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     •• FEBRUARY 18 •• 
County Planning Commission to Meet Thursday - The Henry County Planning Commission will conduct a Public Hearing in the Old Circuit Court Room of the Henry County Court House, 101 S. Main St., New Castle, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18. The commission will consider the following:
Case B: 2188 - Rick Hawley, representing Buck Shot Sporting Goods, of 5 S. Greensboro Pike; New Castle. Hawley is requesting to rezone a parcel from Rural Residential (RR) to General Business (GB), for the purpose of selling sporting goods and firearms. The property he is requesting to be rezoned is owned by Glenn and Janet Harding and is located at 1606 W. S.R. 38, parcel number 007-80953-00, in Henry Township. At that time the planning commission will hear from any property owner in support or in opposition to granting the request.

     •• FEBRUARY 20 & 27 •• 
Volunteers Sought for ‘Harvest’ Move - Blue River Community Harvest is moving and will need the help of volunteers to move items on Saturday, Feb. 20, and Saturday, Feb. 27. Donated building materials are also being sought. Those who can help with the move or have building materials to donate should contact BRCH Executive Director Robin Goodpaster at 317-402-4089.

     •• FEBRUARY 29 •• 
Girl Scouting Event Feb. 29 - Girls who register for Girl Scouts during the “Leap Day” celebration will receive a free Dairy Queen treat when they register to become a Girl Scout. The event takes place Monday, Feb. 29, 5-7 p.m., at Dairy Queen, 501 Scatterfield Rd., Anderson.
“Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place,” the organization said. Girls in grades K-12 can join Girl Scouts as girl members. Girls may bring $15 (cash or check payable to GSCI) for each girl and each adult’s annual registration fee. Financial assistance is available. For more information, contact Ratasha Colbert at 317-924-6825, .

     •• ONGOING •• 
Local Girl Scouts Selling Cookies - Henry County Girl Scouts are again selling cookies as a fundraiser, according to Henry County Service Unit Manager Barb Mofield. Scouts are selling seven varieties of cookies this year. Those who would like to purchase cookies may contact Mofield, who will have a Girl Scout contact customers. Call Mofield at 317-442-2620 for more information.

     •• MARCH 3 •• 
Farmers Market Meeting March 3 - The Henry County Farmers Market is ready to host its annual Vendor Call Out Meeting. Those interested in vending at the 2016 Henry Co. Farmers Market should make plans to attend the call out meeting on Thursday, March 3, at 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1202 Church St., New Castle. For more information send a message via Facebook or email

     •• MARCH 5 •• 
Local Boy Scouts Hosting Breakfast - Boy Scout Troop 293 will host a pancake breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, March 5, 8-11 a.m. at the Charlottesville Lions Club building, 10165 E. 25 N. Proceeds from freewill donations will help scouts pay for summer camp and new equipment.

     •• ONGOING •• 
The Shirley Octagon House is open for free tours by chance or appointment. To get a free tour, stop by Shirley Hardware and one will be arranged. To schedule an appointment for a tour, call 812-583-0031 or 765-737-6586.

     •• MARCH 19 •• 
The Gleaner’s Food Bank food truck will visit Blue River Community Harvest on the following dates this year and in 2016. The truck will adhere to an each-third-Saturday schedule, arriving on March 19, May 21, July 16 and Sept. 17.

     •• ONGOING •• 
Knightstown Wesleyan Church now has welcome/move-in packets available. Anyone new to the area interested in receiving local business information and discounts may contact Kathie Rummell at 765-345-9660 or Amy Bell at 765-686-7063.

     •• ONGOING •• 
The Historic Knightstown museum, located on the Public Square at 22 N. Washington St., has new winter hours. The museum’s current hours, in effect through March are 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (sometimes longer) each Friday and Saturday, or by appointment. For more information, or to schedule a museum visit by appointment, call David Steele at 765-345-7585. Family and individual HKI memberships are $20 and $15, respectively. Membership payments may be mailed to HKI at P.O. Box 74, Knightstown, IN 46148.

     •• ONGOING •• 
The Shirley Historical Society (SHS) is compiling a history of Dr. Ralph Wilson, which will be placed in the Shirley museum. Those who have specific memories of Wilson, whether serious, funny or precious, may share them with members of the historical society. The SHS is also still raising money to restore a railroad caboose and purchase a motorized rail inspection car. The items will be placed near the Shirley railroad depot. Donations may be sent to Joan Cupp, P.O. Box 407, Shirley, IN 47384. (See photo of caboose here and watch a video here.)

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