COVID vaccine appointments offered in Connersville, Lynn, Richmond

Area residents now have a few options for locations in Wayne, Fayette and Randolph counties where they can get their COVID-19 vaccine by appointment. Reid Health’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Lynn and Connersville will remain open next week as the Richmond location moves to the Wayne County Fairgrounds. Recipients can schedule an appointment outside of their home counties if desired. Initially, plans called for the sites in Randolph and Fayette counties to close this week, but after further discussion with county health officials in those areas, arrangements were made to continue staffing those locations. Indiana State Department of Health late last week expanded the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations to Hoosiers age 80 and older.

Appointments can be made starting Friday for Wayne County’s 1,000 vaccine doses

As of Friday, Jan. 8, Wayne County Health Department will start making appointments for 1,000 residents who are 80-plus, first responders or healthcare workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in January. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Friday at Anyone who qualifies for the vaccine and is having difficulties going online to schedule can call 211 for assistance. The local health department will have 200 doses available in the first week, with 400 more doses during the week of Jan. 18, and 400 more starting Jan.

1 woman killed, 1 injured in local shooting

One woman has died and another was transported to an Indianapolis hospital after a Tuesday afternoon shooting in Richmond. Shortly after 2 p.m. Dec. 22, first-shift patrol officers for Richmond Police Department responded to 107 Kinsey St. on a report of two people being shot on the city’s northwest side. Upon arriving at the home near the Main Street Bridge, officers located two adult females inside who were suffering from gunshot wounds.

I-70 East reopens after 6 hours; semis collide in Henry County

Here are a couple of updates on crashes taking place Tuesday, Dec. 1, from Indiana State Police:

6 p.m. update:
After about six hours, an investigation and subsequent cleanup of a crash on Interstate 70 near the Indiana/Ohio state line has concluded. Both eastbound lanes are now back open. Motorists intending to travel through the area can resume normal travel. The crash took place at the Ohio 6 mile-marker before noon and required all eastbound lanes to be shut down.

Richmond man killed in I-70 crash

A Richmond man has died after his Ford Focus was pinned under a semi trailer on Interstate 70 on Wednesday (Nov. 11). The two-vehicle crash occurred on westbound I-70 near the 149 mile-marker on Richmond’s north side. Emergency personnel were notified at 9:15 a.m. of a crash involving a semi tractor/trailer and a passenger car. Wayne County sheriff’s deputies were first to arrive on scene, but at Sheriff Randy Retter’s request, Indiana State Police assumed the investigation.


More than 24 hours after polls closed in Wayne County, the unofficial election results were released to the public via the Voters Registration website. Familiar faces are returning to Wayne County coroner and clerk offices as well as some of its school boards. They also voted overwhelmingly for Republican candidates in state and national races. RELATED ARTICLES: Wayne County Democrats issue Nov. 4 statement on vote count proceedings, other election concerns

5 p.m. update: Nearly 3,700 ballots, envelopes still being reconciled

Wayne County waiting on election results 18 hours after polls close

After a few years away from the office, Kevin Fouche, a Republican, was elected again as coroner with 66.63 percent of the vote over Robert “Brent” Meadows.

Election vote count called off for night

Wayne County election officials called off Tuesday’s vote count at 3 a.m. Wednesday. They will return when the courthouse opens at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to continue counting. All of the results will be released at once. Continue to follow the Western Wayne News online for updates and results.

Where to vote today in Wayne County

These are the polls open from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. today in Wayne County, Indiana. You must be standing in line at 6 p.m. at a polling place to be allowed to vote after the polls close. Please visit our Western Wayne News Facebook page and be our “boots on the ground” throughout today to let other voters know where you are and about how much of a wait/line there is. Golay Center
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Restaurant owners urge community to take COVID precautions so they can stay in business

County, city limit gatherings to 75 people

Local restaurant owners are among those urging Wayne County residents to wear masks, social distance, and wash their hands so that they don’t go out of business and kids don’t have lifelong health problems.

During a press conference aired on WCTV on Thursday, Oct. 22, local business and tourism leaders as well as government officials asked residents to take measures as a united team to protect themselves and others from the deadly virus and keep local businesses and schools open. Zack Parker, an owner of Roscoe’s Coffee Bar and Tap Room, said the community mostly has been great about compliance with health guidelines. However, he is concerned about the nearly daily harassment some of his teen and young adult employees have taken from customers decades older who don’t want to wear a mask and intend to start a fight, calling it “ridiculous.” “You are the ones that are perpetuating this pandemic by refusing to be responsible and do the right thing,” Parker said.