Championship Preview: Anybody's Guess... Anbody's Ballgame

NEW CARLISLE - The one thing we know about 2020 is that we don't know much about anything. As 80 teams descend upon the New Prairie Little League Complex this weekend with hopes of raising the Hometown Cup, everything is completely up for grabs. While it will be imperative for teams to follow the health and safety protocols, the participants are also focused on getting to Migley Field on Sunday afternoon. And there is no shortage of teams with the ability to do so. Part III? The Wiffle®Ball Championship Game has featured a match-up between the Granger Panthers and New Carlisle Newts in each of the last two years. The hometown team kept The Cup in 2018, while Granger got their revenge a year

COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols for the 2020 Championship

While the coronavirus has canceled most events in 2020, the nature of the The Wiffle®Ball Championship allows for participants and spectators to practice social distancing in an outdoor setting. However, exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present; and there is no guarantee that you will not be exposed during The Wiffle®Ball Championship. The CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from coronavirus. Participants and spectators should evaluate their own risk in determining whether to attend. People who show no symptoms can spread coronavirus if the

Researching Stockton Family History in New Carlisle

The man on the left is my great grand-father, George Washington Stockton. He was born in New Jersey in 1842 and served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He moved to New Carlisle sometime after the war, but I don’t know what year. He married a lady named Anna Maria Logan (possibly from New Carlisle) and they had 7 children: Nellie M. Stockton, 1866; Harry E. Stockton, 1867; Edward Stockton, 1869; George W. Stockton (my Grandfather), 1870; Olive Maude Stockton, 1876; Jerry Norval Stockton, 1879; and Anna Laura Stockton, 1884. The only one of the children I know anything about is my Grandfather, George W. Stockton who married a lady from Three Oaks named Mary L. Salters. My understanding

Let Purdue Extension help you "Get WalkIN"

Fall will soon be here and that means nicer weather with more time spent outdoors. Why not take this opportunity to start walking and moving more? Walking is a popular form of physical activity—and good for your health! Only half of all American adults get the recommended amount of physical activity. Lack of physical activity is directly related to the occurrence of adult obesity and overweight. Regular physical activity can lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, and falls in older adults. Walking is an excellent way for most people to increase their physical activity. It is an easy way to start and maintain a physically active lifestyle.

Modifications to State's Back on Track Plan

On July 1, Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced the state will modify the Back On Track Indiana plan through at least July 17. While a few restrictions lifted on July 4 in version 4.5 of the plan, most have stayed in place. Elkhart County will remain fully in Stage 4 until at least July 17. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines. “While most of our health indicators remain positive, our data indicates a need to be extra cautious, which is why we will pause much of our Back on Track roadmap,” Gov. Holcomb said. “I urge Hoosiers to maintain vigilance in social distancing and wearing masks so we can continue to reopen our state for business.” Gov. Holcomb has used data to drive

Lane Closures for State Road 2

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced lane closures for State Road 2 at the intersection with C.R. 700 E/Cougar Rd, which will begin Tuesday, July 7. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction, with the left passing lane closed in each direction. Crews will be constructing a median in this location. The lane restrictions will be in place through the beginning of August, 2020. INDOT urges drivers to stay alert near crews and follow traffic directions carefully. Drivers are encouraged to allow extra time when driving through this area. Drivers should slow down, use extra caution and drive distraction-free through all work zones.

Summer Fun at Parks

A FUN-d raising run and family fun walk to benefit St. Joseph County Parks will be held at St. Patrick’s County Park on August 15. Registration is online at RunSignUp.com. There will be a 5K chip-timed run on a trail course; and a 3K Wacky Nature Scavenger Hunt Walk for all ages! Dogs are allowed on 6-ft leash, for the walk only. The event is organized by the St. Joseph County Parks Foundation and St. Joseph County Parks. Proceeds will go towards park facilities, programs and bus transportation to the parks for school programs. There will be awards for the top 3 finishers in each age category. T-shirts are available if ordered before August 9. Registration fee is $15 per individual for the

God and Country

Mark 12:17 says, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Jesus). Politics has always contained a potential for a negative response from Christians. We all seem to have an agenda, and it rarely coincides with God’s agenda, but it is amazing how often it has to do with me. I find it interesting, during this presidential election year, to read many of the social media posts from my brothers and sisters in Christ. I guess a number of us think it’s OK to lay aside the be ye kind scriptures when it comes to sharing our political opinions. It also disappoints me to see how often we don’t do our homework or due diligence in ascertaining that which we p

Upcoming Events at NCUMC

On July 10, we will be doing elephant ears and popcorn drive thru. You don’t even have to get out of your car. The time is 4:00-5:30pm ET. Free to all. Come on through and get your snack to enjoy. Give us a shoutout on Facebook if you think you might come and how many elephant ears you would like. In the near future we’ll be starting to collect school supplies for the students. We have also heard that bottled water may be one of the items that will be needed. Visit us on our Facebook as we will keep you up to date on what is needed and when. Celebration of Life A celebration of life for Ken Carter will take place July 17 at 6:00pm ET at the United Methodist Church of New Carlisle. This even

Message from Olive Chapel

Human nature loves to find the easy way through life. Whether we are looking for increased financial gain, losing weight, healing from physical or psychological torment, or getting from point A to point Z, we simply want to find the “easy button” so we can skip the discomfort and just get there. But we learn so much in the waiting and the discomfort. In Mark 5:24-34 we find a story of a woman who had suffered for twelve long years with a bleeding problem. Historically, this woman was likely banned from society, deemed unclean, and forced to live much of her time on the outskirts of town, away from family friends, and other people. She also would have been banned from the temple, making her f

Janette Lucille McCollum, 1923-2020

Janette Lucille McCollum, 97, of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away on Thursday, June 25th, 2020. She was born on March 9th, 1923 in Three Oaks, Michigan to the late Paul and Blanche (Heckahtorn) Schaber. On June 28, 1945 she married Cecil McCollum who preceded her in death on February 3, 1983. Janette was also predeceased in death by three grandchildren, Fredrick Hudson, Chad McCollum, and Michael McCollum, two sisters and two brothers. She is survived by five daughters; Karen Dewey of Niles, Michigan, Mary Hayes of LaPorte, Indiana, Karol Wright of New Carlisle, Indiana, Kathryn (John) McCollum of New Carlisle, Indiana, and Paula Mullet of Des Ark, Arkansas, one son Peter McCollum of South

David P. Mathews, 1932-2020

David P. Mathews, 87, long time teacher for New Prairie Schools, passed away June 14, 2020 in Green Valley, AZ. He is survived by Donna, his wife of 66 years. She resides at LaPosada Nursing Care in Green Valley. David began his teaching career as band director at the former New Carlisle High School. He left teaching to sell band instruments, then came back to New Carlisle and later New Prairie High School to complete his career teaching English. He and Donna also established a successful auction business. He was born in Knox, Indiana in August, 1932. After graduating from North Central College in Naperville, Il. (where he met Donna), he earned an M.A. in music from Butler University. As

Richard A. "Dick" Brewer, 1927-2020

Richard A. “Dick” Brewer, 93, of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. He was born on April 29, 1927 in South Bend, Indiana to the late Gerald and Maguerite (Osborn) Brewer. On December 3, 1949 in Valparaiso, Indiana he married Virginia M. “Ginny” Nickerson who preceded him in death on September 1, 2011. Richard is survived by two daughters; Mallory (Donald) Bryant of New Carlisle, Indiana, Sheila (Keith) Plummer of New Carlisle, Indiana, one son, Brant Brewer of New Carlisle, Indiana, seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Richard was preceded in death by one brother, Bud Brewer and one sister, Margaret Brewer. Dick graduated from New Carlisle High S

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