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Pyne Needles
            by Ed Pyne, Publisher
September 18 2014
100th Birthday for Monroe Hall of Normal
In my 43 years in the newspaper business I’ve met some remarkable people. One of them is Monroe Hall of Normal who will celebrate his 100th birthday with an open house from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Miller Park Pavilion, Bloomington.
Monroe still lives at home and drives and also cuts his own grass! I asked his son Carl for his secret. He  never smoked and only drank when he finished mowing the lawn and he would split a beer with his dear wife.
He was born Sept. 21, 1914, in Piggott, Ark. He married Mildred Lindstrom on Jan. 30, 1938. She died Jan. 31, 2008. He has a brother,  Leroy (Ethel) Hall of Phoenix, Ariz.
His children are Carmen Clark, Willard, N.C.; Carl (Patricia) Hall, Bloomington; and Debra (Kerry) Brandon, Paducah, Ky. He has seven grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Monroe was raised in Southern Illinois and came to LeRoy, Ill. while in the C.C.C. camps. He worked for
Gus Belt at the original Steak ‘n Shake  on Main Street which was connected to a Shell gas station.  He also worked at Murray Dairy where Hobbyland is located. He also worked at Roth-Honnegar Livestock Feed in Normal across from the current Pub II.He retired from Sears as a service technician in 1979. He enjoys gardening and of course taking care of the lawn. He is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bloomington.
Congratulates to a remarkable Normalite.
I did the old “exit stage left” at the Craig Robinson show Saturday at the Braden Auditorium. I was sitting in the front row when I looked up and Craig wanted me to dance on stage. It was time to “exit” and I ran out the door!


September 11 2014
Ace Reporter Steve Robinson gets caught in the storm
Steve Robinson, our ace reporter got caught in the rain covering the U High vs. Central Catholic last Friday night. He wrote a nice column about it, but we ran out of room. (You notice my column made it!)
Steve writes: “IHSA uses a rule established by National Severe Storms Laboratory which recommends waiting at least 30 minutes after the last flash of lightning or sound of thunder before returning to the field. And since there had been no activity up to the point of the storm’s arrival, the teams needed 15 minutes on top of that for warm-ups.
 “Just when we thought we had seen our last flash of lightning and began resetting our collective mental clocks to a possible start time, there would be another flash and we would reset those mental clocks again….and again… and again.
“The whole episode was a new experience in covering sports as far as I was concerned. I had been through downpours before (in 2012 and the rains that came from the tropical storm that had once been Hurricane Isaac came immediately to mind and, as a result of last weekend, would now take second place in my list of most unique of situations where weather was concerned when covering sports). But I’ve never just sat in the press box and waited, and waited, and waited, for a game to start or to be called off.   
“Never until last Friday, that is.”

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