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Amateur Radio operator Steve Quear of Cicero (left) checks headset connections just prior to the beginning of ARRL Field Day 2015 in the Hamilton County Indiana Emergency Management Agency communications trailer at Quaker Park.  Jerry Hill, also of Noblesville, manned the “voice operations” position for the opening of the Joint Hamilton County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (R.A.C.E.S.)/ARES/Central Indiana Amateur Radio Association (CIARA) team operation.
Photo Courtesy of Ron Sans
Amateur Radio operator Steve Quear of Cicero (left) checks headset connections just prior to the beginning of ARRL Field Day 2015 in the Hamilton County Indiana Emergency Management Agency communications trailer at Quaker Park. Jerry Hill, also of Noblesville, manned the “voice operations” position for the opening of the Joint Hamilton County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (R.A.C.E.S.)/ARES/Central Indiana Amateur Radio Association (CIARA) team operation. Photo Courtesy of Ron Sans
Friday, July 03, 2015 4:16 AM

In late June, there was a Joint Hamilton County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services exercise at Quaker Park. It was called ARRL Field Day 2015 and involved people from all over the county.

The purpose of the exercise was to set up and operate “off the grid,” using battery, generator and solar power for 24-hours to demonstrate ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. 

Hometown News

  • The Rich got Richer this week in the AHPA Sheridan Last Pitch Horseshoe League -- Rich as in Richard Law. 

    Law made it a clean sweep with high actual game, high handicap game, high actual series and high handicap series. And United Feeds, which finished fifth out of six teams in the first half of the season, now leads the second half.

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  • The Sheridan Horseshoe League Pitchers met June 23 to finish their first half of the season. Price Heating’s Heather Trietsch and Art Massingill were able to assist their team by tossing 371 and 351 handicap scores. This positioned their team in 1st place for the first half of the season by accumulating a total of 461/2 wins. 
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  • Price Heating went heads up this week against the second place team Bannon & Sons in the first round of the Sheridan Horseshoe League and when the dust had settled, Price Heating managed to extend its lead to three games. 
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  • Hot rods, ‘50s music and swing dancing this Saturday in Sheridan

    SHERIDAN -- Put on your poodle skirt and roll up your T-shirt sleeves.
    And get ready to do the Bunny Hop.
    Sheridan Main Street presents “The Sock Hop,” from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday on Main Street in downtown Sheridan.
    The five-hour event will feature a cruise-in with Hot Rods on Main, music, food and dancing.
    There are also contests and prizes for the best 1950s costumes, and a Twist and Hula Hoop contest.
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  • Reading, recipes and free books
    The annual summer reading program is off and running at the Sheridan Public Library. Offered for community children ages 5 to 12, the program stresses the importance of reading to children and helps maintain their reading and comprehension skills over the vacation. At noon on Friday, David “The Rope Warrior” Fisher, will give a special performance for the Summer Reading kids. Other Friday programs will feature a science day, a “Big Hero 6” program and a final wrap-up pizza party on July 17. 
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  • Five Sheridan students recently graduated from Ball State University. Click here to find out who! 
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  • Richard Law once again led the way in the weekly competition for the Sheridan Horseshoe League. But Jim Lacey and Jerry Shook led Bannon & Sons to within one game of the league leaders. 
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  • The second tournament of the year was held at the Sheridan courts Saturday with Phil Gross taking top honors.
    Gross, of Plainfield, tossed a 76 percent totaling a handicap score of 687.
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  • Lyle K. Thompson

    Lyle K. Thompson, 70, passed away on June 22, 2015 after an extended illness.

    He was born June 12, 1945 in Noblesville to Phil and Lucile Thompson.

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  • John "Jack" Bush

    John "Jack" Bush, Jr., 90, of Sheridan passed away peacefully on July 2, 2015.

    He was born in Sheridan on April 12, 1925, to the late John A. and Dolly (Thurman) Bush.

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  • Janeen Grace (Stevens) Conaway, 57, of Westfield, passed away at her home peacefully on Sunday evening June 28, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer.

    She was born in Bedford on July 28, 1957 to Robert and Lola Stevens. 

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  • Max S. Haimes, 86, of Plainfield and formerly of Sheridan, passed away Saturday morning, June 6, 2015, at Meadow Lakes of Mooresville. 
    He was born July 19, 1928, in Arkansas to the late Kenneth and Cecil (King) Childers, and was a 1946 graduate of Sheridan High School. 
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  • John Allen “Jack” Harrison
    John Allen “Jack” Harrison, 83, of Jolietville, passed away on Thursday afternoon, June 4, 2015, at St. Vincent Carmel Hospital.
    He was born May 14, 1932 to the late Lem and Mary (Wagner) Harrison. 
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  • Mary Katherine Gibbs, 92, of Lapel and formerly of Lake Placid, Fla., passed away Monday morning, May 25, 2015, at Community Hospital of Anderson.
    She was born March 8, 1923 in Troy Ohio to the late Burt and Bessie (Merrill) Porter. 
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  • Craig Gilhousen

    Craig Gilhousen of Kirklin passed away peacefully at his home Friday, May 29, 2015, surrounded by his family and all of his 4-legged “critters”, following a long, bravely fought battle with cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

    He was born Aug. 13, 1949, in Jacksonville, Fla. to the late Melvin Glenn and Joyce Etta (Morgan) Gilhousen.

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  • Wanetta Fleming Hadley

    Wanetta Fleming Hadley, 66, Bloomington, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2015, after a long and very courageous battle with cancer. She died peacefully at Hospice House of Bloomington, with her loved ones at her side.

    She was born on Jan. 23, 1949, in Beech Grove, to Floyd and Violet Fleming, both of whom preceded her in death.

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  • Berniece M. Thistlethwaite

    On May 22, 2015, Berniece Mardelle (Brown) Thistlethwaite, 94, went to be with her Lord and with the love of her life for more than 71 years, Paul Eugene Thistlethwaite.

    She was born Nov. 9, 1920 to Ada (Mundy) and Arnie Brown.

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  • Horace Hilton Harvey
    On Thursday, May 21, 2015, the Lord called home our dear father, Horace Hilton Harvey. He went by Hilton, but always initialed things HHH. Mr. Harvey was a lifelong resident of Hamilton County. 
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  • Harold Macy Gibbs, 96, Lapel, formerly of Lake Placid, Fla., died on Friday morning, May 1, 2015, at Community Hospital in Anderson.
    Born Feb. 22, 1919, in Sheridan, he was the son of the late John H. and Angeline M. (Cobb) Gibbs.
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  • Ryan N. Inman, 23, Coupland, Texas, died on Monday, May 11, 2015.
    He was born in Austin, Texas, to Nick E. and Dawn (Nichols) Inman on July 5, 1991.
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County News

  • A county-wide school supply drive, BackPack Attack, is running through July 19, led by United Way of Central Indiana in Hamilton County. The program, affiliated with Indy BackPack Attack, collects and distributes new school supplies to help the 8,000 Hamilton County students in need. 
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  • The City of Westfield has declared June 21 to 27 "Amateur Radio Week" in preparation for the national ARRL Amateur Radio Field Day exercise Saturday and Sunday. On those days, local ham radio operators will operate "off the grid" for 24 hours at Quaker Park. 
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  • FISHERS - The women who served during the Civil War, the effect the war had on free blacks in Indiana, and how spies deciphered intercepted messages will be the subjects of short plays, new this year to Conner Prairie's Civil War Days.

    Thousands of visitors will be immersed in the Civil War era as more than 500 re-enactors from throughout the country will help transform Conner Prairie into the 1860s Union and Confederate camps for Civil War Days, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers. 
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  • Sheridan News parent company honored
    Sagamore News Media, the company that owns the Sheridan News, the Noblesville Times and Hamilton County Sports Daily, was honored recently by the Crawfordsville / Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce as its Small Business of the Year. 
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  • Here are the voting results for the 2015 May Primary throughout Hamilton County 
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  • Hamilton County Elections Office administrator Kathy Richardson is disappointed at Tuesday's low voter turnout.
    Of the 187,364 registered voters, only 30,186 voted in Hamilton County. Only 16.11 percent. 
    Better than four years ago? 
    Well, yes. In 2011, the voter turnout was 14 percent.
    "It is just disappointing that the turnout's so low, especially on local races. I believe they affect your area, or your community, as much as the president's race, and 85 percent come out and vote for the president," Richardson said. 
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  • Hamilton County's three mayors shined brightly in the primary. Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear is poised to win a historic fourth term while Westfield Mayor Andy Cook won with 2,901 votes, or 60.96 percent against challenger Jeff Harpe who had 1,858 votes, or 39.04 percent. Cook has served two terms as mayor. In Carmel, Mayor James Brainard pulled in 9,584 votes, or 62.74 percent as challenger Rick Sharp earned 5,696 votes, or 37.28 percent. Brainard has served five consecutive terms as the mayor, spanning 20 years.  
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  • More than 265 sandbags were handed out to 17 Hamilton County residents on Wednesday night and during the day on Thursday, after county residents were offered free filled sandbags to help prevent possible flood waters.
    Volunteer Jon Baldwin, program coordinator for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), along with volunteer Dorel Hunt, spent the day on Thursday manning the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency's sand barn, 1717 Pleasant St., Noblesville. They distributed as many bags, which each weigh about 30 pounds, as residents needed.
    Thirty of the 267 sandbags were picked up Wednesday night with the remaining 237 bags issued Thursday. Residents from Sheridan, Noblesville, Cicero, Fishers and Carmel loaded up anywhere from three to 30 bags per vehicle.
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