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Indiana Grand set to open sports betting this weekend

Indiana Grand is among the three Indiana casinos that will open sports betting on September 1, the first day sports betting becomes legal in the state.


Indiana Grand, Ameristar and Hollywood are all authorized to go live Sept. 1," said Sara Tait, executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission. "And then Horshoe Hammond is authorized on the fourth of September and French Lick is authorized September 6."


Tait anticipates that all other casinos will have their launch dates approved soon, and that the hang-ups are only minor.


College betting has been limited to Division 1 sports.  In-play player prop bets for college athletes have been prohibited.  Betting will be available from IndyCar to professional darts.  The list is also on the Gaming Commission website, with it being described as "living", meaning it can change, as long as the sports meet the requirements of the Commission.



USDA crop estimates have farmers angered, confused

The USDA’ recent report that indicates crop production for 2019 will only be down slightly has a number of Indiana farmers upset.

With farmers impacted by a 2019 weather pattern that has greatly damaged this crop and the recent Crop Production report issued by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) that forecasted corn production down just from four percent from 2018. That’s a number that most Hoosier farmers would dispute.


Scott Gabbard with Shelby County’s Purdue Extension.



And, that’s even if locally Shelby County is better than most.


He says it’s hard to believe that other states can make up for massive losses in several states around the Midwest.


Elkhart man identified in fatal work accident

An Elkhart man was killed in an on-the-job accident Friday in Warsaw.


Warsaw Police and emergency personnel responded just before noon Friday to a staging area and office site for Meade where employees were performing work for NIPSCO. 


A Warsaw Police press release states the accident involved a front-end loader. It appears the front-end loader was operating in reverse when another employee was struck.  The accident caused a catastrophic head injury and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner.


The deceased has been identified as Cedric Barnett, 31, Elkhart.


Currently investigators believe this to be an accidental death as there is no evidence of foul play. The coroner has scheduled an autopsy as is standard in a workplace accident involving death. 


The investigation continues and at the time of this release, representatives of OSHA were on the way to the scene to conduct their investigation.


Thomas Patrick Lanham, 54, of Leesburg, was the operator of the front-end loader. Lanham also is an employee of Meade and is cooperating with the investigation.


Animal shelter to debut, celebrate new Presentation Shelter

This weekend another piece to the improved Shelbyville Shelby County Animal Shelter will be celebrated.


On Saturday the shelter will dedicate the Marjorie L. McNamara Presentation Shelter.  The shelter is named after the 1939 SHS graduate who donated the funds used to build it.  McNamara died in 2014.


Director Keith Barrett.




Barrett says the shelter is not only impressive to the grounds but is instrumental in events at the shelter.



Saturday’s event begins at 9:30 including a ribbon cutting, Silly Safari and music from the band Busted Mufflers.


A cookout and limited edition T-shirts will be on sale.

Corrections officer arrested for operating while intoxicated

On Friday August, 16, a corrections officer with the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office was arrested for operating while intoxicated following a traffic stop on State Road 46 in Columbus.


The investigation began shortly after 12:00 am, when Officer Kyle Weaver, Columbus Police Department, observed a white Jeep swerving and making unsafe lane movements westbound on State Road 46 near Morgan Willow Trace.  Officer Weaver conducted a traffic stop on the Jeep on State Road 46 near Johnson Blvd.  The driver of the vehicle was identified as Kimberly Cruser, 42, of Morgantown.


During the course of the traffic stop, Officer Weaver observed that Cruser showed signs of being intoxicated.  The Columbus Police Department soon requested the Indiana State Police take over the investigation after learning that Cruser was a corrections officer with the Bartholomew County Jail. 


Trooper Stephen Stoneking arrived on scene and conducted an investigation.  After giving Cruser  field sobriety tests, she was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital where a search warrant was served for her blood to determine her blood alcohol content.


After the search warrant was served, Trooper Stoneking arrested Cruser on charges of Operating While Intoxicated and Operating While Intoxicated (Endangerment).  She was also cited for an Open Container Violation.  She was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where she was then incarcerated.


The blood results are pending at this time.  The investigation is ongoing.

MHP and Shelby Senior Services local partners in YMCA plans

Planning continues for the future YMCA and MHP Wellness Center to be built at Shelbyville’s Intelliplex.


Major Health Partners intends to establish a YMCA facility in Shelbyville. 


MHP Bone & Lifestyle Medicine’s Dr. Gregory Howard says the plan also includes Shelby Senior Services.



Howard says including Senior Services can mean an improvement of the health of those that utilize those services in the county.



The plan has received city and county funding to contribute  $1.5 million that would fund the pool portion of the YMCA.


MHP would use the warm-water pool for patients' physical therapy.  The pool would also be open to the public as part of the YMCA.

Shelbyville Central among FSSA recipients of early education capacity-building grants

Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning recently awarded early education capacity-building grants totaling more than $870,000 to 14 applicants representing 19 prekindergarten programs in 13 Indiana counties. All recipients are located in counties whose residents are eligible for the On My Way Pre-K program for the first time in the 2019/2020 school year. On My Way Pre-K was expanded statewide as a result of House Enrolled Act 1628, signed by Governor Eric J. Holcomb in May of 2019.


On My Way Pre-K is Indiana’s state-funded prekindergarten program for low-income children. The program, which is free to families who qualify, is currently enrolling eligible 4-year-olds for the 2019/2020 school year. Families may check eligibility and apply here.


The capacity-building grants are awarded to early learning providers and county coalitions to serve more prekindergarten children and increase the quality of early education opportunities provided in Indiana.


Among the recipients:


Clay Academy, LLC




Mt. Vernon Early Learning Academy - Mini-Marauder Preschool  




Shelbyville Central Schools





Capacity-building grants may be used for the following purposes:

  • Training and professional development of teaching staff;
  • Classroom materials that demonstrate increased outcomes for children or increased instructional practices for educators;
  • Evidence-based curriculum or instructional materials including professional development for teaching staff to utilize the curriculum;
  • Family engagement activities or materials and/or marketing and communication materials; and
  • Other relevant needs to help expand capacity and/or improve quality programming to help programs reach Paths to QUALITY™ level 3 or 4, which is the requirement for a provider to be eligible to be an On My Way Pre-K provider.

Grant awards are for one year with the option to request a no-cost extension if additional capacity-building activities remain that have not been completed after one year. Nonprofit applicants interested in receiving funding for items not allowable had the opportunity to apply for a limited pool of separate grant funding from Early Learning Indiana.


All applicants were required to secure matching funds—between 5 and 50% of total budget—from local businesses or other stakeholders who will benefit from the community improvement associated with these capacity-building grants.

Indiana Secretary of Commerce appointed to US Investment Advisory Council

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has appointed Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger to the United States Investment Advisory Council (Council). In this role, Schellinger will serve the U.S. Department of Commerce and its SelectUSA program by advising on strategies and efforts to strengthen and increase foreign direct investment in the U.S.
“As a state, we are committed to taking Indiana to the world and bringing the world back to Indiana,” Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. “International companies like BWI, Daifuku Wynright, Infosys, Greenleaf Foods and Saab continue to expand and locate here, putting Indiana and Secretary Schellinger in a pole position to contribute to our nation’s vision and strategy in bringing more foreign direct investment to our economy.” 

Between 2016-2018, foreign direct investment committed to the state increased by 300 percent. During that time, the IEDC, in partnership with local communities, secured 123 commitments from international companies representing 22 countries and territories to invest $5.8 billion in Indiana and create 15,502 new Hoosier jobs. That trend has continued in 2019, with companies like Cormo USA, Indiana Wheel Corporation, Multimatic and OSR Inc. announcing plans already this year to locate or expand in Indiana.
“The world is more connected than ever before, and under Governor Holcomb’s leadership, we’re working daily to increase our connectivity to the world,” Schellinger said. “With 950 foreign-owned business establishments as well as international, Indiana-based companies like Cummins, Lilly and Hillenbrand, our state serves as a model, uniquely positioned to be at the forefront of the 21st century global economy. I’m honored to serve on this Council and proud to support national efforts to further strengthen our global business opportunities.”
The Council advises the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on the development and implementation of strategies and programs to attract and retain foreign direct investment and on ways to support the U.S. in remaining the world’s preeminent recipient of foreign direct investment. First charted in 2016, the Council has made recommendations on issues including broadening infrastructure investment priorities, improving U.S. workforce initiatives and redefining digital tools.  
Indiana is home to more than 950 foreign-owned business establishments which together support 193,000 Hoosier jobs, a number that continues to grow. Recent international announcements include Greenleaf Foods, SPC (Canada; Shelby County), Saab (Sweden; Tippecanoe County) and Saturn Petcare (Germany; Vigo County).

Shelbyville industry leader says they prepare for active shooter possibility

As the country mourns the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton a Shelbyville industry says they prepare for just such a possibility.


PK U.S.A Vice President Bill Kent.



Kent says, fortunately, PK has not had any incidents such as this.



Kent says their employees are entitled to a safe work environment and training like this is part of it.

Shelby among counties to benefit from rural broadband funding

Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced $22.1 million in funding for 11 broadband expansion infrastructure projects across the state as a part of the initial round of the Next Level Broadband program.


This funding will provide broadband infrastructure to more than 4,800 homes and commercial locations in 12 counties.


The $100 million Next Level Broadband program is the largest single state investment in broadband. For the initial round of funding, service providers could apply for up to $5 million per project to expand service to unserved areas if they provided at least a 20 percent match.


Among the applicants to provide unserved areas levels of up to one-gigabyte download and upload service:


Miles Communication Corporation
Bartholomew, Jennings and Shelby counties
This project will serve approximately 366 unserved households and 135 unserved businesses, in primarily rural portions of Bartholomew, Jennings and Shelby counties.

The requested grant amount is $2.8 million with a local match of $2.9 million, for a total project cost of more than $5.7 million.

Terre Haute man arrested; wanted in Shelby County

An early Wednesday morning arrest in Vigo County involved a man wanted on charges in Shelby County.


About 12:30 am Wednesday, Indiana State Trooper Brad Fyfe observed a vehicle traveling northbound on Lafayette Avenue near Carl Avenue with no operating tail lights.  The vehicle was a white Jeep with an Indiana registration.  Trooper Fyfe activated his emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop.  The Jeep promptly pulled over and came to a stop.


Trooper Fyfe proceeded to speak to the three occupants in the Jeep.  During his conversation, Trooper Fyfe immediately detected suspicious activity coming from a male passenger in the rear seat of the Jeep. Trooper Fyfe asked him for his identification, but the male passenger was unable to produce a picture ID, becoming visibly nervous, having difficulty even verbalizing his name. 


The trooper advised all occupants to stay in the vehicle and returned to his patrol car to verify the information that was provided to him.  Trooper Fyfe then observed the male passenger, from the rear seat, quickly exit the vehicle, running west. Trooper Fyfe, without hesitation, got out of his patrol car and gave loud verbal commands for the male subject to stop, but the commands were disregarded and he pursued on foot.  The fleeing male subject attempted to cross Lee Avenue and Lafayette Street, between two buildings, when Troopers Rondell Shelton and David Petrowski arrived on the scene and demanded the male subject to get on the ground.  The male subject stopped running and immediately complied with the verbal commands of the troopers.


The troopers immediately secured the male,Curtis S. Freeland, 34, of Terre Haute, and placed him into a patrol car.  During a search of a backpack that Freeland had left in the Jeep, it was discovered that it contained methamphetamine and a hypodermic syringe.  It was also discovered that Freeland was wanted out of Shelby County for auto theft and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. 


Freeland was taken into custody and was transported to the Vigo County Jail where he is currently being detained.

A Hope man arrested after fleeing law enforcement

On August 7, 2019, approx. 1:12 pm, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Abner was called to the 20000 block of E SR 46 in reference to a disturbance.


A male subject identified as Paul Foley 33, 20072 E SR 46, Hope, was refusing to leave a local business and was threatening an employee.  On arrival, Deputy Abner observed Foley arguing with a female in the parking lot.  As Foley entered his vehicle, Deputy Abner pulled his patrol car in front of Foley’s car so that he could speak with him.


Foley accelerated and drove past Deputy Abner.  Deputy Abner then attempted a traffic stop but Foley refused to stop and a pursuit ensued.   Foley abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot after hitting a box trailer parked in a yard on S West Street.  As a result, the trailer was pushed into another vehicle parked south of it. 


A short time later, Foley was located in a field and was taken into custody without further incident.  He was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of:


Resisting law enforcement

Leaving the scene of an accident

Reckless driving


He has since been released.

PK U.S.A. impacted by Nissan's troubles; new business model brings new business to Shelbyville facility

The hard times being experienced by an auto manufacturer prompted an industry leader to address the Shebyville Common Council on what the means locally.


Vice-President of PK USA Bill Kent says Nissan has been in a tailspin.



Kent says PK’s Mississippi plant has been particularly hard hit with the cutback’s following poor sales of the Nissan Titan.  Jobs there have been reduced by about a third.


Kent says now PK looks to new business.  And there has been success there which is good news for the Shelbyville facility.



Kent notes PK is stable after 30 years in the Shebyville community and is actually hiring at key positions.

Kent noted PK’s efforts to diversify compared to the city’s loss of hundreds of jobs in 2009 when Meridian Automotive closed following GM’s announced bankruptcy.

GIANT FM adds Rochester's WROI to its radio stations in Shelbyville and Greenfield

3 Towers Broadcasting, LLC is adding to its family of radio stations with the planned acquisition of WROI - FM in Rochester, Indiana.


Tom and Sue Bair have owned the Rochester classic hits station, WROI, for 26 years.



3 Towers Broadcasting assumed control of operations of 92.1 WROI on Thursday, August 1.


3 Towers Broadcasting has operated WSVX in Shelbyville, IN since 2007 with AM 1520 and 96.5 FM. In 2018, WGRN 106.3 FM in Greenfield, IN was added to the corporation’s broadcast stations.


3 Towers Broadcasting LLC is owned by Scott Huber, 49, and Johnny McCrory, 48, both of Shelbyville. Tyson Conrady, 34, also of Shelbyville, will join the ownership group with the official close of this acquisition later this year.


The completion of the sale is pending Federal Communications Commission approval in approximately 45 days.

Shelbyville man killed in Greenfield accident

A Wednesday accident in Greenfield resulted in the death of a Shelbyville teen.


Peyton Owens, 18, was the passenger in a vehicle involved in a two-car crash at State Road 9 and New Road.


Owens was pronounced dead at Hancock Regional Hospital.


The accident remains under investigation.

Gary Bowen named tournament director for Babe Ruth World Series in Florida

Shelbyville's Gary Bowen has a long-time association with Babe Ruth baseball.  This week, one of his all-time greatest honors associated with that sport is sending him on a World Series.



A man related to other honors for Bowen, his family and business, will provide an added attraction for Bowen’s World Series as tournament director.



Bowen says he was thrilled when he got the news.



Surrounded by baseball Bowen says he won’t get to see a lot of complete games but he can’t wait.