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Kenon Gray

NAME: Kenon W. Gray AGE: 64 SPOUSE’S NAME, IF APPLICABLE: A.J. GrayWhat office are you seeking? Henry Co. Council, District # 1 What is your political affiliation? Republican Why are you running for pu

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Jeremiah Morrell

NAME: Jeremiah Morrell AGE: 35 SPOUSE’S NAME, IF APPLICABLE: Sara Morrell What office are you seeking? County Council – District 1 What is your political affiliation? Libertarian  Why are you running for p

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Patricia M. Cronk

NAME: Patricia M. Cronk AGE: 67 SPOUSE’S NAME, IF APPLICABLE: Alan McCraine What Office are you seeking? County Council, District #1 What is your political affiliation? Democrat Why are you running for public office?

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Making noise, raising money for breast cancer research

Last year, 18 people turned out for the firstPOUND for Pink event. Organizer Michelle Anderson is expecting twice as many this year. The second annualPOUND for Pink is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 at the New Castle Armory.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Get ready to get loud in support of warriors and survivors. POUND instructor Michelle Anderson invites the community to four hours of energetic workouts and fun from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 at the New Castle Armory,

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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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Modesitt to lead Muncie early childhood program

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com As the executive director of the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, Missy Modesitt has spent the last eight years helping young businesses learn the skills they need to survive in the economy. Now, she’s go

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Local Briefs

Lewisville meeting rescheduled  The town council for the Town of Lewisville has rescheduled the adoption hearing for the 2019 budget. The rescheduled hearing time and date is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 at the Lewisville Town Hall, 101 E. Main St. Interested cit

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For the Record

POLICE Oct. 18 Someone was reportedly banging on doors and windows in the 300 block of S. 12th St. No one was located.  Arrest information, including the name, age, address and criminal charges, are obtained from police media reports. All suspects are presumed

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DESSERT WITH DEMOCRATS

Democrat candidates Pat Cronk, right, and Robin Reno-Fleming, left, enjoyed some homemade desserts Thursday before the annual ‘Desserts with Democrats’ event before the October Democrat Club meeting. Cronk is on the ballot for Henry County Council District 1 and Reno-Fleming is the incumbent council memberrunning for Henry County Council District 2.

DESSERT WITH DEMOCRATS

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A SPARK OF IMAGINATION

Jonathon Hardwick, left, and Ian Bailey work on their creationsThursday afternoon in the New Castle-Henry County Public Library TeenScape.In the novel “Frankenstein,” a mad scientist harnessed electricity to reanimate his creature. Local teens created their own monsters — made out of Play-Doh. The dough has a high salt content, so it conducts electricity and can light up small LEDs.

A SPARK OF IMAGINATION

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RIDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH

U.S. Marine veteran Denny Ying gets back on the road Friday morning after stopping at the Flamingo Motel in Dunreith for the night. Ying is riding across the country to raise awareness about suicide and mental health struggles. Donations to the cause can be made atwww.GoFundMe.com/RideForLife201810. Keep up with Denny by searching “TeamRidesForHope” on Facebook and Instagram.

RIDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH

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New Castle Middle School: 7th Grade 1st Quarter Honor Roll

New Castle Middle School has announced its 7th grade first quarter honor roll and honorable mention lists.  HONOR ROLL (A-B) Elijah Abrams, Ashlyn Agee, Patience Antrim, Isaiah Armstrong, Devyn Ayers, Cadence Bartels, Ashlyn Bell, Caden Blackford, Morley Bless

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New Castle Middle School: 8th Grade 1st Quarter Honor Roll

New Castle Middle School has announced its 8th grade first quarter honor roll and honorable mention lists. HONOR ROLL (A-B) Jasmin Abrell, Trenton Alfrey, Aaliyah Alley, Alanah Amman, Alyssa Bacos, Ian Bailey, Wyatt Barrett, Madison Bell, Jaycie Bevans, Aidan Bradl

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'Big Mo' alive and well in Knightstown

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com ‘Big Mo’ – a moniker some people use to colorfully describe momentum – is not only alive and well, but spotted recently in Knightstown. Knightstown Town Council member Landon Dean said he

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Follow the money

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Henry County Council, the governing body with ultimate decision-making power regarding fiscal affairs, is generating by far the most candidate dollars as the Nov. 6 General Election nears. According to campaign finan

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Area Trick-Or-Treat Times

Trick-Or-Treat Times EDITOR’S NOTE: Official trick-or-treating for Henry County is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, although some Henry County cities and towns have set their own days/times, which are listed below.  Cambridge City: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3

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Halloween Activities

Halloween Activities Friday, Oct. 19 The Wayne County Historical Museum, 1150 N. A St.,  Richmond, will have a haunted museum from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. Admission is $6. Lights on will be available for the first half hour. Saturday, Oct. 20 VF

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Making happy memories

This spider-themed campsite was decorated by Shane Savage’s in-laws. See the giant spider on the top left corner of the photo?

My favorite Halloween just happened Sept. 29-30. I work a crazy swing shift so I never get to go with my family on their camping trips. This year I finally got to go with them all on their yearly Halloween weekend getaway to Lake Rudolf at Holiday World. It was ama

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A Shirley tradition continues

Octagon House volunteers gather in front of the historic house to talk about the upcoming party. From left, Cheryl Wright, dressed as The Mad Hatter, Carol Wright, Virginia Harrell and Vicki Wright, wear costumes in keeping with attire one might expect at a masquerade party.

By DONNA CRONK - dcronk@thecouriertimes.com SHIRLEY — For the 17th year, the Octagon House is the sponsor of Shirley’s annual Community Halloween Masquerade Party. This year’s fun gets started at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in the park shelterhouse. Or

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Incognito Robot

Annette Miller’s mother made her this robot costumefor Halloween 1974.

The year was 1974. My first big Halloween party with the entire second grade at a house in Fortville. Ben Cooper costumes littered the Brandon Family living room: Batman, Wonder Woman, clowns... all featuring the same plastic “ventilated” masks that lef

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Murder at Monkey Jack Bridge?

This drawing imagines what “Monkey Jack” – an escapee from a Richmond mental hospital – might have looked like. The drawing was done by Charles Eddie Butler, a resident of England and a friend of New Castle native Mark Orr. Imagefrom the “Henry County Folklore” book

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Located on S. County Road 225 W., just off Spiceland Pike, not much remains of a structure originally named “Ratliff Bridge” over Big Blue River. But the legend of this bridge’s other, mor

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

TODAY AA: 7:30 p.m. St. James Episcopal. AA: 9 p.m. First Baptist Church. 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 welcome. SUNDAY Celebrate Recovery

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Pumpkin pie eating contest

Photo by Mary Mattingly, submitted by Charley Wogoman This photo, which appeared in Charley Wogoman’s local newspaper after the pumpkin pie eating contest, was captioned, “It was a close contest for the annual pie-eating contest Thursday evening. Sponsored by Ripley Publishing, the male and female winners each received $50. Taking the pie eating champion honors this year were Southeastern Career Center’s Charlene Wogoman and Milan’s Jacob Haugh. This photo was taken after they cleaned up!”

2015 was the year my friends and I all graduated and I used to live in a town named Versailles. Well, every year they have an event called the pumpkin show. It’s kind of like a fall fair. Pumpkins everywhere and all kinds of things to do and see. My school le

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Iron Pigs annual ride is Saturday

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com A group of police officers, deputies and firefighters are continuing their mission this weekend to help victims of domestic violence. The Iron Pigs motorcycle club has sponsored the “Changing of the Leaves”

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Candidates in 3-way Senate race

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Indiana’s next U.S. Senator will be decided Nov. 6 at the polls. Republican candidate Mike Braun, founder and CEO of Meyer Distributing and owner of Meyer Logistics, is running for U.S. Senate to “break th

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Three seek 6th District seat

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Residents in the 6th Congressional district will have several options in November when voting for their next Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives. Libertarian candidate Tom Ferkinhoff is a certified p

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Historic building for sale

Sally Buchmeier, right, stands with daughter, Irene, left, and granddaughter, Iris,center, in her Fashion Trends Consignment Shop. The shop operated for 21 years in the historic, stately building at 422 S. 14th St. Buchmeier has now closed the shop and the building, which dates back to 1850, is for sale.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com If the walls of the stately two-story building at 422 S. 14th St. could talk, what a story it could tell. A story with many chapters. One that sparkles like diamonds. A story of faith that glows like sunlight th

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DONATIONS, GRANT HELP K9 OFFICER

Officer Kirby demonstrates the new heat sensor alarm system on the Middletown Police Department K-9 vehicle. The system continuously monitors the heat in K-9 officer Kimbo’s kennel. If the temperature gets too high for some reason, the window will automatically roll down and the lights and sirens will engage. Middletown PD was able to get the alarm system thanks to a $800 grant from the National Police DogFoundation. Community donations of $199 helped purchase the automatic fan installed on Kimbo’s window that turns on if the alarm goes off.

DONATIONS, GRANT HELP K-9 OFFICER

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LOCAL BRIEFS

Foundation meeting is Oct. 25 An informative meeting about the Henry County Community Foundation will take place Oct. 25. Participants will learn about how the foundation works, its committees, board of directors, grants and scholarship process. The event will take

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HALLOWEEN ESSAY WINNER

Annette Miller of New Castle, right, is pictured with her daughter, Hallie Sawyer. Miller won the 2018 Courier-Times Halloween essay contest. Her winning is essay appears in today’s paper. Miller won prizes courtesy of two New Castle businesses: a gift basketfrom L&K Produce, 2419 N. Ind. 3, and a fall wreath from Sherry’s Flowers and Gifts, 1559 Broad St. The Courier-Times thanks everyone who took the time to enter this year’s contest, and to the businesses for providing the prizes.

HALLOWEEN ESSAY WINNER

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LaMar appointed to regional trade committees

At its annual forum and export symposium in Washington, D.C. in early October, Nate LaMar was appointed by the National Association of District Export Councils (NADEC) to represent the Great Lakes Region on its Trade Policy and Education & Outreach Committees.

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New recruits talk about plans and expectations

Local teens Nathaniel O’Farrow, left, Trey Driver and Sam Tollett are excited for the opportunity to serve in the United States Marine Corps. The trio are pictured with New Castle area USMC recruiter SSgt Brent Hendricks, right.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com There are a lot of military families in Henry County. Some people joined for love of country, others joined for benefits. Many felt called to follow a family tradition or that military service is the best way to serve

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For the Record

POLICE Oct. 17 Jessica Flory, 44, was arrested and preliminarily charged with possession of a controlled substance, operating without a license and possession of drugs. Oct. 17 Michael Minor, 51, was arrested and preliminarily charged with identity theft, possessio

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It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com “Hocus Pocus” is a term which, by definition, describes “meaningless talk or activity.” But Saturday, New Castle Main Street is planning a Halloween-themed event featuring some “Hocus Po

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Candidates scramble to fill New Castle grad's Senate seat

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com There will be a new senator for Indiana’s District 26. Three people are vying to fill the shoes of New Castle graduate Doug Eckerty, who has represented the district that includes parts of northern Henry County

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OUT ABOUT FAITH

Desserts with Democrats: 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at Democrat Headquarters, 201 N. Main St. Citizens invited to meet candidates, learn about issues and make friends. For more information, call Waynetta Dunn at 765-571-0083. Check out the Henry County Democratic Fac

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

THURSDAY 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. Sanctu

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'Man of La Mancha' is playing at Beef & Boards

Looking at a missive she can’t read,Aldonzawonders what its author, Don Quixote, is after as she sings “What Does He Want of Me.”

Play review by John J. Guglielmi Play review by John J. Guglielmi What does one do while sitting in a dank prison cell in Seville, Spain during the Spanish Inquisition? If your name is Miguel de Cervantes, you weave a tale of adventure and dreams. “Man of La

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Mirror, mirror...

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Mirror, mirror on the wall... New Castle City Council members aren’t concerned about who’s the fairest of them all, as the fairy tale goes, but about traffic safety on South 18th Street, particularly wher

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Mooreland youth go on mystery trip

TheMooreland Friends Church Youth Group recently went on a four-day mystery trip on a double decker sleeper sofa bus.

Over fall break, the Mooreland Friends Church Youth Group went on a four-day mystery trip on a double decker sleeper sofa bus. The theme of the trip was “Created To Be” as travelers explored God’s creation. There were 23 youth and five adults who

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2018 Henry County Reads nears conclusion

Dr. Cassandra Bausman, Assistant Professor of English at Trine University

New Castle-Henry County Public Library has distributed the last of the Frankenstein books, but the focus on this classic novel continues. The 2018 Henry County Reads project is designed to encourage the community to read Frankenstein, and it coincides

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For the Record

POLICE Oct. 15 Three tires were cut on a vehicle parked in the 2000 block of Walnut St. Oct. 16 New Castle Police Department and New Castle Fire Department responded to a suspected gas leak at Walmart Supercenter, 3167 Ind. 3. Police diverted traffic from the

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Time to 'flex' monetary muscles

The Henry County Community Foundation staff is excited about the latestLilly Endowment GIFT VII match opportunity:$2 for every $1donated to the “Choose Henry” flex fund for the community.Front,from left, are HCCF PresidentBeverly Matthews and program directorKatina Reedy and, back from left,executive assistant and accounting clerkVickie Rhodes anddevelopment and marketing directorMichelle Leonard.

Courier-Times Staff Report INDIANAPOLIS — Lilly Endowment is launching the seventh phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow initiative (GIFT VII), allocating $125 million to help Indiana community foundations strengthen the towns, cities and counties th

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More plans at Memorial Park

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Memorial Park is going to stay active for the rest of the year with construction projects, renovations and park activities. Park volunteer Steve Peckinpaugh is planning a Veterans Day dedication ceremony in Memorial P

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Elementary teacher fighting brain tumor

A scan of the10mm benign tumorthat could be causing Hannah Warner’s chronic migraines anddeclining health.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Hannah Warner has been living in misery for a long time and just wants to feel 100 percent again. “I forget what that feels like, as I’m sure my family does as well,” Warner said. Warner has tumor in her

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Motorcycle crash ends police chase

New Castle resident Bradley A. Marcum, 48, was arrested Wednesday afternoon. Marcum, who was driving the red motorcycle in the photo, led New Castle Police Chief Matt Schofield on a chase that ended whenMarcum crashed the bike near Speedway on 18th Street. The bike was towed from the scene.

By KATIE CLONTZ kclontz@thecouriertimes.com A police chase ended Wednesday afternoon when the motorcyclist being pursued crashed his bike near the Speedway gas station on 18th Street in New Castle.  Arrested was Bradley Allen Marcum, 48, New Castle

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CAB teachers to again get $1,000 raise

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Enrollment may be down, but the bottom line in the Charles A. Beard School Corp. these days is up – and that translates to the bank accounts of its teachers. Tuesday night, members of the school board enth

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

TODAY NA: 7:30 p.m. Miracles in Action, 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, Spiceland. THURSDAY AA: 7:30 p.m. Kennard Friends Chu

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Church to celebrate 70 years

Rev. Berchett Howard is the founding pastor of Apostolic Pentecostal Church and servedabout 58years until his death in 2005. In this file photo, he is burning a mortgage. He died at age 97 while still pastoring.

By DONNA CRONK - dcronk@thecouriertimes.com In its more than 70 years in New Castle, the Apostolic Pentecostal Church, 131 S. 26th St., has only had two senior pastors. The first, Berchett Howard, served about 58 years until his death. Then his assistant pastor, Do

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Local author speaks at Altruistic Literary Club

The October meeting of the Altruistic Literary Club was held Oct. 11 at the home of Vice President Jane Cronk. Assisting the hostess were members Becky Riley and Kay Rogers. The meeting was conducted by Jane Cronk. Roll call was taken with 13 members present.

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More than just turbine talk

Kelley Millhoan and Cheryl Hammer (seated, left to right) discuss final preparations for Monday night’s Knightstown Business and Professional Women’s Club candidate forum with Shannon Cagle Dawson (standing). The BPW has hosted candidate forums for a number of years. Monday night’s event at Knightstown High School featured Rush County Sheriff and Commissioner candidates and a 6th District Congressional hopeful along with Henry County Commissioner and Henry County Council nominees.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com More than just turbine talk turned at Monday night’s Knightstown Business and Professional Women’s candidate forum. Office-seekers for congressional, commissioner and council positions in the fast-approa

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LOCAL BRIEFS

Blue River School Board meets Thursday The Blue River Valley School Board will meet in special session at 7 p.m. Thursday at Blue River Valley High School, 4741 Viking Trail, New Castle.  – Information provided  Flu shots available   Flu s

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DAR thanks those who helped with 'The Wall That Heals'

The Major Hugh Dinwiddie Chapter DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) met on Oct. 6 at the home of Judy Martin. Twelve members and one junior guest, Abbagail Willey, were present. The meeting was opened with rituals led by Denise Akers, Regent. The treasurer&

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Westminster now accepting Christmas toy, food applications

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com The deadlines are approaching for the annual Westminster Christmas toy and food baskets. Families with children under 12 can apply to Westminster Community Center to get baskets of toys and food for the holidays. Ther

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For the Record

POLICE Items were stolen from a garage in the 1000 block of N. 25th St.  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. GAS PRIC

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Many moving parts at Memorial Park

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com There is a lot happening out at the park. So much so, the park board is calling a second meeting this month to get a handle on everything. Grass needs mowed. Trees need cut down or cut up. Park Superintendent Laurie D

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Surveyor discusses section corner improvements

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com One could call it a market on the corners. Henry County Surveyor Steve Rust asked for and received approval of a unique request during last week’s Commissioners meeting – to invest a “sect

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WALMART EVACUATED

New Castle Walmart was evacuated Tuesday afternoon due to a possible gas leak. New Castle fire fighters inspected the building and New Castle police officers and Walmart employees diverted traffic from entering the parking lot. A spokesperson from Walmart said management was focused on customer and associate safety during the incident. The gas company also responded to the incident and the store re-opened for business around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

WALMART EVACUATED

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Library extending lease with WorkOne

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com The trial relationship between New Castle’s library and the county’s employment office has proved a good one over the past few months. The New Castle-Henry County Public Library will be extending the lease wit

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

TODAY AA: 7 p.m. Middletown United Methodist Church. 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. NA: 6 p.m. Sanctuary Church Family Life Center: 2208 Broad St. AA:

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Meet Middletown-area candidates Oct. 23

Middletown-area voters seeking more information about local candidates and local issues should mark their calendars for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. That night, the Middletown Public Library will host a “Meet the Candidates Forum” at the Midd

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RELAY FOR LIFE

Lillian Yapp, Alyssa Thrasher and Cheridyn Hayes displayed the T-shirts given to cancer survivors and their care givers at Saturday’s Relay for Life, which took place at the Arts Park pavilion.

RELAY FOR LIFE 

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SUMMIT LAKE SPOOKTACULAR

Remmy and Lyla Nall dressed up as the Tin Man and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and went trick-or-treating Saturday at Summit Lake during a Spooktacular Camping event.

SUMMIT LAKE SPOOKTACULAR 

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Libertarians open county headquarters

The Libertarian Party of Henry County hosted an open house Saturday at its new headquarters, 1102 Race St., New Castle. Pictured from left are LPHC Chair Dakota Davis, Liberty Township Trustee candidate Jamie Owens, Secretary of State candidate Mark Rutherford and Libertarian Party of Indiana Chair Timothy Maguire, right.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Local Libertarians now have a place to call home in downtown New Castle. The Libertarian Party of Henry County formed in 2012. Over those six years, strategy meetings have taken place in member homes, in city par

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New Castle hotel sued for bed bugs

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Spiceland business owner Austin Miller is suing the Garden Inn, a New Castle hotel, claiming the room he stayed in during an August visit was infested with bed bugs.  The civil suit against the Garden Inn also

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For the Record

POLICE Oct. 12 Kyle Minyard, 37, was arrested and preliminarily charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated prior, public intoxication and operating a vehicle while intoxicated per se.  Alexis Dice, 24, was arrested on a warrant for conversion.  Ra

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LOCAL BRIEFS

Open house to welcome new pastor Temple Baptist Church is inviting the community to an open house to meet its new pastor from Nashville, Tennessee, Peter Ryan, as well as his wife, Carrie. The open house will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the church,

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Need for speed control a common problem

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com From New Castle to neighboring Spiceland and northwest to Sulphur Springs, a similar two-word plea is being made by local officials. Slow down. Speed issues have prompted governing bodies in each of those three Henry

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HAGERSTOWN FALL FESTIVAL

Downtown merchants in Hagerstown set up kids’ games and fun activities Saturday during the Hagerstown Fall Festival. Katriana Shock, left, encourages her granddaughter, Elliana Wiess, while Elliana is trying to catch a shark at the fishing hole.

HAGERSTOWN FALL FESTIVAL

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Pot-bellied pig as a service animal?

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Should a pot-bellied pig officially become one of New Castle’s newest residents? That unique question came before the city’s Board of Public Works and Safety meeting Monday morning. City Clerk-Treasurer C

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