With 200-plus students in quarantine, Centerville-Abington schools adds mask mandate

Wayne County’s COVID cases are rising sharply, and as of Tuesday, Aug. 17, Centerville-Abington Community Schools is joining Richmond Community Schools in adding a mask requirement because more than 200 CACS students have had to be quarantined since its schools opened Aug. 9. In a letter sent home Monday to families, Centerville’s Superintendent Mike McCoy announced the district has had 20 positive cases, causing more than 200 students to be quarantined. Because CACS met the 10 percent threshold watched by the health department for students sent home because of COVID, he said the district was given two recommendations from the health department: masking of all students and staff, and/or closing the school for two weeks and returning with full mask requirements.

Wayne County marks 30 new COVID cases in 1 day, 1 death as yellow level announced

Wayne County’s COVID cases are rising sharply, and the first local death since May that is associated with the virus has been recorded. Wayne County had 30 new cases of COVID-19 that were announced Wednesday, Aug. 11, as well as the death of a woman in her 80s that is tied to COVID-19. Wayne County Health Department said no further information will be released regarding the death or the individual.  

Map turns yellow, orange for most local counties

The state’s color-coded map had been a sea of blue in recent weeks.

Bulldogs finish 2nd at Band Day; Knights 7th; RHS 13th

Centerville’s Blue Regiment finished second at Indiana State Fair Band Day on Friday night. Muncie Central won by just a little more than two points, and Centerville edged Winchester by about half a point for third place. Northeastern  finished seventh and Richmond was 13th. Hagerstown was one of three Indiana bands that could not compete because of COVID-related quarantines. Lincoln finished 27th in the morning competition.

Delta variant has arrived in Wayne County, health department says

Wayne County Health Department was notified Monday of the county’s first COVID-19 sample testing positive for the Delta variant (B 1.617.2). Only a fraction of all sample are sent for DNA speciation. “We have been operating for several weeks as if we have
had the Delta variant in Wayne County already,” explained Christine Stinson, executive director of the Wayne County Health Department. The county’s positivity rate was 3.6% Monday. “Once the Delta strain became the dominate strain in Indiana, knowing Wayne County was not in a protective bubble, we knew we had it here, it was only a matter of proving it was here,” said Dr. David Jetmore, Wayne County
Health Officer.

Muffins sold at Walmart, other stores being recalled for potential Lysteria

Several brands of muffins are being recalled from convenience and grocery stores around the country. Give and Go Prepared Foods (U.S.A.) Corp. has announced a voluntary nationwide recall of certain muffin products due to the potential for the products to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Click on the link below learn more from the FDA about which muffins are impacted by the recall and see pictures of the packaging. https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/give-and-go-prepared-foods-usa-corp-conducts-voluntary-recall-certain-muffin-products-due-possible

Body of missing Connersville man recovered from river

Indiana Conservation Officers have recovered the body of Robert L. Austin, 26, of Connersville, from the Whitewater River. A media release sent late in the evening of Tuesday, July 13, announced the discovery. Conservation officers have searched in recent days for a missing man in the vicinity of Mahan Park, commonly referred to as “Three-Mile Bridge,” near Highway 121 in Connersville. After receiving notification from Fayette County Dispatch at approximately 5:45 p.m. Thursday, July 8, conservation officers arrived on scene and discovered a vehicle and several articles belonging to Austin. The search was announced to media the evening of July 9.

Sheriff: Missing Hagerstown teen last seen in Richmond

Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the whereabouts of Adrea  Strickland, a 16-year-old female from Hagerstown. Strickland’s disappearance was shared June 11 by the sheriff’s office. Her last known location was the Richmond area. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Those with any information are asked to call the sheriff’s office at 765-973-9393 option 2.

Man dies, woman injured in Richmond shooting

A Richmond man has been arrested after one person was killed and a second was wounded on the city’s northeast side. Shortly before 6:45 p.m. Thursday, May 13, second-shift patrol officers for Richmond Police Department were called to the 1400 block of New Paris Pike on a shooting. When officers arrived, two victims were found. John Dee Day, 46, of Richmond, was deceased at the scene. Brenda Day, 72, also of Richmond, was located with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

RSO conductor announces 25th season will be his last

Richmond Symphony Orchestra conductor Guy Victor Bordo announced Thursday that the 2021-2022 season will be his 25th and final year with the local professional orchestra as he plans to retire. Read more about his career and upcoming concert plans in a future edition of Western Wayne News!

Independent seniors can learn about latest Alzheimer’s treatments

Two virtual programs will help those preparing for difficult conversations after a dementia diagnosis as well as those currently residing in independent living communities who want to learn more about available resources if they notice a cognitive decline. The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter will host those two virtual programs in May. At noon Friday, May 14, a Dementia Conversations program will help attendees learn about three of the most difficult conversations families face after a dementia diagnosis – conversations about doctor visits, driving and legal and financial planning. The program will feature tips from experts as well as stories from Hoosier families about how they navigated these topics during their own journey with dementia. “For many people who are affected by dementia, hearing from others who are going through the same journey helps them to feel less alone,” said Stephanie Laskey, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter program director, in a news release.