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School board renews food service contract

Mackenzie Meyers, an Everton Elementary School student, pedalsthe smoothie bikefor Charles Beinart, Chartwells food service assistant director,during a demonstration for Fayette County schoolboard members on Tuesday.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com Fayette County schools will continue its relationship with Chartwells, the company that manages food services. The school board approved a renewal of its contract with Chartwells for 2018-19 after company officials reported

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COMPLEMENTARY ART

Art, they say, sometimes imitates life. A sign encouraging a Drug-Free Fayette County is planted in front of the Fayette County Courthouse where its red tulips nearly match the real ones now blooming in front of it.

COMPLEMENTARY ART

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News Briefs

Bank sponsors shred day Saturday CAMBRIDGE CITY — A free community shred day will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Wayne Bank’s Cambridge City branch, 145 W. Main St. People may bring documents to the bank for shredding. They will be put directly into

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LOOKING AHEAD

Thursday, April 19 Hobby: Painters Studio, 1-3 p.m., at Whitewater Valley Arts Association, 402 Central Ave., Connersville Friday, April 20 Music: InConcert Depot District Starr Singing Contest, preliminary 6:30-11 p.m., Depot District Market, 450 N.

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On The Record

Individuals listed in the arrest logs are considered innocent until proven guilty. The preliminary charges and bonds may be changed when a case goes to court. Arrests Clark A. Dehaven, 34, Laurel, was arrested Wednesday at the Decatur County Jail by Fayette County

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Every relic has a story

Members of Connersville Rotary Club gather around a seal of Historic Connersville on the floor of the new Fayette County Historical Museum on Monday as HCI President Donna Schroeder gives them a tour. Pictured, from left, are Mary Helen Hankins, Leota King, Schroeder, Derrick Mathews, Dan Parker and Jim Phillips.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com There’s a story for every relic in the Fayette County Historical Museum. Donna Schroeder shared the one about the Orange School scoreboard with members of the Connersville Rotary Club Monday. The scoreboard, along with

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Local attorney seeking judgeship

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com Senior Judge Beth Butsch of Connersville is among 40 applicants for three upcoming vacancies on courts in Marion County. Butsch formerly served as judge of the Fayette Circuit Court and is now a senior judge. She practices&#

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Road work calls for detours

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com With the calendar heading toward summer – even if the weather can’t make up its mind – the Fayette County highway department is planning for road construction projects. Fayette County received abo

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Speed still 30 mph on north part of Central

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com The speed limit on Central Avenue from 30th to 32nd street will remain 30 mph despite a plea by the mayor and police chief to lower it to 20 mph. The proposal died without a vote in City Council on Monday after Mayor

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Talks planned to help resolve sewage issue

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com DUBLIN — Talking together will be the next step in resolving issues related to sewage treatment in the Western Wayne Sewer District. Groups that have been disagreeing over how wastewater will be treated will mee

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On The Record

Individuals listed in the arrest logs are considered innocent until proven guilty. The preliminary charges and bonds may be changed when a case goes to court. Accidents A Ford Fusion driven by Kimberly Allen, no address provided, was driving south in the 5400 block

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News Briefs

Shred day is Saturday at bank With the income tax filing deadline past, Saturday might be a good time to shred old documents. A shred day will be from 8 a.m. to noon (or until the truck is filled) Saturday at FCN Bank, 105 W. Third St. The 2018 CHS After Prom

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Looking for the good stuff

Several readers contend this column expresses negativism about Indiana. They tell me to find something good to say about the state. That’s easy: Indiana’s borders have been Sanforized; they show no signs of shrinking. A different group of complaining re

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CONNERSVILLE'S BILTMORE

Mike Sparks, owner of the historic Newkirk House, shows members of the Ball State Associated Students for Historic Preservation features of the house Saturday, including the hand-carved staircase.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Sitting on the hillside off Western Avenue is an imposing house overlooking the city. There, the William Newkirk mansion caught the attention of some Ball State University students passing through town. Five members of the

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Wind project hearing delayed

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com A hearing about the West Fork Wind project has been delayed six months to give the developer time to obtain permits and provide information. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission had scheduled a hearing about the project

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Diversity is theme of Thursday meeting

Attempting to strengthen a sense of community among Fayette County residents, the Social Cultural Capital Group of Fayette Community Voices will have a workshop about diversity on Thursday. “Promoting Diversity & Inclusion Within Our Commun

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In Brief

Central Ave. cleanup needs volunteers Discover Connersville, the Main Street program for Connersville, will be conducting a downtown cleanup day from 3-7 p.m. Friday, May 4. Discover Connersville’s focus for this first day of cleanup will be on 

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CMS Spartans of the week

Nathan Hudson is Connersville Middle School’s seventh grade Spartan of the Week for the week of April 16. Nathan is the son of Eugene and Selena Hudson. Mrs. Greeson, art teacher, nominated him for his hard work. She said, “Nathan has the rare qu

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On The Record

Individuals listed in the arrest logs are considered innocent until proven guilty. The preliminary charges and bonds may be changed when a case goes to court. Accidents A Mercury Mountaineer driven by Wyatt J. Kibbey, 412 Dora Ave., and a Chevrolet truck driven by

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Ready-to-eat salads recalled

WASHINGTON — Fresh Foods Manufacturing Co., a Freedom, Pa., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 8,757 pounds of ready-to-eat salad products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’

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Students, teachers honored at banquet

ISTAR honorees for the 2017-18 school year include, pictured from left,Paula Shouse, Abbigayle Jacobs, Tori Bostwick, BethFuller, Katherine Cooley and Teresa Lewis.

In 1984, because of a vision by then-Connersville High School Principal Dr. Steve Kaiser, high schools in this region formed a program to enhance schooling, teaching and learning, and also to honor outstanding examples of each. They called it ISTAR, for Indiana Stu

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Community Notebook

Everton Cemetery: 7 p.m. Thursday at Everton Community Church. Food Policy Council: Fayette County Food Policy Council, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Extension office at Fayette County Courthouse, 401 Central Ave. Dublin American Legion: Tuesday, 7 p.m. at 320 W. Church St.,

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Free trash dumping for city is Friday

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Connersville residents can take a pickup load of household trash to the transfer station Friday -- for free. Free Friday is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tom Creech, transfer station team leader, said. No cons

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Benches will be placed in downtown

Discover Connersville is trying to makedowntown more attractive. FCN Bank has donated $700 to purchase a park bench that will be placed along Central Avenue, and the branch manager is chairing a campaign to raise funds to buy more benches. Posing with a replica check on Friday are, pictured from left, Carol Hunter, FCN vice president and area manager; Linda Finch, branch manager; Carolyn Bunzendahl, president of Discover Connersville; and Sharon McQueen, the organization’s director.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com Within the year, park benches should be lining Central Avenue and other downtown streets. That’s a project that Discover Connersville is working on. Friday, FCN Bank jump-started a campaign to raise money to

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Groundbreaking set for sports complex

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com Those who have been donating money and time so that a new sports complex can be built south of town will see their efforts start to blossom in just over a month. Groundbreaking for Phase 1 of Rivers Edge, the new complex, wi

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Community Notebook

Head Start: Enrollment is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday at the John H. Miller Community Center in Roberts Park, 2900 Park Road. It’s a preschool program for children aged 3-5. Parents should bring proof of income, child’s birth certificate, shot record,

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Court News

Fayette Superior Court Judge Paul Freed Maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, open alcoholic beverage container: Adreann Dixon, 22, 3705 Grand Ave., pleaded guilty to Count I and sentenced to two years a

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Five Generations

Five generations of the Porter family gathered recently. Pictured, from left, in front, great-great-grandfather Bob Porter and great-great-grandmother Ivay Porter; in back, grandfather Brian Wentz, father Blake Wentzholding baby Aribella Wentz, and great-grandmother Linda Harris.

Five Generations

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On The Record

Individuals listed in the arrest logs are considered innocent until proven guilty. The preliminary charges and bonds may be changed when a case goes to court. Arrests Devon A. Krepp, 23, 4330 Alquina Road, was arrested Friday at the Wayne County Jail by Fayette Cou

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PUBLIC MEETINGS

Scheduled meetings and hearings of local government and other organizations in Fayette, Franklin, Union and Western Wayne counties. Readers may wish to contact the group beford attending to be sure the meeting is still scheduled. FAYETTE COUNTY Monday Connersville

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Honoring their service

Veterans service officer Cambria “Cam” Sparks worksin her office in the Fayette County Courthouse annex.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com With about 2,200 military veterans living in Fayette County, Cambria “Cam” Sparks has a lot of territory to cover in only 24 hours a week. Sparks, 37, is the Fayette County veterans service officer, appointed to

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24th Street won't be torn up

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Residents along 24th Street won’t have to put up with their street being torn up while a new sewage line is installed. That part of a massive reconstruction project has been eliminated. The city of Connersville had p

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Milton School will be demolished

A plastic tarp put on the roof at the old Milton School to protect the interior is blown over the front of the school. Water damage and age have deteriorated the building to the point demolition is the only answer.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com MILTON — Efforts to save the old Milton School have ended. The next step is demolition. After more than two decades of trying to find other uses for the classic school structure that sits along Indiana 1, the to

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Bridge closed

County Road 300N was closedfive miles west ofIndiana1on Thursday for replacement of Fayette County Bridge 25, pictured, which is crumbling away.Officials say the road should reopen byNov. 6, barring schedule changes. The official detour for this road closure will go north on County Road 450W, north to County Road 400N, west to County Road 550W, south to County Road 300N. The current bridge was constructed in 1938. It will cost$1.4 million to replace.

Bridge closed

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Hoosier highways get spring cleaning

More than 90 percent of INDOT’s maintenance staff and over 100 volunteers will be out Friday to pick-up litter along Indiana state roads, US highways and interstates. In the past, INDOT maintenance staff have worked with Indiana Department of Correction crews

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Evidence left behind

It was probably late November, somewhere in the 1950s, when cousin Elverta, my brother Doug and I had plans to go back to the mountain ridge behind the house to the camprock at the “Nars” of the mountain. It was about a mile back there and much of the r

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Evangelicals take a more complex look at life issues

Back in his days as a youth pastor, Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma spent lots of time begging church members to teach Sunday school. After hearing this plea over and over, one woman pulled him aside and quietly shared her painful reason for declining, s

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On The Record

Individuals listed in the arrest logs are considered innocent until proven guilty. The preliminary charges and bonds may be changed when a case goes to court. Accidents A Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Caitlin L. Wolfe, 2504 Eby Drive, and a Chrysler Town and Country v

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News Briefs

St. Gabriel School sets registration Plans for registration for preschool and kindergarten through sixth grades at St. Gabriel Catholic School have been announced by Sue Barth, principal.  Registration will be from noon to 6 p.m. Monday, April 23, in the schoo

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Community Notebook

5K run/walk: Saturday at Roberts Park; register 7:30-8:15 a.m. Run/walk starts from the Pavilion at 8:30 a.m. ($20); family fun walk at 9:30 a.m. (free). Silly Safari show and vendors at 10 a.m. Sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Fayette County. Supper

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