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(Union County, IN)--What had been a popular summer spot in the Whitewater Valley is closing for good.  Marker’s Wally World on State Road 101 just south of Liberty has announced that it will not open this summer or at any time in the future.  Wally World featured activities like go-carts, miniature golf, and batting cages.  Wally World’s owner cited a desire to spend more time with family as the primary reason for the closure.  He said equipment would be sold off, but that he would retain the land.  Wally World had operated in Union County for several decades.

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(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County is continuing to rebound in terms of its workforce and employment numbers.  According to numbers released by the state Monday, Wayne County has added 67 people to its workforce in the last month.  There are also 158 more people actually working.  Wayne County had dipped below 30,000 in the workforce a few months ago, but now it’s well above that mark at 30,555.

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(Preble County, OH)--Heavy rain has forced the closure of a Preble County highway.  State Road 320 just south of New Paris was not flooded Tuesday morning, but it had been affected by a mudslide.  A portion of a hillside gave way Monday afternoon close to U.S. 40 and had the highway blocked Tuesday morning.   Clean-up is expected to continue throughout Tuesday morning, but 320 is expected to re-open later in the day.

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(Wayne County, IN)--There is some good news in regard to the issue of child abuse and neglect in Wayne County.  According to numbers released by the state over the weekend, there has been a significant drop in the number of local cases.  In the first quarter of last year, there had been 82 new, substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect in Wayne County.  This year, though, it’s 62.  That’s a drop of 32%.  The state has added human trafficking into abuse and neglect totals this year.  No area county, including Wayne, has had any cases of human trafficking.

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(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man has bonded out of jail after being arrested over the weekend on two felony counts of child molestation.  18-year-old Jerrell Deloney was booked into the Wayne County Jail on Saturday.  By Sunday night, he had already bonded out.  Details of what led to the arrest have not been released.  Deloney is charged with both Level 3 and Level 4 child molesting.

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(Connersville, IN)--A reward has now been increased by $25,000 for information leading to the whereabouts of a Connersville girl who has been missing since 1986.  Denise Pflum was an honor student and four-sport athlete.  She went missing after going to look for her purse.  Any information can be delivered anonymously.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department says that even though the case is now 32 years old, it’s still considered an active investigation.

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(Richmond, IN)--A part of McBride Stadium has come down.  Structural issues have prompted the demolition of the press box that sat on the stadium’s roof for decades.  Six years ago, a structural engineer examined the stadium’s canopy and determined the press box should come down, but it stood until last week.  The report indicated there was rotting wood in the canopy but that it was still structurally intact.  McBride Stadium’s overall condition has come into question in recent years.

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(Richmond, IN)--While the Elder-Beerman building will be vacated, there may be new life for another downtown Richmond building.  The building that formerly housed Readmore Bookstore at 9th and East Main has sold to the same architectural firm that purchased the former Hoppe Jeweler and Tivoli Theater building downtown.  The central Indiana firm has not said what they plan to do with the Readmore location.  After Readmore closed, the building housed a coffee shop for a short time.

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(Richmond, IN)--The city of Richmond is a finalist for the 2018 Stellar Communities Program.  Richmond won a Stellar grant in 2013.  Funding from that has been used for downtown renovations including Elstro Plaza and for a connector to the Depot District.  Now, Richmond is again a finalist not as an individual city but as a region.  The Richmond region also includes the communities of Union City and Rushville.  Richmond is now competing against five other regions across Indiana.

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(Arcanum, OH)--The NTSB this week released its final report on a plane crash that killed two people near Arcanum back in September of 2016.  The report says that 20-year-old Clayton Heins was piloting the plane with cocaine and alcohol in his system.  He had been released from a heroin rehab facility just a month before.  The NTSB said that Heins was flying erratically at low altitudes.  18-year-old Jacob Turner, who also died in the crash, texted a friend from the plane saying that Heins was "flying crazy."

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(Richmond, IN)--Traffic on South A Street in Richmond has been heavily restricted for construction in recent months.  For parts of next week, though, it will shut down entirely.  The Richmond Police Department said Wednesday that, starting Tuesday, South A will completely close from South 3rd to South 6th for at least 45 minutes at a time.  The closure will allow crews to put in prefabricated roadway panels.  It’s a process that’s never been done in Indiana.  The closures will be in effect from Tuesday until Friday of next week.

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(Greenville, OH)--Ten officers were sent to the hospital and the Darke County Jail was shut down yesterday after methamphetamine circulated through the air ducts.  It’s a result of an incident that happened Tuesday when a man dropped a baggie of meth as he was being booked into jail.  Air handling units were turned back on yesterday, and that circulated some of the meth residue.  More than two dozen inmates were transferred to jails in neighboring counties.  The jail operation will remain closed for a more thorough decontamination.

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(Modoc, IN)--A Modoc business was heavily damaged by fire Wednesday night.  It broke out at M&S Screw on Main Street in Modoc and involved much of the south side of the building.  One Losantville firefighter was taken from the scene by ambulance to be treated for smoke inhalation.  There’s no word yet on the dollar amount of the damage or the cause of the fire.

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(Richmond, IN)--It’s one of the anchors of Richmond’s downtown and now it’s set to close.  Local employees of Elder-Beerman would not confirm or deny that they had been told Tuesday to expect closure in 6-8 weeks.  No buyers stepped forward yesterday for Elder-Beerman’s parent company, Bon-Ton.  A hearing will be held Wednesday during which Bon-Ton officials will ask bankruptcy courts to approve a sale to a liquidator.  Elder-Beerman has operated in downtown Richmond for 45 years and was constructed on the site of Richmond’s 1968 explosion.  The closing of Richmond’s Elder-Beerman store will mean that the city will have lost what are arguably its two biggest attractions to downtown in less than a year.  Veach’s closed in August of last year and Chase Bank recently vacated downtown’s tallest building at 7th and East Main.  The Elder-Beerman building covers 51,000 square feet.  What will become of it after the looming closure is unclear.

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(New Paris, OH)--A New Paris landmark is coming back – name and all.  The Lamppost is returning.  The Lamppost had closed several years ago.  The building was then re-occupied as Baumbach’s BBQ, but that also shut down.  New owners told the New Paris Village Council recently that they’re projecting the Lamppost will open in early August.  Right now, they’re working out some issues with the liquor license.

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(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Common Council on Monday night voted down a proposal that would increase the city’s tax rate for the Cumulative Capital Development Fund.  That fund largely supplies equipment for first responders…things like police cars and fire trucks.  The essential need right now is for RPD patrol cars.  Council rejected the tax increase by a 7-2 vote.  "I know you guys need them.  We want to get them for you.  I just don't want to do it with extra taxes," said Council President Jamie Lopeman.  Misty Hollis said RPD would still be able to get new cruisers this year.  "We have the dollars to get the equipment that you need for this year.  We just need to work with the administration to make sure that that happens."  Five new police cars have been budgeted for this year.

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(Centerville, IN)--Eastbound I-70 in Wayne County was shut down for a while Tuesday morning after two trucks collided.  It happened just east of the Centerville Road exit at around 2:30 Tuesday morning.  One moving semi apparently struck a large box truck that had pulled over to the side of the road.  There were no injuries, but eastbound 70 was closed for about two hours.  There was still debris on the side of the road at 6:30 a.m.  That was scheduled to be cleaned up a little later Tuesday morning.

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(Richmond, IN)--Richmond has fared very well in a study of the best and worst small cities to start a business.  The website wallethub.com looked at more than 1200 cities across the country and ranked Richmond #100, which puts it in the top 8%.  The primary reason for the high ranking is Richmond’s low cost of doing business, which ranked 85th.  The cost of labor was also a key factor.

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(Winchester, IN)--He’s known in Randolph County as the “Black Tracker Guy” and he allegedly has 80 regular methamphetamine customers.  Now, the “Black Tracker Guy” is behind bars.  63-year-old Tom Green has been charged with three counts of dealing meth after alleged drug sales to undercover informants.  Green has multiple previous drug-related convictions.

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(Richmond, IN)--The search continued Monday morning for a man who fled from contact with police in Richmond Saturday afternoon.  32-year-old Joshua Adams ran from the scene of a traffic stop on National Road West.  Adams was able to elude police despite an extensive search through the Hidden Valley neighborhood.  Inside his car, investigators found loaded weapons, marijuana, methamphetamine, mushrooms, and drug paraphernalia.  Adams had been arrested on drug charges earlier this year.  He’s a white male with a thick beard and glasses.  Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

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