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We're making room for more local news.

Some of our readers have expressed their disappointment with us this week over our decision to (at least for now) scuttle the comics and TV Guide in lieu of more local news.

I have fielded several calls from subscribers who have grown accustomed to thumbing through the paper and getting a chuckle from Beetle Bailey, Blondie or Frank and Ernest.

Others swear by the printed TV Guide to do their channel surfing.

Our mindset for the change was mostly to provide more local news for our readers.

Too often, we find ourselves trying to cram a lot of local stories and photos into a tight news hole. And the reason that news hole has been tight is because the TV Guide and comics take up as much as four pages on a given day.

That's space we felt could be better utilized to show you what's going on in your own backyard.

If, however, we find that more of you - our readers - prefer the paper the way it was, we may consider changing back at some point. For now, though, we will do our best to make you forget about the comics and TV Guide with more detailed news coverage.

As always, we welcome your feedback, pro or con.

Saluting the Blue and Gold

How about those Marion Wildcats, huh? There was a stretch of games in January and early February where you had to wonder if the ballclub had peaked as performances were rather lackluster.

But now, the 'Cats (21-11 overall) are on fire, winners of the Carbondale Regional last Friday, beating the host Terriers a second time on their home floor. And they weren't done, adding a first-round sectional win over Columbia Tuesday, 49-41.

Gus Gillespie's boys will now meet East St. Louis (who defeated host Centralia Wednesday night) in the finals of the Centralia Sectional tonight at 7. It's been four years since the 'Cats last advanced to the sectional finals, where they fell to Cahokia, and 28 years (1990) since they last won a sectional, beating Benton, 82-56.

That was the Marion team that featured (among others): Clint Smothers, Quent Hamilton, Jason Reed, Sean Acree, Lamont Nelson and Brian Salone.

Perhaps this year's MHS squad will duplicate that achievement with a win over East STL tonight.

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Mar 9, 2018
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