- Man accused of setting fire to Delta bar; posted photos of it burning on Facebook (9/17/17)5
- McClure man accused of leaving children in hot truck while gambling in casino (9/19/17)1
- New boutique store advocates for special-needs people (9/19/17)
- Say Cheese: The story behind the famous sandwiches at the East Perry Fair (9/22/17)
- Anne Limbaugh dies, leaves legacy of caring (9/22/17)
- Retailer may come to Jackson; rezoning needed first (9/17/17)2
- Planet Fitness to anchor Town Plaza shopping center (9/18/17)2
- Former major-league slugger Darryl Strawberry to speak at La Croix (9/20/17)
- Mo. conservation agents help fight fires in western U.S. (9/15/17)
- Owner of Mary Jane Burgers & Brew in Perryville to open new culinary concept in Cape (9/15/17)3
Teams gave us plenty to cheer this year
From collegiate giant Mizzou to small-town wonder Bell City, basketball teams demanded our attention this season.
At the high school level, there were the Notre Dame girls. This year, they toppled last year's nemesis, Stockton, on their way to taking the Class 2A championship. They became the first girls team from Notre Dame to win a state championship in any sport.
And there were the Bell City boys. It has been 21 years since the school's last trip to the final four. This year a baby-faced coach managed to lead his young team to the first state championship in school history, pounding opponent Santa Fe 88-68.
Southern Illinois University fans watched their team's Cinderella story unfold on television as the Salukis overcame virtually impossible odds to advance to the Sweet 16.
And Missouri made it all the way to the Elite Eight, their supporters becoming more ecstatic with each win.
Congratulations to all the coaches and players who took local fans on a wild, but delightful, ride.