JCSD is on a wild goose chase

first_imgNorth Vernon, IN—The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department is asking citizens to be on the lookout for a gaggle of Geese on State Road 3 South in the area of County Road 300 South. They have received several 911 phone calls in regards to the issue and we have tried several different options to move them along with no success.According to officers, the geese are currently molting and are unable to fly. Please use caution in the area. They report having caused at least one traffic accident. Indiana Conservation Officers have also assisted with no success.last_img read more

And the (Sports) Oscar goes to…

first_imgSo Sunday was the Oscars. I’m not much of a movie buff myself — I finished dead last in the Herald’s Oscar pool, correctly guessing only two of six winners — but it was on in the office so I watched it. It was actually quite educational for me, too. I learned from City Editor Courtney Johnson that it is absolutely unacceptable to wear a leopard print dress to an awards show, “Little Miss Sunshine” is not, in fact, a Beach Boys song, and I have absolutely nothing in common with the people who pick these movies except for the fact we are both breathing.Me, I could care less about the stinkin’ Oscars. The fact that neither “Ricky Bobby” nor “Beerfest” received so much as a nomination is proof the whole thing is a sham. How whoever wrote “Beerfest” didn’t win one for that scene where Landfill comes back to life is beyond me. When you think back years from now on the movies of 2006, what will you remember that year for — the patriotic epic which gave us the “They’re not that drunk” chant and a glorified, super-secret beer drinking contest dominated by the good ‘ole United States (no real surprise there, what don’t we dominate the rest of the world in?) or some movie by a foreign dude named Alejandro Gonzalez? Not to mention “Borat.” You’re telling me there were five other movies, let alone five other documentaries, better than “Borat?” I’m not buying it for one second. I never saw “Volver” or “The Queen,” and I don’t feel like I’ve really missed all that much. What’s that? I’m not cultured? So be it. Who cares about sound mixing or art direction anyway?So, without further ado, I present to you the 2007 Sports Oscars. No montages (basically because we couldn’t secure funding) and guaranteed no political statements. Winners need not thank the Academy or be present to win. Best Supporting ActorWinner: Cincinnati District AttorneyAlso Considered: Tim Tebow, Devin Hester, Yadier MolinaThere were plenty of instances during this past season where the Bengals could have swerved off course. With nine arrests on the season, the Cincy DA could have easily locked up a terrible season for the Bungles. Instead, he took one for the team and looked the other way, allowing the players to avoid missing any games per the law. The team repaid him by picking up fewer wins (eight) than arrests. That’s unselfishness. I mean, it’s not like the crimes were anything major, like drunken driving or carrying unregistered handguns in a nightclub. Oh, they were? Never mind, then. Is Mr. Tebow here? Best ScreenplayWinner: George MasonAlso Considered: Michigan-Ohio State (1 vs. 2 game), New Orleans Saints, Boise State The NCAA tournament is known for its Cinderella stories. So what made George Mason’s improbable tournament run the Best Screenplay of 2006? This Cinderella didn’t stop dancing in the Sweet-16, the tournament’s midnight. After making it past a first-round game against Michigan State without suspended guard Tony Skinn, the Patriots continued right on winning, defeating four of the previous seven national champions in Michigan State, North Carolina, Wichita State and Connecticut on their way to the Final Four. In doing so, their tournament games became must-watch events and left people saying “screw you” to their brackets and rooting for Cinderella to keep bustin’ some moves. Best DirectorWinner: Jim LarranagaAlso Considered: Tony Dungy, Avery JohnsonCoaches, whether it’s fair or not, are evaluated by how their teams do in postseason play. Knowing this, one could understand if a coach excused some questionable behavior in the interest of helping his team’s chances of postseason success. Larranaga took the high road, though, personally suspending Skinn for one game after Skinn took a cheap shot below the belt to a Hofstra player in the CAA conference tournament. The Patriots overcame the suspension and made their magical run, and in doing so, Larranaga proved winning can be done the right way.Worst ActorWinner (or Loser, if you want): Rex GrossmanAlso Considered: noneAlright, I won’t even try to pretend this isn’t just a gratuitous anti-Bears shot. Let’s just move on…Lifetime AchievementWinner: Bobby KnightDick Vitale won’t stop blabbing about how Indiana should rename Assembly Hall in honor of Knight. Maybe this will appease him. In all seriousness though, Knight deserves this (as if this award means anything to anyone). He passed Dean Smith for the most wins all-time in college basketball and has been probably the most influential coach of the last 30 years — Knight’s motion offense served as a template for Bo Ryan’s swing — despite all the controversy that seems to follow him. Best DuoWinner: Rick Majerus and foodAlso Considered: Shaq and Dwyane Wade, Tim Hardaway and John AmaechiChemistry is important in any working relationship, and the best duos get along off the playing field as well. Controversy struck the early favorites — Hardaway and Amaechi — when Hardaway said he hated Amaechi like he hated broccoli or a chef at a restaurant. That swung momentum toward an outraged Majerus and distressed food. Really, it is only (tightly) fitting that Majerus and food win this award, as the hefty color commentator often makes longing references to food during his telecasts and the two are quite literally joined at the hip.Best ActorWinner: LaDainian TomlinsonAlso Considered: Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, Dwyane Wade, Steve NashShaun Alexander set the bar for touchdowns in a single season two years ago. LDT saw the bar, looked at Alexander and said, “You call that a record?” Tomlinson broke the record in week 14 and spent the final three games of the season adding to it. When it came time for the league MVP to be announced, there was really no suspense. Tomlinson won with 88 percent of the vote. Besides that, Tomlinson also earned the 2006 Walter Payton Man of the Year award for his contributions to his community off the field.And finally…Best PictureWinner: UCLA vs. Gonzaga (Sweet 16)Also Considered: Heat vs. Mavericks (NBA Finals game 3), Connecticut vs. George Mason (Elite 8), Oklahoma vs. Boise State (Fiesta Bowl) and Cardinals vs. Mets (NLCS game 7)Sure it might not have been a championship game, but “The Morrison Game” was still an absolute classic. Behind the nation’s leading scorer, Adam Morrison, Gonzaga built a big lead in the first half and led by double digits for most of the game. UCLA mounted a comeback late and took the lead on a steal and layup inside of 10 seconds left. The lasting image of this game is of Morrison sprawled out at mid-court sobbing in defeat. Big bonus points to this game for Gus Johnson’s announcing.Ben is a sophomore majoring in political science. Feel like he made an egregious omission? Agree that “Borat” got screwed? 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Wellington adds another victory to its season – now 4-0

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There will come a point in this season when Wellington won’t be so dominating, won’t have to contemplate when or if to rest the starters in the second half, or won’t go home feeling invincible. That is likely to happen next week against you-know-who.But for the time being, let’s just relish the moment.  Wellington destroyed Clearwater 47-7 to improve to 4-0 at Sellers Park.In the past three weeks, the first team defense has not allowed a touchdown (except very late when no one was paying attention). And the offense has been dominating – scoring on its opening drive every game.In the first four games, Wellington has outscored its opponent 115-7 in the first half.Winning is fun, indeed.The Crusaders opened this game much like they left off against Circle. The Crusaders would lead 19-0 at the end of the first quarter scoring on all three possessions. It was 40-0 at the half scoring on all six of its possessions.Wellington receiver Colin Reichenberger scored four touchdowns.“These guys have been working hard ever since they were freshmen,” said Tyler Ryan, Wellington head football coach. “Now the dividends are paying off.”For the fourth consecutive week, Wellington scored on its opening drive. Trevor Nance directed Wellington on an eight-play drive that ended with a 14-yard rollout touchdown.Wellington then scored less than two minutes later after Reichenberger intercepted the ball on the next possession and Nance ran it in two plays later.Then another ineffective Indian drive resulted in a punt and Wellington was backed up at the 18.Connor Phelps then found himself open deep and Nance threw an arrow into his numbers for an 82-yard score. It turned out to be the third longest pass in Wellington history.In the second quarter, Wellington’s stout defense stopped Clearwater and the offense rolled downfield with a drive capped by Reichenberger’s second touchdown of the night on a 10-yard slant. Then on fourth down, Wellington scored again on a Reichenberger one-hand grabber to make it 33-0 with 6:22 in the second.Adam Condit made his debut as running back and soon got his first offensive going in on a 1-yard carry.With the lead 40-0, the second half was a formality. Crusaders scored on Reichenberger’s 5-yard touchdown reception – his fourth reception of the night. He tied the single game touchdown mark held by Larry LeMaster in 1976.Wellington hosts some team from up north next Friday on homecoming weekend Phelps182Rushing110 Nance to Phelps 82 pass (Reichenberger kick) Nance1 Rushing (yards)165182 Penalties1-53-25 Clearwater000747 Beard23100Wright18140 Passing19382 Condit 1 run (Reichenberger kick) Second quarter Nance to Reichenberger 7 pass (Reichenberger kick) Third quarter Gilkey3 Hines2 Wellington 47  Clearwater 7 First downs113 Pfalzgraf3 Rushing: Norris5 Nance to Reichenberger 5 pass (Reichenberger kick) Total10193Wright13 Reichenberger132Thomas429 Hyde1 Total3816532182 Reichenberger9111Rausch217 1234Total Nance to Reichenberger 14 pass (PAT no good) Clearwater Phelps4 Ast4 Team stats:WelligntonClearwater Scoring Wiens435center_img Condit412Bates14 Tackles (Wellington) Witham1 Bruns3 Reichenberger4 Condit5 Whetstone217 Phelps2-7 Struble4 Total offense358264 First quarter Hines411Ellis416 Total1082 Wellington1921707 Passing:att/comp.YardsTDs Ferguson1 Bodkins4 Nance to Reichenberger 10 pass (Reichenberger kick) Receiving Nance 1 run (PAT no good) Brand6 Burnett5 Troutman6 WellingtoncatchesyardsClearwatercatchesyards Hall10-27820 Nance10-171935 Nance417Hail5-7 WellingtonattemptsyardsClearwaterattemptsyards Wellington Fumbles/Int.12 Follow us on Twitter. 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Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Football Mom #6 · 306 weeks ago Shout out to Coach Ryan for acknowledging some of the players “behind the scenes” and that Colin Reichenberger is a class act…never once accepted full responsibility for an amazing performance, even though he’s breaking records and taking names almost every game. So proud to be a Crusader Football mom!!! Great game boys!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 306 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Football Mom #6 · 306 weeks ago And I forgot to thank Tracy McCue as well for posting up the defensive stats!!! Report Reply 1 reply · active 306 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 306 weeks ago You have to give credit to Ken Adams, who was hired on as the Sumner Newscow statistician this week. He did a great job. If I was doing stats, it would be all bad. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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