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NEW PLACE TO PLAY IN LARWILL: Hoopingardner happy about hoops project

August 5, 2013

LARWILL — Larwill’s Town Council turned an idea into a reality for Richland Township’s residents.

A new basketball court has been constructed and is almost ready for use at the Larwill Community Building.

“When I heard about the council’s idea, I was pleased because of the lack of activities available to the residents in Larwill,” said Darcy Hoopingardner, Larwill Township trustee.

Hoopingardner, who is also an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in South Whitley for Whitley County EMS, said a few weeks prior to the council’s request, she had heard on the police radio that officers were needed in the town to address children playing on the railroad tracks — something that recently became a tragedy in Ohio this weekend.

A 12-year-old Fort Wayne boy was killed on a set of railroad tracks Sunday, after he allegedly fell asleep on the tracks.

“At the time I thought to myself, what else is there for children to do?” Hoopingardner said.

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