New public defender office hires its first leader

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GREENFIELD — The Hancock County court system will soon have its first full-time public defender. Jeremy Teipen, a veteran of the Marion County prosecutor’s office, has been hired to head the county’s new office, which will launch at the start of 2022.

City OKs annexation on final readings

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GREENFIELD — The City council gave final approvals for annexing about 94 acres south of town Wednesday night, Nov. 24.

County adds COVID-19 death; total now 184

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HANCOCK COUNTY — The county reported a new COVID-19 death this week, raising its total to 184.

Parade, window-decorating contest forms available

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GREENFIELD — Now is the time to register for downtown Greenfield’s Christmas Parade of Lights, set for 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

Teens plead not guilty in armed robbery case

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GREENFIELD — Three Hancock County teenagers facing charges of armed robbery and other crimes entered initial pleas of not guilty in their cases.

No injuries in house fire

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GREENFIELD -- Six residents safely escaped a fire in a house Tuesday night, where work that had been done to the structure over the...

Organizers preparing a bounty for the Feast of Plenty

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When you’re planning dinner for more than 2,500 people, you have to get an early start. Organizers of the annual Feast of Plenty have been roasting turkeys and getting ready to hand out boxed meals with all the trimmings for the annual Thanksgiving Day community dinner on Thursday. Chef Ty Hunt of Hancock Regional Hospital, who is coordinating the food preparation, has been cooking the turkeys en masse in a large oven. The dinner will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. As was the case a year ago, the event will be drive-thru and delivery only. Volunteers are also assembling hundreds of bags of groceries to be given to families.

Shooting probe leads to new charges

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GREENFIELD — More than a month after a teenager was shot by another at a house on North Noble Street, several juveniles linked to that incident have been arrested and charged with serious felony crimes stemming from an armed robbery the night before.

STAYING LOCAL: Stores gear up for Small Business Saturday

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HANCOCK COUNTY — This weekend marks a big day for locally owned businesses.

EH, NineStar launch job training partnership

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CHARLOTTESVILLE — Eastern Hancock students will soon have the opportunity to learn potential career skills through NineStar Connect. The school corporation and the utility cooperative are partnering to offer high school seniors potential paid positions that would teach them about jobs in the technology sector.