Western Courier

Alleged child molester commits suicide in Macomb

Joseph Poulos

January 31, 1997

Released on bond from Knox County Jail, Ralph E. Frakes ended any future court action against him with a self-inflicted .12 gauge shotgun blast to the head in the parking lot of McDonough District Hospital. Frakes, 68, of Willi...

‘Necks hope to freeze Penguins

January 31, 1997

With tournament time just around the corner, the Leatherneck basketball team may be thinking about who they may play in the first-round of the Mid-Continent Conference tournament.Saturday, the 'Necks may get a taste of who th...

City discusses bar hours

January 31, 1997

The Macomb City Council met last night to determine if Macomb bars should keep their extended closing hour of 2 a.m. on weekends.The council decided to extended the hours, on a 4-3 vote, from 1 to 2 a.m. on a 14-week trial basis l...

Star Wars returns

Tim Murphy

January 31, 1997

Twenty years ago in theaters across the country, a generation experienced "Star Wars" for the first time. Even creator George Lucas couldn't fathom the stratospheric success of the space fantasy melodrama.Lucas was in Los Angeles ...

Stop going to the booth for coaches

Marvin Holman

January 31, 1997

There is a new trend in the National Football league these days and I'm getting very sick and tired of it.The trend is for teams that are major losers for years and years to hire coaches from the broadcast booth. This practice ...

‘Winds look for revenge at YSU

January 31, 1997

When the Westerwind basketball team goes to Youngstown State University Saturday, they will be going for a measure of revenge. The 'Winds lost to the Lady Penguins earlier in the season.The Lady Penguins are very strong offensi...

Rams May not return to Macomb

Neil Kessler

January 29, 1997

Macomb could lose the St. Louis Rams summer training camp to Wisconsin because of a change in the leadership of the organization.Rams head coach Dick Vermiel said in a St. Louis press conference that he was interested in moving ...

Program guarantees graduation in 4 years

Joseph Poulos

January 29, 1997

Many college students do not expect to graduate in four years, but WIU, following the lead of many other universities, is working on a new program to ensure timely degree completion. The program is called Gradtrack, and it will ...

SGA’s progress must deal with its past

Jeff Green

January 29, 1997

As students at WIU, we are very fortunate to be part of an institution that is making attempts to move in a positive direction both academically and socially. Despite the recent rise in optimism for WIU, we must put all of this back p...

Students celebrate King legacy

Lisa Lipscomb

January 24, 1997

The memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was not confined to just one day of celebration.The 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration took place Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the University Unio...

Clinton should not be sued

Rahim Owens

January 24, 1997

While President Clinton has been accused of womanizing, taking money from the Indonesians and other such ethical and/or moral misconduct, such has been the case for Newt Gingrich, Bob Packwood and others in recent years.The fac...

Macomb requests more police officers

Tom O'Neil

January 24, 1997

The Macomb Police Department is proposing a staff increase for the upcoming year and the next two years. According to Police Chief Steve Williams, the proposal calls for adding a community service officer, a secretary and two ...

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