In case you missed it – September 26

Hundreds flock downtown for food, fun at annual Taste of Hancock County

GREENFIELD — The fourth annual Taste of Hancock County event Sept. 19 brought hundreds of people to downtown Greenfield for food and entertainment.

The Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce partners with Families United for Support and Encouragement, a local nonprofit that provides resources to families raising children with special needs, to host Taste of Hancock County, which features food samples from area restaurants.

For local business owners, the event offers a chance to test-drive new recipes, mingle with customers and spread the word about their menus. For area residents, the offerings along American Legion Place just east of the county courthouse made for diverse dining options and a chance to enjoy the waning days of summer.

Gubernatorial candidate Gregg revs up local Democrats at dinner

GREENFIELD — Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg had one message for local Democrats on Monday night: We’re going to win in 2016.

Gregg, who ran for the office in 2012 and narrowly lost to Gov. Mike Pence, was the keynote speaker at the annual Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner. Pence is seeking re-election.

Local party leaders and members said Gregg’s attendance at the event had area residents looking ahead to 2016; there are no Democrats on the ballot for this fall’s municipal election.

Gregg told about 100 Democrats he’s running again for governor to serve all Hoosiers, saying it’s important everyone feels welcome in the state.

New education facility serving 12 students running smoothly

GREENFIELD — A new alternative special education facility is off to a good start, officials from Greenfield-Central School Corp. said.

Catamount Center, a facility designed to deliver students with exceptional special education needs the attention and care they require, has been open since the beginning of the school year and currently serves 12 district students.

Greenfield-Central spent about $375,000 on the facility after the district decided to split from the special education cooperative that had served students from all four county public school systems for decades.

The center was built in a former church building on Wilson Street, just blocks from Greenfield-Central High School. The facility serves students in Grades 1 to 11 who need a quieter, more personal setting than a typical classroom environment can create.

Educators at the facility said the transition from the partnership with the Hancock Madison Shelby Educational Services cooperative has gone smoothly.

Police identify Greenfield woman killed in crash with ambulance

McCORDSVILLE — Police have identified the woman killed in a car accident Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of county roads 500N and 600W as Sheila Breck, 64, of Greenfield.

Breck was driving a red sport-utility vehicle westbound on County Road 500N when she pulled out in front of a Buck Creek Fire Department ambulance headed northbound on County Road 600W. The ambulance was en route to the scene of an unrelated crash, police said.

The ambulance struck the driver’s side of Breck’s car, then careened off the west side of the road, landing in a cornfield. The SUV came to rest on the east side of the road, facing south.

Emergency crews were traveling with their lights on and sirens activated, as required by Indiana law.