Updated: Silver Alert canceled for missing New Castle man

A Statewide Silver Alert has been canceled after New Castle Police Department  investigated the disappearance of David Heaston, a 33-year-old white male. Heaston is 5 feet 10 inches tall, 220 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a light colored T-shirt and khaki shorts. Heaston was missing from New Castle, Indiana. He was last seen on Friday, July 9, at 8:07 p.m.

He was believed to be in extreme danger and possibly require medical assistance.

Search underway for missing Connersville man

Indiana Conservation Officers and several other local groups of first responders are searching 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, conservation officers arrived on scene and discovered a vehicle and several articles belonging to Robert L. Austin, 26, of Connersville. Conservation officers, with the assistance from other agencies, are currently searching the Whitewater River with boats and sonar, as well as utilizing an Indiana State Police helicopter and drones. Those with any information of Austin’s whereabouts are urged to call Indiana Conservation Officer Dispatch Center at (812) 837-9536 or Fayette County Dispatch at (765) 825-2111. Agencies assisting in the search are Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, Everton Fire Department, Laurel Fire Department, Fayette EMS, Bentonville Fire Department and Richmond Fire Department.

Election filing deadline for CC independent candidates earlier than expected

Wayne County Clerk Debra Berry and the county’s Voter Registration staff are alerting Cambridge City residents that the deadline to file paperwork for a town council seat could be earlier than they expect. An error on a state form means the deadline is one day earlier for independent candidates than stated, but the state will not allow an extension. Berry announced Tuesday, June 29, that anyone seeking one of the two town council seats up for election this fall as an independent candidate needs to file a petition of nomination, called a CAN-44 form, by noon Wednesday, June 30. The form is called a Petition of Nomination for City or Town Office in 2021. 

As part of that CAN-44 form, the candidate needs to collect at least 17 signatures from registered voters saying that person should be on the ballot. Berry recommends getting extra signatures in case any can’t be verified.  None of the signatures can be from anyone who plans to also run for council.

Sheriff: Fountain City teen missing

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the whereabouts of Jazmine McDowell, a 17-year-old female from Fountain City, Indiana. Jazmine’s last known location was the Richmond, Indiana, area. If you have any information, please contact Deputy Alain Lacasse by calling 765-973-9393, ext. 1628

The sheriff’s office continues to search for another missing Wayne County teen. The disappearance of Adrea Strickland, a 16-year-old female from Hagerstown, was shared June 11 by the sheriff’s office.

Grad ads due Thursday, June 10!

CALL OR EMAIL US BY 5 p.m. Thursday, June 10, TO PLACE YOUR AD CONGRATULATING YOUR FAVORITE ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE GRADUATE! If your business or family would like to congratulate the entire Class of 2021, a group of student employees, or an individual graduate, please reach out. Our full-color (discounted) ads start at just $35 for this keepsake edition. Email a photo of your grad to customerservice@hmgccity.com and the text you’d like to include, and our designers will get a proof ready for your approval. Please call (765) 478-5448 with questions.

Earlham, IU East offering virtual discussion on documentary featuring women in science

The Joseph Moore Museum and Department of Biology at Earlham College is screening the acclaimed documentary Picture A Scientist for 72 hours beginning on Friday, April 30. The documentary portrays discrimination against women in science and highlights three scientists writing a new chapter for women working in the field. The screening will culminate with a virtual panel and small-group discussions at 7 p.m. Monday, May 3, that feature graduates and faculty from Earlham and Indiana University East. Registration is free and open to the public. Those interested in watching the documentary outside of the designated time frame can do so for a limited time here. “We’re taking this as an opportunity to bring people together who are interested in changing the culture of science.  We all suffer when STEM research and product design don’t come from diverse teams,” said Heather Lerner, Earlham associate professor of biology and director of the Joseph Moore Museum.

UPDATED: Silver Alert canceled for New Castle man

A Statewide Silver Alert has been canceled for a man missing from New Castle. The Henry County Sheriff’s Department was investigating the disappearance of Russell Goldsberry, an 80-year-old white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 140 pounds, white hair with hazel eyes, last seen wearing a “US Navy Veteran” baseball hat, blue jacket, pink shirt, light tan pants, and blue shoes with tan trim. Russell was missing from New Castle, Indiana, and was last seen on Saturday, May 1, at 12:30 p.m.

The alert was canceled Saturday evening, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Department, which announced he had been located. For more information, contact Henry County Sheriff’s Department  at 765-529-4901.

Free electronics recycling offered Thursday, Friday in Richmond

You can get rid of old electronics and appliances THURSDAY and FRIDAY at Seton Catholic High School in Richmond – even old air conditioners or dehumidifiers. (We mixed up the dates in our calendar in this week’s paper -our apologies for any confusion). If you have something not on the list, take it just in case it will be accepted.

Local man dies in plane crash near Richmond airport

A Wayne County resident’s plane crashed Sunday morning in a field after takeoff,  just south of Richmond Municipal Airport along Indiana 227. Judson J. Costlow, 78, of Richmond had taken off shortly before 8 a.m. to visit family in Arizona, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Coley McCutcheon, the regional public information officer based at ISP’s Pendleton Post. About 7:50 a.m., Costlow had texted his wife that he was about to leave the airport, McCutcheon said. The remains of Costlow’s plane, which had caught fire, were visible from the two-lane highway.

First Bank Richmond matching donations to IUE on #IUDay

In celebration of #IUDay today (Wednesday, April 21), Indiana University East launched its IU East Cares Crowdfunding Campaign. As the Indiana University community celebrates IU Day, First Bank Richmond is celebrating IU East with a $10,000 matching gift opportunity for alumni and friends of the campus for gifts made to the Chancellor’s Fund. The Chancellor’s Fund supports programs and initiatives to provide unique educational opportunities for IU East students. First Bank Richmond will match all gifts, up to $500 per donor, given to IU East today, April 21. The total $10,000 matching gift amount is selected as a way to honor the 10,000 IU East alumni.