MARIA STEIN - Laurie Tournoux and Ron McDonald put on quite a show at the 20th annual Country Fest turning 10 to 12 tons of sand into a work of art.
The master sand sculptors set to work Friday afternoon and finished just before noon Sunday, sharing an enthusiastic high five as they viewed their handiwork - a massive pair of hands folded in prayer and a church with towering steeple atop a rock foundation. [More]
Within a few years, Cory Luebke is hoping to become a Padre.
The Marion Local graduate, the 63rd pick of the 2007 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, officially signed his deal with the San Diego Padres on Saturday and headed west to begin his professional baseball career. [More]