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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

From Left Field

March 23, 2011

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.

Digital Views

March 23, 2011

By MARK TURNER
    When WHO’S LINE IS IT ANYWAY? premiered on television I thought it was one of the best shows around. I’ve always loved improve comedy. It started when I saw SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE the first time only to learn that most of the cast began at Second City in Chicago. In college I got my first taste of Second City and fell in love with it, making it a point to visit each time I go there now.

From Left Field

March 15, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA
    Baseball star Reggie Jackson was Mr. October and former Adams County Prosecutor Dan Sigler is getting to be Mr. Special Prosecutor.

Digital Views

March 15, 2011

By MARK TURNER
    It seems that horror films have changed drastically over the past few years. Where once there was a cycle that lasted about 10 years between horror films being popular, they seem to be more mainstream now than ever.
    Not only that, the horror genre has kicked into gear, crossing over into other areas as well. Books like THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE, zombie movies galore and finally the comic book series that has now made its way to TV and DVD: THE WALKING DEAD.

Alone with J

March 10, 2011

By J SWYGART
    It’s every bit as ironic as it is lamentable that the one member of the North Adams school board who seems to have a true handle on the “majority rule” concept of government will soon be the odd-man-out, a victim of the same antiquated method of seating board members that he voted to retain earlier this week.
    But Juan Gutierrez’ lone vote in opposition to a citizens’ petition calling for an elected school board was the correct one, and we appreciate his courage in casting it.

From Left Field

March 10, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA
    While no primary election will be held in Adams County this year, it should be remembered that both political parties have until July 5 to fill vacant spaces on their ballots.
    At this time, four members of Decatur City Council — Republicans Ken Meyer and Matt Dyer, Democrats Charlie Cook and Bill  Crone — have no opposition for the November vote. Nor do Mayor John Schultz and Clerk-Treasurer Phyllis Whitright, both Democrats.

Digital Views

February 22, 2011

BY MARK TURNER
    Films based on actual events have pluses and minuses. The minus is that they tend to overdramatize the story they are trying to tell. The plus is that more often than not you’re given a glimpse into an amazing story. The thing I’ve noticed with most is that the plus almost always outweighs the minus, especially since most of us are privy to the reality that was.

From Left Field

February 22, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA

   Bellmont High School product Brian Hakes had a busy and productive Fourth of July...
MENTALLY TOUGH—Lucas Van De Weg (green shirt) stands with his family as he accepts the Don...
MONROE YOUTH LEAGUE RUNNERS UP—Decatur Dental Services were awarded with their hardware for...

 

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