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The Century Mark

first_imgHogpen Gap is a proving ground for any cyclist in the Southeast. Aaron West/Steepclimbs.comWHAT IS IT ABOUT TRIPLE DIGITS THAT HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN THE MIND OF THE ENDURANCE ATHLETE?Joining the century club is especially challenging in the Blue Ridge, where those 100 miles usually include thousands of feet of climbing. It takes a special kind of mental fortitude to line up at the start knowing you have all that riding, all that pain, ahead of you. I guess that’s why they give you the t-shirt at the finish line.Luckily for the masochist, the Blue Ridge is the perfect place for the 100-mile race. The elevation gains will bust your lungs, the descents will raise the hair on the back of your neck, and the scenery will bring tears to your eyes. Or maybe that’s your quad muscles in utter revolt of you spending a perfectly good Saturday in this manner.Either way, we have compiled a guide to the toughest century rides in the Blue Ridge, so pick your poison of hellacious hills.BLOOD, SWEAT & GEARS, Boone, NCElevation Gain: 9,000 ftToughest Climb: Snake MountainShorter Options: Half CenturyLance Armstrong famously called the Boone area of North Carolina “the best area for training in the whole of the United States,” so it is fitting that one of the Southeast’s toughest century rides would be located here. Ride director Scott Nelson says in the early days of the race, they were just concerned with covering the costs of the race, now they sell out their 750 spots in a matter of hours and raise thousands of dollars for the Watauga Red Cross and other organizations. Nelson says 70 percent of riders each year have ridden the event previously, which lends an even more communal atmosphere to the event, especially for those using the race as a personal triumph.“They’ve decided they were going to re-define themselves by doing something that pushes them. For whatever reason, a lot of people are choosing our ride to do that.”They may be choosing Blood, Sweat, and Gears (BSG) because of its reputation for endless climbs and the beauty of the region it traverses. Riders only have four miles to warm up before the course takes a sharp turn upwards, gaining 1,000 feet over the next five miles.“Unlike a lot of other rides, you start out climbing just a few miles in,” says century rider Aaron West. Then you go through Blowing Rock, the heart of the city, which is pretty quaint.”But the true test of the BSG comes at the 60-mile mark and the climb up Snake Mountain. A six-mile gradual climb turns into a grueling quad-buster during the last mile, reaching grades of 20 percent.“It gets steeper and steeper, then you get to what they call ‘The Wall,’” said West. “A lot of people walk it; they call that getting ‘snake-bit.’”It’s not all downhill from there, but the hardest part is over. Even though this race is held in the heat of late June, over 200 volunteers turn out to make sure riders have what they need. This dedication is what makes the ride special in the eyes of Nelson, and keeps riders coming back year after year.“Once you ride BSG, you’re part of the family,” he said.SIX GAP CENTURY, Dahlonega, GAElevation Gain: 11,230 ftToughest Climb: Hogpen GapShorter Options: 3 Gap Fifty or 35-mile Valley RideFor the past 24 years, the Six Gap Century has been near the top of any list touting the toughest century rides in the Southeast, and for good reason. The course mirrors many of the same climbs as the Tour de Georgia, one of the main warm-ups for the pros riding in the Tour de France. American cycling great Levi Leipheimer proclaimed the  Tour de Georgia’s “climbing in the mountains is the best of any North American race.”Over its 100 miles, riders climb over six mountain gaps and gain over 11,000 feet of elevation along the way, including the signature climb over Hogpen Gap at nearly 3,500 feet above sea level.“That’s about seven miles with an average of 10% grade with some steeper pitches,” said West. “People say that’s one of the toughest individual climbs in the Southeast.”West says one of the major appeals of the Six Gap Century is barreling down the backside of each mountain.“The descending is the reward for the climbing, kind of like a roller coaster.”Because the ride takes place in late September, the weather often makes it more tolerable. Be sure to check out the annual Bike Expo that takes place in downtown Dahlonega the day before the race.3 STATE 3 MOUNTAIN, Chattanooga, TNElevation Gain: 5,900 ftToughest Climb: Burkhalter GapShorter Options: Metric Century (2 State, 1 Mountain) or Quarter Century (1 State, 0 Mountain)During the first weekend in May for the past 25 years, cyclists have been riding one of the most lung-busting century routes in the Southeast. Like its name suggests, the 3 State 3 Mountain route winds its way through Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia and over Suck Creek, Sand, and Lookout Mountains from its starting point in Chattanooga. The ride has had to deal with its fair share of adversity over the past few years. In 2011, tornados knocked off the last section of the Lookout Mountain climb, and controversy over rider and motorist behavior threatened the ride’s signature climb up Burkhalter Gap in 2010. With the strife behind them, however, over 2,000 riders participated in 2012.Each of its three distinct climbs get progressively more difficult as the ride wears on. The first major climb up Suck Creek Mountain is long and gentle, averaging a 5 percent grade over seven miles. Sand Mountain is significantly more steep, but is also shorter, averaging 7 percent grade over only 2.5 miles. The crown jewel of Burkhalter Gap averages a 10 percent grade over its 2.3 miles, with sections as steep as 20 percent near the top. These mountain roads also provide some of the best scenery in the tri-state area.ASSAULT ON MOUNT MITCHELL, Spartanburg, SCElevation Gain: 10,357 ftToughest Climb: Mount MitchellShorter Options: Assault on Marion (74.2 miles)The Assault on Mount Mitchell is one of the oldest centuries in the Blue Ridge, beginning in 1975, and for this reason is well known throughout the Southeast and the country.“As far as challenges in the Southeast, it’s kind of the benchmark,” said West. “Even if you can argue which ones are harder, it’s always near the top of the list, if not at the top.”The Assault is well known because of its history, but also because of its difficulty. This ride not only features a 25-mile climb to the top of Mount Mitchell, it features a 75-mile, relatively flat ride from Spartanburg to the mountain’s base. This route and climbing profile means riders have to use a little more strategy than on a normal mountain century, according to Jennifer Billstrom, who rode the Assault in 2007.“It’s flat and fast and really fun until you get to Marion, then you’re climbing to the sky,” she said. “It wears you down quite a bit. There is such a temptation to ride it as fast as you can. It would be really easy to burn yourself out before you even start the most challenging part. You really have to pace yourself.”Mount Mitchell marks the highest point east of the Mississippi, so a summit finish is all that much more spectacular.“When I tell people about my rides, that’s the one that impresses them the most,” says West.Century MapMOUNTAINS OF MISERY, Blacksburg, VAElevation Gain: 10,000 ftToughest Climb: Mountain LakeShorter Options: Wilderness Road Ride (various distances)Mountains of Misery celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2012, attracting over 500 riders to its hilly route outside Blacksburg, Va. Over 10,000 feet of climbing await those willing to take on the challenge, which passes through some of the South’s most picturesque countryside.“The entire route is absolutely beautiful; it’s very scenic from beginning to end,” said Billstrom. “It really is like riding through a postcard.”For every beauty, there is a beast. Ride director Anne Jones says she has a unique way of warning riders who sign up for the event.“I tell everyone that signs up, ‘I’m sorry, it’s not fun,’” she said. “There is no way you can ride that far and have that much climbing and not hurt.”The beginning section of the course is marked by short steep ascents and descents. The climbing starts in earnest at the 60-mile mark. This is just a precursor for the ride’s signature element: the climb up to the finish at Mountain Lake. The Category-1 climb comes in the final 5 miles and averages almost 12 percent grade, with sections of 16 percent. This uphill finish is what “makes everyone cry” according to Jones. As a testament to its difficulty, race organizers have put an aid station half way up the climb, less than two miles from the finish.The race also has great support from the surrounding community, with loads of spectators lining the climbs, bearing signs and chalking the asphalt for their favorite riders.MOUNTAIN MAMA, Monterey, VAElevation Gain: 10,000 ftToughest Climb: Allegheny MountainShorter Options: Blue Grass Valley (27 miles), Two State Short (53 miles), Two State Long (67 miles)The Mountain Mama climbs and descends nine mountains between Virginia and West Virginia, making this one of the most rugged centuries in the Allegheny Highlands. The climbing starts right off the bat: less than 500 yards into the route, riders encounter their first significant uphill, a wake-up call at 1.5 miles at 7% grade. The Mountain Mama course is punctuated by steep and sometimes long climbs, but it’s not all an uphill battle. High speed, twisting descents and stretches along valley floors gives this ride the variety to keep riders guessing.The Allegheny Highlands is known for its rugged terrain and elevation drops, and the Mountain Mama takes advantage. Although the route passes in the shadow of Spruce Knob, West Virginia’s highest point, this course does not lack in ascents. Over the last 20 miles, there are three major mountain climbs, including Allegheny Mountain. This is where the top tier riders separate themselves from the pack. The final five miles of the ride include a 2.5 mile climb into a thrilling 2.5 mile downhill into the finish from the top of Monterey Mountain. This final section also holds some of the best views on course; the Mountain Mama certainly saves the best for last.Shenandoah Mountain 100NORBA Pro Drew Edsall is enjoying his first ride in the laid back Shenandoah Mountain 100.SHENANDOAH MOUNTAIN 100, Stokesville, VAElevation Gain: 13,000 ftToughest Climb: Death ClimbShorter Options: Take the tour over 3 or 4 days.One of the most prominent dirt centuries in the Blue Ridge is the Shenandoah 100. The race now hosts 650 riders and is part of the National Ultra Endurance Series. “It’s kind of become an annual East coast who’s who of long distance mountain biking,” says race director Chris Scott.Beginning from the Stokesville Campground, the course winds its way mostly through George Washington National Forest. Consisting of mostly singletrack riding, with the occasional doubletrack or fire road, the course gains over 12,000 feet of elevation. Scott says the singletrack climb of Lynn Trail comes early in the race and can be a deal breaker if a rider has to walk the entire thing. Later in the race comes the Death Climb, a long slog up a fire road that can bonk any rider. One of the highlights of the race is a seven mile downhill from the high point of the race off of Little Bald Knob. The views off Chestnut Ridge also gives racers a unique feeling of remoteness, as only mountains are visible for miles. Scott says he and his crew are hoping to add more and better singletrack to the beginning of the 2012 version. Ultimately, though, it’s the festival atmosphere that drives people to show up year after year.  •Best of the Rest, More Great CenturiesIssaqueena’s Last RideIssaqueena’s Last Ride in South Carolina is said to trace the final escape of Creek Indian maiden Issaqueena as she fled a Cherokee war party. You could feel like you’ll never escape during this ride’s middle third. The route’s gentle terrain gives way to a steep, sustained climb up the Blue Ridge Escarpment and Whitewater Falls, where legend has Issaqueena ducking behind the falls to escape her pursuers’ clutches. This climb stretches over 10 miles and reaches grades of 14%. Issaqueena’s Last Ride also forms half of the Blue Ridge Double with the Tour de Cashiers.Hot Doggett Century The Hot Doggett Century ride gets its name from its signature climb over Doggett Gap, which comes relatively early in the race at mile 32. Don’t be fooled into thinking the hard part is over, however, as you still have over half of the over 9,600 feet of climbing to go before finishing in Mars Hill, NC. Add in the possibility of blistering July heat and screaming descents and this is one doozy of a ride.Blue Ridge Breakaway Breaking away from the pack is easy…at the beginning. This ride starts off easy with virtually flat first 50 miles, but the second half of the ride is dominated by two major peaks and 32 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The views are spectacular, if you can still see straight once you get up there. Adding to riders’ misery is the always fickle BRP weather. During their first ride, cyclists even had to be evacuated due to a sudden storm.Bridge to BridgeThe Bridge to Bridge begins in Lenoir, NC and makes its way casually around the county before getting serious in a hurry. After 50 miles of rolling hills, the course takes a sharp turn upward with a sustained 11 miles of climbing. The final leg of the race is its most painful, however, as riders follow the Blue Ridge Parkway across the beautiful Linville Viaduct before the steep slog to the top of Grandfather Mountain. The finish and a surprising amount of spectator support await those who complete this “hill of a ride.”Tour de CashiersThis mountain century begins and ends in Cashiers, NC and makes great use of the scenic Nanatahala and Pisgah national forests along its route. High elevation lakes and picturesque gorges make this one of the most beautiful rides in the Blue Ridge. Don’t be fooled, though, as the route includes the Walnut Creek climb: nearly 2,000 feet of elevation gain over 6 miles, half of which comes in the final 2 miles.last_img read more

Uniondale Home Invasion Suspect Posed as Cablevision Worker, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 74-year-old woman was knocked to the ground by a man posing as a Cablevision worker during a Uniondale home invasion on Tuesday morning, Nassau County police said.The victim heard a noise inside her Hempstead Boulevard house when she saw a man inside her screened-in porch who then pushed open the door and ransacked her desk at 8:24 a.m., police said.The assailant stole a black purse that contained a cell phone, credit cards and cash before he fled on foot in an unknown direction, police said.“All authorized Cablevision/Optimum technicians wear uniforms, carry identification, and travel in marked vehicles at all times,” Sarah Chaikin, a spokeswoman for Cablevision Systems Corp., said in a statement. “We are cooperating fully with the police in their investigation of this incident.”The victim called 911 from a neighbor’s home and was not injured.First Squad detectives request that anyone with information regarding this crime to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

CDC rejects report of mutant H1N1 strain in Brazil

first_imgJun 17, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other experts have rejected a report that a new strain of the novel H1N1 influenza virus has been identified in a Brazilian patient.Scientists at Adolfo Lutz Bacteriological Institute in Sao Paolo said they found the new strain in a local patient who has recovered, according to a Medical News Today (MNT) report, which was based on information from the institute and Agence France-Presse.The story said the scientists found “a number of discrete alterations in nucleotide and amino acid sequences” in the isolate’s hemagglutinin (HA) gene. They also analyzed the matrix-protein (MP) gene and found no changes.But CDC spokesman Joe Quimby in Atlanta discounted the report that the isolate is a new strain. “Our scientists have no knowledge of a new strain of novel A H1N1 influenza,” he said.”It’s the same strain, it’s not a new strain,” Quimby added.The Brazilian researchers labeled the isolate A/Sao/Paolo/1454/H1N1. They deposited the nucleotide sequences for the HA and MP genes in GenBank under accession numbers GQ247724 and GQ250156, the MNT report said.Vincent Racaniello, PhD, a Columbia University virologist who writes Virology Blog, also dismissed the claim of a new strain.”Comparison of the amino acid sequence of the HA protein of A/Sao Paulo/1454/H1N1 with those of other isolates of the current pandemic strain reveals no alterations in the HA protein which would allow the virus to infect new hosts,” Racaniello wrote in his blog. “The HA protein of this virus and many other 2009 H1N1 isolates are identical. The few amino acid differences with other 2009 H1N1 isolates are in areas that would not be expected to influence antigenicity or host range.”The MNT report said the virus came from a 26-year-old Sao Paolo man who fell ill shortly after returning from a trip to Mexico. He was hospitalized on Apr 24 and later recovered.last_img read more

With Signing of HB 400, Governor Wolf Makes Work Experience for High School Students with Disabilities a Priority

first_img May 17, 2016 With Signing of HB 400, Governor Wolf Makes Work Experience for High School Students with Disabilities a Priority Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today signed into law House Bill 400, known as the Work Experience for High School Students with Disabilities Act, which will help students with disabilities gain competitive employment.Through the Act, the Department of Labor & Industry’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) is tasked with facilitating job and career development between schools and employers in an effort to help students with disabilities get jobs that pay.“Research indicates that students with disabilities who have real-world work experience prior to high school graduation enjoy greater long-term career success,” said Governor Wolf. “This law will increase the number of students with disabilities served and lead to the hiring of workers who are traditionally among the best a company employs.”“This law arrives at a critical time for the state’s workforce development system,” said Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino. “Our implementation of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act requires that at least 15 percent of federal funding be allocated to pre-employment transition services for youth and the Work Experience for High School Students with Disabilities Act will aid significantly in meeting that requirement.”The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, with 15 district offices across the state, partners with local agencies, educators, and employers to establish work experiences that meet the needs of both student and business.The Act further allows that efforts must provide relevant and useful information when developing education plans for students, and that programs arrange for and monitor internships and job-training opportunities, provide full or part-time work and professional guidance to eligible students, as well as counseling for enrollment in educational programs.The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation received an additional 5 million dollars in the state’s 2015-16 budget for a total of $45.47 million in state funds. This allows for a maximum additional draw down of $18.5 million in federal funding.In 2015, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation helped more than 8,800 individuals with disabilities obtain, maintain and retain competitive employment.“Access equals success,” said David DeNotaris, executive director of OVR. “When we can empower students with disabilities to maximize their educational experience, they get meaningful education and training that will lead to a real job with real pay!”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Dutch pensions sector responds positively to cuts postponement

first_imgThe Pensions Federation described the minister’s decision as “sensible”.The trade unions supported the move, with CNV noting that “an important barrier on the way to a new pensions system had been removed”.The union’s approval was shared by employers. “It is right that the minister takes measures to prevent unnecessary cuts in order to maintain people’s confidence in a new pensions system,” commented employer organisation VNO-NCW.Supervisor DNB fears redistribution of pension assetsHowever, watchdog DNB was less pleased, but indicated it accepted the minister’s decision.“It will lead to a non-meant redistribution of pension assets across participants,” a spokesperson explained.He pointed out that it would complicate the transition to a new pensions system, “as the new arrangements would be burdened by losses from the past”.Nevertheless, unions and pension funds have stated that they were still worried about the fact that the coverage ratio of some pension funds was still short of the new funding floor, and noted that things could worsen again. The Dutch pensions sector has responded predominantly positively to the decision by social affairs’ minister Wouter Koolmees to temporarily lower the minimum required funding from 100% to 90%.However, Dutch central bank De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has shown dissatisfaction by the measure, which reduced the need for most underfunded schemes to cut pension rights and benefits for 2020.Both large civil service scheme ABP and healthcare pension fund PFZW said the possibility of rights discounts “had been reduced significantly”.The large metal sector schemes PMT and PME, which were most at risk from pensions reductions, said they were “relieved and happy”. “I wonder whether this system, with more frequent reductions and increases, will ever be introduced if we apparently can’t get used to rights cuts”Rob Bauer, professor of institutional investors at Maastricht UniversityFurthermore, the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) recently predicted that large Dutch pension funds would have to implement cuts for three consecutive years as of 2021. Many pension funds will face a significant increase in contributions, or reduction of annual pensions accrual, in 2021.Martin van Rooijen, senator for the party for the elderly 50Plus, believes the respite was no more than “stay of execution”. On Tuesday, he tabled a motion urging for a two-year postponement of cuts, as the unions had demanded initially.Liane de Haan, chair of ANBO, the lobbying organisation for the elderly, also called for an additional extension if the new pensions system wasn’t reviewed in time.Tuur Elzinga, union FNV’s lead negotiator for the pensions agreement, stated he was also upbeat about prospects of preventing cuts in 2021.However, he did not elaborate on how this would be achieved, and merely referred to the “agreed target” in the accord, concluded between the minister and the social partners in June.“New pensions contract will see more frequent cuts and increases”Marike Knoef, professor of empiric micro-economics at Leiden University, echoed DNB’s warning that a delay of rights cuts would negatively affect the starting position of a new pensions system.She noted that, under the envisaged new pensions contract, pensions would more often be increased and reduced because of the absence of financial buffers, adding that participants would have to get used to more frequent cuts.Rob Bauer, professor of institutional investors at Maastricht University said that he was not sure whether the country was ready for the new pensions system.“This is the umpteenth time that the rules for rights cuts have been relaxed under political pressure, and this worries me.“I wonder whether this system, with more frequent reductions and increases, will ever be introduced if we apparently can’t get used to rights cuts,” he argued.last_img read more

They went ‘window shopping’ and bought a Queenslander

first_imgOther features include a selection of outdoor entertaining areas and a netted cricket pitch built by Gabba Sports. Mr Wilson said he’ll miss the home’s privacy, being close to the ferry and walking to watch Test cricket at the Gabba.“I’m particularly going to miss the incredible location, as a Churchie family it’s been fabulous as our two boys have been able to simply roll down the hill to school every morning,” he said. “We totally rejigged it, changed the whole interior and completely rebuilt the lower floor,” Mr Wilson said. “My wife and I had a great time researching and working out what to do. She fell in love with the Calacatta Oro marble and it’s a feature throughout the home.“Being nearly 100 years old, it still had the kitchen meals area out the back at the southern end so we obviously flipped that part. “Now there’s a stunning open-plan living area and kitchen upstairs that faces north, and from the veranda we overlook the pool and Brisbane’s CBD which is stunning at night, there’s also river glimpses.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45This stately 1920s home seduced Bruce Wilson and his wife with its old-world charm during their search for inspiration on how to revamp their existing Queenslander a few streets away.“We’d been driving around Brisbane to get ideas on how to renovate our other home when we came across this magnificent property, literally in our own backyard,” Mr Wilson said.Growing up in a similar house and with a passion for renovating, he quickly secured the 1477sq m inner-city estate. They hadn’t planned to buy a house, just renovate the one they had, but this Queenslander turned on the charmInstead of rushing into renovating, the couple and their two sons lived in the house for three years to get a feel for exactly what needed done; it was bought in 2005 and renovations were completed by 2011. Upstairs the master bedroom boasts a large ensuite and a double walk-in robe, at this level there’s also a formal dining and lounge area with a fireplace and large north-facing windows.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago“We get views over Balmoral and Norman Park, and as you can imagine during Riverfire we get spectacular views of the fireworks,” he said.Downstairs there are three bedrooms, a study, two bathrooms, a laundry and a grand living room that opens into a large porch area. With NSW ironbark timber flooring throughout, no expense has been spared in modernising this character home, yet the facade remains true to its era. last_img read more

Traffic stop in Franklin County leads to arrest of Kentucky woman

first_imgFRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — A Kentucky woman has been arrested in Franklin County on multiple drug-related and other charges after a traffic stop.According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Alisha D. Hunter, 32, was arrested on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of a Syringe, Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence of a Controled Substance, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Prior Conviction.Police say they conducted a traffic stop on a car on State Road 121 Wednesday afternoon.During a search of the vehicle, officers discovered marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and a syringe.While being booked at the Franklin County Security Center, officers found Hunter to be operating a vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance.last_img read more

Trojans Fall Short Against Red Devils At Tennis Regional Finals

first_imgThe East Central Trojans were defeated by the host Red Devils at The Tennis Regional Finals at Richmond 5-0.Congratulations to The Trojans on an outstanding season!last_img

Warnock enjoying Palace return

first_imgCrystal Palace boss Neil Warnock admitted he only briefly wondered if he had made the right decision to return to football after seeing the Eagles snatch a dramatic draw at Newcastle. Substitute Wilfried Zaha denied the Magpies a first Barclays Premier League victory with a 95th-minute equaliser to clinch a 3-3 result at St James’ Park. Warnock, who had seen his side twice take the lead only to find themselves 3-2 down with just seconds of normal time remaining, was delighted with how his first game back panned out. Press Association Asked if he had at any point regretted his decision to accept the job, he said: “I did half an hour before the game, that’s about all really – and at 5am this morning when I actually woke up. “At my age, you have to do things at 5am in the morning, don’t you? But that’s about all. “The one thing about football that I have really loved over the years, I have loved it when I have got a group of players that want to come to training, that want to play, that want to tackle, want to put their heads in. “We are going to have poor games at times, but I love that type. The camaraderie with this lot – Tony (Pulis) did a fantastic job last year and there’s not one bad apple in the squad. It’s great to have the chance to manage a group like this. “What I am determined to do is enjoy it. For however long it lasts, I am going to enjoy every moment. “My wife is very supportive. I have turned down a few clubs over the last 12 months, but it just seems right, this one. Even if I’m seventh choice, it doesn’t bother me.” Newcastle looked to have snatched victory when central defender Mike Williamson put them ahead for the first time in the game with his first goal for five years, which came with a minute of normal time remaining. But Zaha, who only completed his loan move from Manchester United back to his former club on Friday, rescued a point five minutes into seven of stoppage time at the end of the game. Dwight Gayle had given the visitors a first-minute lead which was cancelled out by Daryl Janmaat, and Magpies substitute Rolando Aarons’ first senior goal for the club drew his side level for a second time after Jason Puncheon had struck three minutes into the second half. For Warnock, it was a happy afternoon on Tyneside, where he arrived on his last visit to discover that Palace had been docked 10 points for going into administration. He said: “It’s not a lucky airport for me, really. Last night as we landed, I found out that one of my dogs had to be put down, so it’s been difficult “Two days in the job as well – last time, it was 10 points – but I love coming here. It’s a proper football stadium, isn’t it? Proper fans. “I like ruffling a few. I thought me and Alan (Pardew) were exemplary today.” Pardew was understandably disappointed at his side’s start to both halves, and their capitulation when they thought they had won, but also peeved by referee Mike Jones’ decision to play seven minutes of added time. He said: “When a team comes here and wastes time from the moment the game kicks off on goal kicks…time and time again they took ages on everything, and then they are 3-2 down and he gives them seven minutes. “I don’t know, it just didn’t sit right with me. I suppose he could just go, ‘Oh, the letter of the law’ and all that, but I don’t know. Just in the spirit of the game I thought that was wrong. “But anyway, I’m not going to bleat on about that too much. We should have won and we didn’t.” last_img read more

Tigers captain Mortaza looks forward to working with hero Walsh

first_imgBANGLADESH limited-overs captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza has expressed delight at the prospect of working with West Indies bowling legend Courtney Walsh.Walsh is expected to officially join the unit on Tuesday as a Specialist Bowling Coach, having recently signed a three-year contract.Mortaza, who admits to being a boyhood fan of the fast bowler, expects the West Indian’s presence to be a major boon for the Asian team.“Obviously it’s great to have a high-profile player like him. Not only the pacers, I think he will help all the players in the dressing room. I hope our bowling department will benefit hugely, especially in Test cricket.“I am expecting a lot from him and I hope all the players will think the same,” Mortaza said.“I was always a huge fan of Walsh. I watched him bowl since my childhood,” he added.Walsh occupied the post of West Indies selector for the last two years and was recently manager of the Under-15 select team on tour of the UK.The team had three wins, 2 losses. Prior to that Walsh served as manager for the Under-19 team to the 2012 World Cup and has toured with the men’s senior team as an assigned selector. (Sportsmax)last_img read more