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Monday, November 30, 2015
  • Thursday, November 19, 2015 1:17 AM
    Ate lunch (yep, at Pizza Hut) with one of my best friends (met in first grade) with the intent I’d interview her or set up a different time to do that. Instead, she told me how amazing her son-in-law is, emphasizing that he’s a good, God-loving person. She suggested I interview him. Since I’d not met him yet, and that type of compliment from a mother-in-law is pretty amazing in itself, I jumped at the chance. 
  • Thursday, November 12, 2015 5:58 AM
    Hubs and I had supper at Pizza Hut with my guests this week. They were celebrating their anniversary the next day. One of the neatest stories of the evening was that they were supposed to have married Oct. 22, but her father passed away and the wedding was postponed. It wasn’t until Nov. 5 that her brother walked her down the aisle. She became pregnant about six weeks later and they had their first born child, Allen, whom they lost at age 2 ½ months from Cystic Fibrosis. With such troubles, it’s a wonder these two kept going. I don’t know about you, but I think 55 years is pretty doggone amazing!
  • Karen says, "Thank ya' very much!"
    Thursday, November 05, 2015 1:08 AM
    Here we have a cool love story.  He drove-up in his ’55 Ford to see the new preacher and his family.  Wasn’t impressed, but about half a decade later, he married the oldest P.K. he met that day.  The Alexander family came from Cedarville, Ohio where Mr. Alexander had just become a minister.  Quite a feat at that age, with a wife and three children to support.
  • Thursday, October 29, 2015 5:12 AM
    One of the reasons I have always admired this week’s Around the County guest is because he never forgets his roots.  It’s similar to the Albert Einstein quote, “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value." 
  • Thursday, October 22, 2015 1:25 AM
    Rare do I begin my articles with the ending, but in this case, I believe it’s important as it is the way my fella’ this week seems to live his life.  “Here lies a man of great integrity,” is what he strives for in his everyday world.  In a public business for 55 years he strives to make his customer happy.  “If you can’t do it right, don’t do it,” he further explained.
  • Did ya' know about the Wheeler Asylum?
    Thursday, October 15, 2015 1:20 AM
    This week’s couple I’ve known since I was a youngster.  He was about 1/3 of the way down in a family of 12 children.  She had three brothers.  Definitely, family is what it’s all about for these two.
  • Thursday, October 08, 2015 11:59 PM
    I grew-up next to the parents of this gal.  Our family loved her family and I can say I still love and admire her.  Same with that darling husband of hers!  He’s a wonderful person.  When we had lunch at PH, I got butterflies in my tummy that after 65 years of marriage, she snuggled-up to him and he cuddled her.  In their mid 80s, they look and act 20 years younger, so full of love and life.
  • Thursday, September 24, 2015 12:07 AM
    Oh, my gracious, there is no way I thought this young man was my age (65) as he looks 45, 50 tops!  He acts 45, too – always goofy!  Also, it’s so much fun watching him at his job!  
  • Nothing but net for this week’s guests
    Wednesday, September 16, 2015 8:23 PM

    He graduated from Turkey Run in 1990 with 52 in his class; she the next year with 47. Although I didn’t have either of them in class at TR, I loved watching her play basketball, plus I had his younger brother in the very first English class I taught. He went on to IU where he graduated in Elementary Education. After TR, she attended Anderson (also El Ed) and played basketball. She’s in AU’s Hall of Fame. Yet, it wasn’t high school that brought them together. Not college either since they were so far away. Instead they both worked at the FCA camp together during their college summers. Although he teased that it was because he’s taller at 6’3” than her 5’11” they agreed that the true reason they became man and wife is their strong faith. At the camp, they spent a great deal of time together, and their interest in each other grew. Today, both are teachers at New Market, and if you’ve not guessed, then meet Curtis and Susan Berry McVay.

  • Don't give up on dreams, this guest hasn't
    Thursday, September 10, 2015 10:02 PM

    I was right uptown for this interview and enjoyed every minute of it. This week’s guest knew from a young age that he wanted to be a fire fighter / paramedic. Certainly it was a large step to his current position. An extremely driven person, he comes from a long line of community service folks. His father retired from the local police force, mom (Carole) worked for the city police, sister, Tricia Keeling, is running for Hillsboro’s Town Board and his Aunt Evelyn Swaim is on the Waynetown Board. Todd absolutely loves every second of his job, but often goes home exhausted. 40 or so messages greet him on his cell phone each morning. Even when he has an exceptionally tough day, he looks back on it and knows that he did the right things. At a meeting awhile back, he said he got a great philosophy, “Every day, I wake up and say, whose life can I touch today?” No doubt his work is not an 8-5, Monday-Friday type job, but instead, “It goes on and ya’ have to be ready,” says Mayor Todd Barton. 


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