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The Madison-Jefferson County Animal Shelter currently has a number of dogs, cats and kittens available for adoption and a wish list for those who plan to play Santa Paws this Christmas.

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As I interviewed Chuck Barnes about his life in music, he must have said “I’m a working drummer” at least five times. As his story played out, it became apparent what he meant by that turn of phrase.

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The 1983 film classic “A Christmas Story” has been a holiday favorite for many over the years, so much that since 1997 a cable channel has annually run a 24-hour marathon during Christmas and in 2012 a musical version debuted on Broadway.

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From the beginnings of Thanksgiving to what’s being celebrated this year on the 400th anniversary, the holiday is a pause to consider all for which you are thankful — even when times are difficult.

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If you’ve seen the 2003 movie School of Rock starring Jack Black, you know the general story behind the real-life School of Rock (SOR). The movie was based on the first SOR which was founded in Philadelphia, and has since grown to 300 programs around the world.

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Hanover is gearing up for its first Hanover Tinsel Twinkle Trail with preparations now underway in decorating the Community Building and Hanover Community Park.

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Before I get into my article this week about the fine folks who just opened MadLove restaurant where the old Crystal and Jules used to be, I want to talk about a phenomenon in live music I call the “lightning strike moment.”

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Gary Hewitt is a man of many interests and talents. He’s a huge IU basketball fan, and was a standout player himself back when Dupont had a high school. He’s an accomplished musician, starting as a teen when he taught himself guitar, until today some 60 years later, still leading bands and m…

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“Shakespeare in Love” — the fictionalized story of how William Shakespeare came to write “Romeo and Juliet” — will be performed by Madison Threatre this weekend at Opal Sherman Auditorium.

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After being canceled during the COVID-19 pandemic, Madison Parks Department brought back its Senior Dances last Friday at Brown Gym and has released the schedule for dances through Dec. 17.

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First, before I get to this week’s story about music at the American Legion, I want to catch you up on an exciting upcoming show. Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express are coming to Red Bicycle Hall next Wednesday, Nov. 10. It’s a 7 p.m. show so you’ll have plenty of time to catch the perfor…

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The Madison-Ohio Valley Community Chorus and Hanover College Concert Choir will perform selections from Handel’s “Messiah” again this year. Rehearsals begin on Sunday, Oct. 24.

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When I first learned about the Many Voices concert to benefit the Ohio Theatre, coming up Nov. 13 at the Fairfield Inn ballroom, I was intrigued, but not really sure what to expect. I mean, after all, the musical line-up is all local talent I’ve heard many times before.

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The Madison-Jefferson County Animal Shelter currently has a wide range of kittens (pictured) available for pre-adoption as well as a number of dogs and cats also available.

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Domestic violence damages victims physically and emotionally and its effects are long lasting. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time for greater understanding of this issue and to remember victims of abuse.

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The festive season of Halloween has arrived with activities everywhere in the area — most taking place next week but some happening this weekend.

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“I was the typical Madison music kid,” relates Tanner Keegan Owings. “I took piano lessons from Archie Coons. I was into theater and staging musicals. I had a high school band called Temperance that played the county fairs and the usual stuff. In addition to piano, I play guitar, and bass, p…

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Eric Phagan looks at his life as sort of inverted from the normal flow of events. While most of us were getting married and starting a family and trying to get our careers off the ground, Eric was living his dream as a successful young artist, travelling the world and honing his craft.

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In the August issue of “Rider” magazine, columnist Eric Trow writes about a cross-country motorcycle trip with his son, Porter, and about a stop in historic Madison, Indiana, where an older gentleman greeted them with a joyful “Good morning” as they were searching for a coffee shop.