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PORK'S SILICON VALLEY

Above: DNA Genetics CEO Brett Bonwell (right) explains how boars are housed at the new facility in Fayette County to Economic Development Group Director Dan Parker, state Sen. Jeff Raatz and state Sen. Jean Leising at the open house Thursday. Top: Four hundred boars will be housed in this air-conditioned, HEPA-filtered building at the new DNA Genetics facility on County Road 1000-N.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com The owner of a new genetics improvement facility in Posey Township sees it as part of ag’s Silicon Valley and used its opening to encourage support for ag careers. Owner Jim Pillen cut the ribbon to open th

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Reporter joins staff at News-Ex

Tammy Jo Legere has joined the Connersville News-Examiner staff as a reporter. Legere is a Connersville native and graduate of Connersville High School who went on to earn a bachelor of arts degree in telecommunications from Ball State University in 2014.

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News Briefs

Democratic Party fall ballot changes Two changes have been made in the Democratic Party’s slate for the Nov. 6 election, according to Melinda Sudhoff, Fayette County clerk. Tammy Jo Trent Legere has withdrawn from the Fayette County Assessor’s race

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Honoring veterans: something special

Connersville firefighter Brian Starr, in back, and his son Nolan came to Dale Cemetery Thursday morning to place American flags on the graves of veterans buried there. Monday is Memorial Day.

By TAMMY JO LEGERE - tlegere@newsexaminer.com Brian Starr brought his son Nolan to Dale Cemetery Thursday to help the Fayette County Veterans Council place American flags on the graves of veterans buried there. “I read about it in the newspaper and

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Crosswalks will have RR theme

Downtown crosswalks will soon take on a new look. Discover Connersville is planning to repaint crosswalks on Central Avenue from 4th to 9th streets. The theme will be railroads. It’s hoped that people coming to Connersville for the Whitewater V

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Humility, simplicity, integrity personified

I will always remember Feb. 21, 2018, because on that day, I received a text from a friend informing me of Billy Graham’s death. My first reaction was to cry tears of joy for him. At age 99, he was ready to go home. I grew up listening to Billy’s sermon

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Dublin Friends Meeting

Dublin Friends Meeting, 2352 Maple St., began in a log cabin one mile north of Milton in 1819 and became known as Milford Friends. The congregation first met in Dublin in 1876, and the members completed present meetinghouse in 1879 and the name changed to Dublin Friends. Annie Glenn serves as pastor. Sunday worship is 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school at 10:30.

Melody Baptist Church, 700 W. Western Ave., will be having a “God Bless America Sunday” at 3 p.m. Sunday with patriotic singing and a patriotic message. Men and women who have served or are serving will be recognized. Melody Baptist is thankful for the

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On The Record

Individuals listed in the arrest logs are considered innocent until proven guilty. The preliminary charges and bonds may be changed when a case goes to court. Accidents A Dodge Caliber driven by Carolyn S. Goins, 4794 S. County Road 50-W., struck a concrete support

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The complex soul of the real Gen. Robert E. Lee

Soon after the Army of Northern Virginia surrendered to Union forces, Gen. Robert E. Lee wrote to one of his spiritual advisers while wrestling with the pain of this great defeat, but also with a lesson that he had learned. “God has thought fit to afflict us

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It'll rain golf balls for 'Chopper Drop'

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com The Connersville Lions Club hopes the third time is indeed a charm: The date of the club’s chopper drop and golf tournament has changed twice. The date finally selected is Saturday, June 23, with helicopter ride

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NEWS BRIEFS

Board of Works sets special meeting A notice from the city of Connersville states that the Board of Public Works and Safety will have a special meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, in City Hall, 500 Central Ave. The meeting’s purpose is to discuss a grievance

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Community Notebook

Farmers Market: Open 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at parking lot north of Fayette County Courthouse, 401 Central Ave. Narcotics Anonymous: Friday, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Parish House, 211 E. 6th St.  Celebrate Recovery: Faith-based addictions recovery

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State Police hold annual Memorial Service

Indiana State Police conducted a police memorial service at the Pendleton Post Thursday.

PENDLETON — The Indiana State Police Pendleton District held its annual memorial service Thursday to remember ISP employees who have given their lives in the line of duty. Troopers of the district were brought to attention. The Indiana State Police Honor

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Producing better pork

Pillen Farms President Jim Pillen, center, with scissors, cuta ribbonat Thursday’s open housefor the new state-of-the-art DNA Genetics Indiana Gene Transfer Center on County Road 1000-N. Left of Pillen is Brett Bonwell, a Fayette County native, who serves as DNA Genetics CEO. To left of Bonwell is Fayette County native John Burns, who will manage the operation.More about the facility will appear inthe Connersville News-Examiner on Sunday.

Producing better pork

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Fun Activities at the Farmer's Market this Week

Fresh produce, honey, spices, crafts and many other items are sold at the Farmers Market next to the Fayette County Courthouse. Vendors hold forth from 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays.

By TAMMY JO LEGERE - news@newsexaminer.com Several special activities are planned for this weekend’s Farmers Market on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the municipal parking lot in downtown Connersville. In addition to the vendors selling meats and cheeses,

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EDGING AHEAD

People sheltered in a tent to celebrateWednesday's groundbreaking for Phase 1 of the River's Edge SportsPark off Veterans Memorial Drive. With a near-perfect evening weather-wise, the tent became an unnecessary precaution.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com A perfect evening in a perfect location provided the setting for the kickoff of Phase 1 of the River's Edge Sports Park. Mayor Harold Gordon, Fayette County Foundation Executive Director Anna Dungan and Parks Superintenden

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Area Memorial Day activities announced

STAFF REPORTS The Connersville Veteran’s Council has announced area plans for Memorial Day celebrations and ceremonies to honor fallen veterans. The Connersville American Legion will be open to the public on Saturday, May 26, and they will be hosting a “

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Roberts Park Swimming Pool opens this weekend

By TAMMY JO LEGERE - news@newsexaminer.com The Roberts Park swimming pool will be opening for the season on Saturday, May 26 at 11 a.m. Hours of operation for this holiday weekend will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Beginning Friday, June 1, t

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New eatery going into Park Road building

The vacant former Yamato Steak House buildingis becomingOle Rooste. Cary and Lori Hardybeganremodeling Saturday.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Several new eating locations are opening or under new ownership, including on Park Road where three are expected to open. Work has begun to remodel the building that has housed Bob Evans, Great Expectations,

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Find bargains at the National Road Yard Sale

Shoppers turn out to look for bargains at a yard sale along U.S. 40 at a previous National Road Yard Sale.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com DUBLIN — Fifteen years ago, after seeing the success of the U.S. 127 yard sale, a Dublin resident had an idea to create a yard sale along the full 824 miles of the Historic National Road. On the eve of the 15th Histo

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On The Record

Individuals listed in the arrest logs are considered innocent until proven guilty. The preliminary charges and bonds may be changed when a case goes to court. Arrests Bradley J. Sieber, 28, 1806 Western Ave., was arrested Wednesday at the Fayette County Jail by Jai

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Year-End Celebration

Cornhole attracted students during the Whitewater Career Center picnic Tuesday.

By TAMMY JO LEGERE - news@newsexaminer.com As some of her classmates at Whitewater Career Center sang karaoke, senior Hayllie Pope watched. Asked if she would be taking a turn at the microphone, she adamently replied, “No way!”  But there

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City cutting its electric bills

By News-Examiner staff By installing solar energy and more efficient lighting on city-owned properties, Connersville expects to save money that can be spent on other projects. Connersville City Council approved contracts with PSG Energy Group that call for installi

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Planner: New park will elevate city

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com River’s Edge Sports Park – where a groundbreaking celebration is scheduled tonight – is a project that will put Connersville in a whole different league of cities, according to the architect who is designin

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Western Wayne wastewater study continues

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com DUBLIN — Although details of a cost study for wastewater treatment options were not available at Monday’s meeting of the Western Wayne Regional Sewer District, details will be released to enginee

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Community-wide garage sale days returns in June

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com With winter turning to summer, many items have accumulated in houses, storage units and garages that could use a new home. The fourth annual community wide garage sale days is just the answer. Set for June 8-10, shoppers c

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On The Record

Individuals listed in the arrest logs are considered innocent until proven guilty. The preliminary charges and bonds may be changed when a case goes to court. Arrests A 15-year-old juvenile was arrested Tuesday by Connersville Police Officer Brad Rosser on a charge

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News Briefs

Orange School Reunion on July 8 The annual Orange School Reunion will be held Sunday, July 8, at the Glenwod Community Center. Registration is at 11:30 a.m.  The meal will be at about 12:30 p.m. It’s a pitch-in, with fried chicken, service and bever

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Council recognition

At the end of Tuesday’s Connersville City Council meeting, council member Connie Durham, right, presented Peggy Roland with an official City of Connersville pin recognizing Roland’s many years of political and civic involvement. Roland is moving away tolive closer to her son. Council member Mike Bishop concurred that Roland will be missed, saying “There is not a better person in this whole world.”

Council recognition

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Street work underway

Street repair is underway in East Connersville, where crews from Rohe Asphalt have been scarifying the streets to break up old pavement so it can be paved over. They are also installing ADA-compliant ramps at the corners so that mobility devices such as wheelchairs can go into the crosswalks without impediment and people with visual impairment can feel the approaching crosswalk. Working on Monday to get the angle correct on a ramp at Fountain and McCann streets are Duane Fuchs, Justin Mullens and Joe Hoffbauer.

Street work underway

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Ford Tri-Motor coming to Richmond Airport

A Ford Tri-Motor, one of the earliest passenger airplanes, will visit the Richmond Airport this week. Rides will be offered to the general public as well as the opportunity to view the vintage craft.

RICHMOND — A Ford Tri-Motor aircraft – one of the first commercial passenger airplanes – is coming to the Richmond Municipal Airport May 24-27.  Known as the first luxury airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor redefined world travel and

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Fayette County family to be recognized at state fair

Mitchell Pohlar operates the tractor and large baler as Monica Wehr follows on her quad in a field near Everton. The hay-making family, with Morgan Wehr, will be honored at the Indiana State Fair.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com The words of the song to be sung before the Indianapolis 500 hold true for a Fayette County farm family “The new-mowed hay sends all its fragrance, through the fields I used to roam.” The Wehr family of near Ev

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Rocking for Charity

Members of the Daughters of Isabella took time to Rock for Charity at Kroger on Saturday. They raised money forlocal charities, scholarships, church and schools, Pictured taking their turnare Connie Rigling and Joyce Nobbe. About 20 members took part.

Rocking for charity

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Volunteers needed to place flags

With Memorial Day only a few days away, plenty of work needs to be done getting local cemeteries ready by putting American flags on veterans’ graves. Local civic groups and individuals are being encouraged to donate their time to help. The Fayette County Vete

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Policeman retires; city attorney resigns

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Emotions ran high as the Connersville Board of Public Works and Safety approved a retirement and a resignation Monday. The board also gave its approval to a contract for energy savings. Police Lt. Craig Penn

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New park: Building for the future

This rendering of the overall plan for River’s Edge Sports Park shows seven ball fields, soccer fields,an outdoor stage, playground and other facilities planned there. The park is being designed by Steve Alexander, architect of the Prince Alexanderfirm, Indianapolis.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com Within the next couple of years, Babe Ruth and other baseball and softball leagues should have a place to play that won’t flood every year. The community will have a new outdoor performance venue and more places t

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County could be regional hub for opioid recovery

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com A regional center in Connersville for advanced treatment of people with opioid addiction is envisioned by the state director of the USDA Rural Development program. Michael Dora spoke to about 35 people Thursday in the county

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Heroes On Parade

A little rain didn’t stopFriday morning’s Heroes Paradeat Hickory Creek Health Center, they just it moved inside.Residents and staff honored veterans who live there with a parade through the halls, and they were joined by members of the Connersville EMS and Connersville Fire Department. All were treated to lunch as part of Heroes Week at the nursing home.

Heroes On Parade

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Brookville Kiwanis to give away bike helmets

A youngster gets fitted for a new bike helmet during a Brookville Kiwanis Club helmet giveaway in 2017. The club will be handing out 350 helmets on Memorial Day. Contributed

BROOKVILLE — Brookville Kiwanis Club will be handing out bike helmets on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, in the Kids Fun & Safety Day in Brookville Park. Kiwanis Club members will hand out more than 350 bike helmets to boys and girls of all ages. The h

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Books Donated

The Connersville Eagles Auxiliary collected donations to purchase several books for CASA children. Pictured, from left, are Sharion Shockley, Tina Jobe, CASA Director Michelle Richardson, Brandi Albers,Judy Bailey,Katrina Bailey, Evonne Dunkle and Myla Faber. CASA stands for Court-appointed Special Advocates and is a program of the courts in which volunteers seek to be the voice for childrencaught up in the legal system.

BOOKS DONATED

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4-H REPORT

Vanguards  At the seventh meeting of the Vanguards 4-H Club, 14 members responded to the roll call by telling their favorite hobby. The Pledge to the American Flag was led by Emmalin Higgs and the 4-H Club Pledge was led by Katie Hamilton. “The Litt

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News Briefs

Woman’s van rolls off road A Milton woman received minor injuries Friday morning when the car she was driving drove up onto a guard rail before rolling off and over a grassy embankment in Muncie. Around 7:42 a.m. Friday, a 2010 Honda CRV driven

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Organization Reports

Altrusa International of Connersville initiated officers for the Foundation Board. Pictured, from left, are Faye Bennett, board member; Cathy Harvey, vice president; Karen Brown, secretary; Saundra Lykins, board member; Suzy Maines, president; and Melinda Sudoff, initiation chairman. Not present for thephoto were Ruth Nutty, board member and Amy Hammons, treasurer.

Altrusa Altrusa International of Connersville, Indiana, Inc. met May 16 at First United Methodist Church. President Carolyn Doub conducted a short business meeting before a catered dinner. During the meeting, members voted to donate funds to support the outdoo

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MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOR SOCIETY

Twenty-eight new members were inducted into the CMS Honor Society on Wednesday in a candlelight ceremony at the Connersville Middle School Auditorium. Members for the 2018-2019 school year, along with this year’s officers, are pictured, from left, in front,2017-18 Vice President Skyler Cavins, Chance Bentley, Breana Carsey, Kerstin Ellis, Anna Kirkwood, BraxtonMyers, Payton Orschell, Ethan Russell, Paige Spivey, Kaitlyn Stoner,2017-18 President Kaylor McKinney; second row,2017-18 Treasurer Raegan Mullins, Lucas Barron, Lily Burroughs, Lisa Downard, Eden Judd, Jocelyn McClung, Owen Nobbe, Amy Rowe, Kiley Smith, Riley Steele, Garrett Templeton, 2017-18 Secretary Madelyn Newman; third row,Lexi Barr, Gavin Bergman, Carter DeBoard, Cody Hauger, Alyssa Lewis, Connor Noah, Gavin Pearson, Olivia Sargent, Jerra Stanbrough.

MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOR SOCIETY

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Community Notebook

Eta Pi Kappa: Social meeting, 1 p.m. Monday. Kappa Kappa Sigma: Anniversary Party, 7 p.m. Monday, Grand Avenue United Methodist Church. Woodcarvers: Whitewater Valley Woodcarvers Club, Monday, 6 to 8 p.m., Whitewater Valley Arts Association gallery, 402 Central Ave

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Court News

Fayette Superior Court Judge Paul Freed Civil dispositions Connersville Credit Bureau v. Justin Granke, default judgment for plaintiff for $5,688.76 CCB v. Tyler R. Jacobs, agreed judgment for plaintiff for $1,044.93 CCB v. Terry Gibson, agreed judgment for plainti

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On The Record

Individuals listed in the arrest logs are considered innocent until proven guilty. The preliminary charges and bonds may be changed when a case goes to court. Arrests Wendy R. Yarbrough, 49, 36oo Western Ave., was arrested Friday at the Fayette County Jail by Jail

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JAILBIRD

Vernon Isaacs spent alittle time in a mock jail at Hickory Creek Health Center Friday morning. As an “inmate,” he raised money for an activity fund at the nursing home. Passers-by put money in a bucket in front of the cell bars.

JAILBIRD

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Correction

Paul Ridenour was misidentified in a photo from the Honoring Our Elders Luncheon on page A3 Friday. The News-Examiner regrets the error.

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PUBLIC MEETINGS

Scheduled meetings and hearings of local government and other organizations in Fayette, Franklin, Union and Western Wayne counties. FAYETTE COUNTY Monday Connersville Board of Public Works and Safety: 1 p.m., City Hall, 500 Central Ave. Connersville City Council: 7

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