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Pence, Holcomb celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hundreds of Hoosiers, including Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb, made their way to the state’s capital to celebrate its 200th birthday with song, dance and sermon Sunday. “It is my privilege to say that Indiana is 200 years young today,” Pence said. Pence started the final […]

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Hoosier Homecoming brings people of all ages

By Shelby Mullis and Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Bicentennial Commission had one goal in mind for the Hoosier Homecoming: bring the family together, eat good food and reminisce on Indiana’s history. And they did just that. Generations of Hoosiers gathered outside the Statehouse Saturday to celebrate the founding of the state 200 […]

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Leaders envision the state’s next 100 years

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — With less than 100 days until Indiana celebrates its 200th birthday on December 11, Hoosier leaders are looking ahead to the future of Indiana with a new project. The Bicentennial Visioning Project is a book containing 50 ideas from more than 110 thought-leaders and subject-matter experts. The goal is […]

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Underused cellphone towers to help expand broadband

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The state plans to lease cellphone towers to help increase access to broadband in rural areas and fund bicentennial projects. According to the agreement, Ohio-based Agile Networks will pay an upfront fee of $50 million. The state then gets a share of the revenue generated, an anticipated $36 million for […]

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Torch relay app lets users track journey

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay begins in less than two weeks and thanks to a new mobile app Hoosiers can track the torch’s location. App users can get up-to-the-second information via a GPS device that has been built into the torch. The torch also includes an HD camera that will […]

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Members of the “Hoosiers” team to reunite at special showing

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com FRANKLIN, Ind. – It’s time for movie goers to hit the gym. The Historic Artcraft Theatre will show the 1986 movie “Hoosiers” to commemorate Indiana’s bicentennial. An Indiana Classic “It’s a great Indiana tale and it’s filmed in Indiana,” said Dave Windisch, advertising and public relations director for the theatre. “There […]

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Special state fair exhibit highlights bicentennial celebrations

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana will celebrate its 200th birthday this December and Hoosier fairgoers can stop by the Bicentennial Pavilion to learn more about Indiana’s history and what the bicentennial means to the state. Valerie Beamer, Whitestown, works at the official bicentennial booth, which shows Hoosiers how they can get involved in […]

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All aboard: State fair goes 200 years back in time with train exhibit

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers can step aboard 200 years of Indiana history when they climb on the Indiana Bicentennial Train at this year’s state fair. But the train is nothing new for Indiana. Since 2003, the Indiana Historical Society has used the big red train to cross the state to transport traveling exhibits. […]

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New at the state fair: Fan food award, Bison-tennial Field exhibit

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Starting Friday amusement rides, exhibits and deep-fried food return to the Indiana State Fair along with some new highlights. “The fair draws so many different people,” said Lesley Gordon, media and community relations manager for the fair. “Friends and family come together that you haven’t seen in a while and […]

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Names revealed for Bicentennial Torch Relay

  By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – “Shocked.” “Touched.” “Humbled.” Those were the words Kim Burkhart used to describe her reaction to the announcement that her son Travis Burkhart was one of the people chosen to serve as a torchbearer for the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay on Wednesday. “This means so much to us,” Kim […]

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