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Sunday, October 01, 2017 12:01 AM

With fall approaching, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and the State Fire Marshal are reminding Hoosiers to keep safety in mind when visiting haunted houses this season.

“While haunted houses are meant to be scary attractions, safety is always our main concern,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson. “We work to make sure that each facility is in compliance with Indiana code before they open to the public.”

Hometown News

  • Rotary serving up meal, good deeds

    On Saturday, Oct. 21, the Sheridan Rotary Club, in cooperation with multiple other community agencies and churches, is coordinating a free meal to members of the Sheridan community. The meal will be served at the Shelter House in Community Park from 12 noon to 4 pm. everyone in the Sheridan community is invited to enjoy roast pork loin, baked potato, green beans, roll with butter and a delicious dessert. Drinks will be provided, too.

    And out in the park, the kids can enjoy a bounce house, cotton candy and snow cones while they sing along to their favorite karaoke song. 
    Sheridan Rotarian Steve Martin is coordinating the meal this year.

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  • The members of the Sheridan Rotary Club will be sponsoring the Homecoming Supper on Friday prior to the football game.

    The supper will be served in the high school cafeteria.

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  • RipFest Diving is having a Talent ID Open House on three dates in October, the 7th, 14th and 21st. The events will all take place at RipFest Diving, 108 Olive St. in Arcadia.

    According to a press release, they are looking for young athletes interested in learning how to dive or to improve their diving skills. Testing will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. each day.

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  • INDIANAPOLIS – The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2018-19 semester is now open. The FAFSA is required for all students to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships and student loans.

    The open date to file moved from Jan. 1 to Oct. 1 in 2016, allowing students and their parents or guardians to use earlier income information to file.

    For the 2018-19 FAFSA, income and tax information from 2016 must be used.

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  • The Sheridan Horseshoe League held its annual banquet Thursday at Jim Dandy in Noblesville. The league held the business meeting before honoring the award winners.

    They ended their last night of pitching with United Feeds and Ashpaugh Electric having to participate in a playoff where Ashpaugh won all games.

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  • Call it a Tabby Alert.

    A light gray male tabby with white on face, chest and paws has gone missing. If you have ever had a pet, then you know what a tough experience could be.

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  • Senior night turned into scoring night as the 6th-ranked Sheridan Blackhawks parlayed a fast start into a 63-8 Hoosier Heartland Conference victory over the Clinton Prairie Gophers Friday night. The game began with Sheridan receiving the coin toss and not long after that Joe Callahan ran the ball in for a 41 yard touchdown in a drive that took only 1:15 off the game clock.
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  • The nominees for the 2017 Nickel Plate Arts awards include a Sheridan winery, two foundations and three students.

    Nickel Plate Arts released the list of nominees for the awards over the weekend. Nineteen nominations were made in in five categories. Nickel Plate Arts launched the awards in 2016 to celebrate local leadership in the arts. Nominees must live or work in the Nickel Plate Region or Noblesville, Fishers, Cicero, Arcadia, Atlanta and Tipton, or have made a major, positive impact on the local arts community.

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  • Ruth Anna Roberts

    Ruth Anna Roberts, age 94, of Sheridan, passed away on Sunday morning, Oct. 15, 2017 at Premier Healthcare of Sheridan.

    She was born March 10, 1923 in Jamestown, Ind. to the late Marvin V. & Mary F. (Cragun) Barker.

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  • William Spencer "Bill" Sutton, 64, passed away Thursday afternoon, Oct. 12, 2017, at his home in Sheridan surrounded by his loving family.

    Born May 17, 1953 in Boone County, he was the son of Charles R. "Sonny" and Jesslyn M. "Jay" (Calvert) Sutton.

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  • Erwin Andreas Bierer, 63, Sheridan, passed away Oct. 9, 2017.

    He was born on Aug. 10, 1954 to the late Andreas and Augustine (Haslinger) Bierer in Wels, Austria.

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  • Charles Anthony "Tony" Blanton, 77, Sheridan, passed away on Sunday morning, Sept. 24, 2017 at the Sheridan Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

    Born Jan. 4, 1940 in Indianapolis, he was the son of the late Herbert and Genevieve (Newman) Blanton.

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  • Glen Bernard Stowers

    Glen Bernard Stowers, 81, Kirklin, a lifetime farmer and Clinton County bus driver, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, Oct. 4, 2017 at Parkwood Health Center in Lebanon.

    Born Nov. 5, 1935 in Clinton County, Indiana, he was the son of the late Dallas and Glenn (Gano) Stowers.

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  • Linda Ann Bush

    This is the story of Linda Ann Bush. Linda was an amazing woman that is loved, missed, and will always be cherished.

    She was welcomed to the world by her loving parent’s Gloria Pearl Armstrong Watson and the late Joseph Watson as well as older sister Susie Watson on Aug. 27, 1948 at Union Hospital in Terre Haute.

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  • Rebecca Nicole Hopper, 26, Sheridan, passed away at Riverview Hospital on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.

    Born May 11, 1991 in Noblesville, she was the daughter of Lonnie R. Hopper and Loretta M. (Grimes) Hopper-Young.

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  • Donald J. Collier, 84, a resident of Bettendorf, Iowa and formerly of Indianapolis, passed away Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 at ManorCare-East Locust, Davenport.

    He was born May 16, 1933 in Tipton, a son of Lowell E. and Mildred (Miller) Collier.

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  • Virginia Mae Harwood, 88, Sheridan, passed away Tuesday evening, Sept. 26, 2017 at Harbour Manor Health and Living Center in Noblesville.

    Born May 25, 1929 in St. Louis, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Henry Cecil and Sadie Ellen (Lindsay) Jennings.

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  • Warren LeRoy "Roy" Overdorf

    Warren LeRoy "Roy" Overdorf, 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Sheridan surrounded by his loving family on Monday afternoon, Sept. 25, 2017.

    Born Oct. 12, 1930 in Hamilton County, he was the son of the late Glen Overdorf and Opal (Yantis) Overdorf-Watson.

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  • Shirley Ann Scherer

    Shirley Ann Scherer, 70, Lapel, passed away Friday morning, Sept. 1, 2017 at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis.

    Born Sept. 28, 1946 in Hamilton County, she was the daughter of the late Woodrow Albert and Thelma Louise (Gray) Scherer.

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  • Carolyn Sue Petty

    Carolyn Sue Petty, 76, of Westfield, passed away Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville.

    She was born June 17, 1941, in Indianapolis, to James C. and Dorothy E. DeSpain Feeback.

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County News

  • The International Survivors of Suicide Loss organization will take some time for a special day in November. 
    Survivor Day, Nov. 18, is the one day a year when people impacted by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. In 2016, there were more than 350 Survivor Day events in 18 countries.
    This year in Indianapolis, one such event will take place on the campus of IUPUI at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at University Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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  • October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging all Hoosiers to take steps to make sure households and workplaces understand the best cybersecurity practices.

    This year’s theme is “Stop. Think. Connect,” and each week in October will have a different theme related to cybersecurity awareness. The theme for the first week is “Simple Steps to Online Safety.” This week, Hoosiers are encouraged to take simple steps to safeguard themselves online and to learn strategies on how to recover from a cyber-attack.

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  • FISHERS - Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County, Inc., a local nonprofit 501c3 organization, is excited to announce their fourth annual Hamilton County Festival. The return of this holiday tradition, since 2014, marks a significant impact for Hamilton County residents.

    The Festival of Trees is planned for Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. This year’s event will take place at the beautiful Bridgewater Club, 3535 E 161st St. in Carmel. The evening includes a dinner, a keynote speaker, and an auction of exquisitely custom designed themed Christmas trees, wreaths and table centerpieces - hand decorated by local designers specifically as fundraising pieces. Cost is: $75 per person. Reservations are now available and are required due to limited seating, and admission. Please contact Good Samaritan Network at (317) 842-2603 to register as a designer, sponsor, or to RSVP. Or visit

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  • In support of the response and recovery from Hurricane Irma, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is advising Hoosiers to be organized in their giving and volunteer efforts.

    Responsible Giving

    When a natural disaster occurs, many social networking sites may promote impromptu collection drives. This can lead to scams or semis with unrequested items that threaten to crowd warehouses and clog distribution channels in the impacted area.

    A recommended way to help disaster survivors is with a cash donation to a legitimate relief agency operating in the area. The type and amount of items required can change hourly as needs keep pace with the rapidly evolving emergency situation. Cash is far more flexible than goods and allows volunteer agencies to more quickly acquire the supplies needed to address the most urgent needs.

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  • September is National Preparedness Month, and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging all Hoosiers to take steps to make sure households and workplaces are prepared.

    Regardless of the type of disaster, it is important for Hoosiers to take time and make sure that preparations are made. Tornadoes, storms, flooding and even snowstorms have all presented challenges in the past. Knowing how to respond to these events can not only minimize the effects, it can help save lives.

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  • INDIANAPOLIS - Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation of Indiana will once again play host to the Veteran Stand Down, taking place at Indiana National Guard Armory, 3912 West Minnesota St., Indianapolis 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 7.

    All Veterans with a VA Card or DD214 are invited.

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  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Indiana law enforcement agencies kicked off their drunk driving crackdown, as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s national crackdown: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

    Nationwide in 2015, over 10,000 people were killed – and 153 on Labor Day weekend – in crashes where a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® calls for high-visibility law enforcement as a key component of eliminating drunk driving deaths and injuries.

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  • All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles branches will be closed Saturday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 4 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

    Branches should resume regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

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