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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Main Street Aurora
Facade Improvement
Grant Program

Up to $2,000 in matching funds to qualified applicants for facade improvements. Applications must be received by 12pm, June 1st, at Main Street Aurora, 235 Main Street (City Hall Building) Office #210 (Next to elevator).

Program Guidelines & Contract Application

Community Business Highlight

City of Aurora Congratulates

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Store Hours: Mon 11-5, Tues/Wed 10-5, Thurs 10-7, Fri 10-6, Sat 10-3
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Personally Yours is a gift and invitation shop located in the heart of Aurora. We offer personalized gifts, wedding invitations & programs, custom invitations for all occasions, personalized slide show videos, greeting cards, and much more! We provide a local shopping experience for anyone planning a wedding, wedding shower, baby shower, birthday party, or for anyone interested in purchasing a personalized gift or item for themselves. Personally Yours takes pride in our unique retail environment. We offer quality products, top notch customer service, and a welcoming shopping environment.

The store opened in October 2012, and is proudly owned and operated by Kerrie Peters Ohlmansiek. Kerrie is a life long citizen of Aurora and chose downtown Aurora as the location of Personally Yours because she loves the town. With us, you get custom, personalized gifts at an affordable price without having to shop online or go to the city or a chain store, therefore keeping it local.

Personally Yours is pleased to be part of the Aurora community of businesses and to support efforts to make our community a great place to live, shop, and visit.

Red, White, and Boom 2016
Vendor Applications

Are you interested in setting up a craft table that festival attendees can purchase from at the Red, White, and Boom 2016 celebration in Aurora this summer? The City is currently accepting vendor applications for this event, which will take place from 9am - 6pm on July 2nd.

You can check out all the specifics and grab an application from the link below. All completed applications and fees must be sent in by June 10th.

If you have any questions, contact Kerrie Ohlmansiek at 812.655.9693 or

RWB 2016 Vendor Info & Application

Concession Application & Space Rental Agreement

Coming Up!!
Zookeeper - Friday, June 17th

The new schedule for Summer Movies at the Lions Club parking lot is out. Come down and enjoy an evening outdoor movie with the whole family (all movies are suitable for children) from May - August. Admission and popcorn is FREE. Hotdogs, hamburgers, and drinks will be available for purchase.

To check out the 2016 schedule click the link below.

Summer Movie Schedule

Red, White, 
					and BOOM! 2016 logo, Aurora, Indiana.

Bring the whole family down to Aurora to celebrate along the Ohio River this summer. This event will take place over two days, July 1st & 2nd, and will feature: boat and seaplane rides, craft booths, food and drinks (including a beer and wine garden), live music, an air show, and more. All of these festivities will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display on the second night. Don't miss out on all the fun and excitement!

For more information about this event click the link below:

RWB 2016 Event Schedule

Aurora Gets New Sidewalks

A project to build sidewalks and curbs along Indiana Ave., Center St., Pattison St., and Pruyn St., between Conwell and South Railroad Ave., is set to begin this month. Crews will be onsite in early to mid-April to construct sidewalks, curbs, and ADA-compliant curb ramps, as well as paving a small parking lot adjacent to the playground at Center Street.

Most work will be done one block at a time. Residents can anticipate construction activities continuing for several months. The expected completion date is September 30.

Sidewalk Replacement Map

ARCC Program Coordinator Needed

20 - 30 hours per week, $12.00/hour

Must be available during evenings and weekends during leagues and camps. Responsible for building membership, marketing, programs, leagues, camps, design, setup, training, and building maintenance. Also must be a community liason between schools, health care, and recreation outlets.

Submit applications to City Manager, City Hall Aurora. Interviews will be held from 10am - 2pm on May 5th. For more information email: or call: 513-505-7647.

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 Landing in Aurora or via her email:

Employment Application

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.

Go to:

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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April - May

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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."