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'Angels' sought to make life brighter for seniors

Henry Community Hospital Home CareRegistered Nurse Sarah Wilson, left, stocks shelves with Julia Anderson, chairwoman of the Henry County Senior Advisory Council. The two help collect and distribute items for the semi-annual AngelWish campaign. Donations were down in December, which means there are fewer extra supplies for the summer delivery to Henry County senior citizens in need. The community is welcome to help.

By DONNA CRONK - dcronk@thecouriertimes.com What do soup and soap, tuna and toiletries have in common? They are the kind of useful pantry staples and personal-care necessities that low-income senior citizens appreciate. The LifeStream Services’ AngelWorx Volu

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Celebration set for Octagon House's 140th anniversary

The Jane Ross Reeves Octagon House today in Shirley, fully restored.

Courier-Times Staff Report SHIRLEY — This year, those affiliated with the Jane Ross Reeves Octagon House are celebrating the 1879 historic home’s 140th birthday. The home’s foundation is inviting the public to celebrate as well from 1 to 4 p.m. Sa

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A father's love knows no depths - even on a battlefield

Orlistus Powell, a New Castle man who enlisted in the Union army during the Civil War after his brother was injured, died at the battle of Chickamauga, Ga., Sunday, Sept.20, 1863. Casualties on both sides in the battle were high. The Federal army had 1,657 fatal casualties, 9,756 wounded and a further 4,757 missing or taken prisoner. On the Confederate side, there were 2,312 fatalities, 14,674 wounded, and 1,464 missing or taken prisoner. The number of casualties was the second highest in the entire Civil War, exceeded only by casualties at Gettysburg. Photo courtesy Doug Magers

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com This is a Father’s Day story. A true story that has nothing to do with children celebrating their dad and everything to do with the power of a father’s love for his son. A true story that began

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Low bidder rejected for Expo Center dirt work

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Henry County Commissioners did some digging of their own before awarding a bid Wednesday for dirt work in connection with the Expo Center project at Memorial Park. As a result, the lowest of three bidders –

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Henry County Concert Series begins June 21

By Marty Weaver - For The Courier-Times Summer solstice was always a joyful occasion. The summer solstice of 2019 will occur on Friday, June 21. Ancient cultures observed this day with festivities and rituals that included large gatherings of tribes with feast

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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 eight routine, one complaint and 15 temporary inspections during the first week of June. County inspectors identified fo

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Workshops and tours designed for veteran farmers

WEST LAFAYETTE —Purdue Extension and Indiana AgrAbility are teaming up for a series of workshops and farm tours this summer and fall, focused on food safety and targeted toward military veteran farmers. The workshops will be June 30, July 21 and Aug. 17 on th

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Huge space for Small Wonders

Makayla Green (left) and Grace Catron (right) roll out a vault runway in the new Small Wonders gym at 221 N. Memorial Drive. The new location of the long-time New Castlebusiness officially opens Monday from 4-7 p.m.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Katrina Newby was all smiles Friday while talking about painting her floor. That’s the new floor of the new home for her business, Small Wonders Gymnastics. Newby and members of the Small Wonders team have spent

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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. June 13 Joseph Jacobs, 29, was arrested on preliminary charges of attempted bur

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Photo contest highlights Indiana's ag heritage

Hoosiers can showcase the hard work and contributions of Indiana farmers, and the beauty of the state’s agricultural landscape by participating in the state’s annual agriculture photo contest. Photos can be entered under 1 of 4 categories including on t

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ANNIVERSARY James and Tracey Bell will celebrate 40th anniversary

James and Tracey Bell of New Castle are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. They were married June 16, 1979 at Chicago Corner Christian Church by Brother Larry McAdams. Jim works at Chrysler in Kokomo. Tracey is a CMA at OBGYN of Indiana. They are the paren

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Repairing town water system could cost more than $500,000

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com The Lewisville Town Council wants to get the drinking water system done right, without dipping into the pockets of town residents. The town hired Ladd Engineering to help replace the water filtration system and repair the

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Mark your calendars: Tox-Away Day is Aug. 17

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Got half full cans of paint in the garage? Or containers of antifreeze, cleaners and aerosol sprays? Old tires in the way? Tired of looking at that microwave or TV that doesn’t work? Want to get rid of them? Th

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Sailor recalls World War II service on the high seas

Ollie Lee, left, enjoys hearingstories aboutthe war experiences of her big brother, Dave Fairchild. Both are from New Castle. They are the last remaining siblings from among the 11 who grew upin their family’s household.

By DONNA CRONK - dcronk@thecouriertimes.com As did countless World War II veterans, Dave Fairchild of New Castle served his country, joining the U.S. Navy on March 16, 1944. Born on a farm in Cooper, Kentucky, Dave had moved with his family to New Castle three

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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

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KHS alum, KIS principal make someheadlines

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com A former student and a current administrator gave Charles A. Beard Memorial School Board members reasons to smile Tuesday night. The former student – Jessica Stoten – is coming back to teach in a field sh

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'Being steamrolled' or following procedure?

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Officially, wind turbines were not on the itinerary for Wednesday’s Henry County Commissioners meeting. But, as a unique one-hour public comment period and increased law enforcement presence proved, they contin

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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. June 12 Contessa Combs, 29, was arrested on preliminary charges of public intox

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Local Briefs

Union School Corporation meetings next week Union School Corporation Board of Trustees will have an executive session at 6 p.m. Monday, June 17 in the school library, 8707 W. U.S. Hwy 36, Modoc. The purposed of the executive session is to receive information a

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Making their mark on a local landmark

New Castle Career Center Building Trades students Noah Grant (left) and Skilyer Reed (right) are part of the team refinishing the New Castle Fieldhouse bleachers. Their summer work is funded through a grant from Eastern Indiana Works.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Even though basketball season and the school year are over, teens are still heading to the New Castle Fieldhouse every day. They aren’t there to practice free throws or jog the track, though. They are showing up

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Supporting school children of all ages

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com New Castle teachers want to give city children every chance to succeed, whether its by getting them ready for school at a younger age or by refusing to let them give up as young adults when a diploma is so close. Full-day

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OUT ABOUT FAITH

Henry County Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays until October at usual Main Street location (across from courthouse). Will move to new location at 1400 Plaza once it is completed. Henry County Senior Center: 108 S. Main St. 521-7414. Tuesday and Thursday fre

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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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. June 11 Jack Elmore, 54, was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of m

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True colors of leadership shine with Peacocks

Joe and Denise Peacock were named the Knightstown Chamber of Commerce “Citizens of the Year” Monday night.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com KNIGHTSTOWN — Peacocks are known for their brilliant-colored feathers. In Knightstown, that brilliance is seen through leadership, passion and action. Joe and Denise Peacock, a pair of entrepreneurs who ha

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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 inspections and one follow up inspection during the last week of May. County inspectors identified nine critical v

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JUBILEE DAYS ARE HERE

Kelley Millhoan, left, executive director for the Knightstown Chamber of Commerce, chats with Pam Jessup, right, at one of the food stands available during this week's Jubilee Days celebration. Jessup Amusements is once again providing the midway on the town square.

JUBILEE DAYS ARE HERE

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Local YMCA Participates in the World's Largest Swimming Lesson

The Henry County YMCA is one of the locations for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson happening on Thursday, June 20. The event is designed to bring awareness to water safety for all ages.

“Swimming Lessons Save Lives.” That’s the message the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson aims to share worldwide on Thursday, June 20. The Henry County YMCA is joining the cause by offering an hour-long swim class at 7 p.m. June 20. The co

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Upcoming Knightstown RDC meetings

The Knightstown Redevelopment Commission will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in the Knightstown Town Hall Annex, 26 S. Washington St., Knightstown to meet with a representative of Flaherty & Collins to discuss the old Masonic Temple an

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Health without the high

Jordan Adkins, manager of Your CBD Store, explains the difference in some of the products the New Castle store offers. CBD oil and a water-soluble mix are available in droppers, there are topical creams, edible gummies and even all-natural CBD treats for dogs.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com The newest business in New Castle wants to set the standard when it comes to CBD health products. New Castle businessman Jeremy Patterson opened his franchise location of Your CBD Store this week and is having the off

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South Henry board tables decision of smaller classes

2019 Tri Sr. High Social Studies Team. Front: Cameron Turner and Zach Bailey. Back: Dylan Mofield, Adam Glaze, coaches Terry and Kathy Irwin, Brittan Alvarez and Daryl Frith. Not pictured: Silas Alton.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Tri Elementary and Jr. Sr. High School grade levels could have smaller enrollment limits next year. However, the South Henry School Board decided Tuesday to wait on the vote until all seven members are available to have a

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ACTING OUT AT C.A.S.T. CAMP

A teen C.A.S.T. Camp counselor works one-on-one-with younger actors while others run through a scene on stage. The 2019 C.A.S.T. Campwill perform"The Enchanted Bookstore" at noonand 6 p.m. Friday at The Guyer Opera House, 110 W. Main St., Lewisville. Tickets are $5 each.

ACTING OUT AT C.A.S.T. CAMP

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Turbines, crime watch and luminaries all discussed at Sulphur

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com SULPHUR SPRINGS — Sulphur Springs seemed to be a town of all seasons Tuesday night. Town Board topics ranged from passage of a professional-services agreement for an attorney to help the town deal with wind tur

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KNIGHTSTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Knightstown Elementary School has announced its honor roll lists for the second semester of the 2018-2019 school year All A Honor Roll 2nd Grade Emily Buchanan, Samuel Zechariah Davis, Ashton Robert Gorman, Ezra Suzanne Gosse

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'Hungrytown' folk duo performing June 20

Ken Anderson and Rebecca Hall comprise the folk duo “Hungrytown” and will be performing at New Castle-Henry County Public Library on June 20.

After a decade of world-wide touring and the release of three albums, folk duo Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson of Hungrytown are stopping in Henry County for a free concert at the New Castle-Henry County Public Library. The performance begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, June

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American Legion to celebrate a century of service

This is the man – Howard R. Smith – that the American Legion Post No. 137 in New Castle is named after, a local youth who died in an accident while serving in Scotland. The legion celebrates its 100th anniversary Saturday with a variety of activities. Photo courtesy collection of Doug Magers

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com One hundred years ago, New Castle, Indiana, America and the world were much different places. Yet, one hundred years later, the common thread in communities, states and the nation remains intertwined in the uniforms

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Club news

Hosmans host Women’s Christian Temperance Union KNIGHTSTOWN — Members of the Knightstown Woman’s Christian Temperance Union met at the home of Charlotte and Lloyd Hosman. After the regular business meeting, members were pleased with the report of

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MRS. SNAKE WENT TO THE LIBRARY

Several kids took the stage Monday to help hold a very large Burmese Python named Polly during a Silly Safaris animal show at the New Castle-Henry County Public Library.Animal handler and Silly Safaris presenter, Lion Ryan, ison the right. Kids at the show also got to meet a racoonand an owl, hold a toad wearing a tiny diaper and even hug a skunk.To learn more about events at the library, visit www.nchcpl.org or call 529-0362.

MRS. SNAKE WENT TO THE LIBRARY

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FOR THE RECORD

CORRECTION The phone number to contact Miracle League of New Castle Miracle League Founder and Director Cindy Brooks was incorrect in Sunday’s newspaper. Her correct phone number is: 765-524-5650. The Courier-Times regrets the error. POLICE Arrest inform

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City paving projects begin today

Courier-Times Staff Report The City of New Castle will begin Phase 1 of planned road paving projects today, Wednesday, June 12. The following streets are scheduled to be milled and resurfaced over the next 10 days: • Maple and Brentwood Road • South Mai

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Quinten Mosier named to national middle school football team

Mooreland’s Quinten Mosierwill play as an offensive lineman in the Ohio U.S. National Team Middle School Bowl Game on Saturday, June 29.

Quinten Mosier, 13, a soon-to-be 8th grader at New Castle Middle School, the son of Jarod and Kristi Mosier of Mooreland, was invited to the U.S. National Team training camp April 6-7 in Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Colts Training Facility. During this time, Qu

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Fierce Martial Arts competition team brings home 33 medals

Fierce Martial Arts competition team brings home 33 medals fromannual AMAA Summer tournament in Greensburg.

By Stuart Hamby - For The Courier-Times The Fierce Martial Arts Competition Team traveled to Greensburg this past weekend to compete at the annual AMAA Summer Tournament, hosted by the AMAA/Chungdokwon. The Fierce competitors dominated in the Breaking category with

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City council considers Stellar projects

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com New Castle has banded with Knightstown and larger Henry County in a pursuit to be called truly “Stellar.” Together, the cities and county make up the “Safe & Welcome” region and a

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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 four temporary inspections during the third week of May. County inspectors identified four critical violation

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Hope Initiative meeting Thursday

Courier-Times Staff Report The HOPE Initiative is inviting community members to the monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, in the HOPE Building in New Castle. This Thursday’s HOPE Initiative meeting is devoted to two items: Updates on

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Mow-mentous problem

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com City Councilman Jerry Walden had to vent. Every summer, it’s like watching reruns of a bad movie. The same properties with the same untended yards and the same indifference by the people who own them. R

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New Castle board moving forward with middle school renovations

New Castle Superintendent Dr. Matt Shoemaker presents the 2019 Shapiro Award to teacher Norma Spangler, whoretired with 43 years experience as an educator.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com The New Castle School Board had its second and final public hearing Monday about a plan to rebuild the city’s middle school from the inside out. The board ultimately voted 4-0 to move forward with the plans and pursu

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Farm Service Agency county committee nominations open June 14

WASHINGTON — USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will begin accepting nominations for county committee members Friday, June 14. Agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated for candidacy for the county committee. I

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No date set for wind farm permit hearing

By TRAVIS WEIK tweik@thecouriertimes.com Henry County has made no promises that a proposed wind farm project will get a hearing this summer. Big Blue River Wind Farm, LLC included a public hearing date of July 18 on its application this week for a commission appr

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KNIGHTSTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Knightstown Elementary School has announced its honor roll lists for the fourth 9-weeks of the 2018-2019 school year. All A Honor Roll 2nd Grade Emily Buchanan, Samuel Zechariah Davis, Ezra Suzanne Gosser, Haley Kay Hedrick, 

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SHENANDOAH MIDDLE SCHOOL

Shenandoah Middle School has announced its honor roll lists and special student awards for the end of the 2018-2019 school year. All A Honor Roll 6th Grade Carter Armstrong, Landon Barr, Ryeowon Bratton, Megan Burkman, Anna Buskirk, Audree Farmer, Kimberlee Fa

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Spiceland establishes its own election board

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com A town election board, improved drainage for an apartment complex, tax abatement review and bidding on a former eyesore property provided a potpourri of topics for the Spiceland Town Council recently. Related actions

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Tri Jr.-Sr. High School 50th anniversary planning committee thanks sponsors and donors

Tri Jr.-Sr. High School is celebrating 50 Years of Titan Pride with additional upcoming events and an important milestone achievement. As part of the celebration commemorating Tri High’s first 50 years, the Tri High 50th Anniversary Planning Committee has a s

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AutoFarm McCrocklin Ford Donates to Shenandoah Athletics

Shenandoah High School Athletic Director Todd Salkoski, Principal Greg Allen, and Boys’ Basketball Head Coach Dave McCollough were all smiles on Monday afternoon as they accepted a $3,500 donation to the athletic department from Ryan Nickloy and Jim Kissling from AutoFarm McCrocklin Ford and Mobility.

AutoFarm McCrocklin Ford Donates to Shenandoah Athletics

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Junior Writing workshops continue Saturday

Summer reading at the New Castle-Henry County Public Library isn’t just about reading for elementary-aged children this summer. Alongside the reading program, the library is also rolling out a new Junior Writing Works program. “The goal is to help child

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New Castle Career Center presents awards to outstanding students

Machine Trades Teacher Greg Dickerson presents student Cole Garrity with the Butch Fairchild Excellence Award.

On the evening of May 14, New Castle Career Center awarded students for their efforts in each program this school year. Each program teacher selected an outstanding student from each class- below are those students along with their programs: Facility Maintenance Pr

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Clarification on wind farm contracts

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Saturday’s follow-up story about a proposed wind farm project incorrectly listed several Henry County property owners as having signed leases with Big Blue River Wind Farm, LLC. Big Blue River Win

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Local Briefs

Patrick Dalton named to Bellarmine University dean’s list LOUISVILLE — Bellarmine University has named New Castle resident Patrick Dalton to the dean’s list for the spring 2019 semester. Dalton is a Senior Health Services Executive Leadership

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KNIGHTSTOWN COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL

The Knightstown Community High School graduating class of 2019.

KNIGHTSTOWN COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL

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SMOOTHER CROSSING AHEAD

A crew from Norfolk Southern started work Monday on the railroad tracks crossing Ind. 38 at CR 250 East. Highway traffic should take Ind. 103 to U.S. Hwy 36 and Ind. 1 while crossing is being repaired. Foreman Dean Byers said the work should be done and the highway reopened Saturday.

SMOOTHER CROSSING AHEAD

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Redrawing the map

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Voters will have the chance next year to decide whether or not to make Middletown the largest town – by area – in Henry County. The town board and the Fall Creek Township trustee board have both passed res

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New theatre opening pushed back to 2020

Here’s a drawing of how the new Showplace Cinemas Theatre in Northfield Park will look. Plans now call for the eight-screen facility to open sometime next year.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com A new multi-screen movie theatre is, indeed, coming to New Castle. But not as soon as previously hoped. Mick Stieler, president of Showplace Cinemas based in Evansville, confirmed with The Courier-Times recently that

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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. June 7 Robert Chandler, 40, was arrested on preliminary charges of battery and

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