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21,000 distribution & growing! To advertise, call 812-637-0660 THE INSIDE The BEACON Hearts of Gold The 2018 Heart of Gold recipients were recently honored. Page 6A BEACON PUBLISHED MONTHLY SINCE 1994 Jan. 2018 Lawrenceburg Growth Sparks New Energy The melding of history and progress appears to be the theme for the coming year in Downtown Lawrenceburg. New businesses, new housing, and new retail venues are at the top of the mayor's wish list. But has Mayor Mollaun been naughty or nice? A cohesive community energy can be felt throughout the streets of Lawrenceburg these days. New businesses are moving in and beginning to fill the storefronts on Walnut Street. These businesses are bringing the goods and services that attract residents and visitors to this eclectic small town with a big presence. Game Insane just relocated from U.S. 50 to Walnut Street, and business couldn't be better. Black- list has moved from a quieter area to Walnut Street and has seen an exponential increase in customer traffic. Both of these businesses focus on a younger audience in the area. "I have been approached on numerous occasions by people who like the vibe that is here in Downtown Law- renceburg now. They are interested in moving downtown to be a part of all that is happening," said Mayor Mollaun. Much of the new energy stems from increased retail and restaurants, the development of a new community park, and potential new housing. Millenials have been inquiring about available business space as the area becomes more vibrant. One particular Just one of the many crowds enjoying activities in Down- town Lawrenceburg this year. (photo courtesy of Law- renceburg Main Street) business owner is Andrew Mobarry, owner of a highly suc- cessful traditional barber shop in Cincinnati. He likes the growth and energy he sees as the revitalization of Downtown. Lawrenceburg progresses. Mr. Mobarry's barber shop pro- vides traditional services including haircuts, beard trims, and straight razor shaves. Old fashioned services that have been overshadowed in the past by quick service suppliers. Mr. Continued on page 3 Alcohol Sales on Sunday Looking Good (photo by Hiromi Platt Photography) Nutcracker has Local Talent Two local dancers from Greendale & Lawrence- burg perform with the Cincinnati Ballet. Page 9A Rocks Spread Joy NDES art students hide painted rocks throughout community. Page 8A M  erry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Beacon Team. Members throughout the Community attended the Veterans Day ser- vice at the Dearborn County Courthouse. Veterans Honored in Many Ways Our community was filled with events and parades on Veterans Day and throughout the weekend. Students in every school dis- trict put on programs to honor relatives and friends who are veter- ans. Area events in- cluded presentations of wreaths at the Veterans Memorial at the Dear- born County Court- house. A flag retirement ceremony was held in Rising Sun. Janessa and Joella Potter recently at- tended a service at the Dearborn County Courthouse for a fallen veteran. World War II veteran Frank Savage was present at the Dear- born County Veterans Day service. (photo by PG Gentrup) Boy Scouts Bobby Burley and Caleb Valentine assist PG Gentrup and Jim Ketrow during a flag retirement ceremony held in Rising Sun on Veterans Day. Indiana has long been a state of restricted liquor sales. But that may be about to change. Alcohol sales are divided into three sections; beer, wine, and liquor. Gro- ceries and liquor stores are permitted to sell alcohol Mon-Sat. from 7 AM to 3 AM. However, cold beer cannot be sold in grocery stores. Sunday alcohol sales are limited only to restaurants and wineries. Bars are required to close at 3 AM. Recently a panel working to revise the alcohol sales laws in Indiana voted to recommend allowing the sale of beer, wine, and liquor on Sundays at grocery, convenience and liquor stores as well as pharmacies. Indiana history shows prohibition was tried twice. The first attempt lasted less than one year with the passage of a statewide prohibition law in 1855. The Indiana law prohibited the manu- facturing and sale of alcohol, includ- ing beer, wine, cider, and all other fermented beverages. Including beer in this law was in response to earlier failed attempts to legislate against the manufacturing and sale of alcohol. Pre- viously, the focus had been mainly on hard liquor. Indiana’s 1855 law permit- ted alcohol sales only for medicinal, chemical, mechanical, and religious purposes. The sale of cider, wines, etc. in quantities of more than three gallons was allowed. The punishment for boot- leggers was a $100 fine and thirty Continued on page 3 Weberding Carvings- Decades of Family Tradition By Susan Ray The season of sharing favorite recipes, untangling last year’s lights, and shoving large gifts into small suitcases is well underway. Countless people go through the same con- tortions every year, yearning for home and hearth, and for those connections that persevere through time and distance. Like many families in the area, the descendants of Wil- liam J. and Monica Weberding are celebrating this special time of year by honoring long-held traditions. Tim We- berding, their youngest son, recently shared a story that illustrates his father’s love for community and children, “He always did the Christmas parade in town, and he’d bring the sleigh. That sleigh that’s in the house now … Years and years ago, he played Santa Claus for the kids at Muscatatuck. They took his pony and sleigh - took it up the steps, two flights of stairs, pony and all, and drove across the stage for those little kids!” Terry Weberding, their second son, says, “It’s just one of those things - we put up a Christmas display every year, The Weberding office and gift shop are brightly decorated for each season. The public is alway