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TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome

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History of Randolph County

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Our Communities

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Education

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Arts & Attractions

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Shopping & Dining

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Sports & Recreation

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Accommodations

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Festivals & Special Events

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Our Neighbors

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Clubs & Organizations 45 Community Enrichment

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Local Government

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Area Maps 51 Important Contacts

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Become a member today for ONLY $15 per year. Your membership helps directly support the Randolph County Historical Society. Let the Randolph County Historical Society take you back in time. Informative programs offered throughout the year. Come visit the museum and literally walk into the past. Trace back your own family heritage with our genealogical resources. Call 765-546-0725 for more information.

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HISTORY OF RANDOLPH COUNTY

How Randolph County Began..... Randolph County, Indiana, is a largely-rural county, located on Indiana’s eastern border. Randolph County is a place with a long and unique history. This history continues to shape the community’s values and way of life. Just two years after Indiana became America’s 19th state, Randolph County was born. The first settlers in what became Randolph County were the Thomas Parker family, Quakers from Carolina, who arrived in 1814. The General Assembly authorized the formation of Randolph County in 1818, naming it for the North Carolina home of many of the area’s Quaker settlers. Five early settlers donated land for a county seat in 1818. Winchester, almost certainly

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named for Winchester, Virginia, was platted upon the site the same year. Originally, Randolph County was much bigger than it is today, extending to the Michigan

ry is distinguished by its embrace of abolitionism. Union Literary Institute, a racially-integrated school near Spartanburg, was established in 1845. The county was home to three distinct settlements of free African-Americans, and the county was an important part of the Underground Railroad. The period immediately before and just after the Civil War brought prosperity to Randolph County. Railroads created or revived all of the county’s other important towns: Farmland, Losantville, Lynn, Modoc, Parker City, Ridgeville, Saratoga, and Union boundary. In fact, the plat for the City. The discovery of oil and nattown of Fort Wayne is actually in ural gas in the 1880’s and 1890’s the Randolph County Recorder’s brought industry. Winchester was Office. dominated by the glass indusRandolph County’s early histo- try, while Union City’s industries

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were dominated by auto parts manufacturing. These activities remain important today. Since Indiana was a political swing state during the Gilded Age, as a reliably Republican county, Randolph County took on new importance. Between 1850 and 1930, Randolph County produced one U. S. Senator, one Congressman, two Governors, one Lieutenant Governor, three Indiana Secretaries of State, and one Superintendent of Public Instruction. The best known of the county’s political leaders were Governor James P. Goodrich, who served from 1917 until 1921, and U. S. Senator James E. Watson, who served from 1916 until 1933. Watson served as U. S. Senate Majority Leader from 1929 until 1933. Two of the county’s most endur-

ing symbols, the third Courthouse (1876) and the Soldiers’ Monument (1892), were built during the last half of the nineteenth century. Urbanization has contributed to gradual decline in the county’s rural population for over a century. One answer to this decline was the “Country Life Movement,” typified in Randolph County by the movement toward consolidation of one-room schools into rural consolidated high schools. Randolph County led the nation in this movement for a decade under the leadership of County Superintendent Lee L. Driver, who was dubbed the “greatest exponent of the movement” by Boston’s Journal of Education in 1933. Like many other rural counties in the Midwest, Randolph County

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has suffered through economic hardship and industrial decline in recent decades. Within the last twenty-five years, renewed activities in economic development, tourism, historic preservation, and cultural attractions have brought new life to Randolph County, which remains proud of its past and hopeful about its future.

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Farmland

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Winchester is the county seat of Randolph County and home to the famous Mrs. Wick's Pies and the legendary Winchester Speedway. When the state of Indiana named the Sugar Cream as the state pie, it also named Winchester as its pie capital. The Winchester Speedway has pulled in big names in racing since the early 1900’s. A focal point of the downtown area is the historic Randolph County Courthouse and the Civil War memorial built in 1890, both of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Few can visit the city without stopping by SilverTowne, a showcase of rare coins, collectibles and jewelry, or the impressive Stone Mansion near downtown Winchester. Nestled within a rural setting, Winchester offers roadside markets with fresh local products for the picking. While in Winchester stop in at the Fountain Park Cemetery, where we are honored to be the final resting place for two Indiana Governors. The cemetery has taken great strides in promoting the history of the cemetery and takes pride in the preservation of the cemetery’s appearance.

The sounds of music can often be heard coming from the Farmland Community Center, situated within walking distance from any side of this growing community. Young and old alike are drawn to a variety of events and attractions held at the center and frequently hosted by Historic Farmland USA. The town boasts an extremely low crime rate and a police force made up with officers who have grown up in the community they proudly call home. A constant presence in Farmland is the Volunteer Fire Department, which sponsors a variety of events from Easter Egg Hunts to the annual Fire Prevention Day in October.

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Parker City

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Long-time residents of Lynn have lived through some major changes in this community located in southern Randolph County, especially after a spring 1989 tornado destroyed many homes and businesses. This tight-knit community, situated at the crossroads of US 27 and US 36, has always supported local businesses and events. A major attraction in Lynn each year is the Lynn Lions’ Club Fair, held in September. Fair events include a tractor pull, a rodeo, kid olympics, pony rides, a pie baking contest and much more. Full time police protection and a volunteer fire department help citizens feel safe in case of fire or other emergencies.

If you combine America’s favorite pastime of baseball, respect for our country’s servicemen in arms and a deep commitment to community, you will have Parker City, Indiana. From Easter Egg hunts to hay rides and a single red rose given to each of the senior ladies on St. Valentines Day, the community’s youngest and oldest are forever in their hearts. A focal point of this small community in western Randolph County is the Parker City Park and Little League Ball Diamonds. Just east of the ball diamonds is the Armed Forces Memorial erected in 2011 in honor of the country’s veterans and active service members.

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Modoc

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With a population of less than 200 people, Modoc, is one of, if not the smallest communities in Randolph County. Situated at the intersection of State Road 1 and US 36 in Union Township, the community has all of the characteristics of small town living with its rural setting and great school system. Snuggled deep in the countryside, recreational fun is just around the corner as Modoc is home to Kamp Modoc Family Campground & Play Lake. The campground offers overnight camping and lakefront cabins, fishing, a large kid zone play area, swimming and even a golf course.

Losantville

Honoring those in the military is just part of life in the town of Ridgeville. A focal point of this small community in northern Randolph County are the flags representing each branch of military. The residents of Ridgeville are quite proud of the fact that Ridgeville was the first community to erect the flags in honor of the men and women who serve in country’s armed forces. The Ridgeville American Legion has always been a strong force in the town and works closely with local churches and other community organizations, such as the Ridgeville Busy Homemakers Club. If you ask any longtime resident about Ridgeville, most will tell you that it’s a community that pulls together and acts as one, no matter what a person’s race or religion is.

Losantville Post Office

Losantville was first known as Hunts Cross Roads, and under the latter name was platted in 1851. The present name is derived from Losantville, an early name for Cincinnati. A post office called Losantville has been in operation since 1854. Losantville is the birthplace of former major league baseball player Claude Berry, a catcher for the Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia A’s and Pittsburgh Rebels from 1904 through 1915. He had a lifetime batting average of .219.

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Saratoga Union City Cemetery

If you prefer the small-town life, Union City doesn’t disappoint. There’s a strong sense of community and newcomers don’t stay strangers for long. The city has been described as a friendly and safe place to raise children and even walk pets. It’s home to P.A.W.S. (Pets Are Worth Saving) Animal Rescue & Shelter and a great number of volunteers. The community is a known hub for the arts and historic preservation. The Art Association of Randolph County is housed in a renovated historic railroad depot building, now known as the Arts Depot. Events ranging from jazz to bluegrass concerts, drama to dance, art classes to art shows, poetry readings to photography displays bring in scores of visitors to this community

Saratoga Park

Manning Service Station

The road leading to the small rural community of Saratoga is mostly farm land with a number of homes lining the countryside. The town basically consists of two stop signs, two churches and one service station with a population of about 254 people. Some townsfolk will tell a story of how the town presumably got its name. According to the tale, workers from the railroad would often gather together while completing work on the railroad in the mid-1800s. A young girl named Sara Warren, who loved to bake cookies, would often bring a basket of the baked goods for the railroad workers. Sara was known to wear a toga that covered her head and shoulders. It was that toga the workers would watch for as she walked over the hill towards the workers. “Here comes Sara’s toga,” is what the workers became accustomed to saying. The town was platted Saratoga in 1875.

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andolph County is home to five public school corporations, one family-run Christian school and a virtual academy school which is part of the Union School Corp. Based on the 2017 Indiana Department of Education enrollment figures, there are 4,292 students enrolled in Randolph County’s public schools, which excludes more than 1,000 students who are enrolled in Union’s virtual school.

Randolph Central

The largest public school district in Randolph County, Randolph Central serves students in Franklin, Ward, and White River Townships and includes the City of Winchester and the towns of Ridgeville and Saratoga. The corporation was organized in 1962. Currently the district includes one high school, Winchester Community High School, one middle school, Lee L. Driver Middle School, and three elementary schools, Oscar R. Baker School, Willard School, and Deerfield School. In recent years the Middle School and High School were combined to create a new campus. Corporation enrollment: 1,545

Randolph Southern

Monroe Central

Monroe Central School Corporation, formed in 1956, is a consolidation of Green, Stoney Creek, Parker, and Farmland schools. For two school years after the consolidation, all four schools continued to serve grades one to 12 as they had in the past. In the fall of 1958, grades seven through 12 from Stoney Creek School attended Farmland. Green and Stoney Creek schools continued as elementary schools, until the fall of 1961, when Green School was phased out. The junior-senior high school building has expanded to include the new Millennium Wing that contains several new classrooms and a large meeting room. There is also a new auxiliary gym that continues to meet the needs of all our athletic programs. Corporation enrollment: 1,072

Randolph Southern School Corporation is located in southern Randolph County in the town of Lynn, Indiana. The school corporation consists of one Jr. high/high school (grades 7-12) connected to the elementary school (grades K-6) to form one building complex. The high school was built in 1964 and combined Lynn High School and Spartanburg High School. The elementary construction was finished in 1991 after the old elementary school was destroyed by a tornado in March of 1986. A memorial plaque now sits on the site where the old high school and elementary school provided so many warm memories of school days past. Corporation enrollment: 525


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Randolph Eastern

Union School

Randolph Eastern School Corporation serves as the school corporation for three schools – Union City Jr.-Sr. High School, and North Side Elementary. The corporation serves Union City, Indiana and surrounding rural areas, primarily in Wayne and Jackson Townships. The current high school building was built in 1957, and 1958 saw the first graduation after consolidation with Wayne School.

Union School Corporation is a small, rural school in Randolph County, Indiana. It was formed in 1952 after the closing of three small high schools: Modoc High School, Losantville High School, and Huntsville High School. For the first five years, students attended the old Modoc High School. In 1957, the new building was finished, and all students were relocated to the new building. In 1968, an addition was completed allowing Blountsville School, which housed grades 1-8, to be closed and consolidated with Union. In 2002, the building was renovated into the facility it is today. Union School Corporation has 255 students in grades K-12. Our students are able to build great relationships with their peers and faculty members. Union also offers a virtual school alternative which has tripled its enrollment, growing it to nearly 1,000 students. More than 800 of those students learn exclusively through the fully state funded virtual education program. Corporation enrollment: 256

Corporation enrollment: 894

Mississinawa Valley

Freedom Christian Academy The School motto is “EVERYBODY IS SOMEBODY AT MV SCHOOLs.” Mississinawa Valley School District is an innovative and passionate community of learners where excellence and leadership create an inviting and engaging student and family experience. Located on the Ohio side of Union City past notables of the school include Curtis Enis, former NFL running back and Chris Hawkey, radio and music personality.

Maxville Church/Freedom Academy Freedom Christian Academy at Maxville Christian Church was founded in the mid-1970’s by teacher and school administrator The Rev. Jerry Brumfield after a disagreement regarding his daughter’s public school education. His wife, Sue Brumfield, said the school was named in 1976 in honor of the United States’ 200th birthday. The school came to fruition in the fall of 1977.


Monroe Central School Corp. Parker City, IN 47368 765-468-6868 Monroe Central Elementary Parker City, IN 47368 765-468-7725 Monroe Central JR. SR. H.S. Parker City, IN 47368 765-468-7545 Union School St. Rd. 36 Modoc, IN 47358 765-853-5464 Union Elementary Union JR. SR. H. S. Modoc, IN 47358 765-853-5421

EDUCATION IN RANDOLPH COUNTY Randolph Central School Corp. Winchester, IN 47394 765-584-1401 Baker Elementary Winchester, IN 47394 765-584-5581   Deerfield Elementary 213 W. State Road 28, Ridgeville, IN 47380 765-595-0144 Willard Elementary Winchester, IN 47394 765-584-9171   Lee L. Driver Middle Winchester, IN 47394 765-584-4671   Winchester Comm. H.S. Winchester, IN 47394 584-4671

Randolph Eastern Union City, IN 47390 765-964-4994 Union City JR-SR H.S. Union City, IN 47390 765-964-4840 North Side Elementary 905 North Plum St. Union City, IN 47390 765-964-6430 Mississinawa Valley School Corp. Union City, OH 45390 937-968-4464 Mississinawa Valley Jr. Sr. H.S. Union City, OH 45390 937-968-5656 Mississinawa Valley Elementary Union City, OH 45390 937-968-4464

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Randolph Southern #1 Rebel Drive Lynn, IN 47355 765-874-1181 Randolph Southern Elementary 3 Rebel Drive Lynn, IN 47355 765-874-1141 Randolph Southern JR-SR H.S. 2 Rebel Drive, Lynn, IN 47355 765-874-2541 Freedom Christian Academy Farmland, IN 47340


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Baker Elementary

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Willard Elementary

•An Indiana “A” school 2013, 2014, 2015 •Student Ambassador Program •State qualifying Robotics Team •Summer STEM High Abilities Enrichment Program •Second Harvest Food Bank School Pantry Partnership •Kids Hope Mentoring Program

Deerfield Elementary

•Earned an “A” letter grade in 5 of the past 6 school years •Kids Hope Mentor Program •Gift of Reading Celebration •Second Harvest Food Bank School Pantry Partnership

Randolph Central School Corporation is fortunate to have excellent teachers, administrators, and support staff serving our students. We are proud of our wide continuum of course offerings, including specialized gifted and talented programs, advanced placement courses, agriculture, technology education, vocal and instrumental music, and more. Our athletic and academic teams are consistently state finalists, and our musical and performing arts programs have been highly acclaimed for many years.

Driver Middle School

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Winchester Community

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s Randolph County celebrates its Bicentennial, this beautiful rural county shines with many attractions available for visitors and residents alike. From the historical to the sporting and artistic, Randolph County has attractions that will delight and keep you coming back for more away from the hustle and bustle of city life. For those with a historical interest, there are museums and historical sites throughout the county that preserve and showcase the history of

our rural communities. The Randolph County Historical Society Museum is at 416 Meridian Street in Winchester in a beautiful home built in 1858 by Carey Goodrich. The museum houses a large collection of Randolph County historical items including relics from some of Randolph

Randolph County Historical Museum

County’s most famous residents and a clock that was originally part of the Randolph County Courthouse. The museum also houses a genealogical research section and is well worth the visit if you have roots in the county. In Lynn, the library takes on double duty as

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both a library and a museum. The lower level of the Lynn library has exhibits of Native American relics as well as artifacts from the original settlers to the area and early American wars. The Lynn Library and Historical Museum can be found 107 North Main Street in Lynn, Indiana. Ridgeville, Indiana also has a library that serves as a museum. Set in downtown Ridgeville at 308 North Walnut, the museum’s collection includes photographs produced from glass negatives as well as

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collections from some of Ridgeville’s most famous residents. On the edge of town is the old cemetery that has burials from as far back as 1860. For those interested in learning more about Native Americans, the Windsor Mound in Windsor, Indiana is a fascinating sight. The large oval mound covers more than an acre of land. This mound is a 2,000-yearold Adena burial plot. Just south of Winchester on Highway 27, one can find another historical site with an atmosphere of mystery and terror. The Randolph

County Infirmary, also known as the Randolph County Asylum, was built in 1899 following a fire that destroyed the original building. The facility was used as a Poor House in its earliest days and became a home for the poor, the indigent, and the infirm. The Infirmary offers historical guided tours as well as overnight paranormal investigations. The charm of historic downtown districts is alive and well in Farmland, Union City, and Winchester. Downtown historic Farmland is the epitome of the rural

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and where local artists can showcase and sell their work. In Winchester, The Randolph County Courthouse, in downtown Winchester, is the central building on the historic downtown area and town square. Built in 1875, this beautiful building and the surrounding grounds are used by the community during events and features the second tallest War Memorial in Indiana to commemorate World War I, alongside a World War II era tank. Ground has been broken on the South Lawn for the Bicentennial Plaza which will open this summer. The historic Winchester Speedway is a paved track known as the “World’s Fastest 1/2

Mile.” Built in 1914 by Frank Funk, the track opened in 1916 and has ran races ever since. Its 37-degree banking is one of the steepest in motorsports and is the steepest currently active in the United States today. The Old Timers Weekend at the track is always popular. The annual Winchester 400 runs in October and is a three-day event that attracts teams and race fans alike. In a further display of pride, the Randolph County Quilt Barn Ramble features over 45 barn quilts that decorate barns across the county. The quilts are a tribute to Randolph County’s agricultural heritage and were painted in designs

that display the history of the quilt making tradition. The Circle X Ranch in Winchester has members who display ponies and horses in 4H and is a place for area horsemen to show off their skills during events and performances. Those looking to enjoy the local flavor should stop in at Mrs. Wick’s Pies in Winchester, where they can tour the world class pie manufacturer and then step across the street to sample the fare at their restaurant, featuring hometown country favorites and, of course, Mrs. Wick’s famous pies. The Ghyslain Chocolatier in Union City offers delicious gourmet chocolates, European pastries, gelato, and artisan breads for the enjoyment of those with a sweet tooth. For those whose tastes are more refined, Wilson’s Winery has a nice selection of local

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wines for every palette. The winery also partners with the Randolph Cancer Society to present the annual Hip Sips Concert in August to benefit cancer services in the county. The winery is located on Indian Trail Road in Modoc. The annual Light and Flights event at the Randolph County Airport lets visitors get a bird’s eye view of the Christmas lights that set the county ablaze. This annual two-night event supports the PAWS animal shelter in Union City and is a breathtaking sight to behold. The Hummel’s Drivein in Winchester, Indiana is a great place to kick back and enjoy a movie and all the nostalgic memories of a simpler time. And for those who prefer to watch their movies under a roof, the Towne Square Cinema, also in Winchester, is a comfortable space in the downtown shopping district.

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to the Corner Cupboard which sells Hallmark items, you will find the perfect items to take home as a gift for you or someone special. Don’t forget to stop in the Union City Antique Mall and pick up the piece you have been searching for! Don’t miss the one staple for over the last

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professional teams. They are famous for their delicious chicken and pizza but carry a full menu including ice cream and desserts. A man’s shopping dream is located inside the Frank Miller Lumber Company. Their outlet store features half a million board-feet of the finest quartersawn lum-

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lumbia Street. From The Christian Bookstore which features beautiful Gingersnaps jewelry

Authentic Mexican cuisine can be found in both Union City at Luz Tacos as well as El Carreton in Winchester. Both serve delicious food with great service. While in Winchester don’t miss out on the great ice cream and food at Bogies Ice Cream and House of Flavors. Both offer more than just

60 years while in Union City, Bouser’s Barn. The dining room is full of hometown memorabilia as well as some from

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ber and plainsawn lumber, suitable for commercial flooring. They also have a full line of veneer core hardwood plywood, a wide variety of domestic and exotic wood species. Cross over the invisible state line of Ohio and venture to the seasonal Neil’s A & W Restaurant. A throw-back to the 50’s, the diner plays the old time tunes as you enjoy your basket in your car. Dine-in is also available.

your typical ice cream cone. Winchester has many shopping outlets to brag about, from the Country Gentlemen, a men’s clothing store that has been around for over 30 years to the Cashmere Cat, an upscale consignment store. Both offer quaint service and quality items. For the coin collector’s, SilverTowne, LP is a business that has operated since 1949.

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Now operating The Coin Vault, a television show featuring their ware, SilverTowne still handles the collector of one coin or 1000 coins. Come through Winchester on a Saturday morning from 8amnoon, and you will be lucky enough to catch the Winchester Main Street’s Farmers Market. Offering up some of the area’s best produce, home-baked goods and more, one can take a treat for the road and enjoy the rest of your trip through the area. One major attraction for those who are pie enthusiasts is Mrs.

Wick’s pie shop. Located on Washington and Cherry street in Winchester, Mrs. Wick’s is known for the tasty pie but did you know that in 2009 the sugar cream pie was declared the official State Pie of Indiana? Furthermore did you know Wick’s Pies is the official State Pie producer? For over 70 years the Wickersham family has made Winchester their home for not only pie making but setting the bar for community support and enthusiasm to bring citizens and merchants together. Haines Hallmark, Gift

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right over the railroad tracks to pick up a potted plant or unique item. Candy and Stuff also is there where you can throw the diet out the window and enjoy some of the best candy from long ago. Take a shoot off the highway and stop off at the Farmland Locker. Whether you need to have an animal butchered or are just looking for fresh cut meat, cheese and fruit in season, you can find that tasty steak or burger for the grill. Parker City offers the unique experience of Jerry’s Dairy Freezer. Located on Highway

32 across from the ball diamonds, they specialize in the best ice cream or a small snack to celebrate the win of a big game. Travel to the southern part of Randolph County and you will find some things you cannot find in the rest of the county. Sunny Smile Greenhouse

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and farmhouse country store. The Sauce Shop, a liquor store owned by the same family operating the Flying Sauser gas station next door. Diamond K Pizza opened recently with great food. Saratoga has one store that keeps the citizens of the small town hooked up with their Farmland General Store

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Sickel’s Tree Farm, another family owned and operated business. Although the majority of the business comes at the holiday time as they are the leading Christmas tree producer in the county. People travel from all over the area for more than just a tree at Sickel’s; they come for the memory as well. Recently new business has been popping up in Lynn like the Cozy Corner a unique primitive

snacks and great Hunt Brothers pizza and food. Manning’s is celebrating 60 years of business this year. They still have the good old fashioned service station feel while keeping up with the times. Manning’s Service is a major supplier of kerosene heaters and supplies as well as a fireworks supplier for the area residents. They are the village post office for the USPS as well.


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ty is a hotbed for sports with the name of Funk’s rom five high lovers and recreation Speedway. NASCAR held a race here in 1950, and school sports programs, opportunities. Lloyd Moore won the to the historic Win- Winchester Speedway chester Speedway, two Owned by Char- race. The track’s 37 degree well-established public lie Shaw, Winchester golf courses, bowling Speedway is dubbed as banking is one of the alley, a skating rink, two the world’s fastest half- steepest in motorsports, swimming pools, camp- mile track and seats up and the highest-banked active racetrack in the grounds, remote con- to 4,000 spectators. trol cars, several parks, The famed half-mile United States. Some of adult softball leagues oval was built by Frank the most famous racers and little league pro- Funk in 1914, and the in the world have raced grams, Randolph Coun- track opened in 1916 at Winchester including

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Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman and Sarah Fisher. The track’s signature event is the annual running of the “Winchester 400,” which is typically held in early October, and the World Stock Car Festival during Labor Day weekend. The event has had drivers from Nascar including Kyle Busch.

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Located between Winchester and Farmland sits this family place for all ages. Striving to create a safe atmosphere for all to enjoy, the facility includes, shooting ranges, and a well stocked fishing pond containing bass, bluegill

and catfish. The Club is also home to a climate controlled clubhouse that has a full kitchen, bathrooms and a fireplace that can be rented for special events. Many area schools take field trips to the Club to learn about outdoor safety.


High School Sports

All of Randolph County’s high school sports programs have experienced great success at some level. Most recently, girls’ basketball teams at Winchester and Union City have made an appearance in the state championship game. Since 2000, Winchester Community High School has also made two trips to the state finals in boys’ basketball and one in volleyball. Winchester is the Golden Falcons, Union City is the Indians, Monroe Central is the Golden Bears, Randolph Southern is the Rebels and Union is the Rockets.

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Enjoy the outdoors by playing a round of golf at the 27-hole Winchester Golf Club, Hickory Hills Golf Club, in rural Farmland or Union City Country Club just outside Union City, OH. These courses are public and open for regular, league and special outings. Winchester Golf Club

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features three distinct 9-hole golf courses: Beeson, Pony, and Willow. Each course presents a unique challenge and because the clubhouse is centrally located to each of the courses, it’s easy to move from one to any of the other two. Hickory Hills Golf Course is an 18-hole course that was built in WCHS Girls Basketball State Runnerup

1971 and located in historic Farmland. The golf course sits in a

Winchester Golf Club rural area with a natural environment that allows a person to enjoy the serenity of the outdoors in quiet seclusion. On the outskirts of Union City sits the quiet country setting featuring the Union City Country Club. It is the oldest nine hole golf course in Darke County Ohio built in 1916. They also have an indoor golf simulator.

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The Winchester Bowl located on the east side of Winchester offers great family fun for all ages and offers open bowling or league play. They also offer special bumper bowling for the little ones. They are available for special party reservations as well. Also just across the Ohio state line in Union City is Woodcrest Lanes offering bowling as well as having great BBQ and food at the Public Swimming Smokin’ Pin located inside the Randolph County offers fun for alley. Both bowling alleys offer the whole family with two public special event bowling and tour- swimming pools. Goodrich Pool naments as well. in Winchester is located on Union Street in Goodrich Park and includes a newly renovated gazebo area for families and small kids. Union City Municipal Pool is located in Harter Park on the northwest side of Jackson St. and Winchester Bowl Union City Pike. Both pools are

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Goodrich Park

Goodrich Park offers tennis courts, four ball diamonds, several playground areas, four shelters, restrooms, volleyball, a skate park, disk golf course, pool and amphitheater. The park is also home to annual events, including Winchester’s spectacular Independence Day celebrations.

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mile asphalt trail that winds through the park. Numerous trees with identification information line the trail. The park has facilities for campers as well, with electric and water connections available, as well as an on-site waste dumping station. Shelter facilities may also be reserved.

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RECREATION Both are operated in cooperation together. The Randolph County YMCA is a workout facility that has 24/7 access. They have cardio equipment, free weights, weight machines, group exercise classes, indoor track, and a basketball court. Also providing daycare services from infants up to preschool, the YMCA is a full service family fitness center.

Parker City, Farmland, Ridgeville, Saratoga, Camp Yale Harter Park is full of Camp Yale specialoutdoor opportunities Lynn and Modoc all have with a public pool, soccer great parks which are izes in facilitated team fields, Disk Golf Course, a great for family picnics building and leadership development for corposhow horse area, shelter or for children to play. rations, organized adult houses, Shuffleboard, groups, and young peoFishing Pond, Walking Randolph County YMCA Families can enjoy ple of all ages. They offer trail. the indoor facility at a 15 station team buildHarter Park also contains the Harry & June the YMCA or venture ing challenge course, a Loy walking trail, a one- outdoors to Camp Yale. 50-foot climbing tower,

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History

Rich in a variety of historical resources. The county museum, library and many more offices offer historical recollections.

Hometown

Pride in the downtown area abounds not only during the holidays but year round.

Recreation

Various outlets allow for fitness and family fun in Winchester. The YMCA, Camp Yale, Winchester Golf Club offer many activities for all to enjoy.

Parks

Proud of the family parks that dot the town, from small to large parks, there is ample safe equipment for the entire family. Visit the pool as well as the free concerts.

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Winchester is a vibrant, growing community that respects its heritage and is a place where families, organizations and businesses find the resources, infrastructure and quality of life to thrive. Local leadership manages resources well and works with the community to instill a confidence and excitement about the future of Winchester. It is a community with an eye to the future that reaches out to surrounding communities and government units in partnership and cooperation for the benefit of the entire county, region and state.

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ACCOMMODATIONS year and have planned activities for young and old to enjoy throughout the camping season. Golden Rule has a nice pond with fire pits and well maintained RV areas. Grandview is a family oriented campground that consists of 38 campsites nestled among 11 acres of land and a three acre stocked lake.

Golden Rule Campground on 200N east of Winchester, Kamp Modoc south of Modoc and Grandview Campground in Lynn are great places to unwind and get away from it all while enjoying nature. Kamp Modoc offers cabin lakefront rentals with swimming, fishing hot showers and clean restrooms. A summer full of fun awaits you and Randolph Inn & Suites Planning a night or your family here. The camp adds new even a weekend in Ranattractions almost every dolph County and need a room? Weary travelers can find a warm cup of coffee and a comfy room to rest their feet before off to their next excursion. The Randolph Inn and Kamp Modoc Suites is the area’s

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Randolph Inn & Suites premiere hotel accomodations. Offering over 50 rooms and suites, the Inn also has a pool and a scrumptious breakfast. The Inn is conveniently located at the intersection of highways 27 & 32. The location allows for easy access. The Inn also has a budget facility that allows for comfort at a reasonable price.

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etting out and having fun at one of the many festivals and special events that go on throughout Randolph County isn’t a hard task. Many organizations and groups host a variety of fairs, tours and one day events for you and your entire family to enjoy!

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door prizes, a pie eating weekend is going to be contest, and great food fun and loud. at Mrs. Wick’s restauWednesdays in July, take rant, the day is sure to Founder’s Day Festival your kids to the Union be “One Sweet Show.” On August 18-19, WinCity Arts Depot where chester will celebrate kids can engage with State Line Heritage 200 years with a comeach other, have some munity picnic, a Sunfun, and make some Days art. This outdoor fun From August 2-4, Union day morning worship will add some beauty to City is the place to be. service in the park, live your kids’ summer fun. The community festival entertainment and food crosses the line-- the booths. With 200 years state line, that is. This to celebrate, the festiRandolph County three-day annual event val will be a weekend of 4-H Fair will feature art shows, fun and games for the July 20-26 the Randolph games, contests, an- family, great food, and County Fairgrounds will tique tractor shows, and memories. be alive with activities contests on both sides and animals during the of the state line. 4H Fair. Come out for the Marathon Softball live stock shows and exTournament hibits presented by kids Winchester Randolph For many years Winfrom all over Randolph County Bicentennial chester has played host County. Old Timer’s Weekend to this annual ball tourAugust 3-5 at the Win- nament over Labor Day Wick’s Pies chester Speedway, Old Weekend. Bringing in Timer’s Weekend will teams from all over the and Cool Rides Presented on July 28 at feature races and events tri-state area, mens, wothe Courthouse Square that shine the spotlight mens and coed leagues in Winchester in con- on some of the fastest play, camp and have a junction with the Bicen- cars and best drivers to great time at the Gotennial Committee, the be seen. With a Run for odrich Park. 5th Annual Wick’s Car the Squirt Gun, compact Show, hosted by Fast Ed- cars, thunder roadsters, die, will include fast cars and the Street Stocks Union City Arts Festival and fun for all ages. With BICENTENNIAL 200, the The Union City Arts Fes-

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tival celebrates a reinvention of Union City as the center of arts in Randolph County. On September 7-9, head to Union City to take in a festival dedicated to the arts: culinary, musical, performance, and visual. The festival will feature performances by female bands including Raphaela Farias on Friday. Saturday night will feature three more bands. Matt Blackout, a well-known street artist will do a performance on Saturday. The Arts Depot will have kids events on Saturday. Chef Josh will return for the culinary event on Saturday evening by reservation with a showing of Loving Vincent. Union City Arts Festival

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annual Christmas tree the planes for a small The Winchester Square lighting, and carols per- fee. will be the site for the formed by the Deerfield 72nd annual Mardi Gras Elementary students. Aloha International Festival on October 3-6. Steel Guitar Festival Featuring fun, carnival Winchester is host to games and rides, the Concerts in the Park Goodrich Park’s amMardi Gras is always this unique sound in highly anticipated and phitheater is host to a July. The festival strives delivers a great break variety of bands in the to allow people to learn summer. A group of volfrom day to day living. unteers have a slate of and enjoy the music, culartists who will perform ture and history of the A Community every genre for their Hawaiian melodies. crowds. Christmas Union City’s Harter Park will feature more than 4 Fly-In Breakfast million lights during its Every June the Randolph Community Christmas County airport host the celebration this December. The event started Fly-In Breakfast. Not small and has grown only serving a scrumpover the past 11 years tious breakfast that day, into a light show that re- visitors are also allowed quires months of set up. to take rides in one of The Community Christmas is a brilliant way to ring in the Christmas season.

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Neighbors to Randolph County

Randolph County has much to offer but if we don’t have it, it can be found within a 20-mile radius. Our neighbors are some of our biggest assets. We provide the rural, quiet life but they are there to support us with more to enhance your experience in East Central Indiana and Western Ohio.

Richmond

Wayne County is known as the Crossroads of American History with its bountiful history that helped shape America. At the Levi Coffin House, known as the Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad, you’ll learn how more than 2,000 fugitive slaves were protected and ushered north toward freedom. Home of the legendary Gennett Recording Studio, Richmond made

its mark with music superstars like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Jelly Roll Morton. Creative arts are celebrated with original exhibits throughout Wayne County. The self-guided mural trail directs you to a series of unforgettable murals that adorn area businesses. Boutiques and unique shops add to Wayne County’s charm and provides endless shopping pleasures. Richmond’s Historic Depot District and down-

town Richmond are booming with new eateries and trendy shops. Wayne County has a bountiful range of outdoor recreation. A must see is the Richmond Rose Garden, an All-America Rose Display Garden. Our geocaching trail is a fun activity for the whole family. Distinctive dining pleasures are all around. Relax at a trendy cafe where chefs create gourmet masterpieces.

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Portland Jay County, Indiana has something fun for the whole family. Their towns hold treasures of all kinds, from primitive antique shopping to live entertainment. The county was named by the Indiana Legislature in 1837 to honor the first chief of justice of the United States Supreme Court, John Jay. They are the only Jay County in the United States. The town of Portland was chosen as the county seat. They are home to the world’s largest Gas Engine and Tractor Show,

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Hoosier hospitality. The heart-warming attractions, restaurants, lodging, shops, and winery options are awaiting your arrival. The beautiful 1919 Jay County Courthouse is located in the center of Portland. A visit to the Jay County Historical Society and the Museum of the Soldier, both located in Portland, and the Glass Museum, located in Dunkirk, will give you a good understanding of the history of their county. Visit the many merchants who are supportive of the many activities that attract many

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visitors every year. The Jay County Fair is one of the largest in thearea and never fails to bring in a good musical act that provides entertainment for a very reasonable price. Visit Portland and you will not be disappointed.

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Greenville You’ll find a little bit of everything in Darke County, Ohio. They have rolling farmland, charming small towns, and the kind of sophisticated shops and eateries you might expect to find only in a big city. Whether you hail from the sticks or keep house in a highrise, you’ll find something to write home about in Darke County. Greenville, sits right smack in the middle of the county. Hop on any

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is complete without a visit to The Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop, home of the tastiest loose meat sandwiches in the world. Grab a shake and a few “Maid-Rites” and you’ll be chowing down on a local legend. When you’re done, be sure to carry on the tradition of sticking a piece of gum to the exterior wall. A little weird? You betcha, but sometimes weird is more fun. Just up the street (Broadway, that is), you’ll find a quaint downtown of century-old buildings

and charming businesses and restaurants. Shop for haute couture at one of the other locally owned clothing shops, and grab some haute cuisine at one of several excellent eateries. Want to cook up something tasty yourself? Swing by the KitchenAid Experience to grab all the utensils, cooking appliances, and fancy kitchen gadgets. Walk across to the courthouse lawn on Saturday mornings in the Summer to visit a bustling farmers market.

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Muncie

Take a short drive to the west of Randolph County and you will come across the college town of Muncie, Indiana. Home to the college that David Lettermen attended, Ball State, Muncie has much more to offer besides a great college education. Muncie has been blessed with the philanthropic work of the Ball Family. The Ball brothers were five American industrialists and philanthropists, who established a manufacturing business in New York and Indiana in the 1880’s that was renamed the

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Want to be a joiner?

Then join a local club! A large variety of clubs exist throughout each city and town in Randolph County. There are the traditional clubs such as Lions Club, Rotary Club and Kiwanis. But if you look hard enough you can find a club where the common core may be about religious studies, book clubs, garden clubs, or like the WCCPC, who help organize special events. The Lions Clubs in the county are hosts to pancake and sausage breakfasts, fish and chicken fries and more. DAILY SALAD BAR

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Kiwanis Club in Winchester hosts an annual Coats for Kids Coat Drive where they collect and purchase coats, hats and gloves and donate them to kids in need. WCCPC, Winchester Community Cultural Preservation Committee, is not your typical organization that takes on a simple one or two projects a year. WCCPC plays coordinator to many community activities such as their annual Easter Egg Hunt, Winchester Fireworks Celebration and the annual Mardi Gras celebration held every year in

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downtown Winchester. The Athena Club, located in Winchester caters the ladies of the area. Bringing in weekly speakers, the ladies prove that women can make a difference in all communities. Almost all service clubs and organizations in the Randolph County area provide scholarships to area students for future education. Volunteering and Philanthropy are what all the clubs strive to achieve when coming together as a group. The Randolph County 4-H Fairgrounds plays a major role in supporting area agri-

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culture. The fairgrounds and indoor facilities host a variety of competitions, gatherings, and trade shows. One event celebrated each April is Ag Days. This a event features a variety of exhibits, a farm petting zoo, a kiddie tractor pull, and a charity auction. The county-wide 4-H Fair begins the third Saturday of July each year. They are filled with livestock shows and exhibits of projects. Kids work year-long on various projects including the animals, crafts, and showmanship.

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he mission of Chambers usually is synonymous, to develop and promote the business, industrial, civic and professional interests in most cities and towns. The Winchester Area and the Union City Chamber’s of Commerce are no different. They exist to serve as a vital resource to the businesses, organizations and citizens in the surrounding areas. Offering memberships on a variety of levels with benefits that include: advertising opportunities, website exposure, business card

center, community-wide activities, government relations programs and so much more! Several events are hosted annually by the Chambers. Many of the exciting events not only offer fun and fellowship, but opportunities to support annual scholarship funds, and educational resources Partnering with additional organizations to continue giving back to the local community through a multitude of facets is an integral part of the chambers. Also in downtown Winchester, you will find the Randolph County,

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Indiana Convention and Tourism Bureau as well as the Randolph County Economic Development Corporation. Both of these organizations believe that Randolph County is a place where businesses find the resources, infrastructure, and skilled workforce needed to succeed. The REDC is a county wide public/private partnership that has served the economic development needs of Randolph County, Indiana, since 1986. The Tourism Bureau was formed in March 2007 as part of the Randolph County Community and Economic Development Foundation. The RCCVB and REDC work closely together and with the community in order to improve the quality of life for its residents and to bring wealth into the county. Nurturing a place people want to visit goes hand

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in hand with nurturing a place people want to live. Another local resource is the Community Foundation of Randolph County. The Community Foundation’s work falls into three major categories: grant-making, donor service, and community convening. Through its scholarship and grant programs, the Community Foundation makes it possible for charitable organizations and students to stretch themselves to improve their own lives and the community as a whole. These dollars are not available anywhere else in the community. We are vital to these groups and individuals. Grants from the Foundation allow community organizations to do remarkable things in Randolph County. Visit your area resource centers for more information.

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or just wanting to know ooking for your more about the commulocal government office? nity you live in, these loLook no further! With cal offices can help you nine different Cities and find your way. Most poTowns throughout Ran- lice departments and fire dolph County, it can be departments are a good difficult to know where source for local services as well. to go for what service. More times than not Randolph County Courthouse Square one can go to the Randolph County Courthouse to take care of things such as paying your property taxes, serving jury duty or appearing in court. But for other things there are more centralized locations in each town or city that can help you with what you may need. Whether it’s a license for your animal

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT Circuit Court 100 S. Main St., Room #301 Winchester, IN 47394 765-584-4011 765-584-0645 Clerk 100 S. Main St., 2nd Floor Winchester, IN 47394 765-584-7207 Community Corrections 216 S. Meridian St., Winchester, IN 47394 765-584-6276 Extension Service 1885 S. US 27, Winchester, IN 47394 765-584-2271 Highway Department 1204 S. Huntsville Rd., Winchester, IN 47394 765-584-2601

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Probation 216 S. Meridian St., 2nd Floor Winchester, IN 47394 765-584-5805

Solid Waste Management 105 W. Franklin St., Winchester, IN 47394 765-584-9816

Prosecutor 100 S. Main St., Room #202 Winchester, IN 47394 765-584-2644

Superior Court 100 S. Main St., 3rd Floor Winchester, IN 47394 765-584-3309

Recorder 100 S. Main St., Room #101 Winchester, IN 47394 765-584-7300

Surveyor 325 S. Oak St., Room #206 Winchester, IN 47394 765-584-0609

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Randolph County Police and Fire Departments For Emergencies Dial 911 Farmland Police:

Lynn Police:

765-468-6701

765-874-1225

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Fire:

765-468-6561

765-874-1234

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Fire:

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Hanging Baskets Knock Out Roses Bedding Plants

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765-964-5328

Fire:

765-584-3535

765-964-4488

765-853-5535 •

Randolph Co. Ward Sheriff Township Phone: (Ridgeville) 765-584-1721 Fire: Randolph Co. 765-584-0790 EMS 765-584-8055 Ward Township Union City (Saratoga) Police: Fire:

White River Fire: 765-584-4179

Winchester Police:

765-584-6891

Fire: 765-584-4411

Animal Control 765-584-2800

Perennials Garden Seeds Trees Mulch

Opening April 16

Gary & Nell Girton lynnview@rcwifi.com 2521 E. CR 800 S. (E. Church St.) Lynn, IN • (765) 874-1069 HOURS: MONDAY-SATURDAY 9AM-6PM; SUNDAY 1PM-5PM

It’s All About the Pies … 100 Cherry St., Winchester 584-7437

St Rd 32 & 27 Winchester, IN

765-584-6485

Deerfield Rd Union City, IN

765-964-7522

Mon. - Fri. 6 am-7 pm; Sat. 6 am-2 pm

Christopher Peacock

Real Estate Services: Sales, Acquisitions, Appraisals & Auctions Professional Farm Management Consulting & Analysis 800.424.2324

| halderman.com

Senior Accounts Manager-Farmland Investments Accredited Land Consultant

123 W. Franklin St. | Suite 306 Winchester, IN 47394 Office: 765.584.2227 Cell: 765.546.0592 chrisp@halderman.com


NEWS GAZETTE

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IMPORTANT NUMBERS

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Physical, Mental Health and Social Services Centerstone of Indiana, Inc. 325 S. Oak St., Suite #103 Winchester, IN 47394 224 N. Columbia St., Union City, IN 47390 765-584-1735 Community & Family Services Inc. 910 E. Washington St., Winchester, IN 47394 765-584-4090

Immediate Care 409 Greenville Ave., Winchester, IN 47394 765-584-0241 St. Vincent Randolph Hospital 473 Greenville Ave., Winchester, IN 47394 765-584-004 St. Vincent Randolph 330 W. Deerfield Rd., Union City, IN 47390 765-964-6200

Health Department 325 South Oak St., Suite #202 Winchester, IN 47394 765-584-1155

Reid Family & Occupational Medicine Daniel Wegg,MD 428 S. Main St., Lynn, IN 47355 765-874-2390 Reid Family & Occupational Medicine Daniel Wegg, MD 105 E. 2nd St., Ridgeville, IN 47368 765-857-2523

Meridian Health Services 730 W. Washington St., Winchester, IN 47394 The Journey Home 325 S. Oak St., Winchester, IN 47394 765-595-8297 Volunteers of America Winchester House 313 S. Meridian St., Winchester, IN 47394

Pregnancy Care Center of Randolph County 811 N. Main St., Winchester, IN 47394 765-584-2442

St. Vincent Randolph Hospital

Winchester self-storage

N. Middle School Road – FOR INFO:

call 765.584.1109

Lumber Co. Est. 1917

•Building Materials •Hardware •Paint •Lumber •Screen Repair •Plumbing •Key Copies • Glass

213 W Chestnut St., Union City, IN

(765) 964-4660


??? HEARING OR HEARING AID PROBLEMS??? • Complete Hearing Services • All Models of Hearing Aids Sold - Serviced - Repaired • Low Interest Credit Plans Available

765-584-4327 (HEAR)

• New Insurance Plans May Provide Hearing Aids • Call Us to Verify Your Benefits! • Provider for Most Insurances • ken@madlerhearing.com

Ken Madler, MA, F-AAA Certified Audiologist

Located on the East Side of the Square 113 South Main Street, Winchester • MadlerHearing.com


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“Insuring Families and Businesses Since 1931” Home of

CLAIM COVERAGE PROTECTION™ INSURANCE • Our mission has always been to secure and protect families and businesses with honesty, integrity, and empathy towards our customer’s insurance needs. • “My dad Gene would always say to our customers, don’t let someone sell you something cheap because cheap never holds up.” Carol Bennett Cunningham, Owner/Agent/CEO

AUTO ~ HOME ~ MOTORCYCLE ~ RENTERS ~ UMBRELLA ~ SMALL BUSINESS • 24Hr Claims Service (833) 416-7873 • Office Hours: Mon – Fri 10am-5pm Closed Thursday • Office Ph: (765) 964-5686 Bus Cell: (765) 610-2280 Fax: (765) 964-5523 • Visit us on the web www.StandardAgenciesInc.com • Copyright 2018

CAROL B. CUNNINGHAM 765-964-5686 or 765-610-2280 Bus. Cell carol@standardagenciesinc.com

CHET CUNNINGHAM

833-416-7873 24hr. Claims Service chet@standardagenciesinc.com


Randolph County Solid Waste Management District 105 W. Franklin St., Winchester, IN 47394 (765)584-9816 Pollution Solution 2115 E State Road 32, Winchester, IN 47394

Locations of Recycling Bins Randolph County, Indiana Parker City Street Dept., 225 E. Howard St., Parker City Monroe Central Elementary School, St. Rd. 32, Parker City Monroe Central High School, St. Rd. 32 E., Parker City Farmland Wildcat Park, Morris St., Farmland Union School, 8707 W. U.S. 36, Modoc Randolph Southern School, 2 Rebel Dr., Lynn Summers Pointe, 1 Sunset Dr., Winchester Baker Elementary School, 625 Brown St., Winchester Willard Elementary School, 615 W. South St., Winchester The News Gazette, 224 W. Franklin St., Winchester, paper only Winchester Community High School, N. Union St., Winchester Orscheln Farm & Home, 970 E. Washington St., Winchester Randolph Central Bus Barn, St. Rd. 32 E., Winchester Ridgeville, next to American Legion, 115 Camden, Ridgeville Deerfield Elementary School, St. Rd. 28, Deerfield Saratoga, North of City Building, 107 N. Barber St., Saratoga Union City Street Dept, 424 S. Howard St., Union City Lincoln Dale Plaza, 380 W. Deerfield Rd., by Save-a-Lot grocery Union City Community High School, 603 N Walnut St, Union City

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WHAT CAN I RECYCLE? Plastic 1-7 Paper Cardboard Glass All Metal Cans

2115 E. State Road 32, Winchester Pollution Solution will be open every Saturday from 8am to 12pm and Thursdays from 3pm to 6pm from March 17 until October 20, 2018. Bring your old electronics and household hazardous waste! Closed holiday weekends.

WHAT CAN I BRING TO POLLUTION SOLUTION? • Oil Based Paint and Stain • Garage and Garden Chemicals • Unwanted Electronics • White Goods - Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators, etc. • Household Cleaners and Other Chemicals

The Randolph County Solid Waste Management District does business under the name of Randolph County Recycling District as a way to better explain to our community what programs and Like Us services the District is responsible for providing.


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2018 Randolph County Community Guide  

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2018 Randolph County Community Guide  

Find out what assets you can find in Randolph County Indiana.

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