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Long may it wave in Gotham and Indiana

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Posted on May 03, 2017 in From the Editor

By Emily Schilling Baddies of gotham city, beware! The Caped Crusader is out there — and so is the city’s striking royal blue flag. But did you know that Batman’s hometown flag is inspired by the current Indiana state flag and our state’s previous banner which featured Indiana’s state seal? Why a fictional playground for… Continue reading.

Figure Painting

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Posted on Apr 26, 2017 in Features, For Youth

Naomi Schroeder paints with words. Though just a fourth grader, she loves combining her illustrations with her writing in picture books she’s been creating since she was a tot. And at the intersection of words and pictures, she’s discovered the fun within figures of speech. She used one well-worn phrase to turn out a whimsical… Continue reading.

Cats & Dogs Reign

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Posted on Apr 26, 2017 in Features, For Youth

It rained cats and dogs on the 20th annual Cooperative Calendar of Student Art Contest. And because of that, a kennel of critters will rule the 2018 cooperative wall calendar! From kindergartners through high school seniors, students depicted furry friends of the feline and canine kind. Winning entries in first, fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth… Continue reading.

The Green Team

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Posted on Apr 01, 2017 in Features

By Holly Huffman One thing’s for certain if your power goes out: you’ll be playing the “blame game.” What caused the outage? Storms or high winds are the usual suspects. Others might blame those cute little squirrels or other furry friends that seem to make their way atop power poles. Storms, wind and little critters… Continue reading.

Catch our ‘Web Gems’

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Posted on Mar 25, 2017 in Features

Play gets back into full swing at Major League ball diamonds this month. And it won’t be long before the pop of balls into leather gloves, and cracks or clangs of batted balls are heard on those fields of summer all around Indiana, too. Electric Consumer has been featuring the national pastime over the years… Continue reading.

Down to the River

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Posted on Mar 24, 2017 in Features

It all comes down to the water. Be it the biological essentials or the biblical allusions, something in our blood or in our souls draws us to it. All living things require it. And all that we put on the land, and even the land itself, eventually washes to it. That’s the lesson seventh graders… Continue reading.

Leading the way

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Posted on Mar 15, 2017 in Features

Mary Jo Thomas, CEO at Whitewater Valley REMC in east central Indiana, first heard of an accounting job opening at the cooperative when a colleague listed her as a reference. That candidate ultimately turned down the job offer, and Thomas called the REMC to apply. “The rest is history and a blessing,” Thomas said. “We… Continue reading.

Keep calm and carry on

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Posted on Mar 03, 2017 in From the Editor

By Emily Schilling Screaming. shaking. weeping. hiding. It could be another Monday morning. Or perhaps it’s something more. One million Americans suffer from panic attacks each month. One in 75 Americans experience a panic disorder sometime in their lifetime. Although debilitating fear is not something I would choose to celebrate, someone decided to do just… Continue reading.

Inspiring women

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Posted on Mar 01, 2017 in Features

In recognition of Women’s History Month, we asked you to share stories of the women who have inspired you. Linda Austin shared the following message: “This is what a radical feminist looks like” proclaimed the bumper sticker on the white Honda Civic that Eleanore “Ellie” Schafer was still driving at 96. At 5-foot-2 with cropped… Continue reading.

Coming Home

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Posted on Feb 25, 2017 in Features

  When Emily Howard finished college in the spring of 2012, like a lot of seniors she had no idea where life would take her. But she knew finding her niche may most likely mean leaving the small Marshall County community of Argos where she grew up. “I was pretty much up for whatever after… Continue reading.

The marvel of the ‘Blue Marble’

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Posted on Feb 03, 2017 in From the Editor

By Emily Schilling Growing up during the heyday of Apollo space program, when rocket launches were the norm and the moon became an attainable destination, I was awestruck, like so many others, by a famous photograph of our planet. It was shot by the crew of Apollo 17 on our country’s last journey to the… Continue reading.

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