Greencastle Banner-Graphic blogs http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/ Recent blogs from the Greencastle Banner-Graphic newspaper in Greencastle, Indiana en-us Friday (almost) Jam: Jeff Lynne-Telephone Line (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67772 Things got busy on Friday so this post didn't make it in time. All the same, I don't want to leave this week out entirely. More often than not, this blog series is an insight into the music I've been obsessing over in a given week. Not so this time around, as I've mainly been listening to Bruce Springsteen, with a bit of Gaslight Anthem sprinkled in during the last couple of days. But as a sat down to write, another song popped into my head — Electric Light... Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:27:51 -0500 A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away ... (Wilson's Words by Nick Wilson) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2022/entry/67769 In just two weeks, the world will play witness to the eighth installment of the enduring Star Wars movie franchise. Indeed, with the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, fans young and old will have a second reason to revel in just two short years (366 days, to be exact). And with a Dec. 16 release date, this action-packed thriller of monumental proportions is set to be the first of its kind -- a story separate and unbound by the traditional saga of “episodes,” so famously... Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:34:44 -0500 Oil Booms on OPEC Cuts (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67768 After months of wrangling, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced that its members had agreed to collectively reduce oil output by 1.2 million barrels per day (-3.6%). This announcement, made early Wednesday morning, started the biggest one-day rally in nearly a year and rocketed prices back over $51 per barrel. Despite the market’s initial reaction, some are skeptical that the individual countries will each follow through with their promise to cut;... Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:53:34 -0500 Friday Jam: Such a Night-The Band and Dr. John (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67719 You all know the doctor — Dr. John, Mac Rebennack? My triptophan-induced hangover made me nearly forget it was Friday. But here we are, still with an hour left in the day and me still to decide on my Friday Jam for this week. And so in honor of Thanksgiving, I give you a clip from my favorite Thanksgiving movie and the greatest concert movie of all time "The Last Waltz," the alleged last concert of The Band. (It wasn't.) It just so happens the concert took place on... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 22:45:42 -0500 Give Thanks for Low Food Prices (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67704 As Americans give thanks this year, they should include lower food prices in their list of blessings. A record-breaking corn and soybean harvest and large global supplies of wheat have helped pull grain prices to multi-year lows, making most foods less expensive this season. Low-cost grain especially helps lessen the price of most animal products, as livestock are widely fed a diet of corn and soybeans. Cattle, hog, and milk futures all recently dropped to the cheapest price in years.... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:56:06 -0500 Why Lyrics Matter (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/67690 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino; min-height: 11.0px} Let me tell you about one of the most beautiful things I have ever encountered. It wasn’t a thing. It wasn’t a person. It wasn’t even a sight. It was a powerful sound, that became a touch. ... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:55:38 -0500 Friday Jam: Peaches-The Presidents of the United States of America (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67665 The Presidents of the United States of America, that charming mid-'90s band known for quasi-novelty songs "Lump," "Peaches" and "Mach 5," announced a couple of days ago that they had broken up in the summer of 2015 because they are "old people now." I owned their debut album back in '95 or '96, enjoyed it for a while, and then sold it to another kid at my high school, having moved on from it. I suppose that makes sense. It wasn't... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:22:17 -0500 My Country (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/67651 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino A while back (or the other day), I wrote a blog about the failure of modern country music to accurately reflect rural American culture. I had a fine time writing that and it had a good response, but it recently occurred to me that if I’m to say what is not my country, then I ought to say what is. Well, I reckon that’s so, so alright... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:48:25 -0500 Friday Jam: Mary Jane's Last Dance-Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67607 Marvel at its greatness: Pardon the weirdness of the video. On the other hand, it's not even the weirdest thing that ever happened to a blond woman in a Tom Petty video. Also, I submit that this might be America's greatest rock 'n' roll band. And this song might have been the last great one of the classic rock era, even if it was released in 1993. Fri, 11 Nov 2016 17:19:36 -0500 Turmoil Follows Trump Triumph (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67609 This week marked one of the wildest and highest-volume trading periods in US history, with booms and busts surrounding Tuesday night’s election results. In the first few hours of vote counts, Wall Street boomed on the expectation that Hilary Clinton had strong results in exit polling, which was followed by a fierce collapse in stocks and explosion in gold once early vote tallies showed an extremely close race. Late Tuesday night, before any swing states had been called, Dow futures... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 17:14:48 -0500 Rock the Vote (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67582 Not much to say today. It'll be pretty busy here in the newsroom tonight. For now, here are some songs. Some are political, others aren't. Today's election has made me think of all of them, for one reason or another. Try to enjoy your day, folks. And remember, the sun will rise tomorrow as well as for the foreseeable future. --- Tue, 08 Nov 2016 11:28:05 -0500 A Test of Personality (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/67568 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino; min-height: 11.0px} Does anybody else love taking those personality tests that pop up on Facebook? You know, the ones that tell you what kind of fairy you would be or what kind of storm you are when you’re angry? Well, I’m... Mon, 07 Nov 2016 14:34:35 -0500 Mordecai Three-Finger Brown, our Chicago Cub (Wilson's Words by Nick Wilson) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2022/entry/67552 Growing up with baseball in Indiana can be a very special thing. And with the likes of Tommy John, Don Mattingly and Cy Williams all coming from the state (Terre Haute, Evansville and Wadena, respectively), perhaps the most famous Hoosier to break into the Big Leagues was none other than Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown of Nyesville. Born Oct. 19, 1876, Three-Finger Brown (a.k.a. “The Miner”) had a rather unique skill set which undoubtedly set him apart from the... Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:30:43 -0400 Election Presents Golden Opportunity (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67551 As Election Day nears, markets are on edge, as there is increasing uncertainty about Tuesday’s results. Polls are suggesting that more than a dozen states could be in play this year for the presidential race, while numerous Senate races are hotly contested, leaving the balance of power there up for grabs as well. Worries about the future direction of taxes, spending, trade and other policies has led investors to pull out of stocks in favor of gold and silver, which many perceive as a... Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:17:48 -0400 Friday Jam: It's the End of the World as We Know It - R.E.M. (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67542 I'm presenting the Friday Jam this week with limited comment. If baseball is still on your mind, it has meaning there. If you were on the winning side, you've entered a new reality. Rock out and revel in the energy of this song. If you were on the other side? It's OK and even encouraged to feel fine, even as the world seems to be collapsing. For those of you who are more politically minded — regardless of your party — this song probably has a different meaning... Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:00:00 -0400 No crying in baseball? Then you're no Cub fan (Daze Blog by Eric Bernsee) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/dazeblog/entry/67544 Being a Chicago Cubs' fan has instilled in me several virtues over the course of my lifetime. Perseverance. Loyalty. Humility. Futility. Patience. Ah, patience. It wasn't bad enough that the baseball gods made us wait 71 years for a return to the World Series and 108 years to repeat victory there. But when the Cubs whittled all that frustration down to one single, solitary baseball game Wednesday night, they felt compelled to tax our patience even more. After seven games, after overcoming a... Thu, 03 Nov 2016 23:17:36 -0400 Who is Putnam County? (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/67525 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino p.p2 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino; min-height: 11.0px One of the first things you learn when you’re trying to be a writer is that you need to know your audience. Knowing your readers helps to answer a lot of technical questions about things like topic and word choice, and it... Tue, 01 Nov 2016 21:48:41 -0400 Oil Market Slides Down (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67480 Less than a month after OPEC announced a plan to collectively reduce oil production to boost prices, it appears that the deal may be falling apart. Originally, all 14 member nations and Russia had agreed to work together to reduce production, but now nations are asking for exemptions from the pact. Iraq, Nigeria, Iran, and Libya have all suggested that they should be able to produce at current levels while the other nations cut back, which could lead to squabbling amongst member... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:35:03 -0400 Friday Jam: House of the Rising Sun - The Animals (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67479 With Halloween three days away, I had to choose something to get me in the mood this week. Of course, obvious choices like "The Monster Mash" or "Thriller" came to mind pretty quickly. But I dismissed those out of hand because they are ... well ... obvious. Thinking a little deeper, a slightly less obvious choice like "I Put a Spell on You" came to mind. But that still seemed a little on the nose . For me, the best songs I know to get me in that spooky... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:07:26 -0400 'Ahsoka' review (Raising Caine by Caine Gardner) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/cainegardner/entry/67468 With fans just coming down from the high of “The Force Awakens” and now turning around and getting amped up for December's release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” a book hit shelves on Oct. 11 that is the best book to be released in the new canon era. E.K. Johnston “Ahsoka” follows Anakin Skywalker's former Jedi Padawan as she sets down on the remote farming world of Raada years after escaping the Empire's infamous Order 66 which wiped out out... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:29:17 -0400 A Willing Act (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/67425 I will. In the future it shall be. I shall do. We shall see. Will. Or will. In one sense a verb indicating tense, and in another a noun indicating your wish or intent. It is my will. Willpower. The New Oxford American Dictionary defines “willpower” as “control deliberately exerted to do something or to restrain one’s own impulses: a stupendous effort of will.” Amen and amen, Brother; every effort of the will seems stupendous to me. There... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:50:27 -0400 Beef Bounces Back (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67411 Cattle prices exploded this week, rebounding from a six-year low. Prices rose by more than 5.5 cents per pound, “locking limit up” at one point on Thursday, as the market moved the daily maximum of 3 cents per pound. The market was especially active Friday after the market resumed trading as ranchers, meatpackers, and traders positioned themselves ahead of the USDA’s monthly Cattle on Feed Report, which was released after the market closed. Cheap boneless beef is... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:26:37 -0400 Friday Jam: Landslide - Various Artists (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67409 Stevie Nicks announced on Thursday that she'd like to put together an all-star version of the Fleetwood Mac hit "Landslide." It's an interesting concept. As noted in the AV Club article I linked, it may be a way to settle what's the best version of the song — the Fleetwood original, the 1994 cover by The Smashing Pumpkins or the 2002 rendition by the Dixie Chicks. Presented without comment (at least initially) are the three versions of the song. I've chosen a... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:00:00 -0400 Discomfort (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/67376 Ever have those moments when you feel high? I’m not talking about drug-induced euphoria. I’m talking about the kind of ground you stand on when you shooting the winning ball, when beloved walks in the room, or when the future looks happy and secure. Well, I had one of those soaring moments about two weeks ago. I’ve always loved the outdoors. I love to be in the open air, under the trees, on the hilltop. My two favorite places in college were two trees, one with a fountain... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:02:48 -0400 Corn Rallies, Despite Record Harvest (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67353 Corn prices topped $3.58 per bushel on Friday morning, the highest price in almost three months. Corn is accelerating higher, even as a record crop is coming in out of the field. Over a third of the corn crop has already been harvested, and the USDA is expecting that it will be the largest on record, topping 15 billion bushels. Normally, the harvest onslaught would be depressing prices, but farmers have been holding onto their corn, waiting to sell at higher prices. This is... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:02:44 -0400 Friday Jam: Chickamauga - Uncle Tupelo (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67352 As a music fan, I seem to love lost causes. I love Gram Parsons. I love Blind Melon. I firmly believe that those were two of the best artists of the 1970s and 1990s, respectively, but they never got the chance to prove it due to the drug deaths of Parsons and Blind Melon frontman Shannon Hoon. Of course, it's easy to make a lot of claims when you're dealing in hypotheticals. If only... Which brings us to this week's song. If only Uncle Tupelo co-founders Jay Farrar and... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:24:25 -0400 Friday Jam: My favorite solo Beatle song (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67298 What if I told you the best solo song from one of the Beatles was by Ringo? That's right, Ringo. You know, the one you don't appreciate enough as a drummer, the least-celebrated member of the band and almost certainly the worst singer in the four. But I'm not telling you that Ringo is has the best solo song. He has my favorite post-Beatles song. There is a difference, kind of like how I prefer the Stones or Zeppelin or the Clash to the Beatles, but I would never say they are... Fri, 07 Oct 2016 12:03:01 -0400 Is this just fantasy? (Wilson's Words by Nick Wilson) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2022/entry/67283 Long have I been a fan of the Indianapolis Colts. I can still remember the magically mold-breaking season of 1995 when then-Colts’ quarterback Jim Harbaugh (Captain Comeback himself) led our team deep into what was our first playoff appearance in many years. Though my nine-year-old brain simply couldn’t comprehend the last time we’d seen such a successful season (born in 1986, we hadn’t appeared in the playoffs since 1987), I nonetheless became caught up in the... Tue, 04 Oct 2016 12:39:03 -0400 Living the Single Life (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/67263 This past weekend my Facebook exploded with pictures of weddings. It seems that Oct. 1 was the happy day for many a happy couple, but really this happens to me all the time nowadays. People I know are constantly dating and having babies and getting married, and it’s the magic of technology that I get to see and hear it all. It’s fun to watch, but at the same time it’s odd to realize you’re right there too. Ever have those moments when reality slaps you in the face?... Mon, 03 Oct 2016 13:22:17 -0400 Friday Jam: Box of Rain - Grateful Dead (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67232 This blog is about a song by the Grateful Dead and, eventually, my dad. That's ironic because to my knowledge, Dad has never listened to the Dead. He would probably call them a bunch of dope-smoking hippies. While he wouldn't be wrong, I suppose I don't take that to be such a negative thing. A lot of my favorite music was made by dope-smoking hippies. When music is a constant presence in your life, it can have a way of sort of lying dormant in your life until one day it suddenly... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0400 Learning for Life (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/67197 After nine months of being graduated (or “grad-gee-ated,” as Old Pa would say), I have a confession to make: I miss school. In a secluded somewhere my college self is throwing hand grenades at that statement, but it’s true. Well, maybe I don’t miss school. A more accurate statement is that I miss certain aspects of school, like the learning that happened when I wasn’t preparing for an exam or working on one project among many. Going to work has... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:30:57 -0400 Friday Jam(s): I Was Made for Lovin' You and Hard Luck Woman - Kiss (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67129 I've taken great pains to introduce my son to a variety of music. In doing so, I had him listen to some Kiss a couple of months back. While the boys from Detroit Rock City have never exactly been my favorite, they made some charming, straightforward rock music over the years. Besides, I figured the face paint and outfits would amuse a six-year-old. I was right. He loved "Rock and Roll All Nite" (which I sort of hate, actually), "Detroit Rock City," "Shout... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:11:00 -0400 Sugar Rushes Higher on Global Shortfall (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67188 Sugar prices exploded this week, pushing over 23 cents per pound, the highest level in over four years. Prices have more than doubled during the last year as a global sugar shortfall looms after two years of disappointing harvests. Sugar is produced around the world, extracted from sugarcane in tropical climates and sugar beets in higher latitudes, but almost half of all sugar production comes from just three countries: Brazil, India, and Thailand. All three nations’ sugarcane... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:09:26 -0400 Stuck ‘between a rock and a hard place’ (Wilson's Words by Nick Wilson) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2022/entry/67168 U.S.A. -- If there’s anything on which both Republicans and Democrats can agree this election season, it’s that America definitely deserves better. After more than a year of extensive and exhausting campaigns that have reached millions of voters, the general consensus of the population seems to be that both the free-wheeling, billionaire business tycoon known as Donald Trump and the hot-button-issue candidate typically found embroiled in (and seemingly quite comfortable with)... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:52:48 -0400 Friday Jam: Everybody Wants to Rule the World-Mayer Hawthorne (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67130 This post is a last-minute change. I had already written a blog about a pair of Kiss songs, but you'll have to wait for those. This song was just released yesterday and I got an email about it when I was sitting at my desk shortly after midnight. It's intriguing to me for two reasons. First, I generally like the music I hear from Mayer Hawthorne. Modern artists making classic soul music usually makes me happy. Secondly, "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" is a great... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:38:00 -0400 Gasoline Explodes after Pipe Leak (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67131 Gasoline prices spiked this week after the Colonial Pipeline was shut down, closing off nearly 40% of the gasoline supply to 13 states running from Alabama to New York. The leaking pipeline, which serves over 50 million Americans, may not be fully functional until next week, which is prompting fears of gasoline shortages on the East Coast. Gasoline futures, which represent the price of the fuel at a major hub in the New York harbor, without taxes and other costs included, jumped by more... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:37:20 -0400 Those fleeting mispronunciations (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67108 When each of my kids has started to talk, my wife and I have almost immediately tried to get them to do so correctly. Correct pronunciations. Correct grammar. Correct usage. Complete sentences. It’s not that we put pressure on them, telling them to “Do it right!” but we try to pattern the correct way to speak. Soothing tones, but no baby talk. It seems to have worked well. As a six-year-old, Miles speaks like a little adult, with a vocabulary beyond his years and an... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:49:18 -0400 King of the Roost (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/67081 Mother and I have been playing the jailer for the last month or so. We have a little Bantam rooster named Nemo, who actually belongs to Jessica. The fact that he doesn’t belong to me is the only thing, as far as I’m concerned, that’s kept him out of the freezer. Jessica had originally left him with a neighbor’s chickens, but after he started killing her silkies we brought him home. Not wanting to risk our own feathered friends, we placed him in solitary... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 17:25:39 -0400 Oil Swings on Supply Shocks (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67066 Crude oil staged a huge rally throughout the week as OPEC members talked again about cutting production to prop prices upward toward $60 per barrel. The oil cartel has been unsuccessful thus far, but collaboration between its members could shock the global oil market higher. The U.S. Department of Energy fueled the run up by reporting on Thursday morning that U.S. petroleum inventories unexpectedly tumbled by more than 14 million barrels, which helped boost prices to $47.75 per... Fri, 09 Sep 2016 15:31:49 -0400 Friday Jam: I'm Amazed-My Morning Jacket (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67060 It's probably inaccurate to even call this my Friday Jam because My Morning Jacket has been in my head all week. While that may sound maddening, they are a darn good band with a pretty deep catalog. What I wish I had for you, though, is not the My Morning Jacket version, but the version that War Radio played last Friday night at the Swizzle Stick. After the local five-piece thrilled the crowd with a spot-on cover, vocalist and guitarist shared with us that the band had never played... Fri, 09 Sep 2016 10:30:43 -0400 Well, that was fun, wasn't it?! (Daze Blog by Eric Bernsee) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/dazeblog/entry/66969 It's been 36 hours or so now and my feet are still moving like the music is still playing. Wow, was that a great time Saturday evening on the courthouse square or what? Like R-O-C-K in the U.S.A. good ... Crash! Boom! Bang! The seventh annual Greencastle Music Festival certainly didn't disappoint. Thank you, Gail Smith. I know she has some sponsors and some help but essentially this festival has been her baby and it keeps getting bigger and better each year. So if you haven't told her yet,... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:49:26 -0400 The Salt Mine (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/66963 Tomorrow begins my first-ever vacation as an employed person. I have allotted myself a whole week with no instructions on what to do or where to go, and these days I have little to no supervision. This could be really good, or really bad. Perhaps we should alert the sheriff. But either way, I'm pretty excited. After eight months with my nose to the grindstone -- working holidays, Sundays, and the occasional Saturday -- it'll at least feel different. I've made a heap of salt for the salt... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:49:07 -0400 Friday Jam: Cruel to be Kind-Nick Lowe (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/66954 I've commented a number of times over the years that my weeks at the Banner Graphic the inverse of what they should be. With no deadline, Mondays are fairly easy going -- a day to get some things done but without too much to stress about, what with no deadline and all. Fridays, on the other hand, come with way too much to do. While everybody else is winding down on Friday afternoon, there never seem to be enough hours in a Friday to get done all we need. It's stressful, far from what a... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:48:55 -0400 Most agree booster support vital (Bennett's Minutes by Joey Bennett) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2066/entry/66973 **Money tight for essentials Football is an expensive sport to administrate, due to its great amount of needed equipment, and you don't have to be a coach or athletic director to realize that obvious fact. Schools and their athletic departments provide each program as much assistance, financial and otherwise, as possible. Sometimes, though, there are things that are needed or desired for which the money isn't there. Everyone agrees there is a huge value in athletes having a personal stake in... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:47:20 -0400 Housing Hoists Lumber Higher (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/66952 Sales of new homes exploded last month to the highest level since 2007. The US Census Bureau estimated that a seasonally-adjusted 654,000 new homes sold in July, a jump of over 30% in the last year. More active homebuyers have begun cutting into the inventories for existing homes, pushing prices higher across the board and incentivizing construction crews to hammer out more new homes to meet demand. This wave of construction has helped to boost lumber prices, which are up by more than a... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:31:00 -0400 Legends of the 'fall' (Wilson's Words by Nick Wilson) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2022/entry/66927 As we steadily approach the end of summer, many may be thinking "it'd be nice to get a break from this weather" or "I can't wait for the holidays to get here." Well, I would have to place my opinion in both camps -- I cannot wait until this heat finally breaks and the holidays return. To me, they're one in the same -- you can't have one without the other. These literal "winds of change" always signal a new chapter of the year for me: Hoodies, jeans, pumpkin pie, football, bonfires, chili and... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:30:29 -0400 Marvin's delivers to the delivery room (Daze Blog by Eric Bernsee) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/dazeblog/entry/66903 Marvin's -- the Greencastle eatery that famously "delivers anywhere" -- has made some noteworthy "deliveries" over the years. There was that time students unfurled a "Marvin's delivers" sign on Red Square in Moscow and found themselves in some Cold War hot water. Eiffel Tower? Been there, done that. Grand Canyon, Grand Rapids, Grand Cayman? You betcha. Or the hundreds of Winter Term excursions in which the signs have made their way to Aruba, Jamaica and Kokomo. But none of those really... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:42:33 -0400 Mini Monon Game: Let's do this every year (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/66894 I came to Greencastle nearly 10 years ago thinking there would be some kind of great athletic rivalry between Greencastle and Crawfordsville high schools. After all, the institutes of higher learning located in the two small cities -- Wabash College and DePauw University -- are of course bitter rivals, particularly in football. I found that it wasn't exactly the case. Of course, the two high schools are in different conferences, which makes scheduling one another a bit more difficult --... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 01:29:58 -0400 Gasoline Revs Up (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/66885 In just over a week, gas prices have exploded more than 20 cents per gallon higher, a staggering move that could soon hit drivers at the pump. Gasoline is becoming more expensive as the overwhelming glut of oil and gasoline in the U.S. wanes in the face of higher demand. The U.S. economy continues to show signs of strength, which should allow Americans to travel more and boost industrial demand for energy. Meanwhile, OPEC nations and Russia are continuing to suggest that they may work... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:11:48 -0400 Corn & Bean Crops Shatter Records (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/66790 The USDA shocked grain markets Friday with its newest outlook for the corn and soybeans crops that are getting ready to be harvested. The government agency is now projecting record-breaking yields for corn at 175.1 bushels per acre and soybeans at 48.9 bushels per acre. If these projections come true this fall, the corn and soybean crops will be the largest in US history, adding to the global surplus of grain. While record yields are a point of pride for the agricultural industry, the... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:22:53 -0400