Milton post office reopens; regular hours resume after 7-month closure

Just in time for Christmas cards and packages to be sent and received, Milton’s post office has reopened more than seven months after it caught fire. The post office re-opened Saturday and resumed its regular hours. Before the fire, Milton’s post office offered 24-hour lobby access for customers to pick up their mail. It was staffed 22 hours per week, 8-10 a.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m. weekdays, and 8-10 a.m. Saturdays. Since April, Milton customers with P.O. boxes had to drive to Cambridge City post office to get their mail, buy stamps or send packages.

Restored McGuire Hall ready to host more local events

$625,000 work on iconic RHS tower next

Known as a concert and drama venue for Richmond High School students in previous decades, the newly renovated McGuire Hall now welcomes more community events. The renovation has been a more than $1 million partnership between Richmond Community Schools and the City of Richmond Redevelopment Commission. A majority of the funding came from the commission, and RCS Chief Financial Officer Karen Scalf said RCS is “super grateful” for the assistance. The project was focused on improving the auditorium’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, adding air conditioning to make it usable all year long for a variety of gatherings. Although the HVAC and roofing upgrades aren’t visible, prior visitors will notice several changes, such as new interior painting, flooring, seats, curtains, sound and lighting systems and general technology.

Volunteers needed to revitalize skating rink

Dublin club seeks help with cleaning, repairs

Even though Jimmy Lawrence admits he doesn’t know how to skate, he’s now running a roller-skating rink and community center. Lawrence, who currently lives in Centerville, has been named the Dublin Community Club’s board president. He fills the volunteer role vacated by the late Mike Buckland, 75, who spent many hours over the years providing area children a safe place to hang out before his death in October. Since Lawrence works as an emergency medical technician for Reid Health, he said he won’t be on site at the club as much as Buckland was. However, Lawrence will oversee the building and its inventory, and scheduling of facility rentals.

Thanksgiving meal brings Western Wayne together

In under a month, idea grows into dinner for more than 500

An idea grew into a feast for 515 people in less than four weeks when Western Wayne gathered for its inaugural Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 14. Doors opened shortly before 6 p.m. People poured into the Lincoln Middle/High School cafeteria. For more than two hours, they kept coming, joining a line along the room’s walls as they moved toward the serving line. Friends chatted amiably with friends and then sat down for a meal.

Basketball is just a game

By Dan Harney

There have been many outstanding players who have played basketball for Tri-Eastern Conference schools. There have been even more players who were role players that contributed to their team success, but received little press coverage. Union City graduate Sarah Rasso fit in the star player category during her playing days as a Union City Lady Indian. Now Indian Head Coach, Sarah Rasso Black has been inducted into the Union City Athletic Hall of Fame as a player. She is also the winningest coach for girls’ basketball in Union City school history.

Two high school basketball players competing for the ball

2022-23 Boys Basketball Preview

By Dan Harney

Year after year it seems that some basketball programs confidently look forward to the new season, while other programs are apprehensive. Area programs may still face concerns, but it is easy to find positives in all six Wayne County programs.

RP&L measure passes by 37 votes; Zaleski, Mopps, Claypoole win contested school board seats

Wayne County voters returned many familiar faces to government offices, but a few new faces will be in leadership positions for Richmond and Northeastern schools. And, by a 37-vote margin, Richmond Power & Light will opt out of what the utility’s officials called expensive state rate studies. School boards

Richmond pharmacist Peter Zaleski and former Richmond Community Schools administrator Stacy Mopps have been elected to at-large seats on the RCS board. Of the 10 candidates, Zaleski led with 3,250 votes, or 23.15 percent. Mopps had 18.62 percent of the vote.

No matter where, service counts

Veteran gets an Indy Honor Flight to Washington

Bill Powell of Hagerstown thought that only combat veterans should be honored with a free trip to Washington, D.C. by the Indy Honor Flight. As it has done for years, the Honor Flight takes veterans to visit the memorials that a grateful nation has put up to recognize their service. A couple of years after Powell’s 1959 graduation from Hagerstown High School, the Army drafted him. He served two years, 1963-65, in the military police at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Powell, who came home and worked at Dana Corporation in Hagerstown until it closed in the late 1990s, also served his community with the volunteer fire department, where he was fire chief for more than 20 years.

Early voters: A resounding ‘yes’ for paper ballots

Wayne County voters new to paper ballots consistently showed support for the process leading up to Election Day. “It was so much easier,” said Christine Guarisco of Cambridge City, who previously worked elections in Michigan. After voting at the Golay Community Center, Agnes Fisher of Milton said she likes the ease of the paper ballots and said older voters will remember them. Bob Smith of Richmond also supported the use of paper ballots after casting one at First Bank Kuhlman Center. He said he appreciated how those votes can be verified, compared to Wayne County’s votes previously cast on computerized equipment.

Cemetery’s future being plotted

Public invited to Nov. 15 meeting in Pershing; ISP investigation continues

About 50 people concerned about the future of an East Germantown cemetery gathered a month ago for an emergency meeting to take the first steps toward its reorganization. Now, several new bylaws with added safeguards are being proposed while an Indiana State Police investigation into the cemetery’s previous management is taking place. Despite being pleased with the previous turnout, the cemetery’s new board leaders are hopeful that more people will attend their next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, for updates and to make personal connections.