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INDOT to hold public hearing for Pennsy Trail and U.S. 40 project

An upcoming U.S. 40 project will be the focus of a June meeting in Greenfield.

The Indiana Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing for the Pennsy Trail and U.S. 40 project on June 13. This project aims to enhance the safety along U.S. 40 by reducing vehicular collisions and extend the service life of U.S. 40.

Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Hancock County Courthouse Annex Building’s Commissioner’s Courtroom, located at Hancock County Courthouse Annex, 311 American Legion Place in Greenfield. The public will be able to speak with the project team, ask one-on-one questions and give feedback on the projects current design. 

As proposed, project intends to mill and overlay U.S. 40 between County Road 700 West and County Road 600 West. Between County Road 500 West and Windswept Road, a “right-sizing” will be implemented utilizing pavement markings in order to narrow the roadway along the existing pavement. The lanes will be restriped to reduce the number of travel lanes in each direction from two to one with a Two-Way-Left-Turn-Lane (TWLTL). 

From County Road 600 West and County Road 500 West, the roadway will maintain two travel lanes in each direction. The reconfiguration is expected to reduce the potential for crashes, provide safe and efficient access for current and future driveways while maintaining traffic flow.

The project area encompasses approximately 8.5 miles in length along U.S. 40, extending from 4.51 miles east of the I-465 East leg and ends approximately 0.91 mile west of State Road 9.   

The Maintenance of Traffic plan for the project will consist of flagging, lane restrictions, and lane closures. Access to all properties will be maintained during construction.

INDOT will coordinate with emergency services, local school corporation officials and project stakeholders to ensure potential disruptions and impacts are minimized as much as possible. The existing right-of-way along U.S. 40 is approximately 183 feet on either side of the centerline of U.S. 40. As all work will occur within the existing right-of-way, no new right-of-way acquisition is required for this project.

Construction is anticipated to begin in the Spring of 2025. 

The environmental documentation and preliminary design information is available to view prior at the following locations:

  1. INDOT Greenfield District Office (32 South Broadway, Greenfield, Ind., 46140, 1-855-INDOT4U)
  2. Butler, Fairman, & Seufert, Inc. (8450 Westfield Blvd, Ste. 300, Indianapolis, Ind., 46240, 317-713-4615)

Public statements for the record will be taken as part of the public hearing procedure. All verbal statements recorded during the public hearing and all written comments submitted prior to, during and for a period of two weeks following the hearing date, will be evaluated, considered and addressed in subsequent environmental documentation.

Written comments may be submitted prior to the public hearing and within the comment period to Brittney Layton, Environmental Scientist at 317-713-4615 or blayton@bfsengr.com

INDOT respectfully requests comments be submitted by June 28.

Cincinnati man faces multiple charges after stolen bus pursuit

A bus stolen in Cincinnati led police on a pursuit into Shelby County.

Indiana State Police say a suspect stole a school bus from the Cincinnati area and led police from numerous Indiana police departments on a chase that lasted nearly an hour before the bus became disabled and the suspect was arrested.

At approximately 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, the Indiana State Police - Versailles Post was contacted by Ohio authorities who relayed information that a yellow 2021 school bus had been stolen and was being tracked while it traveled westbound on I-74 near Batesville.

A Batesville Police officer and two Indiana State troopers located the vehicle and followed it as it entered Decatur County.



The troopers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. The suspect and lone occupant of the vehicle, Chad Avery Murdock, 32, of Cincinnati, did not stop and fled from the officers. The bus eventually went off road into numerous fields and yards then drove on numerous county roads with stretches on U.S. 421 and State Road 9 during the pursuit.

Numerous officers from multiple departments joined the pursuit as the bus entered Shelby County.

Officers were eventually able to deploy a tire deflation device successfully which caused the tires on the bus to deflate. At about 11:15 a.m., officers boxed the bus in as it drove through another field, causing Murdock to stop the bus near County Road 25 East, just south of Shelbyville.

Murdock was then taken into custody without further incident.



Multiple police vehicles were damaged due to collisions with the bus during the pursuit. Multiple fields and yards also sustained damages due to Murdock’s actions.

Neither Murdock nor any of the police officers involved were injured during the incident.

Murdock was transported to the Decatur County Jail where he was incarcerated on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Criminal Recklessness with a Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Property, and Criminal Mischief.

Additional charges are possible.

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Shelbyville High School educator selected for Indiana Arts Commission program

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) has announced that 20 educators from across the state have been chosen to participate in a new program centered on bringing arts and creativity into the classroom.

This prestigious program invites top educators to participate in hands-on training sessions followed by implementation of a full semester of arts activities in the classroom.

Shelbyville High School teacher Kaylene Huntsman was one of the 20 educators selected.

The Indiana Educator Fellowship for Creative Teachers is a program of the IAC in partnership with the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) that celebrates and supports outstanding educators throughout the state in implementing creativity-centered innovation in the classroom.

Research shows creative teaching strategies, also known as arts integration, improve student engagement, student learning retention, and student literacy skills.

“We selected some of the most energetic, innovative educators across the Hoosier State to participate in this fellowship,” said Stephanie Haines, Arts Education and Accessibility program manager at the IAC. “It is exciting to meet with so many inspired educators who are ready to integrate arts and creativity into the classroom to the benefit of their students.

The 2023-2024 Creative Educator Cohort is as follows:

  • Anna Grant, Jasper High School (Dubois County)
  • Brittany Bleicher, Northside Middle School (Delaware County)
  • Darlene Rosario-Reese, Block Middle School (Lake County)
  • Emily Crapnell, Noblesville West Middle School (Hamilton County)
  • Franklin Oliver, University High School (Hamilton County)
  • Hailey Hutzell, Fairview Elementary (Wayne County)
  • Heathar Bradbury, Clay High School (St. Joseph County)
  • Jacquelyn Greer, Muncie Central High School (Delaware County)
  • Jennifer Gonzalez, Clarence Farrington School 61 (Marion County)
  • Jennifer Stahl, West Washington Jr./Sr. High School (Washington County)
  • Josie Engdahl, Anderson Intermediate School (Madison County)
  • Kaylene Huntsman, Shelbyville High School (Shelby County)
  • Lori Vandeventer, Eastern Greene High School (Greene County)
  • Nicole Brubaker, Manchester High School (Wabash County)
  • Paul Satchwill, Batesville High School (Ripley County)
  • Rachel Campbell-Maher, Christ the King Catholic School (Marion County)
  • Rebecca Harris, White River Valley Middle School (Greene County)
  • Rita Eblin, Washington High School (Daviess County)
  • Stephanie Dodd, Franklin Central High School (Marion County)
  • Susan Stewart, Riverside Elementary School (Clark County)

The fellows will attend a series of virtual learning sessions and will receive two days of immersive, hands-on training in connecting creativity to state standards, access to a fully-funded in-school creative arts residency, and a $1,000 honorarium.

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Shelby again under issued Air Quality Action Day

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has issued an Air Quality Action Day (AQAD) and is forecasting high ozone levels for Tuesday, in the following regions: 

  • Central Indiana – Marion, Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Delaware, Hamilton, Hendricks, Howard,   Madison, Shelby 
  • North Central Indiana – St. Joseph, Elkhart
  • Northwest Indiana – Lake, Porter, La Porte
  • Southeast Indiana – Clark, Floyd
  • Southwest Indiana – Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, Warrick 
  • West Central Indiana – Vigo, Carroll, Tippecanoe

IDEM encourages everyone to help reduce ozone by making changes to daily habits. You can:

  • Drive less: carpool, use public transportation, walk, bike, or work from home when possible
  • Combine errands into one trip
  • Avoid refueling your vehicle or using gasoline-powered lawn equipment until after 7 p.m.
  • Keep your engine tuned, and don’t let your engine idle (e.g., at a bank or restaurant drive-thru)
  • Conserve energy by turning off lights and setting the thermostat to 75 degrees or above 

Air Quality Action Days are in effect from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on the specified date. Anyone sensitive to changes in air quality may be affected when ozone levels are high. Children, the elderly, and anyone with heart or lung conditions should reduce or avoid exertion and heavy work outdoors.
Ground-level ozone is formed when sunlight and hot weather combine with vehicle exhaust, factory emissions, and gasoline vapors. Ozone in the upper atmosphere blocks ultraviolet radiation, but ozone near the ground is a lung irritant that can cause coughing and breathing difficulties for sensitive populations. 
IDEM examines weather patterns and current ozone readings to make daily air quality forecasts. Air Quality Action Days generally occur when weather conditions such as light winds, hot and dry air, stagnant conditions, and lower atmospheric inversions trap pollutants close to the ground.

Shelbyville Rotary Club awards athletic and scholarship honorees

The Shelbyville Rotary Club celebrated local high school athletes and scholars at the Club's annual banquet and awards ceremony held on Thursday at Queen's Cafe and Dining.

Rotary Sports Award recipients for Shelbyville High School athletes are selected by their respective coaches based on athletic performance, sportsmanship, and special achievements both on their teams and in the classroom.  The following athletes were recognized by Rotarian Amy McQueen:

Luke Dwyer, 2023 Rotary Award for Boys Wrestling and 2023 Rotary Award Angelique Kreider for Girls Wrestling (a new team sport at SHS); Oliver Sandman, 2023 Paul Cross Award for Boys Basketball (a two-time winner) and Abigail Brenner 2023 Rotary Award for Girls Basketball; Miriam Garringer, 2023 Rotary Award for Girls Swimming and Will Rife, 2023 Rotary Award for Boys Swimming.



The Rotary Academic Scholarships are managed through the Blue River Foundation and the criteria for the scholarships include outstanding academic achievement, strong moral character, community service and extracurricular activities and a desire and drive to complete a college education. Recipients receive $1,000 each and hail from high schools throughout the county. They were recognized by Rotarian Bill Poland:  

Abby Mendoza, Morristown High School; Antonio Harbert, Shelbyville High School; Camille Thopy, Southwestern High School; Hannah Hernandez, Waldron High School; Maggie Lutes, Blue River Career Programs/Morristown High School; and Riley Ross, Triton Central High School.



Rotary Club President Becky Benesh oversaw the festivities. 

Shelby among counties included in Air Quality Action Day for Monday

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has issued an Air Quality Action Day (AQAD) and is forecasting high ozone levels for Monday in the following regions:

  • Central Indiana – Marion, Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Delaware, Hamilton, Hendricks, Howard, Madison, Shelby 
  • Northwest Indiana – Lake, Porter, La Porte
  • West Central Indiana – Vigo, Carroll, Tippecanoe

IDEM encourages everyone to help reduce ozone by making changes to daily habits. You can:

  • Drive less: carpool, use public transportation, walk, bike, or work from home when possible
  • Combine errands into one trip
  • Avoid refueling your vehicle or using gasoline-powered lawn equipment until after 7 p.m.
  • Keep your engine tuned, and don’t let your engine idle (e.g., at a bank or restaurant drive-thru)
  • Conserve energy by turning off lights and setting the thermostat to 75 degrees or above 

Air Quality Action Days are in effect from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on the specified date. Anyone sensitive to changes in air quality may be affected when ozone levels are high. Children, the elderly, and anyone with heart or lung conditions should reduce or avoid exertion and heavy work outdoors.
Ground-level ozone is formed when sunlight and hot weather combine with vehicle exhaust, factory emissions, and gasoline vapors. Ozone in the upper atmosphere blocks ultraviolet radiation, but ozone near the ground is a lung irritant that can cause coughing and breathing difficulties for sensitive populations. 
IDEM examines weather patterns and current ozone readings to make daily air quality forecasts. Air Quality Action Days generally occur when weather conditions such as light winds, hot and dry air, stagnant conditions, and lower atmospheric inversions trap pollutants close to the ground.


Battalion Chaplain Jackson to address Memorial Day audience at Shelby County Courthouse

A Waldron high school graduate with deployments to Romania and Iraq will be the featured speaker at Shelby County Memorial Day Services Monday.

Chaplain Simon Jackson grew up in Shelby County. From his 2005 graduation from Waldron, he went on to Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Divinity with an emphasis in Biblical counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2013. He is currently in the dissertation phase of a Doctor of Ministry degree at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he is researching the Army Chaplain’s role in Suicide Prevention.

Chaplain Jackson was initially commissioned through Army ROTC in May of 2009 as an infantry officer serving in the Indiana and Texas national guards from 2009-2016. He served as a platoon leader, Executive Officer S3, before commissioning as a chaplain in the Texas Army National Guard in 2014. He served as the chaplain for the 197 Special Troops Support Company from 2014-2016.

Jackson is endorsed by the Southern Baptist Convention and entered active duty as a chaplain at Fort Bliss, Texas, in July of 2016.

Chaplain Jackson’s active duty assignments include:

  • Battalion Chaplain, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss
  • Brigade Chaplain, 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade, Fort Bliss
  • Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss
  • 1-8 Infantry Regiment, Fort Carlson

Chaplain Jackson’s awards and decorations include:

  • The Order of Saint Martin of Tours, Army Commendation Medal (C device)
  • Army Commendation Medal (5OLC)
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Service Medal
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • NATO Medal (2OLC)
  • Parachutist Badge
  • Air Assault Badge
  • German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency

Chaplain Jackson and his wife, Kristen, have two children, ages three and one. They currently reside in Fort Carson, Colorado. They will PCS to Fort Jackson, South Carolina, this summer.

Monday's Memorial Day services from the Shelby County Courthouse can be heard live on GIANT fm (96.5, 106.3, AM 1520, giant.fm and GIANT fm app) beginning at 10:45 a.m.

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Extra troopers will be patrolling Memorial Day weekend

Indiana State Police and area law enforcement agencies are participating in the “Click it or Ticket” enforcement campaign through the Memorial Day weekend and would like to remind all motorists the importance of doing their part to help ensure everyone’s safety.

Troopers will be watching for unrestrained passengers in cars and trucks and for dangerous and impaired drivers. Overtime enforcement is made available with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI).

Troopers are offering the following safety tips:

Ensure you are well rested, especially if you have plans to travel a long distance. A fatigued driver is a dangerous driver and often mimics the driving behavior of an impaired driver.

Follow other motorists at a safe distance.

Obey all speed limits and use your turn signal.

Always utilize your turn signals when changing lanes and when turning.

Avoid “hanging out” in the left lane unless you are actively passing or preparing to make a nearby left turn.

Avoid driving while distracted. Please don’t use your cellphone while driving.

Ensure everyone is properly buckled up.

Don’t drink and drive.

If you have plans to consume alcohol, please ensure you have a plan to get you and your family home safely.

Motorists that observe a possible impaired driver are encouraged to contact 911 immediately. Please be prepared to give a description of the vehicle, license plate number and route of travel.

Funeral services Friday for Dr. Gus T. Spenos - known for medicine and music

Dr. Gus T. Spenos, memorable man of music and medicine, peacefully passed away in Indianapolis with loved ones at his side Sunday.

Gus was born in Indianapolis to Anastasia Marinos Spenos and Thomas G. Spenos on June 22, 1952. He attended Indiana University Medical School, and then began a career as a neurologist, working at Major Hospital before founding Neurocare in Shelbyville with his wife, Nora.

His love of medicine was matched by his love of music. Gus played many instruments, recorded a number of albums, and performed to packed audiences as the leader of The Gust Spenos Quartet. His artistic flair extended to his closet, as Gus was always the best-dressed man in the room.

An eternal student, Gus dedicated time to expanding his knowledge, often picking up new instruments, or studying the Greek language, architecture, physics, and history. In his later years, Gus deepend his faith and began visiting Mount Athos in Greece, where he assisted the monks in the development of a health care clinic.

While his creative and professional endeavors defined Gus as an unforgettable, larger than life local figure, it was his family and his marriage which were his greatest works of art. He loved his wife, Nora, immensely. Together they built a business and a family, and would have celebrated 40 years married this fall.

Their three children, Anastasia, Miles and Aris, have all inherited Gus’s artistic genes and passion for life.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Holy Trinity Greek Church.

All services will be held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3500 W. 106th Street Carmel, Indiana.

Visitation: Thursday, May 25, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Trisagion Prayer Service at 7 p.m.

Viewing: Friday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Funeral: Friday at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral followed by burial at Oaklawn Cemetery then back to Church for Makaria (lunch) at 1 p.m. All are welcome.

Chlorine conversion in Shelbyville among reasons for Indiana American Water request for rate increase

A public comment period is now available on a rate increase request by Indiana American Water.

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC), the state agency representing consumer interests in cases before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), is inviting written consumer comments for the official case record through July 5.

The OUCC is using its technical and legal resources to review INAWC’s proposal and is scheduled to file testimony with the IURC on July 12.

INAWC, which provides service to approximately 328,000 customers in more than 50 Indiana communities, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Camden, New Jersey-based American Water Inc. In its testimony and exhibits, INAWC attributes the requested rate increase to numerous infrastructure investments.

Capital projects include the replacement of aging infrastructure throughout INAWC’s service territories, main replacements and relocations, new meters and hydrants, proposed new treatment plants in Winchester and Sheridan, a new storage tank in West Lafayette, chlorine conversion for its Northwest Indiana and Shelbyville operations, customer lead service line replacements,security measures, and additional projects.The utility’s request also includes the recent costs of acquiring smaller utilities throughout Indiana.

INAWC’s proposal would raise water rates in three phases, increasing its total annual operating revenues by $86.7 million (or 31% over current revenues), according to its testimony. Under the utility’s request, increases would take effect in January 2024, April 2024, and April 2025. Specific billing impacts would vary by service area.

The utility’s proposal would also raise sewer rates for its 2,800 wastewater customers in Somerset, Sheridan, and Riley, and in portions of Delaware and Clark Counties.

INAWC’s request includes a proposal to create a new low-income assistance program which would be ratepayer-funded and would provide discounts for qualifying customers. The utility also proposes to include each residential customer’s first 1,500 gallons within the monthly customer service charge, before monthly volumetric rates take effect.

Current base rates for INAWC received IURC approval in 2019. However, rates have increased since then through the utility’s Distribution System Improvement Charge (DSIC) and Service Enhancement Improvement Rider (SEI). These rate tracking mechanisms allow for rate recovery of certain infrastructure projects between rate cases subject to OUCC review and IURC approval.

The tracker increases were approved in March 2021, March 2022, February 2023, and March 2023.

Consumers who wish to submit written comments for the case record may do so via the OUCC’s website at www.in.gov/oucc/2361.htm, by email at uccinfo@oucc.IN.gov, or by mail at:

Public Comments

Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC)

115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 SOUTH

Indianapolis, IN 46204

The OUCC needs to receive all written consumer comments no later than July 5, so that it can: 1) Consider comments in preparing its testimony and 2) File them with the Commission to be included in the case’s formal evidentiary record.

Comments should include the consumer’s name, mailing address, and a reference to either “IURC Cause No. 45870” or Indiana American

Water Rates. Consumers with questions about submitting written comments can contact the OUCC’s consumer services staff toll-free at 1-888-441-2494.

An IURC public field hearing will be scheduled for a future date and location to be determined. Comments offered at field hearings carry equal weight with written consumer comments the OUCC receives and files for the formal case record.

Several additional parties have intervened in this case, including municipal governments (Crown Point, Schererville, and Whiteland), Sullivan-Vigo Rural Water Corp., the Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana, and industrial customers (including Cleveland Cliffs Steel, General Motors, Haynes International, Linde, and United States Steel Corporation). Any testimony they file is due by July 12.

The OUCC is posting case updates online at www.in.gov/oucc/watersewer/key-cases-by-utility/indiana-american-water-corates/.

Case updates are also available through the agency’s monthly electronic newsletter. Consumers can subscribe at www.in.gov/oucc/news.


Judy King receives House Resolution recognizing her support of veterans and military

Shelbyville's Judy King, a veteran in her own right, has long fought for the rights of veterans and those serving in the military.

On Wednesday, King was recognized for her efforts with a presentation by House Resolution 42 by State Representative Randy Frye of Greensburg and State Representative Jenny Meltzer of Shelbyville.

Frye read from the resolution to the audience gathered at Capone's.



King said it was a very special evening for her.


Shelbyville will miss Jan Asher

Every community has exceptional people; well-known individuals who are unconditionally invested in the places they live. They continually work throughout their lives to bring their communities to a higher standard and in doing so reflect a special sense of dedication. Their positive impact is forceful and undeniable.

Shelby County has historically boasted a multitude of these citizens; people who tirelessly advocate for their home and friends and neighbors. In ways big and small, they consistently make life better.

Jan Asher was one such person for Shelbyville.

Throughout her life, she exhibited a true appreciation for Shelbyville and its people. Jan was blessed with a genuine conscientiousness and a strong commitment to service. She had a perceptiveness that enabled her to identify needs and the initiative to seek resolutions.

Jan Asher succumbed to cancer in April at the age of 73.

Jan was, first and foremost, an educator in the truest sense. Every day presented her with a chance to teach someone; to help someone grow. She graduated from Purdue University in 1971 and soon after earned her master’s degree. She taught in the Shelbyville Central Schools system for 41 years, beginning in the physical education department at the high school in 1971. She would later have tenures at the old junior high and the middle school. She concluded her career with a 16-year stint at Loper Elementary.

“The long career has been satisfying because I got to know different generations of families,” said Asher in 2010. “You teach and live in a community and you really get to know the essence of it and the people in it. I got to watch students grow up and have kids and then got to know those kids. That was wonderful.”

Jan loved sports. She valued athletics, both as participant and spectator. She believed sports offered people tremendous potential for satisfaction and development. She participated in the limited options available for girls in the 1950s and 1960s. Later, she eagerly embraced the burgeoning opportunities for women that she discovered in college and as an adult.



“Sports was always a part of mom’s life for as long as I can remember,” said older son Scott Asher. “She played in the women’s softball leagues at Sunrise Park and later played a lot of mixed softball with dad. She also loved playing tennis and volleyball.”

 Jan came to be regarded as one of Shelbyville’s best adult female athletes.

Jan and husband Mike married in 1970. It was evident from their beginning that they were a team. The two shared the same interests, values and an affinity for Shelbyville. Mike and Jan were defined by the fact that they worked together, whether it was raising their boys, looking after and following the grandkids or playing and officiating sports. They were connected.

The duo became a sought after and respected volleyball officiating team.

“They officiated high school volleyball all over,” said Scott. “That became a focus for them and they worked for some schools with really excellent volleyball teams.”

Jan and Mike became IHSAA tournament officials who worked the volleyball circuit for 25 years.

One of Jan’s most significant contributions was kindling an appreciation for sports in the girls she taught and coached.

“My brothers instilled in me a love for sports,” said Jan. “The scope of athletic possibilities dramatically increased as I was teaching and I wanted to pass that along to other girls.” 

She embraced a variety of coaching opportunities with her characteristic enthusiasm and commitment. She was Shelbyville High School’s first volleyball coach. She also coached SHS track and gymnastics.

“I had no background in gymnastics,” said Jan. “I had to ‘learn on the fly’ so to speak.”

She coached volleyball and basketball at the junior high and later at the middle school.

“She had an excellent working knowledge of volleyball and basketball, so it was a good fit for her to coach those sports,” said Scott. “She had solid success.”



Jan’s earnest promotion of female sports did not in any way mitigate her advocacy for boys’ athletics. She had two sons and four of her six grandchildren were males. She relentlessly supported their athletic pursuits and was extremely proud of their achievements. Four of her children and grandchildren earned a collective seven Golden Bear high school major sports awards.

Teaching physical education held a deeper meaning for Jan.

“I always saw PE as a means of teaching girls about confidence and enhancing their self-esteem,” Jan related in 2015. “I wanted to use PE to teach them to appreciate accomplishments and as a means of encouraging them to set goals.”

She also became a certified Red Cross, CPR, Life-saving and Water Safety instructor. Her SHAPE Fitness Program at the middle school drew widespread praise. She was instrumental in the popular “Jump Rope for Heart” program and served as a volunteer for Shelby County Relay for Life.

In retirement, she became a passionate champion for animals and a diligent supporter of the local animal shelter.

Jan was first diagnosed with cancer in August of 2015. Undaunted, she worked through the difficult circumstances with her customary strength and courage. Treatment initially arrested disease progression and Jan was able to focus on family and other myriad interests as she optimistically moved forward enjoying more time for such following her May 2015 retirement.

A 2020 examination revealed cancer recurrence and an unfavorable prognosis. The disease progressed and Jan passed away on April 25 of this year with Mike and the rest of her family at her side.



Jan’s story reveals a lifetime of success: a dedicated husband and loving, accomplished children and grandchildren who truly appreciated who she was and the influence she had on their lives. Moreover, she left a resume of personal and professional accomplishments as well as a history of civic service and participation. Her family and friends can forever reflect on who she was and what she did with genuine pride and satisfaction.

Perhaps, her greatest attribute was her willingness to offer support and encouragement. Jan was quick to offer praise and inspire others to build on their accomplishments. She was fond of writing congratulatory notes and recognizing people on their latest achievements. She was forever intent on raising people’s spirits.

Sports pundits often say that great players and coaches have an intangible that somehow makes those around them better. They bring out the best in people and somehow lead others to a higher level. That was one of her most significant contributions. Jan made people feel capable.

Venerable people serve as constant examples. They are respected and provide us a sense of security and optimism. They motivate us to believe in our potential. Jan Asher was venerable. She made us feel good about who we were and where we were from.

Those of us who knew her were buoyed when we saw her working in the yard, walking at the high school, loading up the checkered van for a trip to the 500, coaching the girls, watching her grandchildren play, returning serve on the tennis court, attending a Shelbyville basketball game and innumerable other times we would see her.

Jan was a staple; a pillar. Our community which was so substantially enriched by her life is diminished beyond measure as a result of her passing.

“I want everyone to know how much I loved doing what I’ve done all these years,” Jan stated in a 2015 Shelbyville News feature, written on the occasion of her retirement. “I taught entire families. I feel like I know most of Shelbyville and I am so happy when I see people. I feel very, very lucky to have been involved in so many people’s lives.”

Shelbyville will miss Jan Asher.

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Crider's bills to protect Hoosiers signed into law

Bills authored by State Sen. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield) that will protect victims of domestic violence and those who are electronically tracked by bad actors were ceremonially signed into law.

Senate Enrolled Act 158 will require individuals arrested for domestic violence to be held for at least 24 hours before they can be released on bail. This allows the victim in these cases the opportunity to make arrangements for their safety following the offense.

Senate Enrolled Act 161 will create penalties for using electronic tracking devices to track an individual without their knowledge in order to commit crime and endanger Hoosiers. It also aligns with current statute concerning placing cameras or surveillance equipment surreptitiously, while still protecting Hoosiers and their privacy.

Both laws will go into effect July 1, 2023.

Update: Two teens arrested after four people injured in shooting incident at Columbus park

Two people are in custody in connection with a Tuesday evening shooting that left two young adults and two juveniles wounded at a Columbus park.

Just after 7:30 p.m., Columbus Police Department officers were dispatched to Lincoln Park in regards to a report of shots fired. When officers arrived, they located multiple people near a basketball court with gunshot wounds.

Medical care was administered by the officers as well as firefighters and emergency medical service personnel. Three of the four wounded victims were eventually transported to Indianapolis area hospitals for medical treatment. The fourth victim received treatment at Columbus Regional Hospital.

Area law enforcement officers began looking for a vehicle and its occupants who were suspects in the shooting. On Tuesday night, officers from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office observed a vehicle believed to have been associated with the shooting. A traffic stop was conducted and Alexander Parker, 18, of Columbus, was taken into custody.

As the investigation continued, detectives received information regarding a second suspect reportedly involved in the shooting, Edmarius Oats, 18, of Columbus. About 1 a.m., Oats was taken into custody outside of a residence in the 3400 block of Old Field Lane in Columbus by members of the CPD SWAT team, which is comprised of law enforcement officers from the Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office.

Both Oats and Parker were transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where they were remanded on the following preliminary charges:

Edmarius Malik Oats -- Aggravated Battery and Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon

Alexander Isaiah Parker -- Aggravated Battery, Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon and Assisting a Criminal

Both subjects remain incarcerated. Additional charges are possible.

The following agencies assisted at the scene and/or with the investigation: Columbus Fire Department, Columbus Regional Health Paramedics, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police, Indiana University Lifeline, Columbus Park and Recreation, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin Police Department and the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office.

Anyone with tips or information regarding the case should contact the Columbus Police Department at 812-376-2600.

Shelby County Courthouse to get new lighting and steps repair

A long-awaited, much needed repair of the steps in the front of the Shelby County Courthouse is being planned.

And some new lighting will give the courthouse more than one new look as well.

Shelby County Commissioner Kevin Nigh says they are in talks with a company in Bloomington that performs limestone repair to improve the failing steps on the front of the courthouse.



Nigh also notes special lighting will allow for varied colors to light up the structure.



The arrows on the pictured courthouse indicate how the lighting will be used in the new project.

The lighting project could be complete in time for the 4th of July.

Authorities look for person responsible for dumping two dozen dogs in Rush and Decatur counties

Rushville police and the Rushville Animal Shelter have posted on social media about an investigation involving the dumping of dogs in Rushville and Decatur County.

Nine dogs were dumped at the Rushville city dog park sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. The police are asking for the public’s help in locating the individual(s) responsible.

Rushville police ask if anyone lives in the area and has any form of security cameras that they please check them for anything that could help authorities.

Along with the dogs found in Rushville, 15 dogs were found at a dog park in Decatur County. Police noted that whoever is responsible cared enough to put them in locations that kept them contained but it’s still not acceptable.

Anonymous tips are always welcome and can be made directly to the Rushville Police Department.


Indy man shot as ISP and Morristown Police locate armed suspect

The Indiana State Police are leading an investigation of an officer-involved shooting after assisting the Morristown Police Department on Monday.

About 4:30 p.m. Monday, the Indiana State Police was asked to assist the Morristown Police Department with a welfare check of an armed and delusional subject. The subject was reported to be driving a garbage truck and had recently made delusional statements to family members causing them to be concerned for his safety and the safety of the public.

Just before 5 p.m., Indiana State Police Sergeant Jonathan Haugh, a nine-year state police veteran, told dispatch via police radio that he had located the truck behind a gas station at 7805 Brookville Road in Indianapolis. Sergeant Haugh then reported shots fired.

Within minutes, other troopers were on scene and assisting Sgt. Haugh who was providing emergency life saving medical aid to the suspect.

One of the arriving troopers applied a tourniquet to the suspect and the three troopers continued medical aid until paramedics arrived. 

Preliminary investigation has determined Zachary Scifres, 30, of Indianapolis, had made delusional statements earlier in the day and concerned family members had requested the Morristown Police Department check on his welfare. Sgt. Haugh located Scifres on the southwest side of the Brookville Road gas station.

Scifres got out of the truck he was driving and began walking away. As Sgt.Haugh attempted to detain Scifres, Scifres physically resisted the detention and ran to the north side of the gas station. While running, Scifres pulled out a handgun and fired shots toward Haugh. The officer returned fire, striking Scifres.

Indiana State Police report that as Sgt. Haugh approached Scifres, who was on the ground, a second physical altercation ensued at which time Sgt. Haugh fired shots again. Scifres was handcuffed, then Sgt. Haugh immediately began emergency life saving medical aid. Scifres was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. Sergeant Haugh was not injured.

Haugh, who is assigned to the Indianapolis Post and serves as a supervisor, was not injured. He was on duty and in uniform at the time of the incident. He is equipped with a body-worn camera as well as a dash camera and both were activated upon his initial arrival at the gas station. Per Indiana State Police protocol, Haugh will be placed on administrative leave. 

The Indiana State Police is being assisted by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Morristown Police Department, ATF, the Marion County Prosecutor's Office and the Indianapolis Fire Department.

Linne's Bakery receives Board of Works approval to add outdoor seating

Linne’s Bakery and Café will be adding outdoor seating to its downtown Shelbyville establishment.

At Tuesday’s Board of Works meeting, the outdoor seating request was approved. Linne’s Bakery and Café, 115 S. Harrison St., is utilizing the Mainstreet Outdoor Amenities Grant to add outdoor furniture for patrons to use.

In other Board of Works business:

  • Issued orders to appear for the owners of nuisance properties at 626 W. South St., 266 W. Taylor St., and 529 E. Jackson St.
  • Approved a request from Rupert’s Kids to use the parking lot at 23 W. Jackson St. as a staging area on June 17 for an annual motorcycle ride.
  • Discussed adding “blind pedestrian area” signs in the Clearview neighborhood. The board agreed to look further into where the signs needed to be placed to insure the safety of a blind pedestrian that walks the neighborhood.

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PK U.S.A. receives prestigious award from Dana Corporation

Each year, Dana Corporation awards its “Leveraging the Core” award to a supplier who displays excellence in supporting the key elements of Dana’s enterprise strategy.

PK U.S.A. is proud to be the 2022 recipient of this award.

“Dana continues to be one of our strongest customers. In order to ensure we serve their needs appropriately, PK U.S.A. advances manufacturing processes
and procedures to maintain the quality Dana trusts. We are proud to receive this award for 2022,” states Peter Sandström, President of PK U.S.A. in Shelbyville.

“Even through the challenges posed on our associates and facilities the past several years, quality remained at the core of our business practices, and there is no better way to celebrate our hard work and successes than through this award from Dana,” remarks Bill Kent, Vice President of Corporate Relations.

PK U.S.A. will be honored at the Dana Corporation headquarters in Maumee, Ohio, later this spring.


Honda honors Ryobi Die Casting for Excellence in Delivery and Quality

Honda recognized Ryobi Die Casting (USA), Inc. as a 2022 recipient for its Excellence in Delivery and Quality award.

Honda recently celebrated honorees at its annual Supplier Conference event in Columbus, Ohio.

Honda’s Excellence in Delivery and Quality award honored North American suppliers for outstanding performance in supplying the company with parts and materials during 2022. Last year was especially challenging in the face of critical supply issues, logistics and transportation disruptions, weather impacts and workforce issues.

This is the fifth time in the last six years Ryobi has received the award. 

Ryobi is very honored and thankful to again receive this distinguished award and to be recognized as a top 5% supplier in Honda’s excellent supply base. Honda’s recognition of Ryobi under such challenging supply chain conditions is a true testament of the resolve and steadfast commitment of each and everyone of our associates, states Ryan Willhelm, President & Chief Operating Officer.

Honda has recognized its suppliers with awards for over 35 years during its annual Honda Supplier Conference, which returned to an in-person event this year in Columbus, Ohio, for the first time since 2019.

"The success of our journey to tomorrow must travel along a road of collaboration and communication between Honda and our suppliers,” said Mike Lapham, general manager of procurement at Honda Development and Manufacturing of America. “As we prepare for our transition to electrification, our future success remains tied to the production of our current products to take care of our Honda and Acura customers and fuel our investment in our electrified and digital future.”


Hoosiers urged to protect themselves against tick bites

Indiana health officials are urging Hoosiers to protect themselves from tick bites during and after spending time outdoors to protect themselves from tick-borne diseases.

“Even though we’ve had a cool, wet spring, ticks are already out and looking for their next meal,” said State Public Health Veterinarian Jen Brown, D.V.M., M.P.H. “The risk for tick-borne disease is at its highest for the next few months, so we want Hoosiers to protect themselves by taking precautions against tick bites.”

While Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in Indiana, Hoosiers are also at risk for other tick-borne diseases, including ehrlichiosis and spotted fever group rickettsiosis (a group of diseases that includes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever). While the risk for Lyme disease is highest in northwest Indiana and the risk for ehrlichiosis is highest in southern Indiana, ticks that carry these diseases have been found throughout the state. All Hoosiers should take precautions to prevent tick bites from early spring through late fall, when ticks are most active.

Preventing tick bites is the best way to prevent tick-borne diseases. Hoosiers can take the following precautions to prevent tick bites:

  • Know where ticks are likely to be present (close to the ground in grassy, brushy or wooded areas)
  • Treat boots, clothing and outdoor gear with 0.5% permethrin (NOTE: permethrin should NOT be used on bare skin)
  • Use EPA-registered insect repellents with active ingredients such as DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD) or 2-undecanone
  • Treat your pets for ticks in consultation with a veterinarian.

Once indoors, people should thoroughly check for ticks on clothing, gear, pets and skin. Tumbling clothes in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes will kill ticks, and showering can help remove any unattached ticks.

“Tick checks are an essential part of preventing tick-borne diseases. Promptly removing an attached tick can prevent you from becoming sick in some cases,” Brown said.

Ticks may be safely removed by using tweezers to grasp the tick close to the skin and then pulling outward with steady and even pressure. After the tick is removed, the area should be washed thoroughly. Ticks should never be crushed with the fingernails.

If desired, an attached tick that has been removed may be saved in a sealed bag or container of alcohol for later inspection in case the person or pet becomes ill. Alternatively, ticks may be flushed down the toilet or wrapped tightly in tape and thrown in the trash. Testing ticks to see if they are carrying diseases is not generally recommended, as the information cannot reliably be used to predict whether disease transmission occurred.

Anyone who becomes ill after finding an attached tick should see a healthcare provider immediately and alert the provider to the exposure. Most tick-borne diseases can be treated with antibiotics, and prompt diagnosis can help prevent complications.

For more information about ticks and how to prevent the diseases they carry, see the IDOH website at http://www.in.gov/isdh/20491.htm

Student arrested for threat involving Rushville schools

A juvenile student has been arrested in Rush County for creating a false rumor about a student bringing a gun to school.

The allegation, which the Rush County Sheriff’s Department said “had no foundation in reality,” led to about half of the students being absent Tuesday at Rushville Consolidated High School and Benjamin Rush Middle School.

The rumor was posted by one student and named another student as the one responsible for the alleged gun. It stated that there would be "bloodshed on Tuesday.”

School personnel and local law enforcement took the threat seriously and investigated. They found that the student who was the alleged person in the false rumor, and the student’s family, were subjected to harassment in various forms. The Rush County Sheriff’s Department says the student and family were cooperative and understanding throughout the investigation.

The arrested student is a juvenile and will not be identified. The student will face criminal charges.

“The safety of our community and our schools is of the utmost importance. False rumors of a school shooting are not only irresponsible, but they are also illegal,” said Sheriff Alan Rice. “We will not tolerate this kind of behavior. We will take all necessary steps to ensure our schools remain safe and secure.”

Johnson County Sheriff issues statement as investigation continues into student death at Whiteland

A Whiteland Community High School student died Tuesday morning following swimming laps in the school pool with other students. 

Alaina Dildine, 15, died after being pulled from the swimming pool at the high school. It happened during a physical education class, according to the school. 

The school claimed there was a lifeguard and instructor on site when Dildine reportedly went under. 

Dildine's exact cause of death is still to be determined by a medical examination. An official cause of death may be announced in a few weeks.

Johnson County Sheriff Duane Burgess released the following statement on the current investigation: After speaking with the family as well as Clark Pleasant School Police and Administration, all parties agreed that it would be in the best interest of everyone involved for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office to take over the investigation into the death of the Whiteland High School student that occurred on May 16, 2023, at the natatorium.

Having an outside agency investigate a death of this nature will ensure complete transparency in the case and will allow the full resources of the Sheriff’s Office to be committed to the investigation.

We’ve started this process by assigning multiple detectives and meeting with school officials to begin the transfer of all information and evidence to our agency. Our investigators were present during the autopsy and are currently gathering additional information.

We are aware of the rumors, theories, and false information being spread on social media. We will thoroughly investigate every tip or piece of information we receive, but these things take time. We are asking the media and members of the public to respect the wishes and privacy of the family and allow us to conduct this investigation thoroughly and efficiently.

We are in constant contact with the family and Clark Pleasant School administrators and will release information at the appropriate times.

SCS agrees to purchase two-acre property on St. Joseph Street

The Shelbyville Central Schools board approved a purchase agreement Wednesday to buy the property located at 1105 St. Joseph St.

The two-acre property (photo), located adjacent to Blue River Career Programs, has a large building that could be used by the school system’s transportation and maintenance departments, according to Superintendent Dr. Matt Vance.

“We are excited about that. It’s a good building,” said Vance. “We are looking at some different ideas how to utilize it between maintenance and transportation. It will be a good benefit for our district.”

SCS will pay Force Holdings, LLC, $600,000 for the property.

“It’s a nice big building that is in good shape,” said Vance. “We don’t know exactly what it is going to look like yet. We wanted to get the property. I think it’s a good investment for us.”

With several new housing subdivisions under construction, the decision was made to assign any students moving into the Summerfield and Bear Run subdivisions that are being built along Progress Parkway to Hendricks Elementary.

Loper Elementary, the closest elementary school to those subdivisions, is near maximum capacity and the decision would alleviate any overcrowding concerns for the 2023-2024 school year.

“Loper has been a real concern, especially for those there in the morning and at dismissal. We feel this is a step that will help alleviate some of that without disrupting current families,” said Vance. “By going to Hendricks, and Hendricks has room, we can make the transportation piece work. That will at least help us for now and we can see what happens with some of these (new) homes and how many children come and then evaluate as we go.”

Vance also informed the board that the major renovation projects at Loper Elementary and Coulston Elementary are nearly one-third complete as the school year ends.



The board approved all seven athletic summer camp dates.

  • Girls basketball on June 5, June 12, June 19, June 26, July 10, July 17 and July 24 from 5 to 6 p.m. for girls in grades 1-5. The camp is free. For more information, contact girls basketball head coach Becca Hoefler at rlhoefler@shelbycs.org
  • Boys basketball from June 5-7 for boys in grade K-5 (noon-1:30 p.m.) and 6-8 (1:30 to 3:30 p.m.). Cost is $30. For more information, contact boys basketball head coach John Hartnett at jahartnett@shelbycs.org.
  • Cross country from June 19-21 from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m. for boys and girls in grades 4-8. Cost is $40. For more information, contact cross country coach Whitney Campbell at wacampbell@shelbycs.org
  • Volleyball on June 30 (4 to 8:45 p.m.) and July 1 (9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.) for girls in grades 7-8. Cost is $20/$50. For more information, contact Sharon Burton at sharon.burton15@icloud.com
  • Football from July 10-12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for boys in grades K-6. Cost is $25. For more information, contact football head coach Scott Fitzgerald at msfitzgerald@shelbycs.org
  • Tennis from July 17-21 for those in grades K-3 (8 to 9 a.m.), 4-5 (9:10 to 10:20 a.m.) and 6-8 (10:30 a.m. to noon). Cost is $40. For more information, contact boys tennis head coach Steve Drake at smdrake49@gmail.com
  • Cheerleading for girls in grades K-6. Dates, times and cost are yet to be determined. For more information, contact Kim Clark at klclark@shelbycs.org

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One person killed in crash at Johnson County-Shelby County line

A fatal crash and fire occured Wednesday on the Johnson/Shelby County line.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to County Road 800E south of County Road 650S, Edinburgh, on a vehicle accident just after 5 p.m. Wednesday. When first responders arrived they located a box truck that had gone off of the east side of the road down an embankment or ditch and struck several trees and was engulfed in flames.

The accident started in Johnson County and the vehicle came to rest in Shelby County.

One occupant appears to have died in the crash.

Assisting at the scene were the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Edinburgh Police Department, Amity Fire Department, Edinburgh Fire Department, Marietta Fire Department and the Shelby County Coroner’s Office.

The Shelby County Coroner’s Office will make identification of the driver. 

Johnson County man sentenced to 20 years for violent, armed robbery of Indianapolis car dealership

Jeffrey Fleshood, 44, of Franklin, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to Attempted Interference with Commerce by Robbery and Felon in Possession of a Firearm as an Armed Career Criminal.

According to court documents, on October 12, 2021, Fleshood attempted to rob a car dealership located on Washington Street in Indianapolis. Around 12:30 p.m. that afternoon, Fleshood called the business to inquire about a truck that had been advertised for sale. Fleshood confirmed that he would come by the dealership at some point to buy the truck.

At 3:23 p.m. that same day, Fleshood entered the dealership. He spoke to Victim 1, who was working at the dealership that day, and told him that he wanted to see the truck. Fleshood then brandished a .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol, pointed it at Victim 1, and ordered him to get on his knees and put his hands in the air.

Fleshood held the muzzle of the pistol against Victim 1’s back and attempted to bind his hands with zip-ties. Victim 1 fought back and wrestled the gun from Fleshood. During the struggle, Fleshood struck Victim 1 multiple times with his fists and the pistol. Victim 1 suffered multiple cuts, bruises, and a broken tooth because of the fight.

Victim 1 managed to get the gun away from Fleshood and call 911. Fleshood fled the scene of the robbery and was quickly arrested by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officers at the intersection of Southeastern and Arsenal avenues. During the investigation, officers located zip-ties on Fleshood’s person and scattered in the street.

At the time of his arrest, Fleshood had been previously convicted of six felonies, including residential entry, three separate burglary charges, resisting law enforcement, and possession of methamphetamine. These felony convictions prohibit Fleshood from possessing a firearm under federal law. 

“Every person deserves to feel safe where they live and work. This defendant terrorized and violently robbed an innocent man at his place of employment," said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Zachary A. Myers. “His violent, senseless crimes have no place in our communities, and we are safer with him behind federal prison bars. I am grateful to the FBI and IMPD for ensuring that he is held accountable for his actions."

“This sentence clearly demonstrates the impact and importance of the ongoing collaboration between the FBI and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department,” said FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Herbert J. Stapleton. “This defendant failed to learn from multiple previous felony convictions and instead chose to continue committing acts of violence. The FBI and our law enforcement partners remain committed to ensuring residents feel safe in their homes, places of work and the community.”

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with valuable assistance provided by IMPD. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young. Judge Young also ordered that Fleshood be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for 5 years following his release from federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant United States Attorney Kelsey Massa, who prosecuted this case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.

On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Crider's bill to build a better mental health care system signed into law

A Senate Republican Caucus priority bill authored by State Sen. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield) that will improve access to mental health care for Hoosiers was ceremonially signed into law today at the Indiana Roundtable on Mental Health Summit.

Senate Enrolled Act 1 and the new state budget work together to provide $100 million to lay the groundwork for expanding the number of certified behavioral health clinics in Indiana, establishing the next step for improving the states mental health care system.

"After many years of working to improve Hoosiers' access to mental health care, I am pleased to see the support this bill has received and thank those who have been involved in it becoming law," said Crider. "Mental illness is an ongoing issue with no single solution. I look forward to seeing the positive impact this next phase will have on our communities and I am dedicated to continuing my work in the fight against mental illness."

The Indiana Roundtable on Mental Health Summit brings together those who can best address the mental-health crisis in Indiana. Crider was one of a slate of speakers who addressed the summit explaining the work he has done and his plans to further help the cause.

Following the implementation of the 9-8-8 National Suicide and Crisis Line last year, Indiana has made steps to improve this system to help mental-health issues affecting Hoosiers. SEA 1 will help Indiana improve access to mental-health services and infrastructure, ensuring Hoosiers have access to the resources they need. 

Hoosier voters receiving postcards as part of routine mailing list update

Hoosier voters will be receiving postcards in the mail from the Secretary of State’s Election Division. 

The mailings are part of a statewide voter list maintenance. The goal is to identify outdated, duplicate, and inaccurate voter registrations to improve the accuracy and integrity of Indiana’s voter registration list.

You don’t have to do anything in response to receiving a postcard.  If a postcard is returned by the Post Office as undeliverable, a second postcard will be sent to the forwardable address on file with the US Postal Service.  The second postcard will ask the voter to confirm or update their residence address or cancel their Indiana voter registration using a postage pre-paid voter response card. Hoosiers who receive a second postcard should follow the instructions to complete and return the pre-addressed, postage-paid response card to the Secretary of State Election Division.

This process required by federal and state law is part of ongoing effort to identify outdated, duplicate, and inaccurate voter registrations. 

A registration “flagged” as inaccurate by this process can only be canceled by a county voter registration board if the “flagged” registration is not utilized for voting in two successive federal elections. Voters can correct or update a “flagged” registration by mail, in-person at their county clerk’s office, or at the polls when they vote in a Primary or General Election.

“One of my top priorities is to clean the voter rolls. These postcards help ensure more accurate voter registration lists on a county and statewide level. This update will give us a clearer picture of voter turnout and protecting the integrity of our elections,” said Indiana Secretary of State Diego Morales. “As Indiana’s Chief Elections Officer, I am committed to making sure Hoosiers are confident at the polls. We will continue to look for creative ways for voters to update their registration.”

These mailings should also serve as a reminder for Hoosiers to verify, update or start a voter registration online at http://www.indianavoters.com. Voters can also visit their county clerk’s office to register or update their voter registration.

An image of a sample postcard can be found online.

Arson arrest of Shelbyville man made in connection with Monday morning fire

A Shelbyville man has been arrested for his role in an early Monday morning fire that caused injuries and displaced people from their homes.


Zachary Tyler Smothers, 21, faces preliminary charges of arson resulting in bodily injury to person other than defendant. Smothers was booked into the Shelby County Jail about 4 p.m. An initial court date is set for Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.


The Shelbyville Fire Department was dispatched to 845 S Miller Ave about 4:30 a.m. for a report of a structure fire. Multiple apartment units and residential trailers were on fire when crews arrived.

The fire department made an initial attack and coordinated search of the structures and evacuated everyone in danger. Ladder 692 was deployed in an aerial defensive attack while engine crews prevented further extension to nearby structures.

Two civilian injuries were reported. One person was transported to Major Hospital and another was treated and released on scene.


The initial response included:
Battalion 691
Engine 691
Engine 693
Ladder 692
Medic 691
Medic 692
Medic 693
14 firefighters

Secondary response
Tactical 692
Car 691
Car 692
Car 693
10+ off-duty Shelbyville firefighters

The total response included 11 pieces of apparatus and an estimated 25 firefighters.


Shelbyville Fire Department Arson Investigators, the Shelbyville Police Department, and the Indiana State Fire Marshals Office investigated throughout the day resulting in the arrest of Smothers.


Fire Chief Brian Tackett commends the firefighters on their hard work and the work of the investigation team.


All residents have been offered assistance through the American Red Cross and Shelbyville Fire Community Navigator Emily Larrison.

Woman arrested for threatening social media post to Greenfield-Central High School

A Greenfield woman was arrested on a preliminary charge of intimidation after a threat was posted on her social media page.

The post had been passed around among students and parents of Greenfield-Central High School leading to many students being removed from school for the day.

Victoria Perkins, 19, posted the threatening message on her Instagram account referencing the building burning. Greenfield police located Perkins and she was arrested without incident.

On April 26, Perkins snuck into Greenfield-Central High School.  She was walking in the halls while showing her trespassing visit on Instagram. In the video she states that she "could have shot that school up" before being caught by a school resource officer.

Formal charges will be determined by the Hancock County Prosecutor.

U.S. 52 and State Road 9 roundabout closures and detour

The Indiana Department of Transportation contactor E & B Paving, LLC., has announced upcoming closures and detour at U.S. 52 and State Road 9 near Fountaintown.

Beginning on or after Monday, crews will close the west leg of U.S. 52 at State Road 9 to widen the northbound and southbound lanes of State Road 9 and south of U.S. 52. This work will be completed under flagging operations. 

Beginning on or after May 22, crews will begin paving operations. The intersection of U.S. 52 and State Road 9 will remain in existing configuration through Memorial Day weekend and close on June 1.

This work is expected to be complete late September. 



The official detour for this closure is State Road 44 to I-74 to I-465. 

People displaced from their homes as multiple structures hit by early morning Shelbyville fire

The Shelbyville Fire Department was dispatched to 845 Miller Ave. about 4:30 a.m. Monday for a structure fire.

On arrival crews found a multi-story apartment building and two residential trailers on fire.

More details will be issued later as the investigation continues.

At this time, multiple people are displaced. Crews will be working with the American Red Cross to provide assistance. Please contact the American Red Cross if you wish to assist these individuals.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Shelbyville PD looking for man reported to have grabbed a boy at the park

Shelbyville police report they are looking for a man who was reported to have tried to take a child at Morrison Park.

Just before 8:30 p.m. Friday, SPD responded to Morrison Park in reference to a 12- year-old male who reported that a male grabbed him by the wrist and attempted to pull him away. The juvenile yelled and the man ran off.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s. He has a thin build, medium length hair, and multiple facial piercings. The man was wearing a red shirt and grey sweatpants.

The juvenile was not physically harmed during this incident.

SPD had officers close and responded to the area. The man was not located.

The Shelbyville Police Department, as of this report, is looking for anyone who may have cameras, particularly in the alleys around the park. If you would see someone matching the description of the male you are asked to contact law enforcement.

Greenfield man charged in shooting incident

A Greenfield man has been arrested after firing a gun from inside his garage Thursday night. 

According to the Greenfield Police Department, officers responded to a call of shots fired Thursday night in the 600 block of Sedgewick Lane. 

Upon arrivals, Eugene Hopkins told officers he was in an attached garage with the door closed when he heard gunshots outside. Hopkins then fired at least one bullet through the closed garage door to scare people away before waiting an hour to call 911 to report the incident. 

Detectives and evidence technicians were able to locate a fired bullet outside the garage door in the driveway and there was no evidence anyone fired a gun outside or towards Hopkins' house, according to officers. 

Hopkins, who was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the shooting, was then arrested on suspicion of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and was booked into the Hancock County Jail. Officers recovered multiple weapons from inside the residence and took them into evidence. 

There were no injuries in the shooting. 

Appeals on Wheels brings case to Shelbyville High School

The Court of Appeals of Indiana's award-winning civics education outreach program, Appeals on Wheels, is coming to Shelbyville High School on Monday at 1:30 p.m. 

A panel of judges will hear live, in-person arguments in Simmons v. State.

The event is open to the public and the audience will have a chance to ask the judges questions about the judiciary following the argument; however, they are unable to speak about the specific case.

The State of Indiana charged Deonlashawn Cammron Simmons with murder for shooting a 14-year-old girl. A jury found Simmons guilty, and the trial court sentenced him to 105 years, including an enhancement for using a firearm.

Simmons now appeals his conviction, arguing: (1) the trial court erred in admitting a portion of his videotaped interview with police because it implied that he had a criminal history; (2) the trial court erred in admitting an ATF firearms trace summary for a gun found in his car because the State did not establish that it was accurate; and (3) the State did not present sufficient evidence to prove that he killed the victim. 

The scheduled panelists are Judge Vaidik, Judge Weissmann, and Judge Foley. 

Decatur County Sheriff's Department announces juvenile detained for I-74 accident caused by rock thrown into windshield

Since April, the Decatur County Sheriff's Department has sought answers regarding who threw a rock through the windshield of a FedEx truck that injured the driver, resulting in him crashing on I-74.

At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Sheriff Bill Meyerrose acknowledged law enforcement officials have arrested a 16-year-old in the crime. He stopped shy of saying what the juvenile is charged with, pointing to the fact the alleged suspect is a juvenile. 

"We received numerous tips from the public and with that information we received, we were eventually able to identify two minors who were involved. We do not believe there is any further danger to the public. I want to stress we believe the public traveling on I-74 has no reason to fear that another event such as this will reoccur," said Meyerrose, who added he had never had an incident to the extent of this one in his over three decades in law enforcement.

On April 23, Travis Hampton was driving on I-74 in his FedEx truck when a rock came through his windshield, striking him in the face and causing significant injuries. Hampton left the road and crashed into the median. Meyerrose said it was a good thing the cable barriers stopped Hampton's truck or it could have been much worse. 

Responding law enforcement officers and first responders found Hampton to be in a "semi-conscious" state and he was flown to an Indianapolis hospital due to the extent of his injuries. 

Also at Thursday's press conference, Hampton's 9-year-old daughter, Sha'lon Sharp, who was with her father the day of the crash and called 911 for help, was honored by the Decatur County Communications for her actions and received a plaque naming her a "911 Hero."

"She was brave enough and sharp enough to call 911," Meyerrose said. 


Democrat candidate for Shelbyville mayor Nic Weber

Nic Weber was just announced in recent days by the Shelby County Democrats as a candidate for Shelbyville mayor.

He appeared on The Morning Show on GIANT fm Thursday to introduce himself as the candidate who will face the Republican primary winner, Scott Furgeson, in the November general election.



Update: Hancock County man has died following Tuesday motorcycle accident

A Hancock County man in a motorcycle-car accident Tuesday night near Maxwell has died.

Aaron Munden, 32, of Maxwell, died at IU Methodist Hospital. He was transported there after the 10 p.m. accident on State Road 9 about two miles north of Greenfield. 

Munden was riding southbound without a helmet near the 4400 block of North State Road 9 when a northbound Ford Mustang, driven by Sheila Abner, 74, of Maxwell, turned in front of Munden. Munden was hit and ejected from the motorcycle and then struck by a third vehicle, a Buick Envision SUV driven by Brent Johnson, 50, of Pendleton.

Both drivers submitted to voluntary blood draws as part of routine procedure. No drugs or alcohol are suspected, Harris said, but officials will wait for results as the investigation continues.

An autopsy was done on Munden and officials are waiting for those results.

Bill promoting job opportunities for Hoosiers with disabilities now law

Employers may receive tax credits for hiring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities thanks to a new law supported by State Rep. Robb Greene (R-Shelbyville).

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nearly 80% of people facing a disability are unemployed. While this rate is decreasing, Greene said this new law will give employers an added incentive to hire more Hoosiers with physical or intellectual and developmental disabilities.

"Hoosiers with disabilities are valued community members and can be a great asset to any workforce," said Greene, who crafted the legislation which was later included in House Enrolled 1454. "This law adds an incentive for employers to fill positions with ready and willing workers who should not be overlooked."

According to Greene, employers who receive a referral from a vocational rehabilitation services program for individuals with a disability and hires them will be eligible to receive a tax credit. The amount of the tax credit will be determined based on the employee's tenure.

In the first tax year of employment, the credit will be worth 30% of the wages, 40% in the second and 50% from the third year onward. This credit plan is only applicable to employers that qualify as a benefit corporation.

For employers who do not qualify as a benefit corporation, the credit will be worth 20% of all wages paid in the first tax year since employment, 30% in the second year and 40% from the third year onward.
"My son is autistic and one thing that's always on my mind is what will happen to him once I'm gone," Greene said. "I hope this new law will help more families answer that question by giving more Hoosiers with a disability the dignity and independence that comes from meaningful work."

Tax credits will apply for those who hire a person with disabilities after Dec. 31, 2023.

Hancock County man thrown from motorcycle in State Road 9 accident

A Hancock County man was seriously injured in a Tuesday evening motorcycle-car crash on State Road 9.

The Hancock County Sheriff's Department says three vehicles were involved in the accident about two miles north of Greenfield at 10 p.m.

Aaron Munden, 32,  of Maxwell, was riding the motorcycle south on SR 9 when a northbound car turned into his path. Munden collided with the car and was thrown from his motorcycle. He was then struck by a another vehicle. 

At last report, Munden was in critical condition after being taken to IU Methodist.

Decatur County designated as Broadband Ready Community

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, the Indiana Broadband Office (IBO) and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced Decatur County as the state’s 77th Broadband Ready Community.

“Communities like Decatur County becoming broadband ready encourage and enhance increased accessibility to connectivity,” said Crouch, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “Decatur County has taken a critical step in investing in and prioritizing quality-of-life through broadband expansion. Congratulations to the local leaders and residents throughout Decatur County!”  

The Broadband Ready Communities Program was created as a tool to encourage broadband development throughout Indiana. The Broadband Ready Community certification sends a signal to the telecommunication industry that a community has taken steps to reduce barriers to broadband infrastructure investment.   

“With this designation, we hope it shows providers that Decatur County will work with them to help build our broadband infrastructure, something that's incredibly important for everyone in our community. Our hopes are also that this shows potential grant funders that we are prepared to partner on broadband projects,” says the Decatur County Commissioner, Mark Koors.

The certification was approved by IBO and OCRA following the county’s adoption of a Broadband Ready Community ordinance.  

“We’re happy to get the Broadband ordinance passed with the support of the County elected officials. This is a key step on the path toward improving the existing networks and extending them to cover our County. It makes us more competitive in the eyes of the providers, and we look forward to working with them to build out the community,” says Head of the Decatur County Broadband Task Force, Rick Nobbe.

Deputy Director at the Indiana Broadband Office, Earnie Holtrey, congratulates Decatur County’s certification as the 77th Broadband Ready Community.  

“Congratulations to Decatur County for setting your community and our state up for success by furthering critical broadband access,” said Holtrey. “We look forward to your continued progress with your new designation.”

Via 2020 legislation, the Broadband Ready Community Program was transitioned from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) to the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). IBO began the day-to-day management of the Broadband Ready Community Program on July 1, 2020. For more information, visit in.gov/indianabroadband.

“OCRA is continuously expanding access to reliable, high-speed broadband service through grants, line extensions and subsidies. Broadband ready communities are imperative to this project as it forges ahead and increases the quality of life across the state,” says OCRA Executive Director, Denny Spinner.

Shelby County Commissioners approve rezone of Heritage Aggregates' mining location

A rezone of over 200 acres for Heritage Aggregates includes a compromise between the company and Shelby County.

Shelby County Commissioner Kevin Nigh says the county’s plan commission had approved a rezone of the requested property to High Intensity but with strict stipulations on setbacks for the mining operation. Nigh said doubling setbacks on the front and sides over 243 acres took a great deal of land out of production. Because of that, the commissioners sent back the rezone for the plan commission to reconsider.

On Monday, commissioners again discussed the rezone request that they felt was excessive on the setback requirements.  With the rezone again submitted from the plan commission and, with no changes, Nigh says Heritage Aggregates offered some changes of their own.



The rezone of the property on CR 1200 South just south of SR 252, east of CR 100 and west of SR 9, received approval from the Shelby County Commissioners on Monday.

New law mandates meetings to be streamed or recorded

With a lot of talk about transparency surrounding government and residents using their own phones to livestream government meetings, Indiana's General Assembly and Gov. Eric Holcomb have acted for constituents. 

Holcomb signed HEA 1167 earlier this month, and while the new law is a requirement for government meetings to be live streamed or recorded there is a drawback. 

While signed into law, it will not go into effect until July 1, 2025. 

Furthermore, the new legislation applies strictly to school boards, state agencies, township, county, city and town government bodies, as well as any governing body that conducts regular meetings in the same meeting room. 

The legislation, which was authored by Republican Rep. Ben Smaltz, forces those conducting the meeting to live stream the meeting and archive a copy of the meeting. 

Should there not be internet for livestreaming, the agency conducting the meeting must record it and make it available for constituents for at least 90 days. The public will be able to access, copy and download the meeting for free, according to the law.

Should a government body refuse or not adhere to the law, it could be subject to an Open Door Law complaint with the Indiana Public Access Counselor. 

Abandoned home site of fire early Sunday

An overnight fire Sunday involved an abandoned house.

The Shelbyville Fire Department responded to 4510 N 150 W just after midnight Sunday morning. Crews arrived to fund fire throughout the structure. Defensive tactics were employed. No injuries occurred.

The cause is under investigation.

SFD received mutual aid for water supply from Fairland Volunteer Fire Department, Moral Township Fire Department and Fountaintown Volunteer Fire Department.

1979 Shelbyville mayoral election had historic implications

The 1979 Shelbyville city elections signaled the beginning of a new era for local government. The results ushered in a solid Republican majority and presaged a nationwide GOP trend that would manifest itself in Ronald Reagan’s landslide presidential victory and Republican control of the senate one year later.

Even more significant in a macro sense was the fact that the 1980s would set the country on a continuous journey into a brave new world of economic and technological advancement. 

The unique nature of the 1979 Shelbyville mayoral contest drew statewide attention. Thirty-one-year-old insurance agent Republican Dan Theobald, a 1966 Shelbyville High School graduate and political novice, faced off against experienced Democrat and Shelbyville’s first female mayoral candidate (Sara) Delight Adams.

Theobald ultimately prevailed by a 54-46 percent margin.

The two candidates were a stark contrast in political terms. Theobald had never before sought elective office; Adams, 42, was a two-term Shelbyville clerk-treasurer and proven “vote-getter.”



She was well-known and active in local government and Democratic political circles. She had a strong family connection to government. Her father, Herrin Brown, served as county clerk in the late 1950s and her grandfather, Ralph Brown, was Shelby County Sheriff in the 1930s.

Theobald was new to public affairs. He had initially filed to run for a council position but local party leaders convinced him to change course and run for the city’s top job.  

The newcomer ran unopposed in the May Republican primary while Adams defeated incumbent Democrat mayor Ezra Dagley, garnering 60% of the vote (1,289-845). Walter Reese, a third Democratic candidate, received only 29 votes.

Theobald captured 2,617 votes compared to Adams’ 2,221 for a 396-vote plurality, winning 8 of 12 precincts. Several people lamented the low voter turnout.

“I wish more people had voted,” said Adams on election night.

However, that turnout would be considered tremendous by today’s standards as 4,838 of 7,348 (66%) of 1979 registered city voters cast ballots. In 2019, only 23% of voters (2,853) went to the polls to elect incumbent Democrat mayor Tom DeBaun over Republican candidate Brad Ridgeway.

DeBaun garnered 1,527 votes, 53.5% of the total vote.

Adams was Shelbyville’s first female mayoral candidate, though neither she nor Theobald perceived that to be an issue.

“I don’t think there is any resistance to a woman being mayor,” said Theobald during the campaign. “This is not a battle of the sexes.”

Adams voiced similar thoughts indicating that she never perceived any negative feedback concerning a female Shelbyville mayor.

Betsy Stephen would become the city’s first and only Shelbyville female mayor to date when she was elected on the Republican ticket in 1995.

Theobald related that he considered himself the underdog from the start.

“The mayor’s job is as different as night and day from the clerk-treasurer position, however the idea that many people may look at her government experience as a plus is important,” stated Theobald during the campaign.

An additional potential advantage for Adams was that census figures revealed there were approximately 1,000 more women than men residing in Shelbyville in 1979. If Shelbyville female voters were to rally in support of the city’s first woman mayoral candidate, that would certainly bode well for Adams.


Dan Theobald and wife Peggy talk with former Shelbyville mayor Ralph Van Natta on election night 1979.


Theobald’s relative youth was another potential hurdle for the first-time office seeker. Theobald was quick to counter any questions concerning his age and inexperience, declaring that Shelbyville had historically elected several mayors in his age demographic, including one who was only 28.

Campaign issues focused on standard topics. Adams promised an “open door” policy at city hall and enhanced ambulance service. Both candidates emphasized fiscal responsibility and improved snow removal services.

Post-election speculation following Theobald’s victory pointed to some possible fragmentation and resentment within the local Democratic Party due to Adams’ unseating of the party’s incumbent mayor in the May primary.

Theobald agreed that there may have been some credence to this, stating, “I think there were some wounds there. Registration was down overall, but mainly among Democrats. I think that whole situation helped us.” 

In the end, Shelbyville Republicans dominated election night in 1979, winning eight of the nine offices which, in addition to electing Theobald, included wins for: clerk-treasurer Betty Worland and council representatives Allen Elder, James Law, Marilyn Hendrick, Gerald Glascock, Sheldon “Bo” Keith and Gene Sexton.

Former mayor Jerry Higgins was the only Democratic winner of the evening, as he secured the fourth ward council seat.

Theobald’s victory brought the local GOP back to the city’s chief executive office. Democrats had captured the previous two mayoral races with Higgins winning in 1971 and Dagley in 1975.

Theobald would go on to serve two additional consecutive terms as mayor before losing a bid for a fourth term to former police chief and city councilman Bob Williams in 1991.

Theobald gained notoriety across the Midwest for spearheading Shelbyville’s prodigious economic development during his time as mayor. His administration successfully pursued numerous business initiatives and brought significant industry to the city including Ryobi and PK USA. That surge of industry established Shelbyville as an excellent example of economic development.

Following his tenure as mayor, Theobald became the executive director of The Plainfield Chamber of Commerce for five years. He spent an ensuing five years with The Johnson County Development Corporation before returning to Shelbyville to head the Shelby County Development Corporation from 2001 through 2015. He and wife Peggy currently reside in Greenfield where he remains active in community affairs.

Delight Adams and her husband Merlin moved to Shaefer Lake near Hope in the 1980s. She continued her work in government with the town of Hope for several years. She also enjoyed a career as a real estate agent for Century 21 from 1987 until 1993 and worked as a senior tax advisor for 20 years for H&R Block. She and Merlin eventually moved to North Carolina. Delight Adams passed away in March of 2016.            

A myriad of factors makes the 1979 Shelbyville mayoral election historically significant, both in terms of the race itself and its ramifications: The city’s first female mayoral candidate upset an incumbent mayor from her own party and was pitted against a political neophyte who was many years younger than recent city chief executives.

The election brought Shelbyville and similar-sized cities into a new era that would be characterized by a focus on economic development and consistent business growth. Cities and towns across Indiana and the country, would now be thrust into a network of widespread interaction, communication and connection. The very nature of that economic cooperation and development would constitute a new age for Shelbyville and similar communities.

In retrospect, on a more basic level, the 1979 Shelbyville mayoral campaign presented two respected, formidable individuals. Both betrayed a genuine love for their home community and went on to compile impressive and extensive resumes. They moved on from their fateful and historic political encounter to continually excel and enjoy exceptional and satisfying personal and professional lives.

The salient takeaway from that mayoral election of 44 years ago is that Dan Theobald and Delight Adams were special people who served our community well and represented the best of Shelbyville.    

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Coen Weiler named new Shelbyville High School assistant athletic director

Shelbyville High School’s athletic department has operated much of the current school year without an assistant athletic director.

Coen Weiler (photo, left, with SHS freshman Sydney Brown), a math teacher and the swim program’s head coach, will be the assistant athletic director for the 2023-2024 school year. He will continue in his role as swim coach.

The Shelbyville Central Schools board met Wednesday to approve personnel decisions. Superintendent Dr. Matt Vance stated he wanted to convene more frequently over the coming months to keep the board abreast of personnel moves.

As part of the approved personnel report, the board accepted the resignation at the end of the current school year of Loper Elementary School teachers Kathy Borowitz and Jessica Neff as well as Shelbyville High School teacher Derek Heim.

Assistant superintendent secretary Christie Nigh is retiring.

The board also approved Shelbyville Middle School fall coaching recommendations. They are:

  • Heidi McIntire as eighth grade cheer coach and Aubrey Mohler as seventh grade cheer coach.
  • Mala Chaney as girls soccer head coach and Seth Cunningham as girls soccer assistant coach.
  • Grace Leffler as eighth grade volleyball head coach and Brittany Robbins as seventh grade volleyball head coach.
  • Eli Veach as cross country head coach and Jeremy McIntire as cross country assistant coach.
  • Doug Brown as football head coach with Josh Cord and A.J. Martzall as assistant coaches.
  • Monica Cooper as boys tennis head coach and Matt Thomas as boys tennis assistant coach.

Dr. Vance outlined a projected timeline for current and upcoming projects on the school system’s various campuses.

The replacement of the track and the change from natural grass to artificial turf at Shelbyville High School’s J.M. McKeand Stadium was scheduled to begin Monday. That date has now been pushed back to May 15.

The parking lots at Shelbyville High School will get patch work and crack filling during the summer of 2023. Vance anticipates the parking lots will be repaved in 2024.

The west parking lot at Shelbyville Middle School will be repaved this summer.

Shelbyville High School’s tennis courts should get upgraded later this summer.

Renovation work at Loper Elementary and Coulston Elementary are progressing through phase two on schedule. Phase two is expected to be completed in early June with phase three to follow.

Shelbyville High School’s HVAC system has been going through an upgrade but the installation of a new chiller will be delayed until the fall.

Vance is currently pricing a new HVAC system for Hendricks Elementary School. The school is still utilizing its original HVAC system and is anticipated to get an upgrade in the summer of 2024.

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Decatur County dispatcher charged with illegally sharing criminal investigation video

Detectives from the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post arrested a dispatcher from the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office on two felony charges related to the dispatcher accessing an internal law enforcement system and releasing case sensitive information to the public.

The investigation began when the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Indiana State Police upon receiving information of the offense. During the investigation, it was determined that Heidi Miracle, age 42, of Holton, accessed the law enforcement system and had taken a recording of a video obtained during a criminal investigation. She then allegedly shared the video she obtained to individuals outside of law enforcement via a messaging app. 

Miracle also posted a recording on one of her social media pages. 

The investigation led to detectives arresting Miracle on felony charges of Official Misconduct and Offense Against Intellectual Property.

She was immediately booked into the Decatur County Jail on the charges pending an initial appearance in the Decatur County Circuit Court.

Shelbyville woman sentenced to two years federal prison for embezzling more than $600,000 in company funds over nearly a decade

Tammy J. Scudder, 52, of Shelbyville, was sentenced to two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to four counts of wire fraud.

According to court documents, from 2012 to December of 2021, Tammy Scudder devised and participated in a scheme to defraud her employer of more than $600,000. Scudder served as the Controller for Plymate in Shelbyville for nine years. As Controller, Scudder was the company’s top accountant and maintained its accounting ledgers, managed payroll, and had access to online bank accounts. Scudder also had access to the company’s accounting software, which she used to generate checks in Plymate’s name.

Scudder abused her position of trust as Controller to exploit a vulnerability in the company’s accounting system. Scudder knew that the company’s Group Health Plan bank account was difficult to double-check because it was funded based upon the total amount of the weekly claims on the list it received from another company, rather than by each claim individually. She accessed the victim company’s accounting software to generate and print a company check to herself, signed using another employee’s signature stamp. After Scudder printed the check, she concealed the theft by altering and falsifying the victim company’s accounting records.

Scudder used the stolen money to take vacations, pay off personal debts, fund her children’s educational expenditures, and to make improvements to her Shelbyville residence. Between February 2, 2012, and December 17, 2020, Scudder generated 154 false and fraudulent checks totaling $693,708.75.

“The defendant abused her position of trust and stole hundreds of thousands of dollars intended to pay for the health care of her colleagues,” said U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Myers. “This incessant greed, spanning nearly a decade, has been quashed thanks to our dedicated partners at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Our office will continue to identify and prosecute individuals who scheme and steal to satisfy their own greed.”

The FBI investigated this case.

The sentence was imposed by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt. Judge Pratt also ordered that Scudder be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for two years following her release from federal prison and pay the full $693,708 in restitution to Plymate. 

Hope man faces several charges after fleeing Columbus PD

A Hope man was arrested after leading Columbus Police on a pursuit.

Just after 6 p.m. on Monday, Columbus police tried to stop a truck for speeding near Marr and Rockyford Roads. The truck also had been reported stolen.

The driver, Brian Sosbe, 38, fled from Columbus and drove through a field before running over a tire deflation device near 25th Street and Talley Road. Sosbe eventually pulled over and was arrested.

Charges against Sosbe include resisting law enforcement with a vehicle possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of stolen property with a previous conviction, reckless driving, criminal mischief and operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic violator along with various drug charges.

2023 marks another successful SCUFFY campaign

SCUFFY made goal ... again.

It’s never failed. Over years, decades, the Shelby County United Fund has managed to find a way to exceed its announced goal to benefit its member agencies.

At Wednesday’s End of Drive Dinner, SCUFFY Drive Chair Brian Baker and Assistant Drive Chair Amy Larrison unveiled the final numbers of the two-month drive with Executive Director Alecia Gross.

The final tally was comfortably over the goal of $895,000 with a total of $905,768.

Gross said some healthy competition in the final days helped put SCUFFY well over the top.



Baker says he wasn’t ever really worried that they drive would succeed.



Gross says it’s now time for a breather before she and Larrison meet to look ahead to 2024.



Scott Furgeson wins Republican nomination for Shelbyville mayor

Election results for contested races in the City of Shelbyville.

There were 1,127 voters on Election Tuesday. Thirty-three voted paper absentee with 746 who voted walk-in absentee.

Total voters for the spring primary at 1,906.

Republican - Mayor

Scott Furgeson, 809

David Finkel, 479

Brad Ridgeway, 411


Republican - Clerk-Treasurer

Scott Asher, 862

Amy Glackman, 805


Republican - Common Council 4th Ward

Linda Sanders, 189

Kim Gobel, 152

City of Shelbyville receives ACEC Grand Project Award for downtown revitalization project

Shelbyville’s downtown revitalization project was recently honored by the American Council of Engineering Consultants (ACEC).

Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun informed the Common Council at its Monday meeting at City Hall that the completed downtown revitalization project was nominated and received the Grand Project Award from the ACEC.

“This is the highest award that the ACEC offers,” said DeBaun.

The award (photo) was presented Thursday.

Councilman Scott Furgeson, who is running for the Republican nomination to be the next mayor of Shelbyville, congratulated DeBaun, a democrat now in his third term as mayor, for the work he has done to bring recognition to the city.

“You are being lauded for your efforts and what’s going on and I know during the election we hear bad things when you start talking about not maybe the positive things that go on in Shelbyville, but we start talking about the negatives and not necessarily the negative things we think we ought to change. Mayor DeBaun has done a great job throughout his efforts to make Shelbyville the best he can,” said Furgeson.

DeBaun also informed the council of his trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indy Chamber Regional Mayor’s event where he had the opportunity to talk about regionalism and how the region effects each community individually and as a group, according to DeBaun.

“The point of the mission of that is it was a great day for Shelbyville because we were recognized by an outside group and got an opportunity to sit on a panel at the motor speedway with a group of my peers, other mayors in central Indiana,” said DeBaun. “We have become a community that they are starting to pay attention to. That was very gratifying as well.”



In the only formal business for the board Monday:

  • Approved the rezoning of the property at 331 and 335 S. Miller St. from R1 (single family residential) to R2 (two family residential). The house (photo) on the property was stripped down to its bare bones and is now being refurbished to serve as a duplex.
  • Bill Kent of PK USA informed the board that the company’s Employee Referral Program is producing results beyond expectations. Kent stated that 25% of PK USA’s current employees have referred someone to be hired. A cash incentive has stimulated employees to bring attractive candidates to the Shelbyville-based company. “The employees doing the referrals are becoming mentors to the new employees,” said Kent, which helps kick in more financial incentives as new employees stay with the company. Kent stated that the production areas at PK USA will soon be going to four-day work weeks with 10-hour days. Employees will work Monday through Thursday and have three-day weekends. Other support areas within the company will stay on five-day work weeks, according to Kent.

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Shelby County Emergency Management Agency announces move to RAVE Alert for mass notifications

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency has announced that Shelby County is teaming up with RAVE Alert for mass notifications.

Everyone is urged to sign up for RAVE Alert since data from Nixle can't be transferred. Once you text the code, you will need to follow the directions to set up an account where you can customize what weather alerts you receive.

Shelby County will be using dual notification platforms until the end of August at which time, Nixle will no longer be used.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to contact the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency at 317-392-6308 or at scema@co.shelby.in.us

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Teen killed and arrest made in Edinburgh shooting

A Greenwood teenager is dead and a man arrested for his shooting in Edinburgh Saturday night.

Edinburgh Police were called to the 600 block of S. Pleasant Street at 8 p.m. Jonathon Elliott, 14, suffered a gunshot wound. He later died at Riley Hospital.

Police quickly gathered information that listed Pedro C. Castillo-Salmeron, 20, of Greenwood, as the shooter. He had fled the scene but was found about 30 minutes later and arrested without incident.

Castillo-Salmeron has been initially charged with reckless homicide.

This is still an ongoing investigation. No motive for the shooting has been given.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Edinburgh Police Chief Doyne Little at 812-526-3500 or dlittle@edinburgh.in.us.




Silver Alert issued for Morristown girl

This Silver Alert has been canceled.





The Shelby County Sheriff Department is investigating the disappearance of Sydney Eve Baker.

In the Silver Alert, Baker, 17, is described as a white female, five feet, five inches tall and weighing 120 pounds. She has brown hair with hazel eyes and was last seen wearing a pajama pants.

Sydney is missing from Morristown and was last seen on April 30 at 12 a.m.  She is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance. 

If you have any information on Sydney Eve Baker, contact the Shelby County Sheriff at 317-398-6661 or 911.