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Franklin TCE contaminations source of Tuesday meeting with EPA, IDEM

Federal and state environmental workers say they are making progress on cleaning up contaminated soil in Franklin.


Over the last year, two plumes of toxic TCE chemicals have been discovered in the air and water in Franklin. TCE, which is an outdated chemical solvent that was used by manufacturers decades ago, has been linked to common cancers.


One of the plumes originates from where the Amphenol plant used to sit. That area has been under the control of the EPA over the last few months and the agency said at a public meeting on Tuesday night that area has been almost completely cleaned up.


Joe Cisneros, the chief of the Corrective Action Program with the EPA.



The other plume was discovered in the last week. It's coming from the old Hougland Cannery in Franklin, less than a mile from the Amphenol site. That site is under the control of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.


IDEM is still figuring out the logistics of getting that site cleaned up, but the department's lead project coordinator, Kevin Davis, said the cost the clean up is of no concern to IDEM.



Davis predicts they will be able to start cleaning up the Hougland site by the start of next Spring.

Some residents who attended the meeting got to get up close and personal with the information presented by both agencies. Tricia Simmons, who is a cancer survivor, isn't holding a lot of confidence they will get the job done.



Simmons said she has no plans at the moment to move out of Franklin.


IDEM is reviewing its latest batch of groundwater tests right now form the Hougland site and plans to have a full report on those findings out by some time next week.


Two federal lawsuits were filed Tuesday.

Nationally known speaker in Shelbyville Thursday to describe heroin impact on his life

Shelby County Community Corrections Deputy Director Lucy Pettit says Tim Ryan brings a special meesage to Shelbyville for students and adults alike.




The nationally sought after speaker on the opioid pandemic will tell students Thursday about how heroin led to prison time and the loss of his son.  Later that evening, Ryan and his fiance will address the public at Shelbyville High School's Breck Auditorium.



Roncalli mother speaks out, contacts police about son's abuse

The mother of the Roncalli High School student who was bullied by football players says the school has not done enough to punish the players.


In an interview with 93 WIBC's "The Chicks on the Right," Leslie Woodruff says her son Jack -- who has down syndrome, and is the manager of the Roncalli football team -- was harassed by some players in the locker room in September, and the incident was recorded on Snapchat.


When she heard about it, she went to the Dean of Students at Roncalli. The school told Woodruff they did an investigation, and handed down a punishment for the player that recorded the bullying, although the dean had not watched the video.


"The student who took the initial video received an after-school detention, and then was allowed to still play football that weekend," she said.


Woodruff says a few days later, she received a letter in the mail from one of the player's parents.

"It stated that their son had observed Jack being made to do something inappropriate to another football player in the locker room," she said.


That parent then told the school about the details of the bullying. The dean called Woodruff to let her know they received an anonymous tip about the incident, and that they would investigate further.

Woodruff says she talked with her son, who did not initially discuss the details of the incident, because he was threatened. She says after she told Jack about the letter and that someone else saw the bullying, Jack then told her more about what he was forced to do.


The school investigated again, but did not punish the players any further.


The following week, Woodruff pulled her son out of Roncalli.


"Within ten minutes of me sending an email to the school saying Jack was being withdrawn, the dean was on the phone, calling me, just requesting some time to talk about the anonymous report was and to see if I had any further information that I could share with the school," Woodruff said.

She said she filed a police report, and the police are still investigating the incident. She also hired a lawyer, but has not filed a lawsuit against Roncalli.


In a statement on their website, Roncalli President Joe Hollowell says:


"Many of you are aware of the recent news reports regarding an incident that took place in our football locker room involving students including a former Life Academy student. Roncalli staff learned of the alleged incident and reported it to the Department of Child Services. Roncalli and the Archdiocese have been and continue to cooperate with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department during this ongoing investigation.


While we do not discuss disciplinary consequences enforced in response to the actions of individual students, please know that any student responsible for bullying and/or inappropriate conduct toward another student has been and will be disciplined appropriately, as outlined in the Parent-Student Handbook. Thus far, disciplinary measures have been taken, including suspension, and one student is no longer enrolled at Roncalli. Following the outcome of the ongoing police investigation, further disciplinary action may be taken.


The safety and well-being of every student is of utmost importance to us, and we remain committed to continuously seeking ways to improve practices and procedures related to student safety. We remain confident that Roncalli offers an exceptional educational and faith formation experience in a safe, secure environment.


Please join me in praying for all of our young people and their families."

Safely enjoy your Thanksgiving food, prep and consumption

Cooking and eating lots of food.  It serves as a theme for the Thanksgiving holiday.  But remember to do it safely.


Chris Bernstein is a food safety educator with USDA.  He says food safety starts in the preparation.



If you’re going to stuff you’re bird to cook it, Bernstein says be aware of the proper temperature throughout your bird.



And Bernstein has some leftover notes, especially if you’re food is traveling with you.



Get into trouble cooking this Thanksgiving?  Bernstein says they have help available.



You can also find more tips at foodsafety.gov.





Shelbyville stabbing victim died; SPD investigating

Early Monday morning the Shelbyville Police responded to a scene near the intersection of Noble Street and Franklin Street regarding an altercation resulting in serious bodily injury. 


The victim, later identified as Delany, aka "DJ", Drake, was allegedly involved in an altercation with a white male suspect.  According to witnesses the suspect fled the area on foot. 


Drake later succumbed to injuries sustained in the altercation. 


At this time, there is no reason to believe the general public is in danger. 


The incident appears to be isolated between the suspect and victim. Anyone with information regarding this incident, please contact Det. Brian Roberts at the Shelbyville Police Department.

Shelby County culvert project scheduled

Beginning Monday, November 25,  Shelby County Road 350 S between Columbus Road and 200 W will be closed for 4 – 6 weeks to replace a culvert.


Addresses up to  1505 W 350 S will be accessible from the east (Columbus Rd) only and the addresses from 1745 W 350 S and higher will be accessible from the west (200 W).


At the end of the day Thursday, November 21, the contractor anticipated opening 100 S between 425 W and 500 W which has been closed since October 21.

Columbus man arrested in stabbing case; man sustains multiple wounds

An arrest in a stabbing case investigated in Taylorsville on Wednesday.


Ross K. Stroud, 30, of Columbus, was held in the Bartholomew County Jail following his arrest on Wednesday.  Stroud, a suspect in a Wednesday morning stabbing reported just before 6:00 am Wednesday in the Harvest Meadows Subdivision in Taylorsville., was taken into custody by Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Abner. 


The victim, whose condition is unknown at this time, was stabbed multiple times.


Stroud was arrested on a preliminary charge of Aggravated Battery (Level 3 Felony).


Stroud was held in BCJ in lieu of a $75,000 bond.



Thousands of teachers in Indy on Red for Ed Action Day

16,000 teachers have swarmed the statehouse to turn up the heat for higher pay and higher school funding.


Teachers lined all four entrances to the statehouse on the ceremonial opening day of the 2020 legislative session, then rallied on the building's south lawn. Dozens of school systems across Indiana canceled classes for the day to accommodate teachers descending on the statehouse for "Go Red for Ed Day," calling for more school funding, including higher teacher pay.


The Indiana State Teachers Association argues Republican boasts of record education funding in the current budget still leave schools underfunded. ISTA president Keith Gambill says with funding for each district linked to enrollment, 60 school systems saw spending cuts in the new budget, while 96 more received increases of less than two-percent.


Governor Holcomb has asked legislators to approve 300-million dollars in one-time expenditures from a larger than expected state surplus. Teachers are calling on legislators to give schools a slice of the extra money too.


Legislators have already committed to one of the teachers' agenda items: granting a mulligan for scores on the first year of the new ILEARN test. But Gambill says test scores shouldn't be linked to teacher pay at all. And the union wants legislators to repeal a new requirement for teachers to spend an average of three hours a year working with businesses in their communities, to familiarize themselves with opportunities best suited to their students' skill sets. Gambill says there are better ways to connect business and schools, and argues the externship requirement will detract from teachers' focus on their classrooms.


A commission created by Holcomb is scheduled to offer recommendations next year on long-term ways to raise teacher pay, with an eye to putting those changes in place in the 2021 budget session. House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says he doesn't want to reopen the two-year budget in 2020, but acknowledges Holcomb's request opens the door for legislators to propose other additional spending. The difference, Bosma argues, is that Holcomb's requests wouldn't create an ongoing spending commitment for future budgets -- in fact, he says they'd actually free up money by paying off debt on projects legislators have already approved.


And while Bosma says he's glad to see teachers making their voices heard, he says they should look closer to home for an explanation of why salaries haven't risen more. Over the last decade, he says enrollment and teacher staffs have declined, while administrative jobs have grown by more than 30-percent.


Gambill accuses Bosma of trying to turn educators against each other. He says the real problem is that state funding has been inadequate.

Shelbyville's Just Peachy serving up sweets, lunch

So far, business has been just peachy for Shelbyville’s newest café.


Just Peachy, 52 East Washington, has been open for a little while now giving customers a taste of what it has to offer. 




Charity Elliott says Monday, November 18, makes it official.



Charity explains the origins of the name.




Along with the sweets, Charity runs down the lunch menu.



And, of course, there would be peach – related items on the menu.



Just Peachy is open 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, Monday - Saturday.  Biscuits and gravy are available on Saturday.  


Just Peachy is also available for reservations or private parties.







Shelbyville Police Department needs help finding this man

This man is suspected of breaking into a vehicle at Cracker Barrel and stealing items on November 9.


If you recognize this person please contact the Shelbyville Police Department at 317-392-5106.

Northwestern Consolidated of Shelby County schools will be open on Red for Ed; school board active in local efforts to increase pay

Superintendent of Northwestern Consolidated of Shelby County Chris Hoke says Triton Central schools will remain open on Tuesday, November 19



Hoke says TC schools have been pro-active in funding teacher salaries locally.



Hoke believes teachers and those fueling the Red for Ed Day and legislators have many of the same beliefs.  How to get there, however, is a different story.



Leaders of the state’s two main teacher unions project that 10,000 or more teachers could attend the rally dubbed “Red for Ed Action Day” as members of the Republican-dominated Legislature are gathering for organizational meetings ahead of their 2020 session that starts in early January.

Southwestern Consolidated to be open while showing Red for Ed support

Southwestern Consolidated will be open for classes Tuesday, November 19, during the Red for Ed Action Day taking place in Indianapolis.  But the schools and its teachers intend to have an impact.


SWCCTA President Douglas Gaking provided this press release to GIANT fm News from the Southwestern Consolidated Classroom Teachers Association about their teachers involvement in the upcoming statewide Red For Ed Day of Action:


Southwestern Consolidated Schools will be in session on Tuesday, November 19, during the statewide Red For Ed Action Day. However, SWCS teachers are engaged in trying to create change in public education. Five of Southwestern’s teachers will attend the rally at the Statehouse on Tuesday, while the rest of the staff holds a walk-in before school in the morning.


The Red For Ed Action Day focuses on three policy priorities: investing the state budget surplus in education, holding schools and teachers harmless for current standardized tests, and repealing the state’s new professional development requirements, which demand that every teacher participate in an unpaid externship.


“The state of Indiana currently has a budget surplus of over $2 billion, plus a surplus from last year of $419 million, but we are 51st in the country in teacher pay growth,” says Douglass Gaking, president of the Southwestern Consolidated Classroom Teachers Association. “Meanwhile, the Indiana Department of Education currently lists a shortage of teachers in 13 content areas.”


“I never thought I would see the day that there was a shortage of music teachers,” says Gaking, who is Southwestern’s band and choir director, “but unfortunately we have a shortage because the state no longer pays competitive salaries for teachers. I have been involved in negotiating three teacher contracts. We are not trying to squeeze as much money as we can out of the taxpayers. We are literally trying to make sure we have a certified teacher in every classroom instead of a substitute teacher.”


Teacher pay in Indiana comes out of each school corporation’s Education Fund, which is funded by the state on a per-student basis. This limits school corporations’ ability to negotiate competitive salaries to hire and retain teachers. It also makes small schools like Southwestern subject to huge funding swings each year.


Southwestern’s teachers have invited the school board members, administrators, students, and parents to join them in front of the school at 7:30 AM on Tuesday morning to show their support for public education.


Superintendent Dr. Paula Maurer says they're ready for Tuesday.



She says she hopes that teachers can get their message out.











Shelbyville Central to close November 19 with dozens of teachers at Red for Ed

Shelbyville Central Schools will be closed Tuesday, November 19.


With dozens of teachers from the corporation expected to attend the Red for Ed Action Day at the Statehouse, SCS will make up the day on Monday, January 20.


The school corporation posted the following announcement on its Facebook page:


Shelbyville Central Schools (SCS) will be closing school on Tuesday, November 19th due to the State Wide Red for Ed Action Day. Many of our teachers have requested personal days to participate in the rally at the State House to support public education.


With the significant number of teachers attending, we do not have enough substitute teachers to adequately supervise and provide educational services to students. SCS will be making up this day on Monday, January 20, 2020.


SCS supports our teachers in their efforts to increase awareness of issues affecting public education. We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience that may cause families. However, we hope that you, along with us, realize the importance of teachers having a voice and a presence to positively impact public education in Indiana.


Thousands of educators will be calling for the further boost in pay Tuesday. Teacher unions say at least 107 school districts with some 460,000 students — or more than 40% of statewide enrollment — are expected to be closed that day while their teachers attend the event.


Shelbyville Central Schools Superintendent Harper says teacher pay, in part, leading to teacher shortages, is a major concern for education.



Harper says the issue needs the attention of lawmakers.



No charges are expected in Monday's Triton Central schools lockdown

The Triton Central schools campus was under a lockdown for a portion of the school day on Monday.


The Shelby County Sheriff's Department says no charges are expected in the reported threat that led to the situation.  It's not believed to be a school threat but messages between two juveniles with problems that led to the school district taking action and calling on law enforcement to look into the issue. 


One of the students attends Triton Central, the other does not.


The school corporation sent the following message on Monday to alert people to the situation:


NWCSD is currently operating in a Lock-in profile in collaboration with local law enforcement’s investigation into an off-campus situation involving students from another school corporation.

Campus is currently closed to visitors.


Warming stations available in Greenfield

With temperatures expected to dive and snow to fall Monday night, Hancock County will have a warming station open tonight and tomorrow. 

First Presbyterian Church, 116 W. South St., Greenfield, will be open Monday night, and The Landing Place, 18 W. South St., Greenfield, will be open Tuesday. 

The centers, which are provided by the Salvation Army and Hancock County Community

Organizations Active in Disaster, will be open from 7 pm to 8 am. 

The Salvation Army teams up with Walmart for nationwide toy drive

The Salvation Army Indiana Division officers, staff, and local volunteers and Walmart store managers are teaming up Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Walmart locations across Indiana and the U.S. for a toy drive.


Walmart shoppers will receive a list of toys and other gifts that are most often requested by families enrolled in their local Salvation Army Christmas assistance program. They are then able to shop for these items and drop them off in specially marked boxes in front of the Walmart stores.


The goal of this event is to provide Christmas gifts for Hoosier children in need across the state. These gifts can include items like toys, bicycles, clothing, books, and games.


Walmart and The Salvation Army have collaborated for more than 30 years with a common mission: to meet needs in their local communities. Supporters like Walmart help The Salvation Army serve more than 23 million Americans each year through a range of social services to help them overcome poverty and economic hardships.


Families served by Salvation Army Christmas assistance programs like Angel Tree and Toy Shop would otherwise struggle to provide Christmas gifts for their children.


All donations made at the Walmart Toy Drive events will remain in the local community and will help The Salvation Army make Christmas morning a joyful occasion for children across Indiana.


Locations can be found online at centralusa.salvationarmy.org/indiana/worship-and-service-center-locations.

Shelbyville educator receives Special Education award

Kris Baker recently received the Early Career Special Education Administrator Award at the 2019 Council of Special Education Administrators Conference in Louisville, KY.  The award recognizes emerging leaders in the field of special education administration.


Baker is the special education coordinator for Shelbyville Central Schools.


Kris is a champion for individuals with exceptional needs and has made significant contributions to special education and quality services both at Shelbyville Central Schools and in our surrounding area. 


Shelbyville Central Schools Special Education Director Andy Hensley says of Kris:


“Kris is innovative and a hard worker.  She does a fantastic job of supporting students and teachers.  We are very fortunate to have her at Shelbyville Central Schools. “

The term wind chill back in the forecast

The calendar might say early November, but it's about to feel much more like winter time.


The entire state of Indiana is about to experience cold temperatures on Thursday night and Friday morning. Temperatures that we're not used to for this time of the year, says Meteorologist Marcus Bailey.



The type of precipitation you'll see will depend on where you live -- more snow in northern Indiana, a rain/snow mix in central Indiana, and more rain in southern Indiana.


The cold air on Thursday night and Friday morning will be just the first wave of up-and-down temperatures.


Bailey says it will warm back up this weekend, with highs back to normal in the mid-to-upper 40s.  But we'll see another blast of arctic air to start next week with near-record low temperatures for Monday and Tuesday.


BMV says branches ready to issue ID's after Monday vendor failure

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has announced that branches will open today and are ready to process transactions following a technical failure on Monday.


All branches scheduled to be open for Election Day will open at 6:00 a.m. and will be able to process transactions. BMV Connect kiosks and myBMV are also restored and processing transactions.


Branches with elections in their counties will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today. As a reminder, by law, branches can offer only limited transactions, specifically driver's licenses and identification cards, in support of the election.


Customers who visited during the outage on Monday and provided their contact information will be notified the branch is open and operational today.


“We apologize to anyone inconvenienced by this outage. Serving Hoosiers and providing ample opportunity to obtain identification for any purpose they need is a core part of our mission,” BMV Commissioner Peter Lacy said. “Ensuring technical failures do not occur is of utmost importance to our team and we will continue working with our vendor partner until all parties are confident in our future planning.”

Jockeys collect toys for local children's event at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Jockeys may be small in stature, but they have huge hearts. They are always willing to step up and help with community-minded projects and when called upon to collect toys for a local children’s event, they stepped up in a big way to ensure area kids would have a little nicer Christmas.


“As a kid, I always wanted to have a lot of toys and sometimes I didn’t, so it’s very important to me to help make sure kids have toys for Christmas,” said Marcelino Pedroza Jr., who is the 2019 leading jockey at Indiana Grand. “My wish is for everyone to have a good Christmas and God has blessed me so I like to help out any way I can.”


A total of 54 toys were collected for the upcoming “Breakfast with Santa” held at the Shelby Parks and Recreation in Shelbyville, Ind. The annual holiday gathering for area children isn’t until Saturday, Dec. 14, but with the conclusion of the 2019 racing season at Indiana Grand nearing, the jockeys decided to give early.


Jockeys surrounded the pile of toys during the racing program Saturday, Nov. 2 for a photo before the toys were loaded up for delivery. New toys collected by the jockeys ranged from dolls, stuffed animals and My Little Pony sets to dump trucks, dinosaurs and Spiderman figures.


Included in the photo were Marcelino Pedroza Jr., DeShawn Parker, Albin Jimenez, Luan Machado, Angel Serpa, Orlando Mojica, Rodney Prescott, Eddie Perez, Fernando De La Cruz, Santo Sanjur, Ezequiel Lara, Shanley Jackson, Virginia Tormey, Kendal Sterritt and Jose Riquelme. Other jockeys participated in the drive but were not available for the photo included Natasha Fritz and Leandro Goncalves. Steve Cahill, clerk of scales, was instrumental in organizing the toy drive and was also present for the photo.


“You can’t say enough about these jockeys, they all have such generous hearts,” said Cahill, who recently was the recipient of a shaved head by the jockeys after they raised $3,100 for cancer. “No matter what we ask of them, they step up to the plate and they have such an affinity for children. Anything they can do to help out the community, they are very willing to participate.”


“Breakfast with Santa” will be catered once again by Denny’s this year. The gymnasium is completely transformed into a winter setting and includes various children’s activities. Each session includes a visit by Santa Claus. Two servings are held for the breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and again at 9:30 a.m. For more information on “Breakfast with Santa,” contact the Shelby Parks and Recreation office at (317) 392-5128.


Shelby Parks and Recreation offers numerous programs throughout the year for both children and adults. The family-oriented facility is located at the Carl McNeely Civic Center on Tompkins Street.

INDOT to host November 14 public meeting on SR 9 hot mix asphalt project; I-70 to U.S. 52

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will hold a public hearing on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at the Greenfield Central Junior High School Cafeteria, 140 Highland Avenue, Greenfield, Indiana 46140.  The hearing will begin at 6:00 p.m.


The purpose of the public hearing is to offer all interested persons an opportunity to comment on current design plans for a State Road (SR) 9, hot mix asphalt (HMA) overlay between I-70 and U.S. 52 in Hancock and Shelby counties.  The project is approximately 9.5 miles in length.  The project also proposes a section of access control specific to the area between I-70 and McKenzie Road.  The access control area would remove the center two-way left turn lane (TWLTL) in seven locations and replace it with a raised landscaped median with dedicated left turn lanes.


The project will also include the construction of supplemental storm-water infrastructures such as inlets, connections, and manholes where ponding currently occur generally between 4th Street to Park Avenue and Ohio Street to Illinois Street.  Standard compliant curb ramps will be reconstructed where appropriate, per the requirement of Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG). Drainage improvements will be made in the areas of the southwest quadrant of S.R. 9 at an unnamed tributary to Brandywine Creek and at C.R. 100 South/Davis Road.  Additional details at about the project will be presented at the public hearing.  All work will occur within existing INDOT right of way. The maintenance of traffic (MOT) for the project will be closed for through traffic and will use the official state maintained routes of U.S. 52, I-465, U.S. 40, and S.R. 109, however one lane will remain open for local traffic.


The MOT for the project will utilize signage, flagging operations, and will be mobile and moving continuously with construction operations. Access to all properties will be maintained during construction. INDOT will coordinate with emergency services and local school corporation officials to ensure potential disruptions and impacts are minimized as much as possible.


Federal and State funds are proposed to be used for construction of this project. The environmental document is available to view prior to the public hearing at the following locations:

  1. Hancock Co. Public Library, 900 West McKenzie Road, Greenfield, IN 46140
  2. INDOT Greenfield District at 32 S. Broadway, Greenfield, IN 46140
  3.  Hearings Examiner, Room N642 of the IGCN, 100 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204?2216, Phone # (317) 234-0796


 A project webpage will be created prior to the public hearing to ensure project information is available on-line via the INDOT Greenfield District page https://www.in.gov/indot/2704.htm.


Public statements for the record will be taken as part of the public hearing procedure. All verbal statements recorded during the public hearing and all written comments submitted prior to, during and for a period of two (2) weeks following the hearing date, will be evaluated, considered and addressed in subsequent environmental documentation. Written comments may be submitted prior to the public hearing and within the comment period to: INDOT Public Hearings, IGCN Room N642, 100 North Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204. E-Mail: rclark@indot.IN.gov.


INDOT respectfully requests comments be submitted by Friday, December 6, 2019.


With advance notice, INDOT will provide accommodations for persons with disabilities with regards to participation and access to project information as part of the hearings process including arranging auxiliary aids, interpretation services for the hearing impaired, services for the sight impaired and other services as needed. In addition, INDOT will provide accommodations for persons of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) requiring auxiliary aids including language interpretation services and document conversion.  Should accommodation be required please contact Rickie Clark, INDOT Office of Public Involvement at (317) 232-6601, or email rclark@indot.in.gov.


Shelbyville's mayoral candidates on GIANT fm

The City of Shelbyville mayoral candidates appeared on The Morning Show ahead of the November 5 election day.


Mayor Tom DeBaun (D)




Councilman Brad Ridgeway (R)




71-year-old organ donor gives the gift of life in Shelbyville

Earlier this week, Otis Carter, Jr. died unexpectedly and saved lives as an organ donor. He is among the oldest deceased organ donors on record in Indiana, highlighting the fact that people of all ages can be donor heroes.


Otis’ liver and kidneys were recovered for lifesaving transplants. His heart and lungs were also recovered for medical research, which has the potential to save and heal additional lives.


The recovery took place at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville. Doctors, nurses and other staff at MHP Medical Center conducted an honor walk for Otis.




Otis’ family told Indiana Donor Network, “Otis served in the Air Force and was a member of the American Legion and Masonic Home. Serving his community and others was so important to him.” Born in Evansville, Indiana, Otis was married to his wife, Leudith, for 35 years. They had two daughters. Otis loved sports, especially Indiana University football and basketball. He worked for the Department of Transportation.


Older adults often take themselves off of the donor registry, thinking they are too old to donate or that existing medical conditions will prevent them from being donors. The reality is that people of any age can become donor heroes, even with existing medical conditions. The 114,000 people on the national transplant waiting list are counting on all of us to register and talk with our families.


Registering as a donor takes less than 30 seconds at IndianaDonorNetwork.org or at the BMV.


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