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Trevin at the oven

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Posted on Apr 24, 2020 in Profile

By Holly Huffman Imagine your dream coming true at age 13. That’s exactly what happened to Trevin Alford, a middle school student from Washington, Indiana. Last fall, Alford “battered” the competition, winning season seven of the Food Network’s “Kids Baking Championship.” The program featured nine kids, ranging in age from 10-13, tackling various baking challenges…. Continue reading.

All aboard for history

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Posted on Apr 24, 2020 in Travel

The late legendary singer Johnny Cash rode the “train song” genre through his career until he ran out of track. One of his songs lamented the passing of the American passenger train as the main mode of transportation. “In this fast-moving world that we live in, nobody rides them much these days,” he sang.  If… Continue reading.

Scam alert!

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Posted on Apr 23, 2020 in Features

The coronavirus outbreak has been big business for scammers. First it was fake masks, then fake government grants, then fake COVID-19 tests. Every catastrophe brings out both the best in people and — and sadly, the worst. Since the pandemic began in late winter, the Better Business Bureau has been tracking numerous reports of “official-sounding” scams attempting… Continue reading.

County Profile: Hendricks County

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Posted on Apr 23, 2020 in County

Hendricks County is one of the state’s fastest growing counties, mostly because Marion County/Indianapolis is its neighbor to the east. But the county’s two largest towns are joining in the downtown revitalization boom to keep the young local folks at home. Both Brownsburg, along the I-74 spoke out of Indianapolis, and Plainfield, along the I-70… Continue reading.

Like a new world

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Posted on Apr 23, 2020 in Features

By Emily Schilling It was dark. The only light flickered through the globes of coal oil lamps. Food was prepared on wood stoves. Washing was done by hand and scrub board. And farm chores were tackled without the assistance of electrical equipment. This was living in the country 85 years ago. And living wasn’t easy… Continue reading.

Career Profile: Providing quality service

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Posted on Mar 26, 2020 in Profile

Top 3 responsibilities in a day: Provide direction. I lead the superintendents and forepersons who oversee our tree crews. Purchase. I make sure our crews have the resources they need to run safely and efficiently like personal protective equipment, tools and equipment.  Budgeting. I set and maintain a consistent budget for the required scope of work…. Continue reading.

Still blowin’ in the wind

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Posted on Mar 26, 2020 in Travel

Long before electric cooperatives began stringing silver strands of singing wire across rural America in the 1930s, the rhythmic chatter of windmills performed many of the tasks needed to make America grow. Every farm, ranch and railroad stop had those mechanical marvels of wood and steel blades and fins to pump water and do other… Continue reading.

Clearing the air

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Posted on Mar 26, 2020 in Features

Story and photos by Richard G. Biever Hilaria Chub stands nearly silhouetted just inside the kitchen entryway beside her cooking stove where she is baking. A small wood fire, centered atop a piece of corrugated sheet metal, fills the dusky room with gray smoke that envelops her before escaping through the door and openings in… Continue reading.

Fiber and Faith

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Posted on Mar 26, 2020 in Features

Four years ago, the world stopped turning for Clayton Wilson. While fighting a virus, the Martinsville sixth grader inexplicably suffered something akin to an anaphylactic shock. He required emergency room treatment. He then began experiencing a series of severe ailments: aches and pains, anxiety, brain fog, fatigue, and even loss of consciousness. The ailments forced… Continue reading.

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