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High school football venue to be renamed for longtime coach

High school football venue to be renamed for longtime coach

By HOI ABC NORMAL – Normal Community High School is honoring a longtime coach by naming the football field after him. The Unit 5 School Board Wednesday night approved renaming the venue Dick Tharp Field, paying tribute to the Ironmen’s head coach from 1968 to 1988. Tharp’s 158 wins is the most in school history. During…MORE

Cardinals to honor Lou Brock and Bob Gibson during ‘Hall of Fame Weekend’ in August

Cardinals to honor Lou Brock and Bob Gibson during ‘Hall of Fame Weekend’ in August

By St. Louis Cardinals Communications ST LOUIS – The St. Louis Cardinals announced Wednesday that the lives of the late Hall of Famers Lou Brock and Bob Gibson will be celebrated during the team’s Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones from August 20-22. “One of the challenges during the last several months was determining a way to properly…MORE

Cardinals return from All-Star Break to host the Giants

Cardinals return from All-Star Break to host the Giants

By St. Louis Cardinals Communications ST LOUIS – The Cardinals return from the All-Star Break with a seven-game homestand featuring a three-game weekend series vs. the San Francisco Giants (July 16-18) followed by four games with the rival Chicago Cubs (July 19-22).  Fans can view a full list of homestand highlights at cardinals.com/homestand. Friday, July 16 —…MORE

Cardinals to honor Hall of Famer Ted Simmons later this month

Cardinals to honor Hall of Famer Ted Simmons later this month

By St. Louis Cardinals Communications ST LOUIS – The St. Louis Cardinals organization announced Thursday that it will pay tribute to National Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Ted Simmons on Saturday, July 31, before the team’s 6:15 PM game versus the Minnesota Twins. The tribute will be highlighted by the unveiling and dedication of a Ted Simmons statue…MORE

Normal West grad drafted by Colorado Rockies

Normal West grad drafted by Colorado Rockies

By Neil Doyle NORMAL – A local baseball product is headed to the majors. Normal West graduate McCade Brown was selected 79th overall by the Colorado Rockies in the 3rd round of the MLB Draft. A 6-foot-6 right handed pitcher, Brown plays his college ball at Indiana University. He does have one more year of eligibility…MORE

Cardinals select right-handed pitcher Michael McGreevy with 1st round pick

Cardinals select right-handed pitcher Michael McGreevy with 1st round pick

  By St. Louis Cardinals Communications ST LOUIS – The St. Louis Cardinals selected right handed pitcher Michael McGreevy out of the University of California Santa Barbara with their first round selection (18th player overall) in the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft. McGreevy, a San Clemente, Calif. native pitched three seasons at UC Santa Barbara, going 16-3,…MORE

Cardinals return home for a seven-game homestand

Cardinals return home for a seven-game homestand

By St. Louis Cardinals Communications ST LOUIS – The Cardinals return to Busch Stadium for a seven-game homestand featuring a four-game weekend series vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates (June 24-27) followed by three games with the Arizona Diamondbacks (June 28-30). Fans can view a full list of homestand highlights at cardinals.com/homestand. Thursday, June 24 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh…MORE

Busch Stadium to host first ever movie night at the ballpark

Busch Stadium to host first ever movie night at the ballpark

By St. Louis Cardinals Communications ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Cardinals will open Busch Stadium for its first-ever Movie Night at the Ballpark on Friday, July 9.  The classic baseball movie, The Rookie, will be shown on the scoreboard beginning at 7:00 PM.  Gates will open at 6:00 PM. Standard and VIP Tickets for Movie Night at…MORE

Blogs

Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…