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Sunday, April 11, 2021
  • Live, in front of a studio audience . . .
    Sunday, April 11, 2021 4:00 AM
    High school was such a blur for me. Amongst all of the drama that is spewed out more than a New York Post tabloid that you see while waiting to buy bootleg Froot Loops from the fourth Dollar General in town, I would always remain inside the comfort of my head thinking about conspiracy theories and Hot Pockets. The talks about Justin Bieber coming out of irrelevancy for the third time in his career, and agricultural lingo would put me to sleep faster than chemistry class lectures. Sure, I loved to write while in Honors English classes, but having to write about all of that philosophical gobbledygook that my teachers would have me muster up became such a cliche (along with “Grammar and How to Properly Use It Vol. 20).
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  • The lasting effect of friends and good acquaintances
    Sunday, April 11, 2021 4:00 AM
    John Donne wrote centuries ago “No man is an island.” Sometimes I think we may run our lives in a fashion that we think we are an island.
    If we are blessed, we surround ourselves with family, friends, acquaintances, but are they really part of us and we a part of them? There are those who seldom find their way from their self-exile on their personal island to actually share with others a sunset, a walk on the beach or watching a kite bounce in the sea breeze.
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  • Butch says: You are so beautiful to me . . . well, maybe
    Saturday, April 10, 2021 7:26 AM
    Let me ask you a question . . . Has anyone ever begged you to do something for a good cause, or on a dare . . . and you agreed to do it . . . and then later on you had second thoughts? Well, that's what I thought. I guess we all have. But you are stuck with your decision, and you follow through. It just takes willpower and courage. Here is an example of some good guys who had a LOT of courage and true dedication to their hometown . . . 
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  • Can I still suspend my Social Security benefits?
    Saturday, April 10, 2021 4:00 AM
    Dear Rusty: Is it still possible to suspend Social Security benefits for a time? And, if so, how often? Signed: Curious Senior

    Dear Curious Senior: If you have already reached your full retirement age and are receiving Social Security benefits which you claimed earlier, you can voluntarily suspend your benefits to earn Delayed Retirement Credits (DRCs) and get a higher benefit amount when your payments are resumed.
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  • Expectations already sky high for Purdue basketball next year
    Friday, April 9, 2021 4:00 AM
    Wait until next year was the rallying cry of the Brooklyn Dodgers for decades until they finally beat the New York Yankees in the 1955 World Series.
    Next year can’t come soon enough for Purdue men’s basketball and the other 66 NCAA tournament teams that failed to accomplish what Baylor did Monday night, win the national championship.
    Expectations will be much higher for the Boilermakers, who were among the nation’s youngest basketball teams in 2020-21.
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  • National Volunteer Week salutes local county volunteers
    Friday, April 9, 2021 4:00 AM
    Each year, thousands of volunteers in Indiana donate their time and energy to make their communities a better place to live. These volunteers will be among the millions across the country who will be spotlighted during the 47th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, April 18-24, 2021.
    Research reported by the Corporation for National and Community Service found that 30% of adult Americans (77.3 million) volunteered 7.9 billion hours of service worth $167 billion in 2018.
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  • Born on 4th of July - well almost, but he had spirit
    Thursday, April 8, 2021 4:00 AM
    Dellie Craig at the Crawfordsville District Public Library knew I’d love the picture of this man and equally as important, his license to practice medicine in Montgomery County. I’m a freak on our early doctors – love to research ‘em and find out what they did, if they saved someone in unusual circumstances, enjoy discovering their family members – well, you get it - I love to write their biographies.
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  • Well, that explains a lot . . .
    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 4:00 AM
    Life in the big-city newspaper world is a non-stop, busy – sometimes hectic – whirlwind of frantic activity.
    The constant clanging of teletype machines, copy boys scurrying about, being yelled at by crusty copy editors enveloped in blue-gray clouds of cigarette smoke.
    Oh, sorry – wrong decade. Still though, we’re pretty danged busy.
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  • LWV talks waste, recycling, responsibility
    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 4:00 AM
    If you take a stroll or a run through Montgomery County, keep your eyes to the ground. You’ll notice what people discard without much thought: vape pods, aluminum cans, plastic bottles (some half full of brown spittle), plastic ware and nowadays, masks. Almost everything is “single use.” Easy come, easy go, the saying supposes. What did the world look like before packaging exploded into existence?
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  • Lori’s laughter helps us through lonely months
    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 4:00 AM
    Throughout the past year, my husband, Peter, and I have been seeing no one except Peter’s sister, Lori, and her husband. 
    Lori has Stage 4 cancer and has had a tough fight. She’s been on oxygen all this time. The decision of how careful we needed to be was easy. If we were going to see Lori, we had to be extremely careful. And as a reward, once a week we have heard Lori’s laughter. 
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  • Fling into Spring or A Sprint to Tint?
    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 4:00 AM
    “Fling into Spring!” said our high school art teacher, Janice Thomas to herself as she headed out to pick up some groceries. “That’s what I’ll call it. Fling into Spring!”
    She ear rumpled Woof, her deer pointer (he being half pointer and half cowdog and the herd instinct didn’t work well on deer, so he points them now. His tail didn’t work for a week.)
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  • Coach Harold "Jack" Hester . . . One of the best
    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 4:00 AM
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Popular columnist Butch Dale has offered to share some stories about Montgomery County sports. This is the fifth of those stories.

    There have certainly been many great basketball coaches in Montgomery County, but very few can match the record of Harold "Jack" Hester, who coached at New Market and Ladoga a total of 20 years. Jack graduated from New Market in 1934, having played his senior year under Coach Russell Bower . . . his team finishing with a 16-4 record. Then it was on to Wabash College, where Jack lettered in both basketball and baseball for three years. During his senior year, he was elected team captain for the roundball squad, coached by Pete Vaughn.
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  • The menopausal malady that is hot flashes
    Monday, April 5, 2021 4:00 AM
    Sometimes I get asked questions in unusual places. A few months ago at church I was pulled aside and asked if I could write my column on the menopausal malady of hot flashes.
    Hot flashes are usually described as a feeling of intense heat, usually with sweating and a rapid heartbeat. They can last a few minutes up to a half hour or so. The feeling usually starts on the face or upper chest but can also be on the neck and even spread over the entire body.
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  • Ford Ranger Tremor is urban friendly, all capable
    Monday, April 5, 2021 4:00 AM
    The Ford F-250 Tremor and F-150 Raptor are two of my favorite trucks, but neither fits in my driveway very well. Forget fitting them into my mid-century garage or squeezing down tight city streets for dinner. Heck, actual trails would be a challenge. I always wished for all the big trucks offer, including space for family and friends, but in a smaller package. Ford has delivered exactly that in the 2021 Ranger Tremor.
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  • Will widow’s benefit replace my own SS?
    Saturday, April 3, 2021 4:00 AM
    Dear Rusty: My husband is 76, retired for 4 years, and receiving Social Security. I am only 59 and still working. We are both in good health and I’d like to think we still have many years to enjoy retirement. My question: Is it true that if I start SS at 62, I can switch to my husband’s SS when he passes? If this is true (and his amount is slightly higher than my FRA amount), wouldn’t it make sense for me to begin collecting at 62? Signed: Younger Spouse
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