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  • Deciduous trees will stand like skeletons against gray skies
    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 4:00 AM
    I think there must be autumnal reasons for Halloween being hued in orange and black. It’s a fun time, a magic evening if you’re a kid, and if you’re a grandpa-type guy, like me, who gets to hand out the goodies.
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  • Gov. Holcomb grapples with pandemic, campaign
    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 4:00 AM
    At this writing, Indiana reported a record high 2,800 new COVID-19 cases. This comes as Hoosiers are in the midst of deciding whether to rehire Gov. Eric Holcomb, or change course with Democrat and former health commissioner Woody Myers, or Libertarian Donald Rainwater.
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  • Restless leg syndrome can really shake things up
    Monday, October 26, 2020 4:00 AM
    Someone told me the other day that they thought “restless leg syndrome” (RLS) was dreamt up by pharmaceutical companies to sell more medications. You may have seen commercials for Requip® and Mirapex®, both drugs used to treat this condition.
    People have described symptoms suggestive of restless legs since the 17th Century.
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  • 2020 Corvette Convertible is an exotic American beauty
    Monday, October 26, 2020 4:00 AM
    I was getting out of the car at my hair stylists’ place when she walked out and screamed, “You have got to be kidding me!” She thought I was driving a Ferrari. I said, “What? It’s the new Corvette!” She took a long walk around, looked at me and said, “Yeah, I can see that.” And, that’s the beauty of the 2020 Corvette Convertible.
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  • Dealing with a mouse in our car
    Monday, October 26, 2020 4:00 AM
    My husband Peter is now at war with the mice.
    The mice (possibly with the assistance of a rat or two) have eaten the electrical wiring in our car causing extensive damage. The coating on the wires is apparently tasty. I don’t know any automobile engineers personally but, if I did, I would suggest that constructing a car out of tasty materials is probably not a great idea because now we have a lot of small creatures trying to eat our car, one piece at a time. 
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  • Where did I put you? I forgot to remember
    Sunday, October 25, 2020 4:00 AM
    Do you ever go to the back of the house, and when you get there you don’t remember what you went after?
    How about do you ever go to the store without a list, only to return home with everything but what you went after?
    I do! More and more it seems. When I was little, I remember watching a Saturday morning TV show called Land of the Lost.
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  • Why isn’t my wife getting half my benefit?
    Saturday, October 24, 2020 4:00 AM
    Dear Rusty: My wife isn’t getting half of my Social Security benefit amount. Shouldn’t she be? Signed: Feeling Cheated

    Dear Feeling Cheated: A spouse does not always receive 50 percent of the husband's Social Security benefit, because it depends on the age at which both of you claimed Social Security, and whether your wife was entitled to benefits from her own lifetime work record. 
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  • Boilers have a lot to prove on gridiron this year
    Friday, October 23, 2020 4:00 AM
    Coming off a season filled with adversity and being one of the youngest football teams in the Big Ten Conference, the Purdue Boilermakers have a lot to prove in 2020.
    When the season opens Saturday afternoon in Ross-Ade Stadium against Iowa, the Boilermakers will again be one of the youngest Big Ten teams. 
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  • Applications you can apply with ease or anger
    Friday, October 23, 2020 4:00 AM
    On a cold, rainy day last week, with nothing else to do, I decided to clean up my home…screen. Over the years, I’ve downloaded various apps to my cell phone, many of which I either never used, or I found too frustrating to get them to work properly. Here are a few that I have just deleted:
    The Yo App: This app allows me to simply hit the notification button and the word “Yo” is sent to the desired person in my contacts. Just the word Yo. Nothing else. Millions of people downloaded this app. I was hoping I could change the word Yo to Oy. No luck.
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  • Join us for “Spooky Science”
    Friday, October 23, 2020 4:00 AM
    Looking for a fun, family night? Then consider joining us for our annual Spooky Science program. We invite all families in the community to come out and enjoy our 5th annual Spooky Science event on Monday, October 26th from 6-7 p.m. at the Montgomery County 4-H Fairgrounds. In an effort to provide a fun event and keep our community healthy and safe, we will be doing a drive-thru style event for this year through our Beef barn. This will also be a great opportunity to learn more about what the 4-H program has to offer youth in the community. 
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  • Butch learns all about girls in school . . .
    Friday, October 23, 2020 4:00 AM
    When I started first grade in the fall of 1954, I had never really been around any girls my age except for my cousin, Sherry Hampton, and two or three girls who were in my Sunday School class. I was not particularly interested in the opposite sex, as playing at recess and staying out of trouble in the classroom were my main concerns. Other boys warned me that girls were "weird," and it was best to keep some distance. "You just can't figure 'em out," they stated emphatically.
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  • Meet one of Montgomery County's first Cattle barons
    Thursday, October 22, 2020 4:00 AM
    So, just who was William Bryant? Martha Ellen Flaningam and I set-out to find just that. (Note: Martha heads-up a great Facebook page for Sugar Creek Township and hoping perhaps this article may also land there). First, we discovered that a William Bryant entered through government grants just shy of 1,000 acres of land in Sugar Creek Township beginning in February of 1831 and still purchasing land grant property up through September of 1838 (totalling 11 grants which is fairly unusual), mainly in Sugar Creek but also in Madison Township touching his SC land. This land was just at the edge of Montgomery County, directly across the road from Tippecanoe County and this William and his son would purchase land there as well. William was from Ross County, Ohio and before that time, likely Petersburg (West) Virginia.
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  • Wandering thoughts on elections, paychecks and the Beav
    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 4:00 AM
    Notes scribbled on the back of a Jerry Mathers autographed picture . . . 
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    NOT SURE WE’RE at the 11th hour of the elections yet, but here’re a few observations.
    For what it’s worth, the county council race is going to be an interesting one. From this political observer’s point of view, there’s not a bad choice in the bunch – depending on what your personal preferences are.
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  • What is the LWV exactly? So very much
    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 4:00 AM
    Every day this month, come rain, shine, or frost, League of Women Voter members, Paul and Myra Abbott, come by and update the voter tally display on the courthouse lawn. People driving by see how many registered voters MoCo has and how many of us have voted so far in this election cycle. Posting these signs was a League idea and a League investment, and Montgomery County Clerk Karyn Douglas is grateful for it. It’s a simple thing but making the voting process more visible encourages more participation.
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  • Bright morning stories at the Mule Barn
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 4:00 AM
    Home Country
    Slim Randles

    It’s a rare treat to have old Jasper Blankenship come down from the diggin’s to stock up on supplies. And he favored us with stories at the Mule Barn this bright morning over coffee, too.
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