Hands-4-Paws holiday fundraisers

Hands-4-Paws is asking for items to help the animals at the Douglas County Animal Shelter. Shopko has donated space to hold the shelter’s Angel Tree, and has a list of items needed. The list includes blankets, bath towels, beds, bleach, laundry detergent, canned food, leashes, treats, toys and flea medication. Donated items can be dropped off at Shopko, in the gift-wrapped boxes near the registers.

Santa Paws, photos with Santa for pets and children, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Appointments can be made from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Call 217-508-8489 to set up your appointment. Walk-ins are welcome from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Santa will be at Jarman Center, located at 704 N. Main Street in Tuscola. Enter through the door under the blue-and-green-striped awning.

Purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a dog or cat gift basket worth $125. The baskets are filled with pet items including food, treats, toys, bowls and more. Money raised from ticket sales will go into an emergency medical fund for the dogs and cats at the Douglas County Animal Shelter. Tickets can also be purchased at the Okaw Vet Clinic, located at 140 W. Sale Street in Tuscola.

If you have questions about donating items or Santa Paws, please call 253-3221. For more information about Hands-4-Paws, please visit www.hands-4-paws.org

November 20, 2013

TEN YEARS AGO
NOV. 18, 2003
Arrow Ambulance, Tuscola’s emergency services provider, said skyrocketing operating costs and reductions in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements were bleeding the company dry. Arrow was asking the city to contribute an additional $100,000 a year for the services it provides.

Debra Ann Ovca and Charles Michael Rogers were married Oct. 18, 2003 at Tuscola United Methodist Church. The Rev. Clyde Snyder officiated the candlelight ceremony, and a reception was held at Ironhorse Golf Clubhouse.

Comedians Jon Mott and Greg Lausch were the guys behind the laughs at a Comedy Night held at Ironhorse on Nov. 8. A cocktail hour and dinner preceded the show.

Douglas County State’s Attorney Diane Sipich announced she was seeking re-election to the office she has held since 1996.

Family members and friends of area residents stationed in Iraq gathered recently to pack boxes of donated items for mailing to soldiers in time for the holidays. Over 80 boxes were sent off, and more donations were being accepted at Sav-Mor Pharmacy in downtown Tuscola.

Showing off their first-place conference hardware were the seventh-grade Lady Hornets, who included Lindsey Mosely, Elizabeth Anderson, Rachael Brewer, Molly Romine, Megan Riley, Rebecca Swaney, Katie Harris, Allie Leithliter, Kelsi Hoey, Marissa Darling, Mariah Brookins, and Courtney Day.

Also earning first-place hardware were the eighth-grade Lady Hornets, including Megan Wakefield, Casey Schuckman, Jessica Lee, Alyssa Gordon, Ashley Wikoff, Kaela Kroenung, Kammy Kinyoun, Kaitlyn Inman, Elizabeth Otto, Krysta Conner, Mauri Robertson, Linda Romine, and Brandi Eaton.

TWENTY YEARS AGO
NOV. 16, 1993
The First Christian Church in Tuscola would be celebrating its 130th anniversary in Sunday, Nov. 21, 1993. Senior minister Tom Morris would preside over activities, and Don Green of Lincoln Christian College would be a guest speaker at the 10:15 a.m. worship service.

And speaking of anniversaries, Ace Ambulance would soon be marking 20 years on Nov. 29. The service was started by current owner Joe Victor and Don Thornton.

Shirley Laley of Tuscola was among three people honored recently at the 4-H Achievement Night ceremonies in Arthur. Laley received an Outstanding Service award for her contributions to 4-H.

Larry Hettinger of Tuscola downed a 12-point, 200-pound buck with his bow while hunting west of Tuscola.

Individual award winners at the Fall sports awards banquet were volleyball players Toni Best (MVP, Highest Serving Percentage), Kim Fauke (Most Improved), and Cortney Blaudow and Brittany Wilson (co-Most Promising Underclassmen). For football it was Chad Hausmann (Sportsmanship), George Barnett (MVP, Most Valuable Offensive Lineman, Tackle Award), Travis Russell (Most Improved), and Doug Hettinger (Sportsmanship). Cross-country runner Frank Tarantino earned the Greg Weaver Memorial Running Award.

THIRTY YEARS AGO
NOV. 22, 1983
At its November monthly meeting, the Douglas County Board voted to build a new jail rather than renovate the existing facility. Preliminary construction cost estimates ranged from $1.3 to $1.4 million.

Tuscola Township Board members voted to accept supervision and maintenance of the portion of Egyptian Trail Road running south from the southernmost portion of Southland Acres subdivision.

Dennis and Jane Kappes of rural Tuscola announced the birth of a daughter, Katrina Ann, on Nov. 8, 1983 at Carle Foundation Hospital. Katrina weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz., and was welcomed home by big brother Chad, age 9; and sister Stacey, age 6.

Juanita McCoskey of Hindsboro and Edgar Conner of Tuscola were married Oct. 29, 1983, in the presence of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Ann Livesay, daughter of the bride, and Chub Conner, son of the groom, were their attendants.

This year’s Tuscola Warriors varsity boys basketball team included Jeff Young, Tim Borries, Wade Wilcox, Brad Johns, Mike Nottingham, Steve Bates, Shawn Rideout, Justin Walker, Roger Harris, Robert Douglas, Mark Wilks, Jeff Leininger, and Frank Kalmar.

FORTY YEARS AGO
NOV. 22, 1973
Dale Mooday of Tuscola announced his candidacy on the Democratic ticket for the office of county clerk.

City police were investigating vandalism at Cooper Motel, where owner P.L. Cooper reported motel guests damaged two doors, knocked holes in the wall, broke a lamp and picture, and stole the change from a bed vibrator.

Mrs. Myrtle Benskin, age 93, did the honors at a ribbon cutting for the new home of the Church of the Nazarene. Mrs. Benskin was the only remaining charter member of the church, which was founded 40 years ago last Sunday.

Tuscola Co-Operative Grain Elevator was host to representatives from around the world during a recent four-day grain yield conference sponsored by the University of Illinois. Manager Duane Hibbetts explained the workings of the co-op to visitors from France, Norway, the Netherlands, and other countries.

With four of five regular starters back, Tuscola High School and Coach Bill Burress were set to begin what they hoped could be a 20-win basketball season. That fifth regular from the previous season was now-graduated Doug Dietrich.

Prelim FY 14 city levy approved

By Colleen Lehmann
Flat is not good for tires or souflees, but for city tax rates … that’s another thing altogether.

Mayor Dan Kleiss, at the city council meeting held Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, noted it has been his long-term goal to keep the city tax rate as flat as possible for property owners—the portion of the tax bill attributed to providing of city services.

And it would appear that a preliminary FY 2014 levy estimate will continue in that vein, with figures as they stand now resulting in a 2.5 percent increase from last year’s levy. The proposed levy would mean a total of $580,849 of property taxes collected by the county would be paid to the City of Tuscola. The numbers are all preliminary at this point, as final EAV figures are not yet available from the county clerk’s office.

“We can still revise this prior to adoption of the levy ordinance, based on actual EAV projections we hope to receive from the county clerk’s office in the next few weeks,” said city Administrator Drew Hoel. The levy ordinance must, by law, be adopted by the first Tuesday in December.
Full story in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 20, 2013 edition

Edna Miller

Edna A. Miller, 34 of Arthur, passed away at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at her residence in rural Arthur.

Funeral services were held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the family residence, 1955 CR 1700 E in rural Arthur. Bishop Daniel Chupp officiated. Burial was in the Otto Cemetery. Visitation was held prior to the funeral at the family residence. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
–Full obituary in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 27, 2013 edition

Brian Bradford

1-Brian Bradford obitBrian Gordon Bradford, 54, of Columbus, Ga., formerly of Arthur, Ill., died at 6:50 p.m. Monday, November 18, 2013 in Columbus, Ga.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Shrader Funeral Home, 431 S. Vine Street, Arthur, with Rev. Leroy Allison officiating. Burial will follow in the Arthur Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Full obituary in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 27, 2013 edition

Lisa Wilson

1-Lisa Wilson obitLisa Lynn Wilson, 55, of Tuscola, passed away at 11:11 p.m., Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at her residence, with her family by her side.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 South Main Street, Tuscola, with Rev. Joe Carter officiating. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, November 22, 2013 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Tuscola Township Cemetery, Tuscola.
Full obituary in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 27, 2013 edition

Randy Gibson

1-Randy Gibson obitRandy N. Gibson, 55, of Tuscola, passed away at 12:38 a.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at his residence in rural Tuscola.

A celebration of his life was held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Kaskaskia Country Club, 450 East County Road 300 North, in rural Arcola. Pastor Laury Hunter and Pastor Duane Piercy officiated. Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Kaskaskia Country Club. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Full obituary in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 27, 2013 edition

Lynn Gulley

1-Lynn Gulley obitLynn E. Gulley, 81, of Tuscola, formerly of Atwood, passed away at 5:10 a.m., Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the Champaign County Nursing Home in Urbana, after a short battle with cancer.

Military graveside services will be held at 12 p.m., Thursday, November 21, 2013 at the Camp Butler National Cemetery, Riverton. Arrangements were completed by the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 South Main Street, Tuscola.
Full obituary in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 20, 2013 edition

Opal Wilson

1-Opal Wilson obitOpal M. Wilson, age 96, of Tuscola, passed away peacefully under Carle Hospice care at Tuscola Health Care Center on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, November 18, 2013 at Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 South Main Street, Tuscola, with Rev. Kenneth Roedder presiding. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, with burial in Tuscola Township Cemetery.
Full obituary in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 20, 2013 edition