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Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015
Mayor's Ride: Citizens step up to make their community better
Posted Monday, August 24, at 10:11 PM
Mother Nature provided a picture perfect day Saturday for the seventh annual Jasonville Mayor's Ride. More than 40 motorcycles gathered in the Jasonville City Park to take part in a 100-mile fundraising ride to benefit the city park. The park board holds the ride every year to raise money for additions and upkeep for the park. ...

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Honoring difference makers in Jasonville
Posted Tuesday, August 18, at 10:26 PM

I've been covering Jasonville City Council meetings for a handful of years now, and the August meeting is always my favorite because the annual Ed Sheppard Award is handed out. The award recognizes someone who has made a difference in the community...

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Give them something great to imitate
Posted Tuesday, August 11, at 10:56 AM

"Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate." -- Anonymous. A few weeks ago, my family and I traveled to our favorite vacation spot -- Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn., to the Great Smoky Mountains. While riding a trolley from Gatlinburg to Pigeon Forge, one of my twins, Brynley, and I struck up a conversation with a couple from the New Orleans area. ...

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Officers Spreading Smiles
Posted Monday, May 11, at 11:43 AM

I'm often not as a loss for words; however, last week I was awfully close. When I witnessed Jasonville Police Chief Jim Gadberry take his badge off and place it around the neck of children attending the Pizza and Police Officers fundraiser, I was pretty close to speechless. ...

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Police and pizza put fun in FUNdraiser
Posted Friday, April 24, at 8:52 PM

Often times we hear negative things about law enforcement officers -- such as tickets they have issued, arrests they have made, traffic stops they have initiated or worse. But, here in Greene County, we are hearing about the wonderful things our officers are doing -- how they are donating their free time to don aprons and work as servers to raise money for Relay For Life of Greene County...

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Relay For Life is upon us once again
Posted Thursday, March 26, at 12:30 PM

Cancer. It's quite possibly the most dreaded six-letter word in the English language. Hearing the words "you have cancer" changes lives forever. For the past several years, I have joined the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life in the fight against cancer with the hopes that one day the words "you have cancer" will never again be spoken...

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I found myself at a different kind of competition
Posted Monday, March 2, at 11:49 AM

I'm used to spending my evenings at my kids sporting events, choir concerts or band concerts. On Thursday night, I attended my first ever M.A.T.H. (Math Academic Teams for Hoosiers) Bowl competition at Linton-Stockton, cheering on my son Wrigley and his team. It was a thrill to watch students from 13 teams -- all representing area schools -- demonstrating their math skills...

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WRV senior collecting items for food pantries
Posted Thursday, January 22, at 4:36 PM

Alysa Woodall, a senior model representative with How Charming Photography is using a senior community outreach project to help those in the local communities. From now until Feb. 13, Woodall, a senior at White River Valley High School, is collecting items for food pantries in Lyons and Worthington. ...

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It's nice to get a chance to pull together for a community smile
Posted Friday, December 12, at 5:37 PM

With so much bad in this world, it's refreshing to highlight the good things people are doing. It's even more refreshing when those good deeds are at the hands of our youth. Heartwarming in an understatement when describing the community outreach projects organized by senior model representatives of How Charming Photography. ...

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Working hard and serving their Jasonville community
Posted Monday, August 25, at 11:28 AM

Throughout my life, I have had many positive role models who have molded and shaped me into the person I am today. Role models who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to get the job done. Role models who have taught me the importance of community and helping and serving others. Role models who have instilled in me the importance of hard work...

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Getting Back into the School Mode
Posted Monday, July 28, at 5:20 PM

July is coming to an end - where did summer go? For my family and I, summer includes many baseball and softball games, lazy days at the pool, hikes at area state parks, and some days of being couch potatoes and watching TV. It also included a trip to the Smoky Mountains (we love visiting Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in Tennessee) as well as a trip to the Indianapolis Zoo...

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Influential teachers
Posted Friday, May 30, at 7:27 PM

The school year is winding down at the Metropolitan School District of Shakamak as are the careers of some of the influential players in my education. Rick Hobbs, my fifth grade teacher has taught his last class at Shakamak. To tell you the truth, I have no idea how he survived my fifth grade year. We definitely weren't the easiest class he taught -- in fact, we were quite the handful...

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Indy has plenty to offer for tourists and you won't break the bank
Posted Friday, May 9, at 3:03 PM

If you're looking for family fun close to home that won't break the bank, check out Indianapolis. Our capital city offers a plethora of attractions, restaurants, hotels and more making Indianapolis one of my family's favorite places to visit. During Spring Break, we loaded up the van and headed to Indy for a weekend of family fun. ...

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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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