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Respected math teacher departs Room 212

When a young teacher took time to explain the lyrics of a song to a student, it created a lasting memory. Julie Drake is that math teacher. She has held forth from the same classroom at Hagerstown Jr.-Sr. High School for 42 years. Now, upon retiring, she is departing Room 212. Those who know Dan […]

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Livestock auction’s fate to be decided 

A decision might be made Thursday as to whether a livestock auction can open next to an agritourism destination, and it’s unclear whether a previously seen standing-room-only crowd will return to share its views. Two of the five members of Wayne County’s Board of Zoning Appeals weren’t present at the May meeting where two petitions […]

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Tour tells stories of freedom seekers

Freedom, according to one story, meant so much to an enslaved man named William Bush that he had himself shipped in a wooden box addressed to “Newport, Wayne County, Indiana, care of Levi Coffin.” That story from 180 years ago is one that Aaron Martin loves to hear and retell in his work as program […]

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‘It was the welcome home we didn’t get’

Two western Wayne County veterans whose daughters were classmates didn’t realize they were both traveling on the 39th Indy Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. until the day before their journey.  That was the first surprise of many on the action-packed trip Larry Gumm and Jerry Doddridge took Saturday, May 20. Their sightseeing experience in the […]

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Honoring fallen officers, their families

Seara Burton’s name was read first during Friday’s annual Peace Officers Memorial Service honoring Wayne County law enforcement. The Richmond Police Department K-9 officer became the county’s 16th officer to lose their life in the line of duty Sept. 18, when she died from gunshot injuries sustained Aug. 10 during a traffic stop. Burton was […]

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Knight wins top prize in high school art show

Northeastern High School has earned bragging rights in the local art scene. The Knights get to display a traveling artist’s palette trophy because a Northeastern junior, Alivia Bleil, won Best of Show in the 17th Annual All Wayne County High School Art Exhibition. Richmond Art Museum organizes the annual show, which continues through Saturday, May […]

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Lt. gov. sees celebration, devastation

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch enjoyed a celebration and viewed devastation May 9 during a spur-of-the-moment visit to Richmond. Crouch participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony as Test Intermediate School celebrated its 100th year, then she visited the site of the April 11 plastics fire, getting a firsthand look at the rubble remaining on the 13.8-acre site. […]

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Bulldogs, Tigers capture TEC track titles

On a near perfect weather evening, the Tri-Eastern Conference track and field championships were held Thursday, May 11 at the Union City High School track. The Centerville girls rose to the occasion, fighting off a strong challenge from Winchester Community, to capture the title. In the boys meet, Hagerstown won the 4×800-meter relay to open […]

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Golden Eagle Industries wins state contest

Lincoln High School’s Golden Eagle Industries earned first place in a new statewide case competition that their teacher calls “a big win” for the students and the school. The students who prepared the winning presentation included Gavin Trent, Gavin Newton, Kaila Arthur, Ellie Mettler, Cole Dick, Whitney Lynn, Josh Gibson, Tupelo Troxell, Garin Beal, Adam […]