Many Americans associate exquisite dining opportunities with special moments in their lives. Franklin County residents enjoy such a treat on a nightly basis, thanks to the caliber of locally owned restaurants. The areas 20 restaurants, from fast food to fine dining, all offer patrons outstanding menus, friendly service, and comfortable surroundings. Many are housed in historic buildings to provide a unique, yesteryear ambiance.
The countys 12 bed and breakfast inns serve up memorable meals as wellmany are open to the public as well as overnight guests. All 12 of Franklin Countys charming bed and breakfasts come highly recommended. They are clean, well-appointed, and reasonably priced for any visitors budget.
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Shopping opportunities run the gamut from discount stores and chain pharmacies in Brookville, the town of Metamora and the shopping Mecca located in New Trenton, a hotbed of antique and shop surprises for the intrepid shopper.
Franklin County offers four elementary schools, three middle (junior high) schools, a parochial school K through 8, and one large high school, as well as several private facilities. But because the total enrollment for the system is just over 3,200 students, the teacher-student ratio is never higher than 1:24; in most cases it stands at 1:18. Recent median SAT and other college entrance exam scores reveal that the 1997-98 SAT Composite Score for College Bound Seniors (95th percentile) is 1054. The state average is 991, and the U.S. average is 1016.
Forty-seven percent of the last graduating class is attending a four-year college, and 10 percent is pursuing other higher education. Tests show our students are receiving a top-notch education. Says the principal of Franklin County High School:
"Being the principal of a large high school is a challenge but it is certainly not without rewards. With more than 17 different sports with a full compliment of JV and sometimes freshman teams, we all read about the great things our sporting teams do throughout their seasons. However, little attention is really paid to what goes on inside the brick and mortar. A full compliment of courses are available to our students ranging from ceramics to AP calculus. Courses for an academic honors diploma, as well as a Core 40 curriculum are also part of the tight course of study. Franklin County High School is accredited by the State of Indiana and an honored member of the North Central Association of high schools and colleges.
"Franklin County High School attempts to involve as many students as possible with a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs beyond the field of play. We are most proud of these organizations since they represent a diverse population of interests. Twenty-two different groups meet providing everything from sheer enjoyment such as the Chess Club, to the Academic Team that competes against other schools throughout the state. Not much is made of the successes of these organizations, unless they achieve some high honor in the state. Its the Dancz Cats that perform during the ballgames, and it is the Superintendents Student Advisory Council who meets with the superintendent to discuss concerns that go about their business unheralded. Whether youre a member of the Book Club, Environmental Club, Flag Corp., Key Club, National Honor Society, Pride (newspaper), Spanish Club, Student Council, Wrestlerettes, Franconia (yearbook), French Club, Future Business Leaders, Future Farmers of America, Future Homemakers of America, Future Problem Solvers German Club, Junior Historical Society, or Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD), we all help the students at our school enjoy their four-year experiences.
"We are all so proud of our students and the wonderful things they do day in and day out. Our student body is truly the best that youth can offer. The success that they achieve throughout their high school career will certainly be reflected in their years as adults."
Athletics are an important balance, with coaches teaching the value of commitment and fair play. So its no wonder Franklin County High School is the home of Indianas first Mr. Football, Alex Smith, and State Wrestling Champion Todd Sacksteder.
Teens and adults alike have no less than five colleges and universities within commuting distance: Earlham College and Indiana University East in Richmond; Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; University of Cincinnati and Xavier University in that city. Vocational seekers have Connersville Vocation School Complex, Indiana Vocational Technology College (two locations) and Indiana University East within a 30-mile radius.
The Brookville Library is open to everyone in the county (those outside the townships tax structure pay a minimal $20 per year per family), so learners have access to the research materials they need. Additionally, the library offers an extensive genealogical collection and a fine art collection with the best of works from famed "Hoosier Group" J. Ottis Adams, T.C. Steele, Otto Stark and Adolph Shulz.
A dream that was started several years ago was fulfilled on Sunday April 26, 1997 with the dedication of the Laurel Community Library.
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Diverse Economy: The latest report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Franklin County had an unemployment rate of 2.6 percent with 270 unemployed out of 10,680. The manufacturing sector employs a large percentage of the countys work force. County welfare rolls have dropped to under 50 cases in part because residents here practice an independent strong work ethic.
Industry: Franklin County views itself as a true partner as well as a gracious host to all industries. Just ask the countys major manufacturers and employers to recount their success stories: Sperry Rubber & Plastics Co., which produces extruded rubber and plastics; Fortune 500 member Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corp., which makes roofing shingles and paper; J & J Packaging, a 500-employee firm that handles contract packaging; B & B Machining Services, a tool & die machine shop; and Pepsi Cola General Bottlers of Brookville. The manufacturing sector employs a large percentage of the countys labor force.
Abundant Resources: Of the 247,054 acres of land in Franklin County, 148,662or 60 percentis farm land with 849 farms.
Financial: Four banks stand ready to lend a helping hand with Small Business Administration loans, direct loans, and second mortgages: FCN Bank, Peoples Trust Company, Fayette Federal Savings, and Bath State.
Families can address illnesses quickly in Franklin CountyBrookville boasts 15 physicians, three dentists and one optometrist at publication date. The McCullough-Hyde Regional Medical Center on State Road 101an off-shoot of McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford, Ohioextends laboratory testing and analysis, physical therapy, X-ray services, ultrasound and mammography services throughout the week.
The Brookville Immediate Care Center provides walk-in treatments for the bumps and bruises in life, including work-related injuries. It accepts both private insurance and Medicare and Medicaid payments. The Brookville Medical Clinic offers one physician and two nurse practitioners, while the FMH Medical Center includes a psychiatrist, specialty clinics and a home health care agency on its roster. (Community Mental Health also provides confidential counseling.)
Nearby hospital facilities include the 58 beds at Rush Memorial Hospital (Rushville), 140 beds at Fayette Memorial Hospital (Connersville), 100 beds at Margaret Mary Hospital (Batesville) and 60 beds at McCullough-Hyde Hospital.
Several caring organizations stand ready to assist families with the difficult task of juggling children and senior citizens in their lives. Brookville Health Care Center devotes a total of 112 rooms to upscale nursing care around the clock, while Elsie Dreyer Nursing Home specializes in the latest approaches to Alzheimers patients. The Brook Valley Adult Day Service reaches out to reduce caregiver stress with its club-like activities for seniors, including guest speakers, music groups, reminiscing groups and affirmations and daily devotions.
The more than 400-member Franklin County Senior Citizens group is proud of its newly constructed Senior Center located in the County Park, providing four large rooms suitable for games, shuffleboard, television and dining for 200. Adjacent to the center is the new garage for the Franklin County Public Transportations two cars and five vans that travel throughout the county at a minimal fee for all.
Approximately 75 seniors and guests are served a hot meal at lunch, along with Meals on Wheels entrees that are delivered to the homebound.
The seniors are governed by a board of volunteers. Their activities include bus tours, group activities and socializing. Senior centers are also located in Andersonville, Oldenburg and Laurel.
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