In writing this local history column I am afforded the opportunity to meet some amazing people, but none more striking than Esther Saylor.


Victoria Caldwell waters plants at The Oasis Friday morning. She volunteers a few days a week and helps maintain the community green space and garden, which is located in the 500 block of Central Avenue.

I suspect that I’m not the only man who hasn’t put on a collar shirt or a pair of dress slacks for months. The thought hit me Friday after I had showered and was getting out yet another pair of shorts and a clean tee shirt.

Museum: Fayette County Historical Museum, 200 W. 5th St., open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; other times by appointment, by contacting Sam Harvey, president, at 765-265-1807. Free admission.

Eric B. Ratts presented the Fayette County jail study to Fayette County Commissioners and Council on Tuesday. His name was incorrect in the Connersville News-Examiner's coverage on Thursday.

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.

A $700,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs will help the city of Connersville pay for replacement of several leaky water mains.


Connersville firefighter Zach Ernstes demonstrates how fire flows in a two-story home, using a model with windows that can open and close to show different patterns of fire that firefighters would encounter inside a real structure. Ernstes demonstrated for the B-shift of Connersville Fire De…

Two vehicles were involved in a collision at Big Bear Road and SR-1 south of Everton Wednesday morning.

CMS volleyball tryouts are Monday, Tuesday

The Connersville High School Spartanettes held a four-day National Dance Alliance Home camp July 11-14. Woodland Bible Church and Pastor Bill Keen let the Spartanettes use the church’s family life center.

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Making the Fayette County Health Department the first place people call with public health concerns is the goal of its new administrator.

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A relatively cool and sunny day brought people to Roberts Park in large numbers at midday Wednesday. Among them was Hunter Robinson, 9, who rode his Ripstik skateboard as other members of his family enjoyed the nearby playground.

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As expected, remodeling a former retail store for use as a facility for female inmates would be the least expensive way to cure overcrowding at the Fayette County Jail.

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In February, Connersville entered a contest to have a “Home Town Takeover” by HGTV. The city didn’t make the cut.

Her love for her got her into college for graphic design. Now, Hannah Parrett is about to graduate to pursue her passion for art.

The Hope Center received $5,000 from Reid Health Community Benefit. The funds will help support the purchase of infant formula as part of the center’s Healthy with Hope program. Reid’s Patrick Ripberger presents the check to Jen Young and Tracy Wells of the Hope Center.

A motorcyclist who apparently hit a mirror on a car he was passing was hospitalized after crashing on Tuesday.


Movement has begun to renovate and replace outdated equipment and landscaping at the 2nd Street Park.

City Council member Clarence Werner led a generally favorable discussion among council members about allowing utility terrain vehicles on city streets.

Rebecca Gibson, left, signs her oath of office as a new member of the Connersville Board of Public Works and Safety Monday afternoon. Rosemary Brown, city clerk-treasurer witnesses.

Sign-up starts for sports rec programs

The 118th Fayette County Free Fair has come to an end and many said it was a great fair.

Football practices at Connersville High School have been cancelled for this week after two coaches showed symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19.

Covered in mud after a day of rain, I trudged through the pits during the motocross event at the Fayette County Free Fair Thursday night.

A consulting firm will present information about its study of options for the Fayette County Jail on Tuesday.

Like nearly every modern family, mine has spread out over several states. I guess I’m fortunate that most of them are still east of the Mississippi. The only exception is a granddaughter who took a job in California last year. However, my son, Alan, and our daughter-in-law, MaryAnn, live onl…

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.

Classes leading to the High School Equivalency exam and to various certifications are offered through Whitewater Adult Education in Connersville.

When Carlie Woodall enters the rodeo arena, she doesn’t think about winning. Rather, she thinks about her biggest inspiration, her mother.

At first, the sign in the empty parking lot of Connersville’s only movie theater said CLOSED for COVID.

Monday blood drive seeks more donors

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Like many other adults who annually display their work at the Fayette County Free Fair, Marilyn Maxwell started as a child in 4H.

In 2017, Robin and Jason Mays closed out their hard-earned retirement accounts and had barely enough to open Yodie’s. The business has been doing well enough that they’re expanding it.

Long-time fairgoers and those who stayed away this year because of the coronavirus will have a chance to eat the fried chicken dinner usually prepared by St. Gabriel parish.

The Indiana State Department of Health has released a preliminary dataset documenting the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, belatedly joining the growing majority of states releasing data.