Top of the Morning, June 3, 2014
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will answered our call for C-U Little League memories.
"My team was the Mittendorf Funeral Home Panthers. Our color was, of course, black," he said. "One of my teammates was Jeff Markland, who became mayor of Urbana."
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Will, who grew up in Champaign and attended high school in Urbana, was a regular at Eisner Park.
"My memories are few and vague, but I do recall being such a feeble force on the baseball field that at every at bat I hoped to walk," he said. "That said, however, I recall that someone a few years ago sent me a box score from one of my games and it said I hit a double. And box scores never lie."
Last weekend's Homer Soda Fest went over so well, organizer Kate Boyer said more's in store in '14.
Homer Soda Fest: Decatur, featuring about 100 varieties of soft drinks, will take place Sept. 13.
"The way I see it is you open the summer in Homer and close the summer in Decatur," Boyer said.
Boyer said last weekend's crowds numbered between 6,000 and 10,000, double from 2013.
"A lot of it was word of mouth from last year," she said. "And gorgeous weather helped a lot, too."
Senior United States District Judge Michael McCuskey was pictured in Saturday's N-G leaving his office in Urbana's Federal Courthouse for the final time. McCuskey, who resigned but did not retire, is scheduled to join Jim Turpin at 10 a.m. today on WDWS 1400-AM. Join what should be candid conversation — from state law to the surging White Sox — by calling 217-356-9397.
At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Turpin has Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb on the air.