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April 22, 2013

Scott Underwood: Avalanche of news hits nation, area

Nationally and locally, there are slow news weeks, and then there are weeks packed with powerful, distressing news stories. The last week few weeks were decidedly the latter.

Just as the initial interest in the Mounds Lake Reservoir proposal was beginning to simmer down, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department discovered a ghastly scene on a farm in northern Madison County near Summitville. Dozens of livestock animals had apparently starved to death and many of the remaining animals were near death. The resonating questions of why and how still linger.

Just as the initial shock of that story was wearing off, the Indiana attorney general’s office filed a civil lawsuit against prominent Anderson real estate broker, civic activist and former Herald Bulletin editorial board member Roger Shoot, claiming that he cheated people out of money in a rent-to-own “scheme.”

As the Shoot story was developing, heavy rain hit the Madison County area, swamping the northern portion and shutting down roads in Elwood. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence visited the Elwood area Saturday to assess the conditions.

Meanwhile, the Boston Marathon bombings horrified the nation. Sadly, in some countries, a day with three killed in a terrorist act would be counted as just another day. But not in the United States, where we have not become numb to such atrocities. Here’s hoping we never will.

More people were killed last week in the Texas fertilizer plant explosion than in the Boston bombings. But there is no hard evidence at this point that foul play was involved in the plant explosion.

The Texas tragedy quickly became almost an afterthought as police locked down Boston while searching for one of the bombing suspects. The manhunt and his ensuring capture captivated the nation for nearly 24 hours.

It’s hard to say what this week might bring on the national and local news scenes. But let’s hope we at least have a chance to catch our collective breath and analyze the events of the past few weeks before we’re blindsided by another jolt of distressing news.

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Our photo coverage of local high school proms continues today with dozens of images from the Daleville, Frankton and Lapel proms, which were Saturday night, uploaded at heraldbulletin.smugmug.com this afternoon.

It’s a great place to browse through photos from the proms and to purchase special photographs that help the memories last a lifetime. If you have trouble accessing these photos on our website, let me know and I’ll help you find your way around.

A selection of a few images from each of Saturday’s three proms can also be found on Page A5 of today’s newspaper.

We’ll follow this practice Mondays during prom season, with a few photos from the most recent proms printed in The Herald Bulletin and galleries from the proms uploaded to heraldbulletin.smugmug.com by Monday afternoon.

After prom season ends, we’ll focus on graduations and make sure to offer a good selection of photos online. Look for more details in my column as graduations approach.

Editor Scott Underwood’s column appears Mondays. Follow him on Twitter @thbeditor and like his professional Facebook page. You may also contact him at scott.underwood@heraldbulletin.com or 640-4845.

 

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