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    This year’s annual Festival at Arts Park will be held on Sunday, May 20th from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. The event will take place at Arts Park, across from the Portland Center of Arts Place, at 1…

    “The secret of getting ahead is getting started,” stated American writer Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. That quote can be applied to many things in our lives. For Fa…

    The FREE Make It and Take It monthly craft event made a successful return in March.  The craft was a mason jar tissue holder. The event held at Farmland Community Center in Farmland is a R…

    The Cecilia Music Club held their 28th annual Talent Show on Monday, March 19 at the E.U.M. Church. Students performed for four judges in three different age categories. The judges include…

Winchester’s rehearsals of “Mary Poppins,” the Falcon winter guard state finals preparation and Union City’s practice sessions of “Sister Act” are all featured here, proving the arts, are inde…

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  • By Brian Pogue For the News-Gazette

    “The secret of getting ahead is getting started,” stated American writer Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. That quote can be applied to many things in our lives. For Farmland resident and country recording artist John Beatrice, Mark Twain is the inspiration for his up…

    The FREE Make It and Take It monthly craft event made a successful return in March.  The craft was a mason jar tissue holder. The event held at Farmland Community Center in Farmland is a Randolph Nursing and Rehabilitation event that they host monthly.

    The Cecilia Music Club held their 28th annual Talent Show on Monday, March 19 at the E.U.M. Church. Students performed for four judges in three different age categories. The judges included: Dave Reese, Beverly Thornburg, Rachel Moistener, and Betty Wasson.

Winchester’s rehearsals of “Mary Poppins,” the Falcon winter guard state finals preparation and Union City’s practice sessions of “Sister Act” are all featured here, proving the arts, are indeed a big part of education in Randolph County.

    In just under two weeks, the drama team at Union City Junior/ Senior High School will present its annual spring musical. Parents, patrons and area residents are encouraged to mark their calendars for Friday, March 16 and Sunday, March 18, for the students’ hilarious presentation of Sister Act.

  • By BETH MOLAND News-Gazette Correspondent

    Mary Poppins, The Broadway Musical, is based on books by P.L. Travers and a very popular Disney movie. The delightful, funny play, taking place in 1910 in England, is about a nanny making a difference in the George Banks family. The Winchester Community High School Choral Department will…

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  • BY RICK REED N-G Sports Editor

    Shelby Rodeffer, a Winchester Community ninth grader, had no illusions of getting a callback after her Open Call Audition earlier this month for “The Voice,” a highly popular television reality singing competition.

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Randolph Southern students raise their voices in song during a recent Christmas program at the elementary school. A photo gallery of the event is featured on The News-Gazette website. You can access it at www.winchesternewsgazette.com on your computer.

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Randolph Southern’s Elementary School gym was packed as students presented “A December to Remember” last Thursday. Students from kindergarten to sixth grade all performed holiday songs in the midst of colorful props and artwork. Photos by Darrel Radford

  • By Leesa Friend News-Gazette Publisher

Well “If Tommorrow Never Comes” I will die a happy girl! As everyone close to me knows, I recently had the chance to mark an item off my bucket list.Seeing Garth Brooks in concert! Attending one of his concerts had been on that list for several years (My mom seems to think I was obsessed at …

    Steven Johnson, Owner of Iron Wolf Martial Arts in Portland, Indiana, was recently promoted to 7th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo by Senior Grandmaster Larry Delaney.

  • By DARREL RADFORD News-Gazette Managing Editor

During a turbulent time when reactions to the playing of our national anthem makes more news than the game itself, the Winchester Mardi Gras offered a patriotic breath of fresh air as the 71st annual festival began last Wednesday.

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  • By MICHAEL BUCKMASTER N-G correspondent

  Downtown Union City will be alive with activity Saturday, as two businesses celebrate 25th anniversaries and one hosts a customer appreciation day. Additionally, the downtown also featured he second "Second Saturday Market" of the year.

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  • By DARREL RADFORD News-Gazette Managing Editor

With imaginations as their how-to manual, a group of Monroe Central eighth-graders drilled, sawed, filed and hammered. It was part exhilarating, part frustrating, part shop class and part art class.

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Rehearsals for Shrek, The Musical have been progressing well for WCHS choral students. Pictured, left-right, Christian Ford as Shrek, Tyler Edwards as Donkey and Sarah Barr as Fiona.

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  • By BETH MOLAND News-Gazette correspondent

The Winchester Community High School Choral department will present its 53rd musical production, "Shrek, The Musical," this Friday, March 10 at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Robert G. Jones auditorium.

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  • By BILL RICHMOND News-Gazette managing editor

A local quilt show that starts today will feature a public exhibition of the state bicentennial barn quilt, as well as displays of other decorative quilts by accomplished local quilters.

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  • By DARREL RADFORD News-Gazette features editor

A broken sewing machine led to an interesting stitch-back-in-time moment at Union City, Ohio. Monday.

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  • By DARREL RADFORD News-Gazette features editor

A walk inside the public library in Union City, Ind. these days is like arriving in the Emerald City to see The Wizard.

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  • By DARREL RADFORD News-Gazette Features Editor

Eddie Money remembers playing "Hang On Sloopy" in a bar band when he was a kid. He can recall days spent with an aunt and uncle years ago and actually spending time in Union City, Ind. So when he takes the stage tonight as the main attraction at this year's arts festival, Money says he will …

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  • By DARREL RADFORD News-Gazette features editor

She's a songstress and a disc jockey with as many noteworthy names as notes. Radio listeners know the distinctive raspy voice as "Rockin' Ralph" or "Roxie." But when she performs with her band Password Reset Friday night at the Union City Arts Festival, family, friends and fans will welcome …

  • By MICHAEL BUCKMASTER News-Gazette correspondent

The featured entertainment for the festival will include rocker Eddie Money Sept. 9 and Chris Hawkey, who is returning to his hometown for a concert Sept. 10. Tickets still are available for the wide range of entertainment being offered at the 2016 Union City Arts Festival.

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  • By BILL RICHMOND News-Gazette managing editor

The 29th annual Aloha International Steel Guitar Club convention commenced Thursday morning downtown Winchester with a brief address by Mayor Shon Byrum, a group hula dance and an emotional tribute to longtime member Leonard T. "Trouble" Zinn.

  • By BILL RICHMOND News-Gazette managing editor

Union City, Ind., painter Carol Strock-Wasson recently received a prestigious  award in the Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition (IHAE) in Nashville, Ind.

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Boy Scouts from Troop 58 and Girl Scouts from Troop 3495 Monday, participated in a Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at Fountain Park Cemetery, Winchester. Shown, the scouts assist Army National Guard Staff Sergeant James Smith in laying a wreath at the base of the flag tower in the vetera…

  • By BILL RICHMOND News-Gazette managing editor

City officials hope to be able to address a variety of problems at the Winchester Municipal Pool at Goodrich Park and still have the swimming facility open for use by its traditional Memorial Day opening. 

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  • By PAT HUGHES News-Gazette features editor

    The community of Union City may be split between two states, but no one would have ever guessed that some of those attending Thursday's Union City Chamber of Commerce's Annual Awards Banquet lived in Indiana while others lived in Ohio.