When the torch passes through Johnson County in celebration of Indiana’s Bicentennial, it will represent the state’s 200 years of progress, growth and community spirit.

Torchbearers were nominated by the public and selected by local committees for each county. More than 4,000 torchbearer nominations were received. Those selected demonstrate exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their community, according to a news release from the state.

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay will start Sept. 9 in Corydon and finish with a celebration Oct. 15 at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. The torch relay spans 3,200 miles and touches every Indiana county. In Johnson County, the route goes along State Road 44 then south on U.S. 31 and then out of the county on State Road 252.

Ryan Trares is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2727.