News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 21, 2013

RONN MOTT: This 'n' That II

Ronn Mott
Special to the Tribune-Star

---- — Last week I was invited up to see all the changes that have been made at WAXI in Rockville. (The station is four miles south of Rockville on the old, 10 O’clock line. That was a treaty boundary between the Anglo immigrants and the Indian tribes.

If I remember correctly, the Indians got the land north of the line and the newcomers got the land south of the line. Of course, the treaty was broken by the white man as he did with almost every treaty with the Indians.) I told owner Dave Crooks I’ve been up that road a few times, I’m sure I can find it. The radio station, compared to the way it was when I left years ago, is shiny and new. It has new windows, new carpet, new studio and studio equipment, new kitchen, and new restrooms. It also has newly painted walls with new office equipment. It looks good, sounds good, and it appears Dave Crooks is taking the strongest interest in making WAXI better than ever before. 

Driving home from WAXI, I needed to get something to eat and I remembered one of my favorite things is at the Rock Run Café and Bakery. I’m not terribly “picky,” but when asked to choose slaw, I like vinegar slaw as opposed to cream slaw. But at the Rock Run Café, they have my No. 1 slaw available … turnip slaw. There’s a definite tangy, turnip taste, just slightly sweet and there’s just a bit of a bite to it which sets it apart from plain cabbage slaw.

I knew they had wood-fired pizza, and with all the things available for you to cook pizzas, I didn’t think wood-fired would make that big of a difference. But it must because it was one of the best pizzas I’ve had in a long time. I bought one of the small ones and took half of it home for my wife for lunch. Rock Run Café is in Coxville, just south of Riverton Parke High School on what is either the Coxville Road or the Rosedale Road.

It certainly has its own rustic charm and, if you go, don’t forget turnip slaw.

The money has allowed corporate radio to overwhelm Terre Haute and environ. You would be hard-pressed to talk to any owner of the corporate stations that flood the Terre Haute airwaves. But having been a legislator and a candidate for Congress, Dave Crooks would more than likely be glad to talk to you. His other radio stations are in Vincennes and Washington,. The man is a full-out Hoosier and is proud that WAXI carries IU basketball and football.


I want to say thanks to Jerry and Marlene Stateler for sending me a numerical guide to Roman numerals so I won’t have to wait until the next Super Bowl. Jerry and Marlene live west of Clinton and, obviously, read the Tribune-Star.

It looks as if I tripped and fell in a big mud puddle over Roman numerals. What I thought I knew is now obvious I do not know. A ton of people emailed the paper (the emails were then forwarded to me) of my mistakes.

Thanks to all of you, most of you were kind, and the messages were all appreciated.

P. S.  I’ll let other people handle Roman numerals from now on.           

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.