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Shelbyville's mayoral candidates on GIANT fm

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


Mayor Tom DeBaun (D)




Councilman Brad Ridgeway (R)




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

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


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


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




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


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


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


Good news: Shelby Co. told it will receive Community Crossings funding

Shelby County has learned that it will receive just under one million dollars in funding from Community Crossings.


Local governments are awarded state-matching funds for road construction projects through the Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative.


The CCMG was established by the Indiana General Assembly in 2016, and aims to advance community infrastructure projects, strengthen local transportation networks and improve Indiana’s roads and bridges. Since it was put into place, the program has awarded nearly $500 million in state matching funds for local construction projects.


Shelby County Commissioner Kevin Nigh says they were disappointed, at first, to learn there would be no funds for the county in the recent cycle.  That is, until a phone call was made to the Seymour INDOT office.  That’s when an error was discovered.



So now, the county can look ahead to planned projects with Community Crossings money available.



Absentee voting available at Shelby County Courthouse

Absentee voting will begin in the lobby of the Shelby County Courthouse continues Monday through Friday to November 1, during the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. 


The Shelby County Courthouse will also be open for voting on Saturday, October 26, and November 2, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm., and Monday, November 4, from 8:00 am to noon. 


Anyone wishing to vote at the Courthouse please use the west entrance off the parking lot. Absentee voting will be conducted on the first floor of the Courthouse.


November 4, by noon is the deadline for the Circuit Court Clerk to receive an absentee ballot application from a voter requesting an absentee traveling board to visit the voter at the voter’s location because of illness or injury of the voter, or because the voter is caring for a confined person at a private residence. Applications may be submitted to the Circuit Court Clerk in person, by fax, by mail or by e-mail. 


Any questions regarding the General Election to be held November 5, the public can call the Voter Registration Office at 317-392-6324.

Indiana reports first flu-related death of season

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today confirmed the state’s first influenza-related death of the 2019-20 flu season.


“This is a tragic reminder that we should never underestimate how serious the flu can be,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “Vaccination is the best defense against influenza, so please make sure you and your loved ones receive a flu shot.”


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year. Dr. Box said that because infants younger than 6 months can’t be vaccinated, it’s important that anyone in a household where a young baby lives or visits get a flu shot to protect the child. Healthcare workers also are urged to get a flu vaccine to reduce their risk of transmitting illness to their patients. 


It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so the CDC recommends early vaccination. However, the flu vaccine can be administered at any time during the season, which typically runs from October through May.


Influenza is a viral infection of the respiratory tract. It is spread by respiratory droplets released when infected people cough or sneeze nearby or when people touch surfaces or objects contaminated with those infectious respiratory droplets. People can also become infected by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with influenza viruses and then touching their eyes, mouths or noses. 


Although anyone can get the flu, some people are at higher risk of flu-related complications, such as pneumonia, hospitalization and death. More than 110 Hoosiers died from influenza-associated illnesses during the 2018-19 flu season. Those most at risk include pregnant women, young children (especially those too young to get vaccinated), people with chronic illnesses, people who are immunocompromised and the elderly. It is especially important for these individuals to be vaccinated each year.


Common signs and symptoms of the flu include:


  • fever of 100° Fahrenheit or greater
  • headache 
  • fatigue
  • cough
  • muscle aches
  • sore throat 
  • runny or stuffy nose


People can help prevent the spread of flu by washing their hands frequently and thoroughly, avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth with their hands and staying home when sick. Hoosiers should practice the “Three Cs” to help prevent the spread of flu and other infectious diseases:


  • Clean: Properly wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water.
  • Cover: Cover your cough and sneeze into your arm or a disposable tissue.
  • Contain: Stay home from school or work when you are sick to keep your germs from spreading. 


To learn more about influenza or to view the ISDH weekly flu report, which is updated each Friday, go to https://www.in.gov/isdh/22104.htm

Ordinance on downtown project prompts debate on process, transparency in Shelbyville Common Council meeting (meeting audio)

An ordinance before the Shelbyville Common Council Monday morning prompted a debate on the transparency of the proposed downtown revitalization project.


Ordinance 19 – 2871 – Planned Unit Development (PUD) for Hamilton Major Place was presented by the city’s Planning and Building Director Adam Rude, Tom Davis of Genesis Property Development and Chris King of Runnebohm Construction.


Audio from the Shelbyville Common Council chambers:



Questions, debate on the topic and the process involving the project featuring Councilman Brad Ridgeway, Mayor Tom DeBaun, Planning and Building Director Adam Rude, and Councilman Brian Asher.


Audio from the Shelbyville Common Council chambers:



Ordinance 19 - 2871 was approved with Brad Ridgeway voting against the ordinance.

A Shelbyville driver involved in a four-car Bartholomew Co. crash

Just before 5:30 am Thursday Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an accident at the intersection of Deaver and Jonesville Roads.  On arrival, deputies found four vehilcles involved in a property damage accident.


One of the vehicles pulled off of Deaver Road onto Jonesville Road, when it was struck by a vehicle traveling southbound on Jonesville Road.  This caused a 4-vehicle crash. 


Drivers of the vehicles involved in the crash are:


Russell Petro, 75, Columbus 

Jonathon Hoffman, 25, Columbus 

Heather Babb, 50, Columbus 

Gregory Snyder, 58, Shelbyville 


The Columbus Fire Department and Columbus Collision assisted in clearing the scene while Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies diverted traffic.


No injuries were reported.



NWS says just an average, run-of-the-mill winter coming

It's starting to really feel like fall, which means winter isn't too far away.  So what kind of winter will we have this year in Indiana?


On Thursday, the National Weather Service in Indianapolis released its Winter 2019-2020 forecast, and the meteorologists say we shouldn't expect anything too extreme like last year.


Andrew White with NWS Indianapolis says the temperatures will balance out, with some days below normal and some days above normal.



White adds that Indiana will see an average amount of precipitation this winter -- about 20-25 total inches of rain and snow.

Ramp closures begin Monday at S.R. 3/I-74 interchange in Greensburg

Ramp closures are scheduled to begin Monday morning at the S.R. 3/I-74 interchange (Exit 134) in Greensburg. Dave O'Mara Contractor Inc. will complete milling and paving on four ramps to and from I-74.


The following ramps will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, October 21, weather permitting:

  • S.R. 3 SB to I-74 EB
  • S.R. 3 NB to I-74 WB
  • I-74 WB to S.R. 3 SB
  • I-74 EB to S.R. 3 NB

All ramps are expected to reopen by end of day on Monday, October 28. Start and end dates will be shifted in the event of inclement weather. The detour for the closures will follow U.S. 421 at Exit 132 to S.R. 3 in Greensburg. 



Resurfacing work is expected to be complete by the end of October for the $11.7 million S.R. 3/U.S. 421 pavement replacement and bridge preservation project that began in April. The entire project is scheduled to be complete by July 2020.


Additional ramp/lane closures at/near Exit 134 in Greensburg:
Also beginning Monday, the ramp from S.R. 3 SB to I-74 WB is scheduled to close for a separate asphalt patching project in Decatur County. The closure is expected to last up to ten days, weather permitting. Lane closures will also be in effect on I-74 from S.R. 3 at Greensburg to Exit 123 (St. Paul/Middletown) through late November into early December.


Paul H. Rohe Company began patching operations last week to repair winter damage.


Timber Creek Village readies for November opening

Shannon Logan is the administrator for Shelbyville's newst assisted living facility, Timber Creek Village.



She appeared on the GIant fm Morning Show to preview the site and its upcoming grand opening.



Leaf pick-up schedule for Shelbyville, Greenfield

Leaf collection in Shelbyville will begin running a regular route on Monday, October 21.


The Shelbyville Street Department says, typically, the leaf machine will run on your scheduled trash pick up day. There are times where that will change based on circumstances: weather, unexpected maintenance of machine and holidays-are just a few things that could change the schedule.


If you have leaf piles that need collected before that date, please call the office and they can get you on a pick-up list. 317-392-5169


As always, residents are asked be patient with during the leaf season. It’s easy to get behind with the amount of leaves that are out.


Please place leaves at the curbside, not in an alley way or in the street. 



In Greenfield, leaf pick-up begins October 28.


Residents on the east side of SR 9:

Oct 28 - November 1

Nov 12 - Nov 15

Nov 25 - Nov 29


Residents on the west side of SR 9:

Nov 4 - Nov 8

Nov 18 - Nov 22

Dec 2 - Dec 6


The schedule could change due to weather and availability of machinery and crews.


Leaves must be raked to the curbside.  Bagged leaves will be picked up within two working days with a call to the Greenfield Street Department at (317) 477-4380.


Indiana's Move Over Law recognized this week

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has declared this week as Indiana Move Over Week. 


In 1999 Indiana was the first state in the nation to pass such a law requiring motorists to move to an adjacent traffic lane, or reduce their speed by 10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit if unable to change lanes safely when driving by an emergency vehicle stopped along the side of the road, such as a police car, fire truck or ambulance. 


Over the years, Indiana's law has expanded to include stationary towing/recovery, utility service, solid waste haulers, road, street highway maintenance vehicles, as well as a stationary survey or construction vehicles when displaying alternately flashing amber lights.


Indiana’s law was originally crafted and passed as the result of the death of Indiana State Police Trooper, 26-year-old Andrew Winzenread.  The Shelby County native was struck and killed in April of 1997 while assisting a stranded motorist on I-74 in Decatur County.  In 2009, Interstate 74 near the 144-mile marker in Decatur County was dedicated the Trooper Andrew P. Winzenread Memorial Highway in his honor.


Now, 20 years after Indiana enacted its Move Over Law, every state, with the exception of Hawaii has some form of a move over law. 

Rain, dropping temps to begin weekend

A big change in the temperatures is coming to Indiana.


Meteorologist Mike Koch with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis says temperatures will drop throughout the day.  Most of the state will start out in the 60s and 70s early this afternoon.





It doesn't stop there, though. Koch says temperatures will continue to drop overnight, and by Saturday morning, most of the state will be in the 30s.  Saturday's high will be in the 50s.


Koch says it'll warm back up Sunday with temperatures back to the 60s, and even a little warmer by next Monday and Tuesday.

Shelbyville's E. Washington project celebrated with ribbon cutting

It's been open to traffic and pedestrians for a few days but Wednesday brought an 'official' stamp to Shebyville's East Washington Street project.


A ribbon cutting was held to commemorate the new look street and sidewalks along the street just off Shelbyville's Public Square.


Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun.



The mayor talks about the project design.



And the mayor notes the project kept in mind the possible future tenants of the street along with those storefronts currently.



















Shelbyville, Shelby County discussing future transformation of 911 dispatch

The future of Shelby County 911 dispatch will not include its current cramped quarters in the Shelby County Jail.  Whether it involves a physical location in Shelby County remains to be seen.


Shelby County Council President Tony Titus says talks have been ongoing for some time about how to update the service.  Those talks are escalating now.



Now, the talks include the possibility of merging all dispatch services with neighboring Hancock County. 



Members of the county council and commissioners with other county officials met with Director of Communications in Hancock County John Jokantas Monday to get more information on what such a merger could mean.



Titus says now its up to county officials to narrow down the safest and most cost effective proposal would be.



The election is coming in November but voting begins in two weeks

You can cast your ballot for the November municipal election in Shelby County in less than two weeks.


Absentee voting will begin in the lobby of the Shelby County Courthouse on Monday, October 21.  Voting hours will be Monday through Friday starting October 21, to November 1, during the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. 


The Shelby County Courthouse will also be open for voting on Saturday, October 26, and November 2, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm., and Monday, November 4, from 8:00 am to noon. 


Anyone wishing to vote at the courthouse please use the west entrance off the parking lot. Absentee voting will be conducted on the first floor of the courthouse.


 October 24, 2019 is the deadline by 11:59 pm for the Circuit Court Clerk to receive an absentee ballot application from an applicant requesting delivery of an absentee ballot by mail.  November 4, 2019 by noon is the deadline for the Circuit Court Clerk to receive an absentee ballot application from a voter requesting an absentee traveling board to visit the voter at the voter’s location because of illness or injury of the voter, or because the voter is caring for a confined person at a private residence. Applications may be submitted to the Circuit Court Clerk in person, by fax, by mail or by e-mail. 


Any questions regarding the General Election to be held November 5, 2019, the public can call the Voter Registration Office at 317-392-6324.

Three Johnson Co. people killed in Michigan plane crash

Three people died and three others were injured when a single-engine plane from Indianapolis crashed Thursday morning near Capital Region International Airport in mid-Michigan. Police say all six passengers are from central Indiana.


The plane was on its way to the Lansing-area airport when it went down about 9 a.m.


Three people were killed in the crash:


-Neil Alan Sego, 46, of Trafalgar, Indiana

-John Thomas Lowe, 51, of Greenwood, Indiana

-Timothy Joe Clark, 67, of Franklin, Indiana



Three more people remain in critical condition:


-Zechariah Eugene Bennett, 27, of Plainfield, Indiana

-Aaron Levi Blackford , 42, of Frankton, Indiana

-Joel Stewart Beavins, 48, of Franklin, Indiana


“I know that it was coming in on the approach and that’s when something went wrong,” airport spokesman Spencer Flynn said.


The plane was at capacity and included a pilot and co-pilot, said Clinton County Sheriff Larry Jerue.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Socata TBM 700 plane left Indy South Greenwood Airport at 8 a.m. Thursday. The FAA lists the plane as being owned by a Greenwood company.


The airport received an emergency alert from the plane, said airport public safety and operations chief Eric Patrick. He wasn’t sure if the alert came before or after the crash.

Time for Change event wants to Bridge the Gap

Kimberly Wheeler appeared on The Morning Show on GIANT fm to preview Saturday's Time for Change event set for Shelbyville's West Washington Street.



Two accidents impact I-65 traffic Wednesday; Burnt RV may have been intentionally crashed

Indiana State Police responded to two crashes on I-65 between Seymour and Columbus which caused one injury and closed portions of I-65 for three hours.


The first crash occurred shortly before 1:00 pm when a vehicle overturned on I-65 southbound near the 60 mile marker in Bartholomew County.  The vehicle came to rest in the middle of the southbound lanes of I-65 causing all southbound lanes to be closed for approximately one hour for crash cleanup.  The driver of the vehicle was not injured.


The second crash occurred just after 1:00 pm on I-65 northbound near the 55 mile marker in Jackson County.  In that crash, a Holiday Rambler RV pulling a trailer was traveling northbound on I-65 near the 55 mile marker when the RV collided with a concrete barrier in the median of the construction zone.  The RV then caught fire and burned in the median of I-65. 


The driver of the RV, Clarence Hampton, 37, of Orlando, Florida, was transported by EMS to Schneck Medical Center before being flown to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis with serious injuries.  Two passengers in the RV escaped without injury.


Further information gathered in the investigation indicated that the RV may have been intentionally crashed into the concrete barrier. 


The northbound lanes of I-65 in Jackson County were closed near exit 55 for nearly three hours for crash investigation and cleanup.  Traffic was diverted onto US 31 and State Road 11 during the interstate closure.

Both crashes remain under investigation.

Kroger celebrates multi-million dollar investment in Shelbyville

Kroger plans a ribbon-cutting celebration to mark completion of a nearly $4 million store renovation project in Shelbyville. 


Kroger spokesperson Eric Halvorson.



Executives of Kroger Central Division took part in the event and presented donations worth a total of $62,000. 



Recipients were Shelbyville Central Schools, Riley Children’s Foundation and Gleaners Food Bank.