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Fire officials believe lightning strike may have caused Fortville house fire

FORTVILLE – Fire officials with the Vernon Township Fire Department believe a lightning strike may have been the cause of a house fire in Fortville early Sunday morning. Todd Jordan, Vernon Township …
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Road closings will make weekend travel tricky

Staff reports INDIANAPOLIS — Drivers should be prepared for another weekend of road closures on interstates in the metro area. Several areas — most of them along Interstate 465 on the east side of In…
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HANCOCK COUNTY SMOKING ORDINANCE / CLEARING THE AIR

GREENFIELD — The Hancock County Tobacco-Free Coalition celebrated a significant anniversary this week. It marked 10 years since the passage of a countywide ordinance that banned smoking in all workpl…
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Stellar project ready to proceed

GREENFIELD — The first Stellar Communities project in Greenfield — a downtown park and entertainment hub — should be under construction for most of next summer, a city planner says. Residents can soo…
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HANCOCK FLAT 50 / ROAD WARRIORS

HANCOCK COUNTY — Grant Buchanan really likes cycling, a hobby he picked up about four years ago. The New Zealand native whose business is based in Austin, Texas, travels around the country with his w…
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Cigar shop asks for exception to ban

FORTVILLE — Ten years after the inception of Hancock County’s comprehensive no-smoking ordinance, one area business owner is hoping the county commissioners will consider an exemption from the ban. L…
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Books can be donated to library for upcoming sale

Books can be donated to library for sale GREENFIELD — If you have unwanted books at home, you can donate them at the Hancock County Public Library on Monday, Aug. 19, to help out the library and get …
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2 new deputies are sworn in

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department swore in two new deputies this week. Barbara Miers, 31, and Aaron Forshey, 27, both took their oath for the office from Sheriff Brad Burkhart,…
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Sheriff’s department seeking public’s help with suspicious person

NEW PALESTINE — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help in finding a suspicious man reported to have attempted to make contact with teenage girls near New Palestine. A p…
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FOLLOW THE MONEY: Average wage rankings illustrate some truths about Hancock County

Ben Middelkamp | Daily Reporter bmiddelkamp@greenfieldreporter.com HANCOCK COUNTY Joshua Ward commutes from Greenfield to his job near Fort Benjamin Harrison in Lawrence each weekday. The Greenfi…
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Developers propose 200 more homes in McCordsville

Mitchell Kirk | Daily Reporter mkirk@greenfieldreporter.com McCORDSVILLE Officials in McCordsville will consider development proposals that would bring more than 200 residences to the town. India…
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First 5 new jailers to be hired as staffing ramps up

Ben Middelkamp | Daily Reporter bmiddelkamp@greenfieldreporter.com GREENFIELD County jail officials plan to hire and train five new staffers later this fall, around the same time ground is expect…
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DEEP ROOTS: Hancock County families honored for maintaining farms for more than a century

By Mitchell Kirk | Daily Reporter mkirk@greenfieldreporter.com HANCOCK COUNTY It wasn't until Tom Alexander started working on getting his farm recognized for remaining in his family for 100 ye…
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First 5 new jailers to be hired

GREENFIELD — County jail officials plan to hire and train five new staffers later this fall, around the same time ground is expected to be broken on a bigger jail. The Hancock County Council on Wedne…
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Incumbent misses the cut at New Palestine convention

NEW PALESTINE — When Clint Bledsoe, a longtime member of the New Palestine Town Council, learned a convention would be needed to nominate candidates for the fall election, he said he wasn’t going to …
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