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

      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. Brown’s therapist has explained to her the symptoms of her diagnosis. “There will be times when I’m super hyper and I can’t sleep and I’m feeling my mind is racing, or there will be times when I’m maybe not like feel depressed, but I won’t be able to move as quickly, I will feel…

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    Nashville mom shares passion for flowers with young daughters

      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 laughs. Rumple remembers always having a flower garden at her own mother’s house. That’s when her interest began. “We planted some beautiful Star Gazer lilies and every year when they come up, she [her mom] reminds me that those were planted just for me and she sends me pictures.” Rumple’s career in flowers began…

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    Optometrist builds relationships with patients

      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,” she said. “The detail work and the artwork that went into painting one of these prosthetic eyes was just intriguing.” Wagers went to Indiana University and earned an undergraduate degree in biology, with minors in psychology and chemistry. Afterward, she attended the IU School of Optometry and earned her degree in 2009. “Jessica Wagers…

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    Veteran photographer evolves from journalist to artist

      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 one creates with his camera. He developed his love of photography from his father, who taught him about the science of it, and made his own decision early on to pursue life with a camera in his hand. When his college career didn’t turn out as he had planned in 1981, he resorted to freelancing for…

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    Pole-vaulter sets high goals for future

      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 volleyball teams and keeping her grades high enough to get a full-ride, four-year scholarship to college. Emily started working with the junior high track team when she was in elementary school, and by the time she got to high school, she was competing as a varsity-level pole-vaulter and qualifying for state every year. Her jumps went…