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Shelby Co. Health Department has allotment of at-home rapid test kits

The Shelby County Health Department has an allotment of FDA Emergency Use Authorization at-home rapid test kits. Results in 15 minutes.


They can be used in Facilities, by employees, or individuals.


These tests are free.


Go to the Shelby County Health Department at 1600 East State Road 44 to pick up.


Shelby County's Diligent Digger Garden Club holding annual plant sale Saturday

Diligent Digger Garden Club is having their annual plant sale Saturday, May 21 from 9:00 am - noon at the covered stage at the Shelby County fairgrounds.


The majority of plants for sale are perennials, which have a life span of many years.


The club members provide these plants from their gardens in addition to various items related to gardening at reasonable prices.


The Shelby County Diligent Digger Garden Club was formed in 1992 when the Shelby County Garden Club, which started in 1935 and the Diligent Diggers club which started in 1950, merged into one club. Diligent Diggers is a not for profit club which will use the profits from the plant sale to maintain the flowers and shrubs in front of the Shelby County Public Library and to plant new annual plants to add color to the existing landscaping.


The club appreciates the community support of this fund raising project!


New property assessment information for 2022, Pay 23

Taxpayers should be aware of some changes for the January 1, 2022, assessment which may cause significant increases in the assessed values of their properties.


The value changes will not impact the 2022 property tax bills.


The changes are beyond the control of the Assessor’s Office.


Changes are:


• Statewide certified agricultural land base rate increased from $1,290 to $1,500 per acre. This rate is set by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) and is the same in all 92 counties.


• Cost tables used for assessments were updated. These tables are also set by DLGF and they

determine the approximate building costs of structures throughout the state. The tables were last updated in 2018. Due to increased material costs, the majority of cost schedules increased, and the four primary schedules (dwellings, general industrial, general commercial mercantile, general commercial residential) increased an average of 10% to 15%.


• Real estate market: This is perhaps the biggest factor and the one everyone is familiar with at this point. Each year the Assessor’s Office must review property sales and adjust property values accordingly. According to a recent article on, median home prices in the US increased by 16.9% in 2021 and Shelby County was no different. This office must keep assessments in line with the market by law, which means as the market goes up, so do assessments and vice versa.



To summarize, many changes have occurred over the last year that will impact assessed values across the board. However, taxpayers should not panic. As assessments increase, tax rates decrease because the property tax levy, the amount of revenue collected via property tax, is frozen. There is no way to estimate what taxes will do as the Assessor’s Office has no control over tax rates.


More information regarding appealing assessments and specific property values are provided on Assessment Notices (Form 11s) mailed on April 27, 2022. The appeal deadline is June 15, 2022. This can be done by filing an Appeal Form 130 (Taxpayer’s Notice to Initiate an Appeal) that can be located at the resources listed below:


Assessor Shelby County Website:

Shelby County Website:

Department of Local Government Finance website:

DNR LE hosts two recruiting events May 23, 24

DNR Law Enforcement will host two conservation officer recruiting events on Monday, May 23, and Tuesday, May 24 for District 6, which includes Hendricks, Marion, Hancock, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby, Marion, Brown, and Bartholomew counties.

The May 23 event will be held at DNR Fire Headquarters inside Morgan-Monroe State Forest, located at 6220 Forest Road, Martinsville. The May 24 event will be held at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds Conservation Building, located at 750 W. 200 S. Columbus.

Both events will start at 6:30 p.m. and will cover critical portions of the 2022 Indiana Conservation Officer hiring process, including duties of a conservation officer, preparation for the written exam and core values training, and physical agility testing requirements.

Participation at either recruiting event does not guarantee you a position but should provide insight into the competitive hiring process.

To see if you qualify to be an Indiana Conservation Officer and to complete the pre-screen exam, see and click on Become a Conservation Officer. 

Waldron's Chad Williams named DNR photo contest winner

A well-known Shelby County photographer has been recognized for his work by the state's Department of Natural Resources.


In honor of the state’s Historic Preservation Month, which is May, the DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology announced the winners of its annual Historic Preservation Month photo contest.

A variety of the entries and the winning photos will be shared on the DNR Instagram account (@indianadnr) all week.

The winners are:

Altered Category
Chad Williams of Waldron
Photo of barn at sunset in Waldron



Artistic Category
Michael McQuillen of Indianapolis
Photo of the Indiana Statehouse reflection

Black & White Category
Amanda Bennett-Cole of Lafayette
Photo of City Methodist Church in Gary

Color Category
Carla Hall of Roann
Photo of the Stockdale Mill in Roann

Kids Category
Kara Baker of Peru
Photo of barn in winter in Peru 

Planting season is here; remain alert to large farm equipment on Indiana roads

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana State Police and Hoosier Ag Today want to remind all citizens of farming season. They want to encourage motorists to slow down and be patient as motorists will start to see more of the large, slow-moving farm equipment traveling Indiana’s rural roads and highways.


In Indiana, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2020 three vehicles were involved in crashes with farm equipment, which resulted in two deaths.


While the term “farm equipment” encompasses a wide range of vehicles, the most common types motorists will encounter during planting season include sprayers, tractors pulling planters or tillage equipment, and large trucks hauling agricultural products. These vehicles are wide, sometimes taking up most of the road, and often travel at speeds less than 25 mph.

Some safety tips for motorists approaching large farm equipment:

  • Farmers will pull over when they are able to let motorists pass, but it may take time for them to get to a safe place to do so.
  • Be patient. Farm equipment is wide, sometimes taking up most of the road.
  • Be careful when passing. Do not pass in a designated “No Passing Zone” or within 100 feet of any intersection, railroad grade crossing, bridge, elevation structure or tunnel.
  • Do not try to pass slow-moving farm equipment on the left without ensuring that the farmer driving is not planning a left turn. It may appear that the driver is pulling over to allow a pass when the farmer is actually preparing to turn. You will drive right into its path, endangering yourself and the farmer.
  • Avoid tailgating, as some farm equipment might have to make sudden stops along the road.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to a destination, be aware of alternate routes and avoid distractions.


Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler wants to remind motorists that farmers work hard to ensure they are being as safe as possible.

“Hoosier farmers are trying to get to their fields safely and quickly, just like our Hoosier motorists are trying to get to work safely and quickly,” said Kettler. “I want to encourage motorists to be aware during this spring season and know that encountering farm equipment is likely and to slow down when approaching.”

For a list of safety tips, click here or visit The following organizations will be working together to share this important safety message during planting season: Hoosier Ag TodayIndiana Department of Homeland SecurityIndiana Department of Transportation and Indiana State Police.

2022 Primary Election mail-in absentee application deadline is today

Indiana Secretary of State Holli Sullivan is reminding Hoosiers that today, Thursday, April 21, is the final day for a circuit court clerk to receive an absentee ballot application from an applicant requesting delivery of an absentee ballot by mail.


The application to request a mail-in ballot must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., 12 days before the election. Applications may be submitted to the circuit court clerk in person or by mail, fax, email, or online through the Indiana Voter Portal at


New this year, Hoosiers with print disabilities can visit to request a ballot that allows the use of personal assistive technology devices to vote. 

Section of Shelby County N. Frontage Road to be closed for culvert project

A contractor for the Shelby County Highway Department will be closing North Frontage Road between W 300 N and W 400 N beginning Thursday, April 14 for two days, weather permitting, to replace a culvert.


The last address accessible from the north is 3423 North Frontage Rd.


The culvert being replaced is approximately 1500 feet northwest of the intersection on W 300 N and there are no addresses between the intersection and the closure from the south.








Quit Now Indiana offers free help to quit tobacco

Hoosiers wanting to quit tobacco use can now get free nicotine gum, patches or lozenges. In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Tips from Former Smokers (Tips) campaign, Quit Now Indiana is offering this promotion while supplies last.


The Tips campaign is the nation’s first federally funded national tobacco education campaign. Tips has had significant and sustained impact over the past decade, helping more than 1 million U.S. adults quit smoking and inspiring millions more to try to quit.


“The powerful stories shared in CDC’s Tips campaign, coupled with free evidence-based support services, have proven successful in helping adults quit smoking,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “Quit Now Indiana and the Indiana Department of Health are committed to providing Indiana residents the tools they need to prevent smoking-related diseases and disabilities.”


The Quit Now Indiana promotion is available to individuals who enroll in one of Quit Now Indiana’s services, such as phone counseling or Pick Quit, a new individual services program. Once enrolled, participants will receive a free two-week supply of nicotine gum, patches or lozenges.


“People who use tobacco often go through several quit attempts before succeeding, but proven treatments and services are available in Indiana that can improve your chances to quit for good,” said Miranda Spitznagle, director of Tobacco Prevention and Cessation at the Indiana Department of Health. “Quitting tobacco is one of the most important decisions people can make to improve their health and the health of their family.”


Take the first step toward a tobacco-free life and get free help from Quit Now Indiana by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW, texting READY to 200-400 or visiting

Covid-19 funeral assistance is still available

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to provide financial assistance for individuals who incurred COVID-19 related funeral expenses for loved ones.


Since launching the program on April 1, 2021, FEMA has provided more than $2.1 billion in COVID-19 funeral assistance to eligible applicants across the country, but assistance is still available for those who qualify.


"This program was created to address the unique financial challenges faced by our nation caused by the pandemic that has taken the lives of nearly a million loved ones, friends and neighbors across the country,” said Thomas C. Sivak, FEMA Region 5 administrator. “While we cannot bring those people back, this financial assistance can help ease the burden of their final arrangements.”


Eligible applicants may qualify for up to $9,000 for each deceased individual per application, with a maximum of $35,000 for families who may have multiple funeral expenses due to COVID-19. Since the assistance began on April 12, 2021, the average amount of assistance awarded is $6,500.


Applicants may apply by calling 844-684-6333 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday. Multilingual services are available. Please note, phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number. Applicants who use a relay service, such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel, should provide FEMA with the specific number assigned to them for that service so that agency representatives are able to contact them.


Additional information about COVID-19 funeral assistance, including frequently asked questions, is available on

Wortman Family Foundation for Shelby and Hancock Counties awards over $200,000 through inaugural cycle


Pictured:  Bob and Sue Ann Wortman


Advisory board members of the Wortman Family Foundation for Shelby and Hancock counties gathered in late March to evaluate the 23 requests received for funding through the foundation’s inaugural cycle. Nonprofit organizations serving Shelby and Hancock Counties were invited to submit proposals that focused on health and education as well as projects and programs that enhanced quality of life.


Bob Wortman and his advisory board are pleased with the nonprofit community’s response to this new opportunity and are delighted to announce this year’s grant recipients.


Fifteen applicants were chosen to receive funding. $126,161 will be awarded to the following organizations:


· Blue River Youth Choir

· Hancock County Children’s Choir

· Hancock County Senior Services

· Morristown Boys and Girls Club

· Morristown High School – Science and Music departments

· Morristown Visionary Committee

· Nameless Creek Youth Camp

· Shelby County Pantry Pals

· Purdue Extension of Hancock County

· Shelby County Youth Assistance Program

· Shelby Bridge Ministries

· Shelby County Players

· Shelby County Public Library – Velma Wortman Morristown Branch

· Shelby County YMCA


In addition to the competitive cycle grantees, the Wortman Family Foundation for Shelby and Hancock Counties will be supporting the following projects with annual gifts to each of $25,000 for five years: 


Early Learning Shelby County – capital campaign for a quality daycare facility in      Shelby County


Hancock Health Foundation – programming for mental health and addiction services


Shelby County Players – capital campaign for new performance facility

2022 primary election voter registration ends today

Indiana Secretary of State Holli Sullivan reminds Hoosiers that today, Monday, April 4 is the final day to register to vote in Indiana’s 2022 primary election.


“Exercising the right to vote is foundational to our nation’s democracy,” Secretary Sullivan said. “Today is the deadline to register to vote in Indiana’s 2022 primary election. If you haven’t registered yet, there is still time to do so online at or by visiting your local election administrator’s office.”


If you still need to register to vote you can register in person at your local county election administrator’s office by the end of the business day or you can register online before midnight at

USDA encourages producers to enroll grasslands into special CRP signup

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages producers and landowners to enroll in the Grassland Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) starting next week through May 13, 2022.  Grassland CRP provides a unique opportunity for farmers, ranchers, and agricultural landowners to keep land in agricultural production and supplement their income while improving their soils and permanent grass cover.   The program had its highest enrollment in history in 2021 and is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s broader effort to equip producers with the tools they need to help address climate change and invest in the long-term health of our natural resources.


Grassland CRP is a federally funded voluntary working lands program. Through the program, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides annual rental payments to landowners to maintain and conserve grasslands while allowing producers to graze, hay, and produce seed on that land.  Maintaining the existing permanent cover provides several benefits, including reducing erosion, providing wildlife habitat and migration corridors, and capturing and maintaining carbon in the soil and cover. 

“Grassland CRP is an important working lands conservation tool that offers a win-win to both our country’s producers and the environment by supporting and enabling grazing activities, while at the same time promoting plant and animal biodiversity and stemming rangeland conversion,” said Susan Houston, Acting FSA State Executive Director in Indiana. “We had a successful signup last year, and we look forward to broadening our base and working with new producers, particularly our historically underserved producers, to ensure they can access the program and its many benefits.”  


FSA provides participants with annual rental payments and cost-share assistance. The annual rental rate varies by county with a national minimum rental rate of $13 per acre for this signup. Contract duration is 10 or 15 years. 


Broadening Reach of Program 


As part of the Agency’s Justice40 efforts, producers and landowners who are historically underserved, including beginning farmers and military veterans, will receive 10 additional ranking points to enhance their offers. 


Additionally, USDA is working to broaden the scope and reach of Grassland CRP by leveraging the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program?(CREP) to engage historically underserved communities. CREP is a partnership program that enables states, Tribal governments, non-profit, and private entities to partner with FSA to implement CRP practices and address high priority conservation and environmental objectives. Interested entities are encouraged to contact FSA. 


More Information on CRP 

Landowners and producers interested in Grassland CRP should contact their local USDA Service Center to learn more or to apply for the program before the May 13 deadline.  Additionally, fact sheets and other resources are available


Signed into law in 1985, CRP is one of the largest voluntary private-lands conservation programs in the United States. The working lands signup announced today demonstrates how much it has evolved from the original program that was primarily intended to control soil erosion and only had the option to take enrolled land out of production. The program has expanded over the years and now supports a greater variety of conservation and wildlife benefits, along with the associated economic benefits.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit

Duke Energy upgrades underground power lines to improve service in Shelbyville

Duke Energy is strengthening part of its electric grid in Shelbyville to improve reliability and reduce power outages.


Crews are working to replace more than 1,800 feet of aged, underground power lines along Aaron Drive, Berwick Drive, Hickory Lane and Ruby Drive. The new underground cable lines will be more reliable and reduce the risk of prolonged power outages for homes in the area in the future. Work will begin in April and is expected to conclude by June.


Customers may see large electric utility equipment in the area of the underground cable line improvements, including utility trucks and digging and boring equipment.


“This important work is part of a smart, multi-layered energy grid improvement strategy to help improve electric reliability and strengthen the electric grid against severe weather and other impacts,” said Duke Energy government and community relations manager Jean Renk. “Making the right investments today means that the energy grid customers and their families depend on will be more reliable and more responsive in the future.”

Shelbyville's Girls Inc. receives Duke Energy Foundation grant

The Duke Energy Foundation announced it is awarding more than $300,000 in grants to 24 innovative K-12 education programs serving communities across Indiana.


The grants support a wide range of educational programming for K-12 students, including summer reading programs; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; programs that support underrepresented, low-income or diverse populations; and efforts to reverse academic declines due to disruption caused by COVID-19.


Over the past three years, the Duke Energy Foundation has awarded 76 strategic charitable grants totaling more than $1.1 million to nonprofit organizations working to bolster education in Indiana communities. 


Among those receiving grants is Girls Inc. of Shelbyville & Shelby County.  $10,000. will be used to provide scholarships for girls from underserved communities to attend Girls Inc. of Shelbyville and Shelby County’s summer literacy program.





AMERICAN PICKERS to film in Indiana

The American Pickers are excited to return to Indiana! They plan to film episodes of The History Channel hit television series in May 2022.

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on The History Channel. The hit show follows skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, the Pickers are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, they want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. They hope to give historically significant objects a new lease on life while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way. The Pickers have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them.

We at American Pickers continue to take the pandemic very seriously and will be following all guidelines and protocols for safe filming outlined by the state and CDC. Nevertheless, we are excited to continue reaching the many collectors in the area to discuss their years of picking and are eager to hear their memorable stories!

The American Pickers TV Show is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location, and description of  the collection  with photos to: or call (646) 493-2184, or through Facebook: @GotAPick .



Daylight Savings: Spring ahead this weekend

Sunday, March 13, marks an hour of lost sleep, but starts the long-awaited days of more sunlight ahead. Take the time this weekend to adjust your clocks and consider taking three key safety steps to protect against possible risks you and your family might face.


“Spring is a time of renewal and a good reminder to reassess our disaster readiness,” said Kevin M. Sligh, acting regional administrator, FEMA Region 5. “As we recommit to doing our part to stop the spread of COVID-19, let’s also ensure our families know what to do in an emergency and verify our homes are as resilient as possible to all hazards.”


  1. Verify your carbon monoxide and smoke detector work. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for testing the equipment to ensure it is functioning appropriately. Invest in new detectors if they’re near or past the manufacturer’s recommended replacement age.   
  2. Help stop the pandemic by getting vaccinated. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get the virus. Be sure to continue taking precautions in public places as well, including wearing a mask, staying six feet apart from others, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and washing your hands often. To learn more, visit  
  3. Confirm your insurance coverage & home inventory list are up-to-date. Review your insurance policies and meet with your agent to ensure you’re fully covered for the hazards that most threaten your area. Keep an up-to-date record of your household items and valuable belongings. Take photos and videos of appliances, fixtures, and the interior and exterior structure of your property. Have jewelry and artwork appraised. These documents are important when filing insurance claims.

WISE Women hosted Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is Wednesday


The Shelby County Chamber will host a new monthly event starting this Wednesday.  “WISE Women” is a new event offering that is geared for the women of Shelby County and the immediate area.  The “WISE” stands for:

Women in Shelby Empower”.  Benefits of these meetings include finding valuable long-term business contacts, hearing advice from peers and neighbors, sharing knowledge and experiences, while placing a strong emphasis on making connections and collaboration.  There will be no agenda, just great discussions.



Meet at The Bookmark Café, (9 Public Sq, Shelbyville, IN)located next to Three Sisters Bookstore in downtown.The meeting will be in the room adjacent to The Bookmark Café.  You are welcome to purchase coffee or breakfast from the café and join in the discussion and networking.



Wednesday, March 2 at 8:30 am.  Drop in anytime, stay for a short time or stay  the whole time!  This is a monthly meet-up, the first Wednesday of every month.



All Shelby County Chamber members are welcome, and women who are not Chamber members that would like to learn more about the benefits of being a member.  No one will be turned away!



“Empowered groups work together to make changes within themselves and their community,” said Donna Christian, Executive Director of the Shelby County Chamber.  “I can’t wait to hear some of the discussions.  What I am sure of, there will be laughter and great camaraderie,”  she said.

BBB warning about tech scams

A tech support rep calls and offers to fix a computer bug you haven’t even noticed, or a popup warning appears on the screen instructing you to dial a number for help. In this con, scammers pose as tech support employees of well-known computer companies and hassle victims into paying for their “support.” 


Within the last year BBB Serving Central Indiana has received numerous Scam Tracker reports from consumers losing more than $5,000 to tech scams. 


How the?Scam?Works: 

A call comes through on the Caller ID, a popup on the computer screen or you receive an email from someone claiming to be with tech support from a well-known software company. Microsoft, Comcast, Norton and Dell are all popular choices. The scammer ceates a sense of urgency—the computer is sending error messages, they've detected a virus, or your computer is about to crash causing a massive loss of data! 


Rest assured the tech support employee can fix the problem but only if they're allowed to remote access the troubled machine. Once access is granted, the caller will often run a “scan” and claim the computer is infected with viruses. The offer is made to fix and repair the machine for a fee. That may not be the end of the scam. If you allow remote access, malware may be installed on your machine. Malware often scans files in search of personal information, which scammers then use to commit identity theft.? 


According to a recent BBB Scam Tracker report, a Bloomington woman reported losing $1,400 to this tech scam. She called the number in a pop-up message after her computer screen went black. At the time, she believed she was speaking to a technician at Microsoft. “He then told me that he will download an ad blocker Adguard and cleaner and charged me $699 for the software - I thought this was a good way for me to protect my information online, so I wrote out a check for $699.” Later, she realized additional charges had been taken from her account and that’s when she knew she had been scammed. She is now taking steps to shut down her bank account and file a police report.  


Tips to spot this scam:

  • Never give control of your computer?to a third party unless you are absolutely certain it is the representative of a computer support team?you initiated contacted. 

  • Legitimate tech support companies don’t make unsolicited phone calls. A popular way for thieves to get in touch with victims is through cold calls. The callers often claim to be from a tech company. Scammers do and they can spoof official looking phone numbers, so don’t trust Caller ID. 

  • Look out for warning screens:?Nearly half of tech support scams begin with an alert on the victim’s computer screen. This pop up will have a phone number to call for help. Instead, disconnect from the internet and wi-fi connection by? shutting off the device and restart it with an antiviral scan. 

  • Be wary of sponsored links.?When searching online for tech support, look out for sponsored ads at the top of the results list. Many of these links lead to businesses that scam consumers. 

  • Avoid clicking on links in unfamiliar emails.?Scammers also use email to reach victims. These messages point consumers to scam websites that launch pop-ups with the fake warnings and phone numbers. 

If you are a victim of a tech support scam: 

  • Contact the bank immediately to report the incident and describe exactly what happened. 

  • Take the laptop, tablet, mobile device, or computer that was infected to a trusted local business and have it checked out. 

  • Remove any software that authorized remote access to the device. 

  • Change all of the passwords used to access bank accounts, social media and other websites that contain personal information.? 

  • File a report with?BBB Scam Tracker?and with law enforcement authorities, such as the FTC? 

Learn how to protect yourself, go to “10 Steps to Avoid Scams” and?sign up for scam alerts.? 


Learn more about?BBB Accreditation Standards?and?BBB Standards for Trust


Read BBB's complete study?with more details on who is behind tech support scams, how they are requesting money, and whom they are victimizing, as well as BBB’s recommendations for dealing with the problem.

Northwest Shelby County seeking answers - Commissioner and Council Candidates invited to speak

The Northwest Shelby County Concerned Citizens Coalition submitted the following invitation to the public to meet candidates for Shelby County Commission / Council at an event on March 5.


The Northwest Shelby County Concerned Citizens Coalition will meet on Saturday, March 5, at the Fairland Fire Station, 400 West Carey Street, 1:00 to 3:00 pm. All candidates for County Commissioner and County Councilor who will be running for office in this election have been invited to speak, and Shelby County citizens from the entire county are invited and encouraged to attend.


The primary election is May 3, and for candidates with opponents of the same political party, the primary is THE election. Voters in Shelby County, and especially those in the northwest quadrant, have had some real issues to monitor. The NWSC-CCC has grown to hundreds of citizens since its inception in January.


In the past, many residents had no idea who they would vote for until they arrived at the voting booth. This is the chance to know the candidates and make an informed decision at the polls. It’s also the chance to let the candidates hear what you have to say.


You are important. Your viewpoint is important. Your property values and your quality of life are important. The future of this county is important. That’s what this is about.


To submit a question in advance, please email to: or call Donna Dugan at 317-213-6804.


The NWSC-CCC is a group of citizens advocating for transparency and integrity from our political leaders. We appreciate the candidates taking time to meet with their neighbors and potential constituents.


Indiana FFA celebrates National FFA Week, Feb. 19-26

The Indiana FFA Association and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture will celebrate all things blue and gold for National FFA Week from February 19 - 26, 2022. National FFA Week remembers more than 94 years of FFA tradition and history while also highlighting and celebrating the success stories of the 735,000 members of the national organization.


“I am incredibly proud of the work FFA members do year-round to support and promote Indiana agriculture,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Secretary of Agriculture. “National FFA Week is a great opportunity for our FFA members to show their community, schools and neighbors what FFA and serving others is all about. I am excited to see the work completed by these young leaders during this weeklong celebration.”


Starting in 1948, the National FFA Board of Directors designated a weeklong celebration to recognize George Washington’s example and legacy as a leader and farmer. For the past 74 years, FFA members across the country have taken part in agricultural, leadership and service-based activities during National FFA Week.

“FFA has a strong history in agriculture and in community service,” said Bruce Kettler, Indiana State Department of Agriculture director. “This week is a great opportunity for FFA members to give back to their community and their school and to recruit new members to join this outstanding organization.”


Tamara Ketchen, Director of the Indiana FFA Association, is looking forward to seeing all the work done this week in FFA chapters across the state.


“National FFA Week is a time for local chapters to highlight their programs showcasing their success and passion for agriculture,” Ketchen said. “We also use this as an opportunity to recognize community supporters and broadcast the mission of the organization.”


During the week, chapters host a variety of events to educate, advocate and celebrate the agricultural industry. From a school petting zoo to a farmer’s breakfast, these activities pay homage to the dedication and commitment of today’s agriculturalists. During National FFA Week, the Indiana FFA State Officers travel the state to participate in activities with local FFA chapters and their communities.


FFA encourages the next generation of leaders who will change the world. FFA members are our future leaders, our future food suppliers, our future innovators and more! Whether it is through service projects or community gatherings, National FFA Week is a time for FFA members to raise awareness about agricultural education and the role the National FFA Organization plays in the development of agriculture's future leaders.

Shelby County of Commerce hosts a Legislative Update Friday

The Shelby County Chamber is hosting the first of two Legislative Updates this year. Chamber members and the community are invited to the Friday, February 18 lunch meeting. The lunch will begin at noon in the lower level of the Blue Bear Golf Club in Shelbyville. State Senators Jean Leising and Michael Crider will be speaking at the luncheon.


“The Legislative Luncheons are always a popular event hosted by the Shelby County Chamber.  These important meeting give our business community and county residents a chance to hear present Leising and Crider talk about important bills that will impact us. Leising and Crider are eager to answer questions from the audience.


Simply submit your questions to the Shelby County Chamber at All questions must be submitted prior to the meeting. Be specific when asking your questions so the limited time we have can be used wisely. We ask that everyone be respectful,”  said Nathan Runnebohm, President of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.


Lunch is free to Shelby County Chamber members, and $10 for non-members. The Blue Bear Golf Club will be providing the lunch. If you plan to attend, please RSVP as soon as possible due to limited tickets.


To register or to submit questions, or call the Chamber office at 317-398-6647.



Don’t forget to follow the Chamber on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIN.

PK U.S.A. introduces new Parental Leave Policy

PK U.S.A. will provide up to six weeks of paid parental leave to employees following the birth of an employee’s child or the placement of a child with an employee in connection with adoption or foster care.


“PK continues our strong commitment to our associates by implementing our Parental Leave Policy. The purpose of paid parental leave is to enable the employee to care for and bond with a newborn or a newly adopted or newly placed child,” states Bill Kent, Vice-President.

This policy will run concurrently with Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, as applicable, and will be in effect for births, adoptions or placements of foster children occurring on or after March 1, 2022

Purdue cancels in-person class meetings for Thursday (Feb. 3) due to heavy snow; nonessential employees should not report for shifts

Purdue University announced Wednesday (Feb. 2) that all in-person class meetings on the West Lafayette campus should be moved online if possible or canceled on Thursday (Feb. 3) and that all nonessential personnel should work remotely if possible. Forecasts call for continued heavy snow and deteriorating conditions, which may make travel unsafe for faculty, staff, and off-campus students, prompting the decision. Note that planned virtual meetings of online/hybrid courses may continue as scheduled.

Purdue administrators and public safety officials are working with city and county personnel to actively monitor the winter storm, and they ask everyone to remain aware of changing conditions. The campus operating status for Friday (Feb. 4) will be communicated via email, social media and area media as soon as possible.

Instructors of impacted courses should communicate plans and expectations (e.g due dates, remote meeting methods, exams/quizzes) directly to students. Students should check their email and Brightspace frequently for updates from their instructors. 

Predesignated essential personnel should operate under their department procedures. Nonessential personnel should work remotely if possible and not report to campus for any shifts between 4 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 2) and 11:59 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 3). The campus adverse weather procedures are available online (pdf). 

University officials continue to monitor area road conditions - and encourage employees to do the same - to be aware of any local travel restrictions that might remain in place. Those planning to travel on area roads should monitor their county travel status.

To check on the status of CityBus operations, you can download the app or search for the MyCityBus app in the Google Play or Apple App Store, or check the CityBus website

Purdue officials also are working in conjunction with local and state emergency responders to provide assistance locally.

Any additional updates will be available on the Purdue campus emergency page.

Purdue classes to move remote this afternoon, employees dismissed at 4 p.m.

Purdue University announced Wednesday (Feb. 2) that all in-person class meetings on the West Lafayette campus should be moved online or canceled beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, and all non-essential personnel currently working on campus today are dismissed at 4 p.m.


Purdue administrators and public safety officials are working with city and county personnel to actively monitor the winter storm and ask everyone to remain aware of changing conditions.


The campus operating status for Thursday (Feb. 3) will be communicated via email, social media and area media as soon as possible.


A significant amount of snow and deteriorating conditions may make travel unsafe for faculty, staff, and off-campus students, prompting the decision. Note that planned virtual meetings of online/hybrid courses should continue as scheduled.


Instructors of impacted courses should communicate plans and expectations (e.g., due dates, remote meeting methods, exams/quizzes) directly to students. Students should check their email and Brightspace frequently for updates from their instructors. 


Predesignated essential personnel will be operating under their department procedures. Nonessential personnel should not report to campus for any shifts after 4 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 2). All nonessential personnel currently working on campus today are dismissed at 4 p.m. The campus adverse weather procedures are available online (pdf). Plans for Thursday (Feb.) 3 will be announced as soon as possible.

University officials, in partnership with city and county personnel, continue to monitor area road conditions - and encourage employees to do the same - to be aware of any local travel restrictions that might remain in place. Those planning to travel on area roads should monitor their county travel status.


Cars parked on campus or West Lafayette snow routes must be moved or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.


To check on the status of CityBus operations, you can download the app or search for the MyCityBus app in the Google Play or Apple App Store, or check the CityBus website


Purdue officials also are working in conjunction with local and state emergency responders to provide assistance locally.