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.

Sheriff’s department seeking missing girl last seen in Hagerstown

Wayne County Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday night, May 8, that it is seeking information on a missing juvenile, Emily Crawford. Emily was last seen in the Hagerstown, Indiana, area, and is believed to be in Richmond, Indiana. She is a white female with brown shoulder-length hair, and green eyes. She is approximately 5’07” and 220 pounds. Those with any information on Emily’s whereabouts please call the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at 765-973-9393.

Police: Missing Richmond woman found safe

Mikaela Grace Estes of Richmond has been located and is safe, Indiana State Police announced shortly before 8 p.m. Friday, May 7. Investigators from the Indiana State Police worked with police officers from an out of state law enforcement agency who located and spoke with Estes. They verified she is safe and have no reason to believe she was taken from Indiana against her will, a news release said. Estes, 27, had been reported missing on Saturday, May 1, and was last thought to be in Henry County. Estes was traveling from Indianapolis to her home in Richmond along Interstate 70 that day.

Hagerstown High School principal departing at year end

Hagerstown Junior-Senior High School principal David Tyner is resigning. On May 5, Tyner announced his intention to leave his position at the end of the school year, said Kyle Barrentine, superintendent of Nettle Creek schools. Tyner’s resignation will go to the school board for acceptance on Wednesday, May 12, Barrentine said. Barrentine said Tyner’s decision came as a surprise. “He came to a decision he thought was best for his family,” Barrentine said.

RHS grad named sole finalist for superintendent

A Richmond High School and Earlham College graduate could come home to become Richmond Community Schools’ next superintendent. After a nationwide search starting in September 2020, RCS announced Curtis Wright as its sole finalist on Tuesday, April 27. The public was invited to discuss Wright’s potential future with the district during a school board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 28. At that meeting, school board members could hear and discuss any public comments in favor or against a proposed contract with Wright. He has more than 10 years of experience in school administration and a doctorate in educational leadership.

Police: Man’s gunshot wound not life-threatening

A Richmond man was injured Monday afternoon after a shooting on the city’s northeast side. Shortly before 3 p.m. Monday, Richmond Police Department’s first-shift patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting at an apartment at 851 N. 16th St. Fragust D. Ford, 42, was located with a
gunshot wound to the lower body, according to Lt. Brandon Cappa of RPD’s Investigative Services. Ford was transported to Reid Health with non-life-threating injuries. Investigators located evidence and are interviewing witnesses, Cappa said.

Northeastern selects Western Wayne principal for assistant superintendent

Northeastern has hired Western Wayne Elementary School Principal Jessica Neill as its new assistant superintendent. Neill, who has more than 20 years of experience in education, joins Northeastern on July 1. “In Mrs. Neill our team is gaining a tremendous thought partner and proven leader with a clear heart for the well-being and future success of students,” said Northeastern Superintendent Matthew Hicks in a news release. “Her experience in strategic planning, early childhood learning and literacy, as well as her strong abilities in school finance and grant management make her the right person to help move Northeastern forward in its vision to ‘build a better tomorrow.'”

Read more about Neill’s experience and some of her favorite memories of her time at Western Wayne Schools in the April 28 edition of Western Wayne News.  

Man dies after SUV collides with embankment, catches fire

A man has died after his vehicle vaulted over an Interstate 70 embankment in Wayne County and caught fire. Shortly before 11 p.m. April 19, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office responded to initial reports of a vehicle fire on Round Barn Road near the I-70 overpass. Richmond Fire Department and Richmond Police Department units arrived and extinguished the fire. An investigation revealed that a silver 2020 Chevrolet Equinox driven by James Cotner, 44, of New Castle, was traveling westbound on I-70 and, for an unknown reason, left the roadway driving into the median. Cotner’s sport utility vehicle vaulted over an embankment going airborne across Round Barn Road before colliding with the opposing bridge embankment.