Part 5

A year in review

World and national events hit home big in 2001 as
everyday challenges and victories unfolded and prevailed

[JAN. 7, 2002]  For the people in Logan County, like those everywhere else in the nation, the defining event of the year 2001 was Sept. 11. Logan County’s response to the tragedy was not one of hate and fear, but instead a message of hope and healing. Many gathered on the courthouse lawn on Sept. 14 to honor the New York rescue workers who gave their lives to save the lives of others as well as to honor their own police officers, firefighters and rescue workers. Many also contributed to the fund-raising effort by county emergency workers to help the families of the New York fire, police and rescue personnel who died at the World Trade Center. And many found a new definition of hero — not an entertainer with a multimillion-dollar salary, but a man or woman, maybe one who lives next door, doing a job that needs to be done to help others.

However, other news also happened in Logan County throughout this unforgettable year. Here is our roundup of some of the more important and interesting local matters.

[Click here for a review of local events in January and February 2001]

[Click here for March and April events]

[Click here for May and June events]

[Click here for July events]

[Click here for August and September events]


In October, it was a local story that shocked Logan County residents, when the news came to light that a federal inspection of the Lincoln Developmental Center put the facility in danger of losing its certification and 700 workers in danger of losing jobs if LDC closed. The $17 million in federal money LDC would lose is half its $35 million budget. Inspectors cited a shortage of workers, a lack of training for those workers and three incidents in which patients’ health was endangered. 

Gov. George Ryan ordered a series of reforms, including moving 90 residents from the 370-bed facility to other state facilities for the developmentally disabled and beginning a series of 30-day assessments of LDC. Administrative changes were also made, with Gwen Thornton, a former state prison warden, replaced as LDC director by Peggy Davidsmeyer, who has had 30 years experience working with the developmentally disabled.

Members of AFSCME and a group of parents of LDC residents protested moving residents for whom LDC has been home for a number of years. State lawmakers, local groups and individuals expressed their desire to keep LDC open and many, like the Lincoln-Logan Chamber of Commerce, began letter-writing campaigns. The parents group pleaded with Gov. Ryan not to close the institution, saying LDC has not recently had the staff and the leadership needed to operate at its best and suggesting that the state wants to close LDC basically for financial reasons. Gov. Ryan said he was thinking only of the welfare of the residents.

In other news in October, the Lincoln City Council learned that construction of Phase 1 of Brainard Landing, an affordable apartment complex to be developed at 21st and State streets, may begin as early as March of next year. Phase 1 will include four of the eight planned housing units and cost about $45 million. The entire 56 units in the finished development will be rented to those at or below median income — in the $18,000 to $36,000 range, depending on family size.

Logan County ESDA and LEPC successfully completed an exercise that tested emergency reaction to release of a hazardous material, in this case chlorine, from the Illinois American Water Company treatment plant at 1730 North Jefferson Street. Firefighters and police officers turned out to protect the community from the potentially lethal gas and stop the leak. State observers from Illinois Emergency Management Agency agreed that the county was capable of implementing their hazardous materials plan. 


Facing a deficit of approximately half a million dollars in its fiscal year 2002 budget, the county board voted to ask all officeholders and department heads to review their budgets for possible cuts in the approximately $5 million budget. Budget chairman Rodney White pointed out that the tentative budget contains no money for extra security or for new economic development initiatives. A memo read at the meeting announced formation of a Homeland Security Committee consisting of Sheriff Tony Soloman, board Chairman Dick Logan, Law Enforcement Committee Chairman Doug Dutz and Insurance Committee Chairman Dale Voyles. The committee is charged with improving security in the seven county buildings. 

On the heels of a sellout of its first classic film offering, the Logan County Arts Association planned its next event, a classical Spanish guitar performance by Christian Culleton at Trinity Episcopal Church. Association President Marshall Jacobs reported a meeting at which a "workable framework" for transfer of the Lincoln Cinema’s theater to the Lincoln/Logan Chamber of Commerce was devised. He said plans are for the arts association to restore the interior of the building with office space on the second floor. Work would start after GKC has completed a new theater complex, probably in the fall of 2002.

A check for $32,540 for the families of firefighters, paramedics and police officers who died in the World Trade Center terrorist attack was unveiled at a candlelight ceremony at the Logan County courthouse. The funds were raised by county firefighters, paramedics and police officers, who held fund drives at their local fire stations.

Development of a proposed 63-acre industrial park north of town could bring the Lincoln/Logan County area many financial benefits, but first the community must commit to supporting the project, according to Mark Smith, economic development director. Members of the Lincoln/Logan County Economic Development Council have been seeking a site for an industrial park for the past 18 months and now have an option to purchase 63.5 acres at Business 55 and Kruger Road, between the north Interstate 55 interchange and the Logan County Airport, for $678,000, he told a group assembled in the Lincoln College Library lecture room. The creation of the industrial park hinges on getting community support to finance the project, which will add up to a total investment of $3.1 to $3.3 million. Smith said he was looking for some future commitment from the city and the county board.

The Indian Maiden statue, now repaired, was returned to the lawn of the Logan County courthouse, this time on the south side, in a ceremony much like the first dedication ceremony 95 years ago, when the statue was first presented to the town by the Lincoln Women’s Club. Club member Burnetta “Bernie” DePuy was commended for her work in the fundraising effort to repair the marble statue.


In sports news, the Lady Railers volleyball team advanced to the sectional championship match by beating Effngham two games to one, after losing the first game 12-15.


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The on-again, off-again status of Casey’s General Store coming to a Fifth Street location in Lincoln is now on for good. By a vote of 8-2, the Lincoln City Council agreed to vacate an unused alley so the firm can build a facility at 314 South Jefferson Street, across from the Postville Courthouse. A title search showed that the alley belonged to the city but had not been used or maintained. Casey’s will begin building in the spring.

The city council also learned that what was planned as one of the city’s chief tourist attractions, a drink from the Lincoln Well across from the historic Postville Courthouse on Fifth Street, may not be possible because the well has serious contamination problems. County Board member Terry Werth said the well has been pumped out three times, and each time it fills up the water is found to be contaminated with bacteria from human or animal waste. Werth said one solution might be to drill the well deeper in the existing hole, then line the well with a metal shield to prevent groundwater from seeping in.

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital has opened a new area for patients receiving outpatient care. The new same-day care area features private patient rooms in a newly refurbished area. ALMH has also joined the Regional TeleBurn Network being launched by Memorial Medical Center and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, both in Springfield. The network will make possible improved early treatment of burn victims at ALMH by establishing a real-time, visual link between Memorial and Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

The county board heard the report of a feasibility study for a golf course at Logan County Airport and tentatively voted to approve the concept of an industrial park. Daniel Conway of THK Associates in Denver gave the results of his firm’s market feasibility study for an airport golf course. Based on demographics and number of existing courses, he said the area could support one more 18-hole course.


Before signaling that they would approve the industrial park concept, board members assured themselves that they were committing no funds. Economic Development Director Mark Smith said the Logan County Development Foundation would fund the feasibility study for the project and he was only asking for endorsement of the concept at this time. He added that if the board and the Lincoln City Council indicated they thought it was a bad idea, the Economic Development Council would reconsider. 

The Lincoln City Council also heard Smith’s request for support but did not put the matter to a vote. Several spoke in favor of the idea but others said it was not the right time for such a major project. Smith said he was satisfied with the fact that there were “no strong objections” to the industrial park proposal from the city council. An e-mail poll conducted by the Lincoln Daily News showed that 91 percent of those voting were in favor of the industrial park and only 9 percent against it.

The county board passed a 2002 budget with $8.94 million total expenditures and a $314,000 deficit in the general fund, the first time it has passed a deficit budget in seven years. Projected general fund revenues were $3.76 million and expenditures were $4.07 million. Levies designed to raise almost $2.6 million were also passed.

Lincoln College professor and museum supervisor Ron Keller told the Looking for Lincoln committee that tourism revenue sales are up after September 11, saying tourism has not slowed at all. Postville Courthouse representative Shirley Bartelmay also said Postville has had visitors recently from New York, Iowa, Texas and Florida. Bartelmay was recently credited by the state of Illinois for coordinating volunteers and was rewarded with a plaque for overall dedication.

On the last day of November, a groundbreaking ceremony for the new 47,000-square-foot Central School was held. The school will be built on the Seventh Street side of the grounds of the present Central School. Board members and state representatives took the shovels first, then Central School students were given spoons and plastic bags so scoop up a bit of dirt for a souvenir. After the new school is built, students at Lincoln Junior High will move to the present Central School, the junior high will be razed and a new one built, then the present Central School will be taken down.


In the ongoing story of LDC’s threatened closing, the 100-year-old facility survived another round of budget cuts at the state level, but is still facing decertification and loss of $17 million in federal funds. Gov. George Ryan gave the facility another 30-day extension to correct problems, but has continued the transfer of residents to other state institutions to improve the resident-staff ratio. The parents group continued to rally and urge Gov. Ryan to keep LDC open.

There was good news on the business front in November. It seems that Lincoln will once again have a retail business supply store. Glenn Brunk Stationers of Springfield has announced that they plan to open a Lincoln store somewhere downtown, perhaps by the first of the year. The firm is already serving customers in Lincoln. 

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for a new warehouse at Willamette Industries, Inc., at the intersection of Lincoln Parkway and Fifth Street Road. The 70,000-square-foot warehouse is expected to be completed in April. The plant has already added six new employees and expects to add an additional four later. Willamette employs about 100 people in Lincoln.

Terry J. Brown, president and chief executive officer of State Bank of Lincoln, will retire the first of January. Chosen to be the new chief executive is Steve Aughenbaugh, currently department head for commercial and installment loans. Brown said his most significant achievement is the growth the bank has experienced during his 17-year tenure. 

Construction has begun on a Russell Stover Candies store on Lincoln’s west side, and the company expects to open it around Feb. 1. The site is at 901 Heitmann Drive, along Route 10 between GB Oil Travel Plaza and Holiday Inn Express. The company intends to employ 10 to 15 people locally and will hold a job fair for prospective employees. The store will carry the company’s full line of first-quality boxed chocolates as well as intermediates and seconds, both to be sold at discounted prices.

In sports, the LCHS Lady Railers volleyball team had a super season, even though they lost the super-sectional to Normal Community. Their season record of 29-8-1 is among the best in central Illinois. They were the winners of two regular season tournaments in Champaign and East Peoria. They lost only one Central State Eight Conference match and took second place in the conference. They repeated as IHSA Regional champions. They made the LCHS history books by being the first volleyball team to repeat as IHSA Sectional champions. Coach Charissa Howe reached her 100th win early in the season. Christina Xamis tied a school service record with eight aces in one game — the sectional semifinal. Senior team members Tina Cook, Kelli Gleason and Darcy White have all been recruited and will play college volleyball. 

Coach Kevin Crawford and his Lincoln Christian College Angels advanced to the Elite Eight at nationals, then once again made it to the Final Four and brought home a third-place place trophy. That makes six trips to the national tournament, including a national title, two third-place finishes, one fourth and two Elite Eights. Crawford was named NCCAA National Coach of the Year for the second time.

In Class A volleyball, Mount Pulaski took third place at the state tournament. They lost their semifinal game against Quincy Notre Dame on Saturday, 8-15, 15-9, 15-8. They then played Augusta Southeastern, who lost to Breese Mater Dei 15-12, 15-6. Mount Pulaski defeated Augusta Southeastern 15-6, 15-1. Breese Mater Dei defeated Quincy Notre Dame for the championship 15-8, 15-7. 


(To be continued)

[Joan Crabb]


Warmer December 2001 means lower heating bills

[JAN. 7, 2002]  "Below normal temperatures after Christmas Eve led to December 2001 dropping from 4th to 14th warmest December since 1895. Even so, temperatures were 5.6 degrees above average for the month," says State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey in Champaign. The coldest December on record occurred in 1983 with temperatures 12.1 degrees below average.

"A bonus of these warmer-than-average temperatures will be lower heating bills for Illinois consumers than in December 2000, the second coldest December on record with temperatures 11.6 degrees below average. December 2001 heating-degree totals were 16 percent below the long-term average and two-thirds of December 2000 totals," says Angel.




In addition to warm temperatures, there has been a lack of snowfall compared to last December, which will be remembered as one of the snowiest. December snowfall normally ranges from two inches (south) to four to five inches (central) to eight inches (north), but December 2001 totals of one to four inches were confined to the northern half of Illinois. The snowiest station, Chatsworth (near Springfield,) reported five inches (21 inches in December 2000); Springfield, 3.3 inches (ten inches in December 2000); Chicago at O'Hare, 1.6 inches (30.9 inches in December 2000); Rockford, 0.5 inches (30.1 inches in December 2000); and Peoria, 0.4 inches (21.2 inches in December 2000).


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Soil temperatures at the 4-inch level also have dropped below freezing across the northern half of the state due to the recent cold without the protection of insulating snow cover. "Cooler soil temperatures may help kill off overwintering pests, but the lack of snow cover may leave some crops and landscape plants more vulnerable to cold temperatures.

"While precipitation has been below average in the northern half of the state due to a lack of snow, above average rainfall in southern Illinois resulted in some reports of damage to winter wheat due to saturated fields," says Angel.

For example, Anna reported 7.11 inches of rain in December.

[Illinois State Water Survey news release]


Today’s history

Compiled by Dave Francis

Monday, Jan. 7

7th day of the year


"Mahomet made the people believe that he would call a hill to him, and from the top of it offer up his prayers for the observers of the Law. The people assembled; Mahomet called the hill to come to him again and again; and when the hill stood still, he was never a whit abashed, but said, ‘If the hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill.’" — Francis Bacon, on boldness

"And yet ... it moves." — Galileo


1800 — Millard Fillmore, Locke, N.Y., (Whig) 13th president (1850-53)

1822 — Lucius C.M. Bakker, Frisian physician and author (Goethe)

1910 — Alain de Rothschild, France, banker and baron

1928 — William Peter Blatty, New York City, author and director ("The Exorcist")

1942 — Vasili Alexeyev, U.S.S.R, weightlifter (Olympic gold, ’72, ’76)

1946 — Jann S. Wenner, publisher (Rolling Stone)

1957 — Katie [Katherine] Couric, Arlington, Va., TV news host ("Today")


1285 — Charles I of Anjou, king of Naples and brother of King Louis IX, dies at 58

1536 — Catherine of Aragon, first wife of England’s King Henry VIII, dies

1584 — Last day of the Julian calendar in Bohemia and Holy Roman Empire

1598 — Boris Godunov seizes Russian throne on death of Feodore I

1601 — Robert, Earl of Essex, leads revolt in London against Queen Elizabeth

1608 — Fire destroys Jamestown, Va.

1610 — Galileo discovers first three Jupiter satellites: Io, Europa and Ganymede

1618 — Francis Bacon becomes English lord chancellor

1695 — Mary II Stuart, queen of England, dies at 32

1714 — Typewriter patented by Englishman Henry Mill (built years later)

1782 — First U.S. commercial bank, Bank of North America, opens in Philadelphia

1890 — W.B. Purvis patents fountain pen

1914 — First steamboat passes through Panama Canal

1927 — Harlem Globetrotters play first game (Hinckley, Ill.)

1929 — "Buck Rogers," first sci-fi comic strip, premieres

1929 — "Tarzan," one of the first adventure comic strips, first appears

1943 — Nikola Tesla, Yugoslavian physicist (Tesla motor), dies at 86


Part 4

A year in review

World and national events hit home big in 2001 as
everyday challenges and victories unfolded and prevailed

[JAN. 5, 2002]  For the people in Logan County, like those everywhere else in the nation, the defining event of the year 2001 was Sept. 11. Logan County’s response to the tragedy was not one of hate and fear, but instead a message of hope and healing. Many gathered on the courthouse lawn on Sept. 14 to honor the New York rescue workers who gave their lives to save the lives of others as well as to honor their own police officers, firefighters and rescue workers. Many also contributed to the fund-raising effort by county emergency workers to help the families of the New York fire, police and rescue personnel who died at the World Trade Center. And many found a new definition of hero — not an entertainer with a multimillion-dollar salary, but a man or woman, maybe one who lives next door, doing a job that needs to be done to help others.

However, other news also happened in Logan County throughout this unforgettable year. Here is our roundup of some of the more important and interesting local matters.

[Click here for a review of local events in January and February 2001]

[Click here for March and April events]

[Click here for May and June events]

[Click here for July events]


On the day she celebrated her 20th birthday, July 31, Nicole Fink was chosen Miss Logan County Fair of 2001. Daughter of Mike and Brenda Fink of Beason, Nicole, a Lincoln Community High School graduate, is now a sophomore at St. Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute, Ind. Nicole was chosen from a field of six. Other contestants were Katheryne Stoll of Chestnut, Erin Wind of Lincoln, Mary Wood of Lincoln, Anna Schmidt of Lincoln and Ginnifer Sparks of Emden.

There was plenty of talent at the fair on Aug. 1. Winning in the senior talent contest were two Lincoln girls, Brandi Montgomery and Kirsten Gandenberger, who clogged their way to first place to the tune of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Winning first in the junior contest was 9-year-old Kayla Kubinski, who sang "I Believe" in a surprisingly mature voice.

Among the old favorites at the fair — exhibits of livestock and cooking, harness races and horse shows, rides and cotton candy — the children’s scrambles remained a popular event. Bleachers filled up as fairgoers watched 4-H members of various ages "scramble" to catch chickens, goats, greased pigs and stubborn young calves.

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital celebrated the opening of its newest addition, the Women’s Health Unit and Family Maternity Suites, with an open house on Sunday, Aug. 12. The Women’s Health Unit is designed to promote the lifelong good health of women in any stage in their lives and will focus on women’s inpatient gynecological surgical procedures. It includes five private rooms. Labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care are now possible in a spacious single room, with no need for the mother to move to another room after delivery.

Bill Bates was named Lincoln city attorney to replace Jonathan Wright, who resigned after accepting the appointment to the seat in the state House of Representatives vacated by John Turner. Bates, a Lincoln native, has been practicing law here since 1979.

Controversy over handicapped-parking tickets became so heated it even reached news media outside the area, giving Lincoln some bad press. Handicapped citizens, both from Lincoln and from other cities, contended they were ticketed when parked in a handicapped area even though they had placards properly displayed on their windshields. Those who ticketed the handicapped, some of whom are handicapped themselves, said these placards were not placed where they could be seen from outside the vehicle and thus were not within the law.

Lincoln Mayor Beth Davis supported the ticketing program and said the city has lost considerable money in fines by tossing out tickets given to the handicapped. Others said the tickets would be thrown out of court and the city was wasting its time issuing them. A consensus was reached that in cases where a ticket clearly ought to be dropped, the mayor, the city attorney or the police chief could nullify it.

Two of the city’s goals, historic preservation and economic development, went head-to-head in August when representatives of the Casey’s General Store asked for a zoning change so the firm could put in a facility at 314 Jefferson St., across from the historic Postville Courthouse. Mayor Beth Davis had already said she would like the area from the Postville Courthouse west to Postville Road to be designated a historic preservation district, which would include the property Casey’s wanted to buy. Mayor Davis had presented the council with a proposed historic preservation ordinance, but aldermen found problems with the ordinance, especially with the power it gave to the 11 members to be appointed to the historic preservation committee. The city council decided the ordinance needed work and put it on hold, clearing the way for Casey’s to go in.

The Lincoln Planning Commission, however, turned down Casey’s request for rezoning the property from residential to commercial. In spite of protests from neighbors and businessmen in the Fifth Street area, the city council overrode the planning commission’s recommendation and voted to rezone the property. However, a rear setback requirement still kept the property from meeting city codes until it could be determined who owns the alley behind the proposed Casey site.

Main Street Lincoln received a state grant, facilitated by former Sen. Bob Madigan and totaling $37,000, from the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. More than half the amount, $20,000, will be used for an incentive plan for new downtown businesses. Some money will also be used to pay for restoration of the statue of the Indian woman and for playground equipment for newly renovated Scully Park.

Good crowds turned out for one of Lincoln’s most popular summer events, the Art Fair and Balloon Fest. Eighty-one artists showed all kinds of work at the 28th annual Art Fair in Latham Park on Aug. 25 and 26. Thirty-five artists from previous years were there, along with 46 new ones.


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At the Logan County Fairgrounds, 47 hot-air balloons ascended on Friday evening and again on Saturday morning, although threatening weather kept them on the ground Saturday evening and also prevented the traditional balloon glow. Fireworks, craft sales, rides, games and plenty of food were all on hand at the fairgrounds. Other weekend events included a soapbox derby, an Oasis flea market, a display of19th century trades and artwork at the Postville Courthouse, a Porsche car show, and the Children’s Adventure Zone, with special events for children across the street from the Art Fair.

The Logan County Board voted to spend up to $9,500 to determine the economic feasibility of a golf course at the airport. THK Associates was hired to investigate whether the community can support a nine-hole public golf course built on the grounds of Logan County Airport. Roger Bock, chairman of the airport committee, said the study could be completed in 30 to 45 days. If the projection is favorable, a developer would have to be found and a layout planned. Bock acknowledged that some holes might have to be short to work around airport facilities.


On Sept. 11, 2001, the people of Logan County, along with those in the rest of the world, learned of the terrorist attack that destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and took thousands of lives. Community leaders expressed their shock and sympathy, and many prayer vigils, masses and patriotic assemblies were scheduled in Lincoln and the rest of the county.

On Friday, Sept. 14, at least 1,500 people gathered on the Logan County Courthouse lawn to take part in a ceremony to show they were a community that cared. Firefighters from all over Logan County, and a few from beyond, lined the walkway on the Broadway side of the courthouse during the ceremony. Some had tears running down their cheeks, as did many in the audience.

Recently appointed state Rep. Jonathan Wright put the community’s sentiments into words: "The enemy expected us to respond selfishly. Instead Americans are giving their lives to try to save others. They expected us to respond with fear, but we responded with courage. They expected us to respond with regionalism, saying ‘That’s New York City’s problem.’ Instead citizens have stepped forward, saying ‘How can I help?’ Freedom never shines so brightly as in the darkest hour. I have always been proud to be an American citizen, but I have never been so proud as I am today."

Dan Fulscher of the Emergency Services and Disaster Agency announced a fund drive for families of the firefighters and rescue workers who died trying to save the lives of others, and Lincoln Fire and Police Department members volunteered to go to New York to help if needed.

Fulscher said: "It is obvious we are very vulnerable to terrorism. This event may change the perception of the man on the street, but agencies like ESDA, fire and police departments, EMS, the Health Department and others have been working very hard to prepare for such an emergency."

Three Missouri railsplitters and one from Illinois walked away from the Logan County Fairgrounds with the honors and the prize money at the 31st annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Contest on Sept. 15 and 16. Marty Yount of Hiram, Mo., was once again the national railsplitting champion, taking home a cash prize of $1,000. Taking second place was another Missouri contestant, Ryan Evans, only 21 years old, of Silva. At the other end of the age range, Oliver Friedlein, 63, of Hull, Ill., took third. Roy Usery of Des Arc, Mo., placed fourth. Visitors to the fairgrounds could see demonstrations of early American crafts, a frontier farm, historic displays from all over Logan County, a quilt show, a display of steam-powered machines, the Fred Hoppin memorial watermelon contest and many other contests.

Lincoln Public Library head Richard Sumrall reviewed "One Hour ’til Dawn," the book recently published by Mike Fak of Lincoln, a free-lance journalist for both the Courier and Lincoln Daily News, a member of the LincOn-TV community television station, and co-host of the weekly talk show "The Fak’s Machine." Sumrall noted that the essays and stories cover a variety of topics: political commentary, hilarious happenings in the Fak home and sensitive writing about his son, handicapped by cerebral palsy. Sumrall said, "‘One Hour ’til Dawn’ is a very entertaining book that will find an appreciative audience. Many of the articles are intended to spark debate and discussion on a wide range of topics. Readers will also enjoy the down-home philosophy that serves as the inspiration for the more humorous entries. Other will find encouragement and hope in the stories about life in the Fak household." The book is still available at Lincoln Daily News, 601 Keokuk St., or from Mike Fak.

Making business news, MKS Jewelers celebrated its 20th anniversary on the square in Lincoln on Sept. 7-15. The store’s present location at 614 Broadway is its third, a disastrous fire being the reason for one of the moves. Melody Kay Shew, owner, said her philosophy is customer-centered. "We try to carry what people are asking for. I’m selling products that I would be proud to wear myself."

(To be continued)

[Joan Crabb]



Today’s history

Compiled by Dave Francis

Saturday, Jan. 5

5th day of the year


"The unexamined life is not worth living for man." — Socrates

"Only the stupidest calves choose their own butcher." — Konrad Adenauer


B.C. — Socrates, Greek philosopher, son of Sophroniscus and Phaenarette

1787 — John Burke, Irish genealogist ("Burke’s Peerage")

1837 — Algernon Charles Swinburne, writer [or April 5]

1876 — Konrad Adenauer, Cologne, Germany, chancellor of Germany

1914 — George Reeves [George Lescher Bessolo], actor ("Superman")

1918 — Jeane Dixon, psychic ("A Gift of Prophecy")

1931 — Robert Duvall, San Diego Calif, actor ("Great Santini," "Taxi Driver")

1932 — Chuck Noll, Cleveland, NFL coach (Pittsburgh Steelers)

1942 — Charlie Rose, Henderson NC, newscaster ("CBS Night Watch")

1969 — Marilyn Manson, singer and musician


1531 — Pope Clemens VII forbids English king Henry VIII to remarry

1589 — Catherine de’ Medici, queen mother of France, dies at 69

1836 — Davy Crockett arrives Texas, just in time for the Alamo

1895 — French Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, convicted of treason, publicly stripped

1896 — German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen discovers X-rays

1919 — National Socialist Party (Nazi) forms as German Farmers Party

1925 — Nellie Taylor Ross became governor of Wyoming; first woman governor in the United States

1933 — Calvin Coolidge, 30th president (1923-29), dies in Massachusetts at 60

1943 — George Washington Carver, famous black scientist, dies at 81

1956 — Elvis Presley records "Heartbreak Hotel"

1959 — "Bozo the Clown," live children’s show, premieres on TV

1959 — Buddy Holly releases his last record, "It Doesn’t Matter"

1963 — Rogers Hornsby, baseball player, dies of a heart ailment at 66

1971 — Sonny Liston, world champion heavyweight boxer (1962-64), found dead at 36

1987 — Surrogate Baby M case begins in Hackensack, N.J.

1988 — "Pistol Pete" Mavarich, NBAer (Atlanta), dies of a heart attack at 40

1994 — Thomas P. "Tip" O’Neill, D-Mass., speaker of House (1977-86), dies at 81


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Sunday, Jan. 6

6th day of the year


"If you want to get along, go along." — Sam Rayburn

"Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work." — Carl Sandburg

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." — Sherlock Holmes


1412 — Joan of Arc, Domremy, martyr

1826 — Herman Grimm, Germany, writer and novelist (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

1854 — Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft, fictional detective (via Arthur Conan Doyle)

1878 — Carl Sandburg, American poet and biographer of Lincoln ("The People, Yes")

1880 — Tom Mix, Mix Run, Penn., silent screen cowboy actor ("Dick Turpin")

1882 — Samuel Rayburn, Tennessee, representative, D-Texas, speaker of the House (1940-57)

1914 — Danny Thomas, Deerfield, Mich., comedian ("Danny Thomas Show")

1920 — Sun Myung Moon, evangelist (Unification Church, Moonies)

1925 — John Z. DeLorean, former automaker (DeLorean)

1961 — Howie Long, former NFL tackle, actor and broadcaster ("Broken Arrow")


1088 — Berengarius of Tours, French theologian, dies

1496 — Moorish fortress Alhambra, near Grenada, surrenders to the Christians

1535 — City of Lima, Peru, founded by Francisco Pizarro

1540 — King Henry VIII of England married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves

1702 — Thomas Franklin, English smith, uncle of Benjamin Franklin, dies

1759 — George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Curtis

1838 — Samuel Morse made first public demonstration of telegraph

1884 — Gregor Mendel, Augustine monk and heredity pioneer, dies at 61

1914 — Stock brokerage firm of Merrill Lynch founded

1919 — Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president (1901-09), dies in New York at 60

1963 — "Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom" with Marl Perkins begins on NBC

1976 — Ted Turner purchases Atlanta Braves for reported $12 million

1985 — Robert H.W. Welch Jr., founder and leader of John Birch Society, dies at 85

1989 — Hirohito, Japan`s emperor (1922-89), dies at 87 after 62-year reign

1993 — John B. "Dizzy" Gillespe, blues trumpeter, dies of cancer at 75

1993 — Rudolph Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer (Kirov), dies of AIDS at 54

1994 — Ice skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked by Tonya Harding’s bodyguard

Flames engulf American Legion
in early morning fire

[JAN. 4, 2002]  Flames consumed the Lincoln American Legion building at 1740 Fifth St. early this morning.

 A cleaning person was in the building when he heard a loud pop in the kitchen. Lincoln Fire Department received the call and responded at approximately 6:30 a.m. Unofficial early reports suspect it to be a grease fire.

The fire was reported under control at about 10 a.m., though damage appears to be extensive. Local fire inspectors are on the scene investigating the incident.

The building was formerly a restaurant next to the Ramada Inn before the American Legion bought and remodeled it. It appears to be a total loss.

As of noon, the hoses were being rolled up as firefighters prepared to return to their firehouses. Investigators will remain on the scene this afternoon.


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Part 3

A year in review

World and national events hit home big in 2001 as
everyday challenges and victories unfolded and prevailed

[JAN. 4, 2002]  For the people in Logan County, like those everywhere else in the nation, the defining event of the year 2001 was Sept. 11. Logan County’s response to the tragedy was not one of hate and fear, but instead a message of hope and healing. Many gathered on the courthouse lawn on Sept. 14 to honor the New York rescue workers who gave their lives to save the lives of others as well as to honor their own police officers, firefighters and rescue workers. Many also contributed to the fund-raising effort by county emergency workers to help the families of the New York fire, police and rescue personnel who died at the World Trade Center. And many found a new definition of hero — not an entertainer with a multimillion-dollar salary, but a man or woman, maybe one who lives next door, doing a job that needs to be done to help others.

However, other news also happened in Logan County throughout this unforgettable year. Here is our roundup of some of the more important and interesting local matters.

[Click here for a review of local events in January and February 2001]


In March the ground was shaking with some major groundbreaking activities. The biggest took place at Lincoln Christian College as they stepped forward with their plans to build a $3 million, 30,000-square-foot athletic facility to replace their outdated gymnasium. The new gym will seat 1,000 spectators, and the building will also provide office space, training rooms, locker rooms, a weight room, a lobby and concessions.

Across town at Lincoln College, a new dormitory was going up and an old one, Spatz Hall, was coming down.

CCA Online, Lincoln’s major Internet provider, broke ground to set the footing for a tower that will supply high-speed wireless Internet service to the city of Lincoln. The tower is on the CCA site at Logan and Woodlawn streets.

In Mount Pulaski, in the midst of swirling snowflakes on an empty lot, ground was broken for Logan County’s newest Habitat for Humanity home. The house will go to Cheryl Mittelsteadt and her two sons, J.T. and Austin, who are all grateful for the opportunity to have a home of their own. This is the first Habitat house to be built in Mount Pulaski.

An open house at the Lincoln’s Public Library celebrated administrator Richard Sumrall’s 10th anniversary as head of the library. During his term, circulation has increased from 72,000 to 112,000 books a year and many non-print formats have been added, such as books on tape, videos, CD-ROMs, electronic and online databases. Also during this time the annex was added across the alley from the main building and the original building was renovated, with new carpeting and ceramic tile and cleaning and lighting of the stained glass dome.

Postman Steve Jones noticed that for several days the mail was not collected and newspapers remained in the yard at the home of a woman on his route. He called the police, who found the woman had fallen and was not able to get up. Jones later visited her while she was recovering at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

Emergency Services and Disaster Agency and the Local Emergency Planning Committee discussed the threat of terrorism, especially bioterrorism, and the plans being put into place to combat it. LEPC is a state-mandated group that will spearhead a community response during any incident involving hazardous materials.

Volunteers are making it possible for the Postville Courthouse to be open five days a week instead of only two, according to Richard Schachtsiek, site manager. Volunteers, under the management of Shirley Bartelmay, will keep the historic site open Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The 2000 census figures show that while Logan County and Lincoln haven’t lost population, they haven’t gained much, either. Actually, Lincoln is down by 49, while the total number of folks in Logan County is up by 385, from 30,798 in 1990 to 31,183 in 2000.

Businesses making news included the Pink Shutter Thrift Shop, which relocated to 114 N. McLean St. and had a grand opening in mid-March. The shop has been owned and operated by ALMH Auxiliary sine 1962. The new location offers more room and is more convenient.

Team Express, a subsidiary of Team Electronics Super Store in Decatur, had the grand opening of its new store at 411 Pulaski St. The business offers cellular services and accessories. Manager is Leigh Horner and assistant manger is Mandy Cook, both of Lincoln

The big news in sports was that Illinois won the Big Ten championship. In a late surge, the Illini overcame the Minnesota Gophers to win 67-59. Frank Williams scored eight of his team-high 15 points in the last three minutes, and Lincoln’s Brian Cook added five points during this stretch, including a 3-point play.

By beating the Kansas Jayhawks 80-64, the Illini made it to the Elite Eight, only one win away from making it to the Final Four.

Girls volleyball was in good shape in Logan County, especially in Hartsburg-Emden and Mount Pulaski schools. In the 7A competition, Hartem’s Lady Stags claimed third and Mount Pulaski’s Honeybears second at the state tournament in Pawnee.

In the 8A competition they did even better. Mount Pulaski, with an undefeated 29-0 season, beat its rival Hartem in two games to win the state title. Hartem had to settle for second best in the state.


The April 3 general election decided four Logan County mayoral contests. Republican Beth Davis won handily over Democrat Kenneth S. Gray (1,458-130) to become mayor of Lincoln. In Mount Pulaski, alderman William C. Glaze, polling 330 votes, won out over Delmar L. Stewart, a former mayor but not an incumbent, polling 240, and Robert W. Letterle, who brought in 41 votes.

In Atlanta, incumbent Republican Bill Martin beat challenger Taplia "Jack" Renfrow 262-208. In San Jose, Citizens Party candidate Duane Worlaw, with 159 votes, won easily over Independent candidate Ida M. McWilliam, who polled only 21 votes.

Logan County voters spoke loud and clear about their preference for a districtwide election for county board members instead of the present at-large method. The advisory referendum passed by a more than 3-1 margin. The board later rescinded their former vote to keep the membership elected at large and voted to choose members by district.

The Lincoln City Council passed the city’s first bed-and-breakfast ordinance, to give prospective B & B owners guidelines to follow. Owners must get permits from the city code enforcement office and have food operations certified by the Logan County Health Department. Off-street parking requirements were waived, and B & Bs will be permitted in residential districts.

This month the new radio station, WMNW, 96.3 FM, headquartered in Atlanta near Lazy Row, went on the air, with Jim Ash as general manager. The station broadcasts classic rock of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s to listeners in Logan, McLean and Sangamon counties and will keep its listeners informed of important breaking news. Ash was with WPRC radio in Lincoln and later with WUIS in Springfield.

The Illinois State Police and the Logan County Sheriff’s Department confiscated more than 240 pounds of cocaine April 24, in one of the largest drug seizures in downstate Illinois. A Texas man, Victor Caballero, was charged with substance trafficking and intent to deliver a controlled substance and could serve from 30 to 120 years in prison.




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Plans for District 27’s new Central School are almost complete, said Superintendent Robert Kidd. The brick building will face south on Seventh Street and will have double gables over either side of the entrance. It will have 14 classrooms, a kitchen and cafeteria, a 6,860-square-foot gymnasium, a stage, a music room, a media center, a library, rooms for special education, and office space and a conference room for teachers and administrators.

Lincoln College President Jack Nutt announced that at its Normal campus the college will begin offering courses that will lead to a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. Nutt said this has been in the planning stages for several years and meets the needs of both two-year graduates and working adults.

In business news, the Tropics Steak and Pasta House at 1007 Hickory Drive, on historic Route 66, opened under the management of Tim Dalipi, serving a menu of Italian and American dishes. Five members of the Dalipi family are involved in the restaurant operation. The former coffee shop is now the dining room for smokers, and the two dining rooms have been redecorated. The menu offers a variety of items.

In sports, Lincoln had a new state champion in April — Dart Man. Brian Dutz captured two state titles in the 2001 State Dart Championships at the Civic Center in Peoria, winning in both Open Singles and Open Singles Cricket, the first person ever to take both titles.

[Click here for a review of local events in May and June 2001]


Judy Dopp, Lincoln Community High School National Honor Society sponsor, announced at the city’s council meeting on Monday that Lincoln had won a Governor’s Home Town Award for 2000 for the plantings done by the National Honor Society and the biochemistry classes taught by Jim Vipond. The Plant the Tree program for 2000 included extensive plantings at the Logan County Fairgrounds and in the Don Shay parking lot across from Scully Park in downtown Lincoln, as well as plantings at Memorial Park and at two nursing homes. The program has been going on for the past five years.

Community members, friends, family and workers — all gathered for dedication services July 4 at the newest Habitat House in Mount Pulaski. Keys for the sixth completed Habitat for Humanity of Logan County home were turned over to the Cheryl Mittlesteadt family. Cheryl and her sons, James T. and Austin M. Berger, planned to move into their new home at 317 Vine St., Mount Pulaski, on Saturday.

The climax of the Healthy Communities Partnership report to the community on Thursday was the presentation of the National Outstanding Rural Health Practice Award to Dayle Eldredge, director of the Rural Health Partnership Task Force and of the overall partnership. Among the projects of the RHP are the mobile health unit which provides health care throughout Logan County, educational seminars including one on prostate and testicular cancer conducted June 27, farm safety programs offered in conjunction with the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service, and assistance to farm families with a disabled member. Later in the month HCP also received the Outstanding Rural Health Practice Award of the National Rural Health Association, which represents providers of health-care services, agricultural associations, government and industry.

The Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society has been awarded a $10,000 state grant, according to an announcement by Sen. Bob Madigan before he left his legislative position. The money will be used to help purchase the building that is currently home to the society. The organization recently moved from Arcade Court to 114 N. Chicago in Lincoln. Society member Dorothy Gleason said the new location gives them much-needed breathing room.

Rod White’s East Park subdivision, which was stalled last month when the Lincoln City Council requested that he pay the entire cost of upgrading North Sherman Street in front of the new development, is back on again. The council took another look at the wording of the ordinance that says a development must bring all streets in the subdivison up to city code. However, they decided, that is mandatory only for new streets, and Sherman is an existing street. White will pay for curbs and gutters and said he would begin work on the new subdivision immediately.

A report from economic development director Mark Smith notes that in late April, the U.S. Census Bureau began releasing all kinds of information collected during the 2000 census. Some of it tells us something about Logan County. Our official population is 31,183, only 385 more people than in 1990. Our growth rate was 1.3 percent. Our median age is 37.0 years, almost three years higher than the state figure. The percentage of our population below 18 is 5 percent less than the state average. There are 11,872 total housing units in the county. Of those units, 11,113 were occupied at census time. Of the vacant units, 20.2 percent were for sale, 26.7 percent were for rent and 3.7 percent were used seasonally or for recreational purposes.

From a "textbook" perspective, Logan County could be viewed as holding its own — barely. Over the past decade, population and new housing developments have been flat. Our population is aging faster than average. Based on these preliminary statistics, and if the trend does not improve, there may be cause for concern as the next decade unfolds, Smith’s report said.

Claude "Bud" Stone, Morton, Tazewell County Republican Party chairman, has been chosen to fill the unexpired term of former Sen. Robert Madigan of Lincoln. Madigan resigned at the end of June to take a post with the Illinois Industrial Commission. The choice was made at a meeting of the seven GOP county chairmen whose counties are all or in part in 45th Senatorial District. Stone will serve until Madigan’s term expires in January of 2003.

The first meeting of Lincoln’s Historic Homes and Buildings Committee was on July 16 in the office of Mayor Beth Davis. Its mission is "to promote and preserve historic homes and buildings within Lincoln, Illinois, for the purpose of recognizing and preserving their historic value." The committee will be chaired by Lincoln resident Betty York.

On a hot 31st of July, the 65th Logan County Fair was officially opened when Lincoln Mayor Beth Davis and Fair 2000 Queen Elizabeth Stoll, along with members of Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce, cut the ribbon.

In business news, the local branch of APAC Customer Services announced it would hire at least 30 full-time and 30 part-time telephone sales representatives at its Lincoln customer interaction center, 2500 Woodlawn, before the end of July. The additional employees will serve expanding business volume from a major financial services client that was assigned to Lincoln recently.

Lincoln Dairy Queen, under new ownership, celebrated a grand opening in July. New owners Mitzie Welsh and Scott Werner plan to operate the business on an extended season, March 1 to Oct. 31 each year.

A downtown Lincoln business, Camel’s Hair’em, has changed owners and has a new name. Paula Landess, a Lincoln native, has purchased the hair-styling business and changed the name to Cape Landing Salon. The telephone number, 735-4247, remains the same.

(To be continued)

[Joan Crabb]


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Robbery at State Bank still under investigation

[JAN. 4, 2002]  Investigators looking into last Friday’s robbery at the Sangamon State branch of the State Bank of Lincoln are still not releasing any information. Lincoln Police Department Detectives Mike Harberts and John Bunner have been working in collaboration with the FBI since the early evening robbery on Dec. 28.

The robbery suspect is said to have been a man and is described only as tall and thin. He entered the bank just before 5 p.m., advised a bank teller that he had a gun in his pocket and demanded she empty her cash drawer. He never produced a weapon and fled the scene on foot. A triggered silent alarm brought police to the scene within minutes.


Drug trafficking investigation nets five suspects

[JAN. 4, 2002]  Five felony arrests of local people are the result of a long-term investigation made by Central Illinois Enforcement Group working with the Lincoln City Police Department. The suspects — John Buckner, 35, Paul Mount, 43, Mark Mount, 19, Delwyn Trout, 37, and Michelle Quisenberry, 31 — were all arrested on drug charges. The five are charged with counts of possession with intent to deliver cannabis, 30-500 grams; possession of drug paraphernalia; and criminal drug conspiracy.

Armed with search warrants, officers raided three residences — 114 Lincoln Country Inn, 929 Lake St. and 1399 1950th St. — at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday evening. The officers confiscated approximately $2,000 cash, 336 grams cannabis and numerous items of drug paraphernalia including scales, baggies and smoking pipes.


Today’s history

Compiled by Dave Francis

Friday, Jan. 4

4th day of the year


"If I have seen further [than certain other men] it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants." — Isaac Newton

"To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace." — George Washington


1643 — Isaac Newton, scientist

1785 — Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm, Germany, librarian (fairy tale collector)

1809 — Louis Braille, Coupvray, France, developer of reading system for blind

1813 — Isaac Pitman, Britain, inventor of stenographic shorthand

1813 — Louis L. Bonaparte, English and French linguist and senator

1890 — Alfred G. Jodl, German Wehrmacht general and chief of staff

1896 — Everett McKinley Dirkson, senator, R-Ill.

1914 — Jane Wyman, St. Joseph, Mo., first Mrs. Ron Reagan, actress ("Magnificent Obsession")

1914 — Mohammed Sahir, shah (Afghanistan)

1930 — Don Shula, winningest NFL coach (Miami Dolphins)

1935 — Floyd Patterson, heavyweight champ (1956-59, 1960-62) (gold medal, 1952 Olympics)


1493 — Columbus left New World on return from first voyage

1642 — King Charles I with 400 soldiers attacks the English Parliament

1786 — Mozes Mendelssohn, Jewish and German philosopher (Haksalah), dies at 56

1790 — President Washington delivers first "State of the Union" address

1821 — Elizabeth Ann Seton, first native-born American saint, dies in Maryland

1863 — Four-wheeled roller skates patented by James Plimpton of New York

1877 — Cornelius Vanderbilt, U.S. robber baron, dies at 82

1965 — T.S. Eliot, poet ("Washed Country"), dies in London at 76

1970 — Beatles last recording session at EMI studios

1974 — Nixon refuses to hand over tapes subpoenaed by Watergate Committee

1995 — Newt Gingrich (R) becomes speaker of the House








Newest Lincolnite arrives

[JAN. 3, 2002]  The first baby of the new year was born at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital at 12:02 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1.

Athena Patricia Lambros, daughter of Lynn Lambros of Lincoln, weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20½ inches long. Athena was welcomed into the family by mom and big sister Samantha.

ALMH’s new Family Maternity Suites, which opened in August, encourage and welcome families to share in the wonder and excitement of childbirth. Labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care can all be administered inside one of the private birthing suites, eliminating the need to move the mother to another room.

Part 2

A year in review

World and national events hit home big in 2001 as
everyday challenges and victories unfolded and prevailed

[JAN. 3, 2002]  For the people in Logan County, like those everywhere else in the nation, the defining event of the year 2001 was Sept. 11. Logan County’s response to the tragedy was not one of hate and fear, but instead a message of hope and healing. Many gathered on the courthouse lawn on Sept. 14 to honor the New York rescue workers who gave their lives to save the lives of others as well as to honor their own police officers, firefighters and rescue workers. Many also contributed to the fund-raising effort by county emergency workers to help the families of the New York fire, police and rescue personnel who died at the World Trade Center. And many found a new definition of hero — not an entertainer with a multimillion-dollar salary, but a man or woman, maybe one who lives next door, doing a job that needs to be done to help others.

However, other news also happened in Logan County throughout this unforgettable year. Here is our roundup of some of the more important and interesting local matters.

[Click here for Part 1: January and February 2001]

(Due to a technical error March and April’s reviews will be posted tomorrow.


Lincoln College hosted a dedication ceremony for the Anna K. and Bernard E. Behrends Admissions Building on May 12. The building was named because of the generous support of two siblings from Lincoln who are graduates of the college: Anna K. Behrends, class of 1936, retired after 40 years as an elementary teacher, and her brother Bernard E. Behrends, class of 1948, currently CEO of Hartsburg State Bank.

Lincoln’s new mayor, Elizabeth "Beth" Davis, appointed new police and fire chiefs at her first regular meeting with the city council, on May 8. Rich Montcalm, a 12-year member of the police force, was named to head the Police Department. Robert "Bucky" Washam, a firefighter for 26 years, was named fire chief. Montcalm replaced former chief Richard Ludolph, and Washam replaced Ken Ebelherr. Ludolph has since taken a position on the staff of the Supreme Court Administration Office of the Illinois Courts Association. Ebelherr remains on the Lincoln City Fire Department. Staying on with the city were Jonathan Wright as city attorney, Les Last as building and zoning officer, and Donnie Osborne as street superintendent.

Three lives were lost during the second week of May. A fire at Friendship Manor at 925 Primm Road claimed the life of 87-year-old Ray Money. A traffic accident claimed two lives: William Robert Hazard, 71, of Mason City, and Linda Rose Coffey, 54, of Bend, Ore. Coffey was in Lincoln to attend the funeral of her father.

A historic well across from the Postville Courthouse — a well from which Abraham Lincoln often drank — was opened on May 14 by the Looking for Lincoln Committee of Logan County. The well is just outside the VFW Post at 915 Fifth St., where the Deskins Tavern once stood. Along with Lincoln, other historic figures such as Stephen Logan, David Davis, John Stuart and Samuel H. Trent made the tavern their headquarters while traveling on the 8th Judicial Circuit. The committee hopes to make the well usable again as a tourist attraction.

In sports news, West Lincoln-Broadwell School took second place in the Class 7A girls track-and-field meet in East Peoria. Helping to garner winning points were Christine Presswood, who took first place in both the 800-meter and the 1,600-meter races and set a meet record in the latter. Kylie Courtwright also took first in the high jump.

John Turner of Atlanta, the Illinois state representative for the 90th House District, received an appointment as a judge on the Illinois Appellate Court for the 4th Judicial District and announced he would step down from his House seat on June 1. Logan County area candidates announcing their candidacy for the position included Carla Bender, Logan County Court clerk; Jonathan Wright, Lincoln city attorney; and Dave Hawkinson, former director of the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce. Bender later dropped out of the race, citing family responsibilities. Three more Logan County candidates announced later: George E. Davis, retiring administrator of St. Clara’s Manor; John Guzzardo, former mayor of Lincoln and restaurant owner; and Lois Olson, Elkhart, with the Illinois Department of Financial Institutions.

A well-attended Antiques Roadshow and the ninth annual Mayor’s Awards for Historic Preservation climaxed the four-day celebration of National Historic Preservation Week in Lincoln. The Antiques Roadshow brought in everything from china dolls to Indian artifacts, keeping the 10 experts who were on hand busy trying to date and value the items. Jerry and Colleen Roate won the Mayor’s Award in the residential category for the "sympathetic alterations" of their home at 146 Ninth St. The nonresidential award went to the State Farm building at 200 N. Chicago St., owned by Jane Wright, which was part of the downtown façade renovation done last summer.

The statue of the Indian woman was removed from its home on the west lawn of the Logan County Courthouse. She has been badly in need of repair, having lost one hand and part of the water jug it held. The statue was a gift to the town by the Lincoln Woman’s Club in 1906. Sculptor David Seagraves of Elizabeth, Ill., took the statue to his studio to do the restoration work.

The Lincoln City Council chambers were standing room only as folks came to hear the Rev. S.M. Davis give his proposal to erect a giant statue of Abraham Lincoln christening the town of Lincoln with watermelon juice. Davis said the 305-foot statue would be a city landmark and tourist attraction and the focus of a theme park or playground. He said it could bring in from 5,000 to 15,000 tourists a day, promote the building of motels and restaurants, raise property values, and perhaps double the size of the city. A committee is looking into finding corporation sponsorship to build the $150 million project.

Making business news, Integrity Data, a technology and computer programming organization, completed renovations of its headquarters at 110 N. Kickapoo. The firm purchased the former Schick building at 640 Broadway and 110 N. Kickapoo. Integrity Date’s new office space is on the second floor on the Kickapoo side. Midwest Bible occupies part of the first floor. Integrity Data, Inc. is owned and operated by Patrick Doolin, a Lincoln native, and Mark Hisken of Willmar, Minn.

Logan County Chamber of Commerce ambassadors were on hand to celebrate a ribbon-cutting and open house at Insight Communications (formerly Media One) at its new quarters at 1102 Keokuk St.



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The completion of the crisis management center in the lower level of the Logan Safety Complex makes Logan County one of the most disaster-prepared counties in the state, according to Emergency Services and Disaster Agency Director Dan Fulscher. The entire lower level supports emergency disaster efforts, especially the Central Command Center, he said. The new facility was dedicated to the memory of Larry Schroyer, an early civil defense director whose planning in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s led to the ESDA organization of today.

Lincoln College received a $1 million grant from the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs through Build Illinois, which college president Jack Nutt said would be put toward building a new Lincoln College Museum. The museum, which has many Abraham Lincoln artifacts, will be expanded from the present 1,200 square feet to 6,000.

Plans for a proposed 16-home East Park subdivision, which have been under discussion by developer Rodney White and the Lincoln City Council for several months, came to a halt over the question of who will foot the bill for upgrading Sherman Street, which the subdivison will face. White, who said he was trying to develop "affordable housing" in the $80,000 to $90,000 range, said it was not feasible for him to pay the entire cost of upgrading the street. The council was also told it would have to make some decision on sewer rate increases in order to secure the $10 million loan to upgrade the sewage treatment plant.

The Logan County Board, reviewing options for changing from at-large to district representation, finally voted to accept a plan for six districts with two members each. A motion to add a 13th at-large member to act as a tie-breaker was defeated. Gloria Luster of Mount Pulaski was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Beth Davis, who was recently elected mayor of Lincoln. The board earlier tabled a motion to increase members’ pay from $35 to $50 per committee meeting and from $40 to $75 for each general board meeting.

The newly formed Logan County Arts Association was officially incorporated on June 8. Its mission is "To enhance the quality of life by actively promoting arts dissemination, thereby making the arts an integral component of life in our community and the surrounding area." The association later announced plans for several classic movie presentations.

Jonathan Wright, city attorney for Lincoln and Atlanta, was named to fill the 90th District Illinois House seat vacated by John Turner. He was chosen by the six GOP county chairmen in the district from a field of seven candidates. The choice was unanimous, said Mary Jane Jones, Mason County GOP chairman. "He will do a good job replacing Mr. Turner," said Tazewell County GOP Chairman Claude Stone. Wright was sworn in by Turner at a standing-room-only ceremony in the second-floor courtroom of the Logan County Courthouse.

Another resignation from state government left Logan County without a member in the Illinois Senate. After 14 years in the 45th Senate District, Sen. Robert Madigan, R-Lincoln, resigned to take a position on the Illinois Industrial Commission, the administrative court for workers’ compensation cases. His resignation is effective July 2 and means that Republican county chairmen, many of whom just went through the appointment process to select Jonathan Wright, must meet again to find a candidate to fill Madigan’s seat.

Before leaving office, Sen. Madigan announced that Main Street Lincoln will receive a $10,000 grant from the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs to restore the Abraham Lincoln well. Wendy Bell, Main Street program manager, said the money would be used to make the well usable as a public drinking fountain and to bottle the water for sale, with a label depicting Mr. Lincoln.

Business news wasn’t good this month. As of June 30, Lincoln will no longer have a downtown office store, a handy place where somebody who just ran out of copy paper or ink cartridges can run over and stock up. June 29 is the last day the U.S. Office Products store on the corner of Broadway and Chicago Streets will be open for business. U.S. Office Products was recently sold to Corporate Express, which does not keep retail outlets open. "This had nothing to do with our location or the amount of business transacted here. It is just a corporate business decision to close all retail stores," said Gail Rawlins, manager of the Lincoln store.

Motorists breathed a little easier as they watched gasoline prices continue to plunge lower after reaching highs of more than $2 a gallon in some places. The average price at the pump in Illinois at the end of June was reported at $1.65. Area stations were posting prices of $1.49 for their base grade this morning. Prices dipped as low as $1.34 in Bloomington in a regional gasoline price war.

In sports news, Olympia’s Lady Stags softball team came home carrying their first state championship trophy, this one for second place. Having beaten two-year champion Casey-Westfield earlier in the day, the Lady Stags lost to Nashville 0-3.

[Joan Crabb]


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Today’s history

Compiled by Dave Francis

Thursday, Jan. 3

3rd day of the year


"While the sick man has life, there is hope." — Marcus Cicero

"I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen." — Martin Luther


B.C. — Marcus Tullius Cicero, Rome, statesman and author ("Academica")

1624 — William Tucker, first black child born America

1939 — Bobby Hull, NHL forward (Chicago Blackhawk 1957-72)

1945 — Stephen Stills, Dallas, Texas, songwriter and guitarist (Cosby Stills & Nash)

1945 — Victoria Principal, Fukuoka Japan, actress ("Earthquake," Pamela in "Dallas")

1946 — John Paul Jones, rocker (Led Zeppelin, "Stairway to Heaven")

1956 — Mel Gibson, Peekskill, N.Y., actor ("Mad Max," "Mrs. Soffel," "Lethal Weapon")





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1431 — Joan of Arc handed over to the bishop

1521 — Martin Luther excommunicated by Roman Catholic Church

1543 — Juan Cabrillo, conqueror of Central America, discoverer of California, dies

1847 — California town of Yerba Buena renamed San Francisco

1870 — Brooklyn Bridge construction begins; completed May 24, 1883

1871 — Oleomargarine patented by Henry Bradley, Binghamton, N.Y.

1876 — First free kindergarten in United States opens in Florence, Mass.

1888 — First wax drinking straw patented, by Marvin C. Stone, Washington, D.C. ["It’s Drinking Straw Day!"]

1920 — N.Y. Yankees purchase Babe Ruth from Red Sox for $125,000

1924 — British Egyptologist Howard Carter finds sarcophagus of Tutankhamun

1925 — Mussolini dissolves Italian parliament, becomes dictator

1946 — William Joyce (Lord Haw Haw), hanged in Britain for treason

1952 — "Dragnet" with Jack Webb premieres on NBC-TV

1958 — Edmund Hillary reaches South Pole overland

1967 — Jack Ruby, assassin who killed assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, dies at 55

1973 — George Steinbrenner III buys Yankees from CBS for $12 million

1979 — Conrad Hilton, founder of Hilton Hotels, dies at 91

Part 1

A year in review

World and national events hit home big in 2001 as
everyday challenges and victories unfolded and prevailed

[JAN. 2, 2002]   


January 2001 opened cold and snowy, after two cold months and record December snow. Some local stores had trouble keeping their shelves stocked with birdseed as thoughtful Logan County residents filled feeders for hungry birds.

The first month of the year also brought a buying spree for 1-cent stamps, because the cost of a first-class stamp went up from 33 to 34 cents on Jan. 7.

Jim Ash of Linc-On TV was named general manager of the new radio station, WNMW 96.3 FM, based in Atlanta. Ash was a familiar voice to the former Lincoln station WPRC listeners until its demise several years ago.

The Logan County Board began debating whether to put an advisory referendum on the April 3 ballot to elect representatives based upon population (by district) rather than on the at-large system. Initially, the board voted down the advisory referendum.

Lincoln Christian College representatives asked the city of Lincoln to allow the college to purchase economic development revenue bonds through the city to fund a building program that would add a new 30,000-square-foot athletic facility, renovate student housing and update building exteriors. The city agreed to the request, which saved the college from paying federal taxes on the new construction work.

On the evening of Jan. 16, smoke began pouring from the historic Scully Building on the corner of Kickapoo and Pekin streets. Before the fire, believed to be arson, was extinguished, the four upstairs apartments were destroyed and two businesses on the ground floor damaged. The silhouette of the historic building was changed from a pitched roofline to three gables and two chimneys outlined starkly against the sky. Barricades were in place for many weeks before the gables were stabilized so they would not fall.

Five candidates announced their intention to run for mayor of Lincoln in the April primary: then-incumbent Joan Ritter, Jason Harlow, then-incumbent alderman Stephen Mesner, Don Fults and county board member Beth Davis.

The Lincoln City Council continued its discussion of a new liquor code but got bogged down when it came to raising fees for license holders. The issue has been put on the back burner and is still unresolved, with the existing liquor license fees and code still in effect.

Deputy Jason Lucas, a two-year veteran of the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, was given recognition by the Logan County Board for an act of heroism. On the night of Dec. 31, 2000, Lucas rescued an incapacitated man from a burning house.

In sports, Lincoln’s own Brian Cook led the University of Illinois to their fourth conference win of the year at Northwestern University in Evanston. Cook scored eight straight points to help the Fighting Illini beat Northwestern 19-6.






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A ruptured sewer main on Route 10 in front of Greyhound Lube forced eastbound motorists to find an alternate route to get into Lincoln for more than a week. Many, including trucks, had to take Connolley Road to Fifth Street because the Illinois Department of Transportation decided it was unsafe for eastbound traffic to be channeled into one of the two westbound lanes.

On Jan. 26, now called Black Friday, news of the disastrous 7.9 magnitude earthquake in India stunned the world. There was an outpouring of concern and relief efforts sent from around the world in the days and weeks to follow. Super 8 Motel manager Sunil (Neal) Patel helped set up the local fund at the Illini Bank for quake victims. [
Feb/06/news/today/today_a.shtml#India earthquake shocks felt in Lincoln]

On Feb. 8, Mount Pulaski’s seventh-grade boys won the championship round of the Class 7A State Basketball Tournament in Wenona against Pontiac St. Mary’s. Coach Robert Gasaway said the game was "hard fought." The final score was 42-34. They had a 25-0 season with no close games.

The West Lincoln-Broadwell eighth-grade boys basketball team went all the way to state. The team competed in the Class 8A state championship Feb. 15 in Concord against Normal Metcalf. Normal won the game 41-33, and WL-B received the second-place title in the state of Illinois.

The Lincoln City Council learned in February that the city’s sewage treatment plant must be upgraded because it is at capacity and without an overhaul could soon be out of compliance with Illinois Environmental Protection Agency requirements. An estimated $9 million upgrade is in the planning stages. The plant was built in the 1930s and has not had a major renovation since 1972, the council was told.

Chester-East Lincoln "mathletes" team, competing against six other schools, finished second in the regional Mathcounts competition at Millikin University in Decatur.

This month folks began hearing about the plan of the Rev. S.M. Davis of the Park Meadows Baptist Church to build a giant statue of Abraham Lincoln as a city landmark and tourist attraction. The 305-foot statue (the height of the Statue of Liberty) would be located close to Interstate 55 and would be visible as far as 50 miles away. Along with the statue, a theme park with an observation deck, a visitors’ center and other amenities would bring visitors and new prosperity to Lincoln. Davis suggested corporate sponsorship to fund the $150 million project.

The Feb. 27 Republican primary election brought out 3,009 of the 10,003 registered voters, probably because of the five-way race for mayor of Lincoln. Beth Davis won with 44 percent of the vote (1,309 votes); incumbent Joan Ritter polled 32 percent (967); alderman Stephen Mesner got 10 percent (310); Don Fults polled 9 percent (278); and Jason Harlow came in last with 5 percent (145 votes).

In sports, wrestling made the news. Olympia High School wrestlers took second in the state, beating Harvard in the quarterfinals, 49-19, and Oregon in the semifinals, 30-29. Sandwich defeated them for the championship, 31-24.

[Joan Crabb]

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Today’s history

Compiled by Dave Francis

Wednesday, Jan. 2

2nd day of the year


"Although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not." — Isaac Asimov

"Golf courses are the best place to observe ministers, but none of them are above cheating a bit." — John D. Rockefeller


1647 — Nathaniel Bacon, leader of Bacon’s Rebellion in Virginia (1676)

1863 — Lucia Zarate, became lightest-known adult human (2.1 kilograms at 17)

1920 — Isaac Asimov, Russia, scientist/writer ("I, Robot," "Foundation Trilogy")

1936 — Roger Miller, Fort Worth, Texas, country singer ("King of the Road")

1939 — Jim Bakker, televangelist (PTL Club)/rapist (Jessica Hahn)


1570 — Tsar Ivan the Terrible’s march to Novgorod begins

1861 — Frederik Willem IV, king Prussia (1840-61) and Germany (1849-61), dies at 65

1882 — Because of anti-monopoly laws, Standard Oil is organized as a trust

1935 — Bruno R. Hauptmann trial begins for kidnap-murder of Lindbergh baby

1936 — First electron tube to enable night vision described, St. Louis, Mo.

1945 — Kentucky begins 130 home-basketball-game winning streak that ends in 1955

1960 — John F. Kennedy announces run for U.S. presidency

1977 — Bowie Kuhn suspends Braves owner Ted Turner for one year due to tampering charges in Gary Matthews free-agency signing

1990 — Alan Hale Jr., skipper on "Gilligan’s Island," dies of cancer at 71

Tuesday, Jan. 1

1st day of the year.


"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." — Edmund Burke

"Above all, I would teach him to tell the truth … Truth-telling, I have found, is the key to responsible citizenship. The thousands of criminals I have seen 40 years of law enforcement have had one thing common: Every single one was a liar." — J. Edgar Hoover


1449 — Lorenzo de’ Medici [The Magnificent] of Florence

1729 — Edmund Burke, British author

1887 — Wilhelm Canaris, German admiral and head of German military intelligence

1895 — J. Edgar Hoover, Mr. FBI

1900 — Xavier Cugat, Barcelona, Spain, band leader (married Abbe Lane, Charo)

1909 — Barry Goldwater, senator, R-Ariz. (1953-65, ‘69-86) and presidential candidate (R, 1964)

1912 — Kim Philby, British spy, Soviet mole

1912, Victor Reuther, Wheeling W.Va., labor leader

1919 — J.D. Salinger, novelist. ("Catcher in the Rye")

1922 — Ernest F. Hollings, senator, D-S.C. (1966- )

1958 — Grandmaster Flash [Joseph Saddler], New York City, rocker ("Message from Beat Street")


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Origin of Christian era

1515 — Louis XII, "the Justified," king of France (1498-1515), dies at 52

1622 — Papal Chancery adopts Jan. 1 as beginning of the year (was March 25)

1701 — Great Britain-Ireland union is effect, creating United Kingdom

1772 — First traveler’s checks issued (London)

1776 — Gen. George Washington hoists Continental Union flag

1782 — Johann Christian Bach, German composer and Mozart’s tutor, dies at 46

1785 — "Daily Universal Register" (Times of London) publishes first issue

1787 — Arthur Middleton, U.S. farmer (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 44

1788 — London’s Daily Universal Registrar becomes the Times

1788 — Quakers in Pennsylvania emancipate their slaves

1797 — Albany replaces New York City as capital of New York

1808 — Congress prohibits importation of slaves

1840 — First recorded bowling match in United States, at Knickerbocker Alleys, New York City

1861 — President Lincoln declares slavery in Confederate states unlawful

1863 — First homestead under the Homestead Act claimed, near Beatrice, Neb.

1863 — Emancipation Proclamation (ending slavery) issued by Lincoln

1874 — New York City annexes the Bronx

1880 — Building of Panama Canal begins

1886 — First Tournament of Roses (Pasadena, Calif.)

1892 — Ellis Island becomes reception center for new immigrants

1897 — Brooklyn merges with New York to form present city of New York

1902 — First Rose Bowl game (Pasadena, Calif.) (University of Michigan 49, Sanford 0)

1907 — President Theodore Roosevelt shakes a record 8,513 hands in one day

1908 — First time ball signifying new year is dropped at Times Square

1923 — Union of Socialist Soviet Republics established

1928 — First U.S. air-conditioned office building opens, San Antonio

1934 — Alcatraz officially becomes a federal prison

1934 — Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (U.S. bank guarantor) effective

1934 — International Telecommunication Union established

1935 — First Sugar Bowl and first Orange Bowl

1935 — Associated Press inaugurates Wirephoto

1935 — Eastern Airlines hires Eddie Rickenbacker as general manager

1946 — ENIAC, first computer in United States finished by Mauchly and Eckert

1953 — Hank Williams, country singer ("Cold Cold Heart"), dies at 29

1959 — Castro leads Cuba to victory as Fulgencio Batista flees to Dominican Republic

1968 — Evel Knievel fails his attempt to jump Caesar’s Palace fountain

1969 — Ian Fleming, writer (James Bond), dies at 80

1994 — Cesar Romero, U.S. actor (Joker in "Batman"), dies at 86

1995 — Last "Far Side" by cartoonist Gary Larson (started 1980)

Military addresses sought

It is a year like no other. Since Sept. 11 we are a changed nation. Individually, our daily sensitivity toward whom and what we have in our lives has been heightened. We are more conscious and appreciative, first about those we love and see everyday. Next, we have a newfound appreciation for those who risk their lives every day as rescue workers and protectors of life and property in our communities. We also now think more about our military men and women who are committed to serve and protect our country. Many are away engaged in battle, some are in waiting to go, all are ready to lay their lives on the line in defense of our freedom.

Lincoln Daily News is seeking the names and addresses, including e-mail addresses, of friends and relatives who are serving in the armed forces. They need not be from here in Logan County. If you know someone serving, please send the information to A complete list will be made available and kept updated through the site so we might all hold them in our thoughts, prayers and well wishes.

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Are we prepared for terrorism
in Logan County?

It’s on the radio, TV, in all the media. You hear it in the office, on the street and maybe at home — threats of terrorism. America is on high alert. Here in central Illinois, away from any supposed practical target areas, perhaps we feel a little less threatened, but we are still concerned. So how concerned should we be, and how prepared are we for the types of situations that could occur?

Whether the threat is domestic or foreign, violent, biological or chemical, our public health and rescue agencies have been preparing to respond to the situations. Lincoln Daily News has been at meetings where all the agencies gather together as the Logan County Emergency Planning Committee to strategize for just such a time. Our reports have not even provided every detail that every agency has reported; i.e., a number of representatives from differing agencies such as the health and fire departments, CILCO and ESDA went to a bioterrorism and hazmat (hazardous materials) seminar this past August.

Here are some of the articles that LDN has posted pre- and post-Tuesday, Sept. 11. Hopefully you will see in them that WE ARE WELL PREPARED. At least as much as any area can be. Every agency has been planning, training, submitting for grants to buy equipment long before Sept. 11. We can be thankful for all of the dedicated, insightful leaders we have in this community.



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America strikes back

As promised, the United States led an attack on Afghanistan. The attack began Sunday, Oct. 7. American and British military forces made 30 hits on air defenses, military airfields and terrorist training camps, destroying aircraft and radar systems. The strike was made targeting only terrorists.

More than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East have pledged their cooperation and support the U.S. initiative.

Online news links

Other countries









Saudi Arabia 


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United States


New York

Stars and Stripes
(serving the U.S. military community) 

Washington, D.C.


More newspaper links 


Time to register to vote

[JAN. 3, 2002]  Are you registered to vote?

The March 19 primary is rapidly approaching. The close of registration is Feb. 19. If you have moved, or if you have married and changed your name, it is necessary that you change your voter registration with our office in order to cast your vote in the election.

If you have questions about your voting eligibility, please contact our office at (217) 732-4148.

Sally J. Litterly

Logan County Clerk

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