Jan. 30-31 closures, free winter gear, trash pickup changes

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Please see our additional story on our website about additional warming stations and churches in Cambridge City and Pershing for anyone needing to get warm.

The United States Postal Service suspended deliveries to portions of Indiana on Thursday due to extreme cold.
The postal service announced delivery would be suspended for ZIP codes starting with 460-469, 472-475, 478, and 479, which is much of Central Indiana.

Western Wayne News/Nettle Creek Gazette staff will be working varied hours Wednesday because of the weather, so please call (765) 478-5448 before venturing out to make sure someone is in the office. Or, please email customerservice@hmgccity.com, which is being monitored today.

WAYNE COUNTY
Wayne County 4-H has postponed the Wayne County Motorsports program for youth in grades 6-8 that was originally scheduled for Tuesday evening. The new date will be NEXT Thursday, February 7th, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. in the Kuhlman Center. It’s also not too late to register for 4-H – kids can still sign up even though the deadline has passed. Get more details at 765-973-9281.

CAMBRIDGE CITY
*Cambridge City Christian Church will be open Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. for anyone needing a nice, warm place to stay. We will remain open until at least Thursday at noon. If you plan to stay overnight, please bring some bedding and we will find you a nice, warm place to sleep. We will have coffee, drinks, and snacks too! Since school is closed tomorrow, we will have games and movies, and of course WI-FI to make it through the day.

*First United Methodist Church of Cambridge City has a Missions Board in front of the church at 238 W. Main St., Cambridge City, where anyone in need can collect gloves, hats, socks or scarves.

*Western Wayne Schools will be closed Thursday.

*Lumpy’s Cafe Cambridge city is expected to reopen Thursday at 6 a.m.

*No. 9 Grill will be closed Wednesday.

CENTERVILLE
*Centerville-Center Township Public Library will be closed Wednesday.

*Centerville-Abington schools are closed Thursday.

*From Centerville Junior High: Due to the many delays and today’s closing of school, 3rd nine weeks midterms will now be delayed until Friday, Feb. 8. They will be sent out electronically to e-mails listed in PowerSchool.
For those intending on purchasing tickets to the dance on Feb. 9, please note the change in the midterms date. If a student purchases a ticket and then has a “F” on his/her midterms, he/she will not be able to attend the dance. So please be aware of your student’s grades before purchasing a ticket next week.

*Trash pickup for Wednesday Jan. 30 has been moved to Thursday, Jan. 31. Thursday’s dumpsters will be done on Friday, Feb. 1. If you have any questions, please contact the office at (765) 855-5515.

*There will be no food service at the Senior Center on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

EAST GERMANTOWN/PERSHING
*Resurrected Church, 503 Main St. (U.S. 40) in Pershing will be open as a warming center from 3 p.m. Wednesday until Friday morning for anyone in need.

FOUNTAIN CITY
Northeastern Wayne Schools will be closed Thursday, January 31. The day will be an eLearning Day. Please check with your child’s teachers for specific information regarding assignments and activities. Work will be posted by 9 am and teachers will be available electronically for questions from 10 am to 2 pm.

HAGERSTOWN
Nettle Creek Schools will be closed Thursday.
Hagerstown has cancelled the 5th-6th grade boys basketball game scheduled for Wednesday and the JH girls basketball game scheduled for Thursday.
Head Start classrooms and offices will be closed Thursday, January 31.

MILTON
Trash pickup has been moved from Thursday to Friday.

RICHMOND
*Richmond Community Schools will be closed on Thursday. This will be an e-Learning day for RCS students.
*Seton Catholic Schools will be closed on Thursday. This will be another e-Learning day for students
*Community Christian School, The Excel Center and CAECI Head Start and Early Head Start will all be closed Thursday.
*Seton JV/V basketball games scheduled for Jan. 31 have been rescheduled for Feb. 2
*Reid Health volunteer programs for Thursday are canceled.
*Abilities Richmond Inc. and Girls Inc. will be closed Thursday.
* Hand in Hand Adult Day Care will be closed Thursday. Please check our answering machine – 765.966.0852 – IN CASE of a delay Friday morning.

*West Side Medical Center (4760 W. U.S. 40) will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 30.

*City of Richmond trash pickup on Wednesday, Jan. 30, will be postponed for worker safety. The rest of the week’s pickup schedule has been changed.
Wednesday pickup moves to Thursday, Thursday to Friday, and Friday to Monday. Special pickups will not be offered Monday. Those needing to schedule a special pickup can call to request a pickup for Feb. 11. Sanitation offices will be open Wednesday.

*Free winter gear is available on The Giving Fence at St. Paul Lutheran Church at the corner of South 18th and A streets in Richmond (fence is just north of the intersection along South 18th Street).

*The Jan. 30 Richmond Jazz Orchestra concert at IU East has been postponed.

*Earlham College will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 30.

*Ivy Tech Richmond campus will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 30.

*The 8:15 a.m. Mass on Thursday, January 31st at Holy Family Church will be a Communion Service, instead. The new date for the ALL-SCHOOL Liturgy is Thursday, February 7th. There will be no “Thursday With Jesus” on January 31st.

*Richmond Family YMCA indoor soccer practices have been canceled for Wednesday and Thursday.

*Purdue Polytechnic Richmond on the IU East campus will be closed on Wednesday, January 30. The campus is scheduled to reopen at noon on Thursday, January 31, weather permitting. Courses scheduled to start on Thursday prior to noon are cancelled. Online courses are not affected except as indicated by the instructor.

*The IU East campus will be closed on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, due to extreme temperatures. The campus is scheduled to reopen at noon on Thursday, January 31, weather permitting. Courses scheduled to start on Thursday prior to noon are cancelled. Online courses are not affected except as indicated by the instructor. Visit iue.edu for more information.

*East Central Indiana Chapter of the IU Alumni Association’s game watch party on Jan. 30 at Fricker’s will be rescheduled.

*Boys & Girls Clubs’ Club Fun will be offered from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Jeffers Unit, 1717 S. L St., Richmond.

*The Jan. 30 Coffee with a Cop at the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce office has been postponed. The event will be rescheduled.

*Dance Techniques will be closed and all classes are canceled for Wednesday and Thursday due to the bitter cold temperatures expected.

*Christ United Church has canceled services Wednesday evening.

*Open Arms will be available by phone at 977-9590 during its normal hours this Wednesday 9-2 and Thursday 9-12. Our next available client appointments are next Tuesday. Please visit the township trustee and salvation army in person as a first step in our process.
Please be safe during this frigid weather. Local fire stations have warming centers. Check with individual meal sites daily to know if they are open in the worst weather. There are meal sites every day at noon. lists are available at the trustee office. Most agencies, including Open Arms, are not able to pay for motel rooms. The library is also a safe place during their open hours. If you have utility disconnects notices, please do not wait until the last day to seek assistance. In most cases you will need more than one day for processing.

FAYETTE COUNTY
Fayette County Schools will be closed Thursday.

Calvary Baptist Church (309 West 24th St. in Connersville) will be open Tue, Jan 29 at 7 p.m. for anyone needing a warm place to stay. They are working in partnership with Baptist Temple (1380 Indiana 44) to provide warm shelter on both sides of town. T&T Taxi is offering free transportation to Baptist Temple and Calvary Baptist. 765.827.5355

HENRY COUNTY
Dickerson Accounting – Closed Wednesday
Foster Grandparent Program – Closed Wednesday and Thursday
Henry County Government – Closed Wednesday
Shenandoah School Corporation – Closed Wednesday, two-hour delay Thursday

RANDOLPH COUNTY
Randolph County, Indiana government offices will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, January 31, 2019, until noon due to extreme cold temperatures. Prior to noon, maintenance personnel will evaluate the office temperatures and inform the Commissioners of the building temperatures. A decision will be made on that evaluation on whether to extend the closure for the remainder of Thursday. However, all county employees should anticipate returning to work at noon. All emergency services personnel will report for their normal work shifts.

Randolph Central School Corp. Closed Wednesday

DELAWARE COUNTY
Ball State University will be closed, with no classes from 7 a.m. Wednesday to 11 a.m. Thursday

RUSH COUNTY
Ivy Tech’s Rushville site will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 30.
Rush to Work Job Center grand opening has been rescheduled until Feb. 7.

If your school, organization or business will be closed because of weather, please send information to customerservice@hmgccity.com with a name and phone number for verification purposes.

Cold Weather Travel Tips

With the frigid cold temperatures and high winds we’re experiencing, a disabled or stranded vehicle could make for a life or death situation for the driver and passengers. Following the few tips from Indiana State Police listed below could save your life:

• Before leaving check the weather forecast and let someone know your route of travel.

• Always keep your gas tank full when driving in cold weather.

• Carry a winter survival kit in your car which is to include: blankets, extra warm clothes, flashlight, extra batteries, brightly colored cloth, sand or a bag of cat litter, shovel, candles and matches, non perishable high calorie foods, (nuts, raisins, and protein or energy bars), newspapers (for insulation), a first aid kit and jumper cables.

• Do not leave your car if stranded, it is your best protection. Don’t panic, as an idling car only uses an average of one gallon of gas per hour.

• Roll down a window a very small amount for fresh air.

• Make sure the car’s exhaust pipe is not blocked to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

• At night, leave your dome light on.

• Always have your cell phone and a charger so you can call and let us know where you’re located.

These simple tips and items placed in your car could save your or a family member’s. Motorists are also reminded that with the frigid temperatures, gusting winds and blowing snow also comes the possibility of intersections, bridge decks and overpasses icing over. Please keep this in mind and drive with caution. For Indiana road conditions call 1-800-261-7623 or visit the INDOT web site at TrafficWise.IN.gov.