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The cleanup begins

Community volunteers help clean up the cornfield across from Bentonville Christian Church on Monday. The Fayette County Highway Department provideda Gradall and truck to aid in the effort.A tornado severely damagedthe church building Saturday night.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Bentonville Christian Church usually has just a few people at Sunday worship but many from the surrounding community pitched in to start the cleanup from a tornado that severely damaged t

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Fire truck damages fire station

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com The Connersville Fire Department’s aerial firetruck is out of service for a time to fix an issue that led to damage at Fire Station 1. Fire Chief Troy Tipton said an outrigger extended by itself and damaged

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Wayne County asked to look again at helping sewage district

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com DUBLIN — Negotiations continue over whether Wayne County will help pay for construction of a new sewage treatment plant for the Western Wayne Regional Sewer District. The Wayne County Board of Commissioners

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2019 FREE FAIR QUEEN PROFILE

The 2019 Fayette County Free Fair Queen Contest will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, in the Robert E. Wise Center for the Performing Arts at Connersville High School. Twelve young women are candidates. All are high school students or graduates. Me

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Made with love

Beth Ritterand her daughter, Keagan, left, and son, Beau, are pictured at theFayette County Farmers Market Saturday morning. Ritter bakes homemade goods for her business, Farmhouse Bakery, and sets up at the market as often as she is able. She used to go to the market with her own parents years ago.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com Home cooking is always better, Beth Ritter says, and everything tastes better when it’s made with love. Ritter, who sells at the Fayette County Farmers Market, cooks, bakes and operates her business, Farmhouse B

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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. No arrests reported.  Blotter Connersville Police Department reported 11 thefts, one burglary, one ba

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135-year-old church destroyed; wind topples tombstones

The tornado that destroyed the Bentonville Christian Church building threw a piece of wood into the adjoining cemetery. Debris surrounded the building throughout the cemetery and for a half mile to the north and east.

By DARRELL SMITH and BOB HANSEN - news@newsexaminer.com BENTONVILLE — Vehicles drove slowly past Bentonville Christian Church and the cemetery Sunday, many with windows lowered and cellphones stuck out as people took pictures of the building in ruins. A

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2019 FREE FAIR QUEEN PROFILE

The 2019 Fayette County Free Fair Queen Contest will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, in the Robert E. Wise Center for the Performing Arts at Connersville High School. Twelve young women are candidates. All are students at or graduates of Connersville High School

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Book sale raises funds for library

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com For anyone with a love for books or a passion for helping the community, the Friends of the Library are kicking off a book sale Wednesday at the Fayette County Public Library. The book sale will be during regular library h

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Community Notebook

Kappa Kappa Sigma: Zeta Bag Luncheon, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, John H. Miller Community Center in Roberts Park, 2900 Park Road. Lunch, silent auction, buy-it-now and live auction of bags, accessories and other items. Tickets $10. Reserve by calling Karen Clark

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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 A Hyundai Elantra driven by Brandon L. Faber, Lawrenceburg, and a Jeep Liberty driven by Megan A

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10 men complete self-improvement treatment program

The latest graduates of the Intensive Jail Treatment Program proudly display their certificates Thursday. Kneeling from left are Jeffrey Shanes, Christopher Curtsinger and Mark Bennett. Standing are Tolby Steele, Jimmy Tomlin, Community Corrections officer Danny Floyd, Shane Durham, Phillip Crawley, Anthony Moore and Community Corrections officer Derrick Harrison. Kenneth Boyd and Tyler Moore also graduated but are not pictured.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Ten men in the Fayette County Jail found something better to do than lay around their cells. They participated in a 16-week Intensive Jail Treatment Program taught at the jail by Fayette County Community Correcti

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2019 FREE FAIR QUEEN PROFILE

The 2019 Fayette County Free Fair Queen Contest will be at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, in the Robert E. Wise Center for the Performing Arts at Connersville High School. Twelve young women are candidates. All are high school students or graduates. 

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New opportunities on horizon

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com The Whitewater Adult Education Program has been and continues to offer more opportunities for those seeking education. Amy Engle, coordinator at WAE, said the program added six new certification classes this year to t

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Tri Kappa organization helps support many causes

Kappa Kappa Kappa Sorority gave a donation to Hope Center recently. Beth Schnelle, left, of Tri Kappapresents the check to Jen Young, the Hope Center executive director. The donation is meant to further the mission of the center to provide services to families and the community.

Kappa Kappa Kappa Inc., more commonly known as Tri Kappa, is an Indiana organization for women whose goal is to further education, culture and charity. The local chapter was established June 22, 1910, and has 28 active members. Susan Kiefer will lead the chapt

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Local Lion receives state honor

Connersville Lions Club member Jim Bennett, right, received the W.P. Woods Fellowship award Tuesdayduring the club’s meeting at The Pizza Place. Bennett is a retired Connersville fire chief. The Woods Fellowship is the highest honor bestowed by the Lions of Indiana Foundation. Pictured presentingthe award is Frank Oakman, club president.

Local Lion receives state honor

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Brooklan won! Local girl's ordeal over

BrooklanPhillips celebrated beating cancer on her last day of chemotherapy June 7.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com Brooklan Phillips has been battling a rare form of cancer for a year. Now, she can say she won. Doctors diagnosed her with Ewing’s Sarcoma in July 2018. Since then, she has been in and out of the hospi

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Court News

Fayette Superior Court Judge Paul Freed Civil Dispositions Connersville Credit Bureau v. Jamey Littleton, agreed judgment for plaintiff for $4,918.60 plus interest CCB v. Troy McIntyre, agreed judgment for plaintiff for $2,745.83 plus interest CCB v. James Hicks an

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Salvation Army delivers 1,600 donuts

A local Salvation Armyvolunteer dressed in a World War I-era uniform to deliver on Donut Day.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com Friday, June 7 was a day to celebrate the deep fried dough we love as donuts, but the day was more than just about the dough. The day became about members of the community giving back to others. “We (the Salvation Ar

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Community Notebook

Kappa Kappa Sigma: Monday, 7 p.m. at East Side United Methodist Church, 1011 E. 5th St. Anita Simpson and Belinda Foreman will be hostesses. Rita Bishop will provide the attendance prize. DAV: Disabled American Veterans, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., AMVETS, 1413

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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. Blotter Connersville Police Department reported two alarms Friday. Brayden Parker, 1713 Grand Ave., report

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Explosive science

Children at Summer Discovery day camp worked in pairs to create volcanoes.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com Summer Discovery’s week has been full of explosions. Children in the daycamp at Roberts Park made their own volcanoes. After construction was done, they caused an eruption. “We ended up with 40 kids, so we pair

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Kayaks returned; many offered help

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com Two suspects in the theft of three kayaks from local Girl Scouts turned themselves in ]to the Connersville Police Department Thursday. CPD has arrested the suspects, but had not released their names or 

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Making joyful noise

Encircled by nearly a dozen ministers, De’Aundre Williams receives the laying on of the hands during his installation as pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com An Old Testament psalmist says “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” The people who filled Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday did just that. Joy and noise greeted the installation of Rev.

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Schools wiping out student meal debts

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com Fayette County School Corporation is giving a second chance to parents of students who haven’t paid for school meals: everyone’s slate is being wiped clean. Delinquent accounts have accumulated o

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Church News

Temple Christian School Reunion: Baptist Temple gymnasium, 1380 E. 5th St., noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Pitch-in dinner for all associated with the former school: parents, teachers, staff, friends, supporters and coaches. Please bring food to share and memorabi

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Lions Club plans big fundraising weekend

Connersville Lions Club member Larry Myers drops numbered golf balls for the club’s 2018 Chopper Drop. The fundraiser returns June 22.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com The Connersville Lions Club recently donated $10,000 towards the new stage at the Roberts Park amphitheater and presented several scholarships to Connersville High School graduates. To do that, the club must raise money. A

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2019 FREE FAIR QUEEN PROFILE

The 2019 Fayette County Free Fair Queen Contest will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, in the Robert E. Wise Center for the Performing Arts at Connersville High School. Twelve young women are candidates. All are high school students or graduates. Me

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The Joy of Adoption

My wife Debbie and I recently completed the adoption process for the second time and as a result I can’t help but share with you the beauty of adoption. Five years ago we adopted our first son, Elijah, bringing him home from the hospital in Altoona, Pa. Our s

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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 Craig A. Thomas, 33, 628 S. C St., Richmond, was arrested Thursday by Connersville Police Departme

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Community Notebook

Whitewater Valley Arts Association: Opening reception for Tribute to the Bicentennial art show, 6 p.m. Friday, 402 Central Ave. Kappa Kappa Sigma: Monday, 7 p.m. at East Side United Methodist Church, 1011 E. 5th St. Anita Simpson and Belinda Foreman will

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Organization Reports

Fayette Superior Court Judge Paul Freed, center, spoke about drug court to Connersville Rotary Club on Monday. He is pictured after the meeting with Gary O'Neal, the club's program chairman, and Bob Hansen, Freed's host.

Kappa Kappa Sigma Kappa Kappa Sigma Sorority, Inc., Zeta Chapter, met June 3 at East Side United Methodist Church with 28 sisters in attendance. The meeting opened with the group singing the Loyalty Song. Laura Shoemaker, president, along with chapter officers led

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INDOT proposal met with opposition

Residents of Cambridge City raise their hands to show opposition to an Indiana Department of Transportation proposal to create three lanes of traffic, with a turn lane, on U.S. 40 during Monday’s Town Council meeting.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com CAMBRIDGE CITY ­— If residents have their say, no changes will be made in the traffic lanes of traffic on U.S. 40 in the downtown area. Residents and business owners packed the Cambridge City Town Council meetin

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Bicentennial continues with new art show

Paintings from the Fayette County Bicentennial will be on display at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association beginning Friday, including one from Connersville High School, top, and Frazee Elementary School.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com The Fayette County Bicentennial is not over, at least at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association. A new WVAA exhibit will open Friday showing artwork associated with the recently-celebrated Bicentennial along with some

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2019 FREE FAIR QUEEN PROFILE

The 2019 Fayette County Free Fair Queen Contest will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, in the Robert E. Wise Center for the Performing Arts at Connersville High School. Twelve young women are candidates. All are high school students or graduates. Members of K

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County looks at animal control

By BOB HANSEN and LEANA CHOATE - news@newsexaminer.com The resignation of the Fayette County animal shelter’s director is prompting some thinking about how that function should be handled within county government. Dave Ryckman, who has been director

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Creative People

Curtis Potters stands next to his painting of a bird that won him third place in a contest at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com A local artist continues to learn new art forms from watching YouTube videos and learning from artists around him. Curtis Potters has been an artist since he saw Bob Ross, the host of an instructional TV show, The Joy of P

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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. No arrests reported  Blotter Connersville Police Department reported three citizen assists, one suspi

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School board rejects bids for CHS administrative office

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com Bidding came in higher than expected for the new administrative offices that are being constructed at Connersville High School, so the school board has rejected them. To reduce costs, the school corporation hopes to have a

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