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Fatalities identified in Rush County car - train crash

Two occupants of a car that were killed in an early Sunday morning collision with a train have been identified.


The driver, William B. Sanders, 24, and passenger, Wes A. Emerson, 21, of Knightstown, were declared dead at the scene of the crash on Rush County Road 700 West in Arlington.


The Rush County coroner advised that both died of blunt force trauma from the collision.


The Rush County Sheriff's Office says that a review of the on-board Amtrak camera showed that a Ford Fusion disregarded the crossing arms, which were operational at the time and in the down position.  The car was struck by the train that was traveling approximately 60 m.p.h.


There were no injuries to the 11 members of the train's crew or its 89 passengers.


Original release

Two people were killed in a Rush County car - train accident.


The Rush County Sheriff's Department recdived calls of the crash in Arlington about 2 a.m. Sunday.  The occupants of the vehicle were killed in the crash.  No names have been released as of this report.


There were no injuries to anyone on the train.


The Rush County Sheriff's Department Fatal Accident Crash Team is investigating.

Major renovations underway at two Shelbyville elementary schools

Complete renovation projects at two of Shelbyville’s three elementary schools are in full swing.

Coulston Elementary, opened in 1956, and Loper Elementary, opened in 1960, are getting complete interior makeovers that will take approximately 18 months to finish.

Both renovation projects are in Phase I.

“I can tell you so far, we are off to a good start,” said Shelbyville Central Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Vance. “It’s hectic.”

Each phase of the projects will be contained in one particular area of the schools.

“The crews are doing a great job of keeping the areas blocked off where they are doing stuff,” said Vance. “It’s going well so far but, obviously, it’s a major project for complete renovations. We are talking floors, we are talking walls, and we are talking HVAC. … Both buildings are being completely renovated.”

That means classrooms of students are being displaced to other areas of each particular building. No classrooms will be relocated outside of their main buildings, according to Vance.

Phase I at Loper includes the kindergarten wing. It has a scheduled completion date of Feb. 21, 2023. Phase II is slated to begin Feb. 22 and end on June 9. Phase III runs from June 12 to Sept. 28. Phase IV follows from Sept. 29 to Jan. 16, 2024. Phase V goes from June 17, 2024, to May 3. And Phase VI, which includes the main office and cafeteria, starts May 27 and ends Aug. 5.



All six phases at Coulston Elementary (photo) follow the same startup and completion dates at Loper. The final phase will include the main office, cafeteria and gymnasium.

With more than 1,000 new homes already green lighted for construction by the Shelbyville Common Council, an increase in student population is expected over the next decade. Construction is already underway on a pair of large housing additions in the Loper district and two more subdivisions are expanding.

“At Loper, we are going to have to give that building a hard look even after it is renovated because of space issues,” said Vance. “It has grown and we have new housing coming into the district. If it continues to grow, it will become an issue.

“We will need to look down the road at redistricting or another add-on there (at Loper).”

The school does have property available to build another school building but how that gets financed is a concern. The school system is currently in a $30 million project with the renovations of the two elementary schools and work going on at Shelbyville Middle School.

Another $2 million project to replace the track surface and install an artificial turf field at J.M. McKeand Stadium at Shelbyville High School commences in the spring of 2023.

“I don’t know if I want to know that number,” laughed Vance when asked how much a new school would cost.

Vance is not against adding new housing subdivisions. In fact, he wants to see growth in the school system.

“I hope the housing industry calms down and we get those homes filled,” he said. “I would like to see a little growth for us as a school corporation. We’ve had a little bit of a decline in enrollment.”

SCS is more concerned about available space at the elementary schools compared to the middle school, opened in 1991, and high school.

“The middle school is OK there,” he said. “The high school has had more children than what we have in there now so there is no concern yet.”

Coulston had additions to the original building in 1971, 1983 and 2000.

Additions at Loper were completed in 1965, 1983 and 2000.

Hendricks Elementary opened at its current location in 2000.

“We will have to give (Hendricks) a look in the near future with some upgrades,” said Vance.



The project at Shelbyville Middle School (photo) involves turning the shuddered pool into a black box theatre and a multi-purpose room.

The first phase includes filling in the pool that has not been used since 2016. Repair work on the malfunctioning pool was not considered financially feasible. The middle school swim program now uses the high school pool for practices and meets.

The black box theater is a performance space with black walls and a level floor to provide flexibility for a stage and audience seating.

The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2023.

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Plan Commission recommends annexation for Genesis Property Development project

A foreign company seeking to build a U.S. headquarters in Shelbyville moved one step closer to reality Monday.

The as-yet-named company is working with Genesis Property Development of Shelbyville to secure annexation and rezoning of 67 acres of land located along State Road 44 east of the city.

The agricultural-based company wants to build a 200,000 to 300,000 square-foot facility on the property and use a portion of the acreage to grow crops that will be used in the manufacturing process.

The annexation process has come before the city in two waves.

A petition to annex into the city and rezone 26.5 acres of the land as Industrial General (IG) from Agricultural was previously approved by the Shelbyville Common Council.

At Monday’s Plan Commission meeting at City Hall, the remaining 40.5 acres, north of the 26.5-acre parcel, to be annexed and rezoned was given a favorable recommendation by the commission.

The project will now appear before the Common Council at its Dec. 5 meeting at City Hall at 7 p.m.

Genesis Property Development’s Ron Kelsay appeared before the Plan Commission Monday to provide what details about the project are available. He said a more formal media release about the company and its intent for the project will be available in the weeks following the land being annexed into the city and rezoned.

Kelsay estimates the overall investment for the foreign company is approximately $100 million.

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Early Learning Center to carry Runnebohm name

The Early Learning Center to be built in Intelliplex, with a groundbreaking tentatively scheduled for May 2023, will carry the Runnebohm family name:  The Julia and Nicholas Runnebohm Early Learning Center. 


The Center has been made possible through a community collaboration led by a personal contribution from the Runnebohms and Runnebohm Construction.


Nick and Judy (Julia) Runnebohm have four children, Mike (Marcy Patrick), Kathy Johnson, Cindy Whitten (Brent), and Susie Brown (Sam Young), and the family understands the importance of a healthy start for children.  Judy, who passed away in 2016, was especially dedicated to Shelby County’s youth.  She served as a powerful advocate for many residents of the former Shelby County Youth Center, a residential facility for youth who were unable to live at home. 


She was known for her tough love approach, and she was a dedicated mother figure to many teens and pre-teens.  She is legendary for making certain the youth in her care received the health and dental services they needed, that they received appropriate attention from their schools and teachers, and she generously dispensed love, advice, discipline, and compassion to the young people she served.


The Runnebohm family knows that giving the Center the Runnebohm name would have been especially meaningful to Judy.  She genuinely wanted to see all children grow up to have a happy, successful life, and that requires a wholesome and healthy start.  However, a recent internal study at MHP Pediatrics reveals that many children in the community ages zero to three are not getting that good start.  Approximately 67 percent of children in that age group are at risk for developmental and social delays.  The national average is 25 percent.  Being at risk increases a child’s potential for a less successful school career, thereby decreasing their quality of life.


“The Julia and Nicholas Runnebohm Early Learning Center will be transformational for the children of our community,” said Allison Coburn, PhD, Executive Director of Early Learning Shelby County.  She added, “The Golden Bear Preschool does a great job with children ages three and up, and it’s even more beneficial if potential delays can be spotted earlier.  This will happen at the Center. I think Judy Runnebohm would have loved that.”


The Center will be staffed by degreed teachers and aides and will begin by serving 100 children ages three to zero with a goal of 200.  Over time, additional centers will be built in the rural areas of the community to add convenience and additional access for families who don’t live in the city.  The Center will feature a nationally standardized curriculum and evidence-based programming.  Vouchers, employer-based sponsorships, and scholarships will be available to qualifying families.


Early Learning Shelby County is a recipient of the READI Grant as well as city, county, state and private philanthropic support.  Donors include the Runnebohm family, Horseshoe Indianapolis, Knauf Insulation, Ryobi Die Casting USA, Major Health Partners, Early Learning Indiana, and the Wortman Family Foundation at the Blue River Community Foundation. 

City announces road closure schedule for Friday's holiday parade

With the downtown Christmas Parade comes road closures around the Public Square.

Mayor Tom DeBaun announced the road closures for Friday’s holiday celebration which will also include the Mistletoe Market.

At noon Friday, E. Washington St. from Harrison to Pike St. and W. Washington St. from Harrison to Union St. will be closed to begin preparations for the event.

At 3 p.m., Harrison St. will be closed from Franklin St. to Jackson St. which will eliminate direct access to the Public Square.

At 5 p.m., the Harrison St. closure through downtown will extend from Broadway to Harrison St. and the closure along W. Washington St. from Harrison will be extended to Tompkins St.

At 6 p.m., the Harrison St. closure will extend from Mechanic St. to Broadway.

The Mistletoe Market opens at 5 p.m. in downtown Shelbyville and runs through 8 p.m.


For more holiday celebration information, go to https://shelbycountypost.com/local-news/663640


The Christmas Parade starts at 7 p.m. and will run the traditional route from the Porter Center in to downtown Shelbyville and turn left on W. Washington St.

Santa will exit the parade in downtown Shelbyville, assist with turning on the holiday lights, and then head to his house located in the southwest quadrant of the Public Square to visit with children about their Christmas wishes.

The large turnout for the 2021 holiday celebration prompted safety concerns along this year’s parade route. The city is asking all parade attendees to stay back on sidewalks.

There will be barricades this year along the turn point from Harrison to W. Washington St. to keep people safely away from the large vehicles in the parade.

We think it will be clearly marked,” said DeBaun in the meeting Tuesday at City Hall. “We have about 30 barricades and about 10 more if needed. I think it will be a much better situation.”

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Benton Co. man arrested in shooting death in Hope

A Saturday night shooting left one man dead and another arrested.


Just before 10 p.m. Saturday, deputies from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 300 block of Elm Street in Hope, in regards to a person suffering from a gunshot wound.


Officers from the Hope Police Department and BCSO deputies located Jesse W. Bragg, 18, of Hope, who was shot in the chest inside the residence. Medical aid was immediately rendered. Bragg was pronounced deceased at the scene.


Detectives from both BCSO and CPD responded to conduct a homicide investigation, which resulted in the arrest of Joseph T. Kidwell, 18, of Fowler, Indiana. Kidwell is charged with reckless homicide – a Level 5 felony.


No information was provided as to what led to the shooting. This investigation is ongoing

Two dead in Rush Co. car-train crash

Two people were killed in a Rush County car - train accident.


The Rush County Sheriff's Department recdived calls of the crash in Arlington about 2 a.m. Sunday.  The occupants of the vehicle were killed in the crash.  No names have been released as of this report.


There were no injuries to anyone on the train.


The Rush County Sheriff's Department Fatal Accident Crash Team is investigating.

Edinburgh man charged with murder in Thanksgiving shooting

An Edinburgh man has been arrested for murder in a Thanksgiving Day shooting.

Just after 6 p.m. Thursday, deputies from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a shooting in the area of 15000 N. Bluff Rd. Upon deputies arrival, they found a male subject suffering from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. 

Responding personnel from German Township Fire Department and Columbus Regional Hospital EMS administered medical aid, however the victim was later pronounced deceased at Columbus Regional Hospital.

Damion Bryant, 20, of Edinburgh, was identified as the shooter and was taken into custody. Bryant was interviewed by detectives from BCSO then remanded into the jail on a sole preliminary charge of murder. 

“At this time the investigation is ongoing, we will not be releasing further details surrounding this incident at this time," BCSO spokesperson Detective Dane Duke said.

Assisting on scene at the incident was the Edinburgh Police Department, detectives from the Columbus Police Department, German Township Fire Department and Columbus Regional Hospital EMS. 




Woman killed in McCordsville fire

A woman killed in a McCordsville house fire has been identified.


Police and fire arrived at the home in the Bay Creek subdivision about 9 p.m. Wednesday.  Flames and heavy smoke prevented police from gaining entry.


Firemen later found Susan Spangler, 68, inside.


The state fire marshal's office is investigating.



Organization Day at Statehouse includes taking of oath for three lawmakers who represent Shelby County

State Sen. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield) gathered with fellow legislators at the Statehouse for Organization Day — the ceremonial start of the 123rd Indiana General Assembly.


Organization Day includes the swearing in of new and returning members of the General Assembly.


State Rep. Jennifer Meltzer (R-Shelbyville) (center) joins fellow House lawmakers in taking the oath of office during Organization Day on Tuesday, at the Statehouse.



Meltzer will serve House District 73 in the General Assembly, which includes portions of Shelby, Decatur, Bartholomew and Jennings counties


State Rep. Cory Criswell (R-Middletown) (center) taking the oath of office during Organization Day on Tuesday at the Statehouse.



Criswell will serve House District 54 in the General Assembly, which includes portions of Hancock, Henry, Rush and Shelby counties.


State Rep. Robb Greene (R-Shelbyville) (center) taking the oath of office during Organization Day on Tuesday at the Statehouse.



Greene will serve House District 47 in the General Assembly, which includes portions of Johnson and Shelby counties.


This day also marks the annual first roll call of all state lawmakers and gives each Senate and House of Representatives caucus the opportunity to organize in preparation for the 2023 legislative session.


During the first session of each General Assembly, lawmakers craft a comprehensive budget to fund government services for the next two fiscal years.


“With the 2023 legislative session underway, I look forward to using all the information gathered this interim to continue my service to Hoosiers,” Crider said. “My fellow legislators and I will be working to create a balanced budget, and I will be working on ways we can improve our state's mental health infrastructure.”


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Law enforcement in Shelby, Hancock and Rush receive grants for enhanced traffic enforcement

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) awarded $5.7 million in grant funding to more than 200 police departments for enhanced traffic enforcement.


Departments will use the funding to conduct overtime patrols and carry out strategies aimed at curbing dangerous and reckless driving.


The Shelby County Sheriff's Department and Shelbyville Police Department were granted $38,500.


Hancock County Sheriff's Department with the Greenfield Police Departmen, Fortville Police Department and McCordsville Police Department

were granted $13,000.


Rush County and Rushville Police received $8, 000.


Most of their efforts will take place during targeted enforcement campaigns, which coincide with some of the deadliest times of the year to be on the road, such as the holiday season and Labor Day. While officers will be on the lookout for all traffic violations, their focus will be on addressing some of the leading causes of fatal crashes including impaired driving, speeding, distracted driving and lack of seat belt use.


Ultimately, the goal of the program, funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is to help prevent crashes and fatalities through education and enhanced high-visibility enforcement.


According to the latest statistical projections from NHTSA, 20,175 people died in motor vehicle crashes nationwide in the first half of 2022, up slightly from the previous year. Despite the discouraging report, traffic fatalities decreased by 4.9% in the second quarter of 2022 – signifying the first year-to-year decline since the start of the pandemic.


Unfortunately, this is the opposite of what statewide data is showing in Indiana, as fatalities continue to rise. As of October, ICJI estimates that 814 people lost their lives in fatal collisions this year. While that’s up 2.4% from the same time in 2021, it represents an 18.5% increase from pre-pandemic 2019.


The rising number of crash-related deaths can be attributed, in part, to an increase in unsafe driving behavior such as speeding, driving impaired or distracted, and not wearing seat belts, according to ICJI.


The grants were awarded last month using federal NHTSA funds. The largest amount went to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department at $1.3 million, as urban areas, like Marion County, continue to see the largest increase in fatal crashes.


The first campaign of the program, Safe Family Travel, kicks off next week and is designed to cut down on impaired driving and promote seat belt use during the busy holiday season, followed by a St. Patrick’s Day-focused enforcement operation in March.




Hancock County

Hancock County Sheriff's Department* (TSP)

Greenfield Police Department

Fortville Police Department

McCordsville Police Department






City preparing for another well-attended downtown holiday celebration

With a newly-redesigned downtown Public Square officially complete, the City of Shelbyville hosted a grand holiday celebration one year ago.

Recreating the perfect alignment of a revitalized city space and unusually warm temperatures may prove difficult for the 2022 celebration, but Mayor Tom DeBaun is ready to try.

“Based upon what we’ve seen with crowds for other (downtown) events, it’s realistic to say we could see that many people again,” said DeBaun from his office Tuesday morning. “I hope we do. It’s a great time and it’s great for the downtown vendors. It’s nice to see everybody having fun.”

The 2022 Christmas holiday celebration will be Dec. 2 at the Public Square from 5 to 8 p.m. The annual parade that culminates with Santa Clause’s arrival in downtown Shelbyville starts at 7 p.m.

Crowd estimates for the 2021 event topped 4,000 people enjoying the Mistletoe Market, the downtown parade and other holiday activities.

The Mistletoe Market will open at 5 p.m. along East Washington Street off the Public Square. There will be a heated tent stocked with more than two dozen vendors.

There also will be vendors inside Blessing’s Opera House on the second floor at 30 E. Washington St.

Food vendors will be located on E. Washington St. and S. Harrison St.

Carriage rides around downtown will start at the former Chase Bank building.

In addition to the vendors at the event, downtown businesses and restaurants will be open.

The parade will again start at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and move south along N. Harrison St. to the Public Square. The large turnout for the 2021 event proved more safety precautions were needed to separate parade entrants from the people.

“We’ve got solid barricades that will be up to help the turning radius (from N. Harrison St. on to W. Washington St.),” said DeBaun.

Santa’s house, a long-time tradition of the holiday celebration, will return to downtown Shelbyville this year. It has been part of the holiday decorations at Blue River Memorial Park in recent years as the construction process progressed.

“The Santa house will be right there in front of First Federal (Bank),” said DeBaun. “When the parade stops and Santa gets out, we will do everything right there like we have traditionally and Santa will see the kids in his house that night and the remainder of the holiday season.

“That way, it’s very clear where he will be.”

Santa greeted local children inside the former Chase Bank building in 2021.

Once Santa departs his sleigh from the parade, he will help DeBaun illuminate the downtown holiday lights and decorations that will remain on through the holiday season.

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Shelbyville Common Council welcomes three businesses to expanded riverfront district

The Shelbyville Common Council welcomed three new businesses Monday to the newly-expanded riverfront district.

The council previously expanded the riverfront district from 1,500 feet to 3,000 feet south of the river flood plain limits to include all of the Public Square.

“The licensing of beer and wine,” said Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun of the advantage to being part of the riverfront district. “You don’t have to go to the state to get (a license). It’s a special license authorized by the city.”

The riverfront district now includes:

  • Spegal’s Prime Cuts located at 48 Public Square.
  • MCCM, LLC, which will open a restaurant at 39 Public Square, the former site of Munchies.
  • Rio Azul, Inc. which will open Blue Agave Mexican Grill and Bar at 530 N. Harrison St. at the site of the former Riverfront Taproom (photo).

Representatives from Rio Azul informed the council at Monday morning’s meeting at City Hall it plans to open the restaurant portion by mid-January and will begin brewing beer on site later in 2023.

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Board of Works, property owner frustrated with tenant maintaining nuisance property

The owner of the property at 1029 S. Miller Avenue and the city’s Board of Works are equally frustrated with a tenant maintaining a nuisance property on the site.

Randy Sturgill maintains he is running a woodworking business on site but trash and debris has been an ongoing issue.

The more recent inspection of the property Friday showed junk and debris posing fire and safety risks, according to Adam Rude, Plan Director for the City of Shelbyville.

Material is now piled so high within the fenced-in yard that it is visible over the top of the estimated six- to seven-foot fence.

“I’ve never had a situation like this before,” said property owner Darrell Mollenkopf at Tuesday’s Board of Works meeting at City Hall.

Sturgill has been ordered to appear before the Board of Works before about debris sitting outside the fence. While there have been efforts to clean up the property, the stockpile of materials continues to grow.

“It’s pretty clear we are tired of dealing with this,” said Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun, who is one of three members of the Board of Works.

DeBaun was ready to order the property cleaned up within 30 days but Mollenkopf asked to extend the order past the holiday season.

DeBaun agreed and the Board of Works set the clean-up date by Jan. 3 or the city would remove the materials at what would be Mollenkopf’s expense as the property owner.

DeBaun also encouraged Mollenkopf to consult an attorney to discuss his rights to remove the tenant from the property.

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Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign is off and ringing

The familiar small bell sound was present Saturday morning in front of the Walmart Supercenter in Shelbyville. The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign officially kicked off for 2022.

“If you see one of the bell ringers and here the ding-a-ling going, please contribute to the fund,” said Major Connie Shaw of the Salvation Army, who was present on a cold, windy Saturday morning at Walmart, 2500 Progress Parkway. “This helps us not only at Christmas time but throughout the whole year.”

The Salvation Army has goals of raising $150,000 this holiday season through donations and has targeted $40,000 as its goal for the Red Kettle Campaign.

“Last year, we came in a little bit short so we really want to encourage people when they see the bucket, think about us and donate please,” said Shaw.

The funds raised throughout the holiday season help the Salvation Army stay in operations the entire year.

“We depend on this,” said Shaw. “This is what we use to function all year round. Not only the kettles but also the donations that come in through the mail, and through the online app. That supports us throughout the year for our feeding programs, our pantry.

“We had pantry (Friday) and ran out of food. We need that financial support. We need those donations as well.”

The Shelbyville Salvation Army is located at 136 E. Washington St. For more information on its services, or to deliver a donation, call 317-398-7421.

Bell ringers will be stationed at the Walmart Supercenter through Christmas. After Thanksgiving, there also will be bell ringers at Kroger supermarket, 1601 E. Michigan Road.



Bell ringers are needed to operate the kettles. To volunteer, go to registertoring.com and select a time.

“It will ask for your zip code and it will walk you through the process,” said Shaw. “They will notify me as to the days and hours you’ve picked and we will meet you at the kettle location.

“We have some groups that will dress up in dinosaur outfits, or as Santa and elves and make it a real fun time.”

Shaw wishes there were not the need for the Salvation Army’s services, but that’s not the reality of this holiday season.

“Our numbers are up. It’s unfortunate,” said Shaw. “We would love to be put out of business, you might say, but the needs are up. We’ve seen an increase in our Christmas applications for assistance for kids for toys. All the numbers are up. We definitely need to see our income come up as well.”

Photo: Salvation Army Major Connie Shaw, left, bell ringer Ronnie Ward, and Salvation Army Envoy Shannon Benner announce the kickoff to the Red Kettle Campaign Saturday morning at the Walmart Supercenter in Shelbyville.

Hickory Furniture Collective acquires Shelbyville's Old Hickory Furniture Company

Hickory Furniture Collective is pleased to announce the acquisition of Old Hickory Furniture Company in Shelbyville.


With this acquisition, Hickory Furniture Collective is now the largest maker of hickory furniture worldwide.


“We were a market leader in the contracts and hospitality space, with customers that include the nationwide Twin Peaks Restaurant chain and Japan’s Disney World Wilderness Lodge. However, Old Hickory was the leading brand in the retail markets”


Hickory Furniture Collective formed in 2018 with three brands: Hickory Furniture Designs, Flat Rock Furniture, and Rocky Top Furniture. Now, Old Hickory Furniture Company joins the family of brands, all proudly made in the USA.


Founded in 1892, Old Hickory has been handcrafting rustic furniture in Central Indiana for nearly 130 years. Old Hickory’s sustainable materials, expert craftsmanship, and timeless pieces are a perfect match for the Hickory Furniture Collective brand.


“We were a market leader in the contracts and hospitality space, with customers that include the nationwide Twin Peaks Restaurant chain and Japan’s Disney World Wilderness Lodge. However, Old Hickory was the leading brand in the retail markets,” said Chad Galloway, CEO of Hickory Furniture Collective.


Galloway continued, “We realized that our companies had clear synergies and that by acquiring Old Hickory, we’d ensure that we will maintain our manufacturing here in Indiana. I am thrilled to add the iconic Old Hickory Furniture Company to our portfolio, and appreciate the opportunity to lead the brand for decades to come.”


Bob Morrison, President of Old Hickory Furniture Company, will remain in the position following the acquisition. He stated, “The Morrison family has been honored to be part of the history of an American treasure like Old Hickory Furniture Company. We’ve helped support and guide Old Hickory over the past 32 years, and we believe the sale of the company to Hickory Furniture Collective will help it flourish for another several decades.”


Hickory furniture imparts a rustic, authentic feel to any space. From national parks and theme parks to private cabins and ski lodges, hickory furniture is a favorite among interior designers for its timeless appeal and down home comfort.


Furgeson announces campaign to return as mayor of Shelbyville

After two terms as Shelbyville mayor, Scott Furgeson walked away knowing he wanted to do more.

Furgeson’s family and the restaurant he owned just needed him more.

On Friday, Furgeson appeared on the morning show at GIANT fm to announce his intention to run for mayor once again in 2023.

“The decision was kind of made last summer but it was way too early to announce,” said Furgeson, the owner of Cagney’s Pizza King in Shelbyville. “It’s still almost too early to announce. The formal period to sign up doesn’t begin until January.

“We still have a long way to go and a long time to get things organized and figure out exactly what our message is going to be and how we are going to deliver it.”

Current mayor Tom DeBaun has previously announced his third term would be his last term. Furgeson was mayor for the two terms previous to DeBaun’s election.

After eight years away from city government, Furgeson ran for the Common Council Fourth Ward seat and was elected. He previously served two terms on the council before becoming mayor.

“I’m having the same feelings I had back then,” he said. “The city council is an important job in the city but it’s not the nuts and bolts where you actually get it done. The mayor gets it done. The council is in charge of the money and making sure the funds are there to help with those things and pass the rules. The mayor is the more exciting job and the job where if you want to change things and make things happen, that’s where it’s at.”

With two teenagers at home and a business that needed his attention, Furgeson ended his first mayoral reign in 2011.

“When I left being mayor, I thought I would come back,” he explained. “I wasn’t done. I didn’t want it to be done. The kids were going into high school and middle school and business wise, I needed to get out for that aspect.”



Furgeson held a campaign fundraising event Thursday and made the radio appearance (photo) Friday morning.

City growth was a key component of his two terms as mayor and that has continued through DeBaun’s three terms. Furgeson now believes it’s time for more internal reflection and a new approach to chasing growth.

“We’ve been trying to grow and be different. We’ve been so growth-based. I’m not saying we forgot. When I started 20 years ago that is what I wanted to do so I’m not being critical of the current administration,” said Furgeson. “We’ve been trying to grow and be different for a long time around here. I don’t know if that is what we need. Maybe we need to step back and look at us internally, from the inside, and make ourselves better from the inside out and people will still be attracted to us.

“I’m not saying we’re not going to go after growth or we’re not going to try and be progressive. We need to maybe take a different focus.”

Furgeson discussed other platform ideas Friday with GIANT fm morning show host Johnny McCrory including assisting the police department solve local issues, improving the hirable workforce and helping raise the median income levels.

“It’s not that we don’t want to grow, we want to grow better,” said Furgeson. “It’s going to be hard and we have to realize that. It will take a lot of effort to make it work. I think we need to do things differently because of that.”

Furgeson was mayor of Shelbyville from 2004 through 2011.

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Waldron Jr. Sr. High School goes virtual to deal with high number of illnesses

Waldron Jr. Sr. High School has followed its sister school in Morristown in going to virtual learning due to a growing number of illnesses.


Shelby Eastern Superintendent Dr. Todd Hitchcock issued a letter Thursday announcing that Waldron Jr. Sr. high School would go virtual on Friday.  The letter mirrored the one from earlier in the week that launched virtual learning at Morristown. Dr. Hitchcock cited a high number of fluu cases or flu-like illnesses compounded by even more students who were sent home from school.  Indiana Code requires the school district to consult with the local and state health department anytime absences exceed 20% on a given day.  Dr. Hitchcock said the school had achieved that threshold by the end of the day.


With that, a transition to virtual learning on Friday. Staff will properly clean and disinfect the school and it's hoped symptoms and cases will subside in that time.


The closure includes all extra-curricular activities, contests, meetings and events.  Students who attend Blue River are not expected to attend Friday.  


Students should not return to school until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours.


The move does not impact Waldron Elementary.


Best of Shelby County voting closing on Friday

Mark Zwieg with Hecate Energy talks about the final voting availability for The Best of Shelby County with the category of Best Tenderloin offering a race down to the wire.



Winners are to be announced early next week; $1,000 to each category winner after the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Berwick subdivision getting new stop signs, speed limit postings

A growing subdivision in Shelbyville will be getting more stop signs and speed limit postings to control traffic.

The Board of Works approved Wednesday adding stop signs at three intersections just south of Clearwick Park in the Berwick subdivision.

New stop signs will be installed along Berwick Drive at the cross sections with Stonehedge Way, Pebble Point Drive and Breckinridge Way.

In addition, posted speed limits of 20 miles per hour will be installed in the area.

In other board business Wednesday morning:

  • Trisha Tackett, director of the Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department, informed the board of a potential Strawberry 5K in Shelbyville in June. Energy2Action wants to conduct a 5K along the Knauf trail and use the trailhead depot as the start/finish line. There is no firm date for the event yet, according to Tackett.
  • The board was asked to look at adding parking spaces in the Five Points Area that is lacking parking for local residents after the opening of the Lucky 7 Café at 418 Miller Avenue. The city owns a parcel of property in the area that is currently vacant and grass covered.?

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State of Indiana reports first death involving monkeypox as a factor

The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) has confirmed the death of an Indiana resident in which monkeypox was a contributing factor.


The individual had multiple other health conditions that contributed to the death. No additional information about the patient will be provided due to patient privacy laws.


“Although monkeypox cases in Indiana have declined significantly as a result of the availability of vaccine, it is important to remember that this disease is still circulating and can cause severe illness and death,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “Our hearts go out to the family of this Hoosier, and I encourage anyone who is at risk to protect themselves by getting vaccinated.”


Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus, which is part of the same family of viruses as smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms usually start within 21 days of exposure to the virus. The most reported symptom of monkeypox is a rash. Some people may have flu-like symptoms before rash, while others may develop a rash first followed by other symptoms, and others may only experience a rash. The rash typically lasts for two to four weeks. People are considered infectious until all scabs from the rash have fallen off and a fresh layer of skin has formed.


Most people who get monkeypox recover without any serious complications or the need for medical treatment. However, people living with a condition that weakens the immune system, such as advanced or untreated HIV, AIDS, certain cancers, an organ transplant, or another immune deficiency disorder, may be more likely to have serious complications or need treatment. In rare occasions, severe illnesses may lead to death. Getting vaccinated can protect against getting monkeypox or can reduce the severity of illness in individuals who contract the monkeypox virus. Contact your local health department or healthcare provider about getting vaccinated.


Since June 17, 264 cases of monkeypox have been reported in Indiana, with most occurring among males ages 18 to 39.


To learn more about monkeypox, visit https://monkeypox.health.in.gov. Anyone who has symptoms is encouraged to contact a healthcare provider.



Shelby County Council takes first step in creating economic development commission

The Shelby County Council has given initial approval to create an economic development commission.


The topic brought debate Tuesday on the idea of the commission and how to fill the three seats which will come from appointments from the council, commissioners and Shelbyville Common Council.


The commission sparked by the continued growth and attraction of business Near Pleasant View in the northwest part of the county.


Financial consultant Greg Guerrettaz explained the leading reason to create a commission for the county is to put any future infrastructure bond issues onto the developer and remove concern for the county should a developer not follow thru after work is done and money spent.



The commission, by state statute, has no power.  It holds public hearings on such development proposals and sends on a recommendation to the county council for decisions.


County resident Donna Dugan addressed the council about the commission’s creation including the vetting process, or lack of one, for appointments to be made.



The council, on first reading, passed the ordinance creating the commission.  Council member Linda Sanders voted no with concerns that the ordinance was too vague in pinpointing the commission’s responsibilities.


The council can pass the ordinance on a second reading at its December meeting.  It could also, at that time, make an appointment to the commission.  The council, as part of the ordinance initial passage Tuesday night, agreed to take recommendations from the public for its appointment decision.  Any recommendations should be sent to county auditor Amy Glackman by 5pm on December 8.


Established local law firm changing name to reflect its bright future

The law firm of Brown, DePrez & Johnson, P.A. is proud to announce the firm is changing its name to DePrez, Johnson, Brant & Eads, P.A. 


Pictured L to R: John C. DePrez IV, Brady Quackenbush, Tyler E. Brant, H. Curtis Johnson, Andrew M. Eads and R. Keegan Sullivan.


The firm’s updated name acknowledges the contributions of John C. DePrez IV, H. Curtis Johnson, Tyler E. Brant and Andrew M. Eads to the firm and their dedication to the legal community.  Between them, they have over 88 years of representing clients throughout the State of Indiana, both on a state and federal level.


DePrez, Johnson, Brant & Eads, P.A. carries on the legacy of law firms that can be traced all the way back to the firm of Ray & McFarland in 1856.  The firm has occupied its building since 1957 and they also have a satellite office in Greensburg.


“I am proud to have been a member of our firm for the past 32 years with various outstanding lawyers who have practiced law with integrity and compassion,” said John DePrez.  “I look forward to continuing my practice now with DePrez, Johnson, Brant and Eads, P.A. and we will continue to provide excellent services for our clients.”


“The name change is really past due but I think that we were all slow to change the name out of respect for Phil Brown, a local legal legend who was a great mentor and just a fabulous human being,” said Curt Johnson.  “We are proud to follow in his footsteps but it was time to acknowledge the changing of the guard.  Tyler and Andy are excellent attorneys and integral parts of the firm and this change acknowledges that.”


“Our law firm has changed names several times throughout the years, but our commitment to our clients remains steadfast,” said Tyler Brant.  “The firm holds a long tradition of excellence and will continue to hold true to that tradition.” 


“After being approached by Curt Johnson in 2014, I was honored to join Brown, DePrez and Johnson, P.A. and am further excited about our future and direction under the new firm name.” said Andrew Eads.“We remain committed to providing the best possible service for our clients”


About DePrez, Johnson, Brant & Eads, P.A.

DePrez, Johnson, Brant & Eads, P.A. is a general practice law firm serving Shelby, Decatur and the surrounding counties.  Areas practiced include criminal law, civil litigation, family law, adoptions, contracts, real estate, abatement and zoning, businessformation and administration, elder law, estate planning and probate.  In addition, several attorneys within the firm are fluent Spanish speakers serving the Spanish-speaking community.  The attorneys and staff are pleased to assist their clients through the most difficult of times and when involved in the legal process.

Attorneys at DePrez, Johnson, Brant &Eads can be reached at 416 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN  46176; (317) 398-6687 or, in Greensburg at 114 N. Franklin St. or online at www.shelbylaw.com.

Excessive illness leads to virtual learning Tuesday-Wednesday at Morristown Jr. Sr. HS

A combination of confirmed flu cases and cases of flu-like symptoms has resulted in a call for virtual learning at Morristown Jr. Sr. High School starting Tuesday.


In a letter sent out today by Shelby Eastern Superinitendent Dr. Todd Hitchcock information was released about a high number of illnesses compounded by even more students who were sent home from school Monday.  Indiana Code requires the school district to consult with the local and state health department anytime absences exceed 20% on a given day.  Dr. Hitchcock said the school had achieved that threshold by the end of the day.


With that, a transition to virtual learning is now planned for Morristown Jr. Sr. High School only on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Staff will properly clean and disinfect the school and it's hoped symptoms and cases will subside in that time.


The decision also impacts all extra-curricular contests, meetings and events for those two days.


Students should not return to school until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours.


Again, the virtual learning on Tuesday and Wednesday only impacts Morristown Jr. Sr. High School.  No other Shelby Eastern schools are impacted at this time.







Student death being investigated in Bartholomew County

Bartholomew County officials are investigating the death of a student.


Just before 5:30 am Monday, deputies from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in the 2100 block of Tyler Drive in regards to an unresponsive 15 year old female.  Deputies arrived on scene along with personnel from German Township Fire Department  and found the Columbus North High School student deceased inside the residence. 


Deputies immediately requested detectives from the sheriff’s office who arrived on scene shortly after to begin a death investigation.  The Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office also responded to the residence and is assisting in the investigation. 


Sheriff Matthew A. Myers said, “At this time the investigation is ongoing and there are no further details to be released pending results from the coroner’s office as well as our investigation.” 


Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Det. Dane Duke said, “At this time all involved parties are cooperating with the investigation.  The Sheriff’s Office would like to express our condolences to the family, they are in our thoughts and prayers.” 


Other agencies that assisted at the scene: German Township Fire Dept and Columbus Regional Hospital EMS.


Waldron Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center holding first annual coat drive to benefit local children in need

Waldron Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, the skilled nursing facility in Waldron, Ind., is holding its first annual kids coat drive through 17.


Anyone interested in donating new or gently used children’s coats can drop them off at three local organizations that will distribute them to kids in need. 


“Managing this coat drive is very much in keeping with our skilled nursing center’s commitment to be a good community neighbor,” said Nicole Clapp, Waldron Rehab’s administrator. “We know that by distributing these coats to local people in need, our event partners will play an active role in helping community kids and their families.” 


Anyone with spare children’s coats, in sizes ranging from infant to young adult, are encouraged to drop them off at any of these locations in Shelbyville: 


Head Start Program, 1609 S. Miller Street 

Shelbyville Boys Club, 710 S. Miller Street 

Waldron Elementary School, 306 East Street 


The three organizations above will collect the coats from drop-boxes in their lobbies and provide them to families who are in need of jackets, snowsuits, and other cold-weather clothing. 


Waldon Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center hosts a variety of yearly events to benefit the community. Past events have included Easter egg hunts and visits from the Easter Bunny; Halloween trunk or treats; Big Wheels races with the kindergarten class; and drive-through holiday lights and decorations.  

Bane-Welker now offers Great Plains service tillage full size ag & compact drills in six locations in Indiana and Ohio

Bane-Welker is now offering the Great Plains brand tillage and drills at their Lebanon, Pendleton and Terre Haute, Indiana locations.


The company also offers the Great Plains brand atLaCrosse, Remington and Winamac in Indiana and Georgetown, Utica, and Plain City in Ohio.


“We’re thrilled to expand this high-quality brand in our markets offering it to our customers,” stated Jason Bane, President of Bane-Welker Equipment. “We will sell and service tillage, full size ag drills, and compact drills at these new stores and will continue to offer the brand at the six other locations as well.” 


Adding the sales and service of this tillage equipment helps expand Bane-Welker’s coverage area for service.


“It’s important that we continue to be able to provide top-notch service and sales for many brands to our valued customers,” stated Bane. “We hope to be a reliable one-stop shop for our customers, saving them time and effort when it comes to their business needs.”


Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc., was established in 1976 by company founder Roy Applequist. Great Plains has become a leader in the manufacturing of agricultural implements for tillage, seeding, and planting in the United States, as well as a leading producer of dirtworking, turf maintenance, and landscaping equipment. Now a Kubota Company, Great Plains comprises five divisions: Great Plains Ag, Great Plains International, Land Pride, and Great Plains Trucking.


Bane-Welker Equipment, founded in 1967 by the late Kenneth and Patricia Bane, is an agriculture equipment company representing Case IH and other complimentary brands.Bane-Welker offers new and used equipment, parts, sales, service, precision farming, online parts sales, and customer support.


The company operates 9 stores in Indiana including Crawfordsville, La Crosse, Lebanon, Remington, Terre Haute, Pendleton, Plymouth, Winamac, and Wingate, and six stores in Ohio, including Circleville, Eaton, Georgetown, Plain City, Utica, and Wilmington. 


In 2018, the company became 100% employee owned. 



Unilever issues voluntary U.S. recall of select dry shampoos due to potential presence of benzene

Unilever United States issued a voluntary product recall to the consumer level of select lot codes of dry shampoo aerosol products produced prior to October 2021 from Dove, Nexxus, Suave, TIGI (Rockaholic and Bed Head), and TRESemmé due to potentially elevated levels of benzene.


Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen. Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin and it can result in cancers including leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders which can be life threatening. Benzene is ubiquitous in the environment. Humans around the world have daily exposures to it indoors and outdoors from multiple sources.


Based on an independent health hazard evaluation, daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products at the levels detected in testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences. Unilever U.S. is recalling these products out of an abundance of caution. Unilever has received no reports of adverse events to date relating to this recall.


The recalled products were distributed nationwide in the United States. Retailers have been notified to remove recalled products from shelves.



A complete list of the affected products produced prior to October 2021 and consumer UPC codes is provided below and can be found hereExternal Link Disclaimer. No other products from Unilever or its brands are impacted by this recall.


An internal investigation identified the propellant as the source, and Unilever has worked with its propellant suppliers to address this issue.


Consumers should stop using the affected aerosol dry shampoo products and visit UnileverRecall.com for instructions on how to receive reimbursement for eligible products. If consumers have further questions, they may also contact Unilever U.S. by calling (877) 270-7412, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST.


Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.



This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Ryobi granted tax abatement for new project geared toward electric vehicles

Ryobi Die Casting Inc. is shifting focus to supplying parts for electric vehicles.

At Monday’s Shelbyville Common Council meeting, the council granted a tax abatement for Ryobi’s $7 million project that will include eight new lines in its Shelbyville facility and add as many as 21 new employees.

Ryobi produces transmission casings for automobiles but the new lines will create gearbox casings for electric vehicles that do not have transmissions.

The personal property tax abatement was unanimously approved.

In other council business Monday at City Hall:

  • Approved an amendment to the Riverfront District to establish a new boundary into downtown Shelbyville. The amendment extended the district from 1,500 feet to 3,000 feet south of the river flood plain limits. The new boundary now includes all of the Public Square.
  • Approved the annexation of the property at 2701 S. Miller St. to allow connection to the city’s sanitary system.
  • Approved the first reading of the redistricting of the council districts. The districts are restructured after every census. City attorney Jennifer Meltzer has worked on the project to make each district as close to 4,000 people as possible, according to Mayor Tom DeBaun.
  • Approved the 2023 contract for the city’s fire and police departments.

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Search continues for man who escaped Union County in sheriff's office truck; truck found at Shelbyville Kroger

The search continues for a man who stole a Union County Sheriff’s Department truck and has been described as armed and dangerous.


The truck taken by Steven Lakes, 45, was found in Shelbyville in the Kroger parking lot.  Authorities say that Lakes could be in possession of a department – issued handgun that was in the truck.



Indiana State Police described Lakes as 5’6″ tall and 145 lbs.  They said he longer has the facial hair seen in his photo. He was wearing a black hoodie and black pants.


The Union County Sheriff’s Department reports Lakes was arrested at the Shell Gas Station in Liberty around 10:30 am on November 8. After being taken into custody by the Union County Sheriff's Department Lakes was able to slip out of his handcuffs and gain possession of the Union County Sheriff's vehicle.


Lakes has a criminal history and currently is wanted on warrants for battery of a public safety official and meth charges.


The public is asked to remain vigilant and to report anything suspicious or any possible information on Steven Lakes.

Shelby County Election Results

Contested local race results in Shelby County, November 8.


There were 8012 voters on Election Day in Shelby County.  523 voters by paper absentee and 3167 voted early.


In total, 11,702 voted.  That is 37.71% of the 31,034 registered voters in Shelby County. 


Shelbyville Central School Board - Dist 4

(vote for 2)

James Rees, 1933

David Finkel, 1790

Mary Harper, 1696

Maria Anne Bachman, 1505

Holden Stephens, 818


Northwestern School Board - Brandywine Twp

Karen Humphreys, 801

Sam Allen, 669


Northwestern School Board - Moral Twp

Brooke Lockett, 1228

Marilyn Felling, 641



Shelby Eastern School Board - At Large

Benjamin Kuhn, 1339

Edward Comstock, 643


Shelby County Council - Dist 3

(R) Brett Haacker, 1699

(D) Michael Daniels, 639


Washington Twp Trustee

(R) Gabriel Paul Babinec, 210

(D) Michael Cochran, 118


For State Representative races, these are Shelby County totals ONLY.


State Representative - District 73

(R) Jennifer Meltzer, 4649

(D) Mimi Pruett, 1582


State Representative - District 54

(R) Cory Criswell, 438

(D) Nan Polk, 106







Stolen cars found in White River during training exercise

Indiana Conservation Officers were recently reminded that there is no such thing as routine training. 

Last week, while completing sonar training on the White River near Raymond Street, officers discovered what appeared to be multiple automobiles under the water. In all, five vehicles were located and marked for search and removal.

Yesterday, members of the Indiana Conservation Officers Dive Team, with the assistance of Curtis Garage and Wrecker Service Inc., were able to search and remove the vehicles from the river. 

After removal, it was confirmed all five vehicles were reported stolen dating back to 2008. 

The vehicles were located as far as 40 yards from shore in a stretch where the river reached depths of 12 feet. 

Indiana Conservation Officers Dive Team consists of 37 Public Safety SCUBA divers. They respond to and investigate drowning incidents and other types of water related investigations, including evidence recovery, vehicle recovery, swift water rescues and boat accidents across the state of Indiana.

Five candidates vying for two Shelbyville Central Schools board seats

As many as three Shelbyville Central Schools board seats could get new representation after Tuesday’s General Election.

One will certainly change with Mike Warble finishing his term and stepping down as the district two representative. Amanda Bunton is running unopposed and will fill the seat beginning in 2023.

Two district four seats, currently held by David Finkel and Dr. James Rees, are up for election with both incumbents running.

Three more candidates – Maria Bachman, Mary Harper and Holden Stephens – have emerged seeking those district four seats.

Here is a brief look at the five candidates.



Maria Bachman

The Southport Middle School eighth-grade teacher lives in Shelbyville and is engaged to City of Shelbyville Plan Director Adam Rude. The daughter of a lifelong teacher, Bachman believes the time is right for her to get involved.

“I’m at a time where I have time,” said Bachman at Wednesday’s Meet the Candidates event at Shelbyville Middle School. “A lot of people say they have kids and can’t dedicate time to this. Adam and I are getting married next year. I have the time now to be proactive in my future children’s education at Shelbyville Central Schools. I can dedicate my whole time to that right now.”

Bachman wants to be a teacher advocate while serving on the board.

“I look at the climate of my school I teach at in Perry Township. I know teachers feel like they have a lot on their plates,” she explained. “I have gotten to know a lot of really good Shelbyville school teachers and members and faculty and I want to help lessen that load for them and help get them their voice back a little bit while also maintaining that balance between parents and the community.”

Bachman understands she is a fresh face and name in the Shelbyville community. She has found campaigning to be an enjoyable experience and found the community to be receptive to her ideas.

“The biggest thing I’ve had to overcome is my name. No one knows me,” said Bachman. “It’s hard but it’s also been kind of a blessing because I am creating my own name for myself.

“Over the past five years of living here, I’ve become very involved in the processes because Adam talks to me about it every single night. Through watching his meetings and listening to his conversations about how boards function, I know what type of people they look for on boards. I am prepared in that way but education is my passion and I’ve kind of intermingled those two things and prepared myself to step into this role as a teacher.”



David Finkel

A three-term member of the school board, Finkel is seeking a fourth term.

“The primary reason I am running is we have a lot of bonding still coming up and that’s what I do,” said Finkel, owner of 251 Consulting. “I am also an advocate for the teachers on the state level and the national level. We really need some help.

“Teachers are asked to do things they are not trained to do and, quite honestly, should not be part of their profession. That leads to burnout and it leads to turnover.”

Through his consulting company, Finkel advises school boards on public finance issues as well as public and private boards on board development and boardmanship. Finkel also is the director of the Strand Theatre in downtown Shelbyville.

Finkel strongly believes schools boards should remain under local control.

“School board service has changed because there is an assault on public education by trying to limit local control,” said Finkel Wednesday at Shelbyville Middle School. “An elected school board is the epitome of local control. We are non-partisan. We are there for the good of the children. The more that the state mandates, the more that the state controls the funding, the more that the state controls what is bargained and not bargained for by our bargaining unit, that’s all taking away from that local control.

“Part of what we need to do is be champions to keep local local. We are best served by the members of our board that can make a difference where you can come and talk to them at the ball game, at the play, at the concert, at the restaurant and at any of our stores.”

Over his three terms, Finkel believes SCS has positioned itself well financially but cautions that could change based on the economy.

“Our position financially is very good but it is very good at the loss of certain things,” said Finkel. “When you look at what’s going on with the economy, it could change in a heartbeat.”

Married to an educator, Finkel is well-versed on the day-to-day struggles of teachers.

“Things change so rapidly and there is so much assault on what the teacher is doing in the classroom,” said Finkel. “The people from the outside don’t understand what the teachers’ day is all about. She and he need to have the ability to be the educator. They all have degrees. It’s a very learned faculty. Everybody has a minimum level of collegiate work, many have master’s degrees and some have doctorates. You have to trust your professional staff and I certainly do.”



Mary Harper

After four decades with Shelbyville Central Schools serving from teacher through superintendent, Harper retired in June.

“I feel like I have some unfinished business,” said Harper of her potential return to education as a school board member. “I feel there have been some major changes in education in the last 10-15 years. There are initiatives that I couldn’t do as an administrator or superintendent. I feel school boards have a platform that can make changes and I want to be a part of that.”

As a former principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent, Harper has dealt with the teacher shortage issue first hand.

“It’s no surprise there is a shortage of teachers,” she said. “We’ve been talking about this for 10 years. There were years when I was principal at Hendricks (Elementary) that I had 300 applicants for an elementary position. When I was assistant superintendent, there were times we would have five (applicants).

“We have to find a way to attract people to teaching because it doesn’t look attractive to young people because of the salary, because of the benefits, but more so than that, it’s the perception of public education. It’s almost like there is a lack of respect or a lack of value for the profession. I think we can do something. School boards have a platform. They can actively work toward promoting legislation that promotes public education. I want to be part of that process.”

Harper touts not only her 40 years of experience in the educational field, but that experience all came locally as a selling point for her to be a board selection.

“I haven’t just heard about the issues, I’ve lived them,” said Harper. “I’ve seen the changes that have been happening. I come with a different perspective. Not that I have all the answers because I don’t have all the answers. I am definitely open to working with more groups, educators and staff and finding unique solutions to what’s happening. I think my educational background will help with that.”



Dr. James Rees

Rees was “appointed” to the Shelbyville Central Schools board in 1994.

“I was the last appointed school board member,” said Rees in a recent radio interview with GIANT fm. He has successfully run for school board since then and is seeking another term to continue to advocate for a strong school system that helps boost pride in community.

“I believe that we have built a highly-effective school system here,” said Rees. “I am proud of the things we’ve accomplished.”

Rees first appeared before the SCS board in the 1990s when Algebra was slated for removal from the middle school’s curriculum.

“I created an organization of parents that were like-minded and approached the school board and said, ‘Why are we doing this?’” explained Rees. “Through several conversations they ultimately agreed with that. Today, in the middle school we not only have Algebra but several high school credit classes being taught.

“One of the proudest things we have here is if students want to, they can graduate from Shelbyville High School with two years of college already under their belt. We’ve come a long way. I feel it is so important to have a good school system. It has the community’s pride. It’s a reflection of the community and I enjoy continuing to see that progress.”

There are educators in Rees’ family and is a continued topic of discussion at family gatherings.

“It’s not the students that drive people away from teaching,” he said. “It’s the culture of the building or the mandates placed on them that take them away from teaching. That is the thing I want to see us work on.

“Obviously, they should be paid as professionals. We need to pay our people more than in surrounding communities to keep them and attract them. And we need to look at additional things that may not be monetary that will attract them.”

Rees believes his vast experience as a member of the school board makes him a strong candidate to retain his district four seat.

“I want people to know the board has made some mistakes in the past and have learned some things the hard way,” he said. “I think by having someone with experience there, we will not repeat those mistakes. We need to be familiar with our history. If we are not familiar with our history, we are doomed to repeat some mistakes we made in the past. I carry that institutional knowledge with me, and I think I can help make sure we continue to move forward.”



Holden Stephens

Stephens did not follow the traditional track of post-secondary education and wants to champion alternative educational routes as a member of the school board.

“I want to tell students that traditional college is not for everyone,” he said on a recent radio interview with GIANT fm. “It used to be vocational schools had a stigma but that’s not the case anymore. I’m living proof of that. If elected to the school board, I would like to see the expansion of vocational schools and more advertisement of vocational schools, letting students know it is OK to pursue a vocational education over a traditional college experience.”

The 2010 Morristown graduate has a degree from Vincennes University in Supply Chain Management and Logistics. Stephens spent time managing a small warehouse while traveling as a musician.

Stephens learned about the Indiana Next Level Jobs program, qualified for a grant and earned an Information Technology (IT) certificate.

Cyber security is important to Stephens and he wants to make sure students are learning the dangers associated with using the Internet.

“(Cyber security) is a big thing for any elected official,” said Stephens. “The No. 1 priority should be the security of the people you represent.

“We need to teach our students to be safe when it comes to Internet protocol as well as the physical security of our buildings. Not just while the students are in school but also while they are outside of school.”

This is Stephens’ first attempt to run for a school board seat but he has been involved in campaigns for government positions. He believes his ability to listen and discuss ideas is a strength he would bring to the school board.

“I like to tell people I am brutally honest, sometimes to a fault,” he said. “I won’t beat around the bush with people. One thing I have going for me is I like to listen. I like hearing what people have to say.

“Everybody has a story. … I will bring to the table on the school board is the ability to listen. I am more than willing to meet somebody halfway and listen to what they have to say.”

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MHP Family & Internal Medicine nationally recognized for its commitment to improve cardiovascular health

Major Health Partners (MHP) has received two American Heart Association outpatient program achievement awards in recognition for its commitment to reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke by improving high cholesteroland blood pressure management.

The awards recognize a commitment to following the latest evidence- and science-based care guidelines.

Nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have some form of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack, stroke or heart failure. High cholesterol and uncontrolled high blood pressure are leading risk factors for cardiovascular disease, but with timely diagnosis, research-based treatment and education, these conditions can be managed.

“We are proud to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our focus on cholesterol and high blood pressure management and care,” said Dr. Emily Ann Andaya, MHP Family & Internal Medicine. “By participating in these programs, we are able to put the science of the latest clinical guidelines to work improving the lives of our patients.”

The outpatient achievement award programs put the unparalleled expertise of the American Heart Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest evidence- and research-based guidelines. As a participant in the Target: BP and Check. Change. Control. Cholesterol. programs, MHP was recognized after demonstrating how their organization has committed to improving risk factor management for patients.

This year, MHP Family & Internal Medicine received these achievement awards:

  • The American Heart Association’s Check. Change. Control. Cholesterol™ Gold
  • Target: BP™ Gold recognition jointly presented by the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association.

“Addressing cholesterol and blood pressure management is key for better cardiovascular health – and critical today, when heart disease and stroke continue to be leading causes of death for Americans,” said Howard Haft, M.D., MMM, CPE, FACPE, volunteer science expert for the American Heart Association and executive director of the Maryland Primary Care Program, in Baltimore.“The American Heart Association is pleased to recognize MHP for its commitment to managing patient risk factors related to high blood pressure and high cholesterol.”

Johnson Co. Sheriff's Office says 20 arrests made in latest sex sting operation

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the Franklin Police Department conducted a child sex sting operation.


This is the fourth time that such an operation of this type has been conducted in Johnson County over the past two and a half years.


This current operation took place Tuesday, November 1, thru Thursday, November 3.  Law enforcement worked closely with the members of the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office to ensure that we are following the letter of the law. 


During the course of this operation law enforcement dealt with many different people and situations. The conversations that are had prior to the suspects arriving at the target location are very troubling. The requests that are made to the Iivestigators posing as underage children are also very troubling and disturbing.


Suspect(s) brought many different items to the meeting location. These items ranged from alcoholic beverages and illegal narcotics to firearms.


Some of the individuals traveled a good distance hoping to meet and have a sexual encounter with a minor. Some utilized online transportation services to get to the chosen location. Some even wanted to have the minor leave and go elsewhere to have a sexual encounter.


Several individuals were arrested during this particular operation. It is important that we remember that all suspects are all innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


All information collected in this operation will be turned over to the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office for their review and formal charges.


The Johnson County Sheriff's office says it wants parents to be very diligent in knowing what their children are doing and who they are speaking with on the internet. The number of online apps and what can be discussed is very alarming. Almost everyone carries a smartphone which makes it so easy to access these sites.


Johnson County law enforcement released statistics of the previous and most recent investigations.


December of 2020:  first Sex Sting -10 arrests.

April of 2021:   second Sex Sting - 8 arrests.

May of 2022:  third Sex Sting - 11 arrests.

November of 2022:  fourth Sex Sting - 20 arrests.




Operation Green Light to bathe Shelby Co. Courthouse in green this week to honor veterans


Starting Monday night and running through Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, the Shelby County Courthouse will bathed in a green light to celebrate the service and sacrifice of veterans and those transitioning from Active Service.


Shelby County Council member Linda Sanders brought the resolution before the Shelby County Commissioners at their meeting Monday morning.


The resolution can be seen below.




With cold on the way this weekend - it's Winter Weather Preparedness Week

The coldest high temperatures of the week are coming in this weekend.  May be a fitting time to get ready for winter.


Gov. Eric J. Holcomb has declared Nov. 7-13 Winter Weather Preparedness Week, and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security encourages Hoosiers to plan ahead, gather resources and be ready for winter in Indiana.


Now is the time—before bad weather hits—for Hoosiers to gather the tools and resources necessary to brave the cold this winter. Indiana notoriously has unpredictable weather and preparing now can help Hoosiers avoid dangerous situations, inconvenient delays and expensive repairs.


The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), state partners and first responders will team up to protect citizens from hazardous conditions this winter, but Hoosiers also must do their part. When Hoosiers follow emergency guidance and prepare for conditions, they are less likely to need assistance when resources are heavily taxed.


Now is the perfect time to get prepared according to Emergency Management Director Mary Moran.


“Indiana is a beautiful state, but anyone who has lived here knows the weather can turn on a dime,” said Moran. “I urge everyone to stock their homes and cars with supplies to address a variety of dangerous weather conditions.”


Hoosiers can learn how to protect themselves from winter weather online at Get Prepared: Winter Weather. This site has information about extreme cold weather, winter storms, vehicle safety as well as the regularly updated county travel status map and information from the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Man charged with making false allegations against ISP trooper

A Columbus man was recently charged with false reporting after making false allegations against an Indiana State Trooper.


In September 2022, detectives with the Indiana State Police, Versailles Post, began an investigation when Alan Parker, 38, reported that he was being harassed and poisoned by a neighbor, who was a 19 year veteran of the Indiana State Police.  During the investigation, Parker stated that he believed the trooper had given him a poisonous substance.  He also accused the trooper of turning off his electricity and internet service, as well as looking through his windows and using power tools during the night to harass him.


The investigation determined that the information provided by Parker was incorrect and the initial allegations against the trooper were made while Parker was intoxicated.


At the conclusion of the investigation, the case was presented to the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office for review.


As a result, Parker was charged with one misdemeanor count of Making a False Report Against a Police Officer.  Parker was issued a summons to appear and will soon make an initial appearance in the Bartholomew County Superior Court.

Street department announces upcoming trash collection day changes, leaf removal policy

The City of Shelbyville Street Department has announced upcoming schedule changes.

There will be no trash service Tuesday due to General Election Day. Tuesday’s trash will be collected on Wednesday along with Wednesday’s trash. Tuesday’s recycling will be delayed until the following week.

There will be no trash service on Nov. 11 due to it being Veterans Day. The typical Friday trash collection route will be collected on Nov. 14 along with that day’s trash. The Nov. 11 recycling route will be delayed until the following week.

There will be no trash collected on Nov. 24 to observe Thanksgiving. The typical Thursday trash collection route will be run the following day, Nov. 25. The normal Friday trash collected will be pushed back to Nov. 28 and collected along with the normal Monday route.

There will be no recycling collection on Nov. 24 or Nov. 25. That will be delayed until the following week.

Leaf collection is currently underway. If you are needing leaf collection, place all leaves loose at the curbside for collection on your normal trash collection day. The street department asks that leaves not be set in an alley and do not put leaves in the street gutters.

For more information, contact a street department representative at 317-392-5169.

Clocks fall back this weekend

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. local time on Sunday.

Could it be one of the last times that the clocks fall back?

On March 15, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Sunshine Protection Act, a bill to make daylight saving time a year-round thing.

To become law, the bill would next have to pass in the U.S. House of Representatives and then onto Pres. Joe Biden’s desk for approval.

If it is eventually passed, it wouldn’t take effect until the fall of 2023.

The next spring forward would be March 12, 2023.



Directional closures planned on S.R. 3 for railroad crossing installation near Greensburg

Central Railroad of Indiana plans to implement directional closures of S.R. 3 at the previous railroad crossing south of S.R. 46 near Greensburg starting on or after Monday, November 7.


Southbound S.R. 3 will close first, followed by northbound. During the closures, crews will reinstall the crossing for Lowe's Pellets and Grain.


Duration of the project is expected to last up to four weeks. Traffic will be routed along the official detour, which will follow S.R. 46 to S.R. 9 to I-74 to U.S. 421 (Exit 132), back to S.R. 3.


INDOT reminds drivers to slow down, use extra caution and consider worker safety when traveling in and near active work zones. All work is weather-dependent and schedules are subject to change.

Entrance ramp to I-70 EB reopening in Downtown Indianapolis

The Indiana Department of Transportation will reopen the Pine Street entrance ramp to I-70 EB in downtown Indianapolis by Saturday morning. The ramp has been closed since late July.  


The Pine Street to I-65 NB connection will not be open to traffic at this time. 


The entrance ramp closure provided crews with a safe working area and allowed work on the future I-65 NB connection from Pine Street to progress ahead of schedule. Work in this area has consisted of new pavement and the demolition and reconstruction of three new bridges. 


The North Split reconstruction project will provide safer, more free-flowing travel for the thousands of motorists who use the interchange each day. Once complete, the new system will take up a smaller footprint and increase the walkability of surrounding downtown Indianapolis neighborhoods. The redesigned interchange will improve safety by eliminating weaving and merging, leading to better traffic flow.? ? 


With the reopening of the Pine Street ramp, there are a couple options for drivers to get into and out of Downtown Indianapolis:  


Access into downtown:  

  • I-70 WB collector/distributor (C/D) ramp to Michigan Street 
  • I-70 WB to MLK/West Street  
  • I-65 SB to Meridian Street  
  • I-65 NB to Washington Street  
  • All existing ramps on I-70 west of South Split  

Access out of downtown:  

  • Pine Street to I-70 EB  
  • Delaware/11th Street to I-70 EB 
  • Meridian St. to I-65 NB 
  • All existing ramps to I-65 SB/I-70 WB south of South Split 

INDOT encourages drivers?to slow down, exercise caution and drive distraction-free through all work zones.? 


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:?? 


School board candidates speak at SCTA event

Three of the five candidates for two seats on the Shelbyville Central Schools board visited with teachers and community members Wednesday afternoon at Shelbyville Middle School.

The Shelbyville Central Teachers Association (SCTA) hosted the “Meet the Candidates” event. SCTA President Meredith Hall served as emcee, introduced incumbent David Finkel (photo) and challengers Mary Harper and Maria Bachman to the audience and asked direct questions gathered by the SCTA.

Incumbent Dr. James Rees and challenger Holden Stephens were unable to attend Wednesday’s event. Rees did submit responses, read by Hall, to the SCTA questions.

The candidates were asked to discuss their thoughts and opinions on the school system’s general fund for emergency purposes, the role of parents in decision making regarding district policy and curriculum, and how the school board can retain and recruit qualified teachers to the school system.



Bachman (photo) lives in Shelbyville and is an eighth-grade teacher at Southport Middle School on the south side of Indianapolis.



Harper (photo), who retired in June as Superintendent of Shelbyville Central Schools, is now running for a school board seat.

Finkel is completing his third term as a board member. His wife just recently retired after a long career with the school system.

The Shelby County Post will have a more detailed breakdown of the five candidates later this week.

Interviews with Finkel, Rees, Harper, Bachman and Stephens will air Thursday on GIANT fm Real Radio (96.5 fm, 106.3 fm, 1520 am) or on the GIANT fm app beginning at 8 a.m.

Clements receives Shelbyville Central Schools award

Gerald Clements went to work at Shelbyville’s Classic Chevrolet Tuesday in much the same fashion he has during his 13 years of employment there. A few hours later, however, he found himself pleasantly surprised to be surrounded by family and named the first recipient of the Shelbyville Central Schools’ “Hardworking Golden Bear Award.”

“We wanted to create a way to periodically recognize those special SHS graduates who positively promote Shelbyville schools and work hard every day to make the community better,” said Andy Hensley, Shelbyville Central Schools Director of Student Services. “We believe Gerald provides an excellent example of the type of people we are trying to highlight.”

Clements (photo, right) grew up in Manilla and moved to Shelbyville for his freshman year of high school.

“People accepted me right away,” said Clements. “I developed enduring friendships at Shelbyville High School and met special people who have been extremely important in my life. I consider myself very fortunate.”


Gerald Clements (right) with former SHS football coach Tom Hession.


He is a 1976 SHS graduate who was a player on the 1975 South Central Conference co-championship football team. He also participated in band and was a member of National Honor Society. Clements attended Purdue University.

He has dedicated significant time and effort to many local endeavors over the years, particular youth sports. He assisted in a variety of capacities with the local youth football program and was extensively involved with Babe Ruth Baseball. He served as one of the coaches for Southeast State championship all-star teams in 2004 and 2008.

“I was involved with those kids for about eight years,” related Clements. “They became like family to me.”

He and his wife of 32 years, Cathy, have been very supportive of a wide variety of school programs and activities over the years.

“It seems we have been going to events for as long as I can remember,” said Cathy, a Connersville High School graduate. “Our son was very involved and we like being there to see so many friends and kids we have known participate. Gerald is very proud to be from SHS.”

Clements has spent most of his professional life in the automobile business, working at Payton Wells in Indianapolis and locally with Sandman Brothers in addition to his current position as parts manager at Classic.

Clements’ wife; son, Gregory; grandson, Theo; mother, Sue; sister, Trina; and Classic general manager Lindsay Rogers were all on hand for Tuesday’s event.

Shelbyville Central Schools Superintendent Matt Vance (main photo, left) made the presentation.

”There are so many SHS alumni doing great things, often behind the scenes,” stated Vance. “We believe this is a fitting way to recognize those people. Gerald is an excellent representative of this award.”

Clements expressed sincere appreciation and gratitude, but was typically self-effacing in his acceptance.

“I am extremely honored and thankful,” said Clements. “This community and Shelbyville Central Schools are a big part of who I am. I am always happy to support them whenever I have the opportunity.”

Eye in the Sky: Scott Richardson producing amazing aerial views of Shelby County


Up in the sky!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane!

Actually, it’s a powered parachute operated by Scott Richardson. The 1981 Shelbyville High School graduate has mixed his love of aviation and photography to get incredible shots and video that commemorates life in and around Shelby County.

“It’s all kind of snowballed,” said Richardson. “The really odd part is people ask me if I am Scott Richardson, who flies the parachute? I get that a lot. It’s crazy.”



Getting a small telescope as a teenager led Richardson (photo) to wanting to learn how to capture photographs of outer space. That led to learning how to use a camera and developing film.

Richardson’s interest in photography was put aside as he went to Indiana University to study Astrophysics and Physics. Upon graduation, Richardson was hired by the Naval Avionics Center to do airborne radar situation and modeling. He also started progressing toward his pilot’s license.

Meeting a girl, marrying her and having three kids put flying on hold.

“I started my private pilot’s license back in the mid 80s at the (Shelbyville) airport with Darrell Shrader,” said Richardson. “I didn’t finish. I came close to soloing. I took the written test, met a girl and never finished. Kids and life kind of got in the way.”

As his kids grew older, Richardson returned to photography. That led to a stint as a freelance photographer for the Greenfield Daily Reporter.

In 2011, Richardson took his first powered parachute flight with a friend.

“I thought that was kind of cool,” he said.

After his father passed away, Richardson decided to try something new. That’s when he started taking flight lessons and obtained his sport pilot’s license.

“It just went from there,” he said with a smile.



Because his powered parachute is considered a single seater by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Richardson does not need a private pilot’s license.

“My machine is classified by the FAA as a light sport aircraft,” he explained. “It’s numbered and registered with the FAA. You have to have a sport pilot certificate, which means you can fly a light sport aircraft. The FAA has a certain definition for a light sport aircraft -- a maximum of two seats and no greater than 1,320 pounds. You can’t go over 130 knots.”



Richardson loves the “low-and-slow” approach to flying. And he found that his photography skills were a perfect match to the powered parachute’s operability.

“I love being out in the open … sitting out low and slow,” he said. “I can do touch-and-go’s in a field. Most times I fly at about 500 feet. Being able to go slow and have that view, no windows, unobstructed, and just being able to see and take it in. I really get a look at something.”



Richardson’s photography website has a varied collection of pictures from a space shuttle launch to IndyCar racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to wildlife photos from around his northwestern Shelby County homestead to farming harvest photos that he is currently producing.

“I love the harvest (season),” said Richardson with a big smile. “The challenge – it’s different every time. I love seeing the families in the combines. You see kids and dogs. It’s my favorite time of year.”



Not only does Richardson use a camera to capture moments, he also utilizes two GoPro cameras to produce videos of his flights.

“They are mounted,” said Richardson. “One has audio through my helmet intercom system. That’s what makes a good video. I see so many (videos) where they are playing music, which I hate, or you hear engine noise. I want to be able to talk.”

The audio allows Richardson to detail his location and even identify families he has become familiar with working in fields.

Because of the powered parachute’s designation, Richardson does not have to file a flight plan before departure. His aircraft is stored at the Shelbyville Municipal Airport, now named after Darrell Shrader.

“You just have to follow the FAA regulations and there is a whole bunch of stuff with that,” he said. “You have to know weather, air space is really critical, and airport traffic patterns.

“Out of Shelbyville, there is not a tower so you technically don’t have to have a radio but I won’t fly without one. You let other people know where you are at. I’m so different than anything else, low and slow, and all the helicopters are out there. You have to really watch yourself.”



The Shelbyville airport is adjacent to a National Guard installation that houses Blackhawk helicopters.

Richardson admits he doesn’t always know where he is going when he takes off.

“I will fly a 30- to 40-mile radius out of Shelbyville,” he said. “I will try to fly into the wind when I start so I have a tailwind on the way back home.”

Now that he is retired, Richardson has more time to fulfill some flight and photography goals.

“I’ve got some ideas and plans. I did the covered bridges in Rush County,” he said. “I want to go out to Parke County and do the covered bridges there. I need to get a little better trailer so I can haul (the powered parachute) over there and fly.

“I want to do more in southern Indiana out in the country with the rolling hills. Madison would be cool flying over the river down there.”

Richardson admitted he may revisit getting his private pilot’s license to make traveling easier but it is not an immediate goal.

For now, he is enjoying capturing moments and adding to his database that he estimates is between 200,000 to 300,000 photos.



“What’s my legacy?” said Richardson of why he shoots so many photos. He has an extensive array of photos of small towns and cemeteries around south central Indiana.

Richardson is currently discussing how his collection of photos can benefit the Grover Museum in Shelbyville and be stored for future displays of life in Shelby County. He currently has a large photo of Shelbyville’s industrial park on display at the museum.

To view some of Richardson’s extensive photos collection, as seen in this story, go to scottrichardsonphotography.com.

To see Richardson’s videos, go to youtube.com/scottrichardson_ppc

Annual Gift & Hobby Show is back at Shelbyville Middle School Saturday to celebrate 50th year

The 50th Annual Gift & Hobby Show, hosted by Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Zeta Lambda chapter is Saturday, November 5.


More than 100 talented and imaginative artists and crafters, including 35 first time vendors, will be arranged at sales tables inside and outside of Shelbyville Middle School, 1200 W. McKay Road, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., according to Doris Sanders, booth chairman for the event.


Admission is free, and Santa Claus will be on-site for visits from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Sanders provided this sneak peak of some items that will be available for purchase: holiday decorations, jewelry, tumblers, pet accessories, blankets, pillows, towels, personal hygiene items, doll clothes, purses and bags, books, items for babies, collectibles, homemade noodles, desserts of all kinds, honey, jams and jellies, and cheeseballs. 


In addition to providing shopping opportunities, the sorority operates a café, where breakfast and lunch items may be purchased.


The Gift & Hobby Show is one of the sorority’s largest fundraisers of the year. Profits from booth fees and food sales help fund scholarships that are given in May to one graduating senior at each of Shelby County’s five high schools. Stipends are also given to various non-profit organizations throughout the county.