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Saturday, June 25, 2016 8:24 AM

Do you love bluegrass music? Fear not, the annual awesome family event better known as the Sheridan Bluegrass Fever festival is getting closer!

In just a couple of weeks, on the hillside lawn terrace of Sheridan's Veterans Park, Sheridan will once again become the bluegrass capital of central Indiana during the annual Sheridan Bluegrass Fever festival. Performers for July 8 include Jeremy Morris & the Harvest Road Band, Cumberland Gap and the Circle City Bluegrass Band. Saturday will feature New Balance, bluetown, Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show, Darryl Webb Band, and Jeremy Morris & the Harvest Road Band.

Hometown News

  • President Harry Truman had just left office and Dwight David Eisenhower was the fairly new president when the Sheridan Class of 1953 walked through graduation and received their treasured diplomas. 

    Those memories and lots more will likely be re-lived on Saturday, Aug. 6 when the Class of '53 gets together at Jim Dandy Restaurant in Noblesville.

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  • Richard Law dominated week three in Sheridan Horseshoe League action.

    Law took the top spot in actual game (91), actual series (260) and handicap series (401). 

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  • Another year of exciting Sheridan Horseshoes is now through week two. Sheridan Family Physicians knocked United Feeds out of first place with 7 1/2 wins! O'Reilly tied Price Heating in a tough battle with Rick Downs overtaking Jeff Ogle.

    The first tournament of the season was as promised . . . A THRILLER! Greg Emry of Sheridan led his division from start to finish with a handicap score of 496.

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  • Jim Godby comes back home for talk

    Sheridan Rotarians had a special treat at their weekly meeting -- Jim and Jeff Godby were the honored guests. Many of the Rotarians present remember well when Jim first started Godby Home Furnishings in Sheridan in 1974. Son Jeff was just 10 years old at the time and there was only one store. In addition to furniture he also sold carpets and draperies.

    The story of Jim Godby is quite remarkable. He grew up in Sheridan -- actually in Boxley -- and graduated from Sheridan High School in 1960. He attended Purdue as an ag major, graduated in 1964 and a year later found himself in Viet Nam participating in the early build-up . . .

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  • Severe weather is possible in Sheridan and throughout Indiana this Memorial Day holiday. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security urges Hoosiers to be aware of weather conditions as they enjoy outdoor activities and events.

    Inclement weather forecasts vary across the state, and weather patterns can change rapidly. For information on current weather patterns and potential issues that may impact travel or other plans, rely on local news or weather stations.

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  • The Sheridan Horseshoe League got its 2016 season underway recently and some familiar names quickly bubbled to the top of the leaderboard.United Feeds took the first week league lead with 6.5 victories against 3.5 losses, narrowly slipping past Sheridan Pharmacy's 6-4 mark.
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  • The Sheridan school board met recently and Dr. Dave Mundy, superintendent of Sheridan Community Schools, said textbook fees next year will be pretty even with this year's rates. There were small increases for texts and materials for sixth through eighth grades because of technology expenses.

    Mundy said math books in grades 6-12 will be consistent for all grades, something the board has been trying to do for some time.

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  • Alexis Smith wins prestigious Lilly scholarship

    Another student from Sheridan High School has been named a recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as a Legacy Fund 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

    Alexis Smith, a senior at SHS, joins a list of previous Marion-Adams winners, including Alexandra (Allie) Hopkins who was named by the Community Foundation in Boone County recently.

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  • Robert Jay Ferguson, 65, passed away at his home in Big Springs, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday afternoon, June 25, 2016.

    Born Dec.11, 1950 in Rushville, he was the son of the late L. Emerson and Doris Marie (Harshman) Ferguson.

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  • Ruby P. Vincent

    Ruby P. Vincent, long-time resident of Tipton, Mich., passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016.

    She was born Oct. 30, 1923 to Albert and Virgie Potter in Dorton, Ky.

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  • John Hamilton Crisler, 62, of South Haven, Michigan, formerly of Sheridan, Indiana, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the South Haven Health System.

    He was born Oct. 9, 1953 to John and June (Wilson) Crisler in Chicago.

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  • Harold "Lee" Brackins, 75, of Tipton, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 13, 2016 after a short but intense battle with cancer.

    He was born on May 15, 1941 in rural Tipton County. His mother was Bernetta Griffith Brackins.

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  • Donald Wayne "Don" Marcum, 75 of Tipton, and formerly of Kokomo and Sheridan, passed away at 1:04 p.m. on Monday, May 16, 2016 at his residence.

    He was born in Noblesville on Feb.y 21, 1941. His mother was Jennie F. (Wallace) Cline.

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  • Robert E. Hodson

    Robert E. Hodson, 76, Westfield, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving friends and family on Wednesday evening, June 1, 2016.

    He was born Aug. 5, 1939 in Indianapolis to Leona and Lester Hodson.

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  • Eugene "Butch" Lowder, 65, Sheridan, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2016, at IU Health University Hospital.

    Born May 29, 1951 in Anderson, he was the son of the late Eugene Paul and Mary Jane (Humbles) Lowder.

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  • Mary Lou (Sprunger) Phillips, 87, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016.

    She was born to loving parents, Justine (Linn) and David Sprunger on April 2, 1929 in Bluffton.

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  • Bennie Elsworth Faucett of Sebring, Fla. passed away March 4, 2016 in Sebring. 

    He was born Aug. 18, 1935 in Kirklin to Carl W. and Mary (Scherrick) Faucett.

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  • Gregory W. "Greg" Smith, 53, Westfield, passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2016.

    He was born Feb. 28, 1963 in Indianapolis to the late Robert Duane and O. Ruth (Edwards) Smith.

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  • Anne Wallace, 79, Noblesville, passed away on May 17, 2016.

    She was born on March 26, 1937 to the late Lisle L. and Margaret Anne (Geyler) Wallace in Indianapolis.

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  • John Artman

    John Artman, 96, Whitestown, passed away May 15, 2016 at Homewood Health Campus.

    He was born on Dec. 19, 1919, in Rosstown, the son of the now late Roy and Lina (Akers) Artman.

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County News

  • INDIANAPOLIS- Groups looking to raise some extra money for their churches, schools, or clubs may now apply for fundraising opportunities with the 2016 Indiana State Fair. It takes around 600 people to staff parking and gates and upwards of $85,000 is expected to go to fundraising organizations this year for their help.

    The 2016 Indiana State Fair runs from August 5-21 and there will be two, seven hour shifts per day. Each participant will make $7.00 an hour for their group and there is no limit to the number of shifts a group can sign up for.

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  • A 2005 comedy/drama written by J. D. Hanagan, “First Kisses,” will be the second show of the season at the Red Barn Summer Theatre in Frankfort. “First Kisses” was the winner of the Babylon Players World Premiere Playwriting Contest and has played in New York City at the Oberon Theatre Ensemble as well as the Boomerang Theatre and at the Dayton Playhouse in their FutureFest. The show was the winner of the 20th Annual New Play Project at the Backdoor Theatre of Texas.

    “First Kisses” will open on June 29, and play the 30th and July 1, 2 and 3, and also July 6 through 10.

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  • Zionsville Concert Band will open the Zionsville Lions Club Summer concert series on Sunday, July 3, at 7 p.m. in Lions Park with a program entitled “The Golden Age of Patriotic Music at the White House.”

    Band Director John Richardson played French horn in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band at the White House for all kinds of official functions, ceremonies, state dinners, receptions, and presentations involving the President and visiting dignitaries. Musical selections for the program are based upon his recollections as well as historical research of authentic musical arrangements used in the White House.

    The program features beloved patriotic music that represents our nation’s artistic heritage and includes “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America,” and John Phillip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” our country’s official national march.

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  • Father’s Day and graduation season are the perfect opportunities to beef up your gift recipient’s garage – and high-quality tools are a must for anyone – from DIY novices to professional handymen.

    “A quality tool goes a long way toward getting a job done quickly and efficiently,” says Jon DeArment, president and COO, Channellock, Inc., a leading manufacturer of tools. “Damaged gear can slow down work and be dangerous to the user.”

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  • “The Sensuous Senator,” a comedy/farce written in 1998 by Michael Parker, will be the season opener June 15 at the Red Barn Summer Theatre in Frankfort. The professional non-equity theatre, now in its 48th year, is located at 2101 E. County Rd. 150 S. (Kelley Road East) just two miles east of Frankfort.  “The Sensuous Senator,” will play from June 15-19 and June 22-26. The theatre’s five show times will be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Reservations are advised in the 200-seat house and may be made by telephoning (765) 659-1657 after 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and after noon on Sunday. 
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  • As Independence Day celebrations draw near, the Indiana State Fire Marshal is reminding Hoosiers about the safe and legal ways to buy and store fireworks.

    Fireworks should only be purchased from a vendor with a valid Indiana fireworks sales permit. Fireworks vendors must have a permit from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s (IDHS) Fire and Building Safety Division, which is overseen by the State Fire Marshal. If a sales permit is not on display, it is okay to ask employees to see it before purchasing any kind of fireworks.

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  • INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) has re-opened a program that will provide financial support to Indiana residents who wish to construct and install a severe weather safe room in their home. Financial assistance will be provided as a rebate, after the construction is complete and bills are paid by the individual.

    “We had a great response during the first application, but there was misunderstanding about the terms, so we’re opening the application period again,” said Mary Moran, Director of Mitigation at IDHS. “Project funds will be provided as a rebate, which means after the project is complete and paid for by the citizen."

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  • Summer has arrived and it is important to remember that although amusement rides continue to be a thrill for Hoosiers of all ages, riders need to remain informed about ride safety.

    “If there is any concern over a ride’s safety, alert the ride operator and do not board the ride,” said John Erickson, Director of Public Information for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS). “When standing in line for a ride, look for any issues that could make the ride unsafe.”

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