Notes from the newsroom:
— Online editor Mike Howie's long run at The News-Gazette ends Friday. That means Monday's "Where Am I?," Howie's weekly video quiz at news-gazette.com, was the final installment in a series we introduced in May 2015. The video that solicited the most guesses? A short clip from downtown Farmer City in late May.
Alexander Woods is a heckuva baseball player.
But the reason he'll draw cheers all around — and maybe tears from his mom — at Thursday's Tom Jones Challenge League All-Star Game has nothing to do with hitting, fielding or baserunning.
In Sunday's News-Gazette, Loren Tate writes of Lou Henson's return to coaching. The 84-year-old Hall of Famer in May was named special adviser to New Mexico State's program.
I asked his wife if this was the first step toward Lou becoming a head coach again.
"Over my dead body!" Mary Henson said.
I took that as a 'no.'
The Story Behind the Picture:
UI fans won't soon forget the image of John Groce and Josh Whitman hugging it out after learning of Jeremiah Tilmon's commitment.
Mark Pelafos can vouch for the 1966 Ford Mustang being raffled off at the Parkland College Gala on Aug. 20.
He drove it from Bloomington to Champaign in February, drawing envious looks while tooling along U.S. 150.
"It drives like a '66 Mustang should drive," Pelafos said. "As far as restoration goes, it was done very well."
Of course Tago's favorite TV show is "Cops." What'd you expect from Paxton Police's popular K9, "Must Love Cats?"
"I'll turn 'Cops' on during the day as background noise and Tago will jump up on my lap and stare at the TV," said his handler, Paxton K9 Officer Tom Sink. "Funniest thing I've ever seen. He just zones in and gets all excited.
There's a turtle swimming in the Salt Fork River today thanks to some fine folks in St. Joseph.
On her way to pick up a friend to play bridge last Friday, Donna Mohr came across the critter on West Woodland Drive. "He looked like he was on an adventure," she said. One, she thought, that would end as road kill.
As if all the money raised for Cunningham's Children Home at Monday's Kendal Gill golf outing in Savoy wasn't a good enough story ...
A member of the winning team, 33-year-old Wes Hanner got his picture taken with Gill Monday afternoon. It came about 25 years after the two first posed together at the same tournament (right).