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Tony Gwynn

June 23, 2014
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Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres passed away from mouth cancer recently.  Most baseball experts agree he might have been the best hitter since Joe DiMaggio.  These baseball people also hope that the younger ball players look at the smokeless tobacco usage that led to Tony Gwynn’s cancer and avoid this habit from...

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When Will It End?

June 20, 2014
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It seems that almost every day when you pick up a newspaper or tune in to ESPN you find another athlete, either collegiate or pro, who is being investigated by some policing agency.  I just noticed that the San Francisco 49er quarterback was cleared of charges relating to some type of hotel room activity last...

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Brownsburg, Indiana

June 19, 2014
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There are 5 pro athletes that currently call Brownsburg, Indiana, their home.  Tucker Barnhart is with the Cincinnati Reds.  The young catcher has had a couple of stints with the Reds this year as he fills in for some of the injured regulars.  Another baseball player out of this town is Drew Storen.  He...

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Southwest Indiana Baseball

June 18, 2014
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Recently, when Batesville High School lost its regional game to Gibson Southern in a game played at Jasper, Indiana,  it reminded me of some of the great major league ball players who grew up in that area.  For you old timers out there, we have Gil Hodges who grew up in Princeton and went on...

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Local Horse Racing

June 17, 2014
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Are you familiar with the horse race tracks that are open now and are easily accessible for local racing fans?  The Belterra Resort Racino (old River Downs) is now open for both casino games and live horse racing.  It is just East of Coney Island, and everyone says it is a beautiful facility and very...

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Drying Ball Diamonds

June 16, 2014
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We are all familiar with the large tarps that major league baseball teams use to keep the infield dry.  They also use a drying compound when a particular area gets damp.  But what about those diamonds that can’t afford these large tarps and expensive drying compounds? When I took the American Legion Baseball Team...

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Triple Crown

June 13, 2014
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Another year and another horse did not win the Triple Crown in racing.  California Chrome proved what many experts said, that a horse today cannot run 3 races in 5 weeks and beat rested horses in a mile and one half race.  It was unfortunate that his owner let his emotions get in the...

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Baseball Draft vs. Football Draft

June 12, 2014
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What a difference there is in the two draft systems!  All of us have witnessed the pomp and circumstance of the NFL draft.  It is a media “darling”.  The baseball draft was also on ESPN, but I doubt whether many of you tuned in to watch.  When the NFL is drafting, almost every team takes their full...

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Joey Votto

June 11, 2014
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When will Joey Votto be back?  Reds fans hope that by the time this article appears on WRBI that Joey is again active with the Reds.  They say he has a quad injury, but some people are beginning to question just what is going on.  We know that he had a knee injury in...

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Don Zimmer

June 10, 2014
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Don Zimmer passed away on Wednesday of this past week.  “Zim” was born in Western Hills on January 17, 1931, and started his baseball career in that area.  He graduated from Western Hills High School and was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Don Zimmer’s baseball career as a player really was not more than...

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all-day Metamora Volunteer Firemen’s Fes... @ Gateway Park
Metamora Volunteer Firemen’s Fes... @ Gateway Park
Jul 4 all-day
The Metamora Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting their annual firemen’s festival at Gateway Park (across US 52 from Metamora) on Saturday, July 4. Parade starts at 6 pm at the park (route crosses US 52 and goes through Metamora). 3 pm food starts — pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, ice cold drinks. Also included are kids’ games, pull tabs, bounce house, slides, tractor pull. Live music by Stagger Lee. Beer garden from 3 pm – 3 am. Fireworks at dusk at Gateway Park.
10:00 am Metamora Volunteer Fire Dept. In...
Metamora Volunteer Fire Dept. In...
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am
Come join the Metamora Volunteer Firemen and the Infamous Few Charity Riders for a day of riding and celebration. These men are all volunteers and need our support to keep their firehouse functioning and in good order so they too can help others when called upon! This ride will take us through scenic Franklin and Ripley Counties on a relaxing cruise through the countryside. Please plan on joining us for the entire day, as we will be having breakfast early and attending the Firemen’s Festival afterwards. Registration at the Hearthstone Restaurant: $20 per person / $25 per couple (10 am – 12 pm; breakfast available for purchase) Ride leaves at noon; ends a the firehouse and includes dinner with registration fee (all others are $8 per person)
10:00 am Vogt’s Annual Blueberry Festival @ Vogt Farm
Vogt’s Annual Blueberry Festival @ Vogt Farm
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Blueberry treats, live music, horse-drawn trolley rides, crafts, petting zoo, pony rides, paddleboat rides, south of Batesville on State Road 129. 10 am – 7 pm. No admission charge.

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