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International Observe the Moon Night on Saturday

People all across the globe are joining together on Saturday, September 26, for International Observe the Moon Night, a NASA-sponsored event aiming to celebrate lunar exploration.


The event happens annually in either September or October, depending on when the moon is in its first quarter. According to Andrea Jones, Public Engagement Director for NASA, the first quarter moon is a great phase for moon observation, because the moon is half-illuminated. The shadows enhance the moon’s cratered landscape.


In addition, this weekend is a little more special. Because of the moon’s slight wobble when orbiting the earth, observers will get to see features of the moon that are usually hidden from plain sight.

“We’ll be able to see the locations of every Apollo landing site, lots of lunar mare, or cooled seas of lava, the dark patches we see on the near side of the moon, and some spectacular lunar craters and landscapes,” Jones said.


In a time of social distancing and separation, Jones adds that International Observe the Moon Night is about more than looking up at the moon. It’s about knowing that your fellow humans are looking at the same moon with you.


You can learn more about lunar science and participate in International Observe the Moon Night from anywhere. NASA encourages you to share your adventures using the #ObserveTheMoon hashtag. More information and resources can be found here.

Shelby County man found guilty of child molest

Ryan Gordon Tracy, 35, from the Fairland area, was convicted Wednesday evening of four counts of Child Molesting after a 3-day jury trial.  Three of the counts were Level 1 felonies and one was a Level 4. 


The case was investigated by Shelby County Sheriff’s Detective Jim Thurman, and revealed that Tracy had been molesting a victim, under the age of 10, repeatedly over a period of time between November 2017, and January 2020.  The acts of molestation involved various sex acts, and even sex toys. 


The investigation also revealed evidence of Vicarious Sexual Gratification (Level 3 felony) and Dissemination of Matter Harmful To Minors (Level 6 felony), though the jury found insufficient evidence to convict on these lower offenses.


The case was prosecuted by Deputy Prosecutor Brandon Robinson.  He was assisted by Chief Deputy Prosecutor Scott Spears and Deputy Prosecutor Adam James.  Tracy was represented by attorneys Chris Taylor and Mike Boring.  Robinson called 11 witnesses in all.  The jury deliberated for over four hours before reaching their verdicts.


Tracy will face up to 150 years in prison when he is sentenced next month.


Shelby County Prosecutor Brad Landwerlen said, "This case is one of the more disturbing child molest cases he has seen – in large part due to the variety, nature, and frequency of the acts of molestation.  We will definitely be seeking an enhanced sentence."


Governor sends Indiana to Stage 5

Governor Holcomb is lifting most of Indiana's remaining coronavirus restrictions, but a few limits remain in place.


Starting Saturday, there will no longer be capacity limits on bars, restaurants and entertainment venues, though they'll still need to enforce social distancing. There's no limit on mass gatherings either, but anything over 500 people will require approval from the local health department.


And Indiana's mask requirement, which is part of a different order, remains in effect.



State health commissioner Kristina Box notes Indiana's positivity rate has dropped by one-third since Holcomb issued the mask requirement June 23, while Elkhart County, which imposed its own mask order before the state did, has seen an even steeper drop. She says while there's still much that's unknown about the virus, it's now clear that even people without symptoms can spread it, and that masks are a key component in reducing that spread.


Holcomb says he understands Hoosiers' discontent about masks, and says it's not his preference.



Indiana's rolling average of positive tests has dropped below four-percent for the first time in three months. Every county is below 10-percent, with 58 of the 92 counties now listed at "minimal risk" for the virus basaed on a combination of positivity rates and the number of cases.


Holcomb says there's a particularly heightened risk as the weather turns cold.



While some conservatives have broken with Holcomb over the mask order to support the Libertarian candidate for governor, Westfield software engineer Donald Rainwater, Holcomb's Democratic opponent is attacking the governor's announcement from the other side. Former state health commissioner Woody Myers calls the lifting of restrictions "simply wrong," and says the pandemic requires "more vigilance, not less."



Franklin man convicted on drug, weapons charges

Jimmy Earl Hendricks, 26, of Franklin, was convicted by a jury Tuesday of the offenses of Level 3 Felony Dealing Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 Felony Unlawful Possession Of a Syringe, Class A Misdemeanor Carrying a Handgun Without a License, and Class A Misdemeanor Resisting Law Enforcement.


The case originated around 3:00 a.m. on June 11, 2020, when Shelbyville Police Department officer Jared Scudder noticed Hendricks and another man walking very animated, appearing that they were about to fight. He pulled up to check on them, and Hendricks was immediately abrasive with Officer Scudder. While Scudder spoke with the other man, Hendricks turned his back to Scudder and was reaching to his waist area. Fearing that Hendricks was pulling a gun, Officer Scudder pulled his gun on Hendricks and ordered him to show his hands. Hendricks pulled a pistol from his waist and ran behind a nearby house, where, to his dismay, he found that two sides of the yard were covered by a high privacy fence, and the third side had a chain-link fence containing three aggressive dogs. He ran back out of the front of the house after tossing a fully-loaded 9 mm Smith and Wesson pistol (and a fully-loaded extra magazine). As he emerged from behind the house, SPD Officer Buckley pulled his taser and ordered Hendricks to stop. Hendricks then tripped to the ground over his pants, which had fallen down.


Hendricks was also found to have extra 9 mm ammunition, digital scales, 10 small bindles of methamphetamine, and one larger bindle of methamphetamine - totaling just under two grams. He also had what appeared to be spice, as well as some crushed pills, which were packaged to appear like heroin.


Prosecutor Brad Landwerlen prosecuted the case and called seven witnesses during the two-day trial.  The jury deliberated about 30 minutes before finding Hendricks guilty as charged on all counts. Hendricks then admitted to being an habitual felony offender, and will face up to 26 years in prison when he is sentenced on November 4.


Landwerlen added, "As an interesting side-note, after the verdict, two members of the jury specifically noted to officer Scudder that police officers don't get the recognition that they deserve and thanked Officer Scudder (and the other officers involved) for his service, and the entire jury followed this mention of appreciation with a unanimous round of applause. Many don't appreciate how dangerous police work is - even in a small town like Shelbyville. Bigtime thanks to SPD officers Scudder, Buckley, Conway, Shriver, Lt. Walton, and Detective Holmes for their work in securing justice in this case."


Shelby Co. Plan Commission votes to take another look at solar farms ordinance

A group of citizens of Shelby County concerned about the possibility of a large industrial solar farm locating in southwestern Shelby County has been asking officials for a moratorium to allow time to scrutinize the county’s ordinances on solar farms. 


There’s no moratorium yet but the county’s plan commission did vote Tuesday to look into the ordinances for changes or tweaks that might be needed.


President Doug Warnecke offered a motion that was approved to allow the commission to begin its study.



Board member Kevin Carson expressed his desire to look into the current ordinances and that Shelby County Commissioners agree to a moratorium so a solar farm doesn’t come forward before a new ordinance, or adjusted ordinance, is completed.



Commissioners approved last year a six month moratorium to allow for the creation of an ordinance dealing specifically with solar farms.  To this point, requests to the commissioners have not received a vote on the issue.


Board member Charity Mohr says the decision regarding Ranger Power’s solar farm in the Morristown area and the possibility of another to come don’t fit into the wording in place for the county’s current comprehensive plan.



The commission will meet in executive session on October 6.


CMS adjusting nursing home visitations

Steps are being taken to allow visitors again at nursing homes across the country. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued new guidance for visitation.


Outdoor visits are encouraged. Indoor visitation is allowed if there are no new cases in the previous two weeks and if certain core principals — like screening, resident and staff testing, hygiene, social distancing, and cleansing — are put into effect.


A memo sent out to state survey directors makes clear that visitations can be made for more than pure end-of-life reasons, and can even include physical touching in some instances. Communal dining and activities may take place as long as six-foot distancing and other precautions are observed.


According to the memo, examples of other types of compassionate care situations include, but are not limited to:


• A resident, who was living with their family before recently being admitted to a nursing home, is struggling with the change in environment and lack of physical family support.

• A resident who is grieving after a friend or family member recently passed away.

• A resident who needs cueing and encouragement with eating or drinking, previously provided by family and/or caregiver(s), is experiencing weight loss or dehydration.

• A resident, who used to talk and interact with others, is experiencing emotional distress, seldom speaking, or crying more frequently (when the resident had rarely cried in the past).


Home facilities will continue to use that COVID-19 county positivity rate to determine the degree to which indoor visitation can take place.


Virtually in every nursing home in America, there is a Point of Care test.  Point-of-care testing allows physicians and medical staff to accurately achieve real-time, lab-quality diagnostic results within minutes rather than hours. Medical experts say this type of testing enables staff to make timely and important treatment decisions when diagnosing a patient’s condition.


The memo says some of the “Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention” are:


-Screening of all who enter the facility for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., temperature checks, questions or observations about signs or symptoms), and denial of entry of those with signs or symptoms

-Hand hygiene (use of alcohol-based hand rub is preferred)

-Face covering or mask (covering mouth and nose)

-Social distancing at least six feet between persons


Facilities that have not had any positive COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days and are in a county with a low or medium positivity rate may not restrict visitations “without a reasonable clinical or safety cause” consistent with regulations, CMS noted. Doing so could subject a provider to the threat of citation and penalties.


17 trucks burned at south side M&K Truck Centers

Seventeen trucks were burned this morning at a truck stop on the south side of Indianapolis and fire investigators believe it was on purpose. M&K Truck Centers is now offering a $30,000 reward for info that leads to the arsonist's arrest, in addition to the $1,000 offered by Crimestoppers.


Indianapolis Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Rita Reith said the first call came in around 4:30. By the time firefighters got there, several trucks were already on fire.


"They ad a little bit of difficulty getting back to it because the area was so secure. They had to cut through a couple fences and then do some pretty extensive hose lays for water supply," she said.

It took about 45 minutes to get the fire under control. The fire involved hundreds of gallons of diesel, which spilled during the explosions that resulted from the fire.


"Investigators are saying it was intentionally set and they're looking for one or more persons that they think are involved in setting the fire," said Reith.


She said those investigators do not believe the truck fire is connected to the intentional burning of several vacant houses on the north side, but did say the night of arson fires taxed the resources of firefighters.


"Last night was a little unusual because they were relatively close and in quick succession."

M&K said the company is glad no one was hurt in the fire.


“We are grateful...for the rapid response of the fire department. M&K Truck Centers and our customers have suffered significant loss of property including 12 commercial vehicles that are a total loss and 7 others that sustained significant damage. We are working with the authorities to find the people responsible for this crime. In addition to the Crime Stoppers reward M&K Truck Centers is offering a $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the arson.”

Church's plans for home fail to receive Shelby County Commissioner's approval

A new use for a former eye doctor’s office will not proceed after failing to get go-ahead from Shelby County Commissioners this week.


Commissioner Don Parker describes the plan for the building on Boggstown Road by the Shelbyville Community Church.



Ultimately, the commissioners felt it wouldn’t be a good situation to place an institution zoning in a commercial district. Even though this is still in the county it would not follow the city's future land use map which they have identified Heavy / Medium Industrial.



Parker also noted they received a presentation by the group against a possible industrial solar farm in southwestern Shelby County.  The presentation dealt with fire safety concerns.


There was no vote called for on a moratorium proposed by the group for further analysis of such solar farms.

American Red Cross calling for volunteers

The American Red Cross needs volunteers, and is asking for more help from Indiana.


The approach of Hurricane Sally, as well as the effects of Hurricane Laura and the West Coast wildfires, have overwhelmed the organization. Red Cross Indiana Regional CEO Chad Priest told WISH-TV that the pandemic has only made things worse.



Red Cross volunteers that are deployed help provide food, shelter and support to those in need. In addition, they work with local officials to help first responders.


If you decide to sign up as a volunteer, Priest says, you will receive free, fast training to ensure quick deployment. There are virtual training options for those who feel uncomfortable gathering during the pandemic.


Volunteers must be at least 18 and have a valid driver’s license to volunteer. More information can be found at redcross.org.

Trotters Chase condos get go-ahead

The Shelbyville Common Council gave unanimous approval to a second reading of an ordinance allowing for a rezone for future housing development that has been years in the making.


The development will be within Trotters Chase, off State Road 9 on Shelbyville’s north side. 


Harold Gibson with H. Gibson Surveying,  joined by Mike Leslie with Northbridge Homes, addressed the council Wednesday night.



Gibson says it’s been some time for this.  But Leslie and other developers are now ready.



The Preserve at Sugar Creek, described as maintenance free living, going in New Palestine very successfully.  Leslie noted there has been a great deal of initial interest in the planned condos.


Leslie said it’s about two years for completion of the projects in Trotters Chase.

Area school corporations receive funds for school safety investments

The Indiana Secured School Board has approved more than $19 million in matching state grant funds, marking a second consecutive year of record-breaking school safety investments.


The $19.4 million in awards allows the Board to fully fund all eligible, top-priority projects identified over 400 schools in their applications to the Secured School Safety Grant program (SSSG). In addition, the Board fully funded all school threat assessment projects, as well as eligible projects geared toward implementing health and wellness support services for parents and students.


The SSSG fund is administered by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Including the funds committed this year, the SSSG program will have distributed more than $91 million in state matching grants to schools since the program became law in 2013.


The SSSG issues matching grants for eligible items and then schools match those funds at a certain level, either  25 percent, 50 percent or 100 percent. The match requirement is based on average daily membership of the school district, the total amount of the project or what the request covers.


Eligible items in the grant include funding for school resource officers (SROs) and law enforcement officers in schools; equipment and technology; active event warning systems; firearms training for teachers and staff that choose to allow guns on school property; threat assessments and to implement a student and parent support services program.


Among area school corporations receiving funds:


Eastern Hancock                                                        $22,000.00

Greenfield-Central                                                      $87,980.00

Mt Vernon                                                                   $92,500.00

Southern Hancock County Comm School Corp       $100,000.00


Shelby Eastern Schools                                             $50,035.00

Shelbyville Central Schools                                        $100,000.00

Southwestern Con Sch                                               $50,000.00

Flags to half-staff for Patriot Day

Governor Eric Holcomb is directing flags statewide to be flown at half-staff in honor of Patriot Day.


Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset today until sunset.


Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents across the state to lower their flags to half-staff in remembrance of the victims of the terror attacks on 9/11.

MHP's Shoshanna Everhart chosen as the ombudsman for DCS

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced that he has selected Shoshanna Everhart as the ombudsman for Department of Child Services (DCS).


Everhart has 40 years of child welfare experience, including in child protection, child welfare services, adoption and foster care. She previously served at DCS as the director of the Rush County office, a Shelby County child welfare supervisor, and a Shelby County case manager.


After her time with the department, Everhart practiced clinical social work in a variety of settings including a hospital, schools, and in homes. She has also taught graduate courses at the Indiana University School of Social Work. She currently works as a psychotherapist at Major Health Partners in Shelbyville.


Everhart earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Indianapolis and a masters of social work from Indiana University.


The DCS Ombudsman Bureau was created in 2009 by the Indiana State General Assembly. The bureau has the authority to receive, investigate and resolve complaints concerning the actions of DCS and to make recommendations to improve the child welfare system. The bureau operates independently of DCS and is housed in the Indiana Department of Administration.


The former ombudsman, Alfreda Singleton-Smith, departed in July. Everhart will begin her new position on Sept. 14.

Milwaukee Tool chooses Indiana for new service hub, 450+ new jobs

Milwaukee Tool, a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty power tools, hand tools, storage and accessories for the professional construction trades worldwide, announced plans today to establish a new tool service hub in Greenwood, Indiana, creating more than 450 new jobs by the end of 2025.

"Milwaukee Tool continues to grow, and a new, centrally-located service hub here in Indiana will support the company's increased demand and strengthen the customer experience," said Governor Eric J. Holcomb. "Indiana’s advanced manufacturing workforce will be a key asset for this growing company, helping Milwaukee Tool provide high-quality service to its customers and contributing to its mission of continuous innovation and commitment to the trades."

Milwaukee Tool, headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, will invest $6.75 million to establish its new service hub to accommodate the rapid growth the company has experienced in the last several years. The company is leasing a 150,000-square-foot facility on Southtech Drive in Greenwood, Indiana, that will house tool repair and warehousing space. It is expected to be operational by March 2021. 

This new centralized repair facility will complement the company’s other service hub in Greenwood, Mississippi; both will act as the main axis points for the company’s service operations for users around the nation.

“As we continue to grow, it’s important that we create true partnerships that will allow us to attract, retain and recruit the best talent in the world. We are proud to partner with the city of Greenwood and the state of Indiana to grow a world-class work environment in this community,” said Steve Richman, Group President for Milwaukee Tool. “The Greenwood, Indiana, service hub will play a critical role to help improve our service response time for users.”

In addition to its new Greenwood facility, the company has manufacturing, distribution, and operations facilities in Mississippi and Wisconsin, and has grown from 1,000 employees in the U.S. 10 years ago to nearly 5,000 people today. The company is currently hiring key management and operations roles for this service hub. Interested applicants may apply online

“We are pleased to welcome Milwaukee Tool as the most recent global brand to establish a major presence in Greenwood," said Greenwood Mayor Mark W. Myers. "Milwaukee Tool joins FedEx, Pitney Bowes, Amazon, Nestle Water, ULTA Beauty and several other prominent companies who have chosen Greenwood during the past decade. Greenwood’s economy is strong and growing steadily. Our quality of life improvements, low tax rates and financial stability continue to attract prestigious companies to our city. The Milwaukee Tool facility is projected to produce hundreds of skilled jobs with strong wages and benefits. Greenwood is proud to have a skilled workforce and thriving businesses in advanced manufacturing, consulting, logistics and service industries.”

Pending approval by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) board of directors, the IEDC will offer Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation up to $4.5 million in conditional tax credits and up to $500,000 in training grants based on the company’s plans to create up to 481 new Hoosier jobs. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning the company is eligible to claim incentives once Hoosiers are hired. The city of Greenwood approved additional incentives.

About Milwaukee Tool 
Milwaukee Tool, founded in 1924, is a global leader in delivering innovative solutions to the professional construction trades that offer increased productivity and unmatched durability. Whether it is through their world-leading M12™, M18™, and MX FUEL™ cordless systems, the ground-breaking performance of their M12 and M18 FUEL™ products, jobsite lighting, time-saving accessories, or innovative hand tool and storage products, Milwaukee® is dedicated to delivering a steady stream of advanced, trade-specific solutions. Milwaukee Tool is a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based subsidiary of Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. (TTI) (HKEx stock code: 669, ADR symbol: TTNDY). For more information on the full line of Milwaukee® products, please call 1-800-SAWDUST or visit www.milwaukeetool.com.

Parking in front of Shelbyville's Chaperral Café removed Monday to aid traffic flow

Elimination of parking along a changed Shelbyville section of roadway is hoped to further increase traffic flow.


East Broadway, as it approaches the intersection with Harrison Street, becomes a one-lane for westbound traffic that now allows for a left turn lane going into the intersection.  Shelbyville Street Commissioner Doug Hunt says they expect Monday to remove the two-hour parking in front of the Chaperral Café, 14 East Broadway, to further aid the flow of traffic.



Hunt said it was a move the state was supposed to have handled.  City crews will go ahead and make the change anticipated for today.








A new milestone coronavirus number.


Be safe on the roads this Labor Day weekend

In an attempt to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities during this upcoming holiday weekend, the Indiana State Police will be participating in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign. Now through Labor Day, Indiana State Police will be conducting overtime patrols seeking out dangerous and impaired drivers.


These patrols are supported with funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.


“Last year, one person died every 50 minutes in a drunk-driving crash in the U.S.,” said Devon McDonald, ICJI Executive Director. “Every one of those fatalities could’ve been prevented. Help us save lives by putting an end to this reckless behavior.”


For over 20 years, law enforcement agencies across Indiana have been participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. This year, more than 200 state and local law enforcement agencies will be taking part, joining thousands more across the country.


If you plan to consume alcohol, please ensure you have a safe plan to get you home safely.


Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving. Motorists that encounter an impaired driver on the roadway are encouraged to call 911. 

State disputes claims of fewer Covid-19 deaths

Indiana has had more than 3, 000 coronavirus deaths, and the country has had more than 180, 000. The state health commissioner says claims that it's a lot less are "absolutely incorrect."


There's been online speculation for weeks that the death toll has been inflated with people who died of something else. That speculation got a burst of wider attention this week when President Trump retweeted a blog post claiming the true national death toll is closer to 9, 000. That prompted both the Centers for Disease Control and Indiana health commissioner Kristina Box to explain that's wrong.


Box says the claim stems from a misunderstanding of CDC data, which show 94% of coronavirus death certificates show other contributing causes of death. But that's just a reaffirmation of what Box and other health officials have warned for months: people with underlying health conditions are at greater risk from coronavirus. Box says a death certificate will list those contributing causes, but says conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes don't mean it's not a death due to coronavirus.

In one high-profile illustration this week, the announcement of Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver's passing listed not only COVID-19 as his cause of death, but complications from Lyme disease, which he'd had for nearly 30 years, and dementia, from which he'd suffered for seven.


Box says Indiana has been even more rigorous than other states in reviewing death certificates and lab reports before adding to its tally of coronavirus deaths. She notes the state has separately reported more than 220 deaths which local doctors are confident are COVID-19 deaths based on symptoms and scans, but where there's no lab test to confirm it.

Covid vaccine by Nov 1?....maybe

Governor Holcomb and governors in states and territories all across the U.S. have been notified by the Centers for Disease Control to prepare for coronavirus vaccinations by Nov. 1.


It’s being reported the director of the CDC, Dr. Robert Redfield, has requested governors speed up their permit applications for distribution sites.


The letter describes two unnamed vaccine candidates, each of which would require two doses spaced a few weeks apart. Several vaccines are currently in Phase 3 trials, testing on volunteers.


If any are successful, the U.S. has contracts in place to buy hundreds of millions of doses.


“Right now I will say we’re preparing earnestly for what I anticipate will be reality … that there’ll be one or more vaccines available for us in November, December — and we have to figure out how to make sure they’re distributed in a fair and equitable way across the country,” Redfield said during an interview with Yahoo Finance.


Three vaccines are currently in Phase 3 trials in the United States: those developed by Moderna and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Pfizer and BioNTech; and AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.


Storms possible, followed by cooler temps

Damaging winds, heavy rain, and hail are all possible for much of Indiana today, according to the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.


‘We’re looking at mid to late afternoon and this evening,” says Sam Lashley, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis. “It’s not a sure thing. It’s between about a 40-70% chance across the area.”


Lashley says the main thing to watch out for is damaging winds.


“There could be enough instability in the atmosphere that a storm could produce a downburst or a strong wind gust of 50 to 60 mph, but it would be very isolated. There is a very small chance for an isolated tornado, but more than likely, most people won’t see any severe storms,” says Lashley.


Much of the state is under a marginal risk for severe weather. A marginal risk indicates storms of only limited organization, longevity, coverage, and/or intensity, typically isolated severe or near-severe storms with limited wind damage, large hail, and perhaps a tornado.


“Primarily that marginal risk is in effect for central, southern, and southeast Indiana, but not for places in the northeast part of the state,” says Lashley.


Lashley says there is a chance for storms through Thursday.


“The severe threat would end by Tuesday evening. For Wednesday, chances for showers and a few storms remain possible across the area. That will continue into about late Thursday. Then we dry out for the first part of the weekend, but there are chances for showers and storms in the (Labor Day) holiday weekend,” says Lashley.


A cold front will move through, which means cooler temperatures.


“Many places will get back into the low 70s for Friday and maybe into the low 80s by Saturday and Sunday. Looking farther out, we could see a real significant cooldown as we get into the middle part of next week,” says Lashley.



Shelbyville's West Jackson - South Harrison intersection closed Tuesday

The Shelbyville intersection of W. Jackson St. and S. Harrison St. will be closed Tuesday for directional boring under South Harrison for the water main. There will be boring from the W. Jackson St side. 


Traffic access to E. Jackson St. should remain open throughout the project.  It is anticipated only needing to have this intersection closed on Tuesday but notice will be given if the closure should last longer.


In addition, the pictured traffic pattern will be utilized starting September 1 and will be in place for approximately three days.



The western half of the parking lot in the circle will not be accessible during this portion of the work. 


Due to the fact that the southern portion will follow this northern portion, it is estimated the west side of the parking lot will not be accessible for approximately 4-5 weeks.

Pigs loose on the interstate

Indiana State Police troopers had their hands full Monday morning on I-65 near Columbus, as a couple of pigs got loose and were wandering along the interstate.


Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said, initially, he thought the call was fake, but sure enough, when a couple troopers showed up, they found the two pigs. Police tried to lasso the pigs, but that didn't work, so they decided to cut a hole in the fence along the road, and help the pigs escape safely in a nearby field.

Scott Spahr named the new J. Kenneth Self Boys and Girls Club Executive Director

The J. Kenneth Self Boys and Girls Club Mondday reported that Scott Spahr will become the organization's next executive director. Spahr replaces John Hartnett who announced his retirement in July after a 40-year Boys and Girls Club career.


“Scott is the right leader to replace the legendary John Hartnett,” said Brady Claxton, Self Boys and Girls Club board president.  “Scott’s extensive knowledge of what it takes to manage a successful club, along with his tireless work ethic to ensure the youth in our community reach their full potential as productive, responsible citizens will definitely expand the legacy left by Hartnett.”


Spahr has served as director of the Self Club's Morristown satellite unit since 2013. He has previous business experience in management and has worked as a basketball coach in the Shelby Eastern Schools System. He is a retired United States Army veteran. Spahr is a former member of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce board of directors and was honored as Morristown's outstanding citizen in 2014.


"I am truly humbled and honored to have this opportunity to serve the Shelbyville and Morristown communities as the Self Boys and Girls Club executive director," stated Spahr. "I understand that I have big shoes to fill but I am up for the task. I look forward to working with the Shelby County community to ensure that we continue to work to enhance the lives of youth."


Spahr becomes only the fourth executive director in the Boys and Girls Club's 66-year history. He and his wife, Kim and daughter Emma reside in Morristown. 

Sumitomo Corp. to invest in Shelbyville's Kimura Foundry

Sumitomo Corporation (Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director, President and Chief Executive Officer: Masayuki Hyodo) and Kimura Foundry Co., Ltd. (Headquarters/Shimizu-cho Plant: Sunto-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture; President: Kazutoshi Kimura; hereinafter, “Kimura Foundry”) have concluded an agreement, under which Sumitomo Corporation will invest in Kimura Foundry America, Inc. (“KFA”) to hold a 35 percent interest in this U.S. subsidiary of Kimura Foundry, which engages in the manufacture of prototype casting using 3D printing technology.


In the automobile, construction machinery and industrial equipment fields, sand casting1 is widely adopted for the manufacture of components. In this sand casting method, a pattern of the object to be cast is created by cutting wood, plastic or other materials. Then a sand mold is made by transferring a profile of a pattern to the compacted sand, and finally, molten metal is poured into the mold to be cast into a component. For automotive engine prototype parts having very complex shapes and the service parts of old models, which are difficult to manufacture due to worn pattern, it could take from several weeks to several months to make the patterns for them.


Kimura Foundry introduced the 3D printing equipment of sand molds2 which eliminates the need to make patterns from sand casting process. Based on the 3D data input into the printer, an objective area on the thin sand layer is bound by resin or other agent, and multiple bound layers are laminated one on another to directly form a sand mold. With this method, a sand mold can be completed in one day, substantially reducing the lead time required for the delivery of a casting. Moreover, numerous sand molds can be formed in one single process. Kimura Foundry has also developed technology to suppress the expansion of the sand even when an iron/steel-based material with a melting temperature exceeding 1400 degrees Celsius is poured into the mold, thereby preventing the shape of the casting from being deformed.


Sumitomo Corporation has long been engaged in the overseas sales of castings made by Kimura Foundry. Through investment in KFA, Sumitomo Corporation is aiming to generate synergy effects between the business and the Sumitomo Corporation Group’s business such as auto parts manufacturing, while making effective use of its overseas customer network to expand the prototype casting business across the fields of construction and agricultural machinery, industrial equipment, and others.


Sumitomo Corporation and Kimura Foundry will push ahead with the expansion of the business in Europe and Asia in addition to the United States, hoping eventually to support the development of related industries around the world.



?Outline of KFA

Company name : Kimura Foundry America, Inc.?KFA?
Location : State of Indiana, United States
Establishment : November 2018 (Opened as a sales base in 2014)
Interest in the company : Kimura Foundry: 65% and Sumitomo Corporation: 35%
Description of business : Manufacture and sale of castings based on the 3D printing of sand molds

MHP provides Covid update

Total patients tested:  6,112


Negative results:  5,588


Pending results:  109


Positive results:  384 (only 6.3% of patients are testing positive)


The total positive does not include a repeat positive for the same patient.



We have an increase of 14 new positive patients since 8/19/20.

Out of the 14 new positive patients since 8/19;  6 of those patients have required inpatient care and 8 patients were treated as outpatients.



Emergency Department/ACC:  No reported issues



Inpatients:  Our inpatient census is averaging 5 inpatients who are Covid+.  We have 2 Covid+ patients on a vent at this time.



Priority Care:  We are seeing 45-50 patients per day.  Around 25-30 of those patients are presenting with suspected-Covid symptoms, but most are still testing negative for Covid.



Surgery: Surgical volumes are back to pre-Covid norms.  We have not had a Covid+ surgical patient in two weeks now.  We continue to test each scheduled surgical patient a few days prior to surgery.



Visiting hours:  There are no changes to our current visitation hours at this time.  Visiting hours are listed on the website at https://www.mymhp.org/patients-guests/general-resources/visitor-information/.