BLOOMINGTON — The IHSA stepped a little closer to normalcy on Friday as its Phase Four return to play guidelines were approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

CHAMPAIGN — Former Illinois and current Houston Texans defensive end Whitney Mercilus was named to the Big Ten Network’s All-Decade Second Team on Thursday.

COVINGTON, Ind. — For five years, Adam Ballard has had some of the best moments of his life as boys basketball coach at Covington High School.

As summer heats up and Illinoisans hit the water to celebrate Independence Day, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Officers are reminding boat operators to always drive sober while on the water.

Sunday is Father’s Day and being a father of two children, I normally reserve that day to talk with each of them. I always felt that, when I pass through the pearly gates, I am going to be asked a question about my kids, one that I will gladly answer. I always felt that God is going to ask, …

DANVILLE — Coaches and players of Danville American Legion Youth Baseball have been waiting for a week like this.

DANVILLE — With the movement to Phase 3 of the recovery period from the pandemic set for today, the City of Danville recreational division is also starting to move.

With the Memorial Day Weekend upon us let me remind you that safety has to be a top priority while on the water. Although rain is in the forecast there will also be some dry time to enjoy the holiday outside.

Have you ever felt that you hit the lottery or found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? I have many times! Of all the people in the world I somehow got matched up with my mother and, as many times as I’ve analyzed it, I have always felt like the luckiest person in the world.

DANVILLE — After a early start to the offseason, the Danville Dashers now have to go through the rest of the offseason with a new coach.

Kickapoo State Park reopened this past Friday and now the spring trout season has begun. The way people line up on the dock at Clear Pond, where the trout are stocked, I’m not sure social distancing will be impossible because I’ve seen it elbow to elbow in the past.

Was that rain on Thursday just the most perfectly timed rain for the mushroom hunters or what? The all-day soaking rain was just what the doctor ordered for this time of the year as the winds earlier in the week had dried out the soil in a big way.

DANVILLE — Randy Shuman had his modified car ready in advance for a season for the first time in his career.

CATLIN — Brian Russell led Salt Fork’s girls basketball team to new heights this past season and he recently was rewarded for it.

Anyone finding any mushrooms? I’ve not heard one peep about anyone finding any mushrooms around here. I would like to know if they are up yet!

DANVILLE — After winning IHSA Class 1A championships in her sophomore and junior years, Schlarman Academy’s Capria Brown still had something to prove.

Have you gotten over the shock of the new sticker price for your boat trailer? I got my renewals for my three trailers and, what used to cost me $18 apiece now cost me $118 apiece; what has cost me $54 a year now has risen to $354 a year and most boat owners aren’t happy about it!

DANVILLE — Just after the Danville Dashers prematurely ended its season, its time in Danville could also be cut off prematurely.

North Vermillion athletics director Martin Brown had been working on schedules for a possible spring season.

We are about to reach April 1st and you need to purchase a new fishing, hunting, or combination license; have you got yours yet?

Like most sports traditions, high school basketball all-star games have been a chance to see some of the best senior players play against each other.

CHAMPAIGN — In a normal spring semester at the University of Illinois, Lovie Smith and the Fighting Illini football team would be going through workouts for spring practice in preparation for the annual spring game sometime next month.

DANVILLE — The Danville Dashers’ season was supposed to start going into a new level.

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