Focus on the Community

Focus On The Community is a community affairs program hosted by Frank Rush.

If you have a community topic that would appeal to WFNB listeners and would like to be considered for an interview, call (812) 420-2518.

Below are some of our past shows.

Focus On The Community Podcasts

Focus on the Community: Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett discusses issues going on in the city.

Focus on the Community: Kids Count Data Book

Tammi Silverman of Indiana Youth Institute discusses the local information in the Kids Count Data Book.

Focus on the Community: Latest scams from BBB

Tim Maniscalo from the Better Business Bureau talks about the latest scams you need to know about.  

Focus on the Community: Union Health on Strokes

Beth Harrison, RN, Stroke Team Leader for Union Health talks about strokes, what to know, and how to treat those who suffer from a stroke.

Focus on the Community: Brazil Rotary 4th of July Celebrations

Mike Peterson of the Brazil Rotary talks about their 4th of July events, good works that the club performs in the community and that a one of the founders of the national Rotary Club is from the

Focus on the Community: Dana Christian School

Stacy Ingram, with the Dana Christian School, explains how this type of school starts, what if offers and the challenges involved.

Focus on the Community: IYI addresses mental health and children

Tammi Silverman, President and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, addresses mental health issues with kids, how to recognize them and how to treat them

Focus on the Community: VCSC Supt. Rob Haworth

Vigo County School Corporation Superintendent Rob Haworth talks about his first few months on the job, his 1 year anniversary on July 1, the just finished legislative session, the cash balance, new communications person, possible casino money,

Focus on the Community: Graduation rates at Ivy Tech Community College

We spoke with Terre Haute Ivy Tech Chancellor Lea Anne Crooks about their recent graduation and what Ivy Tech has to offer students of all ages.

Focus on the Community: Carla Knapp with the Indianapolis Zoo

Carla Knapp of the Indianapolis Zoo talks about their animal conservation and education efforts.

Focus on the Community: Latest information of scams from BBB

Tim Maniscalo, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Indiana, provides information on the latest scams.  Their research shows the biggest problem is employment scams.

Focus on the Community: A look at the life of Richard Lugar

A special edition of Focus on the Community: A look at the life of Richard Lugar.

Focus on the Community: Shelley Klingerman

Shelley Klingerman talks about her new book, ‘Vigilance.’ It is the Savvy Women’s Guide To Personal Safety, Self Protection Measures and Counter Measures.    

Focus on the Community: The Benefit of Caring for the Whole Child

“When I was a child…” We all have likely said this, wrapping ourselves in nostalgia about what we perceived as a carefree, easier time. In many ways, to have been a child decades ago was less complicated.

Focus on the Community: Mayor Duke Bennett

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett talks about the convention center, paving, casino, and the pool at the Vigo County YMCA.

Focus on the Community: Purdue Extension Office

Kristi Whitacre, County Extension Director with the Purdue Extension Office, talks about what the Purdue Extension Office provides for residents and how you can take advantage of these programs and services. For more information on the Purdue Extension

Focus on the Community: Sip for Shoes

The Terre Haute Women’s Club talk about the ‘Sip for Shoes’ fundraiser on May 4 at the Country Club of Terre Haute. This even will benefit the Shoe Bus Project.

Focus on the Community: Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Indiana

Natalie Sutton, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Indiana,  talks about Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Sutton discussed how to recognize and how to help those who suffer and those who help and care

Focus on the Community: Kids Count Data Book

Tami Silverman of the Indiana Youth Institution talks about the release of the new Kids Count Data Book. She talks about what it says about Indiana kids both state wide and here in our area. 

Focus on the Community: Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch celebrates 2nd Founders’ Day

Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch is celebrating 2nd Founders’ Day! We talk about the Crime Fighters vs Fire Fighters basketball game and we have guests Clay County Sheriff Paul Hardin and Chief Deputy Josh Clark.  

Focus on the Community: Sound the Alarm home fire campaign

Executive Director of SW Indiana American Red Cross, Theo Boots, talks about the ‘Sound the Alarm’ home fire campaign. 

Focus on the Community: Commissioner Adam Krupp

Indiana Department of Revenue Commissioner Adam Krupp speaks about taxes.

Focus on the Community: Tim Maniscalo of the Better Business Bureau

Tim Maniscalo of the Better Business Bureau talks about how MasterCard is taking steps to stem misleading “free trial offers,” fake change of address websites, how to be smart when searching for a tax preparer and why a

Focus on the Community: Brazil State of the City Address

Mayor Brian Wyndham gave his State of the City Address at the Clay County Chamber of Commerce lunch.

Focus on the Community: YMCA of the Wabash Valley

Erin Gregory from the YMCA of the Wabash Valley on an upcoming fundraiser and all of the services and programs that they offer the community in Vigo County and Clay County.

Focus on the Community: Girl Scouts of Central Indiana

Danielle Shockey, CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, talks about how Girl Scout cookie time is more than great cookies. It is a time to teach girls about business, life and more.

Focus on the Community: IYI focuses on kids health

Tami Silverman with the Indiana Youth Institute talks kids health and the challenges of keeping kids healthy.

Focus on the Community: Terre Haute Mayor on what to expect in 2019

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett talks about what we can expect in 2019

Focus on the Community: Western Indiana Recovery Services

Scott Burns of Western Indiana Recovery Services at Hamilton Center talks about opioid addiction and treatments available.

Focus on the Community: Sgt. Joe Watts retiring from Indiana State Police

Former Indiana State Police PIO Sgt. Joe Watts talks about his retirement and how police work has changed over the past 30 years.

Focus on the Community: Handling stress during the holidays

Tami Silverman of Indiana Youth Institute talks about helping kids handle the stress of the holidays.  

Focus on the Community: Bell Ringing Campaign

Envoy Sue Linden from the Terre Haute Salvation Army talks about how their bell ringing campaign is going and how you, your business or place of work can help.  Linden also talks about why bell ringers get

Focus on the Community: Holiday Scams

Tim Maniscalo of the Better Business Bureau on Holiday Scams you need to be aware of.

Focus on the Community: Promise Indiana Program

Tami Silverman of Indiana Youth Institute talks about the Promise Indiana Program: How to get young kids as early as elementary school to realize what they have the potential to grow up to be and how to

Focus on the Community: Clay Community School Corporation

Mark Shayotovich, Director of Business Affairs with the Clay Community School Corporation, talks about school finances in Clay County, the artificial turf at Northview and more.

Focus on the Community: Area 7 Agency on Aging

Area 7 Agency on Aging Director Gloria Wetnight (part of the West Central Indiana Economic Development District) talks about the many services that the agency provides and how they can help not just older citizens but those

Focus on the Community: Terre Haute Women’s Club

The Terre Haute Women’s Club talks about the shoe bus and how they can provide shoes for children in need. They will be having a fundraiser called ‘Brews for Shoes.’

Focus on the Community: Meals on Wheels

Rita Kaperack talks about the Meals on Wheels program including who they serve, where the meals come from and how they could expand into some of the outlying areas. 

Focus on the Community: Terre Haute Fire Chief, Jeff Fisher

Terre Haute Fire Chief, Jeff Fisher, spoke with us about fall safety, how you need to clean and check your furnace, and also about how you should check and make sure you have smoke alarms and carbon

Focus on the Community: Staunton Elem. Blue Ribbon School

Principal, Sheryl Jordon and 4th Grade Teacher Chuck Fry talk about how Staunton Elem School in Clay County is now a Blue Ribbon School!  

Focus on the Community: Better Business Bureau and scams

Tim Maniscalo, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Central Indiana talks about scams that can happen with natural disaster donations, rescue dogs, fake grants and even fake endorsements. 

Focus on the Community: Ask Rose!

Susan Smith Roads, the Senior Director of Ask Rose explains what the program is and how it works.

Focus on the Community: Salvation Army

Susan Linden Administrator and Pastor of local branch of the Salvation Army talks about the programs they offer locally to serve the community.

Focus on the Community: Crisis Pregnancy Center

Sharon Kerry, Executive Director of the Crisis Pregnancy Center, talks about who they are, what they do and how they serve men and women both young and old.

Focus on the Community: CRADLES of Clay County

Mary Yelton and Julia Hoffa from CRADLES of Clay County

Focus on the Community: YMCA CEO Ryan Rennrod

YMCA CEO Ryan Pennrod on what the Y is doing in Vigo, Clay and Putnam counties and their programs. Also talked about the closing of the Vigo County facility pool

Focus on the Community: IYI on the Kids County Data Book

Tammi Silverman of the Indiana Youth Institute on the Kids County Data Book and what it shows about kids in Indiana and the stress that kids deal with at the start of the new school year  

Focus on the Community: Better Business Bureau of Central Indiana

Tim Maniscalo President/CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Central Indiana discussed back to school and how shoppers need to be aware of scam websites.  He also discussed how some birth certificate websites don’t deliver. If you need help,

Focus on the Community: Women’s Equality Day March

Marsha Miller and Bionca Gambill from the League of Women Voters spoke about the Women’s Equality Day March on August 27th on the campus of Indiana State University.

Focus on the Community: Dave Patterson

Dave Patterson of the Convention and Visitors Bureau talked about the air show and some future events coming to town