New Ivy Tech leader hopeful about helping students, whole community

Preparing grads for high-wage jobs could improve local economy, social mobility

Ivy Tech Community College recently offered an open house to welcome the Richmond and Connersville campus’ new leader, Dr. Walter McCollum, and help him meet more area leaders in health care, government, economic development, banking, higher education and other sectors through cookies and conversation. The chancellor said the reception should not be about him and instead be a celebration of the tireless, passionate efforts of Ivy Tech faculty and staff who mentor students one at a time and address their obstacles to education. For instance, some students had to drop out during the pandemic to be caregivers. “You meet students with open arms and meet them where they are,” he said. McCollum also thanked the employees who develop community partnerships to address local workforce needs.

Plane vandalized a month after moving to veterans park

Just a month after moving a retired military airplane to Wayne County Veterans Memorial Park to be viewed by local residents and visitors, vandalism has prompted its caretakers to add a fence to protect it. On May 10, veterans discovered that a small door on the Grumman A-6E Intruder had been pried open. “Fortunately it didn’t break off, but they bent it a little,” said volunteer Barb Goebel, who has helped expand the park’s collection of monuments and military equipment with her husband, Joe, who is president of the veterans’ committee. Veterans were able to get the door shut in hopes of preventing further damage while they decide what might be needed to better protect the historic equipment. “We don’t know what they’re going to do next – that’s the problem,” Goebel said of the vandal(s).

Metal building co. plans 25-30 local jobs

A Tennessee company has expanded its plan for a manufacturing plant and the Richmond Advisory Plan Commission will recommend its proposal to the Common Council. Metal Max LLC plans to put up a 45,000 square foot building on the city’s west side, according to a proposal which received the APC’s approval. That’s nine times larger the company’s original plan. More information in Western Wayne News print edition for May 4, 2022.  

1 newborn twin dies after auto accident

After a driver made more room for someone mowing grass, his vehicle collided with one driven by a pregnant woman, police said. The crash led to an emergency Caesarian section surgery, and one of her newborn twins did not survive. Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and Hagerstown Police Department were called to the scene just after 12:30 p.m. April 30 in the 17300 block of Lamar Road in Hagerstown. At that time, a 2008 Ford Escort driven by Shibu Thannikkunnath, 44, of Indianapolis was traveling east on Lamar Road. Thannikkunnath’s vehicle was left of center prior to a hillcrest after moving over for a homeowner cutting the grass alongside the roadway, according to Sheriff Randy Retter.

Teen accused of murder after downtown shooting

Even after one 18-year-old man was arrested two days after two other 18-year-olds were shot in downtown Richmond, police say the case remains an active investigation. Rickey Porter of Richmond was arrested at about 3 p.m. April 21 on preliminary charges of murder and attempted murder, according to Captain Curt Leverton of Richmond Police Department’s Investigative Services Division. Jail records show Porter also was charged at the same time with possession of marijuana/hash oil/hashish/salvia, a B misdemeanor, and possession of paraphernalia, an A misdemeanor. The shooting was reported just after 2 p.m. April 19 near the intersection of South Eighth and A streets. Officers found two wounded men there: Nathaniel Reed and Adolfo Armenta.

Delay in paper deliveries in Richmond

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