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City parks board announces change in shelterhouse reservation procedure

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Temperatures may be cold and snow could be dotting the landscape, but that never stopped early-bird planners from lining up to rent Baker Park shelterhouses for events on warmer days next spring, summer and fall. Tha

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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 Church Men’s Prayer Breakfast: 9 a.m. at the church. All m

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FOR THE RECORD

POLICE Andrew Sloniker, 29, Greenfield, was arrested and preliminarily charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and public intoxication. GAS PRICES Indiana low last 24 hours: $1.94 Lafayette Sam’s Club Indiana high last 24 hours: $3.03 Richmond Cono

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Students continue developing work ethic

Triple J Plumbing is one of the newest companies to join the New Castle Career Center Work Ethic Certificate (WEC) program. Triple J project manager Amber Chew-Block, left, is pictured here with WEC Program Manager Todd York.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Todd York has been working all year to teach kids one of the easiest ways to get a job: just show up. York manages the Governor’s Work Ethic Certificate (WEC) program at New Castle Career Center. “If you’

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Community Foundation receives $500,000 to grow 'Choose Henry' fund

Henry County Community Foundation board member Rebecca Gonya, along with one of her sons, Josh, left, and husband, Chris, are contributing to the Choose Henry Fund and getting a $2-for-$1 match through Lilly Endowment’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) VII. The Foundation has received $500,000 in match money to help grow the Choose Henry Flex Fund and strengthen the community. Anyone can make a donation and get it matched online at www.henrycountycf.org/giving/donate-online/ or mail contributions to HCCF, PO Box 6006, New Castle, IN 47362.

The Henry County Community Foundation (HCCF) has received a grant of $500,000 as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s seventh phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative. With GIFT VII, Lilly Endowment is making up to $125 million available to

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A.R.I.E.S. is spreading the word

Henry County Commissioner President andA.R.I.E.S. Board PresidentButch Baker, right,andboard member New and Castle Police Chief Matt Schofield, left, presented a banner toTri Jr-Sr High School PrincipalScott Widner,who is also an A.R.I.E.S. board member.

A.R.I.E.S. LCC of Henry County developed a banner to use in schools and other events. This banner was first used during the recent activities of Red Ribbon Week in Henry County Schools. Following response from some of the schools, the A.R.I.E.S. board decided to ma

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In BRIEF

Locals in Anderson ‘Nutcracker’ performance Three intermediate level dancers from Henry County are performing this weekend in the “Nutcracker” with the Anderson Young Ballet Theater. Kaylin Elmore will play Fritz and Jillian Anderson an

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Bidding for gifts, bringing joy

New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Executive Assistant Mary Campbell, back, and Chamber Events Committee member Miranda Spencer set out donated items for the Chamber’s annual Christmas silent auction.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com The air was positively festive at lunchtime Thursday when members of the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce perused more than 40 donated gifts at its annual silent auction. The auction is a fun way for b

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Suspect deceased after shooting incident at Dennis Intermediate School

Courier-Times Staff Report RICHMOND — Indiana State Police confirmed that shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday, the Richmond Police Department dispatch center alerted area law-enforcement agencies of a potentially violent act that could occur at the Dennis Int

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Goodpaster named 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

Courier-Times Staff Report Katelyn Goodpaster, a New Castle High School senior, is the 2019 recipient of the Henry County Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. In addition to full tuition at any Indiana college, Goodpaster will receive an annu

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Commissioners act on drainage problem, discuss noise issue

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Henry County Commissioners are certainly no strangers to problem-solving. It’s essentially in their job description. Wednesday night, the problems ranged from persistent drainage problems in the northern part o

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Attempted murder charges pending in Henry County

Courier-Times Staff Report Two Indianapolis men have been arrested in relation to an alleged abduction and attempted murder that spanned from Indianapolis to Knightstown when a severely-beaten woman was found in a wooded area along Interstate 70 in Henry County.&#

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OUT ABOUT FAITH

Noteworthy Concert: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, by His Way II, a southern gospel group. Free, in the New Castle-Henry County Public Library auditorium, sponsored by Friends of the Library. Henry County Senior Center: 108 S. Main St. 521-7414. Tuesday and Thursday fre

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Goodpaster takes top prize in discussion

The New Castle High School speech team Sunday after finishing fourth out of 14 at IU East. In the back row,Nic Besecker, left, Oliver Tompkins, Anastasia Taylor, Brook Keeslingand Karigon Schatzer. In the front, Alyssa Hicks, left, Katelyn Goodpaster, Kaleah Cowan, Joee Hansonand Carmela Lopezfilio.

The New Castle High School speech team took fourth out of 14 teams and over 200 competitors Saturday, Dec. 8 at IU East in Richmond. Fishers won the event. Senior Katelyn Goodpaster took first in discussion with straight first place rankings. This was the

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Task force suggests leaving all New Castle schools open

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Dozens of volunteers have spent hundreds of hours in discussion and deliberation trying to figure out what might be best for New Castle students. This month, the New Castle Community School Corporation long term planning t

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Local briefs

Free Christmas concert in Mooreland  Mooreland Carols and Candles will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 at South Christian Church. Special music will be provided by the Greenwell and Cash families. All are welcome at this free event.  – In

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New life in lifeguard training

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com When Baker Pool opens in spring 2019, availability of lifeguards may no longer be an issue. At least that’s the hope of New Castle Parks Superintendent Mike Bergum, who said at a recent board meeting that

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McCartt chosen as 'Fireman of the Year'

Elks Lodge No. 184 held its first-ever “Fireman of the Year” banquet Tuesday night. Here, guests Dave Abrams and Gary Hedrick stand next to Exalted Ruler Jon Sullivan in a group photo with recipient Chris McCartt. Standing next to McCartt are (l-r) Sonnie Sullivan, Mayor Greg York and Fire Chief Mark Boatright.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Elk’s Lodge 184 Exalted Ruler Jon Sullivan called them “a highly trained band of brothers.”  Tuesday night, it was time for New Castle’s dedicated firefighters — the men behind

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Cheer Fund donations continue

EDITOR’S NOTE: Names of those individuals who have donated to the Cheer Fund were supplied to The Courier-Times by The Salvation Army. The Courier-Times takes no responsibility for names that are misspelled or omitted. The list will be updated and new name

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City mourns Barry Keith

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Barry Keith, a retired New Castle fire fighter, died last weekend. Rather than dwell on his death, the people who knew Barry are remembering his life today at First Baptist Church in New Castle. New Castle Mayor

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EASTWOOD WISH RECIPIENTS

Eastwood Elementary School has named the November WISH Award winners. Students are nominated by teachers for achieving Eastwood’s WISH: Working hard, Improving daily, Showing respect and Helping Others. Pictured in the first row from the left are Ayden Wilkinson, Alyssa Cory, Preslee Decker, Scarlett French and Ashlee Neal. Second row from the left are Zayden Angel, Karleigh Prince, Cameron Norris, Braiden Denny and Brandi McKee. Third row from left areVincent Robertson, Eastwood music teacher Kim Sidwell, Kyla Simms, Hailey Henderson and Shelby Emerick. Not pictured are WISH students Madi Butlerand Gabriella Santiago. Eastwood Student Council members selectedMrs. Sidwell and Instructional Assistant Mrs. Chris Olden (not pictured) as staff WISH recipients.

EASTWOOD WISH RECIPIENTS

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FOR THE RECORD

POLICE Dec. 11 New Castle police disposed of methamphetamine found in a mailbox. GAS PRICES Indiana low last 24 hours: $1.96 Lafayette Marathon Indiana high last 24 hours: $2.69 Valparaiso Lucky Stop New Castle: $2.29 Casey’s Knightstown: $2.23 at several Spi

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

TODAY League of Women Voters of Henry County: 5:30 p.m. First Friends Church, 503 S. Main St. Open to the public; everyone welcome regardless of gender, ethnicity, etc. AA: 7:30 p.m. Kennard Friends Church, 101 N. Vine St. Kennard. AA: 7:30 p.m. St. Anne Parish Cen

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Township trustee pleads guilty to theft

By KATIE CLONTZ - kclontz@thecouriertimes.com Liberty Township Trustee Phyllis J. Shafer, 63, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning in Henry Circuit Court 2 to five counts of felony theft.  The township trustee’s arrest in February 2017 was the result of a se

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

TODAY NA: 7:30 p.m. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. 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 League of Women Voters of Henry County: 5:30 p.m. First Friends

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Toy Story of yesteryear

Carol Bullock shows a veritable family of Mr. Potato Head toys on one of her shelves at her Hagerstown shop.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Justin Timberlake is there. So is Darth Vader, Barbie and the entire Mr. Potato Head family. Lincoln Logs are available to build a new home for all of them and a veritable car lot of Hot Wheels awaits their every tra

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All 'fired' up about Christmas

Lonnie Cook talks with Prairie Township’s Roxanne Collins about his keyboard-oriented choice.

All ‘fired’ up about Christmas

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Tri High celebrates BPA regional champs

The Business Professionals of America (BPA) Chapter at Tri High School competed in regional competition at Lincoln High School over the weekend. Tri High had 28 students attend for Individual or team events, or participating in officer duties. Of those students, 18

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'Pajama party' of giving open to all

The Salvation Army’s Beth Stamper (left) and volunteer Shelia Marion (right) stand in front of a Christmas Tree atCafe Royal, holding a pair of children’s pajamas to promote a new charity drive effort. Hopes are that 200 new pairs of pajamas can be collected for youth this Christmas. Drop-off boxes are located at The Henry County YMCA, The Nest and Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service. The drive begins today and concludes next Wednesday, Dec. 19.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com “Goodnight room. Goodnight moon. Goodnight cow jumping over the moon....Goodnight stars. Goodnight air. Goodnight noises everywhere.”  From Margaret Wise Brown’s classic

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Local briefs

Recital is open to public Private voice teacher Rosie Hua invites the public to a student voice recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 at St. James Episcopal Church in New Castle. There is no charge. A small reception will follow. Pianist is Sam Hua. Students are:

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Spreading holiday cheer

Patrolman Joseph Tompkins checks the size of a pair of jeans for Brayden Chissell.

Spreading holiday cheer 

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For the Record

CORRECTION A caption that appeared in Sunday’s newspaper with the Bethel Presbyterian pipe organ concert photos was incorrect. Pat Cronk sang two solos, not Pat French. The Courier-Times regrets the error.  POLICE Dec. 9 Jacob Vanpelt, 23, was arrested a

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Sharing the joy of Christmas

Clients and staff from Raintree Developmental Services, Inc. (DSI) raised $800 for the local Shop with a Fireman program this year. They presented the check to members of the New Castle Fire Department earlier this week.

Sharing the joy of Christmas 

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NEW MEETING SPACE OPEN TO PUBLIC

New Castle-Henry County Public Library staff members, along with Friends of the Library and ambassadors from the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, gathered Tuesday afternoon to cut the ribbon on the new meeting and study rooms replacing the library’s former computer lab.NCHCPL Director Winnie Logan, pictured holding the scissors, said the library is excited to offer these new spaces to members of the public.

NEW MEETING SPACE OPEN TO PUBLIC

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EASTWOOD ELEMENTARY SCIENCE FAIR

EastwoodElementary School hostedits annual science fair Friday, Dec. 7. Fourth and fifth grade Eaglesbegan working on their projects in August. Science fair winners will be going to the East Central Indiana Regional Science Fair at Ball State University in February. The fourth grade winners are Peyton Christine, Taylor Alfrey and Tyler Wise. The fifth grade winners are Bryson Ferrance, Elijah Blankenship and Makiah Adkins.

EASTWOOD SCIENCE FAIR

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Free concerts, plays and Christmas films

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com The New Castle-Henry County Public Library is filled with the spirit of giving as 2018 comes to a close. From “Double Download December” to a week-long teen movie marathon, there is something for everyone over

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A night of recognitions

New Castle School Board members Liz Whitmer, left, and Jamey Marcum said goodbye to the board Monday after eight years of service each.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Monday night was the final drop of the gavel for New Castle School Board president Jamey Marcum and the last official comments on the board from member Liz Whitmer. Whitmer and Marcum were both elected to the school b

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Salvation Army Cheer Fund donations continue

EDITOR’S NOTE: Names of those individuals who have donated to the Cheer Fund were supplied to The Courier-Times by The Salvation Army. The Courier-Times takes no responsibility for names that are misspelled or omitted. The list will be updated and new name

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MAKING A BID FOR IT

Natalie Yanos of New Castle places a bid for a donated prize in a silent-auction fundraiserat the Women in Business Unlimited (WIBU) Christmas luncheon Tuesday at Henry County REMC. Yanos is a pharmacist and owner of the business Ready, Set, String! String Art by Natalie. A total of $600 was donated to Tru Harbor, located in New Castle, which provides shelter and assistance in a variety of ways to female victims of human trafficking. Currently there are 16 girls in residence between the ages of 15 and 17.

MAKING A BID FOR IT

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

TODAY New Castle Class of 1955 Ladies Christmas Party: 11:30 a.m. Elk’s. AA: 7 p.m. Middletown United Methodist Church, 625 High St. Use east entrance. Knights of Pythias: 7 p.m. Pythias Hall. Noon Optimists: Mancino’s. Henry County Community Band: 7-8:

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A Cookie Monster of choices

Abby McLaughlin provides some sweet service during Saturday’s United Methodist Church Cookie Walk, much to the delight of her grandmother, Linda Canner. See Page A6 for more photos.

A Cookie Monster of choices

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Spiceland man injured in one-car crash

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com A Spiceland man was injured late Friday morning when the car he was driving left the roadway and struck an embankment. Indiana State Police Master Trooper Eric Downey was dispatched around 11 a.m. Friday to

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GAO-IG Act clears Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Bipartisan legislation drafted by U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) to increase oversight of taxpayer dollars spent by federal agencies passed the Senate Friday. The Good Accounting Obligation in Government (GAO-IG) Act requires federal

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Three area teachers win MAC grants

New CastleMcDonald’s Owner/Operator Rick Koopmann, left, andHagerstown Jr./Sr.Middle School teacherAndrea Van Meter, one of this year’s local MAC Grants recipients.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Three local middle school teachers received more than $1,000 in combined grants this month from McDonald’s to help with interesting and educational classroom projects. The company created “MAC Grants”

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Israeli auto supplier plans to triple Hoosier workforce in Wayne County

RICHMOND — Omen USA, a manufacturer of aluminum parts for the automotive industry, announced plans today to expand its manufacturing operations in Richmond, creating up to 200 new jobs by 2022. Omen USA, which is a subsidiary of the Israel-based Ome

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FOR THE RECORD

POLICE Dec. 7 New Castle police assisted a vehicle near the intersection of Ind. 3 and Riley Road. The driver told police she was driving south on Ind. 3 and hit a pot hole which popped her tire. Dec. 8 Royce Busby, 45, Middletown, was arrested on preliminary charg

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Outgoing auditor receives Sagamore distinction

Deputy Auditor Cheryl Scales (left) and Henry County Auditor Pat French (right) display certificates they received from Indiana State Auditor Tera Klutz (center) in a special presentation Thursday. Both Scales and French are retiring, resulting in a combined loss of 70 years experience in county government.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Pat French said her heart beats Henry County. Those in the clerk’s office would agree. So would personnel in the treasurer and assessor offices. Co-workers in the auditor’s office no doubt share the

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In BRIEF

Holiday chocolate fundraiser Dec. 13 Henry Community Health Women’s Auxiliary and My Chocolate Sweet Spot are hosting a fundraiser for the hospital from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. Available items for purchase include hand-dipped chocolate specialties

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CHRISTMAS WITH THE ANIMALS

Mindy and Cade Logston stopped in the cattery during Christmas with the Animals to give much wanted attention to some of the cats waiting to be adopted.See Page A6 for more photos of the event.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE ANIMALS

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TAKE TWO TUESDAY

LEFT: Mary and John Hall were among many who needed a box at Saturday’s First United Methodist Church Cookie Walk. ABOVE: Frank and Julia Shaffer visited the cattery during Christmas with the Animals at the Henry County Animal Shelter. The cats were ready for adoption and seemed to enjoy watching the people come by for a visit.

TAKE TWO TUESDAY

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7TH ANNUAL PIE CONTEST

Townsend Home Appliancesseventhannualpie contesttook place Saturday with 11 entries.Jerry & Kim Townsend are pictured here talking withfirst place winner Kim DeTar, center, about her chocolate peanut butter creampie. For top prize, DeTar won a free gas or electric range of her choice.Judges were Steve Disbro, Wayne Lawson & Joe Perry. Pies were judged only by number (no names) on a variety of levels: appearance, crust, taste, etc.

7TH ANNUAL PIE CONTEST

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After big year, parks board eyes 2019

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com While the delighted screams, cheerful chatter and busy bodies seen at New Castle parks are now in winter hibernation for the most part, officials are preparing behind the scenes for a new year of use. Members of the

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Olivia Seyfferle, Dallas Morgan and Aubrey Wyatt got into a “snowball fight.” An enclosed area was set up for kids to enjoy tossing soft artificial snowballs during Thursday’s downtown Christmas Walk.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas  

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Man allegedly stabs roommate to death

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com A New Castle man remains in jail after allegedly stabbing another man to death Saturday afternoon. Robert E. Lee Dunn, 51, New Castle, was formally charged Monday morning with the murder of 63-year-old Barry

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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 Middletown Public Library Board

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We're off to hear the Wizard!

Brian Rogers, left, Nic Simmons and Chris Sitler, right, play Kansas farmhands and Dorothy’s friends the Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Man in “The Wizard of Oz Live Radio Drama.”

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Prepare to get blown away by “The Wizard of Oz Live Radio Drama” next weekend at the Guyer Opera House. The story follows Dorothy – and her little dog, too – as they try to get back home after

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For the Record

POLICE Dec. 6 Jacob Bailey, 27, was arrested and preliminarily charged with residential entry, resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct.  Jonathon O’Connor, 34, was arrested and preliminarily charged with criminal confinement.  Arrest inform

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Local tributes to a 'kinder, gentler' president

Peter Hoffman, a former legislative media assistant for State Rep. Tom Saunders, took this photo of George W. Bush and wife, Laura, paying their respects to George Herbert Walker Bush in the Capitol Rotunda.Bush became the 12th president to lie in state there.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com A “remarkable” president. “Kinder” and “gentler.” A man of integrity. Those are some of the words local residents used to describe the late George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st pre

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

Special education students Jessica Perry, left, Baden Bond, Brianna Bell, Micah Smith, Caroline Anderson and Genevieve Padgett show off Christmas ornaments and craft gifts they created for the New Castle High School bazaar, which took place Friday. The class raised enough money selling their art to be able to help a local family for Christmas. Most of their items had sold by sixth period and they sold out of fudge in first period. Don’t worry, the class will have more fudge for sale on the last day of school before Christmas Break.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

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Pipe organ concert raises $300+ for food pantry

Celia Burns played the pipe organ Sunday, Dec. 2 at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Knightstown.Bethel Presbyterian Church has been putting on a free Advent Pipe Organ Concert for the community for several years. A freewill offering is usually taken and the proceeds are given to the Knightstown Food Pantry. This year the concert collected $330 for the pantry.

Pipe organ concert raises $300+ for food pantry

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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 three routine and one temporary inspection during the third week of November. County inspectors identified one crit

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Military roll of honor found in church attic

Henry County Memorial Park Supt. Laurie Davis (left) stands with Rev. Tom McGilliard, Cathy Hamilton and Don Hinshaw (left to right). They holdan interesting discovery from the New Castle First United Methodist Church attic. Names of all church members who served in World War II are listed here. A few with gold stars next to their names never returned home, making the ultimate sacrifice.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Just two days before the 77th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor bombing that propelled America into World War II, a group of people were examining a relic found in the New Castle United Methodist Church attic. A l

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Hair salon joins downtown revival

Brandy Banning, owner of The Honey Blonde Hair Company, sweeps up in between appointments. Banning started accepting clients Dec. 1. The Honey Blonde Hair Company’s grand opening is Saturday, Dec. 15, with a ribbon cutting at 11:45 a.m.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Brandy Banning has been making people beautiful for nearly a decade. Now, she’s her own boss. Banning’s salon, The Honey Blonde Hair Company, started accepting clients Dec. 1. The new salon is at 1106 Broa

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