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Alone With J

September 4, 2012

By J SWYGART
    It was one week ago today — 4 a.m., to be exact — when the phone rang. On the other end of the line was our 15-year-old grandson.
    “Darren’s here,” he said.
    My reply went something like this: Huh ... what ... who is this ... what are you talking about ... what time is it?

From Left Field

September 4, 2012

By BOB SHRALUKA
    Saturday may be marked in red on the calendar in the Mike Miller household and at his place of business. As in, you know, red-letter day.
    It will be one year Saturday since his place of business, Villa Lanes, came back from the proverbial dead. Dead as in closed for three years, which can be an eternity for a business. Dead as in out of sight, out of mind with way too many Decatur and area residents. Dead as in being mismanaged and sent in cement shoes to the bottom of the ocean of shipwrecked bowling centers.

Digital Views

September 4, 2012

By MARK TURNER
    Yes, it's true, the best drama on TV these days features zombies. The second season of THE WALKING DEAD arrives this week on DVD and this is one series that not only keeps getting better but stays original and draws viewers in at a steady, even pace.

Alone With J

September 4, 2012

By J SWYGART
    Textbooks may not be extinct in public schools quite yet, but they’re certainly headed down that path. And educators at North Adams Community Schools have embraced that growing trend.

From Left Field

September 4, 2012

By BOB SHRALUKA
    Mayor John Schultz expressed it best: "Will anything come of it, I can't say. But we put our best foot forward. Maybe something will (come of it) some day down the road. I hope so."
    Speaking at this week's city council meeting, the mayor was referring to the visit by two Chinese businessmen which had ended earlier on Tuesday. Arriving late Sunday night, the two men spent all of Monday and part of Tuesday looking over three of the city's major industries, the hospital, schools, and much more.

Digital Views

September 4, 2012

By MARK TURNER
    It would seem that making a movie based on a successful series of books would be an easy thing, but that's not the case. To begin with there is the task of bringing the entire story that most would read over a period of say a week and turning it into a something that takes a little over two hours.

Chillin' with Dylan

August 30, 2012

By DYLAN MALONE    
    It’s amazing what an off-season can do for a program.
    Just ask Bellmont football coach Larry Getts who has his Braves off to a 2-0 start including a fantastic showing in Berne against another program on the rise in South Adams.

Chillin' with Dylan

August 23, 2012

By DYLAN MALONE    
    With all of the ‘roid rage going on in the MLB, there were bound to be guys who got off the juice and had off seasons at the plate. By the same logic, there are plenty of pitchers having fantastic years as evidenced by the third perfect game of the baseball season August 15 by Seattle’s Felix Hernandez. It was the first perfect game of the Mariners’ franchise history.
    That got me thinkin…

From Left Field

August 15, 2012

By BOB SHRALUKA
    Bit of a tough night at city council.
    People who genuinely like each other and who respect each other's work got into a lengthy — and sometimes not heated but "warm" — debate over a proposal for a significant pay increase for all members of the city police department.

Alone With J

August 15, 2012

 By J SWYGART

   The Patriots of Heritage will be welcomed in tonight by the Bellmont Squaws on the...
    FORT WAYNE—Again utilizing a less-than-full roster of athletes, the...
    MONROE— Adams Central scored all 17 runs after the third inning to win a...

 

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