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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ARCC Employment Opportunity

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Aurora Recreation Community Center
Now Accepting Applications for Part-Time ARCC Office Manager

30 hours per week $13.00 per hour.

Job duties to include Office Administration. Supervision of ARCC Program Coordinators, Staff, Aerobics and Group Fitness Instructors. Maintain safe and inviting ARCC 24 Hour facility. Responsible to increase ARCC membership, program participation and ARCC revenue. Reports to the City Manager.

Complete list of Duties & Responsibilities: Click Here

City of Aurora Employment Application: Click Here

Coming Up!!
The Lorax - Friday, July 15th

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

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.

ARCC Open 24/7

Beginning in July 2016, all Aurora Recreational Community Center (ARCC) members will have 24/7 access to the first floor fitness area, locker rooms, and showers. Gymnasium and second floor fitness areas will be available during staffed hours:
  • Monday - Friday 7am-11:30am and 3pm-7:30pm
  • Saturday 8am - 1pm
  • Sunday 12pm - 4pm
*ARCC Staffing Schedule Subject to change

ARCC Office Manager, Program Coordinators, Instructors, and staff are available on site during scheduled camps, leagues, workshops or group fitness classes. Membership purchase, rental agreements and facility use opportunities are available during scheduled front desk staff rotation. Stop in at the front desk andrequest your 24/7 access card beginning in July!

For more information, please contact us at 812-926-2311
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City of Aurora
Wayfinding Businesses

Check out the new City of Aurora Wayfinding Map, a map of all businesses in the Aurora downtown area. This important aspect of downtown revitalization was proudly designed and funded by Main Street Aurora.

You may click the button below to view the enlarged map, or you can to see it at its permanent location over on the Retail, Restaurants and Services Page. Now, in addition to addresses and phone numbers, you will be able to see exactly where in Aurora the business you are looking for is located.

Enlarged Map

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.

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2016 Regional
Art Exhibit

August 20th - September 3rd

Calling all Artists & Photographers. Acceptings entries. Two divisions: Adults(18+) & Youth(10-17). Deadline: Saturday, July 30th. Details and entry forms on SIAG Facebook page or email at:

Presented by the Southeastern Indiana Arts Guild.

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.

To see the full press release Click Here

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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June - July

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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."