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  • Butch remembers the Lady at the Library
    Friday, May 14, 2021 4:00 AM
    There are many people in our lives who we associate with on a regular basis. We engage in small talk as we go about our daily routines. Do we really know these people . . . the person behind the counter, the mail carrier, the repairman, the delivery man . . . and others? Here is an example . . . 
    When I accompanied my Dad to town as a youngster, I made the rounds of several places, including Friend's drug store, Warren Hardware and Alex Cox's service station . . . just to name a few.
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  • Bill Greve . . . Montgomery County and Purdue All-Star
    Tuesday, May 11, 2021 4:00 AM
    Who would you guess had the highest single season scoring average in Montgomery County basketball history . . . Linden's Daryl Warren, Waveland's Mike Mitchell, Waynetown's Steve Pierce, Darlington's Terry Cain, Alamo's Charlie Bowerman or Whitey Reath? Well, all of these were high scorers, but the all-time SINGLE SEASON record goes to Waveland's Bill Greve, who is the only player to average over 30 points per game.
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  • Butch remembers a rock, a bird and a second chance
    Friday, May 7, 2021 4:00 AM
    I guess most of you know by now that I was somewhat mischievous as a youngster growing up on the farm. I was a very stubborn boy and often did not listen to my parents. Let's just say I was an "independent thinker." I had to learn the hard way. And you might also recall that I loved the game of baseball. I was a pitcher. In fact, during all of those years that I played the sport, I pitched for my team in just about every game.
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  • Dick Haffner and the New Ross Blue Jays
    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 4:00 AM
    Whenever I hear the Haffner name, I automatically think of the outstanding New Ross teams of the late 1950s and early 1960s. There were three Haffner boys . . . Dick, who graduated in 1956, Phil in 1961, and Ron in 1966 . . . all of them great athletes. The oldest boy, Dick, started every game at center from his freshman year on.
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  • Butch says keep a sharp mind and mellow out
    Friday, April 30, 2021 4:00 AM
    So, you have lived here in good ol' Montgomery County your entire life and now have reached those glorious "golden years." Perhaps your mind is not quite as sharp. You're starting to forget a few things. And your brain is overwhelmed from hearing about politics, racial strife, terrorists, COVID-19, etc. It never ends. Therefore, to keep your mind sharp and preserve your sanity, try the following suggestions:
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  • Gary Dale . . .Darlington athlete who could do it all
    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 4:00 AM
    I have written articles about several Montgomery County athletes from the "good ol' days" in the past few months, and this time I am writing about someone very special to me . . . my "little brother" Gary Dale, who is four years younger than me and graduated from DHS in 1970.
    When we were little kids growing up on the farm, Gary and I loved all types of sports, and we followed the high school games closely. 
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  • Butch takes aim at killer raccoon . . . OOPS!
    Friday, April 23, 2021 4:00 AM
    Readers, stay with me on this one . . . Have you ever had relatives live with you? I suspect many of you have, at least for a short period of time, perhaps because of an emergency, family problems, etc. Well, my mother-in-law lived with us for about six years . . . and I will say this . . . she was a very sweet lady. I honestly could not have asked for a nicer mother-in-law. Betty treated me like her son. She passed away last year at the age of 96, and we all miss her.
    But sometimes problems arise when relatives live together . . . for a variety of reasons. 
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  • Mike Mitchell . . . and the Waveland Hornet tradition
    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 4:00 AM
    The Waveland Hornets had several outstanding basketball players through the years, seven of whom were named to the Montgomery County All-Time Team in 1971 . . . the Greve brothers--Ray, Bill and Keith, Charlie Arvin, Bill Wheeler and Don Evans . . . along with the most recent player at that time, Mike Mitchell, who graduated in 1968. Mike started out playing guard when he was a freshman, but then became their starting center his last three years . . . and subsequently continued the Hornet legacy of producing top scorers.
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  • Butch discovers why he’s a ‘little different’
    Friday, April 16, 2021 4:00 AM
    Have your friends and co-workers ever told you that you had an unusual personality? I thought so. Join the crowd. Throughout my life several people have commented that I was a "little different." It never really bothered me, as I heard that comment from my parents at an early age. I just about drove Mom and Dad crazy with some of my stunts and antics. Many times I heard the following comment from my Dad, "You know . . . I am starting to wonder about you.
    4 comment(s)
  • Joe Chamness: the boy who could fly
    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 4:00 AM
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Popular columnist Butch Dale has offered to share some stories about Montgomery County sports. This is the sixth of those stories.

    Before consolidation, most of the small county schools only had three sports . . . basketball, baseball and track (although in the 1960s, two or three schools started 8-man football teams). I loved participating in basketball and baseball . . . but track? Not so much. I ran in various events in junior high, but I could never get excited about the sport.
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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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  • 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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  • Butch puts on his junior high dancing shoes
    Friday, April 2, 2021 4:00 AM
    While sitting at the family dining table one evening, anxiously awaiting another big helping of meatloaf and gravy, my mother casually mentioned, "By the way, your Dad signed you up this afternoon for dance lessons." After nearly choking on my buttered hot roll, I replied in no uncertain terms, "Well, I am definitely NOT going to take any STUPID dance lessons!"
    3 comment(s)
  • Deb Steelsmith . . . Waynetown cheerleader supreme
    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 4:00 AM
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Popular columnist Butch Dale has offered to share some stories about Montgomery County sports. This is the fourth of those stories.

    Anyone who watched basketball at one of the small high schools in Montgomery County knows that the win-loss records of their hometown team varied extensively. The ball team may have been successful for a few years, and then suffered through some losing seasons, depending on the talent, coaching, team chemistry and sometimes just plain luck. 
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  • Butch wants to be lost in fifties tonight
    Friday, March 26, 2021 7:23 AM
    Someone recently informed me that manufacturers were going to stop making "flip" phones. That's what I have. I honestly don't even need a cell phone. I didn't have to carry a phone around when I was growing up, or even during most of my adult life . . . I survived.
    A cell phone is a representation of our modern, often hectic lifestyle. It would seem that the average American wants to be constantly connected, informed, tuned in and plugged in . . . with social media standing by to further complicate our brains. There is no rest, no quiet time, no down time. When someone thinks they can sit in their easy chair and relax after a busy day, guess what? Yep, here comes another text or call. How dare you close your eyes and rest a few minutes!
    4 comment(s)
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