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Secretary of State hopeful pays visit to Connersville

Tuesday afternoon Brian’s Bistro hosted a special guest to the city, as a candidate for the third highest ranking position in the state of Indiana dropped by.

Diego Morales (R-Sellersburg) stopped by the bistro and met with several city officials to tell his story, and explain his candidacy for the position.

Morales jokingly explained that he has an accent, because he is “from Kentucky.” Actually Morales is an immigrant to the U.S. originally from Guatemala. Morales came to the U.S. in 1999, and became a U.S. citizen officially in 2009.

Morales also served in the U.S. military after graduation from College. Though he only officially declared his candidacy for the position in 2020, Morales said that the stint in the U.S. Army is where his candidacy really began.

“I was not a U.S. Citizen so I could not vote,” said Morlaes. “The other Army guys were like wait a minute, you’re willing to die for us, just like us and you can not vote for this country? That day I said I know what way I’m going to give back, by protecting your freedoms, your liberty at the ballot box, at the polls.”

Morales then laid out a few of his ideas on how to better protect the vote, these include presenting proof of citizenship before voting and trimming down the reasons with which a person can use to vote absentee to those who are serving in the military or if a person will be out of town for work related reasons on election day.

Voter rights and election security are some of the main priorities that the Secretary of State has oversight of, and is an issue that Morales said was of importance to him. Morales also said he would support an audit of the vote, saying that a business can be audited, so it would only be fair to be able to audit the vote as well.

Morales served as an advisor to Mike Pence when he was governor and also served under Todd Rokita during his tenure as secretary of state.

Visiting Connersville, and Fayette County is part of his mission to drive to all 92 counties in the state, which is a costly venture. Morales said in recent years he has put 75,000 miles a year on his car.

Morlaes also laid out his positions on other issues that are more hot-button national issues, saying he is pro life and pro second amendment saying that he felt those conservative values and his own story made him a unique candidate for the position.

Morales also revealed that his campaign has generated $350,000 in fundraising thus far.

If elected Morales presented Fayette County officials and community members with a few ideas he thought would be beneficial in the position. These included making the Secretary of State office “mobile” by continuing to tour and meet officials in cities and counties, Morales also said he would like to create a team that goes to high schools to register eligible students to vote, and be present at events where immigrants obtain their U.S. citizenship to register them to vote on site.

Lanny Rogers performing a song at the amphitheater during the Lanny Rogers Country and Western Show during fair week.

Throwback Thursday: Country and Western

Making up for lost time

After the past year plus, several things that would normally have taken place have been cancelled or re-imagined. There were family gatherings, community events, and countless others gatherings that couldn’t be done as they were planned.

Holiday’s were no exception to that rule, during the past 20 months chances to gather and celebrate the holidays safely, any of them, have been few and far between.

With that being said, Imagine Performing Arts is looking to make up for some of those missed opportunities with their next stage performance.

The Roberts Building at Roberts Park will be the site of the show, The All-A-Day Holiday Hullabaloo.

The Hullabaloo is a show that IPA does every year, except last year due to COVID-19 restrictions, This has been a tradition since 2014. The variety show revolves around a character named Barkley Bigelow who brings in the show.

This year has a special theme.

“This year we’re celebrating all the holidays we missed because of the stupid pandemic,” said IPA member Cindy Perez.

Perez is looking forward to coming back together as a community.

“I think it’s very important,” said Perez. “We’ve all missed being together and we’ve all missed the celebration. It’s just not the same on Zoom.

The Show kicks off at 7 p.m. and runs on both Oct 22 and 23, Doors will open at 6:30. There are no presale tickets, so everyone that wants to attend needs to bring their $10 for the price of admission with them to the door. IPA members get in for free, and a membership is $25, so one could go the slightly more expensive route and buy a membership to then get into other events with the membership.

Perez said preparing for everything this year was a race against the clock and the county COVID numbers.

“Even last month we were looking at the COVID numbers and Fayette County was in the red, and we were worried that we would have to cancel again,” said Perez. “We had cancelled in 2020 just a couple of weeks before. But we figured we would hold out and see if things went down and they did, so we’re rushing to get all of the finishing touches on.”

These final touches are a lot to get sorted out going down the stretch to the show date, but Perex said there was a part of the show in particular she was excited for. Saying a performance by the Art-thritics, who have done skits in the past including an ode to James Bond. Perez said she is expecting mass hilarity from the older gentlemen again this year.

This year’s show is written by locals Carla Beard and Ian Kinder.

Travel back in time with Whitewater Valley Railroad

The Whitewater Valley Railroad is hosting excursions this month that train riders don’t want to miss.

Wild West Train

Travel back in time to the old west during the Overland Limited Wild West Weekend at the Whitewater valley Railroad on Saturday and Sunday October 16 and 17. Join the Circle D Rangers band of cowboys, outlaws, and lawmen on a fun filled 5 hour round trip through the scenic Whitewater Valley. Trains departs from Connersville’s Grand Central Station at high noon and have a 2 hour layover in Metamora. This family friendly excursion is suitable for all ages. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 2 to 12.

Ghost Train of Metamora

October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30

This family friendly (no blood or gore) half-hour excursion is great for ghosts and goblins of all ages. As the train travels through the dark countryside, passengers will be haunted by characters from our ghost story.

THIS EXCURSION OPERATES FROM METAMORA, NOT CONNERSVILLE. The Metamora ticket office is located at 19056 S Main St, Metamora, IN 47030.

Trains depart at 6:45 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:15 p.m., and 9:01 p.m. on the Friday and Saturday evenings listed above. All seats are $10. Purchase tickets online.


Saturday and Sunday October 23, 24

Enjoy a short excursion from Connersville’s Grand Central Station to the pumpkin patch and back. Your ticket includes the round trip train ride, a hay ride to and from the pumpkin patch, and a pumpkin for each child 12 and under.

Trains depart at 10:01 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 4:30 PM. All seats are $10.

Purchase tickets online for all excursions at https://www.dynamicticketsolutions.com/.../index or by calling the railroad at (765) 825-2054 during regular business hours.

The train will run rain or shine – please dress for the weather.