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Nilea Spural

Famous for fried chicken

Area restaurants are featured in a June 18 New York Times article entitled "If it’s Sunday in Southeastern Indiana, Order the Fried Chicken."

To read it:

Musical this weekend

Franklin County Children’s Theatre presents the musical "Annie Jr." Saturday, June 22, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 23, at 2 p.m. in the Franklin County High School Lew Wallace Auditorium.

Tickets, available at the door, cost $5 for students and $7 for adults. Info:, or private message on Facebook.

At the Gibson

"Toy Story 4," rated G, will be screened Thursday, June 20, at 6 p.m.; Friday, June 21, at 7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, June 22-23, at 2 and 7 p.m.

In a tenderloin mood?

Four contestants compete in the Tenderloin Throwdown, scheduled for Saturday, June 22, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on the Greensburg courthouse square. They are Bearcats Bar and Grill, Indianapolis; Pork Paradise, Alexandria; Bobber's Cafe, Anderson; and Blondie's Giant Tenderloins, Brazil. Diners can vote for the People's Choice award.

Bounce houses; ice cream, kettle corn, soft pretzels and other snacks; and beer and wine are also part of the mix at the fest sponsored by Main Street Greensburg.

Teen diesel club forms

Franklin County 4-H is partnering with local diesel-related businesses to offer a new Diesel Club Experience for teens in grades 6-12, reports Angie Riffle, 4-H youth development extension educator and Purdue Extension Franklin County director.

The callout meeting will be Thursday, June 27, from 3-4 p.m. in Franklin County Government Center Room 206. If you are interested, but unable to attend, or if you are an adult working in the diesel mechanics industry and would be willing to help by providing a hands-on educational presentation for this group, please contact Riffle, or 765-647-3511.

Todd Lockwood and his monster truck, Intruder, will be at the first session Saturday, June 29, from 1-3 p.m. at the Canoefest Kids Fest at the Franklin County 4-H Fairgrounds. All are welcome to view his presentation and the truck will be there from 1-6 p.m.

Children may star in 'Robin Hood'

The Batesville Area Arts Council presents the annual Prairie Fire Children's Theatre Camp open to all students 8-18 Monday-Friday, July 8-12, from roughly 12:30-4:45 p.m. in the Batesville High School auditorium. Tryouts for "Robin Hood" will be on the first day.

Shows will be July 12 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 13, at 2 p.m.

The camp is free to current BAAC members or $25 for all children in a family to participate. The fee includes a family yearly membership.

To register online: Info: executive director Sarah Heppner, 812-933-0355 or

Teen has been missing over a month

Nilea Spural, 17, has been missing from Fort Wayne since May 10.

The black female has brown hair and hazel eyes. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 222 pounds.

Anyone who has information about her should contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 800-843-5678; or Fort Wayne Police Department, 260-427-1222.

Did you snap an awesome state park photo?

Hoosier photographers may be part of a national photo contest through America’s State Parks and help promote the beauty of Indiana’s State Parks.

The chance to win an RV rental, provided by Ourdoorsy, is part of the $2,500 grand prize. Winners in five categories each will receive a $500 REI gift card as well as a camping pillow. The categories: activities, friends and family, camping, wildlife, and scenic and seasons.

Entries will be accepted through June 30 at Winners will be announced in September.

America’s State Parks is an advocacy group to promote and advance state parks systems in the U.S. Info:

Indy is family friendly

Nate Swick, Visit Indy communications manager, suggests three family activities in the state capital.

Two-tailed sloths and a slew of snakes join the Indianapolis Zoo’s star-studded lineup this summer. Don’t forget about the Zoolapalooza concert series on Friday nights in June and July. It's located at 1200 W. Washington St. Info:

The exhibit "Take Me There: Greece" has opened at the Indianapolis Children's Museum, 3000 N. Meridian St., the world’s largest. Attendees will discover the vibrant culture of contemporary Greece, where modern life goes on against the backdrop of the ancient Greek world. Info:

The Indianapolis Indians, the city's AAA baseball team, play their games at Victory Field, 501 W Maryland St., one of the best minor-league ball parks in the country, now through August. Themed events include Marvel Super Hero Nights, a Daniel Tiger appearance and Nick Jr. Weekend with Paw Patrol. Info: