John Gray, 67, Cincinnati

first_imgJohn C. Gray, 67, of Cincinnati, passed away at 6:15am, Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Mercy Anderson Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born near Olean on September 17, 1950 the son of Gilbert and Evelyn Lane Gray. Survivors include one son Glen Edward Gray of Versailles; Three brothers Glen Gray of Milan, Robert (Linda) Gray of Versailles, and Ronald (Linda) Gray of Farmers Retreat; three sisters Wanda Gray of Versailles, Janice (Wayne) Linkmeyer of Cross Plains, and Hope Gray of Olean. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Gary Gray and Gene Gray. Mr. Gray was a 1968 graduate of South Ripley High School and studied diesel mechanics at the Southeastern Career Center. He was a former resident of Olean and Vevay and was a former bus driver for the Switzerland County Schools. He had also worked with his brother Gary in the excavation business. John was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 25th at 11am at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Bear Creek Baptist Church or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Wisconsin cruises to 3rd-straight win

first_imgKelsey Fenton / The Badger HeraldThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team wrapped up its three-match spring schedule at home with a 3-1 win over UW-Milwaukee (25-16, 23-25, 25-23, 25-17) Tuesday night.Wisconsin has dropped just two sets in three wins against Loyola, UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee during its exhibition spring season.Head coach Kelly Sheffield stressed that in the few months he has coached the team, he has seen small improvements throughout the spring that helped contribute to the night’s victory.“We did a better job of getting our middles and our right side more involved in the attack tonight,” Sheffield said. “That was a goal going in. I thought our serving put some pressure on them. [UWM is] a different team than what we’ll typically see in the Big Ten. Their offense is really quick and they put some different stresses on your middles than what [we’ve] seen. I thought we got a little stronger as the match went on.”After the Badger offense cruised to a .423 hitting percentage while committing just two errors in the first set, Wisconsin lost its sense of rhythm in the second set. Down 8-11, the Badgers already had five errors in the set. After Wisconsin made four consecutive kills mid-set, the team earned its first lead of the set to go up 16-14. However, UWM won the last four points of the set to tie the match at one.Sophomore setter Courtney Thomas, who amassed a spring-high 46 assists, said that if the passing is not rhythmic, it is difficult for the hitters to time the ball properly. However, she said the passing improved significantly after the second set and has become more consistent since the start of spring practice.“I thought our passing was a lot better tonight than it was on Saturday,” Thomas said. “I felt rhythm; I felt like our hitters were doing well tonight.”Wisconsin was again faced with a challenging set in the third, when both teams were separated by no fewer than three points. However, the Badgers were able to inch out a 25-23 win in the third, producing just three errors and avoiding a second-straight close loss.Sheffield said the Badgers need to do a better job of keeping their composure when they make mistakes and not letting one error turn into multiple.“When we play good volleyball, we’ve got to do it for longer periods of time than what we’re doing,” Sheffield said. “We’ll get better at that once we come to get used to each other.”Wisconsin began the fourth set in a 2-7 hole while hitting a .071 attack percentage. But the Badgers bounced back to end the set and the match on a 10-2 run after being tied at 15.Three Badgers accumulated double-digit kills throughout the evening, including junior outside hitter Julie Mikaelsen, who led all players with 15 kills. The Norwegian also contributed 13 digs to earn the double-double.Last season, Mikaelsen transitioned to a more defensive role on the team by digging more balls. She said she has gotten more comfortable working in the back row.While she was on offense during the match, Mikaelsen also said she concentrated on the spots on the court she knew she could hit.“Focusing on doing the right techniques,” Mikaelsen said. “Focusing on doing the hitting I know I can do. Annemarie was helping me a lot by calling the shots that I had open; it helped me a lot.”Mikaelsen admitted that a weakness the team has been working on is consistency. Wisconsin’s hitting percentage dropped .207 from the first to the second set.However, Mikaelsen said Sheffield has made it a priority to improve Wisconsin’s mental toughness to stay consistent.“We go up and then we go down,” Mikaelsen said. “We need to be more stable. We’re working really hard on becoming that team that’s really stable and bringing it every single practice.”Sheffield’s main focus of the spring season is not necessarily the results of the matches. He wants to see small improvements from his players in practices and match situations.“We’re just trying to get a little bit better,” Sheffield said. “There’s not a lot of changing [of positions or formations]. We’re just trying to do what we do in our system and just be a little bit more consistent and a little bit better.”last_img read more

Sunday blog: talking Kennedy assassination, 8 things about me, etc.

first_img4. Christmas shopping…Sumner County merchants there are still spots available for the “30 days of Christmas” feature. Last week, I was out selling this promotion and stopped in at Wellington’s Hometown Rental. The business is selling these bluetooth Sound pOp speakers that are the size of a baseball. I can’t tell you how cool those things are.There are a lot of cool Christmas things you can buy here in Wellington. The key to this “30 days of Christmas” series which will start next Sunday, is it won’t be just about merchants advertising their wares, but educating the people what is available here in Wellington. There is a story to tell.Before walking the streets, I was surprised at all the things I can buy here. It is as if there is a disconnect between merchants and the people living here.Hopefully, the “30 days of Christmas” series starting next week can bridge that gap. 2. 8 things about myself… Being someone who frequents Facebook on occasion, there are always these silly little things to keep you interested. A couple weeks ago if you didn’t answer a riddle correctly you had to put a picture of a giraffe on your profile picture. Marijuana, anyone?This week some Facebook users are being given a number. Say you get an “8”, then you have to write eight things people might not know about you on your status update. That was my number. But instead of wasting such introspection on Facebook, I’d rather bring it over here on the superior website Sumner Newscow.1. I graduated with 16 classmates in an Eastern Colorado school. Therefore I can say I finished in the top 10 of my class.2. I find immaculately clean homes to be suffocating.3. Being the cynical journalist that I am, I decided to become an atheist a few years back. I became so lonely, depressed and in a constant state of panic that I brought God back into my life two days later. I’ve felt fine ever since.4. As I get older I seem to get closer to God, but further away from organized religion.5. I never felt worthy as a person until I married my wife, and then started having children.6. I started this website because after leaving the Wellington Daily News, I was staring at retirement at 47 and not really having served any purpose in life other than picking up a paycheck. I wanted to somehow make a difference.7. I finished reading Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Jesus” and find Jesus to be the most courageous man that ever stepped on this earth. Even if you don’t believe in his salvation (and I do), you have to recognize his earthly accomplishments.8. I used to view sports strictly in terms of wins and losses. Now I’m more intrigued with how the games are played. 3. Playoff system…Conway Springs lost to Scott City 21-7 in the third round of the playoffs. You have got to love the Cardinals for what they accomplish year in and year out. They make it look so easy.This was one heck of a week for Kansas high school football. Friday night you had arguably the two best Class 5A teams squaring off: Bishop Carroll vs. Salina South and the two best Class 4A teams battling: Andale vs. Holton.I’m not sure Conway Springs vs. Scott City featured the best teams in Class 3A. That probably is reserved for Beloit and Rossville. But it did feature the two state champions of the past two years.Which makes me wonder. Why are these match ups being featured in the state quarterfinals? Shouldn’t these match ups be played in the finals when the two best teams finally meet?The Kansas State High School Activities Association should have a seeded tournament much like the NCAA basketball tournament. That way you have the potential of the two best football teams avoiding one another until the finals. Of course, that doesn’t mean they will. There is always a playoff upset. But it makes for a more climatic tournament. Andale is out of the playoffs in round #3 because it played Holton. The Indians probably deserve better. 5. Shout out of the week…This week’s shout out goes to Arianna Faith Ybarra, the daughter of Tyler Ybarra and Katie Sisson, who is fighting her way to good health after being born last week with a blood circulation disorder (see story here).There will be a benefit dinner in her honor next Saturday. The details are here:center_img Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Nov. 17, 2013…1. The Kennedy assassination…This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination. This isn’t a good week for me. I have a lot of other things to do. The last thing I need is to feed my obsession with the Kennedy family and the assassination that is already slightly borderline unhealthy.A few weeks back I came to an epiphany. After decades of being a Kennedy conspiracy nut, I have concluded Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin. I hate that because deep down I don’t want to think that low life little whiney punk was the reason for one of the most tragic and life-changing events in our history. But there are two things that makes me think a conspiracy wasn’t likely.1) People love to talk. If there was such a grand conspiracy someone was bound to say something that would eventually lead to damning evidence that such a conspiracy did take place.2) Oswald himself. His actions after the shooting was bizarre. The guy shoots the president, then goes and shoots a police officer and then runs into a movie theater without paying. Is the guy a nut? Oh, yeah he is. Illogical behavior is usually the result of desperation.Plus, the whole event seems like a steady stream of buffoonery by government authorities from the Secret Service to the Dallas Police. One thing I’ve learned from reporting, is just because someone occupies a position of high importance, it doesn’t mean he/she is smart.Why did the Dallas police parade Oswald around the police station so any Tom, Dick and Harry could come out of nowhere and shoot Oswald. How do you allow someone like Jack Ruby in the building?And really. Why would the President’s men think parading Kennedy and his wife in an open convertible through Dallas – a hot-bed for right-wing Kennedy hating – was such a good idea in the first place? As JFK told his wife that morning. “We are heading into nut country,” after seeing a full page ad in a Dallas newspaper asking for the President to apologize for various things.Nevertheless, I’m still willing to change my mind at any point about the assassination if I hear another good conspiracy story come along. It wouldn’t be any fun otherwise. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Sally · 351 weeks ago I remember where I was when President Kennedy was announce dead on TV. Porters Marker where H&R Block and Jim’s Valentine Barber is. TV mounted back by the meat counter. Report Reply 0 replies · active 351 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down MJB · 351 weeks ago JFK: The Smoking Gun, made me see the assassination in a whole other light. Report Reply 0 replies · active 351 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Local · 351 weeks ago Thanks for sharing 8 things about yourself! Report Reply 0 replies · active 351 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down little bits · 351 weeks ago Hey Cue, I’ve been waiting to read information about he meeting at the Memorial Auditorium on 11/13/13 about the Lincoln Street project. Any information you could pass on is appreciated! Report Reply 0 replies · active 351 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Shop Local · 351 weeks ago Hey Cue, great point on buying local. So many of us are wired to believe that we have to drive to Wichita for everything, that we don’t even take the time to realize what’s available here in town. Many would be surprised by how much of the holiday shopping they might be able to get done in a single afternoon, WITHOUT leaving the City Limits. No, you can’t find everything, but you’ll find much more than you imagine. Small Business Saturday is November 30th. I encourage everyone to take a few minutes and support your local businesses. Everyone benefits when those dollars are spent in Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 351 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down WHS Fan · 351 weeks ago I have seen your house I understand #2. Not that mine is much different. #5 I thought your wife had the kids. #8 completely agree. Wins are important but not the only thing. Especially when they are kids. Although I don’t want to sound like Jerry Jones. Overall nicely written Report Reply 0 replies · active 351 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 351 weeks ago “frequents Facebook on occasion” Nice. Report Reply 1 reply · active 351 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down WHS Fan · 351 weeks ago Yeah I thought that too Ted Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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Around our schools

first_imgWHITTIER – The La Serna High School theater department will perform “Les Miserables” throughout the month at the Whittier Community Centre Theater, 7630 Washington Ave.Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. March 10, 11, 15, 16 and 17, with a matinee show March 12.Tickets can be purchased in advance through the La Serna High School cashier, (562)698-8121, Ext. 6016. Tickets will also be available at the theater on the date of each performance.For more information, call (562) 698-8121, Ext. 6000.Cerritos College to honor womenNORWALK – Cerritos College will celebrate its 20th annual Women’s History Month with a conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 17 at the student center on campus, 11110 Alondra Blvd.The conference is called “Reflections: Textured Images, Textured Lives,” and is a tribute to the great achievements of women in history and the changing roles of women today. The guest speaker will be Tiffani Thiessen, who starred in the TV show “Beverly Hills 90210.” She has since launched Tit 4 Tat Productions, an independent film company.Conference keynote speaker Lydia Ruyle will discuss the goddess icons in many cultures worldwide as spirit banners of the divine feminine.Other special guests will include Dr. Scott Coltrane, author of “Family Man: Fatherhood, Housework, and Gender Equity,” and Dr. Mary Lynn-Brecht, researcher with the National Institute on Drug Abuse.Cost is $25 to community members, $15 to faculty or staff members and free to Cerritos College students. For more information, call (562) 860-2451.Cal Grant forms due by ThursdayRANCHO CORDOVA – The California Student Aid Commission urges college-bound seniors to apply for a Cal Grant before the deadline Thursday to earn up to $8,300 for college expenses.The Cal Grant program targets graduating high school seniors, students who graduated from high school last year and did not get a Cal Grant, and community college students who are transferring to a four-year college.Continuing college students who are currently Cal Grant recipients should also apply to renew their grant.Applying for a Cal Grant takes two free forms: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the Cal Grant Grade Point Average Verification Form. There is no fee for filing these forms.The FAFSA can be submitted online or mailed by the Thursday Cal Grant application deadline. However, students are encouraged to complete the form online to save time, prevent mistakes and streamline the application process.Help with filling out forms is available through free California Cash for College workshops.For more information, students and parents can visit, or call the Cal Grant information line at (888) 224-7268.Students can also visit their high school counseling or college financial aid offices for help and the appropriate forms. If you have an event or notice deserving attention, write us! Send your notice to Tracy Garcia, education reporter, at 7612 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602. You may call the office at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or send e-mail to [email protected] AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more