N. Carolina state Sen. Jeff Jackson enters US Senate race

first_imgRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina Democratic state senator has announced he’s running for the U.S. Senate in 2022. Jeff Jackson unveiled his bid Tuesday. He’s the second high-profile Democrat to enter the race to succeed Republican Sen. Richard Burr, who isn’t seeking reelection. Former state Sen. Erica Smith is running again after an unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic nomination in 2020. Republican incumbent Thom Tillis won in November, extending the GOP’s winning streak in Senate elections in North Carolina to four. Former Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Walker is also running for Burr’s seat. Jackson says he plans to ultimately visit all 100 counties.last_img read more

John Adrian Sellers, 61

first_imgJohn Adrian Sellers, 61, of Greensburg, Indiana passed away on April 15, 2020 at Seton Long-term Care, Indianapolis. He was born July 12, 1958 in Kendallville, Indiana, the son of Harold and Dorislea Smith Sellers. He was a 1977 Graduate of East Noble High School, earned his Bachelor of Science from Manchester University in 1981 and Masters from Ball State University. John was also a licensed Guidance Counselor.On July 27, 1991 he married Deborah June Bean Sellers and together they had two sons, Sean Christopher and Kyle David. John retired from Greensburg Community School Corporation after 27   years of service as a science teacher, coach and guidance counselor. He returned as a teaching assistant the past three years.John was passionate about Greensburg Pirate Basketball. He coached his sons, Freshman Boys, Lady Pirates High School, Junior High programs and kept the scorebook for the Boys Varsity games. John also coached Lady Pirate Golf, football and helped out at track meets.John was also passionate about golf. If it was a sunny day he would be hitting golf balls in the back yard, at the Country Club, playing with friends and former classmates. He loved the sport and was given the opportunity years ago to attend a Masters practice round. Along with that, he had the opportunity to work at a PGA event and drive his idol Arnold Palmer around the course before his round. John enjoyed earning his pilot’s license and was a third degree black belt. He loved watching the Chicago Cubs, Notre Dame Football and IU basketball, sometimes.John was a member of the Greensburg United Methodist Church, Greensburg Country Club, Optimist and a board member of the Greensburg Community Schools Foundation.Survivors include: Wife, Deborah Sellers; Sons, Sean Christopher and Kyle David. His brother and sister in-law; Dave and Melissa Fischer. His niece and nephew Olivia and Shane Smith. Wrigley, his faithful Australian Shepherd. He is preceded in death by his parents; grandparents and in-laws David and Carolyn Bean.A drive thru visitation* will take place on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 from 4PM – 7PM under the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home carport. A private graveside service will be held for family with a celebration of life planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Greensburg Community Schools Foundation, Greensburg United Methodist Church and American Heart Association. Please visit www.gilliland-howe.com to leave a condolence for the family or to sign the digital guestbook.*From Leslie and Braiden – In an effort to stay within the current state mandated guidelines, but still try our best to allow families and friends the opportunity to offer condolences in person during these trying times, we are planning to offer a drive thru visitation under the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home carport. The entry point is currently planned to be off of North Street, in the alley behind the funeral home, on the east side of the building (closest to the Post Office roadside mailboxes). Lining up in the street will not be permitted. Please follow the traffic around the building. You must remain in your vehicle during your entire visit. We appreciate your patience with this new concept. Thank you.last_img read more

Mays’ shift to NFL a difficult proposition

first_imgCongratulations on a stellar four-year career with USC, Taylor Mays.Now go ahead and play the opposite of your trademark style.That’s essentially the message that the Trojans’ star safety has been receiving this week as he practices for Saturday’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Even though it’s difficult to glean too much from an all-star game, Mays’ approach is coming under scrutiny. At USC, Mays was revered by fans and coaches alike. He became the face of a program as a senior, albeit with disappointing team and individual results.Mays showed he could at least approach the enormous hype that had followed him throughout his career (think back to his superhuman efforts against California), and his play always left observers wanting more.But the criticism Mays received while in Los Angeles can’t compare with the lingering questions he faces from NFL teams interested in drafting him. And the severity of the concerns may force Mays to do some serious evaluating of his game.Following Tuesday’s practice, Tony Pauline wrote on SportsIllustrated.com that Mays “looked stiff and mechanical with his defensive back fundamentals and really showed limited skills in pass coverage drills.” He also noted that “teams may start projecting Mays to outside linebacker based on his inability to make plays in centerfield.”The analysis cuts deep for Mays because it gets to the very core of who he is as a player. Everyone at USC was tantalized with the idea of having a super-sized safety roaming the middle of the field. But the physical skill set that once seemed to be a point of pride now seems to be at least in some way a hindrance.Criticism · Senior safety Taylor Mays made a name for himself with big hits and athleticism during his time with the Trojans. But the NFL draft prospect is seeing critical remarks for his focus on highlight reel hits. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojan Mays also carved out his niche at USC with a unique role in the defense. Pete Carroll’s phobia of teams throwing deep made it so that Mays frequently dropped so deep into coverage that it was almost ill-befitting of even a safety. Carroll frequently explained Mays’ lack of interceptions by saying that teams were afraid to throw anywhere near him, relegating his biggest plays to come on violent collisions.But fairly or unfairly, Mays is now being scrutinized for being a potential liability in coverage. It’s a question Mays will have to answer quickly; safeties who are vulnerabilities in the passing game have a nasty habit of making early exits from the NFL.Of course, Mays is not among the biggest reclamation projects at the Senior Bowl. Carroll still set Mays up to succeed at the professional level, something that can’t be taken for granted in the current landscape of coaching where winning takes priority over everything else.Florida coach Urban Meyer, for instance, left star quarterback Tim Tebow riddled with questions that he’s still trying to answer this week as he attempts to salvage his draft stock. Tebow may be the most scrutinized player in the draft, and his stock is not as highly regarded as Mays.But both players are being asked to radically change their approach to the game, and it won’t come easy. Mays never made excuses for his lack of interceptions, but he may have to give up his inclination to deliver knockout hits if he’s going to be seen as a legitimate safety professionally. And if he shows the same weaknesses for whatever team drafts him in the first round, the critiques will only get louder.Mays doesn’t face too difficult a road toward salvaging his draft stock, however. A solid showing Saturday would go a long way toward erasing any doubts raised this week in practices. And there’s little doubt that he will shine in both USC’s Pro Day and at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.And barring an unforeseen tumble in the draft, Mays will still sign an exorbitant contract that will set him up for life.Ah, to have the problems of Taylor Mays.“Tackling Dummy” runs Thursdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Michael at middlehu@usc.edu.last_img read more