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BC-IN--Indiana Weekend Digest, IN

May 8, 2019

AP-Indiana stories for the weekend of May 11-12. 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.



KOKOMO, Ind. _ Each of the five horses interacting with a group of 16 IU Kokomo students at Narrow Gate Horse Ranch has a story. The horses are part of the ranch’s faith-based program, which provides opportunities for at-risk and under-sourced youth ages 7-18 through Equine Assisted Learning, a way in which kids can interact with horses and people in a relaxed and yet purposeful way, according to Narrow Gate’s mission statement. By Mark Saluke. Kokomo Tribune. SENT: 1,000 words, photos requested.


GREENVILLE, Ind. _ Greenville resident Carole Gibson was married to her late husband for nearly 58 years, and throughout those decades, the couple remained inseparable. So when the 76-year-old lost his wedding band recently, she was heartbroken. Carole’s husband, Herman Luke “Junior” Gibson Jr. died May 22, 2018, at age 77. Junior’s wedding band, which is gold with five diamonds in a single row across the top, went missing in April while she and her son were out for a karaoke night. By Brooke McAfee. News and Tribune. SENT: 750 words, photos requested.



BEDFORD, Ind. _ Faced with raising hundreds of dollars to buy trophies for kids competing at the fair this summer, 4-H Goat Club Leader Amanda Curren got to thinking about a fundraising event. “Something different,” she said, “that people might get some benefit from. Something fun.” She had access to a big open-sided barn at the Lawrence County 4-H Fairgrounds. And among her 92 club members was a plethora of young goats being raised for this year’s fair competition the week of July 15, just a few months away. “I heard that goat yoga was a thing,” said Curren, who has never stepped into a downward dog pose or the Warrior 1 position. By Laura Lane. The Herald-Times. SENT: 700 words, photos requested.


HAZELTON, Ind. _ The gorgeous, blooming shrubs. The winding paths. The secret fairy gardens. The cozy, off-the-beaten-path seats. The Azalea Path Botanical Garden and Arboretum is the Tri-State’s very own Secret Garden. “This is everybody’s yard,” said Beverly Knight, who owns the Garden and Arboretum in Hazelton with her husband Stephen. It is just an hour from Evansville and is a hidden gem. Yet for people in the know, it’s a popular outdoor springtime destination. By Aimee Blume. Evansville Courier & Press. SENT: 650 words, photos requested.