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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Community Business Highlight

City of Aurora Congratulates Stedman Machine Company

Indiana Safety and Health Achievment Recognition Program (INSHARP) Recipient

This year Stedman Machine Company earned certification as an INSHARP workplace. Stedman Machine Company is the first workplace in Dearborn County to achieve INSHARP certification, and are recognized for excellence in workplace safety and health.

To participate in INSHARP, a company must develop, implement and maintain an exemplary worker safety and health management system and pass a comprehensive safety and health evaluation by the Indiana Department of Labor. In addition, the facility's occupational injury and illness rates must be below the national industry average for their respective industry. Fewer than fifty Indiana companies have achieved INSHARP certification.

Stedman Machine Company has been based in Southeastern Indiana for the last 182 years. Nathan R. Stedman began his company by producing castings and machinery for anything from cotton gins, farm equipment, machine tools and hay presses, to stoves and saw mills. Today Stedman, as an affiliate of Eagle Crusher Company, designs, manufactures and sells a complete line of size-reduction equipment serving multiple markets.

New ARCC Website Coming Soon!

Look for the new re-designed Aurora Recreation and Community Center (ARCC) website coming August 3rd! The new site will feature all new visuals and navigation highlighting ARCC’s latest fitness programs, available equipment, and experienced staff. Shortly after the launch, the site will also feature instructional videos on best practices utilizing ARCC’s equipment along with various fitness-related tips and techniques.

2015 SIAG Regional Art
Competition & Exhibit

August 8th - 15th

Opening reception will be held on Saturday, August 8th, from 6-8pm. Over $3800 in prizes will be awarded. Winners will be announced at the reception. All applications to enter competition must be submitted by July 11th.

Applications can be picked up at the gallery, 302 Second Street, on Thurs., Fri., & Sat., 10 am - 3 pm.

To learn more Click Here

Movie Night

Presented by Aurora Lions Club

Friday, August 21st, 9:00 pm/Dusk

Come down to the Aurora Lions parking lot on Main Street for an outdoor viewing of the movie Rio 2. Admission and popcorn are free. There will be hamburgers, hotdogs, and drinks available for purchase.

To see a flyer for the event Click Here

Senior Dances On Main
Western Dance

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Get your tickets for September's Western Dance presented by Main Street Aurora. The dance runs from 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm. There will be music by Denver Brandt and the Wooden Wheels, a dinner will be provided by the Aurora Lions (proceeds go to Relay for Life), and there will be door prizes.

Admission: $5.00/person.

For more information call: 812-926-1100.

To view a flyer for this event Click Here

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

Permit Forms & Other Updates

** New Updates ** - There is now a zone map of Aurora and the surrounding area over on the Government page, with a link to view a printable PDF of the enlarged version of the map.

To check it out Click Here

** New Updates ** - Need to report a malfunctioning streetlight? Duke Energy now has an online resource that makes reporting this problem as simple as filling out a few details on a website contact form. A link to this site is over on the Utilities & Streets page, under the contact information for the Streets Department.

To jump over to that page Click Here

The City of Aurora website has undergone a number of updates over that last several years, and is currently in the process of updating yet again, this time with an eye toward expanding information and resources. Various permit forms are now available in printable PDF format over on the Government page. You can navigate there from either the top or bottom navigation menu.

Or you can just Click Here

The Certificate of Appropriateness form can be found over on the new Historical Preservation Commission page(currently under construction). This page can be found under the Services drop-down menu.

Or you can just Click Here

To save your fingers from excess scrolling on some of the longer pages, notice the red arrow at the bottom right side of the page that appears as you scroll down. Clicking this button will automatically scroll you to the top of the page that you are viewing. There are more updates to come. We will be sure to make you aware of them as they come.

Dearborn Trail Closure

* This applies to the Aurora side of the trail only.

Comprehensive Plan
Big 5 Ideas

A Comprehensive Plan is basically the strategy that is laid out to help achieve identified goals for the city, generally for the good of the community. The City of Aurora is currently looking at five areas of focus that are being referred to as the "Big 5 Ideas" as the new Comprehensive Plan moves forward.

The "Big Ideas" are:

  • Downtown Revitalization
  • Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Indoor/Outdoor Recreation
  • Ohio Riverfront Development
  • Quality of Life and Community Connection

To stay apprised of updates to the City of Aurora’s Comprehensive Plan
or to leave comments, please visit:

A Letter From The City

As the first female City Manager for the City of Aurora, it is my honor and privilege to be a proactive facilitator for progress on behalf of Aurora’s future. The level of support from Mayor Donnie Hastings, Jr., City Council, City Atty. Jeff Stratman, Clerk Treasurer/Utilities Supt. Randy Turner, City Departments and within the community has been astounding and so very appreciated.

As City Manager, under the direction of the Mayor and City Council, my priority focus will be the coordination of Code Enforcement, Comprehensive Plan, Blight Elimination Program, Parks & Recreation, Aurora Community Center, Utilities and Infrastructure, Aurora Sewer Main Project & Main Street Sidewalk Program, as well as, analysis & review of administrative policies/procedures, seeking alternative revenue resources and determine budget savings strategies. As you can tell, our plate is full.

Aurora is known for its beautiful river vistas, welcoming spirit, volunteerism and historic heritage. A safe, vibrant, prosperous and actively engaged community lends to quality of life recognized as a common goal for local residents, families, local business owners, community leaders, and within our schools. I’m excited, energized and looking forward to working and living alongside the citizens of Aurora.

I encourage you to be a part of the Aurora Comprehensive Planning process for future development and downtown revitalization. Please feel free to stop by the City Building or email me at: for more information & share your vision for the City of Aurora.

Thank you again for your warm welcome and support,

Guinevere Emery

June - July

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City of Aurora
Curbside Recycling

Bins now available! Residents who would like to participate must call 812-926-5403 to request their free bins.

For more information about curside recycling Click Here

City of Spires - Aurora, Indiana
The Riverfront in the 1950's
by Michael Blaser

This lovely rendering of Aurora's riverfront, shown only in part at the top of this page, was commissioned by Doug & Marlene Denmure. The original oil painting hangs in the Aurora Public Library where it may be viewed and enjoyed by all.

Vistas of Aurora

Whether you come into Aurora by State Route 56, State Route 350, State Route 148, US 50, or the Ohio River, you are treated to a charming view of a river town which is historic and yet constantly changing. The appealing panorama of the many spires and 19th century buildings is punctuated by countless small details which are attractive and creative; many of these features have been capturing people’s attention for a century or a century and a half. In this slide show, Main Street Aurora offers “Vistas of Aurora,” small scenes and details which are inviting in their unique and artistic simplicity. We hope you’ll want to walk the streets in our Historic District, looking for these and other vistas which say “Welcome,” and “Stay awhile!” Meanwhile, sit back, and enjoy our “Vistas of Aurora.”

Korean War Veterans Place Podium at
Aurora's River View Cemetary

On Wednesday, December 4th, members of the Korean War Veterans Chapter #4 of Aurora placed a beautiful podium on the Soldiers Circle at River View Cemetery. The podium, made of black granite, will be used for future events held at the circle. In the past a podium had to be delivered to the circle for use by speakers. The podium was purchased from Gilpin Monuments in Versailles. The front of the podium displays the “POW-MIA” logo and the backside provides statistics of the Korean War.

The war began on June 25, 1950 and hostilities ended on July 27, 1953 with the signing of the cease fire. During that time 36,574 Americans were killed in action, 103,284 were wounded, and 8,177 are still missing or unaccounted for. The podium is to honor them as well as all Veterans who served as members of the Armed Forces during that era. Korean War Veterans Association Commander Luther Rice remarked that the Korean War is often referred to as the “Forgotten War” but for those Veterans that served during that period of time I can assure you that we have not “Forgotten”. Commander Rice thanked Randy Turner, President of the River View Cemetery Association, as well as all members of the Cemetery Association for approving the placement of the podium on the Circle.

Pictured: Korean War Veterans Association members that participated in the installation of the podium on the Soldiers Circle at River View Cemetery: Front Row Left to Right: George Niemeyer, Clarence Vogelsang, Bob Karp, Ralph Cole, Commander Luther Rice, PG Gentrup, Archie Abner, WWII Associate Member Captain Bill McClure, Randy Turner (President of the River View Cemetery Association), and Elvin Newmann.

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.

Visit the City of Spires website at

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.

  • 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

Aurora Recreation and Community Center

Start the year right and join the Aurora Recreation and Community Center (ARCC). The most important thing you can do for your health is regular exercise. A moderate amount of activity performed three to five days per week can:

  • Improve your heart health
  • Improve your heart disease risk factors
  • Improve your strength and feeling of well-being

The ARCC has many fitness classes and programs to fit your individual needs. Call 926-2311 for more information.

Visit the ARCC website at

Join Today!

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.

Visit the library website at

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.

Visit the Hillforest website at

Aurora, Indiana...

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