Community News

Shelbyville's PMC - 90 years and growing

Shelbyville manufacturer PMC SMART Solutions recently celebrated its 90th year in business.


President / CEO Lisa Jennings, Executive Vice-President Mark Delaney and Sales Account Manager Michael Parks appeared on Chamber Chat with details of the PMC history and its future.



Jockeys donate toys to local children's event at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

The jockey colony at Indiana Grand is very generous each year at the end of the season. The group pulls together to donate toys to the local “Breakfast with Santa” event set for Saturday, Dec. 12. With a tough year leading up to the holidays, the jockeys have stepped up even more this season, donating a total of 61 toys, a new record for the annual toy drive.


“I have three kids myself and we are fortunate enough to provide toys for them,” said Manny Esquivel. “I come from a very poor place in Mexico, and just thinking about it, it’s hard to think about kids not getting toys for Christmas. I used to play with a stick and make wheels to put on it, and I had fun. But just imaging the kids getting toys, it’s something special. I just wish I was there to see their faces when they get them.”


Last year, the jockeys collected 56 toys for “Breakfast with Santa” held through Shelby Parks and Recreation. The event includes two sessions with breakfast catered by Denny’s, a visit with Santa, and now thanks to the jockeys, kids will go home with a toy.


“This is great thing we do each year, and I look forward to it,” said DeShawn Parker, current leading rider at Indiana Grand. “And, because of Covid, I’m sure there are many more families this year that will struggle to get toys for their kids. Hopefully, this will help out and provide a little better Christmas for some kids this year.”


Jockeys included in the photo for the toy donation, from left, include Marcelino Pedroza Jr., Tommy Pompell, Fernando De La Cruz, DeShawn Parker, Geena Lucille, Kendall Sterritt, Angel Reyes, Emmanuel Esquivel, Chris Creel, clerk of scales, Alex Achard and Sammy Bermudez (kneeling).


The abbreviated 2020 racing season comes to a close Thursday, Nov. 19 after completing 96 days of racing. Racing dates for 2021 will be approved and announced by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission in December.

DNR offering veterans and active-duty military free admission ON wEDNESDAY

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is offering veterans and active-duty military free admission to state parks, reservoirs, state forests, and state off-road vehicle riding areas on Wednesday, Nov. 11.


“We appreciate the sacrifices and service of our veterans and active-duty military and look forward to recognizing them with a day to explore some of the best outdoor places in our state,” said Terry Coleman, director of Indiana State Parks.


Veterans and military personnel should present ID or evidence of military service at the entrance gate.


For proof of military status, gate attendants will accept:


DD 214 discharge papers

Veteran license plates (Ex-POW, Purple Heart, Disabled Hoosier Veteran, Navy Veteran, etc.)

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Disability Award Letter

Veterans hunting and fishing license

Documents showing veterans benefits with veteran's name on document

Any other certificate or verification letter or form that establishes past or present military service


Blue River Community Foundation Winter Application Cycle

Blue River Community Foundation’s (BRCF) winter scholarship application is now open on the BRCF website: The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021.

High school graduating seniors planning to pursue vocational or undergraduate studies, current college students, graduate students, and adults pursuing or finishing a college degree may submit an application. One unique feature to BRCF’s application process is that applicants complete one application to qualify for all scholarship opportunities for which they are eligible. Specific criteria, requirements, and instructions for applying, as well as a list of scholarships available through the application process, are listed in the BRCF Scholarship Resource Guide for Students located on the Foundation’s website under the Scholarships tab.

Since 1994, BRCF has invested over $5.9 million in students pursuing post-secondary education. This amount represents over $2 .1 million which has been awarded to Shelby County’s 39 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipients and is made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc., as well as, $3.8 million awarded to students from BRCF Scholarship Funds. In fact, last spring 168 scholarships totaling $297,900 were awarded to 132 recipients from 85 active scholarship funds administered by BRCF. These scholarship funds are made possible through the generosity of our donors who recognize the tremendous need for assistance in meeting the costs of higher education.


For more information on BRCF’s scholarship application process, please contact Julie Alvis
at 317.392.7955 ext. 102 or

2021 state park passes and permits now available

The 2021 Indiana state park passes, lake permits, off-road cycling permits, and horse tags are now available at property offices and front gates, and online at

A resident annual entrance pass costs $50. A non-resident annual entrance pass for visitors who live outside the state costs $70. Annual entrance passes are not valid for entrance to the Indiana State Museum, State Historic Sites, or Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center. 

Golden Hoosier Passports cost $25 and are available to all Hoosier residents 65 and older. There’s also a Golden Hoosier Passport for disabled Hoosier veterans (DHV) who qualify to purchase a DHV license plate. To quality, the veteran must be 50% service-connected disabled as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Anyone who has been issued a Prisoner of War license plate may receive a passport for free. SSDI Golden Hoosier Passports may be used by an Indiana resident receiving or eligible to receive Social Security Disability Income under 42 U.S. code 423 as described by the Social Security Administration.

Lake permits are available for motorized watercraft for $25 and non-motorized watercraft for $5. These permits are required for all private watercraft using state park, reservoir, and state forest lakes, and all watercraft moored at marinas, private docks, or bank ties on those lakes. The 2020 lake permits also remain available for the rest of this year.

Off-road cycling permits are available for $20 and are required for each bicycle user for off-road bicycle access and use of DNR properties where off-road cycling is allowed. These permits are not an entrance permit and do not cover special user charges for services and facilities within the property. These permits are required only for trails identified as Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert. They are not required for trails identified as Beginner.

Horse tags cost $20 and are required for each horse brought to designated DNR properties where horse use is allowed. A horse tag is not an entrance permit and does not cover special user charges for services and facilities within the property. This year’s 2020 horse tags and lake permits remain available to purchase for use for the rest of 2020.

None of the 2021 permits will be valid until Jan. 1, 2021.

State park annual permits are also available as part of Holiday Gift Packs. Gift packs also include a one-year subscription to Outdoor Indiana and a gift card for state park inns or campgrounds. Holiday gift packs are available for $100, or $150 for a higher gift card amount, at

BRCF offers Fundraising Gap mini-grant

In recognition of National Community Foundation Week celebrated from November 12 - 18, Blue River Community Foundation is opening a mini-grant cycle to Shelby County nonprofits. 


As nonprofits continue to work their way through Covid-19 effects, BRCF has recognized that there is an ongoing need for relief funding to our local organizations.  This mini-grant is intended to help those organizations who continued on with fundraising efforts through the pandemic, but still fell short of budgeted goals. 


Awarded grants will be announced by the end of Community Foundation Week.  


Fundraising Gap Mini-Grant DEADLINE: November 9, 2020

Apply Here:

For additional information contact:  Jordan England or 317.392.7955

USDA approves Indiana hemp plan

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the Indiana State Hemp Plan for commercially growing and processing hemp. In Indiana, hemp processing and production are regulated through the Office of the Indiana State Chemist (OISC).


The approved hemp plan takes OISC’s pilot hemp program and transitions it to a commercial hemp production program. Previously, hemp growers needed a research proposal and to be associated with a university researcher to apply for a license. Under this newly approved plan, farmers will not need a research component to be licensed.


For the 2021 growing season, applications will open in November 2020. Applications will be available online utilizing the OISC’s new licensing application software.


“This plan approval is a huge accomplishment for both farmers and our team,” said Don Robison, seed administrator for the Office of the Indiana State Chemist. “We are looking forward to growing this program and offering more efficient licensing for Hoosier farmers and processing companies.”


Indiana is one of 29 states with approved hemp plans, 12 states are currently negotiating with USDA on their plans and nine states are continuing with the USDA hemp production rules.


The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is responsible for helping promote hemp growers and processors in Indiana and ISDA Director Bruce Kettler co-chairs the Hemp Advisory Committee.


“We are very appreciative of USDA for acting on our request and approving our Indiana State Hemp Plan,” Kettler said. “The approval of the plan will allow the Office of the Indiana State Chemist regulatory authority and clearly define the rules and regulations around hemp production and processing in Indiana.”


Kettler and Robert Waltz, former Indiana state chemist and seed commissioner, were the co-signers of the submitted plan in December 2019. 

Indiana Grand provides donation to kickstart Festival of Lights with Shelby Parks and Recreation

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino recognizes the vast amount of activities either canceled or postponed for the community this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. As a result, the company has made a $10,000 donation to Shelby Parks and Recreation to kickstart a new holiday tradition. “Festival of Lights” will soon be coming to Shelbyville’s Blue River Memorial Park in cooperation with the City of Shelbyville, who also matched the funds for the light display.


A total of 17 light fixtures will be on display on the inner circle of Blue River Memorial Park beginning with the kick-off of the annual Holiday Parade at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. The parade will extend from Walmart to Blue River Memorial Park, featuring the new “Holiday of Lights” near the end of the route. The light display will then be available nightly from 5 until 9:30 p.m. through Christmas Eve. The light display will be free to those driving through, and those wishing to make a donation may do so at the end of the display.


“We are really excited, and the Mayor is really excited too about this donation,” said Karen Martin, Parks Department Director. “Because of COVID-19, people haven’t been able to get out and our programs are just now starting up. We’ve been wanting to do something like this for a long time, we just couldn’t get the buy-in to get it started. Hopefully, it will grow each year.”


The donation is part of the ongoing operational plan from Indiana Grand Racing & Casino’s Community Outreach program for 2020. The committee was searching for a way to support an event in the community when the “Festival of Lights” concept came into focus.


“It’s been a very tough year for a lot of folks, and we wanted to do something special for the community,” said Mike Rich, senior vice president and general manager at Indiana Grand. “We believe supporting an event such as the light display will provide the entire area with a new way to celebrate the holiday season. We are always proud to partner with the City of Shelbyville on events such as this one.”


Along with the Parks Department and the City of Shelbyville, the Shelby County Tourism and Visitor’s Bureau is also getting involved to enhance the holiday parade and “Festival of Lights” experience.


“It should be a great way to kick off our holiday season here in Shelby County,” added Martin. “We hope those driving through will consider a donation so we can expand and add to the display in the future.”


Racing is held Monday through Thursday until Thursday, Nov. 19. All-Quarter Horse racing is set for Saturday, Oct. 3 and Saturday, Oct. 24. For more information, go to

Blue River Community Foundation announces Community Leadership Grant thru Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Blue River Community Foundation (BRCF) has received a Community Leadership Grant of $100,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFTVII) initiative. With the grant, BRCF will continue in their mission to attract new residents and retain current residents who contribute positively to the community through engagement, skills, talent, and commonly held desires for educational excellence, opportunities and a better quality of life. 


Through recent data analysis, visioning meetings and community engagement work, BRCF focused on realizing Shelby County’s greatest growth opportunities that are also factors thatthe organization has the capability of influencing. Issues rising to the top of the list that the Foundation will tackle with this opportunity are: negative perceptions; lack of arts, culture and recreational opportunities; social connections; and diversity.


BRCF is one of 84 foundations in Indiana receiving grants through this round of GIFT VII grantmaking. Lilly Endowment created GIFT in 1990 to help local communities in Indiana develop the philanthropic capacity to identify local needs and challenges. It launched GIFT VII in 2018 and made available a total of $125 million to helpfoundations strengthen their leadership capacities in the towns, cities and counties they serve. Lilly Endowment expects to make additional GIFT VII grants in the coming months.


“During a time when so many organizations have been forced to put exciting, innovative plans on hold, Lilly Endowment is allowing our community to continue with our plans to improve the quality of life in Shelby County.  Because of this opportunity, our community will be able to not only survive these unprecedented times but to thrive.”- Jennifer Jones, Executive Director.


As part of GIFT VII, the Foundationwas awarded a planning grant of $50,000 in 2019 to convene local stakeholders to identify, prioritize and assessopportunities and challenges in Shelby County.  In March 2020, the Blue River Community Foundationwas invited to apply for a GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant to implement strategies and activities identified during the planning period.


“Prior to the GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant opportunity, BRCF was in the process of addressing the role that our organization could play in bringing new residents to Shelby County.  The GIFT VII opportunity allowed us the means to dig deeper into this undertaking and to bring other local leaders, stakeholders and community partners to the table in order to be certain we had community consensus.  Our planning work resulted in a new mission statement for our foundation, a direction and plan to achieve our goals, and a closer relationship with our community allowing us to address their wants and needs.”-Jennifer Jones, Executive Director. 


Based on the information we received from our community conversations, the Foundation will be taking on several initiatives over the next 4 years to help make our community more desirable for new residents and to improve the quality of life for all those residing in Shelby County.


1) The civic group, Backyard Shelby, has already started efforts to build relationships with local realtors to entice homebuyers to choose Shelby County. The group is also working to increase the number of participants in local events and has plans of providing new, unique activities of their own in the future. 


2) BRCF has partnered with Girls Inc. to convene and lead conversations in the community around diversity, equity and inclusion. They will do this by providing a series of workshops to local professionals.


3)BRCF will partner with other local leaders to activate public spaces.  Work has already been started thanks to a QUIP grant from Indiana Arts Commission and a donation from Indiana Grand to activate an alley on E. Washington St. GIFT VII funding will allow additional items and ultimately completion of this project.  We will also be partnering with local artists to complete public art on 12 more traffic cabinet boxes throughout the community.  Additional public art and cultural elements will be activated in our downtown and within the trail system with the development of a linear park behind the Historic Porter Center. The park will serve as a gateway to the west side of the trail system.


“It is great that in a time of uncertainty with COVID-19 we are able to continue projects that are engaging our community, beautifying our downtown spaces, and overall enhancing our community.  We can’t thank Lilly Endowment enough for what they do for all of our communities.”-Brent Thoman, BRCF Board President.


Blue River Community Foundation is a catalyst for igniting action that improves the quality of life in Shelby County. Our vision is to encourage philanthropy and inspire action that improves all lives and builds stronger communities in Shelby County.


Lilly Endowment an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community developmenteducation and religion. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

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

Harrah's Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand donate $50,000 to IMPD Mounted Patrol Unit

officials from Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino presented the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit a $50,000 contribution to aid a capital fund for a new equine facility. Following today’s donation, the unit has raised nearly $200,000 towards a goal of $1 million.


The presentation took place at the IMPD’s Mounted Patrol headquarters, located on the west side of Indianapolis, with remarks from Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, IMPD Chief of Police Randal Taylor, IMPD Operations Department Chief Josh Barker, IMPD Horse Patrol Sergeant Allan Whitesell, Mounted Horse Patrol Association Board President and Executive Director Chris Golightly, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino SVP and GM Mike Rich, and Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino SVP & GM Trent McIntosh.


“We’re here to keep our community safe and improve relationships,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. “There are no better ambassadors than the horses I stand in front of today. One day soon you’ll see a state of the art location at this site.”


I want to thank Mike and Trent of Indiana Grand and Harrahs for this $50,000 contribution,” added Mayor Hogsett. “These officers and these animals deserve it.”


The IMPD Mounted Patrol Unit currently operates out of a small barn and three small construction trailers on the former grounds of the Central State Hospital. The current facilities were not intended for long-term use. The $1 million capital fundraising project will provide a new equine facility on 20 acres on the same grounds.


“When you tour the grounds, you see a new facility is needed,” noted Indiana Grand Racing & Casino SVP & GM Mike Rich. “We’re thrilled to be able to help kickstart this campaign.”


Both Harrah’s Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand teams toured the IMPD Mounted Patrol Unit’s facility in January, and met with Sergeant Whitesell and members of the board to learn more about the capital initiatives.


“Our teams are passionate about finding ways to work on projects we believe are impactful to communities,” said Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino SVP & GM Trent McIntosh. “These equine athletes help the IMPD do their jobs every day.”

FDA with Costco shrimp recall

 If you bought frozen shrimp from Costco, you might not want to eat it.


The shrimp could be contaminated with Salmonella, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The shrimp was sold between February and May under brand names like Kirkland, Fresh Market, Unistar, and Wellsey Farms.


If you have any of the recalled shrimp, the FDA says you should return it to the store.

Crider: Indiana Senate Republicans offering paid internships

The Indiana Senate Republican Caucus is offering paid spring-semester internships in its communications, information technology, legal, legislative and policy offices during the 2021 session of the Indiana General Assembly, said State Sen. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield).


Qualified candidates may be of any major and must be at least a college sophomore. Recent college graduates as well as graduate and law school students are also encouraged to apply. Positions are open to Indiana residents as well as nonresidents who attend a college or university in Indiana.


Interns earn a $750 biweekly stipend and benefit from scholarship and academic credit opportunities, professional development, community involvement and networking.


Senate internships are full-time positions at the Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis that typically begin with a mandatory orientation in late December and conclude at the end of the legislative session in April 2021. The Indiana Senate is currently developing plans to conduct legislative work amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and, as always, strives to provide a safe working environment for all interns, staff and senators.


"This is a great opportunity for any college student or recent graduate to gain firsthand experience working in state government," Crider said. "I strongly encourage those looking for an internship to consider this program."


For more information and to access an application, visit


The deadline to apply is Oct. 31. 

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign underway

In 2018, there were just under 4,000 alcohol-impaired crashes in Indiana that resulted in 83 deaths. That's just one of many reasons more than 200 state and local law enforcement agencies have joined the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.


Of those crashes, 48 of them and 1 death happened during the Labor Day Holiday weekend. The campaign is going on now through Labor Day again this year. The patrols for it are supported by money from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which are distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.


"People are having more parties as summer is winding down. We just typically see an increase of DUI arrests over this time period," says Sergeant Matt Ames, Public Information Officer for the Putnamville District.


Ames says one person is killed every 50 minutes by a drunk driver in the U.S. It's something Ames calls "totally preventable."


"Unfortunately, the tragedies of someone choosing to drive drunk touches every county in the state of Indiana at some point or another," says State Police Sergeant John Perrine, Public Information Officer for Central Indiana. "If we catch someone driving impaired, they will go to jail."


Perrine says there are several strategies they will implement during the campaign to catch people who are driving impaired.


"Sometimes it's high visibility patrol. Sometimes it's DUI checkpoints. Sometimes it's unmarked cars. We have different strategies in place and we'll be using all of those," says Perrine.


In Indiana, it is illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Drivers under the age of 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and having their license suspended for up to a year.


Ames says police will catch drivers, but they could also use your help.


"If you happen to see an impaired driver, make sure that you call 911 and give the dispatcher an accurate description of the vehicle and a possible license plate number," says Ames.


Both Perrine and Ames say planning a safe and sober ride home is something you should do if you plan on drinking. They recommend using a ride-sharing service (like Uber or Lyft), public transportation, or a taxi to get home safely.


"Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving," says Ames.

Adding derecho to your list of weather terms

For some, the word derecho became a new weather term this week.  The wide-ranging storm system hit the Midwest hard on Monday.


National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Frazier.



The more conventional wind damage associated with a tornado was felt near two northern Indiana  communities.