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Lancaster robotics team soon to add 12th member -- after they build it

Lisa Merryman (middle), a coach for the Lancaster Elementary School robotics team, gives some of the team’s members a helping hand as they try to construct a robot during a team meeting in the school’s library on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Pictured are (from left) Joe Cobey, Kris Michaelson, Merryman, Alex Kelsey and Zach Bishop. The team, which is also coached by Vicky Platt, is in its first year at Lancaster.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Originally published Dec. 1, 2016.

The Lancaster Elementary School robotics team currently boasts 11 members.

Shortly, its membership will increase by one. The incoming 12th member won’t be a fifth-grader, though, like everyone else on the team. In fact, the newcomer won’t even be human.

Indeed, the squad’s final member will be the robot that its preceding 11 members have been tasked with building. It’s the first time that students at Lancaster have had such an opportunity and librarian Vicky Platt and resource teacher Lisa Merryman made it possible.

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Shop with a Cop in its 17th year of helping out

Cops and kids and Christmas have become a mission for Sheriff Terry Stoffel.

This year, for the 17th year, Stoffel is organizing Shop with a Cop.

Some 40 youngsters, and maybe up to 50, will go shopping at Walmart the evening of Dec. 19, accompanied by a like number of law enforcement officers — county and city officers, town marshals, Indiana State Police troopers, conservation officers and anyone else who wants to join in.

The 40 to 50 kids who will go shopping with a cop this Christmas has grown from just six or seven kids the first year, Stoffel says.

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New Andrews wastewater treatment plant closer

The construction of a new wastewater treatment plant in Andrews is one step closer to happening.

The town learned on Thursday, Dec. 1, that its application for $600,000 for the project from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs had been approved. The funds derive from the federal Community Development Block Grant Program. OCRA is in charge of distributing those funds to rural communities.

Andrews received word in July that its first application for the grant had been turned down. The town reapplied in October and is one of 25 communities to receive funds.

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Viking upset bid against Warsaw falls short in OT

Huntington North’s Mitchell Geller (right) fires a jumper in the first half of a boys’ varsity basketball game versus Warsaw on Saturday, Dec. 3, in North Arena. The Vikings pushed the fifth-ranked Tigers hard, but came up short, 44-40, in overtime.
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An upset bid by the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team fell short as it lost in overtime to fifth-ranked Warsaw, 44-40, on Saturday, Dec. 3, at North Arena.

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Christmas at the Forks

Photo by Steve Clark.

Nancy Nethercott (left) and Dwight Ericsson admire the Master Gardeners’ Christmas tree during Christmas at the Forks at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park, in Huntington, on Saturday, Dec. 3. Several elaborately decorated trees and wreaths were on display at the park and attendees got to vote on their favorites. At the end of the day on Sunday, Dec. 4, one vote will be drawn for each entry and the person who cast that vote will be awarded the tree or wreath.