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St. Gabriel's wins state title

Members of St. Gabriel’sSpell Bowl teamare Angelo Amora, Levi Marszalek, Hunter Vu, Paolo Amora, Emily Bischoff, Maddox Greenwell, Adriana Luking, Brandt Lykins, Arthur Struewing, Sophia Southerlandand Millie Wynne.

News-Examiner - The St. Gabriel Spell Bowl team is the 2018 Elementary Spell Bowl State Champion for the seventh consecutive year. The team competed at area competition on Nov. 16, winning with a score of 55 out of 56, coming out ahead of the nine other

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Funny photos with Santa

Funny photos with Santa

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Schools offer meals during holiday

News-Examiner The Fayette County School Corporation will be hosting the 7th annual Winter Break Meal Program starting Dec. 26. Meals will be provided Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 26-Dec. 28 and Jan. 2-Jan. 4. Lunch will be free to anyone 18 or

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Career Center receives donation

RushShelby Energy donated $1,799 toWhitewater Career Center for the purchase of a paper cutter used in the industrial design program. Pictured, from left, are REMCmembersIsaac Sliger and Jack Boyce presenting a check to WCCstaff Soni Smith and Kyle Pryor.

Career Center receives donation

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Students at Fayette Central Elementary school held their Christmas program Thursday during school and again Thursday evening.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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3,100 pounds given

Cynthia Hunt packs food donated during Friday’s community food drive. She and her husband, Chris Hunt, are volunteers with the food pantry at Higher Praise Worship Center.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com Local shoppers donated another 3,100 pounds of groceries during Friday evening’s food drive at four local stores. A box truck loaded with more donated food came to First Presbyterian Church Saturday morning, where

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Volunteers to be child advocates in court

Two volunteers, Sera Friend, left, and Melissa Rowe,fill out paperwork in the Fayette Circuit Court room to become volunteers in the Fayette County CASA program. Looking on, right, is Judge Hubert Branstetter.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com Two more volunteers are ready to go to work as advocates for children. But that doesn’t mean the CASA program is getting a lot closer to have all the vacancies filled. “We had three volunteers retire this ye

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Downtown group moving ahead

Discover Connersville purchased strings of sparkling solar-powered lights that the city put in trees along Central Avenue. More lights are planned to help brighten the downtown, the group says.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com After just over a year in business, Discover Connersville is looking back at its accomplishments and looking forward to better things for the downtown. “Our whole purpose is to improve the downtown,” Sharon McQue

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Christmas Countdown

Bright-eyedMaizey Leachreminds us thatSunday leaves only ninedays until Christmas on Dec. 25. The 3-year-oldtold us she most wants abig girl bed with a slide on it for Christmas. She is thedaughter of Carly Ervin and Luke Leach.

Readers and their children and grandchildren have responded to the call for photos for the Christmas Countdown. All 30 positions have been taken. No more days are available. The Connersville News-Examiner wishes to thank all 30 of those who came in and boldly vo

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Spartans of the Week

KUNKEL

Dakota Kunkel is Connersville Middle School’s seventh-grade Spartan of the Week for the week of Dec. 17. Dakota is the daughter of Scott and Sandi Kunkel. Dakota was nominated by Amy King, math teacher, for being respectful, responsible and ready to le

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Organization Reports

Pictured atADOU’s holiday dinner at the Fayette County Historical Museumare, from left, Stephanie Hoffman, Janine Hurd, Lora Wheeler, Pat Tribble, Brenn Kunkel, Kathy Sturgeon, Billie Bertch, Joanne Guttman, Ruth Routzahn, Betty Seasongood, Joyce Peak and Sarah Plough.

ADOU A Dozen of Us literary group had its Christmas party at the Fayette County Historical Museum Dec. 8. With Joanne Guttman and Billie Bertch as hostesses, a luncheon of chicken salad, fruit cup and pumpkin cake or chocolate delight was catered by Brian̵

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Student Spotlight

ANNE MARIE RIEDMAN Parents: Jeff and Deb Riedman Grade: 12 ECHS Pathway: Science and math Number of credits expected to have earned by graduation: 44 College plans: Biology Extracurricular activities: Spartanettes, Spanish Club, N

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4-H entomology team places in state contest

Pictured is theFayette County Katydids 4-H Entomology judging team that competed in the State 4-H/FFA Entomology Judging Contest. From left,Abbie Dafler, Coach Monty Mason, Billy Mays, Gavin Bergmanand Alivea Lynn.

The Fayette County Katydids 4-H Entomology judging team competed in the State 4-H/FFA Entomology Judging Contest held at Purdue University Dec. 8. The contest consisted of insect identification and their orders and an exam. Team members Gavin Bergman, Abbie Dafler,

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Community Notebook

Organizations are asked to let the Connersville News-Examiner know of schedule changes, especially during the holiday season. Please send changes to news@newsexaminers.com or call 765-825-0588 ext. 235. Kappa Kappa Sigma: Christmas party, 6:30 p.m. Monday at t

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News Briefs

New sheriff attends training BROOKVILLE — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was represented during the 2018 Newly Elected Indiana Sheriff’s School conducted by the Indiana Sheriffs Association. Sheriff-elect Peter Cates and Chief Deput

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PUBLIC MEETINGS

Readers may wish to confirm the meeting schedule by contacting the organizwatiown before attending. FAYETTE COUNTY Monday Community Corrections: Advisory Board, noon, at Community Corrections, 120 W. 3rd St. Connersville Board of Public Works and Safety: 1 p.m., Co

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Work continues on Kmart idea

The owners of the vacant Kmart building at 2500 N. Park Roadhave delayed – for a few months – their plan to demolish it. Alocal woman, Shirley Wise, is trying to build community support for a plan of community use of the property.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com Work continues by a county council member to build support for a community use for the former Kmart building. Shirley Wise presented her ideas for the property at 2500 N. Park Road to the Fayette County Commissioners an

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Fayette Regional has new ER partner

News-Examiner Fayette Regional Health System has begun a new partnership with Emergency Staffing Solutions to staff and manage the emergency department physicians at Fayette Regional Health System. The ESS physicians have available 24-hour access to resources

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Hands-on learning

Elise Bottomley re-stocks blankets, sheets and gowns in the radiology department.

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Many students at Connersville High School are getting their feet wet early in their desired career field. Nine CHS students are interning at Fayette Regional Health System this semester. Professional Career Internship i

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Christmas Countdown

At 20 months old, Grace Roweis reminding us that today leaves11 days until Christmas on Dec. 25. Her grandmother, Mary Hiers, told us she most wants a“anything from ‘Frozen’ the movie,” under her Christmas tree. She is thedaughter ofChad and Sara Rowe of Connersville.

Readers and their children and grandchildren have responded to the call for photos for the Christmas Countdown. All 30 positions have been taken. No more days are available. The Connersville News-Examiner wishes to thank all 30 of those who came in and boldly volun

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Four yuletide dangers to dodge

Fayette County Ministerial Assocation

Christmas is a time of celebration. As you gather with family and friends, let me encourage you to dodge four common yuletide dangers. • First, there is the danger of overeating. It is easy to lose all self-control when you are around so many sweets like pies

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News Briefs

Food drive in 4 stores tonight Shoppers tat four local stores that sell groceries will have a chance to donate to local food programs tonight. From 4-7 p.m., volunteers will be stationed at the entrances to Connersville IGA, Save A Lot, Kroger and Walmart, handing

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Community Notebook

Organizations should let the Connersville News-Examiner know of schedule changes, especially during the holiday season. Please send changes to news@newsexaminers.com or call 765-825-0588 ext. 235. Master Gardeners: Christmas brunch, 11:30 a.m. Friday at C

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Teen dead after allegedly shooting way into school

RICHMOND — Richmond Community Schools were placed on lockdown Thursday morning after a teenager reportedly went to Dennis Middle School, exchanged gunfire with police and then apparently killed himself. According to Indiana State Police, at about 8 a.m.

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Christmas performance

Christmas music started the Fayette County school board meeting Tuesday as members ofvarious school musical groups performed. Three members of the Connersville Middle School choir sang, including, pictured, duo Ethan Russell and Matthew Edwards, who sang Jingle Bells.More photos, Page A6.

Christmas performance

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Local historic district sought

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com In an effort to put more objective rules into place about how downtown buildings should look, the city’s Historic Preservation Commission is trying to create a local historic district. A public meeting about the propos

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Artist of the Week

Brenlyn Murray, 16, uses art as a way to express herself and escape everyday life.

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com An adoration for her father and his work led Brenlyn Murray, 16, to the world of art. Murray, a high school senior at Community Christian School, enjoys art in many media. “From special effects makeup to painting

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Fayette County School Board member ends tenure

Warren Taylor, left, accepted anappreciation gift Tuesday night from Fayette County School Superintendent Scott Collins for serving 12 years on the school board.

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Warren Taylor’s last public act as a Fayette County School board member: making a motion to adjourn. Superintendent Scott Collins presented Taylor with an appreciation award Tuesday. He served on the board fr

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Christmas Countdown

Elsie Nobbe, 2, reminds us that today leaves only 12 days until Christmas on Dec. 25. She told us she most wants a baby doll under her Christmas tree. She is the daughter of Solomon and Lindsey Nobbe of Connersville. Readers and their

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Thanks for the funneries

Humor is nothing more than observing the truth from a slightly different point of view. During 2018, I had my share of experiences – both good and bad – that led to this year’s columns. Some thanks are in order:  • Thanks to my surgeon,

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News Briefs

County birthday to be celebrated The Fayette County Bicentennial year, 2019, will start with a birthday party on Friday, Dec. 28. The party will be in the John H. Miller Community Center, 2900 Park Road, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with a short program, entertainment

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Senator leads ag committee

INDIANAPOLIS —State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Batesville) has been re-appointed to chair the Senate Committee on Agriculture for the 121st Indiana General Assembly. Her district includes most of Fayette County. Leising also serves as ranking member of the Senate C

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Musical performers at school board

Members of the sixth grade band performed Tuesday night at the Fayette County School Corporation board meeting. They played two Christmas songs. Along with the band, three members of the Connersville Middle School choir sang. Duo Ethan Russell and Matthew Edwards performed Jingle Bells. Kiley Smith soloed, singing Silent Night in English and German.

Musical performers at school board

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Dressed for the season

It’s nearing Christmas and people are wearing their best holiday apparel. Here are some of a larger group of people celebrating their annual Christmas party at Wendy’s on Tuesday. From left,are Alicia Sturgeon and, dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus, are Ann and Dave Frost.

Dressed for the season

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What's next?

Bargeboard under the eavesand vertical siding help give a “gingerbread” look to the parish house at Trinity Episcopal Church.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com A historic church and its uniquely styled parish house is getting one or two visitors a month, people who are possibly interested in buying it. Trinity Episcopal Church, facing Eastern Avenue at 211 E. 6th St., is on th

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Recognize county's leaders

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for three awards that will be presented during its annual meeting. The 2019 annual dinner and awards banquet will be Feb. 5, 2019. The guest speaker&#

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Santa will visit Roberts Park

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Children will have a chance to visit Santa at Roberts Park on Saturday. The 16th annual Santa in the Park will be 5-8 p.m. Saturday at the John H. Miller Community Center, 2900 Park Road. “We w

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Gifts will be matched 2-1

News-Examiner The Fayette County Foundation will be receiving $500,000 from Lilly Endowment to go towards the Community IMPACT endowments.  When people donate to an IMPACT endowment any time in 2019, the gift will be matched two-for-one: Every $1 donated

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Camper burns

Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department and three other departmentsprevented a possible structure fireby putting out a fire in a fifth-wheelcamper in the 1900 block South 600 W. Called to the scene shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday, Glenwood firefighters found the camper fully involved in fire. The fire was extinguished with no damage to the building next to it. No injuries were reported. On scenewith GVFDwere Connersville Engine 1, Bentonville Fire Department, Everton Fire Department, Fayette County EMS and Fayette County Central Dispatch.

Camper burns

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State funds 2 Stellar Community grants

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com INDIANAPOLIS — Two regions have been designated a 2018 Stellar Community. The grant application submitted by a region that includes Fayette County has not been funded. The Stellar recipients are the Health and Her

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Free HIV testing offered today at hospital

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Fayette Regional Health System and Aspire Indiana will offer free HIV testing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the hospital atrium, 1941 Virginia Ave. “Aspire Indiana is offering the testing as a preventio

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Christmas Countdown

Lucky 13, Hesston Helms, 5, reminds us that it’s now less than two weeks until Christmas on Dec. 25. He told us he most wants a Hot Wheels car under his Christmas tree this year. He is the son of Ashley and Michael Helms of Connersville. R

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News Briefs

Centerstone seeks donations for help fund Centerstone, a community mental health provider, is seeking donations for the Centerstone CARES Fund. The fund supports the immediate needs of people who are receiving treatment for mental health and addiction dis

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State rep appointed to Ways and Means

State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) has been appointed to the House Ways and Means Committee. She represents Fayette County in the Indiana General Assembly. “The Ways and Means committee is paramount in crafting the state budget to fit the needs of th

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Visiting Canal House Christmas Tree

Dressed for the holiday, Coltley McFall, 2, visited the Canal House Christmas tree Sunday. The tree was placed on the front porch of the Canal House, 111 W. 4th St., before Winterfest, which was Dec. 1.

Visiting Canal House Christmas Tree

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CHS offers online PE class

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Physical education online? Is that a “thing?” According to Connersville High School Principal Randy Judd, it is, and it’s nothing new. “We allow students to sign up for online summer school class

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Pet of the week

This friendly and sweet female Australian Shepherd mix isavailable for adoption at the Fayette County Animal Shelter. Her adoptionfeeis $34, which pays for shots, or $74 for shots and spay.For more information, call 765-825-8693 or visit the shelter at 1703 Michigan Ave.

Pet of the week

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Buck braggin'

Devon Lunsford, 17, killed this 8-pointer in Fayette County. It weighed about 160 pounds.

Buck braggin’

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Christmas Countdown

Jayme Williamson, 10, reminds us that it’s only two weeks – 14 days – until Christmas on Dec. 25. She told us she most wants a laser tag game under her Christmas tree this year. She is the daughter of Jud and Karen William

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CHS student chosen Lilly Scholar

News-Examiner A high school senior who says he would like to be mayor of Connersville some day has been selected to receive a four-year college scholarship as Fayette County’s 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Alex King has been chosen for the

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News Briefs

Bluegrass concert set Friday A fundraising bluegrass concert is planned Friday evening at the John Roberts Memorial Building in Roberts Park, 2900 Park Road. The concert will feature Tony Holt, Dennis Barrett and Gary Strong & Hard Times. Billed as fun for the

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Community Notebook

CHS Class of 1966: Class members will meet for a holiday dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Montgomery Steakhouse, south of New Castle on Indiana 3. All classmates are welcome to attend. CHS Class of ’67: Lunch Bunch, noon Tuesday at Pizza Hut, 524 W. 30th St. All c

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Sorority donates

Kappa Kappa Sigma Sorority made donations to various groups during its annual holiday bazaar on Nov. 30, including Community Sharing. Pictured are Ruth Harrison, center, from Community Sharing, and Sharon McHenry, left, and Jena Gilbert from the sorority.

Sorority donates

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