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Shelbyville senior awarded inaugural Gary Oldham Jr. Scholarship

Gary Oldham Sr. was driving to Shelbyville High School Friday afternoon when he saw a young man with an eerie resemblance to his son walking away from the school.

Gary Oldham Jr. died in an automobile accident on Jan. 5, 2022, but that did not stop his father from noticing the resemblance.

“He was walking down here with dirty, sandy blonde hair like (Gary’s) and about his length in high school with a white sweatshirt on and black sweatpants and a backpack walking down McKay,” explained Oldham Sr. “He walked just like junior. My wife goes if he had his hood up it would be. I said sometimes he left it down so his hair wouldn’t get messed up.”

Oldham Jr. is gone – he is not forgotten. And his father is working diligently with friends and family to make sure the former Golden Bear helps many more student-athletes.

On Friday in the Golden Bear Room at SHS, Oldham Sr. presented the first Gary Oldham Jr. Scholarship to Shelbyville senior Christian Haas (main photo).

“I am the first but it’s the first of a start that later down the road can help other students and show other athletes if you are doing good in the community and doing good in school it will pay off, just not in all the ways you are expecting,” said Haas, who had no idea he was arriving at the school to get a scholarship check.

Haas knew Oldham Jr., a 2011 SHS graduate.

“I played softball with him,” said Haas. “He was the one that would always pump you up.”

 

 

Haas recently committed to playing soccer in the fall at Indiana University Purdue University Columbus. On Friday, he believed he was coming to school for some sort of presentation about Oldham Jr.

“I figured I would go help out and see what it is all about,” he said. “My jaw just dropped to the floor. I am honestly shocked.”

The $2,500 scholarship check will go straight to Haas’ education.

Oldham Sr. pulled the oversized check out from behind the Golden Bear background in the Golden Bear Room but struggled to get the words out what the scholarship program means and how proud he is of the first recipient.

“It always does (get to me),” said Oldham Sr.

There will be a second scholarship presentation in June, according to Oldham Sr. The goal is to eventually raise $25,000 to get the scholarship endowed at the Blue River Community Foundation.

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Result of paving project leaves Shelbyville resident frustrated

An overlay project has created a problem for a Shelbyville resident.

Following water line work and asphalt paving along Elm Street, Linda Fox lost the curb in front of her residence at 615 Elm St. (photo)

Without the curb, cars are parking on her front yard without the curb to keep it from happening.

Parking is only allowed along the side of Elm St. where Fox resides. She vented her frustration Tuesday morning at the city’s Board of Works meeting.

“All I want is a curb,” reiterated Fox.

Mayor Tom DeBaun, who is one of three members of the Board of Works, expressed his frustration with fixing the situation without repaving Elm Street again. DeBaun also promised Fox that the situation will continue to be worked on to create a positive solution.

In other Board of Works business Tuesday:

  • Awarded the Miller St. paving bid to Schutte Excavating, based in Greensburg, Ind., for $483,775. The project will run along Miller St. from Washington St. to Penn St.
  • Issued orders to appear for owners of four nuisance properties around the city.
  • Opened bids for the Jackson Street reconstruction project that ranged from $95,000 to $192,500. Seven bids were taken under advisement. The city engineer’s cost estimation was $143,570.
  • Approved road closures for the St. Joe Festival, which will run from May 10-13.

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Ordinance to allow golf carts on city streets continued to next Common Council meeting

Golf carts are still not allowed on city streets in Shelbyville.

An ordinance that would change that policy was continued Monday at the Common Council meeting at City Hall.

The continuation was prompted by Shelbyville Police Chief Mark Weidner’s opposition to allowing street access for golf carts.

“I don’t think this is in the best interest of anyone to put these on the streets,” said Weidner (photo). “I want to go on the record and oppose it in the interest of public safety.”

Citing data that shows golf cart incidents have risen in Indiana from two in 2019 to 50 in 2022, which included 15 injuries and one fatality, Weidner asked, “We don’t have this problem, why create this for ourselves?”

The ordinance was formulated following a request from Major Health Partners (MHP) to use golf carts as transportation around the Intelliplex campus where it operates several buildings including a hospital.

The ordinance was discussed in detail during the January council meeting. Golf carts would not be allowed to travel more than 20 miles per hour and not be utilized on roads with a posted speed limit of 40 mph. Golf carts also must have working turn signals, head lamps, brake lights and seat belts.

Another sticking point for Weidner was golf carts passing police inspection.

“The inspection by the department, I don’t know what that means for anybody else,” said Weidner. “I think a lot of people that will argue that we don’t have the expertise for that. I don’t know what is safe and what is not.”

The ordinance was formulated based on a similar ordinance in Cicero, Indiana. With the ordinance discussion continued, the council agreed to collect more information from Cicero officials as to how the ordinance is enforced.

 

 

In other council business Monday:

  • Approved a rezone request on first reading for 1501 S. Harrison St. (photo) from Single-Family Residential to Business General. Genesis Property Development has a purchase agreement for the property that has been used for commercial and retail purposes for more than two decades but was never rezoned to Business General. Tom Davis, representing Genesis, informed the council that the building will be renovated to become office space.
  • Approved the appointment of Michelle Nolley to the county’s Economic Development Council.
  • Heard an update from Melissa O’Connor about the Youth Assistance Program in Shelbyville. Started in March of 2016, the program works with troubled children – 128 actively – including offering tutoring and mentoring.

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Man killed in near head-on crash in Decatur County

A man was killed Monday in a Decatur County two-vehicle crash.

Just after 8 a.m., the Indiana State Police began investigating a two-vehicle crash on US 421 in southern Decatur County that resulted in the death of an Osgood man.

The initial investigation by Master Trooper David Owsley, Indiana State Police-Versailles District Crash Reconstruction Team, indicated that a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze, driving by Noah Seals, 26, of Osgood, was traveling southbound on US 421 near Decatur County Road 600 South. For an unknown reason, Seals’ vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of a northbound 2016 Mack dump truck being driven by Patrick Stroud, 38, of Vevay. The vehicles collided nearly head on in the northbound lanes of US 421.

Both vehicles left the roadway before coming to rest. Seals was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Decatur County Coroner’s Office. Stroud sustained minor injuries in the crash. He was transported to the Decatur County Hospital where he was treated and released.

The crash remains under investigation. Toxicology results are pending although alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be factors in the crash.

US 421 was closed for nearly four hours for crash investigation and cleanup.

The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, Decatur County EMS, Napoleon Fire Department, and the Decatur County Coroner’s Office.

 

 

 


I-74 road rage incident results in drug charges against Franklin woman

A case of road rage landed a Johnson County woman in jail.

On Friday, Indiana State troopers arrested a woman on drug and other charges following a road rage incident involving a handgun on I-74 in Ripley and Dearborn counties.

The incident began about 11 a.m. Troopers received a report of a road rage incident on I-74 westbound near the Indiana/Ohio state line. The witness reported that the driver of a Kia passenger vehicle had allegedly pointed a handgun at them while traveling on I-74. Master Troopers Randel Miller and Jason Hankins observed for the vehicle and soon located it near Batesville.

During a traffic stop on the vehicle, troopers became suspicious of additional criminal activity. K-9 Bosco was deployed on the vehicle and alerted to the odor of illegal drugs in the vehicle. During a search, troopers located approximately four grams of methamphetamine, five grams of marijuana, and a 9 mm handgun. 

The driver, Lisa Marie Hancock, 50, of Franklin, was arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine with a firearm, Level 5 Felony, Pointing a Firearm, Level 6 Felony, Reckless Driving, Class A Misdemeanor, and Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor. 

She was transported to the Ripley County Jail pending an initial court appearance in the Ripley County Circuit Court.

The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Batesville Police Department.   

Indiana State Police featured in scam

Indiana State Police receives numerous reports of phone scams each year, but one scam has drawn specific attention to the area.

The scammers have called with the Caller ID showing “Indiana State Police Post 52.” The phone number displayed is 317-899-8577, which is the phone number to the post. The scammers identify themselves as police officers and indicate to the caller there is a warrant for their arrest. The scammer then tries to obtain personal information and request financial restitution to take care of the warrant. 

Scams like this with “spoofed” Indiana State Police phone numbers have happened across Indiana with scams ranging from telling the victim their identity has been stolen, selling insurance or attempts to raise money for false charities.

The Indiana State Police remind residents that these types of phone scammers are pervasive and technically savvy. Scammers will often play on your emotions and fears to get to your money. 

The easiest way to protect yourself from being scammed over the phone is either to ignore unsolicited calls from unknown callers or just hang up when something doesn’t seem right.

You should never provide any information over the phone to an unknown caller regarding your personal identity, social security number, bank account(s), or credit card number(s).

If in doubt, or if you feel you may have fallen victim to a phone scammer, just hang up and immediately report the incident to your local law enforcement agency.

 


Honda issues "Do Not Drive" advisory for vehicles with Takata air bags

Honda and the U.S. government are warning owners of over 8000 vehicles to not drive them until air bag inflators are replaced.

A "Do Not Drive" advisory was issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Friday issued a “Do Not Drive” advisory for 2001 through 2003 vehicles with Takata inflators. The inflators have the ability to explode and hurl shrapnel through the vehicle.

The Alpha inflators have a 50% chance of exploding in a crash.

The vehicles have been recalled before but records show no repair made in over 8,000. Honda says it has replaced 99% of the damgerous inflators.

Vehicles affected include the 2001 and 2002 Honda Accord and Civic, the 2002 Honda CR-V and Odyssey SUVs, the 2003 Honda Pilot, the 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL and the 2003 Acura 3.2 CL.

Owners can check to see if their cars are covered by going to https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and keying in their 17-digit vehicle identification number.

 

 

Indiana State Chili Championship returns to Shelbyville this weekend

Shelbyville will again in 2023 host the Indiana State Chili Championship.

 

The event is Saturday and Sunday at the Knights of Columbus #822 in Shelbyville.

27 cooks from five states are scheduled to compete for the chili title.  For the public, there is $5 tasting on Saturday from noon - 3 p.m.

 

Local musician Nick Fischer will be playing on-site and local vendors will be there selling other goodies.

 

Proceeds from the event benfit KoC Charities.

 


Indiana State Police report scams targeting local restaurants

Detectives with the Indiana State Police have recently received complaints about a potential scam targeting local restaurants.

 

According to the Indiana State Police the restaurant receives a phone call. The caller tells the answering employee they are from a local law enforcement agency and conducting a counterfeit money investigation. The caller tells the employee that the restaurant possibly has counterfeit money. The employee is then instructed to gather all the restaurant’s money and meet the caller at a location away from the restaurant, purportedly to check for counterfeit money. This is an attempt to steal the restaurant’s money. 

 

Scammers are constantly coming up with new tricks and have recently been impersonating members of law enforcement. Sometimes they will use software that shows the incoming call is from a police department. Their sole purpose is to attempt to steal from individuals and businesses. 

 

Law enforcement officers will not call you and request you bring them money.

 

If you happen to receive unsolicited phone calls similar in nature:

 

Don’t give in to the pressure to act.

Don’t engage in conversation with suspected scammers.

Don’t send or take money to a caller. Also, don’t wire money or pay a scammer with a prepaid debit card or gift card.

Don’t travel to any location the caller asks you to go.

Hang up and call the police.

 

 

Bill to build a better mental health care system for Indiana passes committee

A Senate Republican Caucus priority bill authored by State Sen. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield) that would improve access to mental health care for Hoosiers was amended and passed out of committee unanimously.

 

Senate Bill 1 would provide ongoing funding to build out a system of certified behavioral health clinics, establishing the next step for improving our mental health care system.

 

The amendment adopted today provides small changes to the bill that establish clarified timelines for the Family and Social Services Agency, changes the number of members on the Behavioral Health Commission to 12, including four appointed by the legislature, and puts performance measures in place to ensure Indiana has care where it is most needed.

 

"Mental health is an ongoing issue that Hoosiers are facing, affecting individuals, families and communities," said Crider. "It is imperative that Hoosiers suffering from mental illness know they have someone to call, someone to respond and a safe place to go."

 

According to data collected by the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, approximately 22% of Hoosiers experience mental illness each year, and half of Hoosiers with serious mental illness go untreated. Combining the direct health care costs, the non-health care services and the indirect costs, the total economic burden of untreated mental health in Indiana is around $4.2 billion.

 

Following the implementation of the 9-8-8 National Suicide and Crisis Line last year, SB 1 will help  Indiana continue to improve access to mental-health services and infrastructure to ensure Hoosiers have access to the resources they need.

 

SB 1 will now be considered by the full Senate.

 

 


Millions in unclaimed money and property available through IndianaUnclaimed.govĀ 

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita is reminding Hoosiers to check for assets waiting for them after the recent National Unclaimed Property Day (Feb. 1) .

 

Last year, the Unclaimed Property Division returned over $61 million to Hoosiers.

 

Here are the types of property that might go unclaimed:

Unclaimed wages or commissions

Money orders

Safety deposit box contents

Savings and checking accounts

Refunds

Overpayments such as:

Credit card balances

Cell phone bills

DMV payments

 

There are also some tangible items received from dormant safe deposit boxes.

 

Individuals and/or businesses have 25 years in which to claim money once it is reported to the Unclaimed Property Division. All you must do is supply proof of rightful ownership.

 

“Protecting Hoosiers’ liberty is my office’s top priority,” Attorney General Rokita said. “Returning unclaimed property to the rightful owners is just one way we carry out this larger mission. Who knows — you might find $5 or $1,000, but it’s worth a look.”

 

Check IndianaUnclaimed.gov or text CLAIM to 46220 to search your name, family, or business.

 

IUPUC adds fast-track teaching certificate for those with bachelor's degree

As part of a new partnership with IUPUI, the IUPUC Division of Education is introducing a fast-track elementary teaching certificate, starting fall semester 2023.

 

Participants who already have a bachelor’s degree can complete the program with just 24 credits. Additionally, students who earn a B or better can apply 18 credits toward a master’s degree in elementary education.

 

The program, called the District-Based Alternative Certification Program (DBAC), is a collection of in-person and online classes, and replaces the Transition to Teaching Program.

 

Other education programs IUPUC offers include:

A traditional 4-year pathway to an elementary education degree

A 2-year professional program for graduates of Ivy Tech who completed the Elementary Education Transfer Single Articulation Pathway

The Secondary Transition to Teaching program for those interested in secondary education who currently hold a bachelor’s degree (in partnership with IU Kokomo)

Add-on licensure programs in Special Education, Mild Intervention and English as a New Language. These programs require students have or be working toward an initial licensure, and require completing six courses and a student teaching experience.

 

Crystal Walcott, Head of the IUPUC Division of Education, noted that elementary licensure can lead to teaching at higher levels, too. “A little-known fact is that once an initial license is granted, many secondary content area licenses can be added by assessment only. That means our elementary education grads can become, in effect, licensed in grades K-12 with only one degree.”

 

Walcott added that several IUPUC elementary education graduates now teach high school subjects like language arts and math because they added those content areas to their license. “The only additional step for them was passing the content area licensing exam,” she explained.

 

For more information about becoming a licensed 

Bill providing easy-to-read school testing results passes Senate

A bill authored by State. Sen Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) that would require an easy-to-read summary of a student's statewide testing results to be included on their statewide assessment report passed the Senate unanimously.

 

Senate Bill 168 would require the Indiana Department of Education to ensure statewide assessment vendors provide easy-to-read summaries of a student's results on their statewide assessment report, which would assist teachers and families in understanding what subjects their students may be struggling in.

 

"In order to improve a child's education, families and instructors need to understand what subject areas the student is struggling in," Leising said. "Making test results easier to read will help instructors and families take more well-informed actions in helping their student obtain fundamental learning skills."

 

SB 168 will now move to the Indiana House of Representatives for further consideration. To learn more about the bill, visit iga.in.gov.

Greenfield man arrested for false threats of a bomb on a plane in messages to fellow passengers

A Hancock County man in Indianapolis by the FBI in connection to false reports of a bomb on an airplace.

Federal officials say Keith Diemer, 35, of Greenfield, used the Apple AirDrop system on Oct. 2 to send false messages to fellow airline passengers on a flight leaving Dallas. 

ABC affiliate KOAT says American Airlines Flight 928 used emergency protocols to land and was evacuated for the investigation of threats to blow up the plane and that a bomb was onboard.

Diemer could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

Columbus man killed in fall from cliff

A Columbus family is trying to raise funds to bring home Edgar Garay from Puerto Rico.

Garay, 27, originaly from Puerto Rico, was attempting to shoot a TikTok video when he fell 70 feet from a cliff at the lighthouse at Cabo Rojo in Puerto Rico.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Puerto Rico Emergency Bureau dive unit located Garay’s body Monday.

Garay moved to Columbus when he was about five years old. He graduated from Columbus North High School.

Efforts are being made by the family with a GoFundMe fundraiser to bring Garay home for funeral services.

Shelbyville Central Schools Board of Trustees to formally appoint new member Wednesday

President of the Shelbyville Central Schools Board of Trustees Curtis Johnson released the following announcement of the board's newest member:

The Shelbyville Central Schools Board of Trustees advertised for applications to fill the vacancy of the District 1 board member. This seat was previously held by John C. DePrez IV who was recently named board attorney.

Six candidates applied for the position. Interviews that were open to the public were held on Jan. 25.

The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Katherine Garringer to fill the vacant seat. Dr. Garringer is an optometrist with McDaniel Family Eye Clinic and is a graduate of Shelbyville High School.

After the interviews board member Dr. Jim Rees commented “all six applicants would do an outstanding job, they could easily replace us with the schools being in capable hands.”

Johnson reiterated appreciation for the strong candidates and outstanding talent that applied.

Dr. Garringer will be formally appointed at the board’s next meeting Wednesday.

The entire Shelbyville Central Schools family welcomes Dr. Garringer to her new position on the board.

Wortman Family Foundation for Shelby and Hancock counties awards over $300,000 to start 2023

Advisory board members of the Wortman Family Foundation for Shelby and Hancock counties convened in January to evaluate the 32 requests received for funding through the foundation’s second grant 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 the quality of life within the two communities.

Mr. Wortman and the Wortman Family Foundation advisory board are again pleased with the nonprofit community’s response to this new opportunity. Eleven more applications were received than during the inaugural cycle in 2022.

Blue River Community Foundation is pleased and delighted to announce this year’s grant recipients on behalf of Mr. Wortman and the Wortman Family Foundation advisory committee. Twenty-one individual nonprofit agencies were chosen through the competitive process to receive funding that totaled over $236,000.

The following organizations will be receiving funding for various projects and programs in 2023:

  • Little Yellow Jackets Preschool (Morristown)
  • Major Health Partners
  • Morristown Community Development Partnership
  • Shelby Supply Co. in care of the Bridge Ministries
  • Family Services and Prevention Programs
  • Shelby Eastern Schools
  • Girls Inc. of Shelbyville and Shelby County
  • Shares, Inc.
  • Shelby County Meals on Wheels, Inc.
  • St. Vincent DePaul Society of Shelby County
  • Turning Point Domestic Violence
  • J. Kenneth Self Shelbyville Boys Club (Waldron Elementary)
  • Shelby County Public Library
  • Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources
  • Dinner Before Bedtime
  • Greenfield Central School Foundation
  • Hancock County Children’s Choir
  • Mt. Vernon Education Foundation
  • Love INC of Greater Hancock County
  • Firefly Children and Family Alliance
  • Society of St. Andrew

In addition to the competitive cycle grantees, the Wortman Family Foundation for Shelby and Hancock Counties will continue supporting the following projects with annual gifts over the next four 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

The Wortman Family Foundation Fund for Shelby and Hancock Counties also provides non-competitive annual gifts to the following charities:

  • Blue River Youth Choir
  • Hancock County Children’s Choir
  • Hancock Senior Services
  • Indiana Masonic Home Foundation
  • Indiana Scottish Rites Cathedral
  • Love INC.
  • Morristown Boys and Girls Club
  • SCUFFY
  • Shelby County Pantry Pals
  • Shelby County Players
  • Shelby Senior Services

The total philanthropic contribution from the fund for 2023 is more than $340,000.

For more information about the Wortman Family Foundation for Shelby and Hancock Counties, visit https://www.blueriverfoundation.com/wortman-family-foundation.

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Greenfield-Central High School student killed in weekend car crash

A Greenfield-Central high school student was killed in a weekend car crash.

The Hancock County Sheriff's Department says the single vehicle crash occurred about two miles north of Greenfield at about 11 p.m. Saturday. The Sheriff's Office responded to the area of County Road 500 North and County Road 50 East for a single-vehicle crash near Maxwell Intermediate School.

Deputies arrived on scene and called for the Hancock County Fatal Accident Crash Team (F.A.C.Team) to respond because of the severity of the crash.

The crash involved a 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse driven by Dylan Palmer, 17. Palmer was the only occupant.

The Mitsubishi was traveling west on 500 North from State Road 9 when it ran off the roadway and flipped near 50 East. Palmer did not survive the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

The crash was witnessed by two people who stood by until rescue and police arrived.

The Hancock Sheriff's Department says at this time speed is suspected to be the leading factor. The investigation is ongoing.

County Road 500 North was closed for an extended period while officers from the Hancock County Fatal Accident Crash Team investigated.

Members of the Hancock County F.A.C.Team including the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, New Palestine Police Department, and Fortville Police Department investigated with help from the Greenfield Fire Department and the Hancock County Coroner’s Office.

Shelbyville High School hosting 8th Grade Information Night

Any eighth grader that will attend, or wants to attend, Shelbyville High School during the 2023-2024 school year is invited to attend 8th Grade Information Night.

On Feb. 6 at 6 p.m., staff members of Shelbyville High School, 2003 S. Miller St., will present information on graduation requirements, academic opportunities, athletics and extracurricular activities.

Students and their families will start in different areas of the school and be presented with detailed information on what the school has to offer students.

All eighth-grade students and families interested in attending Shelbyville High School are welcome to attend.

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Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch testifies on Sen. Crider's SB 1 to aid behavioral health

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch testified in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday in support of Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), legislation which will strengthen the direction Indiana takes in assisting Hoosiers suffering with behavioral health issues, including mental illness and addiction.

 

Authored by Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield, SB 1 will transform the current 988 Crisis Hotline into 988 Response Centers and direct Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration to apply for support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand the network of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) in Indiana.

 

It is unusual for a sitting Indiana governor or lieutenant governor to testify in front of a committee on behalf of a specific piece of legislation.

 

"As co-chair of the Indiana Roundtable on Mental Health, I could have justified speaking on behalf of this bill. But for personal reasons, I was compelled to testify," said Lt. Gov. Crouch, who also is Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “One in five Hoosiers suffers from mental illness or addiction, and my family is no exception. My mother suffered from depression throughout her life, and my younger sister died by suicide in her 20s.”

 

If enacted, SB 1 will create 988 Crisis Response Centers, allowing mobile crisis teams to be dispatched to assist in a severe mental health crisis. SB 1 also addresses funding and sustainability for CCBHCs, which are designed to ensure access to coordinated comprehensive behavioral health care. There are currently 19 pilot CCBHC sites in Indiana.

 

“The cost of untreated mental illness and addiction cases to the state of Indiana exceeds $4 billion annually,” said Crouch, who has been an outspoken supporter of behavioral and mental health initiatives throughout her career. “In addition to the cost of life, can Indiana afford not to do more for Hoosiers suffering from mental illness and addiction?”

 

The Senate Appropriations committee is expected to vote on SB 1 at its next meeting.

Wilson announces campaign for Shelbyville Common Council seat

Kassy Wilson, a Republican, has filed to run for the Shelbyville Common Council First Ward seat in the 2023 election.

Wilson has worked for First Financial Bank for nearly seven years, specializing in Affluent Banking as a Preferred Banker with Wealth Management.

She is married to Ken Wilson, a math teacher at Shelbyville Middle School. The couple have been married for 10 years and have two sons – Kenneth (age 9) and Lucas (7).

Wilson is a member of the Major Hospital Foundation Committee. She is vice-president of Coulston Elementary School PTO and is involved in the youth ministries at First Christian Church. She also volunteers monthly delivering Meals on Wheels with Shelby Senior Services.

“I am excited to run for City Council because I feel a need to be more involved in the community and I look forward to bringing conservative solutions to the City of Shelbyville,” said Wilson in a media release. “The City of Shelbyville has seen great investments in our local businesses and our downtown expansions in recent years and I look forward to further growing our community in a responsible manner.

Photo (from left): Aleigha Simerly-Crouch (Campaign Chair), Rob Nolley  (Chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party) and Kassy Wilson.

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City Planning Department details 2022 growth, 2023 goals in annual report

The City of Shelbyville’s Planning & Building Department has released its annual report for 2022.

The report included major projects and milestones including:

  • Working with other departments and community organizations to facilitate organizing and permitting the first full-event season of the redeveloped Public Square. That included events such as Wine Walk, Brew Fest, Taste of Shelby County, Mistletoe Market, and the weekly Farmers Markets.
  • Reviewing and approving subdivision construction documents for Stratford Place, Bear Run, Twelve Oaks and Isabelle Farms.
  • Permitting and inspecting the construction of new single family homes; an increase from 84 new homes in 2021 to 103 in 2022.
  • Overseeing all permits pulled for new residential construction, including apartments, condominiums and manufactured homes; in total there were 296 new housing units permitted in 2022 – an increase from the 105 new housing units in 2021.
  • Working with developers on a major infill development project in downtown Shelbyville. The Plant Apartments will restore the historic Coca-Cola Bottling Plant (photo below) and redevelop the former Porter Pool Center and Helipad to provide 168 apartment units.

 

 

The Plan Commission heard 24 petitions in 2022: six for annexation, four for rezoning, four for site development planning, four for planned development, three for ordinance updates and two for preliminary plats.

The total number of petitions (24) is down from 30 in 2021.

The Board of Zoning Appeals heard 19 petitions, an increase from 12 in 2021.Of the 19 petitions, 17 were for development standards variances while the other two were for a special exception request and a use variance request.

There were 564 code enforcement cases (29.1% increase from 2021), 568 total violations (29.7% increase), and 1,103 total inspections (25.8% increase) in 2022. The code enforcement function of the department works on violations of the city’s nuisance codes with regard to loose trash and debris and grass and weeds in excess of 10 inches.

For the 2023 calendar year, the Planning & Building Department also listed its goals which include modernizing the department, continuing educational training, continuing to provide learning opportunities for residents, tradesmen and developers, and streamlining applications and internal processes to make the department more competitive with neighboring communities.

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Congressman Pence Named to Energy and Commerce Subcommittees

Congressman Greg Pence has been named to the following House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittees:

 

Subcommittee on Energy, Climate and Grid Security – Chair Jeff Duncan (R - SC)

 

Subcommittee on Innovation, Data and Commerce  – Chair Gus Bilirakis (R - FL) 

 

Subcommittee on Health – Chair Brett Guthrie (R - KY)

 

Pence told GIANT fm News and the Shelby County Post that he wants the U.S. to show more energy independence and reduce prices.

 

 

"The Committee on Energy and Commerce is the oldest standing legislative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, and it is an honor to return to this year to continue the important work we do vested with the broadest jurisdiction of any congressional authorizing committee,” Congressman Pence explained. 

 

“Lower energy prices, more resilient supply chains, reigning in big tech, bringing down health insurance and prescription drug costs – all these issues and more are what matter most to Hoosiers and I look forward to the opportunity I have to be an advocate for our conservative values on the Energy and Commerce Committee,” Pence continued. “I want to thank Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers for her continued leadership of our full committee, and look forward to getting to work with Chairs Duncan, Bilirakis and Guthrie.”

 

 

 

Columbus man charged with throwing boiling water in a domestic dispute

A Columbus man was reported to have thrown boiling water on a woman in a domestic dispute.

 

Bartholomew County deputies Nathan Holland and Chad Williams responded to the Driftside Mobile Home Park in regards to a reported domestic battery. Upon arrival they made contact with a female victim who told them that William Guzman, 41, of Columbus, had become upset at her while having a discussion in the kitchen.  The female victim stated that Guzman grabbed a pot of boiling water that was soon to be used to make coffee and swung the pot in her direction.  The victim suffered significant visible burns on her forearm and abdominal area. 

 

A short time later Guzman who had left the residence returned and after discussing the incident with deputies was arrested on the charge of domestic battery A – Misdemeanor. 

 

Guzman was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on a 48 hour hold. 

Rushville's Riverside Park Amphitheater announces 2023 summer concert series lineup

A diverse range of national, regional and area talent will once again be featured this summer as part of the 2023 Free Summer Concert Series at Riverside Park Amphitheater in Rushville, Ind., announced by the Riverside Park Organizing Committee.

 

National recording artists Walker County plus fan-favorite music of Van Halen, Neil Diamond, Bob Seger and more will fill the Rushville night air this summer.

 

The annual Riverside Park summer concert series is a beloved and time-honored tradition we look forward to all year,” said Mike Pavey, Mayor of Rushville.The acts this season are sure to keep the excitement going all summer long and we can’t wait to host concertgoers from near and far.”

 

Warner Music recording artists Walker County will open the series on Saturday, June 10. Sisters Ivy and Sophie of Walker County have captured the hearts of fans and earned millions of streams with fan-favorite tracks such as “Bits & Pieces” and “Drag It Out.” The sister duo has appeared on CMT and The Kelly Clarkson Show and have also opened for country music legends Willie Nelson, Martina McBride and Dwight Yoakam and also Old Dominion, and will be back at it with new music coming this year.

 

Matthew Lamping will open this show. 

 

84 (The Van Halen Tribute) continues the series Saturday, June 24. 84 has become the region’s most sought out Van Halen tribute band, creating the look and feel of a fan favorites from the David Lee Roth era of Van Halen. 84 covers music from the 1978 self-titled “Van Halen” album, all the way through their most beloved album, “1984.” The authentic sound of 84 has packed venues and sold out crowds throughout the U.S.

 

Christian Terry (who was a contestant on Season 19 of American Idol) will open this show.

 

Electric Avenue (The MTV Experience) will follow on Saturday, July 15 bringing the most accurate and authentic 80s Pop Tribute you can find. They will take you back to the time of vintage synthesizers and drum machines dominated the radio sound. Electric Avenue delivers the authentic sounds of Tears for Fears, Soft Cell, Simple Minds, Duran Duran, and more 80s favorites.

 

Carfax Abbey will open this show.

 

On Saturday, July 22, Traveling Salvation Show (Neil Diamond Tribute) continues the series with an up-tempo, rock-oriented tribute to the legendary Neil Diamond. Traveling Salvation Show is a 10-person ensemble creating renditions of the energy and sound of Diamond’s live arena performances, while bringing in their own rock flair.

 

Lindsey Flannery will open this show.

 

Experience the power and energy of the legendary sound of Bob Seger with Turn The Page (Tribute to Bob Seger) on Saturday, Aug. 19. For over a decade, Turn The Page has been on the road delivering Bob Seger’s music to fans across the U.S.

 

Pavey & Company will open this show.

 

To conclude the series, Pink Droyd’s 50th Anniversary of Dark Side of the Moon complete with laser light show will be playing on Saturday, Sept. 16. Pink Droyd has mesmerized audiences with the music and energy of Pink Floyd for more than four decades, with aurally and visually brilliant shows. This year, Pink Droyd pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon.

 

Tyler Hornback will open this show.

 

Sponsorship packages are available now from $5,000 to $500. Each sponsorship level will provide partners with different levels of advertisement. Also available are Friend of the Park sponsorship packages that run $100 down to $25. For more information on sponsorships, please call Carla Sharpe at 765-932-3735 or email: secretary@cityofrushville.in.gov

 

 The covered pavilion is available for rent at each event. It can be rented for $150 for half of the space or $300 for the entire pavilion per event. Vendor permits are also available. For more information on pavilion rental opportunities, vendor permits and ordinances contact Carla Sharpe at 765-932-3735 or email: secretary@cityofrushville.in.gov

 

About Riverside Park Amphitheater: Riverside Park Amphitheater is an outdoor music venue located at 100 West Water Street in Rushville, Ind. The venue is a great concert destination annually hosting live music events and creating a great family-friendly environment with all performances taking place on Saturday evenings. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase. There is a beer garden on-site for adults over 21 years of age, however no alcohol is to be brought into the park and all coolers are checked upon entry. Parking is conveniently available in gravel lots or in surrounding business lots with easy shuttle service to and from the amphitheater. Special handicap parking is also available. Past performers include Rusted Root, Georgia Satellites, Molly Hatchet, The SteelDrivers, Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, The Romantics, Stephen Pearcy of Ratt, Cracker, Gaelic Storm, Clare Dunn, Clayton Anderson, The High Kings, John Waite (Bad English, The Babys), Tyler Booth, Sweet Tea Trio and many more.

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