“Horse Racing: A Family Affair” will be the featured program at the Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society meeting.

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — On Monday, November 25th, Joyce Church, retired teacher and former girl jockey will present the program, “Horse Racing: A Family Affair,” to Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society members and guests at 6:30 p.m., at the Wellington Senior Center, 308 S. Washington, Wellington. Visitors are welcome; no charge for the program. For possible weather cancellations, contact SCHGS President Jane Moore at 620-447-3266.In 1946, wearing maroon and pink racing silks, a skullcap, and wielding a bat, fourteen-year-old Joyce Riggs Church began her short career as a ‘bush’ jockey, racing her father’s thoroughbreds on small ‘bush’ tracks. Church and her sister raced in several Kansas towns, including their home town of Conway Springs, Anthony, Burden, Garden City, Emporia, and many other towns in Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, New Mexico, Missouri and Illinois.Church, a genealogist, was surprised to find that breeding horses and racing them was ‘in their genes.’ Her research turned up that not only had her grandfather bred and sold mules by the train car load, ancestors before him had also bred mules and pacing and trotting horses.“Dad grew up in that atmosphere,” Church said, adding that it was her father’s dream to breed and race thoroughbreds and after her folks bought four colts and a stallion from a man in Fairfax, Oklahoma, her father needed jockeys, so he enlisted the help of his two daughters.“Mother never wanted us to ride,” Church said, adding that although her father allowed them to race, her parents were very protective and she and her sister were not allowed to hang out with other jockeys in the barns where there was drinking and gambling.“Racing was a family affair,” Church said, adding that the entire family traveled to the races with the horses. The horses traveled in the back of a wheat truck, and her mother drove the car.Church said that her mother packed picnic baskets with fried chicken and cherry pie, and the family picnicked on the race track grounds, and often spent the night in the back of the wheat truck with a tarp strung over the stock racks to keep off the rain.Although Church went off to college when she was 16 years old, she came home on weekends to race, and at times lived at home and drove back and forth to school at Friends so that she could continue to ride. Church stopped racing when she was twenty-nine years old, and married in 1963.“Before that, I ran around so much I didn’t have time to get married,” Church said.Church said she “had had some accidents,” and been knocked out and taken to the hospital by ambulance, but had never broken a bone. But Church added that 1976 was a bad year for the Riggs family when her sister was killed in June at Churchill Downs at the age of 37, and her father died later that year.Church will bring photographs and other racing memorabilia to share with the group, as well as the book “The Boys From the Bushes” by Lou Dean, a book about ‘bush racing’ that shares stories from Church and other ‘Bush’ jockeys. 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 Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com 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. 0 Vote up Vote down Jasper Snellings · 350 weeks ago Gentlemen, I am doing research concerning the race tracks during the 1820’s in Sumner County. Being more specific, I am looking for Governor William Carroll’s involvement with the Allen’s (John Allen to be specific) and General Andrew Jackson. Do you have any historical records of their involvement in horse racing in Sumner County or the area where horse racing was held. It at that time was a great social gathering place to meet and in addition race their horses. I know JohnAllen and Andrew Jackson were involved, because they were close friends. An addition point, all 3 were involved with each other in the War of 1812 and the Battle of Horseshoe Bend (Alabama). Your response by email with any record(s) of tangible evidence of their racing connections would be appreciated! Jasper Snellings Report Reply 0 replies · active 350 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com 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. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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FRUSTRATION AS DONEGAL BUILDING SUPPLIERS CLOSES ITS DOORS

first_imgOne of Donegal’s biggest building suppliers has closed its doors.McMahon’s of Ballyraine, Letterkenny fininshed trading last Thursday.The company had previously traded as James Johnston and Sons but was bought out by the McMahon Group a number of years ago. It is understood a number of jobs have been lost as a result of the closure.The company says that it will continue to trade at its branch in Derry and that all existing customers will have any contracts honoured.It is understood the company in Letterkenny has suffered as a result of the downturn in the building trade for some time.One building source told Donegal Daily that stock in the shop has been at a minimum for a number of months. “It’s a pity because Johnston’s were a hugely respected business and McMahons took up where they left off.“Unfortunately this is just a knock-on from the recession,” he said. FRUSTRATION AS DONEGAL BUILDING SUPPLIERS CLOSES ITS DOORS was last modified: September 10th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:James Johnston and SonsletterkennyMcMahonslast_img read more

Video: Michigan Cornerback Blake Countess One-Ups Jabrill Peppers With This Crazy Backflip Routine

first_imgMichigan Wolverines football players celebrating a sack.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 12: Chris Wormley #43 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates the sack on quarterback Marcus McMaryion #3 of the Oregon State Beavers (not in photo) with teammates Matthew Godin #99 and Mario Ojemudia #53 during the fourth quarter of the game on September 12, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Beavers 35-7. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers is a crazy athlete, and may wind up as one of the best corners in the country if he pans out, based on his potential entering college last year. He proved that the injury issues that kept him from participating during most of the 2014 season are probably a thing of the past with this impressive backflip during drills yesterday. Fellow Michigan cornerback Blake Countess isn’t one to be overshadowed, however, and one-upped Peppers’ backflip with this wild routine, which he posted on Twitter this evening.Yall decide! its all fun tho! @JabrillPeppers pic.twitter.com/LGy4nhwQI8— Blake Countess (@TheeCount2) February 27, 2015Peppers is impressed…we think. We’re not actually sure what this response means.Light cheese “@TheeCount2: Yall decide!its all fun tho! @JabrillPeppers pic.twitter.com/Y00UE9OxwG”— Breez (@JabrillPeppers) February 27, 2015We can’t wait to see Peppers’ inevitable response the next time Michigan hits the practice field.last_img read more

Volkswagen sets new fullyear sales record in race for No 1

first_imgFRANKFURT — German automaker Volkswagen has posted another annual sales record by selling 10.83 million cars in 2018 as new SUV models boosted deliveries.The Wolfsburg-based maker of Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, Skoda and other brand name cars beat its 2017 record of 10.74 million cars. Sales rose in the U.S., China, Europe and South America.In 2017, Volkswagen contested the title of world’s biggest carmaker with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, which claimed the title with 10.6 million and said Volkswagen should not have counted trucks. The alliance announces 2018 figures later this monthMarketing head Christian Dahlheim said the company overcame troubles getting cars certified under new emission rules in Europe.He called it “a great result” even though the company no longer sets unit sales records as a primary business goal.The Associated Presslast_img read more

German economy slowed in 2018 amid signs of global downturn

first_imgFRANKFURT — Germany’s economic growth eased to 1.5 per cent last year amid signs of a slowdown in Europe and the wider global economy.The growth figure announced Thursday by the government statistics agency was down from 2.2 per cent in 2017.German output fell in the third quarter by 0.2 per cent, but the dip was attributed to temporary factors such as bottlenecks registering cars under new emissions testing rules.Worsening economic data had raised fears that Germany may have turned in a subpar performance in the fourth quarter, for which figures will be reported Feb. 14. The statistics agency said there were “signs of a slight recovery” in the fourth quarter compared with the third.It was still the ninth straight year of annual economic growth in Germany.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fort St John residents show off their Pride

first_imgK-9 residents joining the celebration at Centennial Park. Photo by John Luke Kieper.North Peace Pride Society Treasurer Don McMillan explained that he expected lots of residents to come to the event, but he never thought there would be that many.“I think we’ve done really well, were quite excited about it, and we hope to build from here.” McMillan said. “As for the City itself, I thinks its just an important component in the community we live in. It shows support for inclusion and diversity in Fort St. John.”A crowded Centennial Park after the Pride March. Photo by John Luke Kieper.Councillor Trevor Bolin was on hand representing the City of Fort St. John. Bolin spoke to the crowd about how important the march was to the city.Councillor Trevor Bolin motivating the audience. Photo by John Luke Kieper.“Its a very, very strong message from the city of Fort St. John that we are accepting, we are open to all different ideas of life, cultures, religions and beliefs.” said Bolin. “It doesn’t matter what you believe in, or where your from. Fort St. John is open, Fort St. John is welcome, and it’s a great place to have a family.”“This screams the fact that Fort St. John is not what it was 40 years ago, this is the new Fort St. John. Its the new way of the community celebrating people.”McMillan said the North Peace Pride Society doesn’t have any scheduled events coming up in Fort St. John, but that members may head to Dawson Creek in October to help the Mile ‘0’ City’s Pride Society with their Halloween Dance. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Pride Society held its third annual Pride Walk on Saturday afternoon.Residents marching the streets. Photo by John Luke Kieper.Urban Systems in Fort St. John said it counted 300 residents taking part in the event near their office on 100th St., while many more joined the celebration at Centennial Park afterwards. Saturday’s walk was the largest the Pride Society has hosted thus far, with residents from all walks of life joining the cause.last_img read more

Baseball Ohio State drops second midweek game 31 to Eastern Michigan

Ohio State redshirt senior first baseman Zach Ratcliff at bat during the Scarlet and Gray World Series in October 2016. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsMidweek games are typically where Power Five teams thrive against smaller mid-major teams. But OSU has struggled to get anything going offensively across these past two midweek games, falling to Eastern Michigan 3-1 Wednesday, a day after losing to Cincinnati.A visibly frustrating loss for the Buckeyes, the team spent nearly 30 minutes in left field after the loss in the huddle with coach Greg Beals going over the game. “We’ve got to do better offensively. That’s where I’m willing to share with you,” Beals said when asked about what he discussed in the meeting.The first batter of the game reached first base on an error, setting the tone for a long inning for OSU redshirt junior Austin Woodby. The Buckeyes’ starting pitcher was able to strike out the next batter, but a double gave the Eagles a pair of runners in scoring position with only one away.Senior right fielder John Montgomery grounded a single through the right side of the infield, scoring both runners on base and capitalizing on the Buckeyes’ early mistake.OSU eventually found the scoreboard, however, in the bottom of the fourth inning. With runners on first and second and two out, junior designated hitter Conner Pohl lined a base hit over the right side of the infield, scoring the runner from second and giving OSU their first run of the evening.In the final inning, the Eagles tacked on a run off a solo home run from sophomore first baseman John Rensel Jr, bringing the score to 3-1.The team was coming off a pair of wins on Sunday against Big Ten rival Penn State, one win of the ninth-inning-comeback variety and another a blowout. Beals said he hoped his team would be able to carry that momentum through this week into their next conference matchup, but that a deflating loss like this can siphon off any energy they harvested over the weekend.“We had a comeback win and then we had an all-Buckeye win and it was a good day on Sunday,” Beals said. “I was hoping to be able to carry that momentum as opposed to build momentum, just maintain that momentum and help that confidence, that good feeling that we had on Sunday, keep that good feeling going.”The problem with the team right now is hitting, Beals said, coming off only two runs scored spread across two midweek games. And for his team to start clicking again, they will need to continue to mix some things up until they find a winning combination.“We’ve got to keep mixing up what we’re doing to find the right thing and it’s not necessarily as much from a personnel standpoint as much as it is what’s going to spark this team and sometimes there’s personnel decisions to help spark the team and other things that we do from a preparation standpoint to help spark the team,” Beals said.The Buckeyes will try and find a win against the second Michigan-based team they play this week when they travel to East Lansing, Michigan, to face Michigan State over the weekend. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. read more

Inter Milan Chasing Nainggolan

first_imgRadja Nainggolan could be on his way out of the Stadio Olimpico this summer, in a deal which could see him reunite with former boss Luciano Spalletti at Inter.Football Italia has reported that an agreement is in place for the midfielder to move to Milan for €29 million, with youth team starlet Nicolò Zaniolo joining him as part of the deal.Nainggolan was a standout performer in Roma’s campaign last season, with 6 goals and 11 assists in 42 appearances, as the club finished 3rd in Serie A and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Despite being consistently one of the best players in Italy over the past few seasons, Roberto Martinez omitted the midfielder from his Belgium Squad for the forthcoming World Cup.Although Nainggolan hasn’t hidden his disappointment over the snub, it is highly likely the midfielder will come back strongly with a point to prove next season, with Inter looking most likely to reap the benefits.Roma will miss the Belgians authoritative style which has been the driving force behind their recent success, however Justin Kluiverts imminent arrival from Ajax should go some way to softening the blow.last_img read more

Valverde is just getting used to VAR

first_imgThe Barcelona coach doesn’t think to lose a minute checking the Video Assistant Referee as a waste of time because “it’s fairer”Barcelona needed to wait to celebrate after scoring a goal against Huesca this weekend.But for the Blaugrana coach Ernesto Valverde, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology is giving football some fairness.“It takes some getting used to. There’s an initial uncertainty, which is why I ask the referee what’s going on,” he told Barca Blaugranes after trashing Huesca 8-2.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“What I see is that the linesmen usually get it right. Today wasn’t the case but in Valladolid it was.”“You realize that the plays are so tight but they usually get it right. It means you celebrate a goal with some delay but “what are you gonna do? We’ll get used to it,” he explained.“You feel like it’s fairer. I don’t think it loses much time neither. Just half a minute or so.”last_img read more

Rice growing into defensive midfield role

first_imgWest Ham United midfielder Declan Rice is relishing playing in central defensive midfield for the Hammers this season.After an impressive pre-season, Rice has established himself in the West Ham team this season under Manuel Pellegrini.The 19-year-old’s frequent involvement in the team also coincided with West Ham’s return to form starting with their 3-1 victory at Everton.“I’d say Everton away was my best performance since I came back in, because we’d lost the first four and we couldn’t lose five in a row,” Rice told the club’s website.“The manager changed the team up and we went out there, everyone played really well, we won our first game and got the three points and there’s no better feeling than that, to be honest.“If you compare the first game I played at Liverpool compared to the ones I’m playing now, my positioning at Anfield wasn’t the best for a holding midfielder.Mason MountRice tips Mount for greater things Taimoor Khan – September 11, 2019 Declan Rice says that Mason Mount is going to match the exploits of Frank Lampard when he was in his prime during his playing…“Positioning is one of the main things when you play in that position because you’ve always got to play in the center of the pitch.“I always look back at that Liverpool game because it was the first time I’d played CDM (central defensive midfielder) in a while and I was not really in the back four, I was wide, and sometimes it’s not about that.“You’ve just got to hold your position and trust that the ball is going to come near you.“I think, since I’ve started to do that, the amount of interceptions and tackles I have made has gone up.”last_img read more