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Sidewalk cleaners

Sidewalks along Central Avenue from 7th Street to 5thStreet got a good cleaning Friday afternoon. The cleaning is a project of Discover Connersville, the local Main Street organization.Downtown building owners were asked to clean the inside of their windows and to water the flowersin planters along the street.Pictured using scrubbers in the 600 block of Central before pressure washing were Stevi and Jerry Cockerham of KPS Pressure Washing.

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Game on: Businesses participate in golf outing

Jason Woods got a hole in one on a par 3 hole at the Chamber Golf Classic and won a golf driver and a set of fairway woods as part of the Advantage Ford Par 3 Hole In One Challenge. He’s pictured getting ready to drive a ball down a fairway at Willowbrook Country Club.

By BRANDON TOWNSEND - btownsend@newsexaminer.com One golfer’s hole in one livened Thursday’s Fayette County Chamber of Commerce’s Golf Classic. Teams sponsored by local businesses played a friendly game of golf at Willowbrook Country Clu

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Fayette County 4-H 10-Year Members

Seth Bean Seth Bean is the son of John and Laura Bean. He is a member of the Fairview Happy Hustlers 4-H Club. “4-H has taught me how to be responsible for my own projects. Without being responsible and working hard, I could never have been successful. 4-H ha

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Don't miss the 116th Fayette County Free Fair

The 2018 Fayette County Free Fair book has all the attractions, schedules and rules for the 116th annual fair.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com For 115 years, the Fayette County Free Fair has been the largest attraction in the county. With the lineup of activities this year, the 116th version should be exciting as well. The Free Fair, July 28-Aug. 4, features 4-H

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Fayette County Free Fair Schedule

2018 FAYETTE COUNTY FREE FAIR Pre-Fair Activities Mon., July 23, Tues., July 24, Wed., July 25 8-10 a.m. 4-H Exhibits Due in Expo Hall (exhibits entered after 10 a.m. are considered late) 10:30 a.m. 4-H Project Judging begins 12 p.m. Consumer Clothing exhibit check

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The importance of bringing Connersville into the Digital Age

By PATRICK T. SULLIVAN - danceswithskunks.com Editor’s note: First in a three-part series. Any threat to our community should be concerning to the citizens of Connersville. When a man with an engineering undergraduate degree, a masters in economic

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Medic served Apollo 11 mission

Laurelnative Ralph Hall proudly shows a plaque he received following the Apollo 11 moon mission in appreciation for hisrole onthe medical team that took care of the astronauts inan isolation lab.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Three astronauts returning from the moon had to be isolated in case they had brought home any contamination or disease from outer space. Forty-nine years ago, a Laurel native who quit high school and became

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Filters trap blood clots, not good for most patients

Riyaz Bashir, a cardiologist, says clot-trapping filters are not advisable in most patients with a condition called deep-vein thrombosis.

By TOM AVRIL - Philly.com In patients with blood clots in the veins of their legs – a debilitating condition called deep-vein thrombosis – physicians sometimes implant miniature filters to prevent the clots from migrating to the lungs. But the devices

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Parents @ Play: 'Round and 'round we go

GraviTrax uses building blocks, balls, and gravity to create action-packed ball mazes.

By Armin Brott and Samantha Feuss - Tribune News Service Whether it’s sports, vehicles, or just the circle of life, we can’t get enough of round things _ wheels, balls, etc. Here are a few fun games that get you and your family on a delightful roll towa

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Organization Reports

Shawn Tipton, center, spoke to Connersville Kiwanis on Wednesday about his duties as the full-time chaplain at Fayette Regional Health System. Pictured with him after the meeting are Frank Oakman, left, program chair, and Joe King, club president. The club meets at noon Wednesdays at The Pizza Place, 105 E. 16th St.

Kappa Kappa Sigma East Side United Methodist Church was the location for the July 16 meeting of Zeta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Sigma Sorority Inc. Prior to the opening ceremony, winners of KKS scholarships were presented their checks. Nancy Jurmanovich, scholarship vh

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Community Notebook

Rotary: Connersville Rotary Club meets at noon Monday in The Pizza Place, 105 E. 16th St. (new location).  Woodcarvers: Whitewater Valley Woodcarvers Club, Monday, 6 to 8 p.m., Whitewater Valley Arts Association gallery, 402 Central Ave. For more information,

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In brief

Chamber needing luncheon sponsors The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce is looking for members to help sponsor the New Teachers Luncheon on Aug. 2. Each $30 sponsorship provides lunch for one new teacher and a business host. This coming school year

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Summer learning

Jessica Miller uses play money for a math review lesson with her class of incoming third-graders at Grandview Elementary.Miller revisited second-grade concepts with the students for the first week of the jumpstart program before moving them on to third-grade lessons starting Monday.

By BRANDON TOWNSEND - btownsend@newsexaminer.com Kids are preparing for third grade with word problems, math lessons with play money and guided readings to cover familiar and new material in a summer educational program. A two-week jumpstart pro

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Court News

Fayette Superior CourtJudge Paul Freed Possession of marijuana: Daniel L. Shaul Jr., 25, Laurel, pleaded guilty and sentenced to one year in the Fayette County Jail, suspended and placed on probation. Assessed $385 court costs; $75 initial and $15 monthly probation

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City to be Shaken at youth event

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com An evangelist and music will be features of the City Shakers youth event. Hosted by Vonda Bishop Ministries, City Shakers is set for the Connersville High School football field at 7 p.m. Friday, July 27, three weeks b

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Mural of Robert E. Wise will be painted

An image of movie director Robert E. Wise has been chosen as the next downtown mural. It will be painted on the Issues and Answers building at 6th Street and Central Avenue.

By NEWS-EXAMINER STAFF Two new murals will soon appear on buildings in the 600 block of Central Avenue. The Whitewater Valley Arts Association conducted voting among five suggestions for new downtown murals. The favorite of voters on social media is a des

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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 Heather M. Crisp, 42, 2234 Iowa Ave., was arrested Friday at her residence by Fayette County Sheri

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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 City Council: Special meeting, 6 p.m., City Hall, 500 Central Ave., to lock in interest rate for P

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Helping out

Two young people have been helping their grandmother keep the lawn andlandscaping looking good at the Fayette County Courthousethis summer. Anthony Monoghan, 11, and Shailee Moss, 9, pulled crabgrass Thursday morning under supervision ofSheri L. Black/Tandy, who works in the CASA program.

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Shootout on Sycamore Street

Patrolman Howard Kelley

By ROBERT HARDING - For the Connersville News-Examiner Early Sunday morning, July 22, 1934, Patrolman Howard Kelley, age 57, reported for duty at Police Headquarters in City Hall. Patrolman Albert Wrigley would’ve thanked him for coming in. It wasn’t ev

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Reflecting God's love to others

During a recent mission trip to Puerto Rico, the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria on the island a year ago could still be seen. As our mission team flew into San Juan, we saw hundreds of houses with roofs covered with blue tarps to cover the gaping holes cause

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Passing the torch

By BRANDON TOWNSEND - btownsend@newsexaminer.com Big changes are coming to the leadership of the Fayette County Free Fair Queen Contest after Saturday’s event. This is the last year that Mary Medler, Laura Shoemaker and Joe Glowacki will be the

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Grace UMC

Grace United Methodist Church, 2836 Indiana Ave., is currently without a regular pastor. Begun in 1941 as a United Brethren in Christ Church in the Columbia area in homes, the congregation moved a couple times. It became Grace UMC before moving into a facility at Grand Avenue and West 27th Street in 1953. The final move to the current location came in 1993. Worship is at 9:30 a.m.

Vonda Bishop Ministries will host Michael Addison for the City Shakers youth event at 7 p.m. July 27 at the Connersville High School football field. Addison’s mother died after being shot on the streets of Norton, Va. His story is about redemption. A free-wil

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'Equalizer 2' coasts on star's charm

Denzel Washington in “The Equalizer 2.”

By KATIE WALSH - Tribune News Service It seems every venerable actor of a certain age has got to have a trusty action franchise to fall back on these days. And for Denzel Washington, that’s “The Equalizer” films, based on the ‘80s TV show a

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FIFA and yellow cards for faith

History buffs probing the origins of the Cross of St. George will find themselves exploring a labyrinth of faith and legend in the late Middle Ages. But to see this heraldry symbol, just look at England’s flag – a bright red cross on a white background.

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Grand Avenue UMC has a new pastor

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com July is pastor-changing season in some churches as pastors retire or move on to other assignments. Grand Avenue United Methodist Church, 1943 N, Grand Ave., has a new pastor Gwen Pew, who is replacing Kara Bussabarger

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State designates the new Mary Gray Nature Preserve

Amy Wilms holds an indigo bunting during a bird-banding demonstration at the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary in May. Part of the sanctuary is now a state-designated nature preserve.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Fayette County has gained a second nature preserve with the state’s designation of 38 acres of the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary. The new nature preserve is in the western part of the bird sanctuary, located in

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Total upgrade

By BRANDON TOWNSEND - btownsend@newsexaminer.com From installing new flooring in some of buildings to removing and replacing boiler systems, construction projects and renovations across the district are keeping the Fayette County School Corporation b

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Tests show students learning faster

Charts show the change in test scores from the beginning of a school year to the following spring, giving an indication of how much students are learning compared to national growth averages.

By BRANDON TOWNSEND - btownsend@newsexaminer.com Many students of the Fayette County School Corporation may be learning at a rate that exceeds the national average, according to an assessment used by the corporation. The Northwest Evaluation Association (

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Planning begins for county bicentennial

Fayette County Bicentennial Co-Chair Mike Sparks (standing) leads the opening meeting of the steering committee Tuesday at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association. Clockwise from lower left are Sharon McQueen, Jackie Church, Jim Reese, Corinne Westerfield, Co-Chair Jenny Sparks, Mike Sparks, Lindsey Brooks, Tamra DeGroat, Sue Ann Pflum, Pat Summan and Vice Chair Ed Herrell.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com The Fayette County Bicentennial is approaching ... quickly. Tuesday, the steering committee met for the first time to begin the planning for the 2019 event. The committee is sort of a reunion as many on the committee helpe

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Court employees won't see pay raise this year

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com To no one’s great surprise, the Fayette County Council has decided not to change the staffing plan and pay for workers in the Fayette County Superior Court office. The council agreed Tuesday night to a recommendat

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Comedy show will feature storytelling, clean humor

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com People sometimes just need a good laugh to forget what is going on in their lives. The Hope Center is offering a LOL – Laughing Out Loud – comedy night to take away the stress of life. Comedian John F

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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 Nissan Maxima driven by Alexa J. Weber, 2086 W. 3rd St, and a Nissan Frontier driven by Amy J.

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Brass Band playing here

The Crossroads Brass Band will play a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday inthe Roberts Park Pavilion, 2900 Park Road. It is British Brass Band from Franklinthat includes community brass players and retired band personnel.

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News Briefs

City looking for new Park Board member The city of Connersville is looking for someone to serve on the Park Board. This is to replace Dave Young, who resigned. It is a four-year term. Anyone interested may submit a resume to the mayor’s office,

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Gas line replacement

Workers from Miller Pipeline Co. are replacing a natural gas line along Western Avenue from 18th to 11th streets. They’re putting in a 6-inch high density plastic line to replace a steel line installed in the mid-1950s, according to Tracy Bare, district manager for the Ohio Valley Gas Corp.He said the project will probably take another six weeks to complete. The company plans to replace the line from 19th to 32nd street in 2019.

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Save the drama

Julie Taylor, left, and Abigail Calonge are coloring a “Vote for Duck” sign for drama camp at the Fayette County Public Library. In their play Dooby Dooby Moo, Duck is one of the animals participating in a talent show to win a trampoline.

By BRANDON TOWNSEND - btownsend@newsexaminer.com Children designed scenery, created masks, coordinated costumes and rehearsed at an indoor drama camp on Tuesday. They’re preparing for a play, Dooby Dooby Moo, which they will perform at the

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Needle exchange contract approved

Fayette County’s needle exchange program is still being moved to Fayette Regional Health System. The Fayette County Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a contract with the hospital, allowing it to take over the program. The hospital is finalizing a lo

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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 No arrests reported. Blotter A. Chad Blaes reported Monday his bank debit card had an unauthorized

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Local schools seek metal detectors

By BRANDON TOWNSEND - btownsend@newsexaminer.com Local schools are among those asking for free handheld metal detectors from the state. Gov. Eric Holcomb announced on July 9 that handheld metal detectors would be provided at no cost to any Indiana school

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City sees wastewater, water needs

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com A new study calls for spending about $9.65 million on the city’s wastewater treatment and water systems, probably leading to a rate increase to help pay for them. City Council accepted a study for Conn

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'UnREAL' moves to Hulu for final season

Constance Zimmer on the Lifetime series “UnREAL.” The show is hooking up with Hulu for its fourth and final season.

By YVONNE VILLARREAL - Los Angeles Times It’s the kind of finale twist television thrives on: After a three-year relationship with Lifetime, “UnREAL” is hooking up with Hulu for its fourth and final season. And it’s wasting little time flaun

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Heimlich family members say Red Cross guidance on choking victims could end in death

Janet and Phil Heimlichhave launched their “Hug, Don’t Hit” campaign to educate the public on the Heimlich maneuver’s significance. The announcement is the latest development in a long-running disagreement between some members of the Heimlich family and the Red Cross.

By ESE OLUMHENSE - Chicago Tribune You’re dining in a restaurant when someone at a table nearby starts choking. As they gasp for air – and help – a bystander rushes to their aid. If the bystander in this dramatic scene were trained in first aid at

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TAKING CARE OF BEAR:

John Riley plays with Brooke, his friend Timothy Edge’s dog, at Peoples Park in this photo from 2014. Riley, his dog Bear, and Edge and his dog Brooke developed a close bond living on the streets of Bloomington.

By BOB ZALTSBERG - (Bloomington) Herald-Times BLOOMINGTON — Bear fits his name: burly and brown, low to the ground, pretty impressive teeth. Intimidating, perhaps, on first glance. In reality, he’s a gentle dog. Bear used to hang out a lot in downtown B

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News Briefs

Chamber Golf Classic planned for Friday The Golf Classic organized by the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce will be Friday at Willowbrook Country Club. A shot gun start is at 9 a.m. Lunch and awards are at 1 p.m. Registration flyers are available from th

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Sewer board president favors new plant

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com DUBLIN — Shortly after hearing the updated costs for a new treatment plant in Cambridge City, the board president said he could not see why the Western Wayne Regional Sewer District would send its wastewater Con

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Bigger than life

Pam Bliss works on a horse's face on the tribute mural to Gen. Solomon Meredith on a building in downtown Cambridge City.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com CAMBRIDGE CITY — President Abraham Lincoln's good friend, Civil War Gen. Solomon Meredith, is being remembered in a large mural across the street from a large mural of Lincoln. Artist Pam Bliss is completing the mura

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Fayette County ambulance crashes

The burned out shell of a Fayette County Emergency Medical Services ambulance sits in a ditch Sunday morning following an accident and fire just west of Centerville along U.S. 40.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Two Fayette County Emergency Medical Services personnel and their patient received injuries in a fiery crash Sunday morning after swerving to miss deer in the roadway. At about 3:39 a.m. Sunday, EMS driver and Em

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The Rock fails to elevate 'Skyscraper'

By GARY THOMPSON - The Philadelphia Inquirer Ginger Rogers, they say, did everything Fred Astaire did, only backward and in heels. “Skyscraper” gives Dwayne Johnson a chance to do everything Bruce Willis did in “Die Hard,” only on one leg. J

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In the cemetery, do no harm

Aimee Brumfield, right, explains sugaring, a natural process that occurs on marble tombstones exposed to weather,. Tiny bits of the stone loosen and feel like granulated sugar. Brumfieldinstructed at a cemetery preservation workshop at Robinson Chapel Cemetery on Saturday.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com First, do no harm. As in the medical profession, that's a good first rule for working on tombstones and cemeteries. And that's the rule that Aimee Brumfield stressed to a dozen people attending a cemetery preservation worksh

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Visteon clean-up may be nearly done

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Most of the wells used in a clean-up of chemical contamination from the former Visteon plant will probably be closed in the near future. Remediation of environmental issues at the factory at 4971 W

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