first_imgBrookville, In. — The 2018 Franklin County 4-H Fair gets underway today. Through July 20 the fairgrounds will open at 8 a.m. daily.Today the midway opens at 6 p.m. and it is “armband” night. Demolition derby will begin at 7 p.m. in the grandstands.This year fair organizers plan a “Family Fun Night” on Wednesday. There will be an obstacle course, pie eating contest, celebrity sheep show and a tug-of-war competition.For more information about the fair click here.last_img


first_img Published on November 29, 2015 at 7:31 pm Scott Shafer fought back tears as silence permeated throughout the room. Missy Shafer voiced words of encouragement from the back, helping her husband through his choked-up final words at Syracuse. The often-stern 48-year-old was the most vulnerable he’d been in three seasons as head coach, if only for a minute and 40 seconds.And just like that, as Shafer descended the steps from the podium with haste, the public got its last look at a man who was fired five days prior.“He’s an emotional person, as you know,” Floyd Little said. “I like him as a person. He did the best he could for the most part.”For the most part, it wasn’t good enough. Seven combined wins in the last two seasons. A defense that surrendered 40-plus points in each of its five road games. Two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on him in two of the last three weeks. The recent demerits leading to Shafer’s demise will, from the outside, define a tenure that seemed to lose hope with each passing week.That’s the side of Shafer most have seen.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis firing before Saturday’s game against Boston College provided a glimpse into what many haven’t. Parents posted pictures of Shafer in their homes, arms extended around the shoulders of their children and a smile across his face. Players both past and current expressed their support, some saying Shafer was the one who gave them a chance in life.In some ways, Director of Athletics Mark Coyle’s decision took a backseat to the human aspect as the week progressed. Outside the results-driven business of coaching emerged a man with layers beyond a 14-23 overall record.“When we would go to his house in the offseason, he would treat us just like family,” sophomore wideout Steve Ishmael said. “He was never a greedy guy and always treated us great. I love him.”Just after 11 a.m. on Saturday, Shafer trotted onto the Carrier Dome turf for the last time before a game. He spoke with Boston College assistants, aggressively clapped when a manager caught a Riley Dixon punt and chatted with two fans for about a minute before fading into the tunnel.During Senior Day ceremonies, he posed for pictures with the families of 23 players and managers honored. He raised both fists just six seconds into his postgame press conference and the emotion began pouring out. His daughter, Elsa, pressed her head against Missy’s shoulder and his son, Wolfgang, got red in his eyes.“I want to thank the community and the communities both on campus and in Syracuse, especially in Fayetteville,” Shafer said, “and all the people that have been there for Missy and I and helping us raise our two kids for the past seven years.”There are 27 children of coaches on the Syracuse staff. Some, if not most or all, will have to relocate after their fathers were displaced from jobs. The fallout from firing a coach extends beyond the race to find a replacement. It trickles into families and that may be where the brunt of the move is felt most.When Shafer kept Eric Dungey in a blowout against Louisville and the freshman suffered another head injury, Shafer was rightfully lambasted for his reasoning. When he cost Syracuse 15 yards against No. 1 Clemson, he was exposed for not sticking to his mantra of “control the controllables.” When he drew another flag for unsportsmanlike conduct against North Carolina State, he didn’t even wait to be asked about the slip-up before explaining himself.The tension surrounding his job status built up and it was justified.But even if he’s a coach with flaws plastered on him throughout an eight-game losing streak, there’s a human side.Ishmael will remember Shafer most for his enthusiasm and positivity. Zaire Franklin for his fire and emotion. Little for his “hard-nosed” style and ability to inspire. Offensive coordinator Tim Lester for a level of care for players that can’t be found in most coaches.The final evaluations had little to do with football.And after a week, and season, littered with well-documented faults that led to Shafer’s downfall, that’s how he should go out.Matt Schneidman is an Asst. Sports Editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at mcschnei@syr.edu or @matt_schneidman. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgBayern Munich are lining up Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti as potential replacements should current manager Pep Guardiola leave the Bavarian club.Guardiola’s contract expires at the end of next season and the Express reports that he could be on his way to Arsenal. The ex-Barcelona manager, who won six trophies in the first year in charge of the Catalans, has been linked with Arsenal in recent times, with Arsene Wenger linked to Monaco should he choose to move on.APPOINTMENTAnd Bayern legend Lothar Matthaus has urged to the club to appoint either Mourinho or Ancelotti should Guardiola choose to head for the Premier League.He told Sport Bild: “Just like Jupp Heynckes and Louis van Gaal before him, Pep Guardiola is an alpha male as well.SUCCESS”They are all coaches who had been successful abroad. There is no coach like them available in the Bundesliga.last_img read more


first_imgUrris GAA NewsGOOD LUCK: Big weekend ahead for our Senior men & Ladies team , both are playing in Junior County finals. The club wishes good luck to both teams and hope to see plenty support at both games.JUNIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL: The Senior men play Naomh Ultan in Mac Cumhaill Park, Ballybofey on Sunday evening at 6.00pm. Good luck to Danny and all the team. LADIES JUNIOR B FINAL: The ladies play Naomh Mhuire in the final on Saturday , at time of notes going to press venue not confirmed.Check our facebook page for updates. The ladies beat Red Hughs in the semi-final last Saturday in Burt, final score Urris 7-09 Red Hughs 4-05. Good Luck to Ann and all the team.MATCH “N” WIN: October 2nd: No jackpot winner—numbers drawn: 6, 9, 14, & 19. €15 winners: John J Mc Laughlin, Beltra, IOD, Jimmy Kelly, Tullagh, Maggie Lynch, Muff, John Duffy, Urris and Louise Kelly, Tullagh. Jackpot next week €860. Thanks to all our Lotto sellers and to all who support this weekly draw.U13’S: The the U13 team played Milford on Sunday past and recorded another comprehensive away win. CLUB MERCHANDISE: Great selection of Club merchandise which can now be ordered , please contact Nichola Donaghey on 0866030736 if interested. Nichola has samples of all the club gear. Check our Facebook page to view the club gear. Items displayed are for children but adult sizes can also be purchased (check with Nichola for prices).CLUB BINGO: Bingo continues every Thursday night at 9pm in St. Mary’s Hall, Clonmany.Facebook-Find us on CLG Iorras/Urris GAA and keep up to date on all club news and fixtures.Any items of news for the club notes should be forwarded to Rose on 0877770639 or email rosiekelly28@eircom.net no later than 9pm on Sunday night.  GAA NEWS: URRIS FACE NAOMH ULTAN IN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL THIS WEEKEND was last modified: October 7th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more