Quednau, Burris to wed

1-Quednau, Burris engErica Christine Quednau and Scott Robert Burris are proud to announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Teri Quednau of Tucson, Bob Quednau of St. Joseph, and Bob and Martha Burris of Newman.

The bride is a 2006 graduate of Glenbard North High School, and 2010 graduate of the University of Illinois, where she received a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. She is currently a reporter for WCIA.

The groom is a 2005 graduate of Shiloh High School, and 2009 graduate of the University of Illinois, where he received a bachelor’s degree in ag business. He is currently farming with his family in Newman.

The couple will be married January 18, 2014 at the Faith United Methodist Church in Champaign.

December 31, 2013

DEC. 30, 2003
Licensed funeral director Greg Hankey had taken over operations at the former Edwards Funeral Home on South Main Street in Tuscola. He planned to operated it under a name familiar to many in the area—Waddington Funeral Home.

Douglas County Circuit Clerk Julie Mills was recently named 2003 Republican of the Year by the Douglas County Republican Party, and was presented with a plaque by party chairman David Albin.

The Lady Warriors got off to a good start at the Monticello Holiday Hoopla with a win over Argenta-Oreana, but lost games to Neoga and Fisher to go 1-2 in the tournament.

Senior guard Justin Bozarth, bum foot and all, detonated a bomb as the buzzer sounded in overtime to upend Monticello 46-45, giving the Warriors a chance at the championship game of the Leader Classic.

DEC. 28, 1993
Tuscola Chamber of Commerce president Jaki Ottolini and several other Chamber volunteers took two large truckloads of donated items and $500 cash to Hull, Ill.—Tuscola’s flood-ravaged adopted sister city.

Cathy Moody Chaplin earned her second master’s degree from EIU Dec. 12. Chaplin’s bachelor’s and first master’s degrees were in speech pathology and audiology, while her most recent degree was in educational administration. Chaplin maintained a perfect GPA in both her master’s programs.

The Tuscola Warriors scored 24 points in the first quarter against Armstrong-Potomac in the third-place game of the St. Joe Leader Classic, then held off the pesky Trojans to post a 59-55 victory to claim the third-place trophy.

Coach Beth Pugh’s Lady Warriors handed the Atwood-Hammond Lady Rajenes a 64-55 loss to take their tenth win of the season.

JAN. 3, 1984
Gene Carpenter received an unexpected and most welcome phone call Christmas Eve. After more than 38 years passing, he talked with Bob Mellon of Springdale Penn., who was a prisoner of war with Carpenter in northern Germany during World War II.

Four couples—Mr. and Mrs. Ned Ferguson, Mr. ad Mrs. Bill McCarty, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hancock, and Mr. and Mrs. Stan Cross—returned recently from a free trip to the Rose Bowl game. Their tailgate entry last fall, “Dreaming of a WHITE Christmas in Pasadena,” earned them the trip to California to see Coach Mike White’s Fighting Illini play.

Denise Dietrich and Donald Deffenbaugh were planning a June 2 wedding at St. Mathew Catholic Church in Champaign. Denise is the daughter of Dennis and Jeanine Dietrich of Tuscola.

Tuscola and Homer traded baskets for 32 minutes during the opening round of the Shiloh Holiday Tournament, but Homer, by virtue of a flurry of fourth-quarter free throws, eased by the Warriors 64-61.

JAN. 1, 1974
Despite slush and rainy snow, five city aldermen me the night after Christmas in regular council session, where they decided to lease a copying machine, purchase repair equipment for the north sewage facility, and briefly discussed “taking over” the Community Building.

Though they seemed well on their way to a first-round triumph over Newton after accumulating a 38-25 halftime lead in the Effingham Heartland Classic, the second-seeded Tuscola Warriors were plagued by fouls and lost the game to the Eagles in a 67-65 heartbreaker.

Mark Seip was a starter on the Northeast Missouri State basketball team, where he was averaging eight rebounds and nine points per game.

William Carlyle

Carlyle obitWilliam H. Carlyle, 86, of rural Tuscola, passed away at 6:33 p.m., Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Palm Terrace, Mattoon.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at Zion United Church of Christ in rural Arthur, with Rev. Dennis Hanner and Rev. Kenneth Roedder officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in the Zion Church Cemetery in rural Arthur, with military graveside rites accorded. Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 66 East US Highway 36, Atwood, is entrusted with the arrangements.
–Full obituary in The Tuscola Journal Dec. 31, 2013 edition

Kathryn Clevidence

1-Kathy Clevidence obitKathryn M. “Kathy” Clevidence, 70, of Tuscola, passed away at 9:17 a.m., Monday, December 23, 2013 at her residence. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 South Main Street, Tuscola.
–Full obituary in The Tuscola Journal Dec. 30, 2013 edition

Marian Lee

1-Marian Lee obitMarian E. Lee, 74, of Peoria, passed away at 9:12 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at OSF ST. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 27, 2013 at the Edwards Funeral Home, 221 East Main in Arcola. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Edwards Funeral Home, with a visitation one hour prior. Rev. Rod Drury will officiate. Burial will be in Arcola Cemetery.
–Full obituary in The Tuscola Journal Dec. 24, 2013 edition

No Cola War in this case

By Mike Carroll
At my recent retirement open house, I was surprised to see this rag tag crew of Arcola roughnecks shuffle in, one after another, like parolees for their monthly report. First, there was Joe Monahan, then Doug Dunagan, then Bill Blackwell, Terry Miller, Randy Rothrock, Jim Monahan, and others. I almost called security.

Arcola athletes coming to pay respects to a Tuscola guy? That’s like the Palestinians throwing a surprise birthday party for Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

You see, Arcola and Tuscola have what is, or at least used to be, one of the most storied and fierce sports rivalries in Illinois history, officially beginning with the start of football at each school around 1895. Unofficially, it all began around 1857 when Tuscola and Arcola engaged in a fierce struggle to be named the county seat of Douglas County. There had to be two general elections to decide the issue, since the first one resulted in a vote total exceeding each town’s population by a factor of 10 or so. Observers at the time labeled the votes “preposterous.” And so it began.

The rivalry was fiercest in football, but spilled over into all sports and other aspects of community pride, such as community development. The football inter-town frenzy largely ended during the late 1970s or so, when the original Okaw conference broke up, only to flare up during Tuscola’s brief excursion in the Little Okaw. People familiar with that bygone era remember it vividly. Today, it’s almost forgotten.

My memory is that giants walked the earth back then.
–Full story in The Tuscola Journal Dec. 24, 2013 edition

Lady Warriors stumble in pre-season stretch of OVC games

Warrior Halle McCrory (25) during Dec. 19 prep action against the Maroa-Forsyth Trojans. McCrory had 11 points in the Warriors’ 54-39 loss.

By Lenny Sementi
Tuscola High School’s girls basketball team stumbled twice this past week, as they ended a stretch of Okaw Valley games that boasted four of the top five teams in the league. Coach Tim Kohlbecker’s squad opened the week on the road in Clinton Dec. 16, 2013, falling 66-33 to one of the area’s top teams. They ended it Dec. 19 with a tough loss at home to Maroa, 53-39.

Kohlbecker’s crew is still searching for its offensive identity Points early in games have been an issue, and this past week was no different. The Warriors managed a combined 13 points total in the first frame of the two contests, in turn forcing a young squad that has just one senior to play catch up.

Kohlbecker counts on a trio of sophomores to log a lot of minutes and boost the scoring. Madeline Meinhold, Halle McCrory and Anna Watson have had to grow up quick on the varsity floor, the learning curve due to the schedule has been an uphill one in the early going.

•Clinton 66, Tuscola 33
The offensive woes were compounded as the Warriors entered the game against one of the state’s top teams with one less bullet in the chamber. Morgan Little–point guard and one of the squad’s emotional leaders—was missing in action with the flu, forcing the coaching staff to dress freshman guard Emma Henderson to provide some depth.

“Emma was thrown into the fire,” commented Kohlbecker. “She played very well for a rookie against that level of competition.”

The lack of Little’s ball handling skills showed early, as the Warriors struggled to attack a swarming Clinton defense, scoring just seven points in the first quarter. It showed in the final stat line as well.

“We shot 47 percent from the field, but we turned the ball over 23 times in the game,” Kohlbecker noted.

•Maroa 53, Tuscola 39
The two teams flexed their defensive muscle in the first eight minutes of the game. Both squads managed just six points apiece in the stanza. Meinhold led the way for the Warriors, scoring four points with a pair of buckets.

“We have been having problems starting games, and tonight that was not the case,” Kohlbecker commented. “We just couldn’t sustain the energy, our offense was stagnant at times, and our rebounding lacked effort.”

The Lady Warriors shared the ball in the second stanza. Four girls in all donated to the cause. Bosch and McCrory scored four points apiece off the bench, while Maria Meyer and Little each added a pair. Maroa, however, utilized an 8-2 run midway through the frame that led to a six-point Maroa advantage at the break, 24-18.

The Warrior stat line was more than good enough to win; they just needed to step it up on the boards and limit the scoring runs. Kohlbecker’s group turned it over just 14 times in the game while forcing 14 of their own. Watson and Meyer led the way in the steals department with four and three respectively. Bosch was the top performer on the boards with a six in the game.
–Full story in The Tuscola Journal Dec. 24, 2013 edition

Two home wins for Tuscola boys varsity basketball

By Missy Chappell
In the third week of the Warriors’ basketball season, the varsity squad came away with two solid wins against the Villa Grove-Heritage Hawks on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 and the Judah Tribe on Friday, Dec. 20. The junior varsity squad split, losing to the Hawks on Tuesday, but defeating the Tribe on Friday.

•Tuscola 64, VG 48
In Tuesday’s varsity contest, the Warriors and Hawks traded the lead back and forth in the first quarter, ending tied at 9. In the second quarter the Warriors pulled out to a quick lead, thanks in part to a couple of three-point baskets by junior Tommy Watson. Strong play on both offense and defense by brothers Nick and Zach Bates gave the Warriors an 11-point lead with just over two minutes to play in the half. Tuscola went into the locker room up by 11, 33-22.

Kyle Pugh started the second half with four quick points, and six from Zach Bates in the third quarter put the Warriors on top of the Hawks 52-28. Intensity waned slightly at the beginning of the final quarter, but the team regrouped and defeated the Hawks 64-48.

All nine varsity players scored in the game. Nick Bates led the team with 18 points, Zach Bates had 14, and Tommy Watson and Kyle Pugh each had eight. Clayton Turner and Zach Bates led the team in rebounds with seven each. As a team, the Warriors had 27 turnovers, eight of them coming in the fourth quarter. The Warriors shot 52 percent from the field and 66 percent from the line in the victory.

•Tuscola 60, JC 33
Friday night against the Tribe from Judah Christian, the Warriors got off to a slow start in scoring and quick start with fouls. Tuscola had five players score by the end of the first quarter, but also five team fouls. The quarter ended tied at 14.

With just over four minutes to play in the second quarter, the Warriors pulled out their first decent lead on a three-point shot by Clayton Turner, combined with a steal and layup by Tommy Watson. Both teams played aggressively, but Tuscola pulled together and ended the first half with a 14-point lead, 39-25.

Coming out of the locker room at the half, Tuscola was in full command of the game. The Tribe had 13 turnovers and zero points in the third quarter, and only scored eight points in the fourth. Once again, all nine members of the Warrior varsity scored in the 60-33 defeat of Judah Christian.

After the game, Coach Matt Franks said he was very pleased with the team’s play in the second half. They regrouped from a tough, physical first half and played very well, holding Judah to just eight points.

As a team, the Warriors shot 43 percent from the field and 62 percent from the line. Zach Bates led the team with 20 points, followed by brother Nick with 10 and Kyle Pugh with nine. Pugh also led the team in assists with four.
--Full story in The Tuscola Journal Dec. 24, 2013 edition

EP boys roll over Cerro Gordo, Marshall for easy wins

By Colleen Lehmann
There were certainly no nail-biting moments in a Dec. 19, 2013 home game pitting the East Prairie boys basketball teams against visiting Cerro Gordo, and two days later playing Marshall. In both contests, the Hornets established a lead in the first frame and never looked back.

•EP 7th 58, Cerro Gordo 11
With a 37-7 lead by halftime, the game was never in question for the younger Hornet boys, who limited the visitors to one, six, four and zero points in each of the four quarters while putting up 24, 12, 10, and 12 themselves.

Haden Cothron led the hit parade with 10 points, as well as three rebounds, two steals, and an assist. Brayden VonLanken nipped at his heels with nine points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal. Eight points came courtesy of Cameron Ochs, along with five rebounds and three steals. Cade Kresin chipped in with seven points, two rebounds and an assist; and Turner Hastings contributed six points, five rebounds and one swipe.

Noah Woods was the leading rebounder with six, and had four points and two steals in the books. Also scoring four points were Luke Sluder (three rebounds, two assists, two steals) and Blake Schultz (two steals, one rebound, one assist). Payton Hastings sank a shot and grabbed three steals from the visitors; Will Little made a basket, grabbed a rebound and an assist, and had two steals; and Cade Morgan had one basket and one rebound to his credit. C.J. Picazo nabbed three boards, two steals, and dished out one assist; while Dalton Grover also was good for an assist.

•EP 8th 61, Cerro Gordo 26
The elder Hornets followed the lead of their younger counterparts, having a 30-7 advantage after the first quarter. They slowed down slightly in the second and fourth frames with just six and two points; but countered with a 23-point third quarter.

Tyler Meinhold had a monster game with 22 points, making good on eight of 11 from the field, including six of eight three-point attempts. He also had an assist and a steal on the evening. Dalton Hoel had a double-digit scoring performance with 12 points, along with five steals, three assists, and two boards. Noah Pierce converted on four field goals and swiped four balls from the visitors.

Jacob Craddock hit all three shot he took and one of two free throws for seven points, along with one rebound. Six points, five steals and one board came courtesy of Dalton Conner. Cale Sementi had two steals and two points; Kevin Miller had a bucket, a board and a steal; and Dakota Denny sank a field goal to round out scoring. Colter Lewis and Bradley Kramer each swiped a ball.

•EP 7th 45, Marshall, 28
This Tuscola victory saw three players hit the double-digit scoring plateau. Luke Sluder led the party with an even dozen points, and added five rebounds, five steals, and three assists to his stat sheet. Right behind him was Cade Kresin with 11 points, a team-leading nine rebounds, and three steals. Haden Cothron tossed in 10 points, and pestered the opponents by swiping a team-high seven balls and grabbing five boards.

Brayden VonLanken had a bucket and made four of his six shots at the charity stripe for six points, and also kept busy snagging five rebounds and five steals. Will Little contributed four points, four steals and an assist to the victory; Turner Hastings had two points, a rebound and a steal to his credit; and C.J. Picazo also grabbed a rebound in the victory.

•EP 8th 39, Marshall 19
Tyler Meinhold accounted for 21 of Tuscola’s 39 points in a 39-19 win over Marshall Dec. 21. He hit five shots from beyond the arc for 15, and another three inside it; while also snagging two rebounds and three steals. Dalton Hoel hit a three and two inside the arc to earn his seven points, and took away four balls from Marshall along with dishing out one assist. Dalton Conner hit two buckets and two free throws, stole two balls, and grabbed one rebound. Kevin Miller chipped in with five points, three steals, and two rebounds to round out scoring for the Hornets. Cale Sementi got into the act with three steals and two rebounds, Dakota Denny had one rebound, and Chris Otto had one steal in the victory.

Extended media coverage project coming to Douglas courtroom

By Colleen Lehmann
Cameras in the courtroom are becoming increasingly common across the country, and Douglas County courtrooms will be officially joining the ranks of those allowing extended media coverage at legal proceedings … within certain parameters.

Exactly what those boundaries are was the subject of an October 9, 2013 meeting for area news media, held Oct. 9, 2013 at the News-Gazette building. The event also included a call-in component, for those who could not physically attend.

Some of the main tenets of extended media coverage (televising, recording, photographing)—per the administrative order—are as follows:

•Permission shall first have been granted by the judge. Media interested in seeking permission should file a written request two weeks prior to the court date whenever possible.

•Still photography will be permitted in both courtrooms, with one courtroom designated for audio and video recording purposes.

•Quantity and types of equipment permitted in the courtroom is subject to the judge’s discretion within the guidelines of the order.

•Rights of extended media coverage may be exercised only by the news media.

Circumstances in which extended media coverage is not allowed includes:

•In prosecution for sexual abuse, or when sexual abuse is an essential element, no coverage of victim testimony is allowed without the testifier’s consent.

•No coverage is permitted in juvenile, dissolution (divorce), adoption, child custody, evidence suppression, or trade secret cases.

•No extended media coverage of jury selection, the jury, and individual jurors are permitted.

•No recording or photographs shall be made of attorney materials, exhibits, or papers unless entered into the record or displayed publicly for the judge and/or jurors.

•No audio pickup, broadcast or recording of conferences in a court proceeding between attorneys and clients, between co-counsels, between attorneys and opposing counsel, or attorneys and judge shall be allowed.
–Full story in The Tuscola Journal Dec. 24, 2013 edition