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Career Profile: Energy Advisor

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Posted on Nov 25, 2019 in Profile

Meet Josh Durbin, energy advisor at Steuben County REMC Top 3 responsibilities in a day: Data Analysis. Finding solutions to issues our consumers are facing and answering residential and commercial bill questions. Energy Evaluation. Determining usage and trying to help consumers understand their bill and how they can be more efficient. Commercial Accounts. Energy analysis inside… Continue reading.

How to tell if your kitty has heart disease

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Posted on Nov 25, 2019 in Pets

The Purdue University Small Animal Hospital provides 24/7 assistance and a referral practice for questions and concerns about your pet. 765-494-1107, or visit: https://www.purdue.edu/vet/vth/small-animal/. Many a cartoon shared among cat lovers on Facebook depicts skeletal remains of cat owners who died rather than upset snoozing kitties, still on their laps. While “cat naps” are part… Continue reading.

He helped build Apollo

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Posted on Oct 25, 2019 in Profile

By Richard G. Biever In 1961, President John F. Kennedy asked the nation to commit itself to landing a man on the moon. That same year, Harold Stark put the skills he learned as a Rush County farm boy on the same trajectory. As the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of that “one giant leap”… Continue reading.

A Christmas trip back in time

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Posted on Oct 25, 2019 in Travel

The simplicity of a “Currier and Ives Christmas” may seem long ago and far away. But it can be as near as your breath in the frosty air before you if you plan to spend just a little time in Shipshewana this holiday season. The northern Indiana town and the surrounding LaGrange County, home to… Continue reading.

County Profile: Dubois County

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Posted on Oct 24, 2019 in County

By Richard G. Biever Enter Dubois County through its southeasternmost doorway, and you’ll think you’ve somehow crossed into rolling European countryside. Gently sloping fields flow around a hillside where ascends … a castle. The Monastery of the Immaculate Conception, a magnificent red brick Romanesque structure with its dome and corner turrets, majestically looks over the… Continue reading.

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Career Profile: Information Technology

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Posted on Oct 02, 2019 in Profile

Top 3 responsibilities in a day: Manage all IT-related operations for the cooperative. Oversee infrastructure for the tower, radio and metering. Manage vendors to keep projects on task, on time and on budget.  What’s a typical day like? My “day-to-day” changes often, but I like to check in with all departments first thing in the morning… Continue reading.

Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie

History and Horror

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Posted on Oct 02, 2019 in General, Travel

By Richard G. Biever Haunted houses and creepy corn mazes are crawling with chain-saw slinging Jasons, razor-fingered Freddy Kruegers, and other gory ghouls from Hollywood this time of year. But as you might expect from a living history museum, Conner Prairie digs a little deeper into American fright night folklore to scare up its brand… Continue reading.

Parke County scene

County Profile: Parke County

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Posted on Oct 02, 2019 in County

By Richard G. Biever The west-central Indiana county named after Benjamin Parke, a founding father of Indiana, ends with an “e.” But the county’s cornucopia of well-preserved natural and man-made historical features gives Parke a larger-than-life “park-like” personality. Parke County is best known for its 31 quaint covered bridges. But it’s also home to two… Continue reading.

Halloween Dog Art

Don’t let your pet’s ‘gobble-uns’ get it

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Posted on Oct 02, 2019 in Pets

By Richard G. Biever Halloween is supposed to be a fun time of make believe. But if Fido and Fluffy make believe the bite-sized morsels for trick-or-treaters momentarily left unattended by the front door were for them, Halloween can turn into a true fright night. Holidays, with their special decorations and treats, are fraught with… Continue reading.

Sarah Mahnesmith the 2019 Youth Leadership Council candidate

Above & Beyond

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Posted on Sep 02, 2019 in Profile

Photos and Story By Richard G. Biever Going the extra mile is what makes Sarah Mahnesmith smile … and tick. In track and field, instead of the one-mile, the Rensselaer Central High senior prefers running the two-mile. In 4-H, she wasn’t just a local leader; she represented Indiana at the National 4-H Congress. In high… Continue reading.

At the Crossroads

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Posted on Sep 02, 2019 in Travel

Two-lane highways steadily brought people to Dillsboro over the first half of the 20th century. Then interstates sped them away. What remains of the small southeastern Indiana town, like so many rural towns everywhere, are empty buildings, fading photos, memories — and dreams for a revival that still flicker within. Now, a Smithsonian-curated traveling exhibit,… Continue reading.

County Profile: Allen County

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Posted on Sep 02, 2019 in County

By Richard G. Biever For a county as renowned for its genealogy research center as Allen County, it’s no surprise it traces its own cultural and economic impact back long before the county’s 1824 founding.  The confluence of the St. Joseph and St. Mary rivers, where the Maumee River begins, created a natural crossroads that… Continue reading.

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