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Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette

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McCollough

Hoosier hysteria results in a disturbing display

Any doubts that Hoosiers take their high school basketball seriously – too seriously, at times – should be put to rest by a postcard mailing sent to 7,500 Noblesville addresses this month.

The slick postcard, with a photo of a young basketball player on a bench, his face buried in a towel, calls for Noblesville basketball coach Dave McCollough’s dismissal. The anonymous mailing accuses the veteran coach of a “negative and demeaning coaching style” and claims that players were expected to perform “slave labor” working for McCollough at summer basketball camps and selling at concession stands.

The postcard notes it was paid for by “Concerned Miller Parents Seeking a Better Basketball Program.”

The response was immediate and angry, with parents denouncing the “cowardly” approach taken. Even former IU standout Dan Dakich, who hosts a central Indiana radio show, criticized those behind the mailing, inviting them on his show to defend their actions.

McCollough has coached Indiana high school basketball for 30 years, 19 of them at Noblesville. He has more than 400 victories.

A flood of fallout from sequestration

When sequestration’s effects disrupted airline schedules, members of Congress – and frequent fliers – scrambled to demand fixes. But another effect of the spending cuts, flood forecasting, threatens those who live in areas prone to flooding with more than inconvenience.

Stateline.org reports that budget reductions could result in a partial shutdown of the network of gauges recording the rise and fall of waters across the nation. The National Streamflow Information Project, administered by the U.S. Geological Research Survey, is likely to see as many as 375 gauges shut down in coming months. So far, 145 stations have been discontinued, stressing a system already reduced by cutbacks at the state and local government levels.

The reductions could prove costly: About 75 percent of all federal disaster declarations are for flood relief, with billions in property damage. Fort Wayne is no stranger to flood threat, with some Waynedale-area residents already hurting this spring.

Flight delays might be frustrating for members of Congress; floods can be devastating to property owners.

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