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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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Make your voices heard

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com State Representative Tom Saunders, R-Lewisville, has released his 2020 Legislative Survey for residents in House District 54. The deadline to complete the survey is Dec. 31. “Thank you for taking the time to fill out

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Dec. 7, 1941: Mooreland man was there on infamous day

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Editor’s Note: The Courier-Times originally published this story Dec. 6, 2012. With today being the 78th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we felt it appropriate to share Dawson Pope’s story w

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Easing Knightstown preschool growing pains

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Knightstown Elementary School is undergoing some growing pains with its increasingly popular preschool program. Recently Charles A. Beard School Board members took action to make sure those growing pains don’t

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Park board fires superintendent

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com In a split vote Thursday afternoon, the Memorial Park Board voted to dismiss Interim Park Superintendent Laurie Davis, effective immediately. “It’s a very difficult thing,” said board president Landon Dea

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Local Briefs

South Henry Regional Waste District meets Tuesday The South Henry Regional Waste District will meet and conduct a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the SHRWD office, 301 S. Williams St., Lewisville. The agenda includes discussion regarding

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Selma boxer trains to break Guinness world record

Al Hughes Jr., 70 of Selma, willstep into the Guinness World Record next Saturday when he steps into the ring at Tyndall Armory in Indianapolis. Photo provided

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Al Hughes Jr. of Selma, Indiana, is training to be the official “World’s Oldest Active Boxer.” At 70 years old, Hughes will enter the Guinness Book of World Records when he steps into the ring at 7 p

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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. Dec. 5 Jenna Sumrall, 26, was arrested on preliminary charges of operating a ve

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WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND

Sophie Alexander, Kalie Barber and Painter Pierce are pretty as a picture as they wave from the window of “A Moment In Time” bridal salon in downtown New Castlew The girls modeled some of the wide variety of dresses available in the store and waved as a big crowd walked by during Thursday’s Christmas Walk. The well-attended event served as more proof downtown New Castle, with its 1400 Plaza and other improvements, is coming back to life.

WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND

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Christmas at the Academy is in progress

A variety of gingerbread houses are also on display all month.

By DONNA CRONK - dcronk@thecouriertimes.com KNIGHTSTOWN — In its first year, feedback from the month-long Christmas at the Academy festivities is positive. With about 60 trees sponsored by schools, businesses and organizations in and around Kni

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

TODAY AA: 7:30 p.m. St. James Episcopal Church. AA: 9 p.m. First Baptist Church. Al-Anon: doors open 6:45 p.m., meeting 7-8 p.m. First Christian Church, 2000 Bundy Ave., New Castle. Enter at north. Information: Christine, 765-716-9531. SATURDAY NA: 6 p.m. The Sanct

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Tri High continuing 50-year celebration

Tri High School Varsity Basketball team, cheerleaders and coachesafter winning the Big Blue River Championship. From left, row one;Cathie Hanen, Sheila Pierce, Jane Nugen, Mary Smith, Paulette Reece, Karen Cox. Row 2 (left to right): Steve Stevens, David Applegate, Carol Ware, Steve Bridges, Don Pyle, Steve Boyd. Row 3 (left to right): Bob Crowe, Jim George, Dick Hicks, Steve Meyerholtz, Dan Gosser, Rob Miller, Bob Monger, Charlie Byrket, Tony Swann, Mark Keesling, Dennis Ferree, Don Schwartzkopf

Provided by the Tri High Alumni Association If you’ve followed the ongoing 50th anniversary events for the Titans this year, you already know Tri Jr.-Sr. High School is Celebrating 50 Years of Titan Pride in a huge way. This celebration continues Saturda

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Local Briefs

Holiday art show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Henry County Art Center, 218 S. 15th St., New Castle is having a Holiday Art Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 featuring three local artists and their works. The show features pottery by Terry Dukeman; woodw

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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. Dec. 4 Dylan Buck, 21, was arrested on a warrant for contempt and a preliminary

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Down the drain: Leaky toilet costly at Spiceland

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com SPICELAND — It started as a little leak. It grew to 282,680 gallons of water going down the drain in October. And as many as 179,000 gallons in November. Spiceland Town Council members grappled Wednesday with w

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Take your creatures to camp

Some of the recent guests at Kaycie’s Creature Camp in New Castle.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Pet parents sometimes need a temporary home for Fido or Heathcliff, whether it’s while Mom goes to work or while the humans head out of town for vacation. Kaycie Keith offers a solution: Kaycie’s Crea

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Goodwill abundant at CAB - especially during trying times

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com There hasn’t exactly been peace, but there has been an abundance of “goodwill” toward men, women and children in the Charles A. Beard School Corp. recently. The school board’s November meeting

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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. Musi

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Parks and Recreation Board sets 2020 pool-opening date

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com While most are thinking “yule” this time of year, the New Castle Parks and Recreation Board spent time Monday focusing on “pool.” Mike Bergum, the city’s parks and recreation director, a

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

TODAY Henry County Writers Group: 1-3 p.m. Jack’s Donuts. Information: Annette, 928-530-1233. Writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry welcome. Henry County Republican Club: 7 p.m. Republican Headquarters, 1325 Broad St. Information: Betsy Mills, 529-8683.

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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. Dec. 3 Ashley Clements, 41, was arrested on preliminary charges of possession o

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Local Briefs

South Henry executive session Tuesday The South Henry School Corporation Board of School Trustees will meet in executive session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 in the Superintendent’s office, 6972 S. State Rd. 103, Straughn. The purpose of the exec

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Historic 140-year-old home decked out for Christmas

Christmas Tea & Tiaras is the theme of one of Cheryl Wright's trees in a room sponsored by she and her husband upstairs in the Octagon House in Shirley. The home and tree tour is free for two weekends. While there, guests can purchase home-cooked meals and enjoy them amidst the decorations.

By DONNA CRONK - dcronk@thecouriertimes.com SHIRLEY — As they do every year, dedicated volunteers of The Jane Ross Reeves Octagon House have decked the halls and the 16 rooms. And come this weekend and next, visitors who take in the decor will be greeted 

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Indiana Chamber endorses Governor Holcomb for re-election

Courier-Times Staff Report INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is making only its second-ever endorsement in the gubernatorial race, supporting Governor Eric Holcomb in his re-election bid. The first time the organization made the call was in 2008

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New Castle Career Center invites underclassmen to Winter Open House

The Veterinary Sciences class provides grooming and hosts vaccine clinics throughout the year.

The New Castle Career Center will host an open house from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Prospective students and their parents are invited to meet the instructors and current students of the 18 programs available through the New Castle Career Center. The students w

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Earn your diploma for free

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com The New Castle Adult Education Program, located in the Ivy Tech Campus, wants to help local adults earn their High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma. The new Fast Track Class is completely free of charge and will start arou

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Saving Shaydyn, building a grandfamily

Lana Freeman’s book “Saving Shaydyn:God’s Purpose for A Grandfamily” is available on Amazon.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com  There are a lot of grandparents around Henry County who are, for one reason or another, raising their grandbabies. In a new Amazon e-book, Lana Freeman tells the story of how she and husband Dave came

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County accepting applications for 911 director

The Henry County Commissioners are now accepting applications for a new full-time E-911 Department director. The position is exempt from overtime and has an annual salary of $45,000.  Duties include overseeing the E-911 Communications Cente

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Hoosier Gym becomes North Pole

Indiana Pacers’ mascot “Boomer” relaxes with some of his newest friends at Hoosier Gym Wednesday. Pictured with Boomer from (l-r) are: Caleb Petty (front), Ezra Petty (front), Jaden Dayhuff (back), Macie Magge, Iris Dayhuff, Serenity Martinez, Holly Martinez, Josh Johnson, Charlie McNealy and Brennen Mills.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com KNIGHTSTOWN — Happy “Basketballidays!” The unique Christmas greeting will no doubt be one hard to forget in Knightstown as 30 elementary school children received toys Wednesday morning from “B

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SAYING GOODBYE

Cadiz community members gave outgoing town officialsa farewell dinner Tuesday evening before their final council meeting.Leah Stevens, left, was Cadiz clerk for 19 years. Avis Stevens, sitting, served on the town council for 22 years, many of those as president. Brady Pruitt, right, was a Cadiz Town Council member for 15 years.

SAYING GOODBYE

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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. American Legion 137 Women’s Auxiliary: 6 p.m. New Castle Class of 1

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Walmart employee struck by car Thanksgiving night

Courier-Times Staff Report Around 10 p.m. Thanksgiving night, while Black Friday shopping was already  in high gear, a Walmart employee was hit by a car in the store parking lot. According to New Castle Police Chief Matt Schofield, Paul Barrett of Ne

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Trial delayed in card-skimming case

Courier-Times Staff Report This month’s trial for an accused card-skimmer has been rescheduled for January. Arnell King Jr., 28 of Indianapolis, was arrested in September 2018 on a Level 6 Felony charge of unlawful possession of a card skimming

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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. Dec. 1 Andrew Chowning, 20, was arrested on preliminary charges of battery, bat

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A Christmas Scarol at Scarevania Haunted Attraction

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Scarevania Haunted House in downtown Muncie will be open for a special one night only Christmas-themed haunt on from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 14. A Christmas Scarol is brought to you by Cornerstone Cente

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Feeding Indiana's Hungry announces new website, donated by Ayokay

Indianapolis — Feeding Indiana’s Hungry is excited to announce the launch of their new website, a tool that allows the nonprofit to share information and raise money to support food banks around the state. The new site can be found at https://www.feedin

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LEADER IN ME

As part of the “Leader In Me” program at Wilbur Wright Elementary School, the following studentswere recognizedin October for working hard in their pursuit of developing the seven habits of leadership:Row 1 (L to R) McKinley Krul, Kamden Kennedy, Richard Contraras;Row 2 (L to R) Delaney Addison, Tylin Massengale, Chloe Roberson, Danny Decrastos, Trish Moyer, Juliette Juleson; Row 3 (L to R) Melanie Luna, Tucker Bartels, Clover Ballenger, Makenzie Hazelman, Brittany Rosas-Cobaxin, Isaiah Guffey, Avah Pennington, Braylen Steinbaker;Row 4 (L to R) McKinley Krul, Kamden Kennedy, Richard Contreras.Not Pictured: Zoey Dickerson, Alissa Williams, Addy Richardson, Hannah Stephens, & Madalynn Maiden

LEADER IN ME

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Citizens asked to serve on county boards

Courier-Times Staff Report The Henry County Council is looking to appoint local citizens to several boards at the first of the year. The volunteer positions are for a three-year term on the Alcohol & Tobacco Board, a four-year term on the Middletown F

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IU Board of Trustees meet Dec. 5-6 at IU East

 BLOOMINGTON – The Indiana University Board of Trustees will meet Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5 and 6 . Meetings will take place in the Student Events and Activities Center at IU East in Richmond. A schedule and an agenda for the meeting are available on t

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Greg Pence hosts first semi-annual Veterans Advisory Board

Congressman Greg Pence (IN-06), center, pictured with the inaugural Sixth District Veterans Advisory Board.

Columbus – U.S. Congressman Greg Pence (IN-06) announced Monday the formation of the Sixth District Veterans Advisory Board and hosted its first meeting. The board is comprised of veterans within the Sixth District and those who serve as leaders on veterans i

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Focus on equity at Student Advocates Conference, Dec. 16-17

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com   INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana college advisors, mentors, student leaders and other advocates are encouraged to join the Indiana Commission for Higher Education for the 2019 Indiana Student Advocates Conference, Dec.

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Local Briefs

Park board special meeting, executive session Thursday The Board of Trustees of Henry County Memorial Park meet in executive session at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Hope Building, 1426 Broad St., New Castle. The purpose of the executive session will be&

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White Estates sewer project nearing completion

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Perhaps few who live there are dreaming of a White Christmas in White Estates. They’d just like to have their streets and yards back. During Monday morning’s New Castle Board of Public Works and Safety me

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Audubon parking issue center of debate

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Audubon Road in New Castle, known years ago as Fair Street, is regarded by many as one of the nicer neighborhoods in town – unless, of course, you are trying to drive through it. Long-time congestion issues wit

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'A Christmas Story' at Beef & Boards

After being triple dog dared by Schwartz (Locklan Gardner), far right, Flick (Jack Clark) touches his tongue to the icy flagpole where it becomes stuck.

Play Review by John J. Guglielmi It is the Christmas season and Ralphie Parker is still on a quest to receive his dream present, the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts: a Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Ranger air rifle. Most of us met Ralphie and his family in the no

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SUPPORTING THE SHELTER

Graduates from the Academy for Community Leadership (ACL) hosted a donation drive Tuesday at the New Castle Animal Shelter. In the first hour alone, they raised $325 in monetary donations and about $150 in donated goods of dog and cat food, toys, treats, kitty litter and other items to help the shelter. “This class learned a lot from all the different sites they visited,” said ACL coordinator Ashley Huffman. “We decided to give a boost to the Humane Society and bring more awareness to all their wonderful programs.” The ACL grads are pictured with Henry County Humane Society staff and their four-legged friend, Merle.

SUPPORTING THE SHELTER

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New contract coming for New Castle superintendent

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com The New Castle school board was in full attendance (plus one!) to talk Monday about a proposed contract with superintendent Dr. Matthew Shoemaker. Former school board member Liz Whitmer drove back to town from Indianapolis

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Library programs ring in the season

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Like the presents piled under a tree, New Castle-Henry County Public Library has a calendar packed full of programs this month. And you don’t have to wait until Christmas to enjoy the free events. Fami

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

TODAY FOE No. 933: 7:30 p.m. initiation and meeting. Alzheimer’s Family Forum: 6:30 p.m. Glen Oaks Health Campus. RSVP one day in advance: 529-5796. AA: 7 p.m. Middletown United Methodist Church, 625 High St. Use east entrance. Knights of Pythias: 7 p.m. Pyth

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BoAC climbs ever closer to drainage issue resolution

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com Ponding water, broken seams in pipes and crushed field tiles are not your ordinary December priorities. Unless you are the New Castle Board of Aviation Commissioners. The Board of Aviation Commissioners

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FOR THE RECORD

CLARIFICATION The 12th annual Downtown Christmas Walk in New Castle is sponsored by Citizen’s State Bank. Woodforest Bank is sponsoring the Find Frosty contest. The event, hosted by the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, 5:30-8 p

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Local Briefs

Shirley special meeting Thursday  The Shirley Town Council will have a special meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in town hall, 409 Main St. – Information provided

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You can nominate families to Shop with the Sheriff

Courier-Times Staff Report Sheriff Ric McCorkle would like to invite the Henry County community to nominate five families in need this holiday season to receive groceries and gifts for their children. “Through the effort of our community and volunteers, this

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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 11 routine inspections and one pre-operation inspection during the second week of November. County inspectors identified

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Trial rescheduled in alleged molestation case

Courier-Times Staff Report The jury trial for an 83-year-old New Castle man charged with several child-related sex crimes has been rescheduled for March 9. Larry R. Herron was arrested July 11 and charged with 11 criminal offenses, according to court documents. His

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SEND SANTA A LETTER

Brenda Grider and Kendra Kennedy, two of Santa’s most dependable New Castlehelpers, check the Jolly Old Elf’s mail from the colorful mailbox located on Main Street in front of the fire station. Every youngster in the Henry County area – or even those out-of-state who have relatives here – is invited to drop a letter in this mailbox. Each letter received with a legible name and a return address will be answered by Santa Claus, himself – with some surprises. Letters must bedropped off in the special mailboxby Friday, Dec. 13.

SEND SANTA A LETTER

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Another solution to jail problem

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com Some Henry County residents who might be on the wrong side of the law spent Thanksgiving weekend in Blackford County. As of Monday, eight people awaiting their trials in Henry County court are staying at the Blackford Coun

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Let charity ring!

Henry County Salvation Army Office Manager Beth Stamper poses with two major inspirations behind her work, her parents Stan and Beverly McVey. More on Stamper and the 2019 Salvation Army Cheer Fund Drive will be featured later this week in The Courier-Times.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com In the Bible, the words "Be of good cheer" are listed in scripture as many as eight times. They are words Beth Stamper carries in her heart every day at the New Castle Salvation Army – especially during the mon

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Lots of activities planned for Downtown Christmas Walk

By TRAVIS WEIK tweik@thecouriertimes.com One of New Castle’s biggest events of the year – the annual Downtown Christmas Walk – is 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. For the first time since the Christmas Walk started 12 years ago, Broa

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