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Chamber will cut ribbon at area pub

LIBERTY — The public is welcome to attend the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce Diplomats’ ribbon-cutting  at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, marking the new Chamber membership of Norris English Pub & Brewery, 202 E. Seminary St., Liberty.

Wayne and Kathy Norris opened Norris English Pub in May 2015. The brewery has won state and national awards.

NEP’s kitchen provides English fare prepared fresh when ordered. Traditional food such as fish ‘n’ chips, cottage pie, bangers and mash, and the Scotch Egg, are among menu favorites. It’s prepared by the Norrises’ daughter Jennifer, who creates a specialty dessert served on Sundays.

For information on the ribbon cutting, contact Gertrud Whitaker, the Chamber’s executive director, at 765-825-2561.

Volunteers sought for gift program

People have an opportunity to join a local volunteer team making a difference in children’s lives around the world.

Each year, about 150,000 volunteers help transform empty shoeboxes into gifts by packing them with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, partners with local churches worldwide to deliver these gifts to children suffering from poverty, natural disaster, war, terror, disease and famine. 

Bill Bousman, who heads up the East Central Indiana Area Team for Operation Christmas Child, said, “Joining an Operation Christmas Child Area Team is an amazing way to give back year-round and share God’s love with children in need.”

For information, visit samaritanspurse.org/volunteerwithOCC or call 756-212-0781.

Insurer agrees to $1.6M settlement over autism therapy

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Insurance company Anthem has agreed to pay more than $1.6 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed by Indiana parents who were denied coverage for therapy for their children with autism.

The Indianapolis Star reports two families sued Anthem in 2016 after the company stopped covering their children’s applied behavioral analysis, an intense and individualized therapy that focuses on improved communication, social skills and other behaviors.

In settling the lawsuit, Anthem agreed to stop using guidelines that base coverage for ABA therapy solely on an individual’s age. Anthem and the plaintiffs said in a joint statement the resolution “ensures that Anthem members continue to receive the support they need.”

The suit was brought by Chester and Kathryn Pierce, of Elkhart County, and Indianapolis residents Michael Beck and Joanne Kehoe.