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Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

Fired up about football

WHITEWATER -- As any NCAA Division III team can tell you, it’s bad enough playing against the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks, currently ranked first in the division, on their home field, but nothing punctuates that feeling better than the booming cannon fire that erupts right after they’ve scored on you.

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Mike Lesko, affectionately known as "The Cannon Man," has been making that victory blast possible for the past 20 years. Lesko, at the command of his 2 1/2-inch-bore confederate mountain rifle replica, has fired a powerful 6-ounce gunpowder shot to celebrate every single Warhawks touchdown during a regular season home game over his long tenure as the team’s artilleryman. The university’s football tradition is so entrenched that it predates much of the current athletic department’s staff.

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

Racehorse embarks on new career

CLINTON -- The racehorse known as He’s So Hot was on track for a stunning career until an injury put a sudden stop to his racing days.

The Standardbred gelding was born in Illinois to a proud lineage, the offspring of prized horses Sportsmaster and She’s Redhot.

He’s So Hot was purchased in 2009 and trained for harness racing by the DeLong family of Clinton and had all the makings of a future champion.

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At the height of his performance in 2010, the then 2-year-old racehorse had earned $70,500 at the Mini Me Final at Balmoral Park in Crete, Illinois; $22,500 at the Governor’s Cup at Du Quoin, Illinois; $60,350 at the Cardinal Final at Maywood Park in Melrose Park, Illinois, and finished second in the $127,000 American-National Final at Balmoral Park.

STATELINE NEWS -- For the Stateline Spinners, the bicycle map and route information they used for their regular excursions often was lacking, so they did something about it. Now, other cyclists in the Stateline can enjoy the benefits.

STATELINE NEWS -- The man known as John Clinton Doe had a real name -- but no one knows what it is. That’s the question that keeps Rock County Deputy Coroner analyst Jack Friess up at night.

In 1995, a hunter discovered a body near Turtle Creek in the town of Bradford. Because of the proximity to Clinton, the Rock County coroner’s office dubbed the unidentified man as John Clinton Doe, or JCD for short. According to forensic evidence, the body likely went undiscovered for about a year and largely was decomposed at the time of its discovery.

Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

Neighbors gather to stand up to violence

STATELINE NEWS -- There was a large turnout on Wednesday afternoon at the Beloit Strong: Strengthening Our Community free concert and community event in Summit Park, the scene of several shootings this summer.

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The event was geared at helping strengthen community ties in the face of a recent outbreak of violence. It featured a free concert by Eddie James, food and drinks, activities for kids and opportunities to meet local law enforcement and a host of engaging speakers who addressed issues facing the community.

STATELINE NEWS--U.S. Army Lt. David Johnson was killed in action on Jan. 25, 2012, while fighting in Afghanistan. The soldier’s body was flown home to parents Andrew and Laura Johnson, and though their grief was tremendous, they weren’t left alone in their mourning.

STATELINE NEWS -- At the 93rd annual Winnebago County Fair, kicking off this Tuesday, you’re bound to see a wide range of attractions, from a ventriloquist show to a demolition derby and everything in between.

If you happen to find yourself strolling through some of the 4-H animal barns though, you will undoubtedly run across the handiwork of the prolific Baird sisters of Durand Township. This is due mostly to the sheer amount of animals they show at the fair, which this year will be 20 rabbits, six sheep, two cats, two turkeys, two ducks and a hamster.

ELKHORN -- Local residents will have the chance to enjoy an evening with Craig Culver, founder of the Culver’s restaurant chain, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in the community room at Matheson Memorial Library in Elkhorn.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Voters had another chance to listen to candidates for the 15th Senate seat when they squared off July 23 at the Rock County Fairgrounds in a debate hosted by Tim Bremel on his WCLO Radio show, "Your Talk Show."

STATELINE NEWS -- A shooting in Summit Park on the evening of June 27 is the most recent incident in a rash of shootings in Beloit that has community members concerned.

Gretchen Thurman has lived in the neighborhood surrounding Summit Park for 10 years. In that time, she says it seems to her like there’s been an increase in violence. A passer-by wouldn’t know it traveling by the park on most days.

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