Lincoln’s athletes heal, learn from their trainer

By Emily Lightfield

Whether it’s out by the football field, front and center to the basketball games, and on the sideline at volleyball matches, Hannah Gross watches intently. When something goes wrong, she jumps into action. Gross is the athletic trainer for Lincoln High School. She can be located at Lincoln’s sporting events either helping with a student or watching out for injuries during the game. “Hannah has helped me through a variety of injuries throughout my high school career … She always takes on the injury with a positive attitude, asks questions pertaining to the injury, analyzes, then provides possible outcomes and alternatives to help her students,” said Mallory Burns, a Lincoln volleyball player.

Wayne Co. schools have high graduation rates

About 95% of regular students who start here in 9th grade earn diploma

By Bob Hansen and Millicent Martin Emery

Nearly all students who start high school in Wayne County graduate with a diploma, excepting those who go into special programs.

That’s the news in a nutshell from a statewide listing of high school graduation rates. But it is a bit more complicated than just comparing the number of ninth graders with the number of students from that class who get a diploma. Indiana Department of Education lists graduation rates annually, releasing its 2022 list on Dec. 30. Every Wayne County school graduated more than 92%, ranking all in the top third of the state.

Lawmakers taking questions at Friday forum

WCTV will air program at later date

Area residents are invited to hear what’s happening in the Indiana General Assembly and ask their lawmakers questions at a Friday morning event. Indiana University East is offering a legislative forum from 8-9 a.m. Jan. 27 in the lobby of Whitewater Hall, 2325 Chester Blvd., Richmond. The forum is free and open to the public. State Sen. Jeff Raatz and Rep. Brad Barrett, both Richmond Republicans, will talk with the community about the 2023 Indiana General Assembly and any legislation of interest.

Centerville terminates boys varsity basketball coach

By Dan Harney

On the morning of Monday, Jan. 9, Kodi Smith, boys varsity head basketball coach for Centerville Senior High School, posted a summary of the Bulldogs’ game in the recently concluded Wayne County Basketball Tournament on the school’s athletics website. Later that day, team members were informed he had been removed as coach. Smith had ended his post by encouraging Bulldog fans to make the short trip south to support the Bulldogs in a Jan. 11 game against the Connersville Spartans .

Night to Shine prom returning to church

Registration encouraged soon for Feb. 10 dance

From staff reports

After shifting to a virtual event during the pandemic, the Night to Shine prom is returning in person this year for area teens and adults with disabilities. People aged 14 and older are invited to attend the dance planned just for them. Reservations are encouraged as soon as possible for the event, which is 6-9 p.m. Feb. 10 at First English Lutheran Church, 2727 E. Main St., Richmond.

Golden Eagle Industries continues student-powered growth

Students from multiple pathways gain business experience

By Emily Lightfield

Students at Lincoln High School have the opportunity to have a head start in the working environment. It has been a year and a half since Lincoln Golden Eagle Industries started on Aug. 25, 2021. Besides screen printing on T-shirts and other apparel, they have built porch swings and painted a barn in the community. LGEI is a student-run business that brings students from different career pathways of Lincoln to work together in a business setting and gain workforce experience.

Weather-related closings and delays

The Western Wayne News is collecting information about weather-related closings and delays. Last updated Dec. 23 at 8:40 p.m.

Wayne County is under a Winter Storm Warning until 7 a.m. Saturday with blowing snow continuing and winds gusting as high as 55 mph. According to Wayne County Emergency Management Agency, areas of blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions will make travel very difficult to nearly impossible through Saturday.

A person with a winter coat and backpack walks near a street through snowy weather

Wayne County shelters and warming stations

The Western Wayne News is sharing this list of area shelters and warming stations available in Wayne County. The list was last updated on Dec. 22, 2022. Call 211 at any time to get agencies available locally that can assist with overnight accommodations and assistance with meals and other necessities. Shelters

Hope House, 121 N. 10th St., Richmond, for men, 765-935-3000
Refuge of Hope, 1032 E. Main St., Richmond, for women, 765-962-5099

Ongoing/overnight warming station
Richmond Municipal Building (through 8 a.m. Dec.

Youth Coalition working to reduce substance use

Wayne County Partnership has groups in 3 county schools

By Emily Lightfield

Drug Free Wayne County Partnership (DFWCP) created a high school-based Youth Coalition to prevent drug and alcohol abuse within Wayne County’s youth. So far, three high schools have started their own groups. In 2018, DFWCP was awarded the Drug Free Communities Grant by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The grants support communities to help reduce youth substance use. Drug Free Wayne County Partnership is for adult community members.

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.