Centerville OKs spending from pandemic funds

Money going for public service, community safety

Money from the pandemic-related American Rescue Plan is being spent for community safety and public service purchases in Centerville. Town Council approved expenditures from the town’s ARP funds on June 14 and still has about $11,000 remaining to be spent this year. As the council approved them, council members kept a running tally to make sure the expenditures did not exceed the available funds. ARP is money the federal government gave to local governments to help provide resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Centerville received funds this year and will have another pot of money to spend in 2023.

Yard restorations progressing in Fountain City

Fountain City residents should expect to see many changes in the coming weeks as the town’s water project nears completion, and the town’s stormwater project gets underway. Residents who have been frustrated by torn up yards and roadways and changes to their water’s color, smell and pressure will have to endure a few more weeks. Representatives of Cobalt Civil LLC in Winchester, the project’s contractor, and Triad, the project’s engineering firm, assured those residents attending the Fountain City Town Council’s June 7 meeting that the end is in sight. The Cobalt Civil representative said water service still had to be hooked up to about six homes. Additionally, there were four fire hydrants to install and three tie-ins to complete.

Bulldogs complete their journey

Getting to the state championship game is the difficult part: winning it is just the icing on the cake. The Centerville Bulldogs baseball team fell short of winning the state championship Friday night when they lost to the Illiana Christian Vikings 10-1. The Bulldogs achieved their stated goal made at the end of the regular season and before the sectional tournament to play six more games. Friday was game six. Playing on beautiful Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis, on a perfect weather night, the Bulldogs made history for a Wayne County or Tri-Eastern Conference school just by being there.

Fun at the Fair

Queen says kissing a frog is not any better the second time around

Contemplating one of her duties as queen of the Wayne County 4-H Fair, Zoe Brock kept her composure but admitted that kissing a frog would not be something she could really enjoy. “I was Pre-Teen Queen back in 2016 and I had to do it then,” she said. “It doesn’t get easier.”
Nonetheless, when Geraldine Bond called her front and center at Sunday’s frog-jumping contest, Zoe summoned her courage – and the company of her queenly court – pursed her lips and planted a kiss on a frog. The cold-blooded amphibian didn’t seem impressed and Zoe’s face showed her distaste for the moment. While kisses from the queen and her princesses produced no fairy-tale handsome prince, Zoe’s frog did jump more than 8 feet in the contest, a just-for-fun highlight to a weather-perfect afternoon on the fair’s second day.

Commissioners will discuss confidential trade records

There will be an executive session of the members of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners at 1 p.m. Monday, June 20. The meeting is for discussion of records classified as confidential by state or federal
statute; namely, Indiana Trade Secrets Act and related statutes, for purposes of reviewing quotes containing proprietary materials of the quoting vendor. That provision of the Indiana Open Meetings Act is often used to discuss matters related to economic development: the attraction or expansion of job-creating businesses. However, the notice does not state that. The meeting will be in the Commissioners/Council Chambers in the Wayne County Administration Building, 401 E. Main St., Richmond.

Branch bank robbed; police seek suspect

Police are looking for a man who robbed a branch bank on the north side of Richmond on Monday, June 13. Richmond Police patrol officers responded at 3:28 p.m. to a bank robbery in progress at 2101 Chester Blvd. in Richmond. Video surveillance caught images of a white male in his 50’s, approximately 5’- 6”, slender build wearing a gray shirt, blue jeans, and a white surgical mask, entering the bank and passing a note stating he had a gun and demanded money. The suspect was also reported to be wearing tennis shoes, a tan colored hat with dark gray and white hair. The man left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money in a plastic shopping bag placed inside a canvas bag. A weapon was not displayed. No vehicle was observed. Investigators responded to process the scene and talk with witnesses. No injuries were reported.

Reward offered for information about cemetery vandalism

Confidential national call line being utilized

About 2½ months have passed since Cambridge City’s oldest cemetery was violated by one or more persons bent on destroying historic monuments. Advocates for Capitol Hill Cemetery are now announcing they have raised $3,500 to turn up the heat and urge someone to come forward with more information about the crime. Callers can use a national independent confidential tip line, (800) 782-7463. It is not operated by a police department. They will be assigned a random identifier code they can use to follow their tip.

Nettle Creek superintendent resigns; new one to be confirmed June 22

Nettle Creek School Corporation’s superintendent, Kyle Barrentine, has resigned in order to become superintendent at Shenandoah School Corporation, near Middletown. In a letter he posted on social media, Barrentine said the Nettle Creek school board will meet Wednesday, June 22, to confirm a contract with Emily Schaeffer as the new superintendent. Barrentine’s letter is reproduced below. Look for more information in the June 22 issue of Western Wayne News. To All:

Good evening!  Please take the time to read this entire message.

Bulldogs advance to State championship game

During his post-game comments, after watching his team come back from a seventh inning deficit to win the south Semi-state baseball championship game, Centerville Head Coach Tracey Crull covered his face and said, “We are going to Victory Field. I can’t believe it.”
Believe it Coach. For the first time in history a Wayne County High School will play for a State Championship in baseball. It will also be the first time a Tri-Eastern Conference team has reached the title game in baseball. >>>

The Bulldogs will face Illiana Christian, members of the Greater Southshore Conference, for the state championship.