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  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017 4:10 AM
    The Jon Sparks era has come to an end for Southmont boys’ basketball. Problem is, no one seems to be willing to explain why.
    A press release from Southmont athletic director Aaron Charles came out just before 3 p.m. Tuesday saying that Sparks resigned as head coach and that Jake Turner will serve as the interim head coach.
    I asked Aaron, “Did Jon give a reason for his resignation? If so what was it?”
    His response: “Our focus is on this team and moving forward as they continue to work to reach their goals for the season. We will not comment any further than what was released.”
    Our staff called Charles several times Tuesday, called Southmont Principal Mike Tricker multiple times and even called the corporation office trying to speak with Superintendent Dr. Shawn Greiner. Not one call was returned. I’m not a hard guy to get hold of. I’ve printed my cell phone number in this very paper multiple times.
    When we tracked down Sparks, he was only willing to confirm that “a change has been made.” I talked with him later and he sent a statement that started with “The administration at Southmont has determined my coaching to be finished. And so I have resigned effectively immediately.” The full statement can be read at the bottom of this page. 
    So was he fired or did he resign? 
    Did the fact that Sparks made a decision to bench his best player Saturday as Southmont lost a lead and the game at Cloverdale factor in?
    I asked Aaron that, too, in an email. No response yet.
    It’s time that we start acting like adults, don’t you think? Someone made an adult decision that has us in this situation. This situation where a 4-2 Southmont team had a head coaching change part way through the season.
    That’s the situation and fans, supporters, taxpayers and students want to know why. They deserve to know why and what really happened.
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  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    I’m going to be critical on my generation. I want to tell you that I hate doing this – and I do – but Farmer Jones might also tell you how much he dislikes bacon while he sells you a hog. 
    There are two very, VERY large issues affecting my generation in Montgomery County. The consequences spread far, but suicide and heroin abuse don’t hit a demo much harder than the one I represent. I won’t claim to have the answers today, but I’ll speak on both. A conversation is at worst a starting point. 
    Are there enough conversations? Do conversations do anything? I haven’t been affected by suicide – at least that I can recall. I had a friend in high school die under odd circumstances that I don’t think fit the broad definition of the act we’re talking about. 
    But I have had experience with addiction. I don’t think that’s a stretch to think many of us have. I’ve seen cousins, friends, extended family and the guy in the mirror deal with addiction. I only struggle with tobacco, but I’ve watched loved ones struggle with much worse. 
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  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    A week ago today my fiancé Abbey and I made a pretty big step into our future with the purchase of our first house. It was long, exhausting process that caused us to make a decision for the relatively long-term. Did we want to move to the country? Maybe a small town? Or city life here in Crawfordsville?
    At the end of the day we decided to move close to downtown Crawfordsville. Ultimately we decided to take the chance and put our chips on the city to come through on the current improvements that are in the works. It should pay off big time if things come through. 
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  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    We have a great resource on the north end of Crawfordsville and its getting even better. I got the opportunity to take a tour of the construction zone for the new emergency room at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville and I was extremely impressed. 
    I’m sure you’ve been by the hospital and wondered how construction was coming along. As of my visit, it was coming along on time and under budget. Can’t ask for much more than that! The construction will eventually be a new emergency room with 15 beds, up from the 10 in the current ER. The growth is impressive in square footage, too. The new ER will be 18,000 square feet compared to the 3,300 square feet of the existing structure. 
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  • Saturday, December 24, 2016 4:00 AM
    It hit me like a snowball in the nose. I was just sitting there, relaxing for the day and it came to me. I figured out why millennials seem to have a rough go at it in this world. That’s right I solved the problem with bridging generations right there at home in New Market. Uh, maybe it wasn’t quite that profound. But I did come across what I think makes a lot of millennials different from the elder generations. 
    Let’s me start with a little back story. I have a lot of great people who work for me. I assigned one of those folks – a millennial – a project involving spreadsheets and formulas and data input and all those things that no one really wants to do. I told him what I wanted the result to be at the end and he said the four words that millennials can use to bridge the gap between generations and change our course as the worst generation in history.
    “I’ll figure it out.”
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  • Monday, December 19, 2016 4:00 AM
    Many of my millennial peers have children at this point in their lives. I’ve chosen to not pursue that part of life just yet, so I’m in a bit of a strange place when the holidays roll around. We don’t have any of our own to buy for, but there are plenty of kids to buy for in both my and Abbey’s families. We’ve got two teenage nephews, a teenage niece and a young-adult nephew on my side. We’ve got her 18-year-old twin brothers, an adolescent nephew and a baby niece on her side. 
    Buying for the youngsters is easy because we can get toys or keepsakes and they’ll like the gifts regardless – even if they don’t the thrill of opening the wrapping paper is enough. 
    Buying for teenagers is a lot harder. Their interests are changing weekly and the one constant interest – technology – is expensive and becomes obsolete quickly. The teenagers are also in an add stage of Christmas that I remember being in myself too long ago. They’re getting too old to really appreciate the magic of waking up to presents under the tree on Christmas morning, but they aren’t in a place to give significant gifts yet.
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  • Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:28 PM
    This is my news column and not my millennial column. But as a millennial, why didn’t anyone talk to me about death? I had a grandma die as a young teen and a grandpa die when I was a kid. I have memories of sadness. I was truly sad. This week one of my best friends died. They didn’t cover this in Adulting 101. 
    I’m angry. I’m sad. I’m regretful. And I’m not alone.
    My friend – my brother – Nick Kirsch died Saturday. 
    Before I get to anything I can offer, I have to speak of others. Others who knew Nick far longer than I did. I wrote a column a couple of years ago about how two folks in the business world have really gone out on a limb for me. The first one was obviously The Paper’s CEO Tim Timmons. The other I didn’t name, but it was Nick’s wife, Amanda. She was willing to move me across the country and into their home to go to work at the company she ran. Why? Because Nick thought I was a good guy and could help business. Everyone involved knew that the friendship Nick and I had was a big factor, and I am happy that he thought of me during that time. I took that risk to move from a cozy apartment in downtown Crawfordsville out to the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
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