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Budget proposals prepare for the future

Transitions were top of mind June 12 when Wayne County’s commissioners conducted 2025 budget discussions. Commissioners heard from department heads about what they would request in the budgets. The requests were due to the auditor’s office June 14. From there, Wayne County Council will consider the requests when formulating the county’s 2025 budget. In three […]

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Cool places to beat Wayne County’s heat

Wayne County Emergency Management has created a list of cooling centers to help combat the hottest hours each day. National Weather Service says children, the elderly and people with chronic ailments are at greater risk of being affected by heat. Heat exhaustion, cramps or heat stroke can result from prolonged exposure to these conditions. When […]

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County badly needs health help

Wayne County’s commissioners approved nearly $725,000 in Health First Indiana spending June 12, and state statistics show the county badly needs results from the new state program. The Indiana Department of Health added three categories to its online county scorecards, and two of the three provided bad news for Wayne County. Becca Alliston, clinical director […]

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RP&L customers will save a few bucks

Richmond Power & Light customers will pay less for electricity during the year’s third quarter. General Manager Tony Foster told the RP&L board, which is composed of Richmond Common Council members, during a June 3 meeting that the quarterly energy cost adjustment change will lower customer bills by 0.3284 of a cent per kilowatt-hour, which […]

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Region comes together for better housing options

Leaders in area counties are hoping that by collaborating on solutions to homelessness, more people can be helped in a shorter period of time. Region 9 Planning Council, a part of Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority, in collaboration with Indiana Community Action Poverty Institute, has released a strategic plan to alleviate housing instability. Region […]

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$1.5M likely not enough to fill radio gaps

Wayne County’s commissioners learned $1.5 million likely won’t be enough to solve the county’s emergency radio communications problems. Barry Ritter, a Wayne County Council member and owner of Ritter Strategic Services, provided commissioners an update about the Hoosier Enduring Legacy Program project during their June 5 meeting. Ritter estimated costs of two communication towers plus […]