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A planned gun sale turned into an armed robbery in Shelbyville; two suspects arrested

A Shelbyville armed robbery ended with the suspects arrested on Interstate 74.


About 5:30 pm Saturday, the Shelbyville Police Department says officers responded to 5th Street where a man reported he had been robbed by two black males.

The victim explained he had set up a deal to sell a firearm to the two males. The suspects arrived and the victim met them outside. The suspects stayed in their vehicle and the victim reported he had his firearm ready to make the deal. The victim told police the passenger then grabbed the victim’s gun, punched him in the face, and drove off.


The victim tried to stop the suspects but he thought they fired a shot at him. The suspects left the scene in a passenger car with dark tinted windows and a paper license plate. The victim was transported to MHP Medical Center to be evaluated. He sustained minor injuries.

The suspects were located on I-74 heading towards Indianapolis. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police conducted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle and were able to take the suspects into custody without incident.

The Shelbyville Police Department says the investigation shows the suspects did have weapons on them at the time of the stop. At this time, it does not appear that any shot(s) was fired during the incident. The department is still conducting an investigation into this incident. 


The two suspects were arrested and transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with robbery. Additional charges may be filed at a later date.

Triton Central sends off the Class of 2021

The biggest roar of applause was for the outgoing Triton Central Class of 2021 at Saturday's graduation ceremony.


But its rival was for Principal Cary Chandler.




As Chandler stated, eloquent looks back, and ahead, were given by the academic leaders of the class.  Salutatorian Ben Riggins highlighted three words he used to describe the senior class with its competitiveness right at the top.




Valedictorian Samantha Ackley reminded the packed crowd at the Triton Central gymnasium that graduation is just a step in the process.  It's important but doesn't have to be overly dramatic.



Southwestern Class of 2021 honored in Friday ceremony

Southwestern's was the first of the Shelby County graduation ceremonies scheduled over two weekends from May into June. 


With the exception of a few masks and available hand santizer it looked much like the graduation services of the pre-Covid world.



Salutatorian Ethan Wendling noted the great successes of the Class of 2021 despite the impact of Covid on their final two years at Southwestern.




Valedictorian Christian DeArmitt explained that a final language assignment gave him perspective that he can use as he moves on.




A Rushville native, Asst. Adjutant General – Army, Brig. Gen. Daniel Degelow to speak at Shelby Co. Memorial Day

Memorial Day services will take place Monday on the steps of the Shelby County Courthouse.


Assistant Adjutant General – Army, Brigadier General Daniel Degelow will serve as the guest speaker.  Degelow is a Rushville High School graduate. He serves as a principle advisor to the adjutant general and is responsible for assisting in formulating, developing, and coordinating programs, policies and plans affecting the Indiana Army National Guard and more than 11, 000 citizen – soldiers.


The community band will begin playing approximately 10:00 am Monday with the program including the reading of the names of service personnel from Shelby County killed in military service underway at 11:00 am.


GIANT fm will begin live coverage at 10:40 am on 96.5, 106.3, and online at giant.fm.


Shelbyville's Meridian Park Family Aquatic Center ready for Saturday's Opening Day

Saturday's weather forecast calls for a high temperature of 62 degrees with rainfall.  Not exactly what the Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department dreamed of for opening day at the Meridian Park Family Aquatic Center.


But still, it's Opening Day.  Director Karen Martin says it's a special time after a year missed due to Covid.  



Martin says they will open Saturday even with inclement weather.  She says even if attendance is low the staff can get something out of it.



As for Covid protocols, Martin says the main thing people should know is use common sense.  Such as, if you don't feel well, don't come.








Child, 2, found in Lake Santee; last reported in critical condition

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a near drowning incident involving a two-year-old child that occurred Wednesday night at Lake Santee.


Just before 9:00 pm Decatur County Dispatchers received a 911 call reporting that a two-year-old female was missing from her home near the 800 block of Lake Santee Drive in Greensburg.  Clarksburg EMS arrived on scene and quickly located the unconscious child near the water’s edge in approximately three feet of water.  


The child was air-lifted to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.  At last report, she was currently in critical condition. 


This incident is still under investigation.


Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted by Decatur County EMS, Clarksburg Fire Department, Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, and Lake Santee Security.       



Graduation ceremonies still affected by pandemic protocols

Two Shelby County high schools will hold commencement ceremonies this week. The other three will follow on June 5.


Graduation ceremonies at the Shelby County schools will have less restrictions than the 2020 ceremonies, but there will be COVID-19 policies still  in place for students and their families and friends in attendance.


Southwestern High School is the first celebrate the Class of 2021 with graduation at 7 p.m. Friday inside the school’s main gymnasium.


Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.


Each graduate has been limited to 15 tickets for the ceremony.


“Graduates have been limited to 15 tickets as we continue to implement social distancing procedures to limit the attendance and make it a safe yet enjoyable evening for our graduates and their families,” said Southwestern principal John Tindall.


Everyone in attendance will be required to wear a mask during the graduation ceremony.


Triton Central High School holds commencement at 11 a.m. Saturday inside its high school gymnasium in Fairland.


Staff and students will be required to wear masks.


Masks are recommended for everyone that attends the ceremony.


There are no attendance restrictions, according to Triton Central principal Cary Chandler.


Shelbyville High School will conduct its commencement ceremony outdoors at McKeand Stadium.


The ceremony will start at 9 a.m. on June 5.


Each graduate will receive six tickets for the event. Those tickets will be dispersed to the graduates at graduation practice on June 4, according to Shelbyville principal Brent Baker.


COVID-19 protocols will be in effect, according to Baker.


At 9 a.m. on June 5, Waldron High School will celebrate the Class of 2021 inside the school’s gymnasium.


There are no ticket restrictions to limit capacity, according to Waldron principal Mark Shadiow.


Those in attendance are asked to wear masks, maintain social distancing and sit within family groups.


At 11 a.m. on June 5, Morristown High School will conduct commencement in its gymnasium.


There are no capacity restrictions, according to Morristown principal Jeremy Powers.


Those attending should wear a mask and maintain social distance. Also, families are asked to sit together to assist with pandemic protocols.

Shelby County Youth Assistance Program celebrates five years

The Shelby County Youth Assistance Program has grown in its first five years of existence.  Much the same way the youth who have benefited from it.


Director Melissa O’Connor hosted a celebration of the program at Blue River Memorial Park.



O’Connor explains what the program offers.



She says the program has grown and, in turn, has been able to see the youth served by the program grow.



The Youth Assistance Program and O’Connor can be contacted by calling (317) 421-8141, or e-mail her at moconnor@co.shelby.in.us.


Plan Commission approves Taco Bell site development plan

A new Taco Bell on Shelbyville’s north side moved one step closer to reality Monday after plat approval and site development plan approval was granted by the Shelbyville Plan Commission.


A drainage issue and some minor landscaping issues must be addressed, and sidewalk connectivity to the neighboring Casey’s General Store must be added before the Shelbyville Common Council can green light the project.


The proposed Taco Bell will sit at 1806 N. Riley Highway near Interstate 74. The fast food restaurant will be 2,053 square feet and have a seating capacity of 40 once completed.


The restaurant will sit on .77 acres of a 2.29-acre site that has sat vacant for more than a decade.


The Interstate 74 connector on the north side of Shelbyville continues to grow as Major Health Partners is finishing construction on a new wellness center and YMCA north of the interstate.


Casey’s General Store recently opened south of the interstate at Rampart Road and a Zaxby’s restaurant is currently under construction at the same intersection.


Austin Tracey of Hamilton Designs, LLC, of Fishers, Indiana, met with the Plan Commission Monday night.


A drainage issue will need to be addressed. Plan Commission member Matt House, who serves as city engineer, offered to meet with Tracey on site to clear up any issues.


Plan Commission president Mike Evans also stressed the need for sidewalk connectivity in the area.

The site plan will need to add a sidewalk area to connect with the sidewalk put in at Casey’s General Store.


Fulfilling both requests was not considered a problem, according to Tracey.

Board of Works finds significant improvements at three nuisance properties

The Board of Works saw significant progress with three nuisance properties in Shelbyville. And a fourth will be cleaned up and billed to the property owner who did not show up for Tuesday morning’s meeting at City Hall.


Orders to appear were sent to four local homeowners, three showed up Tuesday morning to discuss the status of their properties.


Progress has been made in cleaning up 1417 S. Harrison St. The owner, Kathy Pyle, discussed with the board the improvements made and the plan to finish removing debris from the property.


The board was satisfied with her explanation and granted her a two-week extension to finish bringing the property up to city code.


Angela Lovett, property owner at 1022 Lincoln St., proudly talked about the cleanup of her property and her goal to keep it that way. The only concern for the board was a tent being used for storage located behind the home.


The tent sits near an alley and the board was unsure of the requirements for a temporary structure such as a tent. Lovett was asked to meet with Plan Commission director Adam Rude to discuss the tent’s placement and use and approved no further action was required.


Sharrie Lucas, property owner at 907 Governor Lane, told the board she was able to get the assistance needed to clean up her property. The board saw no need to take any further action.


No significant progress has been made at 1047 Meridian, owned by Larry Fisher, so the board approved the cleanup of the property with the cost to be assessed on the property’s taxes.


In other business, the board approved the closing of W. Washington St. from Tompkins St. to the Public Square on June 4 from 7:30 a.m. to midnight for the Taste of Shelby County event.


The board approved a request from Rupert Boneham to use the parking lot on Jackson St. from 2 to 6 p.m. for an event on June 5.


The Crafty Few, an arts and crafts store, is now open at 110 S. Harrison St. and requested closing two parking spots in front of its business for Aw’sum Snoballs to set up from 4 to 7 p.m. on June 4.


The new business will be celebrating its grand opening. The snow cone truck will be open to the public.

Shelby County COVID-19, Phase 3 Economic Recovery Task Force to consider applications for pandemic relief

Shelby County has received a $250,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). 


The Shelby County COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force will be responsible for receiving and reviewing the applications.  The purpose of the grant is to provide financial support for the betterment of the people and businesses of Shelby County, Indiana who have had a negative financial impact by the COVID-19 pandemic.  These grants will be awarded in sums of up to $10,000 and there will be no repayment for these funds. 


To be eligible for the grant, a business must be a for-profit enterprise with the following:

  • For profit enterprises with:
    • Small Businesses (50 employees or less)
    • Business must have at least two employees
  • Job retention must meet 51% of the low to moderate income (LMI) level of $45,950 annual income and will be verified by using:
    • Income Verification Form
  • Document that the jobs being retained would be lost if not for the grant.
  • Businesses that received funding from the Shelbyville COVID-19, Phase 2 grant are eligible to apply again, but scoring preference will be given to businesses that have not previously received funding.


The potential use of funds is as follows:


  • Employee retention, payroll expenses, salaries, etc. (if the applicant has previously received PPP Funds, this funding cannot be utilized for payroll purposes)
  • Rents
  • Purchase of equipment
  • Furnishings, supplies, raw materials, inventory
  • Other


The typical prohibited use of funds is as follows:


  • For personal use or
  • For personal debt
  • Other


Applications are available through the Shelby County Development website -  www.shelbydevelopment.com , or the Shelby County website at www.co.shelby.in.us.


Applications can be picked up at the following locations:


  • Shelby County Development Corporation, located at 16 Public Square, Suite A, Shelbyville, IN 46176
  • Shelby County Plan Commission, located at 25 W. Polk Street, Room 201, Shelbyville, IN 46176

The following documents are required to be submitted with the grant application:


  • Application
  • 2019 and 2020 Tax Returns, including Profit and Loss Statements
  • W9
  • Income Verification Form

The application process will be from May 24, 2021 through June 18, 2021.  Applications are due by 3:00 pm on Friday, June 18, 2021. 


Applications will be reviewed by the panel and notification will be sent to the applicant after a decision has been made.  The application must be submitted by one of the following:


  • IN PERSON to:
  • Shelby County Development Corporation, located at 16 Public Square, Suite A, Shelbyville, IN 46176between the hours of 9am-3pm.
  • Emailed to Shelby County Development corporation at d.tracy@shelbydevelopment.com


For questions, please contact the Shelby County Development Corporation, at (317) 398-8903 or at d.tracy@shelbydevelopment.com.  

Fairground improvements progressing as Shelby County Fair quickly approaches

Improving the infrastructure of the Shelby County Fair’s Swine Barn is coming along as the 2021 fair quickly approaches.


Purdue Cooperative Extension Educator and Shelby County Director Scott Gabbard said the new concrete floor was progressing well last week.



Gabbard says the new floor and other planned improvements should make the building more versatile year round.



With an earlier schedule in 2021, the Shelby County Fair is quickly approaching



The Shelby County Fair is June 14 - 19.



National FFA announces in-person convention with virtual program for 2021

The National FFA Organization announced today that they would hold their annual in-person convention this fall in the city of Indianapolis.


The event, which traditionally brings more than 65,000 attendees, will take place Oct. 27-30.


Expected in-person events during the convention include the American FFA Degree Ceremony; Career Success Tours; competitive events; delegate business sessions; entertainment; the National FFA Expo and shopping mall; general sessions; student and teacher workshops; and the National Days of Service.


In addition to the in-person event, the organization will also offer a virtual program, including student and teacher workshops, the virtual FFA Blue Room, National Days of Service and the streaming of general sessions.


“We are excited to come back to the great city of Indianapolis that has been such a gracious host to us in years past,” said Mandy Hazlett, associate director of convention and events at the National FFA Organization.  “We know convention will look a bit different this year, but we are excited to offer this opportunity to our student members once again.”


In 2020, the organization canceled the in-person event due to the COVID-19 pandemic and instead offered a virtual experience.


“While convention looked a little different in 2020 than we were used to, our members showed their ability to adapt and create meaningful experiences while still celebrating FFA and agricultural education,” Dr. James Woodard, national FFA advisor, said. “We are excited to bring an in-person event back to our members and the city of Indianapolis.”


The in-person National FFA Convention & Expo returns to Indianapolis this year as part of the organization’s long-term hosting partnership with Indianapolis that will run through 2033.


“Our state is thrilled to safely host the FFA annual convention again right here in the heart of the heartland,” Gov. Eric J. Holcomb said. “This event brings together some of our country’s top future leaders, and I am excited to see what opportunities come from it.”


“Indy’s proven track record of hosting in-person events is grounded by the Indiana Convention Center’s $7 million in new health and safety upgrades, allowing Indy to safely welcome 250,000 attendees in addition to hosting March Madness in its entirety, ” said Visit Indy’s President and CEO Leonard Hoops.  “We are extremely grateful to the entire National FFA team for its continued confidence in Indy and commitment to keeping its convention on track.”


“Throughout the year, FFA members across the country have shown their resiliency and ability to adapt as we faced new challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic,” National FFA President Doster Harper said. “Our team has been inspired by these members as they have continued to find new and creative ways to live to serve.  It is because of their perseverance that we are thrilled to offer an in-person event to our members as we celebrate this future generation of leaders. We have shown that with dedication and determination, we can be our authentic selves and make a difference in our communities.”


For more information, visit convention.FFA.org.

SCS superintendent reiterates mask policy still in effect for campus events

Shelbyville Central Schools Superintendent Mary Harper attended the high school softball program's invitational tournament Saturday and was surprised to see so many people not wearing protective masks.


That prompted a discussion Wednesday night prior to the school board's monthly meeting about the governor's executive order which requires masks at all school functions through the end of the school year.


Harper believes recently-released information from the Centers for Disease Control regarding COVID-19 and outdoor events has led to confusion.


"The CDC last week sent out new guidance that says COVID-19 is not as transmittable outside," explained Harper via phone interview Thursday morning with the Shelby County Post. "I think a lot of people thought that pertained to the school system but the executive order from Governor (Eric) Holcomb says you have to wear a mask outside on school premises."


Shelbyville High School was the host site for a girls track and field sectional Tuesday, is the host site for a girls tennis sectional that continues today and tomorrow, and will host a softball sectional next week.


Harper will reiterate to the athletic staff that masks are expected to be worn whenever possible.


"We will do the best we can to get people to comply at outside events," she said. 


Patrons attending outdoor events will be asked to wear a mask when they purchase tickets and enter the facility. Harper does not expect staff to then police everyone during events but public address announcements will be made to encourage spectators to wear masks whether vaccinated or not.


"We will continue to let people know when they buy tickets that we are still under a mask mandate," said Harper. "And we will have masks available."


In other board business Wednesday, the board approved overnight field trip requests for the high school's boys basketball team to attend the Indiana Wesleyan University Team Camp (June 25-27) and the SHS cheer team to attend an UCA Cheer Camp in Mason, Ohio (July 6-9).


In personnel news, the board accepted the resignations of Emily Burrow (Coulston Elementary teacher), Rachel Hatton (SMS Social Studies teacher), Jennie Tague (SHS English teacher), Maria Knecht (SMS/SHS Speech Language Pathologist), and MacKinsey Taylor (SMS/SHS Theatre teacher).


The board approved Allison Anderson as the new SHS Band Director. She will replace Russell Smith, who is retiring. Anderson is currently the assistant band director at SHS.


Andy Snow, former Loper Elementary School teacher and current SCS Integration Specialist, will become the Shelbyville Central Virtual School Director, effective July 1.

Book bags not allowed in SHS, SMS classrooms during 2021-2022 school year

A revision to the handbooks at Shelbyville Middle School and Shelbyville High School will come as a big surprise to students and their families.


At Wednesday's monthly Shelbyville Central Schools board meeting, a revision to both handbooks stating students will not be permitted to carry book bags or backpacks from class to class during the 2021-2022 school year was approved. 


"This is something we've talked about for several years," said Shelbyville Superintendent Mary Harper in a phone interview Thursday morning. "About 5-6 years ago we banned (the backpacks) but parents put pressure on us to bring them back.


"It's a safety issue in two ways. The first is students shouldn't be bringing things into school ... not necessarily weapons but things like vaping items. These things are concealed in backpacks. And the second is injuries. We've had two teachers trip over (backpack) straps. One had to have knee surgery and I consider that teacher to be young and fit."


Book bags are not being banned in the schools. Students will have to keep them in their assigned lockers.


Fanny packs will be allowed as will nylon drawstring bags not much larger than the size of school-issued iPads.


The last time the school system attempted to ban backpacks in the classrooms, students were required to carry around more textbooks. Now, the curriculum is handled on iPads, which should lighten the load on students.


"We feel like this is a good time to do this," said Harper. "We did a survey of teachers and they told us there was an overwhelming safety hazard in the classroom."


While the policy is now set with board approval, Harper realizes enforcing the policy and retraining students how to manage their days will take time. Students are currently allowed four minutes to pass from class to class. That time frame will be monitored as students have to make extra trips to their lockers throughout the day.


"Years ago, kids kept everything in their lockers," said Harper. "At some time it became easier to carry backpacks. We are absolutely going to monitor this and not penalize students off the bat if they are late to class.


"With a change like this, we may have to make some adjustments." 


Assistant superintendent Kathleen Miltz said Wednesday night after the board meeting she expects families to receive news of the policy change in upcoming school newsletters. 


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Shelbyville High School and Shelbyville Middle School students will not be permitted to carry book bags or backpacks from class to class during the 2021-2022 school year. Nylon drawstring bags will be allowed but cannot be much bigger than the standard-issued iPads for the school system.


Shelbyville Police investigating nails left in city street

The Shelbyville Police Department has released information regarding nails that appear to have been intentionally left in a city street.


According to the department’s Facebook group page, about 8:00 am Wednesday the Shelbyville Police Department was made aware of nails laying in the 600 block of Howard Street. The post further states that due to the amount of nails, it looks to be intentional.


If you drove through this area and have damage to your tires please contact Officer Alex Miller at 317-392-5106.


Police are still looking for the person who may be responsible.  Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Shelbyville Police Department.


Ceremonial groundbreaking for Five Below's Midwest distribution operations in Shelby Co.

Governor Eric J. Holcomb Wednesday joined executives from Five Below (NASDAQ: FIVE), the trend-right, extreme-value retailer for tweens, teens and beyond, as the company announced plans to locate its Midwest distribution center in Shelby County, creating over 470 new jobs by the end of 2025. 



The Philadelphia-based company plans to invest more than $100 million over the next few years to establish distribution and e-commerce operations at 12050 East McGregor Road in Indianapolis. Five Below will build the facility, initially occupying 1,000,000 square feet. The company hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site Wednesday, and the facility is expected to be operational in summer 2022. The new distribution center will support the company's continued growth and expansion in the Midwest. 


Governor Holcomb says Five Below's combination of uses for the new facility and the combination of state and local efforts make this a special day.


“Five Below strives to offer the best products, at an unbeatable value, to more customers every single day,” said Five Below CEO Joel Anderson. “This can be achieved with continued distribution expansion. Ship Center Indiana is going to be an incredible facility filled with state-of-the-art technology, and great for boosting the local economy by creating jobs. Our new Ship Crew will help us continue to deliver the best retail experience out there! We’re so proud of this company milestone.”

Five Below employs more than 15,000 associates nationwide, including more than 900 Ship Crew members throughout its distribution centers located in Georgia, New Jersey, Mississippi and Texas, as well as an additional facility under construction in Arizona.   The company will begin hiring in Shelby County in 2022. Available positions will be listed online.

“On behalf of the Shelby County Commissioners and Shelby County Council, we are excited to welcome Five Below to our community and the I-74 corridor,” said Brian Asher, executive director of Shelby County Development Corporation. “Shelby County is a great place for business, and we look forward to beginning a new working partnership with Five Below that will continue to grow for many years to come.”


The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) offered Five Below up to $2.8 million in conditional tax credits based on the company’s plans to create up to 473 jobs. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning the company is eligible to claim incentives once Hoosiers are hired. The IEDC will also offer up to $1 million to the local community from the Industrial Development Grant Fund to support infrastructure improvements.


Shelby County approved additional incentives.




UPS to hire 125 In Indianapolis area

UPS (NYSE: UPS) announced today that it expects to hire over 125 employees in the Indianapolis area. These jobs are permanent, part-time package handling positions in UPS sortation hubs and centers that can lead to a career.


More than 56 percent of UPS’s current drivers and management staff were originally hired for part-time package handler jobs. Promotion from within enabled many to begin their careers at UPS.


“We’re proud to move our world forward by delivering what matters, and the rapid and ongoing growth of ecommerce coupled with overall demand for our services is creating new part-time opportunities,” said Stephanie Maymon, Director of Human Resources. “We’re looking for people to join our team here in the Indianapolis area, and to possibly start a great career at UPS.”


Through the company’s Earn and Learn program, eligible employees who are students can earn up to $25,000 towards college expenses, in addition to their hourly pay. UPS has invested nearly $670 million in tuition assistance – nearly $30 million a year since the program was established in 1997 – helping over 300,000 employees pay for their college education.


These jobs come with competitive pay and benefits, including healthcare (after a short waiting period), retirement contributions, tuition assistance and a discounted stock purchase program. Hourly starting pay is up to $17.00 depending on location, shift and position, and includes annual raises.


UPS is hiring at the following Indianapolis-area locations:


Indianapolis – 5380 W. 81st St, Indianapolis, IN 46268        

Plainfield – 10095 Bradford Rd, Plainfield, IN 46168     


Interested applicants should apply at upsjobs.com.

Timeline set for new press box at TC's Mendenhall Field

The Northwestern Consolidated Schools board hired a new sixth grade teacher Monday night at its monthly board meeting and discussed a pair of summer upgrade projects.


Aaron Gildea will join the Triton Central Middle School staff for the 2021-2022 school year as a sixth grade instructor. He is currently working in the Whiteland school system.


The school board also accepted the resignation of Triton Central Elementary School third grade teacher Lori Sullivan.


In athletic news, the board approved the hiring of Allysen Williams as seventh grade volleyball coach, Brooke LeMasters as eighth grade volleyball coach, and Josh Landis as high school girls golf coach.


Superintendent Chris Hoke informed the board that the middle school bus lot renovation and upgrade will begin on June 1, which will come after graduation.


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The press box at Bud Mendenhall Field will be removed once the school year ends so a larger press box can be erected.


The foundation for a new press box at Bud Mendenhall Field will begin next week. The steel has been ordered, according to Hoke.


Once the new steel has been erected the current undersized press box will be removed so a larger version can be created in its place.


The expected completion date is Aug. 19 in time for the first junior varsity football game.


Triton Central's football home opener is scheduled for Aug. 27 against Greensburg.

Board of Works orders nuisance property to be cleaned up

After seeing a "worsening" situation at 305 Sunset Drive, the City of Shelbyville Board of Works felt a duty to the surrounding neighbors to address the issues at a nuisance property.


At Tuesday morning's meeting at City Hall, the three-member Board of Works ordered remediation of the property -- essentially cleaning it up -- with the services to be billed to the homeowner, Barbara Johnson.


Johnson appeared before the Board of Works several weeks ago and admitted she had a problem with hoarding. That surprised Mayor Tom DeBaun, a member of the Board of Works, who stated in his nearly 30 years of service, no one came before the board and admitted to having a problem with hoarding.


The Board of Works extended Johnson a grace period to work on the property and offered assistance. But no progress has been made and the property was getting worse.


"We have to take these actions," said David Finkel, who along with Bob Williams, make up the Board of Works.



Council agrees to infrastructure assistance for new housing development

Forestar Real Estate Group is now seeking city assistance to create a new housing subdivision in Shelbyville.


With skyrocketing construction costs, Forestar is asking the City of Shelbyville for infrastructure assistance for a proposed 187-home development to be built along Progress Parkway.


Melissa Garrard, entitlements manager for Forestar, appeared at Monday morning's Shelbyville Common Council meeting asking for $654,500 in assistance over a three-year span -- $238,000 in 2022, $252,000 in 2023, and $164,500 in 2024.


"The proposed infrastructure assistance would allow for the development of future lots including the infrastructure, new sanitary sewers, streets, curbs, storm drains, sidewalks, etc.," said Garrard. "One of the main reasons for this is the dramatic increase recently in labor and material costs for these infrastructure items which makes the development not economically viable without the incentives."


Forestar wants to close on the property in June and begin work on the project in the fall with houses rising by spring. 


The council unanimously voted to approve the infrastructure funding with councilman Rob Nolley not in attendance Monday.


"Thank you very much for your investment in our community," said DeBaun.


Forestar Group acquires land that will then be turned over to D.R. Horton to build homes. D.R. Horton is currently adding houses to the Twin Lakes subdivision in Shelbyville.


"Let me tell you, Shelbyville has been a joy to deal with," said Garrard. "The reputation is getting out with other developers and builders."

City relaxing mask mandate at city facilities for COVID-19 vaccinated people

Masks will no longer be required at city facilities for COVID-19 fully-vaccinated people.


Following Centers for Disease Control guidelines, Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun asked the Shelbyville Common Council at Monday morning's meeting at CIty Hall, to rescind the mask requirements for those that have received the COVID-19 vaccination.


For those not vaccinated, masks will still be required.


"The CDC recommends if you are fully-vaccinated you can return to life as normal." said Debaun.


Local businesses can still require all patrons wear masks. 


"Citizens have to follow those mandates," said DeBaun. 


After meeting with a Major Health Partners represetative and participating in a meeting with other Indiana mayors, DeBaun felt confident the city should lift the mandate.


"Other communities other than Marion County are going this way," said DeBaun.


Signs will be updated at city facilities, according to DeBaun after the mandate unanimously passed.



Franklin man killed in I-70 crash

A Johnson County man was killed in a Thursday car - semi trailer accident.


Just after 5:30 pm Thursday, emergency crews were called to the scene of a serious crash on I-70 westbound near Harding Street. When first responders arrived they found a heavily damaged Hyundai Sonata underneath the rear end of a semi trailer on the right shoulder.


The driver of the Hyundai was entrapped in the wreckage, unconscious and unresponsive. The driver of the semi tractor-trailer was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.


The driver of the Hyundai, Randall Wilson, 55, of Franklin, was pronounced deceased at the scene. 


Indiana State Police Crash reconstructionists responded to the scene to investigate. Preliminarily, investigators believe the driver of the semi tractor-trailer pulled over to the shoulder and stopped due to possible mechanical issues. The semi was stopped on the right shoulder when the driver of the Hyundai drove onto the shoulder for unknown reasons and hit the back of the semi trailer. The right two lanes of I-70 were closed for four hours while the crash was investigated and the wreckage was removed. 


ISP was assisted in this investigation by the Indianapolis Fire Department, Indiana Department of Transportation, and the Marion County Coroner's Office. 

Fallen Special Forces hero, Sergeant Jeremy R. Wright honored Friday at Southwestern

Southwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County, Indiana, in collaboration with The Indianapolis Chapter of the Special Forces Association is hosting a memorial dedication and unveiling for former student athlete, Jeremy R. Wright, Southwestern High School (Class of 1992) at 1:30 pm Friday.


Wright was the senior class president and salutatorian.


Jeremy was a highly decorated student athlete in track and field and cross country. He still holds multiple school records and remains the only student athlete in the school’s history to be a state champion. He later went on to run cross country and track for Wabash College (Class of 1996) where he was a two-time All American, and won seven Independent College Athletic Conference Championships, and the Division 2 Great Lakes Regional Title in 1993.


Wright was also a three-time member of the U.S. Mountain Running Team and was the Indiana state high school champion in the 3,200-meter run.


Upon graduation, Jeremy joined the US Army and became a United States Army Special Forces soldier. While serving with the Green Berets, Sergeant Wright was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2005.


Sgt. Wright, 31, was a Special Forces communications sergeant assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis, Wash.   He was killed in action while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom on Jan. 3, 2005, when the enemy IED exploded near his Ground Mobility Vehicle during operations in the vicinity of Asadabad, Afghanistan.


A native of Shelbyville, Ind., Wright enlisted in the Army in November 2001 under the service’s then brand-new Special Forces Recruiting Initiative, a program that enables civilian recruits to volunteer to attend the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course shortly after their completion of Initial Entry Training as infantrymen.


Previously, only currently serving Soldiers could volunteer to attend SFAS.


After entering the Army in April 2002, he completed infantry and airborne training at Fort Benning, Ga., and in August 2002 was assigned to the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C. Wright attended SFAS in September 2002 and was selected to continue his training as a communications sergeant in the Special Forces Qualification Course.

Wright began the Thai Language Course in November 2003 and completed the SFQC in July 2004 after completing the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course at Fort Bragg.

He was assigned to the 1st SFG in August 2004.


His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Parachutist Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Special Forces Tab.


Wright’s monument will be unveiled on Southwestern’s campus near the Jeremy Wright Athletic Complex. This unveiling will be done in conjunction with the Indianapolis Chapter of the Special Forces Association (SFA). The Special Forces Association serves as the voice for the Special Forces community, advances the public image of Special Forces and promotes the general welfare of current and former members of the 1st Special Forces Regiment.


Wright is survived by his father, Dale Wright, of Flat Rock, Ind., and his mother, Jacquelyn Nickel, of Shelbyville, Ind.

Indy road closures coming as part of North Split reconstruction

In addition to the 18-month full closure of the North Split interchange that begins this weekend, there will be shorter-term closures on city streets for bridge demolition as part of the larger project.


On or after Monday, May 17, Vermont Street between Davidson and Pine streets will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic while the bridges over Vermont Street are demolished. The bridge demolition work is estimated to be completed on or after June 7. During this local closure, eastbound traffic on Vermont Street will be detoured to New York Street, and westbound traffic will be detoured to Michigan Street. Pedestrian traffic will be detoured to Davidson, Michigan and Pine streets.


Also, beginning on or after Friday, May 21, Central Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic while the bridge over Central Avenue is demolished. The demolition work is estimated to be completed on or after June 3. During this local closure, northbound traffic will be detoured to College Avenue, and southbound traffic will be detoured to Alabama Street. Pedestrian traffic will be detoured to 12th, Alabama and 11th streets.


The closure of Central Avenue will impact IndyGo bus routes 2, 4, 5 and 19. During the closure, inbound routes traveling to the Carson Transit Center will detour onto 16th Street, to southbound College Avenue, to westbound 10th Street, to Fort Wayne Avenue. Route 19 from the Carson Transit Center traveling outbound will detour from Fort Wayne Avenue to eastbound 10th Street, to northbound College Avenue, to westbound 16th Street back to Central Avenue. Please see “Central Avenue Bridge Closure” map graphic for details.


Project information can be found at northsplit.com and local detour maps can be found at https://northsplit.com/maps/local-streets/.


For up-to-date project information, visit northsplit.com or text “NORTHSPLIT” to 468311. Follow the North Split project’s progress on social media at:


Indiana motorists can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts any time throughout the state, here: https://www.in.gov/indot/2420.htm.

Nine elementary students honored for IREAD-3 perfect scores

The Southwestern Consolidated Schools board honored nine third graders for an academic achievement, learned staff should receive ESSER I funds as soon as this week and honored acting superintendent John Edwards for his service this year in a time of need.


At Wednesday's monthly meeting, Edwards handed out certificates (photo) to eight of the nine third graders that recently produced perfect scores on IREAD-3. Of the 42 students that took the assessment, John Patrick Haynes, Mia Thomas, Cary Goodin, Calan Stickford, Ayden Falor, Aiden Maynard, Bonita Clark, Harper McInerny and Dayton Morales (not in attendance) received perfect scores.


"IREAD-3 is the scary one in terms of if you don't pass it you can't move on, so it's a big assessment," said Edwards. "And this is the first assessment that third graders have ever taken."


The passing rate was over 96% according to Edwards.


In other business, the board approved overnight trips for a FFA field trip to Larwill, Indiana, and for the girls basketball team to attend a camp in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


The board approved the purchase of $17,718 for ipad Gen 8 Gold to upgrade current ipads and $10,316.25 for InfoSnap Registration Renewal from PowerSchool.


The board approved the distribution of ESSER 1 funds to staff members. Edwards hoped to release $83,257.98 to the school staff as soon as this week.


Superintendent Curt Chase, who had to step aside this school year to deal with a health issue, asked and received unpaid leave through May 27. He is expected to return to his position soon, according to the board.


In appreciation for Edwards work as acting superintendent, the board closed the meeting by informing him he will receive a $10,000 bonus. Edwards is the school system's elementary school principal.


Graduation is scheduled for May 28 at 7 p.m. inside the school's gymnasium. Each senior will be allowed up to 15 guests at the ceremony.  

Hoosiers age 12 and older can receive Covid-19 vaccine beginning Thursday morning at clinics statewide

The Indiana Department of Health announced today that Hoosiers age 12 and older can begin receiving a free COVID-19 vaccine at 8 am Thursday.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended the use of the Pfizer vaccine for this new age group on Wednesday following the FDA’s expansion of the vaccine’s Emergency Use Authorization. The Pfizer vaccine is the only one of the three COVID-19 vaccines that is currently approved for use in individuals younger than age 18.


“The Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective at preventing COVID-19 and was well tolerated by adolescents participating in clinical trials,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “This vaccine is the next step toward getting back to normal for children who have missed out on so much over the past year, including school and extracurricular activities. Those who are fully vaccinated will no longer have to quarantine if they are a close contact of a positive case unless they develop symptoms of COVID. That is welcome news for both children and parents.”


To find a vaccination clinic that offers the Pfizer vaccine, visit https://ourshot.in.gov and search for a site that lists Pfizer as an option, or call 211 if you do not have access to a computer or require assistance. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are permitted.

An adult must accompany a child age 12 to 15 to the appointment; parental consent is required for minors.


As of today, a total of 4,657,343 doses have been administered in Indiana. This includes 2,461,137 first doses and 2,196,206 individuals who are fully vaccinated. The fully vaccinated number represents individuals who have received a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and those who received the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine.



Columbus man faces numerous violence, drug charges after standoff and multiple incidents

On May 7, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office detectives and deputies seized approximately 123 grams of methamphetamine from a residence in the 3900-4000 block of S 550 W, Columbus.  This seizure is related to the continued investigation into an earlier domestic violence incident.


Just before 3:00 am on May 5, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 4000 block of 550 W in reference to the report of a domestic battery case involving a deadly weapon.

According to a witness, who was able to barricade herself inside the house and call police, the suspect, David Bevis, was threatening to kill his wife.  The victim reported that Bevis had struck her several times with a shotgun.


On arrival, deputies observed Bevis walking around outside with, what appeared to be, a long gun.  After giving Bevis multiple commands to drop his weapon, Bevis refused, ran inside and barricaded himself inside the residence. Deputies immediately set a perimeter around the house and gave Bevis multiple orders to exit the structure.   The victim and witness reported that the suspect told them “if you call 911, we’re all dying”. 


While deputies were communicating with the suspect he referenced “suicide by cop”.  The CPD / BCSO combined SWAT Team was activated and CPD negotiators arrived on scene.


Bevis told officers to send three officers without children because he had them lined up in his sight. During the negotiations, the suspect’s demeanor fluctuated from his being willing to “give up” to threatening to shoot police officers.


After more than an hour of negotiation, Bevis exited the residence and was taken into custody.


During the investigation, officers found Bevis to be a serious, violent felon with a prior charge for child molestation.   During a search of his home, firearms were located and seized.  He also had cameras placed throughout the house.


Authorities have been to this same residence on previous occasions for reports of battery. 


Since drug use could be an indication of his behavioral changes, Bevis was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for clearance before being remanded to the Bartholomew County Jail on the following preliminary charges:


Intimidation – Level 5 felony

Domestic Battery with a deadly weapon – Level 5 felony

Criminal Confinement with a deadly weapon – Level 3 felony

Possession of methamphetamine – Level 6 felony

Possession of precursor – Level 6 felony

Resisting Law Enforcement – Class A misdemeanor


On May 11, a warrant was issued on David Bevis, 59, of Columbus, for Level F3 possession of methamphetamine, possession of 28 or more grams of methamphetamine.  Bond was set at $175, 000.  As of this report, Bevis was in the Bartholomew County Jail.


The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office says intelligence gathered during this investigation has spawned additional investigations that may result in future arrests. 


“This seizure represents another example of the continued work the sheriff’s office is doing to address the narcotics issue in our county. This is also a representation of how narcotics is related to several areas of concern within our county such as domestic violence,” said Major Chris Lane.   

Taco Bell on Shelbyville's north side could open by end of year

A pair of setback variances were approved by the Shelbyville Board of Zoning Appeals for a proposed Taco Bell on the city’s north side.


The Taco Bell location is adjacent to the new Casey’s General Store, across Rampart Road from the location of the Zaxby’s which is under construction.


Austin Tracy with Hamilton Design appeared before the BZA Tuesday.



The Taco Bell would be constructed on a .73 acre lot on North Riley Highway. The footprint of the new building is 2,053 square feet.


Tracy says they intend to appear in City Hall again soon with hopes of opening late this year.







John Hartnett awarded Sagamore of the Wabash in surprise Tuesday ceremony

John Hartnett, Jr.’s contributions to the Shelbyville – Shelby County community were lauded during his recent retirement after 40 years as Executive Director the Shelbyville Boys and Girls Club.  They were highlighted again Tuesday when a number of community leaders, co-workers, friends and families gathered at Grandma’s Pancake House to see Hartnett be surprised by a special presentation.


Thinking he was just joining longtime club employee and current Shelbyville Clerk-Treasurer Scott Asher for breakfast Hartnett, instead, was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash.



Hartnett says his impact on those around him has been felt coming back to him.



Several had written to receommend Hartnett for the award at Asher’s request and shared that with the audience Tuesday.


Brian Asher


Brady Claxton


Ryan Claxton


Chris Ross


Scott Asher presents Sagamore of the Wabash

Additional important information on unemployment income; returns already filed may be adjusted by DOR

The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) issued additional guidance for Hoosier taxpayers who received unemployment compensation in 2020 and have already filed their state income tax return.

Those customers who used a tax preparation software product, online services or a paid tax professional to prepare their tax return should check for information from their software product vendor or preparer regarding software updates and how the required addback of unemployment income that was excluded from their federal adjusted gross income was handled.


Many tax preparation software products were updated to perform the appropriate addback of unemployment income. In cases where the addback of this Indiana taxable income was not accommodated, DOR will automatically perform the following review, without requiring any additional action by Indiana taxpayers:


  • Review tax returns to determine the taxable amount of unemployment compensation for Indiana;
  • Make any necessary corrections to those returns;
  • If any additional amount is due, issue a bill for that amount in June; and
  • Waive any potential penalty associated with unemployment income adjustment if the bill is paid in full in a timely manner.

“Our team has done their very best to find efficient methods to handle this very complex, and late arriving, adjustment.” said DOR Commissioner Bob Grennes. “With a commitment to serving Hoosiers, we are making as many corrections automatically as possible and waving penalties associated with those adjustments.”


Customers should refer to DOR’s website for additional details and instructions regarding unemployment compensation income and any other questions related to 2020 income tax filing. Visit dor.in.gov and click on the “Learn More” button under “Unemployment Benefits and Taxes”.

Waldron firemen getting to know new pumper - tanker

Members of the Waldron Community Volunteer Fire Department are still getting adjusted to the department’s newest equipment.


It wasn’t quite the timing or manner that the Waldron Community Volunteer Fire Department had planned to acquire a new truck.  But the pumper – tanker is in place now, in part, because of an accident.



Waldron /fire Chief Kyle Pruitt.



Pruitt says training is still going on and they will be working on that into the summer months.



A grant from the Waldron Hometown Community Fund held at Blue River Community Foundation helped outfit the truck.



The grant proved timely as Covid has impacted the department’s ability to host its fish fry fundraiser.  Pruitt says the department’s fire letter was received generously by area residents.



Pruitt says local volunteer fire departments like Waldron’s are crucial to their communities.



Silver Alert: Alyssa Pickett, Greenwood

The Greenwood Police Department is investigating the disappearance of Alyssa Pickett, a 16 year old white female, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 180 pounds, brown hair with brown eyes, last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and gray sweatpants.


Alyssa is missing from Greenwood  and was last seen on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 8:00 am.  She is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance. 


If you have any information on Alyssa Pickett, contact the Greenwood Police Department at (317) 346-6336 or 911.

McCordsville man sentenced to 47 months for wire fraud conspiracy

A McCordsville man was sentenced to 47 months in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud.


According to court documents, Wesley A. Smith, 31, was employed by Seven Corners, a travel insurance business located in Carmel. His duties included processing travel insurance claims of Seven Corners clients. One of the clients is Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA). FMCA was an organization of RV owners whose members received travel insurance coverage for their RVs.

Included in that coverage was reimbursement for necessary towing of a damaged RV.


Beginning December 2015 and continuing through December 2017, Smith devised a complex fraud scheme to steal money from his employer. He recruited three of his friends, who were not employed by Seven Corners to participate in his scheme. Using his position in the company, Smith created and approved fraudulent travel insurance claims purportedly submitted by FMCA claimants. He used the names of actual FMCA members on the claims without their knowledge and indicated that a claimant's RV was towed by a towing company which sought reimbursement for that service. Smith then caused payment to be made for the fraudulent claims to each of his co-conspirators who were identified as officials of the towing companies named on the fraudulent invoices. After the co-conspirators received the proceeds, they sent approximately one-half of the funds back to Smith by wire transfer. Smith sent over $394,000 in proceeds to the co-conspirators and they sent over $194,000 back to Smith.


Additionally, on 38 separate occasions between December 2015 and April 2018, Smith sent over $105,000 directly to himself. This scheme resulted in loss to Seven Corners of over $499,000.


Smith undertook other fraud schemes during his employment in which his co-conspirators were not involved. Between March 2015 and April 2018, Smith created false scenarios to submit claims through the FMCA program. He used the company credit card for 235 fraudulent transactions to purchase airline and hotel purchases for himself, family, and friends. This resulted in loss to Seven Corners of over $221,000. Between May 2015 and April 2016, Smith caused six medical service overpayments to be directed into his personal bank account. This resulted in over a $37,000 loss. The total loss to Seven Corners caused by Smith was over $758,000.


“Stealing from your employer or any corporate business, not only affects that business, it eventually affects us all,” said Acting U. S. Attorney John E. Childress. “Smith was placed in a position of trust to make honest decisions, instead he allowed greed to dictate his decisions and he is now being held accountable.”


“Mr. Smith’s actions were fueled by nothing more than pure and simple greed and this sentence demonstrates how such fraud ends – with time in federal prison,” said FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan. “The FBI will continue to aggressively pursue those who engage in these illegal busines practices in an attempt to enrich themselves at the expense of their employer.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case.


Assistant U.S. Attorneys James M. Warden and Bradley P. Shepard who prosecuted the case for the government said Smith must pay $758,164.90 in restitution and serve 2 years on supervised release after his imprisonment.

Ribbon cutting officially opens Southwestern Fieldhouse

Southwestern celebrated the opening of its new fieldhouse with a ribbon cutting Thursday.


The facility has two courts for volleyball and basketball, including side goals and bleachers.  Locker rooms, a concession stand, and a new weight room that replaces an outdated classroom that served the purpose before are also featured.




Brady Days is the Southwestern High School assistant principal, athletic director and head coach of the boys basketball program.





Days says the fieldhouse isn't just functional.  Southwestern wanted it to have the look that will inspire the 'Spartan Pride' that's painted on the walls.



Right off the bat, the fieldhouse allows for students a chance to get home earlier than they have for years.



Days says people shouldn't be surprised that a school district this size would look to construct such a facility.




Street closures set for upcoming St. Joe Festival

The following Shelbyville street closures will be in effect May 12 - 16 for the St. Joe Festival:


S. Noble St from Broadway to E. Hendricks St.


E. Hendricks St from Center to S. Noble St


The Festival will be going May 13 - 15. 


SCUFFY reaches goal

The Shelby County United Fund has never failed to reach a goal set for its annual fundraising drive.  


SCUFFY's end-of-drive dinner was held Wednesday at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino.  It was revealed that the 2021 goal of $860, 000 was eclipsed by nearly $19, 000 with $878, 711.79 raised.



Drive chair Drew Little says there are several emotions as the drive closes.



Drive co-chair Ricca Macklin will lead the 2022 drive.  She says this continuing to succeed through the Covid-era builds confidence for the future.



Executive Director Alecia Gross told the audience that it doesn't come easy.



Milwaukee Tool opening new hub in Greenwood; 450 jobs by 2025

Governor Holcomb and Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers will join executives from Milwaukee Tool  to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s new tool service hub in Greenwood. 

Milwaukee Tool, a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty power tools, hand tools, storage and accessories for the professional construction trades worldwide, announced plans in September 2020 to establish a new tool service hub in Greenwood. The company will cut the ribbon on its 150,000-square-foot facility, which will house tool repair services and warehousing space.
To support its new Indiana operations, Milwaukee Tool plans to create more than 450 new jobs by the end of 2025 and has already hired 120 employees toward that goal since November 2020.

In addition to the Greenwood facility, the company has manufacturing, distribution and operations facilities in Mississippi and Wisconsin, and has grown from 1,000 U.S employees 10 years ago to nearly 5,900 people today.

Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Inc. receives donation from Indiana Grand

Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Inc., located in Zionsville, Indiana, provides an essential service to many children and adults with disabilities in Central Indiana.


Equine-assisted therapy gives these individuals the opportunity to participate in activities that complement daily routines and standard therapeutic services.


Indiana Grand Racing & Casino began a three-year partnership with the organization in 2020 and recently provided a $10,000 donation along with 20 tons of materials and a new drag for the indoor riding arena.


“While doing a site visit to Morning Dove in 2020, we noticed the indoor arena had some dips and was in need of additional footing for the riding classes,” said Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manager of Racing at Indiana Grand. “We specialize in dirt appropriate for riding services, and it was an easy fix for us to donate 20 tons of material utilized on our racing surface so Morning Dove can earmark the funding directly to the individuals who participate in their therapeutic riding services.”


A team of three Indiana Grand individuals, Dillon Simpson, Justin Gabbard, and Austin Johns from the Track and Backstretch Maintenance crew, spent the day at Morning Dove to prepare and spread the indoor riding arena with the additional materials. The end product will provide more cushioning for the horses, riders and assistants that walk alongside the horses during therapeutic sessions. In addition, Indiana Grand donated an arena drag to help keep the surface smooth for future classes in the enclosure.


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Dillon Simpson (far left), Austin Johns (center) and Justin Gabbard prepare to spread 20 tons of material in the indoor riding arena at Morning Dove Theapeutic Riding Center in Zionsville, Indiana.


Like a lot of organizations, Morning Dove was affected by COVID-19 restrictions last year. However, they worked diligently to get the services back to their clients last June and, with additional security and safety protocols, have continued their work.


“Ninety percent of what we do is outside, so being able to provide this to our clients and their families was crucial,” said Brad Schleppi, Executive Director at Morning Dove. “This is their outlet, and approximately 15 percent of our kids are immune-compromised, so we took extra precautions for the safety of everyone to ensure they were back enjoying their equine therapy.”


Sessions for clients come at a price tag of $150 per hour, which includes the assistants, horse care, equipment maintenance, and facility upkeep. However, due to donations, clients are only charged $45 per session thanks to support such as the $10,000 contribution from Indiana Grand.


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A look at Morning Dove's indoor riding arena after 20 tons of donated materials were spread over the arena.


“We are very appreciative for the continued partnership and support by Indiana Grand, because it gets kiddos on horseback,” added Schleppi. “For many, this is their social and physical interactions for the week, and thanks to organizations like Indiana Grand, we are able to continue these services to those who depend on Morning Dove for a major part of their routines.”


In addition to the funding from Indiana Grand, Harrah’s Hoosier Park in Anderson, Ind., has also committed to a three-year agreement with Morning Dove for $10,000 annually.


For more information or to assist Morning Dove, go to www.morningdovetrc.org.

Bartholomew Co. leaders, agencies concerned with spike in overdose deaths

The Alliance of Substance Abuse Progress (ASAP), the Columbus Police Department, the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, and the Columbus Mayor’s office issued a joint warning to citizens of Bartholomew County due to a recent spike in overdose deaths.


During the first four months of 2021, the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office and Columbus Police Department have responded to more drug overdoses and “suspected” overdoses than during this same time period in previous years.


“With overdose numbers rising, we feel the public should exercise extreme caution when it comes to substances and carry NARCAN® as a lifesaving precaution,” said Doug Leonard, Executive Director of ASAP.


NARCAN®, a opioid overdose reversal, is available with no questions asked at the ASAP Hub, located at the Doug Otto United Way Center, 1531 13th Street.


“Pure fentanyl is being purchased in lieu of other drugs like heroin, as well as being added to other substances”, said Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers. “Each and every time fentanyl is used, whether intentional or unintentional, a life is at risk,” added Myers.


“Fentanyl is 50 - 100 times more potent than morphine and 25-50 times more potent than heroin,” Columbus Chief of Police Mike Richardson said.


“There is nothing more important than the safety of our citizens,” said Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop. “We want you to take great caution and to know that ASAP is there to help if you are ready to make a change.”


The Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress (ASAP) leads the effort to identify and establish system-wide solutions to substance misuse and substance use disorders. It is a partner in advocacy, education and support for the health of our community and every person in it.

Mainstreet Shelbyville offers Bucks with First Friday and Chow Downtown

May 7 is the first Friday of the month.  It’s also a 'First Friday'.


The day of the month that Shelbyville’s businesses have targeted in recent years with events and special attractions to encourage diners and shoppers to come downtown isn’t ready to return in full form due to the continuing concerns with Covid.  But it doesn’t mean the incentives to come downtown are gone.



Mainstreet Shelbyville Executive Director Brandy Coomes.



Coomes says it’s very similar to what Mainstreet did with a special program over the holidays.



Chow Downtown will focus on local restaurants in Shelbyville’s downtown starting this weekend.










Congressman Greg Pence introduces Bipartisan Global Investment in American Jobs Act

Congressman Greg Pence (IN-06) and Energy Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Rush (IL-01) introduced H.R. 2907, the bipartisan Global Investment in American Jobs Act to ensure the United States remains the premier destination to invest, hire, innovate and manufacture products.


This legislation seeks to enhance the global competitiveness, prosperity, and security of the United States by conducting an interagency review of our ability to attract foreign direct investment.


“There is no such thing as too much investment in the United States. As we see countries around us looking to outpace our economy and chip away at our hold as a major global leader on the world stage – this legislation seeks to ensure we are not leaving anything on the table,” said Congressman Pence in a media release. “I am pleased to introduce this bipartisan legislation that has the opportunity to bring jobs here to the U.S. and boost the economy – a bill that would be especially advantageous to Hoosiers in Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District and many other areas across the nation who are already benefitting from these kinds of global investments.”


“Foreign investment is critical to securing America’s position as a global leader,” said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. “The Global Investment American Jobs Act will enhance America’s competitiveness for foreign direct investment – particularly in emerging technologies – by helping to reduce investment barriers while protecting against challenges posed by state-owned or backed enterprises, like those originating in China. By encouraging foreign direct investment in our country, America will create jobs, beat China, and win the future.”


If enacted, this legislation would direct the Secretary of Commerce to conduct an interagency review with relevant federal departments and agencies to determine:

  • U.S. competitiveness in attracting foreign investments
  • How the federal government can reduce bureaucratic barriers to further investments
  • Trends in global cross-border investment and date flows for information transfer between countries
  • Challenges posed by state-owned entities and the impact of their protectionist policies

Masks, face coverings extended thru May for Shelbyville - Shelby County government offices

Masks and facial coverings will be required in Shelbyville and Shelby County governmental buildings.


Shelby County Commissioner Kevin Nigh explains.



The Shelbyville Common Council approved extending the use of masks and face coverings in city buildings through the end of May, also.


Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun.





Silver Alert: Georgette Collins, Greensburg

The Greensburg Police Department is investigating the disappearance of Georgette Collins, a 40 year old white female, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 112 pounds, blonde hair with blue eyes, last seen wearing a bright green Vegas T-shirt and jeans.


Georgette is missing from Greensburg, Indiana and was last seen on Monday, May 3, at 1:00 am. 


She is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance. 


If you have any information on Georgette Collins, contact the Greensburg Police Department at 812-222-4911 or 911.

Indiana State Fair returns this year

The Indiana State Fair announced today that this year’s State Fair will take place Friday, July 30th – Sunday, August 22. The Fair will dedicate this year’s theme to celebrating all things Indiana and the resiliency of the Hoosier Spirit. State Fair officials have been actively working with the Indiana State Department of Health as planning continues in the coming months.


“We have almost three full months before we open the 2021 Indiana State Fair, and we are confident that with our 250+ acre, mostly outdoor campus we will be able to host our Fair late this summer,” Indiana State Fair Commission Executive Director Cindy Hoye said. “We are thankful to the State Department of Health for their collaboration and continued guidance on getting us back to hosting this important community event.” 


This year the State Fair will add a weekend to the front end of the Fair schedule and will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays weekly.


According to Hoye, “We know this year’s State Fair may look a little different, and we are prepared for that. By adding an additional weekend, it allows us to spread Fair attendance across a new weekend. This event matters to our State and our fairgoers; it’s an important part of annual Hoosier family traditions.”


The Fair is planning to bring back fairgoer favorites including carnival rides, fun, wacky fair food, 4-H competitions, free entertainment, and much more. Stay tuned for new spectacular experiences to the 2021 State Fair.

Cossairt Florist & Greenhouse celebrating 125 years in business

Spring planting, landscaping and soon-to-be Mother's Day tend to make the opening of May a busy time for Cossairt Florist & Greenhouse in Shelbyville.  Enhancing that this past weekend was the celebration of a 125th anniversary.


Nancy Cossairt on reaching 125.



Starting online last week Cossairt Florist saw the run begin on patio geraniums and some of the usual springtime favorites.



Nancy says going to work isn't just a job to them.  It's in the name.

















































Nancy Cossairt says it's not just going to work for them. 



























Indiana Grand donates $40,000 to annual SCUFFY drive

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino announced a $40,000 donation Monday to the annual Shelby County United Fund For You (SCUFFY) fundraising drive.


“Indiana Grand has a longstanding partnership with SCUFFY, and it is important to us to contribute our level of support for such a worthy cause,” said Mike Rich, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Indiana Grand, in a media release. “Our team members also get involved in the process and donate through a few promotions we hold here at our facility. These funds help so many individuals in our community and we are glad to assist with this annual drive.”


SCUFFY’s 2021 goal is to raise $860,000. Nearly $700,000 has been raised so far by drive chair Drew Little and co-chair Ricca Macklin.


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SCUFFY executive director Alecia Gross, second from left, was presented with a donation from Indiana Grand Racing & Casino on April 28. Participating in the presentation were Indiana Grand Senior VP and General Manager Mike Rich, SCUFFY board member Deannette Pryor, Guest Services Manager Casey Gideon, VP of Marketing Elena Lisle and jockey DeShawn Parker.


Funds raised in the drive go directly to 12 member agencies, including Boys & Girls Club of America, Girls Inc., The Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, Girl Scouts, USO, Cancer Association of Shelby County, Project Clothes for Kids, Crossroads of America Council for Boys Scouts, Turning Point Domestic Violence, Shelby Senior Services, and National Head Start Association.


A total of 85 cents for every dollar raised is allotted to these organizations.


“Indiana Grand is one of our strongest partners,” said Alecia Gross, Executive Director of SCUFFY. “We appreciate all they do for us and the community.”


The 2021 SCUFFY drive ends soon. To make a donation, visit www.scuffy.org.

Columbus man hurt in car - motorcycle crash

A Columbus man was lifelined from a car - motorcycle accident on Friday.


Just after 5:00 pm Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Henry Lakes Blvd / Daniel Drive, in reference to a crash involving a motorcycle.  On arrival, it was determined that a vehicle driven by Melissa Pass, 38, Edinburgh, was attempting to turn onto Daniel Drive when it was struck by a motorcycle ridden by Alex Garcia, 31, Columbus.


Garcia was ejected from the motorcycle and was flown to Indianapolis via Lifeline.  Ms. Pass was uninjured. 


May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers reminds riders – and drivers – that everyone needs to do their part.


“Check twice for motorcycles.  Motorcycle riders are more vulnerable and have less protections than those in vehicles.  We can safely share the road together by following the rules of the road and looking out for one another," said Sheriff Myers.


“Drivers should double check twice for motorcycles – especially in blind spots. Motorcycle riders have the same rights to the road as other vehicles.  Motorcyclists should always wear a helmet and appropriate gear," said BCSO Chief Deputy Major Chris Lane.

St. Paul man died in one-car crash

A St. Paul man died in a late night Saturday car crash that was discovered hours later.


Shelbyville Police were called to 2200 North Riley Highway about 2:00 am Sunday.  The driver of a 2002 Ford Explorer was reported to be dead at the scene.


The accident report shows that the vehicle, driven by Jeffrey Holt, 61, of St. Paul, went off North Riley Highway just south of Intelliplex Drive.  It then traveled over a ditch before striking some bushes.  The vehicle continued on through a fence owned by Ashford Place, through the Ashford Place parking lot and hit an unoccupied, parked bus.  The bus and the vehicle sustained heavy damage.


It appears the accident happened over two hours before being discovered.  A nearby resident reported hearing a loud noise outside of his residence about 11:30 pm Saturday.

2-car Shelby County crash with driver ejection on N. Michigan Road

A Shelby County two-car crash included an ejection Saturday evening.


In the 6800 block of North Michigan Road a car driven by Cameron McIver, 20, of Shelbyville, struck a vehicle driven by Alexander Hunt, 15, of Fairland.


The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department says McIver’s vehicle then left the road and rolled several times.  McIver was ejected.  He sustained leg and head injuries and was transported to Methodist Hospital by Shelbyville medics.


The Sheriff’s Department is investigating and says speed was a factor in the crash.

4 cars, several injuries in a State Road 9 accident Saturday

Multiple vehicles, injuries in a State Road 9 accident Saturday afternoon.


According to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, four vehicles were involved in the accident at the entrance to Trotters Chase.  Two vehicles were northbound stopped in traffic to turn right into Trotters Chase addition when a vehicle driven by William Erwin, 39, of Greenfield, struck the vehicle driven by Robert Plue, 48, of Shelbyville. The collision caused Plue’s vehicle to strike a vehicle driven by Tammie Jones,  55, of Shelbyville. 


A car driven southbound by, Jovalen Arena, 29, of Lexington, Kentucky, struck Plue’s vehicle as it entered the southbound lanes. 


Erwin was injured with a complaint of chest pain and head pain. He and his juvenile passenger were transported to Methodist Hospital.  The juvenile passenger was transported for complaint of chest pain. 


Plue and his two juvenile passengers were transported to Methodist and Riley.  The two juvenile passengers were injured in the form of chest pain and arm pain.   Plue sustained arm, head and chest pain injuries.


Jovalen Arena was injured with back and leg pain.  A female passenger complained of hip pain.  They were transported to the MHP Medical Center.  


Shelbyville Fire Department and medics as well as Fountaintown medics assisted in transporting the injured to hospitals. 

Pursuit from Shelby to Decatur County ends with 4 arrests, guns found

An attempted traffic stop turned into multiple arrests Friday.


Just after 11:00 pm the Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies tried to stop a Volkswagen for improper display of license plate.  The driver failed to pull over and led a pursuit from the 109 mile marker of I-74 into Decatur County.  The driver fled the car after it was brought to a stop with a tire deflation device.


Keith Iglesias, 32, of Kansas City, MO, was arrested after a foot pursuit.  He was charged with reckless driving, resisting law enforcement in a vehicle, resisting, fleeing, and possession of a firearm without a license. He was also cited for speeding and improper display of license plate.


A passenger in the vehicle, Barbara Verser, 26, from Kansas City, MO, was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm without a license.


 The second passenger in the vehicle, Carville Seals, 40, from Glendale, AZ, was arrested for possession of a firearm without a license with a prior conviction.


The third passenger, Larce Crawford, 35, Kansas City, Kansas, was arrested for possession of a firearm without a license.