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A heart for Thailand

Barbara Cloud serves with Frontier Labourers for Christ in the Kingdom of Thailand. She is shown with some memorabilia from her five trips there, including a tribal skirt gifted to her, at left. She has been to Thailand five times.

By DONNA CRONK - dcronk@thecouriertimes.com A country girl turned farmer’s wife from rural Rush County, Barbara Cloud spent most of her life never dreaming that she would get to teach the Bible and sewing classes in Thailand. But a friend’s in

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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 Board o

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Blood, sweat and CHEERS

ABOVE: A veritable beehive of activity descended on Baker Park 20 years ago with the construction of the F.U.N. Playground. An anniversary celebration is planned Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. RIGHT: After five days of blood, sweat and cheers, the F.U.N. Playground was fit for a castle – a New Castle.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Christy Ragle remembers a summer Sunday drive that changed her family’s life. The destination: New Castle in the summer of 1999. “My teacher-husband Will wasn’t happy in his current job and was thin

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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 13 routine and three temporary inspections during the first week of April. County inspectors identified two critical vio

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An 'eggs'-cellent time was had by all

Rev. Art Whitaker (right), whohas been in Henry County for 50 years, jokes heis now “a pastor out to pasture” during a Good Friday Community Breakfast at the First Presybterian Church in New Castle as Rev. Rod Smith reacts in the background. Before he gave the benediction at Friday’s event, Whitaker said his retirement had given him a “marvelous” opportunity to visit many local churches. “It’s been a wonderful experience to sense that in each church there’s a power and a presence of God,” he said. “I wish there were more Sundays in a month.” Whitaker’s comments summed upa delicious atmosphere at Friday’s breakfast, which brought together residents of different local congregations to contemplate and celebrate a most important day in the Easter season.

An ‘eggs’-cellent time was had by all

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Henry County, local towns named Stellar Communities finalists

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com STATEHOUSE — Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch announced the finalists for the 2019 Stellar Communities Program this week. After a thorough review of the letters of intent by the Stellar partner agencies, the follo

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New Castle library upgrading computers

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Library boards and directors across Henry County continue to improve the facility for local communities. The New Castle-Henry County Public Library board approved the purchase this week of new public computers. At their Ap

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Dave Nantz named 'Hometown Hero'

New Castle businessman Dave Nantz, Jr. (center, holding bag) and his family were surprised Thursday whenDave was named a Hometown Hero by NASH FM 102.5 andSam Pierce Chevrolet.

Local radio station NASH FM 102.5 presented Dave Nantz, Jr. with Sam Pierce Chevrolet Hometown Hero award Thursday at Primo. The award was presented by DJs Colin Matthews and Anna Marie. Nantz is a lifelong resident of New Castle. He chose to return to th

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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. April 18 Richard Paul Ervin III, 37, was arrested on a preliminary charge of in

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Bark in the Park will wag its way into local hearts

The first “Bark in the Park Fun Run” is scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Baker Park in New Castle

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Andy Rooney, the late radio and television broadcaster best known for his “60 Minutes” segments, once quipped “The average dog is nicer than the average person.” If only Rooney could be i

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Additions included on Hoosier Gym project

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com “Now, boys, don’t get caught watching the paint dry.” If only “Shooter,” Coach Norman Day, Jimmy Chitwood and the rest of the Hickory Huskers could see what’s in store for t

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Getting a lot of help from our 'Friends'

Courier-Times Staff Report The Friends of the NC-HC Library gathered earlier this month to celebrate 20 years of supporting the local library and its patrons. Fifty-nine Friends members, Charter members and guests gathered in the New Castle-Henry County Public

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Hitting the wall on Easter Saturday

By REV. ROD SMITH - For The Courier-Times Easter Saturday, a little more than 2,000 years ago, the first followers of Jesus hit the wall. His execution was complete; the corpse secure in a tomb and the courageous teacher was gone. He, who had done no harm, who

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

TODAY AA: 7:30 p.m. St. James Episcopal. AA: 9 p.m. First Baptist Church, 709 S. Memorial Drive. SATURDAY NA: 6 p.m. The Sanctuary, 1-866-683-2022. Sons of Legion: 1 p.m. 419 New York Ave. Grand Avenue Baptist Church Men’s Prayer Breakfast: 9 a.m. at the chur

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Local Briefs

Eastern Indiana Works board meets Tuesday The Eastern Indiana Works Board of Directors will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, at New Castle-Henry County Public Library, 376 S. 15th St., New Castle. – Information provided Housing Authority Board meets Wednesda

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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. April 16 Jacob Smith, 22, was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of

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ALL EARS FOR EASTER

Knightstown High School Honor Society students lended a hand – and some ears – to the fun event. Student volunteers pictured l-r areAddison Jones, James Lukens and Anna Groce.

ALL EARS FOR EASTER

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Clinic reopens after DEA search

Courier-Times Staff Report A New Castle clinic was open for business Thursday after an unexpected visit the day before from federal, state and local investigators. “We at Kane Loveridge Wellness Group deeply regret the inconvenience that our closing

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Knightstown High School makes the grade

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com KNIGHTSTOWN—Knightstown has an “A” high school once again. Tuesday night, Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corp. Supt. Jediah Behny discussed the district’s 2018 annual performance report and

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STARS & STRIPES WINNER

Knightstown American Legion Post 152 Commander Dean Camp (right) presents a check for $13,490 to Jason O’Neal for winning the jackpot of the post’s Stars and Stripes fundraiser. The money made fromthe fundraising event will help Legionnaires buyflags for the city, support youth sports and provide local scholarships.

STARS & STRIPES WINNER

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Junior Rotarians learn about leadership

Anderson University President John Pistole, who formerly served in a leadership role with the FBI, discusses qualities of a true leader with the New Castle Rotary Club and junior Rotarians at the library Wednesday.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Great leaders “know the way, go the way and show the way.” Anderson University President John Pistole said those words to both New Castle Rotary Club members and a group of New Castle High School students

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Medical board suspends New Castle doctor's license

Courier-Times Staff Report INDIANAPOLIS — Attorney General Curtis Hill announced Thursday afternoon that the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana has suspended the medical license of a Henry County physician accused of exploiting female patients. Attorney Gener

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Alana Stonewall earns 2nd place at AACS National Competition

Alana Stonewall, a junior at Heritage Hall Christian School in Muncie, recently competed in the 42nd annual American Association of Christian Schools (AACS) National Competition held at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. Stonewall is the daugh

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Leising's bill to require teaching cursive passes Senate

STATEHOUSE — A bill amended by State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) that would require Indiana schools to teach cursive writing passed the Senate Thursday by a vote of 31 to 18. With Leising’s amendment, House Bill 1640 would require each school c

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OUT ABOUT FAITH

Henry County Senior Center: 108 S. Main St. 521-7414. Tuesday & Thursday free classes, Tai-chi, 9:30 a.m., Chair, TheraBand exercise, 10 a.m., Angie’s class 10:30 a.m. Lunch daily, 11:30 a.m. 60 and up, 24-hour notice. Mah-Jong noon-2 p.m.

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Town takes tax certificates

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com LEWISVILLE — The Town of Lewisville has started the process to take over a couple local delinquent properties. This doesn’t mean the town wants in the real estate business, however. The town recently purch

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

TODAY 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 weigh-in, CR 950 N, Middletown. New Castle-Henry County Kiwanis Club: noon, Mancino’s. BNI: 7 a.m. Raintree Square. NA: 6 p.m. Sanctuary Chur

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Encouraging words from 'Canada'

Eric Canada makes a point during his speech at the New Castle-Henry County EDC annual meeting last week at First Baptist Church.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Henry County is on the right track for future economic development. The train may not be moving as fast as some would like, but it’s headed in the right direction. Encouraging words for the New Castle-Henry Cou

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6 arrested in Knightstown for fake documents

- Courier-Times Staff Report KNIGHTSTOWN — Knightstown police were part of a multi-agency operation Friday to arrest six men who were in the United States with fake identification numbers. Knightstown Police Chief Chris Newkirk said a Knightstown bank co

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'It just can't continue'

LEFT: Busted furniture, old carpeting and trashed tires were dumped at a recycling site in New Castle. JoAnne McCorkle, director of Henry County Solid Waste Management District, said behavior like this could get the site shut down. BELOW: Old furniture, mattresses and windows were illegally dumped at the N. 12 Street recycling site. Photos provided

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com There was a mess Wednesday morning in New Castle, just a stone’s throw from the city police department and mayor’s office. Someone dumped tires, furniture and building material at the recycling site on N. 12 St

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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. April 16 Jason Tyler, 34, was arrested on a preliminary charge of operating a v

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Henry County YMCA hosts Healthy Kids Day

The pool area will be open to all during Healthy Kids Day on April 27, and there will be a water safety course from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. designed to keep swimmers safe during the upcoming summer season.

On Saturday, April 27, the Henry County YMCA will host a free community day in connection with Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. Healthy Kids Day is an opportunity to ignite children’s

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Easter celebrations continue this weekend

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church sets Holy Week services Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 535 S. 14th St., plans Holy Week services. They are: Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m. April 18, with Holy Communion; on Good Friday at 7 p.m. April 19; Vigil of Easter, 8:25 p.m. April 20, wi

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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. Information: 529-5132. BNI Prime Time: noon, Montgomery’s Steakhouse. THURSDAY AA: 7:30 p.m. Kennard Fri

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Local Briefs

First Financial Bank plans food, toiletry drive for Guest House The New Castle First Financial Bank location will feature a canned goods / food drive to collect non-perishable food and toiletries for the local organization, The Guest House, from May 13 - June

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April sun brings work to be done

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com With the weather finally improving, New Castle figures to be a beehive of activity in the coming weeks and months – ranging from work on the 1400 Plaza to efforts at improving the wastewater treatment plant, lo

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Key sewer expansion project nearing start

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Minor growing pains may be coming to motorists on Spiceland Pike in the next week or two as an infrastructure improvement project begins in that area. During Monday’s New Castle City Council meeting, Mayor Greg

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Olene Veach celebrates her hundreds of 'kids'

Olene Veach, second from left with apron, chats with her Child Fair team during Saturday’s event at the New Castle-Henry County Public Library. At the left of Olene is Kathy Robbins. At the right is Kim Houser and Martha Riddle.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Biologically, Olene Veach has no children. But Saturday at the 2019 Henry County Child Fair, Olene’s “kids” were everywhere. “I call them my kids,” she said at the event held in the New

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An 'earnest' performance

The high school spring show “The Importance of Being Earnest” takes place fully onstage Thursday-Saturday evenings and continuing next weekend.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com The New Castle Theater Department is putting the audience right smack dab in the mix with their spring performance of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The high school performance open

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'Always Remembering'

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Plans are underway for the annual Memorial Day celebration, hosted by the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Every year, before putting on the second largest Memorial Day Parade in the state, the NC-HC Chamber re

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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. April 15 Destiny Tevis, 22, was arrested on a preliminary charge of domestic ba

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No outside ears at executive sessions

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Monday night’s Memorial Park Board meeting ended with some ruffled feathers and it had nothing to do with geese. The park board passed several new rules Monday to clarify the roles and duties of the ad-hoc committee

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Choose Henry grant winners named

The Henry County Community Foundation (HCCF) board of directors awarded $142,794.93 to 26 organizations serving Henry County residents March 26, 2019. The purpose of these grants is to assist local nonprofits to promote and support social services, arts and culture

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Search warrant served at clinic in New Castle

A Henry County Sheriff’s Department patrol car sits at the entrance of Kane-Loveridge Wellness Group. Law enforcement agents from local, state and federal agencies served a search warrant at the facilityWednesday morning.

- Courier-Times Staff Report A combination of federal, state and local investigators issued a search warrant Wednesday on the Kane-Loveridge Wellness Group building in New Castle. Agents from the Henry County Area Drug Task Force, the Indiana Attorney General's off

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COMMUNNITY CALENDAR

TODAY AA: 7 p.m. Middletown United Methodist Church, 625 High St. Use east entrance. Information: 354-2561 or 779-4947. Knights of Pythias: 7 p.m. Pythias Hall. Noon Optimists: Mancino’s. Henry County Community Band: 7-8:30 p.m. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Mulch fundraiser helps change lives

Katie Kinnaird, director for Young Life of Henry County, and James Hamilton, owner of Pro Green, worked together to create a fundraiser selling mulch to benefit students attending Young Life camp.

Mulch can be used to make landscaping more attractive, retain soil moisture, and suppress weed growth, but in Henry County it’s also helping to transform the lives of young people. Young Life of Henry County is using a mulch fundraiser through Pro Green to he

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Dept. of Labor offering $87.5 million for former inmates

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor recently made available $82.5 million in Reentry Employment Opportunity grants and $5 million in Fidelity Bonding Demonstration grants to improve employment opportunities for young adults and adults exiting the cr

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KNIGHTSTOWN STUDENTS VISIT STATEHOUSE

State Rep. Thomas Saunders (R-Lewisville, left, first row) andState Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg, right, second row)meet with students from Knightstown Intermediate School at the Statehouse Wednesday, April 10. Students from Mrs. Carissa Brammer, Mrs. Jana Burton, Mr. Scott Pickrell and Ms. Karla Willis’s fourth grade classes toured the Statehouse and learned about state government and the role of a state legislator.

KNIGHTSTOWN STUDENTS VISIT STATEHOUSE

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EDC 'team' accomplished much in 2018

New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corp. President Corey Murphydiscusses progress made in 2018 during last Thursday’s annual meeting, held at the First Baptist Church.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com As he looked into the audience, Corey Murphy said he saw more than just a group of people. “A group is a bunch of people in an elevator. A team is a bunch of people in an elevator but the elevator is broke

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Local Briefs

Cadiz alumni banquet reservations accepted CADIZ—The Cadiz School Alumni Banquet is Saturday June 8 at the Shenandoah school cafeteria. Anyone who graduated, attended or lived in the Cadiz community is welcome. They will be recognizing the classes o

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Learning about the veggies and the bees

Shenandoah FFA students OliviaLovett(left) and Olivia Timmons (right) teach Tri Elementary School first graders how bees make honey. The bee station was one of several events at Ag Day 2019 that taught Henry County first graders about the important ways agriculture affects their lives.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Hundreds of students from all corners of the county headed to Jim Wenning’s farm Friday for the 28th annual Ag Day. The annual tradition, which is sponsored and supported by the local farming community, gives first-g

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BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY

TOP LEFT: Kaen Snowden, 2, of Richmond, received a free Easter basket filled with goodies Saturday morning during Breakfast With the Easter Bunny at Hagerstown Elementary School. The first 100 children to attend the event received a basket, which was filled with items including a stuffed animal, a book, coupons to local restaurants and much more. TOP RIGHT: Madison Davis, 4, of Hagerstown, wore a festive rabbit mask and enjoyed a visit with the Easter Bunny himself. BOTTOM: Violet Laudermilk, left, and Avery Phillips, right, enjoyed all-you-could-eat pancakes. Laudermilk, of Richmond, celebrated her fourth birthday at the event. Phillips, a resident of South Carolina, attended the breakfast while visiting Indiana with family.

BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY

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Scouts celebrate achievements at Blue and Gold Banquet

LEFT: Eight boys earned their Arrow of Light rank Saturday during a Blue and Gold Banquet for Hagerstown Cub Scouts Pack 3. The boys, from left to right, are: Xander Robinson, Nathaniel Toussaint, Matthew Laster, Paul Stapleton, Daiveon Johnson, Davin Chew, Connor DeBruler and Evan Bowlin. RIGHT: Matthew Laster(left) presents his father, Scott Laster, with a leather neckerchief slide during a Wood Badge Court of Honor Ceremony. Scott Laster was recognized Saturday for earning his Wood Badge during a Blue and Gold Ceremony held at the Hagerstown New Testament Church of Christ. Scott Laster is a Webelo den leader for Hagerstown Cub Scouts Pack 3.

By KATIE CLONTZ - For The Courier-Times HAGERSTOWN — From the littlest Lions to the wiser Webelos, Cub Scouts from Hagerstown Pack 3 celebrated their achievements Saturday during a Blue and Gold Banquet at New Testament Church of Christ. The festivities marke

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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. April 12 Skylar Motsinger, 21, was arrested on a preliminary charge of unlawful

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NEWS GIRLS' LUNCHEON

Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory in New Castle hosted a spring H-B Adventures Luncheon and Book Signing Friday. H-B employee Priscilla Thurston prepared the meal. H-B Aftercare Coordinator Wanda Jones, left, organized the program. Speakers were Courier-Times writers, allauthors now, second from left, current Neighbors editor and author Donna Cronk; retired publisher and current author Tina West and retired reporter and current author, Sandy Moore. Cronk spoke on the theme, “It’s all about the story.” West’s topic was “Where He leads me” and Moore explored how “Life is like a patchwork quilt.” Following the program, the authors chatted with attendees and signed books.

NEWS GIRLS’ LUNCHEON

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A Machine that makes streets paved with gold

New Castle Mayor Greg York talks with a K-M International official Thursday during a demonstration of an asphalt recycler.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com With apologies to Mark Twain, city officials might be tempted to say “there’s gold in them thar millings” – especially after seeing an asphalt recycler in action last week. The versatile

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Club news

Altruistic Literary Club meets at Fitzpatrick home The April 11 meeting of the Altruistic Literary Club was at the home of LoRae Fitzpatrick. Co-hostesses were Sonnie Sahlberg and Joyce Wilhelm. LoRae Fitzpatrick led the business meeting, beginning with a reminder

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HISTORIC POWER WASH

Brandon Traylor (l) andSheldon King, employees of S.A. Boyce Corp. in Muncie, power wash in front of the historic Knights of Pythias building on Broad Street. The cleaning process is just part of a full restoration projectfor the building, which dates back to the late 1800s. As of Friday afternoon, the power washing effort made the building’s red brick color stand out for the first time in many years.

HISTORIC POWER WASH

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CHILD FAIR MAGIC

Fifteen-month old Brayden Wise enjoys the hands-on activities –figuratively and literally – with McKenzie Hollings at the child fair.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com CHILD FAIR MAGIC

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PARK EMPLOYEE HONORED

Longtime Memorial Park employee Terry Ewing decided to retire quietly but local officials decided his many years of dedication should not go unrewarded. Ewing was presented with this plaque of appreciation at last Wednesday’s Henry County Commissioners meeting. Pictured (l-r) are Memorial Park Board member Landon Dean, Ewing, park superintendent Laurie Davis and Steve Peckinpaugh, also a member of the park board.

PARK EMPLOYEE HONORED

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BOOTS AND BEAUTIES

Andy and Audrey Grover enjoyed Saturday evening’s Daddy Daughter Dance, which was hosted by the Hagerstown High School Graduating class of 2021.

BOOTS AND BEAUTIES

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