07 November 2001

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31 October 2001

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One Fell Swoop

One Fell Swoop


On Wednesday evening, Brandon and Stephanie Bratcher were on their way to her father’s house in anticipation of a forecasted thunderstorm that they feared might cause hail damage to her car. Her father, New Albany dentist Wilson D. Stemm, had a garage, and the Bratchers planned to park the car there and wait out the storm. Meteorologists had started issuing warnings two days earlier that a fast-moving cold front would hit Harrison County Wednesday evening, but when a slightly stirring breeze turned into 60-to-70-mile-per-hour winds in seconds, many, including the Bratchers, were caught by surprise. They were heading down Greenbrier Road, east of Elizabeth, as branches and limbs started falling all around the Bratchers’ car. Stephanie had stopped the car and asked her husband to drive when "all at once the trees fell."

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An Elite Group

An Elite Group


The trouble with state contests is that almost everyone goes home a loser, even when they’ve done their best, or been the best in previous contests. Both the North Harrison Marching Cougars, Class C state champs the last two years, and the Corydon Central Vanguard, a frequent contestant, experienced that sinking feeling Saturday afternoon in the vast and intimidating RCA

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