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Justin Renner’s Long Story

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Greencastle native Justin Renner took the long route to his current life in Indianapolis. Fronting one band, backing another, working his day-job, and flirting with his acting chops, Renner has become a sort of modern Renaissance man. by Donovan Wheeler photos by Tim McLaughlin Justin Renner sits belly up to ...

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Politics is Local

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Caitlin Fogle Politics isn’t flying around the country with your name on the side of your jet.  It’s not standing at a podium on the free-throw line of a college basketball arena.  It’s not spouting empty platitudes about nascent things like the weather to frenzied, ...

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The Challengers

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The Education Debate Which Never Happened by Donovan Wheeler photos by Thomas F. Yeiser and Jonathan Alan Balash When I sat down to write this feature, I planned a back-and-forth under one central, umbrella question:  Has the Daniels/Pence/Bennett ed-reform master plan actually worked?  Kim Fidler was willing to spend more ...

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Reparation: The Formula Works

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This is the third in a three-part series of features drawn from Donovan Wheeler’s lengthy interview with Reparation’s director Kyle Ham and screenwriter Steve Timm.   In part one, Wheeler discussed the impact of filming in Western Indiana.  In part two, they discussed the challenges of creating a film on a ...

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The Master of His Universe

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Greencastle native and Bloomington resident Thomas DeCarlo introduces his labor of love: a high-tech animated short film which stands as proof that one person with the will and the vision can create something every bit as marvelous as the big studios. by Donovan Wheeler photos by Donovan Wheeler and courtesy ...

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The Midwestern Girl

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Greencastle native Jess Berry is taking her Chicago stage résumé to The City of Angels for a chance to stand in front of the camera.  With a television and film credit already under her belt, she’s off to a good start. by Donovan Wheeler featured photo by Brittney Way photos ...

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The Eyes at Turn Three

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Terre Haute native David Hunt takes National Road Magazine’s Donovan Wheeler around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Carb Day and shows him a day the in life of an Indy Car spotter. by Donovan Wheeler David Hunt has been racing all of his life.  Granted, only the smallest sliver of ...

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Weekend Feature: Have Faith in Me

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DePauw University senior Issac Loya, originally from the Rio Grande Valley, began his collegiate journey as a freshman football player in 2004. Twelve years later the 30-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist shares his story of setback followed by triumph.  by Donovan Wheeler photos by Caitlin Fogle You could say that what happened to ...

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The Band Mate

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As front man for his Chicago-based act Fort Frances, David McMillin takes on the duties of songwriting and lead vocals.  But what his band-mates add is a musical dimension he cannot create on his own.  As much as he enjoys his solo work, it’s that time with the band which ...

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