Ruby Carroll Black

Ruby Carroll Black, 81 of Richmond passed away in her home, October 18, 2021. She was born August 17, 1940, in Garrett Co., Kentucky to Albert and Ruby Pruitt Powell and lived in this area most of her life. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her five sons, Gordon (Cathy) Black, Charles Black, James (Brenda) Black, Kenneth (Sally) Black, Albert (Patricia) Black, two daughters Sharron (Micah Sr.) Mann, Carolyn (Kenneth) Thomas; twenty-nine grandchildren Amanda, Brandy, Candy, Eugenia, Charles Jr., Tommy, Sierra, Mindy, RJ, James Jr., Jeremy, Tiffany, Vicki, Jerry, Kenny Jr., Silvia, Ashly, Jesse, Cody, Michelle, Micah Jr., Trina, Samantha, Chastity, Jacob, Elaine, Dustin, Marvin, Brandi, eighty-four great and great-great-grandchildren; three sisters Evelyn Blevins, Nan (JC) Jones, Wanda Powell, several nieces, and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Billy who died in 2007, one granddaughter Shannon Harris, three great-great-grandsons, Isaac, Dylan, Oliver, one brother Bobby Wayne Coyle, two sisters Betty Bond, and Oma Cook.

Timothy David “Tim” Hill

Timothy David “Tim” Hill, age 71, of New Castle, passed away Monday at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie surrounded by his family. He was born Mary 1, 1950 in New Castle, Indiana to John and Vinnia Adkins Hill. He graduated from Walter P. Chrysler High School in 1969. He worked several jobs but spent most of his years at Brook’s Food in Mt. Summit, Pendleton Correctional Facility in Pendleton, and Chrysler Corporation in New Castle and in Kokomo from which he retired.

Sheriff: Post about school threat was a prank

Juvenile arrested on felony charge of communication intimidation

A social media post indicating a potential threat at a local school has been determined to be a student-led prank, according to local law enforcement. On Tuesday, Oct. 5, School Resource Officer Chad Steen, a deputy with Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, was made aware of a concerning social media post on Instagram, according to Sheriff Randy Retter. That post was then circulated via screenshots throughout other social media platforms.

The post indicated an act of violence might take place on Friday, Oct. 8, against Dennis Middle School in Richmond.

Lucinda F. Callahan, 61, Richmond, was born October 2, 1959 in Richmond, Kentucky. She was the daughter of William and Mary Elizabeth Bowling. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, George Callahan; daughter, Dawn (Jeremy) Anderson; son, Anthony (Kristin) Callahan; grandchildren, Meghan, Hailey, Toni Callahan, and Taylor and Hudson Anderson; brother, Bill Bowling; sisters, Sue Callahan, Peggy Robinson, Sylvia Gipson, Donna Silfer, Carolyn Coates and Melba Brown. She also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She graduated from Richmond High School.

Ruth Eileen Nocton

Ruth Eileen Nocton, age 92, of Williamsburg, Indiana passed away Sunday September 26, 2021 at Ambassador Health. She was born in Richmond, Indiana on March 10, 1929 to Robert W. and Eva Wissler Merkamp. Ruth was a longtime member of Holy Family Catholic Church. She married Robert Edward Nocton on Feb 4, 1950. Survivors include her husband, Robert, children Nancy (Calvin) Moore, Martha (Thomas) Goble, Robert (Joyce) Nocton Jr., Joe (Janet) Nocton, Mary (Steve) Hersey, Steve (Tara) Nocton, Tim (Damita) Nocton and Kevin (Becky) Nocton; 19 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and many nieces/nephews.

Russell V. Bolser Sr.

Russell V. Bolser Sr., 80 of Liberty passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021. He was born on July 6, 1941 to the late William Bolser and Evelyn Grau Bolser in Harrison, Ohio. On July 15, 1961, he married Margaret Hoskins. They recently just celebrated their 60th year anniversary, where they celebrated with their friends and family at there farm. Russell was a member of the American Quarter Horse association for many years.

Wayne County goes red in new COVID data

Wayne County has become a member of a club that local officials didn’t want to join. It is now one of 21 counties with the worst (red) advisory level for COVID-19. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Wayne County health officials have announced a total of seven new local COVID-related deaths. Four more deaths were reported Wednesday.  The deaths included two males and two females. One of the patients was in their 30s, one in their 50s, and two in their 60s.

Wayne County adds 144 new COVID cases Tuesday; drive-up vaccine, testing site at Ivy Tech closes Wednesday

Wayne County Health Department reported 144 lab-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, Aug. 31, while state officials are offering a three-day drive-up testing and vaccination site at a local college to meet increased local demand. Of those new illnesses reported Tuesday, 54 were in ages 18 and younger. After a surge of positive tests in recent days, the 1,428 cases reported during August 2021 makes it the county’s second-highest month for infections. November 2020 has been the highest month tallied for Wayne County, with 1,801 cases.