We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!

featured

Plein Air Paint Out weekend is Oct. 18-20 in Franklin County, reports Melody Gault, Franklin County Public Library District adult services librarian.

Richard Lin, the 2018 Indianapolis International Violin Competition winner, will perform a concert Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Oldenburg Academy auditorium. The event, part of the Batesville Area Arts Council Arts-in-Education Evening Series, is free to the public.

Financial aid professionals will be volunteering at 37 sites in Indiana to help college-bound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday. The event is set for Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. 

Six Indiana Conservation Officers have become members of Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement’s 47-officer team of certified dive rescue specialists that serves the entire state.

Tonya Weiler Hudepohl, Oldenburg Academy Class of 1994, is the new manager of Twice Blessed as of Oct. 1.She brings almost 20 years of retail and managerial experience to this position plus her lifelong love of OA and support of its mission.

Putting schoolchildren on the playground before lunch may be the best way to boost their appetites while cutting food waste and discipline problems, says a new study from Ball State University.

Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness announced Oct. 10 that 229 Indiana cities, towns and counties received a combined $99.2 million in state matching funds for local road projects through the Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative.

The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting two more Hoosiers have died of severe lung injuries linked to a history of e-cigarette use or vaping. This brings the total number of vaping-related deaths in Indiana to three since Sept. 6.

The Southeastern Indiana Musicians Association annual Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony and Concert will take place Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Gibson Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m. It will include live performances and storytelling by inductees.

featured

BROOKVILLE — William Schwab, Brookville, and Brian Schell, Cincinnati, sought a conditional use approval from the Franklin County Area Plan Commission Oct. 9 to open the Brookville Recovery Center at 273 Main St.

• Firefighters warn of holiday dangers.

Fresh publication in your mailbox

Orville Thie

St Nicholas School, Sunman, staff and students recently welcomed State Rep. Cindy Ziemke, who toured the school and stopped in each classroom to say hello and answer questions. Here she poses with fourth-graders.

featured

The city of Batesville just opened a new park on Batesville’s north side across from Batesville Tool & Die and behind the Margaret Mary Outpatient and Cancer Center located on Six Pine Ranch Road, reports Parks Commissioner Mike Baumer.

breaking

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 11:41 p.m., Franklin County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called to a Pearl Street home in Laurel after a domestic disturbance report.

featured

VERSAILLES — Jerry Wilson first became interested in the Lewis and Clark Expedition when he read Stephen Ambrose’s book “Undaunted Courage” and watched a PBS documentary by Ken Burns.

featured

The town’s comprehensive plan, a taproom and LED streetlights were among the items that were on the agenda for the Oct. 7 Oldenburg Town Council meeting.

featured

Hillenbrand Community Leadership Series Class IV members met for the first time Oct. 4 to discuss their topic, “Building Regional Capacity.”

Located along a bend in the Ohio River in southeast Indiana, Aurora grew in the early 1800s as a river port, favored for its strategic location for shipping goods between Cincinnati and Louisville. As the city celebrates its bicentennial in 2019, Indiana Landmarks, Dearborn County Historical…

Franklin County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to 1,118 calls for service in August, which is a 12% increase over the 983 calls in 2018, according to a monthly activity report released by Sheriff Peter Cates.

Ivy Tech Community College faculty and students participated in the AT&T FirstNet Hackathon, where participants would develop an app for assisting first responders in the field. FirstNet is the only communication tool dedicated to public safety, including law enforcement, fire and EMS pe…

Ivy Tech Community College Lawrenceburg campus has awarded $1,000 scholarships to both the Aurora Farmers Fair king and queen. The 2019 festival kicked off Oct. 2 with their crownings. East Central High School student Jackson Ketcham was crowned king and South Dearborn High School student Li…

featured

The last blaze Batesville firefighters responded to with New Point volunteers was a field fire Sept. 29 on Enochsburg Road. “It just burned up the corn fodder. It didn’t get into the standing corn,” reported Batesville Fire & Rescue Chief Todd Schutte.

Ivy Tech Community College officials at Batesville and Lawrenceburg sites promoted College Go! and Application Week by visiting area high schools during the week of Sept. 23-27: Batesville, East Central, Franklin County, Jac-Cen-Del, Lawrenceburg, Milan, Rising Sun, South Dearborn, South Rip…

Whitewater Canal Trail volunteers will celebrate the grand opening of a new section Sunday, Oct. 13. The Feeder Dam Trail Phase 1 is about two miles long and starts at U.S. 52 in Metamora, reports WCT President Shirley Lamb.

The Indiana State Department of Health is encouraging Hoosiers to get vaccinated against influenza soon as flu cases begin emerging across the state.

Medicare open enrollment occurs Oct. 15-Dec. 7. During this time, you can change your Medicare coverage by joining a new Medicare Advantage Plan or stand-alone Prescription Drug Plan (Part D); or switching between original Medicare with or without a Part D Plan and Medicare Advantage.

Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. Community Mental Health Center Inc., Lawrenceburg; other mental health providers; and U.S. mental health care advocates are continuing to work together with hundreds of thousands of Americans to suppo…

featured

On April 4, the Batesville Advisory Plan Commission granted primary approval for Creekside Development, a 64-lot subdivision west of the Kroger shopping center on 25 acres that would be developed by Charlie Gillman and Luke Pierson and completed in three phases.

Martha is a stunning, large adult cat with beautiful markings who was surrendered to the Franklin County Humane Society this past summer, reports member Jeanine Higginbotham. The laidback and affectionate feline does very well with other cats.

featured

BROOKVILLE – The Indiana Youth Institute presented a Youth Worker Cafe professional development event Oct. 3 at the Brookville United Methodist Church. Lenore Friedly, Family Engagement Partnerships, Indianapolis, family engagement consultant, presented "Parent and Family Engagement: Engagem…

Today’s home fires burn faster than ever, making escape planning all the more critical to home fire safety. Studies show that in the past, people had approximately 17 minutes to escape a typical home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Now they may have as little as two minutes to get…

featured

MADISON – From an ice cream social to hunting and fishing activities, Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, Madison, has something for everyone.

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

Bernita Weisbrodt Andres, 93 years old of St. Leon, passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Bernita loved to spend time with her family as often as she could. She loved to make crafts which included making her entire family Christmas ornaments to adorn their trees. She also shared her lov…

Sister Francis Joan Clements, age 94 of the Sisters of St. Francis in Oldenburg, Indiana, died Sunday, October 6, 2019, at the convent. Born June 2, 1925, in Clementsville, Kentucky, she is the daughter of Anna and Robert Clements. She taught at schools in Indiana, Ohio and Missouri. When as…

Sister Rita Vukovic, age 89 of the Sisters of St. Francis in Oldenburg, Indiana, died Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the convent. Born April 6, 1930, in Dayton, Ohio, she is the daughter of Catherine (nee Fiedler) and Paul Vukovic. She entered the convent September 8, 1948, and made her final…

Marilyn P. Elliott, 88 of Brazil, Indiana, formerly of Sun City, Arizona, and Wilton, Connecticut, passed away unexpectedly September 30, 2019, at St. Vincent Clay Hospital. She was born December 13, 1930, in Batesville, Indiana, the daughter of John T. Pohlman and Bertha Timmerman Pohlman. …