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Shelbyville woman killed in head-on with wrong way driver

A Shelbyville woman was killed in an early Friday morning two-car accident on I-74.


The Shelby County Sheriff's Department says Kassandra Jenkins, 27, of Shelbyville, was driving a 2011 Hyundai near the 107 mile marker just before 2:00 Friday morning.  Her vehicle was struck by a 2015 Chrysler driven by Robert Lesure, 38, of Indianapolis.  Lesure was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes causing the crash.


Lesure is in an Indianapolis hospital.


The accident remains under investigation.

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. 

I-74 fatality early Friday morning; no names released as of this report

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department is investigating a fatal crash that happened around 1:50 am near the 107 mm of I-74.


Few details are available at this time.  No names have been released. 


The cause of the crash is listed as a vehicle traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes.

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.



Jack Horner of MHP awarded Distinguished Service Award at IHA annual membership meeting

John (Jack) Horner, President and CEO, Major Hospital in Shelbyville, IN was honored with the Distinguished Service Award by the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA) at its 2020 annual meeting which was held virtually on October 29.


The IHA Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding personal achievement in support of the humanitarian and management goals of Indiana health care institutions.Horner was recognized for his many accomplishments in enhancing hospital services in Shelbyville, being a community leader in health care, and advancing the profession of hospital administration.


“Major Hospital has exponentially grown in recent years to help better serve the patients in Shelbyville and its surrounding areas,” said IHA President Brian Tabor. “As president and CEO, Jack has been instrumental in expanding access to services in the community, including wellness services.He is a true servant leader and worksto strategically meet the needs of his community while looking out for each individualpatient,” Tabor added.


During Horner’s tenure, Major has experienced tremendous growth, a significant expansion in the services provided to the community and done so while maintaining high quality rankings and low costs.In 2017, Major Hospital opened a new $100+ million medical center in a 60-acre park located off I-74. Immediately after the successful transition to the new facility, Horner began formulating a plan to migrate the entire health system to a new electronic medical record system.This monumental undertaking required 12 months of coordination to move Major to a single enterprise medical record.Horner has overseen significant investments to bring much-needed inpatient and outpatient dialysis, including the construction and development of a new dialysis center. Horner has also placed tremendous importance in investments in the economic development of the community he serves, including the construction on the Major Health Partners Community Health and Wellness Center and YMCA, which is scheduled for completion in 2021. 


Horner has served as the President and CEO of Major Hospital for twelve years and has been with the hospital since 1988, serving in multiple positions including Vice President, Director of Ancillary Clinical Services and Manager of Pharmacy.Jack is a Shelbyville native and returned to pursue a career in pharmacy after attending Purdue University. Many in the community personally know Jack and know they can depend on him for the development and continued growth of their local healthcare system.


Antibody tests coming to Kroger

Kroger is offering coronavirus antibody tests.


The FDA has authorized the grocery store chain to begin using antibody tests. The test requires a quick blood sample from your finger, which can let a person know if they've been infected with coronavirus in the past.


Kroger says the tests cost $25 and results come back within 15 minutes. They will be available at all of their pharmacies and clinics by the end of November.


Drug charges against man and woman in Clifford during home check

Two people were arrested by Bartholomew County authorities on drug charges during a home check.


Jason Matthew Grider, 39, Clifford, was arrested at his residence on October 27.   At approximately 9:54 p.m., Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies assisted Bartholomew County Probation officers during a home check in the 8200 block of North Washington Street, Clifford.


During the check, officers located a significant amount of narcotics.  Grider, who was on probation, for about three months, after serving approximately ten years on a narcotics manufacturing charge, was arrested and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on the following preliminary charges:


Probation Violation

Dealing Methamphetamine

Maintaining a Common Nuisance

Possession of Methamphetamine

Possession of Heroin

Possession of Marijuana

Possession of a Controlled Substance

Possession Legend Drug

Possession Synthetic Drug

Possession of Paraphernalia


He remains in BCJ without bond.


Another occupant at the residence, Amy Rivera, 36, Clifford, was arrested on preliminary charges:


Maintaining a Common Nuisance

Possession of Methamphetamine

Possession of Marijuana

Possession of a Controlled Substance

Possession of Paraphernalia

Possession of a Synthetic Drug

Possession of Legend Drug


She remains in BCJ in lieu of $91,000 bond.


All persons are presumed innocent unless/until proven guilty in a court of law.


“BCSO’s greatest focus and number one priority is drug eradication – particularly targeting people who provide illegal narcotics to Bartholomew County residents said Bartholomew County Sheriff Chief Deputy Major Chris Lane.

Shelby Co. solar ordinance changes proposed; public hearing in November

It’s a step for those residents of Shelby County not in favor of placing an industrial solar farm in their neighborhood.


The Shelby County Plan Commission, coming off a planning meeting earlier this month, took a further look at the solar ordinance the county has on paper to see what, if any changes, should be made with what appears to be serious consideration by a company to locate a solar facility in southwest Shelby County.


Shelby County Plan Director Desiree Calderella detailed several changes in a rough draft of the altered ordinance during Tuesday’s meeting.



Justin Parker found some encouragement from the announced changes with an important Novembe rmeeting approaching.



The plan commission’s next meeting on the topic will be a public hearing into those offered changes and to listen to other proposals.  At that time, the plan commission could vote on their recommendation of amendments to the county commissioners.


That meeting is scheduled for November 24.


US Postal Service says mail-in ballots should be sent back today (Oct 27)

The United States Postal Service said people should mail in their ballots on Tuesday, Oct. 27, if they want them to arrive by the deadline of noon on Election Day.


Those mail-in ballots must be physically into clerk’s offices by noon on Election Day, not just postmarked by then. Voters can’t simply drop off ballots at early voting sites, nor would you want to due to extremely long lines seen recently for early voting.


For people mailing in those ballots, as of Monday, almost 73% of the state’s mail-in ballots had been received.  The United States Postal Service said those voters need to get their ballots in the mail on Tuesday a week before Nov. 3, to ensure they make it by noon on Election Day.



Candy warning: "Medicated" candy found by Indiana State Police

Indiana State Police are warning you to check all candy collected by children this Halloween after a trooper in northwest Indiana found bags of “medicated” candy. In a Facebook post, Indiana State Police said bags of medicated Starburst Gummies and medicated Sour Skittles were taken by a trooper.


The package looked like normal candy, but you have to look closely to see the word "Medicated" printed in small font on the package.

Amazon hiring in Greenfield, Greenwood

Amazon is looking to hire more than 5,400 seasonal workers in the Hoosier state.


“The jobs are full- and part-time seasonal jobs that help people earn extra money during the holidays and have the flexibility of working around other life constraints,” said Jessica Pawl, a public relations officer for Amazon.


Starting pay is $15 per hour.


Job opportunities are available in Evansville, Greenfield, Greenwood, Jeffersonvile, Indianapolis, Plainfield, and Whitestown.


Visit the www.amazon.com/jobs for more information about available positions.

Indiana secures ten-year extension of Healthy Indiana Plan

Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced Monday that Indiana has received approval to continue its successful alternative to traditional Medicaid expansion—the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP)—for ten more years. This allows the state to continue health coverage for more than 572,000 low-income adult Hoosiers.


“Today’s extension empowers more than half a million Hoosiers to continue receiving quality health care coverage from our innovative HIP program,” Gov. Holcomb said. “As a national model for a state-led, consumer-driven approach, HIP helps Hoosiers experience improved health outcomes and better lives.”


Additionally, the approval from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services grants five-year extensions of some of the newer components of Indiana’s HIP program that have provided treatment for substance use disorder and serious mental illness for 88,000 Hoosiers across all Medicaid programs.


“Hoosiers have led on state healthcare innovation for years, including under former Governor Mike Pence and continuing today under Governor Holcomb,” said U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. “This ten-year extension of the successful Healthy Indiana Program allows the state to make new progress on the kind of patient-centered healthcare system President Trump envisions. State innovation is an opportunity to test out ideas for delivering our ultimate goal of better health and well-being, and we encourage states to continue working with us, like Indiana has, to tailor their programs to their unique needs.”


HIP is a platform for certainty during the pandemic. Members continue coverage during a public health emergency and all cost sharing has been suspended. The program engages members to be active participants in their health care coverage. In 2018, members made more than 545,000 visits for preventive services, and mammograms and vaccinations are at record highs for members. The program combats Indiana’s top contributor to chronic disease – smoking – by waiving copays and covering all therapies.


In a direct effort to support mothers and their babies, HIP Maternity provides full health coverage services – including prenatal services, dental, behavior health, and substance use disorder treatment – at no cost to the member for the duration of her pregnancy and 60 days postpartum. Enrollment in pregnancy management programs increased at an average annual growth rate of 41 percent from 2015 to 2018.


“With this approval, our health policy leaders at FSSA will be able to spend more time operating, evaluating and improving HIP, as well as engaging members and partners,” said Jennifer Sullivan, M.D., M.P.H., Family and Social Services Administration secretary. 


HIP was created in 2007 under then Gov. Mitch Daniels. The program was expanded in 2015 by then Gov. Mike Pence with a federal waiver to cover any eligible adult as an alternative to traditional Medicaid expansion.


Typically, the state’s waiver to renew HIP is reviewed and approved every three to four years. Today’s approval runs through December 2030. It marks the first time the federal agency has approved a state’s Medicaid waiver for a comprehensive health benefits program for a period of ten years.


Earlier this year, CMS approved the HIP Workforce Bridge program, which establishes a new, unique transitional phase for HIP members. As they return to the workforce and to employer insurance or other health coverage, members can continue to use their HIP POWER accounts, which are similar to a health savings account. 

Columbus man found sleeping in the back of woman's car

A Columbus man is behind bars after he was found sleeping in the backseat of a woman's vehicle.


The owner of the vehicle called police just before 4 a.m. Sunday and said that that a man, later identified as 24-year-old William Hickey, was asleep in the backseat of her car. She told police she had just gotten off work and stopped at a gas station. She said she didn't know Hickey was in her car until she heard him snoring, reports The Republic newspaper.


Officers found Hickey face-down in the backseat of the woman's vehicle. When the officers woke Hickey up, they smelled alcohol on his breath. Hickey was combative with the officers and hit his head repeatedly against the safety partition in the back of a Columbus police cruiser after he was arrested, according to police.


Hickey was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on multiple charges including public intoxication and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle.

Shelbyville's The Chicken Inn to be sold

One of Shelbyville's best loved restaurants is looking at major change.


The Facebook post from the restaurant's owners speaks to its future sale.  The following from the Chicken Inn's Facebook page posted by Dave and Roaslie Hardin:


Hoping this finds you all doing well and in good health.  After having met with our staff on Sunday, and with a heavy heart, we are going to share some news with all of you today.


Dave and I were handed a message recently that reminded us that we need to make some changes in our lives. As some of you know, being business owners at times can be all consuming. With that being said, we have made the decision to put the restaurant on the market for sale. It is so bittersweet in that we had hoped to pass it on to one of our children. They however have other careers in which they need to move forward and we are very understanding and supportive of their choices.


Ironically, throughout this pandemic we are having one of our best years as a result of the ongoing support of our community. We couldn't ask for a more loyal customer base than we have right now.


We are also so blessed to have such a dedicated staff who has adapted to each and every change mandated over the past 7 months. They are the largest contributors to our success and will continue to offer their great customer service to each and every one who walks through our doors!


It is our hope that just the right person/family will come along who will choose to carry on the traditions, some of which were established from the parent company back in the 40's. It is our intent to move forward doing business as usual meeting any and all commitments made to our customers. It is our hope that you will continue to support us throughout this journey and understand our decision to be only a result of wanting to share more time with each other and our families.


As always, we appreciate your friendships and continued support!

Dave & Rosalie

Shelby County absentee voting numbers setting records

Record voting is being recorded all over the country.  In some places, voters waiting hours to vote early and the large numbers also showing in requests for absentee ballots.


Jeff Sponsel spoke with GIANT fm News Friday going into a weekend when the Shelby County Fairgrounds was set to open for the first of two Saturday’s of voting.



Sponsel on numbers and reminders regarding absentee balloting by mail.



We’ve had polarizing elections before.  But Covid is an entirely new factor.  So, does that mean voting on Election Day itself will also be high.


And a reminder, voting centers will be utilized by Shelby County this year.



Absentee voting continues in the lobby of the Shelby County Courthouse through Friday during the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. 


The Courthouse will also be open for voting Monday, November 2, from 8:00 am to noon. 


On Saturday, October 31, there will also be voting at the Family Arts Building at the Shelby County Fairgrounds from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. 


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


Any questions regarding the General Election to be held November 3, 2020, the public can call the Voter Registration Office at 317-392-6324.


Severe weather possible Friday as cooler weather returns

There is a chance for severe weather all across Indiana today, according to the National Weather Service.


Nearly the entire state is under a “marginal risk” for severe weather, which is the lowest designation. The only exception is the far northeast part of the state. That part is under a “slight risk”, which is the second-lowest designation.


“Marginal risk is basically saying there is a relatively low risk for some isolated severe storms,” said Tara Dudzik, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis. “We have a cold front dropping in later this afternoon, mainly from 3 pm to 6 pm.”


Dudzik said the main threats to watch out for are heavy rain, strong winds, and some hail.

“There’s a 2% tornado chance, which is obviously very low,” said Dudzik.


The chance for a tornado also exists in the northeast part of the state that is under a slight risk.

“A tornado or two can’t be ruled out,” said Chris Morris, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Northern Indiana. “The main window is going to be primarily 1 pm to 8 pm this evening.”


Morris said a “slight risk” implies that well-organized severe thunderstorms are expected but in relatively small numbers/coverage, or a small chance of a more significant severe event.


“There is the possibility of damaging winds and large hail. Anyone who is going to be out this evening for high school football, especially across northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio could be impacted,” said Morris.


Morris said cooler weather returns this weekend and a good portion of northern Indiana will see rain at the beginning of next week. Dudzik said the outlook is similar for central Indiana.



Melvin Pierce ready for Friday grand opening after purchase of Kendall's Tavern

A familiar name and face is ready to open Shelbyville's Kendall's Tavern with a Grand Opeing Friday.


Melvin Pierce has purchased the site where he worked for several years.


Kendall's itself has a long history at 1304 South Miller Street.  And in the nearby neighborhood.

Dillard Kendall, known as Did to most, with his wife, Anna, built and operated the building starting January 31, 1953.  For Dillard Kendall, it started simply enough just a few blocks away from the current Kendall’s Tavern where he first sold two bottles of beer for a quarter.  A church building just down the street served as the first establishment.


The family performed an amazing turnaround in 1980 when fire gutted Kendall’s Tavern.  Renovations and rebuilding and two weeks later it was back open for business.


Dillard's son, Donald Kendall, bought it from his father in the early 1970’s.  Don Kendall had been working for his father since the age of 10.


Angie Kendall inherited the tavern when her father passed away in 2002.  Her aspirations included wanting it to become Shelbyville’s entertainment venue.  She closed the family operation in 2008 when Indiana Grand came to Shelby County.


Melvin says Angie was at the building this week.



Everyone in town knows Melvin can cook.  He says there's still some work to do to get the kitchen ready but he'll have food options starting tonight.



Emotions?  Melvin has a few.

























Shelby County accepts bid for courtroom CARES Act project; annex addition construction continues

Shelby County is using CARES Act dollars to prepare courtrooms while the new annex building continues construction nearby.


Shelby County Commissioner Chris Ross.



Ross says the CARES Act funds changed the timeline for that portion of the county courthouse campus projects.



Ross talks about the county offices that will call the annex home.  And, still the thought down the road for the Extension office calling the fairgrounds home.





Over 1 million Hoosier voters have requested an absentee ballot for the 2020 General Election

More than 1 million Hoosiers have requested an absentee ballot or voted early in the 2020 General Election, according to Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson.


With 12 days remaining before the November 3rd election, 553,270 absentee by-mail ballots have been requested across the state, and 477,217 voters have voted at an early voting location, with a total of 1,042,319 ballots requested or submitted. In the 2020 Primary Election, a total of 640,225 Hoosiers voted absentee in-person or by-mail.  In 2016, during the entire period of absentee voting for both in-person and by-mail, 977,239 ballots were submitted.


“Hoosiers are eager to vote and are voting early in record numbers to make sure their voice is heard,” said Secretary Lawson. “Election officials across Indiana have worked tirelessly to make sure each voter is safe and secure, and I’m pleased to see this level of turnout heading into Election Day.”


The increased volume of absentee ballots means that final election results may not be immediately available on Election Night. Voters wishing to work in their county as absentee ballot counters are encouraged to contact their county clerk’s office as soon as possible.


Hoosier voters can track their absentee ballot, look up early voting sites, and contact their county clerk using www.IndianaVoters.com

Sexual misconduct charges filed against corrections officer in Johnson County

A former Johnson County Community Corrections officer is charged with sexual misconduct.


Evan Hill, 50, faces felony charges of official misconduct and sexual misconduct. His bond was set at $4,000 surety and $400 cash, said a news release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

The leader of Johnson County Community Corrections informed the Sheriff’s Office of allegations on Aug. 26.


A redacted court document supplied by the Sheriff’s Office said, “The misconduct is alleged to be sexual in nature and also involved the tampering of an ordered drug screen test.”


The document also said a Community Corrections coworker had been told by a woman in the program that she was in an “inappropriate relationship” with Hill.


Hill later told investigators that he’d had four separate occurrences where he engaged in sexual activity with the woman, the first instance in March. The final incident happened at Hill’s home in Shelby County northeast of Fairland, he said.


The woman told investigators she and Hill had met for 15 “sexual encounters,” court documents said.


The investigator wrote in court documents, “I asked her why she felt it was wrong and she explained that she felt the relationship was inappropriate and that he would use his position to get her in more trouble through the court system if she stopped their relationship.”


Also, Hill’s coworker and the woman alleged Hill had thrown out or ordered the disposal of the woman’s positive drug tests, and told the coworker to put “negative all panels” on paperwork for the woman’s positive test results.


Online court records on Wednesday showed no court dates set for Hill.

Blood donors needed

The American Red Cross is asking healthy donors of all blood types to give blood.


The blood donations will help ensure a strong blood supply as the U.S. braces for flu season during the COVID-19 pandemic.


If you’ve received a flu shot, you can give blood. The Red Cross says there is no waiting period to give blood or platelets after receiving a flu shot as long as you’re symptom-free and fever-free.


The American Red Cross will email a $5 Amazon.com gift card to those who come in and donate blood between Oct. 15 and Nov. 11. Plus, those who donate in October are automatically entered to win a $1,000 Amazon.com gift card.


You can make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-Red Cross.

Thursday is last chance to request an absentee ballot

If you want to vote absentee in the Nov. 3 election, you're running out of time to request a ballot.  All requests for absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk's office no later than Thursday, Oct. 22.


Voters must return their absentee ballots before Election Day.


To date, 547,268 absentee-by-mail ballots have been requested statewide, according to Secretary of State Connie Lawson.


You can request an absentee ballot or check the status of your ballot at www.IndianaVoters.com.


Absentee voting continues in the lobby of the Shelby County Courthouse on Monday through Friday through October 30, 2020 during the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The Courthouse will also be open for voting on Saturdays, October 24, and October 31,from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm., and Monday, November 2, from 8:00 am to noon. 


On Saturdays October 24, 2020 and October 31, 2020 there will also be voting at the Family Arts Building at the Shelby County Fairgrounds from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. 


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 22, 2020 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. 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 3, 2020, the public can call the Voter Registration Office at 317-392-6324.



Greg Rock talks solar power and what it could mean if placed in SW Shelby County

Greg Rock will tell you that he's pro - solar power, if it's sited properly.  That's something he doesn't think is happening with discussions now of a possible industrial solar site for southwestern Shelby County.


As a sustainable energy expert, Rock appeared on The Morning Show Wednesday to talk more about solar and the developing SW Shelby County story.






Decatur County Memorial Hospital receives two statewide awards

The Indiana State Office of Rural Health recently awarded Decatur County Memorial Hospital two Critical Access Hospital Awards, including the Community Impact Award for its response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.


According to David Conrad, FLEX Coordinator for the Indiana Department of Health, Office of Rural Health, DCMH’s efforts were unparalleled. “As someone who has been working directly with providers and patients through the State’s call center, seeing the work put in by the team at Decatur literally blew me away. The whole State is hurting right now, but with people like the staff at Decatur, we can continue working to quell this epidemic and save as many people as possible.”


As DCMH responded to the threat, the healthcare provider not only considered its patients, but also the well-being of staff and community. It was through collaboration, agility, following best practices, and innovative partnerships that DCMH was able to meet the needs of their community. Some of the actions includedenhanced communication, innovative partnerships, and best practices including paying for staff child care during the surge as well as providing free meals and a discounted food pantry for team members to take home to their families. As a result, relationships with the local leaders and DCMH have strengthened.They continue tocollaborate and work together to prepare and respond to the daily evolution of the pandemic.


In addition, DCMH Pharmacist Matt Weber was named Outstanding Rural Health Provider. Weber initiated a unique program that provides Medicare Part-D education and information during the open enrollment period. He provides a contact card with his information to those within the enrollment “window” according to date of birth, offering a free personalized review of the numerous offerings. Since its inception in 2018, he’s completed169 Medicare reviews and saved participants collectively $84,000.


CEO and President Rex McKinney is proud of the efforts of the DCMH team and particularly Matt Weber.


“Our team’s response focused on providing great care to patients, ensuring a safe environment and supporting our team. A key to our success has been a collaborative effort and a community wide response including support from local leaders. In addition, Matt’s ability to provide excellent care while saving his patients so much money is remarkable, and even moreso in this trying time,” says McKinney.“His example to take the initiative to provide value to patients is something that can inspire healthcare professionals throughout the state and beyond.  He exemplifies what DCMH is all about.” 



Since its founding in 1922, Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) has provided a wide range of valuable services to the community. DCMH advances the health and wellness of the community by providing quality care, leadership and education. To learn more about DCMH history, management and services, visit the website at www.dcmh.net or call 812-663-4331. Decatur County Memorial Hospital is accredited by DNV-GL.

Driver ejected from vehicle in Tuesday Shelby County accident

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department responded to a single car crash with ejection Tuesday evening.


The accident scene was at North Frontage and North Michigan roads just before 8:00 pm.  The accident remains under investigation.


Jessica Smith, 36, of Danville, was driving a Kia that ended up on its side in the ditch.  Smith was ejected from the vehicle.


She was taken to Methodist for medical treatment.  


Shelbyville Fire also responded to the scene.



Shelby Co. Chamber of Commerce, United Healthcare create value-added healthcare

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Julie Metz talks with United Healthcare's Vice-President John Lurker and Vice-President of Sales and Account Management Doug Metzger on Chamber Chat (Oct 16, 2020).



The Chamber and UnitedHealthcare have been working for nearly two years to develop a value-added healthcare benefit for Chamber members.



For more details, go to www.uhc.com/shelbychamber .

Remainder of Tuesday's racing card canceled at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

The remainder of the racing program at Indiana Grand was canceled following the second race Tuesday, Oct. 20.


The mutual decision was made between jockeys, track management and horsemen to call the cancellation of the remaining eight races, which included seven Thoroughbred and one Quarter Horse event. The area received several inches of continuous rain over the past 36 hours with more in the immediate forecast. The cancellation will provide the track maintenance department adequate time to prepare for the Wednesday racing program with a 2:05 p.m. start.


Racing is held Monday through Thursday until Thursday, Nov. 19. All-Quarter Horse racing is set for Saturday, Oct. 3 and Saturday, Oct. 24. For more information, go to www.indianagrand.com.

Girls Inc. of Shelbyville & Shelby County awarded 2020 Outstanding Affiliate of the Year

Girls Inc. of Shelbyville & Shelby County has been named Outstanding Affiliate of the Year, presented during the Girls Inc. 2020 Virtual Annual Conference.


Girls Inc. of Shelbyville & Shelby Countywas one of three affiliates selected for this distinct honor out of 78 Girls Inc. affiliates across the U.S. and Canada. Girls Inc. is the national organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through direct service and advocacy.

The Affiliate of the Year distinction goes to top organizations who have met an extensive list of criteria that speak to the quality of the experience they deliver to girls. It also recognizes their sound business practices and revenue growth, the strength of involvement by their board, their participation in Strong, Smart and Bold Outcomes Measurement, and their generosity and willingness to act on behalf of the good of the whole network.


“This year’s recognized affiliates had many individual achievements that made them worthy of being called outstanding,” said Dr. Stephanie J. Hull, Girls Inc. President & CEO. “Girls Inc. of Shelbyville & Shelby Countydemonstrated excellence in strengthening and expanding their services to support the unique, ever-changing needs of girls. They are also committed to the use of data to improve outcomes and results for girls. We are thrilled to honor them for their impressive work and their commitment to making a measurable difference in the lives of girls.” 

Girls Inc. of Shelbyville & Shelby County serves more than 3,300 unduplicated girls annually through after school programs, summer camp, gymnastics, and school-based programs.The organization has expanded its service territory in recent years to include Decatur County and now Rush County.  The affiliate has seen the girls it serves excel in the classroom, develop strong and healthy relationships, develop wonderful self-confidence and become leaders. During the last year, the affiliate has also led a long-range strategic planning process for the network of Girls Inc. affiliates in the State of Indiana. 

Amy Dillon, President & CEO, stated the following, “This award is such an honor, and I thank the National organization for recognizing our efforts.   I could not be more proud of the Girls Inc. of Shelbyville & Shelby CountyBoardor Directors, staff, and girls, and this is an amazing way for them to be recognized. I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful, change-making organization, and I feel very blessed to have the support of our community and a support network that allowsus to do something so impactful for our girls.”



About Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our comprehensive approach to whole girl development equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. These positive outcomes are achieved through three core

elements: people - trained staff and volunteers who build lasting, mentoring relationships; environment - girls-only, physically and emotionally safe, where there is a sister-hood of support, high expectations, and mutual respect; and programming - research-based, hands-on and minds-on, age-appropriate, meeting the needs of today’s girls. Informed by girls and their families, we also advocate for legislation and policies to increase opportunities for all girls.

Join us at girlsincshelby.org

Flat Rock man charged in shooting investigation

A Shelby County  man has been charged with the shooting of a man last week.


Michael Weddle, 32, of Flat Rock, is charged with battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery.  He was initially held without bond.


Last week, a man was being sought by Bartholomew County officials who were aware he may have been shot and wounded in Shelby County.  Mark Ward, 50, was located after he was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for medical treatment.  Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies responded to CRH.  Ward suffered an apparent gunshot wound.  He was conscious and talking when he arrived at the hospital


The vehicle involved was also secured and BCSO said, at the time, they were working closely with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on this investigation.


The Shelby County Sheriff's Department says Ward had not been cooperative as of the initial questioning last week.


Fight, gunfire in Whiteland Thursday night

A teenager bought something online and went to pick it up Thursday night in Whiteland, but what followed was a fight and a shooting, police say.


The Whiteland Police Department says they received a report that shots had been fired in the 700 block of Hummingbird Lane, which is near U.S. 31 and not far from Franklin Community High School.

They believe that in the course of the business exchange there was a fight and the suspects took off in a car. Witnesses say the car then hit several objects and became disabled.


Police say the suspects got out of the car and ran away shortly after it became disabled. Someone else tried to stop the suspects, but officers say one of the suspects fired a gun at that person.


There are no reports of the suspects being found. Police are calling the investigation “ongoing.”

Shelby, Bartholomew Co. authorities investigating shooting

A man being sought by Bartholomew County officials may have been shot and wounded in Shelby County.


Mark Ward was located after he was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for medical treatment.  Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies responded to CRH.  Ward suffered an apparent gunshot wound.  He was conscious and talking when he arrived at the hospital


The vehicle involved was also secured and BCSO says they are working closely with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on this investigation.


Reports indicate Ward had video chats with friends or family.  He said he was hurt but didn't say where he was. His injuries weren't life threatening.


The Shelby County Sheriff's Department says Ward has not been cooperative at this point.  There's nothing further on where or why the shooting may have occurred.  They are continuing to try and investigate the case.



Barnes & Noble hit by hackers

Barnes & Noble's computer systems were hacked.


The hack happened on Oct. 10.


They said customer's personal information may have been stolen in the process. In an email sent to customers they said hackers could have had access to email addresses, names, phone numbers, and home addresses.


However, the company said the hackers could not access credit card numbers and other payment information because that information is encrypted.

Barnes & Noble did not say how many customers were affected by the hack.


Freeze Warning for much of Indiana overnight

Almost the entire state of Indiana will be under a freeze warning from 2 am to 10 am Friday morning. The far southeast part of Indiana will be under a frost advisory.


"We do that to give people a heads up if they still have plants that are out there that they want to protect. We issue the freeze warnings to alert them, mainly to protect the plants and things like that they may still be growing," says Joe Skowronek, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis. "Tonight, a lot of our areas will get into the 20s. Temperatures that low would definitely cause problems for any plants that are still growing."


He says if you park your car outside, you may have some frost on your windshield that you may have to scrape off. 


"We are expecting another front to come in early next week. It looks like there is a better chance for widespread heavier rain at that time (Monday-Wednesday)," says Skowronek.


Much of the state is either abnormally dry or under moderate drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Skowronek believes that will change soon.


"We are getting into a pattern now where we are expecting rain more than we have had in the past. So we should see the drought conditions slowly improve over the next few weeks," says Skowronek.

Escaped inmate found in southern Indiana

An inmate who escaped from a Kentucky jail last month by climbing through a hole in a jail window has been found in southern Indiana.


Madison police say Anthony Martinez, 30, was caught near Hanover on Tuesday. When he was found, Martinez tried to run, but was shot with a stun gun and captured near a church.


Investigators from Indiana almost caught him on Oct. 8 in Scott County, but he ran away into some trees, and they lost him.


Martinez, who was arrested in February for robbery charges, escaped Sept. 29 from Louisville Metro Corrections after climbing through a hole in the fourth-floor window and using a hose to lower himself to the ground.


He's now in the custody of the U.S. Marshals.

Gov. Holcomb extends Stage 5, mask mandate

Governor Holcomb has announced he is extending Stage 5 of the state's re-opening plan during the coronavirus pandemic.



Holcomb said he will revisit the decision in a week. He also extended the mask mandate until at least Nov. 14.

Greenleaf continues with land prep for Shelbyville manufacturing facility

There is progress on the preparation of land for construction of a major industry in Shelbyville.


Greenleaf Foods SPC is building what will be the largest plant-based protein manufacturing facility in North America.  The 230,000 square foot facility off Interstate 74 in Shelbyville will more than double Greenleaf Foods’ production capacity.


Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun.



The $310 million facility is expected to create over 400 jobs.

One person killed, another seriously injured in Johnson Co. crash

A Johnson County woman was killed, another injured, in a one-car crash.


A witness told investigating Johnson County authorities that he was traveling southbound on US 31 approaching CR 550 East when a vehicle in the fast lane was swerving across the yellow line several times.  He said it appeared the vehicle overcorrected, went across two lanes of travel and into the ditch at a high rate of speed.


The driver, Rita J. Britton, 68, of Franklin, was ejected from the vehicle. She died at Methodist Hospital. A passenger Vicki Jane Alexander, 75, of Greenwood, is listed in serious condition at Methodist Hospital.  Both Britton and Alexander were unconscious at the scene when law enforcement and fire personnel arrived.


The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident, the Edinburgh Police Department assisted with traffic control as southbound US 31 between State Road 252 and County Road 650S were closed for approximately three hours.


The Amity Fire Department was assisted by the Edinburgh Fire Department, IU Methodist Life Line and Seals Ambulance Service.

Shelbyville Fire Department gifted back a piece of its history

The Shelbyville Fire Department is adding to its fleet.  But it will be more to remember and respect the department's history than current fire safety.


City of Shelbyville attorney Jenny Meltzer explained the gift that is being received to the Board of Public Works and Safety.



Shelbyville Fire Chief Tony Logan.



Logan says the sister truck to this one had less of a grand exit to its service time.




The Bicycle Shop closing in Shelbyville

In Shelbyville, if you say "The Bicycle Shop" residents know exactly what and where you mean.  But that time is moving on soon.


Tim and Gaye McKenney are retiring from the business that has taken care of and sold bikes to many in the area for nearly three decades.  It's building at 406 Miller Avenue is a landmark for many, also.



Tim McKenney says it's time.



While COVID-19 isn't a reason for the shop's closing McKenney says it did have some influence on the timing.



McKenney says there will definitely be things to do in retirement.



That might even include fixing the occasional bike.  Although he thinks another shop will fins Shelbyville.



Even if that happens he knows The Bicycle Shop, as it's currently known, will be missed.



Westfield woman drowned at Hidden Paradise

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an incident that lead to a drowning within Hidden Paradise Campground in Decatur County.


At 2:14 P.M., Donna Kishbaugh, 61, of Westfield, was reported missing in the water.  Kishbaugh was conducting SCUBA training when she disappeared.


Conservation Officers, Indiana State Police, Shelby County Deputies, Decatur County Deputies, Shelbyville Fire Department, and Decatur County Fire Department assisted in the recovery efforts. 

Indiana Conservation Officers and Indiana State Police divers located Kishbaugh in 18 feet of water at 2:56 P.M. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.


Notifications have been made to family members.


This investigation is still underway and additional information will be provided once it become available.

Indiana not expecting much weather influence from Hurricane Delta

Hurricane Delta is bringing lots of rain and wind to the Gulf Coast. So will any of the remnants bring rain to Indiana?


Barely, if any, says WISH-TV Meteorologist Marcus Bailey.


"Maybe the southern half of the state could see a little bit," he said. "But at this point, it looks like the heaviest of the rain is probably going to stay well south of the Ohio River."


Bailey says counties along the river could get a few tenths-of-an-inch of rain. But, the majority of the state could get "spits" of rain, meaning the drought will continue in most areas of Indiana.


"Unfortunately, for us, it just wasn't in the cards for Delta to come far enough north to provide us with any decent amount of rainfall."


He adds that temperatures this weekend will stay well above average for this time of the year, with highs on Saturday around 80 degrees, and in the 70s for Sunday.


"This part of October, we should be averaging in that upper-60 range," Bailey said.


A cool down is expected late next week, where highs will be in the 50s and 60s, with lows in the 30s and 40s.

Update: Johnson Co. Sheriff's Office on search for Michael Riddle

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office continues to search for Michael Paul Riddle, 37, of Edinburgh.


On Thursday, October 9,  at around 10:37 am Riddle was spotted in the Hancock County area near County Roads 300N and 125W. Several agencies worked together to search the area for twelve hours.


Agencies involved in Thursday’s search were the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Greenfield Police Department, Indiana State Police and the United States Marshals Office.


The search was called off around 10:00 pm Thursday. Investigators are confident that Riddle is no longer in the area.


Riddle was sentenced on September 21,  in Circuit Court in absentia by Judge Andy Roesener.  Riddle had bonded out on $66,000 bond on September 18. 


Original criminal charges include:  Felony 2 Dealing Methamphetamine / Amount of 10 or more grams, Felony 5 Possession of an Altered Handgun, Felony 5 Felon Carrying a Handgun / Defendant has a prior felony conviction within the last 15 years.


Riddle has been sentenced to 39. 5 years.


Members of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division will continue the search for Riddle.  People are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477) or the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at (317) 346-6336.

Meijer stores in Indiana recalling cantaloupe

Cantaloupe sold at Meijer stores in Indiana is being recalled because of possible Salmonella contamination.


The recall includes whole cantaloupe and certain cut cantaloupe fruit trays and bowls in various weights ranging from six to 40 ounces sold between Sept. 26 and Oct. 5 at Meijer stores in Indiana and five other states.


The recalled whole cantaloupe will have a sticker label stating Kandy Brand from Eagle Produce, LLC. If it does not have a sticker label to identify it, it should be considered part of the recall, according to the FDA.


No illnesses have been reported so far. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. Symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.


The following packaged products in clear plastic containers under the Meijer brand label include:

- 9450 – Gas Station Mixed Melon Chunk Cup

- 9505 – Gas Station Mixed Fruit Cup

- 9644 – Gas Station Cantaloupe 6 oz

- 21921000000 – Fruit Frenzy Bowl 40 oz

- 21921400000 – Fruit Tray

- 21924800000 – Fruit Tray with Dip

- 21932300000 – Cantaloupe Chunks Large PLU 4960

- 21933400000 – Mixed Melon Chunks Large Bowl

- 21933700000 – Mixed Melon Chunks Small Bowl

- 21960100000 – Fruit Frenzy 16 oz Bowl PLU

- 21971100000 – Strawberry/Pineapple Cup 6 oz

- 21971200000 – Mixed Fruit Cup 6 oz

- 21971700000 – Berry Explosion Cup 6 oz

- 21971800000 – Mixed Melon Chunk Cup 6 oz

- 21984400000 – Mixed Melon Cup

- 22012400000 – Mixed Fruit Cup

- 22019600000 – Cantaloupe Chunks Small Bowl

- 22020000000 – Fruit Frenzy 32 oz Bowl PLU 1

- 22021900000 – Cantaloupe and Honeydew Slices

- 22022000000 – Mixed Melon Slices

- 22045000000 – Fruit Palooza

- 22045200000 – Melons & Berries

- 22045300000 – Triple Treat & Melon

- 22061600000 – Cantaloupe Chunks Large Kosher

- 22061700000 – Cantaloupe Chunks Large Kosher

- 28873400000 – Fruit Salad


If you have any of the recalled fruit, throw it away or return it to Meijer for a full refund.

Former Franklin College president pleads not guilty to child porn charges

The former president of Franklin College has pleaded not guilty to child pornography charges.


The college's newspaper, The Franklin News, says Thomas Minar, 57, appeared in a nearly-empty courtroom in Wisconsin Tuesday. His attorney, Brett Reetz announced Minar is entering a plea of not guilty for all charges.


In January, Minar was caught sending sexual messages and photos to, who he thought, was a 15-year-old boy. It was actually an undercover cop. After he was arrested, Franklin College fired him. Then in March, investigators found child porn on Minar's phone.


Minar faces 12 counts of possession of child pornography, plus using a computer to facilitate a sex crime and exposing a child to harmful narrations.

Fountaintown, POsey Twshp volunteer fire departments receive grants

More than 70 rural and volunteer fire departments from 47 Indiana counties have been awarded more than $320,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants.  The awards will be used for training, installation of dry hydrants, or to purchase necessary firefighting equipment and gear to combat wildland fires. The grants are administered by the DNR Division of Forestry and made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.


Two of the departments are:


Posey Twnshp VFD - $4, 750 (Communication)

Fountaintown Community VFD - $1, 941 (Water handling)

Recipients were selected based on population density, acres of public wildlands protected, and wildland fire reporting to DNR Fire Control Headquarters. As in past years, emphasis was given to projects that involved the fighting of wildfires.

The awarded grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 and were given to 76 departments.


Land Trust buys 35 acres, will plant 20,000 trees to expand Meltzer Woods

The Central Indiana Land Trust, Inc. (CILTI) is expanding the 60-acre Meltzer Woods Nature Preserve in Shelbyville by buying an adjacent 35-acre agricultural field, where it will plant more than 20,000 trees.


The purchase totaled approximately $260,000 and was made possible through CILTI’s Evergreen Fund for Nature and members of the Land Trust. A portion of funds provided came from American Electric Power (AEP), Indiana Michigan Power’s parent company, under a legal settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, eight states, and 13 citizen groups.


Meltzer Woods, acquired by CILTI in 2014, is a 60-acre preserve and one of the last old-growth forests in Indiana – meaning it has trees older than 150 years and has been left undisturbed as a forest for more than a century. No living tree was ever cut or sold by the Meltzer family and the site is now a state-dedicated nature preserve, the highest protection available in Indiana.



In 1969, Purdue University ecologist Alton Lindsey recognized Meltzer Woods’ importance in his landmark book Natural Areas in Indiana and their Preservation. Designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974 by the National Park Service, the property includes oak and hickory trees that are more than 300 years old. Within its boundaries are vernal pools that allow amphibians to breed in safety.


The 35-acre addition will create a buffer, further protecting this irreplaceable old-growth forest. CILTI will plant trees on the land, sequestering carbon while restoring ecosystem functions that allow wildlife and nature to thrive.


“By converting the agricultural land to forest, we’ll allow species in the old-growth ecosystem to expand their territory over time and magnify this venerable site,” said Cliff Chapman, executive director of CILTI. 


Meltzer Woods opened to the public in 2016.


“Now more than ever, families are looking for outdoor activities, and visiting Meltzer Woods has become a frequent family activity for many Shelby County residents,” said Jennifer Jones, executive director of the Blue River Community Foundation.


Located at 1522 S. 600 East in Shelbyville, Meltzer Woods is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk. It includes a parking lot and loop trail. Visitors are asked to observe the posted rules, which include traveling only by foot, staying on the trail and carrying out all trash.


CILTI preserves the best of Central Indiana’s natural areas, protecting plants and animals, so Hoosiers can experience the wonder of the state’s natural heritage. Since it was created in 1990, CILTI has protected more than 5,500 acres of land that meet science-based criteria for conservation value. More information at www.ConservingIndiana.org

Five companies in Johnson County participating in job fair

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development and WorkOne Central are hosting a virtual job fair featuring five employers with dozens of job openings in Johnson County.


The virtual job fair is scheduled to run from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Belle Tire, Energizer, FedEx, Greenwood Village South and Prime Remnant Inc. are the five companies that will be participating in the job fair.


Presenters from each will discuss job opportunities in detail, along with benefits and how to apply.

“The Region 5 Workforce Board is pleased to partner with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development to offer a virtual opportunity for Johnson County employers to fill their talent needs,” said Lance Ratliff, Executive Director of the Workforce Board. “Because of the COVID virus situation, we have quickly moved into new ways of doing business, which are effective while minimizing the potential spread of the virus among individuals. As the economy continues to recover, the Board will increase the use of technology-based solutions to serve employers and job seekers in Region 5. We encourage both employers and job seekers to connect with the local WorkOne office to benefit from these resources.”


Those interested in the job fair but unable to attend are encouraged to still register, as a recording will be sent via email the following day.

To register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8663973915793827088

After registering, a confirmation email will be sent containing information about joining the webinar.

Regal Cinemas closing; locations in Greenwood, Indy

Regal Cinema is closing all of its movie theaters across the United States.


The company said it's due to an "increasingly challenging theatrical landscape and sustained key market closures."


All Regal theaters will close Thursday, and remain closed until "further notice."


There are 11 Regal movie theaters in Indiana:

-Avon (Regal Shiloh Crossing)

-Bedford (Regal Bedford)

-Carmel (Regal Village Park)

-Clarksville (Regal River Falls)

-Fort Wayne (Regal Coldwater Crossing)

-Greenwood (Regal Greenwood & RPX)

-Indianapolis (Regal UA Circle Centre, Regal UA Galaxy)

-New Albany (Regal New Albany)

-Noblesville (Regal Noblesville)

-Seymour (Regal Seymour)


Brisk start to absentee voting in Shelby County

More than a dozen people were in line to vote at the Shelby County Courthouse for the opening of absentee voting.


Absentee voting got underway in the lobby of the Shelby County Courthouse on Tuesday.


Voting hours will be Monday through Friday through October 30, 2020 during the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The Courthouse will also be open for voting on Saturdays, October 24 and October 31, from  8:00 am to 3:00 pm., and Monday, November 2, from 8:00 am to noon. 


On Saturdays October 24, 2020 and October 31, 2020 there will also be voting at the Family Arts Building at the Shelby County Fairgrounds from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. 


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 22, 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. 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 3, the public can call the Voter Registration Office at 317-392-6324.

Walmart fruit recall

Pre-cut fresh fruit sold at Walmart is being recalled over possible listeria contamination.


The recall includes various plastic containers of “Freshness Guaranteed” cut and / or sliced apples, grapes, mangoes, pineapples, and cantaloupe sold at Walmart stores in Indiana and other states.


The “best if used by” dates on the packages are between Oct. 3 and Oct. 11, 2020.


Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.


Full information about the recall is available at www.fda.gov.

IndianaEquifaxClaims.com website for compensation filing for Equifax data breach

Hoosiers impacted by the 2017 Equifax data breach can now file a claim online to receive compensation.


Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill on Monday announced the launch of IndianaEquifaxClaims.com , a website where Hoosiers can securely file a claim for a restitution payment. Hoosiers have until Dec. 16 to file a claim.


Hill’s office said many Hoosiers will receive an email from Do-Not-Reply@IndianaEquifaxClaims.com that says they are eligible for a payment under the terms of the settlement.


Hill’s office sued Equifax following the massive data breach, which compromised the Social Security numbers, dates of birth, driver’s license numbers, and credit card information of 147 million Americans, including nearly four million Hoosiers.


“Millions of Indiana residents were endangered financially due to Equifax’s failure to protect the personal information it was entrusted to keep private,” Attorney General Hill said. “We encourage these consumers to visit this website and claim the money they deserve. We hope this money lessens any burdens the data breach may have caused.”


Indiana was one of two states that opted not to participate in a multistate settlement with Equifax in July 2019. Instead, Hill’s office chose to file its own lawsuit against the company.


As part of Indiana’s settlement, Equifax agreed to pay the state $19.5 million. Nearly all of Indiana’s settlement has been directed toward restitution payments to affected consumers. A portion of the settlement will go toward administering the payments.



Wearing a mask? There's an app for that

A new Indiana-developed app will track how many people are wearing masks and how many aren't.


The Regenstrief Institute launched maskcount.com last week, as a sort of public-health hybrid of Waze's crowdsourced traffic info and the functionality of Tinder. After logging in to the site, you swipe right when you see someone wearing a mask, or swipe left if they're not.


Regenstrief CEO Peter Embi says data about who's masking up has all been anecdotal. Instead of the decades-old practice of sending researchers out with a pad and pencil to count mask wearers, the institute realized it could use modern technology to bring more pairs of eyes to the question.

Embi says the data can help researchers assess whether mask orders actually change people's behavio, and how mask use correlates with rising or falling spread of the coronavirus. He says while the data are extremely preliminary so far, there's already one potentially intriguing finding: people appear more likely to wear their masks during the day than at night, perhaps because they let their guard down while socializing.


Embi says the app won't identify you or the people you pass, but it will log your location. You can see what percent of people are reported wearing masks within a two-block radius.


About 400 people in eight countries have signed up so far -- Embi says it'll be more effective the more people sign up.

Duke Energy invests in four Indiana sites to spur economic development and jobs; over 200 acres in Morristown

Duke Energy is investing in four Indiana sites to spur economic development and jobs as part of its 2020 Duke Energy Site Readiness program.


With an aim of attracting new business to industrial sites in its service area, the company has enlisted professionals to evaluate areas for development and provides each site with $10,000 to help implement the recommendations.


The recommendations include a detailed engineering analysis by Banning Engineering, as well as next steps to focus on the property’s infrastructure improvements and master planning. 


“Since the launch of the program in 2013, we have invested nearly $1 million to help develop 34 industrial sites across our service area,” said Erin Schneider, Duke Energy director of economic development in Indiana. “Those sites have welcomed seven new companies to Indiana and are projected to generate more than 2,500 in jobs and $630 million capital investment in Hoosier communities.”


The four locations include:

  • A 30-acre parcel located near Quality Court in Charlestown, next to the Charlestown Industrial Park (Clark County).
  • A 208-acre parcel located at 6602 E. U.S. Highway 52 in Morristown (Shelby County).
  • A 64-acre parcel located at 1277 State Road 13 in Wabash (Wabash County).
  • A 160-acre parcel that will be an expansion of the Midwest Industrial Park near Round Barn Road in Richmond (Wayne County).  

Ideal properties for Duke Energy’s Site Readiness Program are typically 40 acres or larger, served by the utility, or a vacant industrial building of at least 20,000 square feet identified to support renewed industrial growth and sustainable development in a community.


For the 16th consecutive year, Duke Energy Indiana’s overall economic development program has been named by Site Selection magazine as one of the nation’s “Top 10 Utility Economic Development Programs.” In the past 12 years the company has helped secure more than 31,000 job commitments and a total capital investment of more than $7.5 billion in Indiana.


For more information about Duke Energy Indiana’s economic development programs, visit https://www.duke-energy.com/partner-with-us/economic-development/indiana .

Voter registration closes today

Are you registered to vote? If you want to have your say in the November 3 General Election, you need to register today.


Voters registering in the county clerk’s office must do so by close of business, and voters registering online have until midnight.


Hoosiers can register to vote online by visiting www.IndianaVoters.com. Citizens can also submit an application to register in person at their local county clerk's office.


In addition to registration, IndianaVoters.com allows Hoosiers to look up their polling place, get directions to their polling location, find out who's on their ballot, request an absentee ballot, track their absentee ballot application, and contact local election officials.


In order to be eligible to register to vote, you must:

• be a citizen of the United States,

• be at least 18 years old by Election Day,

• have lived in your precinct for at least 30 days before the election; and

• not currently be imprisoned after being convicted of a crime.


“I urge all Hoosiers to exercise their right to vote,” said Secretary Lawson. “It only takes a few minutes to register and can be done online at any time.”


Voters with questions can call the Hoosier Voter Hotline at 866-IN-1-VOTE. 

John Hartnett's retirement official; Scott Spahr steps in at Shelbyville Boys and Girls Club

To most of us it’s just another ho-hum Monday.  Same job, same breakfast, same this-and-that.  At the Shelbyville Boys and Girls Club, however, it’s anything but.


Brady Claxton is the current board president of the Self Shelby County Boys and Girls Club.  He talks about director John Hartnett’s final day with retirement.



Claxton on the impact the community has felt for years from Hartnett.



Hartnett has served in a variety of capacities for numerous community organizations including: Babe Ruth Baseball, Shelbyville Central Schools, The Shelby County United Fund and the Drug-Free Coalition. He is a past president of the Indiana Boys and Girls Club Workers Association and was a founding board member of the Indiana Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs. He was inducted into The Shelbyville High School Alumni Hall of Fame in 2009 and received the 2018 Boys and Girls Clubs of America “Contribution to the Profession Award.”


And it’s that type of impact that Claxton expects will continue.



Spahr has served as director of the Self Club's Morristown satellite unit since 2013. He has previous business experience in management and has worked as a basketball coach in the Shelby Eastern Schools System. He is a retired United States Army veteran. Spahr is a former member of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce board of directors and was honored as Morristown's outstanding citizen in 2014.


Spahr becomes only the fourth executive director in the Boys and Girls Club's 66-year history.

Amber Griffith cause of death listed as undetermined

A Shelbyville death investigation continues with the cause listed as undetermined.


On August 11, 2020 the Shelbyville Police Department received a 911 call to the 900 block of
Meridian Street. Shelbyville Police and fire personnel responded to investigate the report of an
unresponsive female. The female was later identified as Amber D. Griffith, 38, of Shelbyville.

Shelbyville Police Department Criminal Investigators were contacted and began investigating the
death, with the assistance of the Shelby County Coroner’s Office and the Shelby County Prosecutors Office. The preliminarily investigation showed the public was not in danger at that time. This is the continued position of the Shelbyville Police Department.

The death certificate lists the cause of death as: Undetermined.  It lists the nature of death as: Undetermined.

Detectives with the Shelbyville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division have received, and continue to receive, information from the public. We encourage those having information on this investigation to Contact the Shelbyville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 317.392.5118.

The incident remains under investigation.

Tech company top add jobs in Columbus

KPIT Technologies Inc. (KPIT), a leading software integration partner to automotive and mobility original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier 1 suppliers, announced plans today to grow its Columbus Technology Center. The company plans to continue its recent hiring trend, adding up to 75 new jobs by the end of 2023.

"Indiana is leading a tech transformation in the Midwest with global companies like KPIT choosing to grow here and create quality career opportunities for Hoosiers," said Governor Eric J. Holcomb. "With a thriving tech ecosystem and the second largest automotive industry in the nation, our state is the perfect location for the convergence of these essential sectors."

KPIT, headquartered in Novi, Michigan, is a subsidiary of Pune, India-based KPIT Technologies Ltd., which has been operating in the U.S. for more than 15 years. In 2019, KPIT concentrated its focus solely on the automotive and mobility sectors. KPIT plans to invest $350,000 to upgrade software and equipment and grow its team at its Columbus technology facility, increasing product development capabilities while better supporting its customer needs by leveraging local talent, universities and technology partners. 

“The U.S. continues to be a key growth market for KPIT," said Sachin Tikekar, president and board member of KPIT. "Our earliest setup in the U.S. was in Columbus, Indiana with our strategic partnership with Cummins. Over the last 15 years, this relationship and investment in Columbus helped us initiate and expand our journey as a software integration partner to Automotive and Mobility very deeply. Today, the leaders in the Automotive and Mobility industry turn to us for solving the next generation of challenges. Coming back to Columbus and investing, reiterates our commitment to bring together the best of talent and drive innovation in Automotive and Mobility software for our clients worldwide.”

KPIT, which has a U.S. workforce of more than 500 engineers at its tech centers in Michigan and Indiana, committed to creating up to 175 new jobs and has already hired 100 new positions since late 2019 toward its goal. The company will continue to hire for positions in embedded software development and engineering. Interested applicants may apply online

“KPIT Technologies operates at the intersection of that which drives so much of the Columbus, Indiana economy,” said Mayor Jim Lienhoop. “Advanced mobility technologies, engineering excellence, foreign direct investment, and engaging a diverse and talented workforce are all attributes that we find in common with KPIT, and we are pleased to welcome their new investment in our community.”

KPIT joins a growing list of India-based companies with operations in Columbus, including Axiscades and Birlasoft. Other leading India-based firms in Indiana include Appirio – a Wipro Company, Infosys, Novelis Corp. and more. Together, India-based companies in Indiana support more than 1,000 Hoosier jobs.

Approved by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) board of directors, the IEDC offered KPIT Technologies Inc. up to $3.2 million in conditional tax credits and up to $75,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning the company is eligible to claim incentives once Hoosiers are hired. Greater Columbus Indiana EDC provided additional support.