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Bartholomew Co. Sheriff's Office warns of scam effort underway to raise money for K9 Diesel

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office has been humbled by the community outreach in response to the ultimate sacrifice our K9 Diesel made a little over a week ago. Several great organizations like the Bartholomew County Humane Society, Dog World and our great Veterans organizations have volunteered to host fund raisers for a memorial and to sustain our K9 Program.


These organizations, as well as hundreds of citizens, have sent cards, well wishes, prayers, personal items to the Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Matt Bush. We are still in the grieving process but our spirits are lifted by the outpouring of support.


Unfortunately, we have been alerted to a possible scam of someone positioning themselves as a supporter by raising funds on Spot Fund or Go Fund Me web sites.  We wanted to alert the public that we have not endorsed or support these on line activities. Please don’t fall victim. 


If anyone would like to drop off a card or other donation item, please bring it to the front desk at the Sheriff’s Office or mail it to 543 2nd Street. If we do launch a more broad based fund raiser, Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers will personally endorse the effort. 


If anyone has questions please send them to Deputy Dana Vogt at dvogt@bartholomew.in.gov


We want to thank the community again for the overwhelming support

Indiana Farm Bureau says cost of Thanksgiving meal up 12%

How much will a Thanksgiving meal cost you this year?   According to the Indiana Farm Bureau, you can expect to spend about 5 dollars per person, or $47.81, on a full Thanksgiving meal. That's 12% more than what you would have spent in 2019.


That price includes the cost of "a sixteen-pound turkey, the stuffing, two pumpkin pies, rolls, peas, a relish tray, cranberries and some drinks as well," says IFB Public Relations Manager Molly Zentz.


However, that number is very likely a high-estimate. The price tag of $47.81 is meant to feed a group of ten individuals, which is the usual number the IFB measures by -- but gatherings that large are unlikely to happen this year due to the pandemic.


So, according to Zentz, whether people plan to have a large or small gathering, Thanksgiving may actually be more affordable this year.


The IFB also found that this year, more people are considering getting smaller cuts of turkey, or perhaps even ham, instead of the usual large turkey dish.


"If you're having a party with your immediate family, or even a virtual event where you're going to cook something just for yourself, you'll want to purchase small cuts of turkey, small cuts of meat," Zentz said. "It's possible that people won't want to purchase a large turkey if they're having a smaller gathering."


As a result, this year, the IFB also measured the price of a four pound ham. If that's the route you want to go, Zentz says, the average price for a four pound ham is just under eleven dollars.


Zentz adds that this deviation from a traditional turkey won't hurt local turkey farmers, as most of the turkey that Hoosier farmers produce becomes ground turkey or deli meat anyway.


"Even if you go out and purchase some deli meat or some ground turkey, you'll still be supporting Indiana's turkey farmers this year," Zentz said. 


You can read the full IFB report at infarmbureau.org.


Wet weather tonight - Wednesday; warmer for Thanksgiving weekend

Rain and a wintry mix will be in the weather forecast early in the week, but it will clear out by Thanksgiving, according to the National Weather Service.


Mike Koch, meteorologist with the National Weather Service says the next significant weather event is tonight and Wednesday.



Onto Thanksgiving with improved weather.



Koch believes there may be small amounts of snow next week in parts of Indiana, but he believes there won’t be any “significant accumulation at this point.”



MHP Covid Update

Bam” monoclonal drug for Covid treatment.  We have given 4 patients this Ely Lilly drug.  All four patients have tolerated it well without any interactions and are showing improvement.  We are scheduled to give two additional infusions today.  This drug is specifically designed for high-risk patients who have mild to moderate symptoms.  It is not designed for patients who are already so ill that they require hospitalization.  


Therapeutics and treatments for Covid.  Unlike the first wave of Covid earlier in the year, we now have proven outpatient therapeutics and treatments that have shown excellent results in high-risk patients with underlying health issues; as long as they seek care early on in the disease.  If you are high-risk or have underlying health issues, please do not wait until you are severely ill and be sure to seek care as soon as symptoms develop.  It may mean the difference between a mild to moderate experience and a severe case, or worse.


Thanksgiving:  We are asking the public to please be cautious over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Help us slow the spread of Covid by washing your hands, social distance when possible, and WEAR YOUR MASK.  Please have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. 


Priority Care:  We are still seeing extremely high volumes of urgent care patients at Priority Care.  The availability of support staff is a concern and we are starting to shift resources to move Medical Assistants from other departments to assist.  We are encouraging established patients to temporarily utilize MHP Family and Internal Medicine’s walk-in clinic in order to offload some of the volumes at Priority Care.   


Nursing Homes:  We are pleased to report that the two local nursing homes that recently experienced a Covid outbreak are starting to steady and stabilize.



Number of NEW positive results: 61 new positive cases since 11/18/2020

Out of the 61 new positive cases, 4 patients required inpatient care and 57 remained outpatient. 



Current number of 3rd floor inpatients:  25 and 6 of those patients are in the Critical Care Unit (CCU)

Number of available 3rd floor beds: 15

Currently, we have 17 inpatients that tested positive 

Number of patients in the 1st floor ACC unit: 2 with 22 beds available and none of these are patients that have positive or suspected COVID.   



Number of total ER patients in last 24 hours: 45 patients, which is lower than we have been seeing previously. 


Number of vents currently in use and number of vents available:

We have 4 ventilators in use and 3 BiPAP in use, 0 trilogy units are in use.  This leaves us with 13 ventilation units available. 

Law enforcement searching for Shelbyville man convicted on drug charges

James Lavarquis Graham, 40, of Shelbyville, was convicted by a jury of three counts of Level 5 Felony Dealing a Narcotic Drug, one count of Level 4 Felony Dealing Methamphetamine, and one Level 3 Felony count of Dealing Methamphetamine, as well as one Level 5 Felony count of Corrupt Business Influence.


The jury reconvened Thursday and found Graham to be an Habitual Offender.


Shelby County Prosecutor Brad Landwerlen called eight witnesses in the main part of the trial. This included two confidential informants, one accessory to one of the deals, one undercover Indiana State Trooper drug detective, three local officers, and a lab tech from the Indiana State Police Lab. Landwerlen says the evidence proved that Graham, who goes by the street name "Fuddy", sold fentanyl to police through an informant after promising to deliver heroin in April of 2019. A few days later, he sold Fentanyl and meth to police through an informant. A few days later he sold over seven grams of meth to police though an informant, and through the use of an accessory who actually delivered the meth. A few days later he sold meth to police through an informant, who was accompanied by an undercover officer. A few days later he sold fentanyl and meth to police through an informant. These deals took place between April 12 - April 30, 2019.


The prosecutor says he did not call the third informant to testify. The jury deliberated approximately 20 minutes before finding Graham guilty on all of counts.


Landwerlen then called five witnesses to testify regarding Graham's status of being an Habitual Offender. The jury deliberated roughly two minutes before finding him to be an habitual offender.

Graham had failed to appear for a hearing to revoke his bond a couple of weeks ago, and also failed to appear for trial, so he was tried in abstentia. After he is caught, he will be sentenced to up to 36 years in prison.


The prosecutor says he would like to commend narcotics investigator Jason Myers for conducting a thorough and difficult investigation, as well as the other officers involved in the case.


The prosecutor’s office requests that anyone with information on the whereabouts of James "Fuddy" Graham to avoid approaching him, and contact the Shelby County Sheriff's Department at 317-398-6661.

MHP COVID-19 Daily Update - November 18

    • Community food donations:  Several restaurants and businesses have started to reach out again inquiring how to donate meals to our staff.  If you wish to coordinate the delivery of food for MHP staff, please contact Angela Gill at agill@majorhospital.org or (317) 421-0361.  We very much appreciate the community’s generosity. 
    • Social distancing in the MHP café:  The Health Pavilion Conference Room has been booked solely for Café overflow.  This room may not be booked for any other purpose until further notice.  Tables and chairs from the café will be relocated to encourage and promote more social distancing.
    • Nursing Home/Assisted Living Facility update:  A local Assisted Living facility now has a positive staff member and 1-2 positive residents.  We are working closely with them and the local health department is also coordinating with ISDH. 
    • Priority Care:  We saw 85 urgent care visits yesterday at Priority Care.  Priority Care, MHP Family & Internal Medicine and MHP Pediatrics are able to see walk-in patients and have the ability to perform Covid testing.  The wait at Priority Care is currently longer than the other two options. 
    • Eli Lilly drug:  Today, we are administering our first dose of bamlanivimab, the Eli Lilly monoclonal antibody treatment for Covid. 
    • Students at MHP:  Clinical rotations for students remain limited at this time.  All student requests must go through the Education Department for approval, which is available on our website.       



    • Number of NEW positive results: 55 new positive cases since 11/16/2020
      • Out of the 55 new positive cases, 5 patients required inpatient care and 50 remained outpatient. 
      • We have sufficient testing supplies for the regular test and the rapid test. 



    • Current number of 3rd floor inpatients:  33 and 12 of those patients are in the Critical Care Unit (CCU)
      • Number of available 3rd floor beds: 7
    • Currently, we have 15 inpatients that tested positive 
    • Number of patients in the 1st floor ACC unit: 8 with 14 beds available and none of these are patients that have positive or suspected COVID.   


    • Number of total ER patients in last 24 hours: 51 patients   


    • Number of vents currently in use and number of vents available:
      • We have 3 ventilators in use and 4 BiPAP in use, 0 trilogy units are in use.  This leaves us with 14 ventilation units available. 

City of Shelbyville releases information for the sale of lots within Hamilton Major


Public Notice to bidders regarding sale of property by the City Of Shelbyville Board of Public Works and Safety


At the November 2, 2020, meeting of the City of Shelbyville Board of Public Works and Safety (the "Board"), the Board determined that it was appropriate to sell a portion of real estate owned by the City of Shelbyville, Indiana, commonly known as 13 lots in the Hamilton Major Place Subdivision, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176, the legal descriptions and addresses of which are set forth herein below (the "Property"). The sale of the Property was approved by the Common Council of the City of Shelbyville on November 2, 2020. The sale of the Property shall be conducted as a public auction by an electronic sale upon the following terms and conditions:


1.                   The purchase price of the Property shall be not less than the amounts set forth below.  The purchaser of the Property shall be responsible for paying certain additional expenses associated with the sale of the Property, which expenses shall include, but not limited to, the cost of the publication of notices, recording fees and other fees incurred by the Board as a result of such sale.


2.                   Real Estate Information Packages are available at the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office in City Hall, 44 West Washington Street, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176 and online at www.cityofshelbyvillein.com.  In order to be eligible to bid, Real Estate Information Packages must be completed and submitted to hamiltonmajor@cityofshelbyvillein.com or delivered to the Clerk Treasurer’s Office in City Hall at 44 W. Washington St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46176  no later than 10:00 a.m. on December 2, 2020.  Questions may be addressed by email to hamiltonmajor@cityofshelbyvillein.com or by calling 317-389-6624 or 317-392-5103.


3.                   Upon completion of the Real Estate Information Package, an interested bidder must register to bid at www.cityofshelbyvillein.com.


4.                   Interested bidders may inspect the Property during normal business hours upon (i) written notice to hamiltonmajor@cityofshelbyvillein.com; and (ii) execution and delivery of a release, indemnification and hold harmless agreement available in the Real Estate Information Package.  All inspections will be conducted at such bidder’s expense.  Inspections will be allowed through 1:00 p.m. on December 7, 2020.


5.                   Bids must be submitted electronically and are subject to the terms and conditions found in the Real Estate Information Package.  The amount of bids and the identity of bidders will be disclosed and available to the public throughout the electronic sale.


6.                   Bids will be accepted electronically beginning at 9:00 am on December 4, 2020. Bidding will conclude at 4:59 pm on December 7, 2020.  All bids will be open to public inspection upon receipt.  Registered bidders will be notified of all subsequent bids via electronic means.  Bids will be reviewed at the December 8, 2020 meeting of the Board of Public Works and Safety.  Successful bidders will be notified no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 15, 2020, subject to the City’s ability to reject all bids for one or more lots.  Successful bidders will be announced within 7 days of the conclusion of bidding.


7.                   Separate bids must be submitted for each lot individually.


8.                   The successful bidder must comply with the Hamilton Major Place Planned Unit Development Ordinance No. 19-2871 and the Hamilton -Major Subdivision Secondary Plat recorded as Instrument No. 2019006426.


9.                   The Property may not be sold to a person who is ineligible under Indiana Code § 36-1-11-16, and an offer to purchase the Property which is submitted by a trust as defined in Indiana Code § 30-4-1-1(a) must identify each beneficiary of the trust and the settler empowered to revoke or modify the trust.


10.               The legal descriptions, addresses, tax parcel numbers and the minimum sales price of the Property are:


Lot 1 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 180 W. Washington Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-11-06-200-623.000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $45,000.00.


Lot 2 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 168 W. Washington Street, Shelbyville, IN;  Tax Parcel Number 73-11-06-200-624.000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $45,000.00.


Lot 3 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 156 W. Washington Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-11-06-200-625.000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $45,000.00.


Lot 4 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 144 W. Washington Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-11-06-200-626.000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $45,000.00.


Lot 5 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 179 W. Franklin Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-11-06-200-627.000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $36,500.00.


Lot 6 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 167 W. Franklin Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-11-06-200-628-000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $36,000.00.


Lot 7 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 155 W. Franklin Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-11-06-200-629.000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $36,000.00.


Lot 8 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 143 W. Franklin Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-11-06-200-630.000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $36,000.00.


Lot 9 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 178 W. Franklin Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-07-31-400-407.000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $38,500.00.


Lot 10 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 166 W. Franklin Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-07-31-400-408.000-002, $38,000.00.


Lot 11 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 154 W. Franklin Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-07-31-400-409.000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $38,000.00.


Lot 12 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 142 W. Franklin Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-07-31-400-410.000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $38,000.00; and


Lot 13 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 134 W. Franklin Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-07-31-400-411.000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $43,750.00


11.               The Property will be transferred “as is”, “where is” and “with all faults”.  The City of Shelbyville makes not representation or warranty as to the physical condition or value of the Property.


12.               The City of Shelbyville reserves the right to reject all bids for one or more lots.


City of Shelbyville to request federal funds for North Riley corridor project

A corridor project on North State Road 9 would provide a new-look gateway to Shelbyville from the north.


The Shelbyville Common Council heard a second presentation from Taylor Siefker Williams design group and VS Engineering regarding the city’s planned LPA grant application to seek federal funds for the project.


The approximately $11.7 million project would involve just under $8 million in federal funds with just under $4 million from the city.


City Planning and Building Director Adam Rude says some of the numbers in Monday’s presentation are estimates



Mayor Tom DeBaun compared the project to what Franklin did on its entryway from I-65 toward the city.  Milling and overlay will be a part of the project. 


City of Shelbyville, IN and Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group, LLC


Funds received from the state as part of the relinquishment of the roadway to the city will also aid the city’s funding.



The mayor said discussions of the design, including a roundabout, involved talks with Knauf representatives.



The submittal deadline for grant funding is December 11.  The project could go to construction in 2025.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar details coronavirus vaccines on GMA

Moderna and Pfizer both say they have coronavirus vaccines that are at least 90% effective.


Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, also a former executive at Eli Lilly, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that Monday is a historic day.



Governor's executive order stresses Covid enforcement

Governor Holcomb's latest public-health order outlines for the first time potential enforcement actions for businesses who ignore coronavirus precautions.


Holcomb announced Wednesday he'd institute new limits on large gatherings, linked to the four-level weekly COVID risk score calculated by the Indiana State Department of Health. The text of the 15-page order spells out additional requirements businesses must follow, and says state and local health departments, police, the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, or the Indiana Department of Homeland Security can act against businesses which defy those orders.


The order recommends a three-step process, starting with a verbal warning to correct "unsafe practices." That would be followed by a written order, with businesses who still don't comply subject to shutdown. The order says businesses closed down for noncompliance should be referred to state licensing boards or the secretary of state for possible license revocation.


The state followed that progression earlier this year with businesses who defied a lockdown order, but this is the first time it's been explicitly applied to routine precautions. The order says businesses must mark off six-foot social distancing with signs or floor markings, make sanitizer readily available, and require employees to wear masks. It also requires restaurants, bars and clubs to keep tables six feet apart, and require patrons to remain seated.


The order requires businesses to post signs directing customers to wear masks, and recommends they deny admittance to those who won't.


The order also limits spectators at most high school sporting events. Counties in the high-risk "red zone" -- currently Clay, Decatur, Fayette, Fountain, LaGrange, Newton, Perry, Union and Warren -- are barred from allowing any spectators other than players' parents, guardians, or siblings. All but five of Indiana's other 83 counties are in the "approaching high risk" orange zone, and are limited to quarter-capacity. The order says the Marion County Health Department and the I-H-S-A-A will work out a separate spectator plan for the state high school football championships at Lucas Oil Stadium over Thanksgiving weekend.


Spectators other than family members are banned from community sports events in orange and red counties.


As Holcomb announced on Wednesday, public or private gatherings other than religious services are subject to capacity limits based on risk level. The moderate-risk "yellow zone" -- currently Crawford, Fulton, Monroe, Putnam and Switzerland Counties -- are allowed gatherings of up to 100 people. The limit is 50 people in orange counties and 25 in red counties, unless the local health department approves in advance a plan for handling more.


While counties with worsening virus numbers can be moved to a higher risk level, counties must show improving numbers for two straight weeks before being moved to a lower level.


Local governments can impose stricter limits if they want. Indianapolis and Fishers have already done so.


The order runs through December 12 but can be extended or revised.


Christian Investments renovations have The Armory ready to host events

Chad Christian’s efforts with an historic building in Shelbyville’s downtown are creating Shelbyville’s newest site to host weddings, reunions and events.


The Armory, 137 E. Washington Street, has a history that dates back to the early 1900’s.  The site once had livery stables.  For nearly 90 years, the National Guard Armory building turned Carl McNeely Civic Center has served over the years as home for the Parks Department, Girls Club and Shelby Senior Services.


Christian purchased the 30, 000 square foot building from a court-ordered auction. 



Most recently, the Sanctuary of Shelbyville was there to serve those hurt by domestic abuse.  Currently, there is living space with people who reside in apartments.



Christian says enhanced efforts to revamp the gym area along with the rest of the structure have made it available for people looking for space to host all types of events.



Christian says a lot of guys lended their time and expertise to the renovation project.



He says the venue is ready to host any number of events.



For more details or to schedule an event contact Christian Investments at 317-398-7203 option 3 for the Event Space or e-mail chad@christianllc.net .


MHP Covid - 19 update - November 11; info on vaccine distribution expected next week

    • Shifting staff resources:  We currently have a total of 23 employees off work and not all of those are due to Covid.  Effective Monday, November 16th, we are shifting some qualified, clinical staff to other departments due to the increase in inpatient COVID+ patients.  This will cause a temporary disruption in our cardiac rehab department.  We are doing this because of increases in volumes which requires more staff to care for our inpatients, and not because we feel we cannot perform cardiac rehab services safely. 
    • Rapid Covid testing:  Priority Care has the ability to perform rapid Covid tests.  Results are available in as little as 20 minutes, but it is only available to patients who have Covid symptoms and present within the first 5 days of the onset of symptoms.  Priority Care is open 7AM-7PM Monday through Friday and 8AM-2PM on Saturdays and Sundays.  
      • Our current turnaround times are 3-4 days for the non-rapid tests that are sent to the State’s testing facility. 
    • Priority Care:  Priority Care is very busy currently and seeing between 75-80 patients per day on the urgent care side.  The majority of patients are presenting with Covid-like symptoms.
    • Covid vaccine:  We are supposed to receive data, including information on vaccine distribution as soon as next week.  We will continue to update as more information becomes available.      
    • Hospitals on diversion:  Many hospitals in Indianapolis and in our neighboring counties are currently full and are diverting patients to other hospitals due to lack of inpatient bed capacity.  MHP is not currently on diversion, but we are getting close.     



    • Number of NEW positive results: 61 new positive cases since 11/9/2020
      • Out of the 61 new positive cases, 9 patients required inpatient care and 52 remained outpatient. 



    • Current number of 3rd floor inpatients:  36 and 7 of those patients are in the Critical Care Unit (CCU)
      • Number of available 3rd floor beds: 4
    • Currently, we have 24 inpatients that tested positive 
    • Number of inpatients in the 1st floor ACC unit: 7 with 15 beds available and none of these are patients that have positive or suspected COVID.   


    • Number of total ER patients in last 24 hours: 66.  We have 7 patients right now, which is very manageable compared to our norm.   


    • Number of vents currently in use and number of vents available:
      • We have 4 ventilators in use and 3 BiPAP in use, 0 trilogy units are in use.  This leaves us with 13 ventilation units available.  

Final day for McCalip's Service Station coming Friday; new owners - Indy Quick Stop

An institution in the Pleasant View area of Shelby County is coming to an end this week as Mike McCalip will be locking up McCalip’s Service Station one last time this Friday.


After six decades, the business located at 12740 E. Southeastern Ave., Fairland, will have new owners as Indy Quick Stop has bought the service station and will brand it as a Shell gas station.


“It is bittersweet. I am going to miss the people, and I appreciate the business we have been in for almost 60 years. It has been a great run, but I am 65 and it is time. My wife and I will go to Florida, be snowbirds and that’s what we want to do. I’ve worked hard all my life and it will be time to go. I want a new chapter in my life,” Mike McCalip told Giant FM.


McCalip came to work for his father, who started the service station, when he was a child and took over the business in 1984 after his father died.


“My wife and I have owned it for almost 36 years and we grew the business. I always wanted to do it and make it bigger. We bought the property next door in 1987 and added on. My dream was to always make it bigger,” McCalip said.


And, that’s what he did with the help of many workers and a community that has shown up every day the station has been open for coffee and to catch up on the latest talk in town.


“It has been a daily thing for years. They are here, and I know the times people come and go. Stop just stop in for a cup of coffee and say hello and are gone. I have people who are retired that come here every day for a few hours and if they aren’t here by a certain time, I call. It’s been special. I will miss the customers who have become friends,” McCalip said.


Those customers and friends have helped the business back from a horrible time where the Covid-19 pandemic impacted business earlier this year.


“We had the worst month in business in March when the pandemic hit. We are back to about 90 percent, but it was tough the first month. I am very fortunate in the business I am in that people need their cars and gas. We have been fortunate, but I have friends in the restaurant business that have struggled. We’ve been blessed and when things got tight, people were still there for us,” McCalip said.


McCalip and his staff will be holding a customer appreciation day Friday, Nov. 13 from noon until 2 p.m. at the station.


“At 2 p.m., it closes. It’ll be sad. It will be real tough walking out the door the final time, lot of tears will be shed I can tell you that right now. It’s tough to talk about now and it will be tough that day. I have no complaints, and am a happy man. We had the business for sale and I was off for four weeks after getting Covid and did a lot of soul searching. It didn’t make me speed it up or slow down the decision to retire. I’m 65 and it’s time to slow down and smell the roses,” McCalip said. 

MHP Covid Update - November 9

MHP Staffing:  We have had 50 employees test positive since March.  Currently, we have 24 MHP employees off work.  3 employees returned to work today, but 5 new cases were added since Thursday.  We anticipate staffing could potentially become a critical issue, especially in certain departments if volumes continue at this pace. 

Shelby County:  The 7-day positivity rate is over 14.29%, which is the highest of any surrounding counties around Marion County.  Our death rate is the highest of any of the surrounding counties as well.  We believe this is due in large part to our two nursing home outbreaks. (involving Ashford Place and Heriage House) The hospitalization rate at MHP is lower (i.e. better) than what it was in March-May.  

Covid result turnaround times:  The state lab for Covid results is taking as few as 4 days, but as many as 10 days at other times.  We are exploring other lab options, but this is a limiting factor currently. 

Supplies:  Overall, our supplies are sufficient.  We have no critical shortages at this time.

Screening:  We are not currently conducting screenings at the main public entrances.  However, we are screening visitors as they arrive at various hospital departments (surgery, ACC, OB, and ER).  All visitors must answer both screening questions below with negative answers.


All visitors must wear masks. A complimentary mask will be provided upon entry if needed.  Please also follow social distancing and hand sanitizing guidelines.


Visitation Restrictions for Patients age 18 and older: 
Designated visitors” are chosen by the patient and must remain the same for the length of the patient’s stay. Visitor restrictions vary by department. See the list below:

Inpatient/ACC: Patients may have two designated visitors from 9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Emergency Dept: No visitors allowed (except for pediatric and altered mental status patients, both of which may have one designated visitor).

Imaging/Surgery/Lab: Patients may have one designated visitor.

Physician offices: Patients may have one designated visitor.

Maternity Care/OB: Patients may have one designated visitor (no limitation on visiting hours).

Pediatric Patients: Patients may have two designated visitors.

Clergy/Priests: Priests and clergy persons are permitted to visit patients upon request.

These restrictions are subject to change.



Number of NEW positive results: 66 new positive cases since 11/6/2020  Out of the 66 new positive cases, 12 patients required inpatient care and 54 remained outpatient. 



Current number of 3rd floor inpatients:  28 and 8 of those patients are in the Critical Care Unit

Number of available 3rd floor beds: 12

Currently, we have 18 inpatients that tested positive 

Number of inpatients in the 1st floor ACC unit: 5 with 17 beds available and none of these are patients that have positive or suspected COVID.   



Number of total ER patients in last 24 hours: 70.  We have 20 patients right now, which is busy for us.   



Number of vents currently in use and number of vents available:

We have 3 ventilators in use and 3 BiPAP in use, 0 trilogy units are in use.  This leaves us with 14 ventilation units available.  The number of available vents is more than sufficient at this time based on the acuity of our patients and the number of inpatients.  Our availability of ventilation units not a concern at this time.  


Over 300 Pet Valu stores, Shelbyville, to close

Pet Valu will close all of its 358 U.S. stores, including its Shelbyville location.

The company announced last week that it is stopping operations due to the severe impact from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The business sells pet products and supplies and featured in-store services such as dog washes and grooming.

In addition to the Shelbyville location, the business featured four stores in Indianapolis, two in Carmel and stores in Anderson, Brownsburg, Greenwood, Kokomo, and Zionsville.

There is no specific date listed for the closing, but the business is advertising a 20 percent off sale on its website.

In a release, Jamie Gould, the company’s Chief Restructuring Officer, said, “The Pet Valu U.S. team is proud to have met the needs of our devoted pet lover customers in the U.S. for more than 25 years. However, the company’s stores have been significantly impacted by the protracted Covid-19-related restrictions. After a thorough review of all available alternatives, we made the difficult but necessary decision to commence this orderly wind down.”

It is believed all store closing sales will commence in the coming days, and the company states it will continue to take precautions to keep its stores safe for customers and employees. 

New Pal schools return to virtual learning

New Palestine High School students will be going back to virtual learning due to a spike in Covid-19 cases.


District officials confirmed the measure comes after six positive tests for students and staff at New Palestine High School. 


"At this time, evidence exists to suggest that community spread has occurred at school. Contact tracing has been completed related to these cases. If your family was not notified by the corporation nurse, your student was not identified as a close contact with any of the positive cases," said Wes Anderson, community affairs and communications director for the district.


As a result of the spike, New Palestine High School has switched to virtual learning immediately and will be until Thanksgiving break. 


District officials said additional cases may result in the virtual learning timeframe to be extended. 

As a result of virtual learning, ISTEP testing has been postponed, but extracurricular activities are set to continue.


At this time, the other schools in the district will continue in-person until further notice. 


"We encourage all families across the corporation to prepare for virtual or hybrid learning if positive cases increase, community spread occurs, and/or a color change to the ISDH map on Wednesday. Families should have a plan for the potential of changes to the school schedule on short notice," Anderson said. 




Shelbyville's Kimura receives Manufacturing Readiness Grant

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), in partnership with Conexus Indiana, announced the second round of awards totaling approximately $3 million to 31 Indiana businesses in Manufacturing Readiness Grants, which Governor Eric J. Holcomb first announced in May. The grants are part of the Economic Activity Stabilization and Enhancement (EASE) program designed to stimulate manufacturing investments that will position Hoosier operations, and the sector overall, for future growth and prosperity. 

“It's truly incredible to see manufacturers across the state of Indiana rise to the unprecedented challenges of this year," said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. "The response we continue to see from the Manufacturing Readiness Grant program is remarkable, and I'm am encouraged by the progress we've seen in getting these businesses back on track." 

The 31 manufacturers receiving grants represent 21 Indiana counties and cover a wide range of specialties, including automotive, aerospace and defense, agriculture, machinery and construction, consumer packaging products, and health care and medical. Together, these businesses plan to invest more than $19.3 million in technology and equipment to position their businesses for future growth by increasing capacity and modernizing operations. Four of the manufacturers – EARL Solutions LLC, Helmer Scientific LLC, Hightech Signs and Trinity Guardion LLC – are accelerating operational investments in health care manufacturing technology to support critical COVID-19 response efforts.


Georg Utz Inc. (Bartholomew County; $50,000 grant award) headquartered in Switzerland with a production facility in Edinburgh since 2009, develops and produces reusable plastic transport devices for automated and manual systems across various industries. The company is implementing a full Manufacturing Execution System (MES) with interconnectivity between machines and IOT sensors, material planning, production control and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). 


Kimura Foundry America (Shelby County; $38,000 grant award), a Japan-based metal foundry with operations in Shelbyville, is investing in 3D printing to produce castings and purchasing new equipment, including Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM), to enhance operations and efficiencies.

The IEDC initially made $4 million available for Indiana Manufacturing Readiness Grants and has since been able to expand the awards for Hoosier manufacturers with support of CARES Act funding. The awards are issued in the form of matching grants up to or equal to the amount of the qualified investment in new equipment and machinery (minimum 1:1 investment match).
While the allocated program funding has been exceeded, Conexus, with the input of a peer review panel, will continue to assess applications and make funding recommendations to the IEDC, which will fund select applications if and when additional funding becomes available. Eligibility requirements and the grant application are available online.

CGS under new ownership; Justice Department requires Waste Management to divest assets to proceed with Advanced Disposal acquisition

The Department of Justice announced today that Waste Management, Inc. (WMI) will be required to divest 15 landfills, 37 transfer stations, 29 hauling locations, over 200 waste collection routes, and other assets in order to proceed with its $4.6 billion acquisition of Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. (ADS).  The department said that without the divestiture, the proposed acquisition would substantially lessen competition for small container commercial waste collection or municipal solid waste disposal services in over 50 local markets.


  The department’s Antitrust Division — along with five state Attorneys General — filed a civil antitrust lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to block the proposed transaction.  At the same time, the department filed a proposed settlement that, if approved by the court, would resolve the competitive harm alleged in the complaint.  The participating state Attorneys General offices represent Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.


“Without divestitures, this merger would have harmed competition for essential waste collection and disposal services throughout the country,” said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim.  “By requiring WMI and ADS to divest numerous facilities and assets in ten states, will ensure that businesses, municipalities, and towns continue to benefit from competition for these critical services.”


According to the complaint, WMI and ADS both supply small container commercial waste collection and municipal solid waste disposal services.  In each of the local markets alleged in the complaint, WMI and ADS compete vigorously against each other and are either the only two or two of only a few significant providers of one or both of these essential services.  The combination of the two companies would eliminate head-to-head competition between them and threaten the lower prices and better service that customers have realized from that competition. 


Under the terms of the proposed settlement, WMI and ADS must divest assets covering over 50 local markets including landfills, transfer stations, hauling locations, and waste collection routes to GFL Environmental Inc., or to an alternate acquirer approved by the United States.  GFL, based in Ontario, Canada, is a provider of small container commercial waste collection and MSW disposal in local markets in Canada and the Unites States.


WMI, a Delaware corporation, headquartered in Houston, Texas, had total revenues of over $15 billion in 2019. 


ADS, a Delaware corporation headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, had total revenues of over $1.6 billion in 2019. 


As required by the Tunney Act, the proposed consent decree, along with a competitive impact statement, will be published in the Federal Register.  Any person may submit written comments concerning the proposed settlement during a 60-day comment period to Katrina Rouse, Chief, Defense, Industrials, and Aerospace Section, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 450 Fifth Street, N.W., Suite 8700, Washington, D.C. 20530.  At the conclusion of the 60-day comment period, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia may enter the final judgment upon a finding that it serves the public interest.

Hamilton - Major auction approaching; city looks to extend Shelbyville improvements to North 9

The City of Shelbyville Common Council is moving closer to the auction of lots on the former Major Hospital site.


Mayor Tom DeBaun explains how interested parties can take part in that auction to acquire a lot for a home at the site.



The city council heard a brief presentation Monday from a representative with Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group.  The city is looking at initial ideas for North Riley Highway Redesign Discussion.






It's Election Day! Polls are open 6 am - 6 pm

Shelby County polling locations for Tuesday, November 3, 2020.


All locations are in an accessible facility.



West Street Methodist Church

629 S. West Street

Shelbyville, IN  46176



Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church

3718 E. Blue Ridge Road

Shelbyville, IN 46176



Intelliplex Conference Center

2154 Intelliplex Drive

Shelbyville, IN 46176



Fairland Town Hall

105 S. Walnut Street

Fairland, IN 46126



Morristown United Methodist Church

221 S. Washington Street

Morristown, IN 46161



St. George Lutheran Church

10931 S. 600 W.

Edinburgh, IN 46124



Waldron United Methodist Church

202 W. Washington Street

Waldron, IN 46182



Moral Township Fire Station

8333 N. Frontage Road

Fairland, IN 46126



Crossroad Community Church

475 Progress Parkway

Shelbyville, IN 46176



Shelby County Fairgrounds

Family Arts Building

500 Frank Street

Shelbyville, IN 46176

New owners enjoy bringing familiar pizza name back to Shelbyville

An old Shelbyville staple has come back as Greek's Pizzeria has returned.


Owners Ben Tanner and Bruce Graves told Giant FM, Greek's Pizzeria was located on the square during the 1970's.


"It was a popular spot for a long time and went away for a while," they said. 


In June, the two began looking for an area to open a new restaurant in when they heard about Shelbyville. 


"Fortunately,  we found a perfect building located near the circle. It fit all of our requirements, and we decided to lock in that location," Graves said.


The new location is 20 S. Harrison St. It is open 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday thru Thursday, 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from noon until 9 p.m. on Sunday.


Graves and Tanner said the business has been a win-win for them and the community. 


"A lot of people around town remember the old Greek's and they come in to talk about their experiences like watching dough being made to telling stories about working in the old shop. It's been rela fun having the same Greek's Pizzeria come back to Shelbyville and being a part of the community once more," Tanner said. 

Couple holds suspect at gunpoint until police arrive

A report of a man being held at gunpoint by homeowners in a residential entry brought Shelbyville Police to the scene


Shelbyville Police responded to 107 East Taylor Street for a report of residential entry. Upon arrival, dispatch advised the home owners had the male on the ground at gunpoint.


Robert Belles, 75, and Mildred Belles, 67, explained that the neighbor contacted them in reference to a man walking into their residence through the back door. Robert Belles stated that the residence is a rental and they are in the process of remodeling it. He and his wife came to the residence to check on the property and located a man inside.


Robert stated due to the circumstance he drew his firearm from his right jeans pocket and ordered the male to lay on the ground and not move and that's when his wife made contact with the police. The back door was not secured and there were no visible signs of forced entry.


Officers located a black jacket which the suspect identified as his and also a black BB gun that the suspect didn't claim. The male suspect, identified as Joseph Fortney, 24, of Shelbyville, stated that he lives at the residence and that his ID has that address on it. The owner stated he has never rented to the man and that he has no idea who he is.


Once Fortney was placed under arrest, a search was conducted. Police say they located in his right back pocket a clear baggy with a white crystal-like substance. Fortney immediately stated that the homeowner placed the item in his back pocket and he was unaware of the findings. The substance was field tested on scene for methamphetamine and came back with positive results.


A number of tools were stolen in the incident.


Fortney was taken to the Shelby County Jail.




State Rep Eberhart says legislature will look into Gov. Holcomb's power to make pandemic decisions

State Representative Sean Eberhart is running unopposed in this election cycle.  So, he knows he will be at the legislative session when they reconvene in January.  He says the governor’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic will be at the forefront of discussions.



Eberhart says lawmakers need to be a part of the pandemic decision process going forward.



The state representative told GIANT fm that the ongoing situation of the pandemic has allowed too much time to pass for the governor to make lone decisions.