Community briefs


Teen programs coming up at libraries

HANCOCK COUNTY – Local libraries are offering programs for teenagers and pre-teens throughout the month of April.

A chess club is available most Mondays in April at the Sugar Creek branch of the Hancock Couty Public Library, 5731 W. U.S. 52, New Palestine. The library also offers a kite-building workshop April 11 and a homeschool writing club April 12.

Celebrate National Gummy Bear Day April 25 in a program for grades 6-12 at the main HCPL, 900 W. McKenzie Road, Greenfield. The library will also host a candle-making event April 15.

Local libraries are closed April 8 due to the solar eclipse.

Business women event April 23

GREENFIELD – Local business women are invited to an informational and enrollment event of the American Business Women’s Association.

The event will be from 6-8 p.m. April 23 at Hometown Classic Pizza, 1002 Main St., Greenfield. The event theme is “find unity in community” and members will share the ABWA experience for personal and professional growth. Pizza is provided; beverages available for purchase. Reserve a spot by April 9 to [email protected].

GOP House debate April 4

GREENFIELD – A debate between Republican primary election candidates for state District 53 House of Representatives is coming up.

The event, hosted by the Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce, is from 6:30-8 p.m. April 4 at the H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts, 122 W. Main St., Greenfield. The debate will feature candidates Keely Butrum, Brian Evans, Ethan Lawson and Kevin Mandrell. It will be moderated by Hart Summeier.

The event is free but space is limited; registration is required at

Kindergarten registration at MV this week

HANCOCK COUNTY – Mt. Vernon schools will host kindergarten roundup events, allowing children who are at least 5 years old by Aug. 1 to sign up for the 2024-25 school year.

Mt. Vernon serves children that live in Buck Creek and Vernon townships, and online registration opens March 25.

Step one for kindergarten families is to register online at The next step is to attend a Kindergarten Roundup event between 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday this week at Fortville, McCordsville or Mt. Comfort elementary schools. Those who are unsure about which school their child would attend can visit the website for a boundary map. Families should bring their student to be screened for hearing and academic skills; a copy of their birth certificate and immunization records; proof of residency; parents driver’s license; and, if applicable, copies of court papers or individual education plans.

Students that want to transfer into the district but live outside of boundaries must apply during two application windows; see the website for details.