Tying the knot on the Slipknot tour

Story and Photos by: Halee Evans, staff photographer


Metal heads and rockers of the like flocked to Klipsch Music Center on August 14 for a night of partying and music.

With a lineup that could kill and a total of three bands, Slipknot’s “Summer’s Last Stand” tour ended with a bang. Their last concert for the tour was on September 25 in Dallas, Texas.

Also playing at the concert were Bullet For My Valentine and Lamb of God.

Bullet For My Valentine was the first band to perform, and they had the crowd pumped. People were screaming along with the lyrics and mosh-pits were a common occurrence.

Lamb of God was a little less impressive. Their set seemed to be the perfect time to get a snack or talk to the people walking around.

“The line up was perfect, two good bands sandwiched in between a bathroom break. Lamb of God was the bathroom break by the way,” said Alex Jeschke, 11.

There were a lot of very friendly people at the concert or in the crowd. Everyone talked with each other, mostly about music and previous concerts. The most interesting people to talk to there where the people who were veteran concert goers. The whole event was one big party, with lots of rules and safety precautions of course.

After the snacks were had and everyone was ready to rock again, the main event started.

Slipknot killed their performance and had the crowd out of their seats and jumping.

As always, Slipknot made a huge production with their stage decorations. With their signature masks and flaming drum set, every eye was on stage and every mouth was singing along.

This is my second time seeing Slipknot live and I would recommend seeing them any chance you get. Their music may be a little aggressive for some, but they put on a show like no other.

Playing a total of ten songs, including the three encore songs, Slipknot had the crowd in the palm of their hands. With the mosh-pits at an all time high and the volume all the way up, I could not have been more in my element. The concert was one of the best I had ever been to.

By the end of the night everyone was dripping with sweat and and reeked of a good time. This was one concert that if you didn’t lose your voice and you mind by the end, than you were doing something wrong.

Fortville fresh food Thursdays

Story and Photos by: Halee Evans, staff writer/photographer

farmer's market breads

The Fortville Farmer’s Market, which is every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. until September 25, has a variety of foods to buy.

They have everything from tomatoes and squash to apples and cakes.

This market isn’t big by any means, but it is all local ingredients and foods.

“All the ingredients we use are locally sourced. I think it’s important to use locally grown foods,” said Jedediah Martin, a frequent seller at the market.

Martin and his wife make baked goods out of their home and bring them to sell in the market every Thursday.

These aren’t just your normal cinnamon rolls and brownies though. The baked goods Martin and his wife sell are traditional Scandinavian recipes.

The couple went to Norway on their honeymoon and fell in love with the food. They then decided to bring a piece of the back home to Indiana and share it with anyone willing to stop by and try it.

A few of the more decadent treats the Martins make are a chocolate rolls the size of your hand and something similar to a cinnamon roll farmer's market cardamom rollcalled a cardamon roll. The difference between the cardamom roll and the classic cinnamon roll is that the cardamom roll is made out of a seed. You can also make cardamon bread.

Also selling baked goods at the farmers market was Tiffany Runyan, who is a fortville resident, who uses Hosier grown ingredients in all of her recipes.

Runyan is a pastry chef and has a culinary arts degree from a local culinary school.

“I liked to bake when I was a kid but I didn’t really want to become a pastry chef until I burned out of my career working with troubled youth,” said Runyan about her career as a pastry chef.

Being mostly self-taught, Runyan spends most of her time baking cakes for parties and other events. She even has her own facebook page for the mini company.

To create such intricate designs, Runyan uses fondant and satin ice, both of which are very thick and very sweet tasting.

“I personally like to use what is called a marshmallow fondant. Which is basically marshmallow fluff and sugar. A lot of people don’t like the taste of regular fondant so I find that my customers like this the best,” said Runyan.

For those wanting a little more of an herbal experience, stop by Barb and Eral Smith’s booth where they are selling hemp soap.

Also at their booth the Smiths sell raw milk for your pets, a variety of cheeses, and honey.

“We have a dairy farm, with hives on the property. We also raise beef, pork, chicken, and rabbits. But we don’t eat the rabbits,” said Barb Smith about her farm.

Along with the honey the Smiths sell bee pollen. Bee pollen is the honey farmer's marketpowdery stuff that bees get off plants to make honey.  Bee pollen does a multitude of good for your body. It not only builds immunity from allergies, but it builds red blood cells, helps with arthritis, and it gives the same effects as a steroid would, but without the harmful effects on your body. Just take one teaspoon a day with another food such as cereal.

So if you’re looking for raw or organic foods, or just want to walk around and talk to people, come down to the farmers market before it ends September 25.

Parlez-vous middle school

Story by: Baylie Clevenger, Managing Editor
Photo by: Halee Evans, staff photographer

Spanish photoAlong with delayed starts and Chromebooks there are other innovations occurring at MVHS this year. One of these new improvements  includes an addition of a world language class for the eighth grade.

This program teaches Spanish and French to better prepare students for foreign language classes they may have to take in high school.

The teacher of the program, Mrs. Olivia, taught a world language class for Warren Schools for many years. She also has extensive experience in travelling to Spanish speaking countries.

Since the program is all about getting students ready for high school, it focuses on both French and Spanish. The main information included in the program is, Mrs. Olivia said,  both basic vocab and culture.  

“Language has a lot to do with culture, and when you choose a language, you choose the people,” said Mrs. Olivia.

Another purpose of the program is to make the transition into high school language classes easier. With a little bit of prior knowledge of the language they may choose, it will make foreign language easier. This way French and Spanish classes will not be as daunting for incoming freshmen.

Mrs. Olivia also said that her goal is to help students make educated decisions on what language class to take in high school.

As far as the high school aspect of this class goes, it seems that French teacher Mr. Freeman is rather ecstatic about the program.

“I have had the pleasure of talking at length with Mrs. Oliva.  She has some marvelously creative ways of getting her curriculum across to her students,” said Mr. Freeman. “I am delighted that the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation has taken this first step in starting to offer world language at the Middle School level.  I’m sure it will do nothing less than increase the interest and involvement of more students in world language at the high school level.”

The class will enable students to take hold of their education as far as world language goes, and the future of world language at Mount Vernon High School, is a bright one.