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Richey Family receives Hoosier Homestead Award

A family photo that includes some members of the three generations that have called this Richey farm their home over the past century, include, from left, seated, original family owners Vaughan and Jessie Richey; current owner Dan Richey, his mom Donnie Richey and standing in back of them, Dan’s sisters Susie Richey Kendall, Pogo the Pony, and Cindy Richey Bay.

By DONNA CRONK - dcronk@thecouriertimes.com CADIZ — For the past century, members of the Richey family have owned the original 80 acres that Vaughan V. and Jessie L. Richey purchased on Sept. 30, 1919. Today, the farm is in the hands of the third ge

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Social Media Magic: County Tourism Bureau

Lee Stacey strives to always put a bright face on Henry County for visitors – and the bureau’s Facebook page is helping considerably.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com More than 1,000 people ‘like’ the page. Hundreds, if not thousands, love the destination once they get there. And that destination is Henry County. The Henry County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s

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Knightstown has eye on infrastructure

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com New Castle Mayor Greg York has called 2019 a year of infrastructure. The same could be said in Knighstown. Thursday night, members of the Knightstown Town Council heard an update on a long-awaited sewer improvement p

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Rush County deputy, fireman charged with sexual exploitation of a child

 INDIANAPOLIS – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced Thursday that Philip Michael Harr, 29, Rushville, was charged by criminal complaint with Sexual Exploitation of a Child, and Distributing and Possessing Child Pornography. Harr had his

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Public Meetings

 This listing of government bodies meetings for the coming week is compiled from notices provided to The Courier-Times. People planning to attend may wish to contact the group first to be sure the meeting has not been canceled. MONDAY New Castle-Henry County B

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FOOD INSPECTION REPORTS

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com The Environmental Public Health Office of the Henry County Health Department conducted six routine and three temporary inspections during the first week of September. County inspectors identified five c

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Local Briefs

Redevelopment Commission meets Monday The Henry County Redevelopment Commission meets at 12 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23 in the Community Center conference room, 100 S. Main St., New Castle. – Information provided Eastern Indiana Works meeting Tuesday The Eastern In

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New Castle man charged with arson

Courier-Times Staff Report Jeffrey Lee Moore, 55, has been formally charged with burning a trailer near his home on the morning of Sept. 12. According to court documents, police responded to a call to Grand Avenue around 6:15 a.m. Sept. 12 of a trailer burning

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Wind farm project officially declared 'denied'

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com It’s been just about two months since the Henry County Planning Commission did not approve a wind farm request. Thursday, the planning commission members made it official: they have denied a request from Big Blu

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FOR THE RECORD

POLICE Arrest information, including the name, age, address and criminal charges, are obtained from police media reports. All suspects are presumed innocent until found guilty in court. Sept. 18 James Lawson, 41, was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of

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Summit Lake smartphone photography workshop Oct. 5

PhotographerJames Moriarty leads a class at Summit Lake on taking pictures of nature with smarthphones.

The 2019 Golden Hour smartphone photography workshop at Summit Lake State Park is 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. The program takes place in the Sunset Shelter. For a fee of $10, participants will receive admission to the park, a printed handout, a tripod, and a box of

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

TODAY AA: 7:30 p.m. St. James Episcopal. AA: 9 p.m. First Baptist, 709 S. Memorial Drive. Al-Anon: doors open 6:45 p.m., meeting 7-8 p.m. First Christian Church, 2000 Bundy Ave. Information: Christine, 765-716-9531. SATURDAY NA: 6 p.m. The Sanctuary. Sons of Legion

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Local woman leads coat drive for area kids

It was a sweltering September morning, but Diana Conn had one thing on her mind: winter coats. In fact, Conn begins thinking about winter coats about the same time as everyone else wants to put them away. “I start collecting children’s coats in the spri

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Ryan Scott performing in Macy's Parade

New Castle’s Ryan Scott will perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com New Castle High School’s Ryan Scott will play his trumpet in the streets of New York City this November as part of the Macy’s Great American Marching Band for the 93rd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parad

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Black Cat Classic 5K is Oct. 26

Courier-Times Staff Report The 16th annual Black Cat Classic 5K run and competitive walk is at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. The race begins at the Henry County YMCA, 300 Wittenbraker Ave, New Castle. The 5,000 meter (3.1 mile) course begins in the YMCA parking lot, co

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Grant opportunity for nonprofits

Applications are now open online for the Harold E. and Imogene L. Caine Memorial Fund to benefit children ages 5-years-old and under from nonprofit organizations through the Henry County Community Foundation. Funds may be used to purchase toys, clothing and food fo

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Man arrested on suspicion of trafficking

Courier-Times Staff Report A New Castle man was arrested Tuesday night for allegedly trying to give jail inmates contraband. Henry County Area Drug Task Force (ADTF) agents reportedly received information Tuesday that an unknown subject or subjects would be attempt

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FOR THE RECORD

POLICE Arrest information, including the name, age, address and criminal charges, are obtained from police media reports. All suspects are presumed innocent until found guilty in court. Sept. 18 William Helton, 34, was arrested on preliminary charges of possession

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Local briefs

Fall Festival set at Salvation Army The Salvation Army Fall Festival is planned for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at 2500 Washington St., New Castle. There will be music, door prizes, a magician, cake walk and a car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To

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PIPE DREAMS BECOME REALITY

Willie Mays walks toward a ditch on Spiceland Pike where Nate Kessens (operating the machinery) lowers a pipe into the ground. The work Thursday morning was part of an effort by Lykins Contracting of Sunman, Ind. to install a 36-inch line between Walmart and Jamestown Apartments, essentially doubling the capacity of the sewer. The Lykins crew has been working on the project to expand sewer linesin the area so the system can handle future residential and business growth.

PIPE DREAMS BECOME REALITY

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Beard enrollment, teacher pay on the rise

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Enrollment is up at Charles A. Beard School Corp. – and so, too, will be teacher pay. The good news – coming on a report by Supt. Jediah Behny and unanimous board action on how to use $70,000 additio

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Trucker allegedly carrying 100 kilos of cocaine, 130 lbs of marijuana

State troopers found 130 pounds of marijuana that a truck driver allegedly had hidden in his trailer.

Hendricks County – An Indiana State Trooper, who is assigned to the Drug Enforcement Section’s Criminal Interdiction Unit, made a significant drug seizure Wednesday after on Interstate 70 near Ind. 39. Just before 3 p.m., the trooper pulled ov

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Parker preschool moving right along Paths to QUALITY

The Parker Elementary School pre-kindergarten class is being recommended for Paths to QUALITY Level 3. Teacher Jessica Dupke is pictured reading to herstudents. Teaching assistant Beverly Slagle, right, helped Dupke start the preschool program last winter.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com New Castle’s public preschool program took another big step this week. The pilot pre-kindergarten program has been officially recommended for Paths to QUALITY Level 3. Parker Elementary School opened the first pre-ki

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B.A.M. LUNCH BUDDIES

Adult volunteers in the Believe and Achieve Mentoring (B.A.M.) Lunch Buddy program played board games and had lunch with their Parker Elementary School buddies Thursday. There are already 28 lunch buddy pairs at Parker, and B.A.M. got five more volunteer applications that day. This is the third year for the Lunch Buddy program.

B.A.M. LUNCH BUDDIES

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Beard board hears buildings check-up

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Lyndon B. Johnson was president when the Charles A. Beard School Corp. first opened a brand new 7-12 facility in 1965. The building, currently being used as an intermediate school, is showing its age, according

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OUT ABOUT FAITH

Carl Storie Band: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, Arts Park Pavilion on South 15th St. Final performance in the summer Henry County Concert Series. Show opens at 6:30 p.m. with Lydia and Monte with well-loved classics. COncessions available with chairs and coolers welcome

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

TODAY Henry County Writers Group: 1-3 p.m. Jack’s Donuts. Information: 928-530-1233, Annette. Open to writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry. AA: 7:30 p.m. Kennard Friends Church, 101 N. Vine St. Kennard. AA: 7:30 p.m. St. Anne Parish Center. TOPS: 5:50 p.m.

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Life saving tools on the road

Medical device distributor CoroMed from Nashville, Tennessee donated three new Cardiac Science AEDs to the Henry County Sheriff’s Department this week. Pictured from left are HCSD Captain Nate Kovacs, Cardiac Science area manager Steve Schloss, Henry County Sheriff Ric McCorkle,Henry County Honor Guard Commander Bill Palmer and HCSD Major Jay Davis.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com A Nashville, Tennessee-based company hopes to keep Henry County hearts beating when seconds matter. CoroMed, a distributor of medical devices, donated three automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) to the Henry County Sher

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New library tech helps patrons with hearing problems

A Hearing Loop system was installed in theNew Castle-Henry County Public Library auditorium before new carpet tiles were installed. The “Loop” can be seen here covered with blue and yellow tape.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com There’s brand new carpet in the auditorium of the New Castle-Henry County Public Library. It’s bright and still has that new-carpet smell. It’s what’s under the carpet that may really have some peop

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Knightstown library planning for the future

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com KNIGHTSTOWN — The Knightstown Public Library has started working on a long-range plan and is looking at ways to expand the building. At the same time, the hours of operation are being tweaked to better meet patr

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NEW CASTLE SWEEPS YORKTOWN

New Castle’s Mabrey Shaffmaster (9) skies for one of her 26 kills against the defense of visiting Yorktown’s Kaitlyn Judge (13) and Jaylynn Dunsmore (16-black) while the host Trojans’ Bailey Cox (16-white) and Nicole Wilkinson (14) watch during Tuesday night’s Hoosier Heritage Conference volleyball match in the Fieldhouse. Class 4A No. 3 New Castle swept past the previously undefeated Class 4A No. 1 Tigers 25-22, 25-19, 25-20 to remain unbeaten in the HHC and keep on track for the conference title. Story and more photos are on B1.

NEW CASTLE SWEEPS YORKTOWN

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Business, housing compass points 'North'

An exciting sign of future times recently went up near the Henry County YMCA at Northfield Park, which has steadily grown in the past decade or so.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com New Castle’s Northfield Park logo includes a compass. After years of planning, it now appears that compass is pointing toward more exciting things at the property owned and developed by Jeff Smiley. Recently a

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YOUR CBD STORE HELPS ANIMAL SHELTER

Your CBD Store - New Castle manager Jordan Adkins (right) is pictured giving New Castle-Henry CountyAnimal Shelter Director Linda Bir-Conn a check for more than $100 and an assortment of donated toys and pet food. Your CBD Storedonated a portion of all SunMed CBD pet product sales in August to theanimal shelter. StoreSunMed products received two Excellence Awards earlier this month at theUSA CBD Expo in Miami, Florida.

YOUR CBD STORE HELPS ANIMAL SHELTER

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Mt. Lawn: A place that makes the heart race

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Famous band leaders Jimmy Dorsey and Sammy Kaye played there. Chrysler workers who came here from Kentucky once lived there. The “Rushville Rocket” Tony Stewart honed his skills there. Mt. Lawn has revved

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

TODAY NA: 7:30 p.m. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 535 S. 14th St. AA: 7:30 p.m. 47 E. Main St. Hagerstown. Breakfast Optimists: 6:30 a.m. Raintree Square. BNI Prime Time: noon, Montgomery’s Steakhouse. THURSDAY Henry County Writers Group: 1-3 p.m. Jack’

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Duke Energy rate increases on horizon

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Nearly two decades have passed since Duke Energy customers experienced a major base rate increase for service. Unfortunately, challenging times in the energy industry necessitate that will change soon. Mark

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School bus safety marks high in New Castle

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com For the most part, New Castle motorists appear to be obeying laws where school bus safety is concerned. Monday morning, New Castle Police Chief Matt Schofield updated Board of Public Works and Safety members on

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Henry County RIPS hosting Weed Wrangle

Courier-Times Staff Report Henry County Removes Invasive Plant Species (HC-RIPS) is hosting a Weed Wrangle at Memorial Park from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. The HC-RIPS are a local group whose mission is to restore Henry County’s unique plant community through

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Guyer gets a lift from Foundation donation

Long-time Guyer Opera House musician Tim Wilkinson demonstrates the new lift that allows people in wheelchairs to easily get up to the grand stage theatre.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com LEWISVILLE — The Guyer Opera House in Lewisville is now fully wheelchair-accessible. The Raintree Opera House Guild added a ramp to the back of the historic building years ago as an alternative for people who canR

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POUND for Pink coming Oct. 6

By TRAVIS WEIK - editor@thecouriertimes.com Two years ago, Michelle Anderson turned her energy for working out into a way to raise money for breast cancer research. This year, the annual POUND for Pink fundraiser is personal. “This cause is a l

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HELLO NEIGHBOR! DAY

Saturday was Hello Neighbor! Day in the newly named Castle Heights Neighborhood. It was New Castle First Church of the Nazarene’s first block party for the season. Rusty Davis, Jim Sweigart and Randy Bales grill burgers and hot dogs for their neighbors.

HELLO NEIGHBOR! DAY

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'What if ...' is theme of Guest House banquet

Some of the approximately 300 community members who packed New Castle Armory Thursday night for The Guest House’s annual fundraising banquet.

By DONNA CRONK - dcronk@thecouriertimes.com About 300 community members filled New Castle Armory Thursday night to celebrate The Guest House Men’s Shelter, learn where it has been and what might happen next. It was the shelter’s annual fundraising banqu

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FOR THE RECORD

CORRECTION The story in Tuesday’s paper about the Commanche Warriors reunion incorrectly included the Indiana State Police as part of the Henry County Honor Guard. The Courier-Times regrets the error. POLICE Arrest information, including the name, age, addres

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Local Briefs

Senior Advisory Council meets today at noon The Senior Advisory Council will be meeting at noon today, Sept. 18 at the HCH Homecare and Hospice office, 798 N. 16th St. It is the brick building on the south east corner of 16th and Washington at the blinking light. T

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Free concert series wraps up the season Friday

The Henry County Concert Series will be presenting a real showstopper as the summer series comes to an end Friday night. The Carl Storie Band will be the headlining act this Friday, Sept. 20 at the beautiful Arts Park Pavillion on S. 15th Street in New Castle.

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Fall workshops, camps at Cornerstone Center for the Arts

MUNCIE — It’s officially fall at Cornerstone Center for the Arts, and the organization will host a variety of one-time workshops and camps this season. Upcoming programs in October include If Muncie Walls Could Talk, Monthly Dance Club, Fall Break Arts

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Foundation scholarship applications now open

Indiana college students who volunteer with a public safety organization can now apply for the 2019 round of the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation scholarship. The Indiana Homeland Security Foundation scholarship offers higher education financial assistance for

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Park board dismisses committee chair

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Monday’s meeting of the Memorial Park Board lasted more than two hours.  By the end of the meeting, the park board mourned the resignation of one committee leader and ousted another with a vote of 3-2. Comm

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

TODAY AA: 7 p.m. Middletown United Methodist Church, 625 High St. Use east entrance. Information: 354-2561. Knights of Pythias: 7 p.m. Pythias Hall. Noon Optimists: Mancino’s. Henry County Community Band: 7-8:30 p.m. Holy Trinity Lutheran. NA: Sanctuary Churc

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TMB places 3rd at Lawrence Central

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com New Castle’s Trojan Marching Band is off and “turning.” The 82-member unit began its fall field show schedule Saturday night with a third-place finish at Lawrence Central.  “The students

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Quality of life 'in the bag' at cornhole stadium

Rex Peckinpaugh stands with the late Bonnie Peckinpaugh’s grandchildren, Brianna and Savannah Gallagher (l) and Noah Gallagher (r) during Sunday’s dedication ceremonies for the Baker Park Cornhole stadium. The adjoining shelter was named in memory of Bonnie Peckinpaugh.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Much more than bean bags filled the air Sunday afternoon during dedication festivites for the new Baker Park Cornhole Stadium. Cheers mingled with tears. Accurate tosses landed with fond memories of two peo

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FOR THE RECORD

POLICE Arrest information, including the name, age, address and criminal charges, are obtained from police media reports. All suspects are presumed innocent until found guilty in court. Sept. 13 Stephanie Dawson, 32, was arrested on a preliminary charge of criminal

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An exciting Spelling Bee at the Guyer

The Guyer Opera House in Lewisville becomes “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” this weekend. The premiere is 7:30 p.m. Friday with shows Saturday and Sunday as well. Buy tickets online athttps://www.guyeroperahouse.com.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Lewisville is a far way from Putnam County Middle School, but its going to be the site this weekend for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a musical comedy with music and lyrics by William Finn.

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Brothers in arms

The Commanche Warriors, Company C, 199th Light Infantry Brigade met up Saturday at the New Castle home of Larry andMary Vitatoe.

By TRAVIS WEIK tweik@thecouriertimes.com War brought them together 50 years ago. It’s fellowship and camaraderie that keep them together now. Larry Vitatoe hosts a reunion at his Westwood home every two years for the “Commanche Warriors” of

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Sponsors welcome for Shop with an Officer 2019

Information provided by FOP Lodge #70 This Christmas season is quickly approaching and will mark third year of Shop With An Officer providing meaningful connections between local officers and children in need through its annual shopping event. Each year this progra

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TRI HIGH!

Tri High School graduates from across the years gathered in front of their alma mater Saturday afternoon for a special homecoming parade to the football field. The parade was part of Tri’s 50th anniversary celebration, complete with a giant birthday cake float.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TRI HIGH!

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Fire in the hole!

New Castle Fire Department Engineers Tony Young (left) and Jeff Murray run a hose as they prepare for a morning of live fire training.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Saturday was sunny, cool and dry. It was the perfect day to burn down a house. Rebecca and Jeff Sutherland purchased a dilapidated home at the corner of Plum and 17th Street. It was an unsightly and unsafe buildi

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YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Meridian Health Service’s Suicide Prevention & Awareness Walk had 105 participants Saturday morning. Organizerswere glad they surpassed the goal of at least 100 people. The free event helped share stories and resources to let the community know there are other ways to overcome life’s struggles besides suicide.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

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