Free transportation to vaccine clinics, visits to homebound offered

Free rides to, from Western Wayne County

Jackson Township Trustee’s Office is organizing free transportation for Western Wayne County residents to get their vaccine at Reid Health’s clinic at Wayne County Fairgrounds. Those from Jackson and surrounding townships can call (765) 478-4620 anytime to leave a message with contact information and request round-trip transportation. Trustee Lyndon Wicker is working with Wayne County Commissioners and Reid Health to make transportation available. Rides in Richmond

The City of Richmond is providing no-charge bus service to Wayne County Health Department’s vaccination clinic at its downtown office and Reid’s clinic at Kuhlman Center. To schedule a ride, patients will need to call (765) 983-7227 or (765) 983-7301.

Indiana State Police announce search for missing local woman

Investigators with the Indiana State Police are still attempting to locate a Richmond woman who was reported missing on Saturday, May 1. Mikaela Grace Estes was traveling from Indianapolis to her home in Richmond along Interstate 70 that day. Family members told investigators Estes called and told them she was planning to stop for fuel at the 131-mile marker (Wilbur Wright Road) exit at approximately 8:30 p.m.   between New Castle and Cambridge City. She was driving a silver 2016 Chrysler 200 with an unknown Indiana temporary license plate. Richmond Police Department took the initial missing person report.

Earlham, IU East offering virtual discussion on documentary featuring women in science

The Joseph Moore Museum and Department of Biology at Earlham College is screening the acclaimed documentary Picture A Scientist for 72 hours beginning on Friday, April 30. The documentary portrays discrimination against women in science and highlights three scientists writing a new chapter for women working in the field. The screening will culminate with a virtual panel and small-group discussions at 7 p.m. Monday, May 3, that feature graduates and faculty from Earlham and Indiana University East. Registration is free and open to the public. Those interested in watching the documentary outside of the designated time frame can do so for a limited time here. “We’re taking this as an opportunity to bring people together who are interested in changing the culture of science.  We all suffer when STEM research and product design don’t come from diverse teams,” said Heather Lerner, Earlham associate professor of biology and director of the Joseph Moore Museum.

UPDATED: Silver Alert canceled for New Castle man

A Statewide Silver Alert has been canceled for a man missing from New Castle. The Henry County Sheriff’s Department was investigating the disappearance of Russell Goldsberry, an 80-year-old white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 140 pounds, white hair with hazel eyes, last seen wearing a “US Navy Veteran” baseball hat, blue jacket, pink shirt, light tan pants, and blue shoes with tan trim. Russell was missing from New Castle, Indiana, and was last seen on Saturday, May 1, at 12:30 p.m.

The alert was canceled Saturday evening, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Department, which announced he had been located. For more information, contact Henry County Sheriff’s Department  at 765-529-4901.

Free electronics recycling offered Thursday, Friday in Richmond

You can get rid of old electronics and appliances THURSDAY and FRIDAY at Seton Catholic High School in Richmond – even old air conditioners or dehumidifiers. (We mixed up the dates in our calendar in this week’s paper -our apologies for any confusion). If you have something not on the list, take it just in case it will be accepted.

RHS grad named sole finalist for superintendent

A Richmond High School and Earlham College graduate could come home to become Richmond Community Schools’ next superintendent. After a nationwide search starting in September 2020, RCS announced Curtis Wright as its sole finalist on Tuesday, April 27. The public was invited to discuss Wright’s potential future with the district during a school board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 28. At that meeting, school board members could hear and discuss any public comments in favor or against a proposed contract with Wright. He has more than 10 years of experience in school administration and a doctorate in educational leadership.

Police: Man’s gunshot wound not life-threatening

A Richmond man was injured Monday afternoon after a shooting on the city’s northeast side. Shortly before 3 p.m. Monday, Richmond Police Department’s first-shift patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting at an apartment at 851 N. 16th St. Fragust D. Ford, 42, was located with a
gunshot wound to the lower body, according to Lt. Brandon Cappa of RPD’s Investigative Services. Ford was transported to Reid Health with non-life-threating injuries. Investigators located evidence and are interviewing witnesses, Cappa said.

Local man dies in plane crash near Richmond airport

A Wayne County resident’s plane crashed Sunday morning in a field after takeoff,  just south of Richmond Municipal Airport along Indiana 227. Judson J. Costlow, 78, of Richmond had taken off shortly before 8 a.m. to visit family in Arizona, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Coley McCutcheon, the regional public information officer based at ISP’s Pendleton Post. About 7:50 a.m., Costlow had texted his wife that he was about to leave the airport, McCutcheon said. The remains of Costlow’s plane, which had caught fire, were visible from the two-lane highway.

Northeastern selects Western Wayne principal for assistant superintendent

Northeastern has hired Western Wayne Elementary School Principal Jessica Neill as its new assistant superintendent. Neill, who has more than 20 years of experience in education, joins Northeastern on July 1. “In Mrs. Neill our team is gaining a tremendous thought partner and proven leader with a clear heart for the well-being and future success of students,” said Northeastern Superintendent Matthew Hicks in a news release. “Her experience in strategic planning, early childhood learning and literacy, as well as her strong abilities in school finance and grant management make her the right person to help move Northeastern forward in its vision to ‘build a better tomorrow.'”

Read more about Neill’s experience and some of her favorite memories of her time at Western Wayne Schools in the April 28 edition of Western Wayne News.  

First Bank Richmond matching donations to IUE on #IUDay

In celebration of #IUDay today (Wednesday, April 21), Indiana University East launched its IU East Cares Crowdfunding Campaign. As the Indiana University community celebrates IU Day, First Bank Richmond is celebrating IU East with a $10,000 matching gift opportunity for alumni and friends of the campus for gifts made to the Chancellor’s Fund. The Chancellor’s Fund supports programs and initiatives to provide unique educational opportunities for IU East students. First Bank Richmond will match all gifts, up to $500 per donor, given to IU East today, April 21. The total $10,000 matching gift amount is selected as a way to honor the 10,000 IU East alumni.