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‘Amazing’ cosmic spectacle

Cheers and chirps could be heard throughout Wayne County as residents, visitors and wildlife marveled at the rare total solar eclipse Monday afternoon.  About 200 eclipse chasers from California to Maine spread out comfortably in the grass and on benches at Cope Environmental Center in Centerville. They cheered before and after the nearly 4 minutes […]

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Housing voucher applications now open

Indiana’s Housing Choice Voucher Program provides housing assistance in the form of a rental subsidy payment to private landlords on behalf of low-income individuals, families, seniors and people with disabilities for housing units they have chosen in the private rental market.  Interlocal Community Action Program, Inc. (ICAP) has opened the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher […]

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April 2 tornado confirmed in Wayne County

Although it wasn’t as destructive as the March 14 tornadoes that struck Winchester, National Weather Service has confirmed a damage-causing tornado April 2 in Wayne County.  In its preliminary assessment, NWS says the brief, weak EF0 tornado, which is the lowest on the scale with 65 to 85 mph winds, occurred with severe thunderstorms in […]

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Grammy nominee to perform in Hagerstown

National performers are entertaining local crowds during eclipse festivities. A Nashville songwriter for some of country music’s biggest names will perform a free concert in Hagerstown on Saturday, April 6.  Jeffrey Steele, a five-time Grammy nominee, will perform some of those hits and share the stories behind them at Hagerstown High School’s gym, 701 Baker […]

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Deadline nears for voter registration

Only a few days remain for Wayne County residents to register to vote if they want to have their say in May’s election. Voter registration ends Monday, April 8, for the May 7 primary. Those interested in registering can visit the voter registration office inside Wayne County Courthouse, 301 E. Main St., Richmond, or see indianavoters.com.  […]

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RCS discusses renovations, food service, board pay

Richmond Community Schools is moving forward to issue $20 million in debt for facilities repairs and improvements.  The board conducted its second preliminary determination hearing for 2024-25 lease financing at its March 13 meeting. No residents spoke. The approximately $18.6 million would fund safety, security and energy efficiency projects, site work, athletic improvements, and potential […]

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For now, Centerville willing to share its building commissioner

Centerville’s council discussed personnel updates involving the building commissioner and fire department, plus some needed repairs at its March 26 work session.   Building commissioner Kevin Branson, Centerville’s building commissioner, has resigned to take another position. Town manager Kevin Slick has hired Terry Ford to start in April to replace Branson.   Ford was Centerville’s building commissioner […]

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Artist comes to Knight’s rescue

Michelle Wise and generous donors are now the knights in shining armor for the knight she painted nearly 50 years ago.  The 1976 Northeastern High School graduate was inspired to paint a mural of her school mascot in the gym during the summer between her junior and senior year.  However, the knight’s future was in […]