Inmates at Indiana Prison Refurbish Wheelchairs for Charity

By Stuart Hirsch | The (Anderson) Herald Bulletin PENDLETON, Ind. (AP) — On every wheelchair he rebuilds, Richard Hawkins writes his name on a sticker, puts it on the appliance and takes a moment to reflect. The tag is small — about 2 inches square — but its significance is huge. That simple tag is […]

Family Helps Fund Lincoln Memorial Garden Bridge

By John Reynolds | The (Springfield) State Journal-Register SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — About a year ago, the family of the late Walter Hanson was walking through Lincoln Memorial Garden trying to figure out how they could mark what would have been his 100th birthday. Hanson, the founder of what would become Springfield’s Hanson Professional Services […]

Historic Whipple Truss Bridge in Texas to Be Replaced

By J.B. Smith | Waco Tribune-Herald CLIFTON, Texas (AP) — Crossing the North Bosque River bridge at Clifton City Park can be a white-knuckle experience for the uninitiated. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports the wood-and-asphalt decking creaks, the rusted truss above begins to rattle and hum, and it’s hard not to think about tumbling 50 feet […]

Iowa Company Now Owns Two Rare Sewing Machines

By Amber Rottinghaus | The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — When Erik Lee purchased the Jerald Sulky Co., along with it came a 1902 Singer 67-1 heavy duty sewing machine. The machine was one of just 15 built, and one of nine remaining across the globe. He never dreamed he’d become the […]

Suburban Chicago Masonic Lodge Turns 100 Years Old

By Marie Wilson | Daily Herald NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The symbolism is rich and plentiful inside the wood-paneled rooms of the Naperville Masonic Temple. There’s the all-seeing eye of God, painted into a mural at the center of the ceiling, along with three angels representing faith, hope and charity, all climbing Jacob’s ladder toward […]