BrightSide is about chronicling positive news stories and shining a spotlight on hard working, caring and conscientious people who are quietly improving the fabric of our community in Wayne County.

  1. Candle business glows with success

    Twenty-three years ago, Jackie and Alan Carberry started a candle-making business in the basement of their home. Today, Warm Glow Candles are sold in 2,000 stores across the nation. The Carberrys manage an 80,000-square-foot manufacturing facility that during peak season employs more than 20 and produces as many as 10,000 candles a day. Almost half […]

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  2. EDC joins new life in long-vacant historic building

    Back in the day, it was one of the hubs of Richmond. The former Pennsylvania Railroad Depot was designed by nationally-known architect Daniel Burnham. From 1902, it was where countless families, college students, people traveling on business or vacation, and even U.S. presidents came on their way to or from Richmond. The decline of passenger […]

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  3. Vintage vehicles help drive tourism dollars

    A rather small museum is having a rather big impact on the Wayne County economy. Trip Advisor ranks the Model T Museum in Richmond’s Historic Depot District as the county’s top attraction for visitors. “What a great find,” raves PlateMan of Arlington, Va., on the website. “The place is small yet jam-packed.” “Not the biggest […]

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  4. Lights, camera, future!

    Students in the radio/TV program at the Richmond Area Career Center are excited about the future. And, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Education, they are able to hone their skills on newly purchased equipment. New cameras, new lights, new editing software, a production center on wheels that can go wherever […]

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  5. Dot Foods committed to growth and training

    Dot Foods delivers far more than supplies across a six-state region from its big and bustling plant at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Indiana 1 at Cambridge City. It also delivers good jobs, good community relations and a good model for economic development success in Wayne County. Dot Foods is built upon a culture […]

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  6. High-tech creativity flourishes in Hagerstown

    Ten years ago, Jeff Huffine and Jeff Richards each ran a small business with one employee – themselves. They did similar work in neighboring offices. Maybe, they thought, they should look for a space together where they might be able to expand. Both men grew up in East Central Indiana. They had established their companies […]

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  7. Purdue is positively thriving in Richmond

    Senior Ashley Bates epitomizes the positivity of what’s happening at Purdue Polytechnic Richmond. The 23-year-old who lives in Dublin, Ind., is considered a model student as she works toward a bachelor’s of science degree in computer graphics technology. Bates picked Purdue Richmond after visiting campuses from the Midwest, to Florida and to the East Coast. Her […]

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  8. Richmond Shakespeare Festival poised for growth

    A man who died 400 years ago is breathing new life – maybe a lot of it – into Richmond and Wayne County. William Shakespeare is the man. The new life comes from the Richmond Shakespeare Festival, now in its third year. The festival began on June 9th and wraps up on June 26th. “I […]

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  9. Hill’s Pet Nutrition ‘amazing’ as Vaile partner

    You won’t be hearing employees at Hill’s Pet Nutrition bragging about it. Or their local or corporate executives. But, they play a major role as volunteers, mentors and more for young students — and the whole school community — at Vaile Elementary School in Richmond. “They are amazing,” says third-grade teacher Kendra Brown, who helps […]

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  10. Silvia Hamilton delivers with style for 50 years

    Like a bright yellow rose, Silvia Hamilton is a beacon of business success and community service in Cambridge City. “She is indispensable,” believes Beth Leisure. “She’s just a terrific person. She’s willing to do anything for the city,” says Alan Austin. Leisure and Austin are both business owners and active civic leaders in Cambridge City. […]

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