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BC-IN--Indiana Weekend Digest, IN

April 10, 2019

AP-Indiana stories for the weekend of April 13-14. May be updated. Members using Exchange stories should retain the bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the AP-Indiana bureau at 317-639-5501, 800-382-1582 or indy@ap.org.



VINCENNES, Ind. _ A year ago, officials at the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy watched eagerly as a truck full of boxes donated by Skelton’s widow, Lothian, pulled up out front. They’ve spent the months since carefully unpacking them, sorting the contents and uncovering the mysteries held within. It’s been an exciting, yet very expensive, task. “We budget $1,000 every year for archival storage,” said Anne Pratt, the museum’s director of marketing, as she stood amid stacks and stacks of boxes. “We ran out pretty quick.” Pratt announced last month that the museum had received a grant from the Indiana Historical Society, money to be spent primarily on proper storage of the memorabilia. By Jenny McNeece. Vincennes Sun-Commercial. SENT: 810 words, photos requested.


GARY, Ind. _ Bentley Ellis has never hit a home run at the historic Junedale Little League baseball field in Gary, but he’s standing in the batter’s box these days, pointing into the upper deck bleachers. The 45-year-old father of 11 from Merrillville is digging in his cleats at the long-neglected baseball diamond at 50th Avenue and Madison Street in the city’s Glen Park section. He is determined to renovate the ballfield and return it to a functional baseball field for youngsters, just as his own boys once played organized ball there. Generations of kids played at those fields. By Jerry Davich. Post-Tribune. SENT: 1,050 words, photos requested.



INDIANAPOLIS _ Much of Kathy Jones’ career as a chef looks the way you might expect. She started with washing dishes, tried culinary school, spent months traveling around and learning from different chefs, opened restaurants of her own and won a few awards along the way. But when the Indiana native who grew up in Florida decided to volunteer her skills at a food-based Indianapolis nonprofit, she realized she could be doing something more. Second Helpings, which has served the Indianapolis area since 1998, turns donations of perishable and surplus foods into meals for groups that serve hungry residents at meal programs throughout Indianapolis. As executive chef at Second Helpings, Jones is in charge of overseeing both the culinary job training and hunger relief programs. By Katlyn Hunger. The Indianapolis Star. SENT: 1,100 words


JASPER, Ind. _ You probably know Klayton Mundy. If you don’t, he’d like to meet you. He’d like to hug you and ask you about your day. Become close enough friends with him, and he might kiss the top of your noggin and remind you that he loves you. Monday night, Klayton’s head lays caressed in his mother’s hands, while the lower half of his 5-foot-5-inch body is sprawled across the sunset-lit carpet in his family’s living room. More than 11 hours of outward affection preceded the quiet moment, just as it does every day. Klayton was born with Williams syndrome, a developmental disorder characterized by mild to moderate intellectual disability or learning problems, unique personality characteristics, distinctive facial features and cardiovascular problems. The genetic condition affects 1 in 10,000 people. By Allen Laman. The Herald. SENT: 1,560 words, photos requested.