Henderson plays down title talk

first_imgThere is an air of confidence around Liverpool right now, but Jordan Henderson insists they are not getting carried away. A tilt at the Premier League title had never been part of Brendan Rodgers’ plan this season, but their recent form has given them a real chance of a first championship since 1990. Saturday’s 3-0 victory at Southampton – the only side to have won at Anfield this season – extended their winning streak to four matches, seeing them climb above Manchester City and Arsenal into second. Just four points separate them from leaders Chelsea and Liverpool’s travelling fans chanted ‘we’re going to win the league’ at St Mary’s – talk that midfielder Henderson attempted to move away from. “We have just got to keep our feet on the ground,” the England international said. “We are very confident but at the same time there is a long way to go so we have just got to take each game as it comes. “We’ve got some quality players here and are working very well, so we will take each game as it comes and see where we finish.” Victory at Southampton was the ideal start to a run of three successive away matches, with Luis Suarez marking his 100th league appearance for the Reds by opening the scoring at St Mary’s. The hosts responded impressively but Liverpool held firm, adding extra gloss to the scoreline as substitute Raheem Sterling and captain Steven Gerrard netted in a dominant second-half display. “I think the win was really important with the break coming up,” Henderson told the club’s official website, www.liverpoolfc.com. “Coming here we knew it would be a very difficult game for us and it was a really important game for us to stay up there at the top so we’re over the moon with the three points and the performance. “We knew we’d come under pressure at some point because they’re a good team with good players and we knew at some point we would have to deal with some pressure. “But I thought we handled them quite well. They had a few chances and Simon [Mignolet] made a great save, but I think in the second half we dealt with it better and created some good chances.” Liverpool have now scored three or more on 16 occasions this season, with their tally of 73 goals from 28 matches making them the Premier League’s top scorers. It is at the back where the problems lie, though, with only four teams having kept fewer clean sheets heading into Saturday’s match, making the shut-out at St Mary’s particularly poignant. “It was really important for us to get a clean sheet,” Henderson added. “I think we’ve been disappointed with some of the goals we’ve conceded over the last few weeks and have worked on it in training – and I think you could see that. “The defenders were outstanding, Simon was very outstanding and as a team defensively we were very good.” Press Associationlast_img read more

The Salvation Army is filling a hearty need for children this summer

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — A large number of school kids regularly rely on free lunch, but some of them may face hunger this summer. Local groups like The Salvation Army are filling in providing summer lunch programs.The school year has finally rolled over into the summer season. A day camp can give Northeast Michigan parents a much needed break. “Whatever we can do to help, we’re here for that,” said Salvation Army captain Amy Cedervall.More than 43 percent of students qualify for free lunch, but they’re out of school now and may not have access to quality meals. “Kids focus better when they’re fed,” said Cedervall.Four out 10 families live below the federal poverty level. “Parents are used to sending their kids to school to eat breakfast and lunch and only having to feed them one meal,” said the captain.The salvation army is one of many groups setting up to feed hungry children at no cost to struggling families.“I can’t imagine being a child and feeling hunger and not knowing how to fix it,” said Cedervall. “That’s something they shouldn’t have to worry about.”Here’s a list of free summer food programs throughout Alpena:The Friendship Room at St. Bernard’s Church,  322 W. Chisholm Street – call 989-354-8018Boys and Girls Club of Alpena, 601 River Street – call 989-356-0214Feeding Kids Ministy at Ella White School, 201 N. Ripley – call 989-354-7522Salvation Army Church, 722 N. 2nd Ave. – call 989-354-5147 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Police locate Gaylord hit and run suspectNext Alpena County Undersheriff resigns; Sheriff cites ‘general lack of trust’last_img read more

Suspect in Lu Verne bank murder is former felon

first_imgLU VERNE — More is being learned about the man being held for Wednesday’s murder of a bank employee in the Kossuth County town of Lu Verne. 35-year-old Valentino Williams of Coralville was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in Wednesday’s killing of 43-year-old Jessica Weisharr, of Algona. Williams is accused of shooting Weisharr multiple times outside of the Security State Bank. Weisharr died at the scene.Prosecutors say Williams was on parole, drove across the state in a rental car, and fatally shot Weisharr during the bank robbery. Investigators say in court documents that surveillance video showed a man wearing a dark coat with a hoodie over his head emerge from a black SUV carrying a backpack and a large handgun. He’s shown firing the gun several times before fleeing the scene.Witnesses reported the fleeing vehicle to law enforcement, and officers conducted a traffic stop of a Mazda CX-5 matching the description about an hour after the shooting on Interstate 35. Williams was identified as the driver and detained.An Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman says Williams was sentenced to prison in 2010 for a robbery conviction in Johnson County. In 2017, he was granted work release to a Coralville halfway house and was granted parole the following year. He has been under supervision since then and his parole was set to continue until 2023.Investigators said they recovered a dark coat that had been abandoned on a rural road near Lu Verne that contained a laminated card for a Mazda CX-5 with the VIN number that matched the car Williams was driving. A rental car company confirmed that Williams rented the vehicle in Iowa City on Monday, and that it was due back on Thursday.last_img read more