Nashville musician encourages consumers to shop local

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NASHVILLE, Ind. — Brown County musician and software consultant Chuck Wills encourages consumers to shop local this holiday season and throughout the year. Wills says he shops at small businesses in his community all year round, but his family and friends have come to expect unique holiday gifts from the arts and crafts mecca of Brown County, …

Non-profit focuses on harm reduction for IV drug users

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NOTE: This is Part 1 of a profile on Indiana Recovery Alliance. The second segment will be part of a larger special feature on the impact of heroin use on social and community services in Indiana. The full package will be published in upcoming months. BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Social worker Chris Abert started a non-profit …

19-year-old wants to ‘be the change’ as she faces bipolar disorder

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ELLETTSVILLE, Ind. — Rachael Brown, a 19-year-old student at Ivy Tech Community College, heard a shocking diagnosis when she had an adverse reaction to painkiller during wisdom teeth extraction: She suffered from bipolar disorder. According to behavioral specialist Cheryl Ferguson, bipolar is a disorder that manifests with episodes of mania and depression, once called manic-depressive disorder. …

Daughter shares memory of mom at Alzheimer’s walk

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Fort Wayne resident Delana Etnyre joined 19 other family members Saturday, Oct. 10, to honor her mother, Verna Bates, at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. It was the 14th anniversary of Bates’s death. After the event, Etnyre shared a memory about Hershey’s candy bars and how they became a shared private moment …

Habitat raises funds, and then walls, to get family in home by the holidays

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SEE ALSO: Volunteer works so partner families have homes PEOGA, Ind. — After two fundraisers in the past few months, Brown County Habitat for Humanity is ready to raise the walls on this year’s partner family home. On Tuesday, Oct. 6, workers will frame the walls on this three-bedroom house for Nathaniel and Rachelle Nash …

Nashville mom shares passion for flowers with young daughters

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NASHVILLE, Ind. — Village Florist designer Jamie Rumple is passing down her love of flowers to her two young daughters on their goat farm in Brown County. When she takes home unsellable flowers from work, the little girls design their own arrangements for their rooms. “At 6 and 3, they have tons of talent,” she …

IU students march for climate change

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — More than 50 Indiana University students, faculty and staff joined Reinvest IU organizers for the March for Climate Action on IU’s campus Thursday, Sept. 17. With signs, windmills and music in tow, the marchers trekked into Bryan Hall and upstairs to President Michael McRobbie’s office where they read a letter calling for …

Brown County revs up for October tourism

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BROWN COUNTY, Ind. — With October just a few short weeks away, Nashville and Brown County, Ind., are gearing up for the busiest tourism season of the year. More than 1.3 million people a year find their way to this hilly, quaint mecca that has streets lined with tiny shops selling local art, crafts and …

Fourth Street Festival a hot ticket for arts enthusiasts

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The sweltering heat beat down on those who braved the sunny 90-plus-degree temperatures to partake in the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts this Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 5 and 6. Tents lined both sides of Fourth Street from Lincoln to Indiana Avenue. Each offered a different perspective on the …

Mom leads fundraiser for weekend meal program

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NASHVILLE, Ind. — Clara Stanley saw an advertisement in her local newspaper about the Brown County Weekend Backpacks program and knew she needed to be involved. As a mother, she understood the importance of making sure children had food they could prepare on the weekends. Many children have parents who work and leave them to …

Volunteer works so partner families have homes

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  NASHVILLE, Ind. — In 2009, a friend asked Sandie Jones if she wanted to get involved in Brown County Habitat for Humanity. She said yes. Now, six years later, Jones will begin her first year on Habitat’s Board of Directors. Spearheading much of the organization’s social media presence, Jones helped get the word out …

Notepad Brad headlines first solo gig at Rhino’s

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Brad McMahan looks like any other hip-hop fan in his backward baseball cap, red t-shirt and navy blue cargo shorts. At a hip-hop showcase Aug. 8, 2015, at Rhino’s All Ages Music Club, he stands for a while with his friends, and then he kicks back on a pale worn couch and …

Optometrist builds relationships with patients

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NASHVILLE, Ind. — At seven, optometrist Dr. Jessica Wagers watched a documentary that stuck with her into her adult years. The show was about people who make prosthetic eyes, and that sparked her elementary-aged interest. “I thought it was fascinating because somebody that has lost their eye could have the appearance of having an eye,” …

Veteran photographer evolves from journalist to artist

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NASHVILLE, Ind. — Rodney Margison once spent his days shooting sporting events and covering spot news as a photojournalist. Now he creates art with an array of models and hopes to land an art gallery show in the near future. His 35-year journey is one of evolution; from the science of photography to the art …

What a hoop! Hudsucker Posse brings circus-style flow arts to town

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Paula Chambers and Poppe Tsunami found hooping at different places in their lives, but now they work together to promote flow — or movement — arts in Bloomington. Flow arts include hooping and juggling, as well as the fire and aerial arts. These are all activities or events commonly seen at the circus. …

Pole-vaulter sets high goals for future

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NASHVILLE, Ind. — Emily Brady spent her high school days working hard to beat her last best. She set record after record in pole vaulting, even beating out her older sister’s school record of 9’ 6” when she was a freshman. While she was doing that, she was also playing on the girls’ basketball and …

Mom gives daughter legacy by speaking against drunk driving

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SELMA, Ind. — Kim Morrow’s life changed in the wee hours of Oct. 28, 2012. That’s the day her 17-year-old daughter chose to get in the car with a drunk driver who later tried to outrun a train. She found out at about 7 a.m. that Amber, spending the night with a friend, wouldn’t be coming …

Fricktion: Office by day, hip hop by night

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — In his compact bedroom studio, Thomas Frick speaks softly about his life of hip hop, social consciousness and responsible marketing techniques. He expresses his desire to lead a positive, compassionate life and surrounds himself with creative people whose company he enjoys, deflecting as much negative influence as possible. Frick’s journey is one that began in Greenville, …

Grandma and pearls ignite jewelry designer’s passion for art

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NASHVILLE, Ind. — Jewelry designer Evan Knox grew up on a farm in Benton County, Ind., but found her way to the artist colony of Brown County 20 years ago to raise her son and create wearable art. The soft-spoken woman, who shares her home with a teen son and seven cats, earned a degree in art …

Graduate pursues art therapy career after suicide attempt

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Carley Fox bubbles with happiness three days before her high school graduation. She sits on a wicker loveseat in her backyard, smiling with nervous excitement. This is a different girl than she was just a couple short years ago. Her journey began when her best friend, her cousin Derek Lodestein, drowned. The high-schooler struggled …

A fading tradition: Hoosier finds passion caring for family, elderly

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WINCHESTER, Ind. — As Geneva Bates Walker prepares to celebrate her 60th birthday in a few months, she admits she has had a blessed life taking care of her parents, siblings, extended family and elderly relatives. As the middle of 11 children, seven boys and four girls, she is part of a fading generation of …

Ashley Day brings big-city fashion to small town

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NASHVILLE, Ind. — Fashion designer Ashley Day lived in New York City after graduating from Ball State University, but missed the quaintness of home. So she hauled her fashion talents back to Brown County, Ind., and begged her mom for a small boutique corner in Mulberry Cottage. The boutique quickly outgrew the corner and moved …

Cari Ray talks roots, music and cowboy boots

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NASHVILLE, Ind. — Cari Ray belted out her first song when she was 3. In junior high, she wrote poetry. Now she spends her weeks performing at small, intimate venues, connecting with her audience and sharing her own story in lyrics. Originally from Parke County, Ind., the Bluesy-Americana artist calls the village of Nashville home. …

First Ordinary Hoosier teaches Papel Picado art

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NASHVILLE, Ind. — She doesn’t necessarily consider herself a Hoosier, but Casandra Karl says she loves her home in Brown County, Ind. She doesn’t plan to leave until her husband carries her out by her feet. She earned a bachelor’s degree in archaeology and studied Medieval Latin, history and art. Karl also got a graduate degree in museum studies. Her …

Welcome to Ordinary Hoosiers

If you’re from Indiana, you know that basketball and race cars run deep through the cornfields, across the flatlands and between the hilly terrain in the south-central region of the state. You know the celebrity icons who have called Indiana home: Michael Jackson, Hoagy Carmichael, John Mellencamp, Henry Lee Summer, David Letterman, Jane Pauley and …