Latest News

2021 SCUFFY Drive is underway with Wednesday's virtual kickoff

It wasn't in the usual breakfast format but SCUFFY kicked off its annual funraising drive Wednesday.


A virtual format was used so viewers could tune in on ZOOM for the opener of the Shelby County United Fund drive.  Pacesetters have already held their individual fundraising efforts to help jumpstart the campaign.  Dollars raised were announced during the kickoff.


Builders Lumber & Hardware - $8, 947.60


CoreVision - $3, 420.00


Coulston Elementary - $1, 535.00


First Financial Bank - $3, 080.00


Major Health Partners - $50, 652.13


McNeely Law - $20, 006.63


Runnebohm Construction - $24, 758.24


Ryobi - $41, 000.00


Shelby County Co-Op - $1500.00


Stephenson Rife - $11, 501.60


Pacesetters total - $166, 401.20  (19.3% of the $860, 000 goal for 2021)



Free FAFSA aid this Sunday

Indiana residents planning to attend college in fall 2021 should submit the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before April 15 for consideration of state-based financial aid. Families can get free FAFSA help from financial aid experts during the virtual College Goal Sunday event from 2-4 p.m. local time on March 7.  Students/families can learn more and access the event.


Before attending the event, new student filers and one parent are each encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education FSA IDs.  The 2021-22 FAFSA will collect 2019 tax information. Most families will be able to use the IRS data retrieval tool built into the FAFSA to retrieve their tax data, but parents should also have available the 2019 IRS tax return, 2019 W-2 forms, and current bank statements and investment information for manual data entries. Students who worked in 2019 should have their own income information available as well. Current students 24 years of age or older may complete the FAFSA with their own 2019 IRS tax return, 2019 W-2 forms, and current bank statements and investment information. 


The Division of Financial Aid provides financial aid information to students and families through community outreach, via email, and online.


Purdue University’s Division of Financial Aid can be reached by calling 765-494-5050 during the hours of 8 a.m to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or by emailing

ACLU files suit against Knightstown related to police department Facebook posts

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana today filed a lawsuit against the town of Knightstown, after at least twenty-six community members were banned from commenting on the Police Department’s official Facebook page, due to comments that were critical of the Police Department.   


The lawsuit, filed on behalf of former Chief of the Police Department, Christopher Newkirk, alleges that the Town’s actions represent viewpoint-based discrimination, in violation of the First Amendment to the Unites States Constitution. 


After leaving the Police Department, Newkirk has remained involved in the community. He frequently views Facebook posts made by the Police Department and has commented on these posts to provide his thoughts. 


As a result of Mr. Newkirk’s comments, the Police Department banned him from its Facebook page, removing previous comments and prohibiting him from commenting in the future, ultimately prohibiting him from engaging in any expressive activity on the Police Department’s Facebook page. 


“The First Amendment protects people, who regardless of their views, attempt to hold the government accountable through expression,” said Gavin M. Rose, ACLU of Indiana Senior Attorney. “Knightstown’s practice of silencing citizens on Facebook who are critical of the police department’s actions or policies is unconstitutional.”  

Former Bartholomew Co. Sheriff Hill passes away after illness

The Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office has confirmed the death of a former sheriff, Rick Hill.


It is with great sadness that Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers announces the death of former Bartholomew County Sheriff Rick L. Hill.


Hill, 74, served Bartholomew County as Sheriff 1987-1990.  He passed away early Sunday morning, February 28, 2021.


Arrangements are pending at Jewell Rittman Funeral Home, Columbus.


“Former Sheriff Hill gave me my first job in law enforcement”, said Sheriff Myers.  He will receive full BCSO honors.


“Our most sincere condolences go to Rick’s wife, Lisa Hill, and all of the Hill family”, added Sheriff Myers.


New Palestine PD requests public's help to find Matthew Brown

New Palestine Police have asked for the public's assistance in locating a runaway / missing boy.


Matthew Brown was last seen leaving home at 132 East Main Street at 12:30 pm Thursday, February 25. He was last seen wearing a blue Hollister hooded jacket, black sweatpants, black shoes and black backpack.


Brown has blue eyes, brown hair, and is 5’5 tall.  He weighs about 110 pounds.


If you see Matthew Brown or know where he may be please call the New Palestine Police Department 317-861-4225.

Indiana State Police warn of "Child Safety Kit" scam

The Indiana State Police recently received a complaint from a resident advising of what appears to be an ongoing scam solicited via Facebook. This scam involves the offering of a “Child Safety Kit” by clicking on a link provided in the Facebook post.


The resident stated that the provided link to receive the “Child Safety Kit” asks the requestor to submit personal information, to include: name, address, and phone number, information which is then followed up by a phone call wherein the scammer requests to set up an in-home visit to further the transaction.


She reports having received two phone calls from two very persistent males requesting to come to her home and be allowed to load an App onto her phone as part of their “Child Safety Kit” service. She stated the callers were very persistent on setting up an appointment, and they falsely claimed they work directly with the Indiana State Police. She was never provided with name or a company name.


This scam has apparently been ongoing for quite some time, and was even reported on by the Louisville based WDRB news channel back in December 2019, wherein an Evansville, Indiana woman was victimized (follow the link below for their full reporting).


The Indiana State Police would remind all Hoosiers that scam artists are pervasive across the internet and all social media platforms.  Scammer’s methods and tactics are primarily intrusive to your personal and financial information, but as noted in this instance, they may often resort to invading your personal space as well.  Luckily this resident was on the alert and did not fall prey to these scammers tactics.


This complaint reported to the State Police is full of red flags, and luckily this local resident did not fall prey to these scammers tactics.  You can protect yourself by:


  • ALWAYS consider any unsolicited internet/social media transaction with a “Buyer Beware”
  • NEVER provided personal or financial information to an unknown source, whether it be on the internet, by email, or by phone.
  • NEVER invite or allow a stranger into your home, especially an unsolicited sales person- thieves commonly use this as a way to case your home for future burglary.
  • Don’t be INTIMIDATED by a scammer’s pervasiveness. Delete the internet conversation or just hang up the phone when something doesn’t feel right.
  • If you feel you have been victimized by a scammer, suspicious or threatening activity should be reported to your local law enforcement immediately.

Police warning about wallet thieves in Greenwood

Greenwood police are warning shoppers about two people stealing wallets from elderly shoppers.


Police say they stole a wallet from an 82-year-old woman and used her credit card, charging more than $7,000 to it in an hour. Video surveillance shows the suspects stealing the wallet from the woman at a Meijer.


Police say they are distracting customers while they shop, and then stealing their wallets.


Police said there has been a rise in thefts targeting elderly people in the Greenwood area and anyone with information should call Detective Scott Cottongim with the Greenwood Police Department, at 317-887-5619.

Two men killed when van runs into back of parked semi on 465; driver from Greenwood

A Johnson County man was killed in a car-semi accident late Thursday on I-465


Just before midnight last night, emergency crews were called to the scene of a serious crash on I-465 westbound near Michigan Road on the city's northwest side. When first responders arrived they found the wreckage of a full size van into the rear end of a semi-tractor trailer. A medic from Hendricks County happened to be driving by and stopped to render aid until other first responders arrived.


Two adult males were entrapped in a full size van and both were unconscious and unresponsive. Crews from the Indianapolis Fire Department worked to extricate both individuals. Despite life saving efforts, the passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver was transported by EMS to an area hospital and later pronounced deceased.


Preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police Crash Reconstructionists determined a semi-tractor trailer had pulled over to the right shoulder due to a mechanical issue. A white full size cargo van ran off the road and struck the back of the trailer. Indications are the semi-tractor trailer was not in the travel lane and had emergency flashers activated. The driver of the semi requested medical evaluation however was not transported by EMS. The Marion County Coroner's Office responded to the scene to recover the remains of the deceased. 


The driver of the Chevrolet van was identified as Andrew Blackwell, 33, of Greenwood. The passenger in the van was identified as Brenden Harper, 25, of Indianapolis. The semi driver was Raimundo Luis of Miami Florida.


The westbound lanes of I-465 were restricted for four hours while the crash was investigated, all westbound lanes have since reopened. 

Over 30 counties in BLUE on coronavirus map; Shelby still YELLOW

Indiana continues to make progress in the fight against coronavirus. 39 counties are now in the blue on the state's color-coded map -- the lowest risk of COVID spread.


Nine of those have been blue for two straight weeks and are now free of any restrictions. The other 30 -- including Marion, Johnson, and Hancock counties -- turned blue Wednesday and could be free of restrictions if they stay in the blue for another week.


Shelby and Bartholomew counties are in yellow.  Rush, Decatur, Johnson, Hancock and Marion have gone blue.


Almost everyone else is in the yellow -- the second-best rating.


Just three counties remain in the orange. Zero counties are in the red.


33 Indiana women selected as 2021 500 Festival Princesses; Milroy, New Pal and Whiteland represented

The 500 Festival has chosen 33 women from Indiana to be 2021 500 Festival Princesses.


They represent 16 Indiana colleges and universities as well as 21 cities and towns across the state.


They were selected based on communication skills, academic performance, community involvement, commitment to service, and leadership.  


Among the 33 chosen women:



Alie Brown, New Palestine, a graduate of New Palestine High School and a senior at the University of Indianapolis majoring in marketing and supply chain management 



Hannah McGee, Milroy, a graduate of Rushville Consolidated High School and a senior at Butler University majoring in strategic communication. 



Victoria Petriskey, Whiteland, a graduate of Whiteland Community High School and a senior at Ball State University majoring in history. 


The 2021 500 Festival Princesses were selected through a competitive process consisting of a written application and virtual interviews.

Culvert project delayed by weather scheduled to close Shelby Co. 375 E on Thursday

Shelby County's contractor, Trisler Construction Co, Inc., will be closing 375 E between 350 S and 450 S beginning Thursday, February 25, for a period of 4 – 6 weeks to replace a large box culvert.


The last address accessible from the north is 4098 S 375 E, Waldron.


The last address accessible from the south is 4339 S 375 E, Waldron.


Winter weather postponed the start of the project that was announced February 1.



Call for flags at half-staff to honor Covid deaths

Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags across the state to be flown at half-staff in memory of the more than 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19.


Per the President’s proclamation, flags should be flown at half-staff from now until sunset Friday, February 26.


Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff.

Kroger says customer personal info could have been exposed in hack

If you shop at Kroger, your personal information may have been exposed. Kroger is sending letters to customers, explaining that a third party vendor was hacked. That means customer and employee information could have been leaked.


Kroger says at least one percent of customers could have been exposed, but that could be a lot of people.


The company says people who used money services or their pharmacy are most likely to have been exposed.

Johnson Co. inmate death investigation

An inmate's death is being investigated at the Johnson County Jail.


Sheriff Duane Burgess says the inmate that was found unconscious in his cell Monday morning and later pronounced dead is identified as Michael Leroy Reynolds, 33, of Indianapolis. Reynolds has been incarcerated in the Johnson County Jail since November 29, 2020.


Johnson County Coroner Michael Pruitt is scheduling an autopsy that will be completed in the next 48 hours. Sheriff Burgess says foul play isn’t suspected in this death investigation.


They will be awaiting an autopsy report and toxicology results.

Warm temperatures could yield flooding as snow melts

The wintry weather that has covered roads, rooftops, sidewalks and more will begin to melt with high temperatures warming into the 40’s.


Ryan Hansome with Shelby County Emergency Management says if you know of areas that tend to flood it’s time to be on the watch this week.  Be on the lookout for waterways and low-lying area.

Hansome also advises that residents should help keep drains on roadways and streets clear wherever possible.  Snow packed onto drains may prevent snow melt a path to exit further enhancing street flooding.


Hansome also notes that if you tend to have basement flooding you should make sure you’re sump pump is operational and ready, if needed.


A high of 41 degrees is in the forecast for Sunday. Monday calls for cloudy skies and 37.  Sunshine is in the forecast Tuesday through Friday with Wednesday the warmest day as the high tops out at 50 degrees.

Shelbyville State Rep Eberhart disputes reports of incident with Rep. Summers at Thursday's House session

Shelbyville State Representative Sean Eberhart says Thursday’s debate over a school-boundaries bill did offer some heckling and booing inside the chambers.  He also notes that a confrontation outside the chambers with Indianapolis Democrat Representative Vanessa Summers did not go as most have reported.


The bill would allow the John Glenn School Corporation in Walkerton to break off and try to annex part of the South Bend schools. Indianapolis Democrat Greg Porter had just begun to argue against the bill, warning of a "slippery slope." But when Porter referenced "discrimination and segregation," several Republicans interrupted, with shouts of "no" and "c'mon, man."


Eberhart told GIANT fm News that this is when he decided to step out.



From there’ reports indicate Eberhart and Representative Vanessa Summers became involved in a confrontation that nearly became physical.  This is disputed by Eberhart.



Fort Wayne State Representative Bob Morris, who reportedly “shoved Rep. Eberhart into the men’s restroom to separate the two,” according to a Journal Gazette reporter.  Eberhart says Morris did intervene but it wasn’t necessary as far as the situation escalating.



Eberhart says an article on the situation in the Indianapolis Star has received some clarification about his reported use of a derogatory term.



Eberhart says he plans to speak with Rep. Summers when they return to session on Monday.



House Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers), who's in his first full term as speaker after taking the gavel days before last year's adjournment, says he'll enforce the House's rules more strictly. He implored legislators to listen respectfully to each other and not impugn one another's motives, a prohibition explicitly included in House rules.




Indianapolis Colts trade for Carson Wentz

The Indianapolis Colts have traded for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.


Multiple news sources are reporting the Colts will receive Wentz for a 2021 third-round draft pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick that could become a first-round selection based on Wentz’s playing time with the Colts.


With the retirement of Phillip Rivers, the Colts were actively shopping for a quarterback for the 2021 season. Backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett is a free agent which left the Colts with 2020 fourth-round draft pick Jacob Eason as the only quarterback on the roster.


Early reports had the Eagles shopping the former Super Bowl winning quarterback for a pair of first-round draft picks.


The Colts now have their QB1 for the 2021 season and will keep its first-round draft pick for this year.


The Eagles will have the Colts’ third-round selection – No. 85 overall.

Shelby County expected to stay in Orange on travel advisory map

Shelby County Commissioners have informed GIANT fm News that, at this time, the intent is to keep Shelby County in the ORANGE category of the state's travel advisory map. 


As of this report, Hancock County is also an ORANGE county.


Secretary of State Connie Lawson to resign

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced today that she will step down as Secretary of State. Secretary Lawson has notified Governor Holcomb and will submit a formal resignation once Governor Holcomb selects her successor and the successor is ready to serve.


“I have dedicated the last 32 years of my life to public service,” said Secretary Lawson. “I have served with all of my heart and soul. It has been an honor to serve, but it is time for me to step down.


“Like many Hoosiers, 2020 took a toll on me. I am resigning so I can focus on my health and my family. I will work with Governor Holcomb to ensure our next Secretary of State is up to the task and has the tools and resources to hit the ground running.”


Secretary Lawson was first appointed Secretary of State on March 16, 2012, by then Governor Mitch Daniels. She successfully ran for election in 2014 and 2018. She is the longest serving Secretary of State in Indiana history and Indiana’s 61st Secretary of State.


As Indiana’s chief elections officer, she focused on ensuring the integrity and security of our state’s elections. She championed sweeping election reforms and led the effort to clean Indiana’s voter rolls.  Thanks to her efforts, all Indiana counties now have access to cybersecurity tools to protect not only elections, but every county and the entire state from adversaries who seek to destroy our republic.


A tireless advocate for increasing Indiana’s financial literacy and protecting Indiana investors, Secretary Lawson educated Hoosiers about smart money decisions and fought for stringent penalties for white collar criminals. She directed substantial innovation and leveraged cutting edge technology to improve how businesses interact with government by leading the charge on the state’s business one-stop portal. INBiz is now a nationally recognized portal that serves as businesses’ single point of contact for registration, filing, reporting and making payments across state agencies.


Prior to serving as Secretary of State, Lawson served in the Indiana Senate for sixteen years, where she accomplished significant legislative success. Respected across the aisle, she quickly earned the admiration of her colleagues and made history in 2006 when she was selected as the first woman to serve as Majority Floor Leader in the Indiana Senate.

Before joining the Indiana Senate, Lawson served as Clerk of the Hendricks County Circuit Court for eight years. During her tenure, she was named elections administrator of the year by the Indiana State Election Board and clerk of the year by the Indiana Clerk’s Association, both in 1993.


As a public servant, Lawson has been a true inspiration to women in government, an agent of change for Indiana counties and a determined advocate for the prevention of diseases that would rob us of our loved ones. In addition to her public work, she and her husband Jack own Lawson & Company, an auctioneer and real estate company.

Shelbyville woman lifelined from Thursday crash scene

A Shelbyville woman was lifelined from a two-car crash Thursday evening on south State Road 9.


The two-vehicle crash occurred at 600 South just before 5:30 pm.


Indiana State Police say one driver, Melinda Nevins, 28, of Shelbyville, was lifelined from the scene.


The driver of the other vehicle went by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries – Kristi Cooper, 28, of Greensburg.  A passenger in her vehicle, Paul Cox, 37, of Plainfield, was also taken by ambulance for medical treatment.


No details as to what led to the crash have been released as of this report.

CDC announces transportation mask mandate

You'll need to mask up when a nationwide public transportation mask mandate goes into effect..


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday issued an order requiring travelers in the United States to wear face masks at transportation hubs, on airplanes, and while using public transportation.


Travelers must wear a mask that completely covers the nose and mouth while "awaiting, boarding, disembarking, or traveling on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares as they are traveling into, within, or out of the United States and U.S. territories," the CDC says.


Masks do not need to be worn when eating, drinking, or taking medication. Children under the age of two are not required to wear a mask, nor are people who cannot wear a mask due to disability.


The mandate takes effect Monday at 11:59 p.m.

Walmart is a federal retail pharmacy partner in 22 states

Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program on Feb. 12.


More than 1,000 Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies in 22 states are receiving federal vaccine allocations this week, with an emphasis on locations that reach customers in underserved communities with limited access to health care. In addition to the 22 states, Walmart and Sam’s Club is also currently administering vaccinations under the state allocation in 11 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. While initial vaccine supply is limited, Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacists and technicians stand ready to help expand vaccine access across the country.

With 150 million customers and members passing through our doors each week, Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacists can safely and easily reach customers where they’re already shopping for household and health care essentials. The company worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and states taking into account the population density, customer demographics, infection rates and availability of local health care resources among other factors to identify many of the participating locations.


The company also looked at pharmacies located in Medically Underserved Areas, as designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration. 


“Ninety percent of the country lives within 10 miles of a Walmart. We’re at the heart of many rural and underserved communities, and we are committed to providing access to vaccines as groups become eligible,” Dr. Cheryl Pegus, Executive Vice President, Health & Wellness, said. “Vaccinations to achieve widespread immunity are important for re-opening across the country. We’re proud to work together with the federal government, states, communities, customers and associates to reach that goal.”


Walmart and Sam’s Club are partnering with CDC and states to move as quickly as possible to help administer vaccines to eligible populations in participating states, including Indiana.


Vaccine supply and eligibility will vary based on allocation as well as state and local guidelines. The number of vaccinations will be limited and is planned to continue to increase each week. Eligible customers can schedule a vaccine appointment directly via the Walmart and Sam’s Club websites once appointments are available, making it convenient to get vaccinated while allocation lasts. A membership is not required to get a vaccination at Sam’s Club. In addition to appointments, the scheduler will provide a digital reminder when it is time to return for the second vaccine, which is why customers are asked to create a profile, helping to ensure customers receive the second dose of the vaccine.


Walmart recognizes there are people who may have difficulty accessing in-store clinics, so it will be partnering with other providers and organizations to expand access to offsite vaccination clinics. The company will share details of these new vaccine options as they become available.

Johnson County child molest arrest

An Indianapolis man is accused of molesting a Johnson County girl he helped babysit.


Jonathan Thompson, 27, was faces charges of child molesting and statutory rape, reports The Daily Journal.


The Johnson County Sheriff's Office started investigating Thompson in January after the girl repeatedly said Thompson touched her genitals.


According to court documents, the victim said Thompson would touch and spank her over her clothes or underwear while she was sleeping. 


The Daily Journal says the victim told her parents about Thompson touching her and they confronted him, but he denied her claims.


Police contacted Thompson last month and set up an interview, but Johnson did not show up.


Thompson was arrested Tuesday and taken to the Johnson Co. Jail, where he was being held Wednesday on bond.

Old Dominion Freight Line grows service center network with 9 new or expanded facilities, including Edinburgh, IN

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. (Nasdaq: ODFL) expands its network by adding nine service centers in new and existing markets. The steady growth brings the Company’s service center count to 245 and solidifies Old Dominion’s presence across the continental United States. The less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier’s new or improved facilities include Brooklyn, N.Y., Edinburgh, Ind., Grand Island, Neb., Louisville, Ky., Mansfield, Ohio, McDonough, Ga., Mesa, Ariz., Milton, Pa. and Olympia, Wash.


The nine new and renovated service centers are strategically placed for operational efficiency aligned with the Company’s long-term strategic plan. Old Dominion’s investment in

each market will support capacity needs, improve shipping time, and enhance delivery flexibility,

allowing the Company to better serve customers as demand continues to grow amid the COVID19 pandemic.


“Investment in our service center network is a hallmark of Old Dominion’s long-term

strategic plan,” said Chip Overbey, senior vice president of strategic planning. “We measure

capacity in three key areas; service centers, people, and equipment. Each area is critically

important to serve our customers and accommodate the growing demand for premium LTL



Each service center is constructed with best-in-class facilities to improve operational

efficiencies. Old Dominion’s recent investments in innovative technology, such as tools for realtime track and traceability, allows the Company to adapt to meet evolving customer needs while maintaining its premium service.


“Shippers can expect to see improved transit times, faster response times, and adequate

capacity to meet their transportation needs,” said Overbey. “In each of these nine markets, our

team worked together with the common goal of wanting to serve our customer and community



Old Dominion’s service center openings include:

Edinburgh, Ind. – The Edinburgh service center is positioned near two major highways, I-65 and Highway 31, to help support shippers in southern Indiana. This facility operates

on 20.1 acres, with 63 doors and room to expand to a total of 120 doors in the future. Old

Dominion hired 15 new employees to help serve Edinburgh.


About Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. is a leading, less-than-truckload (“LTL”), union-free motor

carrier providing regional, inter-regional and national LTL services through a single integrated

organization. Our service offerings, which include expedited transportation, are provided through an expansive network of service centers located throughout the continental United States.


Through strategic alliances, the Company also provides LTL services throughout North America.


In addition to its core LTL services, the Company offers a range of value-added services

including container drayage, truckload brokerage and supply chain consulting.