Concrete lion campaign launched
Throughout the summer and fall months, visitors and residents alike couldn’t help but notice a growing population of concrete lions appearing all over town.
Businesses and individuals purchased the statues in conjunction with a Heart of Rushville promotion to bring the community closer together and increase community pride.
A contest was held to paint the lions and winners in three categories (spirit of the lion project, people’s choice and artist’s award) were announced at the Fall Festival.
Rushville resident Brian Sheehan was one of the driving forces behind the project. When asked at the time why a lion was being featured in the effort, Sheehan noted that the lion has been the mascot of the local high school for nearly 100 years. He continued by saying that signs greeting visitors to Rushville read “Home of the Lions.”
Partners for Progress formed
In mid April we reported that long-held borders between the city of Rushville and Rush County were dissolving and a spirit of partnership was emerging with the formation of a new effort to work together for the progress of the entire area.
For generations, initiatives came from either city leaders or from county leaders, but rarely have new initiatives sought to break down barriers in thought and geography so completely as Partners for Progress.
A group of community representatives, from both the private and public sector, is working together for the purpose of envisioning and planning through identifying needs and opportunities and finding the assets to create positive solutions for all of us.
Air Evac leaves town
In mid February, nearly four years to the day after landing in Rush County, Missouri-based Air Evac, a flight ambulance service, announced it was vacating its Rushville base on the Rush Memorial Hospital campus.
The air ambulance service began operating locally during March, 2008 and made nearly 400 fights annually while servicing a nearly 70 mile radius encompassing the counties of Decatur, Fayette, Hancock, Henry, Shelby and Rush.
At the time of their departure, the company cited lack of community support of its membership-based company as a major factor. The company also cited the availability of other air ambulance services in this part of the state.