Glancing Back for Feb. 15-17

Glancing Back for Feb. 15-17

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100 years ago, Feb. 15, 1920

Sunday. No paper.

50 years ago, 1970

Sunday. No paper.

25 years ago, 1995

CHARLESTON — Coles County has named its representatives to a committee that will help Coles and five others formulate a state-mandated solid waste plan. The Coles County Board yesterday appointed its share of members to the regional group. Representing Coles County will be Charleston Mayor Dan Cougill, J. Tom Donnell of rural Humboldt, Chris Homan of R.R. Donnelley and Sons, Mike Fuller of Laidlaw Waste Systems, Larry McGrath, owner of Coles County Sanitation and Recycling and Tim Yow of the Coles County Board. … MATTOON — The North Central Association has recommended that Lake Land College receive full accreditation for 10 years. Robert Luther, Lake Land president, told the college board of trustees last night that the North Central report was very positive, with only three concerns, compared with 33 concerns listed seven years ago. The three concerns raised by the team are that the college assure the implementation of the Outcomes Assessment Plan, that course outlines be more consistent and that Lake Land assure gender equity in athletics… MATTOON — School officials gave Mattoon students this warning: take drugs to school and risk having them discovered by a police dog. The Mattoon school board last night approved a policy allowing the administration to work with Mattoon police in organizing random searches by the police K-9 unit. Police Chief David O’Dell said the move is not because on a major drug problem in schools. He said it is a preventative move.

100 years ago, Feb. 16, 1920

MATTOON — A tract of land consisting of 126 1/2 acres, lying one-half mile west of Dorans and formerly the property of John Crean, was sold by Master in Chancery Clarence W. Hughes Saturday afternoon, bringing $39,500 or about $312 an acre. The property is a valuable piece of farming land and brought the highest price realized in a chancery sale during the past five years. It was purchased by Robert G. Smith... ARTHUR — Dr. Alma Monroe, one of Arthur's practicing physicians, was married in Champaign Saturday to Samuel T. Anderson, a farmer of Arcola. Rev. Samuel Kirkland, who conducted a union revival in Arthur, performed the ceremony. Mrs. Anderson expects to continue her practice of medicine.

50 years ago, 1970

MATTOON — St. Joseph School at 1205 S. Ninth St., will close at the end of the current school year and all grades in the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church parish will be housed at St. Mary School, 2002 Richmond. The parish school board made the announcement Sunday in the church's weekly bulletin. About 300 students attend the two parochial grade schools. St. Mary houses grades kindergarten through four (about 175 students) while St. Joseph houses grades five through eight (about 125 students). Dr. Guy O. Pfeiffer, school board president, said plans for use of the St. Joseph building have not been determined. The first Catholic school in Mattoon opened in 1863 at the corner of 19th and Richmond... EFFINGHAM — Mattoon High School won the Sweepstakes Trophy for individual events at the district speech contest in Effingham Saturday. This is the fifth consecutive year MHS has won or tied for the title. First place winners from Mattoon were Laura Nelson, oratory, and Cindy Busk, verse reading. Four teammates will join them in competing at the sectional contest in Champaign Feb. 28.

25 years ago, 1995

WHEATON — Bob Hickman, former mayor of Charleston and longtime associate of Gov. Jim Edgar who headed the Illinois tollway system, and a state lawmaker were indicted yesterday on charges of conspiracy and stealing $240,000 in tollway funds in a land deal. Hickman, former executive director of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, and state Rep. Joseph Kotlarz, D-Chicago, were charged by a DuPage County grand jury in the case which involves a $3.8 million 1992 tollway land sale. Hickman served as Charleston mayor from 1973 to 1981 when he joined Edgar’s staff in the secretary of state office. Hickman also served as chief fund-raiser for Edgar’s first run for governor in 1990… CHARLESTON — Randy Melvin, a former Eastern Illinois University football star and assistant coach the past seven years, is leaving for the University of Wyoming. The Panthers’ defensive line coach for Coach Bob Spoo is to work with defensive tackles at the NCAA I-A school, where he joins former EIU assistant coach Brock Spack, who recently became the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator. Melvin played on EIU’s NCAA II national champion team in 1978. Joe Tiller is head coach at Wyoming. Spoo knows Tiller well. Both men worked on the coaching staff at Purdue.

100 years ago, Feb. 17, 1920

MATTOON — Dr. R.J. Coultas, Mattoon health officer, announced today that no new cases of influenza have been reported to him, and that, during the past 24 hours, 26 homes have been released from quarantine. This is taken as an indication that health conditions in the city continue to improve, but in Dr. Coultas' opinion, it should not lessen precaution on the part of the people. There is still, he noted, a prevalence of minor troubles which might easily develop into influenza. He said people recovering from influenza should be especially careful as at least one case of pneumonia can be traced to this cause... MATTOON — Six men from the Mattoon Implement and Buggy Co., who went to Flint, Mich., last week to drive some automobiles here from the factory, are reported snowbound in Owasso, Mich. They were caught in a severe snowstorm there on Saturday afternoon. Members of the party are C.B. Wood, Roy Olmstead, Hayes Montgomery and W. Gibler, all of Mattoon, and George Solladay of Neoga and Walter Bigler of Sigel.

50 years ago, 1970

CHARLESTON — Gov. Richard Ogilvie announced last night the release of $523,000 in state funds for construction of a sewage treatment plant in Charleston. Speaking before 450 people at the annual Republican Lincoln Day Dinner in the Eastern Illinois University Union Ballroom, Ogilvie said the funds are evidence of the state's determination to share the burden of financing such facilities. He defended creation of the state income tax and said Republicans had enacted the biggest state aid to local school districts in the history of Illinois. U.S. Sen. Ralph Tyler Smith also attended the Lincoln Day activities... NEWTON — Apollo was selected as the name of the new four-team high school athletic conference at a meeting of school officials here last night. Members of the newly created conference from the old EI League are Charleston, Paris, Newton and Robinson. Gail Borton, Charleston principal, said the name is not based on the space program. "It's in connection with the Greek god, a sign or symbol of strength." The conference will compete in six sports: football, cross country, basketball, baseball, track and golf. Competition starts this fall.

25 years ago, 1995

MATTOON — Travelers to the new Denver International Airport will see the work of a Mattoon business. Monitor Sign Service of Mattoon built the advertising signs for the four concourses inside the facility. The opening of the airport is expected soon after a delay of about a year. Monitor built 400-plus signs ranging in size from 3 feet by 6 feet to 6 feet by 18 feet. Dave Cornell of Monitor Sign said the airport signs are made of stainless steel and required more handcrafting. Monitor regularly manufactures and ships signs to businesses in several states. “Hopefully, this will open a new market for us,” Cornell said… SPRINGFIELD — The State Board of Education yesterday placed 98 school districts on its annual watch list of financially troubled districts, down from 145 last year. Twenty-seven districts are new to the list, and 71 districts are holdovers from last year. The only Coles County-area districts on the watch list are Cumberland School District 77 and Newman District 303. School districts landed on the watch list based on their financial shape at the end of the previous fiscal year, June 30, 1994.

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