Loyola’s $8.5 million Final Four run boosts its rivals, too

Loyola University Chicago’s unexpected march to college basketball’s Final Four will have financial reverberations well beyond its urban lakeside campus. Nine other schools stand to make money off its Cinderella run

Here’s a link to the story in the Chicago Tribune.

J.B Pritzker was the winner in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election defeating a crowded field of six candidates. He will face incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner in the November general election. Rauner won a close and bitter contest against state Rep. Jeanne Ives.

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Winter Weather Advisory Cancelled

By Steve Dunford

The National Weather Service in Paducah has cancelled the winter weather advisory for Franklin County, as well as the counties shaded in brown.

In the cancellation, the weather service stated that no accumulation can be expected from a line from Perryville MO, through Benton and extending to Mt. Carmel.

A Winter Weather Advisory still exists for the counties shaded in purple.  A Winter Storm Warning still exists for the counties in pink.

There have been reports of 4 inches on the ground in Shawneetown, and 3.5 inches in Mitchellsville, just south of Harrisburg.

Roads in Hardin county are completely covered with ice and snow.  Roads are partially covered in Pope, Gallatin, and Massac Counties.  There are scattered slick spots in Saline and White counties.

There are some school closings in the Southeast part of the state.

Temperatures are going to bounce back in the mid 60’s by mid-week.

 

 

Winter Weather Advisory for Franklin County until 4:00 a.m.

Here is the current Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory for this afternoon and tonight. Expect 1-3 inches of snow in the advisory areas and 3-5 inches over the warning areas, with locally heavier amounts possible. Use extreme caution if driving as roads may become slick and visibility will be poor in heavier snow bands. (NWS Paducah)

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 4 AM

 

.A burst of heavy wet snow expected late today and tonight...

.A low pressure system will form over the Tennessee Valley this
evening. Colder north winds will cause rain to change to snow. A
burst of heavy snow could produce a quick 1 to 3 inches, with
isolated higher totals possible.

.WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM CDT MONDAY… * WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are expected. Isolated higher amounts are possible in small bands of heavy snow. * WHERE...Portions of southwest Indiana, southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. * WHEN…Until 4 AM CDT Monday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. A burst of heavy snow could produce poor visibility below one-half mile. Although pavement temperatures will be above freezing, snowfall rates up to an inch per hour could produce a slushy accumulation on the roads, especially untreated, elevated roadways. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions.

FRANKLIN COUNTY BREAKDOWN

In my opinion, the NWS included all the counties in the Paducah warning area in case there is a snow burst.   Here is the forecast exclusive to every town in Franklin County updated by the National Weather Service.

  • North of Route 14, the NWS has not issued an accumulation amount
  • Zeigler, Royalton, and West Frankfort around an inch
  • Thompsonville 1″ – 2″
  • Keep in mind, there will be heavy snow bands, that could increase this amount
  • Please be my eyes this afternoon and send accumulation amounts that way I can pass them along to the NWS.

 

WINTER STORM WARNING FOR GALLATIN, POPE HARDIN AND MASSAC COUNTIES

 

...A burst of heavy wet snow expected late today and tonight...

.A low pressure system will form over the Tennessee Valley this
evening. Colder north winds will cause rain to change to snow. A
burst of heavy snow could produce a quick 1 to 3 inches, with
isolated higher totals possible.

..WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM CDT MONDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy wet snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to
  5 inches are expected. Isolated higher amounts are possible in
  small bands of heavy snow.

* WHERE...Portions of western Kentucky and southern Illinois.

* WHEN...Until 4 AM CDT Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions. Be
  prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. Snow
  accumulations are expected, especially on grass, trees and
  untreated,elevated roadways. However, more hazardous travel
  conditions mat occur if the snow rates increase with
  temperatures near freezing.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather
conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you
must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your
vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for
the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Slight chance of snow tonight – little or no accumulation expected

Rain showers early this evening will gradually mix with and change to snow showers for many locations as we progress through the evening and overnight hours. Breezy conditions will be present through the night as well. Temperatures are expected to fall through the 30s this evening and overnight, and be in the low to mid 30s by sunrise. (NWS Paducah)

SEVEN DAY FORECAST

Tonight
Scattered rain and snow showers before 11pm, then a slight chance of snow showers between 11pm and 5am, then a slight chance of flurries after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. West wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Wednesday
Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 40. West northwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. West northwest wind 7 to 9 mph.
Thursday
Sunny, with a high near 41. West northwest wind 8 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. West northwest wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
Friday
A slight chance of snow showers before 9am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers between 9am and 10am, then a slight chance of rain showers after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. South southeast wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday Night
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. East wind 5 to 7 mph.
Saturday
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. East wind around 8 mph.
Saturday Night
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. East wind 7 to 10 mph becoming north after midnight.
Sunday
A slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. North northwest wind around 10 mph.
Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. North northwest wind around 9 mph.
Monday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. North northwest wind 9 to 11 mph.
Monday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 31. North wind 6 to 9 mph.
Tuesday
Sunny, with a high near 52. West northwest wind around 6 mph.

Wind advisory until 5:00 p.m. for Southern Illinois

A Wind Advisory is in effect for most of the Heartland. Southwest to West Winds will increase to average speeds in the 15 to 30 mph range during the afternoon. Gusts may be as high as 40 to 50 mph at times. (NWS Paducah)

…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 5 PM CST THIS AFTERNOON... The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from noon today to 5 PM CST this afternoon.

* TIMING…This afternoon. * WINDS…Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts 40 to 50 mph.

* IMPACTS…Loose outdoor objects not secured may be blown around. Some tree limbs could come down. Driving high profile vehicles will be more difficult.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A wind advisory is issued when sustained winds are expected to reach 30 mph or greater for longer than one hour…or wind gusts are expected to reach 40 mph for any duration.

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of southern Illinois, southwest Indiana, western Kentucky, and southeast Missouri. .

DAY ONE…Today and Tonight A Red Flag Warning is in effect this afternoon for the southeast Missouri Ozarks. Refer to the Warning for details. A Wind Advisory is in effect this afternoon for most of the area. Refer to the Advisory for details. Flood warnings will continue. Reference the warnings and statements for details. .

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Wednesday through Monday Flood warnings will continue. Reference the warnings and statements for details. A small chance of thunderstorms is possible Saturday night, for southern sections of western Kentucky and southeast Missouri. Severe storms are not expected.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT… Spotter activation will not be needed.

SEVEN DAY FORECAST 

This Afternoon
Sunny early, then becoming mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 47 by 5pm. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph.
Tonight
Scattered rain showers before 10pm, then scattered rain and snow showers between 10pm and midnight, then scattered snow showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. West wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Wednesday
Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 40. West northwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. West northwest wind 6 to 10 mph.
Thursday
Sunny, with a high near 41. West northwest wind 7 to 11 mph.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. West northwest wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
Friday
A slight chance of snow before 9am, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. South wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Friday Night
Rain likely, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. South southeast wind around 7 mph becoming northwest after midnight.
Saturday
A slight chance of rain after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. North wind around 7 mph.
Saturday Night
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. North wind 7 to 9 mph.
Sunday
A chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 47. North northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. North northwest wind 8 to 11 mph.
Monday
Sunny, with a high near 49. North northwest wind 8 to 10 mph.

 

Police respond after possible self-inflicted shot near White House, Secret Service says

The following are tweets from the US secret Service

Independent UK photo.

WASHINGTON, DC – Secret Service personnel are responding to reports of a person who allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gun shot wound along the north fence line of @WhiteHouse.

UPDATE: No other reported injuries related to the incident at @WhiteHouse.

John Roberts of Fox News says the following:  “Medical personnel are responding to the incident. The person involved in the incident was not immediately identified and his condition was unknown.

A White House official told Fox News that President Trump has been briefed on the incident and referred all questions to the Secret Service.

President Trump is currently in Mar-a-Lago and is expected to return to Washington, D.C., later on Saturday.

Please follow the link for this breaking story from Fox News.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/03/03/police-respond-to-reports-shots-fired-near-white-house.html

 

Southbound I-57 closed at Ina Exit for rollover crash

WHITTINGTON –  Sesser and Benton Fire, Illinois State Police, Abbott EMS, and Air Evac are on the scene of a single vehicle with a camper rollover crash, on I 57 at the 80 mile marker, just south of the Franklin-Jefferson county line.

Please take an alternate route.  It has been cofirmed from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office the interstate will be closed until the accident scene is cleared.

Further updates will be provided as the come available. -sd

4:45 P.M.  Incident has been cleared.  Traffic is flowing normally.

 

Hardin County Sectional Preview: Sesser-Valier (20-11) vs Cairo (23-5)

By Steve Dunford 

ELIZABETHTOWN-    Sesser-Valier matched up with Cairo in their first game of the season in the DuQuoin Tip-Off classic.  The Pilots were victorious. 71-64.

I knew there would be a lot of barn burners to get to the SIU Arena.  At the start of the post season, I penciled in six teams that have a shot to get to the arena.  I also had two Cinderellas.

Three of them are gone.  Meridian, Christopher and S-V took care of Woodlawn Friday night. Three are left and after tonight there will be two.  The winner will have the right to face Goreville who disposed of one of my long-shot teams, Webber Township last night,  The other one was Wayne City.

When I went to make contact with Coach Larry Wood this afternoon, I knew Cairo had a declining enrollment but I was shocked, they are down to 94 students.

In comparison, they have 17 kids less than Thompsonville (111), thirty kids less than Waltonville (124), and Zeigler-Royalton is nearly double their size (180).

I had the chance to meet Coach Wood at the Midwinter Classic.  I spent a whole half talking with him.  He is a retired engineer from IDOT.  He is a great guy.

Saying this tactfully, he is responsible for a culture shift on the banks of where the two rivers meet.

This is what he had to say going into tonight’s contest.  “When you get to this time of year, they are all going to be tough games, everyone is good.”

“When we played earlier in the year, it was their first game and it was our third.  If they would haad one or two games under their belts, they might have and beat us.  Sesser-Valier is very well coached and I expect Shane (Garner) to have a few tricks up his sleeve tonight.”

ooking forward to playing them again. They were our first game of the season and we feel that we have grown tremendously since that game. I’m sure they are a much better team also. Just a great opportunity for our team to play in a sectional. Our guys are in a great spot right now and we are looking forward to the challenge.

Here are my keys to the game tonight:

  • I have not counted how many games I have watched this year, but I know it is in the triple digits.  Damitrius Taylor is the best all around 1A player I have watched all year.  I am sure Preston Launius will draw the assignment of guarding him.  Taylor will be playing somewhere next year.  He would be a project like Gooch, but I would not mind at all seeing him in a Saluki uniform next year.
  • Cairo can go pretty deep in their bench as well, guards sophomore guards Terrell Jones, Farleigh Ward, and freshman Isaiah Brown stand out.
  • Malachi Brown has been around forever with Cairo.  There are several interchangeable parts in the post that Coach Wood can use.   The Pilots have a lot of “beef” in the post.  Peyton Rock can neutralize it.  Addison Page has made quite the post player.
  • I hate when kids get hurt.  I thought Eli Gunter just tweaked an ankle against T’ville, I did not dream it would be a break.  It cuts down on Coach Garner’s rotation.  The way Seth Boles can pop the three, you might see him at the three spot a little more.   I am thinking Reid Basso might be the eighth man in the rotation.    I still will have Flash and the Red Baron in my notes tonight.  That is how I tell the Gunter’s apart.
  • Speaking of the Red Baron,  if he is able to penetrate,  he could get Cairo in some foul trouble.  Coach Garner has had the luxury of a point guard that can run the offense.
  • If Tyler Winchester is able to get some good looks, a few trifectas will have a big impact on the game.  Justin Saddoris put Marion on his back last night and was a big  reason they blew out Benton.  I have watched a lot of HS basketball since I have been seven.  Winchester is one of the purest shooters I have watched over the years.
  • Joshua Gunter (aka Flash) is one of the top defenders in the south.  If the Pilots slow downWinchester, he can burn them from the outside as well. .

The Devils come into tonight as the underdogs.  They probably have not been as much as one since the BIT playing Pinckneyville or Benton.

In the BIT, they hung around with the Rangers.  This is a very winnable game tonight.  Whether streaming or on the radio, it is definite what I will be doing at 7 p.m. tonight.

Class 1A Hardin County Sectional Preview: Goreville (19-11) vs. Webber Township (20-8)

By Steve Dunford 

ELIZABETHTOWN-  Several pundits had Meridian and Christopher penciled in for tonight.   It is not any disrepect to the Bearcats and the Bobcats, but with two senior led veteran,  teams that have several four years starters, I was not a bit surprised.

The Webber Township Trojans defeated Christopher 59-49 to earn their right to play, the  Goreville  Blackcats, who punched their ticket, defeating Meridian 67-60.

Trojan Coach Brad Beatty has this to say about coming into tonight’s game.  “Goreville is well coached, Todd (Tripp) is going to have them ready.  Beating Meridian on their home floor is a veteran team.  We are going to have to figure out what to do with #12 (Braden Webb) and how to stop (Peyton) Massey and (Tanner) Dunn.   Those three kids have been through the fire and battle tested.

This is what Blackcat coach Todd Tripp has to say about tonight’s matchup.   “We are excited to get the opportunity to play in the sectional. We know Webber is a very well coached team and they have some great Sr. leadership, as do we. It should be a very good game.”

This game will feature, in my book the best 1A post player in Southern Illinois in Charles Neal vs. the best 1A point guard in Braden Webb.  Goreville likes to get out, run with it and push it.  Webber is more of a half court team.  If it is a game in the 60’s or 70’s it would be to the Blackcats liking, if it is in the 50’s or below, the better chance Webber has to win.

Both Teams rely heavily on the three.  The way that Dylan Stratton shut Jared Curry down in the second half was phenomenal.  I don’t think he can completely stop Webb, but maybe hold him under 20.

The two players Webber will have to really be concerned with is Peyton Massey and Cole Tosh.  I see these two causing the Trojans some match-up problems.

Dalton Hart, Brody Mount and Dylan Adcock can light it up,  but Massey has the capabilities to take over a game.  Goreville is three guards to go with Dunn and Tosh.  Webber has four guards to go with Neal.  Whether Tosh or Landon Albright can burn the Trojans in the paint remains to be seen.

Goreville has a deeper bench overall, but Marquis Davis is a top notch sixth man.  I know I shared some possible concerns with Webber in the post.  He might play a vital role inside tonight.  He can play the 2-5.

When two teams rely on the three as both teams will tonight, it comes down to who is hot from the outside.  Both teams are not one dimensional, but Goreville has more weapons to fall back on if they need be.

This is going to be a close and excellent high school basketball game tonight, with everything laid on the floor.  It will be by streaming, but I can’t wait to see it.

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