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May 11, 2000

News Channel 20 stopped by the Lincoln Daily News office today to check out Lincoln's first online source for Logan County news. Here, reporter Gary
Alexander interviews Jeff Mayfield, sports talk writer for the Lincoln Daily News.  Watch Channel 20 Saturday at 6 p.m. for the report.

BUSINESS & AG
Lincoln Dairy Bar
"Moo-ve" over

Martin Moo Moo’s Ice Cream Shop
is 20

[MAY 11, 2000]  Everyone is invited to scream for ice cream at Martin Moo Moo’s Ice Cream Shop’s 20th anniversary on May 20th. The shop still lovingly referred to by local residents as the Dairy Bar, located at 1130 Broadway Street, has been owned and operated by the same family for the past 20 years. The shop will sell ice cream cones for 35 cents and milk shakes for $1 on the day of the celebration.

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SPORTS TALK
The state of the Railers

[MAY 11, 2000]  Many people believe that boys high school basketball is a short season. To them the basketball year starts around Thanksgiving time and ends in the beginning of March. But to the initiated, the basketball season is much longer. Some argue that it is too long, while others say if you want to improve you have to be playing. I once asked current Illini head coach, Lon Kruger, what his thoughts were on the subject. I figured he’d be a reasonable voice on the matter because he has a son who plays high school basketball. So I stupidly asked Coach Kruger, don’t you think the basketball season is too long? And don’t you think all these summer leagues and tournaments are overkill, leading to kids getting burned out? His reply was, "No, I don’t think so. What do you think the kids in Indiana and Michigan are doing this summer. They’re getting better." Apparently Lincoln head coach Neil Alexander subscribes to Kruger’s theory, because he never seems to take a break. He’s always working, striving to make his Railers better. Maybe that’s why his teams have averaged 20 wins a year for an amazing 10 years straight. I caught up with Coach Alexander in his gym-side office to get his take on the current state of the Railers.

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ORGANIZATIONS & EVENTS
Library announces summer reading program

[MAY 11, 2000]  The Lincoln Public Library's summer reading program is again kicking off with a bang. Children who are planning to read a specified number of books this summer are encouraged to bring their parents to the kickoff on Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lincoln Park District Recreation Center.

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HOW WE STACK UP
Full-time public school teachers

[MAY 11, 2000]  The new chart on the Stack Up page compares the number of full-time public school teachers for kindergarten through high school in 10 Illinois counties.

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