The Torch - October Issue

The Torch

Gov. announces state will advance to Stage 5 of ‘Back on Track’ Indiana plan

On Sept. 24, Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced that he will advance the state to an updated version of the Stage 5 Back on Track Indiana plan and extend the state’s face covering mandate until at least Oct. 17.

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Governor Eric Holcomb wearing a mask

Plan to get your flu shot this fall!

Get your flu shot image

The number one way to protect yourself and your family from the flu this year is to get a flu vaccination.

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‘Run the State’ set to close out 2020 season at Indiana Dunes

Indiana Dunes run the state promotion

The final event of the 2020 Run the State 5K and Hike Series is almost here!

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HR-Payroll Modernization Project to provide state-wide process improvements

The Human Resources (HR)-Payroll Modernization Project, under the sponsorship of the Auditor of State (AOS), Indiana State Personnel Department (INSPD), and the Indiana Office of Technology (IOT) launched in the first quarter of 2020 and is on-track to be completed in September 2021.

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World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to decompress

World mental health day image

On Oct. 10, we will recognize World Mental Health Day.

Ideally, on this day, the world will collectively take a deep breath and assess the status of their mental health… at least that’s the goal.

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Renaissance man

Lahr's screenshot of lunch and canvas event

State employee shares joy of painting, music for charity

Jeffery Lahr is no stranger to lending his considerable artistic talents to a good cause.

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Fall camp promotion

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