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Salvation Army open to escape hot weather

An Excessive Heat Warning from the National Weather Service begins this afternoon and runs through the weekend.


Shelby County Emergency Management Director Ryan Hansome says the Shelbyville Salvation Army, 136 East Washington, will be open as a cooling station.

Social media report of attack at Shelbyville park is not true

Shelbyville Police say that a social media post reporting an attack at a city park is not true.


The report circulating on Facebook indicated two women were walking the trail at Sunset Park when three men approached them from the trees down by the river.  The report indicated the men robbed the women getting away only with a debit card and a cell phone but one of the women was hit in the head by a gun and needed 17 stitches.


GIANT fm was told by Shelbyville Police that they have confirmed the report is false.





Gov. Holcomb requests Agricultural Disaster Designation for 88 counties; Shelby, Rush not included

Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced today that the state of Indiana is requesting a U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretarial disaster designation for 88 counties due to losses caused by flooding and excessive rain this planting season.


“Heavy and persistent rainfall has saturated fields across the state, hurting Indiana crops and our farmers,” Gov. Holcomb said. “As I continue to monitor this situation, Hoosier farmers can rest assured that we will keep a close eye on the long-term effects of these relentless rains.”


The request was made today in a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and signed by Gov. Holcomb, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and Indiana Farm Service Agency Executive Director Steven Brown.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data shows that the past 12 months have been the wettest on record in the United States. A USDA disaster designation can be requested when at least 30 percent of one crop is damaged or lost in a county. Of the state’s 92 counties, 88 counties have reported data meeting that threshold.


The designation would allow emergency low-interest loans to be made available to farmers. The low-interest financing can also be made to counties contiguous to counties in the disaster zone.


Among the counties in the area in the requested designation are: Hancock, Bartholomew, Decatur, Henry, Johnson and Marion.



Midwest awarded reconstruction of Shelbyville's West Franklin, Prospect - Hodell streets

The City of Shelbyville has a contractor in place for two street projects following the approval of bids this week. 


The Shelbyville Board of Public Works and Safety took bids under advisement last week and approved them in a vote earlier this week.


For Phase 2 of West Franklin Street reconstruction, Midwest Paving was awarded the project at $420, 784.50.


For reconstruction of Hodell and Prospect Streets, Midwest Paving was again low bid at $193,567.80  


City engineer Matt House noted the final dollar figures included undistributed quantities. House says these are items that aren't included in the base bid, but may be needed later.  The city usually awards the project based on the base bid alone, and then uses the undistributed quantities in case , for example, they tear up the road and find they need additional stone.


Midwest’s base bids were $413,784.50 and $175,967.80.

Arrest following crash with injury in Shelbyville on Wednesday

An operating a vehicle while intoxicated charge against a Shelbyville driver followed a two-car crash with injury Wednesday afternoon.


Shelbyville Police report that a driver, Marsha Wood, 45, of Shelbyville, was trapped inside of her vehicle when they arrived at the scene on Miller Avenue at St. Jospeh Street just before 5:00 pm.  The officer reported seeing an injury to Wood's left index finger with skin torn away down to the bone.  Wood was taken to Major Health Partners for treatment.


Wood told police she had just dropped off her grandkids and was traveling south on Miller Avenue to her residence. She said as she approached the intersection another vehicle pulled out in front of her, struck her driver side door and her vehicle flipped multiple times.  The Ford Escape was on its passenger side in the roadway.


The Shelbyville Police report that the driver of the other vehicle, a Chevrolet Traverse, was Barbara Spence, 54, of Shelbyville.  Spence stated she was traveling west on St Joseph Street approaching Miller Avenue. Spence stated she stopped at the stop sign at the intersection and did not see Wood's vehicle and proceeded into the intersection striking it in the driver's side door.


Police determined that Spence was Operating A Vehicle While Intoxicated with a certified test reported at .18, over twice the legal limit.  Spence was arrested and taken to the Shelby County Jail.

Harrah's Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand now accepting applications for dealer school, dealer positions

Harrah’s Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino are officially accepting applications for live dealer positions and dealer school in preparation for the launch of live table games in January of 2020.


External dealer school candidates will be paid to attend the dealer training, and dealers will be guaranteed a minimum of $20 in the first year of operation, which is a combination of base pay and tips.


A web site, www.MyDealerCareer.com, has been set up as an informational hub with job fair and hiring event information and direct links to applications.


A dealer’s primary job is to create a fun and entertaining experience while dealing various table games. Both Harrah’s Hoosier Park, located in Anderson, and Indiana Grand, located in Shelbyville, will be hosting onsite dealer schools. Trainees will be compensated at $7.25 an hour and will receive a $500 stipend following the completion of the first 30 days.


With a tentative start date of September 23, classes will be held Monday through Friday for four hours a day, with classes offered at 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m., and 8 p.m. The course length is six to twelve weeks depending on the type of game training. Games include blackjack, poker, roulette, and craps.

“We’re bringing hundreds of new jobs to Central Indiana, and providing the training and tools necessary to be successful as a table games dealer,” said Trent McIntosh, Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s Senior Vice President and General Manager. “These are well-paying jobs on top of a robust benefits program and culture built on superior external and internal service.”


Candidates with dealer experience may apply for various positions including supervisory roles. Seasoned dealers will also receive a higher base pay and positions are available for both part-time and full-time schedules.


In addition to opportunities in table games and other various departments, ticket writer and supervisor positions are also available for Harrah’s Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand’s sports books - tentatively set to open in September of this year.


Harrah’s Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand offer competitive pay, benefits including medical, dental, and vision, an all-team member bonus program, 401k matching program, tuition reimbursement, on-site wellness programs, team member dining rooms, and more.


“As we prepare our properties for both sports wagering and live table games, we have opportunities available for dealers, table game supervisors, sports book ticket writers, sports book supervisors, and even more jobs in various other departments,” said Ron Baumann, Indiana Grand’s Senior Vice President and General Manager. “We’re looking for energetic, talented people to join our team and be a part launching brand new products to Central Indiana and beyond.”


Information is available at www.MyDealerCareer.com, including frequently asked questions and an extensive list of job fairs and informational sessions for both Harrah’s Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand.


Candidates may also apply directly at www.HarrahsHoosierPark.com or www.IndianaGrand.com. Additional questions can be answered by calling Harrah’s Hoosier Park Human Resources at (765) 609-4541 or Indiana Grand Racing & Casino’s Human Resources at (317) 421-8880.

Shelbyville's Mayor DeBaun appointed to state council post

Governor Eric Holcomb recently announced several new appointments to various state boards,

commissions, and task forces. One of those involves the mayor of Shelbyville.


Mayor Tom DeBaun has been appointed to the Land Resources Council.



The mayor says he believes his planning background will serve him well in the position.



The appointment is until June 30, 2023.

One dead, one hospitalized in Shelby County I-65 crash

Early Sunday morning emergency crews were dispatched to I-65 northbound near the 82 mile marker in Shelby County for reports of a single vehicle crash. Around 2:45 a.m. 911 calls began coming in about a vehicle off the roadway and both occupants were severely injured.


Shelby County Sheriff deputies along with medics were first on the scene, they immediately summoned a medical helicopter. Despite life saving efforts Kenneth Cubbage Jr., 41, of Freetown, was pronounced deceased at the scene. His mother, Connie Cubbage, 62, was a passenger in the vehicle.  She was transported to Methodist Hospital by ambulance in stable condition.


The investigating officer, Trooper Aaron Smith, is still unsure why the vehicle left the roadway, but evidence at the scene indicates the vehicle hit a tree and rolled several times. The driver, Cubbage Jr., was wearing a seat belt, however the passenger was unrestrained.


The Shelby County Coroner's Office responded to the scene and recovered the remains of the deceased.


Both directions of I-65 were closed for a brief time.  The northbound lanes were affected for approximately two hours while the crash was investigated and the wreckage was removed.

Full closures planned for I-65, I-70 on the south side of Indianapolis

The Indiana Department of Transportation will close parts of I-65 and I-70 on the south side of Indianapolis.


All lanes will be closed on I-65 SB from the South Split to I-465 starting July 12 at 9 p.m. The closure will last for 9 days and all lanes will reopen on Monday, July 22 by 6 a.m.


INDOT will then close all lanes of I-70 EB and WB from I-465 to the South Split on July 26 at 9 p.m. The closure will last for 9 days and all lanes will reopen on Monday, August 5 by 6 a.m.


Additional closures will be added on the weekends, please follow @INDOTEast on Twitter for updates.

The closures are in response to rain delays crews have experienced in May and June.



I-65 SB: During the I-65 SB closure, drivers are encouraged to take I-70 WB to I-465 EB back to I-65 SB.


I-70 closure: During the I-70 closure, drivers are encouraged to take I-465 EB to I-65 NB to get downtown or take I-65 SB to I-465 WB to get out of downtown.


From the airport: Take I-70 EB to I-465 SB to I-65 NB to get to downtown.

New look EUstress Fitness building in Shelbyville's downtown

You can see plenty of construction and renovation in Shelbyville's downtown these days.  One of those with dramatic change in recent weeks is the building that houses EUstress Fitness, 118 South Harrison.


Photo by Amy Harness


Mainstreet Executive Director Brandi Coomes credits the efforts by the Weavers to improve the property.



Coomes admits it seems like the work is never done and more downtown improvements will come.



It's fair time again in Shelby County

The 171st Shelby County Fair opens on Tuesday, July 2.

















































































































































Shelbyville / Shelby County Animal Shelter putting finishing touches on presentation shelter

A new addition to the Shelbyville Shelby County Animal Shelter brings a nice look to the property and, it’s hoped, will mean more animal adoptions.


Shelter Director Keith Barrett says a donation a few years ago led to their special new structure that’s almost completed.




Barrett says the shelter will host a number of events and they hope it will mean even more adoptions.



Donations are a key element to what goes on at the shelter.  Often, it’s food and pet supplies.  For others, time volunteering at the shelter.  Barrett says monetary donations from those who believed in the shelter have been greatly appreciated.



Money donated by Tom Hoffman led to the fence that Barrett said was needed around the shelter.

Barrett jokes…maybe…that the new presentation shelter  is nicer than the former shelter from a few years ago….walls or not.



They hope to put finishing touches on the shelter soon.


Brown County SP awaiting water sampling results

The campgrounds, cabins and Abe Martin Lodge were still closed today, Wednesday June 26, at Brown County State Park; day use park activities are now extended to Thursday. If water production capacity and water sampling continue successfully, the campground, cabin and lodge may reopen for Thursday night guests. A determination is expected Thursday morning and DNR will provide an update to park guests and media.

Day use facilities and services have been open since Monday this week for sight-seeing, fishing, picnicking, hiking on open trails, visiting the nature center, and guided horseback rides at the saddle barn. Gates are staffed, but no admission is charged. Vault toilets are open, and bottled water and packaged snacks are available at the Country Store near the campground. Mountain bike and horse trails remain closed.

Abe Martin Lodge, pools, modern restrooms, and drinking fountains have been closed since Monday, June 17 due to the unprecedented amount of sediment that came into Ogle Lake along with torrential rains. Ogle Lake is the park’s water supply. The sediment increased turbidity in the lake and impacted the water treatment facility’s filters.

A team of DNR and IDEM staff and consultants have been working around the clock to produce enough potable water to reopen the lodge and campground. Two mobile, pre-treatment units are now filtering the water before it reaches the park’s treatment plant. Water production capacity has increased. Staff continue to flush water lines across the park, and the required water sampling is in process.

Opportunities are still available for campers and inn guests who prefer to do so to transfer to other state park campgrounds or inns where availability exists. 

Accident Monday morning closed SR 9, driver arrested for OVWI

A portable breath test came back as more than twice the legal limit on a driver involved in an accident that closed south State Road 9 Monday morning.


A fully-loaded semi-tractor trailer ran off of State Road 9 and crashed on its side Monday morning.  Shelbyville Police report Joey Grant, 44, of Indianapolis, was operating a Volvo semi that was carrying crushed vehicles from Petit's Auto Salvage in Shelbyville to another company in Hope.  Police report Grant explained that a Chevy Impala driven by on "old lady" abruptly stopped in front of him on the highway.  He swerved into the ditch and the load and vehicle fell over onto property of the First Church of the Nazarene.


Witnesses told police there was no other car involved and that the semi just got too far off the roadway.


Officers at the scene reported being able to immediately smell alcohol.  Medics began to assess Grant who declined treatment saying he was not injured. 


Grant complied with the officers request to perform a PBT which registered .19%.  Grant also failed field sobriety tests at the scene.  The police report indicates Grant agreed to be taken for a chemical breath test at the Shelby County Jail.  He was taken, under arrest for operating a vehicle while under the influence, to the jail.  Chemical breath tests resulted in insufficient samples and Grant consented to a blood draw at MHP which was sent to the Indiana State Department of Toxicology.


Grant was described as cooperative and courteous with officers.


Milling, paving this week on Shelbyville's Montgomery and West Broadway streets

The City of Shelbyville has announced streets that are impacted by scheduled repairs this week.


The following areas will be lane restricted for milling on Monday, June 24:


Montgomery St, from Locust to Hodell


West Broadway, from Washington to West


West Broadway, from Tompkins to Harrison


Paving will be on Tuesday, June 25, with lane restrictions.


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