Message from Mayor
Donnie Hastings, Jr.

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Aurora is a historic river town that is situated 35 miles west of Cincinnati, Ohio, located in the Southeast corner of Indiana. Aurora was settled in the early 1800's and incorporated in 1845 and has strong historic connections to the Ohio River. Aurora is full of unique and historic buildings that preserve its older rivercity characteristics.

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An Evening With
Donald Davidson

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

This year will be the 100th running of the Indy 500. To commemorate this occasion, residents are invited to learn more about this race from Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian and Auto Racing Hall of Fame Inductee, Donald Davidson, and co-host Donnie Hastings, Jr. This event will be held at the Aurora Lions Club at 6:30pm.

Admission: FREE

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Community Business Highlight

City of Aurora Congratulates Great Crescent Brewery

Phone: 812-655-2435 ~ Visit us at: ~ Email:


Dan and Lani Valas started Great Crescent Brewery in November 2008 in a small storefront on 2nd Street. Since, they have expanded into a historic building built in 1843, which served as the warehouse for the Thomas and JW Gaff Distillery, located at 315 Importing Street in downtown Aurora. In 2013, Joe Valas became the third partner of the brewery specializing in graphic design work for the company.

Great Crescent Brewery is an award winning brewery receiving honors and recognition in local, regional, and national competitions. They are recognized by Indiana Artisan, and was recently accepted into the Indiana Grown program which supports and promotes products made in Indiana. All products are made at the Aurora location. There are 9 beers on tap and 3 soda's, including: Root Beer, Cream Soda and Sparkling Lime.

Fresh food is served for lunch and dinner. They specialize in smoked meats including: chicken, pork, salmon, and sausages. There are also variety of freshly made side items. The taproom is open Friday and Saturday 11am to 9pm. A full copy of the menu and current beer selection is available on their website.

Great Crescent Brewery was selected for Best of the City in 2014 by Cincinnati Magazine. In addition to the brewery and taproom, The Brew House coffee house is located at the Mechanic Street entrance where locally roasted coffees from Funny Farm Coffee in Moore's Hill, Indiana, are brewed.

Great Crescent Brewery is the choice for many people wanting to celebrate with family and friends for special occasions. We frequently accommodate larger groups - contact Dan or Lani to find out if our taproom is the right fit for your party or event.

Summer Help Needed

Summer will be here before you know it and the City of Aurora will need to some help. The Aurora Pool is looking for a manager and life guards and the Streets Department has summer positions to fill, so if you are looking to make some extra money, fill out the application provided below.

Applicants for the Streets Department must be at least 18 and have a valid driver's license.

Applications can be turned in to Debbie Peters at 107 Manchester Way in Aurora or via her email:

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City of Aurora
Internship Opportunity

Now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 City of Aurora Intern Program. This internship is focused on local city government, finance, and public policy, and as such, candidates will assist the Aurora Utilities Department, Clerk Treasurer’s Department, and Office of the City Manager. $1,000 Scholarship for successful candidate completion. This is an unpaid internship.

Deadline for consideration is April 29th.

Complete Details

New ARCC Website Is Here!

The new site features all new visuals and navigation highlighting ARCC’s latest fitness programs, available equipment, and experienced staff. Soon to come, the site will also feature instructional videos on best practices utilizing ARCC’s equipment along with various fitness-related tips and techniques.

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New Code Enforcement Officer

The City of Aurora is pleased to announce that as of June 2015, the Dearborn County Planning Commission, thru an interlocal agreement, will become the designated Enforcement Officer and enforcement authority for the City’s Code of Ordinances and applicable Indiana Statutes related to zoning, planning and unsafe buildings.

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Letter From The
City Manager

" I call them the “A Team” here in Aurora. Trust me, the title is well deserved. "

To find out why, read more from
City Manager, Guinevere Emery.

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February - March

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Vistas of Aurora

Whether you come to Aurora, you are treated to a charming view of a river town which is historic, yet constantly changing. The appealing panoramas of the many spires and 19th century buildings are punctuated by countless small details, both attractive and creative, that have been capturing people’s attention for over a century and a half. We hope after watching this slideshow you’ll want to walk the streets in our Historic District, looking for these and other sights which say “Welcome,” and “Stay awhile!”

New Businesses

Mayor Donnie Hastings, Jr. and the City of Aurora along with the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce have welcomed the following new businesses and re-opened businesses to Aurora with ribbon cuttings since September 2012.

  • DJ's Bakery, 523 Green Blvd.(US 50)

  • Aurora Floral's All About Home, manager Sandy Jordan, 412 Second St.

  • Art Angels, owners Claudia and William Phelps, 109 Third St.

  • Parlour of Aurora, owners Susan and Terry Bourquein, 305 Sunnyside Ave.

  • EveryDay Hair Design, owner Dena Tibbits, 211 Exporting Street

  • Comb’s Pizza, owner Bubby Combs, 329 Second Street

  • 3rd & Main Restaurant, owner Ron Sweeney, Corner of Third & Main

  • Personally Yours, owner Kerrie Ohlmansiek, 308 Third Street and Body Kneads by Sherry, owner Sherry Roland, 308 Third Street

  • Aurora Farm & Garden, owner Adam Kennett, 228 Exporting Street

Hillforest Historic Victorian
House Museum

Hillforest Museum is open for tours from April through December from 1-5pm and is closed on Mondays and major holidays.This magnificent house is situated on 10 acres overlooking the City of Aurora and has an incredible view of the Ohio River. Visit beautiful Hillforest decorated in Victorian splendor for the holidays. Admission charged.

For more information call 812-926-0087.

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Aurora Public Library

Since 1901 Aurora has proudly offered its citizens what Andrew Carnegie called the “cradle of Democracy.” The Aurora Public Library has changed in countless ways over the course of its history but one thing remains the same: our dedication to patron service. Somewhere between our author visits and children’s programming, our bestsellers and book discussions, and our downloadable books and DVDs, you will experience the personal touch that makes our library more than books and bricks.

We invite you to come and experience your Educational, Informational, Recreational, and Personal public library.

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City of Spires

City of Spires Historical Foundation and Museum is located at 111 Fifth Street with a beautiful view of the Ohio River. The church home of the Aurora Baptists from 1848 – 1872, the building was the house of worship for the First Evangelical United Church of Christ from 1872 until January of 2010. Today the facilities are under the auspices of the board and membership of City of Spires and are available for rental for weddings, vow renewals, meetings, worship, memorial services, and concerts. The sanctuary features stunning stained glass windows, an early twentieth century pipe organ, and seating for approximately one hundred and fifty. The museum is open for tours by appointment. Call 926-0944 for information.

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Aurora, Indiana...

"A place where memories come alive, as new ones are created."