Silver Alert canceled for missing Connersville man
CONNERSVILLE, Ind. — Indiana State Police have issued a Silver Alert for a 66-year-old man missing out of Fayette County. The Connersville Police Department, ISP said, is investigating the disappearance of Roger Mills, a 66-year-old man last seen around 11 p.m. Wednesday in Connersville, which is 65 miles east of Indianapolis.
Looking Back: Meet the Mayors
Many from today’s generation have never heard of Finly Gray, but his daughters name is familiar to just about everyone in Fayette County and the surrounding area. Finly H. Gray was born on July 21 1863 in Orange. He came from a prominent pioneer family. His parents instilled in him a deep love for the wooded hills of his birthplace and all of his life he added to the acreage and cherished each moment spent there.
Better Together: 2023 Grant Cycle Open – Apply Now!
We’re getting ready to launch the 2023 Grant Cycle which will culminate in us awarding grants to support Fayette County – and that could include your organization. Part of our work is connecting donors and nonprofit agencies to improve the quality of life in our community. Our donors want to help Fayette County and provide financial support where it’s most needed, which is why we run grantmaking cycles. This means the grants we provide stay flexible: they are dictated by community needs. In a grant cycle, nonprofit organizations describe their need and how it will impact the community, and a team of evaluators (our Grant Committee) review and recommend applications to our Board of Directors for approval.
Local organizes fundraiser for Fayette County Animal Shelter
Sarah Lacy took on and rescued a beagle that her sister had discovered while she was at work. That stray would lead to a major boost for the Fayette County Animal Shelter. She asked her sister to put the dog in the garage, and then when she got home she found the dog had some skin issues, Lacy fed the dog and give it a bath, before deciding to take the dog in Dave Ryckman and the Fayette County Animal Shelter. This was an emotional experience.
Opening a door for veterans
It might seem like a small thing for some, but a closed door into an office can be challenging to walk through for the first time, especially when one doesn’t know what to expect. A recent project has made the door to the Fayette County Veteran’s Service Office a little more inviting.
FCSC, Chartwells Launching summer meals program June 5
Fayette County Schools Corporation and provider Chartwells are preparing for the launch of their summer meal program. This program will begin on Monday, June 5th. This year they will able to once again give out 5 breakfast and 5 lunches at one time on Monday’s only.
Services Hub has grand opening months in the making
There are many services available in the community. For many years though it has been a challenge for people to locate the services they need and then get to all of them as they could be spread to any number of locations across the city of Connersville or all of Fayette County. Thursday a grand opening and open house marked a major step towards putting services into a central location.
Preliminary elementary school renovation costs presented at work session
The Fayette County School Corporation school board of trustees and both Skillman Corporation and Gibraltar Design met as a part of their ongoing district wide inspection and feasibility study. This was the first meeting since the public information meeting held on May 15. From the information and questions asked at...
Honoring Our Elders Luncheon a rousing success
Beginning with the Connersville Bicentennial celebration in 2013, the elders of Connersville and Fayette County have been honored by the city for the many contributions they have made throughout the years. This year was no exception as the Honoring Our Elders Luncheon, hosted by the Parks Department, was held Thursday at the Miller Building with approximately 230 in attendance.
Volunteers needed to help decorate veteran graves
Since anyone can remember, the Fayette County Veterans Council has placed flags on soldiers grave in local cemeteries. Michael Moore, President of the FCVC said he has been president for ten years and he can’t remember a time that flags weren’t placed on the graves.
Fayette Community Foundation’s 2023 grant cycle now open
The Fayette Community Foundation’s mission is to connect donors and nonprofit agencies to improve the quality of life in the Fayette County community. They do this through their grantmaking, specifically by supporting programs and projects in particular interest areas, such as community betterment, health and human services, and education. These grants are made possible due, in large part, to the philanthropy of Fayette County residents who create or contribute to field of interest and unrestricted endowments.
GFWC Fayette County ESO
The May meeting of the GFWC Fayette County ESO was held on May 4 at The Pizza Place. President Peggy Lykins was in the chair. Members present were Peggy Lykins, Saundra Lykins, Betty Powell, Hannah Hood, Phyllis Urich, Linda Fitzgerald, and Tric Heepe. The Collect was recited in unison followed...
Public weighs in on FCSC district study
The Fayette County School Corporation School Board of Trustees alongside Gibraltar Design and Skillman Corporation hosted the first public meeting regarding the initial findings of Gibraltar’s district feasibility study. The process of examining all of the buildings, surveying staff and administrators then compiling all of the results into a...
Johns graduates from Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Brayton Ross Johns, of Connersville, graduated with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Johns spent his law school years living in the Connersville community where he has served in leadership of Fayette County Community Voices, Alquina Blue Arrows Park, and the Fayette County Public Defender Board. He has continued to bring an outside the box approach to revitalizing his home community. While at McKinney School of Law, Johns earned a Graduate Certificate in Civil and Human Rights. Upon completing the bar exam, he plans to focus on leadership and consulting.
Fayette County Commissioners discuss CDL training
Finding drivers for the Fayette County Highway Department with a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) has been a challenge for some time, the lack of CDL qualified drivers has persisted for years. So Highway Department Director Jay Halveland went to do some research as to what other counties where doing to fill the void.
Work continues to start construction on new campus in Connersville
Last fall, Reid Health administration and staff gathered with residents and community leaders from Connersville and Fayette County to celebrate Reid’s decision to build a new state-of-the-art facility in the city. Although construction hasn’t formally started yet, a great deal of behind-the-scenes work occurs each day to move the project forward.
Playground dedicated to original Head Start director
The play area outside of Little Spartans Preschool recently received a new name as it was dedicated to a person who had a major impact on the community and helped to shape generations of future Spartans. The playground called ‘Miss Donna’s Farmers Market’ was dedicated in recognition of Donna McElfresh,...
Three Scholarship Funds Awarded for First Time at CHS Scholarship Night
Scholarship Night is always an exciting time for the Fayette Community Foundation and Connersville High School seniors alike as thousands of dollars in scholarships are awarded to worthy students. However, this year’s Scholarship Night was even more special as three new scholarship funds were awarded for the first time. Each of these scholarships were established by caring and thoughtful donors to support Fayette County students pursuing higher education, in alphabetical order:
Local CHS student earning his Eagle Scout
As part of an Eagle Scout project, Eli Barger, 17, did landscaping service for the Fayette County Service Hub. Barger, a junior at Connersville High School, is a Life Scout (rank) in BSA Troop #33 and working to earn his Eagle Scout.
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