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  • County unemployment rises to 4.3 percent, 4th-worst in state in May

    County unemployment rises to 4.3 percent, 4th-worst in state in May


    By: Dennis Clark

    Sullivan County’s unemployment rate rose .4 percent and fell two additional spots in the state rankings. After dropping its rate for the past two months — 5.3 in February to 4.6 in March, then 3.9 in April — it increased to 4.3 percent in May according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The county also slipped to 4th-worst in the state rankings — now its eighth consecutive month in the top 10. This is its worst ranking since being third in Nov. 2014. T...

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  • Biggs wants to focus on customers as Milburn's newest pharmacist

    Biggs wants to focus on customers as Milburn's newest pharmacist


    By: Megan Thorne

    Photo by MEGAN THORNE Pharmacist Jace Biggs organizes papers while waiting to help customers or answer questions Thursday afternoon at Milburn Health Mart Pharmacy. ----- ----- ----- Working at Milburn Health Mart Pharmacy is Jace Biggs’ dream job. “I like the independent pharmacy feel, and I called (Milburn) and they just had someone put their notice in,” he said. “It was a godsend that it happened, because I’ve been to hospitals and chain pharmacies but now I e...

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  • Sullivan County well represented among WVFCA All-Stars

    Sullivan County well represented among WVFCA All-Stars


    By: B.J. Hargis

    TERRE HAUTE — The annual Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star game is set for Saturday at Indiana State University’s Memorial Stadium.Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.Sullivan County will again be well represented as Sullivan High School head coach Blaine Powell will be serving as the offensive coordinator on the Gold Division squad.There will be six players from the county, all participating on the Gold Squad, including wide receiver Dakota Caton, linebacker Wes Bedwell...

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  • Silly Safaris

    Silly Safaris


    By: Megan Thorne

    Photo by MEGAN THORNE Mya Myers, 11, refuses to hold out her hand to touch the alligator during Amazon John’s Silly Safari at the 4-H Fairgrounds Monday afternoon. The safari was part of the Sullivan County Public Library summer reading program and featured alligators, turtles, a boa constrictor, a fox and many more animals.  John started the Indianapolis-based company 21 years ago and goes to all different libraries to put on shows for kids. “The best part of the job is the...

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  • City council raises two fees at Center Ridge Cemetery; superintendent addresses financial future

    City council raises two fees at Center Ridge Cemetery; superintendent addresses financial future


    By: Dennis Clark

    The Sullivan City Council voted to raise a pair of fees at the city-owned Center Ridge Cemetery during its monthly meeting last Tuesday. Cemetery superintendent Dick Crooks actually asked the council to approve four “suggestions” going forward, but only two were passed.  He also addressed the cemetery’s financial needs in the next few years. Crooks’ first suggestion — which was approved by the council — was increasing the price of opening and closing g...

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  • Graduation marks next steps for WVCF PLUS inmates

    Graduation marks next steps for WVCF PLUS inmates


    By: Megan Thorne

    CUTLINE Photo by MEGAN THORNE Edward Ivy talks about his journey through the PLUS Program during the PLUS graduation Friday afternoon at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Around 80 offenders graduated from the course and cheered each other on as their fellow participants walked the stage. ----- ----- -----  The Purpose Living Units Serve Program changed Richard Martin’s life. Martin was one of over 80 offenders who walked across the stage during the Plus Program graduation F...

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  • 28 percent of Sullivan County voters turned out for primary

    28 percent of Sullivan County voters turned out for primary


    By: Harold Bosstick

    In May, just over than a quarter of Sullivan County voters cast their votes in the Indiana primary election, about 8 percentage points higher than the state average. However, it was nearly as many points lower than the 2014 primary (the last held non-presidential primary election) when the county led the state. “The 2014 primary, it was crazy busy,” said Sullivan County Clerk Peggy Goodman. “It felt kind of like, a lot of people talk about the blizzard of 1978, I talk about...

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