Leon O. Siebert

first_imgLeon Orval Siebert, age 73 of Batesville, Indiana passed away on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at his home.  Born on October 11, 1946 in Batesville, he was the son of Ray and Betty (nee: Dugle) Siebert.Leon served in the US Army in Vietnam as a helicopter Crew Chief.  He earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star during his time of service.During his younger years, Leon had many jobs. He worked as a sand blaster in the Gulf of Mexico on the large oil rigs for several years. He also owned and drove his own semi-truck in Texas for a few years. About 10 years ago Leon returned to Batesville where he worked in the stamping department of Batesville Tool & Die.Most knew how much Leon loved his dog, Gizmo. Because of his recent health issues, Leon liked to watch TV.  He used to do a lot of woodworking making small things like letters and such.He is survived by his sister, Darlene Baechle of Bradenton, FL and brother, Marlin (Julia) Siebert of Batesville, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.Visitation will be Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 11-1pm with a 1:00pm funeral service all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville. Pastor Creighton P. Leptak officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery with military honors by the Ripley County VFW Post #3183 and Prell-Brand American Legion Post #271.Due to the COVID-19 precautions, all attending are asked to wear a mask and follow proper social distancing protocol. If you are not feeling well, or if you have compromised immune system, you are encouraged to stay home.Memorials may be given to the ALS Association by bringing it to the services or mailing to Meyers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 202, Batesville, IN 47006.You are welcomed to leave a message at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com on Leon’s obituary page for the family in the online guestbook.last_img read more

Athletes react to recent shootings

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Former USC running back Reggie Bush, part of the 68.7 percent of NFL players who are black, according to the Institute of Diversity and Ethics in Sport, was outspoken via his Twitter account about the Baton Rouge shooting of Alton Sterling on Tuesday. The 49ers running back tweeted a picture of the Louisiana black man moments before he was shot and killed, complete with text and graphics pointing out the two police officers seemingly controlling both of Sterling’s hands.One of Bush’s tweets read: “When will this stop I don’t see any difference they still killing our people for no reason! Scared trigger happy cops with no training.”Clippers guard Jamal Crawford also weighed in Wednesday, tweeting: “Innocent lives man.. No restart button on life. People are taking lives like they’re playing a video game.. HAS TO STOP! #AltonSterling.”Former Lakers forward Metta World Peace, who encountered plenty of police officers growing up in a rugged neighborhood in Queens, New York, explained to the Southern California News Group his unique perspective on the series of shootings. In reference to two black men who were killed amidst questionable circumstances, he allowed that “people died that should not have died,” and argued that each officer involved in the fatal shootings should resign. But World Peace’s overriding sentiment for law enforcement was one of admiration and understanding for the peril they are routinely exposed to on the job.“You need police officers training to protect and serve, of course. But you can’t always be looking out for bad things,” he said. “At the end of the day, if you train a pitbull to bite, the pitbull will bite.”World Peace recalled an episode from his youth when two police officers joined a pick-up basketball game, leaving their guns on the sideline “in the middle of the ‘hood.” “I trust cops. If I die trusting cops, so be it,” World Peace said. “What I don’t trust is the system.”The 16-year NBA veteran heavily involved with mental health charities is advocating for funding required psychology courses for police officers to better equip them to understand the people in their jurisdiction. Diamond Bar native Alex Morgan of the U.S. soccer team was among those contributing to the outpouring of support for the fallen officers in Dallas, tweeting Thursday night: “Hurting for Dallas right now. It seems like we wake up or go to sleep reading more tragedies than not.I want to wake up from this nightmare.”Defensive end Chris Long, who played for the Rams the last eight seasons, tweeted several sentiments after the Dallas shootings.“Praying for those Dallas PO’s. Respecting, appreciating good ppl in uniform. Being angry about an unjust murder by a PO not mutually exclusive,” Long tweeted. “All violence in this country sucks. Whoever perpetrates it. intellectually dishonest people will continue to justify it. So sad. Rant over.”Kershaw is not only geographically tied to law enforcement in Dallas, he contributes to a charity, Behind Every Door, that targeted the apartment complex with the highest crime rate in Dallas. A community center was built in the complex that Kershaw’s contribution is helping renovate in an effort to keep youth off the streets. The effort is directly affecting the Dallas Police Department, which Kershaw has been tied to since growing up in the city they protect.“Being from Dallas, you see cop cars all the time,” Kershaw said. “It’s just scary to think they’re being targeted.”Staff Writers Mark Medina and J.P Hoornstra contributed to this report.center_img It hit close to home for Clayton Kershaw in every sense when shootings in Dallas on Thursday night claimed the lives of five police officers, wounded seven more and injured two civilians.The Dodgers pitcher is a Dallas native who still resides there in the offseason. He was a fearful spectator from 1,500 miles away on Thursday, hoping friends and family remained out of harm’s way as the horrific events unfolded in downtown Dallas.“Not far from where we live at all,” Kershaw said. “You never really think that will happen in your city. You just think you’re kind of immune to it, I guess. It just shows that everybody can be affected by it. A lot of my friends and friends’ parents work downtown right there, so just really scared, really sad.”Several athletes with Southern California ties utilized their platform to express sentiments about the events of the past four days, which began with two black men being shot and killed by police officers. last_img read more

Whicker: World Series pitchers have become victims of modern playoff baseball

first_imgThey have doggedly turned their biggest edge, a bullpen that posted 25 consecutive scoreless innings earlier in October, into their most critical weakness.Kenley Jansen has thrown 90 pitches, Kenta Maeda 92. Maeda, a starter for most of his life, threw 42 on Friday and had to pitch again Sunday, and not well.Brandon Morrow worked four games in five days and, alarmed by the shrapnel around him, volunteered to pitch a fifth time in six days. Morrow later admitted he was being “selfish,” but Dave Roberts listened to him and the Dodgers paid.The Cubs did it last year and the Dodgers and Houston are doing it now. They overstock their rosters with pitchers, overwork the ones they trust and ignore the rest.Josh Fields got rocked in Game 2 and is now a non-person (just like catcher Yasmani Grandal). Pedro Baez missed the first two series and presumably would be fresh, except he’s off the roster. Brandon McCarthy is taking up space that another hitter or infielder could occupy.Alex Wood pitched a no-hitter in Game 4 until he gave up a home run to Evan Gattis. That was his 84th pitch and he left. The Dodgers got away with it, but the terror of actually facing a lineup for the third time has consumed all of baseball. Sometimes you listen to the data and sometimes you go with your lyin’ eyes. And, granted, the Dodgers often play the regular season that way. But when you try to dominate every matchup, you need a 30-man staff to survive.San Francisco won three World Series in five years through bullpen management. Their relievers’ WHIPs were 0.92, 0.88 and 1.07. The Dodgers’ bullpen WHIP is still 0.94 in the postseason overall, but 1.48 in the World Series.In 2014 the Giants had workhorses like Jeremy Affeldt and specialists like Javier Lopez and never confused the two. They also kept everyone as fresh as possible. Affeldt led with 11 appearances in the 17-game postseason. Manager Bruce Bochy was holistic, not impulsive.And Bochy never let his starters relieve until Game 7 of the World Series, when tomorrow was Opening Day 2015, and Madison Bumgarner took it and ran.Make no mistake. Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish painted Roberts into this corner when they came up small in Games 5 and 3.But it’s time to quit treating the fifth inning like the ninth, time to stop worrying so much about The Next Out and worry about all 27, time to trust the players who got you there and quit invading their comfort zones.The footnote is the Houston bullpen, which has been worse than L.A.’s and is more disheveled. Ken Giles, the season-long closer, watched his mates blow a 12-9 lead in the ninth. Houston won it against the overexposed Jansen.All the “3s” on the Minute Maid Park scoreboard reminded you of what James Harden does for a living, down the street. But Harden has unlimited 3s inside his shoulder. Pitchers are perishable. They are made of tissue, not pixels. As long as managers and those above them keep ignoring that, the World Series will become an even cheaper thrill. Barbaro suffers setback Dunleavy offers new motivation Tailback Bell to soon rejoin team Kobe-less Lakers drop third consecutive game Group claims China violates human rights Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Managers like Joe Torre would use setup men like Jeff Nelson and Mike Stanton in the sixth and seventh to get to finishers like Mariano Rivera in the eighth. If postseason games are just like the 104 regular-season games you won, why not manage accordingly?How did we get from there to here, to the last two World Series, ruled and ruined by the lust to win every pitching matchup and pull every reliever who doesn’t go 1-2-3?The Dodgers lost Game 5 to Houston 13-12 on Sunday, and trail the World Series 3-2 and must beat Houston’s Justin Verlander to get to a Game 7.Video: Dodgers face Astros in Game 6 on Halloween In 1990 the Cincinnati Reds used eight pitchers in the World Series. Without cloning.Sure, it was a four-game sweep. But Rob Dibble, Norm Charlton and Randy Myers, the Nasty Boys of the bullpen, cut through Oakland with 8 2/3 innings, six hits, three walks, four strikeouts and no runs.In 2002 the Angels had mishaps galore with their starting pitchers in a seven-game win over the Giants, in another Series where the baseballs were slick and aerodynamically talented.Related Articles Highland wrestler wants to ease the pain As the teams set what was the Series record for home runs until Saturday night, no starter other than John Lackey could pitch deep. But Brendan Donnelly gave up one hit in 7 2/3 innings. Closer Troy Percival did nothing but close, with three innings the whole Series, including the final one. Street faces Napolitano in 38th District last_img read more


first_imgMcElhinneys Bridal Rooms in Ballybofey, have beaten off tough competition to be shortlisted as finalists in the 2014 Wedding Journal Reader Awards. With only 5 stores shortlisted for the whole of Ireland and Northern Ireland this is an exciting time for the local company.The shortlisted retailers are voted for by the general public and it’s thanks to votes from past and future brides and customers that has secured McElhinneys the top 5 spot. Voting now continues until Friday May 16th to select an overall ‘Bridal Retailer of the Year 2014” and you can vote by following the link below –http://weddingjournalreaderawards.com/finalists-revealedMCELHINNEYS BRIDAL ROOMS NOMINATED FOR PRESTIGIOUS AWARD was last modified: May 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:awardsBusinessEntertainmentFeaturesMCELHINNEYSnewslast_img read more