Week in Review

We are only a few days into the new year and it feels like the end of December was already so long ago. Here’s a recap of some of the most memorable stories of the last week of December 2021.

THE 2021 Cheer Certificate Campaign. So far, there has been $14,874.07 raised. This community outreach program raised more than $20,000 a year ago and has set a goal of $15,000 this year.

The CRAWFORDSVILLE Fire Department recently put the department’s new 2,000 gallons per minute 100’ aerial tower into service. All three shifts have been trained on aerial operations from the tower’s manufacturer, Pierce Manufacturing.

GOVERNOR ERIC J. Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced that $35.2 million in state and federal grant funds are being awarded to 123 community partners and schools across the state.

OFFICIALS WITH Franciscan Health are asking for your help to preserve critical emergency department staffing resources by asking patients experiencing mild COVID-19 symptoms to contact their primary care physician, an urgent care clinic, or community site to receive COVID-19 testing versus the emergency room.

THE INDIANA Arts Commission (IAC) announced it has awarded $204,000 to 102 creative entrepreneurs to fund arts projects around the state through the agency’s On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator program. These graduation rates correspond with research that shows that the academic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are substantial.

JUST BECAUSE Christmas is over, don’t get out of the spirit of giving yet! You have a wonderful opportunity to give the gift of life by going to Waveland on Jan. 7 so that you can donate blood. This life-saving event takes place at the Waveland Library, located at 115 E. Green St. from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in conjunction with the American Red Cross. Contact the library for more details at (765) 435-2700 or e-mail them at

CHIEF JUSTICE Loretta H. Rush announced an upcoming vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court. She encourages interested judges and lawyers to consider applying. Applications are due by February 4 at 12:00 p.m. (Eastern).

GOVERNOR ERIC J. Holcomb today announced his 2022 Next Level Agenda, which focuses on strengthening the state’s economy and focusing on areas that support that growth, including workforce training expansion, improving early childhood education efforts, advancing infrastructure projects, and increasing access to public health services.

WALMART AND Sam’s Club pharmacies will begin dispensing the authorized COVID antiviral medication, Paxlovid and Molnupiravir in Indiana through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Therapeutics Program starting Dec. 30, 2021. Select Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies are receiving limited supplies of the COVID-19 antiviral medication. The medication is only available with a prescription from a healthcare provider.