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Local High Schools Work to Curb Vaping

By Maggie Sockwell Sentinel Reporter Vaping or the use of an e-cigarette has increased nationwide among teens with 3,500 youth starting each day, according to the American Heart Association. Vape devices come in many different sizes, shapes and in a variety of flavors and strengths of nicotine which make them more enticing to teenagers. Since…

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Simpson Named All Tourney

    SIMPSON NAMED ALL TOURNEY. Freshman Parke Heritage High School girls basketball player Emma Simpson was named to the Jenni Marietta Holiday Classic All-Tournament team. The girls’ basketball team participated in this tournament over winter break. They were runners-up in the tourney falling to Northview 43-47. In the first game, they defeated South Vermillion,…

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Class of 1956

    CLASS OF 1956. Shown are the members of the Rockville High School Class of 1956 at a reunion recently. They are (from left) Sue (Trousdale) Moody, George Tofaute, Wanda (Wood) Tofaute, Barbara (Wilson) Hinshaw, Betty (Murray) Smith, Janet (Steventon) Campbell, Barbara (Clontz) Clodfelter, and Dale Cottrell. (photo by Marvin Smith).

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Farmers Market Opens During Winter Months

By Grace Batronis Sentinel Reporter Parke County Farmer’s Market is switching up their location for the winter season, holding a market inside the Rockville Presbyterian Church. Abigail Lapp, the new director, said that they’d tried to have an indoor farmer’s market a few years back, but this was their first time doing it consistently through…

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Townhomes On Main Accepting Applications

The Townhomes on Main project is well underway. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,200 square foot units are going to be available in no time. For those interested, an application must be completed in its entirety and supplemental information must be included. All applications take 10 to 14 days to process. Each adult (18 and older) needs…

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Riverton Parke 2022 Winter Homecoming Court Selected

  2022 HOMECOMING COURT. Riverton Parke Jr./Sr. High School announced its Winter Homecoming court and candidates for king and queen. RP will battle the Southmont Mounties in its annual Winter Homecoming basketball game Saturday, January 15. Tip-off time for the junior-varsity game will be 6 p.m. Coronation of the king and queen will take place…

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Housing Issues Addressed In Parke County

In Parke County, Indiana, limited available housing options are constraining people’s ability to live and work in the county. The Purdue Extension Community Development Program is collaborating to provide county-level, housing-related information that will guide county and local leaders as they work to improve housing needed for current and future community success. “Housing represents a…

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“Hat In The Ring” Political Policy

The following policy for the Parke County Sentinel will apply to candidates seeking office during Primary or General Elections. Any announcements or news releases concerning candidates must have news value in order to be considered for publication and are subject to normal editing. Initial announcements of candidacy for any office will be published free of…

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Pearls of the Wabash

By Grace Batronis Sentinel Reporter During the summers of 1963-1965, Jim Meece said he and his best friend, David Berrisford, spent most days out on the Wabash River, hunting for freshwater mussels. The history of the Wabash is full of mussels, hunted by Native Americans for tools and utensils and later augmenting the commercial clothing…

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A Year In Review

JANUARY 2021 Started out 2021 with some good news when Sheriff Justin Cole reported no cases of Covid in the Parke County Jail. The board of directors of Parke County Inc. voted to cancel the Parke County Maple Fair due to the rise of COVID. The decision was made in collaboration with the Parke County…

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