Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

Local News

May 9, 2012

Library celebrates 100th anniversary

COATESVILLE — The Coatesville-Clay Township Public Library celebrated its 100th anniversary this past Saturday, quite an achievement considering that it was hard pressed to exist in the first place, and was destroyed by a tornado in 1948.

The celebration was rife with nostalgia and a plaque of gratitude to Andrew Carnegie was unveiled as residents from the area stopped by to take in what is still considered the chief meeting place in town. Coatesville was given funding for its first library by Carnegie, which at the time made it the smallest town with a Carnegie library.

“People kept trying, they were rejected, they kept trying again,” library director Cheryl Myers Steinborn said. “It’s not clear what they did to finally push it, but I think it was that they were smart people who knew what they were doing. They did a good thing and it’s still here today. I don’t know if they expected it to be here 100 years, but they’re my heroes anyway.”

The event included a pictorial slide show of all the library has been through over the years, a story time for children, and even treats from the year the library was born, such as Oreos. At the end of the year, Steinborn said there will be a time capsule so those who come later can look back at the past.

A tornado ravaged Coatesville in 1948, leaving the town and the library in ruins. All communication was cut off from the town, and without a highway running through it, no one really knew until a state trooper who lived nearby happened upon the destruction.

Along Milton Street, where the library is located, stood one house that inexplicably stood during the storm while everything around it on both sides was pummeled. Not content to give up, the residents picked up the pieces, literally, and a new library was born.

Text Only
Local News
  • Mooresville Museum offers one day memorial display

    The Academy of Hoosier Heritage Museum will be open Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a special Memorial Tribute to Frank Inn and his animal stars.

    This one day only display will be in the first floor meeting room.

    Guests will learn the local legendary Hollywood trainer, and many of his stars, like Benji, Cleo, Rhubarb the cat, Arnold the pig and more.

    August 22, 2014

  • HCF 8-23 news brownsburg chamber pic 1 Brownsburg Chamber welcomes Connie Lawson BROWNSBURG — At the chamber of commerce monthly luncheon here Wednesday, Secretary of State Connie Lawson talked to members about some of her current projects and goals. Lawson said as secretary of state, she is in charge of licensing financial profe

    August 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lawson launches financial literacy program |Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson recently launched the Indiana MoneyWise financial literacy program. The program, formerly known as Indiana Investment Watch, is focused on improving Hoosiers’ financial literacy and protecting investors from

    August 22, 2014

  • Application deadline nears for state park deer reductions |The deadline for hunters to apply for this year’s state park deer reduction hunts is Aug. 25. Hunters must apply online by visiting the website at Hunting.IN.gov and clicking on the "Reserved Hunt Info" link. The link also includes additional hunt d

    August 22, 2014

  • HCF 8-23 news ice challenge pic 2 Town official take ALS ice bucket challenge AVON — Over the past several weeks, the country has witnessed countless celebrities dump buckets of ice-cold water over their heads in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

    August 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • HCF 8-23 news big go block party pic 1 Big Go Block Party deemed big success BROWNSBURG — On Tuesday night, the Town Hall green here was packed for the Big Go Block Party, a celebration for the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway, to be held over Labor Day weekend. The first time event was ho

    August 21, 2014 6 Photos

  • Venison donation program continues |A program that allows hunters to give deer meat to the public will continue again this fall. GiveIN Game, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife’s venison donation program, will be available for its fourth year. Hunte

    August 21, 2014

  • Venison donation program continues |A program that allows hunters to give deer meat to the public will continue again this fall. GiveIN Game, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife’s venison donation program, will be available for its fourth year. Hunte

    August 21, 2014

  • Labor Day holiday closings |Don Snemis, commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), has announced that all BMV license branches will be closed Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. All license branches will resume their regularly sched

    August 21, 2014

  • Gaming revenues rush over the border as Illinois expands slots |INDIANAPOLIS — Beer and barbecue aren’t the only draws to Daddy-O’s Bar & Grill in the small town of Paris, Ill., 15 miles from the Indiana border. The prospect of winning pulls in customers, as well. Since the neighborhood bar installed five video

    August 21, 2014

House Ads
Hendricks County Marquee
High School Football Scoreboard Poll
Email News Sign Up
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Poll

Are you worried about the violence in Ferguson, Mo., spreading across the country?

Yes
No
Not concerned one way or the other
     View Results
AP Video
Furry Roommates: Dorms Allowing Cats and Dogs Chase Rice Defends Bro-Country 'Jersey Shore Massacre' Pokes Fun at MTV Series Raw: Wash. Mudslides Close Roads, Trap Motorists DC's Godfather of Go-Go Honored Ukraine Calls Russian Convoy a 'direct Invasion' Girl Meets Her 'one in the World' Match Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Risks Japan Landslide Rescuers Struggle in Heavy Rain Raw: Severe Floods, Fire Wrecks Indiana Homes Endangered Red Wolves Face Uncertain Future Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Arrives in Ukraine Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Must Read