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The chirp of a smoke alarm

When Nov. 7 rolls around, firemen will remind us once again to change the batteries in our smoke alarms. I am an older widow and my alarm started chirping ... I phoned our local fire department and left a message asking if a volunteer could come and change the battery in my alarm for a fee.

They did not reply. I would like to suggest that a volunteer take a few hours each month to change batteries for older people. I know they would gladly pay a fee for this service. I climbed on a ladder to change mine and could not get the cover off. It chirped every 15 seconds for four weeks before I had someone change it for me. Do you know what it is like hearing the chirping constantly?

Mary Ellen Chaney


Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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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.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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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.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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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.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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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.


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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.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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NFL turmoil returns

The National Football League has had plenty of stories and turmoil during the offseason. In predictable fashion, plenty of new stories have surfaced in time for preseason. Here are a few of my favorite:

Crabtree confused

The latest news in the NFL came Thursday with the stunt Michael Crabtree is pulling. The first-round pick and rookie wide receiver out of Texas Tech is threatening to sit out a year and re-enter the NFL draft if he doesn’t get the money he feels he deserves.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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It’s hard to argue with the pick of OSU as Big Ten favorite

As this week’s Big Ten meetings in Chicago have reinforced, the expectations are again high for Ohio State’s football team this fall.

Despite losing star tailback Chris Wells, top receivers Brian Robiskie and Brian Hartline and three of its defensive leaders in linebackers Marcus Freeman and James Laurinaitis and cornerback Malcolm Jenkins, the Buckeyes were picked Monday by a panel of medial members who cover the conference to win the Big Ten.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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