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By BRANDON TOWNSEND - btownsend@newsexaminer.com From installing new flooring in some of buildings to removing and replacing boiler systems, construction projects and renovations across the district are keeping the Fayette County School Corporation b

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Tests show students learning faster

Charts show the change in test scores from the beginning of a school year to the following spring, giving an indication of how much students are learning compared to national growth averages.

By BRANDON TOWNSEND - btownsend@newsexaminer.com Many students of the Fayette County School Corporation may be learning at a rate that exceeds the national average, according to an assessment used by the corporation. The Northwest Evaluation Association (

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Planning begins for county bicentennial

Fayette County Bicentennial Co-Chair Mike Sparks (standing) leads the opening meeting of the steering committee Tuesday at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association. Clockwise from lower left are Sharon McQueen, Jackie Church, Jim Reese, Corinne Westerfield, Co-Chair Jenny Sparks, Mike Sparks, Lindsey Brooks, Tamra DeGroat, Sue Ann Pflum, Pat Summan and Vice Chair Ed Herrell.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com The Fayette County Bicentennial is approaching ... quickly. Tuesday, the steering committee met for the first time to begin the planning for the 2019 event. The committee is sort of a reunion as many on the committee helpe

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Court employees won't see pay raise this year

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com To no one’s great surprise, the Fayette County Council has decided not to change the staffing plan and pay for workers in the Fayette County Superior Court office. The council agreed Tuesday night to a recommendat

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Comedy show will feature storytelling, clean humor

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com People sometimes just need a good laugh to forget what is going on in their lives. The Hope Center is offering a LOL – Laughing Out Loud – comedy night to take away the stress of life. Comedian John F

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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 Nissan Maxima driven by Alexa J. Weber, 2086 W. 3rd St, and a Nissan Frontier driven by Amy J.

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Brass Band playing here

The Crossroads Brass Band will play a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday inthe Roberts Park Pavilion, 2900 Park Road. It is British Brass Band from Franklinthat includes community brass players and retired band personnel.

Brass Band playing here

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News Briefs

City looking for new Park Board member The city of Connersville is looking for someone to serve on the Park Board. This is to replace Dave Young, who resigned. It is a four-year term. Anyone interested may submit a resume to the mayor’s office,

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Gas line replacement

Workers from Miller Pipeline Co. are replacing a natural gas line along Western Avenue from 18th to 11th streets. They’re putting in a 6-inch high density plastic line to replace a steel line installed in the mid-1950s, according to Tracy Bare, district manager for the Ohio Valley Gas Corp.He said the project will probably take another six weeks to complete. The company plans to replace the line from 19th to 32nd street in 2019.

Gas line replacement

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Save the drama

Julie Taylor, left, and Abigail Calonge are coloring a “Vote for Duck” sign for drama camp at the Fayette County Public Library. In their play Dooby Dooby Moo, Duck is one of the animals participating in a talent show to win a trampoline.

By BRANDON TOWNSEND - btownsend@newsexaminer.com Children designed scenery, created masks, coordinated costumes and rehearsed at an indoor drama camp on Tuesday. They’re preparing for a play, Dooby Dooby Moo, which they will perform at the

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Needle exchange contract approved

Fayette County’s needle exchange program is still being moved to Fayette Regional Health System. The Fayette County Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a contract with the hospital, allowing it to take over the program. The hospital is finalizing a lo

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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 No arrests reported. Blotter A. Chad Blaes reported Monday his bank debit card had an unauthorized

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Local schools seek metal detectors

By BRANDON TOWNSEND - btownsend@newsexaminer.com Local schools are among those asking for free handheld metal detectors from the state. Gov. Eric Holcomb announced on July 9 that handheld metal detectors would be provided at no cost to any Indiana school

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City sees wastewater, water needs

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com A new study calls for spending about $9.65 million on the city’s wastewater treatment and water systems, probably leading to a rate increase to help pay for them. City Council accepted a study for Conn

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'UnREAL' moves to Hulu for final season

Constance Zimmer on the Lifetime series “UnREAL.” The show is hooking up with Hulu for its fourth and final season.

By YVONNE VILLARREAL - Los Angeles Times It’s the kind of finale twist television thrives on: After a three-year relationship with Lifetime, “UnREAL” is hooking up with Hulu for its fourth and final season. And it’s wasting little time flaun

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Heimlich family members say Red Cross guidance on choking victims could end in death

Janet and Phil Heimlichhave launched their “Hug, Don’t Hit” campaign to educate the public on the Heimlich maneuver’s significance. The announcement is the latest development in a long-running disagreement between some members of the Heimlich family and the Red Cross.

By ESE OLUMHENSE - Chicago Tribune You’re dining in a restaurant when someone at a table nearby starts choking. As they gasp for air – and help – a bystander rushes to their aid. If the bystander in this dramatic scene were trained in first aid at

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TAKING CARE OF BEAR:

John Riley plays with Brooke, his friend Timothy Edge’s dog, at Peoples Park in this photo from 2014. Riley, his dog Bear, and Edge and his dog Brooke developed a close bond living on the streets of Bloomington.

By BOB ZALTSBERG - (Bloomington) Herald-Times BLOOMINGTON — Bear fits his name: burly and brown, low to the ground, pretty impressive teeth. Intimidating, perhaps, on first glance. In reality, he’s a gentle dog. Bear used to hang out a lot in downtown B

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News Briefs

Chamber Golf Classic planned for Friday The Golf Classic organized by the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce will be Friday at Willowbrook Country Club. A shot gun start is at 9 a.m. Lunch and awards are at 1 p.m. Registration flyers are available from th

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Sewer board president favors new plant

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com DUBLIN — Shortly after hearing the updated costs for a new treatment plant in Cambridge City, the board president said he could not see why the Western Wayne Regional Sewer District would send its wastewater Con

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Bigger than life

Pam Bliss works on a horse's face on the tribute mural to Gen. Solomon Meredith on a building in downtown Cambridge City.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com CAMBRIDGE CITY — President Abraham Lincoln's good friend, Civil War Gen. Solomon Meredith, is being remembered in a large mural across the street from a large mural of Lincoln. Artist Pam Bliss is completing the mura

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Fayette County ambulance crashes

The burned out shell of a Fayette County Emergency Medical Services ambulance sits in a ditch Sunday morning following an accident and fire just west of Centerville along U.S. 40.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Two Fayette County Emergency Medical Services personnel and their patient received injuries in a fiery crash Sunday morning after swerving to miss deer in the roadway. At about 3:39 a.m. Sunday, EMS driver and Em

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The Rock fails to elevate 'Skyscraper'

By GARY THOMPSON - The Philadelphia Inquirer Ginger Rogers, they say, did everything Fred Astaire did, only backward and in heels. “Skyscraper” gives Dwayne Johnson a chance to do everything Bruce Willis did in “Die Hard,” only on one leg. J

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In the cemetery, do no harm

Aimee Brumfield, right, explains sugaring, a natural process that occurs on marble tombstones exposed to weather,. Tiny bits of the stone loosen and feel like granulated sugar. Brumfieldinstructed at a cemetery preservation workshop at Robinson Chapel Cemetery on Saturday.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com First, do no harm. As in the medical profession, that's a good first rule for working on tombstones and cemeteries. And that's the rule that Aimee Brumfield stressed to a dozen people attending a cemetery preservation worksh

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Visteon clean-up may be nearly done

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Most of the wells used in a clean-up of chemical contamination from the former Visteon plant will probably be closed in the near future. Remediation of environmental issues at the factory at 4971 W

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UAW Retirees gather on a near-perfect afternoon

Jack Wilkerson stands with his Camaro that he brought out to the UAW Retirees Chapter 1118 gathering Thursday. Wilkerson spent four years rebuilding car to turn it intoa dragster.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com ALQUINA — It’s 90-plus degrees. Corn lines roadways that reflect the heat. In the middle of Alquina on Thursday afternoon, a small sign is pointing to a gathering of old friends. Take a right and then drive left,

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News Briefs

Fayette County schools registration Registration at Fayette County Schools will be July 26-27. Elementary parents must register their student those dates to ensure placement at their home school. Registration, at the school buildings, will be from noon to 6 p.

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Bentonville School reunion will be Saturday

The old Bentonville Schoolis pictured.A school reunionwill be on Saturday near the sitewhere the building stood.

BENTONVILLE — The 2018 Bentonville School Reunion will be Saturday afternoon, July 21, at the Bentonville firehouse, near the site of the old school. Anyone who attended classes at Bentonville at any time or anyone interested in the community m

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Standalone

New Connersville Lions Club President Frank Oakman, center, is joined by the new officers and board members after being installed at First United Methodist Churchin June. From left are Tail Twister Richard Brown, director John Holmes, Lion Tamer Glen Pollitt, director Barry McNeely, director Bill Mackie, director Amanda Barrows, Oakman, secretary Linda Frye, treasurer Linda Showalter, first vice president Bob Powell, second vice president Leonard Urban, past District Gov. Carl Sharp, membership chair Larry Myers and assistant chair Hilton Henry.

Lions club officers

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Organization Reports

Alpha Xi Associate Chapter of Tri Kappa Sorority met recently at theJohn H. Miller Community Center to present a memorial plaque in honor of Patsy (Kehl) Miller.

Tri Kappa Sorority Lanie Rose, president of the Alpha Xi Associate Chapter of Tri Kappa Sorority, along with several members, met recently at the John H. Miller Community Center in Roberts Park to present a memorial plaque in honor of Patsy (Kehl) Miller

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Legislature studies hemp's possibilities

Demand for industrial hemp is growing, supporters of legalization say. A committee of the Indiana General Assembly is studying whether to legalize it’s production in the state.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Hemp, a plant related to marijuana, is in demand for the fibers it produces that can be used in automobiles and foods. But although hemp used to be the third-largest crop in Indiana, it’s not legal to grow

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Bicentennial will move forward

I made two mistakes in last Sunday’s article about the difficulties between the current Fayette County Tourism Board and its former chairwoman, Donna Schroeder.  My first error was in reporting that Schroeder went to the county treasurer&#

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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 Dustin W. Lykins, 30, 114 N. County Road 500-E., was arrested Friday in the 5000 block of Western

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Community Notebook

Kappa Kappa Sigma: Monday, 7 p.m., East Side United Methodist Church. Scholarship winners will be presented with their checks. Linda Noble will provide the attendance prize. Nancy Jurmanovich and Dee Dee Perez will be hostesses.  Golden Gabriels: St. Gabr

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Free Fair just around the corner

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Less than two weeks remain before the opening of the 116th edition of Indiana’s oldest free fair. The fair is July 28 to Aug. 4. The fair queen contest is this coming Saturday. Pre-fair judging starts Monday, Ju

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Court News

Fayette Superior Court Judge Paul Freed Operating a vehicle while intoxicated, operating a vehicle with .08 blood alcohol level: Kelsey Rummel, 27, 2149 Ohio Ave., pleaded guilty to Count I and sentenced to one year in the Fayette County Jail, suspended and placed

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Heavy metal cleanup

A group floats down Whitewater River as part of the river cleanup. Thiswas the ninth year the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation district organized the activity.

By BRANDON TOWNSEND - btownsend@newsexaminer.com Keep the camera dry, I thought, as I brushed my teeth Saturday morning. At Robinson’s Whitewater River Campground, I parked near River Rats Canoe Rental. Some men hung a sign for “Whitewater River Cl

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BIRTHS

Friend: Born to Alexis Lorraine Nichole Carson and Ty Aaron Friend, a son, Gabriel Wyatt Friend, on Monday, July 9, 2018, at Fayette Regional Health System. He weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces and measured 201/2 inches. He has a siste

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PUBLIC MEETINGS

Scheduled meetings and hearings of local government and other organizations in Fayette, Franklin, Union and Wayne counties. FAYETTE COUNTY Monday Connersville Board of Public Works and Safety: 1 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall, 500 Central Ave. Connersville City

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Hands-on fun

Chloe Free pets Speckles the African Penguin under the supervision of Grace Kahmann and Ryan Larrick of Newport Aquarium at Community Youth Day. Speckles is an ambassador animal, meaning he is used by the aquarium to educate the public about the species.

By BRANDON TOWNSEND - btownsend@newsexaminer.com Luke, Zach and Seth Fagan excitedly touched and got into a fire truck and an Army vehicle on Community Youth Day Thursday. “My kids really like the Touch-A-Vehicle part,” said Angie Fagan,

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County bicentennial has new leaders

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com Two names synonymous with the Connersville Bicentennial five years ago have been recruited to lead the Fayette County Bicentennial in 2019. The Fayette County Tourism Board on Wednesday asked Mike and Jenny Sparks to le

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Group helps people find affordable health care

By BRANDON TOWNSEND - btownsend@newsexaminer.com People seeking affordable health care coverage may attend an enrollment program by the Covering Kids & Families of Indiana on Monday. Covering Kids & Families is meant to help people find affordable

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LOOKING AHEAD

Thursday, July 12 Hobby: Painters Studio, 1-3 p.m., at Whitewater Valley Arts Association, 402 Central Ave., Connersville Nature: Meditation Hike, 6-7:30 p.m., Hayes Arboretum, 801 Elks Road, Richmond. Art: New show opening, 6 p.m., Whitewater Valley

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Cops going fishing for a purpose

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Officers from three law enforcement agencies will be out fishing Saturday, but they will not be skipping work. It’s called Cops & Bobbers. Officers will be fishing with kids from the community. Con

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Laurel United Methodist Church

Pastor Janet K. Hastings leads the congregation of Laurel United Methodist Church, 130 Conwell St.. Worship service in the historic building overlooking Laurel is at 10:15 a.m.

Calvary Baptist Church, 309 W. 24th St., will host the Something Different Tour (in 3D!) with national recording artists Sidewalk Prophets and Bonray and Carmen Justice. The concert is 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. Tickets are $10 general admission, $25 for early entry a

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How to 'bee' a perfect Christian in a niche-culture world

When newcomers arrive at a megachurch these days, they face an obstacle course of challenges – from deciding how much to tip the parking-lot guy to tricking their normal children into looking like cherubs. Finally, loaded with visitor swag –donuts, coff

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Living a joyful life

The Bentonville Christian Church members served the community meal July 1 at the First Presbyterian Church. Judy Fitchett, the present minister, met us at the door with a greeting and a smile. Her husband told us it was her birthday so we had all sing “Happy

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Community Notebook

CHS Class of 1963: Reunion 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday at Mousie’s, and Saturday from 6-11 p.m. at K of C. Informal dress.  Chamber: Fayette County Chamber Network Night, 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, Woodridge Inn, 3700 Western Ave. Farmers market: 8 a.m.-no

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