Mark Fitton

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Across the nation, state and Wabash Valley region, public agency after public agency on Friday announced closures, event cancellations and postponements as America moved to slow the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19. Perhaps the biggest announcement locally: Vigo County public schools will close at least through April 3.

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Sunrise Coal has permanently closed its Carlisle mining operation in Sullivan County in an effort to reduce financial losses. The announcement came Monday evening when the company posted its 2019 annual financial and operating results on its website.

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Decorated Vietnam veteran and former NFL star Rocky Bleier turned Monday night to the words of famed American orator William Jennings Bryan: "Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." Monday night's guest in the Indiana State Speaker Series, Bleier charmed a Tilson Auditorium audience.

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Terre Haute Police Chief Shawn Keen visited the Terre Haute NAACP branch meeting Monday night for a discussion about the how city came to participate in the "Live PD" television show, and the effort was appreciated, said the local branch president.

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The Indiana Supreme Court has suspended for 90 days a Farmersburg attorney and former chief deputy Knox County prosecutor. The court on Wednesday issued a six-page opinion in which it accepted an agreement between attorney Joseph W. Burton and the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission.

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