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ince 2011, I hadn’t seen a school locker. I hadn’t heard a ding over an intercom indicating the end of a period or smelled tacos made in a school cafeteria. I hadn’t worn a uniform or said the pledge of allegiance before class since I graduated high school in 2011. Now four years later after finishing my bachelor’s degree from the University of Evansville, I’ve been asked to go back to school, though I thought I had escaped forever. Hi, I’m Laura Acchiardo, staff writer at Warrick Publishing where I’ll be covering sports and school news. While going to school, it feels like it will never end. For 17 years I’ve been in the education system. Some people go for longer, while others go shorter. Some finish with school early, while others finish a little later. Some never leave the school system to go on to be teachers, counselors or administrators after moving their tassle from one side of the mortar board to the other. But for those lucky enough to go, school is a shared experience. From grade school to high school, I rarely thought of my teachers as people with lives outside of school. I mean, I knew they had lives that had nothing to do with conjugating Spanish verbs or the French Revolution, but I never thought about my math teacher picking up her kids after school or visiting her dad in the hospital. When I was a teacher’s aid senior year of high school, my teacher, Mrs. Kiefer cried after speaking with her husband on the phone. To this day, I don’t know why, but I wish I had said something. I wish I had something to teach her after everything she taught me. I still remember my first pivotal teacher, Ms. Thompson. I was in kindergarten, and I wish I remembered more about her. But all I have is a book she gave me before my family moved from Baltimore to southern Indiana — The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. It’s surprisingly sad for a children’s book, commenting on change and the passage of time, but it is my favorite children’s book thanks to Ms. Thompson. In my copy, she wrote, “You have made me smile throughout the years. Your love and hugs mean so much to me. I will miss you.” I often think about her and wonder if she ever thinks about me, the little girl with unkempt hair who she inspired to write. She wasn’t the last teacher who inspired me either. There was Ms. Harvey who praised a poem I wrote in fifth grade, and Ms. Carol who shared her written work with me once I graduated high school, Professor Griffith who encouraged me to add creative writing as a major my freshman year of college, and Professor McMullan who thought I had talent as a writer. They were simple acts, but to a student with little direction and a lot of insecurities, I remember. Those are the moments I keep close in case my confidence fails. I have so much to thank them all for. I hope they know their influence. I hope they know what the smallest thing can mean to a student. We all have similar stories about teachers who motivate, push, encourage. We think back and fondly remember the educators who influenced us in some way. They were teachers in every sense of the word. They helped us through the most difficult transitions, whether from grade school to high school or from one city to another, and they guided us through some of life’s most difficult lessons like honesty and rejection. As you flip through this magazine, I hope you remember your time spent at school, remembering how intimidating it was the first day of high school and, of course, remembering those who taught you.

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t is hard to imagine that my first year of college is over. Summer is here and my new best friends and I are going hundreds of miles in different directions back home. Those late night Sonic trips, dining hall food, playing cards, grocery shopping together and talking daily with young adults will be put on hold for the next three and half long months. As I look back on Friday, Aug. 22, it all seems so crazy to think just a year ago I was so nervous to move to Carbondale, Ill. My new home for the next nine months will be at Stegall Hall on the campus of Southern Illinois University studying Agriculture Education. I have looked forward to this day for the past several months. I brought everything I thought I would need and a few other items. I am away from my parents and will be living on my own and making my own decisions. Abby, my roommate, is from the small town of Breese, Ill. I didn’t know Abby until I moved in. We have one mutual friend who thought we would room well together. Me, an only child, it was a huge adjustment having so many people my age around and learning to live with a roommate who put her stuff with my stuff. I have never had to share space, especially a room that is approximately 12 by 12 and a bathroom shared with three other girls. I quickly realized that some of the “stuff” I brought I really didn’t need and to say the least, there wasn’t room for it. My first day of classes might have been the biggest shock of all. Unlike high school classes, no one is guaranteed a grade in the class, and professors must be approached if you are having difficulties in a class. The most shocking part of the first day was when classes let out after a 10 minute explanation of a 16 week course. I could get used to that! As the semester went on, the classes took the entire class time. I quickly realized I was my own motivator. My parents were no longer there to make sure I made it to class on time, did my homework or ate healthy meals. Technology made things easier by allowing me to email mom an English paper for a quick review before it was due, or a quick text of how are things going today, or “Hey mom, can you ship me this or that.” I learned it didn’t matter what the weather was doing. If class was a half mile across campus and it was pouring down rain, I must make that trip with or without an umbrella. When the

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wind is blowing and the snow is deep, I must go to class. The nice weather in the spring and fall enables a bicycle ride to class for a little exercise at the same time. As the year went on Abby got involved with Greek life and I took the Collegiate FFA path. I feel I lucked out on my roommate; we are enough alike to get along but different enough to have our own friends. The college friends I made this past year are different from high school. As college friends, we get along without drama and communicate with adult conversation regarding classes and where we see each other in 10 years. Decision making skills really come into play in college. As students, we are not under supervision. We are in the real world and must learn to fend for ourselves. A life lesson I learned this year is we all live in the “real” world but our parents and other close supporters are no longer around to protect us. When I went to college I realized that no one is ever grown. Being fully grown as far as experience is never ending because there are many different types of people in the world. As adults, our main job is to build our own support group to protect ourselves for when we no longer have our family support group protecting us. This has been a successful freshmen year of college and I am looking forward to going back to SIU in the fall to continue my agriculture education journey.

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efore I graduated, my college friends and I used to play trivia at Old Chicago every Tuesday night. Our team Tuesday Boozeday was a tour de force, and, after weeks of competing, the staff knew our team and stopped asking to see our IDs when ordering drinks. We became regulars — a life-long dream fulfilled. One familiar face was our waiter Charles with a long ponytail trailing down his back. Each week we asked to be seated in Charles’s section, and he would sit at our table on nights when he wasn’t working. I don’t know if you could call it friendship because we never saw Charles outside of Old Chicago. We never even learned his last name, and though Charles caused several uncomfortable silences as he regailed tales of his life story, we formed an attachment to him. In a way, he was part of this small family we had found. But one week Charles wasn’t working, and we learned he had left Old Chicago with no official goodbye. Our team had no way of reaching him, and wondered if we would see him again. Jokingly, we talked of finding him years down the line and reminiscing about Tuesday Boozeday memories. Despite our joking, we missed Charles. We missed him knowing all of our names and asking about a team member when he or she missed a week. We missed him congratulating us on our wins and commiserating with our losses. We missed something that felt like home. On our teams last night at Old Chicago, we took a picture with the trivia host, Nick, but everyone knew one person was missing. During the weeks leading up to graduation, seniors reflect on their years spent at college, trying to delineate some deeper meaning from the experience, and share their findings as a Facebook status. Usually these meditations are dripping with cliches, nostalgia, and sappy sentimentality. They write of new adventures to be had, future fears, chapters ending, friends they’ve made, laughs they’ve shared, and tears they’ve shed. But all these reflections beg for validation on the same point: my last four years mattered. In December, I received a job offer in my field from Warrick Publishing before I had even started looking. Overjoyed, I called my parents to confirm my college degree would not go to waste, even after being warned time and time again that journalism is a dying field. Slaving away on media projects and internships had brought me to this moment. I had a job in my field. I had a plan and a salary, and that’s all that mattered. Now, as I sit at my work desk, I don’t know whether mine is a success story or a cautionary tale. A part of me wonders if I missed out on a shared experience — a rite of passage — all graduates should go through when leaving the education system. Waiting is where I found many of my fellow grads after they received a diploma. As the six month grace period for student loans dwindles down, grads frantically knock on doors of businesses only to be turned away due to inexperience. I didn’t float along wondering what my next move would be or scramble before the end of school to find an answer to the dreaded but inevitable question, “What are you going to do after graduation?” I couldn’t help but wonder if I had missed something. I don’t just have a job; I have a career. That was the goal college had prepared me for, the next rung on the ladder. Yet I had made an abrupt goodbye to youth. No more carrying immense textbooks in backpacks nor day drinking when classes were cancelled due to snow. No more professors handing out syllabi on the first day nor days entirely dedicated to building blanket forts and watching movies. No searching class rosters for someone to sit by or avoid each semseter. No more established friends who lived down the hall and would share leftover 14

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Kraft macaroni after making too much. The finality tasted bitter. One by one I watched my three roommates box up all evidence of their lives in Evansville and leave our temporary home behind. But, instead, I felt they were leaving me behind. As if I were tethered to this time in our lives like the high school quarterback who wears his letterman jacket at 29. They were leaving for different states and countries, while I remained tending to a time that no longer existed. Unpacking box after box, I realized I had no tangible evidence that I had found a small family for the last four years — no object to hold a memory and clutch to my chest. Two weeks after graduating, I sat in the Bonefish Grill with some old friends from high school, sipping a vodka martini, when a waiter came up to me. He said hello. I said hello. He smiled. I distantly smiled back. “You don’t recognize me, do you?” he said, standing there expectantly. I stared at him, and suddenly the answer donned on me. “Charles!” I stood up and embraced my friend. He had cut his hair, no longer able to pull it back into a ponytail. It was now wavy, falling to the nape of his neck, and he had grown a beard — the same Charles only cleaner. He told me how he planned to visit Tuesday Boozeday as soon as he could come back to Old Chicago. “We all graduated,” I told him, looking to the floor. “Tuesday Boozeday has gone separate ways.” I shrugged, trying not to think about it. As Charles told me of his life at the Bonefish Grill, I remembered college and my old friends. I like to think that one day I will run into them as well. In some unexpected circumstance we will return to each other, completing some supposed circle in time. But even if we all never see each other again, I will remember there was a time and a bond I shared with people who became a part of me. I quickly snapped a picture with Charles and sent it to the Tuesday Boozeday crew in a group message. Everyone responded asking how he was doing and commented about everything coming “full circle.” Charles the waiter was the last piece of tangible evidence showing I had gone to college, that I had friends who I had known for four years. That this happened and it mattered.

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hen walking into Castle High School room 221, no one could confuse it for anything but a math room. Casey Richison loves math and has loved it since the seventh grade, thanks to a teacher who inspired her. “I had a seventh grade algebra teacher who made class fun,” said Richison, who sat near her owl ornament dangling above her desk. “Sometimes he got off task when he would talk about things, but his class was just always fun. It didn’t always deal with math that made it fun, but his class was one that was enjoyable to go to. So even though math was a hard subject for most people, they enjoyed him and his class. I think that helped kids enjoy math, so I thought maybe I should do that in the future too.” Casey talked about the excitement of solving equations and how math was one big puzzle with mulitple ways to solve it. Armed with a love of math and an ease of communicating with others, Casey decided to become a math teacher her first year of college. After receiving her math education degree from Oakland City University, Casey taught at Henderson County High School for five years. While teaching, she worked toward and earned her masters degree from USI. Now for the past year she has worked at CHS, teaching freshman algebra and AP Statistics. It was the first time she taught AP Statistics, and her nervousness set in. But she ended up loving the class and her students. “I didn’t realize that I liked statistics,” said Richison. “I actually used to say that I hated statistics until I taught it last year. And teaching it is different than learning it. Usually your students have that ‘aha’ moment, so that’s a big reason for teaching because it’s fun to

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see when a kid finally gets something. Last year I was the one having the ‘aha’ moments because I would remember something I learned in my masters class or from undergrad. Then seeing it from the opposite end — being the one trying to present it to the students — makes you look at it a little differently. So it’s made me enjoy math even more than I did when I decided to teach it.” Richison isn’t a teacher who stands at the board and lectures all day either. With the help of her Promethean board, she paces around the room able to write problems on the board, while also seeing if any of the students are struggling with the material. Casey isn’t the only teacher who can help her students in room 221. Co-teacher Adam Underhill offers a different style of teaching giving the students two options and approaches to the math they learn in class. “I teach common methods like there is flipping your classroom,” said Richison. “You make your kids do some stuff on their own the night before like watching a video or reading the chapter. Then they come in to talk about it or you do problems, so there’s not as much standing in front of the classroom and teaching. There’s more of the kids doing behind the scenes work, and then you work problems in the class. I for all six years have taught a low-level class, meaning it’s a student who wasn’t on grade level with math. So trying to get them caught back up, it’s really hard for them to have that flipped style of classroom.” She also tries to allow enough time for the students to start their homework before the end of class in case they need any help. “There’s a lot of time in the classroom to do the homework,” said Richison. “I know a lot of the students don’t have someone at home who has had this level of math potentially because every year you do a little harder math in lower grades. Maybe their parents went to school but don’t remember the math. I truly believe you need to give students the opportunity in the classroom to do some of their homework, so I always try to leave time at the end of the class. If we don’t have time at the end, then I try to make sure to leave a few minutes in the beginning for questions.” After six years of teaching math, Richison still loves teaching math and getting to know her students. “I like math, which is what I teach, and most people don’t,” said Richison. “I like the challenge of trying to find ways to make it a little more interesting and fun for the kids, especially the freshman coming in. They’re new to high school, and, if they don’t like math, it just builds up against them.”

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expanded from there, buying and selling with various customers. She has a little bit of everything, but the most popular books are from the romance, mystery and suspense genres and “guys want Westerns.” Paperbacks are sold at about half the original price. The cost of hardbacks varies, dependent on different factors. People can bring a book in for store credit, but she would like for them to spend 20 percent above the store credit. After all, she has to try to make a little money, but she said “it is not a profitable business.” She does it because she loves books. “Book people are wonderful,” Beck said. She doesn’t really advertise. “I tried advertising, but nothing worked,” Beck said. As a self-proclaimed “bibliophide,” she knows where everything is, in every nook and cranny, if you’ll pardon the expression. “Invariably, you move the books around,” Beck said. “A lot of people think if you work in a book store, you sit around and read all the time. But there’s too much to do.” Next time you go biking, walking, running or just touring downtown Newburgh, stop in and look around at all the old books and current books. Through the aisles, you may find a bit of nostalgia or even a ghost or two. Definitely you will be escaping the world of chain book stores and fancy chairs to sit and read. You will be in a place unlike anything we have around here.

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Reinforcing the positive Story by Rachel Christian. Photos courtesy of Jennifer Ruff and Warrick Publishing.

For years, teachers have handed out stickers, stamps and tickets for positive student behavior. But Dale Naylor, principal of McGary Middle School in Evansville, dreamed of an easier, high-tech solution. McGary, along with many other schools across the country, practices Positive Behavior Incentives and Supports (PBIS). PBIS follows the belief that people should be rewarded for what they do right, instead of punished for what they do wrong. Many schools struggle with implementing an effective PBIS program, Naylor said. It can be tedious and cumbersome to keep track of tickets, play money and other tokens. During a brain storming session with fellow administrators, Naylor had an idea to make the entire process digital. Naylor and his team wanted to create an app teachers could use on their smartphones or iPads to reward a student for positive behavior. They would scan the student’s ID, and the app would keep a running total of the student’s positive behavior points. The students could then redeem those points at the school store. But there was a problem. “We love technology and embraced it, but none of us knew how to actually create the app,” Naylor said. A friend recommended Lieberman Technologies. Founded in 1977, the Evansvillebased technology solutions company had created and designed applications before, but never for the education sector. Naylor was put in touch with Rick Culiver, director of business development at Lieberman. From the beginning, Naylor said the company worked tirelessly to make the idea a reality. “They were so responsive to every need we had,” Naylor said. “It was amazing.” Naylor made his initial call to Culiver in October, and by January, the new app was launched at McGary. When the students returned from Christmas break, they were assigned ID cards, printed with their own unique QR code. All a teacher had to do was scan the student’s ID and tap the reward button. The app tracked the points and took care of the rest. Naylor said he couldn’t be happier with the results. “Teachers embraced it and students loved it,” he said. The school and Lieberman worked side-by-side to perfect the new app, called PBIS Rewards. Naylor said Lieberman was extremely intuitive to the needs of the teachers and students. For example, when the program started, there was no way for a student to check how many points they had. Teachers complained that scanning a student’s ID just to check their balance was time consuming. To solve the issue, Lieberman made it possible for students to see their points on their own smartphones, or online from home. It wasn’t long before Naylor started seeing results. Lieberman created a data system that allowed administrators to see how often a teacher was scanning and how many disciplinary problems they experienced. Within two 22

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months of using PBIS Rewards, Naylor found that the teachers who scanned infrequently had the most disciplinary issues with their students. “This is more than a fun app,” Naylor said. “It’s a tool that has data I can use to drive instruction and make decisions.” Naylor said students enjoy the program because they see how their good behavior pays off. During their lunch break on Mondays and Fridays, students can shop at the school store for small items like body wash and candy, or save up their points for things like TVs and headphones. Some critics of PBIS say students shouldn’t be rewarded for what they should be doing anyway, like coming to class prepared. Behavioral Interventionist and PBIS Coach at McGary Tim Ferguson disagrees, arguing that the system helps teach kids about the real world. “If I work hard all week at my job, I’m probably going to reward myself with a margarita or a steak on Friday,” he said. “People, regardless of age, respond better to incentives than punishment.” Ferguson said he is glad McGary is using PBIS Rewards. “It goes along with the times,” he said. “These kids are the generation of technology, so why not meet them where they are?” It wasn’t long before other Evansville schools tried out the new application. Both Lincoln Elementary School and AIS have used the app, with Cedar Hall Community School and Washington Middle School planning to join in the fall. In April, Lieberman began digitally marketing PBIS Rewards to a nationwide audience, and has seen positive results. Cuilver said schools in Chicago, Atlanta, Massachusetts and California will begin using the app when school starts. Naylor said he plans to use PBIS Rewards indefinitely at McGary. “It’s a system that works,” Naylor said. “My students are happy, my teachers are happy, and it’s really working. As a principal, that’s all I can ask for.”


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ob Bell is no stranger to classic cars. He has a ‘39 Chevrolet two-door sedan that has seen its fair share of car shows. Bell, who is a member of the E’ville Iron Street Rod Club, said the Frog Follies is the largest pre-1949 street rod event. Each year, antique cars and hot rods swarm the streets of Evansville, turning heads everywhere they go. These automotive beauties are what make the Frog Follies a memorable event for the area. “We had 50 cars when we started,” said Bell. “Now, we average 24

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more than 4,000 cars every year. Who would have ever thought it would have grown this big?” This year’s event is from Aug. 28-30. But the event is more than just Evansville hot rod enthusiasts. Almost every state in the U.S. has been represented at the Frog Follies. “We’ve had people from Australia that have sent their cars to the west coast and driven them from there to Evansville, just to enjoy the Frog Follies,” Bell said. The Frog Follies was born in 1975 after the E’ville Iron Street Rod Club put on an event for street rod owners. It was named Frog Follies after the club had a bull frog race at the first event. The annual car show highlights street rods from 1948 and older. The event is held at the Vanderburgh County 4-H Center. “We are one of the largest events to come to Evansville,” Bell said. One thing is certain about the street rods — all of them are 100 percent street ready. “We don’t allow trailered cars into the show,” said Bell. “Most of them have to be driven.” He said he began showing his ‘39 Chevrolet to share his interest in street rods with other people. “We get together and talk about things that might help me on the next one that I build,” Bell said. It is hard to miss when the Frog Follies are in town. Hotels and restaurants are packed with street rods. “We fill them all up,” Bell said. Money raised from the event go towards many different organizations. “Our main objective is Easter Seals,” said Bell. “(The Money) stays here in Evansville and it goes to the charities.” Since its inception, Frog Follies has provided local charities with more than $2 million. Bell said the event is the perfect opportunity for street rod enthusiasts, as well as people who just like to look at beautiful cars, to talk with car owners. In addition to the car show, Frog Follies also has a craft show and automotive swap meet with more than 200 vendors. “You can literally build a car by buying every piece out of that swap meet,” Bell said. For more information on the Frog Follies, visit www.frogfollies.org.


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Two dreams realized By Julie Rosenbaum-Engelhardt. Photos courtesy of the St. Louis Cardinals.

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ot everybody accomplishes one of their dreams, let alone two. Mitch Harris was recruited by the U.S. Naval Academy to play baseball because of his phenomenal pitching. He knew nothing about the Academy until he went there. “I was enlightened with what I learned and achieved at the Naval Academy,” said Harris, a St. Louis Cardinals reliever. “I was so proud to graduate as a lieutenant. Now it’s like two dreams come true.” Told that one pays a heckuva lot more, he laughed and said: “Yeah, that is a consideration.” Harris, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound, 29-year-old rookie right-hander, said playing for the Cardinals is like being part of a brotherhood, which he attributes to the steady hand of manager Mike Matheny. Harris, who had two grandfathers who served in World War II and plans to marry his fiance Mandi on Nov. 21, spent five years serving his country. He became the first Naval Academy graduate to play in the majors since Nemo Gaines in 1921. When the national anthem was played before a game, and the color guard was still on the field, no member of the Cardinals dared return to the field until they get their cue from Harris. He served two tours as a weapons officer in the Persian Gulf, aboard the USS Ponce, and another on the USS Car that once stopped a cocaine-smuggling operation off the coast of Colombia. This was the first time I decided to use my clubhouse pass at Busch Stadium. I entered with a little bit of trepidation. I did see a few players putting on their overpants, but they said it didn’t bother them that women were in the clubhouse. However, they did say that men should be allowed in women’s locker rooms and clubhouses, which they are not. I approached Randal Grichuk, who playfully told me he was Harris, then Michael Wacha. Backup catcher Ed Easley was helpful in leading me through the door to the dugout. Outfielder Matt Holliday, who usually has a stern look on his face, was even helpful, with some fun words about Harris as well. One would never know that Harris was a newcomer. For the fourth year in a row, the trainer came up to me and asked me about my nose. He once held ice on it for about an hour after Aaron Miles’ throw to first during infield practice errantly sailed into the dugout and hit me square in the nose. I have become quite comfortable at Busch Stadium. I almost feel like a mascot because everybody takes care of me. As Matheny settled in for his daily pregame mini-press conference with the mostly male reporters in the dugout, I decided this was my chance to ask him about Harris. I wasn’t sure of the protocol, but went ahead and did it. Matheny gave me a big smile, pleased to talk about something other than the daily nuts-and-bolts conversation surrounding the team. “We’re very much proud of (Harris’) commitment and the people who serve us,” Matheny said. “Obviously he’s very special. We acknowledge and admire his service to our country. He’s a wonderful addition to our team. We talk a lot about goal setting.” Obviously, one of the Cardinals’ goals is to win the National League Central Division championship and advance deep into the playoffs come October. In my heart, as a native New Yorker, I still feel like I have to root for the Mets because I was raised doing so. However, I cannot imagine any team having a group of nicer players or manager than the St. Louis Cardinals. HavSPECIAL OFFER ing a U.S. Naval Lt. in a St. Louis uniform, FREE PAINT UPGRADE For FREE Estimate gives the team an exceptional reason to be up to $150 value • 04-01-15 to 05-30-15 Contact Paul Carey at proud. SPECIAL OFFER

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You can’t miss the sign. It’s a big wrench that flies high in the sky. Larry’s Automotive in Newburgh recently celebrated one year in its new location at 7535 Peachwood Drive. The large oval sign beckons customers as it towers above the northeast corner of the intersection at Lloyd Expressway and S.R. 261. Although the business location is new, owner-manager Larry Rose and his employees offer over 100 combined years of experience providing automotive and truck services to individuals and fleets. Add tires to the mix, and nearly any issue under the hood can be addressed by this locally owned and operated business. “We like Newburgh and chose to locate the business here because it is our home,” said Larry about his new adventure. “Our first year has been very successful, and our customer list keeps growing.” The love of auto mechanics began for Larry when he was a young man in Metcalf, Ill., and his passion has remained at the forefront for years. After graduating from Lincoln Technical Institute in Indianapolis, he began his career in Champaign and Monticello, Ill., as a mechanic in car dealerships. When the Rose family moved to the Evansville area in 1997, Larry found similar employment locally and in Henderson, Ky. Several years later, he diversified by working on vehicles at home during free time. A growing number of evening and weekend repair jobs eventually allowed Larry to increase clientele for about 10 years, until his business outgrew its previous facility. “At that point, it was time to take a leap of faith, move into a new location and grow the business with more employees,” Larry said when asked about the transition. Larry’s Automotive provides services for all vehicle makes and models, including diesel and gas engines, transmission rebuilds, suspension and steering, and engine repair and replacement, all offered with computer diagnostics and pre-purchase inspections. Oil changes, air conditioning, electrical systems, brakes and tires are other frequent requests from customers. “Providing customer satisfaction and quality service is our goal, every time,” said Larry of his business. “We have a 100 percent satisfaction guaranteed policy.” Employees have grown to five in the first year as clientele have expanded. Parts and labor are warranted, and consumer financing is available. Professional affiliations include Jasper Engines and Transmissions, NAPA AutoCare Center, and ASE Certified. “It’s been a good year for us and we look forward to serving the automotive care needs of this area in the future,” Larry added. It’s not all work and no play for Larry. When it’s time for a break, he can be found working on his classic 1970 Dodge Challenger, or attending a Mopar Car Show with his family and friends. He has spent time at drag strips, and more recently has participated in the cross-country Hot Rod Power Tour. Larry’s Automotive is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed weekends and holidays. Call 812-490-6575 for appointments or more information, or visit the web site at www. larrys-automotive.com. Better yet, look for the sign with the big wrench that flies high in the sky, and drop by to say hello and discuss your automotive needs!


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Newburgh’s Rick Mitchell recently rode a bicycle across Kentucky. It wasn’t for a race or any cause. He just genuinely loves riding.

Story by Julie Rosenbaum-Engelhardt. Photos courtesy of Rick Mitchell.

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or most people, riding a bike from town to town seems like an almost impossible feat. For Rick Mitchell, however, days of bike riding is just a fun thing to do. Because he once came close to making the U.S. national team for the Pan Am Games, it is no surprise that he is a biker extraordinaire. “I started riding when I was 15,” said Mitchell, a Newburgh resident who is now 59. When Rick was 15, his other brother, Randy, brought his Schwinn Varsity 10-speed home from college and Rick was intrigued. “I was facinated by how the gears allowed you to go so far so easily,” Mitchell said. He went on to say that he and his friends started riding and heard about a race at the Land Between the Lakes in western Kentucky. Mike Rice, son of former University of Southern Indiana president David Rice, won the beginner’s race and Mitchell came in third, even though he had a flat tire. He raced full-time from 1981 until ‘85 and it went well. “Fundamentally, underneath the racing endeavor is the fact that I just like to ride a bike,” Mitchell said. “That is why I am launching endeavors like riding across Kentucky.” Rick and his friend, Erik Reid, hatched this trip earlier this summer. Erik is a life-long friend of Rick’s who is a physical therapist specializing in wound care at a hospital in Salt Lake City. “We just decided to do this trip because we like to ride and because Kentucky paves every road and also it is just a beautiful state,” Mitchell said. “Get off the interstate and you would be amazed.” If Walt Disney designed a state for bike riding, it would be Kentucky, he said. “The roads are Disneyland for bike riding,” Mitchell said. “Road alignment, narrow roads, exceptional scenery, variation from climbs, long descents, rolling terrain, lack of vehicular traffic — everything a bike rider wants.”

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After many hours of riding you are tired, but because you trained, you function just fine, he explained. “You take a shower, go eat something and turn in around 10 or so,” said Mitchell, a Purdue University graduate. Training for a long ride consists of riding at least three or four times a week, with one being a long ride. “I start with 50 miles for my long ride and work up to 80 over several weeks,” Mitchell said. Mitchell and Reid rode 391.4 miles in seven days. They started at Mammoth Cave National Park and ended in Pikeville, which is as far east as you can get in Kentucky and still get a rental car to drive back. The longest stage was the second, 76.7 miles from Russell Springs to Cumberland Falls State Park. The shortest was the sixth, from Clintwood, Va., to Breaks Interstate Park, Va., 28.8 miles. “Some of the rides were short, but 50 miles in eastern Kentucky is like 80 miles anywhere else,” Mitchell said. “I rode the steepest, most brutal climbs I have ever been on. And I have ridden the Rockies, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the White Mountains in New Hampshire.” The longest he has ever ridden in one day was around 150 miles. “I rode from Evansville to Brazil in through Terre Haute with a swerve into Illinois,” Mitchell said. “Another time, I rode from the west side of Evansville to the east side of Louisville by way of Cynthiana through Dale and onward.” During a ride, he starts eating after about 25 to 30 miles, everything from granola bars to bananas. “Because it was a leisure ride, we usually stopped somewhere for lunch,” Mitchell said. “We tried to find somewhere with local flavor.” He said he has no particular secret to staying in good enough shape for these kind of bike rides well into his 50s. “I have no answer for this, only that I have always ridden a bike and stay active in so many ways,” Mitchell said. “Disc golf, landscape work, canoeing, sailing and so on.” He said a lot of runners turn to bike riding because it is easier on their joints, after damaging them through the pounding of running. “It is a low-impact sport that you can do forever, barring back problems,” Mitchell said. As far as his Kentucky trip is concerned, he said they would ride all day and maybe see 15 cars. “The roads are like bike paths that we allow cars to drive on,” Mitchell said. “The drivers are all friendly, even in the most remote areas. The further east we got, the more cautious and friendly they got. They were afraid to pass and stayed behind us for a long time, even though they could have passed safely. Maybe they were trying to figure out who these lycra-clad strange creatures were. I don’t know, but they were very patient and maybe wanted to make sure they didn’t endanger us. Or maybe they didn’t have much to do that day and watching us was new entertainment.” When Mitchell was told that these feats seem incredible, his answer is simple: “I don’t see anything incredible about it, it’s just what I do.”

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f you walk into Kim’s Consigned Designs, you will find more than a place to buy and sell treasures. You will find a unique place that was put together by somebody who is more than a business owner. You will walk into a world of design and knowledge. As a graduate of Warrick County schools and the University of Southern Indiana, Kim Ross moved to Indianapolis and juggled a career at Bank One and raising two boys. “After the banking world, I worked for Gerdt Furniture and Bausch Designs in Indianapolis,” she said. Kim said that’s where she got her flair for design. In 2003, an opportunity with Sofa Express presented itself and she and her family moved south. “After Sofa Express closed, I started working part-time for Carriage House

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Consignments and I was instantly hooked,” she said. While working at the Newburgh business, she realized that its structure was much more relaxed than her former careers, but she became more personally invested. After six years of deciding what to bring into the store under consignment and pricing every item, she thought it would get easier. However, she finds the process still difficult meeting consignors’ expectations. Her location in the Apple Center in Newburgh opened in November 2008 and is thriving. Kim’s Consigned Designs carries furniture and home accessories, including bedroom, dining, living, pictures, rugs, home accent pieces and higher end purses. “With the current downsizing trend, we are unable to take in every consignment piece due to space limitations,” Ross said. “Unlike new furniture stores that will stage their floor every four to six months, we reset our sales floor weekly because of our high turnover and new pieces arriving daily.” Kim’s has recently added the Best Home Furnishings Line, American Wholesale Furniture catalog, new mattresses and handmade Mennonite furniture from a distributor in Kentucky. “The unique experience about consignment shopping still remains — once it is sold, it is gone,” Ross said. “The most common quote we get from shoppers is, ‘I should have bought it the first time I saw it.’ Sometimes I feel like our shoppers are on their own treasure hunt and that keeps our employees motivated. A daily reminder sits in our employee lounge, ‘Remember to play in your own sandbox.’ I love this quote because it is a daily reminder for everyone to concentrate on what they do best and continue to improve.” Kim’s was invited to stage the 2015 Parade Home for Haas Homes at Cambridge Village, which won Home of the Year Category 3. It also won the Evansville newspaper’s Platinum Readers Choice Award Best Consignment Store the last five years. Here in Newburgh we have a consignment store that is far beyond just that. It is a showcase put together with a designer’s flair and much thought. Anything you may desire or any treasure you want to sell can be treated with the dignity and class it deserves.


Native American Story by Rachel Christian. Photos courtesy of Angel Mounds.

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ast year, Angel Mounds State Historic Site downsized its annual Native American Days from a large weekend festival to a three-day learning experience for children. Faced with decreased attendance, a lack of volunteers and competition from other September festivals, the decision was made to focus on the site’s most important mission – to educate the public about what Angel Mounds really is. Site Manager Mike Linderman said he wanted to preserve the youth education element of Native American Days, even if other aspects had to be eliminated. “The earlier you educate people, the more likely it is to stick,” he said. “That’s why we really try to get out there and inform the kids.” Linderman said Native American Days focuses on dispelling stereotypes about the native people who lived there. Unlike common media images of Native Americans hunting buffalo and living a nomadic lifestyle, the inhabitants of Angel Mounds lived in huts and created their own thriving community and culture. “We want to give kids the sights, the smells, and the feel of Native American life here,” Linderman said. “You can’t get

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that from a book, or by walking through a museum.” Educational field trips have always played a role in Native American Days, but the new focus has allowed the site to offer more kid-centered activities and experiences. Children are encouraged to join in with the Native American dancers, and help staff members chop wood and create a special dug-out canoe. Fifteen schools with more than 2,500 students are scheduled to attend the event from Sept. 23 through 25. A majority of the students in attendance will be fourth graders, but there will also be several middle and high schools in attendance as well. Linderman said teachers and parent volunteers enjoy the new Native American Days better. “The teachers appreciate it because we used to cram all of our field trips into one day instead of three,” he said. “A lot of teachers were saying they got lost in the shuffle, but now it’s more one-on-one.” Members of the public are still welcome to attend, and only have to pay the standard admission price of $5 per adult. Scaling back the size of Native American Days, which used to take eight months of preparation, has allowed staff at Angel Mounds to spread out their resources throughout the year. Linderman said several lectures by guest speakers within the last year have been well attended, with plans to add more hands-on activities and events in the future. The additional time and resources allows the property to host and better promote events like trail runs and summer camps, which generate revenue for Angel Mounds. Linderman said this is important for the historical site, which would have a difficult time operating solely on admission fees. Linderman said Angel Mounds has found a lot of success and support for its annual corn maze. In its fourth year, the maze, which operates every week in October, attracts around 10,000 attendants of all ages. Unlike other corn mazes in the area which close at sunset, the maze at Angel Mounds operates at night, with participants navigating the twists and turns with flashlights. Linderman said the maze even incorporates Native American designs and symbols. Looking forward, Linderman said Angel Mounds will continue to add new events and programs to its schedule while educating the public about the rich culture that once thrived there.

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Story by Julie Rosenbaum-Engelhardt. Photos courtesy of Casey Delgado and Jessica Ryan.

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itching for the Traverse City Beach Bums of the independent Frontier League, Casey Delgado was visited on the mound by his manager, Dan Rohn. Delgado recalled the conversation. “He came up to me and said, ‘Is this your cell phone?’ I said, ‘Why, did I do something wrong?’ He said, ‘You better keep it close. You’re going to get a call by the Mets.They’re picking up your contract.’’ Delgado, a 25-year-old right-hander who makes his offseason home in Newburgh, did get that call from the Mets’ organization. He packed up his clothes from his host mother’s house in Traverse City, Mich., and left that afternoon in late May. He drove 22 hours from Traverse City to Savannah, Ga., got into his bed at 11:30 that night. He did paperwork and had a physical the next morning and pitched that afternoon for the Savannah Sand Gnats, the Mets’ Class A affiliate in the South Atlantic League. Piggybacking the starter, Delgado pitched four innings of relief and struck out seven in gaining the win in his first game pitching for an affiliated organization. “Pitching for an affiliated team was a big thrill,” he said. “It made it even more exciting when I got the win.” What makes him a Newburgh resident in the offseason is his girlfriend, Jessica Ryan, 42

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whom he met while he was playing baseball and she was playing softball for Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. “Jessica and I got really close and I knew home would be wherever she was,” Delgado said. Jessica’s mother, Christina, is the CEO and chief nursing operator (CNO) of Deaconess Gateway Women’s Hospital in Newburgh. Jessica, a former Castle High School softball standout, was really excited that she and her family finally got the chance to see him pitch for an affiliated team when Savannah played at the Lexington (Kentucky) Legends in July. After playing junior college baseball at Columbia State (Tenn.) Community College, Delgado transferred to NCAA Division I Austin Peay, where he met Ryan. Delgado caught the eye of affiliated scouts as he was named a Frontier League All-Star in 2014. “While living in Newburgh, he worked at Sports Acceleration (Center in Evansville), where he helped train the University of Southern Indiana baseball team,” said former Castle High and Newburgh Legion pitcher Conner Porter. “He also gave pitching and hitting lessons to local youth baseball players.” While Delgado was born in Miami, Ryan moved to Newburgh from Chicago. “Growing up in a smaller community like Newburgh has taught me the value of giving back to your community,” she said. “For instance, our Brunettes flag football team (promoting Alzheimer’s awareness) needed coaches. I was able to call some of the football coaches I knew when I was at Castle and asked them to help out with the benefit. They were great to work with and I knew they had more fun than they realized. “Moving away from this area would be emotionally hard, especially with how rooted my parents have become. My heart will always be here, even if Casey’s baseball career takes us elsewhere.” This story is reminiscent of a movie called “Love and Baseball” because that combination is what makes this so upbeat. 54

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Story by Emily May. Photos courtesy of Ohio Township Fire Department Auxiliary.

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hen the fire whistle goes off, firefighters drop whatever they’re doing to respond. It’s a great sacrifice, particularly when the call goes out during birthday parties, holidays or in the middle of the night. Katie Perkins is working to make sure those sacrifices don’t go unappreciated. Perkins is a member of the Ohio Township Fire Department Auxiliary. She described the group as supporters of the fire department. “What we do is we go on runs with the gentlemen,” she said. “If there’s an extended fire run, we take items such as water, food, dry socks, dry gloves, things like that. We also support them by giving them money to buy supplies that the trustee may not be able to buy or they can’t afford for themselves. We do fundraisers. We also like to foster a sense of community at the firehouse... It’s a way for us to give back and be involved in the fire department.” Perkins’ husband has been on the fire department for four or five years. The group is made up entirely of women at the moment, but is open to anyone — including members of the community with no ties to the fire department. The OTFD Auxiliary is funded solely through donations and fundraisers. But, Perkins said it is about more than just raising money. “We really want to bring a cohesion amongst all the people of the fire department,” she said. “Our husbands spend so much time together, but we don’t know who they’re spending time with, so it’s kind of nice to raise money to do movie nights and stuff.” Perkins said her husband spent a lot of time with the fire department in various classes and training exercises when he first started with the department. She saw a Facebook post about the auxiliary and thought it sounded like

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a perfect way to support her husband. “They had done it several different times,” she said. “Different people over the past years started it. But just because of a lack of time... it never really got direction. My husband joined the fire department and he was there, when he first started, all the time at classes and stuff. I saw a Facebook post about they were trying to start the auxiliary. I thought, ‘What a great way to be able to do something with him.’ He gives up all this time and it’s a way for me to support him in the background. That was three years ago now. It seems like that group of women came together and got the ball rolling.” The group does multiple fundraisers throughout the year. A car show is scheduled for September at Acapulco Mexican Restaurant in Newburgh and a huge craft show will be held the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The group is also planning an open house in October. The money is used for various projects throughout the year — including meals, support during fire runs and activities for the firefighters’ families. Anything left over at the end of the year is used to purchase whatever the department needs at the time. “The first year, we had a burn chamber that we just bought, but they didn’t have burn chamber helmets,” Perkins said. “So when they were going through training in the burn chamber, they were using the helmet they use in a fire. When you helmet is exposed to heat, it shortens the lifespan of your helmet. So what we were able to do was to provide helmets that they use just in the burn chamber.” The auxiliary encompasses both the Ohio Township Fire Department on Epworth and the station at Old Plank and S.R. 261. Perkins said that the new Ohio Township Trustee, who funds both stations in addition to Chandler and Newburgh fire departments, is working on establishing a cumulative fund that will help replace the departments’ apparatus as needed. She said the open house is a perfect opportunity for people to come out and see what their tax dollars will support. But at the end of the day, Perkins said it is a good feeling knowing she’s helping a group of people who give so much to their community. “It’s rewarding,” she said. “We want to be able to do something for the guys. We know how much of a time committment they give. So to give something to them is kind of nice.” For more information about the Ohio Township Fire Department Auxiliary, call the department at 812-598-0394. 48

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Medicare pays nothing for nursing home care unless you’ve first been in the hospital for 3 consecutive days. After that, it will pay only if you enter a certified nursing home within 30 days of your discharge from the hospital. For the first 20 days, Medicare pays 100 percent of your nursing home care costs. After that, you’ll pay $157.50 in 2015 per day ($152 in 2014) for your care through day 100, and Medicare will pick up the balance. Beyond day 100 in a nursing home, you’re on your own--Medicare doesn’t pay anything. If you’re at home, Medicare provides minimal short-term coverage for intermediate care (e.g., intravenous feeding or the treatment of dressings), but only if you’re confined to your home and the treatments are ordered by a doctor. Medicare provides nothing for custodial care, such as help with feeding, bathing, or preparing meals. Medicaid covers long-term nursing home costs (including both intermediate and custodial care costs) but only for individuals who have low income and few assets (eligibility guidelines vary from state to state). You will have to use up most of your savings before you qualify for Medicaid, and aside from a small personal needs allowance (typically $30 to $60 dollars a month), you will have to use all of your


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If you want to retain your independence, protect your assets, and maintain your standard of living while at the same time guaranteeing your access to a range of long-term care options, you may want to purchase LTCI. This insurance might be right for you if you meet the following criteria: ϒYou’re between the ages of 40 and 84 ϒYou have significant assets that you would want to preserve as an inheritance for others or gift to charity ϒYou have an income from employment or investments in addition to Social Security ϒYou can afford LTCI premiums (now and in the future) without changing your lifestyle Once you purchase an LTCI policy, your premiums can go up over time, but the rates can only rise for an entire class of policyholders in your state (i.e., all policyholders who bought a particular policy series, or who were within certain age groups when they bought the policy). Any increase must be justified and approved by your state’s insurance division. Several factors affect the cost of your long-term care policy. The most significant factors are your age, your health, the amount of benefit, and the benefit period. The younger and healthier you are when you buy LTCI, the less your premium rate will be each year. The greater your daily benefit (choices typically range from $50 to $350) and the longer the benefit period (generally 1 to 6 years, with some policies offering a lifetime benefit), the greater the premium. There’s no such thing as a standard long-term care insurance (LTCI) policy. Some policies are comprehensive (including most group LTCI policies), building many important features into the base plan--while charging a higher premium. Other lower-priced policies provide only basic coverage but offer you the choice of buying greater benefits at an additional cost. That’s why it’s important when comparing policies to look at both the basic coverage an LTCI policy offers and the optional benefits you can add. Most LTCI policies today cover a full range of services, including full-time nursing home care (skilled care), part-time nursing home care (intermediate care), or assistance with daily living activities (custodial care). Coverage for mental incapacity (including Alzheimer’s disease) is now standard in most policies. Also, a good basic policy won’t require you to spend time in a hospital before receiving long-term care benefits. And nearly all LTCI policies are renewable, as long as premium payments continue. You should be able to find a basic LTCI package that includes many of these features. If not, find out how much it will cost to add these provisions.

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Story and photos by Timothy W. Young.

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t’s 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 4. Sitting at the end of my driveway was a vehicle that most people probably wouldn’t want to see parked there, but I highly anticipated. I rushed out of my house like a kid excited to get to summer camp, stopping by my car to grab my sunglasses. I hopped in the black Dodge Charger and greeted its driver, Sgt. Aaron Bennett with the Warrick County Sheriff’s Office. The car was clean and had black leather interior. It’s the type of car that my Dodge Dart hopes to be one day when it grows up. A laptop is mounted to the middle console so that Bennett can look up suspects while on the go. Bennett had already been on the job since 5:30 a.m., but was confident that I’d get to see some action. For the next couple of minutes, he told me what had already happened. It seemed that I had missed a car chase in Chandler, which ended when the perp crashed into a tree and RV and fled on foot. As we pulled away a call came over the radio of a fight in Chandler. The victim reported having his wallet stolen and the three men responsible fled in a red car. 11:04 a.m. — Fuquay Road “Wow,” I think to myself. “It feels like we are going very fast.” I glance over at the speedometer, trying not to make it too obvious to the seasoned law enforcement officer that I was nervous. “Oh, just 90 mph,” I thought to myself. “That’s not too bad, I guess.” It seems that even my inner monologue is sarcastic. We crested a hill just before Jenner Road and I thought for sure we were going in the air, but Bennett knew exactly how to handle the car, choosing specific times when to speed up and slow down. I don’t think law enforcement officers get enough credit for the expert-level driving skills that they attain. Not before long we were on E. Adams Avenue in Chandler, where one sheriff’s deputy and three Chandler PD officers were questioning a man. The victim, who had visible red marks from being attacked, was identifying who attacked him. Bennett and I hopped back in the car and looked up the alleged attacker’s name. He lived further down the road. After arriving and questioning him, Bennett was able to discover that the victim was lying about who attacked him. It was Chandler’s case and we were only assisting, so Bennett left Chandler PD to clean up. Just another day Bennett said that intuition plays a big role in what he and other law enforcement officer do. You learn “to follow your gut,” he said.

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The sergeant was always scanning as we were driving through Newburgh, looking for any kind of tell that would give someone away. He was talking to me the whole time and even while fully engaged in a conversation, he was able to pick up details about vehicles and its passengers as we drove by. Being a national holiday, Bennett said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had issued warnings to all law enforcement about a pending ISIS attack. However, there was something closer to home that had Bennett and his peers on the lookout. Evansville Police Department had issued a statement to regional law enforcement that gangs had targeted the weekend to “mess with police,” which I assume is part of a rite of initiation. To Bennett and his peers, it was just another day. It can weigh heavy on someone in law enforcement. Going to work feeling Kevlar under your shirt becomes second nature. Knowing things can go from bad to worse in the blink of an eye is just something that they learn to live with. They have to wear a gun to work, yet many have to find a second job to make ends meet because their pay scale in Warrick County is based on the same raises that a clerk in the auditor’s office receives. The disparity is real, yet this job is treated as if it’s a regular 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job. That’s our fault. We demand immediate protection, yet we don’t demand that these men and women — who have the courage to do what we can’t or won’t — get paid a decent wage.

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12:39 p.m. — S.R. 662 and Stacer Road Bennett notices a passenger of a car react to seeing our car drive by. The car, which has a broken windshield and no rear view mirror, also has expired plates. The passenger’s abrupt movements are what caught Bennett’s eye. He tells me that someone is probably going to jail as he runs the license plate through his computer. Sure enough, the car is registered to a woman with an expired driver’s license. In fact, she has 30 points on her license. A license can be suspended if 12 points are accumulated over three years. This woman could be classified as a habitual traffic offender and sent to prison. After some questioning and identification, Bennett could see that the man who was riding with the woman was out on bond, with prior convictions relating to firearms and narcotics. The entire time Bennett was questioning the two of them, the man was texting on two different phones at the same time. Neither of the individuals had a driver’s license, which meant that the sheriff’s office had to tow the vehicle. The woman pleaded to let her call someone to pick the car up for them. “If they beat the tow truck they can have it,” Bennett said. Bennett’s backup arrived and he informed the driver that the car is considered property of the sheriff’s office since it is being towed. In other words, Bennett could now legally search the vehicle without consent. Nothing came about from the search, but as he finished and the tow truck pulled up, so did a black SUV, except it conveniently pulled into an adjoining gas station, coming to a stop out of eyesight. A minute later, the girl’s father came walking up, anger in his eyes. A younger man and woman were accompanying him. He began berating his daughter for her poor choices and for ruining the holiday weekend. Bennett said he needed to see two drivers with proper identification — one to drive the vehicle that was to be towed and one to drive the SUV. The father became agitated that he had to present identification and a valid license for the vehicles and quickly became confrontational. I watched as Bennett — an officer who prefers to act with kindness and understanding first — hit his breaking point and began to raise his voice to the girl’s father. One of the father’s accomplices attempted to get in between the two when he could see that Bennett had reached the point where he could arrest the father for his belligerent behavior. The father finally left, leaving the vehicle to be towed. As Bennett dropped me off at my house, I remarked on the adrenaline rush that I had all day. He laughed and said it’s all part of the job. He closed out his shift and headed out for a much-deserved vacation.

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Meet the staff

Name: Gary Neal Title: Publisher High school attended and year graduated: Tuscola (Ill.) High School, Class of 1969 Favorite school memory: That was 46 years ago. I don’t remember what I had for breakfast.

Name: Timothy W. Young Title: Managing Editor High school attended and year graduated: Castle High School, Class of 1997 Favorite school memory: In September of 1996, I got the chance to play band director for the Marching Knights. The band director, Tom Dean, and I had made a bet: if we beat Ben Davis High School (something we had never done) at the Indiana State University invitational, I could be the director for the post game show and Dean would march in my spot. We beat Ben Davis and I led the band out onto the field and conducted our warmups, all the while, Dean tried not to cause too much of a distraction marching a show that he had never marched before. All in all, the show went off without a hitch, except for the time he had to quickly dodge underneath a trombone. Name: Emily (Evans) May Title: Editor of the Newburgh Magazine and Senior Reporter for the Standard High school attended and year graduated: Castle High School, Class of 2000 Favorite school memory: Both Mr. Meier and Mrs. Rowe told me that this boy and I would end up married. We will celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary this month. I also had an advanced comp teacher fail me. Look at me now!

Name: Laura Acchiardo Title: Sports/School Reporter High school attended and year graduated: Reitz Memorial High School, Class of 2011 Favorite school memory: Dressing as chefs for the high school football game against Reitz and throwing flour at halftime.

Name: Amanda Redenbaugh Title: Graphics Manager High school attended and year graduated: Castle High School, Class of 2002 Favorite school memory: Mrs. Fiscus’ painting class was my favorite class. I enjoyed working on a group painting for a local business.

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In honor of our back-to-school edition, the full-time staff of Warrick Publishing is giving you a glimpse into our past and present. Name: Debi Neal Title: Business Manager High school attended and year graduated: Boonville High School, Class of 1968 Favorite school memory: Being a cheerleader.

Name: Cindy Lewis Title: Business Development High School attended and year graduated: Boonville High School, Class of 1986 Favorite school memory: My most fond memories of growing up are the ones spent showing horses. During my high school evenings I could be found atop my horse practicing for the next horse show. As a family we were very involved with local horse shows and participating in 4-H equine judging. As I look back I realize how many good friends were made during that chapter of my life. Name: Karen (Craig) Hullett Title: Advertising Sales Manager High school attended and year graduated: Boonville High School, Class of 1978 Favorite school memory: Hanging out with my friends at the Campus Inn for lunch, listening to The Battle of New Orleans.

Name: Kristina Morris Title: Business Assistant High School attended and year graduated: Tecumseh High School, Class of 1988 Favorite school memory: Swim team and hanging with my friends at X-Market parking lot.

Name: Tammy Franz Title: Circulation Manager High school attended and year graduated: Boonville High School, Class of 1988 Favorite school memory: Graduation.

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