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POET says Shelbyville plant delayed due to COVID-19 economic impact

POET announced it will idle production at its bioprocessing facilities in Chancellor, S.D., Ashton, Iowa, and Coon Rapids, Iowa, and delay the start-up of its new plant in Shelbyville, as producers across the United States continue to grapple with the economic fallout of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


On an annualized basis, these operational changes are expected to reduce corn demand by 110 million bushels, freezing 330 million gallons of ethanol production across the four facilities. POET has also significantly slowed production at other facilities, further decreasing corn demand.

“Across the board, biofuel producers and our partners in the farm community face an unprecedented challenge,” said POET Founder and CEO Jeff Broin. “From day one of this crisis, we have placed the highest priority on protecting the health and welfare of our workers, partners and farm suppliers. At the same time, we are working hard to ensure that every biorefinery remains well-positioned to support a strong and swift recovery once daily life returns to normal. That means responding dynamically to shifting conditions and optimizing production, market by market, as the situation evolves over the next few months.

“Unfortunately, plummeting fuel demand amid the coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed markets already suffering from continued trade barriers, a foreign price war over oil and regulatory uncertainty here at home. In South Dakota, the crisis has been compounded by one of the worst growing seasons in memory. As a result, POET is taking the difficult step of idling production at our biorefineries in Chancellor, Ashton and Coon Rapids and delaying the start-up of Shelbyville.”

Ethanol producers across the country are slashing production amid the ongoing crisis. Nationally, experts predict a decline in fuel demand of up to 55 percent. If these conditions persist, it will result in an annualized drop in ethanol demand of up to eight billion gallons or 2.7 billion bushels of corn.

“As always, we will continue monitoring the situation closely and working with team members at each plant to stay ahead of market changes as the situation continues to evolve day by day,” said POET President and Chief Operating Officer Jeff Lautt. “We remain optimistic that elected leaders will move ahead swiftly on efforts to shore up the rural economy and deliver relief for struggling families. We are fully committed to protecting the strong, stable biofuel markets that America’s farmers need now more than ever, and we look forward to rebuilding and growing America's agricultural markets.”

Assistance for Shelby County businesses and non-profit organizations to apply for emergency relief

COVID-19 has forced the closure or reduction of a large percentage of small businesses in Shelby County, especially those that serve the public: restaurants, retail, and non-essential personal services like salons. In addition to being an important sector of our economy and collectively a major employer, these businesses are amenities that make Shelby County an attractive place to live.


The CARES Act, which includes the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and a variety of other tax credits provide immediate relief in the form of low interest loans, some of which are forgivable. These programs are available to non-profit organizations as well. The application process varies between the programs, and the quick rollout has resulted in a lack of understanding and confusion. Shelby County Development Corporation (SCDC) has partnered with the Blue River Community Foundation, Mainstreet Shelbyville, and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce to arrange for professional assistance with the EIDL loan/grant that will infuse businesses with relief funds of $10,000 within a short time frame. Locally owned, independent, brick and mortar Shelby county businesses with fewer than 35 employees and Shelby County non-profit organizations are eligible for the assistance.


Through grant funds provided by the Blue River Community Foundation, the local advisors listed below will assist small businesses and non-profit organizations with completion of the EIDL. This assistance is provided at no cost. In the near future, the program may expand to offer assistance with the PPP or other relief opportunities, but this phase of assistance is specifically to help with the EIDL funds. Small businesses and organizations not currently working with an attorney or accountant should contact their choice of the advisors participating in the program, listed below.


Brown, DePrez & Johnson, P.A.

Peter G. DePrez

H.Curtis Johnson

Andrew M. Eads

Tyler E. Brant

Telephone: 317.398.6688

email: covid19@shelbylaw.com


McNeely Law LLP

Jacob S. Brattain




Stephenson Rife LLP

Jeremy Musgrave, Attorney

Eric Glasco, Attorney

Office: 317-680-2011



Shelbyville's Jo-el Gilbert is missing the end of her senior year

Shelbyville High School senior Jo-el Gilbert should be worried about normal things - going to class, Golden Bear softball, prom and graduation.


COVID-19 has taken away the normal from the end of the school year.



Gilbert hoped that maybe her softball team might get some time on the field with a return to school.  But now that's been erased.



Gilbert still holds out some hope for new dates for prom and graduation.



Even home life gets impacted by the pandemic.  Gilbert recently celebrated an 18th birthday but wasn't able to get everyone together for a party.









Cold front could be accompanied by storms

Weather is in the news with dropping temperatures and potential severe weather in the forecast.


Severe storms are possible this evening and overnight ahead of a cold front. Damaging winds, large hail, isolated tornadoes are all possible. Locally heavy rain and frequent lightning are possible with any storm.


The primary window for severe weather is 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM EDT.



During the day today look for partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures. Much colder air moves in for Thursday.



Governor issues new Stay at Home order Also extends orders limiting state government services and restaurant, bar restrictions

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today issued a new two-week Stay At Home order designed to limit interactions among Hoosiers to increase containment of COVID-19. As of today, 4,944 people have tested positive and 139 people have died from the disease. There are now positive tests in 89 of 92 counties. Click here to see the executive order: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm


As a part of this action, Gov. Holcomb also extended for two weeks the orders that limit in-person public activity at state government offices and put restrictions on the operation of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.


“Hoosiers have done a great job adapting to the new rules put in place during this public health emergency, but I believe the next two weeks to month could be the most critical for all of us,” said Gov. Holcomb. “So I am asking you to take even more precautions: only make in-person purchases when absolutely needed and use other delivery and pickup options when available. Limit who is traveling with you and entering stores.”


While the Stay At Home order chiefly continues as is, modifications and restrictions have been made to limit interactions among people. Here are some highlights of EO 20-18:

  • Retail businesses that provide necessities of life may remain open but should limit the number of customers in the establishment at any given time; implement hours for elderly and other vulnerable populations, as well as limit hours of operation to restock and clean; and comply with all mitigation measures to protect employees and the public. A list of such businesses is included in the executive order.
  • All other retail business may remain open if they restrict sales to online or call-in ordering with delivery or curbside pickup.
  • Professional services should be conducted virtually or by telephone.
  • All campgrounds will be closed except for those who use recreational vehicles or cabins as their primary residence. State parks remain open to daily visitors.
  • Hoosiers are reminded that all public and private gatherings of any kind that include more than 10 people are prohibited.
  • All employers, regardless of type, must continue to comply with the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) standards and safety and health standards established and enforced by IOSHA. IOSHA is actively accepting and investigating complaints of violations. The complaint process may be accessed at https://www.in.gov/dol/
  • In addition to IOSHA investigations, Gov. Holcomb has directed the creation of a multi-agency enforcement response team, led by the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to respond to and investigate other violations of the new order. Much like the enforcement of the restaurant, bar and nightclub executive order, this team will be charged with helping business owners comply with the order before issuing a directive to close a business.


To allow retail, campgrounds and other establishments to make adjustments, enforcement will not begin until 24 hours after the order takes effect. The effective date and time of the order is 11:59 p.m. April 6 (today).


The Critical Industries Hotline will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to respond to business and industry questions about whether a business is considered essential. The center may be reached by calling 877-820-0890 or by emailing covidresponse@iedc.in.gov


Answers to frequently asked questions and instructions to file for COVID-19-related unemployment are available at Unemployment.IN.gov.

St. Paul Tavern goes grocery during COVID-19 crisis

Val Phares never imagined himself in the grocery business.  But he probably never imagined closing his restaurants because of a coronavirus pandemic either.


The St. Paul Tavern has been a staple in that community for years.  For now, it has a new identity.  It's a grocery store.



Phares says they got the idea with the closure of the restaurant.



He details the efforts made for the conversion including changing supply orders.



He says they'll be open 7 days a week.  And if you need a local delivery, just ask.  Phares says they'll help when they can.



Contact the St. Paul Tavern - Grocery at 765-525-9502.



























Gov. Holcomb, Superintendent McCormick outline education changes for the remaining school year

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed an executive order requiring all K-12 schools in Indiana to provide instruction via remote learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year and outlines options for districts to continue education during the fight against COVID-19. Click here for a link to the executive order: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm


“Students are the future of our state and teachers are the heart of our schools,” Gov. Holcomb said. “While COVID-19 is impacting every classroom, our teachers, administrators, school board members and school staff are going to extraordinary levels to deliver quality learning to students all across our state, even while school buildings are closed. We’ll continue to do everything we can to empower educators and parents, while protecting students’ health.”


To complete the school year, all schools previously received a 20-day waiver to reduce the number of required in-person or remote instruction days to 160. Schools must continue to provide instruction via remote learning until they complete either:

  • 160 instructional days or
  • At least 20 additional days of remote learning between the date of the executive order (today) and the end of the school year. If a school completes 20 days and falls short of the required 160 instructional days, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) can waive the difference.

All K-12 schools will need to submit a plan for review and approval by IDOE by April 17. The plan can include eLearning, extended learning, project-based or portfolio learning, competency-based learning, partnerships with higher education for increased student supports, and other similar methods.


The governor, in conjunction with Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick, also directed the Indiana State Board of Education (SBOE) to provide flexibility for school corporations for students who are to graduate in 2020. A school corporation may issue an Indiana diploma to a student who has done all of the following:

  • Has met all of the course and credit requirements for the specific diploma designation based on a combination of high school credits earned prior to and the course in which a student was enrolled as of March 19, when the governor issued the statewide school closure.
  • Meets any virtual or remote learning participation requirements established by the governing body of the local school corporation in response to the statewide school closure order issued by the governor.
  • Meets any additional graduation requirements established by the governing body of the local school corporation prior to the school closure order issued by the governor.


The executive order also extends teacher licenses expiring between March 1, 2020 and Aug. 31, 2020 until Sept. 1, 2020.


Other deadlines and requirements for the current school year will be reviewed by Dr. McCormick, the executive director of SBOE, and relevant state agencies. They will submit recommendations to the Governor by April 7 for review and further action.

Decatur County enhances travel warning, closes restaurants

All Decatur County restaurants are now closed, increasing financial stress for workers already grappling with the governor’s statewide ban on in-person restaurant dining.


The Decatur County Board of Commissioners approved the emergency restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus.


The county of 25,000 people has the state’s highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per capita.


Commissioners acknowledged the hardship imposed on businesses by the new measures, which include halting carryout and delivery services permitted in other counties under Gov. Eric Holcomb’s stay-at-home order.


“These restrictions will be revisited as the COVID-19 circumstances change,” the board of commissioners said in a Facebook post. “This is an ongoing and evolving public health crisis.”


Employees at Dairy Point, a family-owned Greensburg restaurant known for its ice cream, feared the closures would result in a local economic crisis.


“ not spending money. I know my coworkers aren’t spending any money. So it’s going to hurt the whole community,” said Diane Strasburger, an employee and lifelong customer at Dairy Point.


Strasburger says shutting down the dining area cost the restaurant an estimated 50% of its revenue.

A steady amount of customers placed their final carryout orders Wednesday evening before the countywide closures took effect. Several stopped by the restaurant to use the curbside delivery service.


Regular customers include Greensburg hospital workers, firefighters, police officers, and other essential workers on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus, she said.


“Law enforcement still needs fed. Our fire department still needs fed. Our customers need us here,” says Strasburger.


Restaurant owners learned about the new restrictions Tuesday night. Some disposed of food they had ordered in anticipation of ongoing delivery service.


Several barrels of Dairy Point ice cream would likely be thrown out, workers said.


Despite her concerns about the future of restaurants, Strasburger said she appreciated the ramped-up response to the coronavirus pandemic.


“I mean, I know two of the people ,” she said. “I grew up with one. I know it’s bad. I know the virus is bad. But I know it’s bad everywhere. Why isn’t it coming from the governor to shut down the whole state?”


Refusal to comply could result in permit suspension and arrest, according to county commissioners.

Violation of the emergency order deemed to be “knowing, intentional or reckless” is a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

Asphalt resurface project begins next week on I-74 in Decatur County

Work is expected to begin next week on a $9.7 million asphalt resurface contract on I-74 in Decatur County.


A nine-mile section of the interstate will be patched, milled and repaved between Greensburg and New Point. 


Both day and nighttime lane closures will be in effect beginning on or after Monday, April 6. A 55 mph speed restriction (when flashing) will also be in place.

The contract was awarded to Dave O'Mara Contractor Inc. in January and is expected to be complete by the end of September. Motorists should slow down, watch for slowed and/or stopped traffic, and drive distraction-free through all work zones. All work is weather dependent.

Shelby County resident Marsha Mings describes her COVID-19 experience

Shelby County resident Marsha Mings is home after a hospital stay due to COVID-19.


Mings said her ordeal started in the early morning hours of March 16.



Mings said fever was also present although it wasn’t the worst part of her illness.



She said getting the test results hits you even though it wasn’t a great surprise.



The family still doesn’t know how they contracted COVID-19 or from where.  Mings says her other family members are doing fine.



Mings says the virus just took so much out of her she wasn’t much phased by the hospital staff and medical staff treating her.  She said she began to feel better with the use of hydrochloroquine.



Mings says her faith was tested by the ordeal but didn’t waiver.



Mings says she and her parents are home recovering.  She doesn’t have a lot of energy and even simple household tasks can be taxing as she gets her strength back.


Kentucky man now charged with Disobeying a Declaration of Disaster Emergency

A Kentucky man was arrested by Indiana State Police on a number of charges.  He now faces one more - Disobeying a Declaration of Disaster Emergency - Class B Misdemeanor.


The Hamilton County Prosecutor filed formal charges on Zachary Peters. Those charges include I.C. 10-14-3-12/MB Disobeying a Declaration of Disaster Emergency.


This is a circumstance where the stay at home order issued by the Governor was enforced as an additional charge to a crime. The official charges filed were:


  • Possession of Cocaine - Level 4 Felony
  • Carrying a Handgun without a License - Class A Misdemeanor
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance - Class A Misdemeanor
  • Possession of Marijuana - Class B Misdemeanor
  • Possession of Paraphernalia - Class C Misdemeanor
  • Disobeying a Declaration of Disaster Emergency - Class B Misdemeanor

Original press release

A Kentucky man was arrested by the Indiana State Police after a traffic stop led to the discovery of a stolen gun and several drugs.


Zachary Peters, 24, of Crestwood, Kentucky was allegedly driving 96 miles per hour in a 70 miles per hour zone on I-69 near the Hamilton and Madison County Line. Trooper Josh Thayer made the stop just after 10:30 pm.  During Thayer's interaction with Peters, marijuana, cocaine, and controlled substance (pills), a stolen gun and drug paraphernalia was located in the vehicle. 


Peters was arrested and transported to the Hamilton County Jail.

Shelby County Public Library brings books and more online during COVID-19 closure

The doors may be closed but the Shelby County Public Library has plenty to offer.


Forced to close during the COVID-19 outbreak Director Janet Wallace says the library still offers services online.  You can even get a library card.


Maybe now is the time to learn another language.



Wallace has hopes the library may be one of the public places to open sooner rather than later.











Shelbyville begins major milling, paving project

The City of Shelbyville says there are 48 road sections in an overlay starting this week, totaling 9.5 miles of newly paved roadway.


The project cost is $1,526,615.60.  This project is 50/50 funded by a Community Crossings Grant from the State.  


There are over 200 sidewalk ramps that will be replaced and made ADA compliant. This is an on-going effort and partnership with the Livable Communities Coalition to increase accessibility in our community.


There is a list and map of the overlays on the City Website.  This link will get you there http://www.cityofshelbyvillein.com/departments/engineering/city-projects/  ,or search ‘City of Shelbyville Projects”


The roads were selected using a PASER rating system, which is used statewide to determine the condition of roads.  You can see the ratings on the City Engineer page. Other than a few of the smaller sections of roadway, and West St and Doran Dr (which were originally going to be part of the relief sewer project), everything rated below a 3 will be repaved.


Robertson Paving from Columbus is doing the work. 


Here is the current schedule, although it's dependant on weather conditions and likely to change.:


Milling Amos Rd., from St Rd 44 south to the railroad tracks on Tuesday (March 31). Lanes will be restricted and signs posted alerting through traffic of delays.

Milling Mausoleum Rd, Rampart Rd, Cardinal Lane, Robin Ct on Wednesday (April 1).

Paving Amos Rd. Thursday (April 2).

Paving Mausoleum Rd.,Cardinal Lane, and Robin Ct. on Friday (April 3).


Signage warning residents not to park on the road will be placed on Cardinal Lane and Robin Ct. on Monday (March 30).


Because of current events, there are more people than ever home during the day.  For roads that have on-street parking, Robertson Paving will be putting up ‘no parking’ signage in advance of the work starting.


City Engineer Matt House says it’s an impressive amount of paving.


“This year will be the largest repaving project in the City’s history.  We’ve been able to do these larger overlay projects since around 2017 with increases in funding from the City Council and the Indiana Department of Transportation's Community Crossings Grant program. For comparison, we completed roughly $400,000 in road projects in 2014, and this year we’ll have over $2M in road projects including the two reconstructions on the west side. “  

Law enforcement not tracking drivers to see where they're going during Shelter-In-Place

Shelbyville Police must enforce the Governor’s Executive Order calling for Hoosiers to only travel to essential locations.  But it doesn’t mean officers are making traffic stops to verify your destination.


Lt. Mike Turner explains.



Indiana State Police posted the followiing response to social media questions, interaction:


There is no truth or factual basis to the post depicted below. Please continue to rely on reliable sources, to help dispel the multitude of rumors and inaccurate information. We are all in this together, and together we will get through this.


The Indiana State Police is focused on serving the citizens of Indiana during the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes helping to mitigate the spread of the virus. The Department’s response will focus on educating our citizens of the orders that are in place, directing them back to their home, the steps they can take to practice social distancing to keep their families healthy and providing appropriate avenues to seek additional information. If an extraordinary situation requires enforcement in order to protect public safety, the issuance of a citation or physical arrest may be the necessary course of action to be taken.


Image may contain: one or more people, possible text that says 'PORTAL24HS.COM Indiana State Police says Martial Law Quarantine will begin 3/23/2020'


Lt. Turner says it's certainly not martial law.



Like most everyone even the average, daily tasks are being hampered by COVID-19







Rain, possibly storms in the weekend forecast

Much of Indiana will be seeing rain over the next few days, says the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.


It will start to move in Thursday afternoon, but that will just be the start of it.  And it could lead to more flooding in the south.


National Weather Service Meteorologist Chad Swain:



The wind will also be something to watch out for once the weekend arrives.


"There will be breezy conditions Saturday night into Sunday with wind gusts around 35 mph. That's basically all over the state," says Swain.


Temperatures will be in the 60s and 70s Friday and Saturday, but then temperatures cool into the 50s for Sunday. Swain says most areas will be dry by Sunday afternoon.

Intermittent I-74 closures scheduled for Decatur Co. this weekend

INDOT contractor Beaty Construction plans to conduct intermittent stoppages on I-74 this weekend near St. Omer in Decatur County. Crews will be completing overhead demolition work as part of the $1.2 million superstructure replacement project on C.R. 700 N. that began earlier this month. 

Starting as early as 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning (March 28), all lanes of I-74 EB will close west of Greensburg near the C.R. 700 N. overpass for up to 20 minutes. Traffic will be held and then released until normal flow is reached. Intermittent stoppages will take place throughout the day for up to 12 hours. Demolition will continue over I-74 WB on Sunday, March 29, with westbound stoppages beginning around 7:30 a.m.


Motorists are encouraged to seek an alternate route to avoid delays or allow extra time when traveling through the area. Drivers should slow down, use extra caution and drive distraction-free through all work zones. All work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change.

Cummins COVID-19 impact

Columbus-based Cummins is changing up its strategy due to the coronavirus.


Cummins has decided to withdraw it's financial guidance for the full-year of 2020. The company is also suspending production at an engine plant that supplies Fiat Chrysler.


Cummins has also moved to shut down production at its Walesboro plant in Bartholomew County for the next two weeks.


The company says while it does not plan to announce anymore shutdowns, it cannot predict what may be coming in the weeks ahead.

Healthy Shelby County updates community resource list

Information on various services, agencies, etc. is now available on a website for community resources.  The website is https://www.healthyshelbycounty.org/ .


Resource links are live on the website list.  There is also a link for submitting corrections or other resources. 


MHP Community Outreach - Healthy Shelby County Coordinator  Denise Holland says the resource list is not exhaustive.  As she learns of new resources, she will add them to the list.


Current categories include 


  • Behavioral Health
  • Food Pantries
  • General Assistance Information
  • Groceries
  • Meals
  • Prescriptions
  • Seniors
  • Social Services
  • Transportation
  • Veterans





Shelby Co. Commissioners approve bid for Annex 2

A building to add to the landscape of the Shelby County Courthouse campus now has a contractor.


County Commissioner Don Parker says they have chosen from the five bids on the project.



The building will house the county probation department and those agencies currently in the county's Professional Building on East State Road 44.


The five bids included:


Gilliatte General Contractors, $3,039,000

Runnebohm Construction, $3,250,000

Brandt Construction, $3,390,000

Meyer Najem Construction, $3,397,000

Bruns-Gutzwiller, $3,894,000

COVID-19 providing SCUFFY its biggest challenge yet

Iterim Executive Director David Fisher details the efforts of the Shelby County United Fund as it administers its 66th annual drive:


SCUFFY is navigating uncharted waters along with the rest of the country due to the Covid-19 coronavirus. Normally, volunteers would be out delivering packets to businesses and factories and giving presentations to tell the SCUFFY story.


Things have certainly changed.  With schools, churches and many businesses temporarily closed many of us are feeling anxious during this time of uncertainty.



One thing that has not changed is the need for the community support that SCUFFY agencies provide. Each and every one of our twelve agencies pledge to stand strong with those in need during the days and weeks to come.


But for that to happen, we need your help.  In order to fully fund our agencies, SCUFFY has a goal that we can reach if we all work together. We are reviewing several options with respect to our drive to accommodate our donors and to ensure that our agencies can continue at capacity.


This campaign will look different than previous ones. We will rely on email, social media and phone calls to connect with our community and rally their support.  Our agencies also look different per social distancing guidelines. An example is a drive through food pantry at Shelby Senior Services.


We have great new video this year that tells the SCUFFY story. This link will be part of all campaign communications and accessible on our Facebook page and SCUFFY website - click on https://vimeo.com/389363878/ed67f6517d or copy into your web browser to gain access.Please share this video with your network.


The annual drive will continue because, quite frankly – our community relies on SCUFFY. Our agencies make a difference in the lives of those throughout every segment of our community.Therefore, we are asking for your help.



For those who wish to make a donation or pledge to our campaign go to: http://www.scuffy.org/donate-to-scuffy/

Shelby County bridge projects scheduled for April

INDOT contractor, HIS, will be closing the Knightstown Rd / I-74 Overpass at 7:00 AM on

Thursday, April 16 for approximately twenty (20) work days for a Bridge Deck Overlay project.


The last address accessible from the south on Knightstown Rd is 599 and the first address north

Of the overpass is 665 N Knightstown Rd.


The detour for this is Morris Ave / Old Rushville Rd to 200 N then back east to the Knightstown Rd.


Shortly after this bridge is completed, INDOT will close the Morris Ave / Old Rushville Rd overpass

Bridge for approximately the same period of time to do a bridge deck overlay on it.


Also, Shelby County is still planning to close three (3) bridges on Wednesday, April 1.


Bridge 10 located on 800 N between 325 W and 400 W over Snail Creek.  The last address accessible from the east is 3489 W 800 N.  And the first address west of it is 3560 W 800 N.


Bridge 12 located on 700 N between 700 W and 800 W over Sugar Creek.  The last address accessible from the east is 7650 W 700 N.  mAnd the first address west of it is 7757 W 700 N along with the addresses in the Woodnotes Addition.


Bridge 133 located on 600 E between 700 S / River Rd and 850 S over Flat Rock River.  The last address accessible from the north is 7485 S 600 E and the first address south of it is 7714 S 600 E.

Shelbyville HS choir among those facing eLearning, school closure challenges

Shelbyville High School Choral Director Joel Kenemore is adjusting to eLearning during this extended, COVID-19 enforced break from normal classes.


Kenemore spoke to GIANT fm News about the impact the current situation has had on daily clases and the department as a whole.



MHP COVID -19 update for March 23

Major Health Partners released a March 23 COVID-19 update including information on patients, testing and emergency room statistics.



    • Number of MHP patients tested: 62
    • Number of resulted tests: 38
    • Number of pending results: 25
    • Number of positive results: 1


    • Current number of inpatients: 13
    • Current number of patients in isolation: 10
    • Number of available beds: 27


    • Number of ER patients in last 24 hours: 50
    • Number of ER patients with respiratory signs/symptoms: 15


    • Number of Hoosiers who tested positive: 259 (an increase of 58 since yesterday)
    • Number of Hoosiers tested: unknown
    • Number of Indiana deaths: 6


    • Number of Americans who tested positive: 35,200
    • Number of Americans tested: unknown
    • Number of American deaths: 471


    • All food donations must be coordinated through Angela Gill (agill@majorhospital.org).  Food must be prepared from a restaurant/kitchen that is following ISDH guidelines for food preparation and all meals must be individual meals only (no family style permitted) due to possible contamination concerns.  We can’t accept donated meals without coordinating with Angela.
    • The CDC is predicting an ICU bed shortage for Indiana beginning April 30 through May 15th
    • Eli Lilly has opened a COVID-19 testing center drive-through for healthcare workers.  A physician order for testing is required.  Please visit https://www.info.lillycovid19testing.com/ for more information.  I have attached some information about the Lilly COVID testing center. 
    • 10 patients have been seen at the MHP Washington Street Clinic as of noon.  This location is set up and will begin Video Visits starting tomorrow.
    • Indiana’s Stay-At-Home Order takes effect Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET.  The order ends on Monday, April 6, at 11:59 p.m. ET, but could be extended if the outbreak warrants.
      • What is an essential business?
        • Essential businesses and services include but are not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, police stations, fire stations, hospitals, doctor’s offices, health care facilities, garbage pickup, public transit, and public service hotlines such as SNAP and HIP 2.0.  A list can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.
    • Starting March 30-April 10th, SportWorks will change its operating hours to 8-5 M-Th and 8-4 on Friday.  They will accommodate later or earlier appointments on an as-needed basis. 



    • Indiana State Dept of Health Call Center for Healthcare workers and the general public (staffed 8AM-8PM) (317) 233-7125.  Please call (317) 233-1325 after hours. 
    • For the Shelby County Health Department, please call (317) 392-6470.

Indiana primary moved to June

Indiana is postponing its primary.


Indiana will vote on June 2, four weeks later than normal. That'll give county clerks more time to get ready, and buy time in hopes the coronavirus pandemic will slacken off by then.


The state will also let you vote by mail if you want, so fewer people are in the polling places, allowing Hoosiers to continue the "social distancing" health officials warn is critical to slowing the spread of the virus.


The state Republican and Democratic Party chairs endorsed the move, which still requires approval next week from the Indiana Election Commission. Indiana will be the seventh state, along with Puerto Rico, to move its primary because of the outbreak.


Secretary of State Connie Lawson says to be prepared for the vote count to take longer than usual, with the larger volume of absentee ballots.


Indiana is picking nominees for nine state Senate seats, 35 Indiana House seats, and all nine congressional districts. If the Democratic presidential contest is still in progress, Indiana will be the third-largest delegate prize available. With Ohio and Maryland also moving their primaries, June 2 is now the second-biggest date on the nominating calendar, trailing only Super Tuesday.