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Publisher The Indiana Volume 86, Issue 8 • August 2021 Published monthly Indiana publishers will pre- view the Hoosier State Press Association planned proposal to modernize Indiana's Public Notice Advertising Law at a sum- mit to be held Friday, Sept. 10. "This is an opportunity for our publishers to hear first-hand the components of the legislation to be introduced in the 2022 Indiana General Assembly and give their input on the concepts," said Steve Key, executive director and gen- eral counsel for HSPA. The language will map the public notice landscape as more and more of readers move from print to digital as the means of learning news of their communi- ties. It would set out the criteria for when public notices in a county would move from a print to digital distribution. "This gathering is almost a The Hoosier State Press Association honored outstanding journalism from across Indiana with the 2021 Better Newspaper Contest. HSPA received 1,635 entries from 61 newspapers in the state. Hundreds of individual awards were announced online on July 23. Because of the coronavirus pan- demic, the contest was suspended in 2020 and entries for the 2021 contest covered an extended period for content published between May 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2020. Representatives from the Kansas State Press Association served as judges. Steve Key, executive director of HSPA, visited both newsrooms of the Non-Daily and Daily Blue Ribbon Award winners — the Herald Journal (Monticello) and The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne) — to present those awards in-person. The Blue Ribbon Awards are the top honor given to Indiana newspapers. "We're still basking in the glow of winning the Blue Ribbon award. It's a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone in the newsroom that we could achieve this honor," said Jim Touvell, editor of The Journal Gazette. "I'm very proud of our staff and how they were able to produce a quality newspaper under difficult circumstances. Our staff worked remotely for nearly 16 months, com- Public Notice Summit set for Sept .10 in Indianapolis See Public Notice, page 2 Public Notice Summit By Sept. 3, email Shawn Goldsby at your intent to participate in the 10 am. Friday, Sept. 10. summit at the Indianapolis Star's Pulliam Production Facility. A Sept. 10 Public Notice Summit will be an opportunity for newspaper publishers to hear first-hand the components of the legislation to be intro- duced in the 2022 Indiana General Assembly at the Indiana Statehouse. Better Newspaper Contest honors journalism excellence Stephen Key, executive director and general counsel for the Hoosier State Press Association, plans to retire in mid-2022. Key has been working for Indiana's paid-circulation newspapers since the start of the 1993 General Assembly. The 2022 legislative session will be the 29th that he has lobbied for the interests of government transparency and the business interests of the state's newspapers. "It's been an honor to work on behalf of Indiana newspapers because local journalism is a vital component of our democracy," Key said. "I just hope I've made a positive impact on the ability for reporters and the pub- lic to hold government accountable HSPA executive director to retire in mid-2022 232 N. Main Street Downtown Monticello M-F 9-5, Sat 9-12 See more online at INSIDE TODAY Page 2 Local Page 3 On the Record Page 4 Viewpoint Page 5 Regional Page 6 Comics Page 7 Local Page 8 Community Page 9 Sports Page 10 Classifieds Page 11 Sports Page 12 Sports INDEX Want to share your smiling face? Send your name, photo & the reason you're smiling to THANK YOU! Today's SMILE Brought to you by: Donald A. Darnstaedt, 89, Monticello Barbara J. Rogers, 77, Monticello W E A R E Y O U R 1 2 - T I M E A W A R D W I N N I N G N E W S P A P E R C O N N E C T I N G O U R C O M M U N I TY E V E R Y D AY. Monticello, Indiana Wednesday-Friday April 15-17, 2020 Volume 158 Issue 31 $ 2 Reaching Over 10,104 Weekly Readers in Print, and 80,222 Monthly Unique Visitors Online at Voted BEST website in Indiana! Recognized as one of Indiana's top newspapers for General Excellence HHHHHHHH HHHHHHHH (765) 446-0042 CROWN & BRIDGES Changing Smiles, Enriching Lives Advantage Dental & Dentures Karsyn Cocanow- er, of Monticello, is smiling because she recently cel- ebrated her 14th birthday. Indiana University Health is seeking patients who have recov- ered from COVID-19 to donate blood plasma to aid critically- ill patients battling the disease. For those who have recovered from COVID-19, their blood may contain antibodies that are able to fight and control the virus. These antibodies can be collected from patients who have recov- ered from COVID-19 and be transfused to patients who are struggling with the disease. This process is called convalescent plasma infusion. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved convalescent plasma as an in- vestigational new drug. Donors must be able to prove they had a COVID-19 diagno- sis with a positive, documented laboratory test. Donors must also be symptom-free for 28 days. Those who have recovered from COVID-19 and are willing to donate plasma should complete an online screening form. If they qualify, they will be contacted by an IU Health nurse who will direct them to a blood center to make their donation. COVID-19 testing IU Health Arnett has set up a drive-thru specimen col- lection site to safely facilitate COVID-19 testing for patients who have been referred by the IU Health Virtual Screening Clinic, an IU Health physician or advanced practice provider. The drive-thru testing site is at the IU Health Arnett Outpa- tient Surgery Center, 1347 Veteran's Memorial Parkway East, Lafayette. Drive-thru testing hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m.Saturday and Sunday. Monon Town Council meeting canceled Officials with the Monon Town Council say there will be no regular meeting April 15, due to the COV- ID-19 health emergen- cy. Town officials said they will re-evaluate the emergency before the time of their next meeting on May 6. Meetings are gener- ally at 6 p.m. the first and third Wedesdays of each month IU Health asks COVID-19 survivors to donate plasma CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES & INFORMATION SBA Disaster Loans for small busnesses Indiana has secured federal disaster assistance from the U.S. Small Busi- ness Administration to assist small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Small business owners are now eligible to apply for a loan advance of up to $10,000. For more informa- tion and to apply, visit, call 1-800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerser- BY MICHAEL JOHNSON MONTICELLO — The COVID-19 health emer- gency has forced people to alter routines in a myriad of unprecedented ways. It includes quickly adapt- ing to online video or tele- c o n f e r e n c e meetings. It has forced local govern- mental bodies to drastically c h a n g e t h e w a y i t c o n - ducts business. They must fol- low Indiana's public access l a w s w h i l e s i m u l t a n e - ously abiding by Gov. Eric Holcomb's "stay-at-home" directive and recommenda- tion that people stay away from gatherings of 10 or more people. F o r m o s t g o v e r n m e n t bodies, a group's elected leadership and essential personnel leave little or no wiggle room for the pub- l i c , e a s i l y d e v o u r i n g t h e 1 0 - p e r - son limit. But t e c h n o l o g i - cal advances h a v e m a d e videoconfer- e n c i n g a n d teleconferenc- ing workable options. "I'd rather be sitting in the same room i n t e r a c t i n g with people, b u t c i r c u m - stances have us adapting to 'the new normal,'" White County Commissioner Steve Burton said. The new normal? Virtual reality Elected officials adapt to conducting video meetings in coronavirus era " While we all have been using conference calls for years, this is definitely a different experience." — David Diener, commissioner BY MICHAEL JOHNSON MONTICELLO — Four local churches conducted Easter services April 12 at a local drive-in movie the- ater, with the stipulation that each follow certain guidelines amid the COVID-19 health emergency. T h e c h u r c h e s — Monticello United Methodist Church, Monticello First Presbyterian Church, New H o p e L u t h e r a n C h u r c h and First Baptist Church of Monticello — each took turns conducting relatively short services at the Lake Shore Drive-in theater on Rickey Road. Each had planned to have Palm Sunday services on April 5, but White County Health Department officials strongly advised against it. Instead, officials asked them to abide by the state's "stay- at-home" order and to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people. But on April 9, Gov. Eric Holcomb said, as part of Executive Order 20-18, that churches may proceed with outdoor or drive-in Easter services as long as certain conditions are met. They are: • Attendees must be inside vehicles at all times. • Attendees should not interact physically with clergy, staff or participants in other vehicles. • Vehicles should contain COVID-19 health emergency Flocking in droves Monticello churches team up, organize drive-in Easter services PHOTOS COURTESY OF IAN MCMILLAN FAMILY Kevin Wheeldon and Jim Lind hold the offering nets, while wearing protective masks and gloves, during the 11 a.m. Easter service April 12 at the Lake Shire Drive-in theater. Cars fill up the parking spaces for the 11 a.m. Easter service April 12 at the Lake Shore Drive-in theater in Monticello. Services for Monticello United Meth- odist Church started at 8:30 a.m., followed by Monticello First Presbyterian Church and New Hope Lutheran at 9:45 and Monticello First Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Monticello First Baptist Church Pastor Ian Mc- Millan preaches during the 11 a.m. Easter ser- vice. BY MICHAEL JOHNSON W H I T E C O U N T Y — The Indiana Department of Transportation is launching a temporary program offering food options for commer- cial truck drivers working during the COVID-19 health emergency. INDOT is allowing food trucks to operate at certain interstate highway rest area locations throughout the state. The trucks, operated by local vendors, would provide food and beverage options for commercial truck drivers and motorists engaged in essential travel during the COVID-19 health emergency. According to INDOT offi- cials, the food trucks will provide needed options for Helping drivers to keep on truckin' INDOT allows food trucks to service I-65 rest areas Wolcott rest area head- ed south on I-65 at mile marker 195. See SERVICES on Page 7 See MEETINGS on Page 7 See INDOT on Page 7 White County COVID-19 stats as of April 14: Positive tests: 5 Deaths: 0 Tests given: 153 Tri-County senior stu- dent-athlete reflects on career, gives thanks ... in her own words. See Page 11. See Key, page 8 Key See BNC, page 9

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