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Monday, January 15, 2018 5:17 PM

The Woda Group, Inc. and Housing Services Alliance, Inc. (HSA) will redevelop the historic Adams Elementary School in Sheridan, transforming the vacant property into 32 affordable apartments and renovating its gym to become community recreation space. Construction of Blackhawk Commons could begin as soon as July 2018.

Plans for the $7.2 million development had been on hold since February, when the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority (IHCDA) placed Blackhawk Commons on a waiting list for federal Rental Housing Tax Credits. IHCDA awarded the sought-after tax credits to 16 projects at the time, holding back a portion of available credits due to uncertainty in the equity market.

Hometown News

  • Library has tax forms available

    Tis the season and the Sheridan Public Library will have a limited supply of state and federal tax forms available this year. Filing starts on January 29th this year but often times the federal and state forms are sent out late — mid-February or later in many instances.

    Library director Steve Martin notes that tax officials do not send out as many copies of all the different tax forms as they used to and maybe that is a good thing. There are so many different types of forms anymore and in the old days, at the end of tax season on April 15; most of the odd forms were just trashed. By not sending so many of so many different types of forms it cuts down on wasting your tax dollars.

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  • Circus coming to Sheridan . . . when it warms up

    The Sheridan Kiwanis Club is entering the planning stage of their undertaking to bring the Cullpepper & Merriweather Circus to Sheridan for the entertainment and enjoyment of all. The circus will be here on Thursday, May 24th and tickets will be available from any Kiwanis member. In addition to Kiwanis members, the club is hoping to have several other volunteers from the community roll up their sleeves and help out.

    Kiwanis helps kids around the world. Local clubs look out for their communities and the international organization takes on large-scale challenges, such as fighting disease and poverty. Kiwanis members are generous with their time, creative with their ideas and passionate about making a difference.

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  • Rotarians learn about active shooter response

    Mass killings by deranged individuals are something we encounter on an all too regular basis anymore. Most of us will never have any personal exposure to mass violence of any sort but that does not mean we should not be prepared because the truth is it can happen anywhere at any time. No one is immune anymore.

    Sheridan Rotarians recently had Sergeant Bill Clifford of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department as their guest speaker. As one of his duties, Sergeant Clifford helps train his fellow officers and others on how to respond to the threat of an active shooter in a community environment. Using a series of visual displays and hands-on demonstrations, Clifford explained the current “Run-Seek-Hide” strategy for personal survival in active shooter situations.

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  • Fire reported on Opel Avenue

    The Sheridan Fire Department responded to a fire that damaged a single-family residence at 1106 S. Opel Ave., Wednesday.

    Firefighters were called to the scene around 8:30 p.m. and found the house trailer damaged by fire. Four residents evacuated the residence without incident or injury.

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  • Town makes progress in '17, looks ahead to 2018
    As Hamilton County’s progress continues north, Sheridan is looking to be prepared for the advancement.
    In 2017, the town of 2,600 took on some big projects, and took care of one possible roadblock.
    Sheridan took care of a lingering problem when it sold its water utilities to Indiana American Water Co., for more than $10 million.
    While details continue to hammered out by attorneys, the town is now poised to see a major upgrade in its utility services.
    “The sale is pending, but our attorney tells us it should be ready to go to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission for approval,” said David Kinkead, Town Council President.
    To accompany the utility sale, the town used an $800,000 grant from the state to pave several streets badly in need of repair, Kinkead said.
    Also, the town is finishing a storm water project, to help relieve flooding on the east side. 
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  • The Sheridan News is pleased to bring a list of some area businesses and what their holiday hours are:
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  • Alexis Clark wins first place!

    Sheridan resident Alexis Clark recently won first place in an art contest.

    Alexis' work, a painting entitled Koi Fish, finished in first place in the First Come, First Hung Exhibition at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center in Zionsville.

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  • Sheridan Rotary enjoys Christmas dinner

    It's the holiday season and that calls for lots of get-togethers!

    Sheridan Rotary and their family members celebrated exactly that with their annual club Christmas gathering, enjoying a delicious meal at the new Young’s Restaurant in uptown Sheridan.

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  • Martha Isabelle Mullin, 93, Sheridan, passed away at Premier Healthcare of Sheridan on Monday morning, Jan. 15, 2018.

    Born in Sheridan on Sept. 8, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Virgil & Carrie (Mundy) Fulton.

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  • Barbara Sue Harrison, 75, Sheridan, passed away peacefully Jan. 3, 2018 at Maple Park Village in Westfield.

    She was born Dec. 14, 1942 in Washington, Ind., to Earl Woodrow and Dorothy Evalyn (Cassell) Williams.

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  • Saundra Kay Felts, 72, of Sheridan and formerly of Louisville, passed away Monday morning, Jan. 1, 2018 at Riverview Health in Noblesville.

    Born Dec. 13, 1945 in Louisville, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Leon W. and Elberta D. (Cunningham) Jones.

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  • Velma Lois (King) Boone

    Velma Lois (King) Boone, 100, passed away Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at Crown Pointe in Lebanon, Indiana.

    She was born on April 23, 1917 a daughter of the late Virgil and Jessie (Walker) King as one of 11 children.

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  • Ernest S. (Ernie) Stoops, 90, of Westfield, formerly of Sheridan, passed away on Dec. 17, 2017.

    He was born on July 19, 1927 near Sheridan, to the late John Walker and Zula (Price) Stoops.

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  • Gloria (Harris) Bilby

    Gloria (Harris) Bilby, 79, passed away on Dec. 17, 2017.

    Mrs. Bilby was born on March 2, 1938 to Gleasal and Vivian Harris and was a lifelong resident of Sheridan.

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  • Louiva Wallace, 89, Thorntown, passed away at her daughter's home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday evening, Dec. 14, 2017.

    Born March 20, 1928 in Hamilton County, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late David and Sarah Jane (Rude) Graham.

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  • Jean Marie Diersing

    Jean Marie Diersing, age 100 years, 9 months and 2 days, of Sheridan and formerly of Carmel, passed away peacefully at Maple Park Village in Westfield, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday morning, Dec. 10, 2017.

    Born March 8, 1917 in Montgomery (Daviess County, Indiana), she was the daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Michaels) Lundergan.

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  • Elizabeth "Liz" Ellen Gardner, 66, Indianapolis, passed away at St. Vincent Hospice Center in Indianapolis on Sunday morning, Dec. 3, 2017.

    She was born May 12, 1951 in Summit, N.J. to the late William George and Charlotte (Staub) Birmingham.

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  • James Robert "Bob" Fox

    James Robert "Bob" Fox, 96, Sheridan, and resident of Wellbrooke of Westfield for nine months, passed away on Wednesday morning, Dec. 6, 2017 at Riverview Health in Noblesville.

    The eighth of 12 children, he was born Oct. 22, 1922 in his home on the Tipton-Hamilton Co. line to the late Arthur W. and Maggie B. (Aldridge) Fox.

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  • Gustavo A. Galvez

    Gustavo A. Galvez, 65, Westfield, passed away Nov. 28, 2017.

    He was born Dec. 28, 1951 to Jose Luis Galvez and Anita Perez Galvez (Barrios) in Guatemala.

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  • Brian Scott Alexander, 48, Cicero, passed away Nov. 20, 2017.

    He was born March 18, 1969 in Sheridan, to Thomas R. Alexander and Anita K. Alexander.

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County News

  • A press release issued by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office reports that several calls have been received regarding a jury duty scam. Sheriff Mark Bowen is once again reminding area residents of a pervasive telephone scam that leaves victims open to theft and identity theft.

    The jury duty scam, along with the IRS scam, tax warrant scam, relative in need scam, home improvement scam, and others, come and go in cycles but all require potential victims to be aware of the issues. Most recently, the jury duty scam has once again come to the forefront.

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  • This morning at 7, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security activated the State of Indiana Emergency Operations Center to monitor incoming winter weather conditions across the state.

    EOC staff will continue to monitor conditions across the state, and will coordinate the assistance to local entities when needed.

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  • A Chili supper is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 27 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cicero.
    The event will help support a local seminarian in the Catholic diocese.
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  • With the potential for snow accumulation this weekend in Indiana, followed by continued extreme cold, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging Hoosiers to be prepared.
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  • The average life span of a Christmas tree is one month after purchase. Consumers should monitor a Christmas tree for freshness and note that when a tree’s needles drop, it means the tree is too dry. These dropped needles are more than just a nuisance to clean up, but rather are an indication that the dry tree is a fire hazard and should be removed from the home. Remove all decorations before disposing of the Christmas tree.

    According to the National Fire Prevention Association, roughly one of every 32 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 143 total reported home fires. Between 2011-15, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 200 home fires per year that started with Christmas trees. These fires caused an average of six deaths, 16 injuries and $14.8 million in direct property damage annually.

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  • With icy weather approaching, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is reminding Hoosiers to be cautious when spending time near bodies of water and ice. It is impossible to judge the strength of ice over a body of water by its appearance, thickness, daily temperature or snow cover alone. Ice strength is dependent on a number of factors, including water depth under the ice, water area size, water chemistry, currents and load distribution on the ice.
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  • With overnight lows and some daytime highs dropping to below freezing, Hoosiers should exercise caution when using alternative heating methods to keep their home warm and cozy.

    “Alternative heating sources are one of the leading causes of home fires and fire-related deaths each year,” State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson said. “Fires caused by alternative heating equipment account for 19 percent of home fire deaths in the United States.”

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  • INDIANAPOLIS – With data breaches at a record high, the Indiana Department of Revenue and Internal Revenue Service are proactively working to prevent Hoosiers’ tax information from getting into the wrong hands.

    “Too many Hoosiers have joined the nearly 145 million Americans who have recently fallen victim to having their personal information stolen,” DOR Commissioner Adam Krupp said. “Every day, more and more data breaches are occurring, putting personal and financial information at risk, and we believe education is key to lowering that risk.”

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