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SheridanNews.Net was founded as a not-for-profit local news website in 1997 by brother and sister, Barbara (Robbins) Hiatt and Dale Robbins, who grew up in Sheridan. The mission of the website, newsletters and electonic media has been to provide a free source of news and information as a public service to their home town.
When the former Sheridan News* -- a 100 year-old weekly newspaper that was published in print from 1896 to 1996 -- went out of business, local residents were left with a huge communication void. Regional media sources in Indianapolis, Noblesville or Lebanon devoted little attention to the small town of Sheridan and local folks had no way to find out what was happening across their local township. School events, local deaths, special events, safety alerts, public announcements and general local news... went mostly unreported because there was no local communication source.
Thus came the birth of our first communication vessel, OUR HOME TOWN, an informal monthly newsletter composed by Barbara Hiatt and emailed to local family and friends. As these recipients forwarded their copies on to others, the demand grew, requiring the technical assistance of her brother Dale, who created the web and email systems to accommodate the growing number of subscribers.
In 2006, in recognition of the contribution the website and newsletter had made to the community of Sheridan, the Sheridan High School Alumni Association surprised Barbara (Class of '62) and Dale (Class of '71) with a joint presentation of the annual Outstanding Alumnus Award. This was the first time in the school's history that this award was given to two individuals, a remarkable and humbling honor to Barb and Dale. While Barbara was unable to attend the ceremony, the award for both was presented to Dale at the 2006 high school commencement, at which he spoke and expressed his thanks to the association, the school and the town that both he and his sister had cherished.
Another very special honor was extended to Barb and Dale when the Lyon's Club extended an invitation for them to serve as Grand Marshalls for their 2012 July 4th Parade in Sheridan. Although Dale was unable to attend, Barbara is shown at left riding in the lead convertable, accompanied by her sister Joan Heine, daughter Sunny, granddaughter Lola and Driver, Bob Boone.
SheridanNews.net and the Our Home Town newsletter continued to provide local news and information for nearly seventeen years, until Barbara's announced her retirement to be effective April 1st, 2014.
After that, Sagamore News Media, publishers of the Noblesville Times and The Paper in Crawfordsville, acquired theSheridan News and continue to give residents and those interested in Sheridan local news coverage with both a website and newsletter. Officials with Sagamore News Media said that they hope to honor Barb and Dale and keep their good work alive!
*Archives of the formerly published newspaper, The Sheridan News, are available for viewing on microfilm at the Sheridan Historical Society.
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