Wright to the top: Teen takes home crown at county fair
HANCOCK COUNTY — Even with her hands clasped over her mouth, covering much of her face, the surprise Shelby Wright felt was clear in her wide eyes.
It took just a second for Wright to realize the name pulled from the small white winner’s envelope June 20 was hers, but the thrill of having been crowned the 2015 Hancock County 4-H fair queen took time to sink in.
Wright, a nine-year 4-H’er, was so taken aback by her big news that she spoke in short, excited sentences.
“This is just indescribable. It’s incredible. I don’t know what to say,” she said. “I’m overwhelmed. I can’t believe they just called my name.”
Wright, who will be a senior at Eastern Hancock High School next year, is a member of the Goats R Us 4-H Club and completed projects for sewing and the fashion revue this year. She emerged as the winner of the queen contest among 27 young women vying for the crown.
With construction done, cancer center set to open
GREENFIELD — After nearly a year of construction, the new cancer care center at Hancock Regional Hospital saw its first patients this week.
Construction on the center was completed this month, and staff moved into the center from their office in the basement of the hospital last week.
The new center, on the hospital’s south side along East Boyd Avenue in Greenfield, features 16 treatment areas, three exam rooms, a boutique, meditation terrace, a garden and state-of-the-art technology to support cancer care, officials say.
The new center will enable staff to provide comprehensive cancer care in-house for the first time. Plans for the center developed in 2013, after IU Health Physicians moved its linear accelerator, which is used in radiation therapy, out of the county, placing a burden on patients who were forced to travel for treatments.
Teen drowns at local campground lagoon
GREENFIELD — A teenager who couldn’t swim drowned at a local campground after he slipped beneath the water at the site’s man-made lagoon Wednesday.
Rescuers were called to the Heartland Resort in the 1600 block of West County Road 300N around 4:30 p.m. with a report that a visitor to the campsite had gone underwater and couldn’t be found, Hancock County Sheriff’s Capt. Robert Campbell said.
Anthony M. Moore, 18, of Indianapolis, was in the resort’s lagoon area with a friend when he went under, officials said.
Rescuers estimated the water is about 18 feet deep.
Moore was taken to Hancock Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The man had been underwater for at least 20 minutes when rescuers pulled him to the surface, police said.