Motorcycle accident victim recovering

Shortly before 11 a.m. Oct. 19 a motorist called 911 reporting a motorcycle accident on SR 44 east of Rushville. When responders arrived moments later they found cyclist Marvin Byrd, 57, of Connersville, being held by the motorist who reported the accident and Byrd’s 1995 Harley Davidson motorcycle lying nearby in the entrance to the Rush County Highway garage.

“I really don’t remember anything after I laid the bike down—not talking to paramedics or anything until a got to the hospital,” Byrd said Wednesday afternoon.

Medical responders and law enforcement personnel both said that wearing a helmet saved the man’s life.

According to Capt. Mark Click of the Rush County Sheriff’s Department, Byrd was westbound as he crested a hill east of the county highway garage when the brakes on the bike locked up, causing him to loose control of his motorcycle.

The motorcycle skidded roughly 45 feet before losing its driver and coming to rest on the north shoulder of the highway.

Byrd was treated at the scene by medical personnel from FMH Ambulance before being transported to Rush Memorial Hospital.

“I received four broken ribs along with a concussion, a leg injury and some scrapes and bumps, but I’m OK,” Byrd said.

County’s solid waste plan approved

According to Rush County Commissioners president Tom Barnes, IDEM recently approved Rush County’s solid waste management plan. At a meeting earlier this week requested by IDEM, Barnes and fellow commissioners Marvin Cole and Dwight Sweet put their names to a Memorandum of Understanding detailing the county’s financial obligation to pay for disposal.

The county severed ties with the Three Rivers Solid Waste Management District (TRSWMD) January of this year. From that point the county had 12 months to submit to the state and gain approval for a disposal plan for solid waste generated by county residents.

Rush County currently has a contract with CGS of Morristown to provide recycling and disposal services.

“The county is paying the minimum of $42,000 for disposal, which is considerably less that what we were paying annually,” Barnes said.

RFD looking for arsonist

According to Mike Buckley of the Rushville Fire Department, the individual fire officials wanted to speak with regarding a house fire on West Seventh Street recently contacted investigators.

Fire departments from throughout the county responded to 321 West Seventh Street, Rushville on the evening of Sept. 17. What responders found was a two story structure fully engulfed in flames and smoke.

“Accidental causes have been ruled out. Our investigation along, with that of the State Fire Marshal’s Office, has found that this was a set fire and the investigation is still ongoing at this time,” Buckley said.

The residents were not home when the unidentified individual that contacted local fire officials recently drove by the residence and honked his horn to alert neighbors.

This was the second major fire to strike the home in as many years—and despite the firefighters’ best efforts the home and its contents were completely destroyed in the blaze.

Investigation revealed that the fire originated in both the first story and the attic areas of the home.

Anyone with information or who might have seen someone in the vicinity the night of the fire is asked to contact the RFD at (765) 932-3065, the RPD at (765) 932-3907 or the fire hotline at 1-800-382-4628.

National VFW Commander to visit Rushville Saturday

Retired Army veteran James R. Mueller was selected to lead the Veterans of Foreign Wars in August of this year. Mueller recently embarked on a trip around the country to brief local VFW posts on the progress of the organization’s “grass roots” effort to increase veterans assistance (VA) funding as well as provide adequate long-term VA health care. He will make a stop locally Saturday at the VFW Post, 231 Water Street.

According to retired Marine Sgt. Major. Bob Brown, Mueller will speak at 3:30 p.m.

“It is my understanding this will be the first ever visit of a National Commander to our local post. (Veterans) should be on hand to hear his brief message,” Brown said.

Local streets to be repaired in 2006

According to Rushville Street Commissioner Danny Bennett, final approval was given this week for assorted planned street repairs throughout the community. The repairs will be completed in 2006 and are expected to total $111,000.

The repairs will include Jackson Street from Fifth to Ninth Street; West Eleventh Street from Main Street to Spencer Street; Morgan Street from Fourth Street to Seventh Street; and Morgan Street from Seventh Street to 11th Street.

Bennett told the Board of Public Works and Safety that his department will provide traffic control and supply a worker to be on site at all times to help with local concerns.

The streets will be closed during the resurfacing efforts.

Frank Denzler can be contacted at (765) 932-2222 or via e-mail at To add a comment to this story visit our Website at

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