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Alone With J

May 4, 2011

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence visited Decatur on Wednesday and ...
   ... Oops. Sorry. Let me hit the crystal ball de-activation button and start again.

From Left Field

May 4, 2011

    "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.

Alone With J

April 25, 2011

    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.

From Left Field

April 25, 2011

    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...

Digital Views

April 25, 2011

    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.

Alone With J

April 11, 2011

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.

From Left Field

April 11, 2011

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.

Digital Views

April 11, 2011

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.

From Left Field

March 29, 2011

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.

Along With J

March 29, 2011

By J SWYGART

 

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