Ages 5-11 can get COVID vaccine in Wayne County

Hoosiers ages 5 to 11 are now eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine, and local health officials hope that kids will get one dose before family gatherings at Thanksgiving. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday it has authorized the Pfizer pediatric vaccine for that age group. “Having a COVID-19 vaccine available to our younger Hoosiers is a game changer in terms of our efforts to keep children healthy and in school for in-person learning,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box in a news release. “Fully vaccinated individuals do not have to quarantine if they are exposed but have no symptoms, so I encourage parents to get their children vaccinated if they are eligible.”

“Getting at least one dose in a child prior to Thanksgiving is important,” said Christine Stinson, Wayne County Health Department executive director. “Even one dose provides some level of protection for the others they will come into contact with, like their grandparents.”

WCHD has received 300 pediatric Pfizer BioNTech doses.  Families were in a line for a special evening clinic on Nov.

Boil advisory lifted in Dublin

Dublin officials advised Friday, Nov. 5, that the town has lifted its boil advisory for customers on the west side after two consecutive days of negative test results. The boil advisory began Nov. 2 until further notice for customers on Mill Street to Dublin well house 8201 E. U.S. 40 at the west end of town. During a boil advisory, all drinking, cooking, and teeth-brushing water should be boiled for a minimum of 5 minutes.

Police still seek information on Richmond shooting victim

A man was taken to an Indianapolis hospital after being found earlier this week near a local sidewalk with a bullet wound, and police are seeking clues about what led up to that discovery. Shortly before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, first-shift patrol officers for Richmond Police Department were sent to a “man down” call in the 600 block of South Fifth Street. Jeremy Dewayne Butler, 43, was found in the grass between the street and sidewalk, according to a news release from Capt. Curt Leverton. Butler had an altered level of consciousness and was unable to provide officers or medical personnel with any information, Leverton said.

Schools helping with recycling collections in October

Stacks of tires in wooded areas can be found in Wayne County, and a local effort is underway to provide free disposal of tires and electronic waste in October. Collections of unwanted items, along with billboards discouraging littering, are just some of the ways a local organization aims to clean up two local counties. Billboard campaign

Cathy Williams saw anti-littering billboards throughout South Carolina while on vacation, and brought the idea to Wayne and Union Solid Waste Management District board. That organization, which formerly served Randolph County, is still known as WUR, with the R now representing recycling. The board, made up of local government leaders and concerned citizens, aims to in-crease recycling and better environmental practices in both counties.

Flu prevention efforts under way

Although hospitals in Henry and Wayne counties are seeing fewer COVID patients in recent days, virus-related deaths are still being recorded and health workers say they are still feeling the strain. Thus, local health officials have been urging everyone 6 months and older to get their flu shot in October to help prevent their own dangerous illness and take some of the seasonal burden off health systems.

“As we enter this flu season, it could be like no other,” said Dr. David Jetmore, Wayne County’s health officer, in a news release. Jetmore noted a significant decrease in flu cases during late 2020 and early 2021 because of mask wearing policies and mandates. Preventive actions such as increased handwashing and cleaning of high-touch surfaces, staying home when sick, and avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth also are encouraged again this year. This year with the more contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 and the low number of infections of flu last year, Jetmore said it “could culminate into a very bad situation quickly without mitigation factors like those for COVID-19.”

Those with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease are especially encouraged to get a flu shot to reduce the risk of serious complications, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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.

Reid delaying elective inpatient surgeries because of COVID wave

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 9, Reid Health is pausing all elective inpatient surgeries as the health system works to manage the latest surge of COVID-19 cases. Wayne County moved Wednesday, Sept. 8, to the state’s worst advisory level for community spread, which is the red level. 

Emergent/urgent surgeries will proceed, as will outpatient surgeries scheduled at Reid Outpatient Surgery & Endoscopy (ROSE). All scheduled surgeries will be reviewed for urgency, and the surgeon’s office will reach out to those patients who need to be rescheduled.