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  • By John Estridge, Sports Editor When one looks at the Franklin County High School football season schedule, the fourth game is something that sticks out for many reasons. East Central is the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference bully, being one of the premier football programs in the state. That means any confrontation with the Trojans will probably be the toughest football game of the season including post-season play. Then, when one is faced with meeting the Trojans on the gridiron with seve
  • By John Estridge, Sports Editor It seems incongruous to say an 8-0 defeat in girls soccer is a cause to have optimism, but that is the case with the Franklin County girls soccer program. Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe Batesville came to the Franklin County pitch Saturday morning and bested the Lady Wildcats 8-0, but the Wildcats knew what they were doing and where they were supposed to be on the pitch. The program is getting very close to being competitive with the cream of the EIAC
  • By Randulf Teufel, Contributor The Franklin County Area Plan Commission gave BAM Investments the green light on their rezone application for a 12 acre condominium project on Reservoir Road. What were five lots on a private lane on 12 acres was granted a variance to allow more than five homes on a private lane in 2014 by the APC. The 12 acres are now broken into nine lots, each a little more than one acre and BAM has now requested the lots be rezoned from Residential 1 to Residential 3, which
  • By Cassie Garrett, Contributor Over the last five years, on the eight-mile stretch of State Road, 229 between Metamora and Oldenburg, an Orchard in the making has been growing. Today, that orchard boasts a large apple sign out front with the words “U-Pick” on it. A completed barn where visitors can pick up their bucket to go out and experience picking apples from an orchard firsthand. Rows of 10 foot tall apple trees that boast beautiful apples and a stand with a variety of apples, apple sa
  • By John Estridge, Editor It is rare that a household produces one Lt. Colonel in the Army. Franklin County has one that has produced two. Residents Jerald and Linda Vaughan have two children who are now both Lt. Colonels in the Army: Jeremy Vaughan and Christina Perera. Perera's promotion ceremony was held Sept. 7 at Whitehall, Ohio, while Vaughan's ceremony was Feb. 3, 2018. It was held in the Franklin Circuit Courtroom. Both Perera and her brother are West Point graduates. Another sibling,
  • By Cassie Garrett, Contributor On the morning of Thursday, September 12, the Franklin County Sheriff's Department received multiple reports of vehicle thefts, as well as vehicle break-ins, on the eastern side of Franklin County. According to a release from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were first called to a residence on Sleepy Hollow Road around 1 a.m. to a report of a stolen vehicle. Over the next several hours, deputies received two additional stolen vehicle reports
  • Dear Editor, Michael Bruner To whomever gives a crap, Today 9/12/2019 I had the displeasure to receive a parking ticket for failing to put a quarter in a parking meter in Brookville In! I went and paid the ticket immediately while expressing in a less than happy way about the antiquated practice. Much like this country which is regressing to less than stellar time in its history, so to is Brookville Indiana. While being explained the reasoning behind ad

  • By John Estridge, Sports Editor On a warm evening with low humidity, the Wildcats hosted Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe East Central Thursday, Sept. 5. FC split with the Trojans with the girls winning their dual meet with their lady Trojan counterparts, while the Wildcat boys fell to a tough Trojan team. It was a new course for both the boys and girls at the Franklin County High School campus. Starting in the field across Wildcat Lane from the high school, the runners went south aro
  • By John Estridge, Sports Editor Franklin County junior tailback Hunter Tschaenn gained 219 yards on just 16 touches and scored five touchdowns. And that was just the first half. He went on to accumulate 291 yards, and he scored one more touchdown in the second half for a total of six touchdowns as the Wildcats defeated Rushville 53-20 Saturday, Sept. 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium in the Southeastern Showdown. “Hunter is a really hard worker, and he's a great teammate,” FC coach Wes Gillman said. “I
  • By Cassie Garrett, Contributor As fall quickly approaches, Indiana's cornfields have transformed into intricate mazes. With the crisp autumn air and festive fall colors, corn mazes make a perfect outdoor activity. With more than 20 options across the state and tri-state area, fall days are sure to get better when exploring these golden labyrinths. Proudly, we start with a Franklin County corn maze located at Wendel Farms in Brookville. Locally, Wendel Farms is a family favorite and traditi
  • By Makenna Mays, Staff Writer As part of his Summer of Solutions tour, U.S. Senator Mike Braun made a stop in Franklin County at the VFW on Thursday, August 29. Braun said he tries to do events like this every year and get around to all 92 counties in Indiana. “This looks a lot like where I'm from,” said Braun. Braun was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2018, defeating Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly. He is from the southwest part of Indiana and previously ran as a state legislator and se
  • By Makenna Mays, Staff Writer Family members and people who knew Claudine Rader have described her as one of the most selfless people you would ever meet — someone who would do anything for her family and community. “Her whole identity was Franklin County and giving back,” said Vickie Johnson, Rader's granddaughter. Claudine Rader and her husband Arnold lived on a farm near Mt. Carmel. She had a very large family, seven kids, 16 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. “She was definitel
  • By Makenna Mays, Staff Writer Roughly a week ago ILEARN scores were released to the public with less than half of Indiana students in grades 3-8 passing in the math and language arts categories. ILEARN is the replacement for ISTEP, and it is a computer-adaptive test that is based on the new college and career readiness education standards. The test is designed to get increasingly more difficult when a student answers questions correctly. Because of the low scores statewide, the State Supe
  • Maren Marie Dunn MarenDunnPic.jpg Joe and Jenna Dunn of Batesville are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Maren Marie Dunn. Maren was born on August 19, at Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville. She weighed seven pounds, 11 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches in length. The proud grandparents are Daryl and the late Ellie Strohmier of Brookville, Linda Dunn of Brookville, and Tom Dunn of Monticello, Ky. Great-grand-parents are Dale and Maryann Deffner of Brookvill

  • By John Estridge, Sports Editor Franklin County hosted Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference opponent East Central on the tougher back nine at Brook Hill Golf Club Tuesday evening, August 27. Tough or not, the outcome was the same as the Lady Wildcats won easily, 182-211. Senior Maggie Brack was medalist for the dual meet with a 40. On the team, junior Camryn Brewer was next with a 46. Seniors Ashlan Hill and Taylor McCreary were next as each shot a 48. Junior Gracie Graf shot a 49 while sophom
  • By John Estridge, Sports Editor Franklin County’s football team members will get a chance to experience football in a big stadium. Saturday, September 7, Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis is hosting Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference games at the stadium. With the exception of East Central, the rest of the EIAC teams plus Milan will take part in a four-game extravaganza. Greensburg and Connersville open action at noon. Rushville and Franklin County are next up and are advertised to start the
  • Franklin County girls soccer team enjoyed its 4-1 victory over New Castle last season so much, the Lady Wildcats decided to do it all over again. On Tuesday, August 27, the Wildcats defeated the Lady Trojans by an identical 4-1 score on the FCHS pitch. Senior Kloe Bolos, sophomore Jordan Nichols, freshman Brylee Pace and senior Adrienne Bundy each had goals in the victory. FC got off to a quick start, scoring three goals in the first half. Those having assists in the match were: junior Zoey Grub
  • On Thursday, August 29, it was announced FCN Bank and Dearborn Savings Bank (DSB) would merge effectively creating the largest community bank headquartered in southeastern Indiana. “Today, as community banks face ever-increasing challenges to remain independent, it is exciting to see our institutions combine to face these challenges together,” Thomas Horninger, president and chief executive officer of FCN Bank, said in a statement. According to Horninger, FCN was approached by DSB in early Jan
  • By Makenna Mays, Staff Writer At its Tuesday, August 27 meeting, Brookville Town Council agreed to sign a contract with HWC Engineering to enter into the starting phase of the pool project. The starting phase would allow for more detailed planning, and the next step is to begin design plans with the goal that after the first of the year, the town can get the project out for bids. A goal is to have a contractor start the work next spring or summer, allowing for the pool to open in 2021. The
  • By Makenna Mays, Staff Writer Lawrenceburg will no longer have to pay Franklin County $3 million for a revenue-sharing contract created in 2006. In a decision from the Indiana Court of Appeals on Wednesday, August 28, it was determined the City of Lawrenceburg will not have to award Franklin County any money. The judges found the money would have to be appropriated in the city's budget each year. However, because it was not, that is a violation of state statute, thus voiding the agreement. Th
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