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  • By John Estridge, Editor During fires where more than one fire department must come together and fight the fire, it is imperative the members of the different fire departments work well together. That is the premise for the Fireman's Festival at College Corner's Firehouse Saturday, Sept. 21. Liberty and College Corner volunteer fire departments are working together for the common good. According to John Seibert with the College Corner Volunteer Fire Department (CCVFD), this was something that
  • By John Estridge, Editor Liberty wants to do some work on its water system. Monday night, Sept. 16, Mike Kleinpeter, president of Kleinpeter Consultants, spoke to the town council members about some grant possibilities. He reminded the council members he helped the community write a Comprehensive Plan. That is necessary to be eligible for many grants. Now, he was talking about water projects. For the past few meetings, council members and utilities supervisor Matt Reuss have been talking abou
  • By Vivian Risch, Contributor Union County posted its first win of the season last week at Curry/Phenis Field, beating the visiting Hagerstown Tigers, 35-34, in a late fourth quarter come back. “Perseverance is the biggest thing we take away from this,” UC coach Joel Hofmann said. “We can’t get down on ourselves when big plays happen.” After leading much of the game, the Tigers went up, 34-21, after three quarters and that’s when perseverance paid off. UC held Hagerstown scoreless in the fourt
  • By Vivian Risch, Contributor The Union County Lady Patriots stood fourth at the 2019 Tri-Eastern Conference Girls Golf Tournament last Saturday at the Liberty Club. Winchester won the 18-hole tournament with 369, ahead of second place Hagerstown at 382. Four-of-five Lady Falcons earned TEC honors with top 10 placings. Becca Chamberlain’s 82 earned medalist honors. Maddie Lawrence had 93, Maci Chamberlain 96 and Kate Riggin at 98. The Lady Patriots fourth-place finish (447) was led by freshm
  • By Vivian Risch, Contributor Union County’s volleyball team defeated Lincoln in three sets, but needed a comeback and an extra point to hold off the Lady Eagles to win the match. “We came out strong energy wise and controlled a lot of the action,” UC coach Joe Pavey said. “Our talent carried us through.” UC won the first two sets by identical 25-17 scores and eventually won the third set and the match on a 26-24 score. “I’m very proud of them,” Lincoln coach Gary Seidner said. “We have a youn
  • By John Estridge, Editor The old Woodruff's building and the building just to the west of it, the Frank Collier barbershop building, will be taken down in October. The buildings were damaged by fire. Liberty Town Council discussed the situation at its first September meeting. Liberty Clerk Melissa Shepler said the town would need to enforce street closings during the project and at least three poles need to be moved prior to the buildings being torn down. Two of the three poles are light po
  • By John Estridge, Editor The newest park in Union County does not have a name. “We do not have an official name,” Union County Park Board Member Carl Sharp said. “It's the Union County Public Park until we come up with a name,” park board member Tayler Bryson said. Park board members are willing to listen to suggestions. Located south and west of Pierce Street, the 18 acres will have access off Indiana 101. The parks board recently purchased the property, adjacent to the south from the RIP
  • On Tuesday, Sept. 10, deputies with the Union County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police troopers executed a search warrant at 1675 Round Barn Road in Cottage Grove. According to UCSD Chief Deputy Shaun Tudor, James Jones, 57, was arrested on numerous felony charges. Tudor said deputies with the UCSD had been sent to the residence several times in the last few weeks on suspicious activity calls. When the officers executed the search warrant, they allegedly found heroin, methamphetamine
  • By Vivian Risch, Contributor The 25-23 first set final score was as close as Connersville could get to Union County last week. While Connersville staged comebacks in the remaining two sets, Union County stayed on top, 25-18 and 25-14 to win the match in three straight sets. “We didn’t play as well tonight as we did last weekend at Indianapolis,” UC coach Joe Pavey said. “We should have won the third set against Park Tudor.” PK turned back the Lady Patriots, 25-17, 25-12 and 25-21. “We did n
  • By Vivian Risch, Contributor Still wrestling with early season setbacks, the Union County Patriots found few answers to stop Knightstown last week. Led by running back Nick Walsh, the hungry Panthers handed UC a 52-7 setback. Knightstown lost to Winchester, 50-8, a week earlier. Walsh, a 150-lb. senior became the team leader early with a 57-yd. touchdown in the first minute of the game. He followed up with five more TDs in the first three quarters and 337 total rushing yards. Trailing by
  • By Vivian Risch, Contributor Get ready Union County, Homecoming Week is little more than a week away and Union County High School Student Council is on top of it. The 2019 Homecoming Week, Sept. 16-21, is filled with Superheros - Look! It’s a bird, It’s a plane, It’s a Patriot Win! High school class floats will carry a superhero theme: •Freshman- Captain America vs Red Skull. •Sophomores- Batman vs Joker. •Juniors- Spiderman vs Venom. •Seniors- Ironman vs Thanos. It appears it will be an a
  • By John Estridge, Editor It was good the Union County Council members took up the matter of making some Health Department employees part time, from their current full-time status, after the lunch break. Had it been before, most of the council members would have probably come down with indigestion. As it was, council president Richard Blank had to raise his voice, saying everyone had to agree to disagree, and he moved the budget hearings on. All this occurred Thursday, August 29, during count
  • By John Estridge, Editor Union County Council had some very difficult decisions to make during budget hearings held most of the day Thursday, August 29, at the courthouse. The members had to cut around $550,000 on paper. The cuts were made easier because $250,000 is a grant and donations the Parks Department received so it could be taken off the top. Union County will act as a conduit for the money and nothing more. Most full-time employees were given a 30-cents-per-hour increase for full-ti
  • By John Estridge, Editor The big news for this year's Founder's Day is the Saturday night concert by the contemporary Christian group “Revived.” Steve Logue said he is very excited this band was available to play in Liberty this weekend. He said it is a very good group, and he is hoping for a big crowd. It starts at 6 p.m., and Logue said to bring lawn chairs for the event. Other big news for Founder's Day is the weather forecast. Last year's weather included about five inches of rain. This y
  • By Vivian Risch, Contributor The first Liberty Quest orienteering race drew 25 entries, ranging in age from 4 to 77. Beginning at the 4-H Fairgrounds in the Jill Butterfield Shelter, Questers received a detailed map of Liberty with 25 marked locations, and a list of 25 questions to be answered. “At each location, if you looked carefully, you could find the answer to the question for that location,” organizer and Union County Orienteering Coach Mike Minium said. With maps in hand, runners
  • By Vivian Risch, Contributor The Union County Lady Patriots picked up a second Tri-Eastern Conference victory at Union City last week with a sweep over the Lady Indians. The varsity Lady Pats won in three sets, 25-13, 25-22, 25-18. The UC reserves won in two, 25-18, 25-17. “We played as one, one team, better than we have all year,” UC coach Joe Pavey said. “They are very long and are gonna give a lot of teams trouble.” The Lady Pats trailed at one point midway through the first set but never
  • By Vivian Risch, Contributor The Union County Girls and Boys Cross Country teams were easy winners at last week’s three-way meet at Tri High School. Union County was the only school with both a boys and girls team and therefore were team winners of the 5K race. After the start, Luke Bantz took the lead and ran the course solo in 19:55. Tri’s Trey Williams placed second with UC’s Luke Paddock third, and freshmen Bradley Meadows coming in fifth and Jack Hodgkin seventh. Seton’s single femal
  • By John Estridge, Editor Union County commissioners Tim Williams and Howard Curry went on a 24-hour whirlwind trip that included delayed flights, walking 8.4 miles in 95-degree heat, multiple feet blisters, security adventures and arriving home exactly 24 hours after they got out of bed the day before. But, they said it was worth it. Paying for the trip themselves, the two men went to the White House due to a program set up by the Trump Administration. Williams was previously contacted by Wi
  • By Vivian Risch, Contributor For the past 20 years, the Chris Haas Memorial Tractor Show (CHMATS) has been the main attraction at Bath and the surrounding area. Hundreds of tractors have been featured, and thousands of visitors have flocked to Bath for the one-of-a-kind special event near the end of summer. But according to my mother...All good things must come to an end. Friday, August 30, and Saturday, August 31, are the final dates of the event that began as a tribute the farm kid who
  • By John Estridge, Editor A free health care clinic has come to Union County three times, and only one patient showed up in all of those three times. It will return to Union County on Saturday morning, September 7, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Union County Health Department, which is located at the intersection of South and Main streets. Hunteman Medical Mobile Unit is based in Richmond. It offers free wellness checks that include blood pressure, blood glucose and more, free illness exams an
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