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Gate system, new entrance aim to make CHS more secure

A wide walk is the current north entrance to Connersville High School.Plans call for construction of a metal gate system between the Orange building,at left, and the Jennings building, across from it.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com Metal gates to block the north entrance to Connersville High School and creation of a single point of entry during the school day are part of a program to increase safety and security. The Fayette County School board heard

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Church news

New Heights Christian Church: 2752 W. Indiana 44, will host 4 Chairs Discipling Seminar by SonLife, a training organization that trains, coaches and provides mentorship for leaders, providing a fresh encounter with Jesus as our model for making and multiplying disc

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State of the city is strong, mayor says

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com When a president gives the State of the Union speech, he always says the state of the union is strong. Mayor Harold Gordon believes the the state of the city of Connersville is strong and is making progress after endi

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Food insecurity: What can be done?

News-Examiner Anyone who wants to know more about food insecurity in Fayette County – or provide suggestions on how to alleviate it – is being invited to a meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Particularly, the Food Policy Council of Fayette County Community

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Benefit organizers: be someone's super hero

Brooklan Phillips is never far from the thoughts of her friends at Connersville High School. The Facebook page, Brooklan’s Battle, has many photos like this one of Brooklan with some Christmas giftsin December 2018.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com Fitness and fighting cancer will be themes of Brooklan’s Bash, a benefit event on Saturday, Feb. 23. Farm Girl Fitness and HealthWorks will sponsor the activity from 9-11:30 a.m. at the John Roberts Memoria

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Hatred

It seems that this world is so filled with hatred, but why? Has it always been there? Is it new? How much better off would we be if this was not so? Often is the case when I wonder about these things and I think about what happened on the holler when I was growing

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Planning for the worst

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com A local group is planning for hazardous materials emergencies. The first meeting of a new Local Emergency Planning Commission took place Tuesday. Sarah Chaney and Ian Ewusi from the state Department of Homeland Securi

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Railroad offering volunteer training

News-Examiner Each year thousands of people come to Connersville to ride the Whitewater Valley Railroad, often buying gas or eating a meal while in town. To keep the railroad operating, volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks from operating one of the historic

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Money for more sidewalk work approved

STAFF REPORT The city of Connersville has received word of approval for the proposed sidewalk replacement project on Central Avenue from 5th to 9th street along Central Avenue. The Indiana Department of Transportation has awarded the city $752,920 in Federal Highwa

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Comedy coming here

The Odd Couple, a Broadway comedy that became a popular TV show, will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at theJohn Roberts Memorial Building in Roberts Park. During rehearsal are, from left, Ron Foreman as Murray, Wayne Greeson as Oscar Madison, Daniel Phelpsas Speed and Steve Harmon as Vinnie. The performance is being produced by Imagine Performing Arts.

Comedy coming here

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Fayette County schools doing more to promote wellness

News-Examiner Wellness is taking on more importance in the Fayette County School Corporation. Kelly Pflum-McCullum, wellness coordinator for the schools, spoke with the Fayette County school board Tuesday. She reviewed some of the activities that her wellness

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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 Kiri D. Williamson, 29, 222 W. 15th St., was arrested Tuesday by Fayette County Sheriff’s De

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News Briefs

Commissioners, Council set 2 meetings The Fayette County Council and Commissioners will have two joint meetings on Monday. At 5 p.m. the groups will meet in an executive session to discuss personnel. That meeting, closed to the public, will be in the commissioners&

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Never-ending battle

The dry ford on County Road 50 W is anything but dry Tuesday morning. It looked more like a old mill dam.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com At the Fayette County highway department, flooding means more than just closing certain roads while the water is up. Once the roads are re-opened, there’s washed-out gravel to put back and holes to fill. “It

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News-Examiner publisher retires

News-Examiner Tina West, publisher of the Connersville News-Examiner, is retiring after a 41-year newspaper career. West has been publisher of the News-Examiner, the Courier-Times in New Castle and The Shelbyville News since December 2017. She had been general

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Township boards reform pushed to summer study

(Anderson) Herald-Bulletin INDIANAPOLIS — The proposed elimination of township boards in Indiana has been pushed to a summer study committee, postponing one effort by a state representative to reform the centuries-old system of government. Initially, House Bi

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Canal Street will remain a street

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com CAMBRIDGE CITY — The Town Council has decided that the area where the old Whitewater Canal ran is a street. In January, the council heard arguments that the old canal bed had been named Canal Street but that pas

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Cell tower near Orange is OK'd

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com A plan to put up a 295-foot cell tower in western Fayette County gained approval Monday evening despite objections from a rival tower company. The Area Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals both voted unanimously in fa

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Commuting costs need some consideration

Let’s take a short stroll through the orchards of data prepared by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. While we are there, please consider how your county can increase the earnings (wages and salaries) of your residents. No, I’m not going to preach fo

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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 Jason C. Singleton, 44, 1526 Grand Ave., was arrested Tuesday at that address, by Connersville Pol

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News Briefs

7 building permits issued in January Seven building permits with a construction value of $159,000 were issued by the Fayette County Area Planning office in January. None were for new housing. Fees collected include $325 for improvement location permits and $795 for

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Canal fills with water

The normally dry bed of the old Whitewater Canal filled with water Tuesday as rain fell and combined with snow melt off to create flooding in many areas of the county. Pictured is what appears to be a couple of piles of old rock about a mile south of Nulltown on Indiana 121 but is actually the Berlin Lock No. 35. The canal flowed from Cambridge City to Cincinnati in the 1830s and 1840s.

Canal fills with water

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Getting slimy

Zane Holcomb mixes glue, water and food coloring to make slime at the Fayette County Public Library.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com Things got a little slimy at the Fayette County Public Library. Children who attended the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program at the library, can explore the different areas of science with

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Road Closings

This is an important message from Fayette County 9-1-1 Baker Dryford Gate on 50 West and Wilson Creek Gate on 425 South are closed. Ott Road is closed from 650 South to the county line. Authority County Highway Department. -- 10:54 a.m. Tuesday 

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Don't expect much from legal hemp

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Even though it’s legal to grow now, hemp is not going to be a windfall for farmers. With passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp became a commodity crop to be grown. Before that, hemp was a controlled substance. Because

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Historic district plans move forward

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com A few property owners have responded with their consent to form a downtown local historic district and a consultant working on the project says she will be visiting local businesses in person. The city’s Hist

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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 M. Sylvester, 18, 610 W. 33rd Street, was arrested Monday by Officer Brian Evans on the char

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Fieldhouse work waiting on weather

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com Construction will start as soon as weather allows for a new fieldhouse at Connersville High School, with completion set by the end of the year. Some work has been taking place at the high school campus on Spartan

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Community Notebook

Lions Club: Connersville Lions Club, Tuesday at noon, The Pizza Place, 105 E. 16th St.  Reunion: CHS Class of ‘67 Lunch Bunch, noon Tuesday at Pizza Hut, 524 W. 30th St. All class members welcome, whether or not they graduated. Fayette Garden Club: 1 p.m

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NEWS BRIEFS

Teacher of the year nominations open The Fayette County School Corporation is asking for names of excellent teachers for the Teacher of the Year program. Nominations will be received until Friday, March 15. To be considered, the teacher must be actively teaching in

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Officer wins district honor

Travis Stevens - Dist. 9 Conservation Officer of the Year

Indiana Conservation Officer Travis Stewart, who serves Fayette County, has been selected the 2018 District 9 Officer of the Year. Stewart is originally from Johnson County. He graduated from Franklin High School in 2009. He studied Conservation Law at Vincennes Un

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Primary Election will be cancelled

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com With a list of candidates that includes no competition, Connersville’s May 7 Primary Election has been cancelled. Rosemary Brown, city clerk-treasurer, looked back in her records on Friday and found that the 2015 Prima

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More high school students earning college credits

Provided Nearly two-thirds of all Hoosier students earn college credit while in high school through dual credit courses and Advanced Placement, according to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The data represent an increase of 15 percentage points in four

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More than 100 works by students on display

Pictured are some of the winners inthe Whitewater Valley Arts Association Elementary Art Competitionwho came to the display’s opening reception. Presenting awards were, in back left, Mayor Harold Gordon, WVAA President Sharon McQueen and WVAA member Hector Perez. Other winners in the competition were not available for the photo.

News-Examiner A full house jammed the Whitewater Valley Arts Association gallery Friday for the opening of an art show featuring more than 100 works by Fayette County elementary school students. Of those works, more than 30 have been selected to be made i

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Restaurant owners charged with money laundering, tax evasion

By AMANDA BROWNING - Daily News  GREENSBURG — Six part owners in a chain of southeastern Indiana Mexican restaurants have been charged with multiple felonies following an Indiana State Excise Police investigation which began in February 2016. According t

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Legislators hear from educators

State Sen. Jean Leising, center, addresses educators at thea legislative forum Saturday at the Whitewater Career Center. Sen. Jeff Raatz, left, and Rep. Cindy Ziemke also participated.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Educators deal with many issues daily and legislators have issues brought to them from all aspects of state government. Three area legislators listened just to educators on Saturday. The Fayette County School Cor

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Beat Cancer Olympics planned Wednesday

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com The Connersville High School student council will be hosting a Beat Cancer in 4 Quarters Olympics at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the CHS gym. There is no charge for spectators, but donations from the public will go

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Organization Reports

The Fayette County Cancer Society kicked offits 2019 season with a donation of $400 fromAltrusa International of Connersville, Inc. Picturedfrom left are Juli Stansberry, FCCS secretary; Fran Holmes, Altrusa; Judy Collier, FCCS president; Janet Sexton; Patty Rockwell, FCCS assistant treasurer; and Donna Warner, FCCS vice president. The Cancer Societyassistsresidents of Fayette County with their cancer-associated needs.

Fayette County Cancer Society The Fayette County Cancer Society met Jan. 28 at the Pizza Place. President Judy Collier opened the meeting with prayer with 14 members in attendance. Prior to the meeting a $400 check was presented to the society by Fra

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Court News

Fayette Superior Court Judge Paul Freed Operating a motor vehicle never receiving a license with prior conviction: Natasha McHugh, 24, 605 W. 10th St., pleaded guilty and sentenced to one year in the Fayette County Jail, suspended and placed on probation. Assessed

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Get ready to laugh

Wayne Greesonas Oscar, left, and Daniel Phelpsas Speed rehearse a poker game for next weekend’s production of The Odd Couple by Imagine Performing Arts. Visible at right is Vinnie, played by Steve Harmon.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com A Broadway comedy about two men sharing an apartment will come to life here next weekend. Imagine Performing Arts is presenting The Odd Couple Friday and Saturday in the John Roberts Memorial Building in Roberts

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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 M. Lawson, 56, 4152 N. Winding Creek Road, was arrested Thursday at that address by Fayette

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Community Notebook

Fayette Garden Club: 1 p.m. Friday, Central Christian Church. Master Gardeners: Monday, 6 p.m. at Fayette County Library, 828 Grand Ave.  Breastfeeding Alliance: Whitewater Breastfeeding Alliance, support group for nursing mothers in the community. Monday, 10

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Foundation seeks scholarship applications

The Fayette Community Foundationawarded scholarships to these students in 2018. From left:Sarah Kelly, Hollie Hoffman, Hanele Burch, Ryan McIntyre, Rachel Kroger, Grace Sarmiento, Macie Weiler, Ali Angeles, Bella Ulmer, Beka Barnes, Alexa McDonald, Katie Cooley, Abigail Richardson, Abbigayle Jacobs, Ross Ferguson, Colin Herronand Tori Bostwick.

The Fayette Community Foundation has been awarding scholarships for three decades. Applications for this year are available. The Fayette Community Foundation has two different scholarship applications for 2019. Connersville High School seniors who are Fayette

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SPARTANS OF THE WEEK

Abbigale Slone is Connersville Middle School’s seventh-grade Spartan of the Week for the week of Feb. 11. Abbigale is the daughter of Joe Slone and Rebecca Lathem. Abbigale was nominated by the Eagles team for being respectful, responsible and ready to

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Student Spotlight

AVA FORD Parents: Bruce Ford, Audrey Cloyd Grade: 12 ECHS Pathway: STEM Number of credits expected to have earned by graduation: 32 College plans: Ball State University to study nursing Extracurricular activities: Spartanettes, Class Council, Student Council,

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Pre-school service project

Pre-school pupils at St. Gabriel Catholic School made goodie bags for the Connersville street department as a service project during National Catholic Schools Week, celebrated Jan. 28-Feb. 1.

Pre-school service project

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News Briefs

Zoning, planning boards will reorganize Reorganization will be on the agenda when the Fayette County Area Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals meet Monday night. They will elect officers and make annual appointments. The APC also will conduct a publi

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PRIVATE MESSAGE

A happy Xavier, front and center, showsa gift from some of the Connersville Police officers who visited him to celebrate his good accomplishments in school.

Sometimes we get messages at the Connersville News-Examiner that tell a story that needs no filters – the joy just shines through. Such is this one that came as a private message from Anya Parker, a mother who wanted to share her joy about something t

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Vicious cycle

It was 7 p.m. Sunday night and Mary Ellen and I were having the same conversation we always have at that time. “Is this the week we put out the recycling?” I asked my wife. “No, we put it out last week, didn’t we?” “We did, but t

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PUBLIC MEETINGS

Readers may wish to confirm the meeting schedule by contacting the organization before attending. Some groups ask people wishing to speak to ask for a place on the agenda several days before the meeting. FAYETTE COUNTY Monday Connersville Historic Preservation Comm

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