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Thursday, December 15, 2016 5:42 PM

As many of you are already aware, a Sheridan family dealt with a devastating loss this past weekend. The Hawkins family lost their home and all their belongings in a house fire. The Sheridan Public Library is proud to work with and support the efforts of Sheridan Community Recreation, Inc. as they try to help this family recover from this loss.

The Sheridan Public Library has boxes at each of its entrances for the collection of items for this family and strongly encourages community members to provide food and clothing to help them. Monetary donations are also being accepted via Sheridan Community Recreation and Sheridan Youth Assistance. Please contact Michelle Westermeier (mlwesty1201@gmail.com) or Lisa Samuels (lsamuels@sheridan.k12.in.us) for further information about making your monetary donation.

  • After a promising start in the IHSAA Class A Sectional 44 Championship contest, the Sheridan Blackhawks' season came to an end against the visiting Monroe Central Golden Bears, 26-7.

    The game was a match-up of two of Class A's heavyweights. Sheridan came into the game at 9-2 and ranked 8th and MC was 5th with a 10-1 mark.

    And in the beginning, it looked like Sheridan was on its way to its 20th sectional title.

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  • Steve Harvey

    Sometimes there is a story that needs to be told and this is one of those times.

    This is the story of a young man with a Sheridan connection via his mother but he does not live here or attend the local school. His name is Rex Burkman and his mother is Kristin Burkman. Many Sheridan residents will remember Kristin because she grew up here and graduated from Sheridan. Her parents are Dorothy and Craig Bishop and lots of Sheridan residents know the Bishop’s very well as they are life-long Sheridanites. But this is a story about Rex, not his mother or his grandparents.

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  • GASTON - Despite the cold, despite the early-game drizzle and despite some good defense by the Wes-Del Warriors, the 6th-ranked Sheridan Blackhawks are going for their 20th sectional championship in the Indiana High School Athletic Association state football playoffs by defeating the Warriors with a score of 35-8.

    With the victory the Blackhawks sport a sparkling 9-2 record. Wes-Del finished the year at 5-6. Sheridan now plays host to 4th-ranked Monroe Central at home in the Sectional Finals. The Golden Bears are 10-1 and blasted Clinton Prairie 42-12. In terms of common opponents, MC beat Prairie, Clinton Central (57-6), Wes-Del (29-0) and Tri-Central (56-6). Sheridan beat Prairie 63-8, Central 56-6 and Tri-Central 28-6. The Blackhawks have won every game since opening the season with a 19-7 loss to 10th-ranked 2A Western Boone. MC's only blemish came on Oct. 13 against 9th-ranked 2A Shenandoah, 42-20.

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  • Reference books on sale at library

    The Sheridan Public Library is weeding a lot of its reference books and offering them for sale to the public. The sale items include general knowledge encyclopedia sets (World Book, Americana, Britannica), specialty encyclopedia sets, biographic works, dictionaries, atlases, fact books, science and health works and many, many more. The library is getting rid of several hundred items.

    According to library director Steve Martin, all of the items are out of date for current informational needs, but they contain information that is still quite valid. As an example, he says historic information about the kings and queens of England is still quite valid; it is just the last 20 years that is missing and that is readily available on the internet.

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  • The Sheridan Blackhawks and Coach Bud Wright seem to come alive for the playoffs each year. And why not? Nine state titles, 10 semistates, 14 regional championships and 19 sectional crowns would seem to indicate that when the regular season ends, Wright and the Blackhawks begin.
    Friday night was no different as Sheridan rolled to a 50-8 Sectional 44 Class A victory over the visiting Tri-Central Trojans.

    The sixth-ranked 8-2 Sheridan Blackhawks now take on Wes-Del, a 24-8 winner over Union City. That victory gives the Wes-Del Warriors a 5-5 mark on the season. The last time Sheridan and Wes-Del met was in 2003 and the Blackhawks steamrolled the Warriors 52-0.

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  • The members of the Sheridan Rotary Club will be sponsoring the Homecoming Supper on Friday prior to the football game.

    The supper will be served in the high school cafeteria.

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  • INDIANAPOLIS – The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2018-19 semester is now open. The FAFSA is required for all students to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships and student loans.

    The open date to file moved from Jan. 1 to Oct. 1 in 2016, allowing students and their parents or guardians to use earlier income information to file.

    For the 2018-19 FAFSA, income and tax information from 2016 must be used.

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  • With fall approaching, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and the State Fire Marshal are reminding Hoosiers to keep safety in mind when visiting haunted houses this season.

    “While haunted houses are meant to be scary attractions, safety is always our main concern,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson. “We work to make sure that each facility is in compliance with Indiana code before they open to the public.”

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  • The Sheridan Horseshoe League held its annual banquet Thursday at Jim Dandy in Noblesville. The league held the business meeting before honoring the award winners.

    They ended their last night of pitching with United Feeds and Ashpaugh Electric having to participate in a playoff where Ashpaugh won all games.

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  • Call it a Tabby Alert.

    A light gray male tabby with white on face, chest and paws has gone missing. If you have ever had a pet, then you know what a tough experience could be.

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  • Senior night turned into scoring night as the 6th-ranked Sheridan Blackhawks parlayed a fast start into a 63-8 Hoosier Heartland Conference victory over the Clinton Prairie Gophers Friday night. The game began with Sheridan receiving the coin toss and not long after that Joe Callahan ran the ball in for a 41 yard touchdown in a drive that took only 1:15 off the game clock.
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  • The nominees for the 2017 Nickel Plate Arts awards include a Sheridan winery, two foundations and three students.

    Nickel Plate Arts released the list of nominees for the awards over the weekend. Nineteen nominations were made in in five categories. Nickel Plate Arts launched the awards in 2016 to celebrate local leadership in the arts. Nominees must live or work in the Nickel Plate Region or Noblesville, Fishers, Cicero, Arcadia, Atlanta and Tipton, or have made a major, positive impact on the local arts community.

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  • A local Sheridan resident has been selected as one of seven winners of the American Heart Association’s “Real People. Real Change.” program sponsored by UnitedHealthcare.

    Rick Huffman, along with the six other winners from central Indiana will be announced on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Indianapolis Heart Walk.

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  • Rotarians learn self defense
    Sometimes Sheridan Rotarians have unusual meetings and Tuesday, Aug. 1, was no exception to that rule. That was the evening when martial arts Sifu (teacher) Coy Monroe was the club guest speaker and he brought along several of his students to give a demonstration. It was good that the students were there because otherwise the Rotarians might have had to serve as stand-ins for the demo, and we all know that Rotarians do not enjoy being beat up!
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  • Horseshoe pitchers save best for last

    Asphaugh Electric of Westfield sponsored the Sheridan Horseshoe Leagues last tournament of the season the weekend of Aug. 19-20. The tournament was count-all, handicapped, consisting of five games.

    For a while, it appeared the tournament would be a one-man show, but the fireworks and drama came at the end.

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  • Bon voyage, Clemence Lekouma!

    When you were 15 years old, would your parents have let you move to France for a year to live with a bunch of strangers and go to school there? If you are like most of us, probably not. But the reverse is what happened to us here in Sheridan this past year. Clemence Lekouma arrived in Sheridan on a very hot and very humid Tuesday last August. Almost a year later she is leaving. But oh so much happened in between.

    Click on the story for more details!

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  • Following the excessive heat watch issued by the National Weather Service for a large portion of the central United States, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reminds local residents about steps they should take to protect their health from the extreme heat.

    People suffering from heat stress may experience heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; fast, weak pulse; and nausea or vomiting. Early signs include muscle cramps, heat rash, fainting or near-fainting spells, and a pulse or heart rate greater than 100. People suffering from heat stress should be moved to a cooler location to lie down. Apply cool, wet cloths to the body especially to head, neck, arm pits and upper legs near the groin area where combined 70 percent of body heat can be lost; and have the person sip water.

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  • Rotary reins handed off

    Outgoing 2016-17 Sheridan Rotary Club President Steve Martin handed the gavel off to incoming 2017-18 President Scott McCullough at a recent Sheridan Rotary get-together.

    Congratulations, Scott!

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  • Keria Hendrickson Rotary scholarship winner
    Sheridan senior Keria Hendrickson was awarded the annual $500 Sheridan Rotary Club Scholarship for 2017 and will continue her education at Ball State University this fall. 
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  • Rotarians hear from Soil & Water
    Sheridan Rotarians ran into an example of an oxymoron recently when recent guest speaker Cara Culp of the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) gave a presentation. Cara is an Urban Agriculture Outreach Specialist. Urban agriculture? Now there is an oxymoron. Sheridan is deep into farm country and out here agriculture refers to BIG farms with BIG tractors and BIG combines. Urban refers to cities, right? It does not seem like the two terms are related, right?
    For Cara and her colleagues the definition of agriculture in an urban setting is growing and cultivating food in or around a city or town. The focus of the SWCD Urban Agriculture program is on community gardens and backyard gardens. 
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