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Fire totals box truck

A box truck belonging to Jesse Bailey, Lawrenceburg, owner of A & J Roofing and Remodeling, caught fire and was a total loss Thursday afternoon, Aug. 23.

Bailey was driving into Rising Sun on Ind. 56 around 3 p.m. when the truck backfired several times, the engine catching fire after he turned onto Burgess Avenue. Nearby residents called 911 after hearing Bailey yelling for help. Neither Bailey nor his two passengers were injured.

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Teachers, assistants dropped from gun-carry debate

The Sunman-Dearborn School Corporation Board of Education may be one meeting away from allowing employees to be armed in school, but teachers and instructional assistants have been eliminated from consideration.

The board, on Aug. 9, had the official first reading of a resolution that, if passed, would start in motion the process for schools to have a concealed carry policy.

The board heard discussion from 24 people at its July 12 meeting both for and against having guns in the schools. On Aug. 9, only two people spoke about the new policy.

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Kids will benefit from grant to Lions backpack program

The Dearborn Community Foundation (DCF), Inc. recently awarded a $1,000 Lauren Hill Make A Difference Grant to Bright Lions Club to help fund its backpack program to buy school supplies for students in need.

As a part of its 20th Anniversary Celebration, DCF is awarding 20 proactive grants of $1,000 each to charitable organizations in Dearborn County throughout 2018. Each of the Foundation’s 15 volunteer Board members gets to recommend a grant. Five lucky attendees at DCF’s 20th Anniversary Dinner in late July also were randomly drawn to recommend a $1,000 grant.

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Kenya Bound:

Highpoint Health recently donated surgical equipment and related items retired from service to the Brase Clinic and Vision Center in Migori, Kenya.  

The equipment, which was no longer used by Highpoint Health, was welcomed by the medical and clinical staff of the Brase Clinic.

The equipment transfer was the idea of Susie Martin, FNP, a Family Nurse Practitioner with Highpoint Health Physician Partners, who cares for the residents of Shady Nook Care Center and Pine Knoll Assisted Living.  

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New trails and walk focus on pollinators

Strolling through wildflowers and butterflies might sound idyllic – but area residents can actually do just that, thanks to two new walking trails.

“We’ve never seen more butterflies than on that trail,” said Aurora resident Chrys Cook. Cook is on the Board of Oak Heritage Conservancy, the local nonprofit that has opened the new trails. She recently led a “Pollinator Walk” at Hilltop Farm Nature Preserve in West Harrison.

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Volunteers needed for hospital hospice program

Volunteers are needed by Highpoint Health Home Health & Hospice — especially those who possess some very special qualifications.

“The Highpoint Health Hospice Program is looking for volunteers who understand the unique needs of persons who are preparing for the end of life. They must also recognize the needs of the patients’ loved ones and caregivers,” said the Rev. Patti Warning, Highpoint Health Hospice Bereavement Coordinator.  “Their requests can range from household help such as cleaning or cooking to creating scrapbooks or memoirs.”

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Dearborn County AED demonstration

Dearborn County 911 Director Jared Teaney demonstrates one of the county's new automated external defibrillators

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Sheriff: AEDs will help save lives

These are going to save some lives through the years,” said Dearborn County Sheriff Michael Kreinhop.

A $70,705 City of Lawrenceburg Community Grant Program Phase 2 grant awarded to the county through the Dearborn Community Foundation means all deputies will soon have an automated external defibrillator in their car.

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Judge rules contract to pay Franklin County $500,000 annually is valid

The City of Lawrenceburg’s decision to ditch a casino revenue sharing agreement with Franklin County broke a valid agreement, according to a ruling by Decatur County Superior Court Judge Judge Matthew Bailey.

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Photo of HVL runner inspires

After dropping her children off at Little Red Academy in Greendale Thursday morning, Aug. 9, Logan Carr and her husband, Nathan, started driving toward Cincinnati for work.

As they approached U.S. 50, the Greendale residents did a double take. Something on the horizon, along the levee, had caught their eye.

A man was running, carrying a giant American flag as the sun rose behind him in the foggy dawn of day.

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