The kindness of friends, strangers

The families of Christy Knotts and Ranae Donohoe express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all those who have given to make the Christy Knotts/Ranae Donohoe Memorial Scholarship what it is today.

While losing Christy and Ranae has been the hardest contingency to endure, keeping their memories alive has become our being. Our one ray of sunshine is the outpouring of support and generosity from so many. Our intention is not to focus on sadness, but to highlight the actions that have followed over the years and those who continue to support each of us.

The scholarship committee, consisting of Christy and Ranae’s closest friends, has been the heart of their memorial. Without Christi Moore, Stephanie Overfield, Matt Harper, Jason Malone, Justin Mohler, Michael Phelps, John Millice, Chris and Denelle Instine and Ryan and Brandi Moore, the Poker Run and Golf Outing would not be possible. Because of their dedication and love for Christy and Ranae, the scholarship has surpassed our goals and is now reaching students all over the county. “A faithful friend is a strong defense and he that hath found such one hath found a treasure.” Ecclesiastes 6:14.

Tony and Mindy Groves and the staff at the Woodstock Inn and Kyle Long and the staff at Woodland Golf Club are also commended for their hard work in ensuring the success of both of this year’s fundraising events.

Finally, all who attended and participated in the aforementioned events and the faithful sponsors are deserving of recognition. If it were not for you, our extended families, great friends and loyal community, the scholarship would not have reached its present capacity. Your participation is making a huge difference in our hearts and the lives of Champaign County High School students.

“May the Lord reward your kindness.” Ruth 1:8


The family of Christy M. Knotts: Jerry Knotts, Cindy Knotts, Jenny Knotts & Jared Knotts.

The family of L. Ranae Donohoe: Jim & Marian Donohoe; Rex & Jami Donohoe, Daulton, Luke & Trace; Michael & Tonya (Donohoe) McGuire, Oliver, Avery & Essie.

  • Written by The family of Christy M. Knotts & The family of L. Ranae Donohoe

Beware the wrath of the Gators

The train is coming and Lane Kiffin better get off the tracks.



Examining Sports

Kiffin, the brash rookie football coach at the University of Tennessee, faces a buzz saw Saturday when his team visits defending national champion Florida.

  • Written by MATT HAMMOND

End of game dramatically changes perception of Navy win


Examining Sports

COLUMBUS — The final six minutes and 30 seconds made a huge impact on the perception of the way Ohio State played in its season opener against Navy on Saturday.

Leading 29-14 with 6:30 remaining in the game, the Buckeyes went for it on fourth-and-two at the Navy 15-yard line. If the Buckeyes would have picked up the first down, they certainly would have come away with at least a field goal. In the very least, Ohio State would have a 33-14 lead with around four minutes to play.
  • Written by MATT HAMMOND

Another mess for Rich Rod

Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez is having such a tough time that even Ohio State people are feeling sorry for him.


New looks add excitement to start of prep football season

The start of the local prep football season always brings a sense of anticipation and excitement for players, coaches, parents and fans.

I also look forward to the start of each fall campaign as there is always a long list of storylines to watch. Here are some of those to look out for this fall.

New coaches: Two of our local prep football programs have new head coaches this fall.

  • Written by MATT HAMMOND