Tuscola invites you to Christmastown celebration

Tuscola Tourism is pleased to announce this year’s Christmastown schedule of events—with the 2014 celebration taking place December 5-7, 2014.

Due to the dissolution of the Chamber of Commerce, the organization responsibilities of Christmastown fell to the city this year,” said marketing assistant Anna Marx. “We were able to continue many of the holiday weekend traditions with the help of several local organizations. Becky’s Buddies will be sponsoring the vendor fair again this year. They do a wonderful job organizing the event. You can tell they truly love what they do! The high school girls track team has volunteered to help out with the Santa Chase 5K this year. Because of these local organizations, we are able to have a successful Christmastown weekend.”

You are invited to kick off the holiday season at the Holiday Vendor Fair at the Tuscola Community Building. This two-day vendor fair is sponsored by Becky’s Buddies Relay For Life team and will feature more than 40 local handmade items, as well as many at-home party vendors. The event will be 4-8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6.

James ‘Jim’ Winn

1-winn-obitwebJames Goodson Winn passed away November 13, 2014, at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kan. He will be remembered as a true gentleman with many talents and interests.

A family graveside service will be held at a later date. The family suggests donations in Mr. Winn’s memory be made to Topeka Jazz Workshop Scholarship Fund, PO Box 452, Topeka, KS 66601. Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.

–The full obituary can be found in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 19, 2014 edition.

 

A thank you for support of our veterans

Dear Editor,
The first thing is that, I want to thank every one who made the November 11, 2014 Veterans Day such a success. Whether you marched, rode, or participated in the parade in any way in the cold weather, all I can say from the bottom of my heart is “THANK YOU” and “SEMPER FI.”

For the High School Band and Choir, THANK YOU and WELL DONE.

Before we depart from the memories of this day, let us focus our thoughts to those who are spending this sacred day away from their families and friends…. those not on American soil, but in a foreign nation proudly displaying old glory on their right arm. May they return home safely, and may we always remember all of the Freedoms that our Veterans have secured for us. We are truly privileged to have such noble and extraordinary citizens.

Again thank you for joining in with us this Veterans Day; God bless you and God bless America.

James Harbaugh Commander
TK Martin VFW Post 10009

November 19, 2014

10 YEARS AGO
NOVEMBER 16, 2004

Veterans and local residents gathered at Waddington Funeral Home Nov. 11 following a walk to commemorate the Veterans Day holiday. Director Greg Hankley gave welcoming remarks. VFW Post 10009 and American Legion Post 27 were represented at the event, which included a laying of a wreath, a message by the Rev. Michael Rutledge, the lowering and raising of the flag, music, and refreshments.

The Tuscola Moose Lodge 729 sponsored a “Boo Bash” for the Moose Lodge members’ children at Tuscola Moose Lodge Sunday, Oct. 24. Twenty-five children in their Halloween costumes and their parents had a spooktacular afternoon. Sandra Decker of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department spoke to the children about Halloween safety and handed out fun items.

A total of 24 TCHS students were inducted into the National Honor Society during a ceremony at North Ward Elementary School on Nov. 10.

The Arthur Knights used a combination of speed and experience to run away with Saturday’s quarterfinal match-up with Tuscola, dumping the Warriors 36-7.

20 YEARS AGO
NOVEMBER 15, 1994

John Kenny Homes Inc. opened lot sales for Ironhorse Subdivision to the public Nov. 15. Lot buyers would have been eligible for a 10 percent savings on lot prices if they purchased before the Dec. 15 deadline. Kenny and associate Gene Lenzi said 23 lots had already been sold to those who bought lots in 1991 when the city attempted to develop the project.

Factory Stores at Tuscola planned to kick off its grand opening with the dedication of the landmark waterwheel to the city during a ceremony set for Saturday morning. The waterwheel had been located near the food court and was chosen as a symbol for the center by architect Bill Petrauskas of Philadelphia-based Shapiro, Petrauskas & Gelber. It was graphically depicted in the Factory Stores at Tuscola logo. The grand opening had been scheduled as a two-day event.

Tuscola senior Andrea Wax had signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for Coach John Klein at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. The 6’ 1” center averaged 14.9 points and 12 rebounds per game her junior year.

A Veterans Day dinner was hosted at the Douglas County Museum and was attended by more than 100 people. The museum displayed memorabilia from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Most of the war displays contained items from the Second Great War, since most of the veterans who attended the dinner were of that era.

30 YEARS AGO
NOVEMBER 20, 1984

Community members celebrated Pat’s Photography opening on Sale Street. Mayor Clarence Snyder, Little Miss Tuscola Shannon Hatfield, Pee Wee Cunningham, proprietor Patti Phillips, and Miss Tuscola Janet Hill were on hand for the ribbon cutting.

Quick defense played as much a part as anything in the East Prairie Hornets’ wins over Unity Nov. 15 and Sullivan Nov. 13. Twenty points by Gary Alexander also played a large part in the Hornets’ 36-33 win over Unity.

Fourteen high school students completed the cast for “Arsenic and Old Lace,” a morbid comedy that was presented last week. Many of the students were first-time performers.

The sheriff’s office had been investigating two burglaries that occurred during the week of Nov. 12. The Distillery Lounge in Tuscola was entered between 1:30 and 6:30 a.m. Nov. 16 by breaking a kitchen window. Several bottles of liquor and a carton of cigarettes were taken.

40 YEARS AGO
NOVEMBER 14, 1974

Thursday’s election canvass revealed few changes in the vote total in Douglas County and did nothing to change the final outcome. Total vote was recorded at 6,641, approximately 400 less than was anticipated Wednesday morning. This still represented a 65 percent turnout, about 10 percent higher than the national average.

“More in the Stores in ’74 — Shop in Tuscola” was the theme adopted by Chamber of Commerce members for the Christmas season at a meeting Monday evening.

An antique auction hosted by Chris Hill attracted more than 400 people to the Tuscola Community Building Sunday. An 80-year-old lamp went for $250, and a wicker porch table sold for $55.

Wayne Seip, a Tuscola council member, set out flags to mark tree locations in the city’s new Wimple Park. Fifty tree locations were suggested for organizations and individuals to fill the space.

Graphic Arts (offset printing) was added to the TCHS curriculum in the fall and was taught by Terry Voke, who said students who finished his course would be qualified to work in small printing shops.

Tuscola anxious to welcome return of donut shop

By Kayleigh Rahn

The nose knows, and Richard and Donna Kidwell are hoping the sweet smell of donuts wafting from their Rt. 36 Daylight Donuts shop will stir nostalgia in local passersby who have long awaited the return of the sugary treats.

“There is nothing better than a warm donut,” Richard Kidwell said from inside the newly renovated shop.

Cinnamon snails, chocolate long johns, raspberry-filled glazed and the ever-loved, proven community favorite maple squares – the whole team will return for what many hope will be the come back of a community tradition at the donut shop.

The Kidwell family says they are certainly happy to bring back the smells and tastes of the loved Dixie Cream donuts owned by the Dallas family during the downtown shop’s height of business.

After all – what has been become common knowledge around town – Daylight Donut Flour Co. bought Dixie Cream donuts for its recipes.

“We have that recipe — it will taste 99.9 percent like that,” Kidwell said. “They will be made fresh every day; we will not sell day-old donuts. Donna and I will eat everyone’s leftovers.”

Kidwell is hoping the doors will open Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, but there are certainly no promises. The crew will take its time to ensure they have the routine down before it opens for good. With that in mind donut cravers shouldn’t be surprised if they push the opening date back a few days.

“I’ve hired experienced staff for the making of the donuts, but it depends on how much training we need here to make sure everything is under control,” Kidwell said.

–The full story can be found in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 19, 2014 edition.

City ready for shovels to hit ground at Cronus site

By Kayleigh Rahn
It won’t be long before shovels are flipping dirt at the new project site for Cronus Chemicals LLC; however, the final details regarding several property exchanges are still on the to-do list before construction can begin.

The announcement on Wednesday Oct. 29, 2014, made it official that Cronus will land its $1.4 billion granular urea fertilizer plant in Douglas County, just west of Tuscola city limits. And since the county’s worst kept secret was made public, TEDI executive director Brian Moody says his office is slowing down a bit; however, from an outsiders perspective it seems business is, well — busy.

The plant site itself is made up of five properties, and when the final lines are signed 15 real estate transactions will have taken place to turn over the land needed for the construction space and surrounding utility feeds, Moody said.

“That’s our short-term goal — working on real estate, working on the easements,” he said. “The waterline will remain the big focus for me. I’m hoping by the end of this month or in the early part of December we’ll have most of those wrapped up.”

As for the project’s progress, Moody says they’re back to work since the announcement and have entered construction mode.

“To me the next big step is getting shovels in the ground and actually seeing some dirt moving out there,” he said.

The timeline for construction lacks specifics at this point, but it’s in the works. Representatives from the company’s project team will meet with local officials through the end of the year to hammer out the details, but Moody says dirt should be moving by springtime.

However, those paying close attention might see movement before then as soil borings begin this winter.

“For a project of this scale things are going to happen fairly quickly,” Moody said. “Many times there’s a year or two of pause between the announcement and when things get going, but that will not be the case. We’ll just have to wait until things are worked out, and coming into the winter it looks like spring will be when people will start to realize things are going on.”

It will likely be mid- to late summer before the estimated 2,000 workers are on the building site.

–The full story can be found in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 19, 2014 edition.

Marie Bridges

Marie Johnson Bridges, 99, passed away at her home in rural Commiskey, Ind. at 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, November, 12, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at First Marion Baptist Church on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 12 p.m., with a visitation from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and internment in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services are entrusted with the arrangements.
–Full obituary in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 19, 2014 edition

And then there were 8 … Warriors advance in football playoffs

By Missy Chappell

It’s been a few years since Warrior fans had a reason to be excited in the post-season. Last Saturday’s game against the Indians of Lawrenceville provided maybe a little too much excitement, as the Warriors teetered on the edge of playoff elimination. In the end though, Tuscola pulled together as a team and made some big plays, putting an end to the Indians’ season and surviving another week, one of only eight teams remaining in the Class 2A playoffs.

According to senior Zach Bates, “Hard to put into words how this feels. It feels really good.”

The Warriors jumped out to an early lead. On the Warriors’ first three downs of the day, Nick Bates handed the ball to senior running back Cole Evans, who put together a fantastic game on both sides of the ball Saturday. Evans brought the Warriors into Lawrenceville territory, and a combination of Bates and Dalton Hoel brought the ball down to the 2-yard line, where Kaleb Williams got the ball and drove into the end zone. Evan Sutton was perfect Saturday in extra-point attempts, and the Warriors led 7-0 with 7:51 left in the first quarter.

“Our line was getting it done (in the first half), all the credit goes to them. We were reading our keys and doing what we needed to do to get the win,” Evans recounted after the game.

Lawrenceville’s second drive ended the same as their first, three and out. Tuscola got the ball back with 6:54 on the clock and needed only 39 seconds to put more points on the board. On second and 11 from the Indians’ 36, Bates connected with Josh Knight for a 36-yard touchdown pass.

Lawrenceville scored twice in the fourth quarter on a six-yard run by Shoulders and a three-yard run by McGuire. Miscues, bad snaps, and turnovers plagued both teams in the final quarter of play, but in the end the Warriors were able to regroup and hold on for the 28-21 victory.

Coach Rick Reinhart wrapped up everyone’s thoughts quite well after the game. “It was a herculean effort by everybody. We had people coming in that hadn’t played those positions. With three of our two-way starters out, all of our formations were messed up. We had guys coming in giving their best and it really came down to heart and determination. We fought for everything we got out there tonight. This is unbelievable! We’re not ready to stop.”

With the win the Warriors advance to round three, where they will face the Yellow Jackets of Chester. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. in Chester, Ill. Travel time to Chester is over three hours, and current forecasts are calling for game-time temps of 41 degrees. Bundle up and head out early to support the Warriors.

–Full story in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 12, 2014 edition

Ponder ‘crosses’ into Tuscola High School history

By Lenny Sementi

Eric Ponder has rubbed shoulders with the state’s elite cross country runners the past three years, and now he will be remembered as one of the best in Tuscola history.

While Ponder took fifth in state a year ago at East Peoria’s Detweiller Park, the senior moved up a few spots this past Saturday, capturing second overall, finishing higher than anyone in Tuscola history.

Ponder entered this year’s state meet with a mindset to lay it on the line in the final three-mile race of his high school career.

“I knew entering the meet I was one of the top runners,” stated Ponder. “I wanted to compete for a state title and in doing so, would end up landing near the top of the leader board.”

The TCHS senior turned in the best time of his career on the East Peoria course, crossing the line in 15 minutes and 2 seconds, edging Aurora Christian’s Tanner Chada at the line to secure the runner-up spot. Ponder was shoulder to shoulder with the state champ at the one-mile mark, but Oakwood’s Jon Davis defended his title by turning in a state record time of 14:20, pulling away from the pack during the second and third miles. The duo finished the first mile in 4:45, with the pack trailing by nearly 15 seconds.

A quick pace and Mother Nature took a little bit off Ponder’s pace in the last two miles, allowing Chada to close the gap and actually move in front, but with the heart of a Warrior, Ponder battled his way back and passed him in the final 100 yards, ending his career in style.

–Full story in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 12, 2014 edition