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Lincoln, IL

    posted daily aT NOON (CDT)

September 15, 2000

TOP STORIES

High Tension

[AUG. 26, 2000]  Friday evening’s Balloonfest crowd was witness to a spectacular and frightening sight as one of the launching balloons had an untimely accident with local power lines.

At about 6 o’clock pm Friday, there were 5 or 6 balloons already launched and going up into the warm night's sky, a peaceful and rewarding sight.  At the northwest end of the fair ground track, two other balloons were preparing for launch.  “Big Red,” flown by George Norman {sponsored by Verizon} took off, cleared the fence and the road, but failed to continue the necessary rapid assent.  Instead of gracefully taking to the air, the balloon came toward the earth.

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TOP STORIES

Going with the flow

[AUG. 26, 2000]  No wheels, no rudders, or steering wheels, how do you steer a balloon?  Basically you don’t.  You are at the mercy of the airflow.  You go where the wind takes you.  Air currents influence the direction a balloon moves.  At one level the winds may be going one direction and at another level an entirely different direction.  So by rising and lowering you can nominally guide the balloon.

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Friday night, balloon in trouble

Friday night balloon glow

Saturday morning balloon 'launch' a damp event

Art in the Park

Lincoln Public Library Book Sale


Course: Basic
Hot Air Balloons 101

[AUG. 26, 2000]  Friday afternoon Stan Pasley, balloon pilot from East Moline, demonstrated for students at Washington-Monroe Elementary School how a hot air balloon works. Rick Zimmer, a Lincoln balloon pilot, assisted. Zimmer’s wife, Gail, is a teacher at the school. Mrs. Zimmer and Deb Turner, also a teacher at the school, are balloon crew members. Students asked questions of Pasley and Zimmer and were able to touch the balloon fabric and the baskets.

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Art fair pictures


STILL WATERS RUN DEEP

Downtown renovation, liquor licenses,
tax abatements and senior citizen programs

How do we encourage
public discourse on
the nature of government?

[AUG. 26, 2000]  Recent governmental events in Lincoln and Logan County set one to thinking about political philosophy. For the sake of distilling a few core principles from a mountain of particulars, I will simplify the relative facts.

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SPORTS NEWS

Lincoln Railers Football season opens at home

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SPORTS TALK

Part 3
Carnahan still
on the point
at Merchant Marine Academy

[AUG. 26, 2000]  In the conclusion of an interview with LDN's Jeff Mayfield, former Lincoln Railer Preston Carnahan talks about basketball in the Lincoln community, his faith, his family and his decision to attend the Merchant Marine Academy.

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HEALTH & FITNESS

Grant will help fight osteoporosis

[AUG. 26, 2000]  Lt. Gov. Corinne Wood recently presented a $14,000 check to Debby Cook, director of nursing at Logan County Health Department, to assist Logan County Health Department in addressing osteoporosis through its "Calcium Counts 1, 2, 3" program. The Illinois Department of Public Health’s Office of Women’s Health is providing the grant, which is part of an initiative announced by Gov. George Ryan.

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