Raiders Gang Up on T’Wolves

Raiders Gang Up on T’Wolves

Central A&M used a team effort to defeat Okaw Valley, 3-2, in the Effingham St. Anthony Sectional Semifinal battle on Wednesday afternoon …

Olivia Jordan tossed a one-hitter, & Rachel Friesner would punch the eventual game-winning single in the third inning …

Stephens kicks off annual walk to help wounded warriors

Stephens kicks off annual walk to help wounded warriors

DECATUR– Local pharmacist and Vietnam War veteran Ron Stephens began his annual trek across Illinois on Tuesday to raise money to support combat veterans who were injured in action.

 

Despite heavy rains and high winds on Tuesday morning, Stephens set out from Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy shortly after 10 am and headed north towards Colee’s Corner Drugs in Forsyth, located off Rt. 51 just north of the mall.

 

“As a former soldier, the one thing I can do is walk and it is an honor to carry the American flag and walk for our fallen service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country,” Stephens said.

 

Tuesday marked the 4th year that Stephens participated in raising money for the Wounded Warrior Foundation. In years past his walks have taken him to the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge that connects Illinois and St. Louis, and just last year Stephens walked from Decatur to the Abe Lincoln Memorial Cemetery near Elwood, Illinois.

 

“Erica and I heard about this at a conference when we heard a wounded veteran speak and we knew we wanted to be involved,” Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy owner Dale Colee said. “It just so happened that Ron is a Vietnam War veteran and was up for it and we have been going strong ever since.”

 

Colee said they expected to raise a couple thousand dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project, but in the three years leading up to this year they have raised over $100,000. Since the project began, several independent pharmacies have joined the mission and the Cardinal Health Foundation matches all of their proceeds. “We are expecting to raise between fifty and sixty thousand dollars this year with everybody on board, and that will be matched dollar for dollar,” Colee added.

 

This year Stephens said he doesn’t have a particular destination in mind, he is letting those who donate choose how many and in which direction he walks by writing a note along with their donations.

 

“We have been able to raise so much money for a great cause these last few years and the community of Decatur and Macon County has been responsible for that, this year we are letting them decide where I go,” Stephens said.

 

Monetary donations can be delivered to help Ron on his mission by going to Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy in South Shores, or Colee’s Corner Drugs in Forsyth off of Rt. 51 until July 4th.

Braves Survive Blustery Tornadoes

Braves Survive Blustery Tornadoes

Mt. Zion trailed until the bottom of the sixth inning to Apollo Conference foe, Taylorville, in the quarterfinals of the Mt. Zion Regional, on a Memorial Day Monday …

Mason Bruce pitched three innings of relief for the victory, after a pair of critical innings from Riley Reynolds, and timely bunting, baserunning, & button-pushing helped the Braves over the top …

City sets eyes on mid-summer completion date for water meter upgrade project

City sets eyes on mid-summer completion date for water meter upgrade project

DECATUR– The City of Decatur and Corix Utilities are targeting a mid-summer completion date for the citywide water meter replacement project.

 

Decatur Director of Water Management Keith Alexander says the project, which started in February 2014, is about 90% of the way to completion, “Things have gone smoothly thus far,” Alexander said. “We have replaced 31,000 outdated meters so far and we have just a little over 1,000 left to go.”

 

The project is the lynchpin of the city’s $17 million water infrastructure improvement project that was approved last year.

 

Alexander says they will start sending out monthly fines of $35 next month to customers who don’t schedule an appointment by May 18th, “The charge will be for the cost of having an employee go out to a home or business to physically check a meter.”

 

“All you need to do is schedule an appointment by the 18th, even if your actual appointment is set for after May 18th, you will be spared the fine,” Alexander said.

 

You can schedule an appointment by contacting Corix Utilities at 1-855-734-9618.

Happy Mother’s Day … from ESPNDecatur

Happy Mother’s Day … from ESPNDecatur

The voices & athletes of ESPNDecatur 1050 AM wish the happiest of Mother’s Day’s this weekend to all our mom’s, grandma’s, & unbelievable caretakers of Central Illinois …

Athletes joining ESPNDecatur’s Aric Lee and Matt Hall include Central A&M’s Taylor Jordan, Eisenhower’s Braxton Woodland, MacArthur’s Jasonna Pealer, Maroa-Forsyth’s Brenna Finck, Sangamon Valley’s Garrick Myers, & St. Teresa’s Jake Handley …

Former Bomber Kandie Bloch-Jones Earns Big Ten Honor

Former Bomber Kandie Bloch-Jones Earns Big Ten Honor

Bloch-Jones Named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week

High jumper wins first career Big Ten outdoor track & field honor

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Fighting Illini women’s track & field high jumper Kandie Bloch-Jones has been named the Field Athlete of the Week for Big Ten Women’s Outdoor Track & Field, it was announced today. She is the second Illini to be win the conference award during the 2015 outdoor season, joining Stephanie Richartz who was recognized on March 25.

Bloch-Jones won the women’s high jump competition at Purdue’s Ranking/Poehlein Invitational on Saturday, May 2 with a lifetime-best clearance of 1.84m (6’ 0.5”). That mark ties her for the third-best leap in the Big Ten this season and is tied for 11th in the NCAA. The clearance is also tied for second on Illinois’ all-time list.

In addition to last weekend, Bloch-Jones has won high jump titles at Vanderbilt’s Black & Gold Invitational (March 28), Arizona’s Jim Click Shootout (April 11) and the Illinois Twilight (April 18). She also recorded top-three finishes at Arizona State’s Baldy Castillo Invitational (March 21) and the EIU Big Blue Classic (April 4).

This marks the first time in her career that the Argenta-Oreana, Illinois native has been honored by the conference during the outdoor season.

Bloch-Jones and the rest of the Orange and Blue will have a weekend away from competition to prepare for the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships in East Lansing, Michigan on May 15-17.

Blickensderfer Retires After 21 Seasons

Blickensderfer Retires After 21 Seasons

Meridian boys basketball coach Jack Blickensderfer officially announced his retirement as Hawks coach on ‘The Aric Lee Show’ on Tuesday afternoon  …

Blickensderfer closed his 21st season as a head coach (Cerro Gordo, Sparta, & Meridian) and said he wanted to leave the program in good shape, as returners include a quartet of starters: Drake Baker, Judah Renfro, Quan Bradford, and Layne Kircher …

Head to the podcast section of ESPNDecatur.com to listen to the interview with coach Blickensderfer …

Hawks Perfection Gets Marooned

Hawks Perfection Gets Marooned

The 12-0 Meridian Hawks soared north to Clinton with continued perfection in their sights, but the Maroons, and junior pitcher Alexis Estes, had other thoughts …

Clinton (7-2) would answer Meridian’s 3-run third inning with four of its own, and move-on to win 6-3 in the Central Illinois Conference battle …

Bodacious Braves Fifth Surpasses Harper Bombs

Bodacious Braves Fifth Surpasses Harper Bombs

MacArthur’s Kiya Harper cranked a pair of 2-run homers and seemingly had the Generals in control against Mt. Zion, leading 6-2 through 4 innings …

That was until an 11-run fifth inning by the Braves eventually lifted the road team to the 17-7 non-conference victory …