Area News

Hillsdale Man Charged with Child Exploitation

Indiana State Police initiated a criminal investigation in April 2019, after receiving information from the Connecticut State Police that a 12-year-old female had been exploited by an individual in the state of Indiana. The Investigation revealed that a Leonard D. Beebe, 53, of Hillsdale, Indiana, allegedly had been engaging in child exploitation with a minor.…

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The Cause for the Detour

THE CAUSE FOR THE DETOUR…ONE OF THEM. Those of us who travel U.S. 36 between Montezuma and Rockville daily (or more often) have learned the routes through Coloma and on Strawberry Road and Cooke Road. The reason for our new-found adventures on the backroads of Parke County is shown above, as the project appears to…

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New Staff at NCP

NEW STAFF AT NCP. Staff members of North Central Parke Schools gathered in the high school Cafetorium for the orientation meeting of the 2019-20 school year Monday, August 5. Superintendent Mike Schimpf welcomed everyone, new staff members were introduced and various items were discussed. The members of the school board of trustees provided breakfast for the…

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Cakes, Cookies and Pies!

CAKES, COOKIES, PIES…OH MY! Parke County Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Monday, July 29, for Shannon’s Sugar Rush. They make a wide variety of cakes, pies cookies, cupcakes and more. Pictured (from left) Board president Tiffani Martin, Board member Betty Winters, Joann, Mike, Jason, Shannon and Mackenzie Horutz and Executive Director of…

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U.S. 36, East of Rockville Getting Chip-And-Seal

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced last Friday that chip seal preservation was scheduled to begin on or after Monday, August 5, weather permitting. Work is scheduled to begin on U.S. 36 between Rockville and U.S. 231. The initial information sent by INDOT indicated the roadway would be closed to through traffic, but open…

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony-Britton Winery

RIBBON CUTTING. Parke County Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Cross at a Walk Britton Winery in Rockville. Present at the ceremony were: (front row, from left) Chamber president Tiffani Martin, Chamber member Ronja Branson, Grady Hartman, Tasha Hartman, Ty Hartman, (Owner) Terry Britton, Paisley Hartman, Lisa Kneeland, Chamber member Kandee Cook,…

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“POWERING RURAL TOUR” EVENT

A panel of representatives from Federal, State and Local government agencies all focused on supporting economic development in rural areas of Indiana are going to be available for an interactive discussion with attendees to describe the resources available from their agencies, the ways they might be employed to support economic activity and how they have…

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Mall Owner to Face Charges

Parke County Prosecutor Steve Cvengros requested February 14 that the Indiana State Police conduct an investigation on Jill Dixon, 54, of Cayuga, owner of Timeless and Classic Antique Mall LLC, for failing to reimburse consignors. The findings of the investigation were presented to a special prosecutor in Clay County, per the request of the Parke…

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Ribbon Cutting: XGrade

NEW OWNERSHIP RIBBON CUTTING. The Parke County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for X Grade Rock & Repair at its location in Rockville July 10. The shop is now owned by Curt and Lori Harkrider. The company is a full mechanic shop for any vehicle. It also offers stone and mulch delivery,…

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The Big Dig on Market Street

THE BIG DIG ON MARKET STREET. The Howard Avenue-Market Street construction project shifted south last week with most of the initial paving and concrete work on Howard Avenue nearing completion. Crews began excavating asphalt and concrete from Market Street north of U.S. 36 to Howard Street/Avenue. The drive-up window at Old National Bank remains open…

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