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Sheriff issues information about shooting at Elephant Hill

Fayette County Sheriff Joey Laughlin posted this information at about 9:15 a.m. The News-Examiner will update the story as more information becomes available. The Fayette County Sheriff's Department is investigating a homicide that took place at approxi

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There's still time to donate for hurricane recovery

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com When Hurricane Florence hit the shores of North Carolina, it slowed down and continued to dump water on the area. That has delayed the timeframe for PTC Ministries and Crosspointe Biker Church to send workers and supplies

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St. Gabriel Fall Festival this weekend

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com The St. Gabriel Fall Festival will be in full swing this weekend, bringing many family friendly activities  and their famous fried chicken to the community. The festival will be on Saturday from 3-11 p.m. and

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Needle exchange may reopen soon

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com After being out of commission for several months, Fayette County’s needle exchange program may be getting ready to reopen. The program is moving to Fayette Regional Health System and Fayette County government

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Board waiting on sewage treatment study

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com DUBLIN — The future of sewage treatment in the Western Wayne Regional Sewer District is still pending. But the district is moving ahead on replacing a pump to help take sewage to a waste treatment plant. The Sewer Di

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ARTIST OF THE WEEK

Janet Miller Cox has sung since she was a little girl; she also plays and writes music.

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Janet Miller Cox has had a passion for singing and music ever since she was a little girl: It’s in her blood. “I have always sung, I can remember being three or four years and singing for company in our

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LOOKING AHEAD

Continuing through Oct. 15 Art: Whitewater Valley Arts Association, 402 Central Ave., Connersville, selected works from 12 members of the Whitewater Artists Guild. Open Wednesday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 Local foods: Wine Down

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First responders helping out

Fayette County Ministerial Association donated the offering from last week’s 9-11Remembrance Service to theEast Central Indiana Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Pictured,center, Don Miller, Ministerial Association treasurer, with CISM team members Lisa Day, left, and Butch Bunzendahl.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com The term Critical Incident Stress Management Team may be unfamiliar to most but it provides a needed service for first responders who have to deal with traumatic incidents. Many people attending last we

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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 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Virginia R. Osborn, 3381 W. Harmony Pkwy. Apt. 3, a Jeep Cheroke

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Recycling company moving to city

A machine operates at East Terra Plastics in Indianapolis in a clean environment. The company announced Tuesday it is moving to Connersville.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com A plastics recycling company is moving to Connersville, bringing 30-50 new jobs. East-Terra Plastics President Jay Chu made the formal announcement Tuesday at City Hall. Among those present were Mayor Harold Gordon, F

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Local man arrested for child molestation

News-Examiner A former Connersville radio personality has been arrested for child molestation that allegedly took place in 1979. Connersville Police Lt. Craig Hamilton arrested Michael Peacock, 70, 221 E. 12th St., Monday on a Class A felony warrant. According to t

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'Thunder' cancelled; other activities continue

News-Examiner Due to lack of vendor registration, the Connersville Parks Department will not be having its fall festival, Thunder on the Half Mile, this Saturday. Connersville Veterinary Clinic will still be having a vaccination clinic for dogs at th

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Day of activities benefits cancer fight

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Several local children have been affected by cancer and a series of activities on Saturday will raise money to help them. “These kids are are warriors,” organizer Amanda Faulk said. “Can

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Characters help remember 'Mayberry'

“It’s me, it’s me, Ernest T” says Alvin Woodruff.

News-Examiner The make-believe town of Mayberry, N.C., came alive Saturday afternoon with a full cast of characters at the home of Linda and Rheuben Beach. Sheriff Andy came, played by Rheuben, with Aunt Bea, played by Tricia McQueen, and Opie, played by Zeb L

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Rains delay search

The fourth pond at Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary was drained again last week after a heavy rain set in for the weekend. Taken last week, this image shows the how much water the pond had taken on since the rain.The new water has hampered a local search for human remains at the pond.

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com After heavy rains hit the area last week, crews are finally starting to get back into working on uncovering the unsolved mystery in the fourth pond of Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary. Since the pond was drained nearly two week

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Concert makes money for new park

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com The rock music concert at the Roberts Park Amphitheater Sept. 1 made money. Preliminary figures show a net profit of about $7,200, Brad Colter of the planning committee told City Council Monday. The committee and

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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 Daniel T. Frye, 918 S. County Road 350-W., reported Monday he fell asleep after working long hou

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News Briefs

Franklin Co. Commissioners talking of litigation BROOKVILLE — The Franklin County Board of Commissioners will have an executive session meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in room 204 of the Franklin County Government Center, 1010 Franklin Ave., Brookville.

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Family fighting fires for four generations

Grandson Chad, grandfather Stanley (deceased) and Paul Ripberger (from left) stand by Bentonville Volunteer Fire Department Engine 4 in 1995.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Firefighting is a way of life for the Ripberger family of Posey Township. Four family members are or have been members of the Bentonville Volunteer Fire Department, including two who helped start the organization in 1970.

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Babe Ruth League future at issue

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com Connersville Babe Ruth League is in a state of disarray. Saturday’s attempted meeting of the board was long on discussion but short on people, answers or future directions. Nine people came to the board

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Unnamed company coming to city

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com An unnamed company has committed to moving to Connersville. Economic Development Group Director Dan Parker could not give any details to the Board of Public Works and Safety on Monday. The company has begun

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Women's self-defense class offered

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com There are times that women find themselves in danger and at that moment, they don’t know how to protect themselves. Sgt. Bobby Revalee wants to help women learn to defend themselves. Revalee will be teaching a Wom

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Local 88-year-old charged in Kentucky

News-Examiner A court in Kentucky has charged an 88-year-old Connersville man with having sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl. An indictment released Wednesday by a grand jury in Bowling Green, Kentucky, charges Starlon R. “Ray” Hickman with fir

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Pet of the week

The Fayette County Animal Shelter Pet of the Week is Dudley, a 1- to 2-year-old beaglemix. Dudley is sweet, friendly and a little scared. His adoption fee is $34, which covers vaccines and $74 will cover vaccines and neutering. For more information, contact the animal shelter at 765-825-8693 or visit the Facebook pagefor Fayette County Animal Shelter.

Pet of the week

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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 Russell Wintrow reported Sunday night he had been driving eastbound on East 5th Street at Ludwic

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Community Notebook

Altrusa: Nursing home party, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Caroleton Manor. Meeting, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. at The Pizza Place, 105 E. 16th St.  Dublin American Legion: Tuesday, 7 p.m. at 320 W. Church St., Dublin. Legion Auxiliary meets 5 p.m. Tuesday.  NARFE: Nati

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News Briefs

Fall Fest canceled; some parts remain The Connersville Parks and Recreation Department announced that the Fall Festival scheduled for this Saturday has been canceled for lack of vendor registration. Some activities will still take place at Roberts Park. F

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Personal data collected online

Nobody wants to be placed into some stereotypical category, but nearly all of us, when introduced to a stranger, start the process of stereotyping. We call it “sizing him up,” as though we are prize-fighters looking across a boxing ring, or “figur

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Car hits rail depot

A 2007 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Daniel T. Frye, 918 S. County Road 350-W., struck the loading platform on the west side of Grand Central Station Monday afternoon. Frye told the Connersville Police Department he had fallen asleep due to working long hours. He apparently had been southbound when he left Grand Avenue striking the depot. The office manager was in the office but wasn’t hurt. Trains will be running this weekend after cleaning up the mess but passengers will have to exit the building through a different door, Whitewater Valley Railroad Superintendent Mike Scott said.

Car hits rail depot

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DUMPLINGS ON PARADE

Colorful banners wave in the breeze for on a float for the Girl Scouts in Saturday’s parade for the John Conner Apple Dumpling Days Festival. The festival centered on the Fayette County Courthouse parking lot.

DUMPLINGS ON PARADE

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Career Center students build golf lockers for Earlham College

Whitewater Career Center designed these lockers for Earlham College golf students and athletes.

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Students at the Whitewater Career Center used their creative minds and designed new lockers for Earlham College’s Wellness Center. “We built lockers for their training facility in their Wellness Center on Ea

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News Briefs

Water main repair on 30th St. Tuesday Connersville Utilities will be repairing a water main on West 30th Street between Ohio and Indiana avenues Tuesday. There may be some disruption in service in the area around the repair. Any boil water advisories will be announ

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Cambridge City selects new council member

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com CAMBRIDGE CITY — Dan Worl will be the new member of the Cambridge City Town Council. The council chose Worl Thursday night in a special meeting. He and Brenda McLane had interviewed for the position during Monda

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County Bicentennial gets a logo

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com A new logo has been developed for the Fayette County Bicentennial and it will be used in all promotions for the event. The main celebration will be May 16-19, 2019, in cooperation with Armed Forces Day activ

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Church makes donations to help elementary schools

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Thanks to a local church, local elementary schools are receiving funds for items that might not be in the budget. Ryan Phelps, lead minister at New Heights Christian Church, had his heart set on helping students. “

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ORGANIZATION REPORTS

Altrusa  Altrusa International of Connersville, Indiana, Inc. had its monthly business meeting on Sept. 5 at First United Methodist Church. Thirteen members answered roll call. Bonnie Schultz, acting president, called the meeting to order and led the group in

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Spartans of the Week

HAUGER

Christel Smith is Connersville Middle School’s seventh grade Spartan of the Week for the week of Sept. 17. Christel is the daughter of Amber Smith. Amy King, math teacher, nominated Christel for being respectful, responsible and ready to learn. King st

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Bank donates for event

FCN Bankhas donated$500 to Fayette County Community Voices Inc.for the “Taste of Fayette County” Festival, matching a gift from Voices to its Social Cultural group that is presenting the festival on Sept. 29 at the Fayette County Courthouse parking lot. Pictured at a check presentation are, from left, Carol Hunter of FCN Bank; Lea Ann Robinson, president of Community Voices;Shannon Nicholson, FCCV social cultural co-chair; Linda Fitzgerald, an FCCV founder; and Linda Frick, FCN Bank and member of Discover Connersville.

Bank donates for event

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Community Notebook

Golden Gabriels: St. Gabriel and St. Bridget Golden Gabriels, Wednesday, noon at Liberty Bell restaurant in Liberty. For info, call 765-825-4070.   Woodcarvers: Whitewater Valley Woodcarvers Club, Monday, 6 to 8 p.m., Whitewater Valley Arts Asso

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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 Ford Focus driven by Madonna K. Land, Rushville, and a Mazda CX-7 driven by Jane L. Bentley, 4

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Court News

Fayette Superior Court Judge Paul Freed Probation violation: Clarence J. Richtner, 28, Richmond. Case dismissed. Driving while suspended, no valid license, speeding more than 15 mph above speed limit, probation violation: Brandon R. Hatfield, 33, Anderson, pleaded

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Cuffed for health

Charlene Wood, right, a registered nurse at Fayette Regional Health System,waits on a reading from a blood pressure cuffon Tom Peck’s arm at the Fayette County Health Fair Friday morning. The health fair was organized by the county human resources department and included many vendors providing health checks and information.

Cuffed for health

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Kiwanis speaker

Dick Guttman, center, provided a program for Connersville Kiwanis Club on Sept. 5. He spoke about the Jewish new year, Sept. 9-10, and the holy day of Yom Kippur, which starts Tuesday evening and continues Wednesday (on the Jewish calendar,a new day starts the evening before). Pictured after the program are, from left, Linda Howard, Guttman’s guest; Guttman; and Joe King, club president.

Kiwanis speaker

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PUBLIC MEETINGS

Readers may wish to confirm the meeting schedule by contacting the organization before attending. FAYETTE COUNTY Monday Connersville Board of Public Works and Safety: 1 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall, 500 Central Ave. Connersville City Council: 7 p.m., Council C

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Company gives $5,000 gift of food to local pantry

Pastor John Reynolds of Calvary Baptist Church speaks on Wednesday of the good that a donation of $5,000 in food products will do through the food pantry that his church operates. Listening, left, is Rinda Kieffer, human resources manager at Dot Foods, which made the donation.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com CAMBRIDGE CITY — A food pantry run by Calvary Baptist Church just won a $5,000 shopping spree. Dot Foods awarded the food pantry $5,000 worth of new food. The pantry will be allowed to choose from 1

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Richmond man sought in Silver Alert

Provided A statewide Silver Alert has been declared. The Richmond Police Department is investigating the disappearance of an adult from Richmond. Jalen Thomas McCuin is a 24-year-old white male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 125 pounds, brown hair, and brown eyes. He was l

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Focus on Faith Bethany Lutheran Church

Bethany Lutheran Church, 2907 Virginia Ave., first met in Roberts Park in 1944. The congregation dedicated the present facility in 1952. Pastor Gene Ott serves the church, a member of the Missouri Synod. Sunday Bible school is 9:30 a.m. followed by worship at 10:30. For more information, contact the Facebook page.

Garrison Creek Baptist Church, 5952 S. Garrison Road, will host the gospel bluegrass group Born Again Sunday at 6 p.m. Pastor Tim Fluty invites the community to the service. Bentonville Christian Church at 6465 N. County Road 550-W. is hosting its annual conce

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Churches preparing for hurricane relief

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com As Hurricane Florence sends rains and floods into the Carolinas, members of local churches are preparing to head to the area to lend a helping hand. PTC Ministries Pastor Ron Russell said that PTC, Crosspointe Biker C

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Whitewater Artists Guild show opens tonight

Hector Perez and Vicki Vardaman hang Simon L. Clopper’s “Cosmic Turbulence” acrylic painting Wednesday for the Whitewater Artists Guild of Richmond show. It opens tonight at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association, 402 Central Ave.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com When a new art show opens tonight at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association gallery, some familiar names will be included along with some new to the gallery. Artists from the Whitewater Artists Guild of Richmond will

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Drug court gets green light

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com Fayette County’s drug court is finally ready to begin operations.  Fayette County Superior Court Judge Paul L. Freed had the happy news Thursday afternoon. He and his staff have been ready to go for about six

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A MAJOR GIFT

Good news came to the Salvation Army this week in the form of a $28,403 donation from the late Maynard Stang of Brookville. Stang, 92, was a World War II veteran who had been a POW. He wanted his estate to go to local causes and specified Salvation Army fora bequest. Gus Harmeyer thelocal advisorycouncilservice representative, said the money will all be used locally.Pictured, from left,are Harmeyer, Salvation Army service representative Rachel Jauregui, and Joyce Peak, an advisorycouncil member.

A MAJOR GIFT

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'Pink tie guys' and sugar cream pies

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Terry Miller makes a killer sugar cream pie and yes, you can get one for a price. That’s not all he and four others have done to raise over $125,000 since June. The five Pink Tie Guys for Susan G. Komen Central In

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Community Notebook

Golden Gabriels: St. Gabriel and St. Bridget Golden Gabriels, Wednesday, noon at Liberty Bell restaurant in Liberty. For info, call 765-825-4070.  Babe Ruth: Babe Ruth Baseball will meet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Babe Ruth complex in Connersville

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The rest of the real-life 'Unbroken' story

Louis Silvie Zamperini (Jan. 26, 1917-July 2, 2014) was an American World War II veteran, a Christian evangelist and an Olympic distance runner, best known for being a Japanese prisoner of war survivor.

The lanky young evangelist from North Carolina was starting to attract media attention by the end of his 1949 tent revival in Los Angeles – which means that professionals recorded his sermons. So historians know exactly what the Rev. Billy Graham said during

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The heart of Jesus and His ekklesia

People often say they don’t like church or organized religion or denominations and, as a pastor, my heart hurts when I hear these criticisms. They are criticisms; criticisms about how the church does or doesn’t work. Whether the judgments are right or n

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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 Melinda G. McFarland, 35, 2526 Virginia Ave., was arrested Thursday at 105 W. 35th St. by Connersv

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