Marcia Crabtree

CAMBRIDGE CITY-  Marcia L. Crabtree, 60, passed away Thursday evening September 2, 2021, at Reid Health in Richmond, Indiana from complications of COVID-19. A daughter of the late Arthur Lee and Alice Armilda (Doyle) Bradford Jr., Marcia was born in New Castle, Indiana, on March 7, 1961. A lifelong resident of the Cambridge City community, Marcia graduated from Lincoln High School in 1979 and received an Associates Degree in Business Management from Ivy Tech. She married the love of her life, Rick Crabtree, on February 2, 1980, at the Milton Christian Church.  She told Rick that by being married on Groundhog Day he should never forget their anniversary date! A devoted and loving wife and mother, Marcia worked several jobs throughout her life which included 10 years at the Ford plant in Connersville, 5 years at Howa in Richmond, Leisure’s Home Center in Cambridge City and Bradford Insurance Agency in Dublin.

Commissioners gathering Friday to discuss masking in county buildings

Wayne County Commissioners have put off until Friday making a decision about making masking mandatory in county buildings. They will meet at 2:30 p.m. Friday in commissioners’ chambers in the Wayne County Administration Building. The commissioners initially postponed taking a vote during their regular meeting on Wednesday, choosing to wait until hearing the opinion of the Wayne County Health Board, which met at noon on Thursday. When the commissioners met at 3 p.m. Thursday, Commissioner Mary Anne Butters reported that the health board “strongly” recommended that that public and private organizations, as well as schools, support masking while inside. On Wednesday, Indiana officials announced Wayne County had moved to the orange advisory level, or second-worst, after being in the blue, or best, level just a couple of weeks ago.

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.

1-shot vaccine clinic open afternoon, evening of Wednesday, March 31

Wayne Country Heath Department  has announced another Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic this week, this time with 200 shots. The next clinic will be from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 31 at the former Elder-Beerman store, 601 E. Main St., Richmond. This clinic will be open only to those with appointments. Walk-ins will not be accepted. About 640 vaccines were distributed Saturday at the health department’s special event offering the Johnson & Johnson shots.

Indiana opens COVID-19 shots to those 60-64

Hoosiers 60 and older are now eligible to receive the #COVID19 vaccine. The announcement was made shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. Those eligible can register at ourshot.in.gov or call a local phone number. State health officials urge vaccination seekers to be patient as wait times might be longer than usual.

Richmond mayor tests positive for COVID-19

Richmond Mayor Dave Snow announced Tuesday night that despite his best efforts to stay healthy, he  has received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Snow said on his Facebook that he began experiencing mild symptoms late Monday night and went in for testing early Tuesday morning. Snow had attended a Richmond Common Council meeting on Monday evening. Although he is quarantined at home,  Snow said he plans to continue to serve the community and work virtually. “This pandemic has touched so many people and I am grateful that my symptoms are manageable,” Snow wrote.

County’s vaccine shipment delayed, has fewer doses than expected

If you tuned out pandemic news over the holidays, here are some local COVID updates and ideas for safe New Year’s alternative activities:

*Wayne County Health Department is looking for non-medical and medical volunteers to help operate its COVID vaccination clinic, which could open as soon as Jan. 11, when a shipment of Moderna vaccines is expected to arrive. Health officials initially announced vaccines would be arriving Jan. 4, but that shipment date was delayed a week. Those interested in volunteering at the clinic are asked to contact Dan Burk, the health department’s emergency preparedness coordinator, at dburk@co.wayne.in.us.