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Chamber hosting Christmas Walk on Dec. 2; Shop vendors, see Santa, Frosty & the Grinch

The holiday festivities in downtown New Castle continue with the annual Christmas Walk.

The New Castle Chamber of Commerce is excited to see residents attend the Christmas Walk on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 6-8:30 p.m.

The event offers all the sights and sounds of the season. Families will find many activities, games and giveaways for the kids and unique local shopping for gift giving or for keeping.

Downtown New Castle will be all decked out with lights, luminaries and decorations that locals and visitors look forward to every year. You can also shop local and keep the cheer here. Local downtown businesses will have specials and activities for guests.

Vendors will line the streets and will be ready for shoppers.

There will be carriage rides, Santa, characters including Grinch, Frosty, princesses and more caroling, storytelling and other holiday traditions.

Before the event, anyone may purchase a luminary in memory of or honor of a loved one. If you purchase a luminary, you can also provide a special message to be included on it.

If you’re wanting to purchase a luminary for the Christmas Walk, call 765-529-5210 or visit https://business.nchcchamber.com/events/details/luminaries-at-the-chamber-christmas-walk-1605. Deadline to purchase is Monday, Nov. 29. Luminaries will cost $10 each.

You may also donate canned goods that will be used to weigh the luminaries. Following the event the canned goods will be donated to a local food pantry.

You can drop canned goods off at Vital Computing, Citizens State Bank on South Memorial, Town Tavern, Top Hat Two Pizza King or the Chamber of Commerce office.


Dozens of vendors are scheduled to be a part of the 2021 Downtown Christmas Walk.

321 GoKids, A Touch of Glam by Paparazzi, Abundant Life Clinic of Chiropractic, Alliance for Youth, Bear Creek Creations, Bombshell Sweets, Colorstreet, Duty Calls Plumbing, Fierce Martial Arts Academy, Foster Care Select, Girl Scouts of Henry County, GVC Mortgage, Happy Fleece, Kaylee’s Kreations, Kory’s Kettle Korn, Lifestream Services, Lola’s Momma Made It, Maddie’s Smooth Solutions Spa, Mary Kay, MetroNet, My Tame Fox, NW Pottery, New Castle Career Center, Nutcracker Suites, PJ’s Tutu Fufu, Realty One Group Dream, Richards Children’s Boutique, Rosebud Merch Co., Salvation Army, Scentsy, Scrollsaw/Jewelry, Smith’s Craft Shack, Star Financial Bank, The Courier Times Building, The October Shoppe, The Sanctuary of New Castle, The Waters of New Castle, Unique Home Solutions, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marines, Udders-N-Suds, Usborne Books & More, Vantel Pearl’s, Victory Lane Camp, Vital Computing, Webb’s Personal Touch and Woodforest National Bank.

For more information, call the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce at 529-5210.

New Castle’s Christmas lighting ceremony took place at the 1400 Plaza Friday night.


Beyond the statistics: Local museums personalize county’s military sacrifice

President John F. Kennedy’s Secretary of State Dean Rusk was in France in the early 1960s when Charles de Gaulle decided to pull out of NATO. The French president said he wanted all U.S. military out of France as soon as possible.

Rusk responded, “Does that include those who are buried here?”

There was no response from de Gaulle.

You could have heard a pin drop.

Rusk was talking about men like Kennard’s Carl Buck and New Lisbon’s Thomas Verl Thomas. Both died in World War I. And yes, both are buried in France.

On April 17, 1892, Kennard residents James and Marjorie Elizabeth Buck celebrated the birth of a son they named Carl. Little did they know then his destiny. He was the first Henry County soldier to die in World War I.

A mechanic, Carl boarded a ship on June 10, 1918. He died from wounds received in battle little more than a month later, July 20, 1918.

Or men like New Lisbon native Thomas Verl Thomas, a farmer who traded cornfields for killing fields when he enlisted to serve June 19, 1917. He was there with New Castle Gen. Omar Bundy’s troops and put courage into action, refusing to retreat in the Battle of Bellau Wood. He died June 12, 1918 and is buried in American Cemetery, Bellau Wood, France.

Another Henry County resident, Samuel Bruce Peacock, was looking forward to coming home from the horrors of war. But he came down with pneumonia before boarding the ship and died Jan. 28, 1919 in a France hospital. Unlike Buck and Thomas, his remains did make it back to New Castle.

There are many others from Henry County who were World War I casualties. Their names are engraved on a monument in Memorial Park. Their stories are featured in the Gold Star display at the Veterans Museum in the W.G. Smith Building. It personalizes the price paid by our military to keep our nation free.

More than 116,000 Americans gave their lives in the “war to end all wars.” Behind every number is a story. The Henry County Veterans Museum and Henry County Historical Society help tell some of those stories.

Each Saturday, the Veterans Museum is open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. in the lower level of the W.G. Smith Building at Henry County Memorial Park.

If you have military items, photos or stories about your military relatives, please let a Veterans Museum volunteer know.

Meanwhile, the Henry County Historical Society Museum also has an impressive collection of military history. It is available for tours by appointment. Call 529-4028 and leave a message.

Darrel Radford is a retired journalist who now serves as Henry County’s official historian. Contact him at d.radford@comcast.net.

Local Briefs

No newspaper on Thursday

There will not be a Thursday edition of The Courier-Times this week. Thanksgiving is a federal postal holiday and the post office will be closed. Regular home delivery will resume on Friday.

– Travis Weik, Managing Editor

Normal trash schedule on ThanksgivingNew Castle city trash service will be normal on Thursday, Nov. 25, although it is Thanksgiving and a federal holiday. The City Street and Sanitation will pick up trash as normal that day. Trash needs to be out by 6 a.m. that day or the night before.

The street and sanitation department will put out an extra truck on Thursday so city employees can enjoy as much of the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend as possible with their families.

– Provided by New Castle Street Dept.

Cookbook giveaway winner announced

Congratulations to Phyllis Slavens of New Castle who won three cookbooks featured in the winter issue of HER Magazine. Slavens won titles including “The Poke Cake Cookbook,” “One-Hour Comfort” and “The Complete Autumn & Winter Cookbook.” Watch for more cookbook giveaways in an upcoming edition of The Courier-Times.

– Courier-Times Staff Report

County Council hears READI update

New Castle Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President Corey Murphy recently updated the County Council on the state’s Regional Economic Acceleration Development Initiative (READI).

Murphy announced the next steps ahead for the possible $50 million the East Central Indiana Region could receive for Henry County and the other partner counties.

“All of the regions are invited to make a presentation to Indiana EDC. They’re like the jury when it comes to this,” Murphy said. “The presentation is in two weeks. Our region’s presentation is on the morning of Friday, Dec. 3. It will be somewhere in Indianapolis. We will get about 30 minutes to present and 20 minute Q & A (question and answer) from the judges.

Murphy said the goal is to leave the state committee with the distinct impression that our region is worth their investment.

“I got chosen to present, not by choice, but I will do it. We’re excited about it,” Murphy said. “It will be interesting to see what they share about the program.”

Murphy also showed the council the article about the EDC in the New Castle Chamber Magazine. He joked that it would help the council members fall asleep.

Councilman Clay Morgan said, “The EDC has done a great job over these years. Seeing some of the successes and strategies and seeing these things become a reality. I thought it was an excellent article in the magazine. I didn’t fall asleep reading it, however.”

Murphy said he appreciated the support from the council.

Other business

Councilman Kenon Gray also announced Wednesday that Henry County is in need of a plotter machine.

The machine is used by the county Geographic Information System (GIS) map data in the Surveyor’s office. It also helps the 911 office and Voter Registration departments.

Gray said the new machine would cost about $8,000 with initial supplies like ink. The current plotter they are using cost $20,000 when it was new 20 years ago. It can no longer be repaired.

“It’s obsolete. The county would benefit greatly if we got a new one. I would highly recommend that we go ahead and fund this, I’m totally behind this,” Gray said.

Gray made the motion, and Betsy Mills seconded. The motion was passed 6-0. Councilman Chad Malicoat was not at the meeting.

The Henry County Council meets again Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. The date change is due to Christmas falling during their regular meeting week.