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Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014
Miss Phyllis is still reading to children
Posted Tuesday, February 18, at 10:20 PM
For nearly 30 years, my mother-in-law, Phyllis Franklin, worked hard to instill a love of reading into each and every child that walked through the doors of the Margaret Cooper Public Library/Linton Public Library. Earlier this month, Phyllis, known affectionately as "Miss Phyllis" had to retire due to health issues...

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Finding passion, inspired by Granny and Papaw
Posted Monday, January 27, at 8:44 PM

"We all need to find our passion. If you don't have a passion about something, don't do it." -- Noble Stallons, Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year While listening to Noble Stallons speak about passion after being named the Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year last week, I immediately thought of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life. Working with that organization is definitely a passion of mine...

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No resolutions, but our family is making a bucket list for 2014
Posted Monday, December 30, at 7:51 PM

I've decided not to make New Year's resolutions this year. Instead, my family and I are creating our 2014 bucket list. We've sat down with the kids (ages 11, 9, and 5-year-old twins) to discuss the things they want to do. So far our list includes:...

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Family traditions important during the holiday season
Posted Monday, December 16, at 5:43 PM

So many families have traditions they carry out each and every holiday season. I am going to share some of my favorite family traditions and hope that you will share some of yours as well. First and foremost, I feel it necessary to recognize the REAL reason we celebrate this Christmas season -- the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior...

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Linton Miner pride runs deeper than on the football field
Posted Wednesday, November 20, at 5:17 PM

I've always believed that sports and being a part of a team is about more than wins and losses. To me, the life lessons learned through sports are so important. The Linton Miners football team, albeit successful, are learning more than just X's and O's this year under the direction of first year head coach Brian Oliver...

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What's on your list of simple pleasures?
Posted Monday, September 30, at 2:32 PM

In this world full of hustle and bustle, it's nice to reflect on the simple pleasures in life. Here are just a few of mine. Catching up with old friends Making new friends Hearing your favorite song on the radio (and singing it as loud as you can) Curling up with a good book...

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I'm looking forward to many more inspirational, positive, and uplifting stories
Posted Tuesday, August 13, at 3:01 PM

With so much evil in this would, it's refreshing to highlight the good things people are doing. That's what I hope to do -- communicate through my writing that there are still good people in this world. A month or so ago, I was considering hanging up my reporter hat, and calling a career I've had for 11 years, quits. God had other plans for me. I was heading to Linton First Christian Church to pick my daughter up from Exit 3:16 youth group when God spoke to me...

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Saying goodbye is difficult
Posted Thursday, July 18, at 10:48 AM

While I lost one of the most important people in my life yesterday, Heaven gained a magnificent angel when my great-grandma Beulah Fougerousse passed away. In June, my family and I had celebrated Grandma's 98th birthday with her. I'm so thankful God blessed us with Grandma for as long as He did. She led such a long, amazing life for Christ...

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Remembering Tim Betts
Posted Wednesday, May 22, at 1:36 PM

Hero (heer-oh) 1. A man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. 2. A person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded a model or ideal. Both of these definitions describe Tim Betts. ...

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GCGH celebrates Hospital Week with employee appreciation events
Posted Friday, May 17, at 8:36 AM

A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community...

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Congratulations Lady Lakers for making history
Posted Wednesday, February 13, at 3:37 PM

Congratulations to the Lady Lakers and Coach Troy Fougerousse on the school's first ever sectional title in girls' basketball. It's become a tradition in Jasonville for residents to line the streets after a team has won a sectional, regional, semi-state, or state championship. ...

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Family traditions
Posted Friday, December 21, at 9:04 AM

So many families have traditions they carry out each and every holiday season. I am going to share some of my favorite family traditions and hope that you will share some of yours as well. First and foremost, I feel it necessary to recognize the REAL reason we celebrate this Christmas season -- the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior...

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Grandparents provide an inspiration
Posted Thursday, August 16, at 10:10 AM

"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." -- Mignon McLaughlin For my Papaw and Mamaw (Claude Jr. and Naomi Thomas) of Jasonville, they've fallen in love countless times as their marriage has lasted for 58 years ... and it's still going strong...

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Congrats on a fine season to all involved
Posted Monday, June 18, at 11:28 AM

Even though the Shakamak Lakers ended their season as state runners up instead of state champs, the boys in blue have nothing to be ashamed of. The Lakers had a tremendous season, falling short to No. 1 ranked Lafayette Central Catholic at Victory Field in Indianapolis...

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Short drive provides full day of fun and memories for families
Posted Friday, June 15, at 3:02 PM

If you're looking for a day filled with fun for your family, look no further than Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in nearby Santa Claus, Ind. The theme park has been on the receiving end of many awards -- most recently rated the No. 1 water park by TripAdvisor, an online travel site...

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Shakamak grad in state finals again
Posted Friday, June 8, at 8:24 AM

This weekend, I will find myself cheering for two different teams -- the Shakamak Lakers as they are in the Class A baseball semistate and the South Putnam Eagles as they are vying for a second Class 2A softball state title. I'm a graduate of Shakamak High School, so it's obvious why I am rooting on the Lakers. I'm rooting on the Eagles because of a connection to Shakamak -- South Putnam's head coach is Chris Jones...

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Flushing for FUNds
Posted Wednesday, May 9, at 8:51 AM

If you've seen a blue toilet in front yards in Jasonville and Linton lately, rest assured people are not inventing a new outhouse, it's simply a fundraiser for the Shakamak's 10 & Under competitive baseball team. The team has qualified for the Ripken Experience, which is a week-long tournament (June 17-22) in Myrtle Beach, SC. Funds raised will go toward tournament entrance fees...

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I'm passionate about organ donation
Posted Tuesday, April 24, at 4:14 PM

Last week was National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week. Over the past several years, organ donation is something I have become very passionate about. When I received my driver's license after turning 16, I answered "yes" to becoming an organ donor. I had no idea then how organ donation would impact my life and the lives of my family...

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Indianapolis Children's Museum a great place to visit
Posted Monday, April 9, at 11:35 AM

If you're looking for a fun place to take the kids, then look no further than the Indianapolis Children's Museum. With 472,900-square feet, more than 120,000 artifacts, and over 1 million visitors each year, the Indianapolis Children's Museum is the largest children's museum in the world...

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Read Across America Week
Posted Thursday, March 1, at 11:30 AM

This week, students across America have been celebrating "Read Across America Week." At Linton-Stockton Elementary, students are tracking the number of minutes they read each night and prizes will be given to the top readers. My kids have had their noses stuck in books all week -- and I love it! I have always loved reading and am glad they enjoy it as well...

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