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Monday, September 26, 2016

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  • Halloween decoration presumed cause of Paxton fire

    Halloween decoration presumed cause of Paxton fire


    By: Times staff report

    While a fire marshal has been called in to investigate, staff with the Carlisle-Haddon Township Fire Department believe faulty wiring in Halloween decoration caused a fire in Paxton early Sunday morning. “He (the owner) had quite a few Halloween decorations ...” said CHFD Assistant Chief Harold Morgan. “He didn’t know if some of that had shorted or what.” The agency was called to the home on Woolley Avenue in Paxton around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. “When we got the...

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  • Moving on up again: Sullivan County unemployment now 4th-worst in state

    Moving on up again: Sullivan County unemployment now 4th-worst in state


    By: Dennis Clark

      Sullivan County’s non-seasonably adjusted unemployment rate rose from 6.0 to 6.1 percent in August, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development The county’s state ranking continues its own incremental climb, rising one spot to 4th-worst in August, after being 5th-worst in July, and 6th-worst in June. The only counties ranked higher were neighboring Greene (6.6), Lake (6.5) and Vermillion (6.5). Fayette and LaPorte (both 6.0) join Sullivan as the only six co...

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  • Salvation Army holds its Coats 4 Kids drive

    Salvation Army holds its Coats 4 Kids drive


    By: Times staff

    The Sullivan County Salvation Army is in the midst of its third annual Pick A Pumpkin Coats 4 Kids drive, with pumpkin tags available at 15 county locations.“Children are referred to us by agencies, organizations, churches and schools,” SCSA President Michele Smith said in relation to children’s needs for new winter coats.“The Salvation Army buys as many new winter coats as we can,” she continued, “and then we put pumpkin tags out in the community so that p...

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  • NESC trustees hire firm to develop a long-range strategic plan

    NESC trustees hire firm to develop a long-range strategic plan


    By: Dennis Clark

    The Northeast School Corp. board of trustees hired a firm to develop a three to five-year strategic development plan during a special meeting on Wednesday.Following a brief presentation, the board — Norman Santus, Jennifer Pinkston, Jeri Greve, Jeremy Swalls and Ron Frye — unanimously voted to contract with Administrator Assistance at a cost not to exceed $10,000.“They have three retired superintendents that were outstanding in their field, and, as they talk with our people,...

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  • SWSC plans bus barn expansion with sale of current admin offices

    SWSC plans bus barn expansion with sale of current admin offices


    By: Harold Bosstick

    As Southwest School Corp. plans to move its administration office to the Sullivan Elementary and Middle schools’ campus, trustees approved a plan to add onto their bus barn.“I sent you three quotes we received for a 24-by-100(-foot) addition to the existing bus barn to create plenty of storage space as we prepare for our move to the new administrative offices …” SWSC Superintendent Chris Stitzle told trustees during their regular board meeting Wednesday. “This w...

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  • Farmersburg wastewater plant cited for IDEM violations; has 15 days to respond

    Farmersburg wastewater plant cited for IDEM violations; has 15 days to respond


    By: Dennis Clark

    The Farmersburg Town Council stated the town’s wastewater treatment plant has once again come under state scrutiny during its monthly meeting on Tuesday.In an 8-page letter dated Sept. 13, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, following an investigation, have made a preliminary determination that violations exist.“The good thing is these occurred under the previous operators,” council president James Bishop said.Bishop was referring to Floyd-Hunter, who stepped...

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  • Forest Payne builds golf course; helps him battle Parkinson's disease

    Forest Payne builds golf course; helps him battle Parkinson's disease


    By: B.J. Hargis

    Since early onset Parkinson’s disease took Forest Payne’s livelihood as an electrician six years ago, he has picked up another career.“I consider myself the world’s worst professional golfer,” said the 58-year old Payne, during what has become his annual golf tournament that takes place on the final day of the Sullivan Rotary Corn Festival on a course he designed on his 40-acre farm just outside of the Sullivan. “It’s what I do for a living now.&ldquo...

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