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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:01 AM

The Boxley Lecture Series for 2017 is pleased to welcome performance artist Ann Birney who portrays the famed American female aviator Amelia Earhart. Earhart was a feminist in the early part of the 20th century, promoting women’s roles in the male dominated career field of aviation.

As a pilot of considerable skill, she set many aviation records herself including being the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Unfortunately she was lost in the South Pacific during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in 1937. However, her life and accomplishments are celebrated to this day.

For nearly a century Amelia Earhart has served as role model for all women across the world. And now, students and residents of Sheridan will get to celebrate her life through the Boxley Lecture Series.

Hometown News

  • Everyone in the northwest portion of Hamilton County already knows what a great place Sheridan is to live, work and play.

    And once again, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce has recognized the school system in Sheridan as one of the best places to work in Indiana.

    The list is made up of organizations from throughout the state and across 25 industries. Together, they comprise the 100 honorees on the 2017 Best Places to Work in Indiana list.

    And once again Sheridan Community Schools is on the list. 

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  • Sheridan Rotary enjoys dinner in Carmel

    It was a night out for Sheridan Rotarians. 

    In lieu of their regular meeting at the Sheridan Public Library on Feb. 14, Sheridan Rotarians, spouses and guests enjoyed an evening of fine dining at the Carmel MCL to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
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  • Pickin' and grinnin' at Library

    Do you like bluegrass music played by amateur pickers playing traditional bluegrass tunes on traditional stringed bluegrass instruments? Or maybe you just like to sit and listen to good bluegrass music?

    Either way — participant or listener — you will enjoy an afternoon with us at the Sheridan Public Library.

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  • Indiana American Water will pay Sheridan $10.75 million for the town’s water utilities.The sale, approved unanimously Monday by the Sheridan Town Council, still has some regulatory hoops to jump through.

    The company is expected to finalize the asset purchase agreement with the town, and begin making preparations to file the agreement with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, said Matthew W. Prine, Community Affairs director for Indiana American Water. This could be completed in the next 30 to 45 days.

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  • Historical Society looking for a few good men and women

    Looking for a great way to be involved in Sheridan?

    Looking to make a difference, learn a little and have a lot of fun?

    Then perhaps you could head over to the Sheridan Public Library on the second Monday of each month. That's when the Sheridan Historical Society meets (at 7 p.m. in the Community Room). Society activities include docent duty at and maintenance of the Boxley Cabin in Veterans Park, maintaining the museum located on Main Street and genealogical research on local families.

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  • The basketballs have been put away for another year after the Sheridan Lady Blackhawks fell in the first round of the Class 2A Monroe Central Sectional 40 girls basketball tournament.

    Sheridan had a very good season, finishing the year with a 16-7 record. But the stellar record wasn't enough to stop the state's third-ranked Class 2A team, Monroe Central. The Golden Bears were 21-2 and won a 53-37 encounter.

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  • Plaque gives Rotarian plenty to be happy about

    At the heart of any good community lies people. Sheridan is certainly no exception, and some of the good people who make up our community belong to the Rotary Club.

    One of those is Steve Martin, library director and Rotary Club president. And now, for the third year in a row, the higher donor of a program entitled Happy Buck. Happy Buck is a simple way Rotarians share good news and raise a little money at the same time.

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  • An important deadline is fast approaching for the Northern Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce Dinner & Casino Night.

    For anyone who is doing a basket or donation, as well as anyone who has not registered to attend the event, they need to do so as soon as possible because the deadline is looming at noon Thursday.

    The Dinner & Casino and Annual Recognition Awards is scheduled for Feb. 9.

    For more information, contact the Chamber at (317) 984-4079.

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  • Ward Eugene Hottinger, 88, passed away Feb. 7, 2017 with his daughter Kathy and granddaughter Gina at his side.

    He was born on June 6, 1928 to the late Paul D. Hottinger and Ruth Emma (VanCleave) Cast in Hamilton County, Indiana.

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  • Pamela Kay Campbell

    Pamela Kay "Pam" Campbell, 37, Sheridan, passed away on Feb. 3, 2017 in Noblesville.

    She was born Aug. 7, 1979 to Gary and Cynthia (Sutton) Campbell in Noblesville.

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  • Olive Marie Apple

    Olive Marie Apple, 99, Sheridan, passed away peacefully at her home Feb. 9, 2017.

    She was born Sept. 19, 1917, at home near Lebanon, to Glen and May (Moreland) Hammack.

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  • Frankie Lee Rood, 66 Sheridan, passed away Feb. 1, 2017.

    He was born in Sheridan to Robert and Berthie Rood on July 19, 1950.

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  • Richard E. Vawter, 64, Merrillville/Crown Point, passed away Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.
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  • Thomas Bougher, 69, Sheridan, passed away Feb. 6, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

    He was born May 25, 1947 to the late Clifford Eugene and Dorothy Thelma (Patrick) Bougher in Frankfort.

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  • Jeannine Anne Huckleberry, of Nevada, passed away Monday, Jan. 23 2017.

    She was born Aug. 13, 1936 in in New Castle to Maude Elizabeth Robinson and Herschel Clarence Clark.

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  • LaMar “Fergie” Ferguson

    Mr. LaMar “Fergie” Ferguson, 91, of Lebanon, passed away Jan. 22, 2017, at Signature Healthcare at Parkwood in Lebanon.

    He was born on June 25, 1925, in Terhune, the son of the late Lester and Lena Ferguson.

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  • Robert E. Day
    Robert E. Day, 86, West Lafayette, passed away at 11:35 a.m., Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 at his residence.

    He was born Sept. 20, 1930 in Hamilton County to the late James S. and Bernice M. (Teter) Day.
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  • Susan Lee (Hiatt) Niehaus, 72, Avon, passed away Jan. 18, 2017 at Hendricks Regional Health Hospital in Danville.

    She was born Aug. 12, 1944 to Clifford G. and Ruby P. (Harbaugh) Hiatt and grew up in Bakers Corner.

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  • Dr. Donald Oberleas

    Dr. Donald Oberleas passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

    He was born Feb. 14, 1933 in Sheridan to the late Chester and Lora Oberleas.

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  • Larry Joe Huffman, 58, Sheridan, passed away Wednesday morning, Jan. 11, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

    He was born Jan. 13, 1958 in Noblesville to the late Alfred and Mable Huffman.

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County News

  • The Lafayette Symphony continues their casual nightclub performance series on Thursday, March 9 with The B-Side: Track 2, LSO String Quartet. The group will present an easygoing evening of jazz, rock, and pop charts at Carnahan Hall (2200 Elmwood Ave, Suite A6) in Market Square, Lafayette. The newest addition to LSO’s annual programming line-up, the B-Side is a unique 3-concert series that gives the traditional Symphony concert a make-under with a relaxed, come-as-you-are vibe.
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  • Clinton Central Elementary is preparing for its Early Kindergarten and Kindergarten Roundup. Any child who will be age 4 on or before Aug. 1, 2017 will be eligible to enroll in CCE’s Early Kindergarten (comparable to educational pre-school) during Round-up on March 28, 2017. Any child who will be age 5 on or before Aug. 1, 2017 will be eligible to enroll in CCE’s Kindergarten during Roundup on March 30, 2017.

    To schedule an appointment, please call Clinton Central Elementary office at (765) 249-2244. During your appointment, you will need the child’s immunization records and birth certificate. The State of Indiana requires that all children have required immunizations and a valid birth certificate to be enrolled in public school. Transportation will also be discussed during Roundup along with the need for free and reduced lunch.

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  • Indiana Extension Homemakers Association (IEHA) is an organization affiliated with the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and is interested in furthering education, leadership, and community volunteerism.
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  • Hamilton County seniors or college students, could you use $500 to help with college? Then the Hamilton County Extension Homemakers Association just might have a deal for you.

    The association is offering six $500 scholarships to Hamilton County graduating seniors or undergraduate students.

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  • Franciscan nuns recall MLK's last day

    A screaming ambulance rushed a mortally wounded Dr. Martin Luther King through Memphis to St. Joseph Hospital – a Catholic hospital. King, a Baptist minister, had reportedly asked to be taken to a Catholic hospital should anything happen to him.

    He was in Memphis for the third time in 17 days because of protests involving striking sanitation workers. Only 24 hours earlier the well-known civil rights activist delivered his now-famous “mountaintop” speech at the Church of God in Christ headquarters located in the Mason Temple. King told the crowd that “something is happening in Memphis; something is happening in our world.”

    He went on to eerily conclude his speech with the now-legendary words: “Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop . . . Like anybody, I would like to live - a long life; longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now . . . But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. So I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

    And now, just a day later, he was clinging to life in an ambulance.

    The date was April 4, 1968.

    It was shortly after 6 p.m. and the temperature, which had topped out at 72 in Memphis that day, was still pleasantly hovering around 60.

    The sprawling campus of St

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  • The winter solstice is past us and we are back to months where we gain daylight instead of lose it. According to Mike Berry of, we will gain 44 minutes of daylight in January.

    As January unfolds, temperatures can vary greatly from the sub-zero temps this morning to an average high in the mid 30s. The record high for the area was 61 degrees on Jan. 7, 2008 and it got all the way down to -27 degrees on Jan. 19, 1907. The average high temp is 35.6 and the average low is 20.5 degrees.

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  • The Indiana Department of Homeland Security reminds Hoosiers that weather can vary greatly in the midwest. So IDHS recommends planning ahead when traveling by car during cold temperatures. Consider putting together an emergency travel kit and checking supplies already stored in vehicles:

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  • In light of recent tragic house fires across the state, Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson, the Red Cross, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) and Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) are reaching out to Hoosiers in hopes of preventing more deadly house fires.Home fires occur more often in winter than in any other season, and alternative heating sources, such as space heaters, are involved in roughly one out of every six of those fires. Greeson is advising Hoosiers to strongly consider other options before using alternative equipment, but if it’s necessary, take precautions.
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