Lilly Scholarships 2014 Announced

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Foundation announces Lilly Endowment Community Scholars

The Wayne County Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of two area high school seniors who will receive the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALeah Basford and Kaitlin Kramer were chosen from a pool of 44 applicants from throughout Wayne County.  Each recipient will receive a four-year, full tuition scholarship and $900 annual stipend for required books and equipment.

Leah, a senior at Centerville High School, maintained a 4.0 GPA while participating in cheerleading, model legislature, and national honor society throughout her high school career.  She has served in several leadership positions along with volunteering at her church and Greens Fork Animal Hospital.  Leah plans to major in business marketing at Butler University.  She is the daughter of Sally Osborn and Tim Basford.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKaitlin, a senior at Richmond High School, maintained a 4.0 GPA while participating in soccer, tennis, and social studies academic team throughout her high school career.  She has also held several leadership roles including captain of the soccer and tennis teams along with volunteering at Reid Hospital and Kick-Off to Mentoring Program.   Kaitlin plans to major in mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame.  She is the daughter of Teresa and Anthony Kramer.

This year a total of 142 scholarships were awarded statewide by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc., in conjunction with community foundations and Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI). ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.

Since 1998, 37 students have been awarded Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships through the Wayne County Foundation.  This year’s awardees will be recognized, at the Wayne County Foundation’s Annual Report to the Community dinner on June 25.

Local Small Business Helps Local Rescue

barkravingmad2nd Chance Rescue of Richmond, formerly, Roscoe’s Rescue gets a little help from local online eco-friendly pet store Bark Raving MadBark Raving Mad is donating ten percent of their online sales to one animal rescue for every month in 2014 and 2nd Chance Rescue of Richmond received a donation from their February sales and a bag full of goodies for the dogs.

2nd Chance Rescue of Richmond recently opened the rescue at 2905 US 35 N in Richmond.  New managing partners Lori Brush and Jessica Nuss are excited about having a location where potential adopters can come in to play with the cats and dogs available for adoption.  The new location is home to more than 20 cats and when not in foster homes several dogs that are ready for adoption.

Jessica Nuss shares their greatest needs are for volunteers, donations and foster pet parents for the dogs.  2nd Chance Rescue of Richmond is always looking for volunteers to clean, socialize the animals and help manage the store during open hours.  They are in need of foster pet parents to help train and socialize the dogs and it allows them to take in more dogs from high kill shelters.    2nd Chance Rescue of Richmond is dependent on donations, sponsors and grants. Donations can be made through PayPal (2nchancerescueinc@gmail.,com), by mail at PO Box 2112, or dropping it off at 2905 US 35 N.  For more information visit,

Looking for ways to help?    Simply drop off any of the items on their wish list:

  • Cat litter
  • cleaning supplies
  • paper towels
  • cat and dog toys
  • cat and dog collars
  • blankets

Bark Raving Mad is a local online eco-friendly dog products retailer.  They specialize in earth friendly dog toys, collars, leads and coat care products.  Bark Raving Mad donates both locally and nationally to rescues.  For more information about Bark Raving Mad visit, or

Zach Attack Blood Drive: Donate Blood Save A Life At First Bank

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Morrisson Reeves Library to Host Local Author

Read below for information on an author visit by Steve Martin, local historian and published author:

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Comfort Keepers Food Drive For Seniors

food image for seniorsInformation from Western Wayne News:

Cambridge City IN-  “At least one in nine seniors is at risk of going hungry due to the inability to obtain sufficient food for their household, or having to choose between food and medical care, according to Feeding America.  During the month of February, Comfort Keepers of Connersville is asking the community to make food donations to the Feed Seniors Now food drive to help local seniors and raise awareness for this growing epidemic.” (excerpted from WWN)

You can donate food for this cause at Cutshaw’s Market in Cambridge City, Kroger in Connersville, and Woodruff Supermarket in Liberty.  All donations made at Cutshaw’s will benefit the Cambridge City Senior Center.

For more information on this program and how you can help, you can contact your local Comfort Keepers office at 765-827-2001.

And also remember your local food banks where many seniors go to receive supplemental foods.

Important Weather-Related Information….Please Read

News Release:

Advisory: NEWS FLASH: Unsafe Driving Causes Crashes During Winter Weather. Media is encouraged to promote advisory points.

      Indiana’s next blast of winter weather is upon us.  Warnings about hazardous driving conditions will be issued by city, county and state law enforcement as well as by local and national media.  Many will heed the warnings.  Many more will ignore the warnings.  With another major storm approaching, the Indiana State Police, again, remind motorists to limit travel when possible. If travel is not necessary, then stay home.  Most calls for service received by the Indiana State Police and other police agencies during winter storms are for crashes and motorists that slide off state roads and interstates.  It is important to remember that snow and ice covered roads do not cause crashes.  The crashes are caused by unsafe driving on the snow and ice covered roadway.

If you choose to drive during poor or hazardous driving conditions you must:

  1. Leave sooner and expect your travel time to be twice as long as normal
  2. Drive slower
  3. Increase the following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you by at least five times greater than normal
  4. Approach intersections with great care; other drivers not paying attention will slide through red lights
  5. Signal all lane changes and turning movements

The posted speed limit may be more than twice as fast as the reduced speed drivers should travel to reduce the possibility of a collision or loss of control that puts a vehicle into a retaining wall, ditch or another motorist.   Indiana code 9-21-5-1 specifies “Speed shall be restricted as necessary to avoid colliding with a person, vehicle, or other conveyance on, near or entering a highway.”  Motorists losing control of their vehicle or who are involved in a crash resulting in a police report should expect to be cited for this offense, which carries a maximum fine of $500.
If you are involved in a crash, are uninjured and all vehicles are drivable, involved drivers should move to a safe place completely off the road, be it the next exit or to the parking lot of a business to await law enforcement response for a police report.  It is important to remember crashes involving injury or lane blockage receive priority attention ahead of property damage crashes.  So, keep in mind, it may be an extended period of time before law enforcement arrives.  The reason and purpose for moving drivable vehicles off the road is to avoid secondary crashes of other inattentive motorists crashing into your scene or sideswiping you if you’ve only moved to the side of the road.
Something else to keep in mind, crash scenes with vehicles disabled in the roadway and state police presence may have the state police vehicle facing the wrong way with emergency lights and headlights on.  This is to warn approaching motorists of impending danger.
Remember, Indiana’s Move Over Law states motorists MUST change lanes away from the emergency or utility vehicle if they can do it SAFELY.  If not possible to move away from the emergency vehicle, motorists must SLOW DOWN and proceed with caution. Please give us room to work.  We are asking motorists to SLOW DOWN and/or MOVE OVER WHEN SAFE TO DO SO.
Vehicles included in the Move Over law are: • Police vehicles • Ambulances • Fire trucks and rescue equipment • Highway incident-response vehicles • Highway work vehicles-including snow plows • Vehicle recovery equipment (tow trucks)
The point of not calling police agencies for road information during snow emergencies cannot be overstressed.  Calling police departments about road conditions may delay action on critical life emergency 911 calls.  Road conditions are likely the same for the area you want to know about as it is looking out your front window.
Citizens calling state police facilities to ask for road conditions will be directed to either call the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Road and Weather automated system at 800-262-7623 or visit the INDOT traffic map at  The 800 phone service is voice activated and updated with timely road conditions across Indiana.  The INDOT web link allows users to check on specific locations for current closures and other road information.
For Indiana County Travel Status Reports, visit this link:

Celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. January 20, 2014

Dr. Martin luther king picThere are several opportunities to be inspired by the life of  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as we observe Martin Luther King Jr Day, January 20, 2014.

Barbara Cross to speak at Townsend Center 

Monday, January 20, 2014, 7:00 a.m.,  Barbara Cross will be speaking at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Breakfast at  at Townsend Center in Richmond.  Barbara moved to Birmingham Alabama as a child in 1962 when her father was called to be a pastor at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.  In 1963 their church was bombed, while she sat in her Sunday School class, and four little girls were killed that day.

Barbara has been a guest on Montel and Oprah along with many other speaking engagements.  She also appeared along with her father in Spike Lee’s oscar-nominated documentary “4 Little Girls”.   For breakfast reservations and more information contact: Sheila Armstead at 765-973-8534.  Cost for the breakfast is 10.00/person.

Luncheon Speaker

Barbara Cross will also be speaking at the Townsend Community Center’s Martin Luther King Day Salad Luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m ., sponsored by IU East and Ivy Tech.   Townsend is located at 855 N. 12th Street, Richmond IN.    Local talent will also perform during this event.

Earlham College Hosts:

Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons: “The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our Leaders Chose to Forget”

mlk dr gwendolyn zoharah simmonsJanuary 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., according to the Earlham events office, their MLK Jr. Day speaker is “Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Assistant Professor of the African American Studies Program and the Department of Religion for the University of Florida. She has a long history in the area of civil rights, human rights and peace work. In her early years, Dr. Simmons was active with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and spent seven years working on voters registration and desegregation activities in Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama during the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s. Dr. Simmons is a recipient of the Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Award.”   This event is open to the public.  Admission is free.  For more information contact the Earlham College Events office.

If you are hosting or know of any further MLK Day events, please post them in the comments below.

First Annual Bloom & Glow At The Rose Garden

bloom and glowTuesday, June 4th from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. will be the first annual Bloom & Glow at the Rose Garden in Richmond.

The event will include a catered food court and a tour of the Rose Garden.  From 9- 9:30 p.m. hot air balloons will be lit on the old Glen Miller Golf Course for everyone to enjoy!

Sponsored by the Petal & Stem Garden Club, proceeds will benefit the scholarship program for future horticulturists or landscapers as well as buying more roses for the garden.  The cost is 20.00 prior to the event and 25.00 at the gate.  You can buy your tickets ahead at the Visitors Center.

“Connect for Success” IN/OH Regional Conference in Richmond on May 16th

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Richmond, Indiana – Tourism and Hospitality industry representatives are invited to attend a formidable one-day Tourism Conference on Thursday, May 16,  2013 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Richmond, Indiana.  The Conference is open to tourism and hospitality professionals in the Indiana/Ohio regional area.

The focus for this year’s conference is connecting and establishing unique and creative partnerships. Conference attendees participating in breakout sessions, one-on-one consultations and networking will learn more about:  creating partnerships, marketing, social media, using local resources, green initiatives, and business strategies.

Every speaker, presentation and networking event has been selected to help local and regional tourism industry partners walk away with skills and connections they need to take their organization to the next level. A special working luncheon will allow attendees to step out of the box and connect with someone new.

An artistic pre-conference event will take place Wednesday night May 15th in the historic Depot District for an additional $25 per person, guests are welcomed. Space is limited. You must register for this event on the main registration page by selecting the appropriate box when you are purchasing your conference ticket.



Date: Thursday, May 16, 2013

Location: Holiday Inn Conference Center, 6000 National Road East, Richmond, Indiana.

Cost: $25 conference, $25 pre-conference event

Time: Registration opens 7:30am, Conference Kick-Off 8:30am, Event wrap up at 3:30pm.


To register please visit

International Women’s Day: Today, March 8, 2013

How will you celebrate Women today?

(excerpts from International Women’s Day website)

woman suffragettInternational Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, IWD has grown from strength to strength annually. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women’s rights and participation in social, political and economic processes. 1975 was designated as ‘International Women’s Year‘ by the United Nations. Women’s organisations and governments around the world have also observed IWD annually on 8 March by holding large-scale events that honour women’s advancement and while diligently reminding of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women’s equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life.

2000 and beyond
women's suffrage fashion turn of centuryIWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

Many from a younger generation feel that ‘all the battles have been won’

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RHS Basketball Team Senior Girls, sponsored by First Bank Richmond

The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’ while many feminists from the 1970’s know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

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Mayor of Richmond, Sally Hutton

However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so the tone and nature of IWD has, for the past few years, moved from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives.

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Newly elected President/CEO of the Wayne County Chamber, Amy Oler Holthouse

Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.

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Newly elected President of the EDC of Wayne County, Valerie Shaffer

Women in Wayne County are making things happen!  To all the wonderful, talented and beautiful women here in Wayne County- Happy International Women’s Day, Feliz Dia de mujeres en el mundo.

The Red Dress Ball Coming February 23, 2013 (see video trailer)

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The Red Dress Ball, with the theme “stayin alive” will be held on February 23, 2013 at the Kuhlman Center.  The Ball supports the purchase of AEDs – which are given to community organizations. If an AED is not available, the American Heart Assocation reminds us that hands only CPR can be administered to someone in cardiac arrest – of course…to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive”.

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Employees at First Bank Richmond, doing their part for the Red Dress Ball “Stayin Alive” video.

Steve Baker, Kicks 96, is putting together a special video for this event with different sponsors taking part in their own creative ways to the music “Stayin Alive.”  (see trailer below…).

Tickets to the event are $75.00 each and include hors douvres, 2 drinks, a buffet dinner, desserts and live music.  And the satisfaction of knowing that you may have been instrumental in saving someone’s life from a heart attack.  For more information you can call 765 983 3102.

Get a “Boost” From Positively Wayne County

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Positively Wayne County

Special guest Jim Walker spoke to a crowd of over 300 people attending “Boost” today at Lingle Auditorium, inspiring many to think outside of the box.

His organization “Big Car” of Indianapolis has done just that.  With innovative ideas like creating green spaces on top of pavement in front of an unlikely inviting space (once an abandoned shopping mall) now used for community outreach, and cultivating a climate of neighborhood buy in, Jim inspired all of us to look at what we might do with little resources.

He suggested that we should not always wait for the grant money to come or the timely research but to jump out of our comfort zones and bring people together to make things happen.  Volunteers, donations and community involvement can see a project through with little expense and big results.

During discussion groups, ideas were buzzing all around the room and notes were taken to later be transcribed into a report of sorts of suggested improvement areas or ways to highlight what we already offer in Wayne County.

Stay tuned for more events from Positively Wayne County–a project which encourages the voices of people from all walks of life to have input into the directions we can take as a community.

For those who attended, Chris Hardie has invited you to submit your ideas that you discussed in your group to

And be sure to check back here for invitations to smaller discussion groups coming up this year.

Veteran’s Day Parade Well Attended Today In Richmond

Veteran’s Day Parade, 2012, GWC

Onlookers and supporters of veterans lined the streets today from 14th and East Main to the City Building for what was the biggest Veteran’s Day Parade yet, in Wayne County.

Three area bands participated this year from Centerville, Richmond and Northeastern.  All played uplifting and patriotic songs.  Taps were also played along the route in honor of the fallen (see video below) and service people from all branches of the military were present.

Legion Riders At Veteran’s Day Parade, 2012, GWC

It was a beautiful day to remember those who have served, those who are serving now, and those who gave their lives during their service.

For more pictures from the parade go to on Facebook.






Holding The Earlham Community Up In Thought and Prayer Today

We want to express our deepest sadness at this news and ask that we all hold the community up in thought and prayer as they struggle with this awful loss.  Due to the tragedy which occured early this morning, Earlham released the following statement on their website:

“6:00 a.m. — Three Earlham College students were struck by a train early on Friday, Nov. 9. 2012 in Richmond’s Depot District. One student was killed immediately. Two others were transported to Reid Hospital and were subsequently airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital. The deceased student is senior Therese Heymann of Burlingame, CA.

The injured students were sophomore Lenore Edwards and senior Graham Nissen.

Earlham has suspended classes for the day in light of the tragedy.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m., there will be a place for students and other members of the community to gather at Stout Meetinghouse and the College Dining Hall.

Additional information will be released throughout the day. Please check back at the Earlham Website”

Restaurants Honor The Service Of Local Veterans In Wayne County IN

Veterans Day Restaurant Offerings:


Sunday, November 11, 2012

7 Eleven – will be offering veterans and service members a free small Slurpee on Sunday Nov. 11, 2012.

Applebees – All Veterans and active duty military eat free from a limited menu at Applebee’s on Veterans Day (Nov. 11).

Chili’s – Veterans and active duty dine for free from a special limited seven-item menu from 11am – 5pm on Veterans Day, November 11th.

O’Charley’s – O’Charley’s will thank veterans and active duty military personnel, celebrating their service, by providing them with a complimentary meal on Monday, November 12. With their military I.D. or other proof of service, servicemen and women will receive their choices of meals from the O’Charley’s “$9.99er” menu.

Olive Garden– Veterans and service members can get a free entré choice from a special menu. The entrée choices include garlic bread sticks and choice of soup or salad. The offer is good on Sunday Nov. 11, 2012 at locations in both US and Canada.

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Texas Roadhouse – Texas Roadhouse locations – nationwide – will offer veterans a free lunch on Monday Nov. 12, 2012. Choose from one of 10 free meals, plus sides and a drink. Offer good for ALL veterans – including all active, retired or former U.S. military.

Golden Corral – Golden Corral Restaurants’ Military Appreciation Monday free dinner will be available on Monday November 12, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, Veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.

Little Caesars – Little Caesars will honor members – past and present – of the armed forces on Monday Nov. 12, 2012, by providing veterans and active military members with a free Crazy Bread® with proof of military status or proof of service at participating stores nationwide.

McDonald’s– Will offer to everyone on November 12th, buy one Quarter Pounder or Big Mac and get the second one for 12 cents.

Main Street Diner, Richmond: offering a free meal to veterans on November 12th, 2012.



Dancers From The Next Step Entertain Residents Of Friends Fellowship

Several excited girls gathered at the Next Step Studio to go over their past recital numbers to share with residents of Friends Fellowship on Saturday, July 21, 2012.

Many weeks had passed since the girls had performed in their recitals, but the steps came back to them and they and their teachers, Laura and Michelle, were all happy they could remember.

Taking a break from summer activities, the dancers donned their costumes, headed to the studio to practice and then on to Friends Fellowship.  The residents were awaiting their arrival, many with smiles on their faces as the girls came into the community room.

Laura Hinkley, dance instructor at The Next Step, introduced the dancers as a group and later each girl individually as they finished their numbers.  At the end of the program the dancers had a surprise for the residents.  They had colored pictures and distributed them to the audience as they chatted with them.

There were many happy faces, young and a bit older, as the girls filed out of the Community Room of Friends Fellowship and were on their way to their next adventure of the day.  (To see more pictures of Next Step visits Friends Fellowship, go to our Facebook site: GoWayneCounty).

Dancers pass out pictures to audience at Friends Fellowship

The Next Step Studio is located on the east side of town off of S. 13th, turning off of L. Street.  There is still room to sign up for lessons this Fall.  The next two dates for sign up are: Friday August 10 from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday, August 25, from 9-12.  Lessons start the first week in September.  Terry Runnels, owner of the Next Step, is also the Devilette instructor at RHS with decades of experience.