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.

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.

Developer planning 232-unit senior housing complex for Richmond’s southeast side

Independent living proposal coming to Plan Commission Oct. 26

A real estate investment company’s plan to build a senior living complex just outside of city limits on Richmond’s southeast side will come before the city’s Advisory Plan Commission Wednesday, Oct. 26. Powers Properties Investments LLC of Indianapolis is proposing a complex of two-bedroom multi-family dwellings surrounding a recreation area. It fronts on the west side of Garwood Road about halfway between Hodgin and Wernle roads.

Experts: immunization is about more than reducing deaths

Advice from well-trusted, caring health care professionals is the best way to reverse the decline in childhood immunizations, according to respected experts both national and local who participated in Thursday’s Vaccine Summit. Meningitis. Paralysis. Lingering effects like these will become more common if the decline continues, the panelists said. Vaccination is not just about preventing death but also about reducing the long-term effects the diseases cause.

Local hospital declares lack of space for patients an emergency

With COVID-19 cases once again on the rise, Reid Health has run out of space for patients and declared the situation an emergency on Sunday. Reid had paused all elective inpatient surgeries early last week and Henry Community Health in New Castle said it was deciding on a daily basis whether it will be able to do them. Officials at both are asking people who have not been vaccinated against the virus to do so. Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have jumped to their highest level in 11 months, according to figures released last Wednesday by the Indiana State Department of Health. Reid Health took the rare step of issuing a public statement Sunday, Dec.