Martinsville Artesian Chess Club recognized by municipal authorities

MARTINSVILLE — The City of Martinsville recognized and honored the Martinsville Artesian Chess Club at its city council meeting on Monday.

The team, which is open to all students in the Martinsville Metropolitan School District, has recently seen several members achieve state rankings.

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Mayor Kenny Costin read a proclamation designating the week of May 9-13, 2022 as Martinsville Artesian Chess Club Week.

Bixley Davis, a third grader at South Elementary School, won fourth place in the First Grade and Under division for Indiana State in 2020.

Westin Kent, a freshman at Brooklyn STEM Academy, placed third in the First Grade and Under division.

Josie Kent, a fourth-grade Brooklyn STEM student, is the first Artesian to compete in the national tournament, playing at the All Girls National Chess Championship in Chicago last April.

The high school team finished third in Indiana as a chess team with members Aiden Bunnell, Jaxon Mathews, Ryan Pilat, and Kevin Huang.

Members of the Martinsville Artesian Chess Club play a game of chess at City Hall.  Mayor Kenny Costin on Monday read a proclamation declaring the week of May 9-13, 2022, as "Martinsville Artesian Chess Club Week."

Huang is considered an expert by the American Chess Federation and ranked among the top 50 chess players in Indiana.

The next regular meeting of the Martinsville Common Council is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, May 23, in the council chambers, 59 S. Jefferson St., Martinsville.

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The Martinsville Board of Works & Safety has approved street closures for three racing events scheduled for this summer:

  • The Rally in the Valley 5K Run and Walk, sponsored by Stability First, will take place from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 25.
  • The Artie Fest 5K will take place from 7:50 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, July 9.
  • The Morgan County Fair and Square 5K, sponsored by the Morgan County Fair, will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, August 6.

All three races begin and end at the Morgan County Fairgrounds.

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The council also approved a $60,000 deal with Banning Engineering to continue GIS mapping of the city’s sewer and stormwater services.

The council also approved sewer adjustments for six properties.

The next regular meeting of the Martinsville Works and Safety Board is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 23, in the council chambers, 59 S. Jefferson St., Martinsville.

Contact reporter Peter Blanchard at 765-346-2942 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @peterlblanchard.

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