LOWELL — A semi lost control Sunday afternoon on I-65 north bound at the 236-mile marker (this approximately four miles south of the Lowell exit), which brought Sunday traffic to a stop.

WEST LAFAYETTE — Four members of the Northwest Jefferson club went to the District Meeting at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in West Lafayette on Sept. 11. There were nine that attended from Newton County plus the Extension Educator.

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FAIR OAKS — The Economic Development Directors for both Jasper and Newton County got together and made a proposal for the Indiana Economic Development Association to come to Fair Oaks Farms for its annual conference, a first for the counties and northwest Indiana. Among the other proposals g…

Fishermen caught plenty of fish before outboard motors were invented — but they caught many more after Ole Evinrude slapped a gasoline engine to the back of his rowboat. It gave guys unwilling to paddle, row or drift their boats to far off fishing hot spots the chance to go farther and fish longer.

It doesn’t matter what sport a person is pursuing, if it involves hitting a target, longer is more challenging. In basketball, arching the ball through the hoop at three-point range is more difficult than a lay-up. In golf, hitting a 20-foot putt is hard, a 20-inch putt is a “gimme.” It’s tr…

To have a stable population of living creatures, the number of births has to equal the number of deaths. It doesn’t matter if that creature is a human or animal or if the animal is a bird, reptile or mammal. If the birthrate doesn’t replace the death rate, the population will decline. If mor…

Crossing the line separating Indiana and Illinois sometimes means dealing with different laws and customs. Readers are asked to share ideas for this weekly feature. This week: Chief justices.

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So there was President Trump in the Oval Office on Sept. 11, mocking his most recently departed National Security Adviser John Bolton as a “Mr. Tough Guy.”

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Of the roughly 17 million Americans currently enrolled in college, 74 percent qualify as what we used to call "nontraditional" students:

  • One in five is 30 years or older.
  • About half don't rely on their parents for money.
  • One quarter are caring for a child.
  • 47 percent attend college part time at some point.
  • 25 percent took a year off between high school and college.
  • 44 percent have parents without a bachelor's degree.

In other words, if you're a college student today, there's a good chance you're not the Hollywood stereotype of an 18-year-old on your own for the first time. Still, whether it's your first year o...

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MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) today announced that its board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend of 66 cents per common share. The dividend is payable December 10, 2019, to shareholders of record at the close of business November 20, 2019. The 4th quarter dividend will be the Company's 209th consecutive dividend paid since October 1967 when the Company became publicly held.

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Few things are more satisfying than driving your brand-new car – until you realize that it lost value immediately after you left the dealership. Thanks to depreciation, it's possible for a car to lose over 20% of its starting value within the first year. According to CARFAX data, cars can lose over 10% of their value after the first month.

During the early stages of car ownership, it's easy for a car loan to be underwater – meaning that you owe more on the loan than the current value of the car. With a down payment of 20% or less, you're very likely to have an underwater period.

If all goes well, it's okay to be underwater. You'll continue to make payments and the car's value should overtake the remaining loan balance as the balance decreases. Early payments are mostly dedicated to interest and not principal – so it takes time to go from negative to positive equity. As long as you hold onto the car long enough, you should be fine.

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Can your checking account affect your credit score? It's possible, but only in certain circumstances that you should avoid.

Your credit score is calculated using information from your credit report, which is a history of all of your credit-based transactions. Checking accounts are funded by your deposits – there's no borrowing of money involved. Normal daily activities like writing checks and transferring funds aren't reported to credit reporting agencies and don't show up on your credit report.

When you open a new checking account, banks can ask for a hard credit pull as part of your evaluation. Hard credit pulls will cause a small temporary drop in your credit score. However, most banks use soft credit pulls that do not affect your credit score at all.

So how can checking account activity affect your credit score? Generally, there's only one way to damage your credit report with a checking account. You have to allow your checking account to be used fo...

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With the school season starting again, education is job number one for students and parents alike. A proper education includes an education in personal finance, and one of the best ways to start is to learn how to protect yourself against scams.

You can and should learn fast, too, because scams can become more common during the back-to-school buying season. Here are some practical suggestions on how to avoid credit and debit card fraudsters:

  • Only patronize known retailers.

  • Avoid jackpot online deals that offer items like $3,000 laptops for $400. These are often scams.

  • "Good PC hygiene" cannot be overstated for every handheld device, laptop, and phone. Anti-virus and anti-malware programs are key to staying safer online.

  • Avoid pooling or sharing credit card information in a dorm setting. There is no reason for students to share...

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Commonly known as ALS, the condition is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, and it is always fatal. The affected motor neurons deteriorate and the brain and spinal cord lose their ability to send signals to muscles, which begin to atrophy. As muscles lose nourishment, those affected lose their ability to speak, move, eat and breathe. The average life expectancy of those afflicted with ALS is two to five years, and there is no cure.

Project Fit America is a charity that works alongside educators to create opportunities for kids to stay active and healthy. It offers fitness grants and programs to help fund resources such as equipment, teacher training and curriculum. The goal is not only to get students involved physically, but also nurture an environment in which children enjoy living a healthy lifestyle. For the past five years at Homer-Center Elementary, in Homer City, Pennsylvania, that opportunity to stay active has been the Lub Dub Run Club.

Vaping has come of age in the most perfect of social conditions. Smoking cigarettes is falling out of favor socially and even among nicotine users, and is wholly rejected by many young people today. To get their fix they're turning to what is marketed as a cleaner and safer method of ingestion. Enticing flavors, edgy technology and social media are empowering the tobacco industry to ensnare a new generation with nicotine addiction
by way of vaping. And it’s working. In 2016, 43.8% of high schoolers in New York state tried vaping, more than double the total two years prior. This trend has Ontario County officials deeply concerned.

We’ve all experienced sticker shock. It’s one thing to gasp over the cost of a new dishwasher, but sticker shock for those who need to purchase medications for a chronic disease such as diabetes is a serious issue.

The data in this report is from the most recent U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics Police-Public Contact Survey. The top reasons drivers get pulled over were ordered by their share of all traffic stops in which police provided a reason. Traffic stops with uncategorized reasons were excluded from the final list.