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  • Ryman & Fox founders honored
    State Rep. Melanie Wright, D-Yorktown, presented Sagamore of the Wabash Awards to Thomas Rydman and posthumously to David Fox, who together founded Ryman & Fox Inc., which served the farming community for 50 years in Madison County.
  • Mold: Danger after floodwaters recede
    As floodwaters started to recede in some areas of St. Joseph’s County and elsewhere in northern Indiana, a Purdue University disaster education specialist cautioned residents returning to their homes about another potential threat to their health and property — mold.
  • Fashion designer learns sewing skills in 4-H
    Bett Barnett started sewing as a 4-H member, and this year she is celebrating the 40th anniversary of her boutique.
  • Interest leads to work with congressman
    Jennifer White has a passion for public service. “I love to watch legislators operate, and I’ve always had a passion for Congress,” said White, the constituent services director for U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville.
  • Homes built for Hoosier families
    In partnership with the Indiana State Fair, Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity constructed two new homes in 14 days at the fairgrounds.
  • Don’t be a zombie
    A new Extension exhibit at the Indiana State Fair this year had an uncommon theme: zombies. The exhibit, named “Don’t Be a Zombie — Be Prepared,” consists of a walk-though maze and interactive video game designed to simulate a zombie apocalypse.
  • NASCAR exhibit stops at state fair
    At the heart of Indianapolis are two Hoosier favorites: the race track and the state fair. A new exhibit in the Mac Reynolds Barn combined both experiences and gave fairgoers a chance to see what it feels like to drive a race car.
  • Chopped Challenge tests culinary chops
    When it comes to talking about food and cooking, Tom Mueller, chairman of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and a corn farmer from Taylor Ridge, probably is more comfortable talking about all the ingredients that can be made from corn.
  • Spotlighting local foods
    When it comes to salsa, Derek Zinck, likes it hot. But sweet. “I like the hot one better. It’s got a little bit of a sweet taste at the beginning then you’ll get a little jalapeno kick at the end of it,” he said.
  • Tradition, technology enhance state fair experience
    The Illinois State Fair kicked off in high gear Aug. 11 with the help of Danimal, Mongo and Otis. Also known as Hall of Famer Dan Hampton, Steve McMichael and Otis Wilson, the threesome from the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl champion team were grand marshals of the fair’s Twilight Parade.

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