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He's River Friendly

Eric Bryson, pictured with his friendly Doberman Ivan, earned the title “River Friendly Farmer” for his farming practices on his rolling farmground in southeastern Fayette County. He’s been using no-till since 1975.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com A raindrop that falls on the ground along Wellsview Road will work its way to Village Creek and then enter the Whitewater River behind the Triangle south of Connersville. Efforts to protect that runoff from soil erosion an

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County gravels road but may relocate it

County Road 565 West got a new coat of gravel this week and has been reopened, marked as a rough road.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com A county road that has been slipping away for some time got a new coat of gravel this week as the county commissioners talked about a permanent solution for it. County Road 565 West is less than a half-mile stretch of n

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Opioids, infant mortality remain top health priorities

By ERNEST ROLLINS - (Bloomington) Herald-Times Combating the opioid epidemic and reducing the number of infants who die before their first birthday are among the governor’s top public health priorities. Pam Pontones, deputy state health commissioner, outlined

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Speakers, equipment, training offered at Field Day

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Falmouth Farm Supply’s Field Day is from 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday. It is open to the public. “It’s just a fun event for everyone to come and socialize, talk about farming, look at some antique tractors and

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Arts Association meets

Members and guests of the Whitewater Valley Arts Association had their annual meeting Wednesday evening at Roberts Park. The group also had a pitch-in dinner.

Arts Association meets

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Community Notebook

ATTRACTIONS Art gallery: Whitewater Valley Arts Association, 402 Central Ave., open Thursdays and Fridays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. except when exhibits are being changed. Open if the flag is out and on

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Court News

Fayette Superior Court Judge Paul Freed Civil Dispositions Steven and Sandra Frazee, dba Frazee Rentals, v. Steven Snyder and Shelly Snyder, judgment for plaintiff for $6,536.24 plus interest Eagle Creek Properties LLC v. Richard Mofield Jr., default judgment for p

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Organization Reports

Jen Young, right, director of the Hope Center, spoke to Connersville Kiwanis Club Wednesday about the local effort to have a baby box at the central fire station. Afterwards, she posed for a photo with club president Frank Oakman.

Altrusa Members of Altrusa International of Connersville, Indiana, Inc. met at the Huddleston House in Cambridge City on Aug. 21. Michael Flowers of Historic Landmarks led the group through the house and barn. After the tour, members met for dinner at the No.

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CHS Band marching into competition

The CHS Band & Guard,pictured here in a July 27 preview show, will be competing in four marching invitationals during September and is planning for a Thanksgiving vacation trip to Walt Disney World.

The Connersville High School Spartan Marching Band and Guard starts its competition schedule on Sept. 7 and is beginning a fund-raiser on Monday to help pay for a trip to Walt Disney World. The band and guard will participate in four invitationals on

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News Briefs

Cemetery meeting delay The Fayette County Cemetery Commission has delayed its next regular meeting because it would have fallen on the Labor Day holiday. The board will meet at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at Brian’s Bistro and More, 408 Central Ave. The

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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 Board of Aviation Commissi

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Add some cheer to thrift shopping

Mildred Bunyard organizes some kitchen utensils last week at the Fayette Senior Center Thrift Store.

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com You just never know what you are going to find at the Fayette Senior Center Thrift Store. When I walked in, it was a menagerie of glassware of all types, clothing, kitchen items, purses, records, movies and more. That w

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Where there is breath, there is hope

Tonier Cain, a guest speaker for the End Stigma campaign, talked to a large group at Expo Hall Friday morning. Cain hopes to bring attention and awareness to trauma-informed care practices and treatments.Cainwent from being a trauma survivor in need of help, to training the providers that provide the help. The trauma Cain endured motivates her to be an agent of change for all trauma survivors.

Where there is breath, there is hope

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Lack of activity is an illusion

There’s more going on at Lifeline Farms that it would appear from Indiana 1, according to the owner. This viewshows the farm’s storagebuilding and office on Industrial Road.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com To passersby on Indiana 1, it looks like not muchis happening at Lifeline Farms. But that’s an illusion. Organic vegetables are being grown there, just not as much as the owner would like.  Alex Carroll, th

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Church news

End Stigma campaign: Tonier Cain will speak and Building 429, Undeserved and Stars Go Dim will sing. Calvary Baptist Church, 7 p.m. tonight. Evangelist: George McGregor will be ministering Sunday at Growing Branches for Christ, 3672 N. Western Ave. He will speak du

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I'm afraid to send my kids to school

Q: This year was the first year of my life I put my kids on the school bus with hesitation. School shootings have stolen my peace. A: I’m confident you are not alone in those fears. Our newscasts are dotted with heinous acts of violence, many of them inv

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Three ways to overcome obstacles of life by faith

I live on a farm. Each summer we bale hay. One time as the hay had been cut and ready to bale, a little dark cloud appeared on the horizon. The weather forecast didn’t call for rain, so I did not get concerned, but then it rained for one week straight. The ha

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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 Debra J. Webb, 1709 W. County Road 475-S. Lot 8, was arrested Wednesday at her residence by Fayett

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Pioneer cattlewoman blazed a trail

It’s hard to choose Connersville’s most well known citizen but Virginia Claypool Meredith certainly is in the mix. She lived over 100 years ago, so many today will have never heard of her. Virginia Claypool was born Nov. 5, 1848, in Connersville, and gr

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County wants roads reopened quickly

A bridge on County Road 150E north of Shelton’s Plat is being closed because an inspection found the head walls have been moving. This photo shows the underside of the bridge, which appears to havewalls built of flat rocks.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com Three county roads have been closed after an inspector found possibly unsafe conditions under a bridge and on two drainage culverts. The roads may be reopened by the end of next week with temporary fixes, although 

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Rivers Edge construction should start soon

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Construction activity will soon begin at Rivers Edge park after many months of delay. The Connersville Board of Works and Public Safety approved a new $462,450 contract Monday with N&N Construction to open the way for

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Great guitarist coming to Indy

Mark Knopfler in 2015.

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Rolling Stone’s lists of top 100 guitarists disappointed me. Who decides? How many opinions are considered? Oh well, not my circus, not my monkeys. I looked up the top guitarists because I read that Mark Knopfler

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Creative People

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Sandy Hudson’s home is filled with art, mostly from her friends. She is humble. She wants to talk more about her friends’ work than her own, while hers is something to be talked about, too. “

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Local musician finding success

The Caleb Daugherty Band has signed with a record company and recently released a new album.Daugherty is second from left.

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Over the past few years, Caleb Daugherty has poured blood, sweat and tears into his music, slowly climbing the ladder to the top, where he dreams to be. This year, many opportunities have presented themselves to The Cal

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Time to pick up projects

The Purdue ExtensionFayette County office is asking for all Indiana State Fair projects to be picked up by Sept. 15.They donot have room to store the projects. The office is open 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridayand until 5 p.m. Wednesdays. The office is locatedin the Fayette County Courthouse, 401 Central Ave.

Time to pick up projects

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Planning discussions continue

Work on a new comprehensive plan for Connersville and Fayette County continued Wednesday in a series of three meetings at First United Methodist Church. Facilitators from Purdue University’s Community Development program led discussions onlocal desires. Pictured, from left, Meagan Phillips, Carolyn Bunzendahl, and county planning director Bill MacDaniel speakabout institutional assets. Other sessions addressed parks and recreation and quality of life.

Planning discussions continue

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LOOKING AHEAD

Thursday, Aug. 22 Farmers Market: Fayette County Farmers Market, 5-8 p.m., 5th St. and Central Ave., Connersville. Art: Do Your Own Thing, 1-4 p.m., Whitewater Valley Arts Association, 402 Central Ave., Connersville. Friday, Aug. 23 Live theater: Fre

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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 Michael D. Cox, 50, 2400 Grand Ave., was arrested Wednesday at the Fayette County Probation Depart

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News briefs

Animal control decision planned The Fayette County Commissioners will have a special meeting at 3 p.m. Friday in the county commissioners meeting room in the county courthouse, 401 Central Ave. The meeting’s purpose is to make a decision on the animal sh

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Installing 5G on tower

A huge crane could be seen from downtown and many other places in Connersville Wednesday as it worked from atop a hill in the 400 block of Oak Street on the west side. A work crew from SBA Communications, which owns the 180-foot tall tower, is installing gear for AT&T's national 5G network. That network should go live in 2020, according to AT&T.

Installing 5G on tower

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City creates downtown historic district

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com Several blocks of the downtown business area are now included in a local historic district. Connersville City Council took action Monday to approve a proposal by the Historic Preservation Commission. The

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Wayne County offers more help for sewage plant

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Wayne County has doubled the amount of money it is willing to spend on a sewer project at Cambridge City and the Western Wayne Regional Sewage Board is considering whether to accept terms of the proposal. The Sewage B

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Could Opportunity Zone help Kmart?

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com Redevelopment of the former Kmart and a north side residential area could be advanced by taking advantage of an Opportunity Zone recently created by the state of Indiana, according to two women who m

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County 911 will get new equipment

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Fayette County 911 will be buying new radios and related equipment thanks to a federal grant. The grant will pay for four mobile radios, consolettes, a software upgrade and replacement computers. The

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Hogs die after truck overturns

News-Examiner MILTON — A semi-truck and trailer hauling hogs overturned at Stant's Curve south of Milton Tuesday afternoon, resulting in the death of most of the animals. According to Indiana State Police Trooper Scott McPheeters, a Peterbilt semi-tractor pul

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Community Notebook

Immunizations: By appointment only, Fayette County Health office, west side of Fayette County Government Center, 401 Central Ave. Adults should bring child’s shot record to be kept current. For more information, call 765-825-4013.  God’s Cure

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Adult shower!

Mary Ellen and I just returned from a trip to San Francisco with our friends, the Murphys. The last time we were in California was 40 years ago on our honeymoon, but we weren’t going to let one bad experience prevent us from giving The Golden State another tr

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News Briefs

Go-kart racing canceled by Jaycees The Little Detroit Go-Kart races scheduled for Saturday have been canceled, according to Connersville Jaycees President Brian Durham. The race, in which local drivers paid to race go-karts owned by the Jaycees, had been scheduled

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Fake bills are hard to spot

Steve Kiefer, right, looks up at money being held up to the light. Monday. Connersville Police Detective Dax Gunder had challenged Rotary Club members to spot the counterfeit among five bills that he passed around.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com For 10 bucks, you can buy $5,000 worth of fake 20s. Believe it or not, some people have passed it in Connersville, even some with Chinese writing in red ink on the back. Detective Dax Gunder shared that inform

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Police called to house after reported threat

Deputy Chief Robbie Fee, Capt. Chris Scott and Officer Clint Brownspeak Monday afternoon after aman reportedly made threats from a home in the 2900 block of Grand Avenue.

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Police surrounded a house and kept people out of an area in the 2900 block of Grand Avenue for a few hours Monday after an apparent bomb threat. One man was arrested without incident and police found no explosives.

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Jobless rate up, ranking down

News-Examiner Unemployment rose in Fayette County from June to July but the county’s ranking fell to second highest, according to the latest figures from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Fayette County’s unemployment rate for July hit 5.

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Heroes reunion

Gary Bussell, Billy Faulks and Doug “Ernie” Hagen (from left) look at a book about Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol units in Vietnam that includes a section on their unit, Company D, 151st Infantry, Indiana Rangers.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Forty-nine years ago as young men, following intensive training, the men entered battle against an enemy using real bullets. A year later, they left Vietnam as the most decorated unit to have served in that war. The unit a

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Fun at a school carnival

Karsyn Ford, 4, takes a ride down the bounce house slide Friday evening at the Community Christian School Carnival.

Fun at a school carnival

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Fantasy Inn's had a good run

James and Zola Bunzendahl look through old photographs taken during their41 years of owning the Fantasy Inn. They’ve put the bar up for sale but will keep it open until it sells.

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com Every good story comes to an end. After more than 41 years in business, James “Jimmy” and Zola Bunzendahl are selling their bar. The Fantasy Inn, 100 W. 5th St. on the north side of the courthouse

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Community Notebook

Legion Auxiliary: American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 1, Tuesday, 6 p.m.  Lions Club: Connersville Lions Club, Tuesday at noon, The Pizza Place, 105 E. 16th St.  Dublin American Legion: Tuesday, 7 p.m. at 320 W. Church St., Dublin. Legion Auxiliary meet

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News Briefs

Block Grants now open for applications INDIANAPOLIS — The second round of Community Development Block Grants for 2019 is open, according to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Applications will be accepted for Main Street revitalizat

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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 Dawn M. Sizemore, 49, Cambridge City, was arrested Monday at the Fayette County Jail by Jail Offic

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Staying dry in the rain

A bit of rain wet down Connersville Saturday afternoon but it didn’t dampen the smiles of two young ladies as they walked along Park Road under umbrellas. From left are Adrianna Hofmann and Peyton Isaacs.

Staying dry in the rain

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