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7/5/2015
INDIANA MOURNS LOSS OF LOCAL SCULPTOR, JOHN McCOMBIE
The Indiana community is mourning the loss of one of its most accomplished artists.  Sculptor John McCombie passed away Friday at his home in Rayne Township at the age of 68.  McCombie’s works grace our area in many venues, including the enormous crimson hawk that soars over the lobby at the Kovalchick Complex, and the somber Civil War soldier at the entrance to the Indiana County Historical and Genealogical Society in Indiana.  Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home in Indiana.
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7/5/2015
POLICE REPORTS: HARASSMENT AND BURGLARY
State police broke up a brawl early Thursday morning along a private road in Green Township, and five people ended up facing charges.  Police say it happened outside a home.  31-year-old Ricky Patterson of Clymer is charged with disorderly conduct.  28-year-old Dennis Patterson, also of Clymer is charged with harassment, as are the other three suspects, all from Commodore.  They are 59-year-old Harry Overman, 30-year-old Michael Overman, and 35-year-old James Overman. ***   A Carrolltown man is charged with harassment after a fight outside of a Cherry Tree man’s home early Thursday.  Police say 27-year-old Darren Downey pushed 26-year-old Matthew Blake Jr. to the ground during the dispute. ***   State police are investigating a burglary that happened June 4 between noon and 2:30 p.m. at a home along Malibu Drive in White Township.  Someone took $600 from the home shared by two 23-year-old men.
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7/4/2015
JULY 4TH CELEBRATIONS GOING ON THROUGHOUT COUNTY
Independence Day Celebrations will be held all over Indiana County this Saturday. For the first time, many of the Lions Club’s traditional Independence Day activities will not be at Mack Park.  The activities will instead take place at the Marion Center Speedway.  This includes a flea market that starts at 8:00 AM, a Pet parade at 8:30, a kiddie bumper demo derby at noon and the 2015 Indiana Lions Demo Derby at 1:00.  A Car cruise with music provided by Jerry B also starts at 1:00 at the speedway. In Indiana, the traditional Fourth of July 5K race will start at the White Towsnhip Recreation Complex at 8:30.  And at 9:30 will be the fireworks at Mack Park fairgrounds.  Earlier this year, those fireworks were going to be at the Marion Center Speedway, but James Irwin said in May that after the initial announcement of the fireworks being in Marion Center, The Lions and the JS Mack Foundation continued talks and reached an agreement to make sure the fireworks remained at the Indiana County Fairgrounds. Also going on for the Fourth of July will be the Fireman’s Festival in Coral-Graceton at the Fireman’s field in Coral.  The festival is now ...
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7/4/2015
CELEBRATE SAFELY ON INDEPENDENCE DAY
This weekend is Independence day weekend, and many will be out celebrating, but some people may throw safety out the window in the course of their celebrations. One of the biggest safety tips is to consume alcohol in moderation.  Drinking too much can lead to some questionable decision making, along with diminished reflexes, and false confidence, which can lead to problems later on.  This includes drinking and driving.  Police will be out in full force this weekend, with some police departments conducting roving and stationary DUI patrols throughout the area.  Also, people will be playing with sparklers and other fireworks that have been legally purchased.  You must remember that these still produce intense heat, and are very dangerous.  Young children should not be allowed to play with sparklers, and if at all possible, leave the fireworks to the professionals. If you’re having a bonfire, make sure the fire is completely out.  As there is still a drought watch in effect for Indiana County and surrounding areas, make sure your fire is completely out by flooding the area with water, stirring the ground with a spade, and stirring again.  Also, hold your hand over the fire pit after you douse a ...
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7/4/2015
FREE LUNCHES AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN AT MACK PARK POOL
While many may be looking forward to a grilled dinner tonight, there are still a lot of kids who may not get a healthy meal while school is out. Indiana County’s YMCA is going to step in during the rest of the summer break by providing free lunches to children throughout the summer.  This will start Monday, with free lunches being served from 11:30 to 12:30 at the Mack Park Pool Concession Stand.  The YMCA will be partnering with the US Department of Agriculture in providing these free meals to children.  There is no cost to attend, and meals have to be eaten on site.  Again, any child under 18 can come by and eat.  For more information on the local program, contact the Indiana County YMCA at 724-463-9622 and if you want more information on the nationwide program, log on to www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/summer
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