By Craig Hastings Canada on Wednesday, New York City on Thursday. Two random attacks, two suspects shot and killed. Unfortunately, a Canadian military serviceman also died from a gunshot wound fired at point-blank range into his back. A New York … Continue reading
Dancing With Melinda By Michael Carroll … about my sister, Melinda, who died 25 years ago. She was much smarter than I, much nicer, infinitely better looking. Her only “fault” (to me) was her near perfection. In the event of … Continue reading
Miracles really do happen, especially with the help of a couple of angels from Tuscola. After I thought I had seen the last of my sunglasses, a couple of emails came through with success. My thanks first to Jessica for finding them on a shelf at Shopko and setting them aside for the moment. Then, my thanks to Michelle who put the notice in the local paper after I realized I had set them down somewhere in their town. Believe it or not, Jessica happened to see the notice and sent me the news that she found what could be my special sunglasses. My wife and I drove back to Tuscola today and picked them up. Again, my heartiest thank you to both of you for saving the day for an old man and a potentially expensive replacement to consider. You deserve to be placed on the Tuscola honor roll for your help.
By Colleen Lehmann It’s been a whirlwind few months … trying to pack up our lives and move them four hours away to Columbia, Mo. A job promotion for Paul means a huge change, and we are blessed to be … Continue reading
Jake and Melissa Sanders of Tuscola are the proud parents of a daughter, Makynze Isybel Sanders, born at 6:05 p.m. Sept. 18, 2014 at Presence Covenant Medical Center in Champaign. She weighed 8 lbs. 13 oz. and was 21 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Jeff and Kandis Mills and Darren and Jackie Stenger, all of Tuscola. Paternal grandparents are Cindy and Mike Cummins of Hume, and Jeff Sanders and Terrie Wright of Palm Bay, Fla.
Maternal geat-grandparents are Kathy Cozad and the late Gene Cozad of Lincoln, Ala.; and the late Glenda Cozad; and Joy Stenger and the late Darrell Stenger of Tuscola.
Paternal great-grandparents are Doris Rund and the late John Rund; and the late Janet Dill and the late JC Dill.
Makynze was also welcomed home by proud aunts, uncles, and cousins.
TEN YEARS AGO
OCTOBER 26, 2004
Tuscola High School got an unscheduled afternoon off when a bomb threat was discovered in the school Thursday morning, a note written on the wall of the boys restroom. Fortunately, the threat was determined to be a hoax.
Ironhorse Golf Course would now be under new ownership when the next golf season rolled around. Jerry Forsythe, a native of Marshall, signed an agreement for purchase, scheduled to become effective in December.
Mitch Clapper, a junior at Tuscola High School, was recently accepted as a member of the National FFA Chorus, and would be performing Oct. 27-30 at the 77th National FFA Convention.
Sophomore Warrior cross country runner Matt Best qualified for sectional competition by placing 17th at the Cowden-Herrick Regional last Saturday.
Tuscola virtually secured a playoff berth this past Friday, exploding for 19 first downs in the opening half of play en-route to a 41-6 victory over Villa Grove.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
OCTOBER 25, 1994
Only two races would be contested in the Nov. 8 Douglas County general election. The race for sheriff pitted Democrat John Chambers against Republican Gene Wigall, and Republican Fari Shafer faced Democrat Millard Goben for the District 3 county board seat being vacated by Robert Arrol of Arcola.
The Tuscola Post Office was commemorating the grand opening of Factory Stores at Tuscola with a special one-day pictorial cancellation on Sat., Nov. 19. The special cancellation would be used on all first-class mail handled from a temporary postal station at the outlet center.
Tuscola City Council authorized city attorney Mike Carroll to talk to the IEPA about a short-term quick fix of sewer problems troubling some Hillcrest subdivision residents.
Both of Coach Les Sluder’s cross country teams qualified for sectionals Oct. 22 while competing in the Sullivan Regional. The Lady Warriors took first place, and the boys captured fourth.
The Maroa-Forsyth Trojans snapped Tuscola’s seven-game winning streak with a 28-14 win at Maroa Friday night in a battle of playoff-bound 7-1 teams. The now 7-2 Warriors would be heading into the playoffs for the first time since 1988, hosting Heritage in a 1A opening-round game.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
OCTOBER 30, 1984
Circuit clerk candidate Helen Fortney presented a Judge James Sherrick at a recent Douglas County Republicans event, honoring Sherrick for his 20 years of service as circuit court judge.
Tuscola Cooperative Grain Company announced that it had purchased the Galton Grain Elevator from the Tabor Grain Company, a division of ADM of Decatur. Thomas Mann and Jack Corum were serving as managers of the newly acquired facility until a permanent manager was named.
Sportsmanship went out the window when the Dunlap Eagles came to town Friday evening. The 3A team disposed of the Warriors 19-7 while proving they were the best team Tuscola had faced this season.
FORTY YEARS AGO
OCTOBER 24, 1974
Tuscola Township Board of Auditors appointed Ralph Allen supervisor at the regular meeting of the board, to fill the vacancy created by the death of Frank Stenger. Robert Kellogg was then appointed auditor.
Using square footage as a basis, the Tuscola Community Building board established new rental rates. A charge of $75 per day was established for most events. A kitchen usage rate of $15 per day or $10 per meal was approved.
Myron Carroll reported the theft of a truck, noting he witnessed two men calmly unhook a 1973 pickup from a load of bean and drive it away while he was in a combine on the other side of the field.
Tuscola High School students Phil Bissey and Greg Higgins were named National Merit Scholars, making them among the upper 2 percent of soon-to-be high school graduates in the nation.
Tuscola harriers won their second Okaw Valley Conference cross country championship in three years by edging Monticello 38-49.
Warrior Ben Franklin stood along in the end zone as he caught the winning pass from QB Chris Townsend Friday evening, catching a highly touted Unity team completely unprepared and accounting for the only score in a 6-0 Tuscola victory.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Holaday of Arcola are celebrating 70 years of marriage in November. Bob and the former Ruth Campbell were married in San Bernadino, Cal., where he was serving in the Army during World War II.
An open house to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary will be held to honor the couple. You are invited to join them on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Arcola United Methodist Church. The couple requests no gifts, but would enjoy visiting with family and friends.
Bob and Ruth have three children: Steve and wife Patty of Arcola, Barbara and husband John Coffey of Bloomington, and Cheryl and husband Mike Hilgenberg of Arthur. They have eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Ruth is a homemaker and worked at the Douglas County Soil & Water Conservation office for 16 years. Bob served in the Army Air Corps, then returned to Arcola and farmed for 41 years before retiring. Both are active members of Arcola United Methodist Church, and have been involved in numerous community activities for many years.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 31, 2014 at Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 South Main Street, Tuscola, with Pastor Sandy Hire officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Camargo Cemetery, Camargo.
–Full obituary in The Tuscola Journal Oct. 29, 2014 edition
By Colleen Lehmann
It may be the worst kept and most anticipated secret in town … looks like Tuscola will be announced as the big winner in the quest for landing the Cronus Chemicals fertilizer plant.
Electronic invitations were sent out Monday afternoon, Gov. Pat Quinn and Cronus Fertilizer inviting recipients to attend a “major economic development announcement” on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in Tuscola, with the exact location to be announced. It is anticipated the press conference will be held either at Tuscola High School or the proposed plant site just west of town.
“There has been a flurry of activity and a lot of big smiles,” reported TEDI executive director Brian Moody, who spent part of Monday evening at a dinner meeting with Cronus officials in town for the upcoming announcement. Moody has been an instrumental player in the 2 1/2-year effort to land the granular urea fertilizer plant.
“Today literally went by faster than any I can remember, and I’m expecting double tomorrow. We will be welcoming more of the Cronus team into town in preparation for an event to follow on Wednesday. Obviously we are pleased that we have made it to this week. It has been a long journey, and I am incredibly thankful for all of the assistance received from so many across East Central Illinois. It will be nice to be able to make a definitive statement that Illinois can get it done,” Moody remarked.
The Cronus project is a $1.2 billion one, with the State of Illinois agreeing in July 2013 to a $30 million incentive package to help close the deal. At one point, say company officials, there had been 76 sites in nine states throughout the process being considered. More than 2,000 jobs would be brought to the area at the height of the 32-month construction phase, with about 200 jobs when the plant is up and running, likely to be in early 2017. The plant would produce 800,000 tons of anhydrous ammonia annually, most of which would be converted into a nitrogen fertilizer called granular urea. The necessary water for the manufacturing process will will be provided in the form of treated wastewater purchased and piped from the Urbana-Champaign Sanitary District.
Cronus CEO Erzin Atac noted of the site decision, “The motivation and interest in bringing this project to Tuscola was outstanding. What was important for us first of all was availability of feedstock, the natural gas optionality for the plant, water supply for the plant, that there are consumers located near the plant to buy our fertilizers, rail optionality for access to transport our product, and the local support and legislation support. Illinois came out in flying colors in all of these categories.”
Officials hope to break ground sometime next spring, with an anticipated construction time of 32 months. It is anticipated more specific information will be outlined in Wednesday’s announcement.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, October 27, 2014 at Forty Martyrs Catholic Church, 201 East Van Allen Street, Tuscola, with Father Delix Michel as celebrant. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 South Main Street, Tuscola. Burial will be in Tuscola Township Cemetery.
–Full obituary in The Tuscola Journal Oct. 29, 2014 edition