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US 231 closing Monday for railroad repairs in Crawfordsville

MONTGOMERY COUNTY — The Indiana Department of Transportation announces U.S. 231 (Washington Street) in Crawfordsville will close at the railroad tracks on Dec. 13 for repairs beginning at 8 …
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Unpacking the different types of electric cars

Electric cars offer many benefits to both their owners and the environment! Driving an electric car emits 54% fewer carbon dioxide emissions per mile than the average new gasoline car. Moreover, the …
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County to receive designated child abuse victim’s advocate

Children who are survivors of abuse in Montgomery County will have support closer to home. Lebanon-based Sylvia’s Child Advocacy Center has received funding to place a family and …
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New Market Elementary

Second Six Seeks Kindergarten Character Counts (Respect): Alex Badertscher, Cora Clos, Hudson Hockersmith Grade 1 Character Counts (Respect): Tyberius Anglin, Ellie Poole, Sawyer …
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180 Alliance makes pitch for READI funds

Building new homes. Upgrading neighborhood parks. Easier public access to Sugar Creek. Developing a nature park. The proposed projects are part of a new vision to improve quality of life in west …
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MCCF awards more than $249,400 in latest grant cycle

The Montgomery County Community Foundation awarded more than $249,400 to nonprofits Thursday in the final grant cycle of the year. Funding was given to 16 agencies specializing in early childhood …
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Practice good eating habits during the holidays

Tis the season to be bombarded with healthy-living and food guilt, while at the same time having break rooms full of sweet Christmas treats. This time of year can add a lot of stress, especially when …
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Jazz pianist to perform Dec. 12

WAVELAND — Freedom Baptist Church near Waveland will featured acclaimed jazz pianist Luke Gillespie at 9:30 a.m. Dec 12. He will performa  free concert of Christmas music. Gillespie is …
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European drug regulator backs mixing COVID-19 vaccines

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union drug regulator gave its backing Tuesday to mixing different types of vaccines in initial vaccination and booster campaigns to battle the …

Armed gangs raise risks in vaccinating rural Nigerians

KUJE, Nigeria (AP) — Yunusa Bawa rolled his motorcycle away from the health care clinic where he works in Kuje, southwest of Nigeria's capital of Abuja, and secured a black box of COVID-19 vaccine …

EXPLAINER: What's behind Russia-Ukraine tensions?

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian and Western officials are worried that a Russian military buildup near Ukraine could signal plans by Moscow to invade its ex-Soviet neighbor. The Kremlin insists it has …

End of an era: Germany's Merkel bows out after 16 years

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel was assured of a place in the history books as soon as she became Germany's first female chancellor on Nov. 22, 2005. Over the next 16 years, she was credited with …
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Mounties use strong second half, surge past Chargers

LINDEN — Friday night marked the first county matchup of the winter sports season as the Southmont boys basketball team made the short drive to take on county rival North Montgomery. Early on …
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Chargers survive in OT vs Trojans

COVINGTON – North Montgomery's girls picked up their fourth straight win and seventh of the season, but it wasn't easy and it wasn't pretty. The Chargers needed overtime to post the 38-37 …
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Athenian swimmers continue strong start to season, sweep Patriots

The Crawfordsville swimming and dive team is off to a strong start to their 2021-22 season. The Athenians looked to continue that strong start Thursday as they welcomed Seeger. Crawfordsville would …
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Gale K. Rhoads
Gale K. Rhoads, 60, passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and children on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. He was born Dec. 4, 1960, …
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Richard Gregory ‘Dick’ Harshbarger
Richard Gregory “Dick” Harshbarger, 96, of rural Crawfordsville passed away at 9:42 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in his …
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John Allen Cotten
John Allen Cotten, 61, passed away Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, after a short battle with lung …
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Shirley Bray
Shirley Bray, 73, of Crawfordsville passed away Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at Ben Hur Health and Rehab. She was born Nov. 11, 1948, at …
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Kenneth Wayne Conkright
Kenneth Wayne Conkright, 56, of Crawfordsville passed away Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, due to complication of lung cancer, at Franciscan …
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Column: US dignitaries shun Olympics. What about sponsors?

Refusing to send an official U.S. delegation while U.S. athletes compete at the Beijing Olympics is like dropping off dessert at a party you plan to protest by staying away. Your absence might cause …

Analysis: Patriots' downfall after Brady lasted one season

It didn't take long for the New England Patriots to become the New England Patriots again. After stumbling through a 7-9 season last year while watching Tom Brady win a seventh ring in his first …

Analysis: Steph still must-see TV, anytime cameras are near

The shot has been replayed millions of times already on video and social platforms. And considering it was from the stands before a game, it obviously didn’t even count. Such is the lure of …

LSU moves up to No. 2 in NET rankings with undefeated start

The NCAA's first NET rankings are out and the top spot mirrors the AP Top 25 with Purdue at No. 1. The NCAA's college basketball primary sorting tool takes a bit of a deviation at No. 2. LSU, …
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'Cheugy,' 'omicron' among 2021's most mispronounced words

“Cheugy” is apparently a lot to chew on. Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Billie Eilish and Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce have something in common — broadcasters butcher their …

Peterson helps Stars tie franchise record with 7 wins in row

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Smollett back on stand after calling hoax claim '100% false'

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INDIANAPOLIS — There have been two topics of Mike Pence for president stories in recent weeks. The first has been about Pence taking his nascent campaign to Iowa, New Hampshire and South …
Amidst turmoil it is difficult to reflect on fundamental causes of conflict, divisions and chaos. Three authors assist with relevant analyses. Reinhold Niebuhr was an influential mid-century …
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I’m sure it happens in all towns, especially smaller ones, but it seems that many of the things that are unique to that town are taken for granted or under appreciated by those who live there. …
When one of the most conservative members of congress (Jim Baird) and one of the most liberal (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) both vote “no” on a bi-partisan infrastructure bill, the country …
As I walk the pier of Panama City Beach, I notice the fresh ocean spray and the perfect evening temperature of Florida. People mingle with one another about what is currently trending in …
A key function of the democracy displayed in America is the influence of its’ citizens. It is the job of the people to determine what should happen to their beloved country, and they do so by …