Book Signing: Devils’ Tales

Press release

Old National Road Welcome Center to host

new RHS Alumni Book Signing

welcome_center2Richmond, Indiana – A new book entitled Devils’ Tales will feature the 150 year history of Richmond and Morton High Schools. Mary Lou Griffey, executive director of the Richmond High School Alumni Association, and 1962 RHS graduate Duane Hodgin, partnered together to publish the book. The public is invited to meet Griffey and Hodgin, Saturday, December 5th at the Old National Road Welcome Center from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Autographed copies will be available for purchase at this time.

Included in the three hundred page book are over 170 facts, 970 pictures, and 192 memories shared by alumni from the 1930s to the present. Readers will learn why the school colors are red and white, why they are called the “Red Devils” and many more intriguing details!

The book signing is in conjunction with The Old National Road Welcome Center Holiday Gift Shop Open House occurring Friday and Saturday, December 4th & 5th  from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m..  The Welcome Center gift shop is filled with a unique array of locally made and one-of-a-kind items to include; candles, pottery, glass ware, jewelry and much more!

It is the season of giving and new this year, for every canned good or personal care product brought to the Holiday Open House, shoppers will receive a ticket for a chance to win 1 of 3 prizes – an overflowing Wayne County Gift Basket, a $50 Visa Card or a $25 Visa Card! All donations received will be distributed to area food pantries in the community. Participants do not need to be present to win. If you are unable to attend the open house, donations can be dropped off during business hours.

The Old National Road Welcome Center is located at 5701 National Road East, Richmond,Indiana.

For more information call 800-828-8414, 765-935-8687 or




Supporting Local Businesses: It’s A Family Thing

by Karole Passmore, GWC


For years, buying local has been a cornerstone of the message.  Highlighting new and firmly planted local businesses and local events is what we love to do.  We also know that buying local strengthens our economy and supports families who provide services we all need and enjoy, and we care because this is where we live.

Many years ago Jack Humphrey, founder and editor of, made the decision to return to Richmond after years of being away at college and then for his career in environmental and non-profit leadership.

Upon returning to his home town, his endeavors to highlight all the good things happening in Wayne County began with the question, which also was the editorial article in our first print edition “What is there to do in Wayne County?” And he soon learned there was a lot.  So much that at times he and later all of us working for GWC had a hard time keeping up with everything.

GWC is a family affair

GWC is a family affair and many of the hours we spend at events and writing are donated time we give to support the community where we live, work and play.

We value the hard work that local businesses put in each day, long after many have finished their eight or nine hour shifts.  If you look into shops downtown or in the Depot district on any given night you may see a light in the back where merchants are meeting to discuss a new idea, or they may be building or remodeling, designing, cooking or cleaning up after a late catering job.

Our family understands this hard work because for Jack and his wife Constance Humphrey, this is how they live as well.  Their work owning businesses and running them from their home offices will often entail working seven days a week.  Even at family gatherings, Jack will often be seen checking in with partners or clients on his phone that never leaves his side.  Customer service is key for them in their line of work.  And at some point, all of us have owned our own businesses in our family.

So many choices

So when we think of the holidays and who we will support, our family feels it is imperative to support the small businesses that are local and often family-owned.  And there are many of them to choose from.  Downtown alone there are several new store fronts that have opened to the public in the past 2-6 months.  And all of them opened after weeks of hard manual labor, and a lack of sleep for the owners who have had a dream and want to share that with their community.

The Depot District in Richmond is also a hot bed of local merchants as well as Wayne County towns from Centerville through Cambridge City and Hagerstown.  New businesses are popping up that are providing food, entertainment, art, gifts, jobs, and so much more.  They are offering a vision for what it means to work hard and achieve a dream.  One day they woke up and said “I want to do this for my community” knowing that it was a risk, knowing it would take an inordinate amount of time and physical effort.  And yet they pushed through with their dream- and they are open.

How can we make sure our favorite stores stay open?

And now it is our responsibility as a community to welcome them and embrace their dream as well.  They are the backbone of our communities offering high quality products that are selected, made and served with the highest of ideals.

So this holiday season, and all year round, remember that making a difference in our community means keeping our support local as much as possible so we can keep these unique shops in the business of providing excellent services for all of us to enjoy.

Please check back with regularly to hear more about the wonderful choices we have for shopping local.

Small Business Saturday is November 28, 2015- shop local and make a difference!





Veterans Day Offers Locally

vet day pic flag use for postHere is the list for today:

Nov. 11 for Veterans Day 2015

Bob Evans

Breakfast is on the house all day long for veterans and active military personnel. Select from five breakfast options including: Brioche French toast, buttermilk or multigrain pancakes, country biscuit breakfast, mini sampler and the Sunrise – two eggs, bread and choice side.

Golden Corral

On Military Appreciation Night, dinner is free for veterans and active military personnel from 5-9 p.m. Nov. 11.


More than 2,000 Applebee’s restaurants will be offering free meals for veterans on Nov. 11. This year, veterans and active military can choose between the following meals:  7 oz. House Sirloin, American Standard All-In Burger, Double Crunch Shrimp, Three-Cheese Chicken Penne, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Chicken Tenders Platter and Oriental Chicken Salad.

Red Lobster

Red Lobster is offering free appetizers and desserts to active-duty military, actively serving, reserve and military veterans Nov. 9-12. Guests may choose off of a special menu that includes the following selections:

Appetizers: Sweet Chili Shrimp, Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Lobster-Artichoke-and-Seafood Dip, Lobster-Crab-and-Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms, Lobster Pizza, Signature Shrimp Cocktail, Crispy Calamari and Vegetables, Mozzarella Cheesesticks, Crispy Shrimp Lettuce Wraps, White-Wine-and-Roasted-Garlic-Mussels and Shrimp Nachos. 

Desserts: Warm Chocolate Chip Lava Cookie, NY Style Cheesecake with Strawberries, Carrot Cake, Warm Apple Crostada and Chocolate Wave.

Chili’s Restaurant-

Check with restaurant for details.  Special menu for Veterans.

Voting…It’s Your Right

Editorial,  by Karole Passmorego vote

Today is election day all over Wayne County.  Many people are rushing to the polls before work, at lunch, or plan to vote after work. Yet I must admit that I was one of the many less motivated voters, and waited until last night before I decided that I would vote today.

You would think it would be a no-brainer for me if you knew me.  I majored in history at Earlham with a focus on women’s history.  I understand the struggle that brought the vote to women, less than 100 years ago.  And as my sons would say, I am a women’s rights supporter.  (they would say it differently, and with a tone that goes well with eye-rolling).

Yet, living in a much smaller town in Wayne County it seemed like my vote really wouldn’t make a difference.  But as I said to myself leaving the polls today- what the heck was I thinking?  How could I pass up my right to vote when so many struggled for me to have that right?  It’s a right that none of us can take for granted, as historically it’s not a right many of our ancestors had before coming to this country.

By our votes we have the ability to make great changes and support positive growth where we live, work and play!  I am so glad I voted now and I hope you will as well. 

Happy voting day!


Spooktacular! An Amazing Downtown Shopping Event

by Karole Passmore

Coming soon- October 22, you can enjoy shopping at unique new shops, as well as shops that have been in the community since childhood, during this fun event.  Just pick up your passport at Embellish and follow the map to giveaways and discounts for a great local shopping experience!  (see below for participation)

downtown spooktacular

Look What’s Coming to Morrisson Reeves….Live!

Music lovers of all ages will enjoy this special event coming to Morrisson Reeves Library.  See details below for this event that is FREE to the public!….

Hungrytown Oct 28 at MRL

Live Music- Lyricists Corner @ New Boswell

Do you enjoy high quality, local live music?  Then you won’t want to miss the next edition of the Lyricist’s Corner at New Boswell Brewery.  See below for details:

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Attention all Lovers of Books!

Here is your chance to add to your collection of treasures!  Coming soon in mid-October —the fall book sale at MRL.

Fall Book Sale Flyer 2015 - outlined

Foundation Announces New Challenge Match

For more information contact Steve Borchers at the Wayne County Foundation office.

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Prophet’s Fest…is Almost Here!

prophets-fest-largeSaturday, August 22, at 2:00 p.m. the music will begin on the Chanticleer Farm, ushering in another great year for Prophet’s Fest.

This is an annual event in it’s 7th year organized by Everyday Prophets. The Green brothers of Everyday Prophets, two local guys who now live in Oregon, come back this way every summer to share their love of music at their roots, and have pulled together a great group of musicians yet again.

Gates open at 1:00 for those who want to set up their camp sites early.  There will be food vendors like 2 Bear Café, a kids camp with lots of fun activities starting at 2:00, music…lots of music and much more.

Below is a list of confirmed and possible musicians for 2015:

  • -Everyday Prophets
    – Fresh Hops
    – DJ Xacto
    – Jones for Revival
    – Ethosine
    – Adam’s Ale
    – Tin Cup Ragtime
    – Wyatt Wooding

Possible appearances by:
– Imagine Motion Flow Arts
– Durunda Tribal Dancers

New food vendor:
– jamaican jerk chicken off the grill, grilled veggies, & coconut rice & beans

A special Prophet’s Fest label has been made by

For those who like the late night life, a video of the 3 sets of The Dead playing the Closing of Winterland 1978, will be shown at 1:30 a.m.

The reviews from past attenders on Facebook are amazing with high praise.  A truly one of a kind family event, for those who love live music and a fun atmosphere.  Tickets can still be purchased at the entry of the Chanticleer Farm on 944 Woods Road, Richmond IN, the day of Prophet’s Fest for 25.00.  Kids 12 and under are free.

Annual “Support Our Troops” Benefit

marine corp flyer for ride and dinner

This Sunday, August 16, 2015 is the 5th annual Whitewater Valley Marine Corps League Auxiliary dinner and ride fundraiser.

Registration for the ride begins at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. Riders will take off from the Marine Corps League, 220 South 9th Street in Richmond, at noon. The expected return to the league is 5:00 p.m., with the dinner served soon after.

Dinner is open to the public, regardless of whether one participates in the ride, and the cost is $10.00/person.   Dinner includes chicken wings with a sauce bar and variety of side items and desserts. A meal purchase will also include a ticket to be entered for door prizes. The event will also include raffles, silent auctions, and a 50/50 drawing. All the funds raised will go towards supporting Veterans and active military.

What you will be supporting

According to Andrea Haskett, a member of the auxiliary, “we send care packages to deployed military, and we have partnered with the Richmond Veteran’s clinic in years past to provide assistance to patients and their families.” The group also participates in activities for veterans in local nursing homes, and they partner with veteran facilities to provide items that help recovering Veterans be successful.

This is the 5th year that the Auxiliary has hosted this event. The theme this year is Support Our Troops- Near and Far: we don’t know them all but we owe them all.

If you are looking for a way to support those who have served or are currently serving in the military, this event is a fun way to do just that!

For more information you can visit their event page on Facebook. Or you can call: 765-966-5283

Hoosier-Buckeye Challenge at Clear Creek Park, Richmond IN

Press release, GWC

alan francis at ohio tournament 2015

Alan Francis, reigning world champion pitcher in Class A 2015, at the Greenville OH tournament 2015. Karole Passmore, GWC

Competitive horseshoe pitchers from all over Indiana and Ohio will converge on the Richmond Clear Creek courts, Saturday, August 8, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Class A competition starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, and will include players from Plainfield, Kennard, Williamsburg, New Castle, Fountain City, Muncie, Hope, and Arcanum Ohio. Pitchers include Julia Charlton, with a ringer percentage of 58.86, who is a local teacher from Centerville Indiana and one of the top female pitchers in Indiana. The highest percentage for this class of pitchers tomorrow is Phil Gross, from Plainfield Indiana, with a 71.31 percentage.

Class B will take the courts at 2:00 p.m. and includes John Passmore, who is organizing the annual tournament again this year. John has pitched competitively since he was 11 years old, and in his younger years pitched alongside his father at the Clear Creek courts. Horseshoe pitching has been a passion for John, who in his heyday was at the top of the game, winning world tournaments or placing high at a young age. While living in the DC area, Passmore was asked to instruct the then- President George W. Bush in the fundamentals of the game. He spent an afternoon at the White House doing just that, always happy to teach the art of the game to anyone who is interested and honored that is was a sitting President. He also was instrumental in forming leagues and designing courts in the Maryland area.

Class C will also play at 2:00 p.m., and Class D will pitch at 10:00 a.m. alongside the Class A pitchers. Some of the pitchers in the tournment are well-seasoned, having pitched for decades. All pitchers must complete three tournaments prior to the State Horseshoe Tournament in September in order to compete at State level.

If you have never experienced this level of competitive horseshoes before, this is your chance to see some masters at work. The sound of horseshoes hitting the stakes can be a relaxing and exciting experience all at once. The court area is nicely shaded for those who want to enjoy an afternoon watching top notch horseshoe pitching.

Refreshments will be available to purchase for spectators and players, beginning at noon, and will include lemonade, hot dogs, chips and cookies. Come on down and enjoy a great American pastime, while seeing some of the best pitchers Indiana has to offer!

Richmond: Images of America, Book Talk and Signing Event

book signing flyer

Open Enrollment for Centerville Schools Until August 3, 2015

back to school

Open Enrollment for ALL gradesCenterville-Abington Community Schools is now accepting transfer students at all grade levels until August 3, 2015.  If you or someone you know would like to have kids attend Centerville schools, you can contact a building principal, the superintendent or visit the Centerville Abington webpage for an application form.   Open enrollment ends after August 3, 2015.

Wayne County Bands at Centerville Archway Classic

marching_band_silhouette_2Band Days are Here!

All over Wayne County, you may hear a collective sigh of relief from band directors who are happy to see some sun.  With only a few days until the first band competition, rain has been a big concern over the last few weeks.

According to Lisa Savage, band parent of two students at Northeastern, most of the bands are behind in practice due to the rain.  Several of the Wayne County bands have had to find alternate places to practice during the inclimate weather, some using the Tom Raper Center at the fairgrounds.  And some are making up time by having 12 hour practices.

Centerville Archway Classic

The Centerville Archway Classic is this Saturday, July 18, at Centerville High School at 7:00 p.m.  The creativity and work involved in getting these bands where they are today in time for the competitions is something to be applauded.  For Northeastern, their hardest work really begins following the Archway Classic when band camp starts next week.

Lisa Savage is excited to be able to help at band camp this year for her children’s band, but expects it to involve a lot of hard work for the kids.

She shared that most bands, including theirs, probably started practicing in May, but again the weather has put them all behind schedule.

Let’s get out this Saturday and support these bands and all their hard work at the Centerville Archway Classic!  The next band competition will be the Jay County Lions Contest on July 24, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in Portland.  On August 1, 2015 you can catch the bands in Winchester at the Drums at Winchester competition, at 7:00 p.m.

Good luck to all the Wayne County Bands!

Note: State Fair Band day is August 8, 2015 with the line up of: Northeastern starting at number 11, Lincoln at 20, Richmond at number 29, Centerville at 30, and Hagerstown at 40.


This Weekend: Wild Wheels 4 Wernle

jimmy sparks band

Jimmy Sparks Band Coming Friday Night

Looking for something exciting to do this weekend AND something that supports a great organization?  Then you will want to head out to the Wayne County 4H Fairgrounds for the Wild Wheels 4 Wernle event.

Jimmy Sparks Bank

Starting Friday, July 17 at 8:00 the Jimmy Sparks Band will kick off a weekend of events.  Cost for the concert is 10.00 for tickets purchased in advance and 15.00 at the concert. (tickets can be purchased at the Whitewater Valley Marine Corps League, Berties Music Bar or Patio at the Ribeye).

Saturday is filled with events, and many are free to watch with a gate entry fee of 5.00 per vehicle.  The day includes a car and bike show in the Kuhlman Center at noon, a motorcycle rodeo at 2:00 p.m. and a mud bug by the 4H Fair committee at 7:00 p.m.  An addition to the schedule is the lawn mower derby (with speeds up to 60-70 mph) and demo derby at 3:00 p.m.  Of course food and other vendors will be available throughout the fairgrounds.

Dire Skates & Lipstick

Saturday night, the local Dire Skates derby ladies will take on the Sandusky Roller girls at 5:00 p.m., followed by a concert by Lipstick.  See below for more details or visit the facebook event page at Wild Wheels for Wernle 2015.

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