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Wednesday, October 16, 2019
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019 4:00 AM
    As Halloween nears, it seems a perfect time to talk about weird and obscure things, doesn’t it? Well, there just so happens to be a new book out called Secret Indianapolis: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. The author is lifelong Hoosier Ashley Petry and, according to her, is a tribute to the Circle City.
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  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019 4:00 AM
    My friend Melissa loves her Kia Niro hybrid. She had been driving a mid-size crossover, but decided to down-size and up-MPG her ride. In just a few weeks, she’s become addicted to the car’s roomy interior, modern aesthetic, and frugal 51/46-MPG city/highway. But, I hate to tell her she doesn’t have the coolest Niro. Hers still burns a little gas. Mine does not. Check the 2019 Kia Niro EV.
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  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019 4:00 AM
    I told my husband, Peter, that our marriage was like stew—and that’s a good thing. 
    This is a second marriage for both Peter and me. We were both married for a long time and then divorced for quite a while. We dated other people and realized how tricky the whole process of finding a new partner was, after habits had been set and preferences settled. 
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  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019 4:00 AM
    As we have planned, strategized, created and worked on our comprehensive and thoroughfare plans, our end goal of commercial / retail and residential growth has been front and center. We want to grow our community in our own way. Growing business and residential is vital to that overarching goal. We will grow tangibly – with new roads, new buildings, water, sewer, broadband, etc., but there are also intangible components of a plan which aren’t always as obvious to those not familiar with the processes involved in economic development. I thought it might be a good time to give a bird’s eye view of what economic development is and discuss a few of the intangible components which must come together in order to have a successful program.
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  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019 4:00 AM
    We all have dreams, goals, or ambitions in our lives. They differ from person to person, but there is always something we are trying to accomplish. Some have lifelong ones and others have short-term ones. But, rest assured, we are all on a mission. I have found three things needed to achieve any dream, goal or ambition I may have in my life: vision, belief and commitment. 
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  • Monday, October 14, 2019 4:00 AM
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  • Monday, October 14, 2019 4:00 AM
    The title of this column, a quote from comedian W.C. Fields, refers to his penchant for drinking alcohol. So what do alcohol and W.C. Fields have to do with my topic of rosacea? Read on. 
    Rosacea is a common skin condition usually found on the face, which can be a great source of consternation. It is a disease with various clinical signs. These can include redness/flushing, coarse skin, and bumps and pustules resembling acne. It may also present with visible superficial blood vessels called telangiectasias. 
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  • Monday, October 14, 2019 4:00 AM
    Such a sad story for this week’s soldier, one with a different twist, too! Kim Hancock didn’t order his stone, she found it. She discovered it while in the O’Neall cemetery at Yountsville. The stone was perfectly buried an inch under the ground. An unbroken, beautiful 18 x 45 memorial to a brave young man who fought in Company E, in the 72nd Indiana, better known as Wilder’s Brigade. 
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  • Sunday, October 13, 2019 4:00 AM
    It’s not a good time to be a grandmother. Of my employees, four have recently had grandmothers who were rushed to the ER, and three had grandmas who passed away. One person had three or four grandmothers who died in a six-week period. 
    Having had a very close relationship to my own grandmother, I used to be sympathetic to these early morning calls. But now, I just feel sorry for the grandmas who, assuming they even exist, are repeatedly used as an excuse. 
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  • Saturday, October 12, 2019 4:00 AM
    MAC – your Montgomery Answer Connection – got an e-mail from Bill Miller wondering if Terry Hockersmith was retiring from public service. We don’t have an answer yet, but here’s what we found out.
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  • Saturday, October 12, 2019 4:00 AM
    Dear Rusty: My husband passed away when our children were 3 and 5 years old. I received benefits for myself, our two children and my 14-year-old son from a previous relationship. When my 14-year-old son turned 18, the amount he received stopped and was added to ours, keeping the total family amount the same. Then in July of this year my youngest daughter turned 16 so I fell off with that amount now going to my kids. Again, the total family amount stayed the same - $625.00 each for my daughter and son. The very next month in August, my youngest son turned 18 so of course, he fell off. I called Social Security and the representative said that she couldn't guarantee that my son’s full amount will go to my daughter. It turns out that none did, decreasing the family amount by $625.00. My question is why was the family amount reduced when she still has 2 years before she turns 18? Signed: Confused Survivor
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  • Saturday, October 12, 2019 4:00 AM
    CARMEL – Police stop a driver westbound on 96th Street in Hamilton County. They find less than an ounce of marijuana and this driver in arrested, complete with a stay in the county jail, facing thousands of dollars of legal bills, court costs, fines and a criminal record.
    Police stop an eastbound driver on 96th Street in Marion County. They find a doobie on the console. He is not arrested, faces no charges, legal bills, court costs or fines.
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  • Friday, October 11, 2019 4:00 AM
    I would guess that I am like a lot of people who need to see their dentist . . . I tend to put it off until I can't stand the pain any longer. I knew that a tooth needed to be extracted, but I kept hoping that maybe the tooth fairy would sneak in some night while I was sleeping and do it for free . . . and leave a quarter under my pillow. On my last visit, there was very little pain involved; however, counting the X-rays and the "initial examination fee", I ended up writing a check for $362.00 for my one hour visit. That is more than I make in a week.
    That got me to thinking about my very first visit to a dentist . . . good old Doc Southworth. I was 7 or 8 years old and was with my Dad at the Darlington pool room. I had a loose baby tooth, and Dad sent me next door to Doc Southworth's office. As he examined my loose tooth, I smelled something strong on his breath . . . yes, Doc Southworth had been drinking . . . something very strong.
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  • Friday, October 11, 2019 4:00 AM
    Brett, Mary Ellen and I just returned from a fabulous vacation in Peru (South America, not Indiana). We first flew to Miami (Florida, not Ohio) where we had a 13-hour layover, which is more like a sleepover, but without jammies and a blankie. What do you do for 13 hours at the Miami International Airport? I wanted to just wander around and explore, but with my sense of direction I was afraid I’d get lost. I didn’t want to be MIA at MIA.
    To help pass the time, I decided to do a little exercising, because jumping-jacks at Gate 6 at midnight seemed like totally appropriate behavior. My most innovative workout was to walk on the moving walkway in the opposite direction, simulating my treadmill at home. I was doing well until this really attractive flight attendant walked by and I sling-shot backwards into an Auntie Anne’s pretzel stand.
    By the time we boarded at 2:00 a.m., I had walked just under 20,000 steps, nearly double my usual daily 10,000. “I’m proud I surpassed my goal,” I told my wife. 
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  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 4:00 AM
    Well, the reveal is immediate today! A few may say, “It’s about time she hangs up this article,” while others (hopefully, the majority) will be thinking, “Ahhhh, I will really miss trying to guess who Karen is writing about this week!”
    It has been a great haul, but honestly, I’m not 100% positive how long I’ve been writing, Around The County. If my calculations are about right, I’m a few weeks shy of ten years. Round it off to that, I’ve written about 520 articles, some about individuals, mainly couples and a few groups and families, so imagine close to 1,000 individuals. It’s been fun, real fun! Sadly, I know there are many more awesome folks in Montgomery County I missed out there! 
    My usual hang-out for interviewing was of course (my faithful readers will know this one) the Pizza Hut. The majority of the get-togethers were there, but the libraries were my meeting places, too (C’ville, Ladoga, Linden, Darlington and Waveland) as well as individual homes. There were others, even the neat little place where I work on Monday and Tuesday evenings (Italian Pie & Bakery in Waveland), Up The Creek, one was in a flower shop (and I’m highly allergic, plus have asthma so that was a bit scary) at a couple of ball games (hey, ya’ gotta’ catch ‘em where ya’ can) and the shocker to my grandkids (I’d never take them there) was I even met someone at McDonald’s. I’ll sure miss those places, especially PH.
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