Shelby County News

Sammy Terry at The Strand Theater on Friday 13 with a full moon!

Don’t miss Sammy Terry Lives Forever at the Strand Theatre!

Brought to Life (or rather Death) in 1962 by Robert Carter, Sammy Terry – say it fast! – has been haunting the TV airwaves of Indiana for decades. Countless families remember spending their Friday nights watching Nightmare Theater, hosted by Sammy Terry.

Even though the local weekly TV program ended in 1989, generations of Hoosiers still wake with a start, hearing the creak of the coffin and that sinister, pale-faced ghoul’s ominous laugh in their nightmares. Today, Sammy Terry continues to lurk in the deep, dark recesses of our minds, ready to scare and delight fans old and new since in 2010, Robert passed his cape down to his son, Mark Carter.

Sammy Terry will be appearing on stage at the Strand Theatre in Shelbyville after an almost 50 year absence. He will be hosting the Friday the 13th edition of the film series FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS.

The evening continues with I BURY THE LIVING (1958).

This is part of the Friday Night Frights Film Series at the Strand Theatre – Shelbyville, Indiana

Click on the link below to listen to Sammy Terry taking A Trip With Penny Lane on GIANT FM

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Staff Sgt. Andrew Michael St. John, 29, of Greenwood, dies at Ft. Hood

An Indiana National Guard soldier on orders as an embedded observer controller/trainer with Army National Guard Operations Group Wolf died at Fort Hood, Texas Thursday night in a tactical vehicle accident.

 Staff Sgt. Andrew Michael St. John, 29, of Greenwood, Indiana served as an infantryman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment, Indiana Army National Guard.

 “For those who knew and worked with Staff Sgt. St. John, he was respected and admired for his great love for his country and family,” said Lt. Col. Chad Pittman, commander of the 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment. “He continually sought ways to ensure the success of subordinates, better himself as leader, and contribute to the achievements the organization. My deepest sympathy for his family at this sad and difficult time.”

 The cause of his death is under investigation and no further details are available at this time.

 St. John previously deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the NATO Medal and Indiana Military Volunteer Emblem.

 St. John was a proud father and husband.

Hope, Westport, Connersville to benefit from grants

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch along with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced that 17 rural Hoosier communities receive more than $10.5 million in federal grant funding.

“These collaborations between federal, state and local partners are improving the lives of Hoosiers across the state and strengthening community pride,” Crouch said. “ I applaud this round’s local leadership for their commitment to bettering their communities, as well as their tremendous use of partnerships to address a challenge.”

The state of Indiana distributes Community Development Block Grant funds to rural communities to assist units of local government with various community projects such as: infrastructure improvement, downtown revitalization, public facilities and economic development.

“We’re thrilled to support such a diverse array of projects in cities and towns throughout rural Indiana,” said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA. “Communities with reliable infrastructure are positioned for growth and an improved quality of life.”

The second round of the 2019 CDBG program begins on August 19, 2019, with proposals due on October 4, at 4 p.m. ET and final applications due November 22, at 4 p.m. ET.

Among the communities receiving grants:

The Main Street Revitalization Program encourages communities with eligible populations to focus on long-term community development efforts. Eligible applicants have a designated active Indiana Main Street group in their community, and the project must be a part of the Main Street’s overall strategy. Main Street Revitalization Program projects include streetscapes, facade renovations and downtown infrastructure rehabilitation.

The Town of Hope is awarded $428,360 for a downtown streetscape project. This project removes blighted conditions around the town square by replacing existing streetlamps, adding accessible sidewalks and other improvements that tie the interior and exterior of the square together.

The goals of the Public Facilities Program are to improve the quality of place, generate jobs and spur economic revitalization through improving community facilities or historic preservation projects. Eligible community facilities include fire stations, community centers, daycares, libraries, museums, senior centers and performance spaces.

The City of Connersville is awarded $600,000 for stormwater improvements. This project installs 2,710 linear feet of drainage, ten sewer manholes, 2,250 linear feet of curbs and grades as well as 500 linear feet of ditches in two areas of the city to address sewer overflows.

The goals of the Wastewater Drinking Water Program are to protect the health and environment, reduce utility rates for low-to-moderate income communities and improve rural infrastructure to enable long-term economic growth. Eligible Wastewater Drinking Water Program projects include many aspects of wastewater improvements and drinking water system improvements.

The Town of Westport is awarded $700,000 for wastewater system improvements. This project replaces the packaged water treatment plant, replacement of intake, lake, clear well and high service pumps and improves the distribution system by connecting to Decatur County Rural Water.

Bartholomew Co. deputies aboard, following school buses

After warning motorists not to pass stopped school buses, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies turned out in force to find violators.

As hundreds of Bartholomew County kids returned to school on August 7, the Sheriff’s Office extended their operation to crackdown on drivers who illegally passed school buses and made other violations that put our children in danger.

On August 7, 8 and 9, deputies were assigned to patrol Bartholomew County schools. During these three days BCSO units were very visible as kids, parents and teachers got a good start to the school year.

Deputies patrolled before, during and immediately after school hours.  In addition to two BCSO School Resource Officers (SROs), deputies:

Were aboard 5 school buses

Conducted 28 school patrols

Made 16 traffic stops that ranged from school bus stop arm violations to speeding

“We had deputies riding school buses and following school buses looking for violations”, said Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers.  “BCSO will continue to make traffic enforcement and visibility a priority throughout the school year.”

One dead, two hospitalized in Decatur County crash

A fatal car crash happened Saturday in Decatur County.

At approximately 2:40 pm, the Indiana State Police responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on State Route 46 near County Road 750 West.

The initial investigation indicated that a white 2006 Honda Odyssey mini-van being driven by Wanda Lutane, 61, Columbus, Indiana was traveling westbound on State Route 46 near County Road 750 West.  For an unknown reason, Lutane’s vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of an eastbound gray 2015 Toyota Camry, being driven by Maria Verona Garcia, age 42, West Palm Beach, Florida.

The vehicles collided head-on in the eastbound lane of State Route 46.  Garcia’s vehicle overturned.  Both vehicles came to rest in the roadway, entrapping all occupants.

Garcia sustained fatal injuries in the crash.  She was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Decatur County Coroner’s Office.

Lutane was transported by medical helicopter to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana for treatment of serious injuries.

A passenger in Garcia’s vehicle, Koceila Chaouadi, age 33, Columbus, Indiana was transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

It is unknown if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.  Toxicology results are pending.  The investigation is ongoing.

Franklin man arrested on charges of child pornography

A 26 year old man is in jail facing dozens of charges stemming from a two month investigation led by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Tyler Bartnovsky of Franklin was arrested today after investigators served a search warrant at his residence. The investigation began when a tip was received. Based on information discovered during the investigation and subsequent search warrant, Bartnovsky was arrested on the following preliminary charges.

25 counts of Possession of Child Pornograpny (Level 6 Felony)

1 count of Child Solicitation (Level 4 Felony)

1 count of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor (Level 4 Felony)

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force consists of several central Indiana Police Agencies. This particular case was led by a detective from the Martinsville Police Department with the assistance of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Franklin Police Department, the Noblesville Police Department, the Brownsburg Police Department and the Indiana State Police.

The charges listed are merely accusations and probable cause for arrest, formal charges will be determined by the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office.

I-465 to close for 15 days on the SE side Aug. 9-24 and Sept. 6-21

The Indiana Department of Transportation will close a portion of I-465 on the Southeast side for 15 days.

I-465 EB/NB will be closed from I-65 to I-70 on the Southeast side.

The first closure will begin on August 9 and run through August 24.

After the Labor Day holiday, INDOT will close I-465 SB/WB from I-70 down to I-65.

That closure will begin on September 6 and run through September 21.

No closures will be in place during the Labor Day weekend.

The closures are part of a statewide, $150 million plan to repair winter damage and improve pavement conditions around the state.

During the closures, INDOT would like to remind drivers to plan alternate routes and leave early.


During the first closure (I-465 EB/NB from I-65 to I-70): Thru traffic can take I-70 EB through downtown Indianapolis to I-465 NB. I-74 traffic can take Southeastern Ave. from downtown to I-74 EB.

During the second closure (I-465 SB/WB from I-70 down to I-65): Thru traffic can take I-70 WB through downtown Indianapolis to I-465 SB. I-74 WB traffic can take Southeastern Ave. to downtown Indianapolis.

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Rush County man receives the Circle of Corydon Award

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg, right) and Interlocal Community Action Program (ICAP) executive director, Kevin Polivick, (left) present Kenneth Brashaber (center) with the Circle of Corydon Award in a private reception Thursday, July 25 in Rushville.

The Circle of Corydon honors an individual who has made remarkable contributions to Indiana and their local community. Indiana General Assembly members can present two Circle of Corydon Awards each year, and are jointly drafted by Gov. Eric Holcomb and the state legislator.

Brashaber, a graduate of Bloomington High School, received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture and agriculture education at Purdue University. Upon graduation, Brashaber enlisted in the United States Air Force where he assumed the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

After his military service, Brashaber attended his alma mater where he graduated with a master’s degree in agriculture. He would go on to teach agriculture at Mays High School from 1951 to 1965 and Rushville Consolidated High School from 1965 to 1989. After 38 years of teaching, Brashaber retired; but, his servant heart continued.

As a member of the greater community, Brashaber was an active member in the Mays Lions Club. He served on the Rush County Fair Board, was a 4-H Leader and 4-H council member for Rush County.

Among other things, Brashaber was a member of the Center Township Advisory Board, served as the Rush County Commissioner and was a board member for Rush Memorial Hospital, ICAP and Three Rivers Solid Waste Management. He initiated the “Tree of Life” program of giving at the Rush Memorial Hospital, which is a tree in the hospital that pays honor to those who the community has lost.

Brashaber served on the Rush County Community Foundation Board of Directors and is the founding donor for the Rush County Community Foundation, FFA Scholarship and FarmHouse Fraternity Scholarship.

“It was a personal honor to present Kenneth with this award,” Leising said. “He represents the best of our state, having given so much of his life to our local community. Our community is blessed to have servants like Kenneth, and it is my hope that we can lead from the examples Kenneth provided us for years to come.”

Bartholomew Co. teen arrested for false report of armed break-in

A juvenile was arrested for calling in a false report of an armed break-in in Bartholomew County.

On July 23, 2019, approx. 3:17 am, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the 20000 block of E SR 46 in reference to a report of three armed subjects attempting a break in.Multiple units arrived only to find the building secure and no one in/around the area.

During their investigation, deputies were able to obtain the suspect’s address and responded to the residence where the 14-year-old juvenile’s mother advised that her son was staying with a friend in Hartsville.  Deputies located the juvenile at the friend’s home and returned him to his residence where, in the presence of his mother, he told deputies that he made the call because he was bored and wanted to see police respond.

The juvenile was arrested and charged in connection to the 911 call with False Reporting of a Crime (Class A Misdemeanor), and Placement of a 911 call for prohibited purposes (Class A Misdemeanor)

On arrival at the detention center, the juvenile was also found to be concealing tobacco products in his clothing for which he was also charged.

“Making false 911 calls is a criminal offense.  This young man knowingly made a false call that took our deputies out of other areas where someone might have truly needed their help.  This is not only against the law, it is extremely dangerous,” said Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers.

Shelbyville’s downtown project debated in council meeting; motion to postpone vote until after election failed

The following story includes raw audio from Monday’s 8:30 am meeting of the Shelbyville Common Council.  More to come on this story on GIANT fm.

Monday’s meeting of the Shelbyville Common Council included a motion by Republican mayoral candidate and Councilman Brad Ridgeway to vote for a moratorium on a final vote for the current proposed Downtown Project until after the November general election.  The motion died when it failed to receive a second.  The discussion that followed included debates on the project, transparency, public input, debt and plans to pay for the project.

It also featured a withdrawn motion for a new green space use for the old Major Hospital site endorses by Ridgeway and submitted by Dee Bonner.

Currently, the site on West Washington Street. is anticipated to be developed for up to 13 homes.

Democrat incumbent candidate – Mayor Tom DeBaun opens the segment by introducing Councilman Ridgeway in this audio from Monday’s meeting.

One dead, one hospitalized in Shelby County I-65 crash

 Early Sunday morning emergency crews were dispatched to I-65 northbound near the 82 mile marker in Shelby County for reports of a single vehicle crash. Around 2:45 a.m. 911 calls began coming in about a vehicle off the roadway and both occupants were severely injured.

Shelby County Sheriff deputies along with medics were first on the scene, they immediately summoned a medical helicopter. Despite life saving efforts Kenneth Cubbage Jr., 41, of Freetown, was pronounced deceased at the scene. His mother, Connie Cubbage, 62, was a passenger in the vehicle.  She was transported to Methodist Hospital by ambulance in stable condition.

The investigating officer, Trooper Aaron Smith, is still unsure why the vehicle left the roadway, but evidence at the scene indicates the vehicle hit a tree and rolled several times. The driver, Cubbage Jr., was wearing a seat belt, however the passenger was unrestrained.

The Shelby County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene and recovered the remains of the deceased.

Both directions of I-65 were closed for a brief time.  The northbound lanes were affected for approximately two hours while the crash was investigated and the wreckage was removed.

Full closures planned for I-65, I-70 on south side of Indy

The Indiana Department of Transportation will close parts of I-65 and I-70 on the south side of Indianapolis.

All lanes will be closed on I-65 SB from the South Split to I-465 starting July 12 at 9 p.m. The closure will last for 9 days and all lanes will reopen on Monday, July 22 by 6 a.m.

INDOT will then close all lanes of I-70 EB and WB from I-465 to the South Split on July 26 at 9 p.m. The closure will last for 9 days and all lanes will reopen on Monday, August 5 by 6 a.m.

Additional closures will be added on the weekends, please follow @INDOTEast on Twitter for updates.

The closures are in response to rain delays crews have experienced in May and June.


I-65 SB: During the I-65 SB closure, drivers are encouraged to take I-70 WB to I-465 EB back to I-65 SB.

I-70 closure: During the I-70 closure, drivers are encouraged to take I-465 EB to I-65 NB to get downtown or take I-65 SB to I-465 WB to get out of downtown.

From the airport: Take I-70 EB to I-465 SB to I-65 NB to get to downtown.

Duke Energy Indiana cites cleaner power, more reliable energy in rate increase request

Generating cleaner electricity, improving the reliability of electric service, and investments to serve a growing customer base are some of the key factors leading Duke Energy to ask the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to increase its electric rates.

“We’ve made investments to meet the needs of a customer base that has grown by more than 100,000 since our last full-scale rate review,” said Duke Energy Indiana President Stan Pinegar. “We also have environmental responsibilities and are taking significant steps to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and move to a cleaner power generation mix. And we are upgrading our electric grid to improve reliability, help avoid power outages and speed service restoration when outages do occur.”

Based on these drivers, the filing today with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission requests to increase annualized revenue by approximately $395 million, for an overall average rate increase of about 15% across all customer groups. If approved, the increase will be added to bills in two steps, approximately 13% in mid-2020 and 2% in 2021.Timing will depend on state regulatory commission action.

The increase will vary among consumers depending on the cost to serve different types of customers. If approved by the commission, the company’s typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours a month could expect a monthly bill increase of about $23, or approximately 77 cents per day, which includes both steps of the increase.

To help customers save on their electric bills, the company is proposing a pilot program with time-of-use rates where customers can lower their bills on high power demand days by shifting their power usage to times of day when energy is less expensive.

Duke Energy Indiana’s overall average electric rate is currently below state, regional and national averages and is the lowest overall electric rate average in Indiana.

The company also has the lowest customer basic facilities charge in the state. It’s part of every monthly bill and is intended to cover the cost of the facilities the company has installed to deliver electricity to a customer’s home. It is expected to remain the lowest in Indiana after this increase.

The regulatory review process will include an opportunity for public comment.

The proposed new rates would be used to cover a range of innovations, upgrades and improvements that customers value, including:

 Investments to accommodate growth

  • We have made investments to upgrade and keep up with growth on our system, including the addition of more than 1,400 miles of new power lines.

Transitioning to cleaner energy

Nearly 90% of the power Duke Energy produced in Indiana in 2018 was generated from coal. Duke Energy needs to continue to prepare for the likelihood of future greenhouse gas regulations and has proposed accelerating the retirement dates for some of its Indiana coal-fired power units. It is a moderate plan that staggers generating unit retirements over time and spreads out the customer rate impact.

  • Federal rules require changes to the way the company manages coal ash stored at power plant sites. Duke Energy is closing ash basins at its power plants responsibly and in compliance with stricter regulations.

Improving reliability and reducing power outages

  • Trees are a primary cause of power outages, and the cost per mile to trim trees on our system has more than tripled, mostly in the last two years.
  • Duke Energy is replacing and upgrading equipment to reduce power outages and modernize the electric grid for the type of information and services consumers have come to expect, such as better communication during power outages. These improvements include line sensors that detect problems, reduce power outages, and limit the number of customers affected when outages do occur.

Providing customers with more convenience

  • Duke Energy has been installing smart meters for its customers across its Indiana service area. Smart meters are read automatically – not manually – so they significantly reduce the need for estimated bills when meters can’t be easily accessed, such as in severe weather. They also provide customers the ability to view their previous day’s usage and make adjustments before their bill arrives.
  • The company is proposing the elimination of convenience charges for residential customers when they use a credit or debit card to make a bill payment.

New rate options

The company is also offering new electric rate proposals for state regulators to consider.

  • Due to factors such as more energy efficient appliances and the success of energy efficiency programs, customer power usage has been declining, but the amount of fixed costs to deliver power continues to rise. Duke Energy is proposing a five-year program for residential and commercial customers that would align the interests of customers and their utility by tying company revenues to the number of customers served instead of the amount of power they use. It removes the incentive for utilities to increase the use of electricity and allows utilities to continue to aggressively support customer energy efficiency programs. A number of electric utilities have moved to this model, and it is often currently used by gas companies.
  • The new smart meters enable options such as “time of use” rates, where customers can shift their power usage to times of day when energy costs are lower.

Money-saving opportunities for customers

Duke Energy has programs to help customers manage their electricity costs and their bills.

“We’re committed to helping customers find ways to save energy through our energy efficiency and bill-lowering tools,” Pinegar said. “We also have assistance for low-income customers and work with our state’s network of community action agencies to provide help.”

Customers can visit for energy-saving tips and programs. The company also has programs to help customers with managing their bills. Learn more at

To learn more about Duke Energy’s proposed rate increase, visit

Brown County SP awaiting water sampling results

The campgrounds, cabins and Abe Martin Lodge were still closed today, Wednesday June 26, at Brown County State Park; day use park activities are now extended to Thursday. If water production capacity and water sampling continue successfully, the campground, cabin and lodge may reopen for Thursday night guests. A determination is expected Thursday morning and DNR will provide an update to park guests and media.

Day use facilities and services have been open since Monday this week for sight-seeing, fishing, picnicking, hiking on open trails, visiting the nature center, and guided horseback rides at the saddle barn. Gates are staffed, but no admission is charged. Vault toilets are open, and bottled water and packaged snacks are available at the Country Store near the campground. Mountain bike and horse trails remain closed. 

Abe Martin Lodge, pools, modern restrooms, and drinking fountains have been closed since Monday, June 17 due to the unprecedented amount of sediment that came into Ogle Lake along with torrential rains. Ogle Lake is the park’s water supply. The sediment increased turbidity in the lake and impacted the water treatment facility’s filters. 

A team of DNR and IDEM staff and consultants have been working around the clock to produce enough potable water to reopen the lodge and campground. Two mobile, pre-treatment units are now filtering the water before it reaches the park’s treatment plant. Water production capacity has increased. Staff continue to flush water lines across the park, and the required water sampling is in process. 

Opportunities are still available for campers and inn guests who prefer to do so to transfer to other state park campgrounds or inns where availability exists. 

Shelbyville’s Enbi makes acquisition

Watermill Group, a strategy driven private investment firm, today announced that its portfolio company Enbi Group, a leading manufacturer of high-performance precision rollers, insulation, gaskets and sealing technologies, has acquired Pierce Industries.  The acquisition brings expanded capabilities to Enbi’s customer base and positions the combined organization for strategic growth across all its end markets – including digital printing, packaging, ATMs and cash handling systems, HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning), aerospace, transportation and other tight-tolerance industries.

Located in Rochester, New York, Pierce Industries is an industrial roller manufacturer that specializes in remanufacturing and assembly, advanced welding, CNC machining, cylindrical roll forming and coating applications. The company gives OEMs a competitive advantage by using innovative methods, such as inertia friction welding and cylindrical roll forming, to reduce production times and material costs and improve product quality. Its world-class remanufacturing capabilities are known for breathing new life into worn or damaged complex subassemblies and reestablishing like-new performance, increasing the lifespan of products, reducing resource and energy consumption and creating customer cost savings.

Pierce Industries President & CEO, Richard Webb, commented on the acquisition: “It has been my pleasure to lead this innovative, service-driven organization. Since 1968, our talented employees have helped to create a company that enables our customers to achieve breakthrough results. In Watermill’s family of portfolio companies, I am pleased to have found a home for Pierce that shares our values, maintains a commitment to our employees and increases our capability for innovation and growth. Our early collaboration with Enbi has shown that together we can provide a set of products and services that neither business could have offered alone, enabling us to continue our 50+ year tradition of delivering creative solutions and unparalleled results that our customers have come to rely on.”

“Pierce Industries has reinvented the way OEMs weld and manufacture industrial rollers and repurpose worn machinery, strengths which are invaluable in today’s increasingly competitive marketplace,” stated Tracy Streckenbach, Interim CEO, Enbi, and Watermill Partner. “By linking Pierce’s innovation expertise with Enbi’s precision engineering leadership, we can bring new capabilities, solutions and opportunities to our combined customer base.”

Founded in Nuth, The Netherlands, and headquartered in Shelbyville, Indiana, Enbi’s manufacturing presence spans the US, Europe and Asia. Linking this global footprint with Pierce’s capabilities will enable the combined organization to bring a wider set of innovative solutions to customers around the world.

“Watermill is dedicated to giving our portfolio companies the entrepreneurial vision, operational guidance and capital they need to realize their full potential,” stated Julia Karol, Watermill President and COO. “Bringing together these highly skilled organizations demonstrates our deep belief in Enbi and our commitment to invest in the company’s exciting future.”

For Watermill, Grant Thornton provided tax due diligence, K&L Gates and Blais, Halpert, Lieberman & Greene provided legal counsel and Partners Environmental Consulting, Inc. provided environmental due diligence. M-One Advisory, LLC advised Enbi and Nixon Peabody LLP provided legal counsel.

About Enbi Group

A leading manufacturer of high-performance precision rollers, insulation, gaskets and sealing technologies, Enbi serves best-in-class OEMs in digital printing, ATMs and cash handling systems, HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) as well as other industries in which exacting precision and quality are critical to end-product performance. The company serves a worldwide customer base from its headquarters in Shelbyville, Indiana as well as manufacturing facilities in the US, Europe and Asia.

About Pierce Industries

Located in Rochester, New York, Pierce Industries is an industrial roller manufacturer that specializes in remanufacturing and assembly, advanced welding, CNC machining, cylindrical roll forming and coating applications. The company provides custom products and services to a wide range of end markets, including digital printing, packaging, glass equipment, mining, laminating, converting, aerospace, transportation, and ATMs, cash handling, and mail sorting systems.

About the Watermill Group

The Watermill Group is a strategy-driven private investment firm that helps companies achieve their full potential through strategic transformation. For more than four decades, Watermill has been acquiring, operating and improving companies. Watermill looks for businesses in which it can apply a unique combination of strategic insight and management expertise to re-imagine their future and drive growth.

State Sen. Michael Crider to chair roads and transportation study committee

State Sen. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield) will serve as chair of the Interim Study Committee on Roads and Transportation during the summer and fall to help prepare lawmakers for the 2020 legislative session. He will also serve on the following committees and councils:

  • Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources;
  • Governor’s Security Council;
  • Indiana Homeland Security Foundations; and
  • Integrated Public Safety Commission.

“I look forward to serving as chair of the Interim Study Committee on Roads and Transportation,” Crider said. “Through this interim study committee, lawmakers and stakeholders will have the opportunity to collaborate and address some of the most pressing issues facing safety in work zones across the state.”

When Indiana’s part-time legislature is not in session, lawmakers serve on interim study committees that meet to review the state’s top issues, as identified by the General Assembly during the prior legislative session.

Study committee topics are assigned by the bipartisan Legislative Council, comprised of 16 voting members – eight from the Senate and eight from the House of Representatives.

The Strand Theatre damaged in truck accident Wednesday

Shelbyville’s Strand Theatre is assessing damage after being struck by a truck in a Wednesday night accident.

The Shelbyville Police Department reports Tammy Coffey, 48, of Shelbyville, was driving a 2001 Ford F-150 just after 9:00 pm.  Coffey told police she was stopped at the Broadway / Harrison Street intersection.  She turned south onto Harrison Street and the truck fishtailed on the west street.  Coffey was unable to regain control and crashed into The Strand, 215 South Harrison Street.

Coffey declined medical attention.

Airbags deployed in the accident. The truck was towed from the scene.

David Finkel spoke to GIANT fm about the accident and further assessment of the building’s structure and safety concerns now before the theatre’s board.

Shelby Co. Prosecutor Landwerlen says a grant will fund much needed deputy prosecutor

A grant will allow the Shelby County Prosecutor’s Office to grow its staff in an effort to keep up with an overload of cases.

Shelby County Prosecutor Brad Landwerlen says a grant administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute will cover much of the cost of an additional deputy prosecutor.

The grant is in the amount of $106,927.06 and will pay 75% of the total cost of an additional deputy prosecutor who will handle primarily violent crime cases.  The Shelby County Council approved the new position, which also requires that the county pay $38,325.66 toward the position.  The position will pay $69,756 (or slightly more for a person with substantial experience).

The position has been needed for some time.  Other court related offices have grown while the prosecutor’s office has been slower to do so.

Shelby County has added jail staff, Sheriff’s deputies, several probation officers and community corrections officers, and a Court Magistrate to deal with the higher caseloads.  The public defender’s office has grown from just four public defenders in 2001 to 11 today.

And the prosecutor notes the increase in crime related to the casino remains a concern.

The grant is written such that it allows money above salary and benefits for the position, to include almost $6,000 in supplies and equipment, as well as some money to pay part of the Grant Administrator’s salary which will save the county this money, as well.

Landwerlen says they sought the grant last year, but they were not at the time funding personnel.  He hopes to fill the position as soon as possible.

4-way stop considered by Shelby Co. Commissioners; culvert work impacting area roads

Shelby County Commissioners are looking into changing a two-way stop to a four-way at the request of some residents in the area.

County Commissioner Chris Ross explains the request involving the intersection of 500 West and 1100 North.


On Tuesday, 800 South between Gosh Road and Columbus Road was closed.  AK Shannon is replacing the culvert.  It will be closed for 4-6 weeks.

The culvert that was being replaced between 25 West and 75 West is now open.

Flooding having immediate, maybe longer, impact on River’s Edge Golf Course

Shelbyville’s River’s Edge Golf Course offers a better-than-most view of the impact of flood waters in the area.  The question for the course will be just how wide-ranging is the impact from this round of heavy rain and river flooding.

Maintenance Supervisor Jack Skillman says flooding certainly isn’t new to the course.

Skillman says further assessment will be made after the waters recede.

He notes this may be the hardest hit for the course in several years.