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The JT Walker’s Horseshoe is the real deal

You've seen us write about JT Walker's in Mahomet — particularly their Sunday Supper that Jess and Pam attended. Today, my friend Tom Pauly and I went over and had a go at their lunch menu before checking things out across the street at their brewery component.

Well, I was very impressed with the JT Walker's Horseshoe, as I am a big fan of horseshoes in general. Simple food is the best food in many cases, and sourdough with a medium-rare burger patty, topped with fries and queso, was a beast to take down, but well worth it. I've had horseshoes that are sprawling and too much to handle — but this one was stacked in a particularly neat fashion, and was manageable. 

Mac & cheese as a side was a bit ambitious of me, but what the hell — who needs a New Year's Resolution to get in shape? I've had a damn good horseshoe at Big Grove, but others need to take notes:

Tom ordered the House Burger — horseradish white cheddar, bacon, beer-battered onion rings, and chipotle ranch, fully dressed. He devoured it, but luckily I snapped a picture before that happened.

Now, it is time to go take a nap and digest.


Lady abandons puppy at Crossroads Consignment

William Fleming, the owner of Crossroads Corner Consignment, had a first at his business today. A woman walked in carrying a box. She set it down on the counter and said, "I can't take care of it. You take her." Inside the box, William found a puppy. He said there was no discussion — but that the woman walked in, set the box down, said what she said, and walked out.

Fleming, being an animal lover, brought the puppy some food and water and let her stay in the shop for today. He said she ate all of her food and slept peacefully in the box most of the day. He plans to take her to his vet tomorrow for a check up and vaccines.


Is this infill design of Beardsley Park what Unit 4 has been waiting for?

Over and over again, since I've been listening anyhow, I've heard individual members of the Unit 4 school board suggest to this community that if "someone has a better idea out there, please bring it forward."

Well, here's a better idea for them:  


It's well known by now that the Champaign Park District Board isn't going to play ball with Dodds Park (a solid solution — and a disappointment, frankly).

Spalding Park (another good solution, but keep reading) has been nixed by the Unit 4 School Board (because the consultant they hired with our tax dollars thinks like a person who must have had a safe dropped on their head).

And because plopping a school in the middle of cornfields miles and miles away from where the next crucial phase in our community's development is one of the more ridiculous ideas I have heard in my adult life, this particular solution seems like it could be the right way to go.

I do not believe it's perfect. Nothing is going to be perfect. The designs even came to me with a list of strengths and weaknesses, so here they are: 


  1. Proximity to Stratton Elementary School, Headstart, Novak Academy, and Franklin
  2. Close proximity to student population
  3. Adjacent to major arterial streets of Neil, Bradley, and Market
  4. Opportunity to rid the neighborhood of blight (i.e. Ameren sites)
  5. Close proximity to Spalding Park allows for possible shared athletic complex with Champaign Park District
  6. Updated streets and sidewalks throughtout the neighborhood lowers development costs
  7. Walking paths connecting campuses provides greater access with less carbon footprint


  1. Ameren Power Substation will require relocation nearby
  2. Up to seven business relocations 
  3. Up to thirteen homes would need to be purchased; total EAV is $169,793
  4. Proximity to railroad tracks 

I'd love to hear your thoughts. I have plenty of my own, of course, but chime in. I personally like it — even moreso than Spalding Park on its own. 

Anything — and I mean anything — is better than the ideas coming from the current Unit 4 board at the moment. 

If this isn't evidence enough that the referendum should be either placed on hold or at the least, be proposed without site specificity, then not only do I not know what is — but the Unit 4 board members who've made overtures to the community to offer up alternative ideas are a bunch of liars. 

Here is to hoping they are not. Here is hoping that despite the rhetoric, they actually start listening to the people who are stating that the location is everything

We will see what happens on Monday, I suppose. 


Tuscola High School to host the “Chief” against the Redskins: UPDATED

In a disappointing display of insensitivity and racism, the publicly funded school district in Tuscola, IL, home of the "Warriors" has decided to invite the ghost of "Chief Illiniwek" to perform at halftime during next Friday's game against the Sullivan Redskins. 

They are also asking those in attendance to "Respect the Chief."

Here is the image: 

Drew Wilder of WCIA News posted it on his professional Facebook page which has been shared dozens of times as of mid-Saturday afternoon. 

Whether or not Tuscola actually goes through with their promise to display a minstrel show in a publicly funded building remains to be seen, but right now, that looks to be the case. 

UPDATE: Sunday, January 4th at 7:22 p.m.

Per a post on Tuscola CUSD #301's Facebook page, the event has been cancelled. (PS)

And on Twitter:

UPDATE: Monday, January 5th at 10:03 a.m.

Since I initially embedded the Facebook post by Tuscola CUSD #301's Facebook account, it has now been deleted. I replaced it with a screen shot of the post. Here's what they've added in response to comments on their social media page(s) (PS):