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Alone With J

December 28, 2011

By J SWYGART
    On this merriest of days, let me be, if not the first, then certainly the most enthusiastic of well-wishers to offer to you all a hearty “Merry Solstice.”
    It’s my favorite day of December; heck ... probably the best day on the calendar since the chill of October muscled September out of its path.

From Left Field

December 28, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA
    Adams County Economic Development Director Larry Macklin, Decatur Mayor
John Schultz and other local officials would like nothing better than to sometime this weekend unwrap a gift containing the name of a buyer for the onetime Decatur Casting Co. site.
    It won't happen this weekend — Santa's not THAT good! — but it could happen in the future. Maybe. Enough people have been working hard to make it happen, that's for sure.

Digital Views

December 28, 2011

By MARK TURNER
    There was a time when revenge films played at drive-ins across the country. Low-budget efforts that made stars of actors like Charles Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent were hits and led them to bigger and better things. These films were so successful that major studios began making them as well. COLUMBIANA shows that it continues to do so.

Digital Views

December 22, 2011

By MARK TURNER

From Left Field

December 22, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA
    A couple of Republican lawmakers in Indiana want welfare recipients to pass drug tests before they can receive benefits. Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, and Rep. Heath VanNatter, R-Kokomo, are having bills drafted to submit when the next legislative session begins January 4.

Chillin' with Dylan

December 22, 2011

Lumps of coal in sports
By DYLAN MALONE
    It took me a long time to grow this Christmas beard, but I’m happy with the results. Merry Christmas early to everyone. I hope everybody gets exactly what they want for Christmas.
    I know I will...six NBA games in one day! It’s about time.
    In sticking with the festive themes, I thought a lot about the Christmas spirit and the good boys and girls who get what they ask from Santa Claus.

Chillin' with Dylan

December 15, 2011

By DYLAN MALONE
    I was going over the Indiana AP polls for boys basketball pre-season and I couldn't help but notice that AC wasn't on there. The Jets opened their season with probably their toughest challenge they will face until sectionals and possibly beyond in the Norwell Knights.

Alone With J

December 9, 2011

By J SWYGART
    The Hoosier State Press Association, of which this newspaper is a member, sponsored its annual newsroom seminar last weekend in Indianapolis.

From Left Field

December 9, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA
    It would seem those of us who appreciate the beautiful flowers in the downtown pots each year can relax a bit. It's becoming more likely each day that the flowers will be returning next summer.

Digital Views

December 9, 2011

By MARK TURNER
    It seems these days that young people tend to ignore history or relate to it only in the amount of time they’ve had on Earth. Anything beyond that is unimportant to them. At the same time they tend to focus more on social and media material than on things as simple as books, limiting themselves to the intake of knowledge. With the release of THE HELP, one can only hope that it inspires them to look deeper, to find out the real story of what happened with the civil rights questions of the ‘60s.

DECATUR SENIOR LEAGUE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS—With a perfect record of 12-0 including tournament...
MONSTER TOURNEY WINNERS—The Monroe Youth League hosted their sixth annual Monster Softball...

 

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