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Indiana Beach, 2005. Hoosier Hurricane Roller Coaster.

It was a simple idea in 1926. Earl Spackman, who had recently purchased a cottage on the newly formed Lake Shafer with his family, wanted to build a sand beach swimming area so that visitors had a place to wade out into the cool waters of Lake Shafer. When he opened Ideal Beach with its bathhouse and small refreshment stand, he had no idea it would grow to become Indiana's largest and most popular amusement resort and vacation playground. Thomas E. Spackman took over management of Ideal Beach...

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Joseph Wayne Shepard, son of Jack Sr. and Mary Shepard has recently earned his Eagle Scout Award with Boy Scout Troop 22. Joseph earned his Eagle Scout Award on June 7, at the Southwest Conservation Club, under the direction of Scoutmaster's Troy Schlie, Jack Shepard, Rob Nave and John Mortimer.

Joseph worked with Trustee Dave Dickerson at Calvary United Methodist Church. He had to build three 8-foot picnic tables along with Scoutmaster Troy Schlie, Jack Shepard and Boy Scout Troop #22.

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Marine Corps Pfc. Tyler E. Olson, son of Linda L. Phillips of Fort Wayne, Indiana, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Olson and fellow recruits began their training at 5a.m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Olson spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments, which included...

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The Waynedale community can certainly be proud of the local organizations that sponsored the Memorial Day Parade this year. Just as we can be‑quite proud of the crowds that gathered on both sides of Old Trail Road from Waynedale United Methodist Church all the way to Prairie Grove Cemetery. And we express our gratitude to all of the groups and individuals that participated in the Parade and in the heartfelt ceremonies at Prairie Grove.

The residents of Waynedale can be quite proud of the...

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The Upward program at Avalon Missionary Church and Mount Calvary Lutheran Church gives kids a lot more than just the chance to participate in football, soccer, basketball, and cheerleading. "Intertwining the teachings of Christ and the Gospel with athletics, Upward allows children to learn about Christianity through playing football, soccer, basketball and cheerleading," program director, Brad Mattax said. Avalon Missionary's Mattax, along with his wife, Barb, and Mount Calvary's Angie and...

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So, your teenage son or daughter wants to drive! Suddenly, driving has become one of the most important things in your child's life. Scary, isn't it?

Naturally, you may dread the increase in your auto insurance premiums. However, there is a lot more at stake than higher premiums. As parents, we all share the fear of our children becoming involved in an automobile accident. These concerns are all too often confirmed by the reality of teen crash statistics. Although premiums are derived from the...

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Indiana Army National Guard Appoints New Commander 

 

Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger has selected Col. Barry Richmond to take charge of the Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center during the official change of command ceremony at Camp Atterbury Veteran's Memorial, at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 9th.

"Col Richmond is an ideal citizen-soldier and Hoosier who is the perfect person to lead this organization into the future," said Umbarger.‑
Col. Richmond, who was born May 1951 in Madison...

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Soldiers from the 76th Infantry Brigade, Indiana National Guard, assigned to Coalition Joint Task Force Phoenix were honored here May 28, 2005 during a graduation ceremony held for an Infantry military occupation skill qualification course.

It is only the second time in history an infantry MOSQ course has been held in a combat zone, the first being in World War II Task Force Phoenix spearheaded the qualification course during their deployment to train the Afghan National Army.

"As you know...

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photo by Bill Scott Adam Longsworth, 2003 Elmhurst Grad, throwing the discus at the Taylor Invitational in mid-April for the University of St. Francis.

Elmhurst grad sets sights higher after his 8th-place finishing NAIA National Meet

 

Adam Longsworth didn't have his sights set exceptionally high heading into his first NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships, but the University of Saint Francis red-shirt freshman has raised his expectations since finishing eighth in the discus competition on May 28, 2005.

"It validated all the hard work with our coaches, all the training and practice," said Longsworth, who is a 2003 Elmhurst...

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