By J SWYGART
The last week in March is always one of the stranger weeks of the year here at the old newspaper factory. Staffers in the editorial department of the Democrat are catching their breath after the publication of our progress edition — this year called People, Places & Profiles — and it’s always a post-partum time, of sorts. Meanwhile, life in Decatur and Adams County has slowed to a crawl during this annual spring break mystery tour as half the residents headed south for some fun in the sun.
Spring is truly here and this week in sports marks the change in season as we see the end of college basketball with the Final Four on Saturday night and the beginning of baseball season.
A game in Tokyo between the Mariners and A’s was played yesterday to kick off the season with one more game today to finish the Asian showcase.
By J SWYGART
Readers who were paying attention — and especially those sitting members of various public boards and commissions — get a nifty civics lesson earlier this week, courtesy of the Berne City Council.
There have been numerous filmed versions of Alexandre Dumas' swashbuckling tale THE THREE MUSKETEERS over the years. My favorite of which remains the one starring Gene Kelly and June Allyson.
Some have been good, some have been bad and many have been so-so. But it's been a while since one was made so I guess it was inevitable that we have a new one; thus, we have this latest version from director Paul W. S. Anderson, the director behind the RESIDENT EVIL series of films as well as two ALIEN sequels.
By BOB SHRALUKA
Applause is due for Decatur City Council, Mayor John Schultz and City Attorney Tim Baker for the professional and thoughtful manner in which they've been handling the proposed ordinance regulating sexually-oriented businesses that might want to settle here.
From the outset, Baker has stressed the point, "You can't ban something simply because you don't like it."
Whatever happened to Tebow-mania?!
One minute we're talking about how impossible it was for Tim Tebow to get the Broncos to the playoffs, then we're talking about how impossible it was that he beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. If they would have somehow beaten the AFC champion New England Patriots, Tebow probably would have been elected Pope.
Enter Peyton Manning.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day weekend to all. This is the month the college basketball fanatics come out of the woodwork like the crazies on Friday the 13th and the casual fan can quickly become the expert analysis. If you're like some people who simply fill out a bracket based on whose team colors are the prettiest or have the coolest mascot, best of luck to you...you'll probably win anyway.
That's how up in the air the brackets feel this year.
By DYLAN MALONE
It's almost here, Jet fans. AC's best chance at a state-title ever continues on Saturday with a visit to North Judson. If you've got no plans for the weekend and you're looking for a basketball game to watch, you might as well get over to the regionals because Adams County has not had a team this good since Arnold, Richie, and Schultz donned Braves uniforms at the same time.
By BOB SHRALUKA
Uh oh, lock the doors. Pull the curtains. Turn out the lights and turn off the TV. Hide the women and children. Here comes a Girl Scout up the sidewalk!
She'll probably want to sell us those cookies, and she'll give her nose a tweak with the thumb — you know, mobster style — and say, "You don't have to buy buddy, but..."