"He brought something to Decatur, Indiana, that no one else could have. The community is so much better off for having had him there," said Ron Bittner, referring to Reid Erekson.
Reid and his wife, Evelyn, will finally and at long last be honored by Bellmont High School by placing their names on its theatre — a school theatre which is among the best in the country because onetime superintendent Gail Grabill had the foresight to hire Erekson to oversee its construction.
Despite rumors to the contrary, a piece of legislation approved this week by the Indiana General Assembly and currently awaiting Gov. Mitch Daniels’ signature does not signal a death knell for teachers’ unions across the state.
The signs are everywhere. Adams County's unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in March, the lowest it's been in nearly three years. The highest jobless rate in Indiana was 12.5 percent in Fayette County; 12.5 was one of the lowest rates not all that long ago.
Local businesses are doing a little better. Every now and then a new business opens. State revenues exceeded expectations the last time around. And yet...
There are many times when the film picked for best picture at the Oscars tends to be what many would consider the wrong film. Too often these days the award is given to a prestige picture, a film that no one saw and chances are that they won’t even though it won the award.
By J SWYGART
I guess it’s a good thing that we elect Republicans (and their newfound BFF tea party cronies) to Congress every few years, just so we can remember why we voted them out of office in the first place.
By BOB SHRALUKA
Decatur long ago earned the label of "Tree City." And probably before the summer of 2012 we'll have another 700 or so reasons to point to.
City Forester Dwight Pierce announced last week that the city has received a $30,000 grant which will be used to purchase some 600 trees to be planted around the city. Another 88 trees were bought with $4,000 from the city’s Storm Water Department.
By MARK TURNER
In 1982 at the height of the video arcade games popularity a movie came out that fans clamored to see. It was a hit film that year and when released on video and later DVD became a hit as well, even though it hadn’t been available for some time. And now a new generation has access to not only the original film but a sequel that takes us back to the Grid, back to a place no one has ever seen, back to the world of TRON.
By BOB SHRALUKA
With school closings occurring with ever more frequency — Monmouth Elementary, Elmhurst and Harding high schools to name just three — it is interesting to note a bit of history which came across the desk via an old newspaper. In the first week of August, 1963, the South Adams School Board voted to close not one but two schools: Hartford and Jefferson township schools.
By BOB SHRALUKA
In case no one has heard, finances are tight just about everywhere, Well, unless you're one of those 400 folks who own more wealth than the rest of the people in the nation combined.
High school and middle school athletic programs are among those butting heads with tight budgets. These days it takes a little ingenuity, some serious thought, and a whole bunch of hard work to come up with ways to raise a few bucks and then make it all work.