BACK IN THE SADDLE

Indianapolis hunt came up empty

It was about 4 p.m. when I parked my car in a garage on Pennsylvania Street not far from Conseco Fieldhouse. With a little time to kill, I gave Ray Cooney a quick call and asked if there was anything I could do for him in advance of Jay County’s …

Tub revelation made caller’s day

You never know when you’re going to need a butter tub.

Historic run was a nice problem

Editor’s note: This column is being reprinted from March 22, 2006. To be fair, I’ll probably reprint it again in two years, on the 20th anniversary of the Jay County Patriots making the Class 3A state finals. Still, it seemed appropriate with The Graphic Printing Company now preparing for covering …

Brisk winter walk can clear mind

Sometimes — with the endless drumbeat of troubling news — what I need more than anything else is a walk in the woods.

Parking turned into an adventure

Think of it as “an adventure in parking.” That’s what I keep telling myself.

Contest enthralled young writers

Americans love to compete. You name it, we figure out a way to compete at it. So I guess a writing competition shouldn’t have surprised me.

Quiet leader made a big difference

Leadership is a complicated thing. Most of us tend to think of leaders in terms of presidents or generals, the folks who stand at the battlements and yell, “Charge!” But I’ve been thinking about a different kind of leader.

It’s good to have talented friends

You know you’re in trouble when your day goes south before you even reach the office.

How did they all become so young?

Editor’s note: This column is being reprinted from Feb. 6, 2008. The job fair was a regular stop for editors and publishers from The Commercial Review before the event slowly faded away as fewer and fewer newspapers sent representatives. It was a valuable tool and brought many reporters to our …

Birthday pup was a gift for family

She was a gift.

Battery wasn’t ready for the cold

It only took a second before I knew I was in trouble.

Freedom is far from a simple thing

Tamuna still probably wouldn’t understand. I’ve thought about our conversation for more than six years now, and I still don’t think I could have won the argument.

Through the ice, the job got done

What does the boss do when his employees look at him as if he has lost his mind?

It’s not too late to tell the story

No one likes to learn that a story has slipped through the cracks, even if it slipped away decades ago. That’s what happened with Walter Scholer.

Christmas trip was frosty adventure

Editor’s note: This column is being reprinted from Dec. 17, 2008. We often hear stories of harrowing holiday travel, usually involving busy airports, canceled flights and lost luggage. Jack’s story here is a little bit different. Here’s hoping all of your holiday travel is safe and uneventful this year.
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