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Friday, January 13, 2017 9:36 AM
With the potential for weekend freezing rain, ice and other weather conditions that can cause power outages, Hoosiers are encouraged to be prepared. Besides power, there are other risks, including downed power lines and potentially unsafe travel conditions. State authorities – The Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Transportation and the National Weather Service – are advising Hoosiers to be ready to keep a close eye on weather and road conditions, and make some basic preparations.

Hometown News

  • The Sheridan girls basketball team had a tough weekend, facing off against a couple of big schools.

    McCutcheon, a 4A school, slipped past the Lady Blackhawks 49-37 Thursday. Then Avon, another 4A school from Hendricks County, topped SHS 55-37 on Friday the 13th.

    Sheridan's Audrey Reed put up a worthy 4A fight as she finished with 19 points, going 7-for-17 from the field. To add to this, Jillian O'Flaherty also notched 11 points.

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  • Sheridan Rotary braves frigid elements

    Neither rain nor sleet nor cold . . . can slow down a Rotarian (at least not Sheridan Rotarians)!

    Brave souls from Sheridan Rotary braved the sub-zero arctic weather last Saturday and held a Coffee ‘n Donuts meet and greet at the public library. There was no report on how long the coffee stayed hot, or if the donuts froze, but it was certainly assumed that a good time was had by all.

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  • Sheridan continues to struggle with getting over the .500 mark. Just 24 hours after a big Hoosier Heartland Conference victory against Tri-Central, the Blackhawks dropped a one-point heart-breaker to 2A Fountain Central, 41-40.

    A 31 percent shooting average plagued Sheridan as they finished 13-for-41 from the field. Even worse was the 20 percent SHS shot from behind the arc as the Blackhawks went 3-for-15 from three-point land.

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  • Sheridan may be a step closer to selling its water utilities, possibly saving users hikes in water and sewer bills.
    The Sheridan Town Council is expected to vote this month on a proposal from Indiana American Water to purchase the town’s water utilities for $10.75 million. The council meets at 7 p.m. today, and while there is a utilities update on the agenda, Indiana Water’s proposal is not listed.

    Indiana American was one of two private companies submitting proposals to purchase the utilities. Aqua Indiana was the other.

    The water utilities have become a source of concern for the town, primarily the waste water utility.

    “I don’t think there’s any way we can keep going the way we are,” said David Kinkead, council president. “Utility bills would be just too high. Nobody could afford to pay them.”

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  • Tri-Central may not be the best team in the Hoosier Heartland Conference. But on any given night in Hoosier Hysteria, fans know that anyone can beat anyone. So credit Sheridan Coach Chris Schrank and his Blackhawks.

    The boys in black and white kept their HHC East record ublemished at 3-0, walking over the 1-8 visiting Tri-Central Trojans 44-35 Friday night.

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  • INDIANAPOLIS - State Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) announced the Indiana Senate is now accepting applications for the Page Program. This full-day interactive program gives students in grades six through 12 the opportunity to tour the Indiana Statehouse, observe session debates on the Senate floor, and assist staff with age-appropriate tasks. Students will also meet with their state senator.

    "Serving as a Senate page gives students a chance to see state government up close," Kenley said. "I hope students in Senate District 20 will take advantage of this opportunity to learn about public service."

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  • When two hot teams get together, something's got to give. Sheridan's girls basketball team entered Wednesday's contest against visiting Lapel with only one loss against 10 victories while the Bulldogs sported a 9-2 mark.
    Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, Class 2A Lapel proved too much and rolled to a 60-42 victory.
    The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for Sheridan.
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  • NDIANAPOLIS – Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson, part of the Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is reminding Hoosiers to properly dispose of their live Christmas trees. This season, monitor the Christmas tree for freshness. When the tree’s needles drop, it means the tree is too dry and should to be removed from the home. While dropped needles may be a nuisance to clean up, dry trees are a fire hazard. Remove all decorations before disposing of the Christmas tree.
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  • Larry Joe Huffman, 58, Sheridan, passed away Wednesday morning, Jan. 11, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

    He was born Jan. 13, 1958 in Noblesville to the late Alfred and Mable Huffman.

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  • William (Bill, Shifty) Edward Shields, 83, passed Jan. 8, 2017, at Victoria House in Harlingen, in his new adopted home in the State of Texas.

    He was born May 23, 1933 and immediately adopted by his loving parents, Albert and Nellie Shields, of Lafayette.

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  • Manuel Lee Owens, 77, of Plainfield and formerly of Sheridan, passed away at his home on Friday morning, Jan. 6, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

    Born March 5, 1939 in Leachville, Ark., he was the eighth child of the late Charles Osmer and Lessie Dora (Napier) Owens.

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  • Evelyn Marie Coffman, 63, of Sheridan, passed away Sunday morning, Jan.1, 2017, at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

    Born April 27, 1953 in Lebanon, she was the daughter of the late Ludovic Edgar and Mary Jane (Irick) Biddle.

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  • Erma E. Barker

    Erma E. Barker, 90, Noblesville, passed away peacefully at her home in Noblesville on Wednesday morning, Dec. 28, 2016.

    She was born July 11, 1926 in Boxley to the late Eddie R. and Ruth H. (Henderson) Cline.

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  • Charles "Charlie" Toomey, 67, Sheridan, passed away Tuesday morning, Dec. 20, 2016 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

    Born Aug. 1, 1949 in St. Charles, Va., he was the son of the late Jack Anthony and Lucille (Stapleton) Toomey.

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  • Timothy Alan Stultz, 61, Sheridan, passed away Tuesday morning, Dec. 20, 2016, at Riverview Health in Noblesville.

    He was born Sept. 1, 1955 in Lebanon to James Murray and Mary Lois (Sutton) Stultz.

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  • Martha Jane Kellam, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed into her eternal rest surrounded by her loving family and friends at her home in Sheridan on Wednesday evening, Dec. 7, 2016, at the age of 74.

    She was born in Lebanon on June 14, 1942 to the late John Manning and Frances Ilene (Mumford) Childers.

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  • Edna Mae Brunty Dean

    Edna Mae Brunty Dean, 85, Sheridan, passed away Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

    She was born in the Appalachian area of Earling, W.Va. on June 3, 1931, to parents Alfa "Red" Brunty and Vada (Walls) Brunty.

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  • Peter David Bohannon, 75, Sheridan, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 29, 2016, surrounded by his loving family at his home in Sheridan.

    Born Aug. 10, 1941 in Waltham, Mass., he was the son of the late Alfred and Cathryn (Babin) Bohannon.

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  • C. Marjorie Inman, 89, Sheridan, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016.

    She was born June 3, 1927 to the late Joseph and Laura (Vandergriff) Doty in Jackson County.

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  • Joseph Francis Artman

    Joseph Francis Artman, 93, Sheridan, passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, at the Rawlins House of Pendleton.

    Born Feb. 12, 1923 in Boone County, he was the son of the late Roy, Sr. and Lina (Akers) Artman.

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County News

  • Franciscan nuns recall MLK's last day

    A screaming ambulance rushed a mortally wounded Dr. Martin Luther King through Memphis to St. Joseph Hospital – a Catholic hospital. King, a Baptist minister, had reportedly asked to be taken to a Catholic hospital should anything happen to him.

    He was in Memphis for the third time in 17 days because of protests involving striking sanitation workers. Only 24 hours earlier the well-known civil rights activist delivered his now-famous “mountaintop” speech at the Church of God in Christ headquarters located in the Mason Temple. King told the crowd that “something is happening in Memphis; something is happening in our world.”

    He went on to eerily conclude his speech with the now-legendary words: “Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop . . . Like anybody, I would like to live - a long life; longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now . . . But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. So I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

    And now, just a day later, he was clinging to life in an ambulance.

    The date was April 4, 1968.

    It was shortly after 6 p.m. and the temperature, which had topped out at 72 in Memphis that day, was still pleasantly hovering around 60.

    The sprawling campus of St

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  • All state BMV license branches will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

    All branches resume their regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday.

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  • The winter solstice is past us and we are back to months where we gain daylight instead of lose it. According to Mike Berry of, we will gain 44 minutes of daylight in January.

    As January unfolds, temperatures can vary greatly from the sub-zero temps this morning to an average high in the mid 30s. The record high for the area was 61 degrees on Jan. 7, 2008 and it got all the way down to -27 degrees on Jan. 19, 1907. The average high temp is 35.6 and the average low is 20.5 degrees.

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  • All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branches will be closed Saturday, Jan. 14 through Monday, Jan. 16 in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. All branches resume their regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
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  • The Indiana Department of Homeland Security reminds Hoosiers that weather can vary greatly in the midwest. So IDHS recommends planning ahead when traveling by car during cold temperatures. Consider putting together an emergency travel kit and checking supplies already stored in vehicles:

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  • In light of recent tragic house fires across the state, Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson, the Red Cross, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) and Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) are reaching out to Hoosiers in hopes of preventing more deadly house fires.Home fires occur more often in winter than in any other season, and alternative heating sources, such as space heaters, are involved in roughly one out of every six of those fires. Greeson is advising Hoosiers to strongly consider other options before using alternative equipment, but if it’s necessary, take precautions.
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  • Winter weather is finally here, and with the chance for parts of the state to see at least flurries this weekend, it is time for Hoosiers to consider preparing vehicles for travel during winter storms.

    “Hoosiers experience winter storms that produce snow, ice and cold that create dangerous travel hazards each year,” said John Erickson, director of public affairs for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. “Preparing vehicles ahead of these storms to ensure they are ready for any type of emergency can lessen and even prevent the risk of injury.”

    Being prepared to handle potential slide-offs, accidents or other car trouble in winter is a simple but crucial step to take while preparing for winter weather.

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  • CORUNNA, Ind. – Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry’s would like to remind all hunters and landowners about a deer donation program.

    Program organizers ask hunters across Indiana to consider donating to the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry’s “Meat” the need program.

    It's easy to do. Just take your deer in to your local meat processor / butcher shop and tell them you would like to donate it to the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry program. To date, there are 90 participating meat processors working in 85 counties in Indiana.

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