7:30 p.m. update: ‘Blue Friday’ clothing at RCS, banner, tourney, shirts among signs of support for officer

Richmond Community Schools has designated Friday as “Blue Friday,” and several area school districts are encouraging blue clothing Friday. such as Western Wayne, Northeastern, Nettle Creek and Centerville-Abington. While Friday has traditionally been “red and white day,” RCS officials encourages its students, employees and community members to wear blue to show their support for Officer Seara Burton and the brave first responders who show community support daily. “We extend our thoughts and prayers to Officer Burton and her family during these troubling times,” Superintendent Dr. Curtis Wright said. “To our courageous first responders, RCS will always stand with you just as you have always stood with us.”

1 a.m. update: ISP releases suspect’s name, details on traffic stop before officer shooting

While officers were speaking with a man whose moped had been stopped, he shot several rounds toward officers, police said, leaving a Richmond Police Department officer “in very critical condition” Wednesday night. Indiana State Police is investigating the officer-involved shooting that took place shortly after 6:30 p.m. on the city’s north side. Richmond Police K9 Officer Seara Burton, a 28-year-old Northeastern High School alumna, was wounded after responding to a call from other officers to assist with a traffic stop in the area of North 12th and C streets. Burton located the vehicle, which was a moped being ridden by an adult male, and made a traffic stop at that location. During the traffic stop, Burton’s K9 partner Brev was used to conduct an open-air sniff around the moped and indicated the possible presence of narcotics, according to a news release from Sgt.

Little League’s Team Indiana moves to Championship game!

The rain delay Monday did nothing to dampen the resolve of Team Indiana on Tuesday, Aug. 9, and as usual, it was a complete team effort. The purple gang defeated Team Kentucky by the final score of 3-1. Marshal Mastin (KY) and Kaden Hall (IN) hooked up in a pitchers’ duel. Mastin only surrendered one base hit, striking out nine.

Team Indiana hands Team Michigan a 6-2 loss

UPDATE: Monday’s play in the Little League Great Lakes Regional was interrupted by rain. Scheduling for the remainder of the tourney was being developed Tuesday morning. Team Michigan had to know that Team Indiana was from a small town, but they had no way of knowing that half of the population of that small town would be in the stands Saturday to support Indiana’s team. The never nervous members of Team Indiana served notice in their first at-bat that they were not intimidated by the bright lights of the big stage. Jaykob Troutwine led off the top of the first inning by drawing a walk.

Unhealthy homes spread blight like a cancer

People in neighborhood ‘who are trying to take care of their homes just give up’

Housing blight sometimes goes beyond appearances. The Wayne County Health Department gets involved when conditions threaten the well-being of people living in or near a home. “It’s important not just for the individuals living there but for the community as a whole. When one house becomes blighted, it become a cancer for the whole area,” Christine Stinson, the Health Department’s executive director, said. “It doesn’t stay just at that address.

Wayne Bank celebrating 140 years

Community values continue steering it
A bank that started in Cambridge City is among the oldest family-owned commercial banks in Indiana, celebrating its 140th anniversary with customer appreciation activities on the next three Fridays. People who stop in at any of the bank branches will be treated to “tasty treats” on Aug. 12, 19 and 26. The Cambridge City branch will be actively celebrating during Canal Days on Sept. 10.

2 have filed for election to school boards

MOST RECENT UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 5

All 5 of county’s public districts seek candidates

Perhaps they’re keeping their cards close to the vest before the filing deadline, but Wayne County doesn’t appear to be flush with school board candidates. Those interested in serving on five Wayne County’s school boards have a little more than two weeks to get on the fall ballot. Filing started on July 27, and as of press time, two candidates have filed the required paperwork with Wayne County election officials to run for the 12 seats on the ballot. Incumbent Phil Pflum filed last week in hopes of returning to his at-large seat on Western Wayne’s school board.

Semi hooks traffic signal, pole; U.S. 40 traffic flow disrupted in Cambridge City

As of late Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 2), eastbound U.S. 40 is being blocked near downtown Cambridge City. A semi caught the pole containing the traffic signals at the corner of Center Street and U.S. 40 with the rear of the truck. The traffic signals and pole were still attached to the truck as it went further east. Cambridge City Police Chief Richard Roberts is blocking the eastbound lanes between Center and Chestnut streets.

Hagerstown = TEAM INDIANA

When the Hagerstown 11-12 Majors Little League team stepped on the field last Wednesday to face Decatur Central for the state championship, they carried the hopes and dreams of their community. When the game ended with Hagerstown winning 3-1, they became Team Indiana and will carry the hopes and dreams of Indiana into the Great Lakes Regional. Team Indiana will advance to the Great Lakes Regional, played in Whitestown, Indiana. They will face Team Michigan on at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6.