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  • First green flag is Sunday at Nodak for Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour

    first_imgMANDAN, N.D. – The 26th annual Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour starts this Sunday, July 5 at Nodak Speedway.A record online pre-entry list has Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car drivers coming from 15 US states and two Canadian provinces. Defending champions Jeff Taylor and Dalton Flory are among the early entries.An enhanced payout, courtesy of Industrial Electric of Dickinson, will now pay $2,100 to win, and $300 to start the Modified feature races at all six tracks in the series. Each Modified feature is a qualifying event for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars race for $800 to win and a minimum of $100 to start each eveningFive new drivers have been selected to receive bonus money for the RacefeedX New Blood, Long Haul program to attract new drivers to the series. Kupper Chevrolet provides a $2,000 point fund for the top ten in series points in the Modified division and $1,000 for the top 10 in points for the Stock Cars.In addition, contingency prizes from IMCA and tour sponsors will be awarded to the top 10 in points.Series dates are Sunday, July 5 at Nodak Speedway in Minot; Monday, July 6 at Estevan Motor Speed­way; Tuesday, July 7 at Williston Basin Speedway; Wednesday, July 8 at Southwest Speedway in Dickinson; Thursday, July 9 at Dacotah Speedway in Mandan; and Friday, July 10 at Jamestown Speedway.Pit gates open at noon and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. at Nodak. Hot laps are at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. At Estevan, pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m.Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.Williston Basin opens the pits at 3 p.m. and the grandstand at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. Pit gates open at 1 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. at Dickinson.  Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.At Mandan, pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 6 p.m., hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing gets underway at 7 p.m. And at Jamestown, pit gates open at 2 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.Modified drivers pre-registered for the Dakota Tour are:Chad Andersen, Fort Calhoun, Neb.; Shawn Anderson, Minot; Randy Artz, Battle Mountain, Nev.; Reese Artz, Battle Mountain, Nev.; Dan Aune, Taylor; Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C.; Hank Berry, Sidney, Mont.; Scott Bintz, Jamestown; Bland Bohannon, Williston; Pete Bradley, Williston; Brian Brennan, Rozet, Wyo.; Dale Burwick, Dickinson; Drew Christianson, Minot; Chase Con­way, Westhope; Rusty Corneliusen, Dickinson; and Jason Czarapata, Pulaski, Wis.;Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.; Tracy Domagala, Bismarck; Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; Josh Eberhardt, Jamestown; Nick Fuchs, Williston; Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; Jason Grimes, Jamestown; Mike Hagen, Williston; Travis Hagen, Williston; Chase Hansen, Myton, Utah; John Hansen, Brush, Colo.; Mike Hansen, Dickinson; Brad Hartigan, Dickinson; Bob Heffer, Swift Current, Sask.; Robert Hellebust, Minot; and Troy Heupel, Williston;Jordan Huettl, Minot; Wayne Johnson, Minot; Paul Jones, Casper, Wyo.; Jeremy Keller, Mandan; William Kinden, Williston; Rusty Kollman, Carrington; Adam Larson, Ankeny, Iowa; Tommy Lee, Grenora; Tyler Limoges, Redwood Falls, Minn.; Curt Lund, Redwood Falls, Minn.; Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.; Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; Tanner Matthewson, Redvers, Sask.; Justin Med­ler, Minot; Ryan Mikkelson, Jamestown; Brian Mullen, Seymour, Wis.; and Dale Neitzel, Shep­herd, Mont.;Mike Nelson, New Salem; Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; Zach Olson, Great Falls, Mont.; Travis Peery, Williston; Steven Pfeifer, Minot; Dallas Rice, Minot; Jesse Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; Josh Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev.; Darren Schatz, Willis­ton; Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; Brent Schlafmann, Bismarck; Marlyn Seidler, Underwood; Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa; and Riley Simmons, Susanville, Calif.;Eric Sinness, Williston; Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; Shawn Strand, Mandan; Darin Tarrell, Dickin­son; Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; Myles Tomlinson, Turtle Lake; Jay Tooley, Dickinson; Aaron Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; Travis Ulmer, Mandan; Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; Spencer Wilson, Minot; Jason Wolla, Williston; and Josh Wolla, Minot.Pre-registered Stock Car drivers include:Andrew Altenburg, Truman, Minn; Joren Boyce, Minot; Nathan Burke, Minot; Brandon Czarapata, Pulaski, Wis.; Austin Daae, Estevan, Sask.; Terry Davidson, Rosetown, Sask.; Blaine Durward, Trenton; Jordan Durward, Trenton; Chris Ellis, Minot; Dalton Flory, Williston; Scott Gartner, Bis­marck; Kyler Jeffrey, Williston;Keith Mattox, Ray; Shane Nehring, Williston; Cody Nelson, Kenmare; Jake Nelson, Williston; Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; Greg Schultz, Swift Current, Sask.; Randy Schultz, Swift Current, Sask.; Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; Jeremy Swanson, Westby, Mont.; Michael Vennes, Minot; and Greg Wichman, Bonduel, Wis.RACEFEEDX will cover the tour live for the third consecutive year. Fans will have the option to watch every lap of the week in regular or high quality. RFX will broadcast the week as a “Show­case Race” featuring multiple cameras, interviews, segments, instant replay and hours of non-stop racing entertainment. Pricing and subscription information is available at read more

  • Chelsea finish with scrappy win

    first_img It was a performance which must have left Mourinho considering a major revision of the end-of-season report he will present to the Chelsea hierarchy on Monday on a day of goodbyes and potential farewells. Mourinho says he wants to keep out-of-contract trio John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, who is considering his options away from Stamford Bridge after eight years. Cole captained Chelsea on what could be his final appearance in the absence of Terry (knock) and Lampard (illness), both of whom are reportedly pondering contract extensions on reduced terms. The future of Mourinho’s much-maligned strikeforce is also in doubt as the Blues boss seeks a prolific goalscorer to lead Chelsea’s title assault next term. Torres missed an open goal after four minutes after being distracted by balloons and Cardiff went in front 11 minutes later. Bellamy, playing for his hometown club for perhaps the last time, benefited from a huge deflection off Cesar Azpilicueta to beat Mark Schwarzer before Schurrle’s introduction sparked a late revival for Chelsea, with the German providing a goal and an assist. Mourinho may be contemplating more of a summer overhaul than he admits if Chelsea are to challenge for silverware next term. Cardiff must also regroup, albeit outside the top flight, after a calamitous campaign. Press Association Fernando Torres netted his first Barclays Premier League goal since January as Chelsea finished the campaign with a 2-1 victory at already-relegated Cardiff despite an abject showing. The day began with Cardiff owner Vincent Tan saying he would consider changing the club’s colours back from red to blue if City could win promotion back to the Premier League. The home support repeatedly broke into song – “We’re Cardiff City, we’ll always be blue” – as they watched their red-shirted team take on a Chelsea side who had hoped to be in title contention on the final day. Whatever Mourinho’s protestations over the officiating in the losses to Aston Villa and Sunderland, the Blues’ downfall has been their failure to dispatch the lower half of the table, particularly away from home. Against a side which had conceded three goals or more in five of their previous seven matches, there was an early demonstration of Chelsea’s bluntness. Torres rounded David Marshall but was swamped by a swarm of balloons and his tame shot on his weaker left foot was blocked by Steven Caulker. Ground staff burst the blue balloons before the Bluebirds went in front when Bellamy picked the ball up 30 yards out in the left channel and tried his luck, with his left-footed strike deviating wildly off Azpilicueta’s backside and wrong-footing Schwarzer. It was Cardiff’s first goal in open play for more than five hours, but it might yet be credited to Azpilicueta as the initial shot might have been heading wide. Lacklustre Chelsea failed to test Marshall as Mohamed Salah missed the target five times and Oscar and Eden Hazard each failed to convert passes from Cole. Fraizer Campbell fired over after a mazy run for Cardiff, while John Obi Mikel, booked for a cynical trip on Mats Daehli, avoided a second yellow card for another on Fabio as a disjointed first half came to an end. The end-of-season fare was little better after the break as Torres blasted wide and Declan John shot straight at Schwarzer at the other end. Salah had a shot blocked by Azpilicueta and Hazard fired into the side-netting before Schurrle, on for Mikel, equalised. Oscar’s cross into the box was met by Azpilicueta, who was denied by Marshall at point-blank range. The Spain right-back hit the bar with the follow-up and the ball fell for Schurrle, whose shot into the floor looped over Marshall. Chelsea had a second when Azpilicueta crossed, Cardiff failed to clear and Schurrle nodded down for Torres, who converted down the centre of the goal. Hazard was unable to net a Schurrle cross at the far post and Marshall saved well from the Germany forward as Chelsea finished with a win. A trophyless campaign for Jose Mourinho ended on something of a high as Chelsea scored twice in four second-half minutes following Craig Bellamy’s opener. Substitute Andre Schurrle equalised before Torres – in possibly his farewell match, with the Blues rumoured to be prepared to cut their losses on the £50million striker this summer – added a second for his first goal in 12 league games. last_img read more

  • Cazenovia boys indoor track earns sectional Class B-2 championship

    first_imgHaving won against all kinds of competition throughout this winter, it only made sense for the Cazenovia boys indoor track and field team to win once more – and bring home the Section III Class B-2 championship.The Lakers earned 155 points, more than double the total of second-place Clinton (74 points), and dominating an 11-team field during Saturday’s sectional meet at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.Cazenovia went 1-2 in the 55-meter dash, Joe Spires prevailing in 6.74 seconds and Slater DeLeon second in 6.83 seconds. The 300-meter dash reversed those results, DeLeon, in 36.80 seconds, holding off Spires (36.93) for the top spot. Jared Smith made it to second place in the 1,000-meter run in 2:49.44 as Cassidy Gilmore was fifth in 2:58.02 and Hunter McCullough was seventh. In the 1,600-meter run, Smith again finished second, in 4:52.47 behind Skaneateles’ Matt Persampieri (4:48.34).Connor Wilson took second in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.56 seconds, with Jason Olkowski (8.74) sixth. Cormac Race, Dylan Albicker, Alex Lansing and Dan Millson were third in the 4×400 relay in 3:53.94 as Smith, Kent, Gilmore and Mike Senehi were third in the 4×800 relay in 9:16.15.Eric Groff was sixth in the 3,200-meter run in 11:02.46, while Anderson took seventh and Albicker eighth place in the triple jump.Meanwhile, in the Class B-1 sectional meet, Chittenango finished seventh in the boys meet with 26 points, while the girls Bears finished 10th with 15 points.Kenny Matthews, Parker Tedford, Warren Tedford and Tristam LaFountaine were second in the 4×400 in 3:43.06, just behind Homer’s 3:42.08 as that same quartet was second (1:40.17) to Institute of Technology Central (1:38.57) in the 4×200. Tedford also took fourth place in the 300 in 39.22 seconds.Caleb LeBlanc ran the 1,600 in 5:00.50 to finish fourth, also pairing with Brendan Fraser, Marcus Perretta and Kaleb Toscano to get fifth in the 4×800 in 10:14.85.  The Bears were seventh in the 4×400 and Nate Vivelo was seventh in the shot put.Chittenango’s girls had Lauren Suppe take third place in the 1,500-meter run in 5:18.10, while Kiara Waite got fifth place in the 600 in 1:49.34. Suppe, Waite, McKayla Capeling and Piper Beckwith were third in the 4×800 in 10:43.25, the Bears also sixth (2:05.45) in the 4×200 as Tamia Williams, Jordan Wagner, Jordan Horzempa and Brooke Price took part.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story DeLeon also won the long jump, going 21 feet 1 inch as Dylan Anderson (18’10 1/2″) was fourth, while Spires paired with Charles Kubiniec, Connor Wilson and Andrew Lee to run the 4×200 relay in 1:39.46, beating out second-place Marcellus, who posted 1:40.79.Dalton Sevier topped 6’3″ and easily prevailed in the high jump, with Anderson third at 5’6″, Wilson fourth at 5’4″ and Dylan Albicker sixth. In the 600-meter run, Andrew Kent beat the field in 1:27.05, a full second ahead of Jordan-Elbridge’s Kenny Williams (1:28.05).Gordan Wester added another Lakers title in the shot put, heaving it 38’7 1/4″, one inch ahead of the 38’6 1/4″ from Skaneateles’ Ben Euto. Then, in the weight throw, Wester got second place with 42’8 1/2″ behind Onondaga’s Sean Dwyer (45’8 1/2″).center_img Tags: CazenoviaChittenangoindoor tracklast_img read more

  • Paulus participates in Saints’ mini-camp, isn’t offered contract

    first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Former Syracuse quarterback Greg Paulus participated in the New Orleans Saints’ mini camp at the team’s practice facility in Metairie, La., from May 6 to 9. The workout included 45 players who were either draft picks or undrafted free agents, said Dave Lawrence, a Saints media relations spokesman. After playing four years of college basketball at Duke, the Syracuse native transferred to SU with one year of eligibility. Just five months after starting all 12 games for the Orange and serving as a team co-captain, Paulus finds himself looking to extend his playing career.  ‘It was a great experience,’ Paulus said. ‘I will continue to prepare for the next opportunity by following the workout plan that I have been doing since the season ended with the help of (strength and conditioning) coach (William) Hicks and the Syracuse coaching staff.’Among those players participating were the team’s six draft picks, five members of the Saints’ 2009 practice squad, undrafted rookies and NFL veterans. Of the group, only two ended up being added to the training camp roster. Paulus, 23, was not one of them.Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone served as the Saints offensive coordinator before coming to SU in 2009, and Lawrence didn’t mind speculating whether or not it was Marrone’s influence that helped Paulus receive the mini camp invite.‘I’m sure that might have had a hand in it,’ Lawrence said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Lawrence also stated that Paulus had visited the Saints prior to enrolling at Syracuse last summer. He declined to comment on whether or not he actually worked out for the Saints coaching staff as he had for the Green Bay Packers.In his lone season at SU, Paulus set a program record for completion rate (67.7 percent) and completions with 193. But rookie mistakes, lack of pocket poise and underwhelming arm strength marred his only season with SU.‘Coming back to Syracuse and having the chance to play football and advance my education has been such a special experience,’ Paulus said. ‘It will be one that I will always remember and cherish. I am very thankful for all those who have helped make this possible and such a memorable experience.’On March 4, Paulus participated in a Pro Day workout in front of more than a dozen NFL scouts and executives at the Carrier Dome. Paulus worked out again on April 6 in front of 20 representatives. Saints representatives were seen at both workouts.Reached by phone Tuesday evening, Paulus’ younger brother Mike said the former Syracuse quarterback is now focused on finishing school and weighing his options. In addition to continuing his pursuit of a pro football career, several collegiate basketball programs have contacted Paulus about potential assistant coaching positions, Mike said.‘He really kept a level head through the entire process,’ Mike said. ‘He has several options in front of him, and he hasn’t ruled out football as one of them.’ Regardless of how his pro football career turns out, Paulus’ journey from the hardcourt to the gridiron may finally be over. But still, five months after his lone season at SU came to an end, Paulus finds himself looking for that opportunity to keep his NFL dreams alive.And though the latest chapter in Paulus’ journey may be on hold for now, his lone season at SU speaks to his resiliency.Said Mike Paulus: ‘He’ll be successful in whatever path he chooses.’ Commentscenter_img Published on May 11, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

  • Betfair – TV debates favour Macron as France 2017 hits £8 million mark

    first_img Share French racing secures ‘conditional approval’ on restart programme May 4, 2020 Betfair politics reports that France’s two-and-a-half hour Presidential TV debate (21 March) has favoured ‘En Marche’ candidate Emmanuel Macron who is now priced at 5/8 (61% chance of winning) to become France’s next leader.Updating its ‘France 2017’ market, Betfair politics is still seeing plenty of support for far-right ‘Front National’ leader Marie Le Pen who has seen her odds slip to 7/2 (22% chance of winning).Following the landscape changing victories of Brexit and Trump in 2016, political punters may see value in backing a Le Pen victory against the so-called ‘establishment’.As France gears up for its first-round of Presidential Election ballots on 23 April, narrowing the playing field to two candidates, nearly all French polls have Macron and Le Pen tied on 26% favourability.Naomi Totten, BetfairHowever, France’s two-stage election process will likely favour market leader Macron as the candidate will likely gain unified support from opposing parties trying to stop Le Pen from becoming ‘France’s Trump 2017’.Commenting on the intriguing market which has reached nearly £8 million in matched bets, Betfair Spokesperson Naomi Totten, , said: “At the beginning of March, Macron had been trading at around 11/8 but has been well-backed over the past few weeks and traded at a low of 8/13 on Sunday night. The most activity has been on Macron and Le Pen in the past week with the pair accounting for more than 50% of all bets placed on the market.“France 2017 – Betfair market breakdownNext President – £7.9m MatchedEmmanuel Macron              1.63 (5/8 or a 61% chance)Marine Le Pen                    4.6 (7/2 or a 22% chance)François Fillon                    6.4 (11/2 or a 16% chance)Benoît Hamon                   65.0 (64/1)Alain Juppé                       510.0 (409/1)François Baroin                  720.0 (719/1)To Win The First RoundMarine Le Pen                    1.63 (5/8 or a 61% chance)Emmanuel Macron              2.9 (15/8 or a 34% chance)François Fillon                    21.0 (20/1)Alain Juppé                       140.0 (139/1)Jean-Luc Melanchon           200.0 (199/1) Benoît Hamon                   220.0 (219/1) StumbleUpon Share ANJ takes charge of new French gambling era June 22, 2020 Related Articles France Galop eyes May return for French Racing April 16, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

  • GFA Elections: I’m not surprised Okraku won – Micky Charles

    first_imgTechiman City owner Charles Kwadwo Ntim insists he’s was not surprised Kurt Okraku got the nod to become the GFA’s next President at the Association’s elections last Friday.The Dreams FC owner beat off competition from George Afriyie, Fred Pappoe, Nana Yaw Amponsah, Amanda Clinton and George Ankoma Mensah to clinch a landslide third round victory. Okraku becomes the first GFA President post the Anas Expose on Corruption in Football, which led to the resignation and the subsequent banning of former President Kwesi Nyantakyi.Speaking exclusively to Citi Sports after the elections Ntim said Okraku’s hard work and rigorous campaigning paid off. “I’m not surprised Kurt Okraku won. I said before the elections that no candidate would win in the first round,” he said.“Kurt worked very hard during the campaign period. Although we all thought Nana Yaw Amponsah and George Afriyie were going to give him a push, I wasn’t surprised he won it eventually.”last_img read more

  • Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Nov. 26 – Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014

    first_imgWellington Police notes for Wednesday, Nov. 26 to Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014:Wednesday, November 26, 2014•10:50 a.m. Officers took a report of a dog at large in the 300 block S. G, Wellington.•4 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity, Wellington.•9:06 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1000 block Myles Drive, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Jalen C. Macias, 18, Wellington and a vehicle parked and unoccupied owned by Zane Brooks Ministries, Inc, Wellington. Thursday, November 27, 2014•11:04 a.m. Officers took a report of found bicycle in the 1400 block Huron Ct, Wellington. Friday, November 28, 2014•12:15 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1100 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.•11:39 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a fence in the 200 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•11:39 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of currency in the 900 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.•4:24 p.m. Andres Chairez, 25, Wichita, Ks was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended.•5:55 p.m. Zachary A. Percival, 28, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with criminal trespass.•6:23 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 900 block N. Olive, Wellington. Saturday, November 29, 2014•12 a.m. Officers assisted an outside agency in the 700 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.•5:47 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a fence in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington.•4:39 p.m. Courtney A. Gurnow, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 52 mph in a 40 mph zone.•4:55 p.m. Christopher E. Wilson, 37, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for window tint violation and driving in violation of restrictions.•7 p.m. Dee A. Roberts, 50, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.•9:55 p.m. Jason A. Bruns, 39, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight. Sunday, November 30, 2014•3:59 p.m. Shawn M. Howell, 55, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 53 mph in a 40 mph zone.•4:15 p.m. Arlene R. Tracy, 48, Argonia, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 53 mph in a 40 mph zone.4:30 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 900 block N. Jefferson, Wellington involving vehicles operated by juvenile male, 17, Wellington and Randy L. Davison, 45, El Dorado, Ks.•4:34 p.m. Juvenile male, 17, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed stop sign.•Stefny N. Cabrera, Wellington was served a summons to appear for maintaining a noisy dog.•7:45 p.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery by known suspect(s) in the 300 block E. 17th, Wellington.last_img read more

  • Naked and asleep: suspected drowning victim turned out to be sleeping in the back of his truck

    first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +12 Vote up Vote down Oh boy · 261 weeks ago You can’t make up stuff like this. Report Reply 0 replies · active 261 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down craig · 261 weeks ago Truth is much more entertaining than fiction anyhow! Report Reply 0 replies · active 261 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Shane Farley, — Searchers spent more than three hours Friday night looking for a man they believed had drowned in the Arkansas River at Oxford. Turns out he was actually passed out and naked in the bed of a nearby pickup truck.The Sumner County Sheriff’s Dept. was called to Cave Park around 8:15 p.m. by the man’s girlfriend. About an hour earlier, the couple was along the river when the soon-to-be-missing man told the woman he would be swimming and would meet her at the park. The girlfriend became worried when he didn’t show and called 911.She reported a possible drowning because she had last seen the man standing in the river. He had been drinking, too, according to Sumner County Sheriff’s Lt. Jessie Cornwell.On a warm summer night, thick with mosquitoes, police and fire personnel from Oxford assisted the sheriff’s department in a search of the area. Cave Park was heavily lighted by emergency vehicles and those concerned for the man stood by while the search unfolded.Then around midnight, a resident in the area contacted authorities after reading of the search through social media. He reported that the man being looked for was alive and well.The resident has property near the river and found the missing man there in the back of the truck about 8:30 or 9 p.m. He was heavily intoxicated and not wearing any clothes. He apparently had exited the river and crawled into the truck.The resident recognized the man – who authorities identified only as a white male – as a neighbor and gave him a ride to Wellington.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

  • Travel starting to pick back up on roadways

    first_imgDES MOINES — An Iowa Department of Transportation planner says the drop in traffic on the state’s roadways brought on by the coronavirus is starting to ease up.The DOT’s Stuart Anderson says the peak drop in travel in the state of Iowa came last week. “When traffic was down 44 percent across the state,” Anderson says.He says the number of motorists out there then started increasing. “Traffic has started creeping up again to the point where last week traffic was down by a third. So, it is slowly creeping back up on the system,” Anderson says.Anderson talked about the traffic during the State Transportation Commission meeting Tuesday. The drop in traffic leads to a drop in gas and diesel purchases — and means less gas tax money to pay for highway repairs. “We had estimated a 25 percent reduction in state road funding — which is about 35 million dollar reduction every month in state road funding that again is allocated to the DOT and all cities and counties in the state,” according to Anderson.A little less than half of the funding goes to the state, with about a third to the counties and the rest to cities. Anderson says the lag in the collection of the fuel tax has been a little more than they expected and they won’t know for sure the total drop until June.last_img read more

  • County championship title for 12-year-old Lucy Walton

    first_img17 May 2012 County championship title for 12-year-old Lucy Walton Worcestershire golfer Lucy Walton has just played herself into the record books by winning her ladies’ county championship at the age of 12. She’s possibly the youngest ever county champion in the country, pipping such players as Hertfordshire’s Ella Ofstedahl and Wiltshire’s Hannah Turland who won their respective titles in 2011 and 2008 at the age of 13. Lucy won the Worcestershire & Herefordshire title on the 19th hole of the final at Redditch when she beat 14-year Ciara Kelly, the winner of last year’s Abraham Trophy for England’s most improved girl golfers. Lucy also currently holds the county girls’ title, which she won last July. “She was absolutely thrilled to win,” said Lucy’s mum, Di. “Last year she got to the quarter finals and her aim this year was to get to the semis, but she didn’t think she had a chance of winning.” Lucy (The Worcestershire) and Ciara (Hagley) are members of an England Golf Birdies training squad and both defeated past champions in the semi-finals, Lucy beating Karen Greenfield (Kidderminster), and Ciara beating Anna Rock (Kidderminster). Lucy’s rise to the top has been rapid. She first had a taste of golf when she was seven and a family friend took her to a Tri-golf event. She took up the game seriously at 10 and now holds a handicap of six. She’s from a sporty family: her father, Peter, coaches the England U18 rugby team and her mother, Di, and brother, Jack, are both hockey players. But Lucy is the only golfer – and has enjoyed great support from fellow lady members. “Because we don’t play we’ve had to rely heavily on club members and without exception people have been amazing,” said Di. “The ladies have been fantastic with her.” Now, Lucy’s target is to better last year’s performance in the English U13 girls’ championship when she came third.   Among the other teenagers who have won 2012 county championships are Gloucestershire’s Shelby Smart who has won her title three times in the last four years – and she’s still only 17! Inci Mehmet of Surrey is 15, while Sophie Keech of Dorset, Katrina Gani of Warwickshire, Amber Ratcliffe of Norfolk and Katie Warren of Wiltshire are all 16.last_img read more