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When you belong to the Y, you are not only a member of a health and wellness facility, you are a member of a charitable organization dedicated to strengthening our community. Like the rest of the world, the Southeastern Indiana YMCA is pivoting to do what’s best for the community at large du…

I would like to give the community an update on the Batesville Memorial Public Library and the COVID-19 virus. Our first priority is to keep the community safe, and we are currently closed per Governor Holcomb’s stay-at-home directive. We are working on ways to serve the community as we jour…

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing widespread changes to our lives as our communities, nation and world implement unprecedented measures to ensure health and safety. Those of us in the telecommunications world recognize the significant role we play during this difficult time in h…

The spread of the novel coronavirus from China to the rest of the globe has heightened Americans’ awareness of the deep connections, and serious vulnerabilities, that shape our lives in the 21st century.

My paternal grandmother, Ruth Bowers LaMar, taught school at the former Blountsville and Springport Elementary schools. Toward the end of a day in 1929, she went to deposit her paycheck at Springport’s bank (it is now a house). Withholding a little cash, the bank manager came out and nervous…

In mid-March, the Indiana General Assembly completed the 2020 legislative session. Below are statistics and highlights from my time in Indianapolis.

I am a social studies teacher currently on assignment as the superintendent of Southwest Allen County Schools, and I was asked to speak for five minutes today on the research I have done into Indiana’s budget and its voucher program.

Unfortunately, we are a divided nation and seem to be moving further apart. With the presidential election fast approaching, a wide range of issues like homelessness, foreign policy, veteran affairs and health care are being discussed, with no one agreeing on anything. However, I think we ca…

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As President Trump, Vice President Pence, Governor Holcomb and our locally-elected officials have stated in a variety of press conferences, we should expect a disruption to our lives like we have never experienced in our lifetimes during the COVID-19 threat.

My son got the word first. His high school would suspend in-person classes for several weeks. Distance learning would begin in a few days. All school trips and athletic events were cancelled until further notice.

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Suddenly, our schedules are clear. No March Madness, NBA, NHL, MLB, Indiana high school boys basketball tourney games or concerts will be happening for a while. What to do? Maybe it's time to read a book. Or two.

Millions of Americans will watch their favorite NCAA teams battle to reach the Final Four. We love our basketball. We love this very special time in college basketball. This year, however, there may be no fans in the stadiums. The games may be played in empty arenas, shown only on television.

Remarkable run springs hope for bright career

The plot lines in the topsy-turvy story of the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primary have veered in many directions in the months leading up to the first actual contests for delegates in places such as Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

When thinking of public safety, loud sirens and flashing lights may come to mind, with images of men and women rushing to save the day. Behind all this action is a group always involved, although rarely seen. Dispatchers play a critical role in keeping Hoosiers safe, and they should be recla…

More than 37 million people across the country, including more than 887,000 Hoosiers, struggle to put food on the table. Feeding Indiana’s Hungry understands the importance of ensuring our decision-makers continue to strengthen the nation’s hunger-relief and anti-poverty programs for those w…

Our heroes currently serving and who have served in the military provide so much to our country. Too often, our veterans are met with challenging times when returning home to civilian life. These brave men and women can encounter addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, joblessness and oth…

WHEREAS, teen dating violence can be physical, emotional or sexual. It can occur in person or electronically, which includes texting, social media and other online applications; and

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. recently announced more than 27,000 new jobs with average wages of $28.60 per hour are coming to our state. For some young Hoosiers, obtaining one of these positions may seem out of reach as they compete with other candidates with resumes filled with in…

Indiana government leaders are not shy about touting economic successes. With a stable manufacturing base and a 3.2 percent unemployment rate that’s below the national 3.5 percent rate, there are good reasons for politicians to express satisfaction.

Ivy Tech Community College has been on a quest to ensure we are the college our students need us to be. Two years ago Ivy Tech began an intentional transition to an eight-week length of courses rather than 16 weeks. Like much of K-16 education, 16 weeks is based on the agrarian model. As a r…

Ripley County has an abundant feline population, and many of these animals live on the street. They pose nuisances for neighborhoods and business operations, and can pose health concerns. The county animal warden does not retrieve or care for these unclaimed creatures, and the Ripley County …

At the time of the American Revolution, the future United States was a small, colonial backwater on the world stage. Yet it somehow produced an array of talented, creative thinkers who forged this republic we still inhabit.

Many Hoosier homeowners and those who have bought a car have likely gone through the loan process. When it comes to financing, the longer the loan takes to pay back, the more interest is paid over time. When a debt is paid faster, less money goes toward interest and you keep more of your mon…

As a retired nurse and member of the Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services, the health and well-being of our state is of my utmost concern.

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Obituaries

Mary Elizabeth Knopfle, 69, Supply, North Carolina, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020, at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, Brunswick House. Mary was born at Margaret Mary Community Hospital, Batesville, Indiana, Thursday, Oct. 19, 1950, to the late William and Loretta Gillman Westerman. In additio…

Gregory Wade Thayer, 69, of Osgood passed away Monday, March 23, 2020, at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville. The son of J. Wade and Mary Kamman Thayer was born at the Whitlatch Clinic in Milan on November 28, 1950. He was married to Yolanda Kramer on October 22, 1977, and his wife of 42 yea…

Eunice F. Miller, age 84 of Batesville, died Friday, March 20, 2020, at her home. Born November 5, 1935, in Franklin County Indiana, she is the daughter of Bertha (nee Geis) and William Metz. She worked 19 years at the Hill-Rom Company as an assembler. Family was most important to Eunice and…