MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – The inaugural Dale DeFrance Memorial will be Thursday, May 10, with IMCA Late Models racing for $1,500 to win and a top prize of $1,000 at stake for IMCA Modifieds.The 44-lap Late Model feature pays $200 to start while the 25-lap Modified main event pays $140 to start, $100 tow and is a qualifier for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod features both pay $500 to win and $100 to start while IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks run for $300 to win and $100 to start.Total purse for the night is $20,000 with another $3,000-plus in contingencies to be given.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Iowa State and track points will be awarded at the draw/redraw show. There will be no racing at Marshalltown on Friday, May 11.Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for kids ages 10 and under. Pit passes are $25.
Aurora, IN — The Friday night varsity football game between Greensburg and South Dearborn High Schools has been canceled. The South Dearborn vs East Central game on September 25th has been postponed as well. Both cancellations are due to the South Dearborn football team having players in quarantine as they tested positive for COVID-19. Although the football team members who find themselves in quarantine will return before the East Central varsity game is scheduled to be played on the 25th, the IHSAA requires four practices before an athlete can participate in a competition. The spirit of this rule is to ensure athletes are physically prepared for competition after missing five or more conditioning opportunities.
The Wisconsin men’s hockey team will get a chance to salvage the worst regular season in program history this weekend, but it’s going to have to nearly double its total wins.After victories in just four of their first 34 games, the Badgers (4-25-5, 2-15-3 Big Ten) head to the Big Ten tournament this weekend in Detroit, where their season will likely come to an end. UW would have to win three straight games and the Big Ten tournament title to secure an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.But despite the tall task of winning out, head coach Mike Eaves is optimistic about his team’s improvement in the second half of the season heading into the conference tournament.“It’s a brand new start. It’s a beginning, and I think it raises that thought of hope for us,” Eaves said. “We have, in the second half, talked about playing our best hockey coming into March, and we have done that.”However, Wisconsin opens with Michigan Thursday night, a team it has yet to beat this season in four games. In the first series with the Wolverines, UW jumped out to a 4-1 lead early on in the second period, but ended up allowing six straight goals in a 7-4 loss. After those first four goals in the first game, the Wolverines ended up outscoring the Badgers 20-2 in the final three and a half games.The road trip to Michigan featured slightly closer games, but still resulted in 3-0 and 5-2 Michigan wins.“They lead the country in offense, and we saw that firsthand here,” Eaves said. “We played them much tighter in their building. Even Red complimented our team [on] how the second series was closer.”Going up against a team in Michigan that averages 3.88 goals per game, Wisconsin will have a tall task on its hands. Wisconsin hasn’t scored more than two goals in a game in more than a month, which coincidentally was its last win, a 3-2 victory over Ohio State Feb. 14, and has scored more than two goals in a game only seven times. The Badgers have also been shut out in five of their last seven games.After two conference tournament championships the last two seasons for Wisconsin, the Badgers will have to start fast if they hope to reclaim a tournament crown for the third straight year.Wisconsin will also have to do it in a different venue, as this year’s Big Ten tournament will take place at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, following 14 straight years for the Badgers at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.“The next time the tournament comes up to go to Detroit, that arena won’t be there,” Eaves said of the only opportunity to play in the historic NHL barn. “They are building a new arena for the Detroit Red Wings, and this arena, excuse the pun, but it reeks of history, like spilled beer and cigarettes and championships gone by.”Should Wisconsin win in the first game against Michigan, it would take on Michigan State in the semifinals. The Badgers did manage one win against the Spartans this season, but then got swept in the final three games against MSU, all by a score of 3-0. Spartans’ goaltender Jake Hildebrand has keyed the Spartans’ success this season, with the second-most shutouts in the country (6) and the ninth-best save percentage (93.0).Goaltending could also be a key to Wisconsin’s success in the tournament. UW has relied heavily on Joel Rumpel throughout the season, and despite less than average numbers compared to the rest of his career, Rumpel has kept Wisconsin in most games. Despite allowing the fifth most goals per game in the country as a team, Rumpel still has managed a .904 save percentage.But considering Wisconsin is the fourth-worst offense in the country, the Badgers’ attack will have to support Rumpel to keep the season on life support.“Hope is a great thing,” Eaves said. “This time of year, how many Cinderella stories have been written in March through basketball or hockey? We will find out together if we can write one of those stories again.”Game VitalsWhat: Big Ten men’s hockey tournamentWho: Wisconsin vs. Michigan StateWhere: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MichiganWhen: Thursday, 7 p.m. Televised on the Big Ten Network.WisconsinLeading scorers: Grant Besse (11 G, 11 A), Joseph LaBate (6 G, 12 A), Morgan Zulinick (5 G, 10 A)Probable goaltender: Joel Rumpel (4-22-4, 3.43 goals-against-average, 90.4 save percentage)Michigan StateLeading scorers: Matt Berry (11 G, 17 A), Mackenzie MacEachern (11 G, 14 A), Michael Ferrantino (12 G, 11 A)Probable goaltender: Jake Hildebrand (17-15-2, 2.12 GAA, 93.0 save percentage)
Fifteen persons including six officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP), were recently awarded certificates in the area of criminal justice system. The certification follows six weeks of intensive training.The six-week training was offered by the Masons Criminal Justice Academy.The ceremony was held in the auditorium of the Pamela Kay High School in Red Hill Field, Virginia outside of Monrovia.The Academy, according to Mr. Morris Brown, director of program, is in the process of attaining accreditation from the National Commission on Higher Education at the Ministry of Education.He also told the gathering that the school provides basic and fundamental of the criminal justice system.He said, the program’s lecturers were graduates of the Masons Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, based in the United States of America.According to him, the institution established in 2005, is mainly intended to encourage, promote, organize and facilitate research training, peace education, advocacy lecture and debates in all criminal justice related subjects.Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, David Fayiah, joint police commander in the Virginia’s settlement challenged the graduates to utilize the skills and knowledge they acquired during the six-week training.He said the program exposed him to several criminal justice issues he did not learn when he was at the Liberia National Police Academy.“We were taught in court proceeding as a criminal justice actors.”“The training has prepared me to further my study in criminal justice at the AME Zion University,” Fayiah said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Categories: Filler News 12Mar COLUMN: Sunshine Week: A reminder of the importance of open government Sunshine Week is a time to celebrate the laws that keep our government open and accountable to the people.We should also use this week to take an honest look at areas where our laws our weak and think about solutions that could better ensure the public has access to information about how its tax dollars are used and how its government operates.Michigan has one very glaring weakness: Our status as one of just two states that exempt the governor’s office and state legislators from sunshine laws. Year after year, Michigan ranks dead last in a national study of transparency and ethics for this very reason.Right now, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives people in Michigan the right to request access to most public records from local governments, school districts and state departments. This is something I was subject to as an assistant attorney general, and I was happy to serve with openness and honesty.It makes no sense for elected state officials to play by a different set of rules.It’s well past time for these exemptions to end, and I’m determined to be part of the solution.The very first piece of legislation I introduced after taking the oath of office as state representative was part of a bipartisan plan to increase the transparency of state government.The proposal will subject the governor and lieutenant governor to FOIA and hold state representatives and senators to the same high standard by creating a new law called the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).While LORA mirrors FOIA in many ways, there are exemptions for constituent inquiries to ensure that when you contact your state legislator, your personal information is protected and kept private. Other communications lawmakers have with state departments and lobbyists would not be exempt.A lack of transparency often results in distrust and insecurity. After all, how can we expect people to have faith in their government if they don’t have a way to hold their elected officials accountable?I respect the people of Clinton and Gratiot counties who put their trust in me last November to represent their interests in Lansing as their new state representative. I want them to be able to hold me accountable. LORA will be an important tool the public and the media can use to do just that.Giving the public access to expanded and credible information will strengthen our system of government by helping people understand what happens in the state Capitol.(414 Words)State Rep. Graham Filler is serving his first term in the Michigan House representing the 93rd District, which encompasses Clinton County and portions of Gratiot County. He chairs the House Judiciary Committee.