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Announcing the Indiana Dunes National Park

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) joined Congressman Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.-1) and Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.-2), to announce that the 61st National Park in the United States and the first National Park for the state of Indiana is the I

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eLearning days deemed a success: Technology benefits students and staff

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Winter weather isn’t stopping classes in New Castle. It’s not hurting staff paychecks, either. The Trojans started using “eLearning” days last month during snow days. In the past, students would hav

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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 19 routine, one construction and two pre-operational inspections during the last two weeks of January. County inspe

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'Grease' is the word

Teen Angel (Joshua L.K. Patterson) urges Frenchy (Jenny Reber) to go back to high school during “Beauty School Dropout.”

By JOHN GUGLIELMI - For The Courier-Times Wow! Leather jackets, poodle skirts, slicked back hair, attitude and the Pink Ladies. And that was only the first day of school at Rydell High. It’s 1959 and Danny Zuko (Kaleb Lankford) is telling his greaser buddies

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SHENANDOAH MIDDLE SCHOOL, SECOND QUARTER

Shenandoah Middle School has announced its honor roll lists for the second grading period of the 2018-2019 school year. All A Honor Roll 8th Grade Dylan Douglas Ayres, Ryan Bradley Craig, Marissa Paige Fadely, Allison Joy Gideon,&

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FSSA will distribute March SNAP benefits using a split schedule

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) announced Friday the agency will split March benefit payments to eligible Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) clients. Recipients will see half of their March benefit a

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EDC hopes to team with CVB

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com With boys sectional basketball fever in the air, it seemed only appropriate that New Castle-Henry County EDC President Corey Murphy talk about a “team” approach to spreading the word that this is a specia

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FOR THE RECORD

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. Feb. 16 Derek Harrison, 57, was arrested on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle

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Two accused of committing insurance fraud

Courier-Times Staff Report Wilkinson roommates Kassandra Jarrett, 30, and Steven Taylor, 36, remained in Henry County Jail Monday after allegedly reporting a fake hit-and-run accident to their insurance company. Henry County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a

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SCIENCE FAIR COMPETITORS

ABOVE: Eastwood’s Tylor Wise made it to the2019 East Central Indiana Regional Science Fair with his experiement testing whether salt concentration will affect the size of a crystal.ABOVE, LEFT: Eastwood Elementary School students competed Saturday in the2019 East Central Indiana Regional Science Fair at Ball State University.Elijah Blankenship, left, Peyton Christine and Bryson Ferrance got their picture taken in front of the BSU logo. The Cardinal slogan “We Fly”might also apply to the competing Eagles.LEFT: Makiah Adkins from Eastwood Elementary School hypothesized – and concluded – women have better short-term memory than men. Adkins competed Saturday at the 2019 East Central Indiana Regional Science Fair with her fellow Eastwood Eagles.

SCIENCE FAIR COMPETITORS

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STATE CHAMP!

Shenandoah High School junior wrestler Silas Allred raises his arms in triumph after defeating Greenwood’s Nick Willham by an 11-2 decision to win the state championship at 195 pounds during Saturday night’s IHSAA wrestling state finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Allred finished with a perfect 35-0 record during the 2018-19 campaign. Read more inside.

STATE CHAMP!

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BARN A TOTAL LOSS

Prairie Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to the 2400 block of E. 250 N. around 7:20 p.m. Saturday for a reported structure fire. Assistant Chief Matt Hill said the barn was completely engulfed with fire fighters arrived on scene. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire was undetermined as of Monday. Mooreland, Millville and Sulphur Springs fire departments also responded to the fire.

BARN A TOTAL LOSS

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Recycling has become tons of fun at schools

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Second of two parts As the Henry County Solid Waste Management District helps educate students about the power of recycling, local schools are doing their part to be positive examples and turn those lesso

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Local Briefs

Veterans’ dinner Thursday at Memorial Park All Henry County military veterans are invited to a free dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the W.G. Smith Building in Memorial Park. The dinner will be followed by a tour and discussion about the new veterans mu

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Olde School Cafe is open to public

Kennard Senior Living Property Manager and pizza maker Sarah Derrick unpacks pizza supplies. Her grandmother, Peggy Henderson of New Castle formerly ran a pizza shop in Knightstown. Derrick uses some of her grandmother's "secret-sauce" ingredients when creating the Old School Cafe pizzas, available to the public.

By DONNA CRONK - dcronk@thecouriertimes.com KENNARD — If you stop by or live at Kennard Senior Living, 232 N. Vine St., the scent of homemade beef and noodles, chili, spaghetti, tacos or sloppy joes might well point you to the one-time school cafeteria,

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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 Utility Review Board

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BRV students TECH IT UP!

BRV High School EditorSamantha Burgess, left, and Co-Editor Haley Tucker, right, try out the yearbook class’s new iPad. The device was purchased through donations to the program.

By TRAVIS WEIK - editor@thecouriertimes.com Donors from as far as the East Coast recently raised $400 to help the Blue River Vikings. Blue River Valley Jr./Sr. High School started the “TECH IT UP!” campaign on DonorsChoose.org to help pay for a new iPad

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PRESIDENTIAL PROJECTS

Wilbur Wright Elementary School first grader Jaxson Hudson and his teacher Heidi Bryant show off Jaxson’s poster about Abraham Lincoln. Did you know Honest Abe’s favorite color was blue? Jaxson did! Wilbur Wright first graders will celebrate President’s Day Monday by dressing up and giving presentations on America’s past leaders.

PRESIDENTIAL PROJECTS

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Local Briefs

City offices closed, trash delayed for President’s Day New Castle city government offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 18 in observance of President’s Day. The trash schedule for the week will be one day behind for everyone. – Information

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Katelyn Goodpaster named first alternate to debate Nationals

By Susan Delay - NCHS Speech and Debate Coach New Castle High School Senior Katelyn Goodpaster and Sophomore Conner McCormick represented the NCHS debate team Feb. 2 at the Hoosier Crossroads District Debate Tournament at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory S

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'Crown'-ing achievements

Lance Ibrahim, director of manufacturing for Crown Equipment in New Castle, asks how many in the room ever worked for the former Metaldyne or Chrysler facilities here. Ibrahim, guest speaker at Thursday's New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corp. board meeting, discussed Crown's history and growth, not only here, but worldwide. Local resident Shelley York, now Crown's human resource manager, is seen in the background at the right.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com When people in New Zealand and Australia discuss "crowns," they're not always talking royal figures, luxury hotels or dental procedures. Often what they are referring to are forklifts. Forklifts m

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House to consider Saunders' absentee ballot legislation

The Indiana House of Representatives on Monday will consider State Rep. Tom Saunders’ (R-Lewisville) legislation extending the time for citizens to send in absentee ballots. Through Saunders’ proposed legislation, Hoosiers would have more time to get th

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Every single thing helps

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Thousands of trees have taken root around Henry County. Miles of trails have been developed. Neighborhoods are cleaner and safer. All thanks to the volunteers and supporters of Healthy Communities of Henry County. The

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Henry County SWMD: At your disposal in many ways

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com First of two parts Electronics, motor oil and household batteries power our lives. Plastic, glass and metal containers carry the food and drink we need to stay healthy. Newspapers, books and magazines e

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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. Feb. 15 Stephen LaForce, 33, was arrested on a preliminary charge of possession

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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 the Legion: 1 p.m. 419 New York Ave. Grand Avenue Baptist Church Men’s Prayer Breakfast: 9 a.m. at the

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FOR THE RECORD

CORRECTION The Stars & Stripes Raffle at the Eagles No. 933, New Castle, starts March 16. The incorrect date was printed in Thursday’s Out & About/Faith. POLICE Arrest information, including the name, age, address and criminal charges, are obtained fr

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Police say burglar caught in the act

Courier-Times Staff Report A New Castle man remained in jail Thursday after allegedly breaking into a pizza parlor after hours. New Castle police responded at approximately 3:20 a.m. Thursday to a business burglary alarm in the 1600 block of Q Avenue. According to

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Kindergarten Cop

Jay Davis is chief deputy of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, a position he’s held for the past 20 years.

By KATIE CLONTZ - For The Courier-Times Jay Davis remembers when he decided to become a police officer. He was in Kindergarten. A police chief came to talk to his class about safety and afterward, the students got a chance to go outside and look at the police vehic

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Utility worker recovering from injuries after being struck by vehicle

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com A Knightstown Department of Works employee is back home from the hospital after suffering serious injuries when he was hit by a vehicle while working on an emergency road repair. Joseph Harding “is in

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Local briefs

Special council meetings Wednesday The Kennard Town Council will be holding a Special Meeting on at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 the Town Hall at 100 N. Main St. The purpose of meeting is for the council members to select a contractor from sealed bids submitt

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VALENTINES DAY FUN

Residents at Stonebrooke Rehabilitation Center in New Castle were seeing red Thursday— in a happy way. They were dressed for Valentine’s Day. During the afternoon, theytook part inthe annual sweetheart partywith refreshments and entertainment. Prior to the party, helping assemble prize bags for the king and queen candidates were, seated, from left, Wanda Williams and Sara Bonham. In the center is Stonebrooke Activity Director Mary Hopkins. Crowned queen was Doris Hardgrove and king, John Short.

VALENTINE’S DAY FUN

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Commissioners hear progress reports

Construction workers Steve Steele and Fred Lewis confer inside the rapidly evolving addition for Ivy Tech Community College Wednesday morning. Once completed this spring, the addition will enable Ivy Tech nursing students to obtain an associate degree at the New Castle site.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com A new wing for Ivy Tech. A water line extension for the Henry County Expo Center. A step forward in constructing a regional jail. All of those major projects were part of Wednesday’s meeting of the Henry County

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FIRST FINANCIAL BANK

First Financial Bank staff members and New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce representativescelebrated the official ribbon cutting Thursday of the new banking center at 600 S. Memorial Dr., New Castle. The location providescomprehensive financial products and services, with a special emphasis on lending, economic development and financial education.

FIRST FINANCIAL BANK

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TIGER CHAMPS

The Hagerstown Elementary School Tiger Champs for the month of Januaryare James Bruce (Kindergarten), Collin Werking (fourth grade), Ryland Murphy (second grade), Nolan Cheeseman (third grade), Cora Schmitz (first grade) and Savannah Cross (fifth grade).

TIGER CHAMPS

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Gaining skills to offer help

Molly Hunt, right, co-facilitated Wednesday’s Purdue Extension Mental Health First Aid training along with Henry County Health and Human Services Extension Educator Kelsey Meyers.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com It can be hard identifying a mental health crisis, which can make it even harder to help someone in trouble. Kelsey Meyers of Henry County Purdue Extension hosted the first local Mental Health First Aid class Wed

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OUT ABOUT FAITH

Henry County Senior Center: 108 S. Main St. 521-7414. Tuesday and Thursday free classes, Tai-chi, 9:30 a.m., Chair and TheraBand exercise, 10 a.m., Angie’s class 10:30 a.m. Lunch daily, 11:30 a.m. age 60 plus, must have 24-hour-advance meal reservations. Mah-

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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 p.m. 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

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Local Briefs

New day for TV Listings Beginning Feb. 21, the TV Listings section of The Courier-Times is moving to Thursday editions. – Courier-Times Staff Report City offices closed, trash delayed for President’s Day New Castle city government offices will be c

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CNA program coming to career center

New Castle Career Center will be offering a new Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course for juniors and seniors wanting to earn a CNA certification and a paid internship second semester starting fall 2019. The students will be eligible to earn eight CNA-

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B.A.M. is on a roll

Mentor Natalie Yanos, left, with Bethany Cox, who is currently 13 at the mentoring program’s monthly gathering at White Tail Tree Farm near Springport in October. Says Yanos, ‘We love to attend the B.A.M. events that Casey and Ashley plan for us! There is always a fun activity (like games, a movie or a pool party) and a meal for everyone.”

By DONNA CRONK - dcronk@thecouriertimes.com The names of the organization and its largest annual fundraiser have recently changed but the idea behind both have not: to raise money to support Henry County kids through the Believe & Achieve Mentoring pr

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YOUNG BUILDER

Brantley Derrick of Kennardenjoys some playtime with his Legos at Kennard Senior Living. The son of Sarah and Bobbie Derrick, Brantley said he was building a “police break out.” The little boy also spoke of the many dinosours he has at home. His mom is property manager at the community gathering spot, and also makes pizzas for sale to the public there on weekends. A story about theKennard Senior Living facility’sOlde School Cafe will appear in Sunday’s Courier-Times.

YOUNG BUILDER

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Rose City revisited

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com The year was 1871. The Henry County Courthouse was two years old. President Ulysses S. Grant and his family stopped in New Castle on their way to Chicago. And in the community down the old National Road, a boy named

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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. Feb. 12 Angel Hartman, 41, New Castle, was arrested on preliminary charges of p

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Ivy Tech hosting Program Night Feb. 26

The New Castle Ivy Tech site at 3325 S. Memorial Dr. is hosting an informational session from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. Everyone from the Henry County community is welcome to attend and learn more about the programs offered through Ivy Tech. Th

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Two arrested for alleged prostitution, patronizing

Courier-Times Staff Report A call for a suspicious vehicle Tuesday night led to two people being arrested on charges related to alleged prostitution. Henry County Sheriff’s deputies responded tothe 9000 block of N. CR 175 E. around 9:45 p.m. Tu

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Flood plain status may affect Sulphur gas station quest

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Water has gotten in the way of Sulphur Springs’ gas station / convenience store dream. During Tuesday’s town board meeting, members learned that the proposed and preferred site for a Sinclair gas station/

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Grants, donations help students

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com While the South Henry School Board is crunching numbers on the budget, school staff and community donors are helping relieve some of the financial burden. The school board accepted several grants Tuesday that will bring ar

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'So many questions'

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com How is New Castle going to afford a remodel of the middle school? What’s it going to cost to strengthen building security? Is there going to be any money left for regular maintenance? These are some of the

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GOODBYE, TINA

Retired longtime Courier-Times Chief Photographer John Guglielmi, left, visits with soon-to-be-retired Courier-Times Publisher Tina West during a farewell open house at the newspaper Wednesday. Dozens of friends, family members, readers and community leaders stopped by to wish West well,and welcome Marka Sonoga who will assume the title of publisher effective Feb. 16. West retires after a 41-year career in the newspaper industry.

GOODBYE, TINA

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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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FOR THE RECORD

CORRECTION The arrest dates printed in Monday’s “For The Record” were incorrect. They should have been listed at February. The Courier-Times regrets the error. The correct information is printed in today’s section. POLICE Arre

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Commissioners accepting maintenance contracts

The Henry County Commissioners will be accepting proposals for the 2019 HVAC Preventive Maintenance Contracts and full service coverage for the Courthouse, Administration Building, Sheriff – Jail, Sheriff – Work Release, CID, AADP buildings and the Yout

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Laying out the plan

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Monday’s school board meeting in New Castle was a year in the making. The Long-Term Planning Task Force – a collaboration of parents, teachers, community retirees, teens and local business owners – h

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'Drive Out Abuse' event set for April 24

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Most parents don’t wake up one morning and decide they are going to abuse their kids. Unfortunately, some adults get overburdened by the stresses of life. In that moment of feeling helpless, they can make bad de

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Incumbent Ward 1 City Council member drops out of primary

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com There will be no challengers in May’s municipal primary election in New Castle. Monday, incumbent Ward 1 City Council member Mary Brewington confirmed she was withdrawing her candidacy due to family health reas

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HOPE Initiative meeting Thursday

Courier-Times Staff Report The HOPE Initiative will have its monthly meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 in the HOPE Building, 1426 Broad St., New Castle. The community is invited to learn about and discuss housing issues in New Castle and in Henry County

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Groundbreaking in April for new hotel?

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com A 59-room, brand name hotel is close to becoming a reality in Spiceland. John Montgomery, who for the past eight years has owned and improved Montgomery Steakhouse in Spiceland, said Tuesday he’s confident

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FIGHTING THE ELEMENTS

New Castle city workers Brad Goodwin, left, and Joe Bell fill a large pothole near the Babe Ruth baseball diamond on S. Main Street. The street department continues to fill trouble spots around town as weather allows. Mayor Greg York recently announced a plan tofocus on fixing potholes throughout the city the first week of March.

FIGHTING THE ELEMENTS

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