Hagerstown resident chosen for ‘The Chosen’

Hagerstown resident Kim Whalen has probably never placed a bet around a poker table or laid down any money before the roll of a pair of dice. But earlier this year, she did gamble, and it paid off big for her in a very unusual way. The 1979 Northeastern graduate became 1 in 5,000 to appear in an episode of the current popular Christian drama, “The Chosen.”
“I fell in love with ‘The Chosen’ about a year and a half ago,” said Whalen, a member of Bethesda Worship Center in Richmond. “I downloaded the free app to watch the program and was hooked. I don’t like to read, so this series helped me learn a lot more on the lives of the disciples.”
‘The Chosen’ is about the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth and the different people who met and followed him.

NAACP Unity Banquet deals with injustice

Teaching history includes even the parts that make people uncomfortable, says speaker

Teaching history – even the uncomfortable parts — is vital, said the speaker at Saturday’s NAACP Unity Banquet. Civil rights attorney Henderson Hill asked, “How can we make good policy without knowing the facts?”
Hill has spent decades as a public defender and campaigner against the death penalty. He told about 140 guests at the dinner that teaching what is called critical race theory is about getting a complete understanding of American racial history and how it affects society. He focused on the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which is widely understood to have ended slavery in the United States. He ended his talk by saying it actually led to a new form of enslavement.

2 candidates removed from ballot

Two Wayne County candidates have been removed from this fall’s ballot after two other residents submitted challenges to the county’s election board. The election board, consisting of one Republican, one Democrat and Wayne County Clerk Debbie Berry as a tiebreaker, met Thursday in the voter registration office to hear the two challenges. Centerville-Abington Community Schools board member Brad Lambright challenged one of his two opponents in the district’s at-large race. He said he filed a challenge form against Lora Cruse because Indiana code 3-8-1-34 states a candidate must have lived in the school corporation for at least a year before the election. He said Cruse’s home in the 5000 block of Abington Township Line Road is just outside the CACS district.

Volunteer will lead county Democrats

A longtime Centerville town council member has taken on his political party’s leadership. Gary Holbert, who joined Centerville’s council in 1996, has been named the Wayne County Democratic Party chair. Martha Jones will be the vice chair. “I just thought there was something more I could give back to our party, and this is one opportunity for me to do it,” Holbert said. Holbert, 66, said he wants to see younger generations get more involved in local government.

Water mains being flushed in Richmond

Indiana American Water is flushing water mains in the Richmond service area between 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. until Friday, Nov. 11. No interruptions in water service are anticipated because of the work. Customers may experience a slight drop in water pressure or temporary water discoloration. Customers should refrain from doing laundry during the time of day the flushing program is taking place in or near their neighborhood.

New electric meters will be installed in Hagerstown

Hagerstown property owners are being asked to remove items, vehicles and debris that might be blocking their electric meter so that installers of new meters can access them to replace them. The project to replace the town’s about 1,080 meters is scheduled to begin at the end of August and might take a month to complete, Town Clerk Julie Neal told Hagerstown Council members at an August meeting. Neal said an alert will be sent to residents when the project begins. The contractors installing the meters will be in white vans with Illinois plates, she said. The installers don’t need to enter the home or business, but they are expected to knock on the door to let the occupants know they are there.

Meet school board candidates on TV candidate forums

Whitewater Community Television is once again providing Wayne County voters an opportunity to meet the candidates in contested races prior to the November election. WCTV is partnering with the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce and Western Wayne News on the IN Focus program, to help voters be informed of their choices when heading to the polls this fall. Thursday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. will kick off the season, featuring two Western Wayne At-Large school board candidates vying for one seat in District D.
Thursday, Sept. 15 will feature school board candidates from Centerville-Abington At-Large District D, where there are three people competing for one seat.

Centerville honors 2 childhood cancer survivors

Centerville showed support for two strong moms and their two special sons at the Aug. 30 Centerville Christian Church blood drive honoring leukemia survivors Billy Henry and Mason Hinshaw. The blood drive marked the beginning of Community Blood Center’s September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month campaign. It totaled 51 donors, including 42 donations and eight first-time donors for 95% of collection goal. Billy and Mason are three weeks into the new school year at Centerville High School, both with high hopes of having a normal year, uninterrupted by setbacks, treatment, or surgeries.

Canal Days coming this weekend

Parade, duck race, alumni gatherings return to Cambridge City

Canal Days organizers hope to keep area residents’ attitudes sunny in September with an “Endless Summer” theme for this year’s festival. Visitors will notice an extra block of vendors stretched along U.S. 40 heading west toward First United Methodist Church, which offers an ice cream social, said Beth Leisure, Cambridge City Chamber of Commerce president. Most of those booths will offer crafts. Leisure said demand has been high for spaces this year, and many vendors are new to the festival. Shoppers can stay well-fed all day, because meals and snacks can be found at the local eateries along the path.