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Only essential personnel will be allowed at Summit Athletic Conference dual sporting events through the month of August, Carroll High School Athletic Director Dan Ginder said in an email on behalf of SAC athletic directors Aug. 6.

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COLUMBIA CITY — As school districts across the state and country are welcoming students back into schools for the first time since March, only one thing is for sure — flexibility is going to be necessary.

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CHURUBUSCO — Two months after school was completed and more than four months after the students last walked the halls of Churubusco High School, the Class of 2020 held its commencement program on the football field last week.

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COLUMBIA CITY — Grace Schrader proved she was the top showman in Whitley County on the last day of the 4-H Fair last week, topping seven other contestants in the inaugural Supreme Showmanship event.

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COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School’s Class of 2020 closed out the 61-year-old building with one last event — a graduation ceremony in July.

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FORT WAYNE — Allen County health officials don’t expect the COVID crisis to get much better before it gets worse.

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the initial findings from the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, the nation’s first statewide random sampling study to look for prevalence of COVID-19.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is temporarily expanding its Next Level Jobs program through Dec. 30 to include more job seekers and employers, northeast Indiana lawmakers say.

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As more states and municipalities make masks mandatory in public settings, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Better Business Bureau have issued a warning about flyers or cards stating that the owner is exempt from wearing face masks. These cards are not issued or approved by any state o…

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INDIANAPOLIS — A day after Gov. Eric Holcomb had to tamp down rumors relegating COVID-19 as a “hoax” and conspiracy, and President Trump finally asked “everybody” to wear a face mask, Indiana became the third state headed by a Republican governor to mandate the now controversial facial coverings.

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COLUMBIA CITY — While most area summer camps have shuttered their cabins and closed their lakeside beaches for the summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one local campground is doing its best to soldier on to keep folks entertained and occupied.

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Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to 11.2% for June, just above the national rate of 11.1%, Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported July 17.

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KENDALLVILLE — Whether East Noble students are positive for COVID-19, sick with symptoms that look like COVID-19 or simply exposed to someone with COVID-19, they’ll likely be home for at least 10 days.

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CHURUBUSCO— One-hundred seventeen days. That’s how long Churubusco American Legion Post 157 was shut down as part of Governor Eric Holcomb’s closing of nonessential businesses.

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AUBURN — An Auburn man is halfway through a project of penning a series of four books, beginning with the story of a retired sheriff solving a mystery and concluding with the story of how readers got to book one.

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AUBURN — The city of Auburn could provide the highlight of American collector-car auctions in 2020, auctioneer John Kruse said.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana hospitals continue to care for all Hoosier patients, including those with COVID-19, but new data show that the pandemic is causing significant financial challenges for hospitals across the state. With the impact of increased costs of supplies and other expenditures, su…

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ALBION — Noble County school superintendents delivered an address together about school reopenings next month, although specifics about how and what that looks like were promised for a later date.

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INDIANAPOLIS — COVID-19 can cause an array of serious health symptoms in its own right, but statewide statistics show the disease can be much more serious for people who have other underlying conditions.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Mike Braun’s bid to discuss tweaking laws protecting police officers from frivolous lawsuits has died, according to Steuben County Sheriff R.J. Robinson.

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WHITLEY COUNTY — While the COVID-19 pandemic has stretched its menacing tentacles around most aspects of daily life in 2020, from restaurants to weddings, sports and social gatherings, one field is finding the coronavirus distress particularly daunting. Local non-profit groups are struggling…