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Thursday, July 07, 2016 9:06 AM
INDIANAPOLIS - Nickel Plate Arts in Noblesville was one of 11 organizations from around the state selected by Indiana Humanities to sponsor ALL-IN Block Parties in their communities. Awarded hosts span the state from South Bend to Jeffersonville and include libraries, a middle school and other community organizations. Each awarded organization will receive $1,000 in addition to a training workshop, promotional materials and prizes to offer to participants.
  • The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is partnering with all 92 counties in the state to distribute more than 2,200 all-hazard (weather) radios to Hoosiers. The radios will be distributed on the local level by each county’s emergency management agency.

    “Receiving early warnings is critical to safety during severe weather events,” John Erickson, IDHS Director of Public Affairs, said. “All-hazard radios, which provide a wide range of alerts, are a valuable tool that can help citizens make decisions to better protect themselves and their families.”

    The distribution focuses on citizens who are particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of severe weather: economically disadvantaged citizens, residents of mobile and prefabricated homes and others who may not be able to receive weather alerts by traditional means.

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  • Everyone has heard “dos and don’ts” when it comes to severe weather. For Severe Weather Preparedness and Flood Awareness Week 2017, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is debunking a seven myths that may help protect Hoosiers this spring.
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  • INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana State Police, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana announced the release of an impactful training video designed to educate and inform school leaders and staff about sexual abuse. The video will be distributed by the Indiana Department of Education to all Indiana school corporations, encouraging them to share with all members of their staff.
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  • 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 morselakecam.com, 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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  • Winter weather is finally here, and with the chance for parts of the state to see at least flurries this weekend, it is time for Hoosiers to consider preparing vehicles for travel during winter storms.

    “Hoosiers experience winter storms that produce snow, ice and cold that create dangerous travel hazards each year,” said John Erickson, director of public affairs for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. “Preparing vehicles ahead of these storms to ensure they are ready for any type of emergency can lessen and even prevent the risk of injury.”

    Being prepared to handle potential slide-offs, accidents or other car trouble in winter is a simple but crucial step to take while preparing for winter weather.

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  • CORUNNA, Ind. – Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry’s would like to remind all hunters and landowners about a deer donation program.

    Program organizers ask hunters across Indiana to consider donating to the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry’s “Meat” the need program.

    It's easy to do. Just take your deer in to your local meat processor / butcher shop and tell them you would like to donate it to the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry program. To date, there are 90 participating meat processors working in 85 counties in Indiana.

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  • INDIANAPOLIS – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events for Indiana and celebrating the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, today announced it is accepting applications for the 2017 500 Festival Princess Program. Since 1958, the 500 Festival Princess Program has celebrated Indiana’s up-and-coming, college-aged leaders. The online application is available on the 500 Festival’s website and the deadline for online applications is Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017.

    Each year, 33 of Indiana’s most civic-minded, academically driven young women are selected to serve as a 500 Festival Princess. Serving as a 500 Festival Princess provides young women with countless opportunities for leadership and professional development. 500 Festival Princesses will participate in the program’s personal and professional development initiative, which empowers participants to make a profound impact within their community.

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  • INDIANAPOLIS — Fishers became the third Hamilton County city -- and second in a row -- to be recognized by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce as its Community of the Year, joining Noblesville and Carmel in the prestigious list.
    Noblesville first received the honor in 2008. Then last year Carmel won the award, setting the stage for Fishers this year.
    The city on the east side of Hamilton County is far more than the bedroom community of years ago. The recent vision within the last decade to evolve into a “smart, vibrant and entrepreneurial city” has firmly taken hold under the leadership of Mayor Scott Fadness and the city council. And now, Fishers has become a center for innovation and an attractive business destination.
    At the State of the City address in February, Fadness announced 1,000 new jobs were on their way. Today, he says Fishers may see as many as 4,000 new jobs in total for the year. 
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  • INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana residents now have the chance to decide what our next state license plate will look like as they vote on a final design to replace the outgoing Bicentennial plate. Three plate designs were unveiled at the Indiana State Fair by Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) Commissioner Kent Abernathy.

    “This is going to be a fun process for Hoosiers during the next four weeks,” Abernathy said. “We have three interesting designs and I hope all state residents will vote and let us know which one they like the best. The winning design will appear on vehicles all over Indiana.”

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  • INDIANAPOLIS – Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the country, but a new cutting edge lung cancer treatment, called immunotherapy, is giving hope to many lung cancer patients because of its recent success in freeing people of lung cancer.

    Lung cancer is poorly recognized by the immune system which delays diagnosis until patients are at stage 3 or 4, when it’s too late. However, immunotherapy treatments activate the immune system to help the body recognize the cancer so that the body can fight it.

    “This treatment actually works! In patients who have metastatic disease, there are now drugs that work with the immune system in this manner that are able to cause a significant number of tumors to shrink,” said Dr. Nasser Hanna, from I.U. Health, and Chair of the 2016 LUNG FORCE Expo Planning Committee.

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  • Ride a motorcycle? Want to join approximately 750 other riders -- with a police-escorted Ride? Then mark down Saturday, Aug. 27!

    That's the date for The Loop around I-465 and when those approximately 750 riders will be escorted around I-465, ending up in downtown Indianapolis to join the Motorcycles on Meridian festivities presented by Thunder Roads Indiana Magazine.

    Riders can pre-register online at www.dellenloop.org immediately, or may register the day of the event at H-D of Indy. Fees are $35 per person, if registering online, and $40 per person for onsite registration. The first 500 registered riders will receive a gift pack.

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  • Ghost hunters aren't just in movies

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Chris Thompson has been a professional ghost hunter for almost two decades. In addition, he works for Sagamore News Media, the company that owns the Sheridan News. Recently, Chris shared this timely story.

    Thirty years after the original Ghostbusters film was released, Columbia pictures has brought it back with a new team. I realize that few people know that Ghost Hunting is a real activity that a large number of Indiana residents actually participate in.

    I have been a ghost-hunter for nearly 19 years now. Starting as a novice and working my way up to becoming quite the expert on equipment and techniques used for paranormal investigations. There are three basic rules to ghost-hunting. First, never hunt alone. This is not only for safety, but you need someone else to corroborate your findings. The second rule, never whisper. Whispers in the darkness can ruin good evidence, so you must always speak clearly for the recordings. The last rule, is no matter how frightened you become, never ever run! This is for your safety.

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  • The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame (IMVHOF) is calling for nominations for its third class of veteran honorees. The not-for-profit organization honors Hoosier veterans for service during and after active duty. To date, the IMVHOF has recognized 34 men and women for their outstanding military and civilian service.

    Up to fifteen veterans will be honored for military service achievements and/or community contributions.

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