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Another gas station possibility for Sulphur Springs?

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com

SULPHUR SPRINGS — If the big green dinosaur doesn’t come back to Sulphur Springs, perhaps CountryMark will.

Sulphur Springs Town Board President William Dittlinger said Tuesday he had been in touch with Steve Bryant, a CountryMark official, gauging possible interest in putting a gas station/convenience store here. 

“He informed me there was a company out of Rushville that loves to put stations in small towns,” Dittlinger said. “He thinks CountryMark would be a great fit for here.”

CountryMark, an agricultural cooperative firm headquartered in Indianapolis, has stations in such small towns as nearby Cambridge City and Rushville as well as Laurel in Franklin County.

Dittlinger emphasized Sinclair, the company known by its big green dinosaur logo that was in Sulphur Springs several years ago, is still interested in coming as well.

“We’re working with two different companies,” Dittlinger said. “CountryMark is owned by farmers.”

“They actually sell to the Harvest Land and Henry County Farm Bureau,” Board member Kip Jones added. “I think they have 11-12 retailers they sell to regularly.”

Dittlinger said a potential CountryMark business, like Sinclair, would also include a convenience store.

“This town really, really needs that,” Dittlinger said. “We’re trying to make this town move forward. We don’t want to make it a big metropolis but we’d like to get it cleaned up, shaped up, add a convenience store and do some preservation work on some of the bigger buildings out here.

In other business at Tuesday’s meeting:

• Town Marshal Stacy Guffey said the “watch your speed” signs in town continue to do their job, reporting the average speed at just over 28 mph. He did investigate complaints that Best Way disposal trucks have been going too fast through town. Guffey said all it took was a phone call to the company and that officials were “very cooperative” in asking drivers to slow down.

• Guffey said he would be hosting a crime scene course in town this Saturday, perhaps a first-of-its-kind event for Sulphur Springs.

Donations being accepted for land purchase

Attracting a new convenience store/gas station to Sulphur Springs is becoming a true community effort.

Donations have already been received in the town’s quest to raise funds for purchase of land to build the new business. 

Cost of the property is $11,000. Dittlinger said an anonymous donor has offered to match all donations dollar-for-dollar, meaning that only $5,500 needs to be raised.

Those who would like to donate may send checks to Dickerson Accounting, 301 S 17th St, New Castle, IN 47362 with “Sulphur Springs Convenience Fund” written on the memo line.

The site is located on the north side of U.S. 36 in a field just east of the Metal Arts building. Officials already have a purchase agreement ready to go with the landowner, who has made a generous offer to help the town.