Statewide—House Republicans unanimously selected State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) to serve as the next House Speaker. This comes after House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced his plans to retire after the 2020 legislative session.Representative Huston, beyond maintaining the States fiscal health, said one of his top priorities is education. The 2020 session will begin on Jan. 6.
James Edward “Jim” Smith, 75, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Saturday May 16, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio.He was born August 10, 1944 in New Castle, IN, son of Gemma (Moles) Smith and the late Edward M. Smith.Jim worked in construction for over 50 years, he was the owner/operator for Smith Builders.He was a member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon and Trustee.Jim loved nature and loved to be outdoors. He enjoyed gardening. Jim was a big animal lover, dogs, sheep, and other farm animals.James is survived by his loving spouse of 53 years Karin (Dils) Smith of Aurora, IN., children, Jamie (Anita) Smith of Lawrenceburg, IN, Chris Smith of Houston, TX, Arin (Thomas) Webb of Amelia, OH; brothers, Stewart Smith of Gainsville, FL, Bruce (Maya) Smith of Spencer, IN; grandchildren, Devon Melton, Leah Bennett, Jordyn Smith, Colton Smith, Landon Smith, Peyton Smith, Dylan Willoughby, Jason Willoughby, Maddy Webb, and Alex Webb.He was preceded in death by his father, Edward M. Smith.Private family visitation will be Friday, May 22, 2020, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, 16393 St. Rd. #148, Aurora, Indiana.Private services will be held at the church at 2:00 pm.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Ebenezer Baptist Church. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Due to the current situation dealing with COVID-19, we are following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown from friends, but the health and well being of everyone in our community is of top priority.Alternative ways to express your condolences can be done by going online at our website and leaving the family a message, sending a card, flowers, or making a donation in memory of their loved one.Visit: www.rullmans.com
The first tweet Tuesday afternoon from our man on the Dodgers, Bill Plunkett, announced that Corey Seager had left Nationals Park and returned to the team hotel because of stomach discomfort.Plunkett then might have diagnosed Seager’s condition with his very next tweet – precisely one minute later – about the lingering back issues of Clayton Kershaw.The ace of the Dodgers and all of baseball still doesn’t feel right and won’t attempt to even throw a pitch until further notice.Given the significance of Kershaw’s presence – which, on this team’s roster, is surpassed only by the significance of Kershaw’s absence – it’s surprising all the Dodgers didn’t wobble back to the hotel clutching their guts. Obviously, that fact couldn’t be any more obvious even if Tommy Lasorda had it tattooed obviously on his forehead.Quite famously, Kershaw’s Octobers haven’t been the stuff that moves sports writers to attempt to become poets, unless they’re interested in finding words that rhyme with calamitous.But this team even reaching the postseason is less of a likelihood the longer they’re missing the pitcher Nationals sensation Bryce Harper once described as being “devastating” to the opposition.Roberts labeled the prognosis of Kershaw’s return “uncertain,” the sort of vague timeline that couldn’t be any clearer as a cause for concern.Maybe this isn’t as alarming as it sounds, just a little more rest is all Kershaw needs to return to being himself.But then, there was a thought he might pitch Thursday in Washington D.C. before it was learned he was at home in L.A., that distance perhaps representing how far away Kershaw really is at the moment.“When you’re dealing with the back, there’s always some concern,” Roberts said. “But you’re just hoping in the coming days there is some improvement.”Hoping, when the ailment is a herniated disk, isn’t the most reassured position.Even before this development (and the latest loss of Hyun-Jin Ryu), there was speculation about the Dodgers acquiring another starting pitcher before the trade deadline, that speculation now certain to explode into a full-blown public outcry.Such reaction never fails with the Dodgers, who simply are always supposed to be World Series contenders because they’re the Dodgers, with no other reason being necessary.All this makes for a logical, entertaining narrative, particularly when the team has a payroll that could consume the Houston Astros twice over and still have enough remaining to afford two more Clayton Kershaws.But the reality is the Dodgers still haven’t won the World Series since 1988 and this summer doesn’t exactly titillate in terms of starting pitcher alternatives.A year after the mid-season market boasted David Price, Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto, the options right now appear to be about as sexy as Chris Archer and Ervin Santana, neither of whom, frankly, is sexy at all.Jose Fernandez is always a possibility to leave the unstable Miami Marlins, but that asking price would be dizzying.Though he’d do nothing to tilt the balance of power in the National League, Matt Shoemaker in a Dodgers uniform would look right and not just because they need another ominous playoff beard.Shoemaker has been staggeringly consistent since returning from a Triple-A demotion in early May. The Angels – along with having precious contract control – are no doubt interested in keeping him and seeing if he can continue to trend upward.But Shoemaker’s stock will never be higher, the right-hander having just shut out the White Sox. In a starting pitcher pot so shallow, he’s even more appealing.The Dodgers almost certainly will do something, regardless of Kershaw’s status. It’s just that this season, in this market doing something still might not be doing enough. There are worse things when building a baseball team than maintaining a surplus of minor league prospects.That’s not what Dodgers fans want to hear, naturally. They’re more interested in the right here and right now.And, with the latest news concerning the one man who can hold their entire team in his left hand, Dodgers fans desperate to welcome some pitching help already have heard enough. My only question is, if he’s such a good doctor, what’s Plunkett doing writing about baseball?It’s amazing really how much a player who participates only every fifth game can affect a team’s day-to-day prospects.But that’s how good Kershaw is, of course, the Dodgers looking like serious contenders with him but, without him, looking like the Chicago White Sox, a club so, well, so non-serious that it was just swept by the Angels.The Dodgers are 14-2 in the games Kershaw has started this season and 38-40 (before Tuesday) in all the others, that mark of two below .500 the same position the White Sox found themselves in while buried in the AL Central.“Clayton is going to do everything he can to get back,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters in Washington D.C. “But, yeah, we’re better when he’s active, obviously.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error