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




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!


Trick or Treat Times October 31, 2015

trickortreatHere are your Trick or Treat & Trunk or Treat Times for Wayne County and surrounding areas!!

October 31, 2015


Boston: 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Cambridge City: 6-8 p.m.

Centerville: 5-7 p.m.

College Corner, Ohio: 6-8 p.m.

Dublin: 6-8 p.m.

Farmland: 6-8 p.m.

Fountain City: 5-7 p.m.

Greens Fork: 6-8 p.m.

Hagerstown: 6-8:30 p.m.

Liberty: 6-8 p.m.

Milton: 6-8 p.m.

New Paris, Ohio: 6-8 p.m.

Parker City: 6-8 p.m.

Richmond: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Webster: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31


West College Corner: 6-8 p.m.

Winchester: 5-8 p.m.





The Journey Life Center: 5-7:30 p.m., 2301 Pleasant View Road, Richmond

Centerville United Methodist Church: 5-7 p.m., 112 Morton Ave., Centerville

Reid Church parking lot at North B and 11th streets: 5-7 p.m.

Faith-Trinity United Methodist Church: 5:30-7:30 p.m., 2900 W. Main St., Richmond

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church: 5:30-7:30 p.m., 121 S. 18th St., Richmond.

First United Methodist Church: 5:30 -7:30 p.m., 318 National Road W., Richmond

Cambridge City Christian Church: 6-8 p.m., 106 W. Church St., Cambridge City

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

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

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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

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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!

Historic Centerville’s Annual Quilt and Needlework Show

quiltgraphicSubmitted by: Myra Baldwin

We are planning another great quilt show during Archway Days on August 21th and 22nd from 10 – 4 each day.  There is a special treat this year. Wednesday, August 19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. will be the day to turn in your quilts and other projects for us to display. We will display antique quilts and projects as well.

If you have a project for us, your admission is free to hear Connie Lane speak at 6 p.m. about the Heritage Barn Quilt Trail in Fayette County.  Have you ever noticed buildings with quilt blocks on them as you drive around? If you want to listen to Connie but don’t have a project to display, don’t worry, there will be a $5 admission fee and you will be able to join us for Connie’s presentation. Light refreshments will be served. Feel free to invite family and friends. All of this takes place at the Mansion House at 214 East Main Street in Centerville.

We will also be having our Flea Market during the quilt show and any items you have for us can be turned in on August 19 as well. We would love to have your magazines, books, patterns, fabric, craft supplies, etc., for the flea market. It’s time to clean out that sewing room and get rid of things you no longer need or want.

Admission to the Quilt/Needlework show is $3. All proceeds from the show and flea market go for the maintenance and restoration of the Mansion House property which includes the Salisbury Court House.

Open Enrollment for Centerville Schools Until August 3, 2015

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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.


Dive into Girls Scouts 2015

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Wayne County 4H Fair 2015…A Look Ahead

funnel cake at fairAlready our family has enjoyed fair food, visiting with the animals, a drive-in movie, more fair food, watching horse and pony shows , kids frog-jumping, and so much more.  The week of the Fair is just starting and there is so much more to look forward to!

Tonight is the first night for Poor Jack Amusements, the petting zoo is up and running with pony rides, Wednesday night is the next round of Wayne County Idol, and all kinds of fun events are happening at the track!

sheep showDon’t forget to see the 4H projects inside the Kuhlman Center (enjoy a break in the air conditioning) and all the great talent of 4H’s this year.   Cheer on the kids as they show their animals this week and enjoy fireworks on Friday night at dusk.  A free live concert is in store for fair goers on the 26th (see details on on the Free Stage.

See you at the Fair!


Phillip Fox Band Coming to the Wayne County 4H Fair

by Karole Passmore, GWC

phillip fox bandEvery year the 4H Fair organizers bring great shows to the annual fair, and this year is no exception.  You can enjoy a FREE concert by the Phillip Fox Band on June 26 at 7:30 p.m., at the Wayne County Fair on the Free Stage.

“For us it’s about the music first” explains front man, Phillip Fox. “Our favorite songs and artists are timeless. It’s great music that transcends scenes, fads, and production trends. We’re not really paying attention to what’s popular at the moment or what will get played on the radio and we hope that comes as a breath of fresh air in our music.” (quote from Phillip Fox

Enjoy the bands trademark sounthern rock sound all for free at the Fair!

Stay tuned for information about more great concerts and shows coming to the Wayne County 4H Fair this year, at (live reporting and pictures from the Fair can also be found on the Go Wayne County Facebook page the week of the Fair).

Best Tasting Best Stand Contests & Lemonade Day!

011This weekend you will have the opportunity to support young creative entrepreneurs in Wayne County.  Yellow will be everywhere!

Starting Saturday, May 16, kids will be participating in the Best Tasting/Best Stand contests where their stand and/or lemonade will be judged by celebrity judges including Mayor Sally Hutton, in the Depot under the overpass.  Kids will set up at 10:00 a.m. and judging starts at 11:15.  After the winners are announced and tropies are given on stage, many kids will stay during the Taste of Italy so that you can sample their lemonade and other treats they are making.

Sunday, May 17, is Lemonade Day all over Wayne County! 

What a great day to go for a ride around Wayne County and discover all the talent our youth in the area have developed.  Kids have gone through training for this day in their schools and through the Lemonade Day workshop and mentoring programs.  They have learned about setting goals, making plans, setting a budget, working their plan and good customer service–among many other great business principles.  They are ready to serve you!

Make a kids day on Sunday by encouraging them in their business efforts.  Who knows, you may be the one person who makes them realize they have what it takes to own their own business and become successful!

Today Lemonade….Tomorrow the World!!

Karole Passmore

City Director, Lemonade Day Wayne County