LOCAL NEWS

Labor Of Love

There are a lot of new faces in Waynetown this week. 

A short-term mission team from the Nation Community Church AT Gainesville, Virginia, is helping renovate a downtown building that houses the Pizza King, Cracker Barrel Cafe and a laundromat. The building was recently acquired by Waynetown residents Brad and Kathryn Eads, former members of the church.

Brad and Kathryn moved to Montgomery County two years ago. They have taken it upon themselves, with a lot of prayer, to start a ministry, “Be the Church.” 

They are striving to unify all churches, regardless of creed or denomination, to help the community in many ways and spread the Gospel.

Nation Church Community campus pastor Robb Schmidgall is leading the team from Virginia. He came to know the Eads when they were charter members of the Gainesville campus. 

He said the church will send out 32 mission teams all across the globe this year, and the one in Waynetown is as meaningful to his church than any of the others. 

Schmidgall used the story of Jesus meeting a woman at a village well as an example of what Kathryn and Brad are doing.

“This trip is unique because it is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a rural environment,” Schmidgall said. “We want to support people who want to create a modern day well, which was the community gathering place during Bible times. The well is where the whole community would rub elbows and come together. This building is a place the people will come together.”

Kathryn said their ministry evolves around loving people. Customers will not be preached to, but rather she hopes people will see God’s love in action, which can lead to building relationships.

“We don’t serve pizza, we love and serve people,” Kathryn said. “Pizza is just the excuse.”

The mission team arrived in Waynetown on Saturday and they expect to be on their way home later today. 

In just three days, the Pizza King was remodeled and re-opened for business Wednesday. Besides pizza, the menu consists of sandwiches, salads and spaghetti. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Days of operation are yet to be determined.

This is the second year the church has helped with a community project. Last year, they helped build Fruits Park, a downtown pocket park. The Fruits Park project also includes a building that has been remodeled. It includes a cafe, meeting rooms, three offices and will eventually house a library for town residents. The second floor has two apartments that are nearly ready to be leased.

Dusk-to-Dawn plans fundraiser at Little Mexico

Irma Bravo and the staff of Little Mexico will host a day of family fun from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday. The local restaurant will offer a wide variety of traditional Mexican favorites and encourage the community to join them to support the work of Dusk-to-Dawn Bereavement Services.

Dusk-to-Dawn is a local nonprofit offering end-of-life and grief support to the Crawfordsville community and the surrounding areas. It provides emotional and social support, along with spiritual nurturing to guide families along the journey into and through grief.

Cheryl Fuhrmann, a certified bereavement facilitator, knows all too well the crippling pain that death can leave in its wake, having suffered through a tragic loss herself. Out of her own painful experience, she finds the strength to walk alongside others and support them through the pain of loss.

Grief affects us all, but unfortunately finding affordable help with grief can be difficult as it is typically not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or many insurances.

“We have a genuine desire to help others.” Fuhrmann said. “At Dusk-to-Dawn, we feel strongly that services be made available to anyone seeking help with loss, regardless of their ability to pay, and for this reason, we offer our services at no cost to our clients. Rather, our services are funded through donations, fundraising efforts, and grants.”

Fuhrmann admits, “This commitment at times stretches our faith, but God never fails to provide, and just as Jesus fed 5,000 with only two fish and five loaves, miraculous things still occur through the generosity of caring individuals working together in community.”

Dusk-to-Dawn is available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and evenings by appointment in two locations, 300 W. South Blvd., Crawfordsville or 394 N. Mt. Zion Road, Lebanon.

For more information, to schedule an appointment or to make a tax-deductible donation, call 765-376-5644 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit www.dusk-to-dawn.org or find the group on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Fountain County Art Council awarded $50,000

The Indiana Historical Society announces one of its largest Heritage Support Grants to date is being awarded to Fountain County Art Council Inc. 

The organization will receive $50,000 to continue its “Put ‘Em on the Map” mural conservation project.

First started as a Bicentennial Legacy Project, the mural conservation project aims to preserve the Fountain County Courthouse murals, which were painted by 11 local artists between 1937 and 1939. The murals feature westward expansion of the United States, settlement of the Indiana Territory and the Wabash Valley, as well as a record of the history, development and industrialization of Fountain County.

“The Heritage Support Grant will assist in paying for the removal of the preservative varnish applied in the 1983 restoration project,” said Nancy Wagner of the art council. “Removal will make way for cleaning of the murals and allow for the original paint colors to be matched for repairs.”

The project’s total cost is $227,000.

Fountain Commissioners table jail decision

COVINGTON — For the past decade, Fountain County Commissioners have been discussing building a new jail. 

In an effort to move the $10 million project along, county officials conducted a joint meeting Monday with members of the Fountain County Council.

Although no one spoke out against building a new jail facility, two concerns did arise. The first concern was a request from council members for more financial information. The second concern arose between Commissioners Tim Shumaker and Don Hesler over which contractor should be hired to manage construction.

Shumaker preferes entering into contracts with Barnes and Thornburg for bond contracting; DLZ Inc. as architect; Umbaugh and Associates as financial advisor; and CCI Inc. as construction management.

Hesler wants to hire Kettelhut Contractors of Lafayette to oversee construction. The company is known for building large projects, but has limited experience in building jails. The company did recently construct the Tippecanoe County Jail addition.

Commissioners received proposals from both Kettelhut and CCI The estimate from CCI was approximately $78,000 less than the one from Kettelhut.

“I want Kettelhut as our construction manager because they are more local,” Hesler said. “They have a good relationship with local contractors and do a good job.”

Shumaker questioned Hesler’s choice by pointing out Kettelhut’s estimate was $78,000 more. He also claimed CCI is the number one jail construction company in Indiana. Shumaker listed many correctional facilities CCI has built compared Kettelhut.

“I think going with Kettelhut would be a mistake,” Shumaker said. “I know they are an excellent company for what they build. They just don’t have a lot of experience at building jails.”

Commissioners asked for input from council members.

Fountain County Council President Dudley Cruea said he was not comfortable with commissioners entering into contracts on Monday. He would like all council members to have an opportunity to see the financial numbers that only the commissioners had seen. He told commissioners he understood they had the right to enter into the jail construction contacts, but he hoped they would include council members before finalizing their decisions.

The question of whether or not a new jail is needed was not debated. The present facility only has room for 25 inmates. The county is currently spending more than $200,000 annually to house inmates in facilities outside of the county.

Commissioners agreed to provide the council with the financial reports and tabled the jail project.

Shumaker was disappointed that no decisions were made.

“We cannot keep putting this off like we have for the past 10 years,” Shumaker said. “The time is now and we need to get started on it.”

The next commissioners meeting is scheduled for July 5 at the Fountain County Courthouse, Covington.

Friends walking for park

Doni Welcher’s heart breaks when she walks around Milligan Park. With many fond memories, the local mother of two believes the park can be a valuable asset for families. However, what she recently discovered in the park has saddened her, and she wants to make a difference.

“I personally have found two syringes on the ground at the park and I know others have found them too,” Welcher said. “Some of the things I have heard from the kids in the park are very unpleasant. I think it is time we take back our park.”

Welcher’s first move was to organize the Friends of Milligan Park. She wants residents who also believe in the park’s value to join the group. Its first event will be Sunday with a “Take Back the Park Walk.” The free event will begin at Milligan Park’s baseball diamond. Participants will then walk through the park as a show of support.

“We are just going to show power through a quiet walk,” Welcher said. “We want the drug addicts and dealers to see that we are going to do what is needed to take back the park for our kids and for families. We have a beautiful park and we want to be able to use it.”

Welcher said the park is no longer a preferred destination for her children, ages 16 and 10. They do not want to be around some of the rowdy people, including teenagers who cause trouble at times. Welcher said there are too many fights, youth using vulgar language and other disturbances she does not want her children to be around.

Welcher, who is a single parent, hopes other residents who want to stand up for the park will participate in Sunday’s event.

“We need our park to be a safe place for our children, both mentally and physically,” Welcher said. “It is time that we as a community do something.”

Besides bringing awareness, Welcher hopes Friends of Milligan Park will eventually have more fun events such as crafts, games and other children’s activities. All monetary donations presented to Friends of Milligan Park will be used for park improvements.

For more information about the walk or new group, visit its Facebook page Friends of Milligan Park.