Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay Local Torchbearer Names Announced PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 11:16

Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay Local Torchbearer Names Announced
INDIANAPOLIS (June 29, 2016) –Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb, Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) Executive Director Mark Newman, Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance President and CEO Kim Smith and Bicentennial Torch Relay State Director Noelle Szydlyk today unveiled the names of more than 2,000 Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay torchbearers, as well as the official torchbearer uniforms. The unveiling took place during a press conference at the Indiana Statehouse.

“The 2,000 plus Hoosiers selected as torchbearers embody the Indiana traditions of service, civic pride, community involvement and volunteerism,” said Lt. Governor Holcomb. “As we reflect on Indiana’s first two hundred years, it is only fitting that we celebrate Hoosiers who serve as inspirations in their communities.”

A list of the torchbearer names and the counties they represent can be found here.  Graphics of the torchbearer uniforms are also available by request.

Torchbearers were nominated by the public and selected by local committees on a county-by-county basis. More than 4,000 torchbearer nominations were received. Those selected are Hoosiers who demonstrate exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their neighborhood, community, region or state.

Developed by IOTD, the Relay is patterned after the Olympic Torch Relay and is designed to connect Hoosiers everywhere during the bicentennial year. The unifying nature of the torch relay underscores the achievement, influence and aspirations of Indiana and its people while symbolically passing the torch to future generations of Hoosiers. The torch relay route was charted by a committee of representatives from multiple state agencies and the private sector. The route showcases locations of natural beauty, local interest and historic significance. The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay will start Friday, September 9, 2016 in Corydon, Indiana’s first state capital, and culminate with a celebration on Saturday, October 15, 2016 on the grounds of the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. The torch relay will touch each of Indiana’s 92 counties during the 3,200-mile journey across the state.

"Enthusiasm is building as the start of the torch relay approaches," remarked IOTD's Mark Newman. "Communities large and small are pulling out all the stops to honor their torchbearers and celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday.  Collectively, the over 2,000 torchbearers have had far reaching impact and all of Indiana should be proud.”

In addition to the selected torchbearers, the relay will employ other modes of conveyance that are symbolic of the history and heritage of Indiana, including watercraft, farm equipment, racecars, horse and wagon, antique automobile and others.

In order to conduct an event the size of the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay, a strong team and critical partnerships are necessary.  Newest among those partners is Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance who is the official sponsor of the uniforms that will outfit the torchbearers, community volunteers and torch relay staff.  The specially designed torch bearer uniform is comprised of a light weight  lined wind resistant jacket made of ripstop polyester fabric, a 100% micro polyester moisture wicking t-shirt and a specially designed cap.

“We are excited and proud to be an official partner of the Bicentennial Torch Relay. It’s not often that you have the opportunity to participate in a historic event that will touch every county across the state, and we are honored to join with our fellow Hoosiers in celebrating 200 years of statehood,” said Kim O. Smith, President and CEO of Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance Company.

To follow the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay on social media, visit INTorchRelay on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

From Scott County:
Clara Adkins
Ron Atkins
James Barley
Landon Campbell
Ed Cozart
Steve Gwaltney
Pamela Gwaltney
Raymond Jones
Gordon Julian
Frank Mays*
Taylor Means
Andie Myers
Rick Rigel
Al Riggle
LeRoy Williams

From Clark County:
Andrew Adams
Les Albro
Greg Alexander
Jerry Ashabranner*
Ron Brogan
Pamela Chastain
Mike Crabtree
Marcia Ernstberger
Kelly Fust
Joni Grayson
Elmer Hoehn
Jim Keith
Carl Kramer
Amanda LeBlanc
Lawrence Curtis Lyons
Bob McIntosh
Jim Nichols
Ed Siewert
Julie Straight
Don Summerfield
Phyllis Wilkins
Sean Wirth
Leslie R. Wright

From Washington County
Steven Davisson
Maurice  Godfrey
Judy Hall
William Harlan
Raymond Lee
Carolyn Lindley
Grant Mahuron
Jack Mahuron
Shane Mahuron
John Mead
Meredith Peters
Paul Scifres
Joe Snider
Thomas Snider
Kaleb Tucker
Rebecca White

* Denotes posthumous selection. County will provide participant to represent selected torchbearer.

Heacock Awarded Grant for Six Open-Air Canvas Painting Expeditions at Hardy Lake PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 10:58



The Indiana Arts Commission is sponsoring the 2016 Arts in the Parks program throughout the state. Arts in the Parks is a partnership between the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, this program also celebrates the Centennial of Indiana State Parks and the 50th Anniversary of the IAC through enabling the creation of arts activities for the public to enjoy at parks and forests across the state. Local artist Ryan Heacock was awarded a grant through the program, and hopes to encourage members of the public with no artistic experience to participate. This funding allows him to host a series of six open-air canvas painting expeditions. Participants will visit the Hardy Lake Park on scheduled dates, and have the opportunity to create their own work of art. All supplies will be provided for, including admission to the park. Ryan states that “our goal is to provide, for anyone interested, a chance to experience plain air painting for themselves.”

Any ages or skill levels are welcome to come along, but supplies will only be provided to the first ten aspiring artists registered for each date. Accessibility and restroom facilities are limited to those available at the park. The painting sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and are scheduled for the following dates: July 16, August 27, September 17, October 8 and one session to be scheduled as weather allows. To register, please contact Ryan Heacock via phone at 1-812-595-0534 to stop by Heacock's Eastside Gallery at 183 E. McClain Avenue.




City on a Hill Hosting “Back To School Clinic” July 2 featuring Many Services PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 10:57



City on a Hill church has partnered with Coaches, Principals, and the local Health Department to offer a “Back to School” clinic that will meet school/state required health entrances like Kindergarten Physicals, Immunizations, Dental/Vision Screens and Sport Physicals. For the Kindergartener entering school in the fall, this is their one stop shop for all their entrance requirements! Other services will be offered as well, like blood pressure and glucose screenings, general non-urgent medical care, food vouchers, a hot meal, and safe children activities.

If you are interested in volunteering please register at and join in at 9 am on July 2 for a required volunteer meeting. At this meeting you will be informed of volunteer expectations and assigned where you will serve for the day. We need medical and non medical volunteers. You don’t have to be a doctor or a preacher to volunteer- Just a passion to serve Christ and love people. There is a place for everyone to serve. Some of the areas we need volunteers are: Traffic Control, Food Servers, Advocates, Physicians, Registered Nurses, Registration, Childcare, Face painters, Flow Coordinators, Singers, Instrument Players, Stylists, Beauticians, Social Workers, and lots more…

The free medical clinic will include:

Sports Physicals

Pre-school & Kindergarten Physicals

All School Required Immunizations (Dtap, Polio, MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, HPV, Tdap, MCV4, Meningococcal B)

Primary Non- Urgent Medical Care Exams (Cold, Flu, Allergy Symptoms/ Aches & Pains)

Kindergarten Dental & Vision Screening

Blood Pressure & Glucose Screening

Food Voucher

free Haircuts

A Warm Meal For All Who Attend

Safe Childcare Activities

Local Social Services will also be available for questions.

There will be live music, and much more… Volunteers are needed who have a heart for Christ. This is a gospel-driven event that we hope to glorify God in serving those in the community with meeting needs and sharing the gospel.

Each clinic God blessed tremendously! There have been over 150+ volunteers from over 50+ churches serve at the clinics. City on the Hill has been privileged to serve over a few thousand people in the last four years through the Free Medical Clinics and the enormous involvement of so many different individuals from diverse Churches joining together under the banner of Christ.

“Lets impact our community together!” Dr. Joel & Peggy Nunley. For questions please contact Peggy Nunley, Clinic Coordinator Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Cell: 812-820-6235.


Dr. Will Cooke Receives "Doc Hollywood" Award from the Indiana Rural Health Association PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 10:55



As part of the Indiana Rural Health Association's Annual Conference awards ceremony, held June 22, 2016 at French Lick Springs Resort, Dr. Will Cooke received the Doc Hollywood Award. Dr. Cooke received four nominations, two from individuals from Scott County and two from outside the county.

Doc Hollywood Day is about recognizing those who care professionally for people in rural and underserved communities across the nation. Access to quality healthcare is a key component in terms of individuals’ physical and mental health; it is also a key component in communities’ economic vitality. Without healthcare, along with schools, industry, water systems and other infrastructure, communities wither and die.

The Doc Hollywood award raises visibility and awareness of these unsung heroes and celebrates their contributions, enhances the recruitment of people into these professions and areas to ensure access to quality health care and viable, thriving communities.

The past year and a half has been difficult for the small rural community of Austin, Indiana, as a result of the HIV outbreak. Dr. Cooke and his staff have been dedicated to true patient-centered care by reducing barriers to and providing high quality primary care to local residents for over 10 years. This ongoing dedication is continually demonstrated by his team's commitment to increased access to free or reduced cost healthcare services to Austin residents.

More recent demonstration of his commitment to providing high quality care was his completion of a certification in HIV primary care, which makes him the first HIV primary care physician in the state of Indiana. In addition, he recognizes that health is a result of many factors and looks at addressing social determinants of health through his continued work with state and national partners to expand both inside and outreach health services; these include a clinic pharmacy, case management providing linkages to various social services, including substance abuse and mental health services, and an outreach mobile testing that provides HIV and Hepatitis testing and ensures patients have greater access to basic needs of food, clothing and adequate shelter.

This past winter his mobile unit staff leveraged donations to provide heaters for patients who were living in homes without gas or electricity. Currently, he is building rural health capacity through a partnership with Marian University School of Medicine who will place medical students in his clinic, Scott Memorial Hospital, and Clark County Health Department’s needle exchange program.

These examples are evidence of Dr. Cooke and his team's dedication to rural health by reducing disparities through meeting the needs of Scott County communities and ensuring high quality accessible healthcare and most of all providing hope and a healthy future for impoverished residents living with HIV and continuing their struggle to overcome substance abuse.


The Scott County Fair this Year Will Be Smoke and Tobacco Free PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 10:53


The Scott County Fair Association recently adopted a new policy that excludes any tobacco use on the fairground property, including buildings, outdoor grounds, the grandstands, exhibits, and the midway. The policy includes alternative tobacco products like electronic cigarettes, and will be promoted at the 2016 Fair, which runs July 10-16th.

At this past May Fair Board meeting, fair board members heard a presentation by CEASe, the Scott County Tobacco Prevention Cessation Coalition, and Scott Memorial Hospital prompting them to make the decision, as well over 25 other counties had already done so within the past several years. CEASe Coordinator, Lori Croasdell, illustrated how the fair board could improve local policy to follow the National 4-H Healthy Living Task Force recommendations.

This policy supports the 4-H Healthy Living Program directives to increase awareness and understanding of the value of healthy living through effective, appropriate, and targeted communication to families and youth, and to promote positive youth development that the 4-H Fair offers. These recommendations were created in 2010 by the National 4-H Healthy Living Task Force and support the 4-H activity of positive role modeling for youth. Numerous studies have proven that adults’ modeling tobacco use is the number one reason children begin using tobacco.

There will be no smoking or tobacco use in the fairground buildings, the general area of the fairgrounds, midway, or grandstands. Designated smoking areas will be clearly marked and located in the front parking lot and rear parking lot. “No Smoking” signs will be displayed throughout the fairgrounds.




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