Bicentennial Torch Relay Coming to Centerville IN

Press Release:  Carolyn Lafever, Historic Centerville, Inc.

Indiana Bicentennial Torch Event


Pictured: Ed Lafever and Jerry Mattheis work on the exhibit of Log House building tools for the Bicentennial Torch Run event in Centerville IN, Sept 25 2016

Mansion House Hosts A Free Torch Relay Event, Sept. 25,1-4.

Indiana’s Bicentennial Torch Relay through Wayne County will be celebrated on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the 1840 Mansion House and 1812 Log Courthouse, 214 E. Main, Centerville. IN.

Costumed Guides 

The event will be  from 1-4 p.m. with the Bicentennial Torch Relay expected to come by between 1:30 and 2:30. The buildings and lawn will have several exhibits related to Wayne County and Indiana’s early years. Costumed guides will give tours of the Mansion House. Other people will be dressed in period costumes portraying men and women of early Wayne County and Centerville, 1810-1822.

The 1812 Log Courthouse was originally built in Salisbury, Wayne County’s first county seat. This is the oldest standing county courthouse in the state and was active in 1816. This was the first of six courthouses built in Wayne County. The log building was meant to be temporary but served the county until 1818. It was rebuilt on the Mansion House property in 1997.

Historical Attractions & Exhibits

Other historical attractions and exhibits will be log house building tools, a fur trader, Elliason’s 200-year old farm, founders of Centerville, Wayne County’s representatives to the 1816 Constitution Convention in Corydon and tours of the 1840s Mansion House property. The Wayne County genealogy society will share about Wayne County’s first families. A book table will have books about Indiana and Wayne County as well as memberships to Historic Centerville.

The event is free. Light refreshments of Wick’s pie samples, cookies and punch will be served. This is an opportunity to learn more about how Wayne County helped in forming the 19th State of the Union – a historical event not to be missed. The event is sponsored by First Bank Richmond, Cinnamon Spice Bakery, Wick’s Pies and  Armstrong Dry Cleaners.

For more information call 765-478-5251.

Submitted by Carolyn Lafever, Wayne County Historian

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This Weekend: Wild Wheels 4 Wernle

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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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Centerville Lions Club Honors Local Community Members For Their Service

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From Left: Janis Buhl, Anna Richey, Wendy Komman, Sara Coulter

Monday night, the Centerville Lions Club presented awards to honored guests who are highly regarded in Wayne County.

Among those honored, Sara Coulter, Director of Marketing at First Bank Richmond, received the Outstanding Citizen of the Year award.  Among her many accomplishments, most notibly she was praised for her years of work as President of Dollars for Scholars, enabling kids to pursue a higher education.

Also honored was Janis Buhl, of Western Wayne News, for her service to the Western portion of Wayne County by creating a worthy news source.  In her many years as editor of WWN, she has been able to promote and convey what is happening in the surrounding communites and has succeeded in keeping information flowing.

Anna Richey accepted the award given in memory of her late husband, Lloyd Richey, for his important work in the community.  It was noted that he gave much of his effort and time to helping youth, making an impact on the lives of many.

And finally,  Wendy Komman was given the “Lion” award.  This honor is bestowed upon a Lions Club member who has made a major impact on the club as well as being a positive community member.

Congratulations to all those honored.

The Lions Club of Centerville has been bestowing awards since 1986.





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

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Smart Phone Scavenger Hunt This Saturday!

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First Bank employees gearing up for Scavenger Hunt…now it’s your turn!

Postponed.  Check back in to find out when it will take place in the coming months.  So many people wanted to play but couldn’t due to prior commitments–First Bank is looking for a date that will accommodate more people.

Employees at First Bank Richmond just took the challenge.  And now it’s open to the public.  The first First Bank Smart Phone Scavenger Hunt!

What is it?

It is free…it is fabulous fun…and you could win an IPad or your teammates could each win $100.00 a piece!  And there will be even more prizes drawn at the end of the 2 hour challenge when everyone meets for lunch at the Olde Richmond Inn at noon.  This Saturday, August 17, 10:00 a.m. to noon.

How does it work?

It starts with one smart phone and 3-4 people on a team.  That’s all you need…and maybe a car or bike.  Then you will register your team at any of the many First Bank Branches in Richmond, Centerville or Cambridge City.   You’ll download the easy app which will have all the challenges like “pick a potato”  (that’s not one of them) and you’ll take your most creative picture, using your smart phone, as a group with one of you as the photographer…easy as pie.  (oh there could be a challenge about pie….you never know).

Employees at First Bank had so much fun…they want to do it again!  But they can’t.  Only the public can join this one.  You must be 18 years of age or older and not an immediate family member of a First Bank employee.  Go ahead… take the challenge!

To enter go to now and download the registration form.  Sign up your team for possibly the most exciting two hours you will have had in a long time! (Must sign up by August 14th.  There is a limited number of teams, so be sure to sign up today!)  Questions?  Contact Karole at



Zumba! Tonight: To Raise Money For the Red Cross Oklahoma Disaster Fund

First Bank Richmond has teamed up with RMD Patti Insurance, Family FitnessWorks, The Wayne County Chamber & The Wayne County Foundation, to raise funds for the Oklahoma Relief Fund.

Tonight, you can help by coming out to ZUMBA!  at the Kuhlman Center at 6:30 p.m.  All proceeds will go to the special fund set up for the Red Cross Relief fund.  See the poster below for more details.  You can also make donations at any of the nine First Bank locations.

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Earth Day In Wayne County: Fun Things To Do

earth day logoEarth Day is just around the corner, and this Saturday, April 20th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., will be a fun day for all ages at the Tom Raper Center.

Organizations from all over Wayne County including the Cope Environmental Center, Sprout of Control Community Gardening, Lemonade Day Wayne County, and many others will have displays set up for you to visit.  Other activties will include: Mark’s Ark Live Animal Show, and the Test Middle School Drum Ensemble.  There will be native tree giveaways, and plenty of opportunities to learn more about local green businesses, and learn about different places where you an enjoy nature outdoors.

earth day plantingBest Way Recycling will be on site and will take cardboard, paper, and plastics 1-7, glass and cans.  There will be plenty of hands-on activities as well.

Mascots will be available for photo-ops with the kids (and adults) including Kash from First Bank Richmond.

Monday, April 22nd, Texas Roadhouse is offering Earth Day activities for kids as well.  (see information below).

And remember it’s a good time to plant a tree and start a garden plot in celebration of this great place called Earth!

Celebrate Earth Day With Us!

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Texas Roadhouse

Join us for an Earth Day themed Kids’ Night Monday, April 22nd from 4PM until 7PM. Here’s what we’ll have goin’ on for the kiddos:

– Make bird feeders, paint, play games
– Meet adorable animals from HELP the Animals
– Kids Meals for only $0.99 with the purchase of an adult entree

Until April 30th, bring in your tin or aluminum cans to either Texas Roadhouse in Richmond or H.E.L.P. the Animals and receive a free* Appetizer Card to be used on a future visit.

The cans will be recycled for cash and our friends at Richmond Scrap Processors will match that amount to donate to the H.E.L.P. the Animals Inc.

* Valid until April 30, 2013 only. While supplies last. No cash value. No substitutions. Not valid with any other offer. Valid at the Richmond, IN location only



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

red dress ball

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”.

flash dance with logo and dancing in windows

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.

2012 Richmond Art Museum (RAM) Secret Garden Tour

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Garden flower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



2012 Richmond Art Museum (RAM)  Secret Garden Tour   

VENUE:                            Locations throughout Richmond, to be revealed on the day of the tour

PRESENTED BY:            RAM,  350 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond IN,47374

DATES:                           Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24, 2012

Saturday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  &  Sunday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

  (Rain or Shine!)  

                This annual event gives you the opportunity to visit the canvasses of local landscape artists throughout our community – beautiful gardens and landscaped lawns, a few familiar favorites and some newly found discoveries hidden throughout Richmond! A surprise addition to the 2012 tour will be access to some of the homes on the tour list! This year, as in the past, the tour will include a garden boutique featuring unique iron works, baskets, containers and a variety of garden accessories.

Tickets are now available at the Richmond Art Museum and will be available at the RAM during the garden tour.   All proceeds benefit operations at the Richmond Art Museum.  Tickets $10 each advance sale, or $12 on the days of the tour.   Available at RAM and all First Bank Richmond Locations! Call 765-966-0256 for more information or visit


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“School Is Cool” Wayne County Senior Drawing Tomorrow Night

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Tomorrow is the big night — the School is Cool senior drawing! The partnership of First Bank Richmond,  the Chamber and Wetzel has resulted this year in not only the grand prize (and they have a choice of cars this year!), but a total of 28 additional prizes for seniors with perfect attendance.

Prizes will include laptops, tablets and Kindle Fires.  All county seniors with perfect attendance are eligible, and students must be present to win.

Did you know that the number of  Wayne County students with perfect attendance has increased 163% since 2009 when the program started?  And the number of seniors has more than doubled since 2010 when the Wetzels joined the program.  It’s a great partnership!

Senior Celebration Details

  • Wednesday, May 30th; Wetzel Hyundai at 4700 National Road East
  • 6:30 p.m. Sign in for Students
  • 7:30 p.m. Drawing

Eligibility Requirements for the Final Senior Celebration

  • Senior at a participating Wayne County Indiana School
  • Perfect attendance as determined by his/her school
  • 2.0 GPA
  • On track to graduate with a High School Diploma

Congratulations Seniors for a job well done!  And thanks to local sponsors, First Bank Richmond, the Wayne County Chamber and Wetzel Family for supporting the community in such a valuable way.