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Greenfield business honors veterans by bringing new life to grave markers

Raymond Brown is travelling the state honoring veterans with the talents of his Greenfield business.


Brown owns Mission: Restore Bronze Indiana.  He was at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville Wednesday.



The endeavor is a personal one which pulls on Brown’s time and finances.  He says he’d like to find others to join his cause.



Brown is a veteran who served two terms in Vietnam.


Mission Restore Bronze Indiana started off as an initiative offshoot of Mission Restore out of Arizona. The main purpose of Mission Restore Bronze Indiana is to restore grave markers of deceased members of the military that have been neglected over the years. This is done at no charge whatsoever to the families.


You can see more on Raymond Brown’s story on www.mrbi.rocks .




Old Rushville Road bridge project to get underway; I-74 traffic impact this weekend

INDOT’s contractor, HIS Constructors, will be closing the Old Rushville Rd overpass over I-74 Thursday morning to redo the bridge deck.  This job is scheduled to be finished on June 15.


A part of the project includes hydro demolition of the existing bridge deck that will be done overnight Saturday, May 30, starting at 8:00 pm though Sunday, May 31, at 9:00 am.  This will result in traffic on I-74 both east and westbound being restricted with rolling slowdowns and / or stoppages to prevent passing vehicles from being hit with debris.

Shelbyville and Shelby Co. to bring dispatch centers together under county umbrella

The future of city and county 911 dispatch in Shelbyville / Shelby County will be together, as one.  And that means more than just sharing the same room they currently share at the Shelby County Jail.


Shelby County Council President Tony Titus.



Discussions over time even included the possibility of going in with Hancock County on what could have become a regional center for dispatching law enforcement and fire and medical calls.  In the end, Shelby County decided ramps ups in technology needed to improve the center could be done alone.


Titus says a director is being sought to take the dispatch center to the next step.



The goal, eventually, would be to move dispatch from its current cramped quarters to a facility or site of its own.  Budget constrictions may put that on hold for awhile.



Titus says they will focus now on getting an E911 director and board in place and then look to bring the dispatch with new technology under the county umbrella.

MHP looking at Remdesivir for COVID-19 treatment

While the general public wait continues for a COVID-19 vaccine medical facilities continue to try drugs and treatments to care for those who already have the virus.


Major Health Partners President and CEO Jack Horner.



Major Health Partners gave its first patient Remdesivir over the past weekend.  They are monitoring the patient closely for improvement and / or any side effects. 


Horner shares information he knows of vaccine efforts.



COVID-19 testing at Shelbyville HS Friday and Saturday

Shelbyville High School is a host site for a mobile drive-thru COVID-19 testign event.  However, the dates have been reduced to just three total days with two more to go, today and Saturday.



No Appointment Needed

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Free Drive Through Event
Coordinated by the Division of Emergency Preparedness-Indiana State Department of Health through Shelby County Health Department


DATE: May 21-23, ONLY


LOCATION: Shelbyville High School; by Fieldhouse behind SHS, 2003 S Miller Street; Shelbyville


ONLY need to bring Proof of State Residency



No Pre-Registration Required

Shelbyville Police report former coach, asst AD Mack's arrest prompted by investigation into missing Booster Club funds

The Shelbyville Police Department has been investigating former Shelbyville High School Athletic Director and Ryan Mack.  It was brought to the police department’s attention by the Golden Bear Booster Club that Mack may have been involved in stealing funds from the boosters.


The investigation shows that on or around June 21, 22,  2017 and September 28, October 8, 12, and 31, 2019, Mack did knowingly or intentionally exert unauthorized control over property of the Shelbyville High School and / or Golden Bear Booster Club with the intent to deprive the owner(s) of the value of said property, in an amount of more than $750 but less than $50,000.  These charges are six counts of Level 6 felony Theft.


The investigation also shows that on or about a period of time between June 21, 2017 and October 21, 2019,  Mack, through a pattern of racketeering activity, did knowingly or intentionally acquire or maintain, either directly or indirectly, an interest in or control of property or an enterprise, and / or did receive proceeds directly or indirectly derived from a pattern of racketeering activity, and did use or invest those proceeds or the proceeds derived from them to acquire an interest in property or to operate an enterprise, and/or did aid, cause or induce another to do the same, all of which is contrary to the form of the statute made and provided by I.C. 35-45-6-2.  This charge is one count of Level 5 felony Corrupt Business Influence.


The Shelbyville Police Department, Shelby County Prosecutor’s Office and Shelbyville Central Schools were all involved in this investigation.  A warrant was issued for Ryan Mack on the above charges and he turned himself into authorities today, May 18. 

Hope man chased by police while in a test drive vehicle he took from Indianapolis

A man from Hope is in jail after leading police on an hour-long chase Saturday night.


The Columbus Police Department says Aaron Wiley, 28, was driving an SUV that he had not returned from a test drive in Indianapolis. A tow truck tried to get the vehicle, but Wiley drove away, hitting the tow truck driver's assistant. He was not seriously injured.


Police tried to stop Wiley, but he refused to pull over. The chase went into Jackson County and back into Bartholomew County, while Wiley ran over multiple tire-deflation devices. He was finally stopped in a corn field in Jonesville, as the 2011 Toyota Highlander was damaged and had no tires.


Wiley was arrested on eight different charges, three of them are felonies:



-Criminal Recklessness

-Criminal Mischief

-Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Injury

-Two counts of Leaving the Scene

-Resisting Law Enforcement

-Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated


He's now in the Bartholomew County Jail.

Shelbyville's Meridian Park Family Aquatic Center will not open this season; COVID-19 impact

Too many questions, not enough definitive answers.  COVID-19 impacted another seasonal opening with the decision not to open Shelbyville's Meridian Park Family Aquatic Center.


Trisha Tackett with the Shelbyville Parks Department.


Tackett said not having concrete answers about the coronavirus or whether the governor's timeline with the Back on Track Indiana plan would hold meant a decision had to come.


Tackett says the decision hurts to make for the community and the staff.


The summer daycamps have also been impacted as the Parks Department sets stages for its reopening.








MHP COVID-19 Daily Update - May 13

    • Screening Mammograms:  Radiology is in the process of rescheduling nearly 1,000 Screening Mammogram patients following the routine schedule disruption caused by the Covid-19 situation.  Radiology’s suggestion is to NOT reschedule routine screening mammogram studies on those patients 80 years and older, but rather skip this year and resume routine screening in 2021; effectively creating a one-time 24-month gap interval.  In particular, under current Covid conditions, bringing in Nursing Home patients for routine screening mammograms is discouraged.  This approach seems safest for patients, staff, and the facility as a whole.  Clearly, if a patient insists, she will be accommodated. Also, this approach only applies to routine screening mammography and not diagnostic breast imaging.
    • MHP employees testing positive:  MHP has had 10 positive employee Covid cases dating back to when testing first became available in March.  This is an amazingly small number and we are proud of our staff and providers for their diligence in wearing PPE and practicing social distancing. 



    • We need your empty hand sanitizer bottles.  We are making our own hand sanitizer and need your empty containers in order to reuse.      
    • Do you have items that you would like to donate?  (hand sanitizer, masks, respirators, gloves, N95, bouffant caps, or gowns).  If so, please contact Angela Gill (agill@majorhospital.org)
    • Food Donations:  Several community supporters have called to offer to donate food for our staff and physicians.  Some are also doing it as a way to support those restaurants who are struggling to stay afloat while they are only open for carryout.  We are extremely grateful for all the community support and selfless gestures.  If you would like to find out more information, please contact Angela Gill (agill@majorhospital.org).   


    • Priority Care located at 30 W. Rampart Road: Priority Care treated 24 patients yesterday with respiratory signs/symptoms.  Priority Care is open 7AM-7PM Monday through Friday and 8AM-2PM on Saturdays and Sundays.  
    • Washington St. Clinic located at 157 W. Washington St:  Washington St. Clinic is now currently closed until further notice. 




    • Number of available swabs/media for testing: 204 (plus an additional 150+ GuideMed tests between Priority Care/Washington St Clinic). 



    • Current number of 3rd floor inpatients:  21
    • Current number of patients with respiratory related diagnoses: 11
    • Number of available 3rd floor beds: 19
      • Currently, we have 2 inpatients that have tested positive and 7 inpatients have pending results on the 3rd floor.
    • Number of inpatients in the 1st floor ACC unit: 3 with 19 beds available and none of these are patients that have positive or suspected COVID. 



    • Number of ER patients in last 24 hours: 48
    • Number of ER patients with respiratory signs/symptoms: 5 (representing 10%)



    • Number of vents currently in use and number of vents available:
      • We have 6 ventilators in use and 15 ventilation units available.
      • We also have 10 disaster vents available and 6 home Cpap units (not included in the above totals).   



    • 84 orthopaedic walk-in visits at Renovo (this option is no longer open/available) 
    • 320 home visits completed for patients through Family & Internal Medicine
    • 2,576 Total MHP Telehealth visits
    • 1,481 MHP Family & Internal Medicine Telehealth visits
    • 30 Disease Management Telehealth Visits
    • 3 MHP Nephrology & Infectious Disease home visits, plus 140 telehealth visits
    • 39 MHP OBGYN Telehealth visits
    • 147 MHP Pediatrics Telehealth visits
    • 39 MHP Priority Care Telehealth visits (Washington St. clinic included)
    • 231 MHP Psychology Telehealth visits
    • 330 MHP Pulmonology Telehealth visits
    • 18 MHP Sports Medicine Telehealth visits
    • 78 OnSiteSolutions Telehealth visits
    • 57 MHP Wound Clinic Telehealth visits

Skyline Drive-In Theatre provides COVID-19 legroom for getting out of the house for entertainment

If you're lucky enough to live in a city or town with a drive-in movie theater, you might be one of the few to be able to experience safe entertainment.


Joe Gaudin, owner of Skyline Drive-In in Shelbyville, says he believes drive-ins will be an important part of the "new normal".



He says his business has had several sold-out weekends, limiting the number of cars.



Although there’s modest changes to their operation Gaudin says drive-ins don’t find nearly as many disruptions.



Indiana has 19 drive-in theaters out of the 300 still in operation. At one time there were as many as 4,000 in the United States.


INDOT to close one lane of I-74 for concrete patching

The Indiana Department of Transportation will close sections of I-74 EB & WB for concrete patching.


Lanes will be closed intermittently on I-74 EB & WB between London Road and Greensburg. 


One lane will always be open in each direction. Work will take place May 18-23. 


Work will be in three different sections: 

  • I-74 EB, mm 105-108
  • I-74 WB, mm 110-113
  • I-74 EB, mm 122-124 

No ramps will be closed as part of the concrete patching project.


Lanes must be closed for 24 hours to allow the concrete to set before opening up the sections. Please slow down in work zones and drive distraction free. 


As always, this work is weather dependent. Watch for updates on Twitter (@INDOTEast) and Facebook (INDOT East Central). 

Shelby County Government's plan to re-open to the public


Logistics for Operations/Business


1. Patrons must make an appointment by calling a specific Shelby County department.


Building doors will remain locked, excluding the Courthouse.

?*See footnote/bottom

Entry may be gained by having a scheduled appointment.


2. Patrons must enter/exit the Courthouse using the West doors only and the Annex Building using the Southeast doors only.


3. Patrons must wear [their own] mask before entering a County building. Upon entry temperature will be taken before going to the scheduled appointment. (We will have limited mask available at check-in for patrons)


4. Patrons must sanitize their hands immediately upon entering the building prior to their appointment.


5. Social distancing must be followed. Tables and/or plexiglass barrier will be set before any counters to assure appropriate distancing.


6. If the Elected Official (EO)/Department Head (DH) does not feel that proper social distancing can be accommodated, then that department may opt out of making appointments.


7. It is mandatory that employees who work with a patron that comes in for an appointment must wear a mask while working with that person. This includes security personnel. *If you have a glass or plexiglass barrier, a face mask is not needed. Please see your EO/DH for masks if needed. (The Health department also has limited face shields if this is preferred.) At other times while working employees may wear masks, if desired.


8. Each department will be responsible for sanitizing the areas in their office(s) where the public frequent.


9. Each EO/DH should make the determination as to when his/her employees are brought back to full staff in the building.


Logistics for Health and Welfare

1. Every employee is to monitor their temp x 2 daily – IF YOU HAVE A FEVER STAY HOME/GO HOME. Per CDC guideline, a fever is greater than 100.4 F or 38 C.


2. Everyone is to monitor for symptoms – IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS STAY HOME/GO HOME UNTIL INFECTIOUS PERIOD IS DONE (see below for definition of infectious period)

a. Fever of 100.4 or higher

b. Cough

c. Shortness of breath



3. If you have any two of the following symptoms – STAY HOME/GO HOME UNTIL INFECTIOUS PERIOD IS DONE (see below for definition of infectious period)

a. Headache

b. Runny nose

c. Chills

d. Sore throat

e. Diarrhea

f. Nausea

g. Vomiting

h. Repeated shaking

i. Muscle aches

j. Abdominal pain

k. Loss of taste or small



4. Stay home during your infectious period. THE INFECTIOUS PERIOD IS DEFINED BY 3 THINGS: a. 48 hours before onset of symptoms AND

b. once symptoms start you must stay home at least 7 days from onset of symptoms AND

c. you must stay home until 72 hours beyond symptoms and fever without taking fever reducers.

d. If you are in close contact (within 6 feet for 10 minutes of confirmed case during their infectious period) – you may continue to work unless you develop fever or symptoms (see the above list) - IF YOU DO DEVELOP EITHER STAY HOME/GO HOME. Call into your EO/DH for guidance.



5. Maintain social distancing (6 feet) as much as possible in the workplace


6. Wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer


7. Sanitize/disinfect work surfaces regularly/including door handles


8. Keep in mind that wearing a mask or face covering can be helpful in preventing the spread of COVID-19


Shelby County Government will comply with safety and health standards established and enforced by IOSHA with regard to preventing the exposure and spread of disease.


? Shelby County Courts / Courthouse will operate according to the Emergency Administrative Order as submitted and approved by the Indiana Supreme Court

Shelbyville man faces up to 40 years for charges in death of Britni Oeffinger

Thursday morning, May 7, police arrested Randy Lawrence Gibson, 52, of Shelbyville, for the overdose death of Britni Oeffinger. 


The investigation originated when police were called to Oeffinger’s residence by her boyfriend, who had found her unresponsive on the floor with a syringe in her hand.  She appears to have overdosed on heroin (some suspected heroin was found near her as well).  According to her boyfriend, she was roughly 4-4.5 months pregnant.


After several hours of investigation by several officers and detectives from the Shelbyville Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, as well as Prosecutor Brad Landwerlen and Chief Deputy Prosecutor Scott Spears, the Shelbyville SWAT team was dispatched to take Gibson into custody.   Gibson was arrested without incident. 


Gibson is charged with Dealing a Controlled Substance Causing Death, a Level 1 Felony.  The charge carries a possible penalty of 20-40 years in prison.  Landwerlen also filed Habitual Offender against Gibson, which can add another 6-20 years to his sentence. 


Gibson will appear for his initial hearing Friday in Shelby Superior Court No. 1.


Shelby County Prosecutor Brad Landwerlen says he would like to commend the officers and detectives who did an excellent job of working this case throughout the evening, resulting in sufficient evidence to file this case.












Morristown Manor administrator addresses COVID-19 issues

Morristown Manor has responded to its large number of COVID-19 cases that resulted in 10 reported deaths.


The senior living community has nearly five dozen confirmed COVID-19 cases.



The following statement can be attributed to Andrew Buzzard, Administrator at Morristown Manor


“As a family-centered organization, we value the lives and safety of our residents and our associates. In this spirit, we mourn with those families that have lost loved ones to COVID-19 and we continue to take aggressive measures to manage the impact of this virus in our senior living community.


All our COVID-19 response work follows guidance from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). We have followed their infectious disease control protocols and we recently expanded our testing capabilities through a partnership with IU Health. Our expanded testing allows us to confirm cases of COVID-19quickly and make timely and appropriate decisions regarding isolation and cohort care to help minimize the spread of the virus.


We have been regularly sharing information regarding COVID-19 cases with our residents, their loved ones and our caregivers. Starting on Monday, May 4th, we will expand that with daily updates regarding both positive and presumed positive COVID-19 cases at Morristown Manor.


We applaud our heroic associates for the care they are providing during this challenging time. Their health and safety are a top priority too and we screen them daily for fever and any other signs or symptoms of respiratory illness. We have ample personal protective equipment (PPE). Every nursing associate wears an N95 mask and all other associates continually wear standard surgical masks. We have also given our associates masks to wear when they are away from work. Any associate who tests positive for COVID-19 must follow ISDH guidelines for returning to work.


In addition, we continue to keep our dedicated phone and email channels open around the clock for families to contact us with any questions and to ensure that they remain connected with their loved ones throughout this trying time. For additional information from the CDC, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.”


Shelby County's Penske Logistics with over 30 COVID-19 cases; further testing set for Friday

Testing is scheduled for Friday for a ‘hotspot’ for COVID-19 in Shelby County.


Penske Logistics has counted over 30 employees with positive tests.  Now a team of testers will be at the facility Friday at 9:00 am.


Robert Lewis with the Shelby County Health Department.



Lewis says the results should be back in a day and, from there, employees will know their status and can also gauge if a return to the job is possible.



Lewis says they’ll be able to look further into what Penske is doing to deal with the situation.  He notes the loss of personnel has caused the distributor major issues.



SR 252 to become Old 252

It’s subtle but a stretch of highway in Shelby County will officially go by a new name.


Following reconstruction and repaving of State Road 252 Shelby County Commissioner Chris Ross says a name change was in order with the road being relinquished to the county.



He doesn’t expect much impact from the change outside of some changes for mailing addresses.



Commissioners this week also signed off on a contract with Gillette General Contractors for the construction of the new Annex 2, which will house the probation department among others.  No time frame yet, however, on getting construction underway.


Shelbyville continues with downtown construction, COVID-19 preparation

Construction impacting Shelbyville’s downtown streets, the spokes to the circle’s hub, is getting underway.


Mayor Tom DeBaun on the second phase of the downtown project.


The mayor says watching the changes downtown would be more enjoyable if not for COVID-19.



While there is a stage-by-stage plan from the state in place for re-opening the state Mayor DeBaun says there’s still decisions to make impacting departments in the city.



The mayor says the city doesn’t eye any stricter guidelines than those set by the state.  But a  prime example would be the Meridian Park Aquatic Center.  Under some guidelines, it would fit the definition of ready to open for the summer.  Under others, maybe not.



The city is also installing or implementing equipment and plans to maintain physical distancing once city hall and other city buildings resume normal operations with the public.



Mayor DeBaun says they have enough PPE for all departments.

Stolen vehicle wrecked, driver arrested in Shelby County

A New Castle man was arrested after he crashed a stolen car trying to evade a traffic stop in Shelby County.


The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department says they had received a bulletin about the stolen Toyota Rav4 out of Jennings County.  The vehicle, being driven by Kody Perry, 28, was spotted northbound on State Road 9 near 350 South.  Perry sped from the deputy but the pursuit ended when he lost control, left the road and struck a tree.


Perry faces charges of criminal recklessness, reckless driving, resisting law enforcement and auto theft.

SCUFFY announces campaign extension

For the past 66 years, SCUFFY has served the Shelby County community through its annual fundraising drive. Events like the kickoff breakfast, roadblock and end of drive dinner have long been hallmarks of campaign season. In every previous year, SCUFFY has met or exceeded its goal through the hard work of volunteers and the generosity of our community.


The drive helps fund SCUFFY member agencies and their efforts to reach out to the most vulnerable.


Due to these unprecedented times of sheltering at home and concerns regarding a global pandemic, the SCUFFY executive board has made the decision to extend its campaign.


Drive Chair Kyle Beaty said, “We are very aware of the difficult times our donors both corporate and individual are facing. It just didn’t feel right to ask them to make a commitment when so much is uncertain.”


“Shelby County depends on the safety nets provided by our twelve member agencies,” Beaty said. “If through extending the drive we are able to help these service providers weather this storm, that seems like the right thing to do.”


“We are well aware that factories are shuttered, people are out of work, small businesses are trying to stay afloat. We want to give them the opportunity to stabilize their workforce and catch their breath before adding anything else to their plate,” added Assistant Drive Chair, Drew Little.


SCUFFY is getting creative to help keep momentum going in their fundraising efforts – it has increased its social and electronic media presence.


Today, representatives will participate in an online version of First Friday organized by Main Street Shelbyville.


Throughout the weekend, SCUFFY is hosting a virtual roadblock on its Facebook page, encouraging followers to donate $20 in 2020.


On Thursday, May 7, Scot Shrader through his Live from Home Open Stage Facebook page will host a Benefit Concert. Other fun events are in the planning stages to continue engaging with the public.


SCUFFY Executive Director Alecia Gross said, “We’re not going anywhere. SCUFFY is a strong and resilient resource for all of our county. We plan to remain alongside Shelby County residents during these challenging times.”


If you are able to donate, you are encouraged to do so either through the PayPal app at scuffy@scuffy.org or by calling the office at (317) 398-6231.

Sectional bball championship and church walk marked as spark to Decatur Co. COVID-19 spread

A high school basketball game and a church-organized walk may have caused the coronavirus to spread rapidly in Decatur County. Despite that, they are still trying to pinpoint the exact source of the outbreak.


“We did have two social events that occurred early in this and we do know some spread within,” Sean Durbin, Decatur County’s public health preparedness coordinator, said to WISH-TV. “Is that where it started? No.”


Decatur County has reported about 10.5 coronavirus-related deaths per 10,000 people. That’s more than twice the death rate in any other Indiana county. They have also reported 75.3 confirmed positive coronavirus cases, second only to Cass County.


“We don’t have any evidence to suggest that it’s any one particular place,” Durbin said. “This is going to take a lot of forensic investigation to try and find out where this started.”


Some people who live in the county suggested a Honda Manufacturing plant in Greensburg contributed to Decatur County’s high number of coronavirus infections. Durbin said it did not appear to be the source. That plant suspended operations March 23 and one Honda contractor tested positive.


Durbin also refuted a theory that truck drivers traveling between Indianapolis and Cincinnati along I-74 spread the virus. He said there was no evidence linking cases to either of the county’s two truck stops.


Decatur County has an older population, which may have also been a contributing factor, says Dr. Wayne Perry, chief of staff at Decatur County Memorial Hospital. Perry cautioned against reading too much into case counts because increasing testing availability will result in more confirmed cases.

“When we do a test based on those guidelines, it’s very likely to come back positive because we’re screening the right people,” Perry said. “Those parameters boosted our early numbers. But as this all shakes out, I think we’re going to find that, with additional testing in other areas, rates are quite similar.”


The U.S. Census Bureau says 16.7% of Decatur County residents are 65 years and older.


“We have got to continue to treat this as if everybody that’s next to you has it,” said Durbin. Durbin is physically distancing from his family and has yet to meet his grandson because of the coronavirus.