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Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
Bucket list replaces resolutions
Posted Friday, January 8, at 10:03 PM
It's hard to believe that 2015 has gone and 2016 is here. I've never been a fan of new year's resolutions. Last year, my family set a bucket list of things to do throughout the year. It worked out very well, and we explored new cities and had many fun, new experiences together as a family...

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Traditions help to keep Christ in Christmas
Posted Thursday, December 17, at 1:58 PM

So many families have traditions they carry out each and every holiday season. For as long as I can remember, one of my favorite Christmas traditions has been the reading of the story of Jesus' birth from the Bible. As I have grown older, the tradition has become more and more important to me. For me, it's extremely important to recognize the REAL reason we celebrate this Christmas season -- the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior...

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L-S students donating time to impact community
Posted Friday, December 4, at 3:23 PM

Many students from Linton-Stockton Middle School and High School have been busy this holiday season giving back to the community in which they call home through the Linton Junior Civitan Club. It's so heartwarming to see our youth making a positive impact in the community, especially when it comes through volunteer work. ...

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Grow Your Hair to Show You Care
Posted Monday, November 9, at 11:07 AM

Those who have read my past columns have probably noticed something -- I love highlighting our youth giving back to and being involved in the community. And, this column is no different. MaKayla Fulton, of Linton-Stockton High School, is kicking off a project called "Grow Your Hair to Show You Care" Nov. 1-Nov. 30 as part of her community outreach project as a senior model representative with How Charming Photography...

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Supporting students who make a difference
Posted Tuesday, September 22, at 10:18 AM

As you may have read in past columns, I love to see our youth reaching out into the community, helping those in need. I recently wrote about a project the Linton High School volleyball program was doing. That project - collecting non-perishable food items and hygiene items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, deodorant and feminine hygiene products - is still underway. Items can be dropped off at their match tonight or Thursday...

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Saturday is a chance to say thanks
Posted Tuesday, September 15, at 9:34 PM

Saturday is National Thank A Police Officer Day. Greene County is truly blessed with wonderful officers who have decided their lives to serving and protecting others. Personally, I think we should thank these men and women each and every day for their sacrifice, putting their lives in harm's way each and every day to protect the communities they love...

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Lady Miners setting an example for others
Posted Wednesday, September 9, at 12:13 AM

Led by seniors Libbi Fougerousse, Emma Brewer and Carlie Williams, the Linton Miner volleyball team is coordinating a philanthropic event to serve others and give back to the community. At their home matches Sept. 19, Sept. 22 and Sept. 24, the team will be collecting non-perishable food items for the local food pantry as well as hygiene products that will be distributed through the nurses in the Linton-Stockton School Corporation for students in need in elementary, middle school and high school.. ...

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Sixty-One Years of Marriage
Posted Monday, August 31, at 10:33 PM

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."...

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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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