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County Profile: Washington County

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Posted on Jan 24, 2022 in County

Named for our first president, Washington County shares the nation’s most popular county name with those in 30 other states. Many stories about George Washington have been fabricated. One of the most enduring and endearing myths has to do with a cherry tree to illustrate his honesty. When he was 6 years old, the story… Continue reading.

Motto mix-ups

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Posted on Jan 24, 2022 in From the Editor

Do you know what Indiana’s state motto is? The Journey Takes You to a Crossroads Back Home Again in Indiana Hoosier Heartland The Land of Hoosiers The Crossroads of America If you picked the last choice, congratulations. You’re one of 80 percent of Hoosiers who can still recall at least one fun fact from their… Continue reading.

Hearts at Risk

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Posted on Jan 24, 2022 in Features

Healthy hearts face risks from many different factors: high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, tobacco use, an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and secondhand smoke, among others. But another common — and often misunderstood — risk factor is high blood pressure. One in three Americans suffers from high blood pressure according to the American Heart Association. Blood pressure… Continue reading.

Be kind to your heart with a healthy diet

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Posted on Jan 24, 2022 in Features

This month, load up on “heart-y” foods (and we’re not talking about heart-shaped candies and chocolates for Valentine’s Day) because it’s American Heart Month! The American Heart Association recommends eating unrefined whole grain foods to help lower blood cholesterol, as well as fish that contains omega-3 fatty acids (such as salmon, trout and herring) to… Continue reading.

Eating better is easier with good appliances

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Posted on Jan 24, 2022 in Features

Make it easier to stick to your diet by stocking your kitchen with an array of small appliances designed to cook food the healthy way. Here are seven to consider: Spiralizer. Press a zucchini through this gadget and it turns into spaghetti-like strands that can stand in for the pasta when you’re cutting carbs and… Continue reading.

Buying a treadmill?

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Posted on Jan 24, 2022 in Features

Treadmills make expensive clothes racks. If you’re in the market for one, think long and hard about how you’ll use it before sinking thousands of dollars into something that will collect dust once your resolve to exercise wanes. If you’re sure you’ll use it, though, a treadmill might be the best piece of exercise equipment… Continue reading.

I have my doubts

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Posted on Dec 30, 2021 in From the Editor

It’s fitting that International Skeptics Day may be celebrated on Jan. 13.  Because some say it takes place on Oct. 13 instead. Others claim it’s always on the first Friday the 13th of the year. Or is it really celebrated at all? The creators of this special day successfully inspired skepticism when setting a date… Continue reading.

Nature’s Pearls

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Posted on Dec 26, 2021 in Features

By Richard G. Biever Whenever Tom Laycock sees a blue Indiana “Environment” license plate on a vehicle, he says he wishes he could show the driver his appreciation. “I would love to have a stack of Post-It Notes and be able to run up and just thank everybody,” he said. “Unfortunately, I can’t. And people… Continue reading.

How to Enter Student Artwork in the Calendar Contest

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Posted on Dec 26, 2021 in Features

Who Can Enter Indiana public, private, or home-schooled students in kindergarten through 12th grade during the 2021-22 school year. Students do not have to be consumers of a rural electric cooperative (REMC/REC). Artwork can be submitted by teachers, youth leaders or others as a group or class project, or by individual students or their parents… Continue reading.

One Bad Day … Led to a Wonderful Life

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Posted on Dec 26, 2021 in Profile

By Richard Biever Chuck Tiemann recognizes more than most how one bad day at work can change a life. He cites his by the day and hour: Thursday, May 1, 1980 — May Day, appropriately — 1:58 p.m. … Central Time. That’s when Chuck, not three years into his career as a lineman for a… Continue reading.

County Profile: Newton County

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Posted on Dec 26, 2021 in County

Newton County has the dubious distinction of being the only Indiana county that was penciled in and actually appeared on maps, erased in a merger into its neighboring county, then pulled back out from that county and reappear. This close kinship with its neighbor, Jasper County, began with the two men for whom the counties… Continue reading.

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