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Collier Ridge Road Bridge opens: There is a new bridge on Collier Ridge Road. After the old truss bridge closed more than four years ago because of a structural failure, a new and realigned bridge officially opened Friday, Nov. 14. Shown here surveying the structure are Dearborn County Engineer Todd Listerman and project foreman Amy Roberts of Force Construction Co., Columbus, Ind. (Photo by Celeste Calvitto)
North Dearborn Elementary to close: As was widely expected, the Sunman-Dearborn School Board voted 5-2 on Nov. 20 to close the North Dearborn Elementary building as of the next school year. The action was taken to deal with declining enrollment and the subsequent decrease in state funding. The vote came after a contentious meeting attended by nearly 100 people and at which some parents accused the board of having made its decision before listening to what they had to say. Click here for details.

Courthouse plans: Dearborn County Council members and Commissioners, at a meeting Nov. 18, saw a range of options for the possible expansion of the historic county courthouse to address space and securiy issues. Seven options, ranging in cost from $2 million to nearly $13 million, were presented by the DLZ architectural firm of Indianapolis and Maxwell Construction of Lawrenceburg. No decision was made, and the discussion is likely to continue at a Jan. 13 meeting of the Council.
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Republicans sweep Dearborn races: Incumbent Republicans were re-elected to Dearborn County offices in Tuesday's elections. In state legislative races, Republicans Chip Perfect, Lawrenceburg, won the race for State Senate Dist. 43; Jeff Raatz, Centerville, was elected to State Senate Dist. 27, and State Rep. Jud McMillin of Brookville was re-elected in Dist. 68. Republican 6th District Congressman Luke Messer was re-elected. For the contested seat on the Sunman-Dearborn School Board, John Maxwell won over Rollie Hollowell. Click here for election results.

Community Correspondents: Read about your neighbors in 4 counties in the communities of Bright, Hidden Valley Lake, St. Leon, Jackson Township, Dover, Logan, Guilford, New Alsace, Sunman, Town of West Harrison, Yorkville, Lawrenceburg, Aurora, Manchester, Moores Hill, Dillsboro, Milan, Franklin County, Batesville and Rising Sun/Ohio County!

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