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BC-IN--Indiana Weekend Digest, IN

August 23, 2018

AP-Indiana stories for the weekend of Aug. 25-26. 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.




DENVER, Ind. — Nose to the ground and deep in concentration, Kimba sniffed her way through multiple rooms filled with dressers, sinks and other furniture items with one specific goal in mind. Find the drugs. It’s a scene that Kimba has encountered numerous times in her career as a dual purpose patrol dog with the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, but this time was different. It’s all part of the 19th annual K-9 Olympics at Vohne Liche Kennels near Denver. By Kim Dunlap. Pharos Tribune. SENT: 1,000 words, photos requested.


SOUTH HAVEN, Ind. — Decades-old statues that dotted the property of the Mantellate Sisters Servants of Mary Villa Santa Maria Convent in Tinley Park, Illinois, recently found a new home. The Pieta, Sts. Mary and John and Jesus, which may have been at the convent since the 1960s, now are settled onto the grounds of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. The statues’ journey from Tinley Park to South Haven began a couple of years ago, said the Rev. Paul Quanz, when he learned the convent would eventually be closing. A nun from Villa Santa Maria asked him if the church was interested in the Pieta, the statue of Mary holding the crucified Jesus. By Joyce Russell. The (Northwest Indiana) Times. SENT: 500 words, photos requested.



ELKHART, Ind. — Picture boards plastered with photos of a smiling Melissa Axsom lined Billings Funeral Home’s walls last month, illuminating her charismatic personality throughout her life. She always, her sisters explained, found a way to get into photos. Melissa was a caring and protective daughter, sister and mother who’s personality was contagious and could always make someone laugh. What they’d like to push aside is the 36-year-old’s 20-year battle with an opioid addiction. She was more than that, said Jennifer Knowles, Melissa’s sister. She may have lost her battle on July 28 when she was found dead of a suspected overdose, but her addiction didn’t define her. By Lincoln Wright. South Bend Tribune. SENT: 1,500 words, photos requested.


COLUMBUS, Ind. — A new mural is bringing visual interpretations of Columbus’ famous architecture to Northside Middle School’s library. The 210-foot mural, with installation completed just before school started, features different compositions and color schemes created by 40 high school students and 65 college students from Ivy Tech. Students examined different aspects of Columbus’ architecture, including showing how light and shadow played with lines and form — and included those interpretations in the designs. By Matthew Kent. The Republic. SENT: 400 words, photos requested.

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