Former Western Illinois University assistant football coach Derek Moore suffered fatal gunshot wounds Friday evening after leaving a movie theater in Joplin, Mo.
Moore, 37, was hired as offensive line coach of Missouri Southern State University after previously serving stints as offensive line and tight ends coach for the Leathernecks from 2010-2012.
Shortly after the shooting, Joplin police arrested Jeffery L. Bruner, 39, and charged him with Class A felony murder. He was lodged in the Joplin City Jail with no bail.
Missouri Southern State was scheduled to play its Homecoming game on Saturday, but following Friday’s incident it was postponed. Moore leaves behind a 7-year-old son, Elijah.
“I was certainly saddened and shocked to hear the news about Derek Moore,” Assistant Director of Athletics for Media Services Patrick Osterman said. “I worked with him for three years here at Western. Derek loved coaching … Read More »
Daily News Oct. 25th
By Jay Jacobs
WIU students can come get there scare on this weekend at Haunted Housing.
From 7 to 11ppm Higgins Resurrected will turn the 18th floor of Thompson Hall into a haunted hall.
The event will begin tonight and continue to tomorrow and Halloween. Admission is 5 dollars or 3 bucks with a canned good item. All proceeds will go to supports Loaves and Fishes and Stuff the bus.
In Regional news, The University of Illinois says a weed that can badly damage corn and soybean crops has now spread to at least 26 counties in the state.
Palmar amaranth is the name of the weed and it originated in the Southwest but in recent years has spread east.
According to the university, it can be tough to kill. In eastern Illinois the weed has been found in Champaign, and Macon counties.
National … Read More »
Daily News Oct. 23rd
By Jay Jacobs
Two WIU students have established a ‘Be a Match on Campus chapter at Western.
Grant Severs, and Ashley Whiteside are the founders of this chapter. Be a Match is managed by the National Marrow Donor Program, and it is a grassroots effort of student chapters around the country to register bone marrow donors throughout the world.
In Regional news, Nearly 30 teenagers were arrested at a Chicago high school and are facing mob action charges.
WGEM reports that after a school brawl yesterday 29 students were arrested at Percy L. Julian High School on the city’s far Side South.
Police say each student is charged as a juvenile and is facing a single count of mob action.
National news, A 14-year-old boy is being held on a murder charge today after the body of a female teacher was found in … Read More »
Western Illinois University’s Livestock Judging Team recently made history.
Western’s squad of student swine experts captured first place in the 67th annual National Barrow Show Swine Judging Contest in Austin, Minn.
“A good analogy for a win like this, would be like Western Illinois University’s football team beating the University of Alabama,” said associate professor of Agriculture, and head coach of the livestock judging team Mark Hoge.
“That’s the level,” he continued. “When you look at ESPN, and you look at the top 10 fall football teams, that’s who we compete against every contest, the big boys, and we are one of them. We are consistently on the national scene in the top five at every contest, and there are 30 different universities at most these contest and were one of the best, and we’re tiny in terms of enrollment.”
The National Barrow Show … Read More »
At Western Illinois University, Homecoming 2013 is not just for alumni.
“Homecoming is an annual tradition, and there’s a lot that goes on around campus for students to take part in,” assistant director of marketing and communications of University Housing and Dining Services, Leann Meckler said.
“Some students may think that a lot of it is for alumni, but there’s a lot going on for current students.”
There are many events planned for Homecoming 2013 and plenty that encourage family and student involvement. This year’s theme is “The Rocky Games: Western is United.”
Rebecca Hickey, the Homecoming co-chair, who is responsible for programming all the events for Homecoming, explained why students and families are encouraged to come out this week.
“I think everyone should get involved this week,” she said. “It just really shows our school united as a whole, which I feel is really important … Read More »
Western Illinois University‘s Office of Public Safety reported Sunday that a sexual assault had taken place on the Macomb campus earlier that morning.
According to a University Relations press release, a female student reported that between 12:10-12:16 a.m. a white and black male approached her from behind while walking down the steps between the University Union and Knoblach Hall — and she was sexually assaulted.
OPS Lt. Tom Clark, who issued the notice of the assault, was not available for further comment.
“This is horrible,” computer science major Jake Perkins said, as soon as he heard about the news.
“I think this is one of the worst crimes (a person) could ever commit. It scars someone for the rest of their life, there’s no real cure for this. You almost can’t help somebody when something like this happens. The only thing you can really … Read More »
Macomb’s final “Park N’ Cruise” of the year drove off into the sunset last Friday. The Chamber of Commerce’s monthly festival on the square featured the band “American Pie”, food, and plenty of cars spanning the decades for auto aficionados of all ages to enjoy.
“I’m partial to the Chevys, but there’s a lot of nice cars up here,” said Jerry Buchen, of Cuba, Ill.
The event allows residents of the Macomb community and surrounding areas to bring out their well-oiled machines on display for all to admire.
“We have people from Keokok and Knoxville, and Bushnell, and Carthage, and they come from all over,” said volunteer Amy Jones.
Chester Kingery, the owner of a 1931 Ford Coupe with rumble seats, said he came from Smithfield to show off his car.
More than one decade since this program started, there’s a reason the Park N’ … Read More »
A hot air balloon participating in the Macomb Balloon Rally struck a power line, knocking out power for almost 5 hours. It happened early Saturday morning around 8 a.m.
“This morning, right before takeoff, I was asked if I wanted to ride the balloon, and I had never been in one before, so I said, ‘why not?’” said Brian McIlhenry. “Then we took off, and just couldn’t achieve enough altitude to get over the power lines. Then we pulled the emergency cords to release all the hot air. The basket hit the pole, then all the air came out of the balloon and we actually slid down between the power lines and came to rest on one of the transformers on the side of the pole.”
The two people in the basket were not hurt and were not transported to area hospitals.
“It … Read More »
Michael J. Boyer, 23, of Macomb was arrested on Sept. 6 in connection to 3 counts of child pornography. Police say the investigation is ongoing. Boyer is lodged at the McDonough County Jail on $50,000.00 bond. Stay with NEWS3 for updates.
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If you’ve tried going to the movies earlier this week you probably noticed Rialto Cinemas on East Jackson St. was closed.
The theater will be open this Friday through Sunday, closed next Monday, Sept. 16 through Thursday, Sept. 19 for renovations. The theater is expected to be open for full operation by next Friday, September 20th, according to Kevin Combites, general manager of Rialto Cinemas.
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In 1985, a McDonough County circuit judge ruled that 25 percent of Mary and her husband Orel Woods‘ trust fund would go to the Western Illinois University Foundation, a fund-raising branch of the university. In their will, the couple requested the money go to a good cause.
Almost 30 years later, the trust fund investment seems to be making a significant impact in many lives, including in the lives of two Western Illinois University seniors.
Crystal Cho Jones, of Carthage, Ill., double majoring in religious studies and sociology, and Brett Furmanski of Barrington, Ill., Western tennis player, double majoring in philosophy and law enforcement, were awarded the Mary Olive Woods Academic Excellence Award for their outstanding academics.
For a student to be considered for the $6,000 scholarship, he or she must be full-time with a declared major in religious studies and enrolled in … Read More »