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Friday, December 19, 2014 2:53 PM

The Sheridan News has teamed up with NORAD to give our local kids the opportunity to track Santa Claus as he prepares for his big night coming up!

Here’s the deal. The Sheridan News has a tile that says: Click Here to Track Santa! All you have to do is click on that tile and it will take you to the North American Aerospace Defense Command website. Moms and Dads, and especially grandmas and grandpas might recognize NORAD as the organization that used to keep watch over the United States during the Cold War.

Hometown News

  • SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Blackhawks girls' basketball team cruised to an easy 85-19 victory over the visiting Anderson Prep Academy Jets.

    The Blackhawks (7-2) scored 36 points in the first quarter and then coasted the rest of the way as they dominated the Jets (0-6).

    Sophomore Brittany Welch had 22 points on the night off of 78 percent shooting.
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  • INDIANAPOLIS - Brittany Welch had a huge game inside one of the state's grandest venues.

    The sophomore shooting guard scored a team-high 21 points to lead the Class A Sheridan Blackhawks to a 49-38 victory against Clinton (Ill.) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday.

    Welch shot 10 of 23 from the field and recorded a team-best eight steals to secure Sheridan's third consecutive victory and seventh this season.
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  • SHERIDAN - On Friday night, first-year head coach Chris Schrank asked his Sheridan Blackhawks a few very simple and direct questions during his postgame speech. When referring to the rest of the season and future wins, two words stood out.

    "Why not?"
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  • Sheridan is bracing itself for growth. The Sheridan Town Council tonight took the first step in preparation by hiring an outside engineering company to look at the town's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. 
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  • Wanda Kay Edwards
    Wanda Kay Edwards, 56, Sheridan, died on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at home.

    She was born on Dec. 31, 1957, to Harold and Linda (Kelshaw) Fosnight in Hamilton County.
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  • Clifton ‘Cliff’ Lee Hoard
    Clifton Lee Hoard, 79, Westfield, died on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at IU Health North Hospital in Carmel.

    He was born on Oct. 5, 1935, to John and Delores (Shirey) Hoard in Carmel. His parents preceded him in death.
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  • Irene Caldwell, 94, Sheridan, went to be with our Heavenly Father on Dec. 16, 2014 at the Beehive Home in Georgetown, Ind. Mrs. Caldwell was born in Sheridan on March 30, 1920 to the late James Wesley and Valeria Isabelle (Stephenson) Rood. 
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  • Mary Josephine Clark, 97, Arcadia, died on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at Zionsville Meadows at Zionsville. 

    She was born Oct. 9, 1917, at Westfield, to Charles and Cleopatra (Griffin) Blasser.
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  • Claude Richard McConnell, 79, of Kokomo, passed away on Friday, Dec. 12 at the Golden Living Sycamore Village in Kokomo.

    Mr. McConnell was born on July 27, 1935 in Anderson to the late Paul Eugene and Helen Lucille (Reddin) McConnell.

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  • Mary E. Stewart, 89, of Indianapolis, passed away Dec. 13, 2014. She was born March 13, 1925 in Kirklin to the late Basil and Eva Ann Shaiffer King.  She was a 1944 graduate of Jackson Central High School, Arcadia. 
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  • Shiloh Patrick Marsh, 46, of Lebanon, passed away Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.

    Mr. Marsh was the son of Carol Dianne (Shelburne) Marsh and David E. “Gene” Marsh, both of whom preceded him in death. He was a member of the Class of 1987 at Marion-Adams High School in Sheridan, and he graduated from Purdue University in 1991.
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  • Martha Jean Timmons-Baker, 90, Sheridan, died on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at her daughter's home in Russellville, surrounded by her loving family.

    She was born in Russellville, on May 1, 1924, to the late Walla Walla and Bertha Mary (Dickman) Weakley.
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County News

  • Witham Health Services in Lebanon has implemented temporary visitor restrictions at Witham Hospital during this period of increased flu activity 
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  • INDIANAPOLIS - Don Snemis, Commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), announced today that the state of Indiana has awarded a 4-year contract to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) to provide motorcycle skills testing and training courses through the BMV’s Indiana Motorcycle Operator Safety Education Program. MSF won the contract after a competitive bidding process. 
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  • Retired Hamilton Heights Schools Superintendent Tony Cook of Cicero began his new duties Tuesday as the newest member of the House of Representatives.

    Cook, 63, Cicero, on Monday was chosen to replace Rep. P. Eric Turner (R-Cicero), who earlier resigned and vacated his House District 32 legislative seat. The Republican Party officials from the 32nd District selected Cook to fill the remainder of Turner's two-year term.

    House District 32 consists of all of Tipton County and portions of Howard, Grant, Madison, Delaware and Hamilton counties.

    Cook will be the Republican candidate for the 2016 election.
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  • Reynolds Farm Equipment flipped the switch and turned on the annual Christmas lights display for the community this week.

    Reynolds is partnering with Fishers Come-To-Me Pantry during the farm equipment store's lighting display
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  • CARMEL - U.S. 31, between Old Meridian and 136th streets, in Carmel, opened just in time for the busy shopping season. Two lanes of traffic are open on northbound and southbound U.S. 31.  
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  • Today, Hamilton County law enforcement agencies kick off their Holiday Travel Safety Blitz.

    The Hamilton County Traffic Safety Partnership -- a consortium of law enforcement agencies in Hamilton County working to increase the usage of seatbelts, to combat aggressive driving, and to decrease impaired driving -- have extra officers on patrol through the end of the month to help motorists have a safer holiday travel season.

    "Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel periods of the year," said Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen, in a prepared media statement. "Officers will be working overtime hours as part of a comprehensive effort to curb impaired and dangerous driving."
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  • CICERO - Cicero's new pedestrian walkway has been a long time coming. And the town is very proud. Cicero Town Council on Tuesday, Veterans Day, dedicated its new Jackson Street Pedestrian Walkway across Morse Reservoir. The name: "Town of Cicero Veterans Walkway." 
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  • Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested three Westfield men in connection with a residential entry robbery in Eagletown.

    Bryan Lee Davis, 54, Christopher Lee Davis, 20, and Clinton Bryan Davis, 22, all of Westfield, are being held at the Hamilton County Jail.

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