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MARK BENNETT: Beyond the court, America fondly saw Coach Wooden as the ultimate role model
The sad part of John Wooden’s passing isn’t his death. His deep faith, as a Christian, kept him confident and hopeful of his eventual destination. For him, heaven offered a reunion with the love of his life, his wife, Nellie.
MARK BENNETT: Rex shine light long after TH baseball's 'Dark Day'
Somewhere, Paul Frisz was smiling Thursday night. The new Terre Haute Rex baseball club debuted at Bob Warn Field. It was the first game for a Terre Haute-based team in an organized league since July 3, 1956.
Mark Bennett: Changing landscape of communication leaves more homes relying on cell phones instead of ‘family’ landlines
Someday, perhaps soon, one of the most common questions of the past century may disappear.
MARK BENNETT: You know what downtown needs? ISU is trying to answer that question and bring in those businesses
A Waffle House, lit up and open at 1 a.m. in downtown Terre Haute, might be a welcome sight for some folks.
MARK BENNETT: Faith groups helping to revive, change the Big Easy
Joan Bundy still believes in her hometown.
MARK BENNETT: Just as his character does, Hal Holbrook views America’s ills through skeptical, agitated eyes
The subject of Hal Holbrook’s one-man show minced no words. Inside the halls of Congress, Mark Twain once said, dwelled “the smallest minds and the selfishest souls and the cowardliest hearts that God makes.”
Mark Bennett: McVeigh tapes remind us how terrorist acts have forced Americans to absorb additional disruptions
Mailbox smashing became the weird vandalism of choice around Terre Haute in the 1980s.
One clever guy outfoxed the vandals, though. He placed a small metal mailbox inside a larger metal mailbox, and filled the void between the two with cement. It looked like a normal mailbox. But a country road-roving rapscallion would feel a stinging rebuke when his aluminum baseball bat clanged up against this man’s postal receptacle.
Mark Bennett: Success hasn’t changed Butler’s Brad Stevens
It was no fluke that Brad Stevens coached tiny Butler University into the national championship game this month.
That destiny wasn’t guaranteed, either.
MARK BENNETT: The typical Terre Haute resident can be assembled like a computerized avatar
The typical Hautean … Hmmm …
A sixtysomething woman, waiting in traffic at the Walmart exit, on her way to a Saturday-morning yard sale. Good guess, but no.
Mark Bennett: Terre Haute man helping Samaritan’s Purse spread faith, assist the cleanup in Haiti
When tragedy and heartache strike elsewhere, our immediate compassion and “how-can-I-help?” urges are intense.
Mark Bennett: Illinois legislators eye 4-day week for schools
When I was 8 years old, if somebody told me I’d have no school on Fridays, I’m sure I would’ve found other worthwhile activities to fill the void.
Mark Bennett: U.S. Secretary of Education Duncan and others want teams not graduating players sitting at home during Big Dance
No college graduating only 8 percent of its men’s basketball players should be playing in the NCAA Tournament.
MARK BENNETT: Hoosiers with more education weathered recession better
Trouble tends to grab humans’ attention. We might ignore the value of a storm cellar, until a tornado devastates our neighborhood.
MARK BENNETT: Terre Haute air travelers will see entrepreneurial spirit in Ozark Mountain town
There’s a good reason why a community of fewer than 8,000 residents is the destination for the first passenger airline service from Terre Haute in years.
MARK BENNETT: Sometimes you just have to believe
Almost nobody believed Michael Menser. I mean, really believed. Well, his coach and teammates did.
- MARK BENNETT: Indiana has had solid representation in the U.S. Senate for many years Someday, when Sens. John Mellencamp and Tony Stewart have a couple terms under their belts, Indiana might be held in the same regard in Washington as it is now.
- MARK BENNETT: Americans� �we want it now� mentality may have to wait Before a rapt audience in the Terre Haute North Vigo High School gym, Barack Obama made a statement that carries added significance now, 22 months later.
- MARK BENNETT: Colts quarterback Peyton Manning’s decision-making prowess involves more than sheer intellect Peyton Manning only seems like Spock with an $80-million arm. He stands behind a row of teammates, scanning the alignment and movements of 11 rival defenders. He points and hollers instructions to his fellow Indianapolis Colts.
Mark Bennett: Terre Haute is a book haven
A quiet spot. A comfortable chair. Good company. Maybe some coffee in one hand, and a book you’re considering buying in the other.
- MARK BENNETT: If the heart of tobacco country can enact a statewide smoking ban, then why not Indiana? Imagine the spread of change being plotted on a roadmap, and two guys unfolding it outside a desolate gas station.
- MARK BENNETT: Until baseball acknowledges its dishonesty, doubts will shadow the game and its players If cynicism and distrust are simply a necessary way of life nowadays, then the decisions made by Mark McGwire and other major-leaguers to use steroids don’t really matter.
- MARK BENNETT: Dickens’ short story still inspires us to re-examine our lives Scrooge was lucky. He realized his mistakes, acknowledged them, and made things right — just in time.
Mark Bennett: Rising waters of 2008 produced a flood of enlightenment for Terre Haute Ministries
Vince McFarland understood what the mayor envisioned.
Several years before, McFarland and a group of local clergy tried to organize an alliance of the more than 200 churches and places of religious worship in Terre Haute. That effort failed.
- Mark Bennett: Automotive era passes with end of Pontiac Only Pete Townshend’s power chords ever outmuscled that ’72 Pontiac Grand Prix.
- MARK BENNETT: Americans have been experiencing tough times of late, but this country has a lot going for it This month, inside a church on Terre Haute’s south side, a minister reminded the congregation of the wealth we enjoy.
- MARK BENNETT: Struggling economy has retailers wondering what to expect on the annual shop ’til you drop day Surreal is an overused word. So few moments in life actually live up to its definition. Your first fistfight. Climbing out of a storm cellar after a tornado. And shopping on Black Friday.
- MARK BENNETT: 2010’s economic forecast signals less uneasiness, modestly better times In a pivotal scene in the film “Field of Dreams,” Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella feels unfairly excluded from the fun.
- MARK BENNETT: Fear of flu may have Americans tech-talking more than ever Walkie-talkies were the iPhones of the 1960s. A kid with a walkie-talkie was a virtual Elroy Jetson.
- MARK BENNETT: Post-recession Terre Haute has an ace-in-the-hole in ISU Gorillas command attention.
- MARK BENNETT: Mitch Albom brings his beliefs to Indiana State Mitch Albom acquired his skepticism firsthand.
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