FOOTBALL FAMILY: Mt. Vernon football team’s roots date back to youth league days

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FORTVILLE — For many Mt. Vernon High School football families, today’s state championship game is the culmination of a journey they’ve shared since the players were little kids.

8 community-minded students vying for Lilly Scholarships

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HANCOCK COUNTY — Each year, Indiana high school seniors apply to the sought-after Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, which offers lucky winners full four-year tuition scholarships.

Task force looks at locally based vocational education

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HANCOCK COUNTY — A group of school, business, government and community leaders is developing a vision to bring access to vocational education within the county.

Duke to seek electric rate hikes totaling 6%

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s largest electric utility is seeking regulatory approval to raise its rates 1% every year until 2029 to pay for a $1.9 billion upgrade aimed at hardening its electric grid against severe weather.

Christmas at the Ricks to be virtual talent show

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GREENFIELD — Christmas at the Ricks, an annual variety show that supports the Ricks Centre for the Arts, is going virtual this year with an online talent show. Organizers are soliciting three- to five-minute holiday-themed videos, which will be posted on the website and the Facebook page of Friends of the Theater, the nonprofit that supports the downtown venue. Viewers can vote for their favorites by making donations, and the competition carries a $500 first-place prize.

Santa breakfast, holiday market planned

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GREENFIELD — A Ho Ho Ho Holiday Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus is set for 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 11 in downtown Greenfield, followed by a Hometown Holiday Market downtown from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The breakfast is at Wooden Bear Brewing Company, 21 W. North St., and the market will be at the Living Alley at North Street. For details, tickets and vendor applications, visit greenfieldmainstreet.org/holiday.

GOP invites potential candidates to seminar

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GREENFIELD — The Hancock County Republican Party will play host to a campaign workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 at Brandywine Community Church to offer training to officeholders and prospective candidates. (The date of the event was incorrect in an item published earlier this week.)

PLENTY TO GO AROUND: Annual Feast of Plenty provides thousands of Thanksgiving meals

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GREENFIELD — Steaming trays of turkey and all the Thanksgiving fixings covered tables in the exhibition hall at the Hancock County 4-H Fairgrounds on Thursday.

Gambling case won’t go to trial

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HANCOCK COUNTY — The gambling case against a New Palestine man accused of running a lucrative bookmaking operation will not go to trial.

GIVING TUESDAY: Day highlights opportunities to help nonprofits

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HANCOCK COUNTY — Bargain hunters might consider saving back a little money this holiday shopping weekend to do a bit of good.