County residents head to D.C. for inauguration
WASHINGTON D.C. — As President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were inaugurated Friday, thousands congregated at the country’s National Mall to watch.
Among them were Hancock County residents who traveled roughly 500 miles to partake in the ceremony.
Members of Congress handed out 250,000 free tickets to the ceremony, and a handful of local residents jumped at the chance.
Protesters take stand at rallies worldwide
GREENFIELD — Not everyone is celebrating.
Crowds flocked to Washington, D.C., ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, but not everyone headed to the nation’s capital are Trump supporters.
An array of protests are planned in D.C. and cities across the country to draw attention to a variety of minority groups and social issues, in what some of the nation’s leaders are calling the biggest demonstration in history to welcome a new president, according to The Associated Press.
Local library offers live online tutoring service
HANCOCK COUNTY — With a few mouse clicks, patrons of Hancock County Public Library now have access to thousands of tutors trained to assist anyone from grade school students needing homework help to college graduates beginning their job search.
The library now offers the Brainfuse HelpNow live tutoring program through its website 2 to 11 p.m. seven days a week, said assistant director Barb Roark. The program partners tutors with people in real time, she said.
“If you’re writing a paper, they can make suggestions on wording or grammar, or if you’re an adult working on a resume, they can make suggestions for that, too,” Roark said. “There’s about a 48-hour turnaround on resumes, but it’s free for the patron.”
The public library system signed a three-year $15,000 contract with the tutoring website, Brainfuse HelpNow, to offer tutoring and assistance resources to patrons in a large age range during hours that traditional tutors might not be available, said director Dave Gray.
Relatives led detectives to find murder suspect
GREENFIELD — A blood-covered sport-utility vehicle police found parked outside a home in Fortville last spring prompted a manhunt that spanned two counties, as investigators searched for the person responsible for a McCordsville man’s murder.
The third day of the state’s trial against Damian Coleman included testimony from detectives with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, who told jurors their investigation in the hours after 55-year-old Shannon Kitchens’ body was found dumped along the side of a county road took them to Fortville, then into southern Madison County and up to Anderson looking for the man Kitchens’ family told police likely was the last to see their loved one alive — Shawn Hammons, Coleman’s co-defendant.