Delta variant has arrived in Wayne County, health department says

Wayne County Health Department was notified Monday of the county’s first COVID-19 sample testing positive for the Delta variant (B 1.617.2). Only a fraction of all sample are sent for DNA speciation. “We have been operating for several weeks as if we have
had the Delta variant in Wayne County already,” explained Christine Stinson, executive director of the Wayne County Health Department. The county’s positivity rate was 3.6% Monday. “Once the Delta strain became the dominate strain in Indiana, knowing Wayne County was not in a protective bubble, we knew we had it here, it was only a matter of proving it was here,” said Dr. David Jetmore, Wayne County
Health Officer.

Silver Alert canceled for missing New Castle man

A Statewide Silver Alert has been canceled  for a New Castle man. New Castle (Indiana) Police Department had investigated the disappearance of David Mise, a 63-year-old white male. Mise is 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 390 pounds and has white hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a light blue polo shirt, dark blue shorts, and red and blue flip-flops. He was driving a silver 2021 Kia Rio with Arizona license 2NA8VC.

Muffins sold at Walmart, other stores being recalled for potential Lysteria

Several brands of muffins are being recalled from convenience and grocery stores around the country. Give and Go Prepared Foods (U.S.A.) Corp. has announced a voluntary nationwide recall of certain muffin products due to the potential for the products to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Click on the link below learn more from the FDA about which muffins are impacted by the recall and see pictures of the packaging.

Updated: Silver Alert canceled for missing New Castle man

A Statewide Silver Alert has been canceled after New Castle Police Department  investigated the disappearance of David Heaston, a 33-year-old white male. Heaston is 5 feet 10 inches tall, 220 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a light colored T-shirt and khaki shorts. Heaston was missing from New Castle, Indiana. He was last seen on Friday, July 9, at 8:07 p.m.

He was believed to be in extreme danger and possibly require medical assistance.

Clues sought after shots fired into car from a car

Richmond Police Department is seeking information about a person who reportedly fired three or four rounds from a car. Second-shift patrol officers responded to the 300 block of North 13th Street on Tuesday, July 13, after receiving a call that reported shots being fired. Dispatchers received two shots fired calls. Officers located a car in the area that had been shot, but no one immediately reported any injuries. Witnesses reported one person was shooting from a car, firing three or four rounds.  No description of the shooter was given, said Capt. Curt Leverton in a news release.

Body of missing Connersville man recovered from river

Indiana Conservation Officers have recovered the body of Robert L. Austin, 26, of Connersville, from the Whitewater River. A media release sent late in the evening of Tuesday, July 13, announced the discovery. Conservation officers have searched in recent days for a missing man in the vicinity of Mahan Park, commonly referred to as “Three-Mile Bridge,” near Highway 121 in Connersville. After receiving notification from Fayette County Dispatch at approximately 5:45 p.m. Thursday, July 8, conservation officers arrived on scene and discovered a vehicle and several articles belonging to Austin. The search was announced to media the evening of July 9.

Election filing deadline for CC independent candidates earlier than expected

Wayne County Clerk Debra Berry and the county’s Voter Registration staff are alerting Cambridge City residents that the deadline to file paperwork for a town council seat could be earlier than they expect. An error on a state form means the deadline is one day earlier for independent candidates than stated, but the state will not allow an extension. Berry announced Tuesday, June 29, that anyone seeking one of the two town council seats up for election this fall as an independent candidate needs to file a petition of nomination, called a CAN-44 form, by noon Wednesday, June 30. The form is called a Petition of Nomination for City or Town Office in 2021. 

As part of that CAN-44 form, the candidate needs to collect at least 17 signatures from registered voters saying that person should be on the ballot. Berry recommends getting extra signatures in case any can’t be verified.  None of the signatures can be from anyone who plans to also run for council.

Secret Garden Tour set for this weekend around Wayne County

Richmond Art Museum’s annual Secret Garden Tour fundraiser is returning Saturday and Sunday, June 26-27. The unique event gives area residents the opportunity to visit lush gardens of local landscape artists throughout the community. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on tour days. Self-guided tours are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. [awesome-weather location=”Richmond Indiana” size=”tall” units=”F”]

Four gardens of varying type and size, including a select trail of Cope Environmental Center, will be on view throughout the self-guided tour for ticket holders to enjoy.

Funnel cakes and vaccines: COVID shots available at Wayne County Fair

Where can area residents get a COVID vaccine? Here are a few of the options in the coming days. Wayne County 4-H Fairgrounds
Wayne County Health Department is offering free COVID-19 vaccines from 3-9 p.m. daily from Monday, June 21, through Friday, June 25, at its mobile unit at the fair. WCHD’s mobile unit will be making appearances in Cambridge City and Fountain City in the near future. Henry Community Health
Henry Community Health in New Castle will move its COVID-19 vaccine administration to another location starting Tuesday, July 6.

COVID vaccines available Saturday to public at Ivy Tech

Indiana Department of Health has set up a vaccination clinic at Ivy Tech Richmond. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, through Saturday, June 19, at 2357 Chester Blvd. Walk-ins are welcome. If you’d like to save time and make an appointment, it’s easy to get one. Appointments can be scheduled online anytime at on your computer or smartphone (use Chrome or Firefox as your browser).