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Friday Tree City Fall Festival schedule scrambled by the weather

first_imgGreensburg, In. — The forecast from the National Weather Service has prompted Tree City Fall Festival to make schedule changes on Friday.First, opening ceremonies –including the crowning of festival royalty– will be moved to the gymnasium at City Hall at 6:00.  The Melody Mart Student Jam will hopefully begin between 7:30 and 8 p.m.  Finally, the Elton John tribute band Dogs of Society will not perform tonight. Organizers are working to reschedule that performance.Vendors are welcome to set up at their own risk for Friday. However, organizers will not provide tents to nonprofit organizations until the threat of severe weather passes. Vendors who elect to mobilize on Saturday should do so by 8 a.m.last_img read more

Madison man sentenced to 64 years for child battery

first_imgMadison, IN—In what is described by Jefferson County Prosecutor David Sutter as one of the worst documented cases of child abuse in Jefferson County, Christopher Keller, 36, of Madison, pled guilty today to four (4) counts of Aggravated Battery from the May/June 2019 battery of an 18-month-old child in his care. Keller was sentenced to sixteen (16) years on each count to be served consecutively in the Indiana Department of Correction for a total of 64 years.Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Blaine Goode was passionate in his request that the Judge give the maximum available sentence, “Maximum sentences are to be reserved for the worst of the worst offenders, and the torturous acts that the Court witnessed on the video today are the worst of the worst.”The abuse was first discovered when the child’s mother, returned home from work to find the boy had severe bruises on his head and body, a bite mark, and a large section of hair missing from his scalp. She had left the child in the care of Keller, her husband and the child’s stepfather, at the time. The mother then took him to Riley Hospital for Children for medical attention. A skeletal survey found the child had suffered six (6) compression fractures to his spine, consistent with inflicted injury.After the initial investigation and arrest of Mr. Keller, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department were contacted by a woman who reported she was in possession of SD card video documenting evidence of abuse on the child by Christopher Keller, captured via a security camera in the home. Police officers secured a search warrant of the home and seized the video.“The video, though extremely difficult to watch, documents the multiple instances of abuse over a more than eleven (11) hour period,” stated Prosecutor David Sutter. “I want to thank my Chief Deputy Prosecutor, Blaine Goode, for his efforts in pinpointing exactly which of these could yield the maximum penalty in this case and I am grateful we were able to achieve the maximum sentence today.”Keller has been incarcerated since July 29, 2019, and will serve the remainder of the 64 years at the Indiana Department of Correction. Due to the plea agreement, he will not be eligible to appeal the convictions.last_img read more

Blues must be clinical – Moyes

first_img The Toffees, sixth in the Barclays Premier League table and still in the hunt for a European berth, have scored just once in their past three matches – Steven Pienaar’s strike in the 1-0 win over Fulham last weekend. “We have played well,” Moyes said. “We have done a lot of good things, but we would like it to be better. We have just dried up a little bit on the goals side at this moment in time. I couldn’t say all year that we have been banging them in as I would like, but I think we have been up there with the most shots and crosses.” Press Association He added: “We have made plenty of attempts, but then we are maybe just not getting the finish to it. So it is something we have got to try to make sure of in these final three games – that when we get opportunities, we take them, we are clinical and we make them count.” At the other end of the field, Moyes has been greatly encouraged by what his team are producing. Everton have kept five clean sheets in their last seven games, and asked about the importance of that defensive solidity, the 50-year-old said: “Especially if you are not scoring, or if you have just dried up a little bit, you have to make sure that you don’t concede to give yourself the chance of at least getting a draw, or maybe nicking a goal to win it. “It has been good and I’m pleased that we have tightened up. It is important that you get a certain amount of clean sheets during the season and we are beginning to get much closer to it now.” Everton could have Darron Gibson back available for the trip to Anfield – where they have not won since 1999 – but captain Phil Neville has been ruled out. Moyes says midfielder Gibson, who missed the Fulham match through an injury picked up a week earlier against Sunderland, has a chance of featuring. There is bad news regarding Neville, though, with Moyes revealing that a knee problem will keep the defender – also not involved in the Fulham game – out of what will be the last Merseyside derby before his career as an Everton player finishes this summer. center_img Everton boss David Moyes has called for his side to be more ruthless in front of goal as they head into their final three games of the season.last_img read more

Allardyce to give Morrison a chance

first_img ”Sam has said Ravel is not part of his plans but we do – as a board – see him as part of our plans,” Sullivan said last week. ”I think he (Allardyce) said in a press conference, if I read it correctly, he’s not part of his plans for this season. I think he said that in New Zealand but we don’t agree with that. We would like to sit down and give him a longer contract. ”We do see him as part of the long-term future of the club but we have to agree it with the manager because there’s no point signing a player he’s not going to play.” Having broken into the first-team at the start of last season, Morrison’s star seemed to be on the rise as he endeared himself to West Ham fans after scoring a memorable goal in a 3-0 win at rivals Tottenham. But his form waned following a niggling groin injury, which has now been treated with a minor operation, and he ended the season on loan at QPR with his future at Upton Park in question. But now Allardyce, who saw Enner Valencia become his fifth summer signing after being granted a work permit on Tuesday, has backed the England Under-21 international to come good again. “We thought we’d brought Ravel to the forefront of his abilities this time last season,” he told talkSPORT. “He had a fantastic pre-season and started the season very well. That drifted away a bit and he ended up at QPR, helping them get promoted. “If he gets back to knuckling down, and getting used to the discipline side of the game, then his talents are outstanding.” The 21-year-old looked to be set for a season on the fringes of the Hammers’ first-team with Allardyce unconvinced by the attitude of the former Manchester United youngster. But co-chairman David Sullivan publicly disagreed with Allardyce, insisting the club were keen to tie Morrison down to a long-term contract. Sam Allardyce appears to have fallen into line with the West Ham board over the future of Ravel Morrison – if the midfielder works hard enough.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Fashikun Goes Home Today

first_img*Sports Minister, NOC President, others pay tributes at his wakeThe late former THISDAY sports correspondent Olajide Fashikun will be laid to rest today in his home town, Obbo Aiyegunle in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State.Aged 54, the former national handball star and administrator died after brief illness last Sunday at the Federal Medical Centre in Ubaka, Abuja. According to Burial programme released by the FCT chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Fashikun will be buried at the Community Burial Ground in Obbo Aiyegunle.A Service of Songs held yesterday evening at the Union’s secretariat at Utako before the body will begin the final journey home this morning.Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, NOC President, Habu Gummel and several national sports federation presidents were at the wake where glowing tributes were paid to the late journalists.Also yesterday, a candle procession was organized in his memory by the Kwara State chapter of SWAN.A statement by the Secretary of the association in the state, Olayinka Owolewa said the association held procession in collaboration with the state owned media houses.SWAN and NUJ members in Kwara dressed in black during the procession which began at the State library in Post office and terminated at the Herald newspaper along Offa Road, Ilorin where Fashikun worked as a sports editor.A prayer session also held for the late multi-sports athlete, journalist cum administrator.A powerful delegation of Kwara SWAN led by Alloy Chukwuemeka, a national officer of the association would be joining sympathisers across the country in Obbo Ayegunle for the burial today.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

OSU, Michigan remain hot

first_imgBouncing back and perseverance were the major themes at Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference, along with the conference’s traditional juggernauts return to prominence.Ohio State has come out determined to get back to the national title game where they were shellacked 41-14 last year by Florida. Returning to form has not been a problem this year as the team started 7-0 and is now ranked No. 1 in the nation after LSU’s home loss last weekend to Kentucky. Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel knows it is still too early to get excited about being No. 1.“The only euphoria about being No. 1 is if you’re that in the middle of January,” he said.Tressel has good reason to be wary of the Buckeyes’ high ranking given how rudely teams in the top 10 have been treated thus far this year. Ohio State also closes out its season against five teams that all are 5-2 right now. Clearly, the road back to the title game will not be easy.“When you’re in a league like ours, everyone knows everybody; everyone knows every step you’re going to take, every route you’re going to run, every everything. You better buckle up,” Tressel said. Also returning to the top of the Big Ten standings is traditional powerhouse Michigan. It has battled back from losing the first two games of the season to win five straight games and return to the national polls at No. 24. A major concern this weekend when the Wolverines travel to Illinois to take on the Illini will be the health of their Heisman candidate, running back Mike Hart. Hart tweaked his ankle in last week’s victory over Purdue, and there are lingering questions about his health this week, but Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr remains optimistic.“What happens on one Saturday can change dramatically toward the end of the next week,” Carr said.Hart’s loss would be huge considering he is currently leading the Big Ten and nation in rushing.The Illini, on the other hand, are using the game against Michigan as an opportunity to bounce back after their heartbreaking loss last weekend against Iowa. The loss to the Hawkeyes was their first of the Big Ten season and will test the resiliency of this young ball club. Head coach Ron Zook says his team must respond to the setback.“It doesn’t get any easier playing in the Big Ten,” he said. “We’ve got to be able to come back after a victory and come back when things don’t go quite so well. How you handle adversity is really going to determine the type of people that you are.”Also among those Big Ten teams looking to rebound is the Indiana Hoosiers. Indiana lost 52-17 to Michigan State. But all isn’t lost. At 5-2, the Hoosiers are only one win away from being bowl eligible for the first time since 1993. They play Penn State this Saturday in Bloomington, Ind.Getting to a bowl game has been Indiana’s No. 1 priority since 2005 when head coach Terry Hoeppner coined the motto “Play 13.” While Hoeppner passed away four months ago of complications from a brain tumor, his tradition lives on.“His stamp is all over this program,” current and first year head coach Bill Lynch said. “Our job is to carry it on and continue to improve each week, which is what he’d want us to do.”Two teams at the bottom of the Big Ten standings with a lot to prove face off this weekend when Iowa travels to Purdue to take on the Boilermakers. Purdue has lost two straight games to Ohio State and Michigan after starting 5-0, while Iowa got its first victory in conference play last week against Illinois. According to Hawkeye coach Kirk Ferentz, his team persevered to pick up that aforementioned win against a ranked Illini team.“I think it verified for a lot of guys on the team that things can work out,” he said. “We’ve just got to keep pushing and keep working through some issues and challenges.”last_img read more

Syracuse basketball beat writers predict mixed outcome in Jim Boeheim’s return against No. 6 North Carolina

first_img Published on January 8, 2016 at 12:01 pm Related Stories How North Carolina’s Brice Johnson further complicates Syracuse’s lineup dilemmaSyracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about No. 6 North CarolinaMike Hopkins after loss to Clemson: ‘I’m not a loser’What we learned from Syracuse’s loss to ClemsonThe best game of Malachi Richardson’s career was painfully incomplete Syracuse (10-6, 0-3 Atlantic Coast) head coach Jim Boeheim returns from his nine-game suspension on Saturday at 8 p.m. as the Orange takes on No. 6 North Carolina (14-2, 3-0) in the Carrier Dome. SU has lost its first three conference games for the first time since the 1997-97 season. The Tar Heels haven’t loss since Dec. 12.Here’s what our beat writers predict will happen in the game.Sam Blum (12-4)North Carolina 74, Syracuse 77Ay Boe BoeSyracuse wasn’t the same without it’s 40-year head coach, Boeheim. Now, in his highly-anticipated return, the Orange rises to the occasion and gets its season back on track with a last-minute win over arguably the best team in the country. Syracuse proved in the Bahamas that it can beat anyone when it shoots the lights out. And the Orange won’t miss much against UNC.Jesse Dougherty (11-5)North Carolina 84, Syracuse 76Too much Tar HeelAdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse, riding pure emotion, will hang in this one for some of the second half. But North Carolina is too fast, too big and simply too good for the Orange to compete with for 40 minutes. Brice Johnson won’t need to put up 39 points and 23 rebounds like he did on Monday against Florida State to bully SU inside. When the Tar Heels’ bigs suck in the 2-3 zone, shooters Marcus Paige, Nate Britt and Justin Jackson will have a field day over the top. Boeheim returns, but things don’t feel all that different in the Carrier Dome. Not yet, at least.Matt Schneidman (10-6)North Carolina 78, Syracuse 66Spoiled returnThere’s no shortage of anticipation for Saturday’s game. Boeheim’s return from a nine-game suspension. College basketball’s largest on-campus crowd of the season so far. But unfortunately, the team coming out of the visitors locker room is the No. 6 team in the country, which also has one of the best players in the nation in Johnson. Syracuse already struggles defending the interior and Johnson, who averaged over 17 points and 11 rebounds per game, will further debilitate the Orange’s crutch. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Adoree’ Jackson razzles and dazzles in potential final game at Coliseum

first_imgAdoree’ Jackson was just having fun.Before fielding a Notre Dame punt late in the first half with USC ahead by a field goal, the junior turned to pump up the crowd — soaking wet from a steady rain — waving his arms and igniting a roar from the drenched faithful.A few seconds later, Jackson was gone, taking the punt on a bounce, finding a seam and bursting through it for a 55-yard touchdown to grab control of the game for his team.“I was being aggressive the whole game,” Jackson said.He was just getting started.Jackson finished with three touchdowns in Saturday’s 45-27 win over Notre Dame, scoring on a punt return, a kick return and on offense — each one equally spectacular. The multi-faceted performance from the versatile junior etched his name into some conversations for the Heisman Trophy and — if he chooses to turn pro following the season — ensured that he left the Coliseum with a bang in his potential final home game.“We have this creature here to the right of me, doing a kick return, punt return and a catch for a touchdown,” head coach Clay Helton said. “He just looked like something … he’s a superhero figure. I don’t even know.”Even in games where he doesn’t have a flashy moment, Jackson arguably still works harder than any other player on the field. Primarily a cornerback and the team’s most athletic defensive player, he is usually matched up against the opponent’s best wide receiver. He returns all punts and kicks, making him an integral part of the special teams’ unit. And he occasionally appears on offense, either as a decoy or for a specially designed play meant to gain big yardage.“I think he’s the best overall football player in the country,” redshirt junior defensive back Chris Hawkins said.Redshirt sophomore defensive back Ajene Harris, who returned an interception for a touchdown in the win, echoed that sentiment.“Everything he does is just like a ‘wow’ to everybody,” Harris said. “I don’t know if there’s something he can’t do, to be honest with you.”It would be hard-pressed to find another player who excels at so many parts of the game as Jackson, and his versatility was on full display on Saturday. His 52-yard scamper down the left sideline in the third quarter on a screen pass blew the game open, but it was his 97-yard kick return for a touchdown later in the quarter that officially turned a sloppy afternoon into “The Adoree’ Game.”“I felt bad for the people blocking on that play,” Hawkins said, “because they don’t really get to see what he did in real time.”It probably took watching a replay for everyone else to fully appreciate the return as well. Taking the kickoff from inside his own 5-yard line, Jackson broke a couple of tackles, sped upfield and leapt over Notre Dame placekicker John Chereson before running into the end zone.Jackson called the leap “instinct.”“I did it in high school before,” he said. “I know kickers always hit low and try to get you out to the sideline. As soon as he came to me, I was just timing it up and I was able to hurdle him.”Too tired to land a front flip after scoring, Jackson said he settled on mimicking the Heisman pose. That probably worked out for the best, because Jackson may have an outside chance at claiming college football’s most prestigious award. Though Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson remains the clear favorite, Jackson might earn a trip to New York for the ceremony, and he can thank his outburst on Saturday for the invite.“He’s the best player I know in the whole country,” junior linebacker Uchenna Nwosu said.  “Best player, hands down. You witnessed it right there. No player has ever hurdled over a guy and scored — that I know of.”Nwosu was quickly reminded of the last USC player to leap over a defender and score: Reggie Bush, who hurdled UCLA’s Marcus Cassel in the regular season finale in 2005 to help send the then-No. 1 Trojans to the national championship. Though he eventually forfeited the trophy, Bush went on to win the Heisman that year.“Turn the 2 upside down and it’s a 5 Now,” Jackson tweeted after the game, referring to jersey numbers and placing side-by-side images of the two leaps.“Young Bull,” Bush responded, with a bull emoji. Jackson might not win the Heisman, but he has won over a fair share of hearts at USC. Through three tumultuous seasons, Jackson has been a stalwart on defense and a game-changer both on offense and special teams. And if Saturday was his last USC game at the Coliseum, he could not have scripted his day any better.As the game finished up and a majority of players departed for the locker room, Jackson ran toward the USC student section and climbed onto a ladder in front of the marching band to lead “Conquest.” He jubilantly stabbed the sword in the air, and when it was over, turned to the crowd, which responded with chants of, “One more year! One more year!”Upon hearing it, Jackson paused and nodded his head before rocking back and forth and doing a mini-dance to the chant’s rhythm. Then, he climbed down and headed for the tunnel, unsure of if this would be the final time he would make that trek in a USC jersey.Jackson did admit the chants made it harder for him to leave.“It’s one of those feelings you can’t describe,” he said. “The crowd was loud. This game was the most fun game I’ve ever been a part of. Just hearing them scream and everything throughout the game, it was a feeling that was unbelievable.”But will the “feeling” be worth another season at USC? Only time will tell.last_img read more

Another Blow for Patriots as Fabian Allen Ruled Out

first_imgReports said the 25-year-old, who has played 13 Twenty20 International and 14 One-Day Internationals, failed to make the flight from his native Jamaica to Barbados where players and officials gathered last week for their charter flight to Trinidad. CMC Allen is one of four players who will now miss the Patriots campaign after fellow Jamaican Dennis Bulli, South African Rassie van der Dussen and the United States’ Sunny Sohal were all forced out for varying reasons. Bulli, a left-arm spinner, tested positive for COVID-19 before leaving Jamaica while batsman van der Dussen struggled to obtain a travel visa. “These withdrawals are a sign of the testing protocols that CPL put in place working as they should, and while it is disappointing for the players and coaches involved it is vital that CPL does nothing to compromise the safety of all those involved in the tournament and the public of Trinidad,” Hall explained. In the absence of the quartet, Patriots have been only able to draft in three players as replacements with Trinidad and Tobago leg-spinning all-rounder Imran Khan, Leeward Islands wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton and New Zealander Nick Kelly all called up. Once Allen missed the flight, there was no other way he could reach Trinidad since the country is closed to regular commercial air traffic. “There have been other changes to the squads and support staff as a result of other logistical challenges with the difficulty of travelling at the current time.” PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – A missed flight has cost West Indies all-rounder, Fabian Allen, his place in the Caribbean Premier League starting this month, and dealt a severe blow to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots’ chances in the competition. Patriots also had their coaching staff ruled out for the tournament after Australian head coach Simon Helmot tested positive and his assistant Malolan Rangarajan became unavailable because of his Indian Premier League commitments to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Patriots will boast the likes of Australian Chris Lynn and Ben Dunk, along with West Indies fast bowlers Sheldon Cottrell and Alzarri Joseph for the tournament which bowls off August 18 and concludes September 10. The franchise has never won the CPL, finishing fourth last year after bowing out at the playoff stage. All players, officials and administrators were tested before leaving their respective jurisdictions and again on arrival in Trinidad and CPL’s tournament operations director, Michael Hall, said the protocols established by organisers had been a success.last_img read more

Schools in Dominica to Reopen on September 7

first_imgShe said all measures would be taken to safeguard the health of students and teachers and that during the first four days of next month “we would also be doing a lot of cleaning and re-arranging of furniture…to ensure that everything is in place. Education Minister Octavia Alfred said teachers are expected in classes one week before the students. “SO we are hoping that by next week Monday, hopefully the guidelines will be in circulation (and) one of the areas we are going to be focusing upon very heavily during the academic year is that of hygiene and the importance of effective hygiene practices…and for that matter we will engage hygiene wardens to ensure that students dowhat they have to do in terms of entry at the school gates..”. She said the pre-testing activities will guide the Ministry’s remedial programme and other programmes that would be necessary before “moving ahead”. CMC Dominica closed its schools inn March after the first case of the virus was confirmed. “So from September 1st staff will engage in final preparations to receive students. Teachers will be engaged in professional staff development, training and planning. This school year planning is even more essential than before since teachers and their department heads must review curriculum and prepare for pre-testing activities which will be very crucial this year,” Alfred said.center_img Assistant Chief Education Officer, Dr. Jeffery Blaize said new guidelines have been developed with the assistance of Israel. “Subject to adequate consideration by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Health Investment, and taking everything into account all schools will be reopened for teachers on September 1, 2020 and for all students on Monday September 7th. “We have developed guidelines and protocols for the school year…for the period of COVID and beyond. These were prepared by the…Ministry of Education and the layout and design had been done with the assistance of Israel. ROSEAU, Dominica – The Dominica government on Wednesday announced that all schools will reopen on September 7 as the island continues to implement measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) that has infected 18 people on the island. “Since we have no COVID-19 cases and since there is no community spread of COVID-19, all schools will reopen as normal. However the Ministry of Education has a plan in place that will be activated in the national status as it relates to COVID-19 changes,” Alfred added.last_img read more

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