21,500 distribution & growing! To advertise, call 812-637-0660 THE www.goBEACONnews.com INSIDE The BEACON BEACON PUBLISHED MONTHLY SINCE 1994 October 2018 Aurora Takes a Giant Step Toward the Future Take a ride down Second Street in Aurora and get the shock of your life. Pavement is torn up. Sidewalks are surrounded by framing, and cross- walks are treacherous. But don’t be fooled. What lies beneath is no longer something that resembles a science fiction movie. The City of Aurora has been abuzz with planning and activity as the infrastruc- ture of the downtown business area is being reconstructed. Even the “his- toric” water line dating from 1904 has been replaced- hallelujah. New streets are being poured, and ADA compliant brick pavers are being placed in the crosswalks. Sidewalks and crumbling stoops are being replaced with new concrete. New street lights have been installed. These projects are designed to update the infrastructure of the busi- ness district for what lies ahead. The driving force has been the vi- sion of both Mayor Donnie Hastings and City Manager Guinevere Emery. But none of the projects would have come to fruition without the support and hard work of the City Council First Impression is a Lasting Impression Picking and Grinning Local dentist shares secret for climbing to the top. Page 8B Johnson siblings Tatum, a fifth grader, and Elliott, a second grader, started at St. Lawrence School on August 1!!! Crazy!!! First Day! The new school year was greeted by children’s smiles and happy parents as a new school year began. Sixty Years Dover couple celebrates anniversary and memories. Page 5B Ava Cutter, a fifth grader at Aurora Elementary School, and brother Lane Cutter a freshman at South Dearborn High School, were all smiles on their first day of school. Pedal to the Top Jack Brunsman placed first in the Pedal Pull at the State Fair Page 4B along with Randy Turner and his crew at the Aurora Utility Department. “It takes a team to make such great improvements and coordinate all of the details,” said Donnie Hastings. “I feel like we’re finally making Aurora what it has the potential to be.” Many of the improvements to in- frastructure have been made possible by funds received from a Community Crossing Grant awarded to the city. Plans are currently underway for po- tentially receiving future grants to help Continued on page 3A Ella Seymour, a fifth grader at Central Elementary, and Allen Seymour, a sopho- more at Lawrenceburg, were ready to take on all that the new school year will bring. Visitors’ first impression of Dearborn County is often formed when they exit I-275 in Greendale. The concern for the aesthetics of this corridor has been shared by the community for decades. Nearly four years ago community leaders began to research and develop a plan to improve this gateway and create a more positive impression of southeast Indiana. Concepts and bud- get estimates were pursued. “We have so much to offer in the way of beautiful terrain and outdoor activities. This immediate impression doesn’t accurately reflect our unique mix of vibrant communities and amenities,” said Debbie Smith of the Dearborn County Convention and Visi- tors Bureau (CVTB). One Dearborn was asked by the CVTB to work with INDOT to reach initial agreements and get refinements made to the plan. Recently, the project took a promis- ing turn as members of the Greendale City Council and Greendale Redevel- opment Commission decided to get the ball rolling and made a commitment of support. “It’s important to ensure we get a project that, not only beautifies the corridor and intersection, but places a priority on making sure mowing, weed trimming and general housekeeping is a part of the solution,” said Mayor Weiss. “We hope other entities will now step forward to help ensure the continued success of this project.” Architectural Tranquility Found in Local Cemetery By Susan Ray Meandering through the grounds, a winding drive leads through sunny lawns into shade-cool glens. Huge oak trees stand as sentinels of time while the crabapple and maple each in their season soften stone memorials with nature’s color. It is no wonder that this peaceful place offers respite for the living, as well as tranquility for those who have gone before. First opened in 1869, the River View Cemetery was cre- ated by architect William Tinsley. After emigrating from Ireland in 1851, Mr. Tinsley worked throughout the Mid- west designing public edifices such as the Christ Church on Monument Circle in Indianapolis, buildings on the Butler and Indianapolis University campuses and was the architect of the original Fountain Square in Cincinnati. Mr. Tinsley was on friendly enough terms with Thomas Gaff and George Sutton of Aurora to design the River View Cemetery. His initial plans included two ponds to be constructed near the wrought iron gate, and although these ponds were never built, even today the site is identifiable by the sunken earth on either side of the exit drive. In early July 1869, while the cemetery was still under con- struction, Jeremiah Perry Smith drowned in the Ohio River just weeks before his 36th birthday. His was the first burial Placid River View Cemetery is located amid rolling hills and near the banks of two waterways. on the grounds, even though the cemetery didn’t officially open until the following month. Through the years and still today, the River View Cemetery offers a quiet place to Continued on page 4A Vote Rick Probst Republican Candidate for Dearborn County Commissioner Retired Major, United States Army with 20 Years of Service Experienced Qualified See full ad on page 7 Dedicated Paid by Elect Probst OUR ADVERTISERS ARE YOUR NEIGHBORS. SHOP LOCAL AND TELL THEM YOU SAW THEIR ADS IN THE BEACON.