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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • There’s retired, then there’s successfully retired
    Monday, January 20, 2020 9:18 PM
    We are testing Home Country, a weekly column from Slim Randles, in The Paper of Montgomery County. Slim is out of Albuquerque, N.M. and his writing is enjoyed all over the country. Let us know how you like it by e-mailing
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  • Frey emphasizes 5 areas of focus
    Monday, January 20, 2020 9:14 PM
    Last Thursday, Mark Casteel spoke on behalf of the commissioners regarding the state of the county. He touched on many areas covered in the Comprehensive Plan and spoke of progress, plans and results. Mark outlined the goals in five key areas of importance to the citizens of Montgomery County. These are priorities on which the commissioners have committed to focus over the months and years to come in an effort to grow our community in the way our citizens have directed us. In today’s article, I’d like to highlight those five key areas.
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  • Sen. Boots explains vote on ILEARN
    Monday, January 20, 2020 9:09 PM
    My Committee Assignments
    This session, I am serving on the following committees where my colleagues and I will discuss a variety of important issues facing Indiana.
    • Pensions and Labor, Chair
    • Appropriations
    • Homeland Security and Transportation
    • Public Policy
    • Veterans Affairs and The Military
    To stay up to date on what is happening at the Statehouse during session, visit
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  • If your shoulder hurts these may be some reasons why
    Monday, January 20, 2020 12:20 AM
    The next two weeks, I’d like to address shoulder pain and injuries. Most people experience shoulder pain at some point in their life. Doctors typically see it in athletes, people who overuse their shoulders, and others who may have fallen directly on their shoulder or on an outstretched arm.
    To understand shoulder pain, it’s important to know the basic anatomy of the shoulder joint itself (see diagram of the front view of the right shoulder). The shoulder joint is one of the most complex in the body. Most joints permit only a fairly limited range of motion. The anatomy of the shoulder joint, in contrast, allows for a vast range of movements. To be so versatile, It has to be relatively unstable compared to our other joints.
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  • Could Indiana and especially Buttigieg feel the Bern?
    Monday, January 20, 2020 12:16 AM
    INDIANAPOLIS — Bernie Sanders is rising, and conventional wisdom is that a Democratic nomination of the Vermont Democratic socialist will play right into President Trump’s re-election wheelhouse. But look back to the faint echoes of 2016 here in the Hoosier State, and polling this week from Morning Consult injects doubt into that conventional wisdom.
    Sanders catapulted into the Iowa caucus lead in a Des Moines Register/CNN poll with 20 percent last week. In a Monmouth New Hampshire Poll, former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg had the lead at 20 percent, with Joe Biden at 19 percent, Sanders at 18 percent and Elizabeth Warren at 15 percent.
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  • Have you taken
flower challenge yet?
    Monday, January 20, 2020 12:14 AM
    Mark Twain once said, “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”
    That is exactly what South Montgomery eighth grader Kyrah Thompson and her aunt Catrina Vest of New Market are doing! Their winter flower challenge has taken off on social media. The fun loving pair asked friends and family to share a selfie with a flower. The flower can be real, artificial, fabric, print . . . anything you choose. Just snap a pic, caption it flower challenge and nominate a few friends who will play along.
    I had to ask them (after doing my own of course) . . . what inspired this social media challenge?
    “We're always doing silly things” Kyrah said. She loves taking pictures. “I thinks it’s funny if people walk by and see us . . . a lot of people smile though because they see us laughing!”
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  • Is today the first day of the rest of your life?
    Saturday, January 18, 2020 8:47 PM
    Folks often see the change of a new year as an opportunity for renewal.
    Let’s get rid of the old habits the plaque our existence, is often what drives this sense of new found opportunity.
    We will shed those unwanted pounds, stop smoking, be kinder to those who irritate us, make up with friends or relatives with whom we are estranged, be a better employee, make church every Sunday.
    All these seem like valued opportunities and goals and I wholeheartedly support any efforts your desire to make to fill your life with joy, happiness and a daily dose of goal-oriented focus!
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  • Looks like Ginger’s going to make it after all
    Saturday, January 18, 2020 8:32 PM
    Tuesday morning I will be starting the next leg of my life’s journey. A new job in downtown Indianapolis! For years, I have dreamed of working downtown, probably due to the influences of Marlo Thomas and Mary Tyler Moore.
    As a little girl, living in Pittsboro, Indiana (population 867), I was enthralled with the television shows depicting single women leaving small towns to make their way in the big city.
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  • Don’t Believe Everything You Hear!
    Saturday, January 18, 2020 8:31 PM
    We are definitely living in a post-truth world. It’s not just in the political sphere that we have to be careful of facts and “alternative facts.” It also extends to the scientific world as well. The public is being constantly bombarded with scientific information through popular media, especially the Internet. How is a non-scientist supposed to filter through all this information and figure out what to believe? I want to give you some tips to use when evaluating what you see or hear.
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  • Mile markers still on radar for Ask MAC
    Friday, January 17, 2020 7:35 PM
    Last week we had a reader from Carmel of all places ask about the mile markers that are posted along the Sugar Creek Trail. Park & Rec Boss Lady Fawn Johnson was nice enough to explain those.
    Well, that prompted local resident Gary Behling to ask about other kinds of mile markers. Here’s what Gary sent.
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  • When should I claim widow’s benefit?
    Friday, January 17, 2020 7:27 PM
    Dear Rusty: My husband passed away at the age of 52, and I was 53. I am currently 59. I've read about and been encouraged to file for widow’s benefits from Social Security when I turn 60. My question is: does doing that impact when I should file for my regular Social Security benefits? In reading on many websites regarding my question, this never is addressed on what is best. Signed: Widowed Survivor
    Dear Survivor: You have my sympathy for the loss of your husband at such a young age. I’ll try to clarify your options for you.
    Provided you have not remarried you can claim your survivor benefit at age 60, but if you do it will be reduced by 28.5% from what it would be at your full retirement age (FRA) of 67. As long as you are explicit when claiming your survivor benefit that you are not also applying for your own Social Security benefit, there will be no negative impact to your eventual Social Security retirement benefit when you claim that. But, determining which benefit to take, and when, requires some thought.
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  • All of the New Year’s resolutions others need to make
    Friday, January 17, 2020 4:00 AM
    The twenties have begun. I know I’m supposed to make New Year’s resolutions to better myself, but I never do. I’m just not very good at self-improvement. There are plenty of other people out there who could resolve to make Dick Wolfsie’s life simpler and less stressful. For example:
    I ask that everyone who will ever be in front of me in line at Dunkin’ Donuts resolves not to spend three minutes deciding on whether they want the 13th donut to be Chocolate Creme or Blueberry Glazed.
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  • Dining with diabetes
    Friday, January 17, 2020 4:00 AM
    Do you have type 2 diabetes? Would you like to learn more about your disease and how to live well reducing your health risks? If so, Purdue Extension has a great program for you!
    The Purdue Extension - Montgomery County office will be offering Dining with Diabetes in four class sessions beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the Crawfordville Public Library, room B from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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  • What was Butch doing when he was 7? Driving without license
    Friday, January 17, 2020 4:00 AM
    My parents always claimed I was a quick learner. I could read by the age of 4, primarily because my mother read to me all the time. There was one book entitled "Teddy Bear of Bumpkin Hollow" that she read so often . . . that I had all of the pages memorized! Sometimes the "quick learning" . . . or "imitation" . . . got me in a heap of trouble.
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  • What’s wrong with MUFFY – actually, a lot
    Wednesday, January 15, 2020 6:21 PM
    Montgomery United Fund faces a monumental decision.
    Let me correct that. The board of directors face the decision. If they handle it like the organization has handled business for the last few years – get ready for this county to lose the United Fund agency it has had since 1970.
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