In the age of the unthinkable, Whitestown has reconfigured its annual Easter Egg Hunt for the age of COVID-19. It’s one of many changes for the fastest-growing town in Indiana.

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Many experts are now preparing Americans for a tough two weeks as cases and deaths begin to rise through what is considered the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Growing at a lightning pace, the Anson development along I-65 shares its name with some deep roots in the evolution of Boone County.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered that restaurants cease dine-in service to slow the spread of COVID-19, but he left the door open to carryout orders and drive-thru and delivery services.

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A local manufacturer of aftermarket automotive performance products is adapting its manufacturing due to the coronavirus. The move will help doctors, nurses and other medical professionals and volunteers treat patients safely. It will also help address the shortage of personal protection equipment.

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To no one’s surprise, the Boone County Commissioners extended the declaration of a state of emergency for the third week. State law only allows the declaration to stand for seven days. It allows the president of the Commissioners, Donnie Lawson, the ability to reposition assets, restrict public access and limit contact in regards to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Pet owners needing assistance received free dog and cat food from Humane Society for Boone County volunteers and Boone County Sheriff’s Animal Control Division deputies Friday during a drive-through pantry at the Whitestown shelter.

All restaurants throughout the state are closed for dine-in-service due to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s executive order requiring Hoosiers to stay at home for two weeks, with some exceptions, to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

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We are officially under a “stay at home” order as of Monday morning’s signing of the declaration by Governor Eric Holcomb.

The following people with name, age, address, charge and arresting agency were booked into the Boone County Jail. Charges are preliminary. The Boone County prosecutor may change them.

Boone County Clerk Jessica Fouts released information regarding the 2020 primary election that was rescheduled for June 2 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Governor Eric Holcomb issued an executive order March 23 commonly known as “stay at home.” The directive is an order for all citizens of Indiana, with exceptions for “essential” workers. However, confusion over “essential” and “non-essential” businesses and concerns has created a lot of anxiety and confusion.

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Allergy season is coming. How do you tell the difference between hay fever (allergic rhinitis) and symptoms of the coronavirus?

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“I’m afraid most people just don’t know how much we can help,” said Louise Knecht, director of WIC’s Lebanon office for the past 10 years. “Most people think we’re only assistance for infant formula to the very poor.”

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Police are seeking public help in identifying a man accused of pointing a handgun at someone at Zionsville Christian Church before 8 a.m. Saturday.

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A lot happened in 1918. World War I was declared four years earlier. More than 70 million military troops were called into active service. Boys from far-flung farms went overseas to strange lands and lived in conditions of misery under constant threat of death.

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Audrey Garrett of Zionsville, shown with her parents Jenny and Joshua Garrett, won the State Peace Poster Competition. She and her parents were congratulated during the Lions International District 25C Convention at Zionsville Town Hall. Audrey is a Zionsville West Middle School student.

Despite the mandatory lockdown, playgrounds appear to attract more than just children.

This is the third column I’ve written this week. The first two were overcome by fast-changing events. So, I will surrender to the deadline and pen a few words about how to think about COVID-19 over the longer term. This should help us formulate and accept the challenges of the coming months.

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The Central Indiana COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund (C-CERF) on Tuesday announced unrestricted grants totaling $7,305,000 to 46 community agencies in Central Indiana. The funds willbe used to help stabalize community organizations that are helping individuals and families weather the economic crisis caused by the pandemic.

The Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library, 250 N. Fifth St., offers a variety of events. Library staff can be reached by calling 317-873-8342 or by visiting the website at www.zionsville.lib.in. Events require registration, and registration is open unless otherwise noted.

What were you doing in fifth grade?

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As the medical community cries out for more protective gear for workers, several groups in Boone County have taken to their sewing machines, scissors and fabric stashes to help out.

Police are seeking public assistance in identifying a man accused of pointing a gun at someone at Zionsville Christian Church before 8 a.m. Saturday.

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The Federal Reserve dropped lending rates to banks to a level near zero as an economic safety net March 15. A day later, The Times Sentinel surveyed banks to see what, if any, reaction they predict from their customer base.

Richard Townsend lives in the country outside of Lebanon and runs a mobile power washing company called AquaPro Solutions. He has two large machines on a trailer supplied by specially purified water (reverse osmosis method) and a capability to 300 degrees. Right now, he isn’t doing much business washing siding, RVs, decks and mobile homes. And he’s feeling like he needs to be doing something to help his community during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Restauranteurs rushed to their suppliers for clamshell take-out boxes and plastic cutlery Tuesday after Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered the closure of dining facilities throughout the state in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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If your spring break plans are wrecked and you’re looking at more boredom than you can stand the thought of, try these “hacks” to save the day.

The novel coronavirus has us all on edge. So we want to fill you in on how The Lebanon Reporter staff is hard at work covering the story locally to inform you with accurate and timely news about the disease.

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Witham Hospital is now testing for coronavirus for people who meet the specific criteria. Director of Infection Control at Witham Gene Davis, R.N., said the criteria is hospitalized patients, nursing home patients and health care workers. Also, if you have traveled to Europe or Asia or if you know you’ve been in contact with someone who had the coronavirus, you can be tested.

In a conference room at the Lebanon Police Department offices, an eclectic group is gathered this week. They are here from eight Indiana communities, including Lebanon. Two attendees came from out of state, one traveling from Michigan, another from Ames, Iowa.

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While there are several changes to county buildings and office hours during the COVID-10 pandemic, Boone County Community Corrections and Probation remains open and seeing clients that are obligated.

Will Joe Biden be able to unify the Bernie Bros after Sanders dropped out of the race.

All Indiana schools will be closed until May 1, by order of Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s office. All student assessments such as iLearn and ISTEP will be canceled.

In an effort to support restaurants that depend on carry-out orders and to help residents and visitors who will be using these services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Zionsville is establishing temporary curbside parking spaces in commercial corridors.

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Jerry R. Jones, 5-23-34 - 3-10-20 Jerry was born in Vernon, Texas to Hazel and Zannie Jones on May 23, 1934. Jerry was a 1957 graduate of Zionsville High School. He went on to become a proud veteran of the Korean War where he served as a forward observer in the 21st infantry. Jerry cherished…

Norma Smith, 82, of Indianapolis, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Norma was born November 16, 1937, a daughter of the late William and Bessie Harrison. She graduated from Newport High School in 1955. She was club manager of Zionsville American Legion, retiring after 37 years of servic…

Luanne Renée McGhee, age 83, died February 29, 2020 in Carmel, Indiana. Born July 1, 1936 in New York City to her late parents, Fred & Lucille Cooper, Luanne grew up in New Jersey and Michigan. She graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Elementary Education. She met an…