Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 9:00PM Friday

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Restaurant owners urge community to take COVID precautions so they can stay in business

County, city limit gatherings to 75 people

Local restaurant owners are among those urging Wayne County residents to wear masks, social distance, and wash their hands so that they don’t go out of business and kids don’t have lifelong health problems.

During a press conference aired on WCTV on Thursday, Oct. 22, local business and tourism leaders as well as government officials asked residents to take measures as a united team to protect themselves and others from the deadly virus and keep local businesses and schools open. Zack Parker, an owner of Roscoe’s Coffee Bar and Tap Room, said the community mostly has been great about compliance with health guidelines. However, he is concerned about the nearly daily harassment some of his teen and young adult employees have taken from customers decades older who don’t want to wear a mask and intend to start a fight, calling it “ridiculous.” “You are the ones that are perpetuating this pandemic by refusing to be responsible and do the right thing,” Parker said.

Local COVID deaths surge to 27; officials consider next steps to slow virus spread

Wayne County and Richmond officials are considering some steps to try to reduce future cases of COVID-19 as the numbers of deaths and sick people surge. A press conference is planned for Thursday afternoon with city and county leaders to announce what they believe should be done to prevent more illness and deaths. As of Wednesday, Oct. 21, Wayne County has had 1,221 lab-confirmed positive cases of the virus, which is an increase of more than 200 cases in less than two weeks. Wednesday’s numbers from the daily Indiana Department of Health report show a one-day increase of 29 local cases.

Northeastern School Board Candidates

Western Wayne News is contacting local candidates seeking election this fall in contested races to request they answer a questionnaire (all candidates for the same office receive the same questions). They were asked the following questions:

1. Please define the role of a school board member, from your perspective. 2. How do you feel your school district is responding to additional challenges presented by COVID-19?

Nettle Creek School Board Candidates

Western Wayne News is contacting local candidates seeking election this fall in contested races to request they answer a questionnaire (all candidates for the same office receive the same questions). They were asked the following questions:

1. Please define the role of a school board member, from your perspective. 2. How do you feel your school district is responding to additional challenges presented by COVID-19?

Wayne County Clerk Candidates

Western Wayne News is contacting local candidates seeking election this fall in contested races to request they answer a questionnaire (all candidates for the same office receive the same questions). They were asked the following questions:

1. What do you see as the main responsibilities for this office? 2. What experience makes you the best clerk candidate in order to move our community forward?

Woman dies after being struck by train in Richmond

A woman died after being struck by a train on Richmond’s far-east side. Shortly before 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, Richmond Police Department officers responded to a report of a woman struck by a train near Gravel Pit Road. Gravel Pit Road extends north of U.S. 40, just west of Red Lobster, 5400 National Road E. The train tracks are northwest of the commercial district of restaurants and hotels, with trains on that track occasionally visible to those approaching the state line. Upon arrival, officers and medical personnel found the female west of the Gravel Pit Road crossing.