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Equal Opportunity Hiring

April 29, 2014
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Even though this is 2014, equal opportunities for women and men are still far apart in some hiring practices.  I am referring to the practice of hiring women to referee boys basketball games.  Even though the quality of performance is equal, the man will get the position most of the time over a woman.  On...

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Good Memories

April 28, 2014
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As I was getting ready to go to track practice, I was reminded of my high school days.  I played two spring sports (track and baseball), so I seldom had to go to my 7th period class.  It was a good thing that I was a decent student, and I was usually able to get a...

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Luck vs. Skill

April 25, 2014
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Two feats in sports occur only occasionally and to a handful of athletes.  The first is the no-hitter in baseball.  Since you are backed by 8 teammates, I consider this feat more skill than luck.  Granted, in every no-hitter there is at least one play in which someone makes an outstanding play, and there...

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Merle and Ted

April 24, 2014
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Two Batesville residents who have run a lot of marathons are Merle Hines and Ted Hartshorn.  Merle recently completed her goal of running a marathon in all 50 states.  Merle was still going strong despite what some would consider the age of retirement.  She is the track and cross country coach for the Oldenburg...

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Marathons

April 23, 2014
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Earlier this week they ran the Boston Marathon.  It is considered the Super Bowl of marathons.  More than 36,000 were registered for this years’ event.  I have been a track and cross country coach for most of my adult life, but I still wonder what possesses a person to run 26.2 miles at one...

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A “Feel Good” Story

April 22, 2014
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How about Union College, a small liberal arts college of 2200 students in New York state?  They offer no athletic scholarships, but this past weekend they defeated Minnesota (53,000 undergrads) who had 18 players on full scholarships.  How about that? The final four in hockey have a total of 39 players who are NHL draft...

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One and Done revisited

April 21, 2014
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The real problem with “one and done” is what happens to the kids after they sign the big contract.  First and foremost, some simply don’t make it after one year in the pros.  Secondly, this is nice money but it is also money that they have never had in their hands before.  Too much...

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One and Done

April 18, 2014
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So much has been discussed by the “one and done” policy of the NCAA basketball programs.  By this we mean an athlete can complete just one year of college basketball and then turn pro.  Most people feel that the NCAA needs to initiate a policy like they have in baseball which requires a player...

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More Hall of Fame

April 17, 2014
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In yesterday’s article I talked about 4 members of the 2014 Hall of Fame class, and today I will recall some tidbits about the other 4 members of the class. Gerald Freyer, son of inductee Donald Freyer, accepted the award for his dad.  Donald was a 1940 graduate of Sunman High School and a...

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Hall of Fame

April 16, 2014
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This years Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame banquet was held Saturday night at the Middle School Commons in Batesville.  There were 140 guests to welcome in the latest inductees.  Some interesting highlights of the acceptance speeches include David Bradshaw, long-time baseball and basketball coach at Jac-Cen-Del, who reminisced about his encounters with Randy...

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11:00 am “Silly Safaris” (Batesville Memo... @ Batesville Memorial Public Library
“Silly Safaris” (Batesville Memo... @ Batesville Memorial Public Library
Jul 7 @ 11:00 am
As part of their 2015 Summer Reading Program, the Batesville Memorial Public Library will be hosting “Silly Safaris” on Tuesday, July 7 at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm (participants can choose either time). Starring Coyote Chris, this event will teach young readers about animal super heroes and the amazing things they do!
Jul
8
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1:00 pm Card Party @ St. Anthony's Foremen Hall
Card Party @ St. Anthony's Foremen Hall
Jul 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The cand party are the second Wednesday of the month. Sponsored by the St. Anne’s Ladies Society. July 8th                  October 14th August 12th             November 11th September 9th         December 8th
9:00 pm Free Movie Night in the Park @ Liberty Park
Free Movie Night in the Park @ Liberty Park
Jul 8 @ 9:00 pm
“The Wizard of Oz” will be shown at Liberty Park in Batesville on Wednesday, July 8 starting at 9:00 pm. Movie and refreshments will be provided by the Gibson Theatre. Bring your own cooler and chairs.

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