Spafford continues their current ascent in the jam world as they play their Halloween run for their hometown fans in Phoenix, AZ at Last Exit Live on 10/28 and10/29. Coming off the heels of announcing a tour as opening support for jam titans Umphrey’s McGee on a number of dates, as well as a two-night stint as support for Lotus in Chicago, Spafford heads into this traditional Halloween run with a ton of momentum and plenty of anticipation to whet your musical appetite.Spafford And The Magic Beans Are Teaming Up For A Two-Night, Post-Phish New Year’s Run In NYCComing off another stellar run in Colorado, the four-piece band, comprised of Brian Moss (Guitar), Jordan Fairless (Bass), Red Johnson (Keys), and Nick Tkacyk (Drums) is playing at the top of their game, with no peak in sight. According to Fairless, one of the things that makes the band unique is “the diversity and freedom that comes from having five different song writers/lyricists in the band which never really conform to any one specific genre.”The group also recently announced a pair of New Year’s run post-Phish shows in New York City with fellow up and coming act The Magic Beans, which will also mark the first time the band will play The Big Apple (purchase tickets here). Big things are happening for the gentlemen of Spafford, as they grind their way to the top of the jam scene.These hometown Halloween performances promise to be even that much more special with major bust-outs, new covers, and the all-out improvisational excursions the band has become known for. Tickets are on sale now. Do not miss out on these shows!Purchase tickets for the October 28th show here.Purchase tickets for the October 29th show here.
Referees’ chief Mike Riley has leapt to the defence of English officials in the wake of recent criticism of refereeing standards. Press Association But Riley has hit back and claims that, while mistakes are inevitable, data suggests that referees are in fact performing better than ever and that he has the backing of the game’s top brass. “Keith’s entitled to his opinion,” Riley told the Times. “Everyone has one. “But Keith’s description is not something I recognise of the organisation, the standards and what these officials achieve. “It’s not something that the people that I engage with – the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association), LMA (League Managers Association), FA (Football Association) – recognise. None of the data bears that out. “You always look back and think ‘wasn’t life good then’. But my view is every generation is improving on the last. “Go back over the last five years, whether we judge the data from evaluation (by former referees) or the Premier League delegates, it all suggests year on year the group have improved on-field standards. “We also know it gets more demanding, so we have to keep improving. Expectations were completely different before, there wasn’t the camera coverage or scrutiny. “People forgave players more mistakes than now and forgave referees more mistakes.” He added: “If you look at the development of PGMOL over the last five years, it’s been transformational. By any measure it’s been a successful organisation. We will always have a period of mistakes but judge us over 380 games.” Former Professional Game Match Officials Limited general manager Keith Hackett called for his successor Riley to be removed from his position earlier this month, calling the current crop of officials “the worst that we have seen”. That criticism came on the back of attacks on officials from Barclays Premier League managers, with Swansea boss Garry Monk particularly scathing in his assessment of their performances this season.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisTwo City of Alpena residents have been arrested for Conspiracy to Manufacture Meth.According to the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team, a 26-year-old Alpena man and a 28-year-old Alpena woman were arrested for Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine.Hunt Lieutenant, Stuart Sharp said a search warrant was issued, and arrests were made Wednesday afternoon, after a two-month investigation revealed that the suspects made multiple purchases of pseudoephedrin.“Pseudoephedrine is the main product for Methamphetamine and there is a system where those people that purchase pseudoephedrine provide their information. They are only allowed to purchase a certain amount. Those logs are examined to find out if someone is abusing pseudoephedine. That is how we became aware of these people,” Sharp said.Lieutenant Sharp said the Meth trend in the community right now is very dangerous, and highly addictive.“The trends right now in narcotic use especially in our community are very dangerous and they’ve taken a turn from years ago, marijuana…which was a significant drug in our area.Now opiates and Methamphetamine have become apart of our community. Those are very, very highly addictive substances. So generally…heroin if you take it one time you have medically become addicted to it, Methamphetamine has become pretty much the same,” Sharp said.Three children under the age of seven were present inside of the residence during the bust.Sharp revealed that they have now been placed with family members through DHHS.Both suspects are still at the Alpena County Jail.The Alpena Prosecutors Office is expected to bring more charges after the investigation is reviewed.Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine is a felony and can result to up to 20 years in prison and or a $25,000 fine.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena arrest, Alpena County Jail, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, Drug Bust, Huron Undercover Narcotics Team, Meth Bust, Meth Drug BustContinue ReadingPrevious Thunder Bay International Film Festival Is Coming To Area ClassroomsNext Alpena Man Wins $500,000 On Scratch Ticket
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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Argonia boys win tournament championship.by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow â€” The Argonia and Caldwell boys teams both won easily Saturday at the Border Queen tournament in Caldwell. Argonia finished 3-0 in the tournament and took first place. Caldwell on its game and were second after going 2-1 in tournament play. Earlier in the week Argonia edged Caldwell by four in what could be a preview of things to come in the South Central Border League. The teams each played three games and the tournament winner was determined by the won and loss record in those games.On the girls side, Caldwell lost its game in overtime, but due to a tiebreaker was awarded second place. Norwich beat Argonia handily and won the tournament without a loss.The Caldwell Border Queen all-tournament team are as follows: Girls: Â Jesse Tracy of Argonia, Macy Stephens, Megan Kelley and Derien Garrison, from Burden Shannon Mannon of Caldwell . Boys: Seth Hemberger and Kolen Koerner of Argonia, Colten Ward of Caldwell, Tyson Roe and Dustin Handlin of Central Burden.Here is a recap of Saturday’s games.BoysArgonia 51, Norwich 30Argonia jumped out to a 10-5 first quarter lead and the score was tied a couple of times in the second quarter. Argonia put together an 8-2 run to close the half leading 25-19. Argonia pulled away in the third, starting with a 10-2 run and never looked back. Argonia led by 13 heading into the final quarter and played solid defense to pull away. Argonia coach Bob Almanza said his team played four good quarters in a row for the first time this season. “Our shots were not falling in the first half. I told them to keep playing hard and we started to hit some in the third quarter. Defense was the key,” he said. He credited the 2-3 zone defense with keeping Norwich from getting its offense going, and that led to a lot of fast break baskets for Argonia.Seth Hemberger led all scorers with 20 points, with 11 coming in the second quarter as he led the surge at the end of the half. Kolen Koerner added 12, Trevor Pierce had eight. Evan Dolley had seven and Zach Haxton had two. For Norwich, Logan Payne had nine, Nick Kyle had eight and Tyson Roe scored seven.Caldwell boys receive second place trophy in Border Queen Tournament.Caldwell 57, Central Burden 40Caldwell held off a pesky Central Burden team for a half, and then got its game going in the third quarter before gradually pulling away for a 57-40 win. Colten Ward started the game with back to back 3-pointers for Caldwell, but Burden hung around for awhile. Caldwell led by three after one quarter, and led 29-25 at the half. Caldwell’s defense clamped down in the third quarter and outscored Burden 11-4. The Bluejays pulled away from there and led by as many as 21 in the final quarter.Caldwell coach Jason Marlin said his team played better in the second half after struggling early. “Overall it was a pretty good game,” he said.He is a new coach at Caldwell, but with three returning starters off a team that went far in the playoffs last year, the team is expected to do well again this year. Marlin said he has not changed much of what the team was doing last year so the transition has not been very hard.“Some new players have stepped up, and they are starting to trust each other in the game,” he said.Ward had 16 points for Caldwell and Kyler Bruey scored 13. Jordan Schmidt had 8 for Caldwell. Sam Jackson had 12 for Burden.Caldwell girls receive the second place trophy.GirlsCentral Burden 42, Caldwell 32 (overtime)Caldwell struggled to hit the basket throughout the game, and missed the first of two one and one situations in the final minute to allow the game to go into overtime. Both teams had struggled to hit shots for most of regulation, but in the overtime Central Burden made eight of 10 free throws and that was the difference. The game was close throughout with Central leading most of the way by a small margin. Caldwell managed to catch up and led 24-22 after three quarters. Caldwell led by as many as five in the final quarter.Caldwell is now 1-3 overall. Caldwell coach Cory Ward said poor shooting was too much to overcome. The team was 3-for-17 from the charity stripe and shot only 22 percent from the field.“We have got to execute better than that,” he said.Shelby Schmidt scored 10 for Caldwell and Hanna Stuewe scored nine. Shannon Mannon had 13 for Central Burden with seven coming in overtime. Rylee Liebau added nine for Burden.Norwich 51, Argonia 20.Norwich jumped out to a 33-4 lead at halftime and never looked back in a rout of Argonia. Norwich cruised through the tournament unbeaten.Â Argonia got some shots to go late and played even in the final quarter but could not dig out of the hole.Argonia coach Dixie Brewster said her team, now 1-3, has played some good teams early on and with an inexperienced squad, has taken some hard losses.“I think it will be good for us in the long run, it will make us better, but now we are losing some games,” she said.Argonia is starting two freshmen and has three juniors with no seniors. “We played hard and we are working to get better,” Brewster said.Jesse Tracy led Argonia with nine points and Baylee Booker had six points, coming on two 3-pointers.Follow us on Twitter.