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  • Next round of paving announced
    Union County Highway Department head Jeff Bowers brought two bids to the commissioners’ meeting Feb. 19, submitted to perform county paving projects funded, in part, by Indiana Department of Transportation’s Community Crossing Matching Grant program.
  • OCRA/UCDC grant moves ahead
    The Union County Development Corporation is seeking a grant through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs COVID-19 Response Program that would offer grants of up to $10,000 to local small businesses.
  • UCHS names I-STAR students, students select I-STAR educators
    Union County High School recently announced that Mahlon Page, Vanessa West and Cameron Woods have been named Union County’s 2021 I-STAR students.
  • The full version of the final installment of the Billy Conn Jr. series. 

    As I wrap up the “Fifty years in prison series, it seemed fitting the last article should be what life behind bars is like, according to Conn and other inmates that asked to remain anonymous.

  • Laurel resident asks for resignation of three LTC members

    The Laurel Town Council meeting held on Monday evening, Feb. 22, started as usual. Town Clerk Linda Adams read the minutes from the previous session.

  • Progress Street construction delayed until May
    The Brookville Redevelopment Commission convened its monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 15 where the board gave updates on many local projects.
  • Wrestlers halted by semistate
    A pair of Franklin County seniors met the end of the road for their high school wrestling careers this past weekend at New Castle.
  • Do you have the heart of a prospector? Explore this and more at Metamora Gem Mine
    You may be kindred to our 31st president, Herbert Clark Hoover. Hoover graduated from Stanford with a degree in geology in 1895. “By 1914 he amassed the equivalent of $97 million [$4M in his day] …” mining-technology.com. You may think prospecting is a manly endeavor; on the contrary, Kathleen Creighton Starr Rice of Canada, born 1882, became famous for traveling 800 km on foot, by dog sled and by canoe on her prospecting exploits. “Rice made considerable contributions to mining projects once she had found deposits [of zinc, vanadium, gold and nickel]; she staked 16 nickel and copper claims…” mining-technology.com.
  • 17-year cicadas coming soon
    The Whitewater Valley may be in the midst of a winter storm, but soon enough, the warmth of spring will arrive and with it, millions of cicadas.
  • Tight game goes way of Cougars
    Noticeably larger crowds are filling the Franklin County gymnasium these days despite snow-covered roads. Those in attendance last Friday were treated to an intriguing overtime contest between the Wildcats and visiting Greenfield-Central. The Cougars outscored FC in the extra session to win 56-53.
  • Nearly all of Indiana remains under winter
storm warning advisory or warning
    INDOT announced Feb. 14 preparation for what they called a “major winter storm” was complete.
  • FCCSC Operation Fund dips into the negatives
    The Franklin County Community School Board of Trustees met on Monday, Feb. 8 where topics of discussion included finances and expanding summer school.
  • BTC puts out Request for Proposal Qualifications for new town hall
    At its Tuesday, Feb. 9 meeting, Brookville Town Council formed a committee consisting of Curtis Ward and Chuck Campbell to study the development of a proposed new town hall project, as well as advertise for Requests for Proposal Qualifications.
  • FCHS to return to in-person learning beginning Feb. 11
    The Franklin County Community School Board of Trustees voted for Franklin County High School students to return to in-person instruction, five days a week at its Monday, Feb. 8 meeting.
  • County responds to civil lawsuits
    Franklin County government and the Franklin Co. Sheriff’s Department filed official answers this week to a trio of civil lawsuits surrounding the flooding-related deaths of county residents last spring.
  • LTC discusses water main project
    Liberty Town Council invited representatives from a variety of consulting firms working on a proposed water main project to its Feb. 1 meeting to present information and answer questions.
  • Weekend snow leads to snow day and slick conditions
    Franklin County got a dose of winter weather beginning last week and stretching into Monday morning. Many county residents had to take precautions on their morning commutes and FCCSC had an eLearning day. 
  • Lengthy investigation ends in probation
    An over three-year investigation into a local restaurant chain owning Los Primos (Bright), El Reparo (Brookville), El Reparo (Liberty), El Reparo (Greensburg), El Reparo (Rushville), and Mez Cal (Rushville) has come to a close as a result of plea agreements made by the defendants and Dearborn County prosecutor Lynn Deddens.
  • Health board gives local vaccine distribution update
    The Franklin County Health Board met for its first quarterly meeting of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 19, where they gave an update on how vaccine distribution was going locally. 
  • Birchill
    Birchill, one of Franklin County’s showplaces and one of the most beautifully landscaped little gems in the town of Brookville. But that was more than half a century ago. 
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