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One Grand Halftime

Chris Bottomley, right, gets a one-in-a-million kiss fromdaughter Kendyl Bottomley after hitting a one-in-a-thousand halfcourt shot for $1,000 during halftime at Mount Vernon (Fortville) High School Friday. Officials at the school said it had been many years since anyone made the shot and won the prize.

One Grand Halftime

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Trade issues weigh on ag producers during harvest

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com As farmers worry about completing a harvest drawn out by weather, other interests are on their minds. One producer in the southern part of the county worked Thursday night to finish corn ahead of the forcasted rain bu

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Museum invites groups to decorate trees

News-Examiner Historic Connersville Inc. is hosting a new Christmas season competition for business and organizations to have a little fun and have a chance to win a prize. Merriment at the Museum will come to the Fayette County Historical Museum starting Friday, N

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Broadband reach may be limited by terrain

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Many people are showing interest in bringing a high-speed internet service to the Columbia area but trees and other obstacles may limit where it can reach. Watch Communications is exploring the feasibility of putting in

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Helping students battle home-trauma

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com When there are problems at home, many students continue those battles while attending school. Adverse childhood experiences affect the mind, body and soul. Educators and other professionals who work with children will c

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Honor Society volunteers

The Connersville Middle SchoolHonor Society posed for a photo ona Whitewater Valley Railroad coach car after staying in cabooses overnight. The students participated in “Polar Bootcamp”Nov. 3-4, where they cleaned and decorated the coaches the following day to get ready for The Polar Express, which starts this coming week.

Honor Society volunteers

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8th graders learn history in nation's capital

Students from the Connersville Middle School eighth-grade class took a trip to Washington, D.C., in October. They are pictured at Mount Vernon, the home of George and Martha Washington.

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Eighty-three eighth-grade students, 62 chaperones and nine staff from Connersville Middle School embarked on an adventure to Washington, D.C. last month to learn more about the history of America. On Oct. 19, the g

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Group trying to help homeless people

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com An organization that tries to help homeless people is looking for volunteers to help find them. Point in Time does a survey once a year, trying to identify where homeless people are staying. It also tries to get help fo

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Parks Dept. hires new sports director

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Connersville Parks and Recreation has hired a new part-time sports director, Dennis Ellis. The Parks Board had a special meeting last week to discuss the candidates. About 15 people applied for the job,&#

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K of C donates to St. Gabriel School

Members of the Knights of Columbus presented a check to St. Gabriel School Principal Sue Barth and Father Dustin Boehm Friday. The K of C raised $6,000 at the 10th annual Knights of Columbus Golf Outing on Sept. 30 to benefit the kids of St. Gabriel School. Picturedare, from left, Al McIntyre,Ben Brunsman,Doug Fischesser,Tim Schnelle, Grand Knight Ed Keller,Father Dustin Boehm,Sue Barth and Frank Wilhelm.

K of C donates to St. Gabriel School

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Serving his country, honoring others

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Joining the service changed Chris Urban in many ways. He thinks they’re good changes. “Most of all, I learned a lot about people. The military has a variety of people from different cultures. It was very int

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Student Spotlight

These articles, provided by Michael Thompson, Early College High School coordinator at Connersville High School, will spotlight students enrolled in the program. Lauren Thompson Parents: Michael Thompson, Julie Geiselman Grade: 12 ECHS Pathway: Liberal

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Organization Reports

Pictured are, from left, Rotary Club member Dan Parker, the executive director of the Economic Development Group ofFayette County, and Frank Thompson of IndianaGrand Casino. Thompson spoke to the club Monday.

Fayette Garden Club Fayette Garden Club met in October at Central Christian Church. President Linda Mason opened the meeting and the program preceded a business meeting. Mike Bentz of Franklin County provided an informative lesson on honey bees. He said hone

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Court News

Fayette Superior Court Judge Paul Freed Domestic battery, strangulation, probation violation: Brandon Manning, 30, 328 Summit Ave., pleaded guilty to Count I and sentenced to 18 months at the Indiana Department of Correction. Assessed $235 court costs; $125 initial

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SPARTANS OF THE WEEK

CANNARELLA

Blaine Hornsby is Connersville Middle School’s seventh grade Spartan of the Week for the week of Nov. 12. Blaine is the son of Chris and Dawn Hornsby. Blaine was nominated by Clay Hurd, Race Cars social studies teacher, for being respectful, responsibl

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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 Sierra N. Lindsay, 30, 8409 W. County Road 400-S., was arrested Friday at the Fayette County Jail

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Community Notebook

Holly Fair: by Daughters of Isabella, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Expo Hall. 50 craft vendors. Soup and salad lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $7. CHS 1966: Members of the Connersville High School Class of ‘66 will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Pizza King North. All

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In Brief

Commissioners set special meeting The Fayette County Commissioners will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the commissioners meeting room at the Fayette County Government Center, 401 Central Ave. The special meeting’s purpose is to discuss with a represent

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PUBLIC MEETINGS

Readers may wish to confirm the meeting schedule by contacting the organization before attending. FAYETTE COUNTY Monday Connersville Historic Preservation Commission: 10 a.m., Mayor’s Conference Room, City Hall, 500 Central Ave. Fayette County Area Plan

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Saying, 'Thank you'

A second grader from Maplewood Elementary School presents a gift to Navy veteran Gary Browning Thursday afternoon at theschool’s Veterans Day program.The 6th grade choir performed several songs and read poems.

Saying, ‘Thank you’

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Former police officer charged with fraud, theft

News-Examiner A former Connersville Police officer has been arrested on three felony charges after a two-month investigation by Indiana State Police. Sgt. Brian Metcalfe began the investigation in September after an 18-year-old person told the office

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Code enforcer helps clean up neighborhoods

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com After a busy summer keeping up with overgrown lawns and other eyesores, work is slowing down for Connersville’s code enforcer. Dennis Myers is the Connersville Police Department’s part-time code enforcemen

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News Briefs

Eagles will serve dinner to veterans Connersville Eagles will host veterans for a Saturday evening dinner and dance at 800 N. Eastern Ave. Veterans and their spouses will be treated to a free spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m. Others may dine for a $5 d

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Armed Forces Day planning continues

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com The last Armed Forces Day parade rolled down Central Avenue in the early 2000s but the next one is getting closer. A planning committee has been working for two years to set in motion not just an Armed Forces Day parade, b

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County looking at combining highway position

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com A change of leaders in two county offices may mean shifting responsibility for designing bridges to the highway department director under a proposal being floated by a county commissioner. Fayette County

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Ivy Tech plans for 'Giving Tree' program

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Readings by members of the police and fire departments along with the chance to nominate a family for a Thanksgiving dinner are among features of a children’s literacy program at Ivy Tech Community College.&#

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Indifference

I cannot remember Little John Breeding but my older brother, Paul, now deceased, would fill me in on the life of Little John. I never heard anyone say that Little John even belonged to a church; however, he went. Little John would always say a few words when called

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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 Susan N. Chesnut, 44. Richmond, was arrested Thursday at Community Corrections by Community Correc

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Community Notebook

Veterans dinner/dance: Eagles #1065 Veterans Day Dinner and Dance, 6 p.m. Saturday, free to veterans and their spouses; others, $5. Dance music by Garrie D. Woolery & Backstage Pass. Dinner proceeds go to Fayette County Honor Guard. Eagles, 800 N. Eastern Ave.

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High, chilly work

High above 4th Street Thursday afternoon, workers for Chomel and Sons Roofing continue putting new shingles on the old Fayette County sheriff’s residence that serves as offices for the county probation department. They’re replacing slate roofing that had been in place since the house was built in the late 19th century. The roof had been leaking for months. The county had been hoping the work could be completed before winter weather set in; temperatures hovered in the 40s Thursday and snow is in the forecast.

High, chilly work

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Spanning time and a creek

Officials involved in the replacement of Bridge 25 had a ceremonial ribbon cutting on the new structure Wednesday. From left are Jim Reese, consulting engineer; Katlyn Schertalis, engineer of record forButler, Fairman and Seufert; Leota King and Gary Naylor of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners;Evan Solgere, project manager for Dave O’Mara Contractor; John Graham, superintendent for O’Mara; county surveyor Warren Sudhoff; Steve Eckstein, general concrete superintendent for O’Mara; and Michael Waldron ofButler, Fairman and Seufert civil engineers.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com Long after the current generation is dead and gone, Bridge 25 should still be carrying traffic across Williams Creek. That’s the verdict of Jim Reese, who joined officials involved in replacing the bridge at a cer

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Republicans have night of success

FormerFayette County Republican Party Chair Sam Harvey speaks to the party faithful Tuesday as he announces the vote totals at party headquarters.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com No blue wave came to Fayette County or Indiana but the Democratic Party did have a few bright spots in Tuesday’s election. Local Democrats maintained the sheriff’s and surveyor’s offices and picked up a s

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Crafts and lunch at Holly Fair

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com It is a holly time of year when the members of the Daughters of Isabella invite the community together for a soup and salad lunch and to shop among many craft vendors. Holly Fair returns Wednesday, Nov. 14 to Expo Hall, wh

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Man masters the challenge of throwing at the pottery wheel

Jack Bunyard has been throwing on the wheel for around three years. He throws at the Art House in Connersville.

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com The first time he started throwing on the pottery wheel, Jack Bunyard said, “There is no way I am going to be able to do this.” A few more tries hooked him. “As a little kid I played with clay in

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Jamfest Toy Drive at Long Branch Tavern to help children for Christmas

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com LAUREL — To help children in the community, the Long Branch Tavern will be hosting its Jamfest Toy Drive Saturday. “If you like live music, the Long Branch Tavern is the place to be for our annual

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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 Heidi R. Davidson, 47, 805 Woodland Drive,  was arrested Wednesday at the Fayette County Sher

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News Briefs

Property tax deadline nearing Property tax payers have been flocking into the Fayette County treasurer’s office this week to beat the fall payment deadline. Tax payments are due by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, said Lavonda Glover, county treasurer. The office wil

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Livin' her dream

Kate Thurston sits atop a horse during a trip to make photos in the American West.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com Ask Kate Thurston how she’s doing and, likely as not, this 30-year old woman will say, “Livin’ the dream.” She means it. Thurston quit the best paying job she’d ever had, packed h

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City will have hearing on new rates

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Connersville City Council will have a public hearing before finalizing rate increases for water and sewage.  Connersville Utilities has proposed making needed improvements at the wastewater treatment plant that includ

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How Fayette County voted

Here are election numbers from Fayette County voters, provided by the Fayette County clerk’s office. Nearly half of all registered voters – 48.96 percent – cast ballots. Of the 7,632 ballots, 4,716 were machine ballots and 2,916 were absentee. The

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Local teachers receive raise

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Teachers in the Fayette County School Corporation will receive raises under terms of a new contract. The school board approved a new Teachers’ Collective Bargaining Agreement during a special board meeting Mo

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Locals feel voting is their right

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Voters young and old hit the polls across the county Tuesday. Many others voted early, 2,914 to be exact, reflecting a reported national trend of higher-than-normal turnout for a non-presidential election. Fayette

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New store provides home improvement supplies

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com A new downtown store caters to people who are remodeling or repairing their homes. Home Improvement Warehouse, located at 505 Central Ave., is a brand-new business offering a variety of items to help complete home

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Honoring service

The Connersville Honor Guard places the American flag at the start ofTuesday’s program.

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Tuesday morning, 5th and 6th grade students at Grandview Elementary honored veterans and those who have fallen. Veterans day is celebrated on Sunday, Nov. 11.  This year marks 100 years since World War I was ended

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News Briefs

Open Mic Night returns on Nov. 17 Open Mic Night is looking for performers to be part of the program on Saturday, Nov. 17. Acts, which can include music and singing, comedy, poetry, drama or other kinds of performance, must be appropriate for general audiences, inc

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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 James R. Jefferies, 47, 4977 S. Indiana 1, was arrested Monday on Washington Street by Connersvill

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Last day for voting

Scott Bevington, pictured, casting his vote Saurday morning in the Fayette County Courthouse. Early voting ended Monday at noon.Polling places will be open today from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Local and state contests are on the ballot along with one proposed amendment to the Indiana Constitution.

Last day for voting

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Rivers Edge work to begin in January

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Construction on the new Rivers Edge Park will begin after the first of the year. The Connersville Board of Public Works and Safety approved a contract Monday with a reduction in scope in order to stay within the available

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Wastewater project will increase utility bills

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com The total cost for construction work to convert the digester at the Connersville wastewater treatment plant from anaerobic to aerobic will be higher than projected, resulting in increases for city utilities

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Bidding for the arts

Tricia Fields bids on an item at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association Auction Saturday evening. There were many silent and live auction items. This year’s auction had“The Roaring 20s” as its theme. “I think everybody had a good time and had fun dressing up for the occasion,” Sharon McQueen, Whitewater Valley Arts Association president, said.Held every two years, the gala social event is the association’s largest fundraiser.

Bidding for the arts

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Crosspointe volunteers feed more than 6,000 in Florida

Victims of Hurricane Michael in Marianna, Fla., line up at left for food prepared by Crosspointe Biker Church volunteers during the church’s relief trip Oct. 28-Nov. 3.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com A group from Crosspointe Biker Church returned home safely from their disaster relief trip to Florida, but without their van. Thirteen people from the church headed to Marianna, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 28. It’

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Pet of the week

The Fayette County Animal Shelter Pet of the Week is Maggie, a black-and-white female mix. For information about adopting her or other animals, contact the animal shelter at 765-825-8693 or visit the Facebook page for Fayette County Animal Shelter.

Pet of the week

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'Bringing all to the table'

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com In a season where many people give thanks for plentiful food, many others are hungry. That’s why four local stores will partner with the Fayette County Food Policy Council in a food collection drive on two Fr

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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 Tanner J. Crowe, 1191 W. County Road 215-S., reported Saturday a deer entered the roadway at Col

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State Police seek missing Mustang

Indiana State Police are looking for this red Ford Mustang show car in connection with a death investigation.

WINCHESTER — Indiana State Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a red Ford Mustang that might lead to information about a deceased person. At about 1 p.m. Saturday, Winchester Police Department requested the Indiana State Police to c

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News Briefs

Bazaar features handmade items LIBERTY — The annual Union County Extension Homemakers Bazaar will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Union County Middle School, 488 E. State Road 44, Liberty. The bazaar features almost entirely handmade items. Pa

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Community Notebook

Travelogue: The Friends of the Library will feature a travelogue by John and Rita Bodwell at 6 p.m. Thursday in the the Fayette County Public Library meeting room, 828 N. Grand Ave. Veterans dinner/dance: Eagles #1065 Veterans Day Dinner and Dance, 6 p.m.

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