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TERRE HAUTE — Nobody has watched a movie at the old North Drive-In site since it closed on Labor Day 1988. That was the last time a Vigo County drive-in theater — a U.S. craze in 1950s, '60s and beyond — stayed open for business. But KJB Theaters president Brent Barnhart plans to change that Sept. 22 when his new Moon Lite Drive-In Theater — on the former North Drive-In property — will celebrate its grand opening. By David Hughes. Tribune-Star. SENT: 550 words, photos requested.


COLUMBUS — A Taylorsville kindergartner who aspires to be a police officer was stunned when law enforcement stepped up to present him with a new mini police car to replace the original that was stolen. Conner Burton, 5, had already been designated as a Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department junior deputy, complete with hat and badge, before he was led to the department's garage on a recent afternoon, where the shiny, brand new vehicle was waiting for him. By Julie McClure. The Republic. SENT: 900 words, photos requested.



RICHMOND — Growing up on a small farm between Hagerstown and Economy, Grant Mendenhall dreamed of working for the FBI, but he never imagined he would lead the agency's operations in his home state. After nearly 30 years on the job, he's now managed to do both. Mendenhall, 54, is the agency's highest-ranking official in Indiana as the state's Special Agent in Charge, a position to which he was promoted earlier this year, having risen through the ranks as a counter-terrorism expert for the bureau since joining in 1990. By Mickey Shuey. Palladium-Item SENT: 2,500 words, photos requested.


STINESVILLE — The two-story limestone building at the corner of Main and Market streets houses the Merchantile and the post office, an anchor in the town of Stinesville. Local residents call the 1898 structure simply "The Store," as in: "I'm going down to the store to get a Coke and the mail." The shelves are sparsely stocked with necessary items such as paper towels and dish soap, Honey Buns and Gatorade, AA batteries and a limited selection of cigarettes, just the brands regular customers smoke. With the store's future uncertain — it's for sale — Stinesville sits at a crossroads as times change. By Laura Lane. The Herald-Times. SENT: 850 words, photos requested.