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Stop Bullies FAST! Saturday, September 22 at Gentry Martial Arts

Our KIDS FAST DEFENSE Class covers 
–How to deal with bullies in a zero tolerance school setting
–How to find your voice
–Strategies to deal with strangers
–How to use your voice and fight against a possible abduction

Realistic, age-appropriate scenarios give kids the chance to practice both the boundary setting skills and hit an armored assailant. This class gives your kid a fighting chance, and you don’t have to wear the angry white pajamas to learn how to be safe from bullies and predators.

We only offer this class a few times a year, so we hope you can join us!

Ages 6-13

Cost is $40.00

Saturday, September 22nd

1:00 – 3:30 pm

Gentry Martial Arts

1909 E. Morgan St.



Saturday, September 22 at 1 PM – 3:30 PM
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INDOT shares I-69 Section 6 design updates for Martinsville

Public meeting and input are part of the environmental re-evaluation process

On September 17th, the Indiana Department of Transportation held a public information meeting to share design additions and adjustments to the Martinsville segment of I-69 Section 6 that have been made since the publication of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) in February.

The informational meeting was held at the Martinsville High School auditorium and members of the I-69 Section 6 project team were available before and after the presentation.

The details discussed at the meeting can be found here: Martinsville Design Update_20180919_final     Comments about the content of the re-evaluation report will be accepted until Friday, September 28, 2018, and can be submitted using a web form or by emailing I-69 Section 6 directly at

About Next Level Roads
“In Indiana, the Crossroads of America is more than a motto; it’s our mission.”
– Governor Eric Holcomb

Next Level Roads is Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s initiative to elevate Indiana’s economic competitiveness and quality of life for all Hoosiers through investment in transportation infrastructure. This sustainable, data-driven plan dedicates more than $30 billion over the next 20 years to improving the conditions of existing roads and bridges – both state and local, finishing major projects, and building for the future. Next Level Roads is enhancing Indiana’s position as a leader in freight and logistics and empowering cities, towns and counties to build communities that attract jobs and talent. Learn more about Next Level Roads at

About the Indiana Department of Transportation
INDOT empowers businesses to deliver Indiana to the world and bring the world to Indiana by providing a transportation network that is second to none. The agency builds and maintains more than 28,000 lane miles of highway and 5,600 bridges, and provides oversight for 117 public aviation facilities and more than 4,000 miles of active rail lines. Indiana ranked as the #1 state in the U.S. for infrastructure in CNBC’s 2016 “Top States for Business” ranking. Learn more about INDOT at


FREE Senior Movies return to Showtime Cinema

Did you know the Free Senior Movies at Showtime Cinema, brought to you by Carlisle-Branson Funeral Service & Crematory, will resume this Wednesday, September 6th? Free to everyone 60+. Coffee, donuts and a movie! (Tickets for those attending with, but not yet a senior themselves, are just $5) Stay tuned as we will announce on Sunday evenings what will be playing. Doors open at 930 am and the movie starts at 10.

Art Sanctuary seeking businesses to participate in annual Small Business Saturday event

The annual Small Business Saturday Marketplace at the Art Sanctuary will take place on November 24th and will feature items from local and regional crafters and artisans. It’s the perfect place to discover unique holiday gift items as you celebrate buying local.

For more information on how you and your business can participate, please contact Dorene at Art Sanctuary Studio 102A, or at 765-318-9553

SCI REMC’s Operation RoundUp awards $41,283 in community grants

$23,500 to six Morgan County organizations


MARTINSVILLE — South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corporation’s (SCI REMC) Operation RoundUp board of trustees recently awarded $41,283 to 15 nonprofit organizations in Brown, Morgan, Monroe, and Owen counties, bringing the total to more than $3.2 million that has been given to the community since the program began in 1995.

Established as an extension of the electric cooperative principle “neighbor helping neighbor,” the electric co-op’s members round up their electric bills to the next even dollar. This spare change accumulates in a community fund, resulting in thousands of dollars being given in grants each year. Members who participate contribute an average of only $6 per year, demonstrating that little things really do make a difference.

“About 75% of our membership participates by rounding up their electric bills to the nearest dollar,” said Maura Giles, SCI REMC Manager of Cooperative Relations. “It’s a great example of how when we come together, we can make a huge impact in our communities. This program is a testament to the value of cooperative membership and a demonstration of the cooperative spirit.”

This quarter, grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Brown Co.

  • Brown Co. Humane Society – assist with funding site survey for their new facility, $2,000
  • Kids on Wheels (KOW)/BETA – skate park matching funds campaign, $5,000

Monroe Co.

  • Back to Basics – pet food pantry, $750
  • Community Kitchen of Monroe Co. Inc. – freezer, $1,550
  • Hoosier Hills Food Bank – assist with bulk purchases of fresh produce, $1,500
  • Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard – emergency food assistance, $2,500
  • Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe Co. – assist with funding breast cancer diagnostics (mammogram/biopsy), $3,182

Morgan Co.

  • Churches in Mission – food pantry, $3,000
  • Habitat for Humanity of Morgan Co. ReStore – assist with the purchase of box truck, $3,000
  • Morgan Co. Community Concerts Assoc. – assist with promotion of concert series, $5,000
  • Mt. Gilead Church Bundle Up Mooresville – adult plus size coats, $3,600
  • Special Olympics of Morgan Co. – participant registration fees for Summer Games, $3,750
  • Wilbur Community Center Corp. – repairing sagging floors, $2,000

Owen Co.

  • McCormick’s Creek Elementary After School Program – fund activities and go towards matching grant dollars, $2,000
  • Spencer Community Schools – development of Book Room, $2,451

Operation RoundUp, a grant program sponsored by the members of SCI REMC, has to date awarded 1,143 grants to nonprofit organizations in Morgan, Monroe, Owen, Brown, Putnam, Clay, and Johnson counties. Previous Operation RoundUp grants have been awarded to schools, arts organizations, emergency services including fire and police departments, food banks, youth and women’s shelters, conservation clubs, animal rescues, and more.  Non-profit organizations in SCI REMC’s seven counties are invited to apply for the grants, which are awarded each quarter. The next application due date is Oct. 31, 2018. The application can be found at


SCI REMC is a member-owned cooperative electric distribution facility. SCI REMC is one of 38 rural electric cooperatives in Indiana. Electric cooperatives were organized throughout the state in the 1930s. At that time, investor-owned utilities were supplying power in urban areas, but would not supply electric power to rural customers. This was common across the country at this time in history. People living in rural areas saw that those in cities had electricity, and wanted it as well. As a result, with loans from the Rural Electrification Administration, rural communities banded together and created electric cooperatives. Hoosiers 79 years ago in Morgan, Monroe, Owen, Brown, and parts of Putnam, Clay and Johnson counties, pooled their money, and set poles and tied lines by hand to bring electricity to rural South Central Indiana.