarship funds administered by BRCF. These scholarship funds are made possible through the generosity of our donors who recognize the tremendous need for assistance in meeting the costs of higher education.


For more information on BRCF’s scholarship application process, please contact Julie Alvis

at 317.392.7955 ext. 102 or by email at


Harvest time safety

With the heavy rain Indiana received late this spring and early summer, crop harvest is running late this year.


The Indiana State Police would like to remind motorists that harvest time is in full swing and it’s time to watch out for farm equipment on our roadways.  


The Indiana State Police offers the below safety tip reminders.


Tips for farmers:

  • Have all lighting and placards on your equipment as required by law.
  • When parking equipment along the road while in the field, make certain it’s visible especially at night.
  • Avoid traveling on state and U.S. highways during rush hour traffic.
  • Wear reflective or Hi-Viz clothing when working in low light conditions, so as to be seen by motorists and farm workers.
  • Indiana Code 9-21-5-7, Motor vehicles driven at a slow speed impeding or blocking traffic, requires operators of vehicles being driven on a roadway of not more than one lane in each direction, at a speed below the posted limit, to move over to the right at their first opportunity if three or more vehicles are following, to allow those vehicles to safely pass.

Tips for motorists:

  • Be patient when traveling behind farm equipment; farmers have the same rights as automobile drivers to operate their equipment on the roads.
  • When approaching farm equipment from the opposite direction, pull to the right of the traveled portion of the road and allow the equipment to pass.
  • Always be cautious when approaching farm equipment parked on the side of the road. Someone may be getting into or out of the equipment or performing maintenance.
  • Be especially vigilant in watching for farm equipment on two lane roads and around dusk when conditions can make the equipment harder to see.

Shelbyville's Santa Protectors presented with donation

Centra Credit Union is donating $2,500 to Shelbyville's Santa Protectors.


This donation is one of 41 grants of $2,500 each to non-profits within the communities Centra serves, totaling more than $100,000 in donations throughout Central and Southern Indiana.


Centra Team Members were asked to nominate the non-profits they feel passionate about
supporting, and one non-profit was selected for each branch and department within Centra.


The team from the Shelbyville branch nominated Santa Protectors, a group that raises
money to take underprivileged children Christmas shopping.


“Centra Team Members love being able to support the causes they care about through this
program, and we are proud to be able to support the communities we serve with these
donations,” said Centra Community Involvement Officer Jenni Carr. “We chose to support
many local non-profits, along with a few national organizations like the American Red Cross
and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.”

Selected organizations are currently being notified of the donations with the funds being
delivered to the selected non-profits by the end of November.

“These wonderful organizations support a similar mission and serve the local communities
where Centra has a presence. Credit Unions were built on the premise of People Helping
People, and we are excited to provide support to these causes,” Centra President and CEO
Rick Silvers said.

Indiana Grown for Schools unveils local Food Buyer's Guide

To close out National Farm to School Month, Indiana Grown and the Indiana State Department of Health unveiled a new resource guide that will help increase schools’ access to fresh, local food products. The event took place today, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (ET), at Franklin Community High School.


“With the large number of school corporations in Indiana, we see tremendous business potential for local farmers and producers to provide homegrown products to local schools,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. “Our hope is that the Buyer’s Guide connects farmers, buyers and schools and makes it easier to get healthy, local produce into Indiana school cafeterias.”


Partnering with Purdue Extension, the new Buyer’s Guide will be the only resource of its kind in the state and will help food service directors find school-ready products grown or raised by local farmers. The project was announced last October as part of the Indiana Grown for Schools initiative and is funded by a farm-to-school grant awarded to ISDH.


“We are fortunate to have a year-long supply of farm-fresh products from our local Indiana growers, and by having this resource for the schools in our state, children can have easier access to fruits and vegetables,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG.


Visit for more information about the Indiana Grown for Schools program.

Indiana State Police seeks recruits for the 80th Recruit Academy

The Indiana State Police is now accepting applications for the 80th Recruit Academy. 


Individuals who are interested in beginning a rewarding career as an Indiana State Trooper must apply online at  This website will provide a detailed synopsis of the application process as well as information on additional career opportunities with the Indiana State Police.


Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 pm (EST) on Sunday, November 3, 2019.  Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted for the 80th Recruit Academy.

Basic Eligibility Requirements and consideration factors for an Indiana State Trooper:


  1. Must be a United States citizen.
  2. Must be at least 21 and less than 40 years of age when appointed as a police employee. (Appointment date is October 1, 2020)
  3. Must meet a minimum vision standard (corrected or uncorrected) of 20/50 acuity in each eye and 20/50 distant binocular acuity in both eyes.
  4. Must possess a valid driver's license to operate an automobile.
  5. Must be willing, if appointed, to reside and serve anywhere within the State of Indiana as designated by the Superintendent.
  6. Must be a high school graduate as evidenced by a diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED).                                                                                

The starting salary for an Indiana State Police Department Recruit is $1,615.39 bi-weekly during the academy training.  At the completion of academy training, the starting salary is $48,000.00 a year.  Recruits of the 80th Recruit Academy are offered an excellent health care plan, which includes medical, dental, vision and pharmacy coverage for both current and retired employees, along with their families, until reaching age 65. 


The Indiana State Police pension program provides a lifetime pension after 25 years of service.  Additionally, the Indiana State Police Department provides comprehensive disability coverage and a life insurance program.  Student loan forgiveness programs are being offered at this time through the following:


Interested applicants can obtain additional information about a career as an Indiana State Trooper by visiting to find the recruiter assigned to your area.

Sandman Brothers recognized for 100 years of service

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is honoring a Shelbyville business for its long history of service. IHS proudly presents Sandman Brothers Inc., at 56 E. Broadway St., with a 2019 Centennial Business Award. The company will be recognized at IHS’s annual Founders Day dinner, Monday, Nov. 4, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.


Sandman Brothers Inc. is known for selling cars, but the company got its start in 1918 as the Sandman Tire and Bicycle Shop. Chester and Bill Sandman founded the shop on East Washington Street in Shelbyville before eventually branching out to automobiles. After Bill’s passing, Chester decided to focus all his efforts into the automobile store, with the Broadway location serving customers for the past 80 years.



Today, three generations of Sandmans have played a role in the company’s success. Larry Sandman, Chester’s son, joined the business in 1961, and now, Larry’s sons, Burke, Brent and Blake, all work for Sandman Brothers.


As the business looks to the future, it is celebrating 100 years of successes and accomplishments. Along with the Centennial Business Award, Sandman Brothers celebrated as Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBraun issued a proclamation recognizing the 100th anniversary in 2018.


For more information about Sandman Brothers, visit


About the Centennial Business Award

The Centennial Business Award is part of the Historic Business Register, founded in 1992 by trustees and members of IHS. It provides special recognition to Indiana companies continually in business for a century or more, encourages the preservation of historically significant business-related archival materials and develops increased awareness of Indiana’s rich business and industrial heritage. The Centennial Business Award is presented annually at IHS’s Founders Day dinner. The event, presented by Hirtle, Callaghan & Co., celebrates the accomplishments of historians, teachers, writers and businesses from around the state, as well as the work of IHS. For more information, call IHS at (317) 232-1882 or visit


About the Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programs. IHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

Major Health Partners (MHP) to offer free lung screenings

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and 8 million current or former smokers are at high risk. To help local individuals who may be at high risk, Major Health Partners and X-Ray Physicians of Shelbyville are partnering to offer free lung screenings during Lung Cancer Awareness month (November) to those who qualify.


Eligibility for the free lung screenings at MHP, includes those who are:

  • smokers or recent former smokers
  • age 55 to 80
  • in general, good health


Lung cancer can be treated if found early. And no matter how much a person smoked, early detection of lung cancer could save someone’s life. Now through the end of November, eligible individuals can call 317.421.5707 or visit to learn more and schedule a free lung scan.

Newly appointed State Fire Marshal Stephen Cox sworn-In

Stephen Cox was sworn-in as the new Indiana State Fire Marshal today among a group of firefighting leadership from around the state. 


The brief swearing-in ceremony was held at the Brownsburg Fire Territory Training Facility and was attended by firefighters and EMS officials from across the state. Cox officially began his role as State Fire Marshal on Monday.


Gov. Eric J. Holcomb appointed Cox as the new Indiana State Fire Marshal on October 1. 


"Chief Cox brings great experience, leadership and vision to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security," Gov. Holcomb said. "I know that as the state's fire marshal he will enhance public safety in the state of Indiana and continue to build partnerships with first responders and all Hoosiers."


As fire chief of the South Bend Fire Department, Cox created a fire training center which has enabled the department to build a robust training program to support the South Bend department as well as other departments in the state. 


Cox takes over for Jim Greeson, who served as Indiana State Fire Marshal for 11 years and retired in September.


The fire marshal leads the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Division of Fire and Building Safety. The division investigates suspicious fires, promotes fire prevention and enforces fire and building safety codes in all public buildings, among other duties.