On the Street: Anthem singer, no cellphones, political laughs

Posted: Mar. 8, 2014 5:58 pm Updated: Mar. 30, 2014 12:14 am

STATE SINGER: Gabby Green, a Quincy High School senior, has been selected to sing the National Anthem at the Illinois High School Association's 1A/2A boys basketball state finals on Saturday, March 15, at the Peoria Civic Center. Matt Troha, IHSA assistant executive director, said students with an interest in performing the National Anthem get an opportunity to audition during the Illinois Music Educators Association conference each January. IMEA members then rate the performances and forward a list of recommended names to the IHSA. "We then choose based on the event, proximity, availability, etc.," Troha said in explaining how Green was picked for the March 15 event.

YOU'RE OUTTA HERE: A hearing in Adams County Circuit Court on Thursday gave all a reminder that cellphones are not allowed in the courthouse. Near the end of a sentencing hearing in front of Judge Scott Walden, the cellphone of a woman near the back of the courtroom rang repeatedly. Walden immediately asked bailiffs to escort the woman from the courthouse. Cellphones are not allowed in the Adams County Courthouse and many other area courthouses.

JOKING MATTER: Bob Grogan, a Republican candidate for Illinois treasurer, got a big laugh during a candidate forum in Quincy last week. "If qualified people don't run for office, lawyers do," Grogan said. He's used that line at other events, including one where someone chimed in to remind him that Abraham Lincoln was a lawyer. "Yes, but Lincoln had the good sense not to run for treasurer," Grogan said.

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