Editorials

As lawn mowers awakened across Howard County Thursday afternoon, neighbors shouted greetings across streets, front yards and over four-stroke engines.

Many of us are taught that every life has a purpose. We’re told God never gives us more than we can handle as we endeavor to realize our full potential.

Back in January 2013, we reported with heavy hearts the death of 2012 Northwestern High School graduate and Ball State University student Blake Taylor.

Editorials

Don’t let today’s highs in the 40s fool you. It’s spring in Indiana. And with the changing season, Hoosiers can count on the return of thunderstorms, daffodils and miles of orange cones on our highways.

July 1 marks the date when drivers of motor vehicles can no longer use or hold a cellphone while operating a vehicle on Indiana roads and highways.

House Bill 1173 started out as the vehicle for Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs legislation. Leaders of all major veterans organizations supported it. But the bill that came out of the General Assembly’s recently ended short session was amended at the last moment over objections of the…

Howard County farmers planted 56,000 acres of corn and 69,700 acres of soybeans in 2019, the National Agricultural Statistics Service reports.

The State Legislature, for the most part, made sound decisions during the 2020 session on bills with significant environmental and public health ramifications. But legislators fell short of good public policy in at least two cases.

An amendment in the waning hours of the 2020 legislative session led to a change that will leave Hoosiers less informed about the status of their public schools.

The day after two tornadoes swept through Howard County in November 2013, 400 area students turned out to help their neighbors clean up.

ABATE of Indiana — the nonprofit motorcycle advocacy group — will once again offer its annual classes on rider safety in Kokomo beginning May 1. Registration for this year’s course offerings can be found at https://registration.abateonline.org.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed today with the barrage of developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, rest assured you’re not alone. It seems with every passing day we’re seeing more major disruptions in the way we live our lives.

The consensus among Americans in virtually all regions of the country is that the economy is good and jobs are plentiful. The nation’s unemployment rate is holding steady at 3.5%. In Indiana, it’s better that that at 3.2%.

Sunday marks the start of Sunshine Week 2020. This highlighting of open government was established in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors.

Outdoor temperatures are forecast to remain cool today through Sunday. But temperatures will climb to near 60 by Tuesday, the National Weather Service reported Wednesday. Outdoor warming makes for an ideal time to dig up trees or bushes.

On July 1, 2014, more than 200 new laws were added to the Indiana Criminal Code. After six previous years of Statehouse proposals, study committees and debate, economics finally had caught up with the push by politicians to get tough on crime.

Gov. Eric Holcomb visited Kokomo Thursday to welcome Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ new engine plant to the City of Firsts and rub elbows with local workers and government and plant officials.

The plot lines in the topsy-turvy story of the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primary have veered in many directions in the months leading up to the first actual contests for delegates in places such as Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. It would not be surprising to see sto…

Though it didn’t seem like it at the time, the firestorm of controversy surrounding Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2015 didn’t last. It eventually died down and the larger conversation moved to a new topic.

Ryan Ramirez was convicted and sentenced to life without parole for the 2018 murder of 23-month-old Paisley Hudson, a death that is made even more tragic in that it may have been preventable if the right people had had the willingness and ability to protect Paisley from her abuser.

If you’re feeling like the United States of America’s political leaders are getting off to a shaky start in their approach to the potential global pandemic now referred to as COVID-19, you’re not alone.

Our nation’s capital offers a rich variety of museums that appeal to multiple interests, including art, air and space, U.S. history, native peoples history and culture, as well as the newest building focused on African American history and culture.

The future of our communities, our country and our world lies in the hands of children. While every child needs education, support and mentoring to reach his or her full potential, there are those children who find themselves in situations not of their making.

If you have enrolled in Howard County’s Citizen Alert System and receive weather warnings directly from the National Weather Service, you can expect a couple of text messages March 18.

Indiana spends $8.7 billion a year on K-12 schools and claims to be a pioneer in education reform. Yet thousands of its high school students are graduating without the basic math, reading and writing skills needed to succeed in college.

Indiana spends $8.7 billion a year on K-12 schools and claims to be a pioneer in education reform. Yet thousands of its high school students are graduating without the basic math, reading and writing skills needed to succeed in college.

Abraham Lincoln’s 211th birthday was last Wednesday. And for many historians, Lincoln was the nation’s greatest president.

Three years ago, on Feb. 24, the Indiana Pacers honored the 1985, ‘86 and ‘87 boys basketball teams of neighboring Marion High School.

Hoosiers support the right to know what government at all levels is up to, and they believe public notices in community newspapers are a trusted source of that transparency.

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