"We set a record high in 2006-07, and we're going to set another one this crop marketing year," said Robb. "We expect hay prices will set a record of about $115 per ton. And horse and dairy-quality hay selling for well over $150 per ton."
Ethanol production has also changed the market, Robb said. Corn which would normally have been used for livestock feed is now going toward fuel.
"The U.S. is very soon going to be processing more corn in the next few years into ethanol than we feed in the livestock sector," Robb said.
September 30, 2007
There is still half the season left, so taking his redshirt off and starting him wouldn't be a waste of his redshirt. It would be a look into the future. We have Temple next week, and no matter how "improved" they are, they still are 0-5. After that, we come home for homecoming vs. WMU before going to Wisconsin. It would given Harnish 2 games to get his feet wet before having to play Wisconsin.
Obviously none of us know much about Harnish other then what we read. I do know is that he looks like a QB. The NIU website has him listed as 6-3, 211, and at the game yesterday I noticed he just looks like more of a QB then Dan and Morris do.
For those who are football lingo-challenged, a player is allowed to play for 4 years in college, if Harnish never steps foot into a game this year, he would still have his 4 years left... that's called "Red Shirting." But if he gets into even one game this year, even if for just one second, then he can only play 3 more years.
It's OK... you'll be buying stuff from the police who couldn't find the proper owners:
Indianapolis - City police and several other central Indiana departments have found a profitable way to unload unclaimed property via the Internet.
The Web site propertyroom.com sells lost, stolen or abandoned property collected by police departments in Indianapolis, Lawrence, Carmel and Westfield. The online auction service, based in California, handles unclaimed property from 1,100 police departments, cities and towns nationwide.
September 29, 2007
Soaring food prices, driven in part by demand for ethanol made from corn, have helped slash the amount of food aid the government buys to its lowest level in a decade, possibly resulting in more hungry people around the world this year.
If our government would stop subsidizing ethanol, perhaps things wouldn't be getting so bad.
Hoosiers defeat Iowa 38-20
Southern Illinois 72, Indiana State 10. I don't believe the ISU football players appreciated having their coach fired mid-season.
September 28, 2007
Historic Surge in Grain Prices: This year the prices of Illinois corn and soybeans are up 40% and 75%, respectively, from a year ago. Kansas wheat is up 70% or more. And a growing number of economists and agribusiness executives think the run-ups could last as long as a decade, raising the cost of all kinds of food.
As I said before here, and here, and here -- the only way ethanol is cost competitive with gasoline is through government subsidies... and if you burn your food for fuel, you'll end up paying too much for both
Not only have prices remained high, but the rally has swept up other commodities such as barley, sorghum, eggs, cheese, oats, rice, peas, sunflower and lentils. In Georgia, the nation's No. 1 poultry-producing state, slaughterhouses are charging a record wholesale price for three-pound chickens, up 15% from a year ago.What's changed is that powerful new sources of demand are emerging. In addition to U.S. government incentives that encourage businesses to turn corn and soybeans into motor fuel, the growing economies of Asia and Latin America are enabling hundreds of millions of people to spend more on food. A growing middle class in these regions is eating more meat and milk, which in turn is increasing demand for grain to feed livestock.
Hang on to your hats, Ladies and Gentlemen, and look for the recession/inflation to come:
American families, which spend 9.9% of their disposable income on food, are facing the fastest-rising food prices in 17 years. The consumer's cost for everything from yogurt and popcorn to breakfast cereal and fast-food french fries is climbing. In U.S. cities last month, the average retail price of a pound loaf of whole-wheat bread was up 24% from a year ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Whole milk hit $3.807 a gallon, up 26%.
The winners, and I don't begrudge them a dime, are the American farmers who are likely to see their income go up nearly 50%.
DeKalb came into Friday night’s game with the better record and supposedly better defense.
Norwell’s front line stuffed the running game, while the secondary shut down the Barons’ passing attack, and the offense racked up 322 yards rushing en route to a 27-7 dominating win.
Way to go Knights!
The Lady Knights improved their season record to 19-6 and climbed to 3-2 in the NHC. New Haven fell to 6-14 and 0-4.
It also looked as if the Lady Bulldogs would spoil Norwell’s special recognition of seven seniors, including Alex Baker, Allee Donaghy, Alecia Gilbert, Amanda Meyer, Allison Painter, Lauren Schumm and manager Chelsea Fischer.
However, Gilbert and Donaghy picked up the play of the Lady Knights. Gilbert hammered 13 kills and Donaghy dished out 37 set assists. Painter also came up with 12 digs, while Baker had eight.
Some say our drug laws are doing more harm to our society than good. Some drugs, like cocaine, though, are so addictive that they must be restricted legally. It's painful to see young folks lives ruined, especially those with so much going for them.
Listed among Inc. Magazine's "Inc 500" fastest growing privately held companies in the country, Novae has nearly doubled its workforce since locating in the Northeast Indiana town in 2005. The company plans to begin hiring welders, assemblers and clerical staff later this year."Markle was blessed when Novae Corporation selected Markle for its expanding operations and became the first resident of our Industrial Park," said Tamra Boucher, president of the Markle Town Council. 'Novae is an excellent corporate citizen and strongly supports community projects. The company continues to create new opportunities for our community, and we are excited to see their growth. We look forward to our continued relationship with Novae and more positive announcements in the future."
Here's hoping Novae stays in Markle for a long time to come.
September 27, 2007
The Indy Museum of Art is located at 4000 N. Michigan Rd.
And while we're on the subject of art, don't forget to visit the Creative Arts Center of Wells County between October 15th and November 28th to see "Forged Art" the art of blacksmithing. Sevens member Mark Thomas will have items on display. The Creative Arts Center is located at 211 West Water Street in Bluffton.
Perhaps an asterisk branding iron should come into play.
September 26, 2007
Nothing good hardly ever comes from any contact with the media. They get their facts wrong and make stuff up if they have no facts.
While the studies are preliminary findings conducted in bacteria and laboratory animals, they suggest that consumers may want to limit caffeine intake -- including energy drinks and strong coffee -- while taking acetaminophen.
If so, Excedrin, which has Tylenol, Aspirin and Caffeine should be used sparingly.
September 25, 2007
I know things have changed a lot in the last 30 years, but organized Sunday youth games and practices used to be unheard of. I can't imagine our parents would have put up with it. I imagine the Bluffton School Board will get an earful from parents of kids involved in sports, but hey, why can't we give the kids a day off.
The Adams Central Lady Jets volleyball team defended its airspace Monday night by coming back to shoot down the Norwell Lady Knights in four games 25-21, 19-25, 25-20, 25-22 at Monroe.
Close matches, all, and I imagine the weekend tournament took its toll on the Lady Knights. At least the JV beat the Jets.
Founded in 1911 in Salem, Indiana, Child Craft Industries remains a family owned, American company. The principles of quality and integrity that have served to guide us for nearly 100 years are alive and well.
I guess that I-69 extension down to Mexico will help them in their move.
Election law experts had urged the court to take the Indiana case to instruct courts on how to weigh claims of voter fraud versus those of disenfranchisement. "The court better resolve this question before ballots start getting counted next fall," said Stanford University law professor Pamela Karlan.
The court is expected to issue a decision by late June, in time for the November general election.
September 24, 2007
Interesting. But 1) this would increase our reliance on non-human intelligence which proved to be so wrong in Iraq... and 2) how long will it take before we launch these things over our allies and our citizens, especially if an impending attack is suspected.
It is becoming increasingly impossible for Congress and the law to keep up with Science.
Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, also owns the original scroll-manuscript of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road." Kerouac created the scroll by taping pages together before feeding them into his typewriter in 1951.
There is something scriptural about the scroll. Jim Irsay, graduate of Southern Methodist University, former Mustang linebacker and now owner of the Indianapolis Colts, bought it in 2001 for $2.43 million.
Irsay says he first found his way to Kerouac's narrative because he got swept up in rock 'n' roll, in John Lennon and Bob Dylan.
"And as we got caught up in our heroes, we'd go backwards and connect the dots, tracing who influenced who."
And there was Jack Kerouac.
September 23, 2007
Bayh is a moderate Democrat whose blessing could help Clinton pick up votes in Republican states.
Indiana is among the most reliably Republican of states — “the reddest of the red,” as one Democratic official put it. The Hoosier State went 57 percent for George W. Bush in 2000 and 60 percent for President Bush’s reelection in 2004.
Senator Clinton was on all the Sunday morning shows this morning and appears, from all accounts, to be the presumptive Democratic nominee. It sure isn't clear to me who she will be running against, but it wouldn't be surprising if Senator Bayh ends up on her ticket.
Jerome Mathis returned the game's opening kickoff 84 yards for a score for the Texans, who were limited to 40 yards on the ground. The Texans were hurt by injuries before and during the game. Wide receiver Andre Johnson was inactive due to a sprained right knee, and Houston running back Ron Dayne was also inactive with bruised ribs. Running back Ahman Green suffered a knee injury in the first half. Texans defensive tackle Cedric Killings was hurt in a head-on collision on the ensuing kickoff and was taken off the field on a stretcher. Killings, who was part of a convoy of blockers for Mathis, collided helmet-to-helmet with the Colts' Roy Hall. Killings' head and chest were strapped in as he was wheeled off the field with a neck injury and taken to a hospital for tests.
A good reminder of how dangerous the game is and how quickly the Colts could lose key players, as well.
September 22, 2007
Notre Dame remains winless after Michigan State, 31-14
For the first time in 119 seasons of Notre Dame football, the Irish are 0-4Purdue goes 4-0 against Minnesota, 45-31
Ossian-based Barkley also plans to use the geothermal systems and apply the same energy-efficiency standards to any of the traditional single-family homes it builds in the 49-lot subdivision.
Barkley, which has been in business since 1981, has been putting geothermal units in some of the homes it’s built since 1984. But with fuel costs continuing to increase and consumers more aware of energy and environmental issues, building an entire villa development with geothermal systems “just made sense,” said Josh Barkley, who runs the company with his father, Randy Barkley.
The geothermal units are made by WaterFurnace, a Fort Wayne manufacturer.
Randy Barkley is, of course, a member of the Norwell Class of 1975. And Sevens members Bob Brown and Lynn Gerhing, as I've mentioned before, are part of the team at WaterFurnace.
September 21, 2007
The Norwell Lady Knights volleyball team upped their season record to 14-4 Thursday night with a 3-2 victory over the visiting DeKalb Lady Barons in a Northeast Hoosier Conference match at the Castle.
Norwell won the junior varsity match in three games 16-25, 25-18, 15-9.
Police became suspicious of the call because the body had been dragged off a walking trail and was not in plain sight, Sandefur said at a probable cause hearing. Police obtained a search warrant for the house from which the 911 call was placed and Pitts was arrested Thursday afternoon.
Sandefur said police found blood spattered on clothing in Pitts' possession.
Anderson Community Schools Superintendent Mikella Lowe described the incident as "tragic."
"It's very, very tragic," said Lowe. "It's always sad when we lose a young person."
I'm kind of a "word" person... I don't think the word "tragic" fits this case at all. "Tragic" carries with it, at least in my mind, a certain kind of worldworn, inevitable sadness I just don't associate with a man dragging a 14 year old girl away to kill her. I would say someone dying young in an accident or from disease or by some act of god like a storm is tragic. I middle-school girl murdered by a man while she's waiting for her morning school bus is a heinous crime, not a tragedy.
East Nobel 41, Norwell 34
Norwell received a shot in the arm at halftime with the return of first-string quarterback Kyle Miller.The game was close, but East Nobel took the prize.
Miller, seeing his first action since the Leo game in the first week of the season, directed the Knights down the field on a 13-play scoring drive that got his team back in the game at 27-21.
September 20, 2007
Hoosier Park says the $400 million project will create about 600 new jobs, jobs that Anderson lost when the big factories left town.
"We're looking for jobs, we're looking for other ways to raise our families and make money. If they keep it local, it's going to be a huge success for Anderson," small business owner Amy Hassos said.
The four men who led their teams to state tournament championships in June, including Norwell’s Kelby Weybright, have been named Indiana high school baseball coaches of the year.
Weybright led the Knights to a perfect season, finishing 35-0 and winning their second state title.
I'm sure that Coach Weybright, when he accepts the award in January, will thank his players and his assistant coaches, including Sevens member pitching coach, Kurt Gray.
Failure to quit smoking before certain elective procedures confers such clinical detriment that to proceed to surgery is ill judged. When all other clinical features are identical, costs are increased and outcomes are worse in a smoker than in a current non-smoker. In healthcare systems with finite resources, preferring non-smokers over smokers for a limited number of procedures will deliver greater clinical benefit to individuals and the community—smokers and non-smokers. To fail to implement such a clinical practice in these select circumstances would be to sacrifice sensible clinical judgment for the sake of a non-discriminatory principle.
And just in case you don't believe doctors in England would deny care to a smoker, read this:
A man with a broken ankle is facing a lifetime of pain because a Health Service hospital has refused to treat him unless he gives up smoking.
John Nuttall, 57, needs surgery to set the ankle which he broke in three places two years ago because it did not mend naturally with a plaster cast.Doctors at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro have refused to operate because they say his heavy smoking would reduce the chance of healing, and there is a risk of complications.
I'm certainly no expert on Health Insurance, but it just seems to me that if we allow the government to control Health Care, it will be hard to stop them from controlling aspects of our lives that affect our health. And really, what aspects of our lives don't affect our health.
September 19, 2007
We all know, though, that the credit for growth lies with Sevens Member Dr. Joy Garton Krueger who joined the project this year as its Director of Assessment and Evaluation.
"This is a major victory for traffic safety in the state of Indiana," said Mike Cunegin, executive director of the [Criminal Justice] Institute. "We are confident that this increase in seat belt usage will translate into lives saved on Indiana's roadways. This level of compliance shows that Hoosiers now recognize that buckling up can drastically reduce death and serious injury on our roads."A law that took effect July 1 requires almost everyone to wear seat belts, including those riding in back seats or traveling in pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans.
In a related story, the Handrail Institute of Indiana reports an increase in people holding on to handrails as they walk down stairs. OK, so there isn't any Handrail Institute of Indiana... I'm just saying, don't you think it's possible that more people are wearing seatbelts because the average age of Hoosiers is increasing, we're more experienced, we slowing down -- not because of any law.
The league's first blow came on opening day when then-No. 5 Michigan lost 34-32 to Appalachian State, the first time a Top 25 team lost to a I-AA team."If that's the only thing, things would be all right, but last week really hurt," said Jerry Palm, whose Web site, collegebcs.com, ranks teams. "Iowa loses to Iowa State, who probably won't beat anyone else. Northwestern loses to Duke, who hadn't beaten anyone in two years and probably won't beat anyone else. And Minnesota loses to Bowling Green and Florida Atlantic."That's four teams that have suffered embarrassing losses. When it's that many teams in the league, it drags everyone down in the perception of the fans, the voters and it hurts them in the computer rankings."
September 18, 2007
Sherri also sent along information about the prior owner of the home who died in a plane crash in 2003.
Moser, 50, a long-time drag racer and axle manufacturer, started his business with his 49-year-old wife in 1982. The Mosers revolutionized the axle industry with the development of a streamlined manufacturing process that shortened the standard four- to six- week turnaround time to just two days. Moser Engineering, which originated in the Mosers' garage, is now one of the leading aftermarket axle manufacturers in the United States.
With that new ethanol plant fired up over in Portland, I'm sure there may be many, newly wealthy ethanol barons who might beat Stewart to it.
I wonder why they don't put the $35 million towards more local reporting/reporters and less tickertape national and international news from the wires. Everybody pretty much knows the national and international stuff by the time the paper gets to the door... it's the local news that's under reported.
Lucky guys, though I doubt they think so.
As Derickson and Roehm approached the squad car, the two tried to slow down but lost control of the motorcycles and crashed.
The men were thrown from the motorcycles and slid about 400 feet across the pavement before coming to a stop. Their motorcycles were totaled.Derickson and Roehm were taken to Parkview Hospital, treated for road rash and released. Both were cited for misdemeanor charges of speed contest and reckless driving.
Other states are giving us their borrowed money for a study of extending I-69 on down south. The fact is, the I-69 extension is already underway, with highways in Tennessee (see picture at the top) already being improved to four lanes and labeled "I-69 Corridor."
Interstate 69 begins at the U.S./Canadian border north of Detroit and extends southward to Indianapolis. The corridor is then in various stages of development and construction from Indianapolis south through Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas before reaching the Mexican border near Laredo.
“I knew I had it right at the pin,” recalled Bushee, who is originally from Wells County and a Norwell High School graduate. “I kept saying be the right club. Well, the wind drifted it to the right and then it funneled back down and dropped in. It was in a golf outing on the closest to the pin hole. My group went nuts and the group ahead us saw it and started cheering as well. It was awesome.”
September 17, 2007
The new airport terminal is funded primarily through general airline revenues. About 10 percent of funding, for devices such as safety and flight equipment, comes from federal grants. But some critics say these foot baths are religious facilities in a public place -- and a clear constitutional violation.
Robert Spencer founded the group Jihad Watch, which aims to raise awareness of what its founders perceive as a proliferation of Islamic law into mainstream society. Spencer compares installing a foot bath in a restroom to putting in a holy water font to accommodate Catholic cab drivers.
"The only conceivable group that will use the foot bath are Muslims for prayer," Spencer said. "It's a religious installation for a religious use."
Airport officials say they see it differently.
"These facilities are for everybody's use," said David Dawson, spokesman for the new terminal project.
This really wouldn't bother people so much if the there weren't groups in America going out of their way to remove all expressions of Christianity from the public square:
The Lady Knights won three matches, downing Tippecanoe Valley 25-23, 28-26, Knox 25-14, 25-21 and Woodlan 25-19, 25-23.
The grand opening parade will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Tuesday night.
Serving as this year’s grand marshals in the “Great Outdoors” theme are Howard and Beverly Rich, both long active in community projects.
Good luck at East Noble, girls!
Update: The Banner's Take on the Sectional Title
it is the first girls golf sectional championship in Norwell history. The Lady Knights have advanced to regional before as a team but never as the winning team.
Ethanol manufacturers are snatching up corn, a key ingredient in the alternative fuel. That has caused corn prices to soar and encouraged farmers to grow more grain, Niemeyer said. Grain elevators, which buy and store crops, and farmers themselves are investing in additional storage space as a result.
Wells County farmer Bobby Caley planted more corn to capitalize on the rising prices. He and his sons built a 60,000-bushel storage bin for his farm this summer. Caley sells grain to several local elevators and stores the rest at his farm, which has room for more than 200,000 bushels.
Storing some grain on the farm gives farmers additional selling opportunities, Caley said. Farmers who want to sell to ethanol plants must store it until the delivery date the plant sets.
Even if farmers don't sell to an ethanol plant, they can earn a premium for waiting to sell grain, Caley said. Most buyers pay a higher price after harvest, when less grain is on the market.
"Because of the glut at harvest, there's always a (price) basis improvement" for farmers who wait a few months to sell their grain, Caley said.
Dave Troxell out of Bluffton's Troxell Equipment Co. has a backlog of grain bin orders and expects bin orders to remain strong for years due to the ethanol plants in the area. Troxell says, "Anything that's good for the farmers is good for us."
Troxel Equipment's sales last year increased about 15 percent from 2005, Troxel said. He expects a similar level of growth this year.
Industry experts are predicting ethanol plants' demand for corn will preserve these market conditions for three to five years, Ritchie said. With a biodiesel plant nearly completed in Claypool and an ethanol plant under construction in Bluffton, he expects demand for grain storage to remain strong.
The competition for farmers' crops will likely keep grain prices high. That trend should continue to benefit grain storage companies, Troxel said.
"Anything that's good for the farmers is good for us," he said.
Well, everyone wants our local farmers to come out on top, but I still wonder how high grain prices will affect feed and food prices. Be on the watch for the price of meat and the price of bread to rise.
In Class C, Norwell was first, Heritage was second and Concordia was third. Elmhurst, Wayne, Leo, New Haven, Bellmont and Lakeland all won participation awards. Norwell won caption awards for music, visual and general effect.
September 15, 2007
Keyes told Janet Parshall, host of a nationally syndicated radio show, that he's "unmoved" by the lack of moral courage shown by the other candidates, among whom he sees no standout who articulates the "key kernel of truth that must, with courage, be presented to our people."Read Keyes' new series of essays: A Crisis of the Republic
If nothing else, Alan Keyes will raise the level of debate and move it where he wants it to go. Dr. Keyes is a conservative Republican, has traveled the world in foreign service for the United States, has a Doctorate in Government Affairs, he is descendant of slaves, married to an Indian American he met during his service in Bombay, and he is an extraordinary Constitutional Scholar.
The Indiana Department of Transportation will close Main Street (Indiana 1 and Indiana 116) from Spring Street to Wabash Street to make way for the annual Bluffton Street Fair/Agricultural Expo. Beginning Sunday, northbound motorists will be directed to use the following detour: Go east on Spring Street, north on Wayne Street, west on Wabash Street and north on Main Street. Southbound traffic should take the inverse.
The festival ends Sept. 23, and the state warns drivers that the area will be busier with other vehicles and pedestrians.
September 14, 2007
Europe can be tough.
So good work! Ten bucks!
The bottom line sounds like a dream for a farmer - every crop will have to bid up to get the acres users need. What happens in South America could play off the soybean advantage, depending on what happens this fall and winter in that part of the yield. But right now, long-term prospects look exciting- interesting to say the least.
"I can't remember a time in my career when all the U.S. major crops were in high enough demand that we could say this," he says. "That's true even though we just grew the largest corn acreage this season in more than 60 years."
“To produce 65 million gallons, we need 22 million bushels of corn a year, or 80 to 100 truckloads a day,” said Matt Clemme, technical manager for Poet. “We have about a six-minute turnaround time on our trucks. We get them in and out of here efficiently.”
I have heard many say, suppose Global Warming is not real, what is the harm of behaving as if it were? Wouldn't we only reduce our dependency on oil, wouldn't we clean the environment?
But when we see 22 million bushels of corn a year, 80 to 100 truckloads of corn a day, 365 days a year, being poured out for fuel instead of food at just one, just one refinery... you do the math on how that raises the cost of feed and the cost of food... you do the math on the possibility of shortages of both.
Just how high is the cost of biofuel? And just how much thought are we giving to the hidden costs.
Update: A Grant County Ethanol plant, as well.
Peter Sorg, president of Ossian Packing Co., said trying to determine how high corn prices will affect other industries is “a shot in the dark.”
He said the price of pork has actually gone down and markets are not following a pattern.
“We’ve been able to hold our prices steady,” he said. “But everybody is very uneasy.”
Norwell baseball plans golf outing
The Norwell Baseball Club’s Turf’s Up fall golf scramble is set for Sept. 29 for a 1 p.m. shotgun start at Timber Ridge golf course in Bluffton. Entry fee is $65 and deadline is Sept. 21. For more information and registration forms call [Sevens member] Kurt Gray at (260) 758-3104 or 744-4387 or email at email@example.com
"We are making it clear to our players and our fans that this franchise is going in a different direction," Bird said in a statement. "Shawne put himself in a position that placed the franchise in a poor light. He's a good kid who made a bad decision. Our franchise is in a position now where the responsibilities, conduct and standards of the players off the court weigh as heavily as they do on the court."
Although I think a longer suspension or big fine would have been better -- what does $40,000 mean to someone making over a million a year? -- at least the Pacers are trying.
Norwell 6, New Haven 22.
New Haven stopped the Knight's offense all night long, keeping Norwell to only 101 yards of offense. Norwell's only score was on an interception and even then the extra point failed.
September 13, 2007
"We're simply asking the prosecutor to comply with public records access laws and provide the citizens of Centerville and Wayne County at least a glimpse into the events of the past two weeks," Johnson said. "What exists in the absence of this basic information is an environment of speculation and rumor. That's hardly in the best interest of the community."
David Bursten, Indiana State Police 1st Sgt., and supervisor of police public information for central and southern Indiana, agreed with Cross.
"Any 911 call is a piece of evidence and is not releasable. It's not public record," Bursten said. "This is consistent with how we deal with all our cases in all 92 counties."Key said that's just plain wrong.
The American media loves a crisis, especially one that engenders fear and strong emotions. What could be better than a shortage of the basic staple of the grocery store - bread. So when your ashen-faced local TV reporter stands before an empty bread case at the Kroger store, caused by panic buying and hoarding, here are a two things to remember:
1. There is very little wheat in your loaf of bread. In fact, there is very little wheat in your Wheaties. So any price hike in wheat should have very little impact on the price.
2. Wheat is a renewable resource. In just a matter of weeks, US farmers will go to the fields to plant a new crop of wheat; and, at $8, you had better believe they will plant a whole heck of a lot of it. Even with an average yield, US what producers will do much to reduce the world shortfall in the next 9 months.
September 12, 2007
1. Patch a radiator hose
2. Protect your computer
3. Rescue a boater who has capsized
4. Frame a wall
5. Retouch digital photos
6. Back up a trailer
7. Build a campfire
8. Fix a dead outlet
9. Navigate with a map and compass
10. Use a torque wrench
11. Sharpen a knife
12. Perform CPR
13. Fillet a fish
14. Maneuver a car out of a skid
15. Get a car unstuck
16. Back up data
17. Paint a room
18. Mix concrete
19. Clean a bolt-action rifle
20. Change oil and filter
21. Hook up an HDTV
22. Bleed brakes
23. Paddle a canoe
24. Fix a bike flat
25. Extend your wireless network
September 11, 2007
"As the News-Banner published last week so aptly, I would like to recognize Jon Bennett for his coordination of the effort in his bringing that to pass, as well as getting Southern Wells and Northern Wells involved," Huffman said.
Huffman said the session was excellent training for the teachers and the community and helped make many people aware of the issues facing our community. "I was just very impressed with the countywide effort," Huffman said.
Bennett noted that the effort involved many people and that the work of the three superintendents and faculty was vital to the success of the in-service.
"We had great community participation," Bennett said. "It was a great opportunity for us to work together as a county and it was great to see the community come together."
"We're going to keep it going," Bennett added.Way to go, Jon!
September 10, 2007
But a third item arose after Pearl Harbor: a great, racist war of propaganda portraying the Japanese as inherently evil, incapable of honor, of being devoid of human feelings. This is the part of our response, back then, that resulted in the internment camps for Japanese, but not for Germans or Italians. And this is part of what we got right this time around. The President and the Media went out of their way to avoid fueling a racist war and have, thus far, succeeded.
In other ways, though, we have not learned so much. Not long after World War II, the incriminations and paranoid conspiracy theories began about how President Roosevelt knew Pearl Harbor was coming, how he wanted it to happen, he wanted us to get in that war, he needed us to get in that war in order to turn America around. And we see the same thing today, "The Truthers" deny a plane ever hit the Pentagon, they believe President Bush ordered the twin towers brought down -- despite all the evidence, despite their own eyes, despite Popular Mechanics explaining everything that happened in excruciating detail -- they follow their ancestors who blamed Roosevelt for Pearl Harbor by blaming Bush for 9/11.
In the 50's and 60's, once passions had cooled, historians came down on the side of a Pearl Harbor conspiracy being nonsense. It became clear that -- even then -- we had far too much intelligence and far too little manpower to be able to make sense of what the Japanese were actually going to do. In fact, the Japanese were fully capable of organizing and carrying out the attack just as they did, just as everyone saw. As hard as it may be to believe today, we will likely follow the same path with President Bush. Like the Roosevelt Administration, the President and his Administration have all along been trying to get our response right, they have all along been trying to do what's best and they have gotten some of it right, some of it wrong.
But, perhaps inevitably, there will always remain a small core of those who are convinced that presidents have unlimited power, have perfect intelligence, and have nothing but evil in their hearts.
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September 8, 2007
September 7, 2007
From the Journal-Gazette:
The eulogy was being rehearsed; the gravesite being dug; the homecoming crowd at Norwell in a tizzy with a 16-point lead and Bellmont going nowhere but down. Someone say something nice about the dearly departed Braves.
What a comeback, even though it fell a point short in Norwell’s stirring 23-22 overtime victory Friday.
From the Journal-Gazette:
Before Friday, Bellmont was the only undefeated team in the NHC. The Braves rallied from a 16-0 deficit to tie the game at 16 and force overtime. Norwell scored in the first overtime attempt and kicked the extra point, and then Bellmont scored, but Goodmiller blocked the extra point attempt to secure the win for the Knights (3-1).
“I never blocked one before. Never blocked a punt before,” Goodmiller said. “I always try so hard in practice to get one, but I finally got one on the extra point there.”
For his birthday, his family once purchased a star and named it after him. Now, there are two stars in heaven named Bob Sievers.
In his casket during the service there was not only a radio, but a radio microphone. His funeral procession also went by the old WOWO studio on the way to Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery, where he was buried.
We certainly all knew that Letterman had attended Ball State when we were there, but his fortunes today are certainly better than they were twenty five years ago when he was wearing tennis shoes and throwing watermelons out of windows.
Thousands of people stood in front of the new David Letterman Communication and Media Building on Friday afternoon, all hoping the weather would hold off for just a few moments longer.
But, as talk show host Letterman said during the dedication ceremony of the newest building on Ball State University’s Campus, “Screw the weather.”
Those words were strong enough to keep the hard rain away until minutes after the ceremony ended.
I guess he hasn't really changed much.
CENTERVILLE, Ind. - The deaths of two sisters are under investigation in Centerville, Indiana.
Indiana State Police tell 24-Hour News 8 19-year-old Erin Stanley was found dead Saturday from strangulation at a home located at 704 Elm Drive.
Police have a person of interest in the case, the first homicide case in the town in 20 years.
Then on Friday, the body Erin's 18-year-old sister Kelly Stanley was discovered at the same home. No cause of death has been released. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday in Fort Wayne.
I'm not sure, either, why the autopsy will be all the way up in Ft. Wayne.
I've never really worried too much about that kind of thing. I always figured that if it ever came down to us or them, we would just nationalize their plants.
Mrs. Kennedy stocked "A Wrinkle in Time" in the Ossian library, where I first encountered it. I read it, ordered my own copy, brought it home for my sister to read -- and later read it aloud to each of my children... in fact, I fed them the lines and they took on the parts of the book and made a play of it.
I would be hard pressed to find another author who has affected so many middle school kids -- and kids at heart -- over the years. Her books will live forever. She was a wonderful author and an amazing, adventurous parent.
Peace, and God's speed, Ms. L'Engle.
Payne first distinguished between the types of poverty, saying situational poverty, which can occur after a death or divorce, is temporary and involves a different set of rules from those people trapped in generational poverty.
Impoverished people focus on survival, relationships and entertainment, whereas middle-class people value work, achievement and material security, Payne said.
The conflicts in schools happen because the educational system has its roots in the middle class, so Payne said misunderstandings develop when teachers work with impoverished students.
Using anecdotes from her own career as well as those shared with her by other educators, Payne explained the different rules and language used by people from different economic classes.
One story dealt with a teacher who gave $200 to a parent for clothing for two students, only to learn later the money was spent on a VCR – an electronic luxury the family had never enjoyed.
Poverty is painful, and entertainment takes away that pain and will always take precedence over other items, Payne said.
Kevin Rieder, 38, poses a danger to the community and does not seem to be a good candidate for release based on his record of not complying with prior court orders.Rieder faces a federal charge of illegal possession of ammunition in violation of an earlier restraining order taken out by an ex-girlfriend. Authorities seized 79,010 rounds of ammunition during a raid last week that followed a six-month investigation, Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Schmid said.Schmid argued for Rieder's detention without bond, saying Rieder had threatened people this summer and pointing out that the South Bend man was committed to a mental hospital for about two weeks last spring.
What was it Elmer Fudd used to say to Bugs Bunney when his ammo ran out?
"No mow buwetts."
September 6, 2007
The Tippecanoe County prosecutor's office filed six charges today against a Purdue University wide receiver in connection to a March fight in which he was stabbed.
Selwyn Lymon, 20, of Fort Wayne is charged with counts of operating a vehicle while being intoxicated, as well as counts of battery, disorderly conduct, false informing and illegal possession of alcohol.
Tippecanoe County prosecutor Pat Harrington said this evening that charges will not be filed against the woman who stabbed Lymon because police believe she acted in self-defense. Her identity has not be released.
The prosecutor's office also filed charges against two other Purdue players who they believe were at Nick's Nightclub in West Lafayette on March 30. A fight broke out there that morning and led to Lymon's being stabbed.
Stanford Keglar, 22, a Purdue linebacker, is charged with battery, false informing and disorderly conduct. Jonte Lindsey, 21, a reserve, is charged with counts of false informing and disorderly conduct.
I guess they are preparing themselves for their professional careers.
Tens of thousands of blue-clad fans poured onto the downtown Monument Circle on Thursday, where they stood shoulder to shoulder to cheer for their beloved Indianapolis Colts - and get a little groove on while they were at it.
The crowd crammed downtown for a free three-hour concert highlighting the NFL Opening Kickoff celebration as the Super Bowl champions prepared to take on the resurgent New Orleans Saints at the RCA Dome.
Additional: St. Vincent Children's Hospital in Indy renamed Peyton Manning Children's Hospital.
Norwell (2-1) will entertain bitter rival Bellmont (3-0) in a Northeast Hoosier Conference battle at the Courtyard with kickoff set for 7 p.m. It also will be homecoming night for Norwell.
Bellmont comes into the game as the only undefeated NHC team. The Braves opened conference action last week rolling over winless Columbia City 47-13 at Decatur. Norwell was on the end of a 14-6 loss at Carroll.
September 5, 2007
Well, now companies are being sued using the ADA Act because their web sites are inaccessible to the blind.
Target Corp. and the National Federation of the Blind are still fighting in court. The Minneapolis-based big-box retailer says that it made sufficient changes to its Web site after being sued by the NFB and blind individuals last year. The plaintiffs, however, maintain that Target has to do more. The company is now arguing that its Web site isn't covered by disability access laws, while the NFB says that it is. A hearing was held on July 31 on Target's motion to dismiss the suit and the plaintiffs' motion for class certification, with a ruling expected later this year.
The thing is, blind people can use computers by adding software that converts the text on web sites to spoken words... but if a web site uses images and not words, then the web site is "inaccessible." So what do you think, should all web sites be prevented from using utilizing images because blind people cannot see them? Aren't we getting rather silly here? Couldn't the blind just as easily argue that websites should not use colors? How far do we go along this path before it becomes the non-disabled who are being held back from the full enjoyment of life?
I was driving on the south east side of town just last week, remembering when Harvester was the best job to have in the area... now whole areas that were strong in the late 70's and early 80's are boarded up, with parking lots pushing weeds. The area east on Paulding seems a total loss to the area. It made me wonder: where I live, south west, we're struggling to stop Industry from taking over residential areas... areas on the outer edges of town south east, it seems to me, could be better used by going back to the farmland it once was. Not peoples' homes, but the the fallen away Scotts and other businesses.
If you've not been to the Children's Zoo in awhile, this might be a good time to reacquaint yourself and/or your kids. Take the Sky Safari -- it'll give you a good view of the African Plains and make your heart race to boot.
My grandparents (born just after 1900) used to tell me about the full day's trip it used to be from Ossian to Fort Wayne by wagon. Strangely, at the time, it is was rather easy to hop on a train and travel anywhere in the country. Now people in Ossian travel to Ft. Wayne every day but it's not so easy to hop a train and go to cities further away... if we start now, perhaps our own grandchildren would see their regions expand as we have.
Where: Life Community Church Auditorium (reservations are not necessary) 428 South Oak Street, Bluffton
When: September 6, 2007 (8:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m.)
Why: Dr. Payne’s presentation will serve as a “kick-off” for a three year initiative to make the city of Bluffton and Wells County a more inclusive community for everyone
Cost: Free, The morning presentation is free to Wells County leaders and public agencies. Individuals outside Wells County who want to attend should contact Dr. Julie Koschnick-Wood (260.824.2620) for more information. Dr. Payne’s visit is sponsored by the following community organizations: City of Bluffton, Wells County Foundation, Franklin Electric, Wells County Division of Family and Children, Adams-Wells Special Services Cooperative, Wells County United Way, Northern Wells Community Schools, Southern Wells Community Schools, and Bluffton-Harrison Metropolitan School District. For more information contact Dr. Julie Koschnick- Wood at 260.824.2620 or [Sevens member] Mr. Jon Bennett at 260.824.3536.
September 4, 2007
During the first half of August, a streak of 14 consecutive days of 90 degrees or hotter was recorded in Indianapolis, the longest such hot period since 1983. In addition to the heat, a dry spell that began during April persisted and worsened, with much of central Indiana experiencing its driest period during this time frame since 1966. Some portions of eastern Indiana experienced the driest conditions in 53 years, said Logan Johnson of the National Weather Service's Indianapolis office.
Weather factors indicate that through November there is an enhanced likelihood of continued above-normal temperatures for most of the state and continued widely scattered precipitation, Johnson said. Indiana is stuck in a neutral weather pattern that has halted rain from the tropics and the West, major sources of precipitation for Indiana in a normal summer.
Though these conditions are sobering, Niyogi said it's part of the Midwest's climate variability.
"While more research is clearly needed, at this point it does not seem likely that the current drought is anything different than a naturally occurring variation in our climate pattern," said Niyogi, who also is a Purdue assistant professor of agronomy and earth and atmospheric sciences.
A seven-member Allen County jury that heard John Bruce's civil lawsuit found Thursday evening that Fort Wayne Innkeepers, the company that runs the Days Inn motel, was 50 percent responsible for Bruce's injuries. That means the company would have to pay him $2 million. The other $2 million should come from the robbers, court officials said.
And do you remember the WOWO Air Aces coming to Norwell to play against our Teachers? Remember the carrying of the blanket in front of the stands for the Penny-Pitch? It seems like the community has splintered since those days... nobody has anything in common like everyone had "The Little Red Barn" in common. Beyond Charlie Butcher, I don't think I can identify any local jocks anymore... it was good to hear all the old area DJ's calling in today.
Read some of the tributes being left for Bob Sievers at the WOWO Tribute Site.
Old WOWO personality information.
The NHRA calls the US Nationals the biggest drag racing event in the world. Thousands filled O'Reilly Raceway Park for the six day event. O'Reilly never releases attendance numbers but fans filled the benches Monday afternoon and they have for days. Some stayed in hotels. They ate in restaurants. They went shopping, leaving economic leaders are smiling. The deafening roar of the engines, the haze that hangs after race end, the pungent almost palpable smell of fuel. It's all part of the draw. "There's nothing ma'am like the smell of nitro in the morning. It's a wonderful thing," drag racing fan Maryann Cook said.
"It might not be visible to residents as they drive along State Road 25, but the last two years have been very busy ones for the INDOT staff and road designers who are working on this roadway," said Weatherwax. "Millions of dollars and thousands of man-hours have been spent getting this project closer to its 2010 construction start."
I'm for it... that stretch of SR25 we have to travel when we go to Purdue is dark, winding and hazardous.
Corn condition is rated 44 percent good to excellent, compared with 71 percent last year at this time. Ninety-eight percent of the corn acreage is in the dough stage, compared with 95 percent last year and 93 percent for the average. Seventy-nine percent of the corn acreage is now dented, compared with 70 percent last year and 62 percent for the 5-year average. Twenty-five percent of the corn acreage is mature, compared with 9 percent last year and 12 percent for the average. Soybean condition is rated 43 percent good to excellent, compared with 73 percent last year at this time. Twenty percent soybean acreage is shedding leaves, compared with 5 percent last year and 12 percent for the 5-year average.
September 3, 2007
Not only is this state the third-largest gaming state in the nation (sliding in just under Nevada and New Jersey!), but people drive from neighboring states every day, by the hundreds, to buy discounted tobacco products by the truckload. And let’s not forget that just a couple of years ago we were given the “Most Stupid People Per Capita” award by some stupid writer at some stupid men’s magazine. He couldn’t even write to good. I think he was illegitimate.
At least we take care of our senior citizens. They are not sitting at home wasting away and waiting anxiously for their worthless grown children to visit.
I know this because at an Indiana casino last weekend, every senior in Indiana was there — in wheel-chairs, on walkers, puffing on oxygen tanks, pigging out at the all-night buffets and smoking cigarettes while pumping their worthless grown children’s inheritance into three or four slot machines at a time.