The Independent-Journal: Online Features

Online Features

  • Real Estate

    How to create the perfect, four-season outdoor living space

    (BPT) - Creating an outdoor living space will give you an extra "room" to enjoy in all types of weather, even as the temperatures drop. You can start small with an inexpensive patio set and charcoal grill on a new deck, go all out with a fully installed kitchen, fireplace and living room, or something in between. It depends on your budget and how you plan to use the space.

  • Pets

    Top 9 reasons to adopt a dog

    (BPT) - If you're thinking of adding a four-legged friend to your family, adopting is a great way to go. Whether you find a purebreed or a mutt, an older dog or a puppy, you will be saving a life while adding immeasurably to your own.

  • Home Decorating

    5 low-cost decorating ideas to breathe new life into your home in the Midwest

    (BPT) - Craving a change in your home décor but don’t have the budget to hire an interior designer or do a major remodel? No problem! This year the trends involve natural materials, handmade accents, and rich colors. It’s about bringing the outside in, making your home a haven of peace and calm, and creating a sense of comfortable, lived-in style that’s inviting to your family and friends alike. Best of all? You can do it all with change to spare.

Pet Central


Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>



Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>



Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>



Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>

Recent Headlines

Saturday 10/20/2018
5 secrets to brewing the perfect cup of coffee at home
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 1:56 am

(BPT) - A cup of steaming rich coffee is one of life’s simple pleasures, especially if you have some extra time to linger over those roasty aromas and flavors at your favorite coffee shop.

Friday 10/19/2018
Tech tricks: 5 digital improvements helping millennials reach life goals
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 1:58 am

(BPT) - As innovation and technology drive our world forward, millennial consumers expect seamless experiences more-so than their older peers. This desire is motivating businesses to make processes and experiences more efficient through digital tools so they can ultimately meet the expectations of their customers.

Qué debería saber acerca de la EPOC
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 1:47 am

(StatePoint) Se lleva una vida cada tres o cuatro minutos, convirtiéndola en una de las principales causas de muerte en los Estados Unidos.

Road salt supplies crucial to winter safety
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 1:58 am

(BPT) - Each winter, drivers from Maine to Texas are reminded just how dependent we are on our cars, and what happens when snow and ice get in the way. More than 116,000 Americans are injured and over 1,300 are killed on snowy, slushy or icy pavement every winter. Snowfighters tasked with the job of keeping travelers safe know that road salt is the most effective way to treat road surfaces. A Marquette University study examined highway accidents in snow and found that road salt reduced crashes by up to 88 percent, and injuries and accident costs were reduced by as much as 85 percent.

Three workouts everyone over 60 needs
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 1:55 am

Parents: Store Medicine Properly to Avoid Halloween ‘Candy Confusion’
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 1:48 am

(StatePoint) This Halloween, families are projected to spend $2.6 billion on candy this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Unfortunately, Halloween can quickly go from spooky to scary with precautions that start right in your own home when it comes to medicine safety.

What to Know Now About COPD
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 1:51 am

(StatePoint) It claims a life every three to four minutes, making it one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

Optimism Dips for Small and Mid-Size Business Owners
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 1:47 am

(StatePoint) As the backbone of the U.S. economy, the success of small and mid-size businesses is an important economic indicator.