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Buses donated to Boys and Girls Club, Girls, Inc. at Horseshoe Indianapolis

It’s a season of giving and Horseshoe Indianapolis is embracing the spirit by giving back to the community.

Two 2020 Shuttle buses were recently donated to two worthy organizations in Shelby County. The J. Kenneth Self Boys & Girls Club and Girls, Inc each received a shuttle from the previous fleet utilized by guests for the racetrack and casino visiting the facility.

“Each of these shuttles have less than 300 miles on them, so we hope they will be beneficial for both organizations for many years to come,” said Anna Dougherty, Vice President of Finance. “I’m very passionate about these organizations as my kids attended both facilities. They provide an incredible resource for our community and our families.”

Scott Spahr, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club, noted they oversee services to an average of 500 kids per day. There are currently three locations in Shelby County, including Shelbyville, Morristown, Waldron, and more recently a location at Southwestern. Transportation is a major factor at all locations and the donation of the shuttle will assist many projects and trips for the kids.

“The addition of this shuttle to our facility will make life a lot easier,” noted Spahr. “Transportation is one of the hardest things to conquer, and we always have to figure out how to get the kids to sporting events and field trips. This shuttle will ease those concerns.”

This past summer, team members from Horseshoe Indianapolis provided a Day of Service as one of the projects under the company’s “Hero” program, providing hands on assistance both properties through cleanup, painting, and general labor details. The day ended with a basketball game between the team members at Horseshoe Indianapolis and the kids. While working at both the Boys & Girls Club and Girls, Inc., Trent McIntosh, Senior Vice President, noticed the lack of transportation for the kids and immediately began to investigate how Horseshoe Indianapolis could assist.

“During our ‘Hero’ day, we were made aware of the fact both facilities were renting school buses if they had any off-property activities for the kids in their summer camps, and many times, they had to keep kids at the property due to the lack of transportation,” explained McIntosh. “These shuttles will allow for more opportunities with after school and summer programs. We are happy we had the resources to give back to the community with this donation. Both groups serve a wide range of kids directly linked to our team members. They are vital to this community, and we are glad we can assist with this donation.”

Girls, Inc. shares a parking lot with the Boys & Girls Club. They also share a need for transportation for their girls, ages five to 18. The year-round facility offers before and after school programs as well as summer camps, gymnastics, and school partner-based programming including subjects such as building self-esteem and prevention of substance abuse. A shuttle bus will expand what Girls, Inc. can offer their participants.

“This is an incredible gift,” added Amy Dillon, President and CEO of Girls, Inc. “We have been needing an additional mode of transportation for quite some time. This will increase our efficiency and provide a more well-rounded experience for our girls. We are very grateful for all the support throughout the course of this year from Horseshoe Indianapolis.”

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Six interview for vacant Southwestern school board seat, no update on superintendent's administrative leave

Three men and three women stood before the Southwestern Consolidated Schools board Wednesday night to be interviewed for the vacant Jackson Township seat.

Kimmy Ayers, John Blue, Jon Deater, Chad Denison, Charity Mohr and Leah Schoolcraft answered questions from the five board members present for Wednesday’s special meeting. Board member Isaac Pile was not in attendance.

The six candidates are seeking the seat recently vacated by Jerry Drake.

Also not in attendance at Wednesday’s meeting, which included executive sessions prior to and following the interview session, was superintendent Josh Edwards, who was put on administrative leave at the previous school board meeting on Nov. 8.

The reason for the administrative leave has not been announced publicly because it is a personnel matter. Southwestern Junior/Senior High School principal John Tindall was named interim superintendent at that same Nov. 8 meeting.

There is not an ongoing investigation into Edwards. There is no timeline for his return to duties. The words “indefinite administrative leave” were used at the Nov. 8 meeting.

In March of 2022 Edwards was named superintendent, replacing Curt Chase, who resigned on February 9, 2022. There were concerns then that Edwards, the elementary school principal, was not yet qualified to hold the position.

There also was an unfair labor claim filed at the same time with the Indiana Education Employee Relations Board by the Southwestern teachers association against Edwards and Drake.

Drake was in attendance at the Nov. 8 meeting and was the lone vote against putting Edwards on indefinite administrative leave. Several days later, he vacated his seat.

The next step in replacing Drake is to cut the field of six candidates down to three and bring them back to the Dec. 13 school board meeting for a final vote by the school board members.

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$50,000 winning Powerball® ticket sold in Greenfield

Hoosier Lottery Powerball® tickets should be checked carefully as one entry matched four out of five numbers and the Powerball in Saturday night's drawing. 

A $50,000 winning ticket was purchased at Circle K #2427 located at 2243 N. State St. in Greenfield.

The winning Powerball numbers for November 25, are: 27-33-63-66-68 with the Powerball of 9.

Players can check their tickets with the free Hoosier Lottery Mobile App.

The ticket holder should ensure their ticket is in a secure place, consider meeting with a financial advisor and contact Hoosier Lottery customer service at 1-800-955-6886 for specific claim instructions.

Indiana had the very first Powerball jackpot winner in 1992 and leads the nation in Powerball jackpot wins with 39.

The Powerball jackpot for Monday is an estimated $352 million.

Body found, arrest made in Rush County case associated with Valerie Tindall disappearance

Rush County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Rushville Police Department, United States Marshals Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, discovered a body while executing search warrants Tuesday associated with the disappearance of Valerie Tindall.

Tindall was reported missing by family on June 8. She was 17 years old at the time of the disappearance.



Substantial investigative activity resulted in the discovery of a body buried at 2366 N. Oak St. in Arlington, Indiana. The property belonged to Patrick Scott (photo), who was identified early in the investigation as a person of interest.

The Rush County Coroner was dispatched to the scene to begin the process of positively identifying the remains and determining the cause and manner of death.

Following the discovery of the body, Scott was arrested without incident and booked into the Rush County jail for Murder.

“This is not the outcome we had hoped for,” said Allan Rice, Rush County Sheriff, in a media release Wednesday. “This case is still under investigation to ensure those responsible are successfully prosecuted.”

Rush County Sheriff’s Office urges the public to come forward with any information that may assist the investigation in light of recent developments.

The public may contact the Sheriff’s office at 765-932-2931.

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Both drivers arrested in double crash that resulted in death of Greenfield woman

The drivers of both vehicles involved in the August crash that led to the death of a Greenfield woman were arrested on charges related to the crash.

The investigation by the Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team indicated that on August 18, a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Austin Cooper, 22, of Austin, was traveling northbound in the right lane of I-65 near the 48-mile marker.  A 2018 GMC Terrain, driven by Jacob Kelly, 31, of Indianapolis, was traveling northbound in the left lane of I-65 at the same location.  Evidence from the scene, including video footage captured by another vehicle, indicated that the two drivers began accelerating rapidly and refused to allow the other vehicle to pass. 

Cooper’s vehicle then began to change lanes into the path of Kelly’s.  Kelly lost control of his vehicle and spun, which resulted in the two vehicles colliding in the middle of the northbound lanes.  Kelly’s vehicle rolled, which resulted in his female passenger, Ashlea Albertson, 24, of Greenfield, to be ejected from the vehicle.  Cooper’s vehicle left the east side of the roadway and came to rest in a field.

Kelly and Albertson were both flown from the scene to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment.  Albertson was pronounced deceased at the hospital.  Kelly was treated for injuries and later released. 

Cooper and a juvenile passenger were transported to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour where they were both treated for non-life-threatening injuries and later released.

The post-crash investigation determined that the vehicles were traveling next to each other when both drivers accelerated to speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour at the time of the crash.  Toxicology results were obtained on both drivers after the crash.  The results of those tests indicated that Cooper had THC in his system when the crash occurred.

At the conclusion of the investigation, the case was presented to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office for review.  As a result, Austin Cooper was charged with Causing Death when Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Controlled Substance, Level 4 Felony, and Reckless Homicide, Level 5 Felony.  Jacob Kelly was charged with Reckless Homicide, Level 5 Felony.

On Monday, Kelly was arrested without incident in Indianapolis.  On Tuesday, Cooper, now a Morganfield, Kentucky resident, turned himself in at the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown.

Both will soon have initial appearances in the Jackson County Circuit Court.

Former lawmaker from Shelby County with guilty plea in federal court

A former Indiana lawmaker pleaded guilty Tuesday to backing a bill favoring a casino in exchange for promises from the casino.

Sean Eberhart, 57, a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives entered the plea to conspiring with others to solicit and receive the promise of future, lucrative employment with a gaming company in exchange for his support of legislation beneficial to the gaming company. The United States Attorney’s Office filed the charges along with Eberhart’s agreement to plead guilty earlier this month.

No date has been set for sentencing as the prosecution and defense have yet to come to an agreement. However, restitution has been set at $60,000. That was basically Eberhart's salary as a state representative.

According to court documents, Eberhart was the elected representative for Indiana House District 57, which included Shelby County and portions of Bartholomew and Hancock counties. Eberhart served on the House Committee on Public Policy, which had jurisdiction over matters concerning casinos and gaming in Indiana.

In late 2018 and early 2019, a gaming company called Spectacle Entertainment sought to purchase the state licenses for two casinos that were located on the waterfront of Lake Michigan, and to relocate those casinos to other areas beneficial to Spectacle. Purchases and relocations of casinos in Indiana must be approved through the passage of a bill by both houses of the Indiana legislature, then signed by the Governor.

A bill to allow Spectacle’s purchases and relocations was introduced in the Indiana House and considered by the House Committee on Public Policy. In addition to approving the purchases and relocations of the casinos, the bill included provisions for Spectacle to pay a “transfer fee.”

According to the federal charges, an owner of Spectacle, identified as Individual A, offered, and Eberhart accepted, the promise of future employment at Spectacle, which included annual compensation of at least $350,000. In exchange, Eberhart allegedly used his position as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives to advocate and ultimately vote for passage of the bill on terms favorable to Spectacle, including to authorize the transfer and relocation of the two casinos, reducing the transfer fee from $100 million to $20 million, and enacting tax incentives that would benefit Spectacle. Additionally, Eberhart allegedly sent text messages regarding his efforts to secure legislation favorable to Spectacle and to “make it right for” Individual A.

The Indiana Gaming Commission forced Spectacle officials to give up ownership in the Gary and Vigo County projects following indictments against casino executive John Keeler and State Senator Brent Waltz for illegal movement of funds into Waltz' run for Congress.

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to give up their ownership stakes in Gary and Terre Haute casino projects following Keeler and Waltz’s indictments in 2020.

SR 9 closure now set for December 9

The Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Morphey Construction is moving scheduled lane closures on State Road 9 near Shelbyville to December 5. 

The contractor has shifted the start back one day next week, to Tuesday. This closure with detour, will run through December7, weather permitting.

The project is to cap the tile with concrete across SR 9. If Morphey does not have a successful concrete cure at the end of their 72-hour closure they will place pinned down steel plates over the SR 9 concrete and open the road. The plates will only stay in-place until they get a satisfactory cure test.

The official detour for this project is State Road 9 to I-74 to State Road 44 to U.S. 52. 

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Lane closures on State Road 9 near Shelbyville

The Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Morphey Construction is announcing lane closures on State Road 9 near Shelbyville. 

Beginning on or after Monday, crews will close State Road 9 in both directions between County Road W. 350 N. and County Road W. 500 N. This closure will allow crews to complete tile work under State Road 9.

Work is expected to be complete on December 7, weather permitting. 

The official detour for this project is State Road 9 to I-74 to State Road 44 to U.S. 52. 

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Bloomington restaurateur and Chicago-based flight instructor killed in Shelby County plane crash

Two men were confirmed killed in last Wednesday's small plane crash in Shelby County.

Bloomington restaurateur Nathan Finney, president and founder of Finney Hospitality Group and owner of Social Cantina and The Tap among other restaurant establishments was killed in the crash about 4:45 p.m.

Finney had recently purchased the plane and was learning to fly with Warren Bruhl, a chiropractor and a commercial pilot.

The flight originated from Monroe County Airport in Bloomington, Indiana.

The Cirrus SR22 crashed in a cornfield. Initial reports indicated one fatality. But later that evening, a second was confirmed.

The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation. A report is expected to be published in approximately 30 days.

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Eastern Hancock student killed, another critically injured in Sunday truck crash

An Eastern Hancock High School senior was killed in a one-vehicle accident Sunday.

Just after 2:30 p.m., members of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department were called to the area of C.R. 300 North and C.R. 100 West for a single-vehicle crash. Deputies arrived on scene and called for the Hancock County Fatal Accident Crash Team to respond because of the severity of the crash.

The crash involved a 2007 Chevy Silverado. The truck was traveling west on C.R. 300 North toward Indianapolis. The investigation shows that the Silverado hydroplaned and ran off the roadway. The road was slick and wet with it raining and 40 degrees at the time of the crash. When the driver overcorrected, the Silverado struck two trees before coming to a stop.

A femae passenger, Lindsay Locker, 17, of Knightstown was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Locker was a senior at Eastern Hancock High School in Charlottesville, Indiana. 

The driver, Cody Mastin, 18,  of Greenfield, remains at Methodist Hospital in critical condition. He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Mastin graduated from Greenfield-Central High School last year.

The Hancock County Sheriff's Department says the schools have been made aware of the crash and will be offering services to help students.

Members of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Natural Resources, New Palestine Police Department, Greenfield Police Department, Fortville Police Department, Shirley Police Department, Wilkinson Police Department, the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office, and Greenfield Fire Department assisted on scene.

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Arrest made in New Palestine accidental shooting death

New Palestine police officers responded to the 4200 Block South Eclipse Way on  reports of a person shot Wednesday.

Responding officers  found a man, age 18, with a gunshot wound to the chest. Officers rendered first aid until Sugar Creek Township Fire Department medics arrived. The individual was then transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

During the course of the investigation, the New Palestine Police Department arrested Erick Wilkinson, 20, of Greenfield, for the accidental shooting. Wilkinson was taken into custody facing preliminary charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. Final charges will be determined by the Hancock County Prosecutor's Office.

Victim information has been withheld from the initial report to make notification to family.

More details will be released as the investigation continues.

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Gov. Holcomb directs flags to be flown at half-staff for Rosalynn Carter

Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of former First Lady of the United States, Rosalynn Carter.

Per President Biden’s orders, flags will be lowered as a mark of respect to honor her legacy.

Flags will be flown at half-staff from sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 25 until sunset on Nov. 29. Gov. Holcomb is requesting residents and businesses to lower their flags.

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Two now confirmed dead in Shelby County plane crash

There are now two confirmed dead in the Wednesday in Shelby County.

Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine says the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are continuing their investigation. As daylight came Thursday it was confirmed that a second body was found with the wreckage in a cornfield near the 6300 block of CR North 325 West.

The plane has been identified as a Cirrus SR22.

The identities have not been released.

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Southwestern superintendent put on administrative leave pending investigation

Southwestern Consolidated Schools board has placed the school system’s superintendent on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Joshua Edwards, superintendent at Southwestern since March of 2022, was essentially suspended before the start of the school board meeting on Nov. 8 at the administrative building. He was not present at the meeting.

No reason for the suspension was stated publically. Attempts to reach school board president Derrek Tennell were unsuccessful Wednesday.

Current Southwestern Junior/Senior High School principal John Tindall has been named interim superintendent. He had no prior knowledge of the school board’s pending action prior to Nov. 8.

“The school board put Josh Edwards on leave for allegations of misconduct,” said Tindall Tuesday after the boys basketball season opener against Edinburgh. “I am not privy to any of that information. I know there is a process behind that – that is what the school board is going through right now. I do not know how long that process will take.”

Tindall reiterated he is not interested in leaving his principal position at this time to be the superintendent.

“I stepped in to make sure that we keep the doors open, to make sure we are taking care of kids and meeting deadlines that a superintendent would need to,” he said.

Tindall did confirm the allegation of misconduct is not student-related.

Edwards’ hiring in early 2022 came during a tumultuous period at the southern Shelby County school. Curtis Chase’s resignation as superintendent was accepted on Feb. 9, 2022. Edwards filled in admirably during a period when Chase was away from the school system battling a serious illness.

The school board wasted little time promoting Edwards to superintendent from his nearly decade-long role as the principal at Southwestern Elementary School. A perceived lack of transparency in the hiring process bothered many Southwestern teachers and parents.

The night Edwards was approved as the new superintendent, the Southwestern Consolidated Classroom Teachers Association held a press conference in front of the school announcing it was filing an unfair labor practice claim that would include Edwards’ name as well as sitting school board member Jerry Drake.

While the allegations were investigated, no disciplinary action was warranted by the Indiana Education Employee Relations Board.

In the days following the Nov. 8 meeting, Drake resigned his position as a school board member. The school system is currently seeking a new school board member that will represent Jackson Township.

Information to apply for the position is available on the school system’s Facebook page as well as the school system’s website -- swshelby.k12.in.us.

Also at the Nov. 8 school board meeting, two parents spoke about the recent resignation of the high school’s agriculture teacher Shalee Bradley. Her resignation, which will be effective in December, was approved by the school board.

The school board does not yet have a replacement for Bradley.

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ISP confirms fatality in Shelby County plane crash

A pilot was killed when a small plane crashed in Shelby County Wednesday afternoon.

Just before 5 p.m., first responders from local law enforcement and fire, Indiana State Police and the FAA responded to the scene in a field in the 6300 block of N. 325 W. in Fairland, about a mile north of Interstate 74. The single engine craft landed in a cornfield.

One person is dead after a plane crash in Shelby County Wednesday afternoon, according to Indiana State Police.

ISP Sgt. John Perrine confirmed the single fatality.  ISP and the FAA are investigating to find out more about the plane's origins and the cause of the crash.

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SR 9 project expected to close roadway for three days in early December

A fix on a previous State Road 9 project will call for a closure in early December.

The upcoming road closure on North State Rd 9 is between 425 N and 500 N. It's scheduled to begin December 4 at 7 a.m. through 7 a.m. on December 7. 

The last address accessible from the south is the house on the corner of 425 N which is addressed as 222 E 425 N. The last address reachable from the north is 4342 N State Rd 9. 

In a recent meeting with INDOT, Morphey Construction noted this is the same location on SR 9 as work completed in August. There was a review conducted and it was determined a design error occurred and the 30 inch tile that runs under the highway needs to be reset 0.5' lower than the original plans indicated.

The revision of these plans, with the lower elevation will now accommodate two field tile that were not taken into account previously.     

Morphey Construction has been tasked with setting up labor, equipment and materials to complete this project. After receiving the revision of the plans. Morphey Construction notified INDOT that many factors were complicating completing this project under the same work conditions as in August.

INDOT has permitted Morphey Construction to close SR9 at 425N location for 72 hours on or after December 4. This will be a weekday closure, for three consecutive days. However, due to the time of year and availability of materials this date may change as needed.

Morphey Construction plans on placing pre-closure signs along SR9 at the beginning of next week.      

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Indiana State Police stepping up patrols during peak Thanksgiving travel

Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather. However, with more people on the roadways, there is greater potential for crashes.

That is why the the Indiana State Police is joining law enforcement agencies from across the state to make sure everyone gets to their destination safely. 

"This holiday season, we expect to see a lot of traffic on the roads. Please make smart decisions by not mixing drinking and driving,” said Devon McDonald, Executive Director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. “Be proactive and plan for a sober driver."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), impaired driving and fatal crashes spike during the Thanksgiving holiday. In 2021, 190 people throughout the nation died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in the holiday travel period ranging from the day before Thanksgiving to the Monday following Thanksgiving. 

NHTSA data shows there are more motor vehicle traffic crash fatalities during holiday periods due to increased travel time, more alcohol usage, and excessive driving speed. 

The issue is made worse by Thanksgiving Eve, also known as “Drinksgiving” or “Blackout Wednesday.” On that day, there is an increase in overconsumption of alcohol.  

From November 2017 to November 2021, 137 drivers nationwide were involved in fatal alcohol-impaired crashes on the night before Thanksgiving. In 2021 alone, 36 drivers in fatal crashes were alcohol impaired. The Indiana State Police reminds people that impaired driving is a matter of life and death. Officers will be on the roads on high alert for impaired drivers. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead to get home safely by designating a sober driver or by using public transportation or a ride service like Uber or Lyft.

Never drive impaired or let friends get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking. 

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Shelby County Democrats seek recount in Shelbyville mayoral election

19 votes. 1,406-1,387.
That's all that separated election winner Republican Scott Furgeson from Democrat Nic Weber in the race for Shelbyville mayor.
And now, that final tally from the recently completed November 7 election is ecpected to come under further scrutiny with a filing by the local Democrat party in Shelby County Court to seek a recount.
Party Chairman Denny Ramsey.


Democrat candidate Nic Weber.


There's no definitive date for a recount to take place. Once the filing takes place further information will come from the court.

The following information related to recounts can be found in the 2023 Indiana Election Administrator's Manual.
Recount & Contest Actions

There are no automatic recount or contest actions in Indiana. Instead, specific individuals may petition the courts (local office) or state recount commission (statewide, state legislative, or federal offices) to request a recount. (IC 3-12-6; IC 3-12-11) A recount reviews the election materials and ballots already cast in an election and determines which candidate received the highest number of votes; a contest action may result in a new election being called for the specific race or contest.

Election Recount Procedures

A candidate seeking nomination or election to a judicial, local or school board office, or a candidate for election to the party office of precinct committeeman or state convention delegate may request that the votes cast for that office be recounted. (IC 3-12-6-1) Recount requests for federal, statewide, or state legislative offices are handled by the State Recount Commission; please see the “State Recount Commission” section below for those details. (IC 3-12-11-1)

A candidate requesting a recount must file a verified petition for recount in the circuit or superior court of the county no later than noon, prevailing local time, fourteen (14) days after the election.

If the candidate does not do so, the candidate’s political county chairman may file a recount petition no later than noon, prevailing local time, seventeen (17) days after the election. (IC 3-12-6-2) A cross-petition for a recount may be filed no later than noon, prevailing local time, twenty-one (21) days after the election. (IC 3-12-6-4)

The recount petition must state the following: (IC 3-12-6-3)

  • The office for which the recount has been filed
  • The precinct(s) in which the recount is desired
  • That the petitioner was a candidate at the election for the office/or the appropriate county chairman and that the office was voted upon in the precinct(s) specified
  • The name and addresses of the petitioner’s opposing candidate(s)
  • That the petitioner in good faith believes that the votes cast for the office at the election in the named precinct(s) were not correctly counted and returned
  • That the petitioner desires a recount of all the votes cast for the office in the named precinct(s).

If the county uses optical scan ballot cards, a petitioner may request that the ballot cards cast in the specified precincts be recounted manually. (IC 3-12-6-21.5) A cross-petition contains virtually the same information. (IC 3-12-6-6)

The petitioner must pay the civil case-filing fee under IC 3-12-6-2.5 (also see IC 33-37) and file a bond or cash deposit of at least $100 with the court for payment of costs of the recount. For every precinct over ten to be recounted, the bond or cash amount should be increased by $10 per precinct or $100 per precinct, depending upon whether the candidate lost by more or less than 1%.

The court will establish the amount of the deposit, but this amount may not exceed the maximum amount specified by state law. Any cash deposit is placed in the county general fund. (IC 3-12-6-10.5) If the recount petition is successful, the petitioner’s deposit or bond is refunded in full. Partial refunds may also be required, based on theoutcome of the recount. (IC 3-12-6-10)

If a cross-petition is filed, the cross-petitioner must file a bond or cash deposit for the cross-petitioner’s proportional share of the recount. If the recount petition is unsuccessful, a cash deposit was not made, and the costs of the recount exceed the bond amount, the petitioner or cross-petitioner must pay the difference. (IC 3-12-6-12) Any unexpended balance remaining after payment of all costs and any refund shall be deposited in the county general fund. However, if a cash deposit or bond was filed, then any other cost of the recount that remains unpaid following the determination of the local recount commission and which cannot be recovered shall be paid from the county general fund without appropriation. (IC 3-12-6-17.5)

Once the petition is filed, the county clerk assigns the petition a cause number as a miscellaneous civil action and issues a notice of the filing and pendency of the petition to the opposing candidate(s). (IC 3-12-6-2.5) The sheriff then delivers the notice to the opposing candidate(s), to the county election board, and to the election division (if the recount relates to the office of judge or prosecuting attorney). (IC 3-12-6-9)

Upon granting the petition or cross-petition for a recount, the court appoints a three member recount commission to perform the physical recounting of the votes. One member of the commission must be a Democrat and one member

must be a Republican. See IC 36-1-8-10 to determine party membership for this purpose. The judge may request the two county political party chairmen to recommend nominees to the recount commission, though is not required to do so, except as described in the paragraph below, each member of the commission must be a registered voter of the county qualified to vote at the election. (IC 3-12-6-16)

Where only traditional hand counted paper ballots were used in the election, the remaining member must be a Democrat or Republican qualified to vote in the district of the recount. (IC 3-12-6-16) If a voting method other than hand counted paper ballots was used in the election (for example, an optical scan ballot reader or direct recording electronic (DRE)), one member of the commission must be a “competent mechanic” who is familiar with the voting system used in the election. This person does not need to be a voter of the district. (IC 3-12-6-16)

Each member of a recount commission is entitled to be compensated. Each member receives a per diem not to exceed $100 for each day engaged in conducting the recount. The judge of the court having jurisdiction over the

recount must establish the compensation to be paid to each recount commissioner. (IC 3-12-6-17) If the deposit or bond is not sufficient to pay the compensation of the recount commission or any other recount expenses, the compensation or expenses are to be paid from the county general fund, without appropriation. (IC 3-12-6-17.5)

After the recount is ordered, the commission must immediately begin the recount. The court must fix the place and time for completing the recount. Each candidate may attend and may have a watcher attend the proceedings. The watcher has the same rights as a political party’s polling place watcher. Members of the press may also attend and have the same rights as media watchers at precinct polling places. (IC 3-12-6-21)

The recount commission must adopt ballot counting rules and any other rules needed to restrict access to the ballot counting areas to authorized individuals, including candidate and media watchers. These rules must conform as closely as possible to the guidelines adopted by the State Recount Commission. These guidelines may be found at https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/voter-information/register-to-vote/indiana-recount-commission/ (IC 3-12-6-21)

The recount commission’s proceedings must be performed in public under the Open Door Law, but the commission may restrict access to parts of the room where election materials are being handled or transported. The court, by order, impounds all traditional hand counted paper ballots, optical scan ballot cards, electronic voting systems, poll lists and tally sheets. These materials will be made available to the recount commission. However, a circuit court clerk or board of voter registration may copy any election materials other than the ballots under the supervision of a person designated by the court. (IC 3-12-6-19)

NOTE: A recount conducted by a local recount commission must be completed no later than the last Friday in June after a primary election or December 20 after a general election, unless the court finds good cause to extend this deadline to another specific date! When the recount is complete, the commission makes out a certificate verifying the totals and stating the candidate receiving the highest number of votes. (IC 3-12-6-21.9)

The commission then files the certificate with the circuit court clerk, who adds this to the order book of the court and sends a certified copy by certified mail to each opposing candidate named in the petition (and to the Indiana election division if the local recount concerned the office of circuit, superior, probate or Marion County small claims judge or prosecuting attorney). (IC 3- 12-6-18; IC 3-12-6-22; IC 3-12-6-28)

After the commission files the certificate, the court that appointed the local recount commission issues an order acknowledging the filing of the certificate, discharging the commission, and releasing election materials impounded during the recount. An appeal may be taken to the court that appointed the local recount commission but must be filed no later than thirty (30) days after the court issues the order described in this paragraph. (IC 3-12-6-22.5)

After a recount in an election for a public office has been completed, if there is a difference between the votes shown by the recount certificate and the votes tabulated by the county election board the circuit court clerk issues a certificate setting forth the number of votes cast for each candidate in the election to the county election board if the candidate would receive a certificate of election or nomination from the board or to the Indiana election division and the governor, if the candidate would receive a commission from the governor. (IC 3-12-6-31) Candidates for precinct committeemen and state convention delegate are selected after the recount by their political party’s applicable rules. (IC 3-12-6-1.5)

New speed limit coming to Shelbyville gateway corridor

There will be a new speed limit posted on Riley Highway from Rampart Road leading into and away from downtown Shelbyville.

To match the speed limit posted by the Indiana Department of Transportation north of Riley Highway, also known as State Road 9, the City of Shelbyville Board of Public Works and Safety agreed to lower the speed limit Tuesday morning along the Riley corridor from 50 miles per hour to 45.

In other board business:

  • Approved a request from Shelby Eastern Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Hitchcock to move a Waldron school system sign that was damaged on Progress Parkway and County Road 125 East. The sign will be moved into the median at the intersection.
  • Approved the hiring of two new detectives to the Shelbyville Police Department.
  • Approved the same interlocal fuel agreement with Shelby County that the Shelbyville Common Council approved Monday night and approved the same interlocal recyclable materials agreement with the county.

For more on the interlocal fuel agreement, go to https://shelbycountypost.com/local-news/716563/common-council-approves-interlocal-fuel-agreement-with-shelby-county


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Indiana's October employment report released

Indiana’s unemployment rate in October stands at 3.6%, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. By comparison, the national unemployment rate for October stands at 3.9%.

In addition, Indiana’s labor force participation rate stands at 63.3% for October, remaining above the national rate of 62.7%. This rate is the percentage of Hoosiers 16 and older that are either working or actively looking for work. Those not in the labor force include, primarily, students, retirees and other non-working populations, such as individuals unable to work due to a disability or illness, or adults responsible for their family's childcare needs.  

Indiana’s total labor force stands at 3,421,751 - a decrease of 4,455 from the previous month.

"Indiana's labor market continues to show strength for both workers and employers," said DWD Commissioner Richard Paulk. "Though the state set a private employment record, employers still need to fill many more critical jobs. Economic trends are favorable and we encourage Hoosiers considering re-entering the workforce to take advantage of this worker-friendly economic climate."

Private sector employment in Indiana increased by 3,400 jobs over the last month, resulting in a gain of 47,100 jobs from this time last year. Indiana's October private employment stands at 2,858,300, which is a new private employment peak. Industries that experienced job increases in October included:

  • Construction (+2,500)
  • Private Educational and Health Services (+2,400)
  • Leisure and Hospitality (+1,900)
  • Financial Activities (+1,600)
  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+400)



As of Nov. 16, there were 105,860 open job postings throughout the state. In October, 14,801 unemployment insurance claims were filed in Indiana.

Individuals looking for work, training or career information are encouraged to visit in.gov/dwd/job-seekers.

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Common Council approves interlocal fuel agreement with Shelby County

The City of Shelbyville will turn to Shelby County to become its vehicle fleet’s fuel provider.

On Monday at the City of Shelbyville Common Council meeting at City Hall, an Interlocal Fuel-Sharing Agreement was unanimously approved.

Shelby County’s newly-created Michigan Road facility includes a fueling facility that will allow the county to purchase fuel at a wholesale rate.

The fueling facility will then charge the city vehicles five cents per gallon over the actual cost of the fuel. The city currently purchases fuel through the Shelby County Co-Op on East State Road 44.

“In discussions with the county highway department, the commissioners and the recycling district, we decided that it would be more efficient if we became a wholesale customer of the county,” said Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun. “So when they were doing the project out on Michigan Road, they built a fueling facility. All the city vehicles will now be able to fuel as customers at the county location.

“The county will be buying the fuel in bulk and we will be buying the fuel from the county. We think this will be a cheaper alternative for the city than the current alternative that we have.”

The agreement becomes effective on Dec. 1 and runs for 10 years unless terminated earlier.

The interlocal agreement must be approved by the Shelby County Commissioners, the Shelby County Council, the City of Shelbyville Common Council and the city’s Board of Public Works and Safety.

In other council business Monday:

  • Approved an Interlocal Recyclable Materials Agreement with the Shelby County Recycling District to take the city’s collected recyclable waste to the Shelby County Transfer Station, 1304 N. Michigan Road in Shelbyville
  • Approved the 2024 contracts with the Shelbyville Police Department and the Shelbyville Fire Department.

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Shelby County's burn ban lifted

After receiving a significant amount of rain late Thursday night and Friday morning, the Shelby County Board of Commissioners has lifted the countywide burn ban in Shelby County, effective immediately.
The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency will continue to monitor the dry conditions and re-address the issue, as needed.

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Fortville PD looking for suspect in armed robbery

The Fortville Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance on identifying the suspect of an armed robbery.

The incident occured November 5 at the Speedway gas station located at 335 E Broadway St in Fortville at 1:30am. If anyone has information regarding this incident or suspect please contact the Fortville Police Department and/or Det. King at (317)485-4044/ cking@fortvillepd.org.

Residents living in the area of the Speedway gas station are also asked that if anyone has any security/doorbell camera footage around the time of the incident, that could provide a lead and they are asked to come forward.

The suspect is believed to be a darker complected male, about 5’10", and between the ages of 18-25. He was seen wearing a black and green hooded jacket, black pants, and white/black gym shoes. He also wore a mask at the time of the incident.

A handgun with a silver slide and black frame was used to commit the crime.

Jockeys donate more than 80 toys for Shelby County kids at Horseshoe Indianapolis

Each year, the jockey colony at Horseshoe Indianapolis comes together for a great cause and brings in toys for less fortunate children in Shelby County.

This year, the jockeys brought in a total of 83 toys which will be delivered to Court Appointed State Advocates (CASA). The toys will then be dispersed to kids in the local community who will have a little brighter Christmas thanks to the efforts of more than 30 jockeys at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

“This is very special to all of us,” said Leading Jockey Joe Ramos, who brought in multiple bags for the cause. “A lot of us started off with very little at Christmas, so we know that feeling. We want to give back now that we are in a position to do so. We hope it brightens the day of many kids who might not otherwise have presents for Christmas.”

The toys range in age groups from toddlers to teens for both girls and boys. The jockeys picked out some of the hottest toys on the market to ensure all kids have a nice surprise during this holiday season.

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Man arrested in Columbus after pipe bomb found

The discovery of a pipe bomb in a truck in Columbus led to the arrest of a Kentucky man.

Just before noon Tuesday, Columbus Police were alerted to the bomb in the 700 block of 13th Street. Columbus Police said they don't believe the bomb was intended to harm someone but was placed there by someone who previously had possession of it.

Arrested was a suspect for possession of a dangerous device. The man, 32, from Whitely, Kentucky, was part of a work crew in the area.

Police note that a drug ledger was also found in the truck and they believe the suspect was dealing in illegal substances.

The pipe was taken to another location and disposed of by the bomb squad.

The incident remains under investigation.

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Shelbyville Central Schools board accepts $100,000 security grant for school resource officers

The Shelbyville Central Schools board accepted the Indiana Secured School Safety grant Wednesday at its monthly meeting at the administrative office.

The grant agreement provides SCS with $100,000 that the school system will use for its School Resource Officer (SRO) program. To receive the grant, SCS must match the grant with its own $100,000 investment.

“That’s what we use to pay our school resource officers with,” said Shelbyville Central Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Vance. “It doesn’t cover the entire amount of money we use for SROs but it covers a big part of it. We appreciate that very much. It’s very important for us to get that every year.”

City of Shelbyville police officers and local sheriffs assist with security in SCS’ five buildings. Not only are the officers a visible part of the SCS security plan, they also interact with students on a daily basis.

“I say this all the time that school safety is our No.1 priority,” said Vance. “We continue to look for ways to improve the safety of our facilities for our students and staff. We always want to make sure we are not overlooking anything.

“We have a great relationship with local law enforcement, the Shelbyville Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department. Our school resource officers do an amazing job.”

In other board business Wednesday:

  • Shelbyville High School tennis players Karson Schaf and Aiden Smith were honored for their advancement to the state finals of the IHSAA State Doubles Tournament. Schaf and Smith, 24-5 this season, were one of six teams to reach the state finals.
  • Dr. Vance announced the school system’s enrollment count for the fall semester is 3,661 students, down 59 students from the same point in 2022.
  • Dr. Vance updated the board on the ongoing construction projects within the school system. The renovation projects at Coulston Elementary and Loper Elementary have moved to Phase 4. There are six phases of the complete renovation project that will continue through the current school year. Also, the Black Box Theater project at Shelbyville Middle School is nearly complete.

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Continued dry conditions, warm temps prompting burn bans, fire concerns

Due to dry weather conditions, more than 25 counties put burn bans into effect to prevent the spread of fires and protect life and property. 

Shelby and neighboring counties Bartholomew and Rush currently have enacted burn bans.

County leaders consider several factors when making the decision to issue a burn ban. 

  1. Soil conditions
  2. Relative humidity 
  3. Wind speeds 

Southern Indiana is experiencing moderate drought conditions, while much of the northern part of the state is experiencing abnormally dry conditions, thus indicating a higher risk of the unintentional spread of a fire. 

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security keeps an updated list of the burn bans which can be viewed on the Statewide Burn Ban Status Map. This map will be updated when counties decide to lift the bans.

Burn bans can include outdoor burning, campfires and open flame activities.

Relief could be on the way this week. Temperatures are supposed to drop into the 50s for weekend highs. Plus, Indiana has rain chances going into the weekend and chances of thunderstorms starting the next work week.

Indiana County Commissioners (ICC) Association talking to state regarding local infrastructure, funding

The Indiana County Commissioners (ICC) Association, in partnership with several other local government stakeholders, provided testimony to the Indiana General Assembly’s Funding Indiana’s Roads for a Stronger, Safer Tomorrow (FIRSST) Task Force at its Nov. 15 meeting.

Public testimony was taken as the Task Force works to identify barriers to sustainable state and local infrastructure funding and crafts solutions for improving the current funding mechanism.

“As state lawmakers begin this important discussion around infrastructure funding, we know, as an association of local government officials, that we need to be at the table sharing our uniquely valuable perspectives,” said ICC President and Hamilton County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt. “As the gas tax becomes a less reliable revenue source for the state and economic challenges impact counties’ abilities to maintain, improve, and grow their local infrastructure networks, county commissioners across Indiana are closely watching the outcomes of this Task Force’s work.”

The FIRSST Task Force was created in 2016 to analyze state and local infrastructure conditions and funding mechanisms in order to identify shortfalls and opportunities for improvements. In 2017, the Indiana General Assembly adopted the recommendations of the Task Force, an overhaul of state and local infrastructure funding, in House Bill 1002. Since then, however, additional factors impacting infrastructure revenue created in HB 1002—such as record inflation, workforce shortages, enhanced vehicle mileage efficiency, and increased electric vehicle use—has led to concerns from state and local leaders that the current funding mechanism will not keep pace with the needs of the state’s comprehensive infrastructure network.

Therefore, the FIRSST Task Force reconvened for the first time since 2017 this year on Sept. 28 to hear from a variety of stakeholders, including the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), regarding barriers to sustainably funding Indiana’s infrastructure assets. Montgomery County Commissioner John Frey, who serves on the FIRSST Task Force, provided comments to the Task Force at the September meeting, expressing his anticipation to work with his fellow members to find meaningful solutions.

“Personally, I am excited to share specific road and bridge needs at the local level, particularly highlighting the unique challenges faced by Indiana counties, and developing a long-term funding plan that will secure the future of Indiana's local infrastructure,” Frey stated. “As long as I serve as a member of this Task Force, my top priority will be ensuring that Indiana communities remain safe, prosperous, and connected as a result of our efforts.”

Stephanie Yager, ICC’s Executive Director, is urging lawmakers and stakeholders to consider the needs of local units of governments when crafting solutions. “The key takeaway from our testimony today is that Indiana’s county officials have been responsible stewards of infrastructure investment dollars and that all Hoosiers will benefit from continued investments to maintain, improve, and grow local infrastructure networks,” Yager stated. “All trips begin and end on local roads, and with profound impacts on Hoosiers’ safety and quality of life, we have a responsibility to ensure that funding solutions will provide reliable support for local roads and bridges.”

The Task Force is expected to meet several times through 2024 to craft legislative proposals for consideration in the 2025 Budget Session. ICC will be closely monitoring the Task Force’s discussions in anticipation of legislative recommendations and will continue advocating for Hoosier counties throughout the process.

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Shelby County Chamber of Commerce with change in Executive Director

A change of leadership is happening at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.

In a letter from the chamber's board president Stephanie Amos, she indicates that Executive Director Donna Christian will be departing from her position with the Chamber, effective immediately.
The letter goes on to state - "We would like to extend our appreciation to Donna for her dedicated service during her time with the Chamber. We commend her for her hard work and commitment to the organization and our members.
As we move forward, we will initiate a search for a new Executive Director. The Chamber of Commerce is committed to finding a leader who will continue to drive our mission and promote economic growth within our community. In the interim, please feel free to contact the Chamber Office directly or any of our Chamber staff who can serve as the point of contact for any urgent
The letter finishes by stating that the board will keep members updated on the progress of the search for a new Executive Director, and that they are committed to making this transition as smooth as possible.

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Hoosiers can expect lower prices this Thanksgiving compared to last year

Hoosiers will find some relief when it comes to purchasing ingredients for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year.

Indiana Farm Bureau’s annual Thanksgiving market basket survey shows that Hoosier shoppers can expect to spend approximately 10% less at the grocery store than in 2022. According to this year’s pricing survey, Hoosiers are paying an average of $54.64 for a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people, or $5.46 per person.

Indiana’s market basket price also is approximately 11% lower, 66 cents less, than the U.S. average price of $6.12 per person.

According to INFB Chief Economist Todd Davis, the main driver of the decrease is the lower cost of the turkey. This year, shoppers can expect to pay approximately $1.38 per pound for a whole turkey, or $22.11 for a 16-pound bird, which is a decrease of about 21% from 2022. This is largely due to the dramatic reduction in avian influenza cases and a recovery of the turkey population in the United States, specifically the Midwest, which produces the most turkeys.

“The Midwest region had the least expensive market basket at an average price of $58.66,” said Dr. Davis. “Three out of the five top turkey-producing states are located in the Midwest, with Indiana ranking fourth. The concentration of turkey production in this region provides lower processing and marketing costs, which gets the turkey from the farm to the hands of the consumer efficiently.”

Even though there has been a decrease in the cost of a Thanksgiving meal since last year, Hoosiers are paying 28% more than they were four years ago, which mirrors the U.S. average cost. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states the food-at-home consumer price index from January through October 2023, a measure of price changes at the grocery store, increased 4.9% year-over-year. For perspective, food-at home annual costs for 2022 increased 11.4%.

“Even though the rate of inflation is not as extreme as last year, the cumulative effect of food inflation is still very much present,” continued Dr. Davis. “This includes the collective impact of labor, fuel, packaging and transportation costs, all of which are costs beyond the farm gate.”

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, just 14 cents of every retail food dollar can be attributed to farm production, after accounting for input costs. Using this figure, the farmer’s share of this $54.64 market basket would be less than $8. The rest is for food processing, packaging, transportation, wholesale and retail distribution, and food service preparation.

Additionally, droughts over the last few years have affected crops’ ability to grow, which drives up prices, in addition to high supply costs.

“It’s been a difficult few years for farmers in terms of high input costs and getting what we need to produce food, fuel and fiber for the world,” said Isabella Chism, INFB 2nd vice president. “And the amount farmers are being paid hasn’t covered the increase of their input expenses.

“But Hoosier farmers continue to find ways to streamline their operations and decrease costs of production, and we are glad to see that this Thanksgiving will be a bit more affordable for consumers compared to last year.”

The total market basket price of $54.64 includes a 16-pound turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls, peas, a carrot and celery veggie tray, whole milk, cranberries, whipping cream, ingredients for pumpkin pie and miscellaneous baking items.

Over half of the items in the market basket are less expensive for Hoosiers than last year, most notably the turkey, whipping cream and cranberries. There were some items that increased in price. The largest percentage price increase was for pumpkin pie filling mix and frozen peas.

Only pumpkin pie filling, sweet potatoes, a veggie tray and cranberries are more expensive in Indiana this year than they are nationally. All other items on the shopping list came in equal to or less than the national average, most notably the turkey, whole milk and pie shells.

Thanksgiving Market Basket Items (INFB Survey)

2023 Indiana Costs

2022 Indiana Costs

% Change of Indiana Costs (2022 to 2023)

% Difference between 2023 Indiana Costs and 2023 U.S. Average

Turkey (16 lb.)





Stuffing (14 oz. package)





Pumpkin pie filling mix (30 oz. can)





Pie shells, 9 in. (2 per package)





Sweet potatoes (3 lb.)





Rolls (1 doz.)





Peas (16 oz. package, frozen)





Veggie tray (.5 oz. each fresh carrots and celery)





Whole milk (gal.)





Cranberries (fresh, 1 lb. package)





Whipping cream (½ pint)





Misc. ingredients
(such as coffee, butter, onions, eggs, sugar and flour)










*The total meal price listed above is for a group of 10 individuals.















The INFB Thanksgiving market basket survey was conducted in early November by volunteer shoppers across the state who collected prices on specific food items from one of their local grocery stores. Volunteer shoppers were asked to look for the best possible prices, without taking advantage of special promotional coupons or purchase deals. Indiana’s survey was completed in conjunction with a national survey administered by the American Farm Bureau Federation.

More details about AFBF’s national Thanksgiving market basket results can be found here.

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Akron man arrested in Hancock County pursuit, wanted on multiple warrants

A pursuit began when an Indiana State trooper attempted to stop a Cadillac Escalade truck on Interstate 70 near the 114-mile marker for an equipment violation.

When the trooper initiated a traffic stop, the driver accelerated and a pursuit ensued.

The pursuit started in Henry County and continued along I-70 into Hancock County. At that time, a Hancock County deputy was able to get ahead of the fleeing vehicle and attempted to deploy stop sticks. Despite the success of the stop sticks in deflating both passenger-side tires, the driver continued to flee. Eventually, both its passenger side tires came off, and the driver continued driving on the rims.

Several Pendleton and Indianapolis troopers assisted in the pursuit as it continued west on I-70. At the 87.7 mm westbound the truck lost its axles and became immobilized. The male driver, identified as Robert Workman, 51, of Akron, barricaded himself in the vehicle for a short time before he fled on foot. Police de-escalated the situation by utilizing both a Pepper ball gun and a Taser deployment and took Workman into custody without further incident.

A female passenger,  Jennifer Workman, 48, of Indianapolis, complied with verbal commands given by police. Police took her into custody without further incident.

Upon searching the vehicle, troopers located methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia. Further investigation determined that Workman had three active warrants in three separate counties.

Police transported Robert Workman to Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis.

Charges include:

Robert Workman 

• Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle - Level 5 Felony.

• Possession of Methamphetamine e- Level 6 Felony.

• Resisting Law Enforcement - Class A Misdemeanor.

• Driving while Suspended Prior - Class A Misdemeanor.

• Criminal Recklessness - Class B Misdemeanor.

• Reckless Driving - Class C Misdemeanor.

• Possession of Paraphernalia-C Class C Misdemeanor.

Jennifer Workman 

• Possession of Methamphetamine - Level 6 Felony.

• Possession of Paraphernalia - Class C Misdemeanor.

Assisting in the incident were Pendleton troopers, several troopers from the ISP Indianapolis District, the Hancock County Sheriff's Department, Affordable Towing, and the Indianapolis Fire Department.

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Sponsorship, volunteer opportunities available for Triton Central Pink Out Game

The Triton Central community will host the 16th Annual Pink Out Game on Jan. 19 against Lawrenceburg High School.

The Pink Out game honors breast cancer survivors and supports the Indiana Women In Need (IWIN) Foundation.

In the last 15 years, the Triton Central Pink Out game has raised $229,000.

Planning is underway for the January event and there are ways to participate:

  • Become a sponsor
  • Volunteer during the event
  • Donate a Silent Auction item/gift (must be donated by Jan. 15)
  • Issue a monetary donation. Checks must be made payable to LTB and mailed to Triton Central High School, Attention: LTB coach Bryan Graham, 4774 W 600 N., Fairland, IN 46176

There are sponsorship opportunities available

  • $1,000 sponsorship – Your ad/name will be on the video board throughout the event and your name will be announced several times throughout the event. This sponsorship also includes a special recognition during the Survivor Ceremony.
  • $500 sponsorship – Your ad/name will be in the video board throughout the event and your name will be announced several times throughout the event.
  • $250 sponsorship – Your ad/name will be on the video board throughout the event.



If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, contact Bryan Graham at 317-835-3000 by Jan. 15.

The IWIN foundation received $24,045.84 from the 2023 Pink Out game and that money helped 50 women in need. IWIN makes it a priority that the Pink Out funds will assist women in Shelby County first, then women from the surrounding counties.

For more information or to sign up to participate, contact one of the following women:

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Burn ban enacted in Shelby County

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners enacted a countywide burn ban, effective immediately.
The ban for Shelby County is due to the exceptionally dry conditions and the fact
that Shelby County has not had any significant rainfall since October 30.
The burn ban will be re-evaluated at the next Shelby County Commissioners meeting on November 20.

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Update: One dead, two injured in London Road car accident

A Shelby County woman was killed in a one-car accident Monday morning.

About 8:40 a.m., a 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was involved in a single vehicle crash near the intersection of 700 N and London Road. The Shelby County Sheriff's Department says the vehicle was traveling northbound on London Road when it exited the westside of London Road for an unknown reason. The vehicle came to rest at 700 N and London Road.

The vehicle was occupied by Brandon Jones 33, Darian Herald, 29, and their juvenile son, age 5, all of Fairland . Jones and the juvenile sustained serious injuries and were transported from the scene for immediate medical care.

Darian Herald was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The investigation is still ongoing.

One fatality and two injured in London Road crash

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department is currently investigating a fatal crash that occurred around 9 a.m. Monday.

There was one fatality and two injured in the one-car accident. The injured were taken to Indianapolis hospitals.

The crash occurred on London Rd. at C.R. 700N.  

No names or cause of the crash have been reported.

Sean Eberhart to plead guilty to conspiring to solicit and receive future, lucrative employment with gaming company

A former state representative from Shelby County is expected to plead guilty in a federal case.

Sean Eberhart, 57, a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiring with others to solicit and receive the promise of future, lucrative employment with a gaming company in exchange for his support of legislation beneficial to the gaming company. The United States Attorney’s Office filed the charges along with Eberhart’s agreement to plead guilty.

According to court documents, Eberhart was the elected representative for Indiana House District 57, which included Shelby County and portions of Bartholomew and Hancock counties. Eberhart served on the House Committee on Public Policy, which had jurisdiction over matters concerning casinos and gaming in Indiana.

In late 2018 and early 2019, a gaming company called Spectacle Entertainment sought to purchase the state licenses for two casinos that were located on the waterfront of Lake Michigan, and to relocate those casinos to other areas beneficial to Spectacle. Purchases and relocations of casinos in Indiana must be approved through the passage of a bill by both houses of the Indiana legislature, then signed by the Governor.

A bill to allow Spectacle’s purchases and relocations was introduced in the Indiana House and considered by the House Committee on Public Policy. In addition to approving the purchases and relocations of the casinos, the bill included provisions for Spectacle to pay a “transfer fee.”

According to the federal charges, an owner of Spectacle, identified as Individual A, offered, and Eberhart accepted, the promise of future employment at Spectacle, which included annual compensation of at least $350,000. In exchange, Eberhart allegedly used his position as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives to advocate and ultimately vote for passage of the bill on terms favorable to Spectacle, including to authorize the transfer and relocation of the two casinos, reducing the transfer fee from $100 million to $20 million, and enacting tax incentives that would benefit Spectacle. Additionally, Eberhart allegedly sent text messages regarding his efforts to secure legislation favorable to Spectacle and to “make it right for” Individual A.

The charges were announced by Zachary A. Myers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, and Herbert J. Stapleton, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office. The FBI investigated this case.

Former state representative Sean Eberhart to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit honest services fraud

A former member of the state legislature from Shelby County to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, according to court documents and a petition to enter a guilty plea filed late Thursday in the Southern District Court of Indiana.

Sean Eberhart is the former Indiana state representative from Shelby County and the former District 57 which included portions of Hancock and Bartholomew counties.

The maximum prison sentence for the charge is up to five years, up to a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

A specific sentence has not been agreed upon according to the court documents and is at discretion of the court. It does note that $60,000 restitution is to be paid.

The court documents do not state specific details as to how the listed crime was committed.

Below, the opening two pages of the court documents as filed in the Southern District Court of Indiana. More to come on this story as it develops.












Rep. Greene named Legislator of the Year for work to help Hoosiers with disabilities

The Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Inc. recently presented State Rep. Robb Greene (R-Shelbyville) with its Legislator of the Year Award for his work on a new law to help boost job opportunities for Hoosiers with disabilities.

During his freshman year as a state legislator, Greene crafted legislation that was later included in a new law offering an added incentive for employers to hire more Hoosiers with physical or intellectual and developmental disabilities.

"As a partner in the worthy effort to better support those living with disabilities, I'm honored by this recognition," Greene said. "I look forward to working with INARF to continue our progress and helping more Hoosiers."

Greene said with the new law, employers who receive a referral from a vocational rehabilitation services program for individuals with a disability and hire them are eligible to receive a tax credit.

The amount is determined based on the employee's tenure, starting at 30% of their wages and can increase up to 50% of their wages by the third year and onward. These new tax credits will apply for those who hire a person with disabilities after Dec. 31, 2023.

“Rep. Greene has traveled the state, listening to providers of services to people with disabilities in an effort to understand the complex industry and regulatory environment INARF members experience every day," said Katy Stafford-Cunningham, president and CEO of INARF. "More importantly, he has taken that knowledge and put it into action with legislation like HEA 1454, providing tangible results to advance the employment of people with disabilities, a traditionally underemployed population of our society, with only 37.3% of people with disabilities being represented in the national labor force. This is unacceptable and Rep. Greene’s bill addresses this disparity.”

INARF is an organization that advocates for those with disabilities across the state, serving nearly 50,000 Hoosiers annually and employing nearly 15,000. Over nearly half a century, the group has worked with government agencies to create a network of providers for anyone with physical or intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Early Thursday morning crash results in one fatality on I-74

Initial reports to Shelby County law enforcement in the overnight, early morning hours Thursday involved a vehicle driving the wrong way on I-74 with no headlights on.

It appears that led to a crash and one fatality.

Few other details are available at this time. Shelby County FACT is investigating the crash.

More details expected to be released later today.

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Willows Healthcare continues services of former Heritage House

The former Heritage House of Shelbyville is touting the same services but a new name following its completed acquisition over the summer.

The property at 2309 South Miller Street now known as Willows of Shelbyville goes by a similar name as facilities in Greensburg, New Castle and Richmond owned by Willows Healthcare.

Willows will continue to offer services Heritage House did including short term rehab, long term care and adult day care. The facility also has a memory care unit.

There are over 60 residents at the Shelbyville site.

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Decatur County volunteer department one of 60 fire crews to get life-saving grain rescue tools

A Decatur County volunteer fire department is receiving safety equipment and training from a national campaign.

Rural communities continue to face hazards associated with working in and around grain structures. In 2022 alone, there were at least 42 grain entrapments – the highest number in over a decade – resulting in 15 fatalities.

To help prevent tragic accidents and deaths, Nationwide and its partners are providing life-saving grain rescue tubes and training to 60 fire departments across rural America through its 2023 Grain Bin Safety campaign.

In partnership with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), Nationwide and its partners have now supplied grain rescue equipment and training to 332 first responders across 32 states to help prepare them when local grain entrapments occur.

The Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department in Decatur County is one of the departments chosen by the program.

After receiving thousands of nominations in the 2023 Nominate Your Fire Department Contest, an annual component of Nationwide’s Grain Bin Safety advocacy campaign, the insurer and its partners are proud to have awarded grain rescue tubes and training to the following 60 fire departments this year:

“Grain bin accidents continue to be a critical issue facing the agriculture industry,” said Brad Liggett, president of Agribusiness at Nationwide. “We are proud to have supplied these important resources to 60 more rural fire departments in partnership with the many sponsors involved in our grain bin safety efforts. However, the work will not be complete until we can put a stop to these needless accidents altogether. Thank you to the first responders who play such an important role in supporting the agriculture community.”

NECAS, based out of Peosta, Iowa, delivered the rescue tubes and training to 60 fire departments and conducted re-training for six additional fire departments throughout 2023, traveling to each location with state-of-the-art grain entrapment simulators. The comprehensive training sessions included classroom education and rescue simulations using the entrapment tools, which are loaded onto 20-foot trailers and able to hold about 100 bushels of grain each.

Since beginning the Grain Bin Safety campaign in 2014, at least seven fire departments have utilized their rescue tubes and training to successfully rescue entrapped individuals, including a recent Ohio rescue of a worker trapped up to his armpits in March 2023.

“With entrapments and accidents on the rise, it’s as important as ever to be following proper safety precautions before entering a bin,” said Liggett. “Visit our Grain Bin Safety page to find educational resources and tools to help maintain grain quality and prevent accidents. Thank you to our generous partners who have supported this cause.”

Nationwide is continuing to work with partners throughout the year to provide additional grain rescue tubes and training sessions to fire departments in need. To learn how to get involved or sponsor a rescue tube for your local fire department, visit the Partner With Us webpage.

The program is supported by Nationwide, NECAS and the following generous partners: KC Supply, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Maryland Soy Board, Horizon Farm Credit, Maryland Grain Producers, Specialty Risk Insurance, Lutz Agency Inc., Bradford County Commissioners, Delaware Soybean Board, ProValue Insurance LLC, CHS, New York Farm Bureau, Perry County Farm Bureau, West Side Salvage, Delaware Farm Bureau, Kelly Jones Insurance Agency, Gary Thompson Agency, Gregerson Salvage, Inc., GROWMARK, Farm Creek Insurance, The Pegram Agency, Washington County Soil & Water District, HTS Ag, Maryland Farm Bureau, Ohio Farm Bureau, Sandy Oakley & Family, Gallagher, ABIS/Assured Partners, Sump Saver, NOHR Wortmann Engineering, IRMI, D. Larson Financial & Insurance Services.

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Furgeson edges Weber in Shelbyville mayoral race

Former mayor Scott Furgeson will return to office in January as the next mayor of Shelbyville.

Furgeson (main photo), a Republican, narrowly defeated the Democratic candidate Nic Weber, 1,406 to 1,387, in Tuesday’s election.

Furgeson was a two-term Shelbyville mayor prior to current mayor Tom DeBaun, who is finishing his third and final term. Furgeson was a two-term city councilman prior to being elected mayor in 2003.

He returned to city government in 2020 when he was elected the Fourth Ward city councilman.

“This was a lot closer than I wanted, but I am glad I came out on top,” said Furgeson after the final voting numbers were announced. “I want to congratulate Nic on running a great race and to Denny Ramsey for kind of reinvigorating the Democratic Party. They did a nice job, are a class act and are good people. It was nice to be able to come out on top.”

Republicans swept the voting races Tuesday in Shelbyville. Along with Furgeson returning to office, Scott Asher will remain Clerk-Treasurer and the city council will add four new members – all Republicans.

Dennis Harrold and Chuck Reed were elected to the At-Large seats on the council, defeating Democrats Cristi Brant and Joanne Bowen.

Bowen is the current First Ward representative on the council. Kassy Wilson will assume that position in January. She defeated the Democratic challenger Susan Pouder, who was not able to maintain Bowen’s seat on the council.

Betsy Means-Davis will continue as the Second Ward representative. She was unopposed in the election.

Mike Johnson remains as Third Ward representative. He defeated Democrat Patrick Addis.

Linda Sanders takes over Ferguson’s seat as Fourth Ward representative. She was unopposed Tuesday.

Thurman Adams maintained his role as Fifth Ward representative, defeating challenger Linda West.



“There are a lot of new council members. I am looking forward to it,” said Ferguson. “More females than we’ve had on the city council too. I think that is good for the city. There will be a lot of thoughtfulness and good people working for us.”

The council now consists of four women and three men and none have more than one term of service to the council.

Weber, who entered the mayoral race with no city government experience, made the race close.

“Honestly, it is frustrating to lose,” said Weber. “You don’t set out to do something like this to lose. I am proud of the fact that we were within 19 votes of winning the mayorship in this town.

“I had zero political experience going into this but I had a great team of people, a great team of friends and family and lots of support. It is a very exciting time for us. I had a great time. This isn’t it. There is more work to be done. This was just my first opportunity to have a shot at something like this and I really appreciate everyone’s support.”



Weber owns a local plumbing business and is a full-time firefighter/paramedic with the Shelbyville Fire Department. He faced a steep learning curve as soon as he announced his candidacy and feels he will be better prepared should he choose to run for office in the future.

“The truth is it is hard to say what four years down the road will bring,” said Weber. “I certainly have discovered a lot of things that need attention in our city and our county. There are things people are concerned about.

“I’ve learned an unbelievable amount about everything in this campaign. It’s been very eye-opening to me. I’m just a worker and I have been very flattered by all the support that came to this campaign. I am still as committed as I’ve ever been to being a public servant in Shelbyville and Shelby County.”

Furgeson has been away from the mayor’s office for 16 years and that has provided him with a different perspective as he embarks on his second turn as mayor.

“Twenty years since I first took office, its maturity and a different outlook. The older you get in life, you look at everything differently,” said Furgeson. “As I said during the election process, we need to work on ourselves. We need to do better. We need to make sure we take care of our people.

“We really need to move forward in that aspect and still try and grow at the same time, but take care of ourselves and take care of our people in our community.”

According to the election summary report, 3,103 people voted or 18.99% of registered voters (16,337).

There were 1,162 walk-in or absentee votes; 97 paper absentee votes. A total of 1,844 people voted Tuesday.

There were 698 straight-party Republican votes and 226 straight-party Democrat votes.

Here is the summary (winners in bold):


(R) Scott Furgeson -- 1,406 votes

(D) Nic Weber -- 1,387 votes


Shelbyville Clerk-Treasurer

(R) Scott Asher -- 1,941 votes


Shelbyville Council At-Large

(R) Dennis Harrold -- 1,546 votes

(R) Chuck Reed -- 1,229 votes

(D) Cristi Brant -- 958 votes

(D) Joanne Bowen -- 936 votes


Council First Ward

(R) Kassy Wilson -- 296 votes

(D) Susan Pouder -- 210 votes


Council Second Ward

(R) Betsy Means-Davis -- 286 votes


Council Third Ward

(R) Mike Johnson -- 552 votes

(D) Patrick Addis -- 298 votes


Council Fourth Ward

(R) Linda Sanders -- 475 votes


Council Fifth Ward

(R) Thurman Adams -- 269 votes

(D) Linda West -- 206 votes


Morristown Clerk-Treasurer

(R) Morgan Stratton -- 104 votes

(D) Donald Roberts -- 91 votes


Morristown Town Council

(R) David Benefiel -- 126 votes

(R) Tamera Davis -- 124 votes


Edinburgh Town Clerk-Treasurer

(Ind.) Scott Finley -- 37 votes


Edinburgh Town Council At-Large

(R) Sherri Sweet -- 36 votes

(R) Miriam Rooks -- 34 votes

(Ind.) Michael Bryant -- 24 votes

(R) Jeff Simpson -- 15 votes


St. Paul Clerk-Treasurer

(Ind.) Alyssa Hall -- 17 votes

(R) Cassandra Jenkins -- 5 votes


St. Paul Town Council At-Large

(Ind.) Joshua Sangl -- 19 votes


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Scott Furgeson by 19 votes over Nic Weber in Shelbyville mayoral race, election results

Former Shelbyville mayor Scott Furgeson (R) will serve in that capacity again after narrowly defeating Nic Weber (D) in Tuesday's election, 1406-1387.


Other contested races in Shelby County:


Shelbyville Common Council, At-Large (2 seats available)

(R) Dennis Harrold, 1546

(R) Chuck Reed, 1229

(D) Cristi Brant, 958

(D) Joanne Bowen, 936


Shelbyville Common Council, 1st Ward

(R) Kassy Wilson, 296

(D) Susie Pouder, 210


Shelbyville Common Council, 3rd Ward

(R) Mike Johnson, 562

(D) Patrick Addis, 298


Shelbyville Common Council, 5th Ward

(R) Thurman Adams, 269

(D) Linda West, 206


Morristown Clerk-Treasurer

(R) Morgan Stratton, 104

(D) Donald Roberts, 91








Bob Knight's Shelbyville connections reveal a kinder side

Bob Knight will be remembered as one of the most significant figures in the history of basketball. His philosophy revolutionized the game. He played on a national championship team, recorded three NCAA championships as a coach and is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, The Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame, and The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Knight’s profound influence extends to every aspect and level of basketball. He was the ultimate luminary to a generation of Hoosiers.

Tributes and commentary have poured in from every available level of communication and media following the former Indiana University coach’s passing on November 1. His volatile demeanor and occasional outlandish behavior came to define the man over the course of his career. One too many such incidents resulted in his dismissal as IU basketball coach in the fall of 2000 after 29 years of unprecedented success.

Knight’s humanitarian efforts such as extensive financial contributions to the university’s library, emotional support for players enduring life’s most difficult and challenging moments such as that provided in the cases of Mike Krzyzewski and Landon Turner, and numerous other little- known, remarkable acts of kindness received marginal attention.

The coach never publicized or promoted these philanthropic endeavors and as a result, the public persona of Knight as a self-serving, volatile, egomaniac came to be accepted as fact. However, this caricature provides only a snapshot in to the essence of the man.

The truth is that Bob Knight was a complicated, somewhat contradictory individual whose heartfelt mission on his journey to success was to contribute to the enhancement of the lives of others. Several of his encounters with the Shelbyville community make a compelling case for support.



Jeff Lowe was a two-year starting center for the Shelbyville High School basketball team. He led the Golden Bears in scoring his senior season and received the prestigious Paul Cross Award in 1971. Lowe enrolled at Indiana University and played on the freshman basketball team (freshmen were ineligible to play NCAA varsity sports until 1972). He was enthusiastic about having the opportunity to play at the college level and pursue his aspirations of becoming a teacher and coach.

Bob Knight was entering his second season as the IU coach and called Lowe into his office following preseason tryouts. Knight informed Lowe that he had been cut from the squad. The coach also told him that he appreciated his character and his effort. Knight concluded the meeting by telling Lowe, “If you ever need anything, let me know.”

Lowe became disheartened and lost interest in school. He left campus and came back to Shelbyville to work in a local factory. He had no intention of returning to Bloomington.

“I thought coach’s talk about me needing anything were just empty words and I did not want to bother someone as busy as he was,” Lowe said in a 1975 interview.

Knight heard about Lowe’s decision a month later and called the family’s home in Shelbyville. He asked Lowe’s parents, “Why wasn’t I informed of this problem earlier?” and arranged for Lowe and his parents to meet him at a basketball clinic he would be lecturing at in Indianapolis.

“He told us he wanted to quit when he was a player at Ohio State but was persuaded not to by his father,” said Lowe. “He stressed the importance of finishing school and what it would mean to my future.”

As Knight talked, Lowe noticed that Knight was already late for his lecture.

“He told me not to worry about that, that my future was what was important,” said Lowe.

The coach offered the Shelbyville graduate a job as team statistician and the opportunity to attend games and practices.

“He told me that he would teach me everything about coaching basketball,” said Lowe.

Knight continued and said that if he was not interested in the job as statistician, Knight would work to find him another school where he could continue his playing career.



Lowe (photo) accepted Knight’s offer, returned to school, and served as team statistician for four years.

“I’m learning something every day, I’m learning how to handle certain situations, I’m learning from the best,” Lowe further stated in 1975.

Jeff Lowe died in a car accident in 1980 at the age of 27. However, that tragedy is mitigated by the fact that he was treated to the experience of a lifetime by Bob Knight. He continued his education and made the most of the opportunity to indulge his love of basketball and pursue his passion. None of that would have happened were it not for Knight.

Steve Bush’s connection to Bob Knight is well-known. He was in the right place at the right time. Bush is a 1963 Morristown High School graduate and long-time Shelbyville resident.

He was working as a freelance photographer covering an IU game in late February of 1985 and captured the definitive, iconic photo of Knight throwing a chair from the team bench across the floor at Assembly Hall in the game against Purdue.

“I had a good spot very close to the IU bench,” said Bush. “Word quickly spread that I had taken THE picture and I was bombarded with requests for copies. However, given his reputation, I was a little nervous about coach Knight’s reaction.”



Bush’s concerns were completely unfounded.

“His secretary called me and said he wanted five copies,” said Bush. “He completely embraced the situation.”

Bush later received an autographed copy of the picture and a very nice letter from Knight. 

“I was very surprised about how cordial and complimentary he was about everything. I was very grateful for his kindness and for him taking the time to do that for me,” said Bush, who still works as a freelance photographer.

Jeff Kolls was among a group of Indiana State Troopers who wrote Knight to inquire about purchasing tickets to an IU game. A miscommunication resulted in them missing the game that the coach had reserved for them.

“We called to apologize for the misunderstanding and coach Knight’s secretary called back and asked if we wanted tickets to the next game,” said Kolls. “After that, he provided the State Police Post with four tickets to basically every home game from 1996 through 2000.”

Kolls, a three-sport athlete at Shelbyville High School and 20-year Indiana State policeman who retired in 2000, went on to say that the tickets were premium seats.

“We always sat somewhere in the first three rows either behind the IU bench or directly across from it. We were so close behind the bench that you could hear the coaches talking strategy,” said Kolls. “You really felt a part of the game. We all truly appreciated coach Knight’s kindness. His secretary even took us back to his office to show us around during halftime of one game.”



Former SHS and University of Texas basketball standout Harry Larrabee (photo) reported several interactions with Knight. The coach sent one of his assistants to Shelbyville to meet with Larrabee during his senior season while coaching at Army.

“Coach Knight later called me,” said Larrabee. “No one knew who Bob Knight was in 1970, so he was just another voice on the phone to me.”

Larrabee went on to say that Knight told him that West Point was not for everybody and that he (Larrabee) needed to figure it out if he was interested.

“He was very clear and straightforward,” said Larrabee.

Knight and the Shelbyville native again crossed paths at the Far West Shootout in Portland, Oregon, in 1973 when Knight was at Indiana.

“We had just lost a tough game to West Virginia by one point,” recalled Larrabee. “As I was leaving the court, coach Knight approached me, put his arm around me and said, ‘Hey Shelbyville, hang in there. It’s a long season.’”

Larrabee appreciated that Knight took the time to console a fellow Hoosier at a tough moment.

Larrabee also spoke with Knight on occasions when Larrabee was men’s basketball coach and later athletic director at the University of Alaska-Anchorage in the 1990s. He said Knight praised the Alaska program for providing unique opportunities to players from remote areas. IU played in the 1995 Great Alaska Shootout that Larrabee coordinated.

Larrabee came to Bloomington to watch IU practice during one of his trips promoting the Shootout. He was invited to “the Cave,” the basketball inner sanctum beneath Assembly Hall afterward.

“The ‘cave’ experience is one I will always cherish,” said Larrabee about the two hours he spent discussing basketball and life with the legendary coach. He added that, “One of coach Knight’s most important goals was to empower student-athletes on and off the court.”

Knight’s passing has led Larrabee to positive reflection about his experiences with the late coach.

“Coach Knight had an authentic brilliance,” stated Larrabee. “I feel very fortunate to have had opportunities to interact with him throughout my career.”

These are just a few examples involving Shelbyville people that highlight the generosity and consideration the late IU coach demonstrated throughout his life. There are countless other similar instances.

Humans are complicated and Knight was no exception; paradoxical to be sure and undoubtedly more complex than most. He was, often to the extreme, both flawed and exceptional.

Yet, I believe history will confirm that throughout his life, he held and regularly manifested a genuine concern for others; a genuine though often camouflaged benevolence.

Bob Knight was more than simply the legendary coach who threw the chair. He had, at his core, a humanitarian spirit. That is how he should be remembered.

Fire damages, home, shed, fence in Fountaintown

A fire at a Fountaintown home could have been much worse Sunday.

Fountaintown Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dean Tyner says they received the call to respond to 21 East Brookville Road just after 8:30 p.m. A fire damaged a privacy fence and shed between the home and nearby apartments. It then went up the siding of the home and damaged the home into the roof and into an enclosed lean-to built onto the back of the home.

Tyner said the department's quick response helped to contain the damage to the home. Fountaintown received aid from Sugar Creek, Morristown, Greenfield and Shelbyville.

No word on a cause at this time as the fire remains under investigation. According to Shelby County GIS, the property is owned by Michael and Marcia Coates.

There were no injuries reported.

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Traffic switch on U.S. 36 in Fortville

The Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Milestone Contractors will conduct a traffic switch on U.S. 36 in Fortville. 

Beginning on or after Thursday, November 9, crews will switch traffic on U.S. 36 to the south side of U.S. 36. There will be two way traffic with one westbound lane and one eastbound lane. This traffic switch will take two days, weather permitting. All side streets south of U.S. 36 will be open except Maple Street. All northbound access from U.S.36 will be closed. Motorists will be able to access the north side of U.S. 36 via State Road 13 or Staat Street. 

During this new phase of traffic, crews will:

  • install a temporary pedestrian crossing at Merrill Street
  • mill existing pavement in the former westbound lane of U.S. 36
  • saw cut approaches, new water line and storm sewer

This configuration will continue through November 2024, weather permitting. The official detour of this project is State Road 234 to State Road 9.

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Several area towns, counties receive Community Crossings matching grants

Governor Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced cities, towns, and counties receiving portions of the $91.5 million awarded through the Community Crossings matching grant program, a component of Governor Holcomb's Next Level Roads program.

"Community Crossings continues to provide opportunities for Indiana local communities, large and small, to make connectivity and safety road improvements for Hoosier families and our visitors," Gov. Holcomb said. "The importance of this matching grant program is immediately obvious as we take our award-winning statewide infrastructure network to the next level."

Among area communities receiving funding:

Shelby County, $1,000,000.00

Shelbyville, $343,258.58

Edinburgh, $1,000,000.00

Greensburg, $317,909.50

Hancock County, $544,305.00

Hope, $103,075.23

Rush County, $649,998.00

Communities submitted applications for funding during a highly competitive call for projects in July. Funding for Community Crossings comes from the state’s local road and bridge matching grant fund. The Community Crossings initiative has provided nearly $1.5 billion in state matching funds for local road improvement projects since 2016.

"It's encouraging to see continued dedication and commitment to transportation infrastructure at the local level," INDOT Commissioner Mike Smith said. "Seeing the completed projects from this program is a reward in itself and a win for the state."

State legislators identified long-term funding for Community Crossings as part of House Enrolled Act 1002, passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Holcomb in April 2017. 

188 communities received matching funds in the 2023 fall call for projects.

The next call for projects will open in January.

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Indiana health officials announce first two flu deaths of season, urge Hoosiers to get vaccinated

The Indiana Department of Health encourages Hoosiers to get vaccinated against influenza (flu) after confirming the first two flu-related deaths of the 2023-24 season. No additional information about the patients will be released due to privacy laws.

Hundreds of Hoosiers become sick from influenza, and some cases are fatal. More than 270 Hoosiers died after contracting influenza during the 2022-23 flu season, which typically runs from October through May.

“Influenza can quickly become a serious, even life-threatening illness for some Hoosiers,” said State Health Commissioner Lindsay Weaver, M.D., FACEP. “While no two flu seasons are exactly alike, we always recommend getting an annual flu shot as soon as possible to provide the best protection against becoming seriously ill.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone age 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year. The CDC also recommends early vaccination as it takes about two weeks for the antibodies which protect against flu to develop in the body and holiday season when families gather indoors is approaching.

People can also help prevent the spread of flu by washing their hands thoroughly and frequently, avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with their hands, and staying home when sick. Hoosiers should practice the “Three Cs” to help prevent the spread of flu and other infectious diseases:

  • Clean: Properly wash hands with warm, soapy water
  • Cover: Cover your cough and sneeze with your arm or disposable tissue
  • Contain: Stay home from school or work when you are sick to prevent the spread of germs.

While anyone can get the flu, there are some people who are at higher risk of serious flu-related complications such as pneumonia, hospitalization and death. Pregnant women, young children (especially those too young to get vaccinated), people who are immunocompromised or who have chronic illness, and the elderly are most at risk for complications from flu. It is especially important for these individuals to receive an annual flu vaccine.

Common signs and symptoms of the flu include:

  • fever of 100° Fahrenheit or higher
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • fatigue
  • muscle aches
  • runny or stuffy nose

Flu season data is reflected on the IDOH influenza dashboard each week and will be updated on Fridays. Note that due to reporting timeframes, one death will be reflected on the Nov. 3 update and the second on Nov. 13.

The dashboard also contains historical flu surveillance data, broken down by county, region, and age group. Click here to learn more about influenza or to view the CDC weekly flu report.

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Morrison Park's new courts harken memories of Shelbyville's outdoor basketball past

The recent addition of two regulation basketball courts on the site of the former Morrison Park skate area has rekindled historic memories of other Shelbyville outdoor basketball courts where previous generations honed round ball skills and developed a true passion for the sport.

The installation of the new courts (photo), along with the existing one at Kennedy Park gives the community three full-sized, modern, high quality basketball venues.

A multitude of outside basketball courts throughout the community served as training grounds for local talent for more than three-quarters of a century. The Booker T. Washington School at the corner of Howard and Harrison Streets (photo, below) was constructed in 1869 and functioned as the school for black children until Shelbyville elementary schools were desegregated in 1949.

Bill Garrett, Marshall Murray and Emerson Johnson, black members of Shelbyville’s 1947 state championship team, grew up playing on the dusty outdoor court behind the school close to the railroad track. The school’s court was one of the few outdoor sites in town at the time.



Shelbyville native Tom Graham, co-author of the book, “Getting Open: The Unknown Story of Bill Garrett and the Integration of College Basketball,” illustrated how significant the Booker T. court was to Garrett: “His life tuned to the thud and ping of a dog-eared basketball bouncing on packed dirt. He (Garrett) played basketball all summer and after school, shoveling snow off the court in the winter, often taking on older boys and grown men.”

Graham and his family resided on farm land just off the road of what is now Van Avenue. His father constructed a regulation asphalt lighted basketball court on the property in the early 1950s. Aspiring Golden Bear basketball players of later years were treated to a constant stream of stories about the games on “Graham’s Court” as it would become known.

“Among the first players on my family’s basketball court were Emerson Johnson, Marshall Murray and Bill Garrett’s brother Jim,” related Graham in his book, adding that the players saw the court as a marked improvement over the conditions at the old Booker T. Washington School.

The Booker T. Washington location closed as a school in 1949. The building and site were eventually donated to the Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department who utilized it as a recreation center until it was razed in 1971.

Tom Graham received Shelbyville High School’s Paul Cross Basketball Award in 1961. He graduated from Indiana University and Harvard Law School and worked as an international trade lawyer. His book “Getting Open,” co-authored with daughter Rachel, was published in 2006.

1957 Shelbyville graduate Gary Long went to Shelby Township School for grades one through eight.

“We had no indoor gym so we practiced on an outdoor court,” said Long. “We played all our games on the road.”

Long confirms the historic legacy of Graham’s court: “I spent more time there than anywhere else during my youth. It seems like I was there every spare minute. Classmate George Stubbs Jr. and I would make plans to play there after church almost every Sunday. It was the only asphalt full court in town. It was such a great place to play. There was always a game there.”

“The competition was remarkable,” continued Long. “My cousin Ronnie Richardson was an excellent player and other cousins Dave Ross and Jerry Bass often came in from Morristown. Gordon Pope, who went on to play at Butler University, regularly came over from Greenfield.”



Jack Krebs and Jim and Jack Tindall were other outstanding Golden Bears who developed their games at Graham’s court (photo).

Long conveys his heartfelt appreciation to the Graham family for constructing the court and always being generous in allowing developing athletes the opportunity to make use of it. “I firmly believe that players having access to Graham’s court had a great deal to do with Shelbyville having so much basketball success in the 1950s. It sure was tremendously helpful to my basketball career.”

Long would go on to play at Indiana University and is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Tim Ash recalls riding his bike to play on Graham’s court when he was an elementary student.

“That was where everyone wanted to play,” said Ash. “Players who were older than I was played there and you wanted to watch them and be around them. Tom Graham, Tom Strawn, and the Tindall twins would play there. They were all 5-10 years older than I was but I saw them all play for Shelbyville and could not wait to get in a game with them.”

The outside courts at the junior high school also were a popular site.

“The courts faced Meridian Street and were located between the main school building and the building that housed Paul Cross Gym and the two shop wings,” said Ash. “There were no lights there but we would play there before school, at lunch and after school a lot. It was right in the school neighborhood so there were always people around to play. We had some great games there.”

Pearson and Hendricks Elementary Schools also had outside courts, though they were somewhat inferior in quality.

“They were functional but not as well maintained,” said Ash.



The Boys Club constructed a new club building on South Miller Street in 1960. In 1966, they created two full-sized, lighted asphalt basketball courts (photo) that were north and south in direction. The courts were completely lined with regulation dimensions and had solid wooden backboards and usually, chain nets.

“The outdoor Boys Club courts became the place to play,” said Ash. “That quickly came to be where the high school and older players came to compete in the 1960s and 1970s.”

That era featured some tremendous Shelbyville basketball talent who regularly demonstrated their skills on the outdoor Boys Club courts. Tim Ash was routinely joined by cousins Doug and Kim Ash, Steve Drake, Harry Larrabee, Jeff Lowe, and David and Johnny Randolph to name but a few.

Shelbyville players comprised the overwhelming majority of participants at the Boys Club courts during this period, however several Shelby County basketball standouts made their way to compete on the Miller Street courts as well.

“Sam Ingle and Mike Wells from Triton would come in to play sometimes as would Van McQueen from Southwestern,” said Ash.

“For the most part, gymnasiums were not made available during the spring and summer months during that time,” stated Ash. “You had to find outside places to play and there were many to choose from. As an adult, I played in outdoor tournaments and leagues in Kokomo, Indianapolis, Columbus, and Knightstown, for example.”

Ash, a 1968 SHS graduate, currently ranks third on the Golden Bears’ career scoring list and is the program’s fourth all-time leading rebounder.

Harry Larrabee was a 1970 Indiana High School All-Star and is Shelbyville’s second all-time career leading scorer.

“I spent countless hours playing basketball outside at the goal at my house, at the Morristown High School courts and the asphalt Marion Elementary court where I went to grade school,” said Larrabee. “I started working as director of the Boys Club T-league baseball program while I was in junior high. I lived nine miles away so I rode my Bike to the Club.

“At first, I would watch the older guys play outside and sprint onto the courts to put up a few shots before the next games started. When I began driving, I played with the high school and older players in the real competitive games. Steve Drake and I would stay after the full-court games broke up and play endless one-on-one matches. We would then head to A&W to down a quart of root beer.”

“The summer after my freshman year at Texas, I worked days at Compton’s Dairy as a delivery man,” continued Larrabee. “I would meet up with SHS players Mike Sipes, Brad Eads and Steve Lutes after work to play all evening. I have fond memories of playing on the outside courts in the summertime in Indiana.”

The University of Texas recognized Larrabee’s basketball achievements by inducting him into the Longhorn Athletic Ring of Honor in 2017.

The Boys Club’s outdoor courts became an integral addition to club programming as well. The Shelbyville boys basketball program hosted a six-week summer basketball camp each year with two-and-a-half hour sessions divided by grade in both the mornings and afternoons.

The inside gymnasium had limited ventilation and condensation would often develop on the tile floor during summer’s hottest days. For this reason, coaches would generally conduct game competitions on the outdoor courts.

The outside courts also provided the advantage of being able to play two full-court games simultaneously. The Shelbyville boys basketball staff held summer basketball at the Boys Club from 1966 through 1975. The Shelbyville girls program hosted its summer camp on the outdoor Boys Club courts from 1981-1984.

Bret Green and Zach Phelps were neighborhood youth who remember the Boys Club outdoor courts as being a major part of their childhoods.

“I was at the Boys Club all the time and I loved basketball so I spent a great deal of time on the outside club courts,” said Green, a 1982 SHS graduate. “In summer and fall you knew to get there around three on Sunday and people would stay around to play until nine or so. Julius Denton, Wendell Denton, Rick Moorhead (former Golden Bears standout players); they’d all be there. I often shot out there until 10 when the lights turned off. Sometimes even after that.”

Green’s outdoor basketball competition often extended to places outside Shelbyville.

“We had some great times playing at Riley Park in Greenfield and at Lincoln Park in Columbus,” said Green.

“Sunday nights were the big nights,” said Phelps. “Playing against the older guys made me a consistently better player. The competition was so good you knew you had to come ready to play every time. When I was in elementary and junior high I really liked it because I could shoot there at the Boys Club courts on Friday and Saturday nights, pretty much by myself. No one would be there then but during the week and on Sundays it was packed.”

Green became a fixture in local adult basketball circles and with teammates Todd Brokering and Mark Pierce won numerous major outdoor 3-on-3 tournaments in the region.

Phelps finished as one of the top 15 scorers in SHS history. He lettered four years at DePauw and was named conference player of the year in 1994.

The Boys Club courts were sacrificed for parking with the Boys and Girls Club’s 1993 expansion and renovation. Pearson and Hendricks schools closed in 1999 and apartments currently stand on the sites of their former playgrounds. A 1974 expansion built over much of the space occupied by the old junior high outdoor courts.

The glory days of outdoor basketball fell victim to progress. Gymnasiums became more abundant with the advent of athletic centers and schools being more willing to offer their facilities year-round. Travel and local basketball became increasingly more organized and even in the spring and summer, a consistently indoor proposition.

A basketball player’s development today is more structured: there are constant leagues, camps and clinics available as well as opportunities for individual instruction.

“There is so much scheduling and structure involved for today’s player trying to develop,” said Phelps, who also serves as a Golden Bears boys basketball assistant coach. “When I was growing up you had Boys Club leagues and travel basketball, summer basketball and school basketball. That was it. It was seasonal. The rest of your development was up to you. YOU had to cultivate the opportunities. You made yourself a player. That meant going where the courts were and that was most often outside.”

Hopefully, there will be a resurgence in interest for outdoor basketball and enthusiastic participants will make regular use of the high quality, state-of-the art courts at Morrison and Kennedy parks. I know that in doing so they will experience the same satisfaction and appreciation that has been enjoyed by so many Shelby County players of the past.

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Collective Bargaining Agreement ratified by Shelbyville Central Schools board

The Shelbyville Central Schools board ratified the 2023-24 Collective Bargaining Agreement Wednesday that will include pay increases for teachers.

Aministrators and non-certified were included in a separate motion.

“I feel like we came up with a good agreement that is fair for all,” said SCS Superintendent Dr. Matt Vance, who is excluded from the base salary increases for administrators. “In today’s climate with teacher shortage and worker shortage, we tried to do as much as we can within our limits. And our limits are tight.

“We have declining enrollment. We are down again this year. Of course, that impacts dollars. We look at everything across the board and then we try to do the absolute best we can for all of our employees overall.”

Some of the highlights of the CBA and separate motion inmpacting administrators and non-certified include:

  • $2,000 raise to base salary for all qualified teachers
  • $2,000 catch-up raise for teachers that have been with SCS for awhile to “catch up” with teachers hired at same level as them
  • SCS will pay 80% of new health insurance premiums, leaving employees with health insurance to pay other 20%
  • Administrators receive $3,000 raise to base salary
  • 3% raise to most non-teaching employees

The ratified contract is valid for one year. The bargaining process will start again in September of 2024.



“That’s how the contract works,” explained Vance (photo). “We are status quo until the start of the year until we start formal bargaining, which does not start until mid-September. So we have a window from mid-September to mid-November to get our collective bargaining agreement ratified.”

The teachers’ union ratified the agreement two weeks ago, according to Vance. The SCS board met last week to come to a tentative agreement, which was ratified Wednesday night at a specially-called meeting.

“It is a rather lengthy process anymore because of some of the steps we have to do in terms of statute to make sure everything is compliant,” said Vance. “It’s a detailed process that went very smoothly on our end.

“I would like to say I appreciate the board’s cooperation. I appreciate our teachers association’s cooperation too.”

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Blue River Community Foundation to receive eclipse grant

Thirty rural organizations across Indiana will receive funding to host arts and cultural events and programs connected to the 2024 solar eclipse, an event that will blanket parts of Indiana in total darkness on April 8.

With funding support from the Simons Foundation as part of its In the Path of Totality initiative, the Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement is leading IU’s rural solar eclipse initiative, providing staff support, resources and outreach for community activities that unite residents around the historic astronomical event. More than 80 organizations in communities with a population under 50,000 applied for $2,000 micro-grants, facilitated by Regional Opportunity Initiatives, to support the implementation of eclipse activities.

“Rural communities are implementing creative plans to connect residents and visitors as we all gather to witness this historic event,” said Kerry Thomson, executive director of the Center for Rural Engagement. “We look forward to collaborating with communities to bring these plans to fruition and strengthen local strategies that expand arts capacity.”

The path of totality of the April 8 solar eclipse will cover a segment of North America, including a large part of Indiana, in complete darkness for nearly four minutes as the moon shadows the sun. The next time Indiana falls in the path of totality of a solar eclipse will be 2099.

More than 1 million visitors are expected to flock to Indiana in the days leading up to April 8. Communities small and large could more than triple their population numbers during the event. To help local leaders and residents prepare, the Center for Rural Engagement published the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse Planning Toolkit. It features planning resources and safety information about viewing the eclipse, managing crowds and leveraging the eclipse to bolster community interest and capacity for arts and cultural events into the future.

The Simons Foundation is supporting areas of the country that have fewer traditional science engagement opportunities than major metropolitan cities. Through partnerships with communities and organizations in the path of totality — such as science museums, arts organizations, cultural centers and local downtown districts — the Simons Foundation seeks to spark meaningful, lifelong relationships with science that extend beyond this eclipse.

Ideas submitted by rural Indiana communities were wide-ranging in their variety and creativity.

The Blue River Community Foundationis among those receiving grant funds. The grant will be used to celebrate the installation of an asphalt mural depicting the sun as part of an existing celestial public art piece with a community walk and a communal art project.

The Knox County Association for Remarkable Citizens plans to host an eclipse-viewing experience emphasizing community inclusivity for people with and without disabilities that will include a picnic, disability-friendly LightSound devices and an eclipse viewing tent.

Spencer Pride Inc. of Owen County will host a performance themed around the total solar eclipse featuring four drag entertainers in downtown Spencer.

The Indiana Forest Alliance will host a two-day event at Yellowwood State Forest, paying homage to the state’s beautiful and unique forest ecosystems with a time capsule dedication, live music, crafts, presentations, hikes and food.

Among others receiving grants:

Main Street of Hope

Will host a three-day solar eclipse festival on the town square featuring science and art projects, live music, games and food.


Town of Edinburgh (Bartholomew County)

Will take the historic eclipse event to the streets with a daylong celebration centered on creative collaboration featuring chalk art, live music, handcrafted items and a collaborative community mural painting.


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Shelbyville, Shelby County enter into lease agreement for ambulance, equipment

The City of Shelbyville and Shelby County will together enter into an agreement with a lease for its ambulance and equipment with the Shelbyville Fire Department.

The contract is for $2.7 million for 10 years with the city and county each paying $135,000 per year. The contract includes a service plan, which will eliminate the current service plan the city has with Stryker that is $50,000 per year.

Shelby County Commissioner Don Parker.

With the contract signed, the city / county receive all new equipment now and will again in five years. The equipment includes:

8 new cardiac monitors (cost approximate $56,000 per unit)
5 new cots ($30,000 per unit)
5 new cot loaders ($30,000 per unit)
5 new Lucas devices ($15,000 per unit)
5 new stair chairs ($3,000 per unit)

The contract calls for replenishing equipment twice during the10-year period. Service also comes with the contract.

The City of Shelbyville is already using Stryker products: monitors, cots, cot loaders, Lucas device (CPR machine). Stair chairs will be added to the list of products used
Major Health Partners also uses Stryker products.
"It is an opportunity to refresh equipment twice during that 10-year period. When you look at the cost of the equipment, the value of what we will be receiving, it is almost a wash. There is an additional expense. That is what we wanted to discuss with the county because there is a cost share with the ambulance budget. At this point, everyone appears to be on board and we are running up against a timeline of a cost increase,” said Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun.
Funding for the contract has been identified, according to DeBaun.

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Shelby County Complex commemorates new look with ribbon cutting

Kem Anderson has been with the Shelby County Highway Department for over 35 years. Even after a project that’s been ongoing for better than a year, you might forgive him if he still seems a bit surprised, and certainly, pleased, with the near completion of the new county highway garage, recycling facilities and refueling station at the Shelby County Complex.

A ribbon cutting commemorating the project was held Tuesday morning.

The host site for the county’s recycling and its offices, as well, will soon feature a new transfer station and a retention pond near the front of the property where the old one stood.

Shelby County Commissioner Don Parker on the inside facilities for parking and enhancements on the property.

Kem Anderson says being at the facility now compared to what has been gives him even more appreciation.

Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun remembers when land across the street was going to be a new site. He’s also pleased with the shared fueling station on-site.

Runnebohm Construction was the primary contractor but Mike Runnebohm also noted 32 companies from Shelby County that worked on the project.

Runnebohm is soon to re-skin the old highway garage building to make it look like the rest of the complex.  The building will soon be the new home for Shelby County Emergency management.

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