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WHITEWATER VALLEY SURPASSES 200 COVID-19 DEATHS

(Whitewater Valley)--The Whitewater Valley has now surpassed the 200-mark for people who have died with Covid-19.  That includes Wayne County’s two most recent deaths – both women over the age of 80.  2/3 of Wayne County’s 61 deaths have been with people over the age of 80.  Darke County has had the second-most deaths with 58.  The majority of those have occurred in nursing home or extended care facilities.


WAYNE COUNTY NEARS 10,000 COVID-19 JOBLESS CLAIMS

(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County is getting close to having 10,000 jobless claims since the Covid-19 outbreak began.  New figures show that Wayne County has had 9891 claims in the 34 weeks since the outbreak became obvious on jobless claims.  By comparison, over the same 34 weeks last year, instead of having 9891 jobless claims, Wayne County had 605.  Other area counties have seen increases of a similar magnitude.


RICHARD "JEFF" JEFFERS DEAD AT 89

(Richmond, IN)--One of Richmond’s most beloved and philanthropic residents has died.  Richard “Jeff” Jeffers died late last week.  Jeffers was the former CEO of the J.M. Hutton Company, but was much more well known as someone who donated to multiple causes across the city.  Jeffers was a contributor to Habitat for Humanity, but was certainly most well-known for his involvement with the local Boys and Girls Club.  That included a half-million-dollar donation for a new facility that opened in 2003 and bears his name.  Services are pending.  Richard “Jeff” Jeffers was 89.


WAYNE COUNTY SETS MONDAY-MONDAY COVID-19 HIGH

(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County last week blew away its previous high for the weekly number of Covid-19 cases.  From last Monday until this Monday, Wayne County has added 505 more positive cases.  The previous high for a week was 380, and that was set the week before.  Over the last four weeks, Wayne County has averaged 55 new cases every day and will likely pass the 3000-case mark either Monday or Tuesday.  Reid Health this morning has 84 cases in its Covid-19 containment areas.  Two more deaths were reported on Saturday, bringing the county’s total to 61.


RICHMOND TO ADD CARDBOARD RECYCLING

(Richmond, IN)--All of the online ordering that’s occurring now is leaving most people with lots of cardboard boxes.  Now, Richmond is announcing a new program to recycle that cardboard in hopes of extending the life of the New Paris Pike Landfill.  $440,000 in grants and matching funds will fund the purchase of a new truck and 2000 containers.  By next summer, Richmond will have curbside recycling geared specifically toward cardboard.


WAYNE COUNTY SEES 100 COVID-19 CASES IN A SINGLE DAY

(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County did something Thursday that it has not done since the outbreak of Covid-19…it reported a hundred new cases of the virus in a single day.  The hundred cases on Wednesday blows away Wayne County’s previous single-day record of 87 that was set on October 29.  It also marks the fourth time in the last three weeks that Wayne County has reported at least 75 cases in a single day.  The county’s positivity rate is just under eight percent.  Reid Health had 87 patients in Covid-19 containment areas Friday morning.


BLM MARCHERS GET NEW TRIAL DATE

(Richmond, IN)--New trial dates have been set for the five Black Lives Matter marchers who were charged with misdemeanors following a September incident in Richmond.  An attorney represented the five in Wayne Superior Court III this week and requested continuances in all five cases.  Those continuances were granted.  All five have now been ordered to appear for pre-trial conferences on December 22 with a new trial date now set for January 22.


BANE DRAFTED BY BOSTON, TRADED TO MEMPHIS

(Richmond, IN)--Much of the Seton family dressed in purple Wednesday and stuck to their TV’s Wednesday night as they awaited the announcement that Desmond Bane had been drafted into the NBA.  Bane is a longtime Richmond resident, Seton basketball standout, and now ranked among the greatest TCU players of all time.  Bane was drafted by Boston as the 30th and final pick of the first round and was then traded to Memphis.


WAYNE COUNTY STAYS ORANGE, RECORDS 52nd COVID-19 DEATH

(Wayne County, IN)--Indiana’s new Covid-19 map was released Wednesday and shows Wayne County still in the orange, which is the second-worst category for the spread of Covid-19.  Wayne County’s positivity rate now stands at 8.7%.  There has also been an additional Wayne County death, bringing the total to 52.  While Wayne County remained orange both Union and Fayette County improved from red to orange.  But, Franklin County has now jumped into the red with a positivity rate that has spiked up to nearly 18%.  Reid Health had 88 Covid-19 patients Wednesday morning.  Wayne County Wednesday reported its second-biggest single-day total of Covid-19 cases as it crossed the 2500-case threshold.  Wayne County added 80 new cases, second only to the 87 cases on October 29.  The county’s total of 2577 cases now means that there has been a positive test for one of every 25 residents.  Females in Wayne County are still significantly more likely to be tested and make up 57% of the positives.


16-YEAR-OLD BOYS SHOT IN PROBLEM NEIGHBORHOOD

(Richmond, IN)--Two teenagers were shot Tuesday night in an area of Richmond that has seen multiple shootings this year involving teens and young adults.  RPD officers were called to the 100 block of North West 3rd at 8:30 Tuesday night.  There, they found 16-year-old Chance Saylor with gunshot wounds to the leg and neck and 16-year-old Jayden Wilson with a gunshot wound to the leg.  Wilson was taken to Reid Health.  Saylor was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton in serious condition.  Earlier this week, we reported that Saylor is to be tried as an adult in connection with a recent armed robbery in Muncie.  No arrests have been made in connection with Tuesday night’s shooting.


REID TO IMPLEMENT NO-VISITOR POLICY

(Richmond, IN)--Reid Health has implemented a no-visitor policy to combat the spread of Covid-19.  Reid issued a statement Tuesday saying that the policy will go into effect Thursday morning.  Visitors will be prohibited except in certain situations, such as end-of-life and at the Family Birthing Center.  Reid Health CEO Craig Kenyon said that the hospital has been at critical capacity for several weeks and had 91 patients in Covid-19 containment areas Tuesday afternoon.


MODEL T MUSEUM NAMES NEW DIRECTOR

(Richmond, IN)--The Model T Ford Club of America and the Model T Museum in Richmond have a new Executive Director.  She’s Rachel Hughes.  Hughes will be replacing Susan Yaeger, who is set to retire a month from Wednesday.  Hughes has a resume that includes several leadership roles with Whitewater Valley non-profits and is the co-owner of the Tin Lizzie Café in Richmond.  The Model T Museum has been rated by TripAdvisor as the #1 Thing to Do in Richmond.


CITY DROPS ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING GATHERING PENALTY

(Richmond, IN)--The ordinance that would have assessed a $1000 fine to those who violate Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings in Richmond was dropped by Common Council Monday night.  Richmond Mayor Dave Snow asked council to drop the ordinance.  That’s because when the ordinance was drafted a few weeks ago, there was no enforcement at the state level.  Since then, Indiana has outlined a series of penalties for Covid-19 gatherings.  Snow indicated that the local ordinance would amount to double penalization.  Council members unanimously agreed to drop the ordinance.


WAYNE COUNTY HAS FIRST UNDER-60 PERSON DIE WITH COVID-19

(Wayne County, IN)--Five more Wayne County residents have died with Covid-19, and that includes the first person under the age of 60.  Wayne County Health Department Executive Director Christine Stinson said Monday that the total number of deaths now stands at 51.  36 of those 51 Wayne County deaths have come since the beginning of October.  The number of patients in Reid Health’s Covid-19 containment areas is at another all-time high.  That number stood at 86 Tuesday morning, breaking the previous high of 80 which was set over the weekend.


PRE-TRIAL HEARINGS SET FOR TUESDAY FOR BLM PROTESTERS

(Richmond, IN)--Pre-trial hearings will take place Tuesday afternoon for five people charged in connection with an incident at a Black Lives Matter march that occurred in Richmond in September.  The five marchers are charged with misdemeanors for obstructing traffic.  A couple of marchers suffered minor injuries when they were bumped by a car passing through the intersection of North 7th and A.  Tuesday’s hearings will take place in Wayne Superior Court III.  Trial dates are set for next month, although it’s unlikely most cases will go to trial.


WAYNE COUNTY ADDS 380 CASES IN WEEK; REID SEES COVID-19 HIGH

(Wayne County, IN)--There were two disturbing Covid-19 statistics Monday morning for Wayne County.  Reid Health Monday morning was up to 80 patients in Covid-19 containment areas.  That’s the highest the number has ever been.  Also, Wayne County has added 380 new cases since last Monday.  That’s also biggest increase from one Monday to the next since the outbreak began.  There has also been a huge increase in cases in the last week in both Union and Preble County.  Union County’s total increased by 32% in just the last week.  Preble County’s total number of cases went up by 25%.


COUNCIL TO REVISIT ORDINANCE INVOLVING COVID-19 FINES

(Richmond, IN)--When Richmond Common Council meets Monday night, it will revisit a controversial proposal.  An ordinance would allow fines to be imposed to people who violate limits placed on social gatherings due to Covid-19.  The ordinance was introduced two weeks ago and would result in a thousand-dollar fine if executive orders are violated and gatherings of more than 75 people take place.  Public comment will be taken Monday night.  You can catch Monday night’s meeting live beginning at 7 o’clock on WCTV.


WAYNE COUNTY ENROLLMENT STEADY WITH ONE EXCEPTION

(Wayne County, IN)--New numbers from the Indiana Department of Education show that Wayne County’s five public schools are holding steady with enrollment with one exception.  Since last year, Richmond Community School has lost 39 students, which represents only one percent of its enrollment.  Centerville, Northeastern, and Nettle Creek have essentially the same enrollment as compared to this time last year.  But Western Wayne has lost 50 students, which represents six percent of its enrollment, in just the last year.


WAYNE COUNTY NOW SEEING 30-50 NEW COVID-19 CASES DAILY

(Wayne County, IN)--The Wayne County Health Department released some Covid-19 numbers for the week.  Through Thursday, Wayne County has had four short of 200 positive cases since Monday.  "We were really concerned when we were seeing 10-12 cases per day.  We're now regularly seeing 30-50 cases per day," said Christine Stinson with the Wayne County Health Department.  Stinson expressed concern over indoor family gatherings coming up in two weeks.  "If we want our loved ones at the Thanksgiving table in 2021, we need to have small Thanksgiving gatherings this year," Stinson added.  Reid Health on Friday morning showed 78 patients in Covid-19 containment areas.


LOCAL BUSINESS LEADERS PREDICT POSITIVE 2021

(Richmond, IN)--Representatives of the IU East School of Business and Economics presented the economic forecast for the Whitewater Valley in 2021 Thursday.  Most local business owners who responded to a survey are optimistic, even in the face of Covid-19.   80% said they expected to maintain or increase the same level of business in the coming year.  Half of the owners say they’ll maintain employment, and a third said they will add workers.


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