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The Monster

The Monster

On February 21, 1998, a 19-year-old gentle soul named Lynn Topp from North Star, Ohio, walked for exercise on a less-traveled road off Ohio 49. A student at Wright State University’s Lake Campus in Celina, she had thick, abundant hair and a cheerful smile always on...
Murder Most Foul

Murder Most Foul

Philip Kabel of Randolph County penned occasional pieces on Randolph County history for the Union City paper. One such story, addressed the hideous March 22, 1824, murders of peaceful Native Americans by white settlers on Fall Creek hunting grounds in Madison County....
Stephen King couldn’t make this up

Stephen King couldn’t make this up

Edith Mae Grinstead was born Dec. 21, 1896, in Tipton to high school custodian John Franklin Grinstead and his wife Mary.  At 17, she married farmer Walter W. Kritsch in 1914. One of Walter’s best friends was William Ray Dawson. Dawson was born July 21, 1893.  William...
Harter Park, the Union City, Indiana gem

Harter Park, the Union City, Indiana gem

A trick knee limited me to treadmill and indoor walks this winter. But as March temperatures in Fairbanks finally hit a walkable 30 degrees, I’m itching to hit the trails and parks here in Alaska’s Interior. One of my favorite parks in the world is Harter Park in...
What you need to know about the 2024 eclipse

What you need to know about the 2024 eclipse

Why are total eclipses so rare? A viewer needs to perch where the Sun, new Moon and Earth are in a straight line. Wife Gosia and I are bummed that we latter-day Alaskans won’t be in geographical position to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse. Nonetheless, I...