Have we been spoiled?Week after week of Saturdays filled with fantastic finishes and crazy endings might have elevated our expectations too much.There were a few exceptions like Stanford-Notre Dame, but for the most part the numerous rivalry games over the holiday weekend were lacking in fourth-quarter drama. There are plenty of high-stakes contests to come, of course, and we’ll certainly be watching. But sometimes we must accept that even good games aren’t always great ones.Here’s what else we learned while feasting our way through Week 13.Sometimes, you really can see a train wreck comingFollow the road to the 2015 College Football Playoff at The Football Four, our home to rate and debate the nation’s best. Florida was a bit fortunate that the bulk of its SEC schedule was played before the midseason suspension of starting quarterback Will Grier. Though the offense hasn’t been nearly as productive without him, the Gators managed to get by lesser opponents — sometimes just barely.But Florida State was bound to be a different animal, with enough playmakers on its own offense to build an insurmountable lead. Only a fumble that the Seminoles had to cover in their own end zone for a safety prevented the Gators from being shut out, and it’s difficult to see next week’s encounter with Alabama in the SEC title game ending differently.There was a similarly predictable result for Penn State, whose 7-4 record belied its lack of quality victories. The Nittany Lions proved no match for Michigan State, who cruised into Saturday’s Big Ten final date with Iowa with an almost certain College Football Playoff appearance on the line.But having said that…Careful how you wear that targetHave we mentioned that going undefeated is really hard? Clemson appeared to be in control early at South Carolina. But the unbeaten Tigers watched the Gamecocks, who entered the game 3-8, cut their margin to three points in the fourth quarter before Deshaun Watson restored order.Just being a heavy favorite carries plenty of challenges. It took well over a half for Alabama to gain a comfortable lead at archrival Auburn. Of course, the Crimson Tide also have a take-charge Heisman Trophy contender in Derrick Henry.And finally… Sometimes, the kick worksStanford’s Conrad Ukropina wasn’t the only hero kicker in the Bay Area Saturday night. His counterpart in Berkeley delivered in the clutch later, though most of the nation probably slept through one of the better games of the day.Matt Anderson’s 26-yard game winner on the final play capped a huge California comeback against Arizona State. The Golden Bears trailed 24-3 midway through the second quarter before Jared Goff led a furious rally with five TD passes.VIDEO PLAYLIST: COLLEGE FOOTBALL FAN INDEX
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Rafael Benitez has dismissed reports he could be set to take Chelsea duo Juan Mata and David Luiz to Napoli.Both men played under Benitez during his eventful spell as interim manager at Stamford Bridge last season.There has been speculation about their futures since Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea, with Mata consistently finding himself overlooked by the Blues boss.AdChoices广告But Benitez, who has also been linked with Barcelona’s former Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano, insisted there was little chance of any of them joining him in Italy.He said: “I read in the papers that we are close to deals for Mascherano, Luiz and Mata, but that is not true. It is very difficult to get players like that.“On most of the players linked with Napoli, there isn’t a real interest from us. I am happy with the squad I have.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
[/media-credit] Antonio Conte’s reign at Chelsea is over Antonio Conte relishes confrontation – and that may ultimately have proved his undoing at Chelsea.The 48-year-old has been in argumentative mood since guiding the Blues to the Premier League title in his first season in charge.And he was bullish after the FA Cup final win over Manchester United on May 19, describing himself as a “serial winner” who “can’t change”.AdChoices广告The challenge was: back me or sack me.The axe has now been wielded, but, coming 55 days after the Wembley win, Conte’s departure has been a messy one. He even took charge of the first days of pre-season training, with the non-World Cup players.In the intervening period, Roman Abramovich has encountered diplomatic problems with his UK visa, leading to speculation about the viability of his long-term ownership, and Chelsea have indefinitely delayed the proposed rebuild of Stamford Bridge.There is little argument that this is now the most challenging period in Chelsea’s recent history.Embed from Getty Images See also:Abramovich’s 12 managerial appointments – how each man has fared in the hotseatConte’s eventful Chelsea reign: in numbersSarri incoming: How Chelsea’s previous five Italian managers faredConte’s departure confirmed by ChelseaJorginho ‘absolutely ecstatic’ to join ChelseaConte saga has damaged Chelsea, says psychologistConte thanks ‘amazing’ Chelsea fansThe important tasks facing Chelsea’s new managerChelsea confirm Sarri as boss and sign Jorginho The 2016-17 league title success was a surprise, Conte insisted. No-one expected the Chelsea which imploded under Jose Mourinho and then limped to a 10th-placed finish under interim boss Guus Hiddink to win the title, he said.After a difficult start, including a 3-0 loss at Arsenal, Conte switched to a 3-4-3 formation which prompted a 13-match winning run in the league and propelled Chelsea to glory.Conte described the season as difficult on a personal level as he had to live apart from wife Elisabetta and school-age daughter Vittoria, who had remained in Italy.They joined him in Surrey, living near Chelsea’s training ground in Cobham, ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.Signs of problemsBut the initial sign that all was not well with Chelsea was when Conte signed a new contract, on improved terms, but not an extension.The expiry date was still June 2019, the same as the three-year deal which he signed on taking the job after leaving Italy in July 2016.That he lasted this long, completing the campaign and the summer, is a surprise. Successive losses by a three-goal margin to Bournemouth and Watford before Valentine’s Day might have consigned many Chelsea managers to the axe.Embed from Getty Images Conte was fortunate he had earned some good will, but he quickly allowed that to erode away, his relationship with the Chelsea hierarchy disintegrating.The departures of technical director Michael Emenalo, assistant Steve Holland and captain John Terry cannot have helped.Conte warned against a repeat of the “Mourinho season” which followed the 2014-15 title win under the Portuguese.He complained about the size of his squad which was embarking on a return to the Champions League, but he also jettisoned Diego Costa. Admittedly the Spain striker had repeatedly agitated for a move during his three years at Stamford Bridge.Conte moaned about fixture congestion, largely brought about by European football and broadcasters’ demands.And he responded in kind to the verbal barbs thrown in his direction by Mourinho, his predecessor at Chelsea.‘Suffering’Conte insisted he was not worried about the prospect of the sack.He pointed to Chelsea’s hire-and-fire policy under Abramovich and admitted he was no diplomat. He will still be coveted by Europe’s elite clubs, although he appears likely to have to wait for a vacancy. And he will still have an income from Chelsea, for now.He wanted to strengthen last summer, replacing experience with experience, but that was contrary to Chelsea’s recent transfer strategy.Conte declined to openly discuss transfers, but he appeared to repeatedly try to absolve himself of blame by referring to his title as “head coach”.The former Juventus and Italy boss insisted his task was to improve the players at his disposal. He would make recruitment recommendations to “the club”, if asked.The “Mourinho season” did not happen. There has been a different kind of calamity under Conte, much of his own making.Chelsea finished fifth in the Premier League, missing out on Champions League qualification, but won the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over United.Conte spoke of “suffering” ahead of matches with Manchester City and Barcelona.For the Italian – and those Chelsea fans whose affection for Conte has dimmed – the suffering is now over. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
99 SportsLogos.Net Followers 0 837 15 Complaint about NCAA teams mixing stripes with those tapered sections in their uniforms Share this post 2,551 posts Jungle Jim Sign in to follow this Forums Home mctitan53 BigShoop Jungle Jim 837 Members Jungle Jim (edited) Gothamite grubstreet Share this post 53,285 posts 0 Share this post USC’s look really works for me.It isn’t possible, with modern jerseys, to have UCLA striping all the way around the sleeve. It is possible to have the solid stripes down the pants.Not only does this look work, it’s one of the sharpest in college football. Members Discrim 0 Discrim 1,182 0 Sign in to follow this 1,182 This topic is now closed to further replies. 22,645 837 2,551 posts 0 Link to post Members Gothamite 563 Edited October 8, 2006 by Discrimihater 22,645 53,285 posts 15 Share this post Go To Topic Listing 2,287 posts 837 Location:Racine, WI…where I am very proud of my 0-year NFL career five boroughs, one City. 22,645 Share on other sites 15 Posted October 8, 2006 Share on other sites Link to post Link to post Jungle Jim Share this post SportsLogos.Net 0 Posted October 8, 2006 526 posts Posted October 10, 2006 63Bulldogs63 Share this post BigShoop Share on other sites 11,770 posts is very bendy…and I need a hug Forums Home Link to post Members five boroughs, one City. Sports Logos Posted October 10, 2006 Posted October 10, 2006 Gothamite Members All Activity Share on other sites Recommended Posts 1,182 What bothers me most about USC is their road jersey. NO yellow!? Share on other sites Complaint about NCAA teams mixing stripes with those tapered sections in their uniforms By Jungle Jim, October 8, 2006 in Sports Logo News Even though they’ve established a tradition with that combination at USC, it still is a mixture of elements that doesn’t work, IMO. Posted October 8, 2006 I agree. I think USC’s uni’s are really good. Tapered stripes on pants look really stupid and gawdy in my opinion. I think it works for SC. Followers 0 115 posts 63Bulldogs63 563 22,645 mctitan53 Members Link to post 1 Share this post 1 Link to post 0 I attend MTSU, so I may seem like a homer, but I love MTSU’s Uniforms. And I also do not believe that all stripes on a uniform have to match. MT’s Jersey stripe and Pants stripe match (both are tapered). But that doesn’t mean that the helmet stripe has to match also. Just my opinion, but thats what I think. Members I don’t read every thread here, so forgive me if this has been discussed…I was watching Louisville play Middle Tennessee on ESPN2 last night, and noticed that MTSU’s jerseys and pants have those sections on the shoulders and down the pants that are tapered on one or both ends, while their helmets have the traditional stripes. That was SO mismatched. If they’re going to do the tapered thing, then get rid of the stripes down the middle of the helmet, or reduce it to one stripe and taper it. Same goes for USC. They’ve got the tapered things on the shoulders of their jerseys, and straight stripes down their pants. Pick a style and use it. Don’t mix and match. 837 grubstreet Share this post Sports Logo News Link to post 22,645 563 Share on other sites 22,645 Edited October 8, 2006 by Jungle Jim Share on other sites Share on other sites 0 as much as I hate USC, I’ma stick up for em here: those tapered shoulder stripe jerseys are modeled after the jerseys they wore duirng the 60s and early 70s (before they changed to northwestern striping). they wore the very same pants style back then. Not a damn thing untraditional about it.OJ Simpson eramodern USC 0 Share this post Posted October 8, 2006 Link to post Location:Tampa, FL (edited) 99 Gothamite 1,195 posts Members Consistency is overrated.The best uniforms in sports have little inconsistencies that make the whole thing work. 837 Members 99 Why do stripes have to match? USCs uniforms are great. if every stripe(jersey, pants, socks) matched, i think it would be overkill. a tapered stripe on SCs pants would look awful. In fact, tapered stripes on any pants look awful. 0 All Activity Sports Logo News Posted October 10, 2006 1 Share on other sites Favourite Logos:Philadelphia EaglesSeattle MarinersCubs “Cuba” scriptFremantle Dockers Posted October 10, 2006 Sports Logos Link to post Complaint about NCAA teams mixing stripes with those tapered sections in their uniforms
With a little over two months remaining in the majority of leagues around Europe and further afield, clubs are gearing up for the home straight of their domestic seasons.Many divisions are beginning to split into championship and relegation rounds, whereas others are now coming to the stage where every result could have a potentially pivotal say on matters at both ends of the table.This weekend sees some of Britain’s biggest derbies take centre stage, where there are also notable showdowns in South America, Central America and Asia to look forward to.Here, we round up all of the biggest, best and most important upcoming contests from across the globe.Manchester United vs. LiverpoolSaturday, 1.30pmBattles between English football’s two most successful clubs need no extra spice to make them special occasions, but when Manchester United welcome arch-rivals Liverpool to Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime it could have a decisive say on which team finishes as runners-up behind Manchester City on the Premier League table.United currently occupy that spot, two points clear of Liverpool courtesy of their stirring late comeback from two goals down to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at Selhurst Park on Monday night.Jose Mourinho’s side would extend that gap to five points with a win on Saturday, and perhaps just as importantly would temporarily climb 12 points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea in the race for a Champions League spot.Liverpool make the trip to Manchester in fine form, though, losing just one of their last 20 Premier League games and safely booking their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in midweek.Man City are the only visiting team to have beaten United at Old Trafford since January 2016, though, while all three of Liverpool’s league defeats this season have come away from home.United are also the only team Klopp is yet to beat in the Premier League as Liverpool manager, although the Reds are also unbeaten in their last five meetings with Saturday’s hosts across all competitions, with each of the last four ending as draws.Rangers vs. Celtic Sunday, 1pmPerhaps the only match in British football which can eclipse Manchester United vs. Liverpool is the Old Firm derby between Rangers and Celtic, and the Glasgow rivals will lock horns again on Sunday lunchtime.After a long time in which Rangers had to fight their way back up to the top of Scottish football, the Premiership table once again has a familiar look about it at the moment, with these two sides occupying the top two places.Celtic continue to lead the way, though, and Rangers still have a lot of work to do before they can break the Bhoys’ monopoly of the title, which has seen them crowned champions in each of the last six seasons.The current gap of only six points is a lot better than the 39-point difference which separated the two sides at the end of last season, though, and Rangers will welcome their arch nemeses to Ibrox having won their last six games and nine of their last 10 across all competitions.Celtic do still have a game in hand, but the air of invincibility around Brendan Rodgers’s side has been damaged in recent months and they have only won three of their last seven away games in the league – that after a run of 22 wins and one draw in their 23 prior to that.Rangers have not beaten Celtic in normal time since March 2012, though, and the Bhoys have won all three of their league visits to Ibrox since Sunday’s hosts returned to the top flight.Borussia Dortmund vs. Eintracht Frankfurt Sunday, 6pmThe race for the Champions League places in the Bundesliga has been fascinating throughout the season, and it still remains unclear which of the five teams directly behind runaway leaders Bayern Munich will earn their place in the top four.Borussia Dortmund and Frankfurt are two of the teams right in the mix, with only goal difference separating them in third and fourth respectively ahead of this weekend’s action.If the season stopped now, one would imagine both would be content with the top-four finish, but Bayer Leverkusen are just one point behind while RB Leipzig – two further points off the pace – are also waiting to pounce on any slip-ups.Frankfurt are on course for their best top-flight finish since 1992-93 as things stand and may even still harbour hopes of finishing in the top two of the Bundesliga for the first time ever, but including this match they still have to face every other team in the top five this season.Dortmund will welcome them to the Westfalenstadion as a team still unbeaten in 2018, although there have been too many draws in that time for them to nail down their place in the top four just yet.The reverse fixture ended 2-2 in October, but Frankfurt have not won away to Dortmund since 2010 and lost this fixture in the final of the DFB-Pokal last season.Aston Villa vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers Saturday, 6.30pmSaturday afternoon sees a top-of-the-table Midlands derby take place as in-form Aston Villa welcome a Wolves side who have just begun to flounder with the finish line in sight.A 3-0 win over Leeds United at Elland Road in midweek was a timely return to form after a three-match winless streak which had seen second-placed Cardiff City close the gap at the top of the table to just three points.Both teams have suffered defeats at the hands of fellow promotion hopefuls Fulham recently, but for Villa that is their only loss in their last 11 Championship outings – a run of form which includes nine wins.That form has catapulted Steve Bruce’s side up to third in the table, although they are still four points adrift of the automatic promotion places and know that defeat to their near-neighbours on Saturday could undo a lot of their hard work since the turn of the year.Villa have only lost one of their 17 Championship home games this season, though, whereas Wolves have only won two of their six away games this calendar year and are looking for back-to-back victories on the road for the first time since before Christmas.Wolves have won the last two meetings between the sides – including a 2-0 victory at Molineux in October – but you have to go back to March 2011 for their most recent triumph at Villa Park.Nottingham Forest vs. Derby County Sunday, 3.30pmSticking with the Championship – and the Midlands – Nottingham Forest and Derby County will face off in the East Midlands derby on Sunday afternoon.The two clubs, who were largely shaped by the late great Brian Clough, have endured contrasting fortunes this season and this weekend’s contest is a much bigger one for the visitors than it is the hosts.Nottingham Forest have little but pride left to fight for in the final 10 games of the season, sitting equidistant between the playoffs and the relegation zone with 14 points separating them from both.Forest would still relish the chance to put a dent in Derby’s playoff hopes, though, with the Rams currently sitting in fifth place and only four points clear of seventh-placed Bristol City.The formbook is in stark contrast to their league positions, though. The hosts go into the game on a five-match unbeaten run having lost seven and won just one of their 10 league games prior to that, whereas Derby are winless in their last six and have only come out on top three times in their 12 outings since the turn of the year.The Rams have won three and lost none of the last four meetings between the two sides, including a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture, but they have not triumphed at The City Ground since September 2012.Shanghai Shenhua vs. Shanghai SIPG Saturday, 1.35pmThere will be a Shanghai derby in just gameweek two of the new Chinese Super League season as a Shenhua side with Fredy Guarin and Obafemi Martins on their roster welcomes the likes of Oscar and Hulk, who got their campaign off to a flying start with an 8-0 win last weekend.There’s not more to elaborate as regards form seeing as the league has just begun.The away side scored eight goals on Matchday 1 and would definitely be looking to build on last season’s second place finish and they can go on a roll if they overcome Shanghai neighbours.The last five games between both sides have averaged four goals a game with SIPG just edging it on 3 wins and two losses.Sevilla vs Valencia Saturday, 4.15pm5th-placed Sevilla host high-flying Valencia in a clear win or bust encounter in their chase for a champions league spot via the La Liga.Valencia are just a place above their hosts but critically, they are 8 points clear but will definitely see this game as a chance to cement their top 4 place.Los Che started the season in fantastic form, spending 9 weeks in second place behind Barça and anything less than a champions league spot would put a negative damp on what has been a surreal season for them.Sevilla travel to Old Trafford in midweek with only a slim chance of progression in the Champions League so it would be left to be seen how Vincenzo Montella would approach this game at the Ramon Sanchez Pizquan.Related
AC Milan put in an assured performance at the Artemio Franchi to secure a 4-1 victory against Siena on Sunday and keep up the pressure on league leaders Juventus.Goals from Antonio Cassano and Zlatan Ibrahimovic seemed to have killed off the contest after just half an hour, but Erjon Bogdani’s late consolation made for an uneasy ending to the encounter. However, Antonio Nocerino and Ibrahimovic scored at the death to round off an impressive win.The match started in favour of Milan, who from the offset showed an intent to take the match to Siena. The early signs suggested that they were keen to dictate the pace of the encounter. However, the hosts were prepared to counter the threat with high pressing and their own brand of stylish football.The Rossoneri dominated possession in the opening stages, and on 14 minutes they were presented with their first real chance, which also coincided with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first foray into the Siena box. However he fired just wide of the target after being fed by Cassano.The Italy international was involved in most of his side’s good work in front of goal, as he looked to link up with a red-and-black jersey almost everytime he had the ball at his feet, and his first half display will have delighted Azzurri fans ahead of Euro 2012.Kevin-Prince Boateng was next up for Milan, as he used his power at the far post to rattle the crossbar with a looping header, but he was expertly played offside by a resilient Bianconeri defence. However, the warning signs had been coming, and shortly after, the visitors broke their duck. A cross from Ibrahimovic appeared to have been stopped by Siena goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic, but the Udinese loanee spilled the ball at Cassano’s mercy, as the forward tapped into an empty goal to give his side the lead on 26 minutes.And just three minutes later, the roles had reversed. This time it was Cassano who laid off Ibrahimovic, and the Swede shrugged off a Siena jersey, before taking a touch and slamming the ball past Brkic to effectively put the result to bed.For all of Siena’s endeavour, bar the odd sight of goal from Mattia Destro and Marcelo Larrondo, they failed to provide a true goal threat to Christian Abbiati, and the second half was much of the same, as the match began to fizzle out.Milan were more than happy to see out their commanding lead, but an uneventful 20 minutes suddenly saw Destro squander a creditable chance for the hosts. However, he failed to make a sweet connection with Luca Rossettini’s pinpoint deep cross.Ibrahimovic tried to hit back with a pair of long-range efforts, but Brkic was equal every time in the Siena goal. Nevertheless, Milan did not look like giving up victory as the match drew to a close. However, out of the blue, with seven minutes to go, Siena netted a late consolation through substitute Bogdani, who already showed his mettle with a couple of earlier moves as he slid home a rebound from Destro’s earlier effort.But the win was sealed by Nocerino, who capitalised on a mistake in midfield on the stroke of 90 minutes to power an electric strike into the back of the net, before Ibrahimovic made it 26 for the season with a cool finish past Brkic, courtesy of another Cassano assist.The win keeps Milan three points behind Juventus with three Serie A matches remaining, while Siena drop to 13th in the league standings.
Timothy White/E!(WASHINGTON D.C.) — Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West on Wednesday brought her quest for presidential clemency for an imprisoned grandmother to the White House.President Donald Trump later tweeted a photo of himself in the Oval Office with Kardashian West saying he had a “great meeting” with her to talk about “prison reform and sentencing.”Kardashian West began advocating on behalf of 62-year-old Alice Marie Johnson earlier this year. The grandmother was given a mandatory life sentence plus 25 years in 1997 for her part in a cocaine distribution ring, her first offense.In a statement after the visit, Kardashian West said: “I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon. It is our hope that the president will grant clemency to Ms. Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense. We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson’s future and hopeful that she — and so many like her — will get a second chance at life.”Jared Kushner, the president’s adviser and son-in-law whose father spent time in prison, has made prison reform a personal passion, saying he wants to help those who “have made mistakes, paid the price and are deserving of a second chance.”Johnson’s daughter Tretessa had earlier told ABC News that she was grateful to Kardashian West and her legal team.“She could have just saw the video or read an article or whatever and just said ‘oh that’s a shame’ or whatever and went on with her life, but she didn’t, she chose to get involved in a major way,” Johnson told ABC News.The Johnson family first sought clemency for Alice, unsuccessfully, from President Barack Obama, gathering letters of recommendations from her warden and from members of Congress.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
VINTON, Iowa – The 2016 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season ends this Sunday, Sept. 25.Final races are scheduled that day for Modifieds, Sprint Cars, Stock Cars, Northern SportMods, Southern SportMods, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts.Bonus points will be figured and national and regional champions and rookies of the year announced as soon as possible.Local track officials have until noon Central Standard Time on Monday, Oct. 24 to notify IMCA of corrections that affect their top 15 point standings before all standings for those divisions become official.Questions about IMCA point totals and standings should be directed to Virginia Lindsey, director of membership and points, at email@example.com or by calling 319 472-2201, ext. 215.
K-49 Highway will all that divides the two groceries stores if Dollar General builds store in desired location in Conway Springs.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Dollar General, a corporation headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tenn., is not unfamiliar to Sumner County residents. For years, a Dollar General has been doing business in Wellington.But it hasnâ€™t been until the past 16 months that the company has made a dramatic imprint throughout the county. It started with a Dollar General Market built in Belle Plaine that opened during the summer of 2015. Then Saturday, Caldwell held its grand opening for its new Dollar General store at 538 N. Main St.And now the corporation is eyeing Conway Springs, a community with a population of 1,272 people.Unlike the other three Sumner County stores that are now doing commerce, there has been pushback in Conway Springs. And it has become a source of controversy amongst local citizens, a political pawn between factions of local government, and most of all a debate on what is best for future of Conway Springs.It is ultimately a battle between the â€œmom and popsâ€ vs. the corporate giant – a battle that has been waged throughout rural America for decades. Today, it is the major topic of conversation in Conway Springs.The Clint and Jenny Osner family of Conway Springs.In Conway Springsâ€¦There are several key components to making a rural town independently viable: great schools, a community newspaper, an active workforce. But few would argue having a grocery store is right there near or at the top of everyoneâ€™s wish list.Grocery stores are not only the place to go to start your supper, but in many ways is a community social gathering. Get a loaf a bread, and find out what your neighbor is up to, can all go hand-in-hand.So in 2007, when Joeâ€™s Market grocery store at 103 West Spring in Conway Springs, closed its doors, it was a huge blow to the community. And for almost a year residents were without a grocery store. They were forced to travel to Wichita or Wellington to get their groceries.But then came the Osners. Jenny and Clint were Cardinals through and through. They grew up and graduated from Conway Springs High School and had children. Clint became a certified welder and Jenny became a school teacher. And it was because of their love for the community, and to their dismay of Joeâ€™s Market closing, that they took a huge risk. In an age of corporate chains, they built a home town grocery store.It also helped that Clint knew the grocery store business. His dad, George, was a butcher at Joeâ€™s Market for years. The Osner family also owned an upholstery shop and an Auto Body Shop.The business is as Americana as you could get. Jennyâ€™s brother-in-law is a builder, her uncle is the plumber and her cousin is an electrician. The family would build the grocery store and it was opened on July 15, 2008 calling it â€œHired Manâ€™s Grocery and Grill, Incâ€ at 424 N. 5th St.Not only was Hired Manâ€™s been made into a homegrown store by hometown people, but Clint and Jenny have been hugely involved in community fundraisers to help make repairs to the community swimming pool or raising funds for the local food bank. And in eight years since, the grocery store has been an integral fabric and identity to the community of Conway Springs.So when the news of Dollar Generalâ€™s interest in Conway Springs hit the streets, it became abundantly clear, that the corporation was in for a fight.And it probably didnâ€™t help that the proposed Dollar General is to be constructed right across the street from Hired Manâ€™s.The proposed store in Conway Springs may look very similar to the one just opened in Caldwell.Dollar Generalâ€™s growthâ€¦In 1955, the first Dollar General opened with the concept that no item in the store would cost more than a dollar. Since then, Dollar General has grown into an empire with over 12,400 stores with a huge array of merchandise costing less than $60.In Jan. 3, 2011, Dollar General took it a step further. It announced plans to add 625 new stores in 35 states with a new concept – building super center type grocery stores in towns too small to support a Wal-mart.Sumner County was part of this expansion, and three communities were targeted for new stores which were bigger, brighter and more bodacious than the one currently in Wellington, built in 2011 as a standalone store across U.S. 160 from its previous location at the now defunct Warner strip mall.First came the new Dollar General in Belle Plaine. Then came the one in Caldwell. Both of these are full-branded grocery stores – minus the produce and meat sections. Today, if you search the site, Dollar General has 15 stores just within the 30 mile radius of Wellington.Conway Springs was next on the list.Â Dollar General had targeted a 1.3 acre plot located across K-49 from Handymanâ€™s, just south of the railroad tracks. Dollar General most generally does not own the land it places it stores, but leases it out. This location is owned by Susan Huddleston of Conway Springs and it currently has an unoccupied rental house on the property.Sumner Newscow has attempted to contact Mike Mantle, executive vice president of Petrous Group, the company that develops Dollar Generals in Oklahoma and Kansas, but phone messages have not been returned.To add to the complication of this specific site it is currently not annexed into the Conway Springs city limits but is a residential zoned plot in Sumner County.Â The Conway Springs city limits runs directly on the south edge of the property and to the west. Hired Manâ€™s is city annexed and has been since its inception.In a 30-mile radius around Wellington, there are 15 Dollar General Stores.Political maneuvering â€¦This now makes for an interesting twist to the story. In order for Dollar General to open a business it must have treated water and a sewer system. There is a sewer system going underneath the property. However, there is no direct link for city water. And this is where the city of Conway Springs holds the cards. In order to receive treated water, it needs to hook up to the City of Conway Springs. The Conway Springs City Council has said in order to get water to the location, it has to be annexed within the city.The Conway Springs City Council voted on Sept. 6 not to annex the property – thus essentially saying, â€œwe have the water and you canâ€™t have it.â€The political landscape gets even more muddied when bringing in the Sumner County Commissioners to the fray, who are in turn fighting with the Sumner County Planning Commission, an advisory board serving the commissioners.On Aug. 17, the planning commission held a public hearing on whether to change the zoning on the property from residential to commercial. The hearing was held at the Raymond Frye Complex in Wellington with 150 people attending. The crowd was largely opposed to the zoning change. Those who spoke were worried about flood drainage in the area, placing a business so close to neighboring homes, various traffic concerns, and the fear that children would be crossing a busy intersection at K-49.During the hearing, Sumner County Planning and Zoning Director Jon Bristor provided engineering studies that concluded that flooding may actually be averted with the construction of a Dollar General store, because of new drainage plan produced by Petrous. Also, the Kansas Department of Transportation had approved the plan and said a Dollar General store would not increase potential traffic risks.Nevertheless, the planning commission voted 7-3 to recommend rejection of the zoning change. However, two weeks later, on Sept. 6 the same day the Conway Springs Council voted not to annex the property, the county commissioners decided to overturn the recommendation of its own advisory planning commission and approved making the plot commercially zoned, thus essentially green lighting the construction of Dollar General in Conway Springs.That moved caused castigation from some Planning Commission board members. Longtime planning commission member Ed Larson resigned in protest (see letter to the editor here).However, since that point, Dollar General has applied to connect with Rural Water District 5 which services water to rural customers northeast of Conway Springs. That move obviously precipitated a reversal by the Conway Springs City Council, now wishing to annex the property. According to an Oct. 6 Conway Springs Star article, the council voted to move forward with annexing the property. It is unclear whether or not the council will extend city water to the property.When asked if this is typical of such Dollar General developments, Bristor said Mantle told him, â€œthis has been much more difficult than any other property weâ€™ve developed.â€Jeff Ediger’s Venture Food Market in Caldwell is an anchor business in downtown Caldwell.Meanwhile in Caldwellâ€¦Conway Springs residents donâ€™t have to look very far to see how things might shake out if Dollar General does indeed build there. Caldwell, to the south, just opened two weeks ago with its grand opening ceremony Saturday.Caldwell has a little smaller population of 1,068 people. But the dynamics are nearly the same as Conway Springs. It, too, has a locally owned grocery store.Jeff Edigerâ€™s Venture Foods is located at 1 North Main Street and in the heart of the Caldwell business district. The local store has had multiple ownerships with Ediger purchasing it about 18 months ago after what was a bit of a troubling recent past.Edgier has brought stability to the store, and knows quite a bit about grocery stores, having owned several in small towns across Kansas. And he has competed with Dollar General before.He owned a grocery store in Coldwater, a western Kansas town of 854 people, south of Greensburg.Ediger said when Dollar General was built there it hurt his business tremendously for six to eight months. But then his customers started to come back. They realized he provided better service, he said.â€œOh, it will hurt us for a while,â€ he said last week while working with meat cuts in his Caldwell store. â€œBut you keep doing what you do – provide a better product – a better service.â€He said his store will match or beat Dollar Generalâ€™s prices, provide more food brands than the corporate store and, most of all get people what they need quickly and more proficiently. It also helps that Dollar General wonâ€™t have a meat or produce section in Caldwell.While this sounds goods, in Belle Plaine the local grocery store did close not much later after Dollar General opened. Belle Plaine Grocery closed on July 25, 2015 after Dollar General opened during the early summer.Ediger smiled and said, â€œI was told that store wasnâ€™t well managed.â€ It was a sentiment that has been shared by two other sources, who currently live in Belle Plaine.Besides selling groceries, Hired Man’s is a popular congregating place in Conway Springs. The repeated cycleâ€¦Meanwhile, back in Conway Springs, Clint Osner waits and continues to operate his grocery store in Conway Springs.â€œI donâ€™t hold out too much hope,â€ Clint sighed in resignation that Dollar General is coming. â€œWhen the big boys want to do something thatâ€™s what they are going to do.â€And that is a fear that continues to recycle itself amongst privately owned business owners no matter the profession.One Caldwell business owner, who did not want to be identified for this article, said that if Dollar General is successful in putting Venture Foods out of business it would be a devastating blow to Caldwellâ€™s downtown, because the grocery store is the anchor business- the place people come to congregate. That traffic would be lost and would inevitably hurt the businesses around it.Thatâ€™s a legitimate point that is repeated elsewhere. One only has to look at Wellingtonâ€™s downtown as an example. Old timers could pinpoint two apocalyptic events as it relates to the downtown: the moving of U.S. 81 in the early 1900s away from Washington Avenue, and the moving of Dillons Grocery Store from what is now the Raymond Frye Complex to west Wellington. Both events drove traffic away from that area.Raymond Frye Complex in Wellington is a community center today. But few would argue that it generated more business as a grocery store.Yet, people will also argue that without these two developments, Wellington would never have progressed as a community as a whole. It is the evolutionary reality of commerce and capitalism.And thus comes the ultimate Catch-22 whether it be Wellington or Caldwell or Conway Springs.Do you stifle progress knowing it could hurt the overall economic impact of the town to help the native business community?And it may not be a god-given conclusion that the Conway Springs City Council is against the Dollar General development either as some may think.Conway Springs Council member Larry Phye offered this little nugget of a quote in the Conway Springs Star:â€œIf the city makes an effort to keep Dollar General out of the community, it sends a message that the city is negative in general about new businesses coming into the community.â€Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 200 weeks ago It sounds like Ediger has the perfect plan for combatting a big business competitor, though it’s not always possible for a small business to survive the immediate down tick they will experience before customers start coming back. The one advantage these small grocers will have is that they will always consider a customer more like a friend, while to Dollar General a customer is nothing more than a wallet. If you can survive the short term pain, there’s a very good chance you can will the long fight. I wish both the grocers mentioned in the article nothing but luck. Report Reply 0 replies · active 200 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Chris Solter · 200 weeks ago I hate the idea of a Dollar General store coming into Conway. This idea of a DG coming to Conway Springs has only been a argument from the for and the against. I truly feel if this store comes to town we can lose our Hired Man store. Clint and Jenny support Conway. Do you think DG going to support Conway Springs. Probably Not. If this store is allowed to come here not only would they will hurt Hired Man’s. i don’t agree with Larry Phye that what it is showing that we don’t support our local business so why would anyone what to have a business here. Report Reply 0 replies · active 200 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Ed Larson · 199 weeks ago The point being missed here is where does the money go. With Dollar General the profits go to Tennessee. With Hired Man’s Grocery the profit stays in the community. But the Sumner County Commissioners would rather give an out of state corporation 10 year tax deferments and see the profit leave the county than support a young home grown family. The worst thing Sumner County ever done is create an Economic Development Department. All they do is help out of state corporations destroy small home town family businesses. Report Reply 0 replies · active 199 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down MeanThought · 199 weeks ago If the water supplied to Rural Water Dist. #5 is actually supplied by the city of Conway Springs , did it ever occur to the water district that in circumventing the City they could forfeit the usage of city water to the district? If the City Council actually wanted to say “No Water Period” because Dollar General is not inside the city limits and neither are the rural water users, they could easily just turn off the valve to the water district for awhile and let them think about it! Oh, that’s mean, but it would at least protect a home town business until it was all sorted out. Report Reply 0 replies · active 199 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 199 weeks ago I have not read where Dollar General was offered an abatement. If this is true, could you provide a link to the meeting where this was approved? I certainly don’t believe that abatements should be used on developments that directly compete with local small businesses in communities like Caldwell and Conway Springs. There’s simply not enough dollars to go around. Report Reply 1 reply · active 199 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down InformedVoter · 199 weeks ago SuCo Pride-While a quick scan of County Commission Official Minutes did not reveal anything about tax exemption for Dollar General, but I didn’t check every month. The MKCOOP by Milan did receive some funny stuff including IRBs with sales tax exemptions on building materials during construction. It appears they received property tax exemptions/fixed rate for the 10 year term of the IRBs. MKC is giving $56,000 to the county for economic development in lieu for some of this stuff, try the official minute of Sumner County Commissioners @http://www.co.sumner.ks.us/ElectedOfficials/Commissioners/Minutes/tabid/7621/Default.aspx for 2016-April-18. Now, is the MKC facility is directly competing with Wellington COOP including it’s satellite facilities, Conway Springs COOP, the Scholar facility, and all the trucking companies such as LB White Trucking/others that haul grain? I’m pretty sure they pay property tax on certain items like tags, licensing, and they likely don’t get tax exemptions. However, you would have to answer the question on whether this would be considered directly competing with local businesses. My guess is it is. Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down guest · 199 weeks ago If the town does not want DG there, do not put one in. Do a survey or put it on the ballot. I would not want a business in town that the majority of the town does not want. Report Reply 0 replies · active 199 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down voter/consumer · 199 weeks ago Is not competition a good thing? Do the Osners not want competition? They own the grocery, the upholstery shop, the body shop, self storage buildings, a construction business, rent houses and quite a few downtown buildings and businesses . Are the profits really staying in the community? Probably so, in their large bank accounts. Nothing against the Osners, they are good people but would they be against someone else opening another upholstery shop or body shop? I know some people are too “uppity” to shop at DG but not everyone can afford the high end stores. I know a lot of people who like DG and shop there. If the store is put in and is not successful then it will soon close. I think Conway Springs is large enough to support a DG and the grocery store. I do not know what kind of benefits and wages DG pays or the wages and benefits at the grocery. Do any of the businesses provide health insurance for their employees. Competition in prices and wages are a good thing I believe. Report Reply 0 replies · active 199 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down dgcustomer first com · 41 weeks ago Dear customer of dollar general, We have an excellent opportunity to win a $100 gift card. For getting a chance to win a gift card from the dollar general store, you must finish the survey on the official website. This survey is conducted by leading retail store dollar general so nothing to worry about it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 41 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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