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Major Health Partners recognized for excellence in infant and maternal health

Major Health Partners was recognized by the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA), in partnership with Governor Eric J. Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, for its commitment to infant and maternal health at the second annual Inspire Hospital of Distinction recognition program.

Inspire, funded by the Indiana Department of Health’s Safety PIN grant, was developed to implement the delivery of best practice care for Hoosier moms and babies and recognize hospitals for excellence in addressing key drivers of infant and maternal health.

Major Health Partners, located in Shelbyville, Indiana, earned an Inspire Hospital of Distinction recognition based on implementing best practices in six key areas, including infant safe sleep, breastfeeding, tobacco prevention and cessation, perinatal substance use, obstetric hemorrhage, and maternal hypertension.

“Major Health Partners is honored to be recognized by the Indiana Hospital Association for our dedication to helping the state’s efforts in reducing infant and maternal mortality,” said Melinda Linville, Director of MHP Maternity Care. “We are very proud of this accomplishment and what it means to families in our community.”

“Indiana hospitals are grateful for the leadership of Gov. Holcomb and Dr. Box and are thrilled to be a partner in Indiana’s effort to reduce infant mortality,” said IHA President Brian Tabor. “We look forward to building on the progress we’ve made.”

Indiana Hospital Association serves as the professional trade association for more than 170 acute care, critical access, behavioral health, and other specialized hospitals in Indiana.

Meltzer announces candidacy in Indiana House District 73

Republican, Jennifer Meltzer, Shelbyville City Attorney and former Indiana Deputy Attorney General, announced her candidacy for the open House District 73 seat. 


The district includes portions of Shelby, Decatur, Bartholomew, and Jennings Counties including Shelbyville and Greensburg. 


Meltzer has served as the Secretary of the Shelby County Republican Central Committee since 2017.  In her free time, she has an active role in the local community.  She serves as Vice President of Coulston Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization, a Girl Scout Leader, and a board member of the Shelby County Youth Assistance Program. 


Jennifer lives in Shelbyville with her husband, Shelby Circuit Court Judge Trent Meltzer, and their three daughters, June (10), Rose (7), and Pearl (4).  The Meltzers are members of St. Joseph Catholic Church. 


Meltzer says she is running because:


“In my legal career, I’ve chosen to serve the public. I’ve represented our elected officials at both the State and Local level and successfully defended their hard work on our behalf in both State and Federal Courts. Now I’d like to put my skills and experiences directly to work for you as your District 73 Representative.” 


In her legal career, Meltzer has defended the constitutionality of our state statutes and represented state agencies and elected officials including Prosecutors, Judges, and our Governor in State and Federal Court.


She states, “It is important that each level of government stay in their own lane. This begins with letting families make their own personal choices.  Local governments need to be in charge of local issues and our State should tackle statewide issues and protect us from Federal overreach. The Federal government should mostly leave us alone and protect our country. Just as it would serve us best if Congress would remember that what may work in California probably won’t work in Indiana, our State Legislature should remember that what may work in Indianapolis or Lake County may not be appropriate for Bartholomew, Decatur, Jennings and Shelby counties.”

State chess champion challenging community in charity exhibition event

So you think you can play chess?

The Indiana State Champion is offering the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in a charity fundraising event Saturday at the Shelbyville Municipal Airport.

Braydon Povinelli, a Shelbyville High School senior and reigning state chess champion, will take on as many as 20 players simultaneously Saturday in an event created to raise funds for Drug Free Shelby County.

“This is designed to raise money for substance abuse which is an ever-growing problem in every community,” said Povinelli, who has seen family members struggle with substance abuse.



While Povinelli has played chess against multiple players online, Saturday’s exhibition will be the first time he has attempted the feat in person.

“This is a good way for some community members to play me,” he said. “It will be a challenge. It is difficult to play multiple people at the same time.”

Another challenge for Povinelli will be moving chess board to chess board and quickly analyzing the strategy of players with little experience to advanced players.

“I think it will mostly be novice to intermediate players and maybe a couple of advanced players … I’m sure there will be some advanced and some I’ve even played in competitions,” said Povinelli.

There will be little time for strategy on his own part. While there will not be a running clock at each chess board, he recognizes he will have a limited time to scan each board and make his next move.

“A lot of it will be playing the situation,” he said. “There is not a whole lot of time to deliberately plan out how to play on each board. A lot of it will be me moving board to board and instead of thinking of 20 games, it will be a new position to find the best move. There will not be a whole lot of time to calculate tactics and positional plays.”

The exhibition starts at 2 p.m. at the airport, 3529 N. 100 West.

Donations will be accepted at the event. A gofundme page has been established and is accepting donations toward Povinelli’s goal of raising $5,000.

You can donate today at


Indiana agencies collect resources for Afghan evacuees; 9 locations across Indiana

More than 1,600 coats, donated by The Salvation Army of Central Indiana Territory, arrived at Camp Atterbury as part of the major statewide effort to provide warm clothing and other essentials to Afghan evacuees.


Soldiers from the Indiana National Guard collected and delivered the donation of coats from the Kessler-Moore Readiness Center, one of nine National Guard armories designated as collection sites for donations to Operation Allies Welcome. Several thousand evacuees remain housed temporarily at Camp Atterbury in Johnson County. Nearly 48 percent of the evacuees are children under age 14.


“These families are absolutely in need of these items,” said Brig. Gen. Dale Lyles, adjutant general of the Indiana National Guard. “To be able to have these items, especially a coat, is vitally important to them right now.”


Despite the large donation, much more is needed to sustain the Atterbury community.


“This donation will go a long way toward helping the many families housed at Atterbury, but we still hope Hoosiers will step up in the coming weeks to donate the items in high-need right now at the facility, especially items to keep men, women and children warm as Indiana winter approaches,” said Steve Cox, executive director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.


The donated coats were collected as part of The Salvation Army’s annual Coats for Kids campaign, which was extended this year to help the Afghan evacuees. Maj. Marc Johnson with The Salvation Army said the coats would provide warmth while also helping the evacuees “understand and know how much Hoosiers care for the needs of their fellow human beings, regardless of where each of us were born.”


Donations are accepted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Evansville: 3300 E. Division St.
  • Greenfield: 410 Apple St.
  • Terre Haute: 3614 Maple Ave.
  • Danville: 1245 E. Main St.
  • Muncie: 401 N. Country Club Road
  • Indianapolis: Kessler-Moore Readiness Center, 2625 W. Kessler Blvd. North Drive
  • Fort Wayne: 130 W. Cook Road
  • South Bend: 1901 Kemble Ave.
  • New Albany: 2909 Grant Line Road

In addition to warm clothing and coats of all sizes, the following items are being accepted at the armories because they have been identified as needed the most. The items should be in their original packaging:

Latest needs:

  • Umbrella Strollers
  • Men’s Shoes
  • Women’s Shoes (sizes 6-7)
  • Men’s Underwear and socks

Ongoing needs:

  • Men’s and women’s unbranded, modest clothes such as long sleeve t-shirts, underwear, pants and jackets in sizes small to large. No shorts or tank tops.
  • Children’s clothing, including baby and newborn clothes, hats and socks
  • Powdered baby formula
  • Socks, hats, shoes and slide-on sandals (no flip flops) for evacuees of all ages


Any organization or business seeking to make a large donation and cannot deliver to a designated site should contact IDHS at

Indiana to begin offering Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots for eligible populations following CDC, FDA authorization

The Indiana Department of Health announced today that it will begin offering booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine to eligible Hoosiers following federal authorization of the additional dose.


Booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been available since late September.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday approved the administration of a booster dose of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine to counter waning immunity. The FDA and CDC have previously authorized booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine in specific populations, as well as a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna for immunocompromised individuals.


The CDC has issued booster eligibility guidance:

  • For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at six months or more after their initial series:
  • Booster doses are also recommended for anyone 18 or older who got the single dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine two or more months ago.

Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.


“The approval of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters will help provide additional protection to many Hoosiers, especially our most vulnerable residents in long-term care facilities and others who are most at risk,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “The COVID-19 vaccines continue to provide strong protection against severe illness and death. Whether Hoosiers are getting their first dose or a booster shot, they will find vaccines widely available across the state.”


Eligible Hoosiers who want to obtain a booster dose can go to to find a location or call 211 for assistance. Upon arriving at the vaccination clinic, Hoosiers will be asked to attest that they meet the eligibility requirements set forth in the EUA.

Scholarships available for future teachers

The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship program, which the Indiana General Assembly created in 2016, is now accepting applications from high-achieving high school and college students.

This scholarship provides a $7,500 scholarship every year for four academic years (up to $30,000 total).

To qualify for the scholarship, students must have either graduated in the top 20% of their high school class or earned a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT (1190) or ACT (26).

To continue earning the scholarship while in college, students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year, earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year.

There are only 200 scholarships available. Applicants have until Jan. 30, 2022, to submit their application.

All applicants should hear from the commission on the status of their application by March 28, 2022.

For more information, go to

Flat Rock woman arrested at burglary in progress

Bartholomew County deputies broke up a burglary in progress Friday morning and arrested a Flat Rock woman.


About 12:45 Friday morning, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 5100 N. block 200 West in reference to a burglary in progress.


The victim reported to dispatch that a female subject approached her residence and removed her Ring doorbell.  The suspect, identified as Crystal Shaw, 39, of  Flat Rock, then went to the rear of the home, parked her Ford F150 and proceeded to cut the wire of another Ring camera. 



On arrival, deputies located Shaw in the truck leaving the residence.  She was taken into custody without incident.  Shaw had removed several items from the property and had caused damage to the rear door. 


Shaw was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of burglary, criminal mischief, possession of drug-related paraphernalia and an outstanding warrant.


Shaw remains in the Bartholomew County Jail without bond.


All persons are considered innocent unless/until proven guilty in a court of law.


Shelbyville drug dealer, habitual criminal sentenced to 33 years

A Shelbyville man has been sentenced to over 30 years on drug charges.


Leslie Joe Becraft, 44, of Shelbyville, was sentenced to 33 years in prison following his conviction at jury trial on September 28 for charges of Dealing Methaphetamine as a Level 2 Felony, Possession of Methamphetamine as a Level 3 Felony, Possession Of A Syringe as a Level 6 Felony, and being an Habitual Offender.  


Judge Kent Apsley suspended five years of the sentence, which will be served on probation once Becraft completes his Department Of Corrections sentence for this case and for other cases. 


The case stems from an investigation by the Shelby County Drug Task Force, which culminated in the execution of a search warrant on September 23, 2020.  During execution of the search warrant, officers located Becraft, who had a syringe on his person.  Officers also located a large bag containing approximately 16 grams of methamphetamine, and 3 smaller bags containing methamphetamine which were bagged for sale.  Officers further located over $500 in folded cash.


Shelby County Prosecutor Brad Landwerlen says Becraft has a substantial criminal record, including a prior conviction for dealing a controlled substance in 2006.  He has been arrested on 25 different criminal cases involving 54 total criminal charges, which include illegal consumption of alcohol, public intoxication, thefts, resisting law enforcement (repeatedly), dealing marijuana, felony intimidation, battery, forgery, receiving stolen property, dealing cocaine or a narcotic drug, leaving the scene of an accident, several check deceptions, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of paraphernalia, battery with bodily injury, dealing methamphetamine (in 2018 and 2020), possession of methamphetamine (3 times), and possession of a syringe (repeatedly). 


He has repeatedly been offered, and even ordered to complete, counseling, but has repeatedly violated probation throughout the years.  Becraft had three cases pending in Shelby County, as well as a petition to revoke probation pending in Hancock County. 


His sentences for the other cases must by law run consecutive to his sentence for this new case.


The case was prosecuted by deputy prosecutor Jeremy Pasel, assisted by deputy prosecutor Vicki Atkins.  Becraft was represented by attorney Ross Thomas.

MHP Incident Command Covid-19 Update - October 20, 2021

Covid testing positivity rate:  Indiana’s Covid positivity rate is at 8.8% and Shelby County’s positivity rate is 7.8%. 


MHP Priority Care and MHP Pediatrics walk-ins:  Walk-in volumes at both locationshave decreased and are at levels that we normally see at this time of the year.


Emergency Department:  The number of patients being seen in our Emergency Department continues to fluctuate daily, with 76 patients seen on Monday and 59 Tuesday.


Inpatient unit: Thirty-seven of our forty beds are occupied on our 3rd floor inpatient unit.

  • We currently have eight critical care patientson the 3rd floor and five of those patients are due to Covid.  Of the five Covid-related critical care patients, all five are unvaccinated. 
  • We have four patients on ventilators, plus three additional patients that are on Vapotherm or BiPap. Three of our four ventilated patients are due to Covid and none of those patients are vaccinated. 
  • Fourteen of our in-patients are Covid positive and only three of those in-patients are vaccinated.

Employee Illness: MHP currently has 7 staff out with COVID.


Show your gratitude:  Now more than ever is the time to tell healthcare workers how much we appreciate their hard work and dedication. You and your family can express how much they mean to you with a new, special opportunity: The Gratitude Group.  Simply submit your videos, messages, and/or photos to or through this form These messages will be shared internally to all MHP employees!  *Please keep video under 2 minutes.*


Donations needed: There is a nationwide shortage of crutches.  Do you have adult size crutches at home that you no longer need?  If so, please reach out to Angela Gill, to coordinate drop off of your new or used crutches. THANK YOU!

Carmony announces candidacy for Indiana House of Representatives District 73

A former president of the Shelby County Council announced his bid as a state representative candidate for the Indiana House of Representatives District 73.

Appearing Wednesday on GIANT fm Real Radio’s morning show with Johnny McCrory, Bob Carmony discussed his intention to seek the newly-redesigned District 73 seat, which is currently vacant.

“I plan to file as soon as registration opens in January,” said Carmony, who will run as a Republican. “With the new District 73 we have an open seat … there is no incumbent running. It is pretty hard to run against an incumbent. With it being an open seat, I wanted to get out early and announce my intention to file for this and start to interact with voters and let them know what I think the issues are and listen to them and find out what’s a concern to them.”

The primary election is May 3, 2022.  

Carmony is a Shelbyville High School graduate and former manager of Carmony Ewing Funeral Homes in Shelbyville. He has served as Director of Marketing for Major Health Partners and is currently the Director of Business Development for Runnebohm Construction in Shelbyville.

Carmony has been active in his community over the years serving on the Shelby County Council, Mainstreet Shelbyville board, Saint Joseph Catholic Church Parrish Council, Shelby Arts Council, Shelby Senior Services Advisory Board, Shelby County Cancer Association, Shelby County Christian Men’s Ministry, Shelby County Sheriffs Merit Board and Knights of Columbus Council 822.

“I have lived in Shelby County and have been an active part of the community all my life,” said Carmony. “I served as a Shelby County Councilman for twelve years and I am a past council president. I want to continue that service for the people of District 73. We deserve to have a seat at the table of the Indiana General Assembly with a representative who is committed to making sure the issues of District 73 are heard and addressed.”

District 73 now includes part of Shelby County, Decatur County, Bartholomew County and Jennings County.

“The primary issues of my campaign will be working to keep taxes low, protect the rights of the unborn, protect our second amendment rights, maintaining the right of local government from state and federal overreach, and a pro-business agenda with special emphasis on promoting small family owned and operated businesses, manufacturing jobs, agri-business and last but not least law and order so we all can be safe in our communities,” said Carmony.

Bob and his wife, Robin (Worland) Carmony, have been married 16 years. Bob is the stepfather to Robin’s two children and the couple has one granddaughter.

Triton Central announces date for 14th Annual Pink Out Game

Triton Central High School’s girls basketball program has announced the 14th Annual Pink Out Game will be Jan. 21, 2022, against Rock Creek Academy.

The Pink Out game honors breast cancer survivors and supports the Indiana Women In Need (I.W.I.N.) Foundation.

Over the last 13 years, Triton Central’s Pink Out game has raised over $180,000.

There are several ways to participate in the 2022 event. Triton Central is seeking sponsors and volunteers as well as items for the Silent Auction that occurs during the event. Monetary donations are also accepted.



Sponsorship opportunities include advertisement on the video board inside the gymnasium. For more sponsorship information, contact Triton Central athletic director and girls basketball coach Bryan Graham at 317-835-3000.

The I.W.I.N. Foundation’s mission is to give strength to women to endure breast cancer treatment by providing individualized services and support. In 2020, Triton Central raised $20,000 through its Pink Out event and helped 50 women in need.

I.W.I.N. makes it a priority that the Pink Out funds assist women in Shelby County first, then women from surrounding counties.

To get involved in the event, contact event coordinator Connie Larkey at 317-695-0674 or at; or silent auction coordinator Brooke Lockett at 317-525-7371 or

Shelbyville's Packaging and Shipping Specialists has new owner as Tashona Cranfill moves on after over 20 years

For over two decades, Tashona Cranfill owned and operated Packaging and Shipping Specialists in Shelbyville.  Now, a passing of the torch as Cranfill has sold the business and gets more time with her grandkids and other endeavors.



Cranfill talks about the new ownership for PASS.



Cranfill says the timing of the transition before the busier holiday season is good.



For Cranfill, it was the loss of a job that led to her association with PASS.



She realizes what she’ll miss.  Although, leaving PASS after all these years might give her a better chance to be anonymous.



Indiana surpasses 1,000,000 COVID-19 cases

Indiana has surpassed 1,000,000 reported cases of COVID-19.

The seven-digit statistic was reached Monday. The first case in Indiana was reported on March 6, 2020. The state is now reporting the total at 1,001,697 as of noon Tuesday.

There have been 15,832 deaths, according to the state department of health. There have been 61 new deaths since Sept. 25.

Shelby County has reported 7,160 cases and 117 deaths since the pandemic hit the United States.

Marion County has the most reported cases (134,914) and deaths (2,114) followed by Lake County (66,094/1,257), Allen County (57,517/796), Hamilton County (46,157/464) and Saint Joseph County (44,155/608).

Ohio County has the fewest reported cases with 842 (12 deaths). Union County is second at 1,069 (16) followed by Warren County (1,206/16), Switzerland County (1,343/11) and Martin County (1,374/19).

Motorcyclist killed after striking deer, being hit by second vehicle

A man was thrown from his motorcycle after striking a deer on I-65 northbound  in southern Bartholomew County. 


The motorcyclist was killed and a “Good Samaritan” was seriously injured when they were struck by a second vehicle early Monday morning.


The initial investigation by Trooper David Owsley, Indiana State Police-Versailles, indicated that shortly before 2:00 am, a 2018 Harley-Davidson motorcycle being driven by Marcus Grayson, 34, of Indianapolis, struck a deer while traveling northbound on I-65 near the 62 mile marker.  Grayson was injured in the crash and was lying in the roadway.  Three witnesses stopped at the scene in an attempt to assist Grayson.


A 2002 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Todd M. Loquercio, 50, of Franklin Park, Illinois, and a 2011 Hyundai Sonata, driven by Jamila Jenkins-Newson, 43, of Indianapolis, both stopped in the northbound lanes of I-65. A 2013 Ford F-150 being driven by Adam K. Whyde, 37, of Beech Grove, stopped on the shoulder.


A 1998 Peterbilt tractor pulling a trailer, driven by Lee H. Muller, 45, of Danville, Kentucky approached the scene while traveling northbound on I-65.  Muller attempted to take evasive action to avoid the vehicles and pedestrians in the roadway.  Muller’s vehicle struck Loquercio’s vehicle, Jenkins-Newson’s vehicle, and Grayson’s motorcycle.  Muller’s vehicle also struck Grayson and Whyde, who was providing medical care to Grayson in the roadway.


Grayson sustained fatal injuries in the crash.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office. 


Whyde sustained serious injuries in the crash.  He was flown from the scene to an Indianapolis area hospital for treatment. 


Loquercio sustained minor injuries when he was struck by debris.  He was treated for his injuries.


The investigation members of the Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team is ongoing.  Toxicology results are pending at this time.


The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, Columbus Regional EMS, Bartholomew County Fire Departments, and the Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office.


The northbound lanes of I-65 were closed for approximately four hours for crash investigation and cleanup.

Arbor Homes pulls Riverview subdivision proposal from next Plan Commission agenda

Arbor Homes’ proposed Riverview housing project appears to be dead.

Following an initial rejection of the proposed 115-lot subdivision near Blue River Memorial Park in Shelbyville, Arbor Homes returned to the Plan Commission last month with the same plan that now included a traffic study.

At the June 28 meeting, Plan Commission president Mike Evans stated Arbor Homes must wait one year to submit another proposal following its rejection that centered on the density of the project and increased traffic around the city’s largest park.

Through consultation with city attorney Jennifer Meltzer, Arbor Homes was allowed on the September meeting agenda to submit the plan again with more information how traffic in the area would be affected.

After much discussion on the legality of the proposal within months of its initial rejection, the proposal discussion was continued to the October meeting so the Plan Commission could gather more information.

The next Plan Commission meeting is scheduled for Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. The meeting agenda is posted on the City of Shelbyville’s website ( Under Old Business, the Riverview project is listed but says, “petition has been withdrawn.”

Plan Commission director Adam Rude confirmed Monday morning that Arbor Homes has moved on from Riverview and he did not expect the proposal to return before the Plan Commission.

Stratford Place gets approval from Common Council

Stratford Place, a proposed 73-lot residential development along Amos Road, moved a step closer to reality Monday morning.

The City of Shelbyville Common Council approved the planned development standards for the proposed project (photo, Plan Commission September meeting) just south of the Golden Bear Preschool.

The project still must go through the technical review committee and Plan Commission, according to city plan director Adam Rude.

Davis Building Group is the developer for the project which will be constructed in one phase over approximately 14 acres.  

Houses will be priced in the $250,000 range.

Construction is expected to start in the spring of 2022.

Two fatalities, four vehicles involved in Sunday I-74 crash

Two people were killed in a multi-vehicle Interstate 74 crash Sunday.


Responders were called to the I-74 westbound lanes near the 120 mile marker Sunday afternoon at about 2:30 p.m.  A 2018 Peterbilt semi tractor-trailer driven by Larry Vincent, 59, of Fairfield, Ohio, struck a vehicle that was in stopped / slowed traffic.  That led to a chain reaction involving two more vehicles.


The semi struck a 2021 Hyundai driven by Allen Aubrey, 47, of Indianapolis.  Aubrey was pronounced dead at the scene.  A passenger in the Hyundai, Patrice Yvonne Graham-Adams, 41, of Indianapolis, was transported to an Indianapolis hospital.  She later died of her injuries.


The Hyundai struck a 2021 Lexus driven by Hugh McCloskey, 52, of Cincinnati.  His Lexus then struck a 2018 Chevy truck driven by Hugh Wickizer, 65, of Shelbyville. 


Both McCloskey and Wickizer were transported to the hospital for a complaint of pain.


The westbound lanes of the  interstate were closed until about 5:30 p.m.

Greensburg man seriously hurt in fall from tree

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a hunting-related accident that occurred in Decatur County.


About 11:30 am Thursday responders were dispatched to the area near 8700 block of E County Road 150 N for a person injured after falling from a tree stand. 


 Jeffrey Berkemeir, 44, of Greensburg, was injured while attempting to remove a hang-on tree stand and falling approximately 25 feet to the ground.


Initial investigation reveals that Berkemeir was using a full body safety harness, when for unknown reasons, the lineman’s rope became untied from the harness, causing the fall.


Berkemeir was transported, via helicopter, to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for severe injuries to both legs.


Assisting agencies included the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, Clarksburg Fire Department, and New Point Fire Department.

Shelby Mills project receives grant for development of property behind Porter Center

The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded 17 grants totaling $190,000 to programs that support a wide range of environmental initiatives across Indiana, including projects to support water quality, conservation, and habitat and forest restoration.

“Duke Energy is committed to responsible environmental stewardship and enhancing opportunities for outdoor recreation in the communities we serve,” said Duke Energy Indiana President Stan Pinegar. “That’s why we’re proud to partner with a number of local organizations that are doing meaningful work in our communities to promote environmental education and to preserve and restore Indiana’s land, water and habitats.”

Over the last five years, the Duke Energy Foundation has awarded 58 grants totaling $946,000 to organizations across Indiana for projects that support environmental responsibility. One of the recipients of a $20,000 grant is the Blue River Community Foundation in Shelby County, which is working to construct a linear park behind the historic Porter Center.

“Through the generosity of Duke Energy, we’re able to enhance and revitalize a portion of the Blue River Trail system behind the historic Porter Center by creating a rest area for trail users and a storybook trail for children. The park will be named after the flour mill that once stood at this site in the 1800s, Shelby Mills,” said Jennifer Jones, executive director of the Blue River Community Foundation. “This project will not only serve as a destination for community use and enjoyment, but also preserve and protect the natural resources in Shelbyville for future generations to enjoy.”

Blue River Community Foundation (Shelby County)
$20,000 for Shelby Mills

Funding will be used to support the construction of a linear park, named Shelby Mills, located behind the historic Porter Center to encourage trail users to use the west section of the trail system. The project will include tearing out old asphalt parking and transforming the area into both a rest area and a storybook trail that will offer children a lesson in Shelby County history.


The area will be filled with native trees, plants, flowers and a raingarden that will allow visitors to learn about the types of plants and elements that benefit the local ecosystem.

Mask mandate extended to Dec. 31 for all Shelbyville schools

Shelbyville Central Schools students and staff will continue to wear masks during school hours and at all indoor extracurricular events until Dec. 31, 2021.

Shelby County’s largest school system announced the decision Thursday morning that a mask mandate in place through Oct. 31 will continue until the end of the year.

According to the announcement, prior to the mask mandate being put in place, an average of 576 students were not in school due to COVID-19 or close contact tracing.

Since the mask mandate, that average dropped to 96 students.

Per Major Health Partners’ latest incident command update, Indiana’s COVID positivity rate is 9.3% while Shelby County’s positivity rate is 9.9%.

Morristown PD asks public's assistance to find Lance Sherman

The Morristown Police Department released the following information about a reported missing person on its Twitter account Thursday morning:


Lance Sherman is currently missing from Morristown, Indiana. He was last seen on 10/13/21.

He may be in need of medical assistance.

If you locate Lance, contact 911 or the Shelby County Sheriff’s Dept at 317-398-6661.

Morristown graduate takes Advantage Shelby County path to Shelbyville Fire Department

Advantage Shelby County was created in 2016 as a way to build a locally-grown talent pool.

Five years later, the Shelbyville Fire Department has its first firefighter and paramedic  created by Advantage Shelby County.

Katheryn Parker, a 2018 Morristown graduate, was sworn into service Monday morning and worked her first shift at Fire Station No. 1 in downtown Shelbyville.

“Advantage Shelby County gave me the opportunity to get my first two years of college paid for … to do my general studies which was a huge help,” said Parker Monday morning at City Hall after her badge was pinned on her chest by her mother, Andria Parker. “It was the same classes I would take at any private institution or school. Once I had that, they gave me more guidance as to what route I should go for a degree, where I should work and stuff like that.

“I don’t think I would be in the position I am today if I didn’t go the Advantage Shelby County route.”

The city, county and Ivy Tech have developed a strong working relationship through Advantage Shelby County. The Paramedic Science program is a relatively new offering that is gaining traction.

“This is exactly what we intended the programs to do … to create a talent pool for us that was trained in our programming which would eventually lead to an employee for us,” said Shelbyville mayor Tom DeBaun, who watched the ceremony Monday morning. “It speaks to the cooperation between the city, county and Ivy Tech because we created this paramedicine program based on anticipation of these kinds of results and Ivy Tech came to the table and said, ‘Let’s give it a shot.” And it worked.”

Advantage Shelby County is a two-year college scholarship program for graduates of Shelby County high schools. In exchange for free tuition, students must meet academic progress standards, complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service per semester and participate in a mentoring program.

Parker earned her Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training through Blue River Career Programs in Shelbyville. Once she enrolled at Ivy Tech, a paramedic career became her focus.



“It started out in 2019 when I got offered a position in the paramedic program through Ivy Tech,” she said. “Once I got into the paramedic program, I started working on an ambulance here in Shelbyville.”

Through an arrangement with St. Francis Hospital, the Shelbyville Fire Department is bolstered by an ambulance training truck that is staffed by a paramedic, an EMT and a student.

“The students get 14 months of experience riding on that truck,” said Shelbyville Fire Chief Tony Logan. “That’s what ‘Kat’ did. She was the first one to go through Advantage Shelby County.”

While doing her training, Parker showed interest in firefighting skills.

“I had no idea I wanted to be a fireman. I figured I would ride the ambulance the whole time,” she said. “I got to know the (firefighters), got to see what they were doing and that peaked my interest. So I got on as a volunteer fireman. I started taking more fireman classes. “Eventually, I applied to the department not thinking I would get hired. I just wanted to get experience.”

Training locally is a great advantage in the hiring process, according to Logan.

“We have hired three or four people that have gone through that St. Francis truck that have worked for us for a period of time and we knew who they were,” explained Logan. “The benefit to that is we get to see who these candidates are. It’s different than just an interview.”

Parker already has her Firefighter I and Firefighter II certifications and has completed her paramedic training.

“The benefit today is she is going to start today and she will be precepted for approximately 25 days, that’s our normal precepting time in house,” said Logan. “It’s an orientation program. She will work so many days on the truck just observing, so many days doing certain skills, and so many days working as a paramedic being precepted.

“Once she achieves that certain level, we let her go with an ambulance and an EMT at that point.”

Parker will have 10 shifts of orientation at Station No. 1 and then shifts at Station No. 2 on the city’s southeast side and Station No. 3 at the water tower on the city’s southwest side to learn each building’s routines.

“I am not as nervous as I would have been if I was just coming in off the street because I know all the guys and how they operate,” said Parker. “Since it’s a new job and new for me being in the fire service, I am still pretty nervous but I know it’s a good bunch of guys that have my back.”

Nearly three-and-a-half years after her high school graduation, Parker already has a full-time position in her career choice with not nearly the debt accrued through a traditional four-year institution.

“They said I am kind of a pioneer for the paramedic program … that’s a lot of pressure,” she said. “That was nerve wracking but everything that got me here I think started in the Advantage Shelby County route.”

Parker is the trailblazer and there are already local students following in her path, according to Logan.

“We are hoping to get more people involved with Advantage Shelby County and this paramedicine program,” said Logan. “It’s really been a great pathway for kids to become firefighters.”

To enroll in the Advantage Shelby County program, complete the application process at The deadline for Class of 2022 graduates is Dec. 15.

Mickey's T-Mart to close after 44 years; 25% sale starts Wednesday

Mickey’s T-Mart is counting down its last days as Shelbyville’s locally-owned and operated supermarket with a closing target date of the day before Thanksgiving.


Brian Meeke said they’ve been looking at possibilities for some time related to selling the business but no offer was quite good enough.  Thus, the decision now to close the supermarket at 748 South Harrison Street.


Meeke says the leading reason is the passing of time and customers.



So, what’s next?  Meeke details the coming days and weeks which include opening a 25% off sale starting Wednesday.



Meeke says Wednesday’s sale opening could be a flood of activity.




The decision to close Mickey’s T-Mart comes after entertainment of offers to buy the business and the properties over the years.  But Meeke says those offers weren’t what they were looking for.  That results in the decision now.



Will the site feature another supermarket down the road?  Meeke hopes so but notes that the issues plaguing business right now may delay that until supply chains, hiring, wages and more are repaired.



Meeke says it’s been a great run for his family dating back to 1978.  It might be hard to remember a date or time of something over four decades ago but in the case of Mickey’s T-Mart, probably not.  Remember something else that happened in ’78?



America's largest grocery retailer to host nationwide holiday hiring event on October 13

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced its Family of Companies' second nationwide hybrid hiring event, including virtual and on-site interviews, will take place from 2-5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 13.


The organization's mission is to hire 20,000 associates by finding talent for retail, e-commerce, manufacturing, supply chain, merchandising, logistics, corporate, and pharmacy and healthcare roles.


"The Kroger Family of Companies is eager to welcome 20,000 associates to our organization as we prepare for an incredible holiday season where customers are planning to return to larger family gatherings and celebrations," said Tim Massa, Kroger's senior vice president and chief people officer. "It's an exciting time to work in grocery retail, and as one of the leading retailers and employers in America, we're committed to offering associates a culture of opportunity and career with purpose, competitive pay and benefits, and flexible schedules. We truly want our associates to have a rewarding and uplifting experience while meeting our customers' needs and delivering on our promise to be in-stock, fresh, and friendly."


The Kroger Family of Companies offers resources, benefits, and training, to support and develop associates and make their lives easier including:

  • Wages & Benefits: The Kroger Family of Companies provides comprehensive compensation packages, including competitive salaries and wages, healthcare, and retirement. In addition to an $800 million incremental investment in associate wages and training over the last three years, the organization is investing $350 million more in 2021 that has increased its average hourly wage to more than $16 nationally and when coupled with benefits, total compensation is more than $21 an hour.
  • Continued Education & Tuition Reimbursement: The Kroger Family of Companies' tuition reimbursement program, offering up to $21,000 for both part-time and full-time associates, covers a GED to PhD. Since inception, this program has benefitted 6,789 associates, with hourly associates making up 88.4% of those who have taken advantage of the offering so far.
  • Training & Development: The Kroger Family of Companies offers on-demand, role-specific training and resources through FEED desktop and mobile and modern learning platforms like Axonify as well as leadership, career advancement, and diversity, equity, and inclusion training.
  • Health & Wellness: The Kroger Family of Companies continues to further support associates' safety, health, and well-being by coaching managers to lead with compassion and empathy and through resources like The Well-Being Assistant powered by Magellan Health that is available 24/7 and offers free counseling sessions as well as BetterHelp, another mental wellness resource. The organization also encourages use of Whil, a wellness platform that encourages activities like mindfulness, yoga, and sleep. Additionally, the organization continues to award a one-time payment of $100 to associates who become fully COVID-19 vaccinated.
  • Perks & Discounts: The Kroger Family of Companies provides flexible scheduling, an advance pay option through partner DailyPay, as well as discounts on groceries, electronics, streaming services, travel, and more.

"We know that a career looks different for everyone, so we strive to provide the tools and support associates need to create their own path to success. No matter where your journey begins, we have fresh opportunities for everyone," continued Massa.


Hiring Event Details
The Kroger Family of Companies welcomes individuals who are looking for a career with purpose. Available opportunities include store leaders, customer service managers, personal shoppers, e-commerce specialists, digital marketing managers, software engineers, data architects, delivery drivers, warehouse workers, machine operators, category and procurement managers, financial analysts, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, project managers, and administrative supporters.


To preview all available roles and register for the hiring event, visit The Kroger Family of Companies' career site.

Weight restriction in place on I-65 / I-70 exit ramps in downtown Indianapolis

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has implemented a weight restriction on the I-65/I-70 exit ramps in downtown Indianapolis as part of the North Split reconstruction. The restriction began Sunday, October 10, 2021 and will be in place through November of 2022. This restriction is being implemented to reduce traffic congestion, prevent infrastructure damage and improve safety for downtown commuters and pedestrians.

Vehicles exceeding 13 tons gross vehicle weight (GVW) will be restricted from using the I-65/I-70 collector-distributor exit ramp for Michigan and Ohio streets (Exit 83A), and the Washington Street exit ramp from I-65 northbound/I-70 eastbound (Exit 111). Vehicles exceeding the weight limit that have been using these exits should use the official North Split detours on I-465 to avoid the downtown construction (see map below).

Signage indicating the weight restrictions have been placed on I-70 westbound prior to the collector-distributor ramp at Exit 83A. Similar signage will be placed within the next few weeks on I-65 northbound and I-70 eastbound prior to the entrance of the South Split. When signage is in place, the restrictions officially begin.

Truck Restriction Sign

Indiana State Police troopers will be stationed near the appropriate exit ramps to enforce the restrictions and redirect overweight vehicles to the proper detour.

Access to downtown Indianapolis for vehicles less than 13 tons GVW will be maintained via:

  • I-70 westbound exit ramp to Michigan Street or Ohio Street (13-ton GVW restriction in place)
  • Pine St. entrance ramp to I-70 eastbound from New York Street and Michigan Street
  • I-65 northbound/I-70 eastbound exit ramp to Washington Street (13-ton GVW restriction will be in place when signage is installed)
  • I-65 northbound and southbound to Martin Luther King. Jr./West Street
  • I-65 southbound to Meridian Street
  • All existing ramps on I-70 west of the South Split

Detailed maps with construction-related closure and access information can be found on the North Split website:

INDOT encourages drivers to slow down, exercise caution and drive distraction-free through all work zones.

For up-to-date project information, visit or text “NORTHSPLIT” to 468311. Follow the North Split project’s progress on social media at: