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By Dale Robbins - April 19, 2014

In a matter of days, the Sheridan News website will have a fresh appearance as it prepares to relaunch under the new management of The Times of Noblesville. Publisher Tim Timmons expresses enthusiasm for this new relationship with the people and community of Sheridan, and is looking forward to serving the news and information needs of our town.

Both Dale Robbins and Barbara Hiatt (former publisher and editor), wish Tim and the staff of The Times a warm welcome to Sheridan, and look forward to the many new exciting things they will be sharing and presenting in the future! Besides continuing many of the features we began in years past, they have a lot of great ideas that are going to be a tremendous asset to Sheridan.

To send your personal greetings or thoughts to Tim Timmons, send your email via the contact page.

April 19, 2014

Sheridan Rotarians recently welcomed Stephanie Taylor, Executive Director of Ivy Tech Corporate College, as their guest speaker. Ms. Taylor spoke to the club about the new Ivy Tech initiative in Noblesville. The college is moving into the old Noblesville middle school facility on the east side of Noblesville. Plans call for this new Ivy Tech facility to serve the needs of Hamilton County with a variety of degree programs and an eventual enrollment of nearly 10,000 students.

Sheridan Rotary meets the first and third Tuesday of each month for an evening meal and an interesting program. Meetings are held at the Sheridan Public Library starting at 6:15 pm. If you would like to attend a meeting or just come to the program, please contact any Sheridan Rotary member or contact club secretary Steve Martin at the library (317-758-5201). The Sheridan Public Library is located at 103 West First Street in beautiful uptown Sheridan, just on the country side of Hamilton County, Indiana. Won’t you join us?

April 19, 2014

The Sheridan Men's Horseshoe League will soon be starting their 41st year. Horseshoe pitching has been a sport that was said to be developed by the Roman soldiers. Today men, and women around the state over 12 years of age can participate in the sport. The Sheridan league has participants that come as far as Kokomo to pitch one evening each week. The league holds two tournaments each year. The Sheridan Men's Horseshoe League will hold their organization meeting at the courts in Biddle's Memorial Park Wednesday, May 7 at 6:30 PM rain or shine season starts May 14. You don't have to be good. It's much like bowling leagues. You establish a handicap, determined by your average, which gives everybody a chance. Horseshoe pitching is a good outdoor sport, social sport, and a great way to meet new people. Several of the league members will be at the courts Saturday, April 26 from 9 till 10 AM come out and get acquainted. Those interested may call Ron Holliday (317) 867-4467 for more information.

Ron Holliday Secretary 648 Hillcrest Dr. Westfield, IN. 46074 SHERIDAN HORSESHOE LEAGUE (317) 867-4467

By D. Robbins - March 31, 2014

As Barbara Hiatt, long-time editor of Our Home Town, was honored upon her retirement in Sheridan this past Saturday night, Dale Robbins, her brother and publisher announced a new future for SheridanNews.Net. Beginning in April, the local online news provider will begin a transition to new management by The Times of Noblesville.

Tim Timmons, publisher and CEO of the Times, who grew up in Hamilton County and graduated from Noblesville High School in 1974, has expressed his strong commitment to continue bringing news and information to the community of Sheridan.

"I'm excited for the new possibilities this creates for Sheridan's future," says Dale Robbins. "The Times has the staff and resources to communicate and report local news in a greater capacity, and I'm glad that our home town will receive the attention that it needs and deserves as it continues to grow and move forward."

The tribute to Barbara at the Sheridan Community Center was attended by approximately seventy-five friends, family and subscribers, who enjoyed personal reflections by special speakers, along with a slide show of past photos that were displayed in the Our Home Town newsletter over the past seventeen years.

In the photo shown, Barbara is presented a plaque in behalf of her readers/subscribers, by brother/publisher Dale Robbins; Ron Stone, long-time friend and president of the Sheridan Historical Society; Brenda Bush, long-time friend and town council member; Joan (Robbins) Heine, sister and former teacher at Sheridan Elementary; and daughter Summer (Hiatt) Heacock.


The 125rd Sheridan, Marion-Adams School Reunion is coming on Sunday May 4th, 2014. All present and past Sheridan alumni are invited to attend. Recognition will be shown to all present and past alumni, with special honors shown this year to past graduate years of 1954, 1964 and 1974. The on-site registration and reception will begin at 11:30am, with a luncheon/banquet to convene at at 12:30, and the alumni gathering to proceed in the main auditorium at 1:30pm.

Deadline for reservations is April 29, 2014 and cost for the alumni luncheon/banquet is $15. Mail to: Sheridan Marion-Adams Alumni, P.O. Box 203 Sheridan, IN 46069.

(For late reservations, you'll need to call 317-758-5170 and be prepared to pay at the door. For further information, email Ron Stone at

Please download and review this registration at

Riverview Hospital is changing its name to Riverview Health to more accurately represent its comprehensive network of healthcare facilities in Hamilton and Tipton counties.

"Riverview Hospital has served the local community well since it first opened as Harrell Hospital and Sanatorium in 1909," said Ms. Pat Fox, president and CEO of Riverview Health. "Over the years, we've expanded, making us much more than the four walls of a hospital. Through this name change, we're not only embracing our rich history, but also reaffirming our strong commitment to our community."

This change better reflects the organization's full scope of inpatient and outpatient services, which includes family medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN care, cardiac care, surgery, orthopedics & sports medicine, cancer care, interventional pain management, wound care, diabetes & endocrinology, internal medicine, and imaging, among others.

"As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, so must we," said Fox. "With many more healthcare changes on the horizon, it's critical that we focus on what's most important to the people in our community--things like having convenient access to exceptional primary care providers and women's health services, as well as extraordinary orthopedic and cardiac care. As the need for care in these areas continues to grow, we want to reiterate to the members of our community that we offer a full-range of specialty providers and services."

In addition to providing outstanding patient care, Riverview Health will continue to support its local communities through its extensive outreach efforts, expanded educational opportunities, and enhanced partnerships with local businesses and schools.

The organization's physician network, Riverview Medical Group, will remain unchanged. Along with the name change, Riverview Health is unveiling a refined identity that includes a new logo.

"The decision to introduce a new identity was made only after careful consideration and many months of market research and strategic planning," commented Fox. "We tested the new identity with focus groups to ensure we were heading in the right direction and getting real-time feedback. In the end, we found that people were overwhelmingly supportive of the name change and the reasons behind it."

Full implementation of the new identity will be phased in over the next six to 12 months. People can expect to see internal and external changes, such as a revamped website, the addition of an electronic message board sign at the hospital's main entrance, and new signage at the hospital campus and physician offices.

"We invite members of our community to take a fresh look at Riverview Health. We continue to enhance our facilities through equipment and building upgrades, as well as expand our services by cultivating relationships with physicians and other healthcare providers. We've made major renovations throughout the last decade and are continually looking for new opportunities to enhance the patient experience."

IU Health North Hospital to Offer Free Oral Cancer Screenings During Oral Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. John Goldenberg will offer Free Oral Cancer Screenings on Wednesday, April 16, from 1-4 pm in Otolaryngology Associates Suite 445 in the Medical Office Building attached to Indiana University Health North Hospital.

This free exam is quick and simple. It takes less than 10 minutes and includes a visual screening of the mouth, lips and throat for noticeable signs of oral cancer. Interested individuals should call 317.844.7059 (ext. 1425) to schedule their appointment for April 16.

"With April being Oral Cancer Awareness Month, this is a perfect opportunity to educate the public about the common risk factors associated with oral cancer and screen people who may be at risk," said Goldenberg. "The vast majority of all head and neck cancers are related to tobacco abuse or the human papillomavirus (HPV), making this one of the most preventable diseases of our time."

Event Details
Wednesday, April 16, 1-4 pm
o Location: 11725 N. Illinois St., Suite 445, Carmel, IN 46032
(Otolaryngology Associates office in the Medical Office Building
attached to IU Health North Hospital)
o Screening exam takes less than 10 minutes
o Call 317.844.7059 (ext. 1425) to schedule your screening!

Most Common Risk Factors
o Smoking or tobacco use
o Having the human papillomavirus (HPV)
o Frequent alcohol use
o Being over age 40
o Prolonged sun exposure
o Growth or sores in mouth

LARRY JEAN WHICKER, age 77 of Sheridan, Indiana, passed away Wednesday evening, March 26, 2014, at Riverview Hospital.

Born March 6, 1937 in Sheridan, he was the son of late George and Dorothy (Schley) Whicker. Larry worked for the Sheridan Street Department for over 35 years. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish, rain or shine. He was also a collector and connoisseur of aluminum cans.

On October 11, 1969, Larry married Rita (Reynolds) Whicker, she survives him. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Chris B (Gail) Whicker of Sheridan; daughter Melinda M. Whicker and fianc'e Tom Williams of Sheridan; 1 brother, Danny (Judy) Whicker of Sheridan; grandchildren, Travis Whicker, Jordan Leiter (fianc'e Bunny Smith), Cody Walton, Crystal (Marc) Catron, Cody (Melissa) Parks ; great grandchildren, Kailee Barnett, Wade and Evelyn Mae Catron; and his beloved pets Sissy, Cassey and Coda.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Kathryn Staton and Gladys Hendrickson.

Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Kercheval Funeral Home in Sheridan, with Pastor Chris Welch officiating. Burial will follow at Spencer Cemetery. Visitation will be on Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 11:00 AM until the time of Service.

KENNETH L. WALKER, age 78 of Sheridan, passed away Wednesday morning, March 26, 2014, at Riverview Hospital.

Born December 7, 1935 in Westfield, Indiana, he was the son of the late George F. and Harriet (Wood) Walker. Kenneth was the Valedictorian of the Westfield H.S. Class of 1953. He was a life long farmer and served as the Head of the Maintenance Dept. for the Marion-Adams School Corporation in Sheridan for more than 20 years. Kenneth was a veteran of the Army Reserve and a member of the Sheridan First United Methodist Church. He loved to garden and grow flowers and he especially loved spending time with his 4 legged "grand dog" Baby.

In July of 1961 Kenneth married Mary Lou (Rayls) Walker, she survives him. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Brian L. Walker of New Palestine; a brother, Allen L. (Marlene) Walker of Orlando, Florida, and 1 sister Georgia L (Emmett, Jr.) Walter of Muncie. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents.

Services will be held at 1:00 PM, on Monday, March 31, 2014, at Kercheval Funeral Home in Sheridan, with Pastor Carol Fritz officiating. Burial will follow at Crown View Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Kercheval Funeral Home.

JOHN A. ROSS, age 67 of Noblesville, passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014 at IU Health North Hospital in Carmel.

He was born on June 15, 1946 to Noble and Louise (Allen) Ross in Lafayette, Indiana. His parents precede him in death.

John worked as a credit manager for U.S. Foodservice for 40 years before retiring in 2011. He loved traveling, and antique cars, he also enjoyed camping. He had a strong interest in history, and was known for being a jokester. He loved his family and dogs, Sophie and Annie, dearly.

He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Karen (Huber) Ross; son, Brian (Jennifer) Ross; and grandchildren, Kole and Emma Monson.

Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Randall & Roberts Funeral Home, 1150 Logan Street, in Noblesville, with Rev. Stanley R. Sutton officiating. Visitation will be Friday, March 21, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be at Crownland Cemetery in Noblesville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society for Hamilton County, 1721 Pleasant Street, Suite B, Noblesville, IN 46060; or Exotic Feline Rescue Center, 2221 E. Ashboro Road, Center Point, IN 47840.

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