Looking for a testing or a vaccination site? Here are a few


Wayne County Health Department: Free walk-in PCR tests for all (and rapid tests for those younger than 18 or 50-plus with symptoms) from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 601 E. Main St., Richmond; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays at Nettle Creek Hardware, 485 E. Main St., Hagerstown; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays at Northeastern schools, 7299 U.S. 27 N., Fountain City; and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays at Golay Community Center, 1007 E. Main St., Cambridge City. 

Henry Community Health: Drive-thru tests at 1007 N. 16th St., New Castle. Appointments required; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays

Reid Health: Drive-thru tests at 1200 Chester Blvd., Richmond, daily from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 2025 Virginia Ave., Connersville, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. Appointment: (765) 965-4200

Fayette County Health Department: Tests in parking lot at 401 Central Ave., Connersville. Scheduling: coronavirus.in.gov or (765) 825-4013

To make an appointment or find additional testing sites, visit Scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov or call 211.  Vaccinations

Vaccines can be found at many local pharmacies, health departments and medical offices.

Sheriff: Fatal Hagerstown shooting not a random act

A man has been found dead in rural Hagerstown and it’s believed that he was acquainted with the person who shot him, police said. “This does not appear to be a random act and there is no known threat to the community,” said Wayne County Sheriff Randy Retter a few hours after the Wednesday, Jan. 12 incident. An immediate investigation revealed that the shooting reported just after 3 p.m. was an isolated incident, he said. Deputies from Wayne County Sheriff’s Office responded to Treaty Line Road near Teetor Road, which is southeast of Hagerstown.  That area is just west of Indiana 1.

5 taken to hospital for evaluation after car hits school bus in Cambridge City

Four Western Wayne Schools students were taken to Reid Health after a car collided into their school bus. The auto’s driver told investigators that her windshield was frosted over, and she didn’t see the bus, said Wayne County Sheriff Randy Retter. The crash occurred the morning of Jan. 11 at the intersection of North Graham and Delaware streets in Cambridge City. Tonya Mills, 55, of New Castle, was driving southbound from the parking lot at Stone Gate Apartments, 301 N. Graham St., when she struck the center of the westbound bus with her 2013 Chrysler 200, a news release said.

Man accused of conspiracy to kill wife with poison

A rural Wayne County man has been arrested on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder after allegedly poisoning his wife. Alfred Ruf, 69, has been lodged in Wayne County Jail on the Level 2 felony charge. Ruf’s arrest was announced Friday by Sheriff Randy Retter. Wayne Circuit Court Judge April Drake issued a probable cause order on Jan. 5 for the felony charge and set Ruf’s bail at $75,000 with 10 percent cash authorized.

Security image released after Richmond store robbery

Richmond Police Department has shared a security camera image of the suspect in a convenience store robbery in hopes of finding the suspect. At about 7:03 a.m. Friday, Jan. 7, first-shift patrol officers responded to a reported robbery in the 1200 block of South Ninth Street. Capt. Curt Leverton said the suspect is reported as a white male approximately 6’0” tall. He was wearing black pants, a black jacket with a gray hood, and light-colored shoes.

State brings 4-day testing, vaccine team to Wayne County Fairgrounds

National Guard members and Indiana Department of Health staff have begun arriving in Wayne County to aid with a surge of COVID-19 illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths as hospitals struggle to treat patients for other urgent health needs. Henry Community Health officials say the “never-ending COVID nightmare continues to worsen” as Indiana hospitals set records for their numbers of patients. In addition, some patients who delayed primary care for other health issues as the pandemic lingers are now critically ill, HCH officials said. National Guard members are being stationed at Reid Health to assist with staffing shortages, and what the state calls a strike team will bring a free mobile testing and vaccination site starting Wednesday, Jan. 5 to Richmond’s west side for any area resident.

16-year-old boy found safe after Silver Alert issued

Richmond Police Department says a teen was found safe after a statewide Silver Alert was issued. RPD announced an investigation into the disappearance of David Burton, a 16-year-old white male, on Dec. 29. He had been last seen in Richmond at approximately 10:40 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 25.

Sheriff: Scooter driver struck by SUV dies from injuries

A Richmond scooter operator died after colliding with a sport utility vehicle on U.S. 27, police said. Just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash in the 3700 block of Chester Boulevard in Richmond. Deputies were initially told that the crash involved a motorcycle, and a person was laying in the middle of the roadway, Sheriff Randy Retter said in a news release. The preliminary investigation determined that Charles Stephenson, 46, of Richmond, was operating a Tao scooter southbound on U.S. 27 in the driving lane.

2 students surprised by full-tuition Lilly scholarships

Wayne County Foundation has announced which two area high school seniors will receive the full-tuition Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. From seventy-nine applicants, Emily Cox of Lincoln High School and
Garrett Walther of Centerville High School were chosen as Wayne County’s 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars. The announcement was made Tuesday, Dec. 14, after the students submitted an application earlier this year. Five finalists were interviewed this fall.  They also included Esther Etherington of Richmond High School; Devin Frazier of Centerville Senior High School; and Shayna Morris of Lincoln High School.

Region receiving $15M for economic development projects

Wayne and surrounding counties learned Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 14) that they are receiving a combined $15 million for economic development projects as part of a $500 million statewide initiative. East Central Indiana Regional Partnership applied for state funds through the Regional Economic Acceleration Development Initiative (READI) program earlier this year. Winners were announced at an Indiana Economic Development Corporation board meeting led by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb. Officials from Wayne, Henry, Randolph, Blackford, Delaware, Grant and Jay counties announced in June that they were working together on the application to seek up to $50 million.