With the arrival of warmer weather — the National Weather Service forecasts temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s — and the opening of Kokomo Beach coming June 14, more and more of us will be heading to the water for summertime fun. The American Red Cross has some tips to keep you safe.

As we all struggle to regain our economic footing during the pandemic, local governments must develop new plans and prioritize infrastructure improvements and public services in order to adjust to reduced tax revenue.



A frequent letter writer continues to call for us to respect President Trump and recognize his “goodness." The question remains: What goodness?

Kent Blacklidge, Ph.D., of Kokomo sends this Jeer to Purdue University for continuing to accept students from China:

As a child, few excuses were good enough to draw me out into the blistering Alabama sun in the summer. But the fair could do it.

You, dear reader, are my favorite person in the world. I mean, look at how well you read that last sentence. Awesome! Few people on the planet can read as well as you do. Maybe someone can go faster, but they’re not as … wordly.

Last week I took a chance to revisit the comedy classic “Ghostbusters” at a local theater by myself. I very much enjoyed the iconic scene where the card catalog cards flew into the air (even though I know they used air hoses to do it.)

I was going to write this column collecting some of the wisdom I’ve attained over the years, little nuggets like using a restroom farther away after leaving a movie to avoid lines or how to make good sweet tea.

For a lot of people, summer isn’t complete until they’ve chomped on a rack of ribs, cooked and seasoned to perfection.

You can call them garage, yard, carport, sidewalk, rummage, thrift or patio sales. But it’s all the same. It’s time to sell my junk. It’s time for Reverse Christmas.

Being an English major has its advantages. For one, you understand the value of being speak gooder. Morely so, you get a good, close-up look at how poverty works in America.

With “Daredevil” and “The Arrow” exploring the darker side of superheroes on the small screen, it didn’t seem like a lighter take on the superhero genre would find much of a foothold in the ever-growing landscape of nighttime super-powered heroics.

If you’re not familiar with the movie “Hardcore Henry,” it’s the first-person, hyper-violent action movie that has quickly faded into obscurity since its opening April 8. But it’s a shame, really. The film’s experimental nature makes it worth viewing.

Ever have that nightmare where you’re aimlessly wondering the halls of your old high school and suddenly remember you have an exam in five minutes? How about the one where you’re an hour or two away from going home for the day, and, BAM!, you’re the features editor?

Imagine, if you will, that all human knowledge about the topic of film making whirled through the atmosphere spawning continent-gobbling hurricanes as well as elegant rainbows that smiled across the sky. At the center of this mystical vortex would be “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

I didn’t really intend to write about Daredevil’s second season on Netflix this week. I didn’t even expect to be done watching it by now.

The end of the second season of Agent Carter brought to a close a transformative chapter for Marvel’s can-do Carter adding depth to a character in much need of it. But the question remains, will Carter return for a third outing or are we destined to never know the secret behind that cliffhanger?

Valentine’s Day is upon us and whether you like to take the time and give the one you care most about a heartfelt treat or you just want to get through the day without hurling. There are few better excuses to watch movies. We know the classic romances, of course, but here are a few you might overlook.

The capes are freshly pressed, the arrows sharpened and evil-doers are designing overly elaborate schemes to take care of any costumed interlopers. The heroes have returned.

From the beginning the formula was solid. Take a few actors you think you kinda remember seeing in other things, add the lovably quirky Zooey Deschanel, and you’ve got something.

In a world … with a new year … and new movies … one man … must write about them.

It’s done. I’ve seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens. You may now sleep easily without having to worry about accidentally spoiling the film for me.

When I was a kid I didn’t want my brother to move out of my room. Not because I loved him, but because the space between our beds made a trench. And I couldn’t destroy the imaginary Deathstar without it.

The landscape of television continued to change in 2015 with the rise of geek culture and Internet-only TV shows. For good old-fashioned broadcast television it meant new shows faced an uncertain proving ground.

Have you ever been racing up the stairs as your phone vibrates? You instinctively look down to see who it is when your foot catches on a step. Next thing you know you’re sprawled half-way up the stairs.

Back to the Future day has come and gone. And since we wasted a day marveling at how much the world has changed in 10,952 days, we can look forward another 10,952 days to see what the world will be like in the astounding future of 2045. Here are a few simple predictions.

NBC’s “Blindspot” is the latest entry into the quickly expanding procedural mystery genre. Like Minority Report, Limitless and the many other shows that already exist it hopes to lure us in with a weekly mystery and keep us coming back with a bigger mystery arc throughout the season.

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