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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

  • Sheridan Police arrested an Alexandria reserve police officer for the theft of construction equipment being used to install the town’s new sewer lines, according to Sheridan Police Chief Bob Shock. 
    Jesse Scott, 28, Anderson, was arrested at 2:06 p.m. Thursday at his home on the outskirts of Anderson, according to Sheridan Police officer Kevin Garrison, who made the arrest. 
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  • Horseshoes wrap up with banquet

    The Sheridan Horseshoe League held their annual banquet Thursday in Noblesville.

    The members were treated to a buffet dinner. During the meeting decisions were made about next year's league schedule, rule changes and the addition of more awards.

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  • Schools getting $33k back
    Sheridan Community Schools is one of 45 schools and the only school in Hamilton County to receive money from the Indiana Bond Bank.
    The school district received $33,000 as a result of refinancing the school’s pension bond in 2006. The school district will use the money to simply pay off bills. 
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  • Boone REMC’s Operation Round Up board of trustees recently awarded five grants to help fund community projects within Boone and surrounding counties.
    Sheridan First United Methodist Church received $2,000 to purchase equipment and supplies for its Learn and Play Preschool. Learn and Play is a free weekly educational program for children age 2 through pre-kindergarten. 
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  • Class A No. 8 North White was just too much to handle for young Sheridan, blasting the Class A 15th-ranked Blackhawks in their home opener Friday night, 54-13. 
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  • Old school could turn into housing
    The historic Adams Township School will soon be the heart of a neighborhood revitalization effort near downtown Sheridan.
    Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development (HAND) Inc. and the owner of the school entered into an agreement for HAND to purchase the school to preserve the historic building while creating housing opportunities for Sheridan residents.
    The redevelopment project is being called “Blackhawk Commons.” 
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  • It came down to the last pitch as the Sheridan Horseshoe League held its annual individual, handicapped, inter-league tournament Tuesday evening.
    The tournament had to be held into two different three game sessions to accommodate the pitchers.
    After game one of the first session, Sam Gibbons of Noblesville lead all pitchers with 118 points, closely followed by Tim Holliday. After the completion of game two, Jeff Ogle took the lead with 238. Richard Reddick moved from fifth into second, dropping Sam into the sixth spot. As the first session ended Richard captured the lead from Jeff, with Sam in third place. 
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  • 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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  • Officer William L. “Bill” Blake, 73, of Sheridan, passed away Tuesday morning, Sept. 29, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Seton Specialty Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

    Officer Blake was born March 26, 1942, in Alexandria, Ind. to the late Robert L. and Mabel (Johnson) Blake.

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  • Peggy Ann Lewis

    Peggy Ann Lewis, 75, of Hazlehurst, Ga., passed away Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, at her home, after an extended illness. She was a native of Kentucky, but had been residing in Hazlehurst to be near her daughter.

    Born Jan. 17, 1940 in Carrolton, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Sterling Reeves and Virginia Elizabeth Ashcraft Reeves.

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  • Bernard Von Covey, 83, of Frankfort, passed away on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 15, 2015, at St Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

    Born in Hollister, Wisc. on Feb. 28, 1932, he was the son of the late Harry and Mabel (Rose) Covey.

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  • Thomas Eugene Spencer, 85, of Indianapolis and formerly of Sheridan, passed away on Thursday evening, Sept. 3, 2015, surrounded by his family at Golden Living Center Brandywine in Greenfield.

    Born Aug. 1, 1930 in Indianapolis, he was the son of the late Ralph D. and Modessa (Briggs) Spencer.

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  • Danny B. Helphenstine, 62, Sheridan, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at home.

    He was born on Dec. 5, 1952, to Leo Harry and Beulah Frances (Insko) Helphenstine in Flemingsburg, Ky.

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  • Charles M. Chew, 88, Sheridan, passed away Sunday morning, Aug. 30, 2015, at Waterford Place Health Campus.

    He was born Nov. 10, 1926, in Russiaville, Ind. to the late Clifford M. and Delia (Reno) Chew.

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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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County News

  • On Oct. 10, the Cruisin' for the Son Open Car, Truck, Tractor & Motorcycle Show is scheduled at East Union Christian Church,  1711 E. 296th St. in Atlanta (corner of US 31 & 296th). 
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  • Barn tour features 20 historic structures

    The Indiana Barn Foundation has created self-guided driving tours of 20 barns across Indiana, split into 10 in the north and 10 in the south. 

    Highlights of this year's northern tour include a beautifully restored round barn with wood shake shingles. The last true circular barn standing in Marshall County, it is one of two barns on the tour listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The 10 well-maintained barns on the Sept. 19 tour, built between the 1850s and 1940s, display a variety of styles. The barns are open for tours by ticket holders from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The southern tour on Oct. 3 also features 10 barns, including the Thiebaud Farmstead, where participants will visit the c.1850 house, as well as the barn and smokehouse. 

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  • 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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