The Indiana Department of Health announced today that Hoosiers age 60 and older are now eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine. This expansion of eligibility makes the vaccine available to an additional 432,000 Hoosiers.

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Boone County is one of three in Indiana implementing an opioid rapid response team to intervene in an overdose incident. As part of a new program through the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, citizens will be trained to give Narcan nasal spray to overdose victims.

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Nearly 63,000 Hoosiers ages 60-64 scheduled a free COVID-19 vaccine in their first three hours of eligibility Tuesday as the Indiana Department of Health continued its work to make vaccine available to as many Hoosiers as supplies allow.

Student mental health issues resulting from or made worse by the pandemic "are very serious," says one coordinator of a multi-year, federally funded grant aimed at better responding to the mental health needs of school children.

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The Whitestown Town Council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday to conduct a public hearing on passing a food and beverage tax. This meeting will be held virtually, according to Gov. Holcomb’s public health emergency orders. Residents may speak or just observe the meeting live.

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Nineteen new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Vigo County by state health officials, and one newly reported death puts the Vigo County total at 226 deaths with 11,442 cases.

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For years, adults in Boone County who don’t have a high school diploma have been able to pursue one at the Lebanon Public Library. Now the program that’s helped so many reach this important milestone is faced with shutting down due to a lack of participants.

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SOUTHERN INDIANA — As temperatures and weather have dropped to dangerously cold levels over the past two weeks, community organizations have worked in collaboration to try to make sure every unsheltered person has a warm place to stay and food to eat.

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Beneath a weathered exterior, Thomas M. Manson saw a building's potential and the opportunity to restore to the public a piece of Terre Haute's history.

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State Rep. Tonya Pfaff, D-Terre Haute, who also is a high school math teacher, has sent a letter to Gov. Eric Holcomb urging him to make teachers next in line to be vaccinated.

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SOUTHERN INDIANA — While the rate of new COVID-19 cases has dropped significantly across Indiana from several months ago — including in Clark and Floyd counties — health officials say it’s still important to take safety precautions to help the rates continue to go down.

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The Terre Haute Police Department Merit Commission on Wednesday affirmed the six-day suspension and six months of additional supervision for a city police sergeant disciplined over inflammatory social media posts.

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Christians in the Wabash Valley observed the start of Lent on Wednesday, but for some, not without changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A North Terre Haute woman died in an early Wednesday house fire, the cause of which is now being investigated by the state fire marshal's office. The fire was reported at 1:14 a.m. in the 3100 block of East Sycamore Avenue.

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Robeson, Wilma Lou, 92, of Deer Creek, services will be held today at Faith Lutheran Church, with calling from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., services at 1 p.m. and burial following at Rock Creek Cemetery. Cree Funeral Home in Camden is in charge of arrangements.

Kolke, Thomas J., 70, of Logansport, a funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at St. Florian Catholic Church, 13145 S. Houston Ave., Chicago, IL 60633. Entombment will take place privately at Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City, Illinois.