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Stories from Sunday, February 22, 2009

Bright future (02/22/09)
Local musician traveling to Chicago for ARTS event Things have been looking up for Jonny McLain lately. The 1990 Turkey Run High School graduate and current Clay County resident now has representation. McLain, 37, will attend the ARTS, which stands for Applause Rising Talent Showcase, in Chicago. The event will take place May 28-30...
Several topics discussed at event (02/22/09)
State Senators and Representatives met with local citizens to discuss state and county issues at the recent Cracker Barrel, Saturday, which took place at the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire House. The two-hour meeting kicked off with a discussion about the economic pinch the state is currently in. The drastic financial situation has left the state a whopping $142 million behind its estimated goal, which has led to major changes being implemented in the state budget...
Responders ready for winter to end (02/22/09)
The results are in and the majority of Clay County residents are ready to welcome spring with open arms. The Brazil Times recently asked on its online poll, "Are you ready for winter to make an exit?" Readers were given two options to choose from, including:...
Blinded with science! (02/22/09)
Judge Candi Lang (left) spoke with Forest Park Elementary third-grader Shay Robertson, 8, about her DNA project during the 24th annual Clay County Science Fair at Northview High School Saturday afternoon. Lang complimented Robertson, as well as many of the other participants, for being so well prepared and knowledgeable about their project topics. ...
Busy day! (02/22/09)
Marlee Crawley, 4, and her grandfather David Callahan, Reelsville, (not pictured) had a busy day during the Clay County Business Showcase at the Brazil National Guard Armory Saturday. Marlee played with the kittens and puppies available for adoption at the Clay County Humane Society booth, was fingerprinted as part of the CHIPs program at the Free Masons/Clay County Sheriff's Department booth and received a balloon at another...
Big winner! (02/22/09)
Brenda Britton, a life long resident of Brazil, won The Brazil Times' name that love song contest.
Crabtree explains his plan at combine (02/22/09)
By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS -- Michael Crabtree was quick on his feet Sunday, and if he does the same thing for NFL scouts next month the stress fracture in his left foot might soon be forgotten. In an odd scene at the league's annual scouting combine, Crabtree strolled quickly across the media room moments after Patriots coach Bill Belichick finished speaking. ...
Pacers beat Bulls (02/22/09)
By STEVE HERMAN AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS -- Who needs Danny Granger and Mike Dunleavy? Troy Murphy had a season-high 27 points and the Indiana Pacers, still without their two injured scoring leaders, survived a second-half stretch of 11 minutes without a field goal to beat the Chicago Bulls 98-91 on Sunday...
Chung, Davis beat odds to reach NFL combine (02/22/09)
By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS -- Patrick Chung and Rulon Davis arrived at this week's NFL scouting combine with wildly different perspectives. Chung, the 21-year-old safety from Oregon, describes himself as cocky and ready to conquer the world...
Mary R. (Palm) Phillips (02/22/09)
Mary R. (Palm) Phillips, 81, Brazil, passed away at 12:45 a.m., Feb. 21, 2009, at St. Vincent Clay Hospital following an extended illness. She was born Feb. 6, 1926, as the daughter of Stanley and Lana Palm. Mary attended Brazil High School and later married Milton Phillips...
First half of 2009 session nears conclusion (02/22/09)
INDIANAPOLIS -- The General Assembly is near the end of the first half of its 2009 session and the Indiana House has officially passed a one-year budget that will set the stage for education, job creation, health care and many other state services. Unquestionably, the budget is our first priority during this session. While the Legislature normally passes a biennial budget, 2009 will be different as we deal with the uncertainties of our economy...
Who are the 'power brokers?' (02/22/09)
To the Editor: Laughingly, I had an epiphany recently. Until that time, I could not understand how people who have access to the same information as I do can draw different conclusions from it unless they simply were not looking at it all or couldn't do the mathematics...
Reader in support of Medicare Part D (02/22/09)
To the Editor: Open enrollment for Medicare Part D, the prescription drug component of Medicare recently closed through the nation. For the third consecutive year, Hoosiers have been able to enroll and reap the benefits of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit...
Reader wants others to oppose FOCA (02/22/09)
To the Editor: My fellow Americans, Your voice is needed now more than ever. Please urge your federal elected officials to oppose FOCA or any similar measure and to retain laws against the federal funding and promotion of abortion. FOCA, the "Freedom of Choice Act," would create a right to abortion the government could not limit and bring about a national abortion policy far worse than the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe V. Wade decision...
Area hospital administrator gives thanks (02/22/09)
To the Editor: On behalf of the children we serve, St. Vincent Health would like to express our sincere appreciation to Senators (Evan) Bayh and (Richard) Lugar for voting to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) with expanded healthcare coverage to assist more children in need...
Chamber of Commerce applauds city (02/22/09)
To the Editor: The Clay County Chamber of Commerce wishes to write this letter in support of the work being done by the City of Brazil regarding the potential $3 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program Grant. The Chamber believes this initiative is a great step forward toward making positive changes within the community...
It's time for the city to fix some streets (02/22/09)
To the Editor: I know that times are tough and money is tight for our town of Brazil, but my money is kind of tight too. You see, I am fed up with fixing struts and getting tires changed from knots on them because of these roads. I know everyone else is feeling this too...
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