Latest News Archives for 2020-06

Johnson County man shot by police in Pennsylvania

A fugitive from Johnson County was hitching a ride in a semi when it was pulled over on a Pennsylvania interstate on Monday.


When the driver got out, but the 48-year-old man from Whiteland, Indiana, got into the driver's seat and drove off.  Police chased the man until the semi got stuck in the grass in Hazelton.


The man then fired a gun at police. Police shot back and the man was killed, said the Times of Northwest Indiana.


The man, who's name hasn't be released, was wanted for violating his probation, said police.

Indiana's smoking age bumps up to 21 Wednesday

The smoking age in Indiana goes up this week.


The minimum age to buy cigarettes and other nicotine products will jump from 18 to 21 on Wednesday. The new rules also ban anyone under 21 from buying e-cigarettes and e-liquids.


The new law doubles fines for businesses caught selling to underage smokers.

Update: Attempted murder investigation; Shooting Saturday morning in Hope

Just before 8:30 am Saturday, theBartholomew County Sheriff’s Office and Hope Police Department were dispatched to the 2000 block of Neal Drive in Hope in regards to a reported shooting.  Central Dispatch advised a female, later identified as Linda Venable, 68, of Hope, had been shot by her husband, Thomas Venable, 70, of Hope, in the chest with a small caliber firearm.


A short time later, officers arrived on scene where the victim of the shooting was alert and talking with officers and medics and was transported by Lifeline to a University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, KY. She is reported to be stable at this time, but is going to be admitted to the hospital for her injuries.


The suspect, Thomas Venable, was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for jail clearance and later taken to Bartholomew County Jail and booked for the following charges: Attempted Murder, Level I Felony.


“This is an unfortunate event that occurred here in a peaceful neighborhood. I’m very proud of our Sheriff’s Office, local law enforcement and all emergency responders for the quick response to this incident,” said Major Chris Lane.


Shooting Saturday morning in Hope

The Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office  is investigating a shooting that occurred in Hope Saturday morning. The victim was transported by helicopter to the hospital.


Police have a suspect in custody.


No further information was given on the victim in a social media post by the sheriff.


Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers says more information will be released later today.


Thunderstorms in the Friday evening forecast

Most of Indiana could see thunderstorms Friday afternoon and Friday night, but the threat of severe weather gets stronger the more north you go.


Indianapolis and other parts of central Indiana are under a "marginal" risk of severe weather, which is the lowest level on the National Weather Service's scale. Areas like Lafayette, Kokomo and Fort Wayne under a "slight" chance, which is Level 2 of 5. The far northern part of Indiana, like Valparaiso and South Bend, are in an "enhanced" risk of severe weather, which is Level 3.


"Only general thunderstorms are expected for the southern half of the state, and once you go more north, the more severe threat there is," says Michael Skipper, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Northern Indiana.


He says that means heavy rain, strong winds, hail, and even a tornado are possible.


"We're thinking about, probably, between 6-8 p.m., starting in northwest Indiana," Skipper said.


Areas north of U.S. 30 have the strongest chance of severe weather, including Valparaiso, South Bend and Angola.


Skipper added that another round of rain and thunderstorms are expected for the entire state on Saturday and into Sunday.


Saharan dust on the way

Dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa will be impacting the air here in North America in several ways this weekend.


WISH-TV Meteorologist Tara Hastings says the U.S. is regularly impacted by clouds of dust from the Sahara once or twice a year. But, she says the cloud of dust that is heading this way this year is a little more intense than in year's past.


"We're tracking the Saharan dust that is traveling across the Atlantic," Hastings said. "Right now it's in the Gulf (of Mexico) and we expect it to travel a little further north into this weekend."

Far enough north to reach Indiana where Hastings expects poor air quality and advises anyone with respiratory problems or issues to be advised and plan accordingly.


We're going to be seeing a milky looking sky," said Hastings. "It's going to look a little hazy at times. Similar to what you might see when there is a lot of smoke or haze in the atmosphere."

Though that is a negative impact of the dust, Hastings says there are several positives.


"One cool thing we are going to be seeing are vibrant sunsets and sunrises," she added. "The dust particles in the atmosphere, they're going to scatter that light and we should be seeing some cool sunrises and sunsets."


Hastings also said the dust is a welcome sign for those living on the eastern seaboard and in the Gulf of Mexico. She said the dry air from the dust "inhibits tropical development", meaning the dust stalls the atmosphere's ability to produce thunderstorms, tropical storms, and hurricanes.


As long as the dust is in the atmosphere around North America that means there is less of a chance for powerful storms such as these to hit the U.S.

Bagged salad mix recall at Aldi

Aldi is recalling bagged salad mix because it might make people sick.


Aldi said its Little Salad Bar Garden Salad could be contaminated with Cyclospora, a parasite that causes nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and fatigue.


The salad mix was sold in 12-ounce bags and the bags have Best If Used By Dates of May 1 through June 29.  The salad was distributed throughout the Midwest by Aldi, Hy-Vee, and Jewel-Osco stores.

As of June 22, the salad mix has sickened 122 people in seven states, according to the CDC.


If you own any of the recalled salad, you should not eat it. You should throw it away or return it to the store for a refund.




Driver and passenger injured in Sunday Shelby County crash

Two Shelby County people were injured in a Sunday one-car crash.


About 9:30 pm Sunday the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department says Maycie Abrams, 20, of Fairland, was driving a 2013 Chevy Malibu northbound on Frontage Road near 600 West.  The driver lost control as the car spun, left the west side of the road and came to rest inverted.


Abrams and a passenger, Collette Wright, 20, of Shelbyville, were taken by ground transport for medical treatment.

Storms dot the week's forecast; cooler temps midweek

Off and on showers and thunderstorms will be a part of the weather forecast throughout much of the week.


The National Weather Service in Indianapolis says a few strong to severe storms are possible Monday night and Tuesday.


“We’ve got some chances for severe storms. They’re really isolated strong to severe storms with damaging winds, heavy rain, and lightning being the main threats from those,” says Crystal Petit, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.


Petit says cities and towns west of Indianapolis could see some severe weather, but the threat of severe weather is only marginal between 5 pm and midnight.


“Tomorrow (Tuesday) we’re looking at low chances for rain, showers, and maybe a few thunderstorms in the afternoon for Tuesday,” says Petit.


A cold front will move through with these storms.


“That will usher in some cooler, dryer weather. By cooler, I mean highs only in the upper 70s to lower 80s. Another system is coming in Friday,” says Petit.


On and off showers and thunderstorms are likely through the weekend. In case the storms become severe in your area, the National Weather Service recommends you know where to take shelter.

Knightstown officer says he'd return to work if town council would "grow up"

Mass resignations have left the Knightstown Police Department with just a handful of officers.


Kerry O’Haver is a former KPD reserve officer who resigned after the town council chose a less experienced officer for interim chief, instead of current Chief Chris Newkirk's recommendation.


O'Haver told WISH-TV,  "I would gladly come back, in an instant, if the town council would grow up."


The department now has just one full time officer, two part timers, three reserve officers, and interim chief Frank Beatrice.


47 states, including Indiana, and the nation’s capital Washington D.C., observe Juneteenth (June 19) or have it as a state holiday.


President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that legally declared all slaves were free. But, at that time some slave owners did not agree with the proclamation.


More than two years later, on June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger, from the Union Army, rode to Galveston, Texas and announced slavery and the Civil War were over.


“I think, you know, commemorations such as Juneteenth are the kind that we continuously need to keep us aware and focused on the idea that freedom is a constant struggle,” said Leslie Etienne, director of Africana Studies at IUPUI, to WISH TV.


The Congressional Research Service said Indiana has recognized Juneteenth since 2010. But, that’s not the case in the Dakotas or Hawaii, for those states still do not observe it.


Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said Juneteenth comes at an important time in the history of Indianapolis and the country.


"This year, Juneteenth arrives during a season of protest, one of the largest in the history of American civil rights. This movement has led not only to a greater focus on generations of racism and systemic injustice, but has further highlighted the need for policy change at the local, state, and federal level," says Hogsett.


The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) plans to hold virtual events starting June 19th. They released the following statement:


To provide the Indianapolis community the opportunity to commemorate Juneteenth, the long history of bravery and resilience in the African American community, and to discuss new methods and models of freedom in the current moment. We believe that Juneteenth is not just a historic holiday, but that it is an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate justice-seeking and liberatory practices in our contemporary communities. This is our initial dialogue addressing systemic racism in the United States and Indianapolis, and we are committed to maintaining these conversations in order to address and ultimately erase the long-standing impact of racism and white supremacy on the Black citizens of the United States. Please stay in touch with ASALH for more educational events as well as opportunities to engage in crucial conversations about African and African American history and the goal of transforming our society into a fairer and more just place for all of its citizens.


Governor Holcomb issued a proclamation celebrating Juneteenth. He called it an "opportunity to reflect, rejoice, and plan for a brighter future."


In an interview with WISH-TV, Susan Hall Dotson, the coordinator of African American History at the Indiana Historical Society, says the history of what has made Juneteenth significant in Indiana should never be forgotten.


"Although Indiana was not a slave state, it did have slaves at one time. The emancipation of slaves were for southern states, but Indiana did not fall into line with making African Americans because they weren't even considered Americans at that point. There were laws that disenfranchised black people right here in Indiana," says Dotson.


Dotson says the fight against systemic racism is far from over.


"Because we're still not free. We're still under siege. We're still taking hits from police brutality and other systemic issues that keep black people from getting ahead and having full rights and privileges in this country," says Dotson.


Arson suspect arrested by Franklin Police while driving erratically on US 31

A Johnson County traffic stop resulted in the arrest of an arson suspect.


Around 6:30 am Wednesday Franklin Police Department officers responded to a traffic investigation involving a red Dodge Avenger driving erratically on US 31. An officer identified the vehicle in question and conducted a traffic stop. Through the course of the officer’s investigation the driver was determined to be impaired.


The suspect was identified as Jake Dougherty, 18, of Needham.  Dougherty was transported to Johnson Memorial Hospital for further examination. During this time officers noticed the odor of gasoline coming from Dougherty. Dougherty also had dark colored soot all over his skin and clothing. Due to recent events involving structural fires in the area, officers contacted the Franklin Police Department Investigations division for further investigation.  During the course of the investigation and interviews, detectives determined there were in fact four structure fires in total that morning, including:


Intersection of Campus Lane & Shirk Way Street – Greenwood, around 2:44 am

200 Block of Darrough Drive – Greenwood, around 4:24 am

Cul-de-sac of Wild Turkey Run - Whiteland, around 7:31 am

2000 Block of Byerly Place - Greenwood, 7:59 am


The Byerly Place fire proved to not be connected to this investigation.


Franklin PD Detectives later responded to Johnson Memorial Hospital and transported Dougherty to the Franklin Police Department to be interviewed.  During the interview detectives developed probable cause to believe that Dougherty was in fact the suspect involved in setting the structure fires to at least three of the four known locations.


Dougherty was placed under arrest and remanded over to the Johnson County Sherriff’s Office on counts of:


OWI – A Misdemeanor

Possession of Paraphernalia – C Misdemeanor

Possession of Marijuana – B Misdemeanor

Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor under 21 – C Misdemeanor

Arson x 3 – Level 4 Felony


This investigation and ensuing arrest were the result of investigation and interviews by the following agencies: The City of Franklin Police Department, The Greenwood Fire Department, The Greenwood Police Department, The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, The Whiteland Fire Department, The Indiana State Fire Marshall’s Office and the ATF.

Columbus man arrested after starting fight with Bartholomew Co. Sheriff in jail administrative area

A Columbus man was subdued and arrested in the Bartholomew County Jail after attempting to harm Sheriff Matthew Myers.


About 10:00 am Monday, a man entered the lobby of the Bartholomew County Jail and indicated to front desk staff that he was going to commit serious bodily harm to Sheriff Matthew A. Myers.  The man, identified as Justin C. Eddelman, 32, Columbus, left the front lobby and proceeded upstairs to the administrative area where he met Sheriff Myers and engaged in a physical confrontation with him.  Sheriff Myers was able to subdue the man and placed him in handcuffs. 


Eddelman was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for evaluation.


Sheriff Myers injured his knee during the altercation. 


Upon release from CRH, Eddelman was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on the following preliminary charges:


Intimidation on a police officer

Resisting arrest

Battery on a police officer

Disorderly conduct

Connersville man injured, struck by SUV of pursuing law enforcement

A Connersville man was injured Monday morning when he was struck by a police vehicle as he fled from his vehicle on foot. 


The events started around 6 a.m. when a Rush County deputy clocked an eastbound Jeep Cherokee in the 3000 block of east SR 44, in Rush County, at 72 M.P.H. in the 55 M.P.H. zone.

The deputy activated his lights and turned around on the vehicle, but the Jeep Cherokee refused to stop.  The pursuit wound around northbound on numerous county roads and was joined by a second Rush County deputy. The pursuit ended up eastbound into Fayette County onto CR 600 N., which is a gravel road.  Shortly after crossing Fayette County Road 450 W., the Jeep became disabled in the middle of the dusty gravel road.


The preliminary investigation shows that the first pursuing deputy was able to swerve at the last second in the heavy dust to avoid hitting the Jeep. The suspect, who exited his vehicle and began to flee north, was in the roadway when the second pursuing deputy came upon the vehicle in the heavy dust and swerved to miss it.  As the deputy’s SUV swerved left to avoid the vehicle he struck the suspect, who was in the roadway. The deputies performed first aid and EMS was summoned to the scene.


The suspect, Brandon Van Blair, 34, of Connersville, who was found to have a suspended license, was flown from the scene by medical helicopter to a hospital in Indianapolis with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries.  The Indiana State Police were requested by the Rush County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the crash. The crash was investigated by Senior Trooper Doug Snyder, who was assisted by ISP Reconstruction Investigators Master Trooper Michael Bradbury and Master Trooper Coley McCutcheon.


Troopers were assisted at the scene by Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, Fayette County EMS, Connersville Police Department and Bentonville Fire Department.

Man reported to be armed and dangerous sought in Columbus

Columbus Police need help finding a man they say is "armed and dangerous."


Philip Brantley, 55, is wanted for battery with a deadly weapon, intimidation, and battery. He was last seen Thursday afternoon in the area of 6691 W. State Road 46, west of ABC Stewart School.


Brantley is black, six-foot-three, 275 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo on his right arm. He may appear lost and ask for a cell phone charger, reports WCSI.


If you have any information about Brantley's whereabouts, call Columbus Police at 812-376-2600.

Harrah's Hoosier Park, Indiana Grand announce June 15 reopening date

Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will officially resume casino gaming operations at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 15 in accordance with directives from the Indiana Gaming Commission and the Indiana State Department of Health. Additionally, both properties announced earlier that the Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved the start of live racing at both properties with Indiana Grand’s first card to begin on Monday, June 15 and Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s first card to begin on Tuesday, June 16. Both racing programs will be held in a spectator-free manner until further notice.


Harrah’s Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand will operate casino gaming at reduced capacity, in accordance with the Phase One Casino Reopening Guidelines issued by the Indiana Gaming Commission. Slot machine banks will be arranged to allow for social distancing, table games will be offered as non-smoking and with limited seating, and guests will be required to wear masks while participating in table games. Certain amenities including the sports books, buffets, and VIP lounges will remain closed until further notice, and are expected to reopen in phases that are in-line with consumer demand and pursuant to guidance provided by public health authorities.


Harrah’s Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand will implement Caesars Entertainment Corporation’s (“Caesars Entertainment”) new health and safety protocols, which enhance existing plans and practices in these areas. Both properties are focused on the well-being of team members, guests and their communities, and are working to create environments with enhanced standards of sanitization and physical distancing practices.


Among the enhanced health and safety protocols are more frequent cleaning and sanitization. Team member temperature checks and screenings will be conducted daily, and team members will be required to wear masks. Guests will have their temperatures checked by a thermal imaging unit at each entrance and will be strongly encouraged to wear masks which will be provided to them.


For live racing updates and a full list of all the amenities that will be available, please visit or

Morristown Derby Days postpones to September

It's not canceled.  However, Morristown's Derby Days has been postponed from its usual July weekend to a date later in the fall.


The organization posted the following information on its Facebook page following a meeting Wednesday night:


After a long, tough meeting.. it has been officially announced that Derby Days of 2020 will be postponed.  The new date will be September 19, 2020 with a rain date of September 26, 2020.


We hate that it has come to this, but with COVID-19, CDC Restrictions, and limited time and availability our hands are tied.


We hope to have a great turnout in the Fall!

Severe weather looms Wednesday for portions of the state

The central and northeastern portions of Indiana face the highest risk of severe weather today, says the National Weather Service.


Those areas are either under an enhanced risk or a moderate risk. An enhanced risk means numerous severe storms are possible. They can be more widespread or consistent. A moderate risk means widespread severe storms are likely to happen. They are also most likely “long-lived and intense,” according to the Storm Prediction Center.


“It looks like some storms will pop off beginning in the early afternoon and we’re mainly concerned about a damaging wind threat with these storms,” says Kyle Brown, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Northern Indiana.


Brown says the storms will move through anywhere between noon and 8 pm. He says the threat of a tornado is “small” and looks to be “isolated in nature.”


“Not everyone is going to see a tornado, but we are definitely more concerned about the damaging wind gusts to about 60 mph, which can certainly bring down some trees and even some power lines,” says Brown.


The storms will be “juiced once again”, so heavy downpours will also be a concern, says Brown. The threat of severe weather decreases the further south you go.


“The rest of the state could see a few passing showers and thunderstorms. This cold front still has some moisture to work with, so we could still see those showers and thunderstorms,” says Brown.

Once the storms move out, Brown says much of the state will see mostly sunny and clear skies for the next few days with high temperatures ranging from the upper to 70s to low 80s.

Shelby Co. schools to meet with county health dept. to begin process of opening schools

Superintendents of school districts in Shelby County will meet with the county health department next week as they begin to devise plans for re-opening schools this fall.


Shelbyville Central Superintendent Mary Harper.



Harper told the Shelbyville Central school board Tuesday night she hopes to present the protocol for re-opening at a special meeting after that in June.  The board could then formally adopt that plan at its July meeting.


Harper says the goal, right now, is to open, on schedule, August 5.


The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) released 2020-2021 school year COVID-19 reentry considerations. Indiana’s Considerations for Learning and Safe Schools (IN-CLASS) was developed in partnership with the Governor’s office, the Indiana State Department of Health, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, the Indiana High School Athletic Association, and IDOE’s Reentry Advisory Group, comprised of practitioners and professional organizations.


The Shelbyville superintendent acknowledges that schools cannot abide by everything in those guidelines from the state.



A survey is expected to go out to Shelbyville Central parents soon.  It will offer three questions:  are you OK with 100% participation at schools… you prefer 50% on site and 50% virtual….or all virtual.


Shelbyville Central does intend to have a virtual option to school should families feel they’re not ready to send kids to the buildings due to COVID-19 concerns.

Update: Autopsy scheduled for swimmer recovered from water at White Rock Park; identity released

The swimmer recovered from the water at White Rock Park Monday has been identified as Lucius Chitty, 19, of Georgia.


Chitty was pronounced deceased at the hospital, and family notification has been made.


An autopsy is scheduled for today to determine cause of death.  


Original release - Monday, June 8

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an incident that occurred this evening where a swimmer went missing in the water at White Rock Park.


At approximately 6:03 p.m., authorities were contacted in reference to a male swimmer reported missing in the water for at least 5 minutes.


Conservation Officers, Indiana State Police, Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and Shelbyville Fire Department arrived on scene and quickly began a search and rescue operation.


At approximately 7:12 p.m., an Indiana State Police diver located the swimmer near the docks in 17 feet of water.


The male was transported to Major Health Partners Hospital in Shelbyville in critical condition. His identification is being withheld at this time.

Swimmer recovered from water at White Rock Park

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an incident that occurred this evening where a swimmer went missing in the water at White Rock Park.


At approximately 6:03 p.m., authorities were contacted in reference to a male swimmer reported missing in the water for at least 5 minutes.


Conservation Officers, Indiana State Police, Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and Shelbyville Fire Department arrived on scene and quickly began a search and rescue operation.


At approximately 7:12 p.m., an Indiana State Police diver located the swimmer near the docks in 17 feet of water.


The male was transported to Major Health Partners Hospital in Shelbyville in critical condition. His identification is being withheld at this time.

Silver Alert: Grace Hammonds

The Ingalls Police Department is investigating the disappearance of Grace Hammonds, a 15 year old white female, 5 feet 6 inches, 160 pounds, brown hair with blue eyes. 


Grace was last seen wearing black shorts with a white stripe, black flip flops, and an unknown shirt.


Grace is missing from Ingalls, Indiana which is 27 miles northeast of Indianapolis and was last seen on Friday, June 5, 2020 at 10:35 pm.  Grace is believed to be in danger.


If you have any information on Grace Hammonds, contact the Ingalls Police Department at 765-642-0221 or 911.

Indiana Department of Education announces 2020-2021 school year COVID-19 reentry considerations

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) today released 2020-2021 school year COVID-19 reentry considerations. Indiana’s Considerations for Learning and Safe Schools (IN-CLASS) was developed in partnership with the Governor’s office, the Indiana State Department of Health, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, the Indiana High School Athletic Association, and IDOE’s Reentry Advisory Group, comprised of practitioners and professional organizations.


“The health and safety of Hoosier students, school staff, and communities is priority one. Providing students with a quality education is critical and therefore it is crucial we offer considerations focused on getting students back in the classroom in a safe manner,” said State Superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick. “Considering the many unknowns associated with COVID-19, we also recognize the importance of alternative learning opportunities. We appreciate the thoughtful and collaborative spirit in which IN-CLASS was developed.”


To view the IN-CLASS reentry considerations, please visit:


For more information on IDOE’s commitment to schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, including up-to-date resources, please visit:


Two Fairland people thrown from one-car crash

Two people were seriously injured when the vehicle they are in left a Shelby County roadway and overturned.


The Shelby County Sheriff's Department says Sarah Carlton, 20, of Fairland, was the driver of the 2005 Pontiacin the 7900 block of North Frontage Road Thursday morning.  The vehicle left the road, Calrton overcorrected and lost control.


Carlton and a passenger, McKane Sutton, 21, of Fairland, were ejected in the crash.  They were transported to Indianapolis for treatment of what were described as non-life threatening injuries.




Gov. Holcomb signs executive orders in the fight against COVID-19

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed Executive Order 20-30 to extend the public health emergency for an additional 30 days to July 4.


The Governor also signed Executive Order 20-31 which allows older youth to remain in foster care beyond the age of 18 for the duration of the public health emergency. This will allow them to continue to receive education, workforce training and health benefits.


Executive Order 20-31 also extends the time period to renew professional licenses, certificates or permits to June 30.


Due to the current restrictions on in-person dining in restaurants, the executive order reduces the amount of food sales a restaurant must report to maintain its alcoholic beverage permit.


Additionally, deadlines for the calculation of local taxes were also extended by the executive order.

Click here to see the executive order:

COVID-19 Relief Initiative coming to Shelby County United Fund and Blue River Community Foundation

Shelby County United Fund and Blue River Community Foundation are pleased to announce that they have been approved to receive a $275,000 COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant, made possible through a partnership between Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Indiana United Ways, the state professional association of which SCUFFY is a member.  These special funds will be used to boost the efforts of selected area human and social service nonprofits on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


“SCUFFY has been a key convener and coordinator of our community’s response to meet human needs for decades. Even before this crisis, we knew that20% of families in Shelby County were not able to make ends meet - despite working. Without arobustlocal nonprofit safety net, those needsare bound to become even more dire.Thanks to generous support from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., weare now more strongly positioned to help our community’s nonprofits deal with the immediate impacts of COVID-19,” said Alecia Gross, Executive Director of SCUFFY.


“The Blue River Community Foundation connects resources with our community’s greatest challenges or opportunities,” said Amy Haacker, Executive Director of BRCF. “In this case, the COVID-19 crisis is unique and especially challenging, as it affects so many in different ways.  This support from Lilly Endowment, Inc, and other caring donors in our community who have been giving generously to support human needs, will enable us to provide much needed relief to those affected most, recover, and then ultimately build resiliency against future catastrophes.”


The COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grantcalls for agencies that receive funding to leverage partnerships and relationships to better meet COVID-related essential and basic needs. Shelby County has established a cross-sector group of community leaders to determine distribution of these funds.


Our local Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Human Services, Shelby County Health Department, Department of Child Services, Major Health Partners, Shelbyville Central Schools, St. Vincent DePaul, Shelby County Early Learning Coalition, Catholic Charities, The Children's Bureau, Pantry Pals (representing all local food pantries), Work Force One, Shelby Senior Services, local government, Turning Point Domestic Violence Services, and the Shelbyville / Shelby County Animal Shelter have committed to serve as members of this coalition.


Some of the top unmet needs identified include: rent assistance, utility assistance and child care availability/assistance. In the coming weeks, the coalition will gather to begin the process of awarding grant funding.

Severe storms possible Wednesday

Damaging winds, heavy rain, and large hail are all threats to be ready for Wednesday afternoon and evening, says the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.


Central Indiana is under a slight risk for severe weather. That means scattered powerful thunderstorms are expected and while they may be short-lived, they can be intense.


"It looks like the best time to see storms will be between 4 pm and midnight," says Mike Koch, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis. "When thunder roars, go indoors. We could see some localized flooding, especially in low-lying areas and along streams."


Koch does not expect there to be any tornadoes.


"We're expecting the storms to come in from northwest to southeast late this afternoon. North of the Indy metro, the rain will probably arrive around 4 pm. In Indianapolis, it will be closer to 6 pm. Down south, they will likely get rain after 6 pm," says Koch.


As for temperatures, most cities in and towns will see highs in the upper 80s Wednesday. Lows will drop to the 60s overnight.


On Thursday, Koch says there could be storms south of Bloomington, but they aren't likely to be severe.