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One dead following two-vehicle accident Thursday morning

By STEVEN MURREY An Anderson woman is dead after a crash early Thursday morning. The Madison County Sheriff’s Department responded to a personal injury crash at the intersection of County Roads 500 North and 500 West at approximately 8:16 a.m. Thursday, a press release from the department states. The crash involved a 2008 Honda Civic…

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Elwood Elementary, Elwood Intermediate to benefit from $255,800 grant

By STEVEN MURREY Elwood schools will soon benefit from a $255,800 grant, corporation superintendent Dr. Joe Brown announced recently. In late June, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the “GEER” fund – Governor’s Emergency Education Relief – which allocates more than $61 million in grants for Indiana schools to purchase student devices, upgrade teacher devices, and to…

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Alexandria superintendent announces positive cases among coaches; 22 students in isolation

By STEVEN MURREY Two middle school coaches have tested positive for COVID-19, Alexandria Community School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Melissa Brisco announced in an email sent to families on Tuesday. Brisco said the administration immediately contacted the Madison County Health Department and put into place health and safety protocols. “We began the contact tracing process and…

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Elwood Public Library to reopen Monday, Aug. 31

By STEVEN MURREY The Elwood Public Library will remain closed until Monday, Aug. 31, Jamie Scott, Director of North Madison County Public Library System, said in a statement to the Call-Leader.  Last Thursday, Scott announced the library’s closure due to a possible COVID-19 exposure between the dates of Aug. 12 and Aug. 14. “Even though…

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Frankton-Lapel to return to full capacity in-person learning Monday; Elwood to continue with Wednesday eLearning until fall break

By STEVEN MURREY Frankton-Lapel schools will return to in-person learning beginning Monday, Aug. 24, district superintendent Bobby Fields said in an email to parents late Friday morning. Last Friday, Frankton-Lapel families were notified that junior and high schools would operate at fifty percent capacity for the week of Aug. 17 through Aug. 21. The change…

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Elwood Public Library closed due to possible COVID-19 exposure

By STEVEN MURREY The Elwood Public Library is closed until further notice due to the possibility of a COVID-19 exposure. Jamie Scott, Director of the North Madison County Public Library System, said Thursday that the staff members are required to take a COVID-19 test and quarantine until the results are known. Scott said these actions…

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Frankton Heritage Days to move forward as scheduled

By STEVEN MURREY The annual Frankton Heritage Days Festival is moving forward, FHD’s board president Aaron Hymes said Wednesday. The festival – set for Sept. 18, 19, and 20 – is no stranger to chaos, caused by events outside of festival planners’ control. In 2018, the FHD Board of Directors, forced to act on the…

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County health administrator commends schools for virus response

By STEVEN MURREY The Indiana State Department of Health reported 850 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 81,847 since recording began in March. Additionally, 28 Hoosiers have died from the virus, marking a total of 2,954 dead in the state. The Indiana State Department of Health estimates an additional 211 probable deaths…

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