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 -- Autumn Douglas is following her grandfather’s footsteps into the art of wood carving. The 11-year-old Clinton Middle School student will be the first junior featured carver at this year’s Rock River Valley Wood Carvers show and sale, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Rock County Fairgrounds, 1301 Craig Ave. in Janesville.
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.
BELOIT-- For the past 49 years, the Beloit farmers market has provided locals with fresh food, homemade jewelry, live music and much more.
Located in downtown Beloit, the market features more than 90 vendors and attracts more than 5,000 visitors per week, according to Shauna El-Amin, executive director of the Downtown Beloit Association.
BELOIT -- Police broke up a marijuana growing operation in Beloit overnight Wednesday, and discovered a case of officer impersonation in the process, according to a post on the department's Facebook page. (Read)
It's a little more than two months until the 2014 general election, and Paul Ryan and Rob Zerban are ramping up their campaigns.
The winner of the Nov. 4 general election will be Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District congressman for the following two years.
STATELINE NEWS -- The Talcott Free Library in Rockton will kick off its 125th anniversary celebration with an open house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.
A visit to the historic library is a great way to take a look into the past and see how the library has changed with the times.
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.
Another wild and exciting high school football season kicks off Thursday, Aug. 21, but Stateline area teams open their seasons Friday, Aug. 22.
Here is a rundown of the games and some tidbits to look for:
Baraboo at Milton
Former Janesville Craig coach Bill O’Leary now patrols the sidelines at his alma mater, Milton, as the Red Hawks try to improve on their 3-6 overall and 3-3 Badger North records. Milton last played Baraboo in the 2012 season opener, a 48-0 Red Hawks’ win, and tries to avoid repeating last year’s 0-4 start.
Janesville Parker at Middleton
Eric Skrzypchak’s Vikings travel to Breitenbach Stadium for this Big Eight confrontation, the site of Parker’s last win in a series that the Cardinals have owned. However, it’s been awhile because Middleton has won the last seven meetings. Parker’s last victory was a 19-0 decision to finish off a 9-0 regular season in 2006
Beloit Memorial at Janesville Craig
New coach Rodney Wedig takes his first Purple Knights squad to Monterey Stadium, where the Cougars hope to get off on the right foot in an attempt to get back to the WIAA postseason for the first time since 2008. Craig hasn’t won a playoff game since 1999, which is the last time Memorial even reached the postseason.
Orfordville Parkview at Columbus
The Vikings fell, 38-6, in this matchup in last year’s season opener as the Cardinals went on to end a seven-year playoff drought. Parkview went winless last year (0-9) and is trying to break an 11-game losing skid.
New Glarus/Monticello at Edgerton
The Tide will keep riding the back of star runner Ricky Williams as it chases a fourth consecutive postseason appearance after winning the Rock Valley North title for the first time and earning its first playoff triumph since 1990.
Cambridge at Beloit Turner
The Blue Jays grabbed a postseason spot for the second time in three years, which included a 41-6 verdict over the Trojans. Turner finished 2-7 and claimed its only Rock Valley South victory over winless Parkview as the Trojans missed the playoffs for a 21st straight fall.
West Allis Hale at Badger
The Badgers lost a lot of talent from their eighth consecutive playoff squad, but they should be in the hunt for their third piece of the Southern Lakes pie in four years. This is the sixth straight year the teams have played, with Badger winning three of the first five meetings in this nonconference series.
Shoreland Lutheran at Clinton
The Cougars claimed their first playoff berth since 2000 and won their first postseason contest in school history, starting their big year with a 54-13 decision over the Pacers.
Catholic Central at Whitewater
The Hilltoppers reached the playoffs for a 14th straight time since joining the WIAA, while the Whippets will try to regroup after starting the year 3-0 but missing the postseason for a fourth time in a row in the rugged RVC North.
Palmyra-Eagle at Martin Luther
The Panthers finished 3-6 overall and it will be tough to get past last year’s three RVC South playoff teams -- Clinton, Big Foot and Brodhead-Juda -- to end their three-year postseason drought.
Kenosha Christian Life at Williams Bay
The Bulldogs have not earned a playoff berth since 2004 and will find the sledding tough again in the Trailways Small. Williams Bay finished 4-5 overall and will take another outcome like last year’s 41-0 win over KCL.
Westosha Central at Big Foot
Greg Enz is no stranger to postseason football, having led Little Chute to seven playoff trips in 12 seasons. So he knows what big expectations remain after taking the reins from Wedig, who led the Chiefs to the postseason all 11 years at the helm. Big Foot is again favored in the RVC South and has won 50 straight games against Rock Valley opponents.
River Valley at Brodhead/Juda
The Cardinals have qualified for the playoffs for 22 consecutive years, advancing to at least the third round eight times. Brodhead/Juda won last year’s meeting on the road after losing three straight season openers to the Blackhawks.
Evansville/Albany at Union Grove
The Blue Devils -- either as Evansville or as a co-op -- have appeared in the playoffs 15 of the last 18 seasons. E/A hopes to improve on its 5-5 mark that included a 30-21 home win against the Broncos.
Delavan-Darien at East Troy
A basketball game can’t break out for a second straight year, or can it? DDHS downed the Trojans, 70-52, last year behind quarterback Jesse Collins. He is back, but East Troy doesn’t have standout signal caller Brandon Matz.
Elkhorn at Cudahy
The Elks snapped a four-year playoff drought last year, which included a 38-0 thrashing of the Packers.
Scott Olson, a photojournalist from Rockton, just south of the Illinois-Wisconsin state line, was detained Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 by police while covering the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.