Kids at Heart Publishing Company

by Karole Passmore

A Writer’s Haven in Cambridge City

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Getting a signed copy from one of the authors from Kids at Heart Publising, Eva Reece.

I was recently invited to a small haven of creativity, nestled on a side street in Cambridge City.  It’s a place where writers meet to share their ideas, their successes and the desire to become published authors.  The space is provided by a woman named Shelley Davis owner of Kids at Heart Publishing Company.

A published author herself, Shelley knows the ins and outs, and also the trials, of attempting to become published, from experience.  To hold your published book in your hand, for a writer, Shelley explains “it’s an incredible feeling.”  Witnessing the joy of someone with their own book for the first time is the reason Shelley says she started her own publishing company.  She shares that she is there with them every step of the way to see them through the process of having their book put into print, and to help them with marketing their book afterwards.

Working alongside Shelley is Betsy Morphew, graphic artist who helps the authors with the design aspects of their book.  Those authors include 25 people currently, among them the first published author from Kids at Heart, Odell Calihan.  Mr. Calihan is a retired principal from the Franklin County schools, and his own unique story of how he became a published author speaks to the eclectic backgrounds of the authors of KAH.

A Story-teller at Heart

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Calihan in center with two of his published works. Shelley Davis on left.

According to Calihan, he was always a story teller at heart, using his stories to relay messages to kids when they were sent to his office as a principal.  He remembers well the first meeting with Shelley.  She visited Liberty Elementary to see if they ever had authors come to speak to the students. Mr. Calihan was a substitute principle at the time. He invited Shelley to his office to tell her about his story ideas. She encouraged him to put his words to paper and he is now working on his sixth book in print.  His first book is titled “Cooper & Cracker,” and each of his books include a lesson for kids to learn.  His family comes from the Appalachian Mountains, and Odell likes to add his experiences, and the stories of his family, into his books.

Odell adds that he “appreciates Shelley giving me the opportunity.”  And goes on to say that she encouraged him to take on more serious writing which he does in his book “Birth of an Angel,” a “tear jerker” according to Odell and the other authors seated in the little conference room at KAH.

According to Eva Reece, “people are drawn to Shelley- writers feel safe and that she cares.”  She shares that if it weren’t for Shelley’s support and guidance, “I would have never gotten published…I would have been lost in an ocean of corporations.”  Eva, like others who have been published at Kids at Heart, also likes Shelley’s ‘down to earth’ and friendly nature.

Shelley started writing for market in 2007, though her love of writing started as a child. Her first published book was “Will’s New Family”, about a Donkey, and is a picture book. Her experience with the difficulty of maneuvering through the process of publishing is what inspired her to start her own company and to help other aspiring authors.

Wayne County is home to many talented authors, and Shelley felt that there was a need for a local publishing company to support the growing talents of so many.  Shelley also has authors in five other states including Texas, Florida, Montana, and Michigan, meeting most of the authors at festivals and by word of mouth. 

Davis has many ideas for adding supportive elements to her publishing company for the authors including a monthly book club for grandparents, and is very proud that the “Library of Congress,”  added her company to their cataloging process.

Kids At Heart Publishing, LLC is a full publishing house offering copyrights, online retail sales and much more.  Titles include children’s books, fantasy, science fiction, mysteries and historical fiction. 

For more information on Kids at Heart publishing company:

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




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)

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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.

April Activities at the Centerville Public Library

Look at all the great activities and events at the Centerville Public Library for the month of April:

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Be a Blood Donor at the 4H Fair and Save a Life!

Back again this year, an opportunity to donate blood and save a life at the Wayne County 4H Fair, 2014.  See below for details on how to sign up.  Please share this post with your friends and family so we can get as many donors out as possible!


Wayne County 4H Fair Queen Competiton: Deadline Soon

If you are interested in registering for the Wayne County 4H Queen competition, you must have your registration in by May 31, 2014.  Also, there are some changes in the rules.  Please read below for updates.


The Wayne County 4-H Fair Queen Committee has made a recent change concerning the 2014 Queen Contest.

The NEW ages for the queen division will be 16 and older.  You must be 16 as of June 1, 2015 to compete in this division.

The new ages will allow more ladies to participate and have the opportunity to obtain the skills for interviewing, stage presence, and public appearances.

KEEP IN MIND….in order to participate at state fair, the Wayne County Queen must be 18 years old by June 1, 2015.  The “underage” ladies will have the option to keep the queen status or relinquish the queen status, if chosen prior to the contest.  State Fair rules states you can only win your county fair once.

SO…..for example… are 16 years old and have the highest points to win the 2014 Queen title.  You will have chosen prior to the contest, that if you were chosen, that you would:

  1.  Keep the title, however know you are not old enough to compete at State Fair.  You would also know that you cannot compete for the  Wayne County Fair Queen in the future, or
  2. Relinquish the queen title and obtain an alternate title.  You would then be able to compete in future contest and attend State Fair, if age appropriate.

This can be confusing. So please call or text 914.6771 or email at with questions, comments or concerns.

Deadline to register is May 31st.  Sponsorship fee will be $50.  Orientation is this Sunday, May 18th at 2pm at the First Friends Church on Chester Blvd (next to Friends Fellowship).  First queen workshop is Tuesday, June 3rd from 6:30-8pm at Lingle Hall at Reid Hospital.

Other age divisions:

  •  Juniors – ages 7, 8, 9
  •  PreTeens – ages 10, 11, 12
  •  Teens – ages 13, 14, 15
  •  Queens – ages 16 to 21

Jazz Drummer & Richmond Native Harold Jones To Hold Book Signing

news release

Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau to host Harold Jones Book Signing. Richmond, Indiana

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Richmond native Harold Jones, Jazz Drummer, will be in Richmond for book signing on August 30, 2013.

Harold Jones, a Richmond, Indiana Native and current drummer for Tony Bennett’s Band, will be signing copies of his new book titled, “Harold Jones – The Singer’s Drummer”. 

The public is invited to meet Jones Friday, August 30, 2013 at The Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. His book will be available for purchase at this time. Paperback is $16 and Hardback is $23,  Harold Jones was born February 27, 1940 in Richmond, Indiana and lived here until 1958.  Jones attended Richmond High School where he was an active member in orchestra, dance band, pep band, marching band and concert band.

While working with saxophonist Paul Winter, they became the first jazz band to play at the White House. The greatest years of his life Jones says, were when he was called in 1967 to fill in for Count Basie’s drummer, lasting for five years. In 1972, Jones won the Down Beat Magazine International Jazz Critics’ Poll for the best new artist.

In 1980 he joined Sarah Vaughan for ten years and toured the world, traveling to Hong Kong, Australia, England and Brazil. Along with Sarah, he played at the White House five times for Nancy Reagan. In addition to playing for Tony Bennett, Jones currently instructs drumming workshops at colleges and universities throughout the country and plays with his 17 piece band, The Bossman at corporate parties and community events.  Other noteworthy artists Jones has performed or recorded with include; Diana Krall, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., B.B. King, Quincy Jones, Natalie Cole and many others. 

The Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau is located at 5701 National Road East, Richmond, Indiana. For more information call 800-828-8414, 765-935-8687 or

Job Fairs Coming Soon To Wayne County

Submitted by Mary Ann Butters

Need a job . . . or a better job?

job fair picThen, come to one or more of the Wayne County Job and Scholarship Fairs! 35 Companies have posted 600 jobs for these fairs. All fairs are 2 to 6 p.m.

  • Thursday, July 18 — Richmond City Administration Building, 50 North 5th Street.
  • Tuesday, July 30 — Golay Center in Cambridge City, 1007 East Main Street.
  • Thursday, Aug. 8 — Centerville Christian Family Center, 106 East Main Street.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 13 — The Meeting Place, 11 East Main Street, Hagerstown.

***Pass this information on to anyone you know who needs a job.  And remember to dress for the job you want- not the job you have, and bring your polished resume to wow businesses.  Also, if you are signed up with Work One you can get help preparing your resume for this event.  The information on your resume will also help you to fill out an application while you are there.  Good luck!

Centerville Library: Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading 2013 (Dig Into Reading)

There’s still time to sign up for the Summer Reading Program!!! (see poster below)

 All ages are encouraged to participate and everyone gets a prize just for signing up! Babies and parents can earn prizes by reading and doing activities like singing and coloring together. Kids can earn prizes by reading and participating in other events like storytimes and family nights. Teens can earn prizes by reading, tweeting, and downloading music.

Adults can earn tickets for a chance to win gift certificates from all over Wayne County with every book they read. This summer, let us help you “Dig into reading.” The library now has a handicapped accessible front door with an automatic opener. Great for strollers too. Thank you to Brian’s Glass and Mirror for their wonderful service.

Free Family Bowling: Tuesday, July 9th from 3-5 pm at Richmond 40 Bowl!

Join us, along with Morrisson-Reeves Library, for a free game of bowling with your family, including free shoe rental, just bring a canned good for each person participating.

Shhhhhh!!! The Jones Reading Room is now the Quiet Room. Now you can read and study in peace.

Storytime is Back! Every Wednesday during the Summer Reading Program from 10:30-11am. All ages welcome! Crafts and Activities: Every Wednesday during the Summer Reading Program from 11am-4pm. All ages welcome!

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Whitewater Canal Byway Annual Dinner 2013

For Immediate Release:

Whitewater Canal Byway Association to Host Annual Dinner

whitewater canal scenic bywayThe Whitewater Canal Byway Association (WCBA) will be hosting its annual dinner March 7, 2013.

2012 saw many new accomplishments for the WCBA that included a driving guide available online so tourists can download all or any part of the Byway they wish to travel. This driving guide is the most comprehensive sectional guide in the state and has even been lauded by the National Scenic Byway Association as the model from which to follow.  We developed, and continue to develop, educational opportunities and programs for our children.  For Indiana’s fourth graders, 2012 saw the creation and publication of two study guides called the Children’s Discovery Guides on Canals Roads and Rails and Our Presidential Past.

2013 promises more growth with the creation of the regional Visitor’s Pavilion, our third annual “Bluegrass at the Gateway Festival” and historic walking tours of communities throughout the region.

Joining us at our annual dinner as our keynote speaker will be Indiana’s Office of Tourism Development Director, Mark Newman.

Included in the night’s festivities will be the presentation of the Spirit of the Byway award.  This prestigious award is given each year to that person or persons who have gone above and beyond in their volunteer support of the WCBA and its mission.

The public is invited to attend but reservations are required and seating is limited.  The dinner will be held in the old depot at the Whitewater Valley Gateway Park on US 52 in Metamora and will begin at 6:00 PM; cost per person is $14.95.  To make a reservation contact the office of the Whitewater Valley Gateway Park, 765-647-2541 or by email at



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.



Mud Bog This Weekend At Wayne County 4-H Fairgrounds


Do you like mud? Do you have kids who like mud? Then you will want to head out to the 4H Fairgrounds this Saturday for the annual Mud Bog!

Races begin at 7:00 p.m. with gates opening early for ticket sales and good seats. $10.gate fee/person.  Children 8 years old and under: free. For more information contact Gary Stapleton at 765-220-2100

175 Years Of Cambridge City…An Historic Town In Wayne County

The Dash Between The Years

By Phyllis Mattheis

You’ve heard about how people spend their lives in that dash between their birth and death years on their cemetery stones?
To prepare Riverside for the walk on Sunday, June 26, Jerry and I have been cleaning stones so that names and dates are revealed. It’s a puzzle why some stones are so covered that nothing can be read, and yet one next to it may be clear. The green lichen scrapes off fairly easily on the smooth parts but it takes some digging to get it off the names and dates. We are spraying most stones with a bleach mixture after we’ve removed most of the loose material, then we scrub them with water and a plastic scrub brush. It is rewarding to see the names and dates clear again.
And those dashes bring questions to mind. Why did a child die so young? What happened to the teenager who didn’t live to maturity? Why did a father die at a young age? How did his wife feel being a widow for a very long time? Did she have help raising their children? Why would a person put only their death year on their stone?

Stop In For Down Home Cooking At Lumpy's Cafe On Foote St

The larger stones make one think that a family must have been wealthy. But they still lost family members. We each have only one life to live that makes that dash on our own stone someday.
As of June 9, we have cleaned forty-seven stones and a set of steps in three trips to Riverside. The community is invited to spend an hour or two helping to clean the stones. There are plenty for everyone! Just pick out one to start with, and you may do the whole family and wonder about their history.
The new library has an obituary file that may give you clues about a family’s history here in Cambridge City. Visit the History Room on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2 and 4 p.m.
I was gratified to find the Mosbaugh names on stones that were completely covered with lichen. Frank was a newspaper man and lived in East Cambridge. And surprise! I found another newspaper man, Roy Copeland. Share your stories about the names and dates that you uncover in Riverside. And join us for the afternoon walk on Sunday, June 26 to learn about some of the prominent people that helped make our community a pleasant place to live.

Check back in to to read more about the history of Cambridge City and the events planned for this very special week, that started today and ends on July 3rd with special fireworks.  You can also read more stories like this in the GWC print edition.

“Singing Hoosiers” Coming To Civic Hall, Richmond IN

Press Release

From: Civic Hall Performing Arts Center, Richmond, Indiana

The Richmond High School Choral Department will be hosting the Indiana University ‘Singing Hoosiers’ on Sunday, January 23, 2011 with a 1:00pm luncheon followed by a 4:00pm performance in Civic Hall. The RHS Choral department will start the 4:00pm performance followed by the Singing Hoosiers.

Both groups will perform “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” for the grand finale.  Reserved seat tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  Luncheon tickets are also available for $10 each and will be hosted in the Richmond High School cafeteria at 1:00pm. An IU Alumni block seating ticket sale is now taking place through January 10, 2011. IU Alumni can order luncheon and reserve concert tickets by calling the Civic Hall box office. The last date to buy a luncheon ticket will be January 10, 2011. General sale concert tickets will be available in the box office starting on January 3, 2011.

  • Call the Civic Hall Box Office for tickets: 765-973-3350,
  • toll free 1-888-CIVIC HALL (1-888-248- 4242), or visit
  • Box Office hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30am – noon and 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Area County Fairs…Within Driving Distance

Randolph County Fair : July 17 – July 22, 2010

Landon Friend leading his horse to judging at 4H Fair in Winchester

So how does deep fried sugar cream pie sound?  Well that is one of the treats you can enjoy at the Randolph County Fair in Winchester this week.  Two families, Heather James and Kevin Cook families,  in Winchester are trying out this treat for this year with hopes to take it to the State Fair in 2011.  Sugar Cream pie is the pie of Indiana and Mrs. Wicks Pies in Winchester is the base for this treat.

For all the usual fun at a fair and competitions this one is within driving distance.  Take US 27 N through Fountain City and Lynn and you will get to the Randolph County Fair in Winchester at the fairgrounds.  Also coming up soon in Winchester is the annual Track Show Festival of bands from the area.  There will be several bands from Wayne County participating in this event.  Winchesters title for their track show is “For We Wrestle Not.”  The track show will be on July 31 starting at 7:00 p.m.

Historic Poster of First Preble County Fair

Preble County Fair: July 31 – August 7th, 2010

Opening day at this annual fair will include a parade at around noon.  The Grand Fair Parade will line up at Eaton middle school and end up in front of the Grandstand on the fairgrounds-this will include free admission to the grandstand.  There will be several shows and exhibits including photography, baked goods, and a Pee Wee show.  Amusement rides will begin on the first day, wristbands will cost 20.00 to ride all day.

Directions to this fair are 70 East to the Eaton exit (about 9.8 miles) take 35 toward Eaton and take a left onto West Main St (122) and a right onto OH-122.  722 S Franklin St.

Franklin County Free Fair: August 1 – August 7, 2010

This fair in Connersville has free parking and free admission.  They will offer rides, games, exhibits and entertainment.  It will be located at Roberts Park and 4H fairgrounds off North Park Road.  Take US 40 East to the Connersville exit before entering Cambridge City.  It is a very short drive from all points in Wayne County.

Darke County Fair: August 20-28, 2010

The Darke County Fair in Greenville Ohio will be celebrating 154 years.  They will have their annual “Band Spectacular” on Monday, August 23, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.  This is an opportunity for bands in the area to practice their routines non-competitively.  This Fair is about 30 miles from areas in Wayne County.

It is truly County Fair season.  Go out and enjoy a short road trip to one or all of these great events.