Health department offering vaccines in Hagerstown on April 19

Wayne County Health Department will bring its mobile unit to Hagerstown to offer the COVID-19 vaccine. Walk-ins will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, April 19,  at The New Testament Church of Christ, 752 W. Main St., Hagerstown. Appointments are not being accepted for this clinic. The Moderna two-shot vaccination will be offered. Those with questions are asked to call (765) 973-9245.

WCHD giving Moderna vaccine after state pauses J&J shots

After a few cases of rare blood clots found in the nearly 7 million people who’ve received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for COVID-19, Indiana is pausing its use of that vaccine but will continue offering shots from other manufacturers. Indiana Department of Health alerted Wayne County Health Department not to use any J&J COVID-19 vaccines until further notice. The pause follows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration calling for additional review of the J&J vaccine’s safety. However, WCHD will be able to continue offering vaccines from another company. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and FDA currently are reviewing data involving six reported U.S cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine.

Wayne County won’t continue broad mask requirements at this time

Wayne County commissioners decided Wednesday, April 7, that they are not going to widely require masks be worn in public at this time, even though a majority of Wayne County Health Board members had recommended it. While commissioners encourage residents to continue wearing masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, they said they believe a mask requirement will be too hard to enforce after Indiana’s Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the requirement would be lifted statewide April 6. At that time, Holcomb encouraged Hoosiers to keep wearing masks and said he would continue to wear one in public. However, the public will remain required to wear masks on Wayne County property, which county officials can enforce. County government employees will continue wearing masks while entering or exiting the building, while in common areas such as hallways, restrooms, stairways or elevators; when interacting with the public; or when interacting with fellow county employees when social distancing can’t be maintained.

State police: Don’t fall for child safety scam

Indiana State Police is advising families of an active scam related to child safety popping up around the state. Facebook users are warned NOT to provide any personal information to the #ChildSafetyKit Facebook link. It appears to offer a Child Safety Kit by clicking on the link. ISP said some who’ve provided personal information on the link have received phone calls to schedule in-home visits from well-dressed men attempting to sell an “insurance policy” as part of the service. ISP officials say these scammers are trying to gain trust and confidence by falsely claiming to be associated with ISP, and that is a lie.

Warming stations available around county during frigid weather

Wayne County Emergency Management and  Communications staff have announced several local warming stations that are on call for residents who don’t have heat. With the continued cold temperatures expected in the area, we once again want to remind residents of our updated list of warming stations throughout Wayne County.  The following warming stations are on-call to protect citizens who may be without heat in the ongoing winter weather. Warming stations are intended for short-term use and will have minimal accommodations. Persons who intend to utilize the warming stations should call the designated contact prior to arrival.  Take your family’s emergency supply kit with you when going to a warming station.  Please bring any personal medications that will be required along with personal care items, snacks and items to occupy your time such as books, magazines and electronics. Please contact 211 to get agencies available locally that can assist with overnight accommodations and assistance with meals and other necessities that may be needed to get past this cold spell and for day-to-day living, if you or someone you know someone needs assistance.

Sheriff seeks public’s help to find missing Wayne County teen

Wayne County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help in finding a missing 17-year-old boy. Sheriff Randy Retter said his staff is exploring different avenues to find Kyle Hokey-Jackson, who is originally from the Centerville area. The teen was last seen in the Richmond area early in the afternoon of Jan. 6, and the sheriff’s department was notified of his disappearance on Jan. 7.

School leaders, parents glad to see gyms open to fans

Hoosier Hysteria now can begin, as fans of Wayne County high school sports will have a chance to attend games and meets as sectionals approach. Local high school gyms and sports venues are now allowed to fill 25 percent of their seating capacity as long as COVID cases continue decreasing from their recent surge. Those seats will accommodate cheerleaders and spirit bands, who have had to be sidelined during the indoor winter sports season. The increased spectator capacity was announced Friday in a letter signed by the superintendents of the county’s five local public high schools (Centerville, Hagerstown, Lincoln, Northeastern and Richmond). Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced earlier in the week that gathering restrictions would be changed to reflect the state’s COVID data trending in the right direction.

Cambridge City, Indiana: ‘We have momentum’

By Louise Ronald

At a time when small towns all over the country find themselves struggling, Cambridge City, Indiana, is bucking that trend. People drive from miles around to visit its antique shops and eat at its many restaurants. There are several new businesses on Main Street, and active construction/renovation projects promise more to come. Gateway Industrial Park has three thriving tenants and the local Chamber of Commerce has more than 50 members, including manufacturers, service providers, retail and more. “We are on a roll,” said Jim King of the Cambridge City Main Street organization.

Charges filed against Northeastern’s assistant superintendent

By Rachel Sheeley

After a nearly year-long investigation, charges have been filed against an area school administrator. On Jan. 21, two charges of furnishing alcohol to a minor, a Class B misdemeanor, were filed against Eric Green, 44, in Randolph County Superior Court. Green, who resides in Winchester, is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. Feb. 10.

Centerville street faces water boil advisory

Centerville is issuing a boil advisory for all of West Plum Street, effective immediately, because of an emergency repair of a water main. The boil advisory was issued as of 12:25 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, and is to continue until further notice. Residents in that area need to boil any water used for cooking, drinking, washing vegetables, etc., for at least 12 minutes at a rolling boil before using. There’s no need to boil water used for bathing or handwashing, the town says in a notice shared on the town’s website.