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Damaged cemetery headstones repaired in Morristown

The headstone belonging to a Revolutionary War veteran (on the right) and his wife that were damaged sit in the middle of Davis Cemetery in Morristown.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com Nestled among private property, Community Park and wooded area, Davis-Bennet Cemetery is easy to miss if you don’t know where you’re going in Morristown. It’s a quiet and peaceful location, away from the hustl

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Coffee and Comfort offers help for bereavement

Dianna Pandak will be one of two facilitators at the upcoming “Coffee and Comfort” sessions to help those experiencing thedeath of a loved one.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com Healing can be a challenge for those who’ve experienced the death of a loved one. To aid in the process, help is available through the “Coffee and Comfort” group which offers a 7-week program to su

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Morristown marching band following new director

The Pride of Morristown practice earlier this month for the upcoming season. The band is performing “Witch Hunt,” based on the Salem Witch Trials.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com When Breanne Pickett was hired to be Morristown Jr/Sr High School’s band director, the marching band hit the ground running – quite literally. In one of the movements, students scatter to their next spot on the fiel

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Council on Aging seeks volunteers for action committees

Ralanda Smallfelt at Shelby Senior Services is the contact for anyone wanting to volunteer for one of the Shelby County Council on Aging’s new action committees.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com Seeking to build on momentum, the Shelby County Council on Aging is forming committees to ramp up its activities and services for older adults. The local council is part of CICOA, the Central Indiana Council on Aging, an

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Strand Theatre tabbed for Beatles showcase debut

Created in Liverpool in 1960, the Beatles went on to become one of the most influential bands in music history. On Saturday at the Strand Theatre in downtown Shelbyville, “The Fun 4,” shown here, take Beatles fans on a trip down memory lane with a multimedia interactive show.

By JEFF BROWN - jbrown@shelbynews.com Bryan Wilson’s vision for a multimedia interactive show featuring the Beatles comes to life Saturday night at the Strand Theatre. The Florida native brings his All-Star list of Beatles performers to Shelbyville for the fi

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Additional arrests made in Morristown cemetery vandalism case

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com Three more arrests have been made related to the headstones damaged at the Davis and Bennet Cemeteries in Morristown. The most recent arrests bring the total number to four people, all of whom are juveniles. The arrests come on

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Keeping up the pace

Running is part of nearly every day for 80-year-old Sara Robinson of Shelbyville and former local resident Larry Martindale, who celebrates his 80th birthday in November. Both run solo and are the patriarchs of the Shelby Roadrunners group that was formed in 2004 by local runners Gretchen Knopp and Mike Wallace.

By LUANN MASON - For The Shelbyville News The pace may have slowed but the running remains intense, consistent, and a discipline that Sara Robinson and Larry Martindale will not give up. Just recently, their “family” of runners honored them with an 80&#

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New veterans officer continues to serve

Cambria “Cam” Sparks is the new Veterans Services officer for Shelby County.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com When Cambria Sparks was little, her older brother was in the U.S. Air Force.  She went to stay with him for a week where he was stationed in Arkansas, and the now-37-year-old combat veteran was hooked. “Cam”

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Ridgeway thanks emergency crews

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com The 7-month-old granddaughter of City Councilman Brad Ridgeway (R-4th Ward) and his wife, Carrie, passed away on Aug. 11. At the close of the council’s Finance Committee meeting Tuesday, Ridgeway thanked those who tried

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IDEM holds public meeting on ethanol refinery

Attorney Jeff Bate questioned a panel from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management about POET LLC’s proposal to build an ethanol refinery on County Road 300 North near his home. A crowd of about 35 people attendedIDEM’s public meeting in Breck Auditorium at Shelbyville High School on Tuesday evening.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com A much smaller crowd turned out this time at Breck Auditorium for a public meeting on a proposed ethanol plant in Shelby County. On July 23, approximately 350 people attended a hearing by the Shelbyville Plan Commission&

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SCS approves lunch account debt policy

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com A new policy related to lunch accounts was officially approved by the Shelbyville Central Schools board Tuesday. The policy was announced prior to the start of the school year but still needed the board’s approval. It sta

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Council committee recommends police drones, LEDs

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com A committee of the Shelbyville Common Council has given the nod to a request by law enforcement and emergency responders to get a drone program off the ground. The council’s Finance Committee voted 2-0 to recommend to t

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Pedestrians struck in separate incidents

An accident involving a United States Postal Service delivery truck took place Wednesday at the Country Mark gas station off of E. Michigan Road in Shelbyville.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com Two pedestrians were struck by vehicles in separate incidents Wednesday morning in Shelbyville. The first victim, Debra Walton, 54, of Shelbyville, was taken by ambulance to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. The second,

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TC's Class of 1968 prepping for 50th reunion

STAFF REPORT The Triton Central High School Class of 1968 will hold its 50th reunion celebration on Sept. 8 at Bear Chase Golf Course, 2660 N. Riley Highway in Shelbyville. The Class of 1968 was the first to complete grades 7-12 in the “new building” af

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Shelbyville's Japanese sister city students got full Midwest experience

Yoshi Saito, one of the chaperones, talks to Grover Museum Director Alex Krach, right, about an exhibit during a tour.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com Eat a “big, American hamburger?” Check. Get the full Midwest experience, complete with a trip to the Indiana State Fair, go-carts, bowling and shopping at the Edinburgh Outlet Mall? Check. Learn more about American

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City approves street closures for charity events

Mayor Tom DeBaun, with the help of a translator, welcomed a group of high school students from Shelbyville’s sister city in Japan to Tuesday’s Board of Works meeting in City Hall, explaining the board’s role in city government and what was on the day’s agenda. The students from Shizuoka are visiting as part of a cultural exchange; this is the 30th year forShelbyville’s sistercity relationship with Shizuoka, a city of nearly 700,000 alongthe southern coast of Japan, about 30 miles southwest of Mount Fuji.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com Fundraising activities for two causes have the nod from city leaders, with one complicated by the on-going road work on South Harrison Street. A motorcycle ride for Cole West is scheduled to take place at Club 57,

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Don't forget to 'ducky'

Ducky wranglers in the Big Blue River stood readyto corral the winning duck in the second heat of Ducky Derby 2017.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com On Saturday, the second annual “Ducky Derby” is scheduled to take place on the Big Blue River. The event is held to benefit the nearly-completed Blue River Trail, a bike-pedestrian pathway along the river, a

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Kids Fishing Day benefit set for Saturday

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com Organizers for next month’s Kids Fishing Day event at the Shelbyville FOP Lodge are in need of $3,000 to make that day possible. As a result, a fundraiser that includes a bike ride and auction is scheduled for Saturday at

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County hears proposal to boost child support funds

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com The Shelby County Commissioners will have the county attorney review an offer to help the county get more money from child support payments. Charles Malinowski, owner of Malcon consulting in Carmel, addressed the commiss

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Morristown cemetery vandalized, investigation underway

The headstones of a Revolutionary War veteran and his wife, shown here, were two of the 22 vandalized in the Davis-Bennet Cemetery in Morristown on Sunday.

STAFF REPORT The Morristown Police Department has opened an investigation into vandalism in the Davis-Bennet Cemetery over the weekend. Police responded at 4:25 p.m. Sunday to the cemetery at Freedom Drive and Morrison Street after a report of damages to tombstones

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Flat Rock playground opens courtesy of BRCF grant

Amy Haacker, center, cuts the ribbon at the Flat Rock playground during Friday’s grand opening ceremony.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com The snip of a ribbon was all one little boy needed as a cue Friday afternoon to take off sprinting. The child took off moments after a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new playground in Flat Rock, headed straight for the fun tha

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BRMP health students learn from seniors

Bridging the tech divide, Marilyn Hertzer of Fairland showed pictures of her grandkids tohealth sciences students at Blue River Career Programs on Monday using her phone. To her left is a book of ration stamps from World War 2; she explained to the students that people needed the stamps to buy rationed goods during the war. Some 42 studentsand about a dozen seniors from Shelby Senior Services participated in the learning project. The students will write the seniors’ stories which will become part of Senior Services’ upcoming 40th anniversary celebration.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com For Bailey Stamper, a health sciences student at Blue River Career Programs, a sit-down meeting with seniors was a great opportunity. “To learn about old traditions. Kids are different today. They (seniors) never h

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