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We've got questions; you've got answers

By DONNA CRONK - dcronk@thecouriertimes.com

If it’s January, and it is, then your Courier-Times staffers are spending much of their non-deadline work hours seeking answers. Specific answers.

What they are after are updates to basic information about schools, government entities, organizations, churches and landmarks that make Henry County what it is.

So we’re calling known leaders’ and elected officials’ numbers, checking out Facebook pages that have been kept current, perusing websites to make sure that the Middletown Community Church still has 9 a.m. Sunday fellowship, that the roster of elected politicians is current and that if someone wants to get hold of HOPE Initiative, the number is handy.

But not only do we need to remain current with previously published listings, we need to know if an organization disbanded so we can delete it from our master lists. We also want to share with readers what new organizations, churches and support groups, for examples, have formed since last year’s directory.

All the updates will go into our 2019 Answer Book. Think of it as a cheat sheet; a short cut, a guide to Henry County. Answer Book has been an annual Courier-Times publication for many years now, thanks to the advertisers who come beside us and support its publication with their advertising.

We like to picture Answer Book as your must-keep insert that remains well-used inside your top drawer or on your desk until the next one comes out.

It also makes a great handout to new people in the community so they can check out the variety of community landmarks, service, government, leisure and club entities. 

While we’re doing our best to make the issue – which comes out inside your Courier-Times on Sunday, Feb. 17 – as current and thorough as are possible, we need community help in doing so.

If you get a message from a reporter for information and are asked to call back, please do. If you are a facilitator for an organization of any kind that’s new since last year, let us know. If you’ve always wondered why your church or club information has never appeared in the publication, we’d love to add it.

But we need to know. Sometimes that’s not as easy as you might think. We depend so much on residents keeping us informed.

So, here’s what we’re asking. If you would like to add or correct something in any of the following categories, please contact the person responsible for that category at their direct numbers or emails no later than noon, Thursday, Jan. 24. We’d appreciate it so much. We’re pretty sure the community at large sends its thanks as well.

• For category listings of Animal Care, City Churches, County Landmarks, Funeral Homes, Town Government and Township trustees, Assistance, Education, Emergency Services, Farming, Health Care and Parks, call Managing Editor Travis Weik at 765-575-4651, email: tweik@thecouriertimes.com.

• For category listings of Henry County Government, Industry, New Castle City Government, State and National Government and Top Employers, contact reporter Darrel Radford at 765-575-4653 or email: dradford@thecouriertimes.com.

• For category listings of Area Churches, Arts and Attractions, Organizations and Senior Citizens, contact Neighbors Editor Donna Cronk at 765-575-4657 or email: dcronk@thecouriertimes.com.

• For Golf and Recreation, contact Sports Editor David Risley at 765-575-4620 or email: drisley@thecouriertimes.com.

In addition, if at any time you have something to add or change to the Answer Book listings, please contact us and we’ll make a note of it for next year.

And by the way, if you need to reach The Courier-Times for any reason, the direct general number is 765-575-4619 which will get you to the desk of Hope Stevens.