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.

3 high schools celebrating homecoming

Three Wayne County high schools have homecoming this week, Centerville, Hagerstown and Northeastern. Homecoming at Lincoln will be next week, Sept. 12-16; and at Richmond, Sept. 19-23. Centerville
Centerville will crown its homecoming king and queen during halftime at the homecoming game against Winchester on Friday.

Family Recovery Court aims to change behaviors

A year after a Wayne County court started a non-traditional program, its Family Recovery Court is seeing some success and is hoping to grow. Wayne County Family Recovery Court expands the traditional role of the non-criminal court from hearing, mediating and ordering solutions. The Family Recovery Court aim is to change behaviors of parents whose family lives have disintegrated because of substance abuse and that the state has taken custody of their children. Such cases are called CHINS by the Indiana Department of Child Services. It stands for Children In Need of Services.

RPD responds to South 10th Street shooting

Richmond Police Department’s first-shift patrol officers were dispatched to the 500 block of South 10th Street on Friday after a report of a person with a gun. While officers were responding, they were advised a person had been shot. Tyler Qualls, 31, of Richmond was located with a gunshot wound to his left hip/buttocks area. Qualls was transported to Reid Health with a non-life threatening injury and later released, according to Capt. Curt Leverton. Early information in the investigation indicates that people were involved in a domestic disturbance over a vehicle.

Little League World Series Commemorative Issue now available

Don’t miss your chance to pick up the special Little League World Series Commemorative Issue of the Western Wayne News. The Aug. 31 issue is now available at these local locations until lunchtime Tuesday, Sept. 6:
Cambridge City: Country Mark, Cambridge City Market, Dollar General, Lumpy’s Café, Speedway at 1 and 70. Centerville: Village Pantry, Casey’s.