In case you missed it – December 10

Police break up teen party

FORTVILLE — Fifteen teenagers were arrested early Dec. 3 and accused of underage drinking after a party was broken up by local police, officials said.

Neighbors contacted police late Dec. 2 to complain about loud music coming from a home in the 10600 block of North Meridian Road in Fortville, 911 dispatch records show.

Police arrived at the property just after midnight Saturday, records show. There, they found at least 15 underage-drinkers, Hancock County Sheriff’s Maj. Brad Burkhart said.

Thirteen of those arrested were younger than 18, Burkhart said. Two, however, were older than 18 and were arrested and charged as adults, he said.

Board OKs fairgrounds deal

GREENFIELD — An effort to build a new county fairgrounds is rolling forward once again.

This week, Barb Pescitelli, president of the Hancock County 4-H Agricultural Association, told the Hancock County Commissioners her board voted unanimously to approve the terms of a previously penned agreement that called for the county to lease farmland to the association for 50 years.

Now, the agreement must be approved by the county’s top officials before it goes into effect.

The agreement calls for the commissioners to enter a 50-year lease with the agricultural association for county-owned farmland that had been identified by the group as a prime location for a new fairgrounds.

The agreement hinges on the association’s ability to raise the $18 million needed to build the project by April 1, 2020.

Pause and remember: Local veterans gather to mark anniversary of attack

GREENFIELD — They stood tall and raised their hands in salute as the bugle sounded. Its music echoed loud on a silent afternoon, calling attention to their little gathering and forcing passersby to pause alongside them.

As communities across the nation came together to remember the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor — when nearly 360 Japanese warplanes dropped bombs on a fleet of American battleships stationed in Hawaii, killing and injuring more than 3,000 people — local veterans, too, paid their respects to a generation that is often called the country’s greatest.

Wednesday, a crowd of veterans and their families gathered at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2693 in Greenfield to remember the events of that fateful day 75 years ago. Their event started with raising the flag outside the hall on Apple Street, and drivers passing the facility stopped their cars to watch.

Among the attendants were two Navy veterans who could recall the events of Dec. 7, 1941 first hand: Greenfield natives Lester Hartley, a 94-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor, and Ray Crickmore, a 91-year-old World War II veteran who is still active in local veterans’ affairs.