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  • Turf day

    first_imgThe green industry, which includes turfgrass and landscaping, has been hit hard over the past few years of drought and economic downturn. And while most new landscape installations have stalled in recent years, improved management has helped keep many companies in business. And that was the focus of the ninth annual North Georgia Turfgrass Field Day in Gainesville, Ga., June 29.“As much as what is changing in the world of landscape management and pest management, managers in the industry need current updates so they know what they’re doing is the right thing,” said Michael Wheeler, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension coordinator in Hall County, where the field day took place.The Gainesville field day starts off what is considered Georgia turf field day season. Rome N the Green will be held July 29 in Rome, Ga., followed by the Youth Sports Day Aug. 6 at Rhodes Jordan Park in Gwinnett County and the Georgia Sod Growers Field Day on Nov. 3 in Perry, Ga.Lunch legislationOver lunch, Mary Kay Woodward of the newly created Georgia Urban Ag Council covered legislative changes that affect the landscape industry.On June 28, the day before the workshop, Georgia got good news: A water ruling against the state had been overturned, allowing water to be pulled from Lake Lanier to supply Atlanta’s needs.Despite the good news, Woodward reminded landscapers to “continue working with your employees and your clients on best management practices for irrigation and landscaping.”“As a green industry, if we want to remain viable, we still need to show how we’re being good environmental managers of water resources in north Georgia,” UGA Extension turfgrass specialist Clint Waltz told attendants later.UGA helpLandscapers learned about weed-killing chemicals from UGA Extension turf weed scientist Patrick McCullough, turf diseases from Extension turfgrass pathologist Alfredo Martinez, turf-watering needs from Waltz and both beneficial and harmful turf insects from Kris Braman, an entomologist and interim director for the UGA Center for Urban Ag.“It’s an opportunity to give the managers some current information, and it gives them a chance to network with UGA staff and specialists,” Wheeler said.For more information on turfgrass at UGA, visit the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture at apps.caes.uga.edu/urbanag or www.GeorgiaTurf.com.Sponsors for the field day included Gainesville Parks and Rec, Georgia Sports Turf Managers Association, Field and Fairway Unlimited, Georgia Urban Ag Council, Helena Chemical, Howard Brothers Outdoor Power, Jerry Pate Turf and Tractor, John Deere Landscapes, KingGreen, Sports Fields Unlimited, Super Sod, Foothills Compost, Burnett Athletics and Hall County Cooperative Extension.“The wonderful thing about this whole field day is that it is a true partnership between the office, UGA Extension, Gainesville Parks and Recreation and the Georgia Department of Agriculture,” Wheeler said. “This is so big, I couldn’t put it together myself. We’re all having to lean on each other to give a hand.”last_img read more

  • Green Mountain Coffee profits more than double in Q2

    first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., (NASDAQ: GMCR) today announced its fiscal 2009 second quarter results for the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2009, reporting very strong top and bottom line growth.Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2009 totaled $193.4 million as compared to $120.9 million reported in the second quarter of fiscal 2008, representing an increase of 60% over the same quarter last year.Net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2009 increased 118% to $13.0 million or $0.50 per diluted share, from $6.0 million or $0.23 per diluted share in the second quarter of fiscal 2008.During fiscal 2009 s second quarter, 432 million K-Cup® portion packs were shipped system-wide by all Keurig licensed roasters, up 62% over the year-ago quarter. Supporting continued growth in K-Cup demand, during the second quarter of fiscal 2009, 479,000 Keurig brewers were shipped, up 148% over the same quarter in the prior year.Lawrence J. Blanford, GMCR s President and CEO, said, It is exciting to be sharing such outstanding results today and to deliver the eleventh consecutive quarter with our overall top-line growth being at least 39%. Because of the strength of our results in these first two quarters of our fiscal year, we are raising our sales and earnings estimates for the year as a whole.Blanford continued, Our success is driven by the winning combination of our outstanding coffees and the Keurig Single-Cup Brewing System. GMCR is the leader in the early revolution of how consumers prepare and enjoy their coffee. We believe the Keurig system is succeeding in growing the single-serve segment of the overall coffee market because it offers quality, convenience, and value.Blanford concluded, Our goal is to build stockholder value by providing consumers with an extraordinary coffee experience while helping to make a positive difference in the world. Looking forward, I am confident that our initiatives will continue to fuel GMCR s growth and value through Keurig Single-Cup brewer sales and expanding K-Cup portion pack demand. These initiatives include the acquisition of Tully s wholesale business and brand, the expansion of distribution (see separate release today regarding Walmart), and innovations such as the test market introduction of new portion pack products like Café Escapes and Celestial Seasonings Perfect Iced Tea.Fiscal 2009 Second Quarter Financial ReviewNet SalesThe Keurig business unit net sales, prior to the elimination of inter-company sales, for the second quarter of fiscal 2009 were $119.8 million, up 97% from net sales of $60.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2008. About half of the increase in Keurig s net sales this past quarter was due to the 129% increase in K-Cup sales to retailers and from Keurig.com. Net sales of At Home brewers and accessories contributed approximately 30% of the increase in total Keurig business unit net sales this quarter. In addition, royalty income from the sale of K-Cups® from all licensed roasters increased approximately $12 million or 85% over last year s second fiscal quarter. Keurig announced a royalty rate increase of a penny-per-K-Cup on all system-wide K-Cup portion packs that went into effect on August 1, 2008. Of the 97% increase in net sales in the just finished quarter, approximately 5 percentage points was due to the royalty increase. Further detail on shipments of Keurig brewers and K-Cup portion packs is provided in the chart accompanying this press release.For the Specialty Coffee business unit (previously called the Green Mountain Coffee segment), net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2009 grew 40% to $113.3 million, prior to the elimination of inter-company sales, as compared to $81.0 million reported in the second quarter of fiscal 2008. Dollar sales growth was strongest in channels that benefit from sales of K-Cup portion packs including retail reseller, supermarket, consumer direct and office coffee channels. Coffee, tea and hot cocoa pounds shipped increased 18.6% this quarter over the prior period and totaled 9.8 million pounds. This past quarter, Fair Trade Certified ¢ and organic coffees represented over 30% of total coffee pounds sold, up from about 26% in the prior year quarter. As previously announced, the Company increased prices in May 2008 by 8% to 12% on average across business channels and package types for coffee products sold by its Specialty Coffee business unit. Of the 40% increase in net sales in the just finished quarter, approximately 10 percentage points was due to the price increase taken in May 2008.$17.6 million of inter-company Keurig business unit sales and $22.1 million of inter-company Specialty Coffee business unit sales were eliminated in the second quarter of fiscal 2009.Costs, Margins and IncomeCost of sales increased to 67.9% of total net sales compared to 63.0% for the corresponding quarter last year. The increase over last year is primarily due to the significant increase in sales of Keurig At Home Single-Cup brewers where these brewers are sold at approximately cost as part of the Company s strategy to increase the installed base of Keurig brewers. In addition, higher green coffee and other commodity costs contributed to the increase in cost of sales as compared to the year ago second quarter.Selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) improved as a percentage of net sales by 710 basis points to 20.3% from 27.4% in the prior year quarter. This improvement was primarily the result of leveraging selling and organizational resources on a higher sales base.As a result of this SG&A leverage, the Company increased its operating income by 95% to $22.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2009, as compared to $11.6 million reported in the second quarter of fiscal 2008. Operating margins significantly improved as a percentage of net sales to 11.7% from 9.6% in the prior year period.Interest expense was $1.0 million and $1.5 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2009 and fiscal 2008, respectively.Income before taxes for the second quarter of fiscal 2009 increased 113% to $21.4 million as compared to $10.0 million reported in the second quarter of fiscal 2008.The Company s tax rate was 39.2% as compared to 40.5% in the prior year quarter. The difference primarily was due to higher research and development tax credits.Net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2009 was $13.0 million or 6.7% of net sales as compared to $6.0 million or 4.9% in the corresponding quarter last year.Balance Sheet HighlightsAccounts receivable increased 64% year-over-year to $71.1 million at March 28, 2009, from $43.5 million at March 29, 2008, driven by the strong sales during the second quarter of fiscal 2009. Days sales in receivables remained consistent at approximately 33 days year over year.Inventories increased 42% year-over-year to $71.6 million at March 28, 2009 from $50.4 million at March 29, 2008, reflecting the Company s effort to ensure both efficiencies and sufficient inventories of brewers and K-Cups for the third quarter of fiscal 2009 to meet consumer demand.Long-term debt increased to $118.7 million at March 28, 2009, from $90.0 million at December 27, 2008, reflecting the Company s $40.3 million acquisition of Tully s wholesale assets on March 27, 2009, offset partially by the Company s positive cash flow provided by operating activities during the second quarter of fiscal 2009.Business Outlook and Other Forward-Looking InformationRevised Company s Estimates for Fiscal Year 2009:Total consolidated net sales growth of 58% to 61%, up from prior estimates of 43% to 48%.Total K-Cup portion packs shipped system-wide by all Keurig licensed roasters to increase in the range of 60% to 65%, up from prior estimates of 53% to 63%.An operating margin in the range of 8.6% to 9.0%, up from the Company s operating margin of 8.5% for fiscal 2008, including $5.3 million or $0.12 per diluted share for non-cash amortization expenses related to the identifiable intangibles of both the Keurig and Tully s acquisitions, and excluding the pre-tax $17 million Kraft patent litigation settlement.Interest expense of $5.5 million to $6.0 million, down from prior estimates of $6.5 million to $7.5 million.A tax rate of 39.5% as compared to 38.9% in fiscal 2008.The Tully s transaction is expected to be neutral to slightly accretive to earnings per share for the first twelve months of ownership, and accretive thereafter. For the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2009, as the Company integrates Tully s into its Specialty Coffee business unit and invests in additional West Coast capacity, the transaction is expected to be slightly dilutive to the Company’s operating margin and earnings per share.Fully diluted GAAP earnings per share in the range of $1.87 to $1.93 per share, including the pre-tax $17 million or $0.40 per diluted share Kraft patent litigation settlement, and including the non-cash amortization expenses related to the identifiable intangibles of $5.3 million or approximately $0.12 per share. Excluding the Kraft litigation settlement, fully diluted non-GAAP earnings per share in the range of $1.47 to $1.53 per share, up from prior estimates of $1.25 to $1.35 per share.Revised Company Estimates Relating to Balance Sheet and Cash Flow:Capital expenditures for fiscal 2009 in the range of $55 to $60 million, up from prior estimates of $50 to $57 million.Depreciation and amortization expenses in the range of $24 to $26 million including $5.3 million for amortization of identifiable intangibles, up from prior estimates of $22 to $24 million.First Issue of Company Estimates for Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2009:Total consolidated net sales growth of 61% to 66%.An operating margin in the range of 9.4% to 9.9% (as compared to 9.6% in the year-ago quarter, and 11.7% in the second quarter of fiscal 2009) including non-cash amortization expenses for identifiable intangibles of approximately $1.5 million. The fiscal third quarter operating margin estimates include start up costs associated with ramping up production capabilities at the Company s new Knoxville, TN facility and the expectation that Tully s wholesale business will be slightly dilutive to earnings per share in the fiscal third quarter of 2009.Fully diluted GAAP earnings per share in the range of $0.38 to $0.42 per share, including the non-cash amortization expenses related to the identifiable intangibles that are estimated to reduce earnings per share by approximately $0.04 per share.Use of Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresIn addition to reporting financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the Company provides non-GAAP operating results that exclude certain charges or credits and information regarding non-cash related items such as amortization of identifiable intangibles related to the Keurig acquisition completed on June 15, 2006, and the acquisition of Tully Coffee Corporation s wholesale business completed on March 27, 2009, and also excludes one time operating income related to the Company s Kraft litigation. These amounts are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, GAAP. The Company s management believes that these measures provide investors with greater transparency by helping illustrate the underlying financial and business trends relating to the Company s results of operations and financial condition and comparability between current and prior periods. Management uses the measures to establish and monitor budgets and operational goals and to evaluate the performance of the Company.Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. will be discussing these financial results and future prospects with analysts and investors in a conference call available via the internet. The call will take place today at 5:00 PM ET and will be available, with accompanying slides, via live webcast on the Company s web site at www.GreenMountainCoffee.com(link is external). The Company archives the latest conference call on the Investor Services section of its website for a period of time. A replay of the conference call also will be available by telephone at 719-457-0820, Passcode 8476502 from 8:00 PM ET on April 29 through 8:00 PM ET on Monday, May 4, 2009.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Services section of its web site, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. The Company encourages investors to consult this section of its web site regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to the Company s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.As a leader in the specialty coffee industry, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR s operations are managed through two business units. The Specialty Coffee business unit produces coffee, tea and hot cocoa from its family of brands, including Tully s Coffee®, Green Mountain Coffee® and Newman s Own® Organics coffee. The Keurig business unit is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup brewing systems. K-Cup® portion packs for Keurig® Single-Cup Brewers are produced by a variety of licensed brands, including Green Mountain Coffee and Tully s Coffee. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in Fair Trade Certified ¢ coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects. Visit www.GreenMountainCoffee.com(link is external) and www.Keurig.com(link is external) for more information.Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements contained herein are not based on historical fact and are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Owing to the uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual results could differ materially from those stated here. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the impact on sales and profitability of consumer sentiment in this difficult economic environment, the Company s success in efficiently expanding operations and capacity to meet growth, the Company s success in efficiently and effectively integrating Tully s wholesale operations and capacity into its Specialty Coffee business unit, the ability of our lenders to honor their commitments under our credit facility, competition and other business conditions in the coffee industry and food industry in general, fluctuations in availability and cost of high-quality green coffee, any other increases in costs including fuel, Keurig s ability to continue to grow and build profits with its roaster partners in the office and at home businesses, the impact of the loss of major customers for the Company or reduction in the volume of purchases by major customers, delays in the timing of adding new locations with existing customers, the Company s level of success in continuing to attract new customers, sales mix variances, weather and special or unusual events, as well as other risks described more fully in the Company s filings with the SEC. Forward-looking statements reflect management s analysis as of the date of this press release. The Company does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments, other than in its regular, quarterly earnings releases.Source: GMCR. April 29, 2009. WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–last_img read more

  • Family Law Section votes to support gay adoptions

    first_imgFamily Law Section votes to support gay adoptions Family Law Section votes to support gay adoption Children’s Committee and EOLS endorse the ac t ion Britt Dys Assistant Editor The Family Law Section’s Executive Council has unanimously voted to lobby for the repeal of Florida’s gay adoption ban.The section’s next step is to seek authorization to lobby the position at the Board of Governors August 13 meeting in Ponte Verde Beach.“It’s a very courageous stand for the Family Law Section — it’s the right stand,” said section Chair Evan Marks at the Bar’s Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, adding that “sometimes it’s difficult to stand up for what’s right.”If the Board of Governors gives the go-ahead, John Morse, the section’s chair-elect, said the section will support legislation to repeal the ban. Last session, SB 2538 —sponsored by Sen. Mandy Dawson, D-Ft. Lauderdale — which would have repealed the ban on gay adoptions, went nowhere.“It is an essential fairness issue as far as we’re concerned,” Morse said.Later in the day, Marks announced to the Bar’s Legal Needs of Children Committee: “I am proud to report the Family Law Section unanimously voted today to take a legislative position to appeal the ban on homosexuals to adopt.”Applause broke out on the commission, which then also voted to support the section’s position.“Florida is the only state in the nation that prohibits homosexuals from adopting. . . even though there are many fine homosexual parents in the foster care program,” Marks said. The Family Law Section will ask the Board of Governors for permission to lobby for legislation to remove that provision from adoption laws, he added.When the hands were counted on the Children’s Committee, there were 21 yeas, two abstentions, and one no vote to endorse the section’s action.Another show of support came from the Equal Opportunities Law Section, which also passed a resolution to back the Family Law Section’s support of repealing the ban, said EOLS Chair Michelle Ku.Public Interest Law Section Chair Carolyn Salisbury said PILS’ 1991 efforts to gain permission to lobby on behalf of repealing the gay adoption ban had been rejected by the Board of Governors because the position was found to be “too divisive.”Marks, however, said the time is right to revisit the issue.Marks said 11 “mainstream groups,” including the ABA and the American Medical Association, also now support adoption by gay and lesbian couples. Marks said the Family Law Section also thinks the issue is not too divisive, once the focus is put on the needs of the children.“All research says two loving parents is what is needed,” Marks said.In January, the U.S. 11th C ircuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of the Florida ban barring homosexuals from adopting in the case of Lofton v. Secretary of the Department of Children and Families. A petition for rehearing in that case has been filed, but the court hasn’t acted on it, according to ACLU lawyer Matt Coles, who is representing the plaintiffs against DCF.Salisbury, who works for the University of Miami Children’s Law Clinic, called that decision a defeat for the families and children involved, and a disappointment for attorneys like her, who work with foster children. Salisbury said it is “unfair” that children are shuffled from home to home when there are so many willing “wonderful caring human beings” being eliminated from the adoption pool based on their sexual preference.“I wish that some of the judges, and the DCF proponents on the ban of gay adoption, could spend just five minutes talking to one of my foster child clients,” Salisbury said. “Look into the eyes of that child who wants a family so badly — who doesn’t care about the color of the skin of the prospective parent; doesn’t care what language they speak; doesn’t care who they are sleeping with in their room at night; and just wants a good kind human being to be their mother and their father.”Salisbury said the Bar should get behind the movement “to repeal this unjust law that continues to let children languish in foster care rather than having an adoptive home. This is not an issue that is a gay rights issue. This is an issue that is a children’s rights issue.” July 15, 2004 Assistant Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

  • Build a member driven organization

    first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Three foundational building blocks need to be optimized to consistently deliver engaging member experiences over the phone: people, processes and leadership.Our journey of nine articles will cover each in detail. Part one discussed hiring top performers and performance management. Part two covered processes. This is the eighth article overall and the first on leadership.Like many credit union executives, you might already assume that your credit union is member driven because it provides excellent service. After all, your member-centric metrics, such as member satisfaction, Net Promoter Score  and member effort scores, align with your service level assumptions, since they show members as being “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with your brand. Many of these members may even recommend your institution to others.Unfortunately, regardless of what these metrics say, your credit union may not be a member centric organization.My argument, in this particular example, is that these scores don’t tell you that many of these same members also like your competitors just as much (or more). Consequently, I’d bet you’re likely losing out on several sales opportunities. I’ll also add, based on various research, that these same “satisfied” or “very satisfied” members are, more times than not, members who end up moving to competitors. continue reading »last_img read more

  • Jokowi not to appeal court ruling on KPU commissioner dismissal

    first_imgShe added that Jokowi would not appeal the ruling because the presidential decree on Evi’s dismissal was based on a ruling made by the Election Organization Ethics Council (DKPP). The council discharged Evi in March for allegedly falsifying the 2019 regional election results in West Kalimantan.”The substance of the issue lies on the DKPP’s ruling, not in the presidential decree,” Dini said.Read also: Court cancels Jokowi’s dismissal of KPU commissionerEvi filed a lawsuit with the PTUN in March against Jokowi’s decree. The court ruled in her favor in July, ordering the President to revoke the decree, rehabilitate Evi’s name and restore her position at the KPU. The PTUN judges cited “serious juridical defects” by the DKPP in the decision-making process for Evi’s dismissal, arguing that she had not been afforded her right of defense as the council had not questioned Evi prior to issuing the ruling.Responding to the President’s decision not to appeal, Evi said she was grateful, conveying her hope to return to her position at the KPU as soon as possible.“The restoration of my position at the KPU will help the commission in organizing the upcoming elections in 270 regions,” she told The Jakarta Post on Friday, referring to this year’s regional elections slated for Dec. 9.However, DKPP head Muhammad said Evi’s dismissal was still valid, even if Jokowi revoked the decree. He added that the 2017 Elections Law stipulated that all rulings made by the ethics council were final and legally binding.”Evi’s status will still follow our last decision,” Muhammad said on Friday. He added that the council would not have any discussion with the KPU regarding Evi’s status.Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will not appeal a Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) ruling that annuls his approval to the dismissal of General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Evi Novida Ginting Malik.Presidential expert staff member Dini Shanti Purwono said Jokowi respected the ruling and would follow up on it.“The President will issue another decree to revoke a decree stipulating Evi Novida’s dismissal as a KPU commissioner,” Dini said on Friday.last_img read more

  • UK roundup: Merseyside Pension Fund, Research Machines scheme, PIC

    first_imgThe Merseyside Pension Fund returned 6.2% over the course of its most recent financial year, outperforming its benchmark by two percentage points but falling short of peer average.The now £6.1bn (€7.3bn) local government pension scheme (LGPS) services public sector workers in Liverpool and Wirral councils, in the north west of England.Despite the positive performance over the 12 months to March 2014, the fund’s latest triennial valuation revealed a funding level of 76%.Its investment performance fell below the 6.4% LGPS average, but chair of pensions committee, Pat Glasman, said the scheme operated at significantly lower risk. “Measured on a risk-adjusted basis, the fund demonstrates a lower volatility over three years than the average LGPS, which means that it can boast a better return profile than three quarters of the schemes,” she said.The fund’s near 10% allocation to European equities and 7% to property led the returns both performing well over 15%.UK equities account for around a quarter of the scheme and returned 10%.The fund has just over 15% allocated to alternatives with its second largest asset class returning 5%.Japanese, emerging market, and Pacific-basin ex Japan equities all performed negatively, bringing down the funds performance.Together, the three asset classes account for some 15% of the schemes assets.Recently, the pension fund announced it was re-appointing Swiss asset manager Unigestion to manage part of its top-performing European equities assets.In other news, the Research Machines PLC 1988 Pension Scheme has agreed a £31m buy-in with bulk annuity specialist insurer Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC).The scheme for IT resource firm, RM, transferred £26m of fixed income assets over to PIC with the remaining premium covered by an escrow account set up between the sponsor and scheme for de-risking.RM said £3.3m remains in the account for further bulk annuity exercises in the future.It covers all 165 members currently drawing a pension, reducing the scheme’s longevity and inflation risk.The buy-in represents around 9% of the scheme’s membership and 13% of liabilities.Due to current market conditions, schemes holding UK Gilts to cover pensioner members can conduct an insurance buy-in for little to no cost.The bulk annuity market is currently booming, making this announcement the third this week after the Unilever and Panasonic schemes announced buy-in and buyouts.last_img read more

  • IMCA Speedweek starts with rich Hawkeye Dirt Tour show at Clay County

    first_imgSPENCER, Iowa – The first Hawkeye Dirt Tour event at Clay County Fair Speedway will also be one of the top-paying races in the six-plus season history of the series for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds.Winner of the Monday, Aug. 8 feature earns $5,000. Hahn Roofing of Spencer and the Clay County Fair both added money to the purse to make the winner’s check the biggest of the 2016 tour.The runner-up gets $1,200, with $600 paid for third and $450 for fourth, and $250 in cash will be paid to the evening’s hard charger.The Hawkeye Dirt Tour show at Clay County kicks off IMCA Speedweek, with Modifieds headlin­ing the Harris Clash card at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City on Tuesday, Aug. 9 be­fore the Dirt Tour finale Wednesday, Aug. 10 at Buena Vista Raceway in Alta.IMCA Modifieds also take top billing when Speedweek continues at Hancock County Speedway in Britt with the Thursday, Aug. 11 Night of 1,000 Stars; the Friday, Aug. 12 Night of 10,000 Stars; and the Saturday, Aug. 13 All Star special.All six events are 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers and will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.“We’ve got a great sponsor with Hahn Roofing. Denny Hahn has sponsored cars for many years and is a big fan of the Hawkeye Dirt Tour,” said fair board member and racing committee chair Tracy Small. “We’ve got a lot of energy here. The grandstands seat 7,000 and we put in new Musco lighting as part of a $500,000 track upgrade.”“We started weekly racing with six events four years ago and have 16 this year,” he added. “We have a strong group of racers and race fans in Northwest Iowa.”Entry fee is $50, tow is $75 and minimum of $150 will be paid to start at Clay County. IMCA Speedway Mo­tors Weekly Racing National, BMS North Central Region, Allstar Performance State and special series points will be awarded.Pit gates open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Spectator admission is $15 for adults and free for 12 and under. Pit passes are $25Also running are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.More information is available by calling 712 262-4740, on Facebook and at the www.claycountyfairspeedway.com website.Wednesday’s winner at BVR earns $1,000 and national, regional, state and local track points will be given. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.Admission to the grandstand is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and veterans with ID, and kids 12 and under are $2 or free with the donation of a non-perishable food item for the local food bank. Pit passes are $25IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts complete the program. More information is available by calling 712 267-3278 and at the www.buenavistaraceway.com website.After back-to-back seasons in 2014 and 2015 when no HDT competitor posted multiple wins, the 2016 series has already seen three drivers accomplish the feat.Joel Rust of Grundy Center, Justin Kay of Wheatland and Corey Dripps of Reinbeck have each won twice thus far.Point leader Chris Abelson of Sioux City and Brian Irvine of Oelwein own single checkers.The tour record for feature wins in a season is three, set by Richie Gustin of Gilman in 2010 and matched by Hinton’s Jay Noteboom two years later.One hundred and forty-nine different drivers from eight states, California and Nevada among them, have competed through the first eight Dirt Tour events.IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, 280; 2. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, 258; 3. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, 255; 4. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, 248; 5. Kyle Brown, State Center, 232; 6. Richie Gustin, Gilman, 196; 7. Mark Elliott, Webster City, 168; 8. Brian Irvine, Oelwein, 160; 9. David Brown, Kellogg, 145; 10. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 137; 11. Jacob Murray, Hartford, 134; 12. Ryan Maitland, Waterloo, and Kurt Kile, Nichols, both 127; 14. Tim Ward, Harcourt, 118; 15. Dakota Hayden, Wilton, 108; 16. Darin Duffy, Urbana, 104; 17. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, 101; 18. Mike Van Genderen, Newton, 91; 19. Todd Shute, Des Moines, 90; 20. Chris Zogg, New Liberty, 89.last_img read more

  • Negangard to be acting Attorney General for State during Hill’s suspension

    first_imgIndianapolis, IN—The Indiana Supreme Court’s ruled of a 30-day suspension of Attorney General Curtis Hill’s law license on Monday.  Beginning May 18, former Dearborn County Prosecutor and now Chief Deputy Aaron Negangard will assume responsibility for the legal operations of the Attorney General office during the temporary suspension of Hill’s license until it is reinstated on Wednesday, June 17.last_img

  • Rodgers sure Reina will stay

    first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident Jose Reina will still be at the club next season. The 30-year-old goalkeeper moved to Anfield in July 2005 and has been a constant through the many managerial changes and subsequent squad upheaval. Persistent rumours have linked Reina with a move away from Merseyside this summer but Rodgers has seen no signs that the Spaniard is headed for the exit door. The Reds boss told national newspaper reporters: “He’s never been unsettled and our relationship is very strong. I have given him and a few of the senior boys real responsibility and I think they have enjoyed that.” He continued: “I see him as someone who is going to be here. He is 30 years of age and is someone who looks after his body. The sports science team this year have worked really well with him. “I think he’s been outstanding and had great focus and hopefully that will continue for us.” Arsenal and Barcelona have been mooted as likely destinations for Reina, whose father, Miguel, said earlier this year that his son would like to return to Barca, where he began his career. Rodgers said: “I think a lot of the stuff this year has been based on speculation with (Victor) Valdes going, or possibly going, there have been links they (Barcelona) will be in for another keeper. His dad has said some things and whatever. “Pepe and I speak a lot. He’s a good man and I’ve got real respect for him as a player and as a human being. “He understands everything we are trying to do here and is a great voice in the little debriefing meetings we have with the group and with the defenders and other goalkeepers. He’s brilliant.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Local swimmers earn PVC All-Star selections

    first_imgELLSWORTH — Several local swimmers have been rewarded for their outstanding seasons with Penobscot Valley Conference All-Star selections.Ellsworth’s boys’ team earned the most All-Star nominations of any school with eight individual nominations and three team nominations. The Eagles’ individual selections were Camden Holmes (50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly), Richie Matthews (200-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke), Sam Pelletier (200-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke), Austin Baron (100-yard freestyle) and Sean Hill (500-yard freestyle).Ellsworth’s 200-yard medley relay and 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams also earned All-Star honors. Head coach Jim Goodman was named PVC Boys’ Coach of the Year.For the Ellsworth girls, Ellie Clarke earned All-Star selections in the 50 free and 100 backstroke. She also joined Caitlin MacPherson, Abby Mazgaj and Miriam Nelson on the Eagles’ 200-yard freestyle relay selection.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBucksport senior Anthony Wardwell was named the PVC Boys’ Diver of the Year for his impressive season. Wardwell won an individual state title at last month’s Class A state championships.Ava Sealander of George Stevens Academy was named PVC Girls’ Swimmer of the Year. Sealander earned All-Star honors in the 500 free and 100 breaststroke.last_img read more