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EDC President gives tourism update to County Commissioners; Liberty Township trustee appointed
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The Henry County New Castle Economic Development Corporation (EDC) had some business to present to the Henry County Commissioners at their meeting Wednesday.

EDC President Corey Murphy presented cards to the Commissioners highlighting local restaurants and other tourist sites in Henry County.

“We don’t have a brochure yet, we have these cards instead,” Murphy said. “These are simple and easy to read, and we had a lot of different things that could have been featured on these. Our website is also on this, and we expect to get our site up and running by the end of this year.”

Murphy told the Commissioners he also recently wrote a column in the New Castle Chamber of Commerce magazine about new tourism efforts.

Penny York, Special Projects Coordinator of the EDC, was also in attendance to present some business to the Commissioners. York mentioned that the EDC is excited because they are getting ready to apply for a another EPA grant.

These grants allow the EDC to fund studies on property around Henry County that could have chemicals in the soil. Identifying the contaminants can help property owners clean up their land, and then possibly develop it for more commercial or industrial growth in the county.

The commissioners made a motion to support the grant, and it passed 3-0.

York also mentioned that interest to participate in the EDC is stronger than ever from the community.

Other business

Commissioner Ed Tarantino brought up the next order of business which was the yearly contract for bedding for the probation department, since New Castle doesn’t have a Youth Juvenile Detention Center.

The price went from $125 to $130. The total cost of the contract went from $78,125 to $81,250 The motion was made to accept the contract and the motion passed 3-0.

Liberty Township has been without a township trustee since Jamie Owens resigned Oct. 6. The Commissioners received one application for the position. With a 3-0 vote, they named Steven Coffman as the new Liberty Township Trustee.

The Commissioners also approved the contract again for Highway Engineer Joe Copeland to be shared between Henry and Randolph counties.

Due to language in the agreement, the commissioners had some changes made to the document. The commissioners voted 3-0 to the modifications to the agreement.

Habitat for Humanity dedicates new home

Raintree Habitat for Humanity celebrated its 30 year anniversary this year by dedicating another new home in Henry County on Sunday, Nov. 14.

The home at 601 N. Main, New Castle, was a partnership between soon-to-be owners Robert and Mary Fritsche, Raintree Habitat and New Castle Building Trades. The home started in the Fall of 2020 as a building project for the Building trades class and was completed by family and area volunteers this summer and Fall.

Since 1991, Raintree Habitat has helped provide over 44 families with decent affordable housing in Henry County. If you would like more information about our building mission here in Henry County, please contact us at 765-388-2160 or email us at raintreehfh@yahoo.com.

Tri art teacher receives $500 grant

At the beginning of the 2021-22 school year, the Indiana Retired Teachers Foundation, a philanthropic branch of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association (IRTA), announced to all Indiana public schools the availability of $500 grants.

This year four grants were available for each of the 10 districts in the state. Henry County is in Area 7, a 10-county district. Ten grant applications were submitted from Area 7. A committee of retirees read and assessed each application and awarded four grants.

Cathy Hamm, art teacher at Tri Elementary School, was one of the grant winners. Hamm will use this grant to purchase clay so students can have the experience of creating three dimensional works of art.

IRTA Area 7 director Marty Mullin recently met with Hamm to present the check from the IRT Foundation.

Learn more about Indiana Retired Teacher Association at RetiredTeachers.org.

Historical Society hosts Holiday Open House Dec. 4

Join the Henry County Historical Society on Saturday, Dec, 4, to celebrate the holidays! Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

The New Castle High School Madrigal Choir will be performing at 1 p.m. Afterward, local musician and pianist Andrea Hughes will be playing favorite holiday tunes on the Jesse French baby grand piano. Enjoy festive refreshments and a stroll through Civil War General Grose’s merrily decorated mansion. You may even get a sneak peek at 2022’s exhibit, 200 Years in Henry County: A Bicentennial Celebration!

Please consider donating to the Historical Society’s general operating fund or becoming a member. We greatly appreciate your kind and generous support!

New co-director Darrel Radford will be welcoming guests along with Kaye Ford, current director. Darrel is Henry County’s county historian while Kaye is Henry County’s county genealogist. Current residents of Henry County, as well as past residents, are in great hands with Kaye and Darrel at the helm!

For more information about donating or becoming a member, please see HenryCountyMuseum.org, call us at 765-529-4028, or email us at HenryCounty Museum@gmail.com.

New jail furniture has been purchased; 911 getting radio upgrades upon funding

One of the several items on the Henry County Commissioners’ agenda Wednesday evening was putting new furniture in the new Henry County Jail.

Sheriff Ric McCorkle told them, “I think we finally got our bid under $150,000.”

The company that was chosen was National Business Furniture.

Commissioner Bobbi Plummer made the motion to accept the bid and Steve Dellinger seconded. The motion was passed 3-0.

The motion was then made for the chairs in the jail. The company chosen was Complete Office Supply. The motion was made by Plummer, seconded by Dellinger and passed 3-0.

Plummer gave an update on the ongoing construction project on Interstate 70. Plummer was excited to announce that you can now go I-70 Eastbound in two lanes from Knightstown.

After giving the report, Plummer said, “Wow, I was expecting to get a standing ovation after announcing that.” The crowd then clapped, and business moved on.

911 Dispatch Director Butch Baker was also in attendance Wednesday. He had business on the radios for the emergency service.

“Our radios are basically obsolete, so I got quotes and submitted them to you guys,” Baker said. “This should have been done in three years. It’s usually a 10-year plan. This one was cut short.”

The contract Baker presented to the Commissioners was for Motorola Radios, Motorola VHS Radios and an AT&T Phone Upgrade for the center. The motion was made to approve the contract for this contingent upon available funding for the Commissioners.

“If this gets signed tonight, we would present it to the bank and then they would take their necessary steps and we would move forward,” Baker said.

The motion was made by Plummer to approve and seconded by Dellinger. The motion passed 3-0.

The Henry County Commissioners meet again on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the Henry County Courthouse.

Knightstown DAR honors veterans

Major Hugh Dinwiddie Chapter DAR met on 6 Nov. 2021, at 1 p.m. at the Crazy Horse Hops Barn with Judy Martin as Hostess.

There were 16 Members, two prospective members, and one guest attending. Regent Denise Akers opened the meeting with our rituals, with Linda Ashwill, Chaplain, assisting.

The President General’s message, the National Defense on upcoming events and holidays were shared. Thank you cards were shared. They were from Fran Johnson and the Southwest District Ambulance Service.

Sandra Van Hoy was welcomed to the Chapter as a new member.

Dianne Taylor gave the Treasurer report.

We had four bags of trash, not three, when we cleaned around the Knightstown Square for National Day of Service.

It was discussed and voted to donate to the Wreath Across America project.

We enjoyed pictures of our two Vietnam Veteran book giveaways. On Oct 20 at the American Legion in Knightstown, we gave away 25 books. At the Arts Park in New Castle on Oct. 23 during the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Replica display, we gave away 36 books.

Seven members and three HODARs (Husbands of Daughters of the American Revolution) met at the Gazebo on the Knightstown square and rang bells on their way to lay a wreath at our Tomb of the Unknown Soldier stone at the Memory Garden. This is located on the East side of the Knightstown Square. The bells were to honor the 11th hour, 11th day, of the 11th month when peace was declared for WWI. Twenty-one bells rang as we walked to the marker that honors the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The New Castle Henry County Public Library will be doing a Library of Trees. We will be decorating our tree in the theme of Valley Forge. The patrons will be voting by placing canned goods in a box.

On Dec. 6 and 7, we will be helping Stuff Stockings for the military overseas. It will be at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Home on St. Rd. 3 in New Castle. Also any donations can be taken to Hinsey-Brown until Nov 6. Go to their website to see the list.

It was decided that we will be going to Willie and Reds in Hagerstown on Dec. 11 for our Christmas dinner. This is different then what is in our books. It will be at 4 p.m. Denise will be asking for a head count around Dec. 1.

As we closed, Denise reminded everyone to get their Service to America hours recorded.

Next meeting is the Christmas Dinner on Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. at Willie and Reds in Hagerstown.