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Roberts Park Pool open only weekends

Now that Fayette County schools are in session, the Roberts Park pool is open weekends only. The final pool day of the season will be Monday, Sept. 2.

Pool admission will be free from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. this Saturday as part of Reid Health-ier Community Day.

County closes bridge on Garrison Road

Fayette County has closed a bridge in the 5700-area of Garrison Road because of its potentially unsafe condition.

The county is having an evaluation made of county highway structures such as bridges and culverts. The inspector reported that this bridge is unsafe for traffic and so the county on Wednesday closed it for further evaluation, said Bill Macke, county surveyor. He did not know how long the bridge will be closed.

The bridge is in Columbia Township, south of Connersville.

Lilly Scholarship applications open 

The Fayette Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Scholarship application is live online.

Any Fayette County resident who is graduating from an Indiana accredited high school by June 2020 and intends to pursue a full-time baccalaureate degree at an Indiana state-accredited college or university is eligible for this award. The scholarship is awarded to one Fayette County student and will pay four years of tuition at an Indiana college or university.

To apply, go to the Fayette Community Foundation’s website, fayettefoundation.com. The application deadline is Aug. 28.

Commissioners meet Thursday

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners will have a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Fayette County Courthouse, 401 Central Ave. The agenda includes making a decision about whether to continue the county needle exchange program.

Recorder’s office closed Friday

The Fayette County recorder’s office will be closed Friday. It will reopen for regular hours Monday.

County Recorder Ruth Nutty said the office is changing computer software systems on Friday. The office, in the Fayette County Courthouse at 401 Central Ave., will be closed for installation of the new software and staff training.

IU Simon Cancer Center earns national designation

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana University says its Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis has achieved the highest recognition from the National Cancer Institute.

It’s now the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Indiana and one of just 51 in the nation.

Acting NCI Director Dr. Douglas Lowy says designated cancer centers are recognized for their state-of-the-art research programs and strong commitment to delivering cutting-edge cancer treatment.

The cancer center received an “outstanding” rating by NCI reviewers and was awarded a five-year, $13.8 million grant that supports its research programs and shared facilities.

The cancer center is part of the Indiana University School of Medicine and serves as a central hub of cancer research across the university. It has nearly 250 researchers.

SW Indiana coal mine to close this fall, costing 120 jobs

OAKLAND CITY (AP) — A southwestern Indiana coal mine will close this fall, costing about 120 workers their jobs at the surface mine.

Peabody Indiana Services LLC says its Somerville Central Mine will close in early October. The mine opened in 2000 near the Gibson County town of Oakland City.

The Princeton Daily Clarion reports the company says it’s working with the affected employees “to identify comparable employment opportunities at four locations in Indiana and Illinois.”

Gibson County Commissioners President Steve Bottoms tells the Evansville Courier& Press that while many of the mine’s workers will find other work, “they want to be coal miners.”

The mine closure will be the second this year in the coal-producing region.

White Stallion Energy closed its Liberty Mine in adjacent Warrick County in April, idling about 80 workers.