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A county road will be closed for a week while the highway department replaces a deteriorating pipe.

A section of County Road 550E, north of Greensburg Road, will be closed Tuesday through Nov. 21 while workers replace a drainage pipe, according to a Johnson County Highway Department press release.

Motorists should use County Road 600E as a detour during construction, Johnson County Highway Department administrative assistant Nancy Bunch said.

Franklin man sentenced in barbershop robbery

A Franklin man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for robbing a barbershop in Seymour.

Robert Stephen Benge, 30, had pleaded guilty to the August 2011 robbery. The 12-year prison sentence includes two years of the term being sentenced.

Two people who were near the Jackson Park Barber Shop, on Seymour’s east side, started chasing Benge after the robbery. The barber also joined in the chase, and Benge was tackled and held until police arrived.

The judge gave Benge just more than two years credit, which includes time he has spent in jail since his arrest.

Woman arrested on drug-dealing charges

A Greenwood woman has been charged with dealing a controlled substances after police say she sold drugs multiple times to undercover officers.

Lindsey Mills, 22, has been charged with dealing a controlled substance, dealing cocaine, dealing marijuana, attempted dealing in cocaine and neglect of a dependent, according to charging documents.

Last month, undercover police officers bought marijuana, cocaine, Adderall and Oxycodone from Mills over the course of three days in two different Greenwood parking lots, according to a probable cause affidavit.

A child was in Mills’ car during one of the times, according to the documents.

Mills, 819 Jordan Drive, was arrested Wednesday and taken to the Johnson County jail, where she was being held on $181,000 bond.

Police looking for man  in armed robbery probe

Police are looking for the man who robbed a Franklin business Thursday night.

Franklin police were called to Old Towne Market, 449 Hurricane St., about 10:35 p.m.

A man entered the store, showed a handgun and demanded money, according to a Franklin Police Department news release. The man fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, the release said.

The man was wearing a stocking cap, jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt, the release said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Franklin police at 736-5111.

Animal rescue team recruiting new members

The Johnson County Emer-gency Management Agency is recruiting new members for its animal rescue team.

The team rescues pets and farm animals from disaster areas and cares for them until they can be returned to their owners.

Because emergency shelters don’t allow pets, owners can be assured their animals are being cared for until both humans and animals can return home.

The group was instrumental in assisting with animals during the 2008 flood.

For more information about joining, call the county emergency management agency at 736-9064; or email fsutton@co.johnson.in.us. Include your name, phone number and email address.

Family seeks donations for hurricane victims

A Franklin family who lost their home in the 2008 flood knows what it is like to receive help from strangers.

That’s why county corrections officer Angie Groover and her family want to collect clothing, food and personal hygiene items to donate to people who lost their homes in Hurricane Sandy.

“We never had the opportunity to really give back to all the wonderful people that gave to us,” Groover said.

Groover and her family hope to leave Thursday to take donations to Staten Island, N.Y.

They are asking people to donate nonperishable food items, personal hygiene products, new clothing of any size, cleaning products and baby items, such as diapers and diaper wipes.

People who want to donate items can take them to the county community corrections facility at 1071 Hospital Road in Franklin, Groover said. They also can call Groover at 777-4258 or Amy Richhart at 777-4300.

Blood drive Monday at Franklin College

Franklin College will host a blood drive for the Indiana Blood Center on Monday.

The drive is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the college fitness center at Branigin Boulevard and Grizzly Drive, across from the football stadium. It is open to county residents.

Participants can register online at www.donorpoint.org or by contacting Kathy Remsburg at kremsburg@franklincollege.edu.

Cheese-ball sales to fund scholarships

The Bargersville Zeta Epsilon chapter of the service sorority Psi Iota Xi is raising money by selling 13-ounce homemade cheese balls to help pay for college scholarships for Center Grove High School seniors.

Annually, the service organization donates nearly $1 million dollars to art, music and literature, and speech and hearing projects nationwide.

The local chapter also donates to Center Grove special services, speech and hearing, the Southside Art League, Hoosier Salon Patrons Association and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Residents interested in purchasing cheese balls should call Mary Graham at 946-8387. Each cheese ball is $8.

Movie about theaterfor sale at museum

A DVD about the history of Franklin’s Artcraft Theatre is available for sale at the Johnson County Museum of History.

“The Historic Artcraft Theatre of Franklin, Indiana: Celebrating 90 Years of Entertainment” tells the stories of the Artcraft through oral histories, behind-the-scenes tours, vintage photographs and artifacts.

The video segments include profiles of the “Popcorn Lady” Irene Petro, who worked at the concession counter for more than 30 years; and Trueman Rembusch, the colorful owner of the theater in its heyday.

The video also demonstrates the 1950s-era projectors, which are both still used at the theater.

The DVD was produced for the Johnson County Museum of History by Ange Bolton and Max Albsmeyer.

The cost of the DVD is $10; proceeds benefit the museum and the theater. It can be purchased in the gift shop on the main floor of the museum, 135 N. Main St., Franklin.

Information: 346-4500

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