The smoking rate in Southeastern Indiana remains higher than the national average.According to the Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey, 33.7% of adults in the Ripley, Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio and Switzerland counties are current smokers. The figures are nearly unchanged since 2010.The report revealed the Tri-State smoking rate of 25% is higher than the national average of 20%.Rural areas in the region generally have higher smoking rates than urban areas. The past three years have shown some improvement, as the Tri-State rate remains double the number from the Healthy People 2020 goal of 12%.Healthy Choices about Substance Use, Interact for Health Senior Program Officer Ann Barnum says the numbers show the region is moving in the right direction but not as steady as preferred.“What we have seen in our communities in Indiana, is that Indiana has dropped significantly,” Barnum said. “One of the reasons, is because they have put a lot of effort into countering the advertising that goes on for tobacco and countering it with messages about health promotion.”The smoking rate in the Tri-State has been steadily decreasing over the past 14 years, down from 35% in 1999.
SHERIDAN, Wyo. – After nine years, new numbers will be written on the lineup board at Sheridan Speedway. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds will headline Friday shows at Sheridan this season. The 3/8-mile dirt oval had been idle since 2006 and car numbers were still visible on the infield whiteboard when cleanup and renovation work got underway.“I had raced there myself and it always sparked my interest to own my own track,” said Craig Draper, who purchased the speedway last December. “We’re revamping the entire facility. We have built all-new concessions and grandstand seating. This is an outstanding track.” Spectator parking will be expanded and an overflow area for the pits is in the works. Also planned is a static camera system that will allow drivers to watch the races on Youtube just minutes after they take the checkers. Opening night is May 8. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point races for the Modifieds continue through Aug. 28.“We’ve had an amazing group of volunteers here. It would have been so much more difficult without their help,” promoter Cary Smith said. “Businesses and people in the Sheridan community have donated their time and resources. It’s been overwhelming.” “What I like best about the Modified division is the drivers. They’re what racing is all about,” she added. “The action on the track is great but there’s so much more interest because of the personal connection fans have with the drivers.”Sheridan Speedway is part of IMCA’s Larry Shaw Racing Western Region.
Mary Ann Griner, 80, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg. Born January 12, 1939 in Rodney, Indiana, she was the daughter of Norvel Hill and Violet (Baker) Hill. She was tough as nails and loved Waylon Jennings, reading Dean Koontz, and enjoyed her solitude with the company of her cats. She also liked Stranger Things, Fats Domino, mush and eggs, slushies, A&W fried chicken, Storie’s tenderloins, and still called it Decatur Bank after all these years. She disliked wearing long pants, temperatures above 40F, and robocalls. Mary Ann married Edgar A. Griner on October 27, 1956 and he preceded her in death on January 4, 1984. She is survived by 5 children, Vicky (Arthur) Hodapp, Chris Griner, Lori Griner, Benjamin Griner, and Adam (Han) Griner. Memorials may be made to the Decatur County Animal Shelter in Greensburg. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the South Park Cemetery in Greensburg. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
The USC men’s basketball team will welcome the Stanford Cardinal to the Galen Center Wednesday night riding a four-game winning streak and a second-best 6-2 Pac-12 record. Stanford will come into their Los Angeles road trip having beaten both UCLA and USC earlier this season and with the third-best record in the Pac-12 at 5-2. Sophomore forward Nick Rakocevic’s aggressive play style has earned him 95 total rebounds in the 2017-18 season. George Lydakis | Daily TrojanHead coach Andy Enfield believes that the Pac-12 is as good as it has been, but that the Trojans and their defense should be prepared for Wednesday night’s game.“[Redshirt junior forward] Reid Travis is an all-conference type of player, we have to limit him with his isolations and keeping him off of the offensive glass,” Enfield said. “To give us a chance to win it all starts with creating turnovers and making sure to keep the ball safe. We’re ready to go, but this league is really challenging this year. Every team can beat each other on any given night and on Wednesday night we see a Stanford team that gave us our last loss.”Stanford’s previous win over USC earlier this month came off of a half-court buzzer-beater from freshman guard Daejon Davis that nullified a last-second layup from Trojans’ senior guard Jordan McLaughlin with 1.7 seconds left. In that match, the team came back from being down 13-4 in the first half to finish it on a 43-23 run. The second half, however, belonged to the Cardinal. While junior forward Chimezie Metu and sophomore forward Nick Rakocevic combined for 11-of-13 from the field for 22 points, the rest of the Trojans scored just seven second half points off of 2-of-17 shooting. In response, Travis exploded for 18 points as Stanford put up 41 points, hitting 15-of-19 from within 2-point range. After going up 62-51 with 14:03 left in the second half, the Trojans scored just 14 points in the final 14 minutes, while allowing the Cardinal to put up 26 and win the game in the final moments. Just like Stanford, USC’s forwards were the highlight of the game. Led by Metu’s team-high 20 points, three blocks, three assists and five rebounds, fellow forward junior Bennie Boatwright and Rakocevic combined for 13-24 shooting from the field, 18 rebounds and 30 of USC’s 76 points.For Rakocevic, this game is not an opportunity for revenge, but rather a chance for USC to show that they are much better than what they showed up in Palo Alto. “We’re coming after them especially because we all thought we had that first game,” Rakocevic said. “That buzzer beater obviously hurt, but I feel like we let that game go, this time that’s not going to happen. It’s all about depth, because sometimes guys are going to have off nights..”Other than McLaughlin’s modest 16 points, seven assists and four steals on 50 percent shooting, the Trojans’ guards failed to show up in Troy’s first showdown with the Cardinal. Guards sophomore Jonah Mathews, senior Elijah Stewart, freshman Jordan Usher, redshirt junior Shaqquan Aaron and redshirt sophomore Derryck Thornton combined to hit just 3-of-17 from the field for only 10 points and three assists. Against Oregon State, however, those same guards racked up 40 points and six assists, hitting 12 of 22 shots from the field, including all 10 of USC’s 3-point shots. “We have a deep team, the starters have the confidence in us so that it’s not a let down when we get it,” Usher said. “When we get in, sometimes the mojo clicks extra for us and we have a special night. Our team has gotten closer throughout the year. We had some adversity at the beginning of the year, but I think we’re really hitting our stride and now we’re becoming a team that everyone thought we should be.” Although USC may have lost on a 3-pointer, the Trojans actually defended the deep ball better than they had nearly all season.Besides holding Cal State Fullerton to just 10.5 percent from deep (2-19), the Trojans forced the Cardinal to hit only four of their 21 3-point attempts (19 percent) before Davis hit the game-winner. Much like how USC guards were able to hit their 3-pointers over Oregon State, the Trojans also defended the perimeter well, limiting the Beavers to just 4 of 18 from beyond the arc for a second-best 22.2 percent. If recent trends continue for the Trojans, USC should be able to hit the 3 offensively and prevent it defensively. For Stanford, their star junior forward Reid Travis has put up four double-doubles in Pac-12 play, including a career-high 29 points and 10 rebounds over USC just a few weeks ago. Even if Travis — who is averaging 20 points and 7.6 rebounds per game — fails to score, the Cardinal has a lethal collection of guards who can score at will. “We need to make it tougher for everyone on Stanford,” Mathews said. “We let them off too easy last time. Some of their ball screens, they were catching it too easy. We’re playing them at home now so we can’t let them come in here and punk us. ”In a 79-70 victory over Washington State, Travis mustered a season-low 6 points on 1-6 shooting, while guards senior Dorian Pickens and freshman Daejon Davis combined for 43 points and nine 3-pointers. Although Pickens and fellow senior forward Michael Humphrey lead the supplementary scorers with 13.1 and 11.3 points per game, respectively, freshmen forward KZ Okpala, guard Isaac White, forward Oscar Da Silva and Davis have played meaningful minutes and provided plentiful buckets. While Davis has started a majority of Stanford’s games, Okpala and Da Silva have both played big roles either as starters or coming off the bench. Davis stuffed the statsheet against ASU with 13 points, three steals, eight assists and five rebounds on 40 percent shooting, a typical night for a freshman who averages 9.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 0.9 steals per game. Despite playing just 18 minutes in a big 86-77 win over Arizona State, Da Silva racked up 14 points, seven rebounds, a block and an assist all on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting from the floor.White, who comes in relief, leads the team in terms of completed 3-pointers, hitting 33 of his 97 shots from downtown. With such a loaded bench, the Trojans will have to keep up their defensive intensity for 40 minutes, a strategy that Enfield emphasized during practice on Monday. “What has been most impressive is not just the defensive effort from our bench, but our starters as well,” Enfield said. “Our team defense is much better, it doesn’t matter who we put in the game. We have to do a better job of challenging their buzzer-beaters, but hopefully we are up enough where that won’t matter.”
Luis ‘Deilor’ Sevilla, Dygma RaiseWe’ve been following Luis ‘Deilor’ Sevilla’s post-LoL Fnatic Coach career with a watchful set of eyes. We first interviewed him back in March with the plans for his the all-new gaming keyboard, then called Shortcut, in the very early stages. Now, with a new name and look in Raise and seven months down the line, it’s about to launch on Kickstarter. Esports Insider: We spoke to you back in March when the Shortcut.gg was far more of a concept than a reality. It has since changed name; to Dygma Raise. What else has been going on since then?Luis ‘Deilor’ Sevilla: Put it this way; a lot has happened since March! As you can see, Raise is much more “normal” than Shortcut. This is the consequence of a closed beta that we did with 50 users around May.Although the feedback about ergonomics was really good, we realised that most users took too long to get used to Shortcut. We thought that although Shortcut had a lot of potential, it would be too niche as an initial launch product.“We went all the way to Shenzhen; the Silicon Valley of hardware. We visited over 25 factories, multiple design houses and spoke with many gaming peripheral experts”We started working on a keyboard that had similar health benefits but no learning curve and that’s how we came up with Raise.A lot of time and energy went into it. We went all the way to Shenzhen; the Silicon Valley of hardware. We visited over 25 factories, multiple design houses and spoke with many gaming peripheral experts. It was an awesome experience, and we learnt a ton.Since late summer we’ve been prototyping, testing and preparing the Kickstarter campaign.ESI: What have the major challenges been to date? Did you anticipate these or has it been a case of learning as you go?Luis: From Dygma’s perspective the major challenge was having to pivot from Shortcut to Raise. We had to reconsider our approach balancing testers’ feedback and our vision for the company.For me, the major challenge has been handling our social media and communication. Communication is crucial for any startup because you fight against being irrelevant. You want to deliver value and build your brand. If you achieve it, later you’ll need to take on the established brands.Over the course of the year we’ve worked with two different communications agencies and a community manager but these never really meshed. We haven’t found anyone that reaches our expectations. As such we took it on ourselves; I’ve created 95% of the written content and I’ve been 100% in charge of our social media for the last few months!ESI: You’re soon going live on Kickstarter. Why was this decision made?Luis: Since the start of the project launching a Kickstarter campaign has been something I’ve considered.Hardware is insanely expensive and this way your first buyers are the ones that really want your product. If you succeed, you have market fit and it’s far likelier that your company survives. If you don’t succeed, in short it means that your product and communication aren’t good enough.ESI: You were quite open with utilising the community to be a part of perfecting the keyboard in its early stages, have they continued to play a key role?Luis: Yeah, up to the point that we were sure that our design was ready. It’s really important to listen to feedback but you can’t expect users to design the product. You need to understand what their needs are and how to ensure you’re meeting them.“Since late summer we’ve been prototyping, testing and preparing the Kickstarter campaign”This means that sometimes you’ll make decisions that some users may not agree with or understand, but overall you’ll still improve the user experience.ESI: Are there any further plans for the promotion of Dygma Raise with pro players and teams? You’re closely involved with Movistar Riders as the team’s Director of Performance, will they be one of the first to utilise the new keyboard?Luis: Yes but it’s neither simple nor easy. Most of the top teams are already sponsored by major brands. Also, we only have one keyboard; we don’t have mice or headsets and as such we are less attractive to orgs as they’d need to find other sponsors for those peripherals.What we want to do is sponsor players that really see the value of Raise. But that’s not straight forward either; orgs are not at a point that they accept player sponsors that conflict the team sponsors.For sure we will do something with Movistar Riders in the future but for now, I’m not sure what that will entail.