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Housing help precedes city’s camp removals

During his campaign, Mayor Ron Oler began thinking about the plight of unhoused people in Richmond encampments. Helping those people would address issues such as trash, open fires, noise and overdoses, and upon taking office, Oler tasked Richmond Police Department with leading the assistance effort. But, it wouldn’t just be a police endeavor. Oler said […]

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Opioid funds will buy sheriff drones, ATV

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office has received permission to purchase five drones and a side-by-side all-terrain vehicle. During their March 20 meeting, Wayne County’s commissioners approved up to $85,000 for the purchases, allocating the money from the county’s opioid settlement distribution. The county recently received more than $345,000 from its 2023 settlement total of $442,308.30, […]

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Plan your eclipse experience in advance

Richmond and Wayne County will be buzzing before the April 8 total solar eclipse. Visitors will fill hotels, campgrounds and other lodging options throughout the weekend leading up to the Monday celestial event. That’s going to increase traffic on local roads and demand at local businesses. A little planning and preparation can help smooth the […]

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BZA OKs Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A sandwiches could be served in Richmond before 2025 ends. Mike Timko, a civil engineer with Kimley-Horn and Associates of Indianapolis, said March 13 that time frame is realistic after the Richmond Board of Zoning Appeals granted the restaurant company five variances of development standards. The variances make the restaurant viable at 5901 National Road […]

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Bats prompt urgent council action for bridge project

Regulations that protect bats required Wayne County to urgently pay a bridge project invoice, and that required a special Wayne County Council meeting March 14. Indiana Department of Transportation regulations adapted from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service require any tree removal for transportation projects occur between Oct. 1 and March 31 when Indiana bats […]

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Protect your eyes from permanent damage

Viewing the April 8 solar eclipse requires special eye protection, except during the 4 minutes or so of totality. Wear eclipse glasses or hold solar viewers during the partial phases of the eclipse to prevent the bright sun from damaging retinal cells in the eyes. Even a quick glance could result in permanent eye damage. […]

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RP&L continues meter conversion

Richmond Power and Light expects to complete its transition to advanced metering infrastructure two years ahead of schedule, according to General Manager Tony Foster. AMI meters enable two-way communication between the meter and the utility’s office, Foster said during the March 4 meeting of RP&L’s board of directors, which is composed of Richmond Common Council […]

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‘A true public servant’

For nearly five decades, Bob Chamness served Wayne County citizens with the sheriff’s department, probation department and county council. Chamness, 72, died March 3, and how much he will be missed was evident during county government meetings March 6. Somber council members and others shared their feelings and memories about Chamness. “(If) you watch Bob […]