School bus service axed without warning

first_imgAdvertisement Limerick schools asked to show Racism the Red Card RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Print Linkedin TAGSschools Email Twitter NewsEducationSchool bus service axed without warningBy Editor – September 8, 2016 835 center_img Schools and colleges to close on Thursday and Friday Bishop says Limerick is not living up to its obligations to migrants Limerick school surprised with wild card for Junk Kouture finals Previous articleLocal businesses urged to support bereavement serviceNext articleFormer Limerick senator told to leave court with his sliotar Editor WhatsApp Bord na Móna encourages more schools to join Eco Rangers programme 142 Limerick schools benefit from minor works scheme A bus service used by a thousand Limerick students has been withdrawn without any prior warning.The Shannon Banks to Westbury service, which has been in operation for almost 40 years, was cancelled by Bus Éireann last week.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up On Monday morning last (August 29) school-bound passengers were informed by their driver that the service would be discontinued at the end of the week.Responding to requests from irate parents Fianna Fáil Councillor, Cathal Crowe, contacted the transport company but without success.“I did what I could and had many phone conversations with Bus Éireann’s Regional Management team throughout the week.”“They promised me that I would be provided with a letter explaining their decision on Tuesday but it wasn’t until Friday afternoon that I received an email from. By then it was too late to respond as the bus had already completed its last journey.”The email received by Cllr Crowe stated that to compensate for the cancelled service, improvements had been made to the 301 bus service which serves Raheen and the city centre.“A service will leave Westbury at 07.50hrs so passengers will have a scheduled service close to the existing 07.55 hrs time,” the email read.“Students traveling on this service to the Crescent Comprehensive School can alight at the Crescent Shopping Centre Stop which is a short walk from the school. Those attending schools off O’Connell Avenue can disembark at Mallow Street or alternatively board the 304 service that operates every 15 minutes from the City Centre to Raheen via O’Connell Avenue,” the email continued.In response Cllr Crowe alluded to a rumour circulating among “angry” parents that the service had been axed as it was not licensed by the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).The Fianna Fáil councillor urged Bus Éireann to clarify this “as soon as possible” so that the service could be reinstated.last_img read more

Long tow for Hawkeye Dirt Tour opener pays off for Wolla

first_imgVINTON, Iowa (May 19) – Rain in North Dakota was bad news for drivers in Iowa Tuesday night at Benton County Speedway.Jason Wolla made a last-minute decision to travel 14-plus hours from his hometown of Ray, in western North Dakota, for the opening event in IMCA’s Hawkeye Dirt Tour.He started 11th, took the lead from Mark Elliott following a 13th circuit restart and outran defending champion Mike Van Genderen in traffic late in the 40-lapper.The IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified win paid $1,000.“We made a last-second decision to come here and it paid off,” said Wolla, who’d finished fourth at Vinton en route to the Frostbuster Series crown in early April. “We rained out last week everywhere in North Dakota and had the trailer loaded up and ready to go. We had another car to pick up from Justin O’Brien (at Rage Chassis) in West Union and here we are.”Van Genderen started ninth and made up ground on Wolla before running out of laps. J.D. Auringer raced from 12th starting to third, Hunter Marriott was fourth and Joe Docekal made his way from 17th to fifth.Elliott led the first 12 laps and ran ahead of David Brown and Brian Irvine, who fell out of contention after getting together in the first set of turns.Wolla was in second and Docekal was already up to fifth when the caution came out. Wolla drove around Elliott, with Van Genderen taking over second following the third and final restart, on lap 22.Auringer moved into third on lap 28 but couldn’t muster a challenge to Van Genderen or Wolla.“To come here with the dogs and run with them, man, that was fun,” Wolla said before heading north on Highway 150 to West Union. “We knew we were good on the bottom and that we’d be tough to pass. This car is like putting a glove on.”Wolla was already on the ballot for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Round two of the Hawkeye Dirt Tour is on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 at I-35 Speedway. That main event also pays $1,000 to win.Other winners Tuesday at Vinton included Damon Murty in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Colby Heishman in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Benji Irvine in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Murty made his successful charge back to the front after getting sideways and restarting at the rear. Heishman’s victory was his career first.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 2. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 3. J.D. Auringer, Waterloo; 4. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 5. Joe Docekal, Dysart; 6. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 7. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 8. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 9. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 10. Kyle Brown, Kellogg; 11. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 12. Patrick Flannagan, Cedar Rapids;  13. Mitch Morris, Long Grove; 14. Ryan Maitland, Denver; 15. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 16. Dennis Betzer, Central City; 17. Cole Ferguson, Dexter; 18. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 19. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 20. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 21. Brian Irvine, Oelwein; 22. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; 23. Zach Less, Manchester; 24. David Brown, Kellogg.1st heat – 1. Waterman; 2. Van Genderen; 3. Rust; 4. Flannagan; 5. Betzer; 6. Less; 7. Hogan; 8. Roberts; 9. Adam Johnson, Independence.2nd heat – 1. Cordes; 2. Auringer; 3. Maitland; 4. Lauritzen; 5. Docekal; 6. Billy Vogel, Fargo, N.D.; 7. Andrew Schroeder, Keswick; 8. Brennen Chipp, Waterloo.3rd heat – 1. Shute; 2. Elliott; 3. David Brown; 4. Ferguson; 5. Droste; 6. Derek Reimer, St. Anthony; 7. Jerry Dedrick, Vinton; 8. Kyle Montgomery, Tipton.4th heat – 1. Irvine; 2. Marriott; 3. Wolla; 4. Morris; 5. Kyle Brown; 6. Carter; 7. Josh Barta, Cedar Falls; 8. Austin Bishop, Manchester.1st “B” feature – 1. Lauritzen; 2. Flannagan; 3. Docekal; 4. Betzer; 5. Less; 6. Schroeder; 7. Chipp; 8. Hogan; 9. Roberts; 10. Vogel; 11. Johnson.2nd “B” feature – 1. Kyle Brown; 2. Carter; 3. Droste; 4. Morris; 5. Ferguson; 6. Barta; 7. Montgomery; 8. Reimer; 9. Bishop; 10. Dedrick.Stock Cars – 1. Damon Murty, Chelsea; 2. Norman Chesmore, Rowley; 3. Scott Pippert, Elberon; 4. Nathan Wood, Sigourney; 5. Roger Ciesielski, Waterloo; 6. Cole Mather, Fairbank; 7. Justin Stander, Shellsburg; 8. Austin Evens, Independence; 9. Lon Mercer, Urbana; 10. Jay Schmidt, Tama; 11. Mike Galli, Urbana; 12. Russell Damme Jr., Waterloo.Hobby Stocks – 1. Benji Irvine, Oelwein; 2. Nathan Ballard, Marengo; 3. Justin Wacha, Vinton; 4. Jeremiah Wilson, Waterloo; 5. Justin Lichty, Waterloo; 6. Billy Rhoades, Maynard; 7. Matt Brown, Dysart; 8. Brett Vanous, Quasqueton; 9. C.J. Dall, Marshalltown; 10. Adam Petrzelka, Norway; 11. Andrew Torkelson, Lisbon; 12. Neal Miller, Waterloo; 13. Zach Swanson, Waterloo; 14. Matt Pohlman, Keystone; 15. Cody Swanson, Waterloo.Northern SportMods – 1. Colby Heishman, Brooklyn; 2. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; 3. Sam Wieben, Dysart; 4. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids; 5. Clint Luellen, Minburn; 6. Danny Dvorak, Vinton; 7. Matt Petrzelka, Norway; 8. Joey Schaefer, Waterloo; 9. Ryan King, Montour; 10. Curt Hilmer, Dysart; 11. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids; 12. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill; 13. Dan Drury, Eldora; 14. Dave Schulze, Keystone; 15. Dave McCalla, Cedar Rapids; 16. Troy Burkhart, Urbana; 17. Lucas Lundry, Maynard; 18. Dawn Krall, Evansdale; 19. Nate Smith, Cedar Falls; 20. Kyle Bentley, Independence; 21. Lee Rouse, Atkins; 22. Mike McNeal, Vinton; 23. Kurt Hogan, Vinton; 24. Matt McCahen, Waterloo.last_img read more

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser planned for local marching bands

first_imgBatesville, In. — A Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser for the Batesville High School and Middle School Bands will be held Friday, January 18 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.Residents are welcomed to the Batesville High School cafeteria for a spaghetti meal with your choice of sauce, salad, bread, drink and dessert. Advance tickets are $8 for adults, $10 at the door and $5 for children under 12.last_img

Kidney support for captain Heaslip

first_imgCoach Declan Kidney is impressed by the way Jamie Heaslip has approached the Ireland captaincy amid difficult circumstances, insisting he is making “strong decisions”. Heaslip has come under close scrutiny so far this RBS 6 Nations, with the Leinster number eight receiving criticism for providing a lack of leadership during the defeats by England and Scotland. But Kidney accepts Heaslip has inherited the post at a challenging time, and said: “When things aren’t going as well as you want them to, you push the comments that are out there to one side and get on with your job. Jamie has done that and done it very well.” He added: “There’s a bit of adversity around the place and it’s the measure of a man as to how he deals with that. “Jamie’s making strong decisions for us and all we need to do is execute on those decisions.” Kidney denies Heaslip is struggling to stamp his authority on the team due to the presence of predecessor Brian O’Driscoll, who has been relieved of the captaincy but continues to play at outside centre “I would say quite the opposite actually, Brian being there has been a huge help. Now we have a couple of leaders speaking up,” Kidney said. “There have been times in the past when I’ve been prompting other players to speak up. Now Jamie and Brian do that role.” Kidney’s own position is the subject of doubt and his chances of earning a contract extension beyond the summer appear to have died alongside Ireland’s chances of winning the Six Nations. “In rugby terms this has been the most challenging Six Nations I’ve experienced,” Kidney said. “There have been a lot of things happening outside our control that we’ve had to deal with. But I couldn’t ask any more from the players. “The frustrating thing is that we’ve put ourselves in positions to win matches. As a result of not taking one or two chances, we are where we are.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more