Staying cool: Agencies prepare for beating summer’s heat

Few use cooling centers; other plans being put in place to help vulnerable people

When the heat took an uncharacteristic climb for a couple of days in mid-June, one emergency cooling shelter opened in Richmond, but no one used it. Lack of use could be a problem, local officials say, and they are trying to figure out why the centers aren’t used. Heat is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the United States, and not everyone is able to get away from it. “All the data shows temperatures are increasing every year,” Matthew Cain, director of the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency, said. High temperatures in June were running about average in Richmond as of June 25, in the low 80s.

State exhibit featuring Gennett Records coming home

1920s games, crafts, dance lessons, car rides planned June 26

>>>If you go
What: Public celebration for the new “Gennett Records: The Birthplace of American Recorded Music” exhibit
When: 1-5 p.m. Sunday, June 26
Where: Wayne County Historical Museum, 1150 N. A St., Richmond
Admission: Free with regular museum admission. Sponsor: First Bank Richmond
Info: 765-962-5756 or

Memorabilia from the days Wayne County hosted worldwide music legends such as Louis Armstrong and Hoagy Carmichael is making its way home for permanent display. A 1920s-themed interactive event with games, crafts, dance lessons and Model T rides for all ages will celebrate that homecoming later this week. Wayne County Historical Museum is planning a public celebration from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, June 26, to kick off its newest exhibit, called “Gennett Records: The Birthplace of American Recorded Music.”
Museum staff say the exhibit’s public opening will transport attendees through the fascinating story of Gennett Records and the contributions made by the Gennett family. “Gennett Records: The Birthplace of American Recorded Music” will be on exhibit in various locations throughout the museum, introducing visitors to this story in a new and interactive way.

New wells, water tower planned at industrial park

Project a few months behind because of change in plans

Within the next few years, five water wells should be in place to serve the Indiana Gateway Industrial Park and Cambridge City. In the meantime, there’s no shortage of water. Cambridge City Town Council got an update on the town’s water system improvement project at its June 13 meeting. The project eventually will result in a second water tower and three new wells at the industrial park, according to Ken Risch, public works superintendent. Work is several months behind because the project’s scope increased, said Adam Sitka of Wesseler Engineering, the firm designing and supervising it.

Yard restorations progressing in Fountain City

Fountain City residents should expect to see many changes in the coming weeks as the town’s water project nears completion, and the town’s stormwater project gets underway. Residents who have been frustrated by torn up yards and roadways and changes to their water’s color, smell and pressure will have to endure a few more weeks. Representatives of Cobalt Civil LLC in Winchester, the project’s contractor, and Triad, the project’s engineering firm, assured those residents attending the Fountain City Town Council’s June 7 meeting that the end is in sight. The Cobalt Civil representative said water service still had to be hooked up to about six homes. Additionally, there were four fire hydrants to install and three tie-ins to complete.

Nettle Creek superintendent resigns; new one to be confirmed June 22

Nettle Creek School Corporation’s superintendent, Kyle Barrentine, has resigned in order to become superintendent at Shenandoah School Corporation, near Middletown. In a letter he posted on social media, Barrentine said the Nettle Creek school board will meet Wednesday, June 22, to confirm a contract with Emily Schaeffer as the new superintendent. Barrentine’s letter is reproduced below. Look for more information in the June 22 issue of Western Wayne News. To All:

Good evening!  Please take the time to read this entire message.

Club honors service to Centerville community

Four Centerville residents received the Community Service Award and the Centerville United Methodist Church Food Distribution Program and its leaders received the Outstanding Citizens award from the Centerville Lions Club on May 9. Individual Community Service Award recipients include Kim Young, Mark Culbertson, Ty Farmer and Mark Howell. In honoring Kevin Smith, Sam Dixon and Jim Potter, the leaders in the Centerville United Methodist Church Food Distribution Program, Lion Dennis Stephen said that small community food pantries had operated for several years before the program started. “About five years ago their pastor, Ted Chalk, said to church leadership, ‘We can do better.’ Kevin Smith said he would lead such an effort. He soon had help from Sam Dixon and Jim Potter.

Q&A with Wayne County commissioner candidates

Indiana counties have three commissioners, one from each district in the county, who are elected for four years. Ken Paust of Richmond is the incumbent commissioner whose seat is on the ballot in this election cycle. He faces a Republican challenger, Brad Dwenger, also of Richmond. Questions
1. Help voters understand what motivated you to run for office, and particularly this position.

IU East chancellor announces upcoming retirement

Indiana University East Chancellor Kathy Girten has announced her retirement at the end of this academic year. Girten announced Wednesday, March 23, that she plans to retire June 30, 2022. She also is serving as the acting chancellor for IU Southeast in New Albany, Indiana. Girten was named IU East’s first female, and sixth chancellor, in February 2013. “It is my great honor to serve as the sixth chancellor of IU East,” Girten said in a news release.