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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Make history: Vote on Tuesday (04/28/16)
The term "flyover country" is enough to make any proud Midwesterner bristle. But when it comes to national politics, Indiana has long been just that. Why bother with the Hoosier state when there are bigger electoral hauls like California, Texas or New York are available?...
Opinion Column
Mystery solved, Boswell medals all returned (04/28/16)
As mysteries go, the tale we shared in this very space last Friday didn't quite have the staying power or cachet of the Holy Grail, the disappearance of Amelia Earhart or the pirate treasure of Oak Island. Nonetheless, it was the touching saga of a local man, Rex. O. Boswell, and how the precious medals he earned defending his country fell into my lap ... or at least ended up on the top of a dusty shelf in the basement of my new Greencastle home...
Opinion Column
No hidden treasure here but precious medals nonetheless (04/22/16)
Growing up in a very suburban Chicago georgian-style 1950s home, I'd always longed for an old house with all its requisite eccentricities, nooks and crannies and remote areas to explore. What young boy didn't foster a desire to be one of the Hardy Boys and find a fortune in the attic or crammed into the floorboards?...
Opinion Column
Alcohol and drugs don't mix with prom and graduation (04/22/16)
The traditional rites of spring -- prom and graduation -- can be exciting times when teens experience a taste of adulthood. But use of alcohol or illegal drugs are a good way to derail one's future. We all know consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under 21 is illegal, but many teens don't appreciate that drinking reduces inhibitions and leads to bad decisions, whether it's driving under the influence or putting oneself in vulnerable situations. ...
Letter to the Editor
100 Men Who Care appreciated (04/22/16)
To The Editor: The Putnam County Non-Food Pantry would like to thank 100 Men Who Care (Putnam County) for their generous recent donation of over $11,000. Without their generosity, the Non-Food Pantry would not be able to supply families in need with paper products, cleaning supplies, bathing products and other necessities not covered with food stamps...
State news
  • Once a Clinton stronghold, Appalachia now Trump country
    ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) -- When President Bill Clinton rolled into the small Appalachian town of Ashland, Kentucky, in 1996, cheering crowds lined the streets. Local boy-turned-country music star Billy Ray Cyrus performed a special version of his hit, "Achy Breaky Heart" before nearly 20,000 supporters at a riverfront re-election rally....
  • The Latest: Lake County primary turnout may reach 55 percent
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Latest on Tuesday's Indiana primary election (all times local):...
  • Indiana voters get their say in high-stakes primary
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Voters in Indiana are in the spotlight in a big way. That's because the delegate math going into Tuesday's primary means Indiana represents one of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's last chances to stop Donald Trump's march to the 1,237 delegates the billionaire businessman needs to clinch the GOP nomination outright and avoid a contested convention. The stakes are not as high on the Democratic side. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton already has a c...
  • Indiana primary draws record early voting with top races
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana steps into the national spotlight Tuesday with a primary election that could play a significant role in deciding Republican and Democratic presidential contests, as well as a spirited Senate GOP primary election and crowded races for Republican nominations in two U.S. House districts. Two state Senate Republican primaries also are drawing attention as Senate leaders try to fend off challenges....
  • Ball State police still face excessive force lawsuit
    MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- A federal judge's recent ruling means Ball State University will have to settle or defend itself at trial in a two-year-old civil rights lawsuit filed by a hip-hop artist....

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