Community News Archives for 2020-09

Boys Club, Girls Inc. receive donations From Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino continued its multi-year commitment to The J. Kenneth Self Shelbyville Boys and Girls Club and Girls, Inc. of Shelbyville & Shelby County with an annual donation Monday, Sept. 28. Both entities received a check for $25,000 during the presentation.


Lindsay Fish, director of sales and business development, made the presentation during the afternoon racing program to John Hartnett, executive director of the Boys Club, and Amy Dillon, president and CEO of Girls, Inc. Both organizations are vital to the community, serving numerous children through before and after school care, sports programs, educational support and general activities.



“In 2019, we had 3,319 girls in our program at Girls, Inc.,” said Dillon. “Because of this continued support from Indiana Grand, we were able to add on to our facility, which was needed to serve the children we have in our programs. This donation has really assisted in our general growth in the community and we will use this capital campaign.”


Girls, Inc. shares a parking lot with the Boys and Girls Club, and notable improvements have been noted at their facility as well. Hartnett noted in 2019, they had 2,000 kids enrolled in their programs, showing the vast number of children in Shelby County that both organizations are touching. The Boys Club also has a location in Morristown.


“This donation has assisted with a wide variety of projects in our facility, including new doors, new floors, a new security system, new computers, and a whole host of other renovations,” noted Hartnett. “We have a big sports program including basketball, football, and shooting sports and now have 20 computers in our center to assist with educational needs.”


The dual donations were part of a five-year pledge by Indiana Grand with the final installment delivered in 2020. Due to COVID-19 shutdowns earlier in the year, donations are now being allotted to fulfill commitments to various causes.


“Being able to assist both Girls, Inc and the Boys and Girls Club is a very key component of what our mission is with our Community Outreach program,” said Fish, who oversees the committee. “Seeing how the funding has changed and upgraded both facilities over the past few years is amazing, and we are glad we had a small part in making this happen for both organizations.”

St. Mark Lutheran Church rummage sale this weekend

St. Mark Lutheran Church is holding a rummage sale this weekend.


The sale will be Saturday, October 3, from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.


Shelbyville's St. Mark Lutheran Church is at 1560 N. Michigan Road


Deer season helps to feed the hungry in Indiana

Deer season is approaching in Indiana. As such hunters are eager to get their hands on some fresh deer meat.


But, sometimes you get your fill and you have some meat leftover, or you don't want any of the meat at all. Hoosiers Feeding The Hungry executive director Deb Treesh suggests donating any deer meat you don't want to help feed struggling families.



Treesh said they are able to pay those processing fees through the Sportsman Benevolence Fund from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.


Treesh said any protein-based foods, like deer meat, are the hardest types of food for food banks to come by.


Treesh said the average deer that hunters kill will account for about 200 meals worth of meat.

To figure out where you can find a meat processor that takes in donated deer meat, visit

Souls Harbor Church to host Unity Dinner Saturday

Tina Keel and Ann Houseworth appeared on The Morning Show to talk about the first annual Community Unity Dinner set for September 19 at 6:30 pm.



Tickets are $15 for singles, $25 for couples.  Contact Sister Tina Keel 317-512-5421.

Indiana Debate Commission asks Hoosier voters to submit questions in the race for Governor

The Indiana Debate Commission, the first independent debate commission of its kind in the United States, is now accepting questions from Hoosier voters who want to pose questions to Indiana’s three gubernatorial candidates who are on the November 3 ballot.


The governor’s race is a three-way contest this year between incumbent Republican Eric Holcomb, Democrat Woodrow “Woody” Myers, and Libertarian Donald G. Rainwater II.


In keeping with its mission of “Putting Voters First,” the commission invites Hoosier voters to submit questions via its website using the form on the “Ask a Question” tab at the top right of the home page.


Questions will be vetted by members of the commission and accepted for consideration through October 15. Hoosiers whose questions are selected also may be offered the opportunity to ask their questions on pretaped video during each of the hour-long debates.


“We look forward to giving citizens this platform to voice their concerns,” said Commission President Elizabeth Bennion, who is a political science professor at Indiana University South Bend. “The debates offer the best opportunity for Hoosier voters to hear extended comments on the issues of the day directly from the candidates.”


Candidates have agreed to debate on Tuesday, October 20 and Tuesday, October 27. The debates will be broadcast from 7-8 p.m. EDT from WFYI-TV in Indianapolis and will also be livestreamed on the commission’s website and YouTube channel. Hoosiers can also check with their local news organizations to find out other ways to watch or listen.


While the commission normally hosts three debates in gubernatorial elections and hosts some events in public arenas, caution is being exercised during the pandemic and has changed some of the commission’s past practices. One long-standing, standard practice holds – candidates do not receive the questions in advance from the commission.


Since its founding in 2007, the Indiana Debate Commission has produced 21 statewide debates in U.S. Senate and gubernatorial elections – many of which were also broadcast nationally via C-SPAN. The commission, a nonprofit organization which hosted its first debates in 2008, is the only independent organization in the state that provides free broadcast satellite feeds and web streams to all news media – including college and high school press associations.


Moderators will be announced in the coming weeks.

Jordan England joins Blue River Community Foundation

Blue River Community Foundation (BRCF) welcomes Jordan England to our organization as Grants and Nonprofit Relations Director. Jordan will be responsible for managing BRCF’s grant program, providing support to local nonprofits with their charitable endeavors, and promoting catalytic philanthropy in Shelby County.

Jordan is a lifelong Shelby County resident. She graduated from Waldron Jr. Sr. High School and Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Retail Management. She most recently held the position of Program Coordinator for Mainstreet Shelbyville.


Jordan and her husband Brian are the parents of three children.

Jordan looks forward to continuing to work in the community she grew up and assisting our efforts to improve the quality of life in Shelby County.

The NUTmobile comes to Shelbyville at MHP Medical Center

The Planters NUTmobile has driven the salty streets to the circle city and will be making an appearance at the MHP Medical Center on Thursday, September 17 from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.


The Planters NUTmobile is a 26-foot-long peanut on wheels that travels from coast to coast spreading smiles and sharing nuts. Planters hires Peanutters, who are recent college grads, to drive the vehicle on a yearlong tour. At event stops, guests can take a photo with the NUTmobile, grab a sample and coupon, and play a game for a prize.


The mission of this east to west nut-cracking fest is to spread smiles as our nation navigates these uncertain times. While the iconic Mr. Peanut was born in 1916, his first NUTmobile did not appear until 1935 and was used by a Planters salesman. The traveling NUTmobile program began in 2011 with one vehicle and has since grown to three NUTmobiles and nine Peanutters bringing Mr. Peanut across America.


Each team is comprised of three Peanutters trusted to drive the oversized peanut. The Indianapolis is comprised of Grace Noice aka Go Nuts Grace, Danny Holton aka Maca-Danny-a, and Shannon Hope aka ShanNut.


Planters and the NUTmobile is a division of KraftHeinz.

Free flu shots coming to the Shelbyville VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic

Veteran Health Indiana will be providing free flu shots to Veterans through their Drive-thru Flu Clinic at the Shelbyville VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic located at 30 West Rampart Street, Shelbyville.

Veterans - bring your VA card and wear a short sleeve shirt to receive your flu shot from 9:30 to 11:30 AM and 12 to 2 PM on the following days at the Shelbyville VA Clinic:

September 14 or 28, 2020
October 26, 2020
November 9, 2020

Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever this year to minimize the risk of illness and possible hospitalization. Hand washing, face coverings and social distancing are all important in eliminating infections.

New Veteran patients should contact Veteran Health Indiana’s Health Benefits Unit office at 317-988-4301 to enroll in VA healthcare or you may also enroll on-line at


Indiana State Police detectives warn public about online dog scams

Indiana State Police detectives are currently investigating a couple of fraud incidents involving individuals attempting to purchase dogs online.


One recent Warrick County resident purchased a dog through a website and paid $900. The dog was going to be shipped to the buyer and required insurance and vaccinations, which was an additional $2,800. After the resident paid the additional funds, the company informed the buyer that the insurance was expired and they needed additional payment. The resident became suspicious, refused to send any additional payment and contacted Indiana State Police. The victim paid a total of $3,700 and never received a dog.


According to the Better Business Bureau data, nearly 10,000 scam reports and complaints have been received during the last three years about businesses selling puppies and dogs. The Federal Trade Commission estimates that only about 10% of victims report these crimes, so this number could be much higher.


Tips if you are interested in purchasing a dog online:


  • Avoid classified sites.
  • Communicate with the seller.
  • Research prices.
  • Meet the seller and puppy/dog.
  • Get a contract and check references.
  • Be wary of shipping services.
  • Never wire money or use gift cards for payment.
  • If the price is too good to be true, it’s likely a scam!

St. Vincent dePaul Thrift Store furniture sale this Saturday

A Labor Day Sale is ready Saturday for shoppers at the St. Vincent dePaul Thrift Store, 424 E. Jackson St., Shelbyville. All furniture will be half price during store hours, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Masks must be worn to enter and remain in the store. Those in need of a mask will be provided with one at the entrance. No one younger than 18 years of age may be inside the store at this time due to COVID-19, and the number of customers shopping will be limited. 


Donations will also be accepted Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at the warehouse, 628 Hodell St., Shelbyville.


At this time, however, kitchen tables and chairs will not be accepted, neither will Christmas items and men’s suits. A detailed list of items that may be donated is available outside at both the Thrift Store and Warehouse.


All profits from the store are used to assist Shelby County residents on a person-to-person basis.

Those in need of assistance may call the Society’s help line, 317-395-7027 and leave a message for the call to be returned or send an email to