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Friday, August 28, 2015 7:55 AM

WESTFIELD – While many cities in Hamilton County continue to steer away from agriculture, Waitt Grain – located in Westfield off of Indiana 38 – has a different plan.

The business, which has been in operation since 1968, was the focus of Thursday’s Northern Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce meeting. It was the first gathering of the new chamber since Sheridan Chamber of Commerce and Northern Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce consolidated. Members were able to enjoy food, learned information about the company and even got a tour of the grain elevator.

Hometown News

  • Rotarians hear about healthy living

    Sheridan Rotarians welcomed Holly Wheeler, assistant director of Partnership for a Healthy Hamilton County (PHHC) as their guest speaker on Aug. 18.

    “Healthy People. Healthy County.” This is the PHHC motto, and their mission is to “Collaborate across all sectors of the community to advocate for and implement strategies that help to improve the health of Hamilton County residents where they live, work, play and learn."

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  • Sheridan Lions roar with goodness
    Good living in small communities is all about good people. And very little shows that more than what the Sheridan Lions Club did recently. 
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  • It's Story Time at Library
    Story time for ages 3-5 has returned to Sheridan Public Library, 103 W. First St., Sheridan. Georgia Arnett will offer two story times this year, one on Wednesdays at 1:15 p.m. and one on Fridays at 11 a.m. All children are welcome to attend, even if they do not live in the community. 
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  • With one night of Sheridan Horseshoe League team competition remaining, three teams had a shot of capturing the second round. Asphaugh Electric and O’Reilly Auto Parts were in a dead heat with United feeds trailing by two games. One of those teams would be facing Price Heating, the first round winner for the league championship. 
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  • DOVER - Fireworks were going off at Western Boone High School, unfortunately for many Western Boone touchdowns. The Stars' offensive was just too much for the Sheridan Blackhawks to handle in their 47-20 loss Friday night.
    The Blackhawks had a slow start on offensive with only eight first-down completions - most of which occurred in the second half.  
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  • The 2015-16 season will be legendary as head coach Larry "Bud" Wright celebrates his 50th year with the Sheridan Blackhawks. In the past half-century, Wright holds an astounding 391-174 record, making him the winningest football coach in IHSSA history. He has also led Sheridan to nine state titles.

    But it won't be an easy season as the Blackhawks will call themselves this year's road warriors.

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  • Action in the Sheridan Horseshoes League heated up recently – really heated up. Really.
    It was so hot that the league took a break from the excessive heat and so last week the league got together and pitched two different teams and averaged the score. 
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  • The Zionsville Community Band is scheduled to perform a concert for all to enjoy next month at Sheridan's Veteran Park.

    The free community event is being sponsored by the Sheridan Historical Society. And even though there is no admission charge, donations will be accepted.

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  • Otis W. “Pete” Pickett, 94, passed away in Bradenton, Fla. on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. He resided there since 2006.

    Mr. Pickett was born and raised in the Indianapolis area.

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  • Joseph Peter Franki, 66, passed away Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis.

    Mr. Franki was born and raised in New York. His parents are Joseph and Mary (Feretich) Franki.

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  • Nancy Elaine Peters-Cathcart, 66, Noblesville, passed away Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 19, 2015, at Riverview Hospital.

    Born March 4, 1949 in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of the late Robert Dale Wilson and Beatrice (Carr) Wilson-McInerney.

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  • Scott T. Clouse
    Scott T. Clouse, 43, Westfield, died at 1:02 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at Riverview Health in Noblesville

    He was born Feb. 1, 1972, in Kokomo, to Richard & Marilyn (Weaver) Clouse. 
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  • Donna Jean Wright, 59, Crossville, Tenn., passed away on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at Cumberland House in Crossville.

    She was born Oct. 21, 1955 in Sacramento, Calif. to William J. Moore and Joyce (Covey) Conn.

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  • Norma Jean (Palmer) Quick

    Mrs. Norma Jean (Palmer) Quick, 88, passed away Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at her home in Lebanon.

    She was born on Sept. 19, 1926 in Boxley, a daughter of the late George Oliver “Ollie” and Stella Delzada (Cast) Palmer.

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  • Eric Allen Garst, 30, Indianapolis, passed away at his home Friday morning, Aug. 14, 2015.

    He was born Sept. 7, 1984 in Tipton.

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  • Robert Eugene Honnold
    Former Sheridan resident Robert Eugene Honnold, 81, Carthage, died on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, surrounded by family following a history of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
    He was born March 11, 1934 in Sheridan, the son of Lamar and Mable (Conaway) Honnold.| 
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  • Dorothy Hiatt Alkire, 94, died on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. 
    She was born in Carrington, N.D., on July 11, 1921, and resided most of her life in Westfield and Lebanon. 
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  • Katherine “Katie” Alice (Faucett) Waters, 75, Kirklin, died on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 in Noblesville.
    She was born on March 9, 1940, to the late Gilbert J and Maxine (Harshman) Faucett in Frankfort. 
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  • Mary Jo Hunt, 70 of Safety Harbor, Fla., passed away July 4th, 2015.

    She was born in Indianapolis and moved to Safety Harbor around 1983.

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  • Phyllis Rebecca Quick, 82, of Sheridan, passed away Thursday morning, July 23, 2015.

    She was born June 29, 1933 in Sheridan to the late William H. and Clara Mae (Cox) Hoover.

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County News

  • Hamilton County Traffic Safety Partnership, a consortium of law enforcement agencies in Hamilton County, is participating in the national and statewide "2015 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement mobilization, which kicks off today and runs through Sept. 7.

    Officers will join more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies, and thousands more across the nation, to conduct high-visibility patrols encouraging drivers against drinking and driving.

    "This campaign provides us another opportunity to educate and enforce messages that save the lives of Indiana drivers and passengers," said Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen.

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  • The Tipton County Pork Festival Art Show is looking for artists and photographers to enter this year’s art show taking place Sept. 10-12. Work will be accepted from persons from kindergarten through senior citizens in fine arts and non-enhanced and enhanced photography.

    We are also looking for artists, photographers and crafters who would like to sell their work to apply to be a vendor at our new Artists and Crafters Marketplace.

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  • Dear Editor,

    In times of crisis or distress, the people of God go to prayer. From the drought in California to the floods across the mid-section of the country, the outlook for the 2015 harvest is not good. Many farmers in my area are saying that they have never seen the corn looking this bad. One farmer described it as a slow-moving disaster.

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  • Sports fans, specifically racing fans, has The Noblesville Times got a deal for you!
    Starting with the Brickyard 400, Jeff Gordon's last visit to Indianapolis as a full-time stock car racer, The Times is beginning its own Fantasy Racing League. What that means for you is that you get to become a team owner, select your own stable of drivers and then compete against your friends and neighbors for weekly prizes as well as a grand prize of $500.
    Click here for more on the way it works. 
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  • Starting today, traffic patterns will shift on US 31 to the new pavement (outside lanes) between 103rd and Old Meridian Streets.
    Once a complete shift is done, construction will begin on the new inside lanes.
    In addition, traffic will also shift on 106th and 116th Streets. Both streets will reduce to one lane in each direction across US 31 with additional turn lanes.  
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  • The Bishops band is back and will take the stage Saturday night at the 24th annual Noblesville Street Dance.
    The free event, sponsored by Noblesville Main Street, is 4 to 11 p.m. on the Courthouse Square in downtown Noblesville.
    New this year, winners of Main Street's two karaoke preliminaries will get the opportunity to perform on the stage. Josh Rodkey, 30, Cicero, and Kristen Moore, 26, Noblesville, will face off for a cash prize to be awarded based on crowd response to each performance.
    The Street Dance kicks off at 4 p.m., with the opening of the annual Kids Zone, which will feature games, prizes and activities, through 8:30 p.m., on the Courthouse lawn. 
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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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