The Washington Times-Herald

Local News

January 24, 2014

Children's author to speak locally

Fans of the youth series' "The Missing" and "The Shadow Children" will have a chance to Skype with author Margaret Peterson Haddix Feb. 4 at the Washington Carnegie Public Library. The event is free but registration is required to be sure there is adequate seating.

Haddix, the author of many other standalone books as well, will be available for questions from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.

"This is a great opportunity for both children and adults to ask her questions about her books," said Youth Services Librarian Lori Osmon. "We are asking that everyone come prepared with written questions to ask her."

Osmon said that the questions will be collected upon arrival and that the questions presented to Haddix will be selected at random.

"Her books reach a wide audience," said Osmon. "We have people of all ages who have taken an interest in her books."

In addition to this being a community event, Osmon said the evening is also an opportunity for students participating in the annual Battle of the Books, a literacy based trivia style contest, to ask questions to the author of two of the selected readings. Battle teams are made up of fifth and sixth grade students from the local elementary schools and the students must read 10 books selected by Osmon.

"This is a program we've had for about 14 years. It's a really a fun event for the students," said Osmon.

While the program is not a school event, Osmon said that many teachers volunteer time to coach their students.

This year, a historical fiction titled "Running Out of Time" and "Among the Hidden" a volume in the Shadow Children series will be part of the Battle of the Books.

Haddix's books are no stranger to the Battle of the Books competition. Her book "Uprising" was chosen as the favorite book by the winning team last year. Each member of the team was awarded a signed copy of the book.

The Battle of the Books will be held Feb. 18 at Antioch Christian Church.

The award-winning author also has ties to the Hoosier state. She once worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne and as a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis.

For more information on the Skype session with Haddix, contact the library at 254-4586

Text Only
Local News
  • Wednesday's police report CITY REPORT Tuesday 1:41 p.m. - An employee of Chuckle's, 201 N.E. Fifth St., reported a drive-off worth $10 in gas by a driver in a white Ford Ranger truck. 10:51 a.m. - Jordan Taylor reported an MP3 player stolen from his car while parked at 100 Ch

    April 16, 2014

  • SwearinPolice New police officer, fireman sworn in at meeting During a swearing in ceremony Monday evening prior to the start of the Washington City Council meeting Mayor Joe Wellman welcomed Steve Ford to the fire department and Nicholas Durnil to the police department. Ford, 23, is a native of Covington, Ind

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • Moose.jpg Moose gets visit from Supreme Governor Last week local members of the Moose were treated to a special visit by Moose International Chief Presiding Officer, Supreme Governor Joseph R. Koons at Moose Family Center 1080. "This was a rare opportunity for the community to meet with Supreme G

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Daviess County hires help for human resource issues The Daviess County Commissioners have approved several contracts including one to bring some professional expertise to human resource issues. The commissioners agreed to a contract with the consulting firm Waggoner, Irwin, Scheele and Associates to p

    April 16, 2014

  • Council to hire 2 part-time employees LOOGOOTEE - The Loogootee City Council agreed Monday night to hire two part-time employees for the Public Works Department. One employee, who would earn $10 per hour, would work for 15 weeks, beginning May 5. Public Works Superintendent Bo Wilson sai

    April 16, 2014

  • Area Briefs Good Friday Closings The following are area closings for Good Friday: PACE Community Action Agency will be closed. City of Washington offices will be closed. There will be no trash pickup, and the city bus will not run. Residents with trash pick up o

    April 16, 2014

  • eastercapture.JPG The Easter Story

    A special section published by the Washington Times Herald celebrating Easter with local church services.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 5K fun run at Crane The first annual "Running for our Future" 5K walk/run is scheduled for May 17 at the WestGate@Crane Technology Park. The race is a perfect opportunity to visit the technology park, see the WestGate Academy Conferencing and Training Center, and networ

    April 15, 2014

  • SPT-WT-041514-KNEPP HITTING PIC Vikings drop two games at Barr-Reeve Tournament MONTGOMERY -- The Barr-Reeve girls softball team lost two games Saturday in the Barr-Reeve Tournament with a 4-2 loss in the first game to Clay City and in the final game of the day the Vikings lost to 6-1 to North Posey. The Vikings got a run in the

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Tuesday's police report CITY REPORT Monday 9:57 a.m. - An employee of Family Dollar, 305 E. Nat'l Hwy., reported a female shoplifter. The female left the store before officers could arrive. 1:53 a.m. - Tonya Glenn, 825 Greenwood St., reported a breaking-and-entering. A cell

    April 15, 2014