Wayne County Spirit Award: Heart display spreads cheer

When face mask requirements took effect in long-term care facilities, Amanda Marquis said the usually friendly atmosphere at The Leland Legacy changed, because residents and staff couldn’t see each other smile or talk. Staff soon found several ways to bring joy to residents, and even spread that joy to the community, earning a Spirit Award from Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce a few days ago. “This is just one of the initiatives that surfaced through the year of COVID-19, but it was incredibly impactful,” said Melissa Vance, the chamber’s president and CEO. “The hearts in the windows at The Leland Legacy and other locations throughout the community highlighted that sense of camaraderie that I think we all needed to feel – especially those that felt so alone, such as the elderly or the business owner trying to keep their doors open. It is a pleasure to highlight this simple gesture that carried the loud message that Wayne County residents care about each other.”

Placing hundreds of brightly colored paper hearts in windows has been just one of The Leland Legacy’s projects to boost morale.

Sidewalk Talk: Confidence in voting

Western Wayne News went to the streets to ask questions about
voting this upcoming November. The following questions were asked: 

1. How long are you willing to stand in line to vote? 2. Are you confident every vote will be counted?

Wayne County ‘very concerned’ about case surge topping 1,000

Wayne County has had its 17th and 18th deaths related to COVID-19 within a few days of each other, and officials are very concerned about an increase in the county’s cases, just surpassing 1,000. “Our cases are surging and we are very concerned,” said Wayne County Health Department Executive Director Christine Stinson. “We have seen a dramatic increase in cases in people over 70. It is vital we all do our part for our community, wear a mask when in public, do not attend large events.” The county’s 17th death was a female in her 80s living in a long-term care facility, according to Stinson.

Bullet goes through air conditioner, strikes teen in hand

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the hand inside a Richmond home after a bullet passed through an air conditioner. At about 3:17 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, Richmond Police Department responded to 208 Pearl St. on the city’s northwest side in response to a person who had been shot. During the initial investigation, it was determined that a bullet had passed through an air conditioning unit and struck a 16-year-old male inside 208 Pearl St.

Peter Skinner Stowe

Peter Skinner Stowe, age 79, of Richmond, Indiana, died suddenly of a stroke Thursday, October 8, 2020, at Reid Health. Peter was born on March 11, 1941, in New York City, New York, to George Edward and Betty Abigail Skinner Stowe. He graduated from The Pingry School in New Jersey and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Earlham College in 1963. Peter went on to receive a master’s degree and his Ph.D. in economics from Purdue University. He taught at Southern Illinois University and then worked at the National Center for Education Statistics, retiring after 25 years.

Local woman dies at rural crash scene

A Richmond woman has died after her vehicle struck a culvert, went airborne and collided with a utility pole in a rural area on the city’s northwest side. Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and other local first responded to a motor vehicle crash in the 3500 block of Nolands Fork Road shortly before noon Friday. Initial information indicated a silver Dodge Charger was partially in a field with an unconscious female in the driver’s seat. First responders discovered Tiffany Renteria, 41, of Richmond. Life-saving measures were performed by Centerville Fire and Red Line EMS, but ultimately, Renteria was pronounced dead at the scene.