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On Tuesday, my first day back at The Courier-Times office after two-and-a-half months in exile where I worked from home, I got a call from Sarah Murphy wanting to put something in one of our usual event calendars.

When the Indiana Primary election was postponed from May 5 to June 2, it seemed like a million years away. We couldn’t know then how things might change in that time, but now the day is almost here. Next Tuesday, let’s head to the polls, wear a mask when we need to, and make the best decisio…

What do you think about local restaurants and businesses opening again?

A huge thank you goes out to NC principals & staff for going above & beyond w cleaning student lockers & desks for return of personal items before year’s end. Thanks, too, for award announcements & presentations to kids! Have a GREAT summer break, All! – Carrie Copenhaver, Ne…

Everyone seems to be wishing we’d get back to normal from our attempts to evade the enemy virus. I earnestly hope we move ahead from normal. Let’s aim for something better than the normal we have known since the end of WWII.

Mother’s Day was bittersweet for me. I was haunted by the image of an unarmed black man wearing a white T-shirt and khaki shorts, jogging down the road toward two armed white men, one with a shotgun and the other with a .357 Magnum.

Working from home and online learning have become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has shuttered offices and schools. What has also become clear, unfortunately, is that millions of Americans are at an extreme disadvantage caused by limited internet access in their communities.

My wife and I don’t have the television on much during the day, and even when we do, neither of us watches anything closely. But after supper, I turn on the news. Following that, Michelle watches some puzzle show while I go to the basement to do my daily exercises, all of which involves stre…

A sign by a Spiceland corn field directs travelers to fresh produce just down the street. Share your own “Positively Henry County” photos by emailing them to editor@thecouriertimes.com.

What do you think of the local schools’ backup plans for graduation ceremonies?

Thumbs Up to the couple who met Meals on Wheels drivers at pickup on Wednesday and offered us free, new, hand-crafted breathing masks – freshly washed, sanitized and in individual sealed plastic bags. It was a very nice gesture and much appreciated! – Ken Nordstrom, New Castle

The editorial published Tuesday, May 19, entitled “Be an informed voter,” caused some confusion for readers and stress for workers at the office of voter registration. I want to clarify and apologize for the misunderstanding.

Nothing about the spread of the coronavirus or the nature of the disease suggests that it’s safe to get back to business as usual. And yet “reopen” is the word on almost every American’s lips, despite apocalyptic warnings from public heath experts suggesting that, without an aggressive natio…

A reader emailed us a question that people have been asking: Under Illinois’ shutdown order, why is it OK to go to the grocery store or Walmart, but it’s not OK to go to church?

For months now, nearly all the news, no matter the medium, has been related to consequences of the omnipresent plague. And it’s not only the lead stories or the front page; sports, business, society, even the comics are concerned with social distancing, staying home, wearing masks and other …

New Castle High School freshman Marisha Aten wrote this poem for extra credit for her English class.

For perhaps a million years or more, mankind has cooked meals with fire. For more than a century, innovators brought the experience of cooking over an open flame into American households with natural gas stoves. Over time, that experience has only gotten cheaper, safer and cleaner.

It’s a sadly telling sign that amid all the protests and political pressure on states to reopen businesses and get people back on the job, there’s been little talk about making sure those returning workers have safe, reliable child care for their kids.

Our adjunct, Margaret Menge, hit on an interesting story this week. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the people responsible for making insurance payments from the money collected by force from Hoosier paychecks for many years on the rationale that it would be available in an …