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Thursday, December 15, 2016 5:42 PM

As many of you are already aware, a Sheridan family dealt with a devastating loss this past weekend. The Hawkins family lost their home and all their belongings in a house fire. The Sheridan Public Library is proud to work with and support the efforts of Sheridan Community Recreation, Inc. as they try to help this family recover from this loss.

The Sheridan Public Library has boxes at each of its entrances for the collection of items for this family and strongly encourages community members to provide food and clothing to help them. Monetary donations are also being accepted via Sheridan Community Recreation and Sheridan Youth Assistance. Please contact Michelle Westermeier ( or Lisa Samuels ( for further information about making your monetary donation.

  • 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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  • Blood drive shooting for goal of 30!

    The Sheridan Public Library is partnering up with the Sheridan High School Music Department to hold a Holiday Blood Drive on Wednesday at the Library from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The American Red Cross will donate $10 per unit collected if the total goes over 30 units for the drive. All donated funds will be given to the Music program at the school to support their activities.

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  • Library staff says Merry Christmas!

    It's the time of year for Christmas parties!

    The staff from the Sheridan Public Library enjoyed their annual Christmas dinner at the Grapevine in uptown Sheridan recently. 

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  • Superintendent speaks at Rotary
    Sheridan Rotary Club members welcomed the new Sheridan Community School superintendent to a recent meeting. Dr. Doug Miller took over the reins of the school a few months back and used this opportunity to tell the club members about his background and his educational philosophy. He grew up attending Western Boone where both of his parents were teachers. He went on to college and became a math teacher, moved into administration first as a principal at North Montgomery, earned his PhD and became an assistant superintendent at Tippecanoe County and finally accepted the position as superintendent here in Sheridan. Dr. Miller and his family live in Noblesville.
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  • Choirs sing at Chamber luncheon
    High school choirs from Sheridan and Hamilton Heights thrilled those in attendance at the Hamilton North Chamber holiday luncheon this week.
    The Sheridan choir was directed by Ms. MClain and the Heights choir was under the tutelage of Miss Boone.
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  • Rotary helps feed the hungry

    It's the season where kindness and generosity take center stage and there was certainly no exception with the Sheridan Rotary Club.

    To fulfill part of its mandate to support charitable giving in the local community, each year at this time the members of the Sheridan Rotary Club provide food boxes to MAMA’s Cupboard, a Sheridan food pantry organization.

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  • After a promising start in the IHSAA Class A Sectional 44 Championship contest, the Sheridan Blackhawks' season came to an end against the visiting Monroe Central Golden Bears, 26-7.

    The game was a match-up of two of Class A's heavyweights. Sheridan came into the game at 9-2 and ranked 8th and MC was 5th with a 10-1 mark.

    And in the beginning, it looked like Sheridan was on its way to its 20th sectional title.

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  • Steve Harvey

    Sometimes there is a story that needs to be told and this is one of those times.

    This is the story of a young man with a Sheridan connection via his mother but he does not live here or attend the local school. His name is Rex Burkman and his mother is Kristin Burkman. Many Sheridan residents will remember Kristin because she grew up here and graduated from Sheridan. Her parents are Dorothy and Craig Bishop and lots of Sheridan residents know the Bishop’s very well as they are life-long Sheridanites. But this is a story about Rex, not his mother or his grandparents.

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  • GASTON - Despite the cold, despite the early-game drizzle and despite some good defense by the Wes-Del Warriors, the 6th-ranked Sheridan Blackhawks are going for their 20th sectional championship in the Indiana High School Athletic Association state football playoffs by defeating the Warriors with a score of 35-8.

    With the victory the Blackhawks sport a sparkling 9-2 record. Wes-Del finished the year at 5-6. Sheridan now plays host to 4th-ranked Monroe Central at home in the Sectional Finals. The Golden Bears are 10-1 and blasted Clinton Prairie 42-12. In terms of common opponents, MC beat Prairie, Clinton Central (57-6), Wes-Del (29-0) and Tri-Central (56-6). Sheridan beat Prairie 63-8, Central 56-6 and Tri-Central 28-6. The Blackhawks have won every game since opening the season with a 19-7 loss to 10th-ranked 2A Western Boone. MC's only blemish came on Oct. 13 against 9th-ranked 2A Shenandoah, 42-20.

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  • Reference books on sale at library

    The Sheridan Public Library is weeding a lot of its reference books and offering them for sale to the public. The sale items include general knowledge encyclopedia sets (World Book, Americana, Britannica), specialty encyclopedia sets, biographic works, dictionaries, atlases, fact books, science and health works and many, many more. The library is getting rid of several hundred items.

    According to library director Steve Martin, all of the items are out of date for current informational needs, but they contain information that is still quite valid. As an example, he says historic information about the kings and queens of England is still quite valid; it is just the last 20 years that is missing and that is readily available on the internet.

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  • The Sheridan Blackhawks and Coach Bud Wright seem to come alive for the playoffs each year. And why not? Nine state titles, 10 semistates, 14 regional championships and 19 sectional crowns would seem to indicate that when the regular season ends, Wright and the Blackhawks begin.
    Friday night was no different as Sheridan rolled to a 50-8 Sectional 44 Class A victory over the visiting Tri-Central Trojans.

    The sixth-ranked 8-2 Sheridan Blackhawks now take on Wes-Del, a 24-8 winner over Union City. That victory gives the Wes-Del Warriors a 5-5 mark on the season. The last time Sheridan and Wes-Del met was in 2003 and the Blackhawks steamrolled the Warriors 52-0.

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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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  • 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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