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Eastern Illinois University student Cierra Hill of Chicago cleans the snow off her windshield in Charleston on Tuesday.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The Kirkmans of Pensacola are facing a deadline in deciding what to do about their pet pot-bellied pig named Buttercup. The pig is in violation of the city of Pensacola’s ordinance banning “livestock” within city limits. They’ve given the family until May to move, get rid of Buttercup or convince the city council to change the ordinance. David Kirkman, his wife Laura and their children, Molly, 9, and Butch, 7, say Buttercup isn’t livestock. They say the 2-year-old pig is a pet they’ve raised since she was 5 weeks old. The Pensacola News Journal reports the code enforcement board cited the family in December after receiving an anonymous tip that they were keeping a pig on their property. The Kirkmans say Buttercup is a pet, just like their pit-box mix, Muck. “We’re not going to eat her and we’re not going to sell her,” said Molly Kirkman. “She doesn’t live on a farm. She sleeps in my room.”
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he several inches of snow expected to hit the area by noon today was enough for Eastern Illinois University and Lake Land College — and most of the surrounding school districts — to shut down campuses for the day. On Tuesday, Eastern officials made the decision to close the university for today because of the worsening weather conditions. Also, a press release from Lake Land College said all on- and off-campus classes are canceled and offices are closed.
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A community the size of Glen Ellyn, population 27,000, might use 50 to 100 tons per storm. A bigger community such as Waukesha, Wis., which has about 70,000 residents, could use 300 tons or more. The same storm in Chicago would call for more than 13,000 tons. Demand is so high that salt gets more expensive every day. Communities are trying to decide what do to. They could buy a little more salt now, when it costs twice or three times more than earlier in
ST. LOUIS (AP) — T.J. Rutherford loves to golf, even in the winter. Just not this winter. With single-digit temperatures and sub-zero wind chills becoming the norm from the Midwest to the East Coast, often combined with snow or ice, the 59-year-old and his Illinois golfing buddies are no longer just bundling up. They’re staying inside. “I’m on my third 1,000piece jigsaw puzzle,” said Rutherford, who lives in Carterville, about 100 miles southeast of St. Louis. “I haven’t done that in a long time.” Cabin fever is setting in for countless Americans as bitter cold, heavy snowfall and paralyzing ice storms keep pounding a large swath of the country. School districts across two-thirds of the U.S. are reporting higher than normal numbers of
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CHICAGO (AP) — As piles of snow grow taller during this seemingly endless winter, the piles of salt for spreading on the nation’s icy, slushy roads are shrinking, forcing communities to ration supplies because there’s not enough salt to go around. Cities have already gone through most of their salt well ahead of the time they traditionally really need it — when the coldest part of winter gives way to temperatures just warm enough to turn snow into
freezing rain and sleet and roads into ribbons of ice. “If we don’t get the salt, at some point people are going to be sliding all over the place like what you saw in Atlanta,” said Julius Hansen, public works director in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, citing last week’s television images of thousands of motorists getting stranded on ice-covered roads in the South. So far this year, Glen Ellyn’s snow-removal crews have responded to 31 storms. “In an average winter, we have 20,” Hansen said.
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CHARLESTON — Evidence that a man was heavily intoxicated and driving at speeds close to 100 mph were part of what a judge used Tuesday to convict the man of causing a fatal accident at the Illinois Route 16-Lerna Road intersection. Michael P. Fogarty was found guilty of aggravated driving under the influence, a felony offense, for allegedly causing
the death of a passenger in one of the four vehicles involved in the March 2 accident. The other vehicles were stopped for a traffic light in the Route 16 westbound lanes. Fogarty, 26, of Chicago allegedly hit the rear of a vehicle in which Amy C. Thomas, 40, of Springfield was a passenger. Thomas died from her accident-related injuries the next day at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
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On Tuesday, Fogarty opted for what’s called a stipulated bench trial. At such a trial, prosecuting and defense attorney agree in advance on what evidence will be considered and a judge then uses that to reach a verdict without any testimony taking place. Circuit Judge Mitchell Shick found Fogarty guilty after reviewing the outline of the evidence, which said Fogarty’s blood alcohol content four
Rob Scales added that the traffic light at the intersection was clearly visible and there were indications that the other vehicles had been stopped long enough to show that the light turned red well before Fogarty reached the intersection. Defense attorney Michael Zopf didn’t respond to Scales’ argument that the evidence was enough to convict Fogarty. AccIdEnT/A2
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hours after the accident was about 0.15 percent, almost double the minimum for a DUI conviction. There were also witness accounts of seeing Fogarty driving at high rates of speed, the evidence indicated. It also showed that his car’s data recorder registered a speed of 111 mph two seconds before the accident and 92 mph at the time of impact. Assistant State’s Attorney
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snow days, while social service agencies are trying to work around the forecasts to get to people in need. Heavy snow was falling — again — in New York on Monday, and up to 8 inches of snow was expected Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. Later this week, snow was forecast from the Plains to the East Coast, with no break in the cold. Some records have been broken — Detroit, for example, recorded 39.1 inches of snow in January, a record for the month — but the weather isn’t especially unusual, said Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather. He said this winter seems worse because so many recent winters have been mild. “A lot of people probably are going a little stir crazy,” he said. “But if you look at the broad picture, this is probably a once in 10- to 20-year winter. We were probably due for it a little bit.” That isn’t welcome news for those holed up at home, especially parents whose children keep racking up snow days. In Indiana, where some schools were closed for a full week in January because of the weather and road conditions, Joanne Kehoe has to entertain her four children, ages 2 through 8, when classes get cancelled in Indianapolis. She said it can be especially trying because her oldest is autistic and has a “tendency to bolt” if he is off his routine, so that limits where the family can go. It helps that her husband, an attorney, can often take time off work. “We usually divide and conquer,” Kehoe said, acknowledging that shoveling snow while listening to e-books provides her “a little quiet time.” Amy Murnan has been homebound with her four children — ages 8, 10, 12 and 13 — in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina on four snow days, an unusually large number for a region wellaccustomed to tough winters. But she welcomes the break. “We’re really busy and we spend most of the time running around to games and practices and lessons,” Murnan said. “So it was actually kind of great for me to have nowhere to be and nothing to do. We don’t get that very often.” In suburban St. Louis, students in the Rockwood School District have already missed more than a week of school because of snow or ice. One snow day was called because it was too cold for the buses to start. “After the eighth snow day, even the kids were like, ‘We’re happy to be in school,’” district spokeswoman Cathy Orta said. “But safety is our first priority.” The weather also has taxed communities’ pocketbooks. St. Louis has already opened the city’s main emergency homeless shelter more days than budgeted. In Kansas, county officials keep lists of people who live in areas that tend to become isolated in winter storms, and can enlist the National Guard to help if needed, said Sharon Watson, a spokeswoman for the state adjutant general. Programs that provide inhome services, such as Meals on Wheels, have had to plan around the forecasts. Sarah McKinney, who runs the program in Athens, Ga., said last week’s ice storm forced the program to shut down for two days. Volunteers, aware of the forecast, provided boxed meals in advance, so the seniors had plenty to eat. The bigger concern, McKinney said, is that the volunteers weren’t able to check on their clients. “We check on these people five to seven days a week and we’re seeing them face-toface,” McKinney said. “We don’t like to let two full business days pass.”
The campus closing at Eastern requires only essential personnel to be on duty, including university police and workers in the residence halls and dining services. Eastern President Bill Perry said that he met with university vice presidents, the student body president and representatives from faculty and student senate, who came up with the decision to cancel the remaining classes on Tuesday as of 12:30 p.m., as well as shut down the university today for safety reasons. “We reviewed all the conditions,” Perry said Tuesday afternoon. “The weather is worsening, and it’s pretty clear that we will have 6 to 8 inches of snow tomorrow and strong winds that will create a lot of drifting — these are very severe conditions we are in right now.” Perry added that the university will most likely re-open on Thursday. “We will be keeping up with the snow removal,” Perry said. “We are doing everything we can so that on Thursday we will be able to resume operations.” The last time classes were canceled at Eastern was for two days starting Feb. 2, 2011, because of a large accumulation of ice. The storm was expected to bring 6-8 inches of snow with winds increasing overnight to speeds of up to 30 mph, according to Cameron Craig, climatologist with the Eastern Illinois University weather center. “The big deal will be the morning commute, which will be dealing with blowing and drifting,” Craig said. The snow led some area schools to dismiss early on Tuesday and make an early call on calling off classes for Wednesday as well. Both Mattoon and Charleston schools are closed today. Charleston school Superintendent Jim Littleford said the early dismissal was a tough call to make because it can disrupt schedules and make parents scramble to make child care arrangements. “It just got to the point where it was deteriorating so quickly,” Littleford said of Tuesday afternoon’s conditions.
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After reaching the verdict, Shick ordered Fogarty jailed without bond to await sentencing, which the judge scheduled for April 9. Fogarty posted bond at one point but last month agreed to return to custody in exchange for a refund of the $40,000 bond he posted. Aggravated driving under the influence can bring a prison sentence of three to 14 years when there’s a conviction. Probation is also possible but state law requires a showing of “extraordinary circumstances” in favor of probation for it to be imposed. After Tuesday’s court
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the season, and hope it doesn’t snow too much more. Or they could wait until it does snow more and risk paying even higher prices. In some areas, there has been so much snow that cities have had to find creative ways to stretch their supplies: spreading salt only on intersections and major roads and mixing it with sand. In Indiana’s Morgan County, there is so little salt left that what is on hand will be mixed with sand and used only on the hills. “We can only do what we can do,” county engineer Larry Smith said. In Pennsylvania’s Butler County, they’re trying out a product called Beet Heet, made of processed sugar beet molasses, for anti-icing purposes. Milwaukee road crews are experimenting with liquid cheese brine, mixing it in with rock salt before it goes on the road to make the salt wetter “so it will stick in place instead of bouncing away,” said Sandy Rusch Walton, a spokeswoman with Milwaukee’s Public Works Department. Elsewhere, communities have cut back. “As the season goes along, we become stingier,” said Fred session, Zopf said Fogarty agreed to the trial because there was enough evidence to convict him and because Fogarty didn’t want Thomas’ friends and family to have to go through a jury trial. Fogarty opted for the stipulated bench trial to keep from admitting guilt because of concerns for any lawsuits that might be filed against him, Zopf added. At the time of the accident, Thomas was one of three passengers in the vehicle driven by Rosemary Ryan. They and the vehicles’ occupants were all from the Springfield area and were in Coles County to attend an Eastern Illinois University basketball game. The collision also impacted two other vehicles that were stopped at the intersection,
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Motorists negotiate the intersection of Illinois Route 16 at County Road 1050 E, east of Mattoon, on Tuesday.
Mattoon school district officials made the decision to dismiss classes early at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and to cancel school for today because of the excessive amount of snow and the effects it could have on students and personnel traveling to school. “We already have snow accumulation that is expected to continue (Tuesday) evening and early morning,” Mattoon school district Superintendent Larry Lilly said. “We don’t believe the roads will be in good enough conditions to get to school safely.” Craig said the high winds should diminish around midday today but that will be followed by a cold spell with high temperatures Thursday around 10 degrees. There should be a slight warming with highs in the mid-20s with a slight chance of more snow for the weekend, he added. Littleford said the Charleston district has already used the five emergency days in its school year calendar, pushing the last day of school for students for the year to May 30. There have also been two other days this winter when the weather forced school to be canceled but, pending Illinois State Board of Education approval, those won’t affect the end-of-the-year schedule, he said.
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As for road conditions, Mattoon and Charleston city officials say salt supplies are low, a common setback for most of the Midwest. Both municipalities have placed orders for road salt, however shipments have been delayed because of the high Abadi, the public works director in Waukesha. Motorists have noticed. When Emira Palacios got into her car Tuesday, as another storm rolled in, “none of the streets had salt,” she said. “It is a little scary.” Wichita has received only about 800 tons of the 3,000 tons of salt it ordered. So salt is being mixed with sand and road crews are given just enough of the mixture to cover emergency routes. When the salt runs out, road crews will use sand alone. But sand has its limitations and can even create problems. “Sand gives you some traction to get started, to stop, but it doesn’t do any melting,” said Joseph T. Pajor, deputy director of the city’s public works and utilities department. Some communities have been told by suppliers that they must make do with the salt they have; no more is coming. Others have found salt for sale, but it must be transported by train from as far away as Utah or Canada. Or they have been offered salt that is on barges, but that salt must be loaded onto trucks because the barges are stuck on frozen rivers and waterways. “So the municipalities that could buy bulk salt early in the year at $53 a ton are now paying $130 a ton a week ago,” Brier said. “And I heard the prices driven by Charles Keller and Kerri Cox, both of Mattoon. All four drivers, including Fogarty, required medical attention, as did five other passengers in various vehicles involved. Contact Fopay at dfopay@jg-tc. com or 217-238-6858
demand across the region. Curt Buescher, Charleston’s director of Public Works, said that the city has 160 tons of salt remaining out of the 400 tons that it started the winter season with. Buescher added that the two salt orders the city placed have not been shipped yet because of the large number of salt orders and barge traffic that has slowed down due to ice on the Mississippi River. There is no indication as to when the city will received the backlogged salt supply, he said. Mattoon Public Works Director Dean Barber said his department is in the same position as excess salt reserves from last year were used before the end of January. “We have placed an order, but delivery has just been slowed,” Barber said. “The state and everybody is having to mix up salt with sand to make it last until delivery. Everywhere from Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and everyone in every other direction had to order salt at the same time.” Barber said Mattoon Public Works drivers used more salt this January than the previous two because of the continuous wintry weather, which kicked into overdrive during the early January storm. “We’ve constantly used salt this year,” Barber said. “The storm we had on Jan. 5-6 was certainly the worst, and we’ve had several minor events since. I know we’ve had plows out every Friday night and about two to three times per week in addition to that.” Both Mattoon and Charleston are going to be using the salt and sand mixture to extend their salt supplies. have gone up to $175 to $180 a ton. It could easily go to $200 a ton or more.” By the end of January, the Pennsylvania Transportation Department had gone through 686,000 tons of salt — more than 200,000 tons beyond the amount used in a typical year. The storms have driven up other costs, too. Glen Ellyn spends about $50,000 in overtime in an average year. A mild winter can drive that as low as $15,000. But this year, “we are already at $80,000,” Hansen said. Several communities simply weren’t ready for winter to be this cruel. They ordered salt based on a typical winter. So far, Chicago has been socked with 30 inches more snow than the 21.6 inches it usually gets by this time of year. Milwaukee has received 14 inches more than the 29.2 inches it usually sees, according to the National Weather Service said. “After two mild winters,” said Lori Roman, president of the Salt Institute, a trade group, “the severe weather has caught a lot of people off guard.”
Buescher says his crews made a 50/50 blend of 160 tons of salt and sand each, which will make 320 tons of material to use on the streets. “We have plenty of material to make it through the winter — we are just trying to be responsible and conservative with what we have,” Buescher said. “The mixture is effective. If you think about it a lot of townships and counties don’t use salt at all — we are used to using salt and having clean streets and we will still have clean streets, it just won’t happen as quickly. We will be focusing on intersections and hills that are the more likely location for accidents due to slick roads,” Buescher added. The Public Works Department started utilizing the salt and sand mixture during the
snowfall on Tuesday. “In the short term we will have to be more conservative about our salt usage, but in the long run we will be just fine,” Barber said. Buescher said his crews are going to act as if there won’t be another salt delivery, which would be the worst case scenario. The City of Charleston activated its snow routes on Tuesday and began towing at 6 p.m. in order to clear the streets of snow. The snow routes are: Grant Avenue from University Drive to Fourth Street; Harrison Avenue from Division Street to 18th Street; Jackson Avenue from Division Street to 18th Street; Monroe Avenue from Division Street to 18th Street; Sixth Street from Railroad Avenue to Lincoln Avenue; Seventh Street from Railroad Avenue to Lincoln Avenue; 10th Street from Monroe Avenue to Lincoln Avenue; and 11th Street from Monroe Avenue to Lincoln Avenue.
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Local&State news in brief Man charged with striking infant MATTOON (JG-TC) — Police on Monday arrested a Mattoon man for allegedly causing great bodily harm to an 11-month-old infant, according to a press release from the Mattoon Police Department. Michael T. Nadolny, 36, was arrested at 5:10 p.m. at the MPD. He was charged with aggravated battery to a child. The incident began at Nadolny 3:58 p.m. Monday when police were dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of North First Street in regard to an infant with a head injury, the release says. Officers learned that the infant had been in the care of Nadolny — the boyfriend of the child’s mother — while she was picking up other children. The child started to become fussy, and allegedly Nadolny briefly lost his temper, according to police. Police say he allegedly initially lied to detectives about the cause of the child’s injuries. Nadolny is alleged to have struck the infant in the head. The infant was taken to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center and later airlifted to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana where he remains in critical condition. Nadolny was arrested and taken to the Coles County jail, where his bond is set at $250,000.
Mattoon postpones council meeting MATTOON (JG-TC) — City officials postponed the City Council meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday night. The meeting is now slated for 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Man pleads guilty to burglary QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A Quincy man accused of setting a blaze that destroyed a downtown hotel has pleaded guilty to a burglary charge. The Quincy Herald-Whig reports that 25-year-old Mathew C. Clark entered the plea Tuesday in Adams County court. He faces up to 4 1/2 years in prison when he is sentenced in March. The Sept. 6 fire destroyed the historic Newcomb Hotel, which had been abandoned. The city of Quincy paid to demolish the building and cleanup of the site is expected to start this month. Prosecutors dropped a criminal damage to property charge against Clark. Clark has been held on $200,000 bond since he was arrested Sept. 16. The judge denied a Tuesday request from Clark’s public defender for bond to be reduced. Instead the judge revoked Clark’s bond.
District announces strike intent O’FALLON (AP) — Teachers in southwestern Illinois who’ve been working without a contract for half the school year have announced plans to possibly walk off the job. The Belleville NewsDemocrat reports that the union representing teachers in Central School District 104 have filed an intent-to-strike notice with St. Clair County Regional Superintendent Susan Sarfaty. The district is in O’Fallon, east of St. Louis. If a new contract isn’t reached within the next 10 days, teachers have the option to strike. Sarfaty says the notice lists working conditions, wages and benefits as reasons for the threatened strike. By state law, the union may strike as early as Feb. 13. The district’s superintendent, John Bute, says he can’t comment on negotiations. The district has nearly 600 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Mattoon Y sets campaign goal at $300,000 the middle of a pickle ball game when she was hit the face with a paddle. MATTOON — Michelle Cal“They still recall to this day houn says she began a “crazy with very vivid detail the day adventure” when she joined the that Mom got injured,” she staff at the Mattoon Area Famjoked. “Then I thought, ‘This ily YMCA. is much more memorable than It was an adventure she the time we’d spent on the dove into with her family of six couch playing video games.’ about two years ago when she They started to recognize faces and her husband Chuck Caland make friends. I thought, houn made a commitment to ‘All right, I can get used to help their family do more than this,’ so we started joinsimply exist. ing programs.” Calhoun’s story was part of The children joined swimthe 2014 Mattoon Area Family ming lessons and dodge ball. Y Annual Community Support “Not only are they getting Campaign kickoff where Y physical activity and learning administration announced its core values but they are also goal to raise $300,000 during getting great role models with the fundraising cycle. the staff and other Y members,” “I have great optimism and she said. great confidence that we will When Calhoun was brave get there,” Executive Director enough to venture out of the Tony Sparks said. He added Wellness Center and into fitthat he has confirmed $122,000 in contributions. Kevin Kilhoffer, Journal Gazette/ Times-Courier photos ness classes, she knew she was This promotional sign in the foreground is shown during the YMCA campaign kickoff at the Mattoon hooked on the love-hate relaThe $300,000 in chariArea Family YMCA in Mattoon on Tuesday. tionship with physical fitness table support makes up about following her first cycling class. 15-20 percent of the facility’s Y is much more than a gym. It “Little did I know that that annual revenue, Sparks said. acts as a charity with goals to was the beginning of this whole Other funding comes from increase youth development crazy adventure for me,” she membership fees, program and social responsibility “by said, noting that she is now cerfees and government grants giving back to our neighbors tified to teach classes and has and subsidies. who need it,” he added. ran a half marathon. “I didn’t This year’s campaign will And that includes the Calthink that that would ever be conclude with the 25th annual something that would happen May Merriment benefit on May houn family, which came to to me, but the encouragement 3, which is scheduled for about the Y following a tough run I got here at The Y helped me when their youngest child was two weeks earlier than usual. improve in those areas.” Sparks introduced this year’s born premature. Chuck Calhoun is down 100 “We were on the road a lot May Merriment hosts: First pounds, while Michelle Cal— we were eating fast food; Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, houn has lost 85 pounds since we were eating something and Joe and Sheila Dively. the start of their adventure. quick, and we didn’t have a lot This is the first year the event Mrs. Calhoun concluded her of time to exercise,” Calhoun will be co-hosted by a comsaid. “Things were spiraling out May Merriment host Joe Dively speaks during the YMCA campaign story with a quote from Oscar munity organization instead kickoff at the Mattoon Area Family YMCA in Mattoon on Tuesday. Wilde — “To live is the rarest of control.” of only a local couple, Mr. thing in the world. Most people Several months later, at Dively explained. This year’s exist, that is all.” assistance, the children were also wanted to make a change the age of 28, Calhoun was theme will be “Our Time to “I can also say that with able to come along because of — he was also overweight; our diagnosed with rheumatoid Shine.” The 2013 May Merrijoining The Y our family has energy was not there,” she said. the daycare option. ment brought in $131,000 from arthritis. After watching her changed,” she said. “We are liv“Now we make it a regular The Calhouns joined a local father’s health decline when 387 guests. thing for us to come every Sat- ing life physically, mentally and gym, but with four children he was diagnosed with the Since the new Y facility spiritually — we don’t just exist urday and play in the gym, we at home, it was tough to find same ailment, she thought opened two years ago, memfrom day to day.” do activities,” she said. to time for both of them to her active life was over. That’s bership has grown by 65 perThe day Calhoun knew her get in the gym. However, once cent, reaching 6,200 members, when she was ready to change Contact Zyskowski at kzyskowski@ children were benefiting from they decided to start at the Y, her lifestyle. Sparks explained. jg-tc.com or 217-369-8469. the experience as well was in with some help with financial “My husband realized he Sparks says he believes The KAYLEIGH ZYSKOWSKI JG-TC Staff Writer
GOP Ill. gov. candidates debate taxes, spending Lake Land SARA BURNETT SOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press
NAPERVILLE — The four Republicans running for Illinois governor agreed Tuesday the state needs to cut spending and change its tax structure, but differed on how best to do so, with all but one saying they’d consider a new tax on such services as haircuts and landscaping if it meant lowering tax rates overall. State Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, businessman Bruce Rauner and Treasurer Dan Rutherford faced off in a debate that focused heavily on Illinois’ struggling economy and how to improve its business climate. All four candidates said they support allowing a temporary income tax increase approved in 2011 to roll back as scheduled on Jan. 1 — a move they say will make the state friendlier to business and provide muchneeded relief to residents. The rollback, which is likely to be the subject of heated debate in the Legislature this year, is expected to reduce state revenue by about $1.6 billion next fiscal year, state officials said Tuesday. Rutherford, however, repeated his position that scaling back the tax hike may not be immediately possible because he can’t anticipate what kind of budget situation he’ll inherit if he becomes governor. But the
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Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidates from left, State Sen. Kirk Dillard, State Sen. Bill Brady, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and businessman Bruce Rauner take part in a debate Tuesday in Naperville.
former legislator from Chenoa said he would work with the Democrat-controlled General Assembly to reach consensus on how to reduce spending. “A governor is not king of the forest,” Rutherford said during the Naperville forum, which was sponsored by the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and the Valley Industrial Association. “You cannot go in and command it to be done.” The other candidates offered more specifics about where they’d like to make budget cuts. Brady, who won the 2010 GOP nomination but lost to Gov. Pat Quinn in the general election, noted he supported legislation last year to cut public-employee pensions and eliminate the state’s $100 billion unfunded liability. He says that measure — which is
being challenged in court by labor unions and retired state employees — could save Illinois $1.3 billion in the first year if it’s allowed to take effect. Rauner, a businessman from Winnetka making his first bid for public office, said he supports replacing public-worker pensions with a 401(k)-style, defined contribution plan he says would create “dramatic savings” within three years. He also said the state should take a tougher stance on rooting out Medicaid fraud, calling the insurance program for the poor and disabled “broken and corrupt and out of control.” Dillard also said Illinois should target Medicaid abuses. “If you clean up your Medicaid rolls, people who truly need our help will get better help and taxpayers will save billions
of dollars,” the lawmaker from Hinsdale told reporters afterward. Dillard and Rauner both said that if elected they would convene a task force of business and other leaders to analyze Illinois’ tax structure and recommend changes. They said their reviews would include whether to impose a tax on services, provided it would allow other tax rates to be reduced. Brady, of Bloomington, said there’s “no question” that the state should broaden its tax base to reduce rates. But he said Illinois first must find a way to require out-of-state companies that sell products in Illinois online to pay state taxes. The Illinois Supreme Court last year threw out a law that imposed the so-called “Amazon tax” on some digital sales. “It’s an unfair advantage to out-of-state retailers,” Brady said. But Rutherford called a tax on services “a bad idea.” “When government starts to be able to tax something new, they’re going to look for the next thing new after that,” he said. The Republican who wins the nomination in the March 18 primary likely will face Quinn in November. The Chicago Democrat faces a lesser-known challenger, anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman of Hillside, in the primary.
Report: No evidence of Daley influence in probe of the witness testimony. Key records were also lost CHICAGO — A special pros- or destroyed. ecutor released a report Tuesday However, “there was no that concluded there is no evidence that former Mayor evidence then-Chicago Mayor Daley, his family, or others at Richard M. Daley or members their direction engaged in conof his family sought to impede duct to influence or attempted an investigation into the 2004 to influence” the investigadeath of a man punched by tions, according to a statement Daley’s nephew. Lawyers for the released with the report by the victim’s family, however, say the special prosecutor, former U.S. report shows that clout played Attorney Dan Webb. a role. Still, the report details the The 162-page document on alarm of some police investithe death of David Koschman gators as it dawned on them suggests that authorities badly that Daley’s nephew, Richard handled the investigation at key J. Vanecko, was a figure in the stages, including by continually early morning, street-side asserting that Daley’s nephew attack after he’d been out had acted in self-defense when drinking in Chicago. It cites one that was contradicted by much officer as saying, “Holy crap, MICHAEL TARM Associated Press
maybe the mayor’s nephew is involved.” Fueled by stories in the Chicago Sun-Times, questions were raised about whether clout caused Cook County prosecutors and Chicago police to mishandle the original investigation. Koschman’s family claimed there was a cover-up. Speaking to reporters after the report’s release, attorneys for Koschman’s family said investigators at the time didn’t need to be explicitly instructed that they must act to protect a member of what was the city’s most powerful family. Richard M. Daley served a record 22 years as Chicago’s mayor before leaving office in 2011, eclipsing only the 21-year term that his
father served before dying in office in 1976. “In this city, then and now, you don’t need a phone call,” attorney Locke Bowman said. “When it is Daley’s (relative), it is, ‘Holy crap, what do we do?’ ... You better, first and foremost, think about covering yourself.” Another of the Koschman family attorneys, Flint Taylor, cited parts of the report describing half-hearted or never-conducted interviews and key case files that went missing. “It is fair to conclude here, as Mr. Webb chose not to, that this was an example of supreme clout,” said Taylor. He added that he appreciated Webb was using a higher standard of hard, demonstrable evidence.
College to host veterans’ center
MATTOON (JG-TC) — The Department of Veterans Affairs Mobile Vet Center (MVC) will visit the Lake Land College campus from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 12. It will be located just outside of the Luther Student Center’s west entrance. The MVC is the Department of Veterans Affairs’ latest effort to reach the underserved veteran populations of rural America. Its mission is to help veterans readjust to civilian life. It does this by helping veterans identify problems and then offering individual, family, and group counseling for a host of issues including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), military sexual trauma, and bereavement. Services offered through the Mobile Vet Center include: readjustment counseling, PTSC counseling, alcohol and other drug addiction counseling and referral, job counseling and referral, benefits counseling and referral, individual, couples/family and group counseling, and bereavement counseling. Vet Centers provide readjustment counseling and outreach services to all veterans who served in any combat zone. Services are also available for their family members for military related issues. Veterans have earned these benefits through their service and all are provided at no cost to the veteran or family. All matters discussed with clients and staff are treated with the strictest of confidentiality. Any information released is based upon legal regulations. Release of information practices and client rights are explained to Vet Center clientele to insure clientele are fully informed.
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6-7 p.m., “Muslim Journeys”: Book discussion, “The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity and Islam,” Booth Library Witters Conference Room 4440, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston; www. library.eiu.edu; 217581-7550. 7 p.m., Gunny Sack Revue performs, 1061 Yoder Center, 1061 E. Columbia St. (Route 133), near the Dollar General, Arthur. 10 p.m., Karaoke night, Friends and Company, 509 VanBuren, Charleston; 217345-2380.
10:30 a.m., “Books and Babies” (activities for infants through 24 months), Charleston Carnegie Public Library, Rotary Room A, 712 Sixth St., Charleston; www. charlestonlibrary.org; 217-345-1514. 5:30 p.m., yoga for beginners, registration required, DouglasHart Nature Center, 2204 Dewitt Ave. East, Mattoon, www. dhnature.org, 217-2354644. 6-7 p.m., Bag Toss Tournament, American Legion Post 88, 1903 Maple Ave., Mattoon, 217-234-7155. 7 p.m., The Vagina Monologues, tickets available at EIU ticket office or at Jackson Ave. Coffee, (3455283), Tarble Art Center, EIU, Ninth Street and Cleveland Ave., Charleston; www.eiu. edu/~tarble; 348-8815, 348-5033, or 581-5947, or look on Facebook. 7 p.m., Open Mic Night, Jackson Avenue Coffee, 708 Jackson Ave., Charleston, www.jacksonavenuecoffee.com, 217-3455283. 7 p.m., Silver Bow Creek Band performs, VFW 6410, 1132 State Highway 32, Sullivan, 217-259-3700
Born in a dorm room, eyeing world dominance BARBARA ORTUTAy AP Technology Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — It has been 10 years since a Harvard sophomore named Mark Zuckerberg created a website called Thefacebook.com to let his classmates find their friends online. They did. And in the decade since, so have more than a billion people, not just American college students but also farmers in India, activists in Egypt and pop stars in South Korea. Facebook has transformed how much of the world communicates. Zuckerberg’s insistence that people use real identities, not quirky screen names, helped blur, if not erase entirely, the divide between our online and offline worlds. Long-lost friends are no longer lost. They are on Facebook. From its roots as a website with no ads, no business plan and a hacker ethic, Facebook has grown into a company worth $150 billion, with 6,337 employees and sprawling headquarters in the heart of Silicon Valley. Born in the age of desktop computers, three years before the iPhone’s debut, Facebook is now mainly accessed on mobile devices. Many of these mobile users never had a PC. “People often ask if I always knew that Facebook would become what it is today. No way,” Zuckerberg wrote — where else — on his Facebook page Tuesday. “I remember getting pizza with my friends one night in college shortly after opening Facebook. I told them I was excited to help connect our school community, but one day someone needed to connect the whole world.” Facebook has had plenty of stumbles along the way, from privacy concerns to user protests when Facebook introduced new features, not to mention a rocky public stock debut in 2012. Even its origin was the subject of a lawsuit and a Hollywood movie. So far, though, Facebook has trudged on. As Facebook enters its second decade, the company faces a new set of challenges in reaching the next billion users, the billion
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In this May 13 file photo, flowers are added to a Facebook sign in front of Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. On Feb. 4 Facebook celebrates 10 years since its inception.
after that, and the one after that, including the majority of the world without Internet access. It must also keep the existing set interested even as younger, hipper rivals emerge and try to lure them away. There are 1.23 billion Facebook users today, or roughly 17 percent of the world’s population. Although that’s far from connecting the whole world, Facebook is here to stay. It’s reached critical mass. “One of the things Facebook has been good at is that it’s very easy to use and understand,” said Paul Levinson, professor of communications and media studies at Fordham University. “It’s a much friendlier system than any email system.” Javier Olivan joined Facebook Inc. as vice president of growth and analytics in 2007. It was a different time. Myspace was the dominant online hangout with 200 million members. Facebook had 30 million. Facebook’s user base had been accelerating steadily, Olivan said, as it expanded from Harvard’s campus to other colleges, then high schools, and in 2006, anyone over 13. Users in the U.K. and other English-speaking countries then began signing up. But around 2007, growth plateaued. “The thinking at the time was (that) we’ll never have 100
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Nashville A successful producer likes Juliette’s new song and invites her to Los Angeles to record for him. Elsewhere, Rayna puts her emotions aside and adopts a take charge attitude and a lonely Scarlett opens up to Liam. 9 p.m. ABC
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Push a little harder and prepare to excel in the coming year. Interacting with others will help open windows of opportunity, allowing you to get the results you seek. To ensure your success, pick up new skills or information that will keep you ahead of the pack. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — You should involve yourself in physical activities that will help you get into shape. You will also find time to catch up on overdue correspondence. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Improve your surroundings. Invest in items that will add to your comfort. Use your skills to gain respect and recognition. Invest in yourself in order to excel. ARIES (March 21-April 19)
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TODAY: Patchy, blowing snow in morning. Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of additional accumulation. TONIGHT: Cloudy with northwest winds 10-15 mph. Lowest wind chill -15 to -25.
and a decision that can alter your future. Evaluate your position and make a move. Avoid excessive individuals. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Get ready for action and take on responsibility. Your leadership ability may be challenged, but in the end you will come out on top. Show enthusiasm if you want to attract attention. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Deal with personal business that has the potential to influence your financial future. An older friend or relative is likely to challenge one of your decisions. Patience will be required. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Travel for business or pleasure will lead to information and the ability to make a good decision. Don’t share the information that you
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discover until you feel you are in a strong position. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Do whatever it takes to secure money matters and pending legal affairs. Lending or borrowing will lead to trust issues. Listen carefully to what’s being offered and respond accordingly. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Mix business with pleasure, network, share ideas and — most of all — build good relationships. An adventure or business trip will grab your attention and offer new possibilities. Jump into action. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Get down to business and smooth out any wrinkles in a presentation you want to make. Attention to detail will make the difference between success and failure. Avoid joint ventures.
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— You can outtalk and outsmart anyone who challenges you. Present your ideas and concerns before you agree to take on a job or responsibility. Get whatever agreement you make in writing. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Your best efforts will be appreciated and lead to greater opportunity. Follow the direction that is best suited to your talents and skills. Keep your private affairs to yourself. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Rise to the occasion. Put your energy to good use. Take the extra step if it will help you finish what you start. Your versatility and quick action will attract an interesting someone. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Confusion or uncertainty must not be what stands between you
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of stock, potential investors fretted about its ability to make money from mobile ads. That’s no longer an issue. Facebook’s stock is trading near record highs. The majority of the company’s advertising revenue now comes from mobile, rather than Web ads. No doubt other challenges will come. “At some point there will be barriers such as illiteracy, (creating) hardware for people who can’t read and write,” Olivan said. Content on the Internet will have to be translated into languages that are barely represented online today. “That’s why this is a 10-year undertaking,” he said. “The entire industry has to tackle the problem.” On any given day, 81 percent of Facebook’s users are outside the U.S. and Canada. “My day is not complete without checking my Facebook account,” said Syaiful Anwar, a 47-year-old restaurant owner in Pekanbaru on Indonesia’s Sumatra island. “To find out what is happening in this world, to bring together my friends and relatives (is) now just a click (of a) mouse away.” Indonesia has 65 million users who log in at least once a month. That’s about a quarter of the country’s population. India
million users,” Olivan said. “That’s when the growth team was created.” If Facebook was going to connect the world, as its mission states, it couldn’t be an Englishonly service. So Facebook turned to its users to help translate the site. A Spanish version came in 2008, followed by dozens of others. Growth accelerated again, and volunteer translators are still adding new tongues, whether that’s native African languages or pirate slang. Facebook got its 100 million users by August 2008 and half a billion two years later. By 2012, a billion people were logging in to Facebook at least once a month. While sharing photos and updates with friends is a universal experience, Facebook is customized depending on where you live. In Japan, for example, users can list their blood type on their profiles, as it’s something that would typically come up in conversation when you meet someone — kind of like horoscopes in the U.S. Beyond language, another hurdle was mobile. The iPhone came along in 2007, and Facebook’s iPhone app soon followed. But the app was slow and buggy, fueling concerns that it wouldn’t be able to transform into a “mobile-first” company, as it wanted to be. About the time of its initial public offering
boasts another 93 million. As Facebook’s user base started growing in emerging markets, another hurdle emerged: the high cost of smartphones and Internet access. So, in 2011, Facebook launched an app called Facebook for Every Phone. It lets people without fancy smartphones access the most popular features, such as reading status updates and sharing photos. More than 100 million people use it each month. Facebook is the first Internet experience for many people in India and other emerging markets, said Kevin D’Souza, Facebook’s growth manager in India. That means people who have never used email are signing up for Facebook, using their phone numbers instead of an email address to log in. “Facebook addresses a universal need,” D’Souza said. “Everybody around the world wants to connect with people they care about.” Last summer, Facebook launched Internet.org, aimed at getting everyone in the world online. “When I reflect on the last 10 years, one question I ask myself is: why were we the ones to build this? We were just students. We had way fewer resources than big companies. If they had focused on this problem, they could have done it,” Zuckerberg wrote Tuesday. “The only answer I can think of is: we just cared more.” As far as birthdays go, Facebook’s brought out reflection, nostalgia and lots of memories. Connie Zong, who signed up for Facebook during her sophomore year at Harvard 10 years ago, remembers when she heard that Zuckerberg was dropping out of Harvard to work on Facebook. “I remember thinking that guy is making such a big mistake,” she said. “He’s giving up a really great degree at a great university, and we’re never going to hear from him again.” ___ Associated Press writer Niniek Karmini in Indonesia and AP video journalist Priya Sridhar in Chicago contributed to this story. Online: Facebook users can “look back” at highlights of their experience on the site with this tool: https://www.facebook.com/ lookback
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‘Yes, we can’? Maybe not so much M
y fellow Americans, the state of the Barack Obama presidency is ... cautious? Defiant? Constrained? Humbled? How about all of the above? Compared to last year’s State of the Union address, President Obama lowered his expectations this year. I’m sure he was thinking of the meager fruits of last year’s address. The Washington Post’s factcheckers awarded him only five “wins” out of 24 proposals they checked. Among the most stunning losses were proposed expanded mandatory background checks and other gun safety measures. Their failure, despite bipartisan support in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings, spoke volumes about the strength of Obama’s conservative opposition. This year’s speech reminded me of Bill Clinton’s agenda adjustments after his own proposed health care proposal collapsed and the government went through back-to-back shutdowns in his face-offs with House Republicans led by Speaker Newt Gingrich. Clinton won re-election after famously “triangulating” conservative and liberal ideas into a sweeping welfare reform law and small-bore programs like “more cops on the street” and uniforms in public schools to broaden his appeal. Obama did not go as far as Clinton, who brought Republicans to their feet with his own State of the Union declaration that “The era of big government is over.” Instead, Obama threw down his own brand of rightwinger-shaming: vowing to act unilaterally through executive actions and his bully pulpit, if Congress fails to act on his issues, such as raising the minimum wage, which like gun safety, failed to pass the Republican House last year. Obama’s trip to visit Costco workers in Maryland the day after his speech displayed his new focus on reducing income inequality and boosting social mobility. Like many others, Obama has seen more progress on those issues at the state, local and private-sector level than in Washington, where Congress is mostly focused on this year’s mid-term elections. Yet, with that in mind, Obama might find his best chance for legislative compromise in an issue that lately has hovered on the brink of death: an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws. Curiously, immigration was an issue the president barely mentioned in this year’s address. Maybe he does not want to interfere with those Republicans who actually agree with him on the need to bring the nation’s millions of undocumented workers out of the shadows. In a surprisingly soft sell, Obama said only, “It is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders and law enforcement — and fix our broken immigration system.” His soft approach is a reflection of a reality in today’s Congress: The sure way to kill
Instead, Obama threw down his own brand of right-wingershaming: vowing to act unilaterally through executive actions and his bully pulpit, if Congress fails to act on his issues, such as raising the minimum wage, which like gun safety, failed to pass the Republican House last year. a proposal among conservative House Republicans is to have Obama’s name attached to it. Yet, in the wake of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s defeat, Republican House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio has new incentives to maneuver immigration legislation past conservative opponents in his own caucus. Many conservatives still oppose anything resembling a “pathway to citizenship.” Democrats oppose anything less. But President Obama has signaled that he might be open to a middle ground: legalization that would not shut the door on eventual citizenship. At the annual policy retreat by House Republicans after the president’s address, Speaker Boehner’s leadership team introduced a new set of principles for a possible pathway to legalization. Discussions are preliminary, but Boehner may well be feeling new confidence after he went along with his conservative Tea Party faction to the brink of default on the national debt last year. That gives Boehner new elbow room in winning over a majority of his own caucus or, failing that, getting immigration legislation passed with a healthy minority of Republicans and a winning number of Democrats, as long as neither side feels too wounded to go along with the deal. With that in mind, what Obama said in his State of the Union address might turn out to be less important than what he left unsaid: Democrats and Republicans have good reason to show real progress in solving disputes over our broken immigration system. But that progress may have to wait. First, Republicans face a primary season that has many conservative incumbents fending off Tea Party challenges from the far right. Immigration reform is showing new signs of life — but politics, as usual, must come first. (E-mail Clarence Page at cpage@ tribune.com.)
Drug abuse is deadly High profile or not, needles bring on consequences
n Sunday we were shocked by the news Philip Seymour Hoffman had been found dead. After all, he was just 46 years old, in the prime of his life and career. He was a brilliant actor, capable of playing an amazing range of roles. An Oscar winner. He seemed to have everything to live for. But he died of an overdose, found with a needle still in his arm. Hoffman had battled drugs and booze as a young man. He had been clean for more than
two decades before a brief relapse last year, followed by a stint in rehab. Apparently it didn’t take. His Hollywood contemporaries and millions of fans are mourning. That’s understandable. We mourn as well. But we are also angry. It’s an old story. Fame, fortune, success. And then an early death due to drugs. Janis Joplin. Jimi Hendrix. Elvis Presley. John Belushi. River Phoenix. Chris Farley. Michael Hutchence. Heath Ledger. Brittany Murphy. Brad Renfro. Amy Winehouse. Whitney Houston. Cory Monteith. And those are just a few. Their deaths get a lot of press. There is a lot of talk about addiction as a disease, its
casualties as victims. Then the headlines fade and everything gets back to normal. Until the next time a big name falls to drugs. And there is always a next time. The truth is dozens of addicts die every day, thousands each year. Some from overdose, others from disease, others whose bodies just give out. But they aren’t celebrities_they are statistics. Few of us mourn statistics. Still, they are all somebody’s children, somebody’s brothers or sisters, somebody’s mothers or fathers, somebody’s friends. They may not have fans, but somebody loved them. At least at one time. In our society the faceless addicts are just junkies. The celebrities are victims.
Well, there are only a couple of real differences between. One is celebrities can afford to buy more and better drugs. The second? Our celebrityobsessed society gives the big-name druggies a lot more chances. But both the addict on the street and the addict in the mansion started the same way. They both hurt those who love them. They both end up in the same dirt. Drug addiction may be a disease, but it is 100 percent preventable. Those who don’t start doing drugs don’t get addicted. If you never put a needle in your arm you will never be found dead with a needle in your arm. No matter who you are. Texarkana, Ark. Gazette
2,600 pounds, horses that will be good pullers as well as good runners.
Memorial Hospital about 3 a.m. today after being overcome by carbon monoxide gas at their home. Hospitalized were Paul F. Robison, his wife Linda and their children Paul and Lisa.A CIPS official said the gas was caused from an improperly vented water heater. He said the 8/10 percent carbon monoxide concentration found in the home could have proven fatal with prolonged exposure. Mr. and Mrs. Robison were treated and released. The children were reported in fairly good condition... CHARLESTON — Two Eastern Illinois University juniors are candidates for president of the EIU Student Senate. EIU students go to the polls Friday to elect a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer of the student government organization. Glenn Harper, geography major from belleville, and Bob Luther, English major from Charleston, have entered the president’s race. Kent Swedell, sophomore from Charleston, is one of five candidates for vice president.
glAncing bAck of cars is now a feature of work at the Mattoon shops of the Big Four, the buildings that 100 years ago, 1914 were formerly occupied by the MATTOON — John W. Rus- back shops of the locomosell, a former Mattoon resitive department having been dent, who for several years has equipped for heavy repair resided in Denver, Colo., has work. A big derrick, recently returned to Mattoon to make erected just west of the shops, his home, and will engage in makes possible the erection of the wholesale manufacture and steel underframes. In addition sale of candies, with a business to the repair work, the car men location at 111 North Sixteenth expect to turn out complete Street. Mr. Russell was engaged each month about twenty-five in the grocery business with or thirty rebuilt cars... MATT.P. Logan in Mattoon for TOON — The Mattoon City many years . During his time Council has found a buyer for in denver he was a traveling Punch and Si, the two black salesman for a wholesale candy horses which are now in service manufacturer... ALTON — at the headquarters building Peter Houseman has lost his of the fire department. Punch job as engineer on the Illinois and Si probably will be used as Terminal Railroad because work horses. These two horses a black cat crossed the track together weigh about 3,300 in front of his train. He had pounds. They are only six reversed the train and made a years old and are sound. They sudden stop. When surprised are heavy pullers but are not passengers looked out of the built for speed, being inferior windows they saw the engias runners to the long-legged bay team kept at hose company neer throwing snowballs at a No. 2 on Western Avenue, each tree wherein was perched the horse of that team weighing cat. “I’ve got to chase it back about 1,350 pounds. Fire Chief across the track to break the J.D. Hill hopes to secure a new spell,” Housman explained... team that will weigh about MATTOON — The rebuilding COMPilEd aNd WriTTEN By Bill Lair
50 years ago, 1964 MATTOON — The Mattoon City Council Tuesday night appointed three men to the city’s water board, leaving two vacancies to be filled. Don Shepard of Moore & Shepard, a plumbing firm; Dr. Roger Dettro, a dentist; and Marion Kuhl, a CIPS employee, were named to the water board. Commissioner James O’Neal said the city has the capacity to provide raw water for a city of 100,000 population... MATTOON — February is the month fishermen have visions of balmy spring days and another try at the one that got away last year. City Clerk C. Warren Driskell said that more than 3,900 fishing licenses were sold in Mattoon during 1963. More than 2,700 hunting licenses were issued for the same period. In all, 6,772 hunting and fishing licenses were sold during the year that ended Jan. 31... MATTOON — A Mattoon couple and their two children were admitted to Mattoon
25 years ago, 1989 Sunday. No paper.
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Community Program supports siblings, parents of autistic children CHARLESTON — The Autism Program at CTF Illinois and the Illinois Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project partnered to bring Sibshop and Parent Café to Charleston on Jan. 25. Sibshops are intended to provide a safe environment for brothers and sisters ages 8-12 of a sibling with a disability to gather, have fun, share their experiences, and learn from each other. Reagan Carey, director of CTF’s autism and therapy programs, said in a press release that siblings may have the longest-lasting of all relationships, easily exceeding 65 years. “During their lifetimes siblings can expect to experience most of the unique joys and concerns their parents experienced. However, few siblings ever get the chance to talk about their unique role and experiences – that is what Sibshops are all about,” Carey said. Charlotte Hooper, age 8, said her recent participation in this program was “the best Sibshop ever” and she would like “to go again!” Carey said Sibshops are offered quarterly in Charleston, Effingham, Olney and Champaign, and she wants families to know that this support is available. “We are always looking for adult sibs to volunteer at our Sibshops. These adult siblings can give the children a new perspective, as well as share some commonalities,” Carey said. The Parent Café that was offered allowed parents to discuss topics of concern and discuss
Two children are pictured taking part in a “Creating a Sightless Sculpture” activity at the recent Sibshop event. One child had to strike a pose, while the blindfolded child was the sculptor and positioned another child to look like the one who posed.
strategies with each other. “The cafe gives men a chance to see how other men are handling the challenges we have encountered and I hope more men will attend in the future,” said Parent Café participant Tom Black. CTF’s Autism Program is an Illinois Department of Human Services-funded statewide autism program. The Illinois Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project is an initiative with Illinois Statewide Technical Assistance Collaborative. CTF’s Autism Program has been around for more than five years and offers many other customized programs for all ages that assist families, providers, educators, and other community members in understanding
autism and receiving supports they need. Most recently, CTF’s Autism Program has partnered with Effingham Lego Social Club. The goal is for Lego Social Club to provide an opportunity to teach social skills in a natural way through structure and play in a small group format. “Some children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and some are not, but they all know they have something in common…Legos,” said Kristin Gharst, a family resource coordinator. The Effingham program is full and a waitlist has been developed. Plans to bring Lego Club to Charleston in the fall are underway. CTF’s Autism Program is a partner of East Central Illinois
Autism Connect, which includes many other autism service providers in the area. “Many of our programs have been enhanced through the generosity of the local businesses, volunteers, and donations to our program, such as the donation of Pizza’s from Papa Murphy’s for our recent Sibshop. People have been so kind,” Carey said. More information is available by contacting The Autism Program at 217-348-3869, extension 206 or email@example.com. Carey can be contacted at extesnion 207 or reagancarey@ctfillinois. org.
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Benefit held for St. Hedwig Haus TEUTOPOLIS — A Jan. 26 soup supper and raffle raised more than $14,000 for St. Hedwig Haus of Hospitality in Charleston. The Friends of St. Hedwig Haus of Hospitality, under the leadership of the Habing family of Effingham, sponsored this benefit. St. Hedwig Haus is a Catholic Worker house in Charleston that assists women and children in crisis. In the midst of a week of record breaking cold, the temperature was 56 degrees on the day of this benefit at the Teutopolis Knights of Columbus Hall. More than 125 gallons of various soups were prepared and served to more than 700 guests. Pork burgers, hot dogs and homemade desserts completed the menu. Big raffle prizes for the benefit included camping, hunting, yard maintenance and wine packages; a Lane recliner; American Girl doll; and Holy Family Grotto. Smaller prizes included toys, gift certificates and housewares. The Rev. John Titus and the Rev. Brian Alford were on hand to sell 50/50 tickets, with drawings held each hour. Roy Lanham, president of St. Hedwig Haus Board, assisted and visited with guests.
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9 a.m., Mattoon High School Class of 1958, Pagliacci’s restaurant, 319 N. Logan St., Mattoon. 9-11:30 a.m., free rummage sale, Enon Baptist Church, east of Ashmore, 23262 E. County Road 880N. 10 a.m., Recovery Room AA Group closed meeting, 109 N. 16th St., Mattoon,
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A slower pace of soybean consumption is needed Darrel GooD
University of Illinois Extension
URBANA — The pace of consumption of U.S. soybeans continues to draw a lot of market attention. The pace of domestic soybean consumption accelerated in December 2013 and the pace of export commitments continues to exceed expectations. Even with the normal seasonal slowdown in exports of soybeans, soybean meal, and soybean, oil consumption seems to be on track to exceed the available supply. For the 2013-14 marketing year, the USDA projects the
OVER THE COLES domestic soybean crush at 1.7 billion bushels and projects exports at 1.495 billion bushels. With seed, feed, and residual use of 109 million bushels, consumption at the projected level would leave year-ending stocks of 150 million bushels, or 4.5 percent of projected consumption. The projection of the domestic crush is 11 million bushels, or 0.7 percent, larger than the crush during the previous marketing year and 45
million bushels larger than projected in September 2013. Based on estimates from the National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA), the crush during September 2013 was 9 percent less than the crush during September 2012. The monthly crush, however, exceeded that of a year earlier in each month from October through December 2013, with the cumulative crush during those three months exceeding last year’s crush by 2.5 percent. The USA reported tSDA projection of marketing-year exports is 175 million bushels,
or 13 percent larger than last year’s exports which were limited by small supplies and high prices. The projection is very close to the record-large exports of 2009-10 and 201011. Exports are expected to be large in spite of record-large soybean production outside the United States in 2012-13 and expectations of even larger foreign production in 2013-14. The magnitude of unshipped sales is also much larger than that of last year. As of Jan.16, the USDA reported that those outstanding sales stood at 514 million bushels, compared
to 307 million bushels at the same time last year. Nearly 53 percent of those sales were to China, and 23 percent were to unknown destinations. Total export commitments (shipments plus outstanding sales) stood at 1.549 billion bushels, 54 million bushels more than the USDA’s projection of exports for the entire year. Also, 64 percent of the commitments were to China. If exports for the current marketing year reach 1.549 billion bushels, year-ending stocks would total only 96 million bushels, or 2.8 percent
of projected consumption. Stocks cannot realistically be reduced to such a low level, with 125 million bushels being a likely minimum level of ending stocks. Exporters appear to be selling soybeans that will not be available. For producers still holding old-crop soybeans, the higherprice pathway would be welcome, but it holds the most risk since a larger U.S. crop in 2014 is expected to eventually lead to lower prices. Protecting the downside price risk on old-crop soybeans still seems prudent.
Grants provide funds to further grain safety awareness training leanne luCaS University of Illinois
URBANA — The Illinois Grain Handling Safety Coalition (GHSC) and University of Illinois Extension have been awarded grants totaling more than $120,000. These grants will be used to promote grain safety awareness and provide prevention training for producers and their employees, as well as elevator owners, operators and employees. The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (GPCAH) awarded GHSC and Extension one grant for $15,000. A second grand for $105,300 was awarded by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Robert Aherin, a professor and agricultural safety program leader in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Illinois, is the administrator of the OSHA grant and co-program investigator of the GPCAH grant. The GHSC and Extension received similar grants from GPCAH and OSHA in 2012, and those monies were used to develop training modules in different aspects of grain safety.
“The original grant money from GPCAH was used to develop a module that gives an overview of grain safety,” said Aherin. “The previous OSHA grant allowed us to develop four training modules that cover falls, entanglement hazards in grain facilities, safe entry of a grain bin, and an overview of agricultural confined spaces, including grain bins, silos, and manure storage facilities.” In the process of doing that work, Aherin said they discovered that the topic of safe entry of a grain bin, in particular, had not been satisfactorily addressed in the past. “Safe entry procedures into a bin that has grain that is waist deep (about 4 feet) or greater, and has entrapment or engulfment potential, requires several steps to reduce the risk of entrapment,” said Aherin. “One of these steps includes wearing a lifeline that has been appropriately installed so it can protect a grain bin entrant from becoming engulfed.” The GHSC developed an educational poster that depicts the basics of a lifeline system setup, a video which examines the
system in more detail, and a list of the technical terms (and their definitions) used in the video. The coalition is continuing their work on developing specific guidelines for determining which grain bins have the design integrity to establish anchors, a critical component for a lifeline. Aherin said, “We felt there was also a need to cover other aspects of grain bin entry. The new grant will be used in part to develop a second video that addresses issues such as how to use a grain bin entry permit or checklist, identifying hazards, and basic emergency procedures.” Aherin said some of the grant monies will be used to develop more training materials, including an instructor training program on how to establish a lifeline in a bin. Funds will also be used to further develop the coalition and their website. Aherin stressed that these resources are not meant to train workers to rescue individuals trapped in a bin. “The Fire Safety Institute has a program on grain bin rescue (which Aherin helped develop), and there are six to eight tech
Action Priorities set at annual IAA meeting T
he Coles County Farm Bureau’s delegates worked with delegates across the state to set new policies and re-affirm current ones for the Illinois Farm Bureau during the IAA Annual Meeting. From this input received from the delegates, the Illinois Farm Bureau has set the 2014 Action Priorities.
Mary Cox Engage past leaders
Influence state and federal Work to endure policies that farmer profitability impact farmers:
Offer training, communication and education Support renewable fuels Build demand for agricultural products Champion innovative agricultural research
Science-based, common sense regulatory climate Raise awareness of successful, voluntary stewardship Positive fiscal and business climate Job creation Encourage competition in the marketplace
Increase member engagement and Increase decision political advocacy makers’ trust of at all levels: Illinois farmers: Get out the vote FB Act ACTIVATOR Political leadership cabinet Elect allies of agriculture
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Try gardening on the go From the University of Illinois
URBANA—Rose aficionados and home gardeners have access to two new mobile apps from the University of Illinois Extension. The application is an interactive tool that offers information on a variety of that sweetest-smelling flower. Learn how to plant and prune roses, protect them in the winter, and guard them from various diseases and pests. There is a gallery to keep track of favorite roses, take notes, share ideas with other rose lovers, and make comments. Users also have access to a number of U of I Extension YouTube videos about rose care. The second app, Gardener’s
Corner Newsstand, provides access to Extension’s quarterly newsletter about home gardening. The newsletter offers information on gardening topics for every season, the care and maintenance of vegetable and flower gardens, variety selection, and disease prevention and control. This app was developed by Extension horticulturists in northern Illinois. Visit http://web.extension. illinois.edu/state/apps.cfm to download Our Rose Garden free on Google Play or The App Store; Gardener’s Corner Newsstand can be downloaded free from The App Store.
Candidate Meet & Greet The Coles County Farm Bureau will be hosting a Candidate Meet & Greet at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Lifespan Center. Candidates running for state representative and Coles County Sheriff have been invited. This event is open to the public. Quilt Show The Coles County Farm Bureau is gearing up for the annual quilt show that will take place Feb. 28 – March 2 at the Cross County Mall. To enter a quilt, bring it to the mall (to vacant store across from Carson’s in the mall) on from from noon – 7 p.m. Feb. 27. All quilts must be clean and smoke-free. Limit of five quilts per person. There is no entry fee. The categories are antique, appliqued, baby quilts, embroidery, hand quilted, machine quilted, piece quilted, wall hanging, wearable art and miscellaneous / winners will be chosen by ballot votes. Best of Show will receive a $50 mall certificate and Category Winners will receive a $25 mall certificate. For more information, contact Nancy Swinford at 217-549-0009.
rescue groups in Illinois that are trained in this type of rescue. “Our materials focus on prevention,” Aherin concluded. “We want to help ensure the safety of the priceless lives involved in the successful operation of a farm or business. The grain they produce has great value, but nothing is more valuable than the lives of family, friends, and neighbors.” More information about the new grain safety initiatives can be found at www.grainsafety. org.
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Woman on the rebound wants back in ex’s court D eAr ABBY: After a two-year relationship ended, I got pregnant on the rebound. I called my ex and told him I was having a baby with another man because I wanted to hurt him. Apparently it worked — at least that’s what his best friend told me. Now that a few months have passed, I ran into him and all those loving feelings I had for him came rushing back. Should I tell him? The father of this baby is a good-for-nothing deadbeat. He wants to be father-of-theyear without helping me financially. What should I do about my feelings for my ex, and what should I do about the father of my baby? — CAN’T DECIDE IN NEW JERSEY DeAr CAn’t DeCIDe: It is time for you to grow up and accept responsibility for the
WhAt’s hAppening PCH Volunteers’ Chocolate Sale set The Paris Community Hospital Volunteers will sponsor their annual Valentine’s South Bend Chocolate Company sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, near the FMC rotunda entrance. Nearly 70 varieties of gourmet chocolates and snacks will be available in bulk. Items will include award-winning sauces, salsas, and jams made by Kathy’s Kitchen. Other items will include pecan caramel patties, chocolate blueberries, chocolate caramels, mint meltaways, chocolate-covered peanuts, and much more. A selection of sugar-free items also will be available.
LEGO Club to meet The LEGO Club will meet at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library on from 4-5:30 pm Wednesday. All creations will be photographed and posted on the group’s Facebook page. Lego Club is open to grades kindergarten through Middle School, as long as the child no longer puts toys in their mouth. All children under age 8 need to have a grown-up in attendance. Lego Club is free and a library card is not needed to attend. All Legos are provided. For more information, call 217-345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary. org.
Relay For Life Committee Meeting announced The Relay For Life Planning Committee will be meeting to start planning this year’s event. Anyone interested in helping with this annual event is encouraged to attend the meeting to be held at 6 p.m. at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center Education Wing. For more information, contact Alicia Pettyjohn, at the American Cancer Society at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blood drives set in Coles County Two upcoming blood drives are scheduled in Charleston and Mattoon. Eligible donors are encouraged to give blood at one of these locations: 1-6 p.m. Feb. 11, Eastern Illinois University at Andrews Hall in Charleston; 1-6 p.m. Feb. 12, BurgessOsborne Auditorium in Mattoon, hosted by the Cromwell Radio Group.
situation you’re in right now. Your behavior has been immature and irresponsible. The child you’re carrying is going to need someone who can provide for him or her financially and emotionally. Because you have feelings for your ex, contact him and let him know, but don’t count on him wanting to reconcile. Then you should also contact a lawyer about ensuring that “Babydaddy” lives up to his financial responsibilities. And in the future, when you decide to have sex with someone, recognize there could be
consequences and use birth control. Every time. DeAr ABBY: Recently my mother and I got into an argument on a four-hour road trip. She didn’t like my opinions or my answers, so she kicked my 17-year-old daughter and me out of her vehicle and abandoned us in an unsafe neighborhood two hours from our home. She has done it twice before, and I have yet to hear an apology from her for dumping us on the curb. Luckily, my son was able to come and retrieve us. Most people would have cut her off the first time she pulled this stunt, but I’m a “three-strikes-you’reout” kind of person. I have given my mother many opportunities to apologize for her behavior, but she refuses to acknowledge her own wrongdoing. I have decided this is the last
time this will happen to me. I no longer speak to her and won’t allow my daughter to go anywhere with her for fear she will be dumped somewhere unsafe. My other kids — ages 21 and 22 — say I should get over it. Was cutting her off a reasonable response? — THUMBIN’ FOR A RIDE DeAr tHUMBIn’: Your mother appears to have a short fuse and poor judgment. Is cutting her off a reasonable response? I think so. Dumping someone in an unsafe neighborhood could get the person killed, something we see all too often in the media. If you ever decide to relent, however, and go anywhere with her, make sure you are the one behind the wheel because it’s clear Mama can’t be trusted when she’s in the driver’s seat. DeAr ABBY: My family and I moved to
Iowa when I was in high school to be closer to the other side of the family. Because we had lived in California, we didn’t interact much with our Iowa family. So now, even though we have been back in Iowa for the last eight years, they still forget our birthdays and don’t include us in family get-togethers. How should I deal with this situation? — EXCLUDED IN THE HAWKEYE STATE DeAr eXCLUDeD: It appears you’re being punished for the “sins” of your parents. (Could there have been some friction with the Iowa relatives that caused the move to California?) All you can do is talk to them and see if you can improve the situation. Consider inviting them to YOUR family get-togethers and you may get a positive response. However, if they are not
receptive, then it will be up to you to create a “replacement” family out of the people you have become close to in your community since your return. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby. com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. To order “How to Write Letters for All Occasions,” send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $7 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby — Letter Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. Shipping and handling are included in the price. Dear Abby is written by Jeanne Phillips and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. The column is distributed by the Universal Press Syndicate.
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e all are ready for warmer weather including the kids. Until then keep your kids active with programs at the Y. Registration is open for the following programs which will keep your child active, healthy and having fun even when the outside temperature is cool. Youth Dodgeball allows the kids to burn off some energy while playing a friendly game inside our gym. With this league we will use foam balls to keep the hits light. This sport is open to ages 6 to 14 with leagues divided by age and gender depending on the registration numbers. These fun and exciting games will be played on Monday and Tuesday evenings. What a great way to start off the week! Registration is open now. Register early for the best price. Prices for registration are:
Early Registration(through Feb 15th)- $25 for Y members and $45 for non-members. Regular Registration(through March 2nd)-$35 for Y members and $55 for non-members. Youth Dodgeball follows our Y sports philosophy. Athletes First. Winning Second. At the Y we strive to teach sportsmanship, teamwork, skills and values above all else. At the Y you can swim year round and this time of year is perfect for learning swim skills to ensure safety this summer at the pool and lake. Our next session of swim lessons will begin
Feb. 17. A session is six weeks of instruction in a small group setting. Lessons are divided by age and level of skills. We make swim lessons convenient by offering evening, day and weekend times to sign up your child. For children under three years of age, we recommend parent/child lessons. This is a great way to spend some time with your toddler while also increasing their comfort level in the water. Pricing for lessons is based on a six-week session. The cost is $18 for Y members and $36 for non-members. Give us a call or visit our website, www.mattoonymca.org for a complete list of times that lessons are offered. Another program with registration open is our Home School Program. This program provides area children who are home schooled an opportunity to interact with other children in a PE class setting. Choose
from the Tuesday morning program or the Thursday morning program. Each session of home school is six weeks and during the program they will participate in sports with the Tuesday program including an option for swim lessons. The next session of Home School begins Feb. 18 with registration open now. If you have a child in the Mattoon Middle School, consider sending them to MY NIGHTS this Friday. From 8 to 10 p.m. the kids will have a high energy night away from the parents. This night includes Dance Dance
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Eastern honors Charles Darwin via 4-day program Submitted by Eastern Illinois University
CHARLESTON — Eastern Illinois University will say “Happy Birthday” to Charles Darwin with a series of events to honor his work in the field of science. According to Stephen Mullin, professor of biological sciences, evolution is a key element of science and every year on Feb. 12, people around the world celebrate the life and work of Darwin, an evolutionary biologist. This year marks the 205th anniversary of his birth. There are currently more than 100 events scheduled in more than 20 different countries for Darwin Day 2014. For more than a decade, EIU has planned a variety of programs, to take place locally over several days, to explore evolution and science as it relates to Darwin’s theories. “We have one of the largest programs, as far as the number of events organized for each year, in the country,” Mullin said. When Eastern’s Department of Biological Sciences first decided to organize events in recognition of Darwin’s
birthday, those in charge agreed that many events covering the topic would be more helpful in differentiating faith from science. “Professors encounter less resistance to the teaching of evolution now,” Mullin said. Although the more recent cohorts of students are more accepting of Darwin’s theory, having a number of events for people to attend and learn from is always helpful, he added. This year’s events will revisit the fundamentals of science and distinguish science from pseudoscience. This is comparable to the difference in astronomy, the study of celestial objects, from astrology, the study of star signs. “There is a lack of understanding of what science really is,” Mullin said. This year’s events in commemoration of Darwin’s birthday will be more interactive and exciting than ones in the past, with audience members encouraged at ask questions. Admission to all events is free and open to the public. The four-day program includes:
heAlth hAppenings MMR, shingles, TD and Tdap, will be offered; costs vary. The — 8:30-11:30 a.m. and department accepts Medicare. 1-3:30 p.m. Weekdays, WalkCall one week prior; 217-774in Immunization Clinics 9555, for an appointment; or visit, 1700 W. South Third St., for Children, Shelby County Health Department, 1700 W.S. Shelbyville. Third St., Shelbyville; for all children ages 2 months-18 years; vaccines offered are polio, hepatitis B, menactra, 11:30 a.m.-noon, blood DTaP, TD, Tdap, varicella, pressure clinic, LifeSpan MMR, pneumonia, Pediarix, Center, 11021 East County Rotarix, Pentacel, hepatitis A., Road 800 N., Charleston. Gardasil and more. Call the Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Lincolndepartment at 217-774-9555 land Home Care, Hospice and for more information. Home Medical will sponsor Bingo from 10:45-11:30 a.m., prior to the blood pressure clinic. — 1-3:30 p.m., Adult Immunization Clinic, Shelby County Health Department; Hepatitis A & B, pneumonia,
“What is God?” — a NOVA film; 4:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Life Sciences Building, Room 2080; “Pseudoscience: What is it and why should we care?” — a lecture by Brian Montgomery, EIU; 5 p.m. Feb. 10, Buzzard Auditorium, Room 1501; “What is Science?” — a lecture by Lewis Branscomb, University of California at San Diego; 7 p.m. Feb. 11, Coleman Hall Auditorium, Room 1255. “Acceptance of Evolutionary Science Within Religion” — interactive round-table discussion with religious leaders of various faiths; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, Coleman Hall Auditorium, Room 1255. For more information, check out Eastern’s biological sciences website at http://www. eiu.edu/~biology/darwin_day. php. For more about Darwin Days, check out darwinday.org.
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Revolution, basketball, dodgeball, and an inflatable obstacle course. Pizza is served, and DJ Monica tops off the night with music and dancing. Kids may register at school prior to the event. The cost is $5 which can be paid at the school or as they enter the Y for the event. For information on additional youth programming, visit our Y at 221 N 16th Street. We continue to enjoy serving our area while bringing positive change to our community with Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.
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college basketball Ohio State upsets Iowa; Kansas wins easily
come back tomorroW A look at EIU football signings
Americans make Olympic plans College staffs More than half of Americans plan to turn to Twitter follow games Social media being used for recruiting edge
RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Just over half of Americans surveyed plan to watch or follow the Winter Olympics, according to an Associated Press-GfK Poll, and one-third of respondents say they have only a little or no confidence about Russia’s ability to safeguard safety at the Sochi Games that start this week. The likely audience for the Olympics is on the older side, with 65 percent age 50 or over planning to follow the quadrennial event compared with 47 percent among younger adults, according to the survey, conducted from Jan. 17-21. Few are deeply confident Russia can keep the games safe: 19 percent are extremely or very confident Russia will protect the Olympics from terrorist attacks, 46 percent are somewhat confident and 33 percent just a little or not at all confident. ___ Asked how they would follow the games, 86 percent who said they would follow plan to watch events on television, while 17 percent intend to view online streams. Thirty-five percent say they will read about the results online and 20 percent in newspapers. There’s a broad age gap, with one-third under age 40 planning to follow online streams and just 9 percent aiming to follow the Olympics in newspapers. Among senior citizens, 37 percent intend to read about the games in newspapers. With the competition held in a time zone nine hours from the U.S. Eastern Standard Time, NBC’s prime-time coverage will include replayed events, but few are concerned about spoilers. Sixty-eight percent of respondents say it won’t matter if they know the results before broadcasts, and just 20 percent of those planning to watch will actively avoid learning of the results of events they care about prior to the telecasts. While 61 percent of whites are interested in following the Olympics, the percentage among nonwhites dips to 43 percent. Sixty-nine percent from households with incomes of $100,000 or more plan to watch, with 26 percent in that group intending to avoid spoilers. Figure skating is by far the most popular Winter Olympic sport, with 24 percent citing it as their favorite. A mixed team event was added this year in figure skating, which has competitive events on 11 of the Olympics’ 18 days. Ice hockey is a distant second at 6 percent, followed by Alpine skiing and snowboarding at 4 percent each. Forty-six percent of respondents say they have no preference. Among those planning to watch or follow, the percentage identifying figure skating as their favorite rises to 35 percent. There’s a gender gap, however, with 55
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Cross country skiers pass by the Olympic rings as they train for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
percent of women who plan to watch calling figure skating their favorite, compared with 15 percent of men. Among men, ice hockey runs even with figure skating; 16 percent call it their favorite. While 45 percent of senior citizens who plan to watch say figure skating is their favorite, that falls to 24 percent for people under 40. Snowboarding tops the list for 12 percent under age 40. Speedskating is the favorite of 11 percent of nonwhites but just 3 percent of whites. The AP-GfK Poll was conducted using KnowledgePanel, GfK’s probability-based online panel designed to be representative of the U.S. population. It involved online interviews with 1,060 adults, and had a
sampling error margin of plus-or-minus 3.9 percentage points for the full sample. Respondents were first selected randomly using telephone or mail survey methods and were later interviewed online. People selected for KnowledgePanel who didn’t otherwise have access to the Internet were provided with the ability to access the Internet at no cost to them. ___ AP Director of polling Jennifer Agiesta and news survey specialist Dennis Junius contributed to this report. ___ Online: AP-GfK Poll: http://www.ap-gfkpoll. com
Carroll, Seahawks reach pinnacle It took 4 years and a massive roster overhaul to reach top
The Seahawks are mean and talented on defense. They have one of the most dynamic young players in the game in quarterback Russell Wilson. And the surrounding cast complements him well. TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer There is very little indication this will be a one-year flash. SEATTLE (AP) — The guitar riffs “One of the things that happens every ripped from the hotel ballroom where so often is teams have a big fallout after owner Paul Allen’s band was performthey win the Super Bowl,” Carroll said. ing and filled the lobby. Down on the “We’re not in that situation.” lower level, Hall of Famer Walter Jones Seattle’s title will be remembered posed for pictures with exuberant fans. for a dominating defense that will be This celebration in the wee hours of Monday morning was what Pete Carroll regarded among the best in league history. Richard Sherman’s play at corenvisioned when he arrived in Seattle nerback — and sometimes his mouth — in January 2010 and was finally given the full say over an NFL franchise in the drew the attention but that defense was hopes of replicating at the professional far more than Sherman and his “Legion of Boom” teammates in the secondlevel what he was able to accomplish ary. Linebacker Bobby Wagner was in college. even better in his second season, while Celebrating was standard practice when Carroll was at USC. But the party Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith was that followed Sunday’s 43-8 blowout of called upon to play different positions throughout the season. Denver that gave Seattle its first NFL The signings of Cliff Avril and title topped all those previous celebraMichael Bennett on the defensive line, tions. and the re-signing of Clinton McDonIt may just be the beginning for ald after Week 1, gave the Seahawks the Seahawks. the deepest defensive line rotation in “This is exactly what we envisioned from day one. We were going to be right the league, all with plenty of energy to chase Colin Kaepernick in the NFC title here and win this football game — and game and harass Peyton Manning in the it just happened to be in New York. Super Bowl. which makes it even more special — in Offensively, the Seahawks were the fashion that we were able,” Carroll without their top two wide receivsaid. “We deserved it and we earned it because this is exactly what we’ve been ers for most of the season between Percy Harvin’s preseason hip surgery preparing for, and we expected it. That may sound cocky. That may sound arro- and Sidney Rice’s midseason knee injury. But Harvin showed just why the gant. But it’s a mentality you can’t get Seahawks made the investment with in one week.” his 87-yard kickoff return touchdown Seattle’s coronation was the culthat was essentially the final blow in mination of an overhaul that Carroll the Super Bowl. and general manager John Schneider Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin embarked upon when they took control believed they were disrespected all of the Seahawks. Nearly 1,000 roster season and were intent on proving critmoves later, they could finally take the ics wrong. For the most part, they did, ultimate satisfaction in what they had while Jermaine Kearse continued to play created: the envy of the NFL.
the role of another undrafted gem discovered by Schneider. The offensive line missed both starting tackles — Breno Giacomini and Russell Okung — for more than half the regular season due to injuries but managed. And Marshawn Lynch continued to go “Beast Mode” at just the right times. Seattle should be able to keep its core together but there will be difficult decisions to make. There are key free agents, including Baldwin and Tate. There are also potential salary cap decisions to be made with players like Rice, Zach Miller, Chris Clemons, Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant. Then there are the two looming extensions that could get done this offseason — Earl Thomas and Sherman. Both players can be extended before the start of next season, but the likelihood is that Seattle tries to get a deal done with Thomas first and then see if an extension will work for Sherman. So far, Sherman has been the ultimate bargain for Seattle, scheduled to make less than $700,000 in base salary next season. Thomas and Sherman are entering the final year of their rookie contracts in 2014 and with both now two-time All-Pro selections, each is likely due a hefty raise. If Seattle can get both extensions done, it would allow them to focus on Wilson during the 2014-15 offseason when his rookie deal can be redone. “We are looking two to three years ahead so last year we knew we were going to have some things coming and how to handle certain players and to know just where we are headed,” Schneider said recently. “We put different models together. Matt Thomas does a phenomenal job with it. Figure out the best way to navigate it. They are really good problems to have.”
that Miles had tweeted a phrase which was not a direct reference to Fournette, as opposed to using a publicly known nickname, for example. “Coach Miles understands Recruiting is the lifeline of college coaches and with teen- that social media gives him the forum to promote his proagers using social media like Twitter to communicate, some gram to tens of thousands of people at any given time,” LSU football staffs have pushed athletic department spokesthe boundaries of NCAA man Michael Bonnette said regulations to reach top high in an email to The Associated school recruits. Press. “He’s careful and mindNational Signing Day is ful of the rules when it comes Wednesday and the stakes to using social media as a are high. recruiting tool, but he’s savvy The NCAA allows schools enough to understand the to confirm they’re recruiting impact that it can have.” a specific unsigned prospect, Coaches can tweet to their but coaches can’t comment on heart’s content to let fans that recruit’s athletic ability, know that “someone” has how he’d contribute to their verbally committed to their team or the likelihood that school without actually menprospect might commit to a tioning the recruit by name. particular school. And they’re doing it all over Some coaches and staffers the country, whether it’s Tenare bending the rules, tweetnessee’s Butch Jones tweeting ing thinly veiled references “(hash)BrickByBrick” or Texas to prospects without namA&M’s Kevin Sumlin tweeting ing them. J.R. Sandlin was working as “(hash)Yessir!” Some coaches, like Alaa recruiting analyst at Notre bama’s Nick Saban, doesn’t Dame on Dec. 17 when he use Twitter as a part of his tweeted, “The DT from KY recruiting tactics. But not calling me out. Just wait my everyone can afford to take man! Just wait! We want you here! Need u to be Irish!” One the approach by Saban, who day later, Sandlin tweeted that consistently lands top recruit“what I like about ‘THE’ 2014 ing classes. Tennessee compliance DT from KY is the explosive director Todd Dooley has power he can generate from his lower body. Truly impres- heard of a coach attempting sive. The guy is a BEAST!” He to contact a recruit via direct message — allowed by NCAA didn’t name a prospect, but the only defensive tackle from rules — and inadvertently put the note on his actual Twitter Kentucky being recruited by feed instead. Notre Dame was Matt Elam Dooley said he doesn’t mind of John Hardin High School in if Tennessee’s coaches tweet Elizabethtown. about what places they’re visThe Twitter feed of fiveiting on recruiting trips, but star running back prospect he asks them to avoid saying Leonard Fournette of St. a specific school “or anything Augustine High in New that would narrow it down to Orleans is filled with references to “Buga Nation.” Four- people being able to identify a specific recruit.” nette was still uncommitted Vining-Smith gives Notre on Dec. 18 when LSU coach Dame’s coaches similar advice. Les Miles tweeted “Geaux “If they’re going to Texas Buga Nation!!!” Miles’ mesand if they say, ‘I’m headsage received 782 retweets, including one from Fournette ing to Dallas to find some talent’ or whatever, well himself. Two weeks later, Fournette committed to LSU. that’s fine because there are NCAA spokesperson Stacey plenty of people in Dallas they could be going to see,” Osburn said the NCAA rules Vining-Smith said. “And on what a coach says to or my opinion on that is even if about a recruit also apply to we’re recruiting one kid from social media. Dallas, I’m still OK with it “It doesn’t matter if you’re because Dallas is a big city doing it when you talk to and there are lots of kids a reporter or are on social there that have the talent to media,” Osburn said. “It’s the play at Notre Dame. same rule.” “If they’re going to Santa Jen Vining-Smith, Notre Claus, Ind., and there’s one Dame’s assistant athletic high school in that town and director for compliance, said they say ‘Heading to Santa she got several calls from Claus, Ind.,’ I have a different compliance officers at other perspective on that. They’re universities regarding Sandspecifically saying where lin’s Dec. 18 tweet about the they’re going and more imporKentucky prospect. Viningtantly, it’s a little bit more Smith told Sandlin she could direct as to who they’re probdefend the tweet, but she ably going to see.” didn’t want him tweeting so Compliance officers are “pointedly” again. policing one another in an “I do think it pushes right informal checks-and-balup to the line. ... You can’t ances effort. make it that identifiable,” They often call one another Vining-Smith said. Miles was reminded by LSU about tweets that might have administration officials to use crossed a line. Then it’s up to each school’s compliance caution when taking to Twitofficer to determine whether ter to discuss recruiting. He was not admonished, however, the tweet can be defended or needs to be reported. because officials determined
Weather postpones many events Due to the weather all sporting events were postponed and/or canceled Tuesday. The events postponed and/ or rescheduled (if known) are: Boys’ basketball Sullivan vs. Decatur St. Teresa at Meridian in Okaw Valley Conference tournament semifinals Windsor at Effingham St. Anthony, boys’ basketball, rescheduled for Feb. 13. Shiloh vs. Tri-County boys’ basketball at Kansas, rescheduled for Feb. 19, 6 p.m. Arcola vs. Villa Grove/Heritage at Heritage boys’ basketball, rescheduled for Feb. 1 Cumberland at Neoga boys’ basketball, rescheduled for Feb. 19 Teutopolis boys’ basketball at Charleston junior varsity
and varsity Hutsonville-Palestine at Martinsville boys’ basketball Wrestling Charleston at St. Thomas More Invitational junior varsity wrestling meet Middle school Mattoon Middle School volleyball vs. Sigel St. Michael, rescheduled for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. MMS wrestling at Taylorville, canceled Paris at Neoga Middle School volleyball, canceled Charleston at Teutopolis volleyball Girls’ basketball Shiloh at Arcola girls’ basketball, rescheduled for Saturday, 1 p.m. junior varsity start Palestine-Hutsonville at Martinsville girls’ basketball
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
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Ohio State upsets Iowa Kansas pulls away from Baylor behind Tharpe
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televisiOn Wednesday, Feb. 5 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. ESPN2 — Boston College at Virginia ESPNU — Oklahoma at West Virginia 8 p.m. ESPN2 — Stanford at California ESPNU — Louisville at Houston 10 p.m.
ESPNU — Wyoming at New Mexico NBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN — Portland at New York 9:30 p.m. ESPN — Miami at L.A. Clippers NHL HOCKEY 6:30 p.m. NBCSN — Pittsburgh at Buffalo
nbA bAsKetbAll EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct Toronto 26 22 .542 Brooklyn 21 25 .457 New York 19 29 .396 Boston 16 33 .327 Philadelphia 15 34 .306 Southeast Division W L Pct Miami 34 13 .723 Atlanta 25 22 .532 Washington 24 23 .511 Charlotte 21 28 .429 Orlando 13 37 .260 Central Division W L Pct Indiana 38 10 .792 Chicago 23 24 .489 Detroit 19 28 .404 Cleveland 16 32 .333 Milwaukee 9 39 .188 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct San Antonio 35 13 .729 Houston 32 17 .653 Dallas 28 21 .571 Memphis 26 21 .553 New Orleans 20 27 .426 Northwest Division W L Pct Oklahoma City 39 11 .780 Portland 34 14 .708 Denver 23 23 .500 Minnesota 24 24 .500 Utah 16 32 .333 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Clippers 34 17 .667 Phoenix 29 18 .617
GB — 4 7 10½ 11½ GB — 9 10 14 22½ GB — 14½ 18½ 22 29 GB — 3½ 7½ 8½ 14½ GB — 4 14 14 22
Golden State 29 19 .604 L.A. Lakers 16 32 .333 Sacramento 16 32 .333 Monday’s games Indiana 98, Orlando 79 Washington 100, Portland 90 Brooklyn 108, Philadelphia 102 Miami 102, Detroit 96 Oklahoma City 86, Memphis 77 Milwaukee 101, New York 98 San Antonio 102, New Orleans 95 Dallas 124, Cleveland 107 Denver 116, L.A. Clippers 115 Toronto 94, Utah 79 Sacramento 99, Chicago 70 Tuesday’s games Indiana 89, Atlanta 85 Minnesota 109, L.A. Lakers 99 Chicago at Phoenix, late Charlotte at Golden State, late Wednesday’s games Detroit at Orlando, 6 p.m. Boston at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. San Antonio at Washington, 6 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Cleveland, 6 p.m. Phoenix at Houston, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. Dallas at Memphis, 7 p.m. Atlanta at New Orleans, 7 p.m. Portland at New York, 7 p.m. Milwaukee at Denver, 8 p.m. Toronto at Sacramento, 9 p.m. Miami at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m. Thursday’s games San Antonio at Brooklyn, 7 p.m. Chicago at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.
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GF 167 163 139 171 146 159 137 107 GF 178 150 167 157 138 133 164 160
GA 120 139 139 180 158 178 175 164 GA 133 141 156 165 153 142 173 191
GF 205 185 168 142 163 158 142 GF 191 170 137 143 159 132 150
GA 161 125 148 145 167 160 172 GA 143 139 127 152 164 175 196
Monday’s Games Edmonton 3, Buffalo 2 Pittsburgh 2, Ottawa 1, OT Detroit 2, Vancouver 0 Colorado 2, New Jersey 1, OT Columbus 4, Anaheim 2 Chicago 5, Los Angeles 3 Philadelphia 5, San Jose 2 Tuesday’s Games Boston 3, Vancouver 1 N.Y. Rangers 5, Colorado 1 Winnipeg 2, Carolina 1 Montreal 2, Calgary 0 Florida 4, Toronto 1 N.Y. Islanders 1, Washington 0 Minnesota 2, Tampa Bay 1 Ottawa at St. Louis, late Dallas at Phoenix, late Wednesday’s Games Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 6:30 p.m. Chicago at Anaheim, 9 p.m. Dallas at San Jose, 9:30 p.m. Thursday’s Games Calgary at N.Y. Islanders, 6 p.m. Edmonton at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m. Colorado at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Winnipeg at Washington, 6 p.m. Vancouver at Montreal, 6:30 p.m. Buffalo at Ottawa, 6:30 p.m. Toronto at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m. Detroit at Florida, 6:30 p.m. Boston at St. Louis, 7 p.m. Nashville at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Columbus at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.
Mattoon eighth grade falls MATTOON – The Mattoon Middle School eighth grade boys’ basketball team led Champaign Edison 5-1 after one quarter of the Class 4A regional, but was outscored 15-7 in the second and lost 33-24 Monday. Brock Moncel led the Wildcats with nine points. MMS finished 4-15.
Champaign Edison vs. Mattoon Champaign Edison 1 15 9 8 —33 Mattoon 5 7 3 9—24 MATTOON: Mitch Garner 2, Garrett
Jones 5, Mitch Kremer 3, Chase Monroe 1, Reggie Brown 2, Brock Moncel 9, Gibson Moncel 2 Area junior high boys’ basketball Seventh grade Windsor 3 10 13 10—36 Mattoon St. John’s 10 4 6 10—30 WINDSOR: Beau Bennett 5, Ben Beck 11, Logan Greuel 4, Jackson Miller 16 Rebounds: Bennett 3, Tucker Cripe 3, Beck 15, Greuel 11, Miller 2, Payton Nichols 2 Windsor record: 18-5 Eighth grade Windsor 6 2 8 0—16 Mattoon St. John’s 13 12 8 7—42 WINDSOR: Gavin Bennett 11, Owen Bridges 2, Gage Sattler 3 Rebounds: Bennett 7, Bridges 1, Sattler 6, Damon Browning 1
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5, Malik Carter-Smith 2, Kakai Johnson 1 RURAL KING: Pierce Farmer 2, Tyson Gass 2, Tristan Grove 2 First-Mid 19, Howell Asphalt and Paving 13 FIRST-MID: Hayden Williams 8, James Shamdin 6, Nate Annis 3, Seven Allah 2 HOWELL ASPHALT AND PAVING: Dallas Daniels 5, Malik Carter-Smith 4, Kegan Kirts 2, Zachary Shick 2 Sixth Grade Century 21 24, State Farm 19 CENTURY 21: Jayvon Burnett 12, Gavin Miller 6, Dylan Spurgeon 4, Carter Pruitt 2 STATE FARM: Caden Price 10, Jett Butler 9 General Electric 24, Crites Title Company 22 GENERAL ELECTRIC: Josiah Morton 10, Lane Roley 10, Caden Peoples 4 CRITES TITLE COMPANY: Sam Perry 14, Trevor Smyser 4, Asher Prater 2, Caleb Tipton 2 Blue Cross/Blue Shield 35, United Way 15 BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD: Chance Kremer 14, Will Shick 9, Gannon Stivers 4, Mason Wright 4, Carson Brown 2, Grant Gaines 2 UNITED WAY: Caymon Lopez 6, Elijah Dierkens 4, Blake Sapp 3, Avery Meridith 2
shelbyville beats tolono unity in wrestling
in the first round of the Okaw Valley Conference Duals on Friday. Wrestling continues today starting at 11 a.m.
TOLONO—Shelbyville defeated Tolono Unity 48-24
Doubles Dart Tournament at The Panther Paw, Feb. 1 1. Paul Briggermand and Shawn Coffman 2. Jacob Streuter and Scott Lundquist 3. Raad and Omar Hatter
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Aaron Craft had 17 points with six assists and six steals to help Ohio State upset 17th-ranked Iowa 76-69 on Tuesday night for its third win in four games. LaQuinton Ross added 13 points for the Buckeyes (18-5, 5-5 Big Ten), who moved back to .500 in the league after starting a surprising 2-4. Craft’s first points of the second half came on a three-point play that put Ohio State ahead 66-59 with 1:17 left. That sealed back-to-back road wins for the surging Buckeyes, who beat Wisconsin 59-58 on Saturday. Mike Gesell had 16 points for lead Iowa (17-6, 6-4), which shot just 3 of 20 from 3-point range and lost its second straight at home. Hawkeyes stars Devyn Marble and Aaron White combined for just 18 points. The Hawkeyes clearly wanted to attack Ohio State from the perimeter. But they missed all but one of their first 14 3s, and the Buckeyes were able to manage a slim lead for most of the second half. Gabe Olaseni, who had been Iowa’s best player for nearly 30 minutes, was called for a flagrant foul on Amir Williams with 8:50 left. Williams, Ross and Shannon Scott all followed with layups that made it 58-49 Ohio State with 6:17 left. Iowa rallied within four before Williams threw down a dunk off an inbounds pass with just two seconds left on the shot clock. Sam Thompson then buried a 3 for a 63-54 lead with 3:56 to go. Williams and Lenzelle Smith Jr. each had 12 points for Ohio State, which won despite a 38-25 deficit on the boards. It certainly helped that Iowa was just 12 of 19 from the free throw line. Olaseni had 14 points, six rebounds and a pair of blocks off the bench. Iowa soundly defeated Ohio State in their first meeting, rallying from nine down to win 84-74 in Columbus. At the time it seemed like a breakthrough road win for the Hawkeyes — a sign the program had truly arrived under coach Fran McCaffery. But the Buckeyes unexpectedly kept losing, dropping three of their next four to fall from No. 3 to out of this week’s Top 25 poll. It was Iowa that looked like the unranked early though. The Hawkeyes missed their first nine 3s and fell behind by as much as 26-17 — until a play more suited for the football field gave them the lead at halftime. Marble and Gesell trapped Craft near half court. Marble stripped the ball and hiked it under his legs to Gesell, who then chucked the ball like a post pattern to a waiting Aaron White for a slam dunk. That would prove to be a rare miscue from Craft — and plays like that were few and far between for the Hawkeyes. Iowa fell 2 ½ games behind idle Michigan and Michigan State in the league standings with eight to play. Iowa hosts the Wolverines at home on Saturday. Kansas 69, baylor 52 WACO, Texas — Naadir Tharpe scored 22 points, nine in a go-ahead run for No. 8 Kansas before halftime, and the Big 12-leading Jayhawks rebounded from their first league loss with a 69-52 victory at Baylor on Tuesday night. Andrew Wiggins overcame a slow start to score 14 points, while Perry Ellis had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Kansas. Wiggins, the Big 12’s top scoring freshman, finished 4-of-13 shooting and didn’t make his first basket until a half-court shot to beat the buzzer going into halftime. That capped a 14-3 run over the final 5 minutes for a 35-27 lead. Early on, there were three ties and nine lead changes. Tharpe’s short jumper with 3½ minutes left in the half broke a 25-all tie and put the Jayhawks (17-5, 8-1 Big 12) ahead to stay. Cory Jefferson had 14 points to lead Baylor (14-8, 2-7), which lost its fourth consecutive game at the Ferrell Center after a 13-game home winning streak. It’s the longest home drought since dropping six straight in 2005. The Bears, coming off a win at then-No. 8 Oklahoma State that snapped their fivegame losing streak, was trying to set up for a final shot before halftime when Kenny Chery threw an errant pass. Wiggins ended up with the ball, took a few steps and threw
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Baylor’s Gary Franklin (4) defends as Kansas’ Naadir Tharpe (10) drives to the basket for a shot attempt in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday in Waco, Texas.
took a shot from near midcourt that went through the hoop. Baylor has never won consecutive games over Top 25 opponents. The tiebreaking shot was Tharpe’s third basket in the half-closing spurt, and he added a 3-pointer with a minute left. He then made a long 3-pointer on Kansas’ opening possession of the second half. Kansas was coming off an 81-69 loss Saturday at surging Texas. In their regular season finale last March, the Jayhawks lost 81-58 at Baylor. They still had a share of their ninth consecutive Big 12 title, but that loss kept them from winning it outright. Baylor was within 49-44 midway through the second half and Wiggins had just shot and missed the rim. But the Bears missed three free throws on the same possession. Then, with Baylor students chanting “Air Ball!, Air Ball!”, Wiggins swished a 3-pointer from the right wing. Wiggins scored again on the next possession to push the lead to 54-44. Brady Heslip had 12 points on four 3-pointers, but didn’t score again after his last gave Baylor a 22-21 lead with 6:34 left in the first half. Kentucky 80, Ole Miss 64 LEXINGTON, Ky. — Willie CauleyStein broke a slump with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 18 Kentucky shot 60 percent in the second half for an 80-64 victory over Mississippi. The Wildcats’ 7-foot sophomore went 7 of 8 from the field to score more points than his previous six games combined (14) while reaching double digits in rebounds for the first time in nine games. CauleyStein had six blocks and altered other attempts to help limit the Rebels (15-7, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) to 36 percent shooting in the second half and 39 percent (25 of 65) overall. Kentucky (17-5, 7-2) made 15 of 25 from the field in the second half to turn a 35-34 halftime lead into a rout and earn their second consecutive victory. Aaron Harrison added 16 points while Julius Randle scored 11 of his 12 points after halftime as the Wildcats finished shooting 51 percent (26 of 51) from the field. James Young and Alex Poythress had 10 points each for Kentucky, which outscored Mississippi 44-24 in the paint and 19-15 in second-chance points while its reserves topped the Rebels’ 28-19. Guards Marshall Henderson (16 points) and Jarvis Summers combined for 27 points on just 10-of-31 shooting in a matchup of second-place SEC teams. The Rebels get another shot at the Wildcats in two weeks in Oxford, Miss., where they hope to play better than in the final 20 minutes on Tuesday night. The Wildcats came in seeking improvement in their transition defense and in the middle, where 7-foot freshman Dakari Johnson started his second straight game. He had five points, four blocks and two rebounds but was overshadowed by a revived Cauley-Stein. More impressive was how Kentucky kept Henderson (19.2 points, 1.7 steals per game coming in) and Summers (17.8 points, 3.9 assists) in check. Containing Henderson was a group effort with Aaron Harrison, Jarrod Polson and others helping out in
holding the senior guard to 6-of-18 shooting including 4 of 12 from 3-point range. A Rupp Arena crowd of 22,168 that braved freezing rain did their part trying to rattle Henderson, who as usual wasn’t fazed by the derision or an 0-for-2 start from the field by the 11:29 mark of the first half. When it’s Henderson, the question was when he would warm up rather than if. Four and a half minutes later, Henderson had eight points thanks to consecutive 3-pointers while the Rebels had a 28-23 lead that forced a Kentucky 30-second timeout with 6:55 left. While the Wildcats rallied for a 35-34 halftime lead, this game was even in many areas. The Wildcats edged the Rebels 42 percent to 41 percent from the field and outrebounded them 22-17 with Aaron Harrison grabbing six along with scoring 12 points. But Mississippi forged slight edges in the paint (18-16) and transition (8-5) while its bench matched Kentucky with 12 points. Randle’s 1-point, 1-rebound first half explained some of those deficiencies, but the freshman began changing that in the second half by scoring 11 points including an impressive rebound and court-length drive for a dunk and a 50-41 lead that forced a Mississippi timeout with 14:59 remaining. Poythress’ basket 2:10 later provided Kentucky’s first double-digit lead of the game that eventually reached 19 with 3 minutes left. north Carolina 75, Maryland 63 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Marcus Paige scored 25 points to help North Carolina beat Maryland 75-63, extending its winning streak to a season-best four games. Brice Johnson added 19 points on 8-for-8 shooting off the bench for the Tar Heels (15-7, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who jumped to a 16-point lead in the game’s opening minutes and led the entire way. North Carolina shot 49 percent, scored 19 points off turnovers and controlled the boards to beat the Terrapins (1310, 5-5) for the 14th time in 18 meetings. North Carolina certainly needed this one to keep its momentum. The Tar Heels’ win against North Carolina State on Saturday evened their league record after an 0-3 start, and UNC heads to Notre Dame on Saturday before returning home to host No. 11 Duke in the latest installment of the fierce rivalry. Dez Wells scored 18 points to lead the Terrapins. Clemson 45, Ga. tech 41 CLEMSON, S.C. — Jordan Roper had 12 points and Clemson outlasted depleted Georgia Tech 45-41 for its 500th victory at Littlejohn Coliseum. This one won’t go down as the bestplayed contest in the 45-year-old building’s history. Trailing 43-41, the Yellow Jackets had a final chance in the dying seconds. But K.J. McDaniels blocked Marcus Georges-Hunt’s layup and Kammeon Holsey’s follow was short. Jaron Blossomgame collected the rebound for Clemson, got fouled and made both free throws as the Tigers won their eighth straight over Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets played without leading scorer Trae Golden, who re-aggravated a groin injury in their last game at Wake Forest.
AreA Boys’ leAders high scorer of the week Sullivan’s Derrek Stain, a 6-3 senior guard, scored a career-high 30 points in a 72-61 win over Monticello Saturday in the Okaw Valley Conference tournament at Meridian inDiviDuAl leADeRs through tuesday Player G Pts hG Avg. Tristan Warner, Windsor 19 370 37 19.5 Brandon Wolfe, Casey-Westfield 18 347 27 19.3 Brandon Helmuth, Stew-Stras 19 364 29 19.2 Kollin Seaman, Arcola 18 306 27 17.0 Tyler Wright, Tri-County 20 333 27 16.7 Peyton Hagerman, Okaw Valley 19 280 27 14.7 Derrek Stain, Sullivan 19 270 30 14.2 Jake Baker, Neoga 22 310 24 14.1 Travis Kittell, Mattoon 16 221 26 13.8 Tyler Schuring, A-L 18 248 25 13.8 Alex Allen, Windsor 19 257 28 13.5 Wyatt Krikie, Neoga 22 293 32 13.3 Devon Still, Okaw Valley 18 232 29 12.9 Ty Molzen, Sullivan 19 243 19 12.8 Jared Pilson, Mattoon 16 200 26 12.5 Nick Frerichs, Sullivan 19 233 26 12.3 Isaiah Lowry, AOC 20 236 25 11.8 Tanner Scott, Mattoon 16 189 23 11.8 Zach Murphy, Casey-Westfield 18 206 21 11.4
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Arcola girls, A-L boys No. 10
The Trinity Lutheran seventh grade volleyball team won the Newton St. Thomas Invitational recently. Pictured back row, from left are assistant Jamie Brown, Rachel Kessler, Claire Moomaw, Kelsey Beitz and coach Ronda Schlechte; middle row: Martina Gratz, Addie Wernsing, Halle Moomaw, Isabelle Gratz and Anna Schlechte; front row: Jocelyn Schultz, Calla Roney and Megan Schlechte.
Both teams move up in statewide prep poll JG-TC Staff Writer
MOLINE –The Arcola girls’ basketball team moved back into the top 10 in the latest Associated Press rankings improving to 18-4 and moving up from No. 11 last week. On the boys’ side Arthur-Lovington, the Little Okaw Valley Conference tournament champions, moved from No. 14 to No. 10 with a 60-45 win over Cerro Gordo/Bement, the No. 16 team in Class 2A. In the girls’ rankings in Class 2A Sullivan moved up from a tie for No. 14 to No. 11, while Clinton is No. 13 and Marshall No. 14. Other teams that are in the same conference as JG-TC area squads that are in the girls’ rankings are: Shiloh (No.4 in Class 1A) and Effingham (No. 14 in Class 3A) in Class 3A. Central A&M is ranked third in Class 1A. In addition Edwardsville, coached by Lori Blade, a Casey grad, is No. 4 in Class 4A with a 16-2 mark. No other JG-TC team was ranked in the boys’ poll or received votes, but Jeff Mandrell’s, (an Oakland graduate) Mounds Meridian team stayed at No 3 in Class 1A In Class 4A Carbondale, coached by 1979 Charleston graduate Jim Miller, moved from No. 10 to No. 8 with a 16-2 record. Teams that are in JG-TC area conference that are ranked are in Class 2A where Decatur St. Teresa is ranked No. 6. Shiloh is No. 20 and Altamont is No. 14 in Class 1A. In Class 3A Effingham is No. 18. Girls’ rankings Here are the girls’ basketball polls with rank, team, first place votes, record and total points. Class 4A W-L Pts Prv 1. Homewood-Flossmoor (10) 17-2 100 1 2. Whitney Young (1) 21-3 99 2 3. Rolling Meadows 21-3 89 3 4. Edwardsville 19-1 64 5 5. Wheaton Warrenville South 20-3 59 7 6. Marian Catholic 17-4 58 6 7. Fremd 20-3 56 4 8. Neuqua Valley 21-5 32 9 9. River Forest Trinity 19-4 20 10 10. New Trier 20-2 18 8 Others receiving votes: Geneva 2, Bolingbrook 2, Rock Island 2, Huntley 2, Bradley-Bourbonnais 1, Prospect 1 Class 3A W-L Pts Prv 1. Montini (12) 23-2 129 1 2. Joliet Catholic 21-1 114 2 3. Quincy Notre Dame (1) 22-2 100 3 4. Springfield 21-1 94 4 5. Morton 22-3 75 5 6. Morgan Park 17-3 63 6 7. Bishop McNamara 17-3 37 8 8. Washington 17-3 37 8 9. Normal University 19-3 21 9 10. Vernon Hills 17-5 10 NR Others receiving votes: Prairie Central 9, Hillcrest 8, Champaign Centennial 7, Effingham 6, Burlington Central 5, Rochester 3, Mendota 3, Richwoods 2, Coal City 1 Class 2A W-L Pts Prv 1. St. Thomas More (14) 23-2 140 1 2. Breese Central 27-0 124 2 3. Sherrard 24-2 92 5 4. Teutopolis 21-5 88 4 5. Nashville 23-3 83 3 6. Prophetstown 25-2 59 7 7. Byron 23-3 55 6 8. El Paso-Gridley 17-3 33 8 9. Mount Carmel 21-4 23 9 10. Illini West 23-2 17 10 Others receiving votes: Piasa Southwestern 10, Sullivan 10, Clinton 9, Marshall 8, Carterville 6, Watseka 5, Westminster Christian 4, Oregon 2, Bloomington Central Catholic 1, Havana 1
AreA Boys’ BAsketBAll LaSalette coach allowed us to honor the accomplishement,” said A-L coach Dale Schuring. Arthur-Lovington improves to 16-2 and hosts Tri-County for a Little Okaw Valley Conference match-up Friday. Third quarter hurts Stew-Stras NEWTON — StewardsonStrasburg trailed Newton Monday in a non-conference game 19-14 at the half, but were outscored 18-4 in the third quarter and lost 47-31. Jason Fry, Bryse Bugger and Mark Jones all led Stew-Stras with eight points each in the contest between a National Trail Conference team (S-S) and a Little Illini Conference team (Newton). Stew-Stras, 6-14, is to travel to Mulberry Grove Friday for another
Arthur-Lovington vs. Notre Dame de la Salette Notre Dame de la Solette 18 15 18 16—67 Arthur-Lovington 28 22 16 18—84 NOTRE DAME: Martin 8-7-26; Sp Thomet 1-1-3; Sa Thomet 1-0-3; Crouse 1-2-4; Kleinsmith 1-2-4; Wernowsky 4-0-8; Roxondich 1-0-2; Middlemore 1-0-2; Populus 4-0-12; Carlisle 0-0-0; Deister 1-0-3. Totals 23-12-67 ARTHUR-LOVINGTON: Kamm 2-0-4; Honn 2-0-5; Brewer 1-0-2; J Plank 6-2-17; C Plank 3-3-11; Garmon 2-2-6; Schuring 8-3-22; C Shrock 1-4-6; Wrighth 1-0-2; Risley 0-0-0; Yeakley 4-1-9. Totals 30-15-84 3-point goals: Notre Dame de la Salette 9 (Populus 4, Martin 3, Sa Thomet, Deister); Arthur-Lovington 9 (J Plank 3, Schuring 3, C Plank 2, Honn) JV: Notre Dame de la Salette 56, Arthur-Lovington 55 Stewardson-Strasburg vs. Newton Stewardson-Strasburg 5 9 4 13—31 Newton 9 10 18 10—47 STEWARDSON-STRASBURG: Jones 3-0-8, Ballinger 0-0-0, Rincker 0-0-0, A. Blythe 1-0-2, P. Blythe 0-0-0, Helmuth 2-1-5, Bugger 4-0-8, Fry 2-3-8, Totals 12-4-31 NEWTON: Mammoser 5-4-15, Weber 0-0-0, Barke 0-2-2, Chestnut 4-3-13, J. Stone 0-0-0, Dart 1-0-2, Workman 4-0-8, Jansen 0-2-2, Woods 0-0-0, Hutton 2-1-5, Totals 16-12-47 3-point goals: Stew-Stras 3 (Jones 2, Fry 1); Newton 3 (Chestnut 2, Mammoser 1)
AreA Girls’ BAsketBAll Sullivan’s second half leads to victory MAROA—Sullivan trailed Maroa-Forsyth 30-29 in Monday’s Okaw Valley Conference game before outscoring the Lady Trojans 41-26 in the second half for a 70-56 victory. Brittin Boyer led Sullivan with 23 points, 12 rebounds and six steals and tied for team honors in assists with Elissa Stewart with six each. “I challenged them at halftime to come out to play much better defense,” said Sullivan coach Sheri McCain. “It was senior Night so, I am glad to send our lone senior, Maggie Plank, out with a win on our home floor.” Emily Neuhauser finished with 19 points and Plank was also in double digits with 11. Sullivan, 18-3 overall and 9-1 in the conference, is
to travel to Tolono Unity Thursday for another conference game. A-L falls to Shiloh HUME – After trailing by 10 at halftime Arthur-Lovington/ Atwood-Hammond girls’ basketball team cut the Shiloh lead in half, trailing 41-36 heading into the final quarter. However, the Lady Raiders outscored the Lancers 18-7 to win 59-43. Karly Goodman and Emily Seegmiller lead A-L/A-H with 14 and 10 points respectively. The Lancers, 14-6 overall and 2-3 in the conference, is to travel to Arcola Thursday for a conference contest. Burton goes over 1,000 point mark MONTICELLO — In Monday’s Shelbyville/StewardsonStrasburg/Windsor’s 57-44 loss to Monticello Lindsay
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Mar 14 1.6307 1.6339 1.6252 1.6315 Jun 14 1.6303 Sep 14 1.6291 Dec 14 1.6278 Mar 15 1.6261 Jun 15 1.6242 Est. sales 101,627 Tue’s sales 147,639 Tue’s open int 209,710
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Mar 14 .9894 .9927 .9837 Jun 14 .9893 .9930 .9844 Sep 14 Dec 14 Mar 15 Jun 15 Est. sales 385,973 Tue’s sales 252,193 Tue’s open int 202,364
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Mar 14 Jun 14 Sep 14 Dec 14 Mar 15 Jun 15 Est. sales 23,266 Tue’s sales 32,482 Tue’s open int 41,651
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Burton of Stew-Stras, scored her 1,000 point. Burton finished with a team-high 17 points.
Sullivan vs. Maroa-Forsyth Sullivan 17 12 19 22—70 Maroa-Forsyth 14 16 14 12—56 SULLIVAN: Stewart 2-2-8, Marshall 1-0-2, Plank 5-1-11, Murphy 1-0-2, Boyer 7-9-23, Neuhauser 6-6-19, Ellis 2-0-5, Totals 24-18-70 MAROA-FORSYTH: Finck 7-5-23, Flesner 2-0-5, Berry 7-2-16, Killian 1-1-3, Weis 0-2-2, Baldwin 0-0-0, Sams 0-0-0, Totals 17-10-56 3-point goals: Sullivan 4 (Stewart 2, Neuhauser 1, Ellis 1); Maroa 5 (Finck 4, Flesner 1) JV: Sullivan 19, Maroa-Forsyth 17 Arthur-Lovington/AtwoodHammond vs. Shiloh A-L/A-H 11 13 12 7—43 Shiloh 12 22 7 18—59 ARTHUR-LOVINGTON/ATWOOD-HAMMOND: Seegmiller 4-2-10, Morgan 2-0-6, A. Miller 2-0-4, Harris 0-0-0, Tabb 0-0-0, N. Miller 0-0-0, Goodman 7-0-14, Coller 2-0-5, Schrock 0-0-0, Davis 2-0-4, Totals 21-3-43 SHILOH: Luth 2-0-4, McGinness 1-1-3, Smith 8-1-22, Moses 4-12-20, McIntyre 0-1-1, Stierwalt 1-0-2, Hart 1-4-7, Totals 17-23-59 3-point goals; A-L/A-H 3 (Morgan 2, Coller 1); Shiloh 2 (Smith 1, Hart 1) JV: Shiloh 36, Arthur-Lovington/ Atwood-Hammond 28
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Class 1A W-L Pts Prv 1. Annawan (12) 20-4 120 1 2. Lanark Eastland 21-4 91 4 3. Central A&M 21-5 83 2 4. Shiloh 23-3 75 5 5. Iroquois West 19-4 66 3 6. Brimfield 24-3 65 6 7. Calhoun 19-2 55 7 8. South Fulton 22-4 24 9T 9. Dakota 21-6 18 NR 10. Arcola 18-4 14 NR Others receiving votes: Danville Schlrman 12, Carrollton 8, Putnam County 8, South Fork 7, Neoga 5, Aquin 5, Cissna Park 3, Stark County 1 Boys’ rankings Here are the boys’ prep basketball polls with rank, team, first place votes, record and total points. Class 4A W-L Pts Prev 1. Curie (12) 18-1 120 1 2. Whitney Young 16-5 100 2 3. Stevenson 18-1 95 3 4 4. Zion Benton 19-1 80 5. Marian Catholic 17-2 64 5 6. Simeon 16-4 48 6 7T. Alton 18-2 36 7T 7T. Edwardsville 17-1 36 7T 9. Fremd 18-0 35 9 10. Loyola 18-2 23 10 Others receiving votes: Aurora West 15, St. Viator 2, Rockford Auburn 2, Ottawa 1, Rockford Boylan 1, York 1, East St. Louis 1 Class 3A W-L Pts Prv 1. Springfield Lanphier (13) 21-0 139 1 2. Bogan (1) 22-3 111 2 3. Lincoln 21-2 109 3 4. Orr 17-2 104 4 5. Morgan Park 14-6 71 5 6. North Chicago 17-3 54 6 7. Normal University 18-3 53 7 8. Carbondale 16-2 36 10 9. Limestone 18-2 31 9 10. Westchester St. Joseph 16-4 14 8 Others receiving votes: Champaign Centennial 10, Fenwick 9, Cahokia 7, Belleville Althoff 6, Centralia 6, Rockford Lutheran 3, Burlington Central 2, Champaign Central 1, Effingham 1 Class 2A W-L Pts Prv 1. Rockridge (15) 20-0 150 1 2. Providence St. Mel 13-5 131 2 3. Sterling Newman 20-2 99 3T 4. Monmouth-Roseville 15-3 92 3T 5. St. Joseph-Ogden 17-2 86 5 6. Decatur St. Teresa 18-2 59 6 7. Breese Central 17-5 56 NR 8. Bismarck-Henning 19-1 41 7 9. Breese Mater Dei 17-6 23 8 10. Kewanee 16-4 21 10 Others receiving votes: IC Catholic 16, Bloomington Central Catholic 14, Clifton Central 10, Hales Franciscan 8, St. Edward 7, Cerro GordoBement 4, Mount Carmel 2, Seneca 2, Winnebago 2, Williamsville 1, Petersburg PORTA 1 Class 1A W-L Pts Prv 1. Payson-Seymour (8) 18-2 129 1 2. Brimfield (4) 19-0 117 2 3. Mounds Meridian (1) 18-3 106 3 4. Waterloo Gibault (1) 16-4 96 6 5. Mooseheart 16-2 65 7 6. Kewanee Wethersfield 18-2 57 8 7. Madison 10-5 40 4 8. Ridgeview 19-2 35 5 9. Lanark Eastland 15-2 29 9 10. Arthur-Lovington 16-2 20 NR Others receiving votes: Springfield Lutheran 13, Aquin 12, Putnam County 11, Henry 8, Altamont 8, Liberty 7, Blue Ridge 7, Okawville 4, St. Anne 3, Shiloh 2, St. Thomas More 1
Arthur-Lovington downs LaSalette ARTHUR—Curtis Plank went over 1,000 career points as Arthur-Lovington defeated Notre Dame de la Salette of Georgetown 84-67 in a nonconference boys’ basketball game Monday. Tyler Schuring led ArthurLovington scoring with 22 points. Jeremy Plank also scored in double digits with 17. Curtis Plank who finished with 11 points, entered the game needed five points and he went over the 1,000 point barrier on a three-pointer in the third quarter. The game was stopped and Plank was recognized for his accomplishment. “It was great he got it at home and I am thankful the
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Records Melvin Anderson
MATTOON — Melvin A. Anderson, age 90, of Mattoon, IL, passed away at 4:35 a.m., Friday, January 31, 2014, at his residence. The funeral service in his honor will begin at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 6, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church of Mattoon, IL, with Reverend John Helgeson officiating. Interment will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery, Mattoon, IL. Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 4:00-7:00 p.m., at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, 1200 Wabash Avenue, Mattoon, IL 61938. Born April 13, 1923, in Milaca, MN, Melvin was the son of the late Arvid and Tilda (Johnson) Anderson. He married Edna L. Zappa on November 8, 1947, in Cumberland, WI. She passed away March 15, 2002. He is survived by five children, Diane Thelen-Sager and husband James of Portland, OR, Dan Anderson and wife Kass of Vancouver, WA, Barb McAllister and husband Bob of Windsor, IL, Karen Anderson-Nellis and husband Dale of Fishers, IN, and Dave Anderson of Sherman, IL; one brother, Roy Anderson of BloomAnderson ington, MN; two sisters, Ruth Carlson of Apple Valley, MN, and Alma Davis of Elkhart, IL; nine grandchildren, Nate Thelen, Mandy McAllister, Caleb Anderson, Rob McAllister, Talia Thelen, Anna Nellis, Chris Nellis, Max Anderson, and A.J. Nellis; seven great-grandchildren, Carter Thelen, Holden Anderson, Harrison Anderson, Abigail McAllister, Audrey McAllister, Blake McAllister, and Olivia Thelen. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death three brothers, James Anderson, Al Anderson, and Chuck Anderson; and one sister, Irene Warolin. Mr. Anderson served our country with the United States Navy. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mattoon, IL, where he had served as Elder, and formerly employed by Blaw Knox Manufacturing in Mattoon, IL. Melvin was very handy and enjoyed working on things and helping his friends. He also enjoyed a good game of bridge and playing golf. Memorials in his honor may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Gateway Chapter, 77 West Port Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63146-3125 or Lincolnland Hospice, 700 Broadway Avenue East, Mattoon, IL 61938. Please visit www.mitchell-jerdan.com or www.facebook.com/ mitchelljerdanfuneralhome to view the memorial video or light a virtual candle in his honor. To leave condolences online, visit www.jg-tc.com, click on obituaries, select the individual’s name and click on “Comments” to log in.
MATTOON — Lucy Mae (Breen) Fuller, age 88, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 2:45 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2014 at Mattoon Healthcare. Memorial Services honoring her life will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Pastor Brian Miller officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday at Schilling Funeral Home. Lucy was born on November 4, 1925 in Martinsville, ME the daughter of Andrew and Izetta (Robbins) Breen. She married Thomas Charles Fuller Fuller in 1946. Thomas preceded her in death in 2008. She later married Wayne Edwards in 1972. Wayne preceded her in death in 1990. Survivors include her daughter, Mary Ealy and her children of Federal Way, WA; son, Thomas Charles Fuller II of Hillsboro, IL; daughter, Candy (John) Ebie of Mattoon, IL; sons Carl Sean Fuller, Tommy Fuller, Mike Edwards; grandchildren, Heather Kirby, Johnna (Eric) Winn, Ian (Amber) Ebie, Nicole (Jeff) Shaffer, Christopher Fuller; 32 great grandchildren; sisters, Alice Belancik and Nancy (Cliff) Sherman. Lucy was preceded in death by grandson Brennan Kelly Haverstock; parents, Andrew and Izetta Breen; husbands, Thomas Fuller and Wayne Edwards; brother, Lloyd Breen; sister, Gertrude Benner. Lucy was a former member of the Women of the Moose. She devoted many years of service working at the Salvation Army. Lucy enjoyed reading, playing cards, gardening and crocheting. She treasured all animals and bred Chows. Most of all, Lucy loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her honor may be given to her family. To leave condolences online, visit www.jg-tc.com, click on obituaries, select the individual’s name and click on “Comments” to log in.
Glenn Starwalt WESTVILLE — Glenn O. Starwalt, 86, of Westville died Sunday (Jan. 12, 2014) at his residence. No public services are scheduled. A private family service will be scheduled for a later date. Sunset Funeral Home was in charge of the cremation. He was born June 7, 1927, in Deland, the son of Hugh and Murna (Oakley) Starwalt. He married Margaretta Starwalt; she survives. Other survivors include four sons, Steve of Danville, Darrel of Georgetown, David of Tilton, and Donny of Lovington; four daughters, Glenna Starwalt Hooks and Terrie Chambliss, both of Westville, Kathy Pichon of Danville, and Carolyn Campbell of Manton, Mich.; one adopted son, Tony Barney; two brothers, Carl and Harry, both of Toledo; four sisters, Maudie Sowder of Mattoon, Gladys Burley and Roberta Conrad, both of Toledo, and Katie Michlig of Zephyr Hills, Fla.; 17 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by seven brothers, and one sister. Mr. Starwalt was formerly employed at at General Motors in Danville. He served in the U.S. Army from August 1945 to December 1953. Memorials may be made to donor’s choice.
Bailey Fulton ARCOLA — Bailey Fulton, 83, of Arcola died at 12:04 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 4, 2014) at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Arrangements are incomplete at Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola.
James Newby CHARLESTON — James Newby, 83, of Charleston died Monday (Feb. 3, 2014) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon. Arrangements are incomplete at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston.
Robert Phipps, Sr. CHARLESTON — Robert Richard Phipps, Sr., age 75 of Charleston, went to his Heavenly Home on Monday, February 3, 2014 while at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. The Funeral Service honoring and celebrating his life will be held at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Adams Fu-neral Chapel in Charleston with Pastor Ken Hoover officiating. Burial with Military Rites by the Honor Guard of the Charleston VFW Paul McVey Post 1592 will follow in Mound Cemetery in Charleston. Visitation for family and friends will be held for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. It is requested that thoughtful donations in his honor be made to his wife, Nina Phipps, to assist with expenses. Gifts may be left on the memorial table at the visitation or service or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Dr., Charleston, IL 61920. A complete obituary will be published in Thursday’s paper and will also be made available online at www.adamsfuneralchapel.com. To leave condolences online, visit www.jg-tc.com, click on obituaries, select the individual’s name and click on “Comments” to log in.
Miller service MATTOON — Funeral Services for Virginia Miller were held on Thursday at Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Tom Skinner officiating. Marimba Percussionist Grant Allen played “October Night.” Guitarist Monte Carpenter sang “Loving You” and “Precious Lord Take My Hand.” The Women of the Moose Chapter 1175 held a special memorial service in honor of Virginia. Those participating were Chaplain Genny Campbell; Senior Regent Donna Snider; Junior Regent Loretta Phillips; Junior Graduate Regent Virginia Richelderfer. Burial followed at Roselawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were, Bret Miller, Chad Miller, Grant Allen, Glen Kitchen, Jeff Nottingham and Rick Campbell. Mrs. Miller, 77, of Charleston passed away on January 26, 2014 at Odd Fellow Rebekah Home. To leave condolences online, visit www.jg-tc.com, click on obituaries, select the individual’s name and click on “Comments” to log in.
Cancellations The memorial service for Diane Kelleher has been canceled due to the weather. Services will be rescheduled for a later date.
Bears, eagles, seals: How endangered animals fare MATT VOLZ MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press
BILLINGS, Mont. — The U.S. government has spent billions of dollars trying to save more than 1,500 animal and plant species listed as endangered or threatened. A group of House Republicans say that’s translated into just 2 percent of protected species taken off the list. They called Tuesday for an overhaul to the 1973 Endangered Species Act, giving states more authority over imperiled species and limiting litigation from wildlife advocates. Environmentalists credit the act with saving species from extinction and say that hundreds more are on the path to recovery. The Endangered Species Act enjoys fervent support among many environmentalists, whose Democratic allies on Capitol Hill have thwarted past proposals for change. Here’s a look at five species and how they’ve fared since being added to the list: 1. GRIZZLY BEAR Grizzlies were listed as threatened in the Lower 48 states in 1975 after being nearly wiped out over their historical range. But the bruins have been coming back, particularly in and around Yellowstone National Park, where they number more than 700. They’re doing so well, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
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In this May 8, 2003, file photo, a northern spotted owl sits on a tree in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore.
Service is considering removing federal protections for the Yellowstone grizzlies in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. But some scientists warn against it, saying climate change has devastated the whitebark pine trees that provide a key food source for the bears. Another 1,000 grizzlies live outside of the Yellowstone area, while 30,000 of the bears in Alaska have never been listed as threatened. 2. GRAY WOLF More than 6,000 gray wolves roam the Lower 48 states after they were wiped out in the Northern Rockies and only a small population was left in the Great Lakes by the mid-1990s.
The federal government spent more than $100 million on wolf recovery, and the Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed removing the predator from the endangered list across the United States, except for a small population of wolves in the Southwest. Yet despite the rebound, environmentalists point out the drop in wolf numbers in the Northern Rockies after Congress lifted federal protections there in 2011. Since then, wolf population numbers have declined 7 percent because of new hunting and trapping seasons in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. 3. SPOTTED OWL The northern spotted owl was listed as threatened in 1990 because of loss of old growth forest habitat to logging. Lawsuits led to establishment of millions of acres of reserves on national forests to protect not just the owl’s habitat, but that of threatened salmon and a host of other species. Despite the logging cutbacks, the owl has continued to decline by about 3 percent a year. Scientists have now identified the top threat to its survival as the invasion of the barred owl, a more aggressive and adaptable cousin that migrated across Canada from the East Coast and is driving spotted owls out of their territories. Last year, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began an experiment to remove up to 3,600 invasive barred owls from
Oregon, Washington and Northern California to see if that will provide enough save havens to reverse the decline. 4. BALD EAGLE The official symbol of the United States nearly became extinct through hunting and the widespread use of the pesticide DDT. In 1963, there were just 417 of the birds documented in the nation. More than $574 million was spent on the eagle’s recovery through 2007, the year its numbers reached about 10,000 mating pairs in the Lower 48 states and it was taken off the list. It is still illegal to kill a bald eagle under a 1940 law passed by Congress. The Fish and Wildlife Service says the bald eagle is now known or believed to be in all Lower 48 states, along with Alaska, where it was never considered threatened. 5. CARIBBEAN MONK SEAL In contrast with success stories like the bald eagle, some species protected through the act go extinct anyway. The Caribbean monk seal, which once swam the waters off Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, was taken off the endangered species list in 2008 due to extinction. The only subtropical seal native to the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico once numbered more than 250,000, but overhunting left the population unstable. The last confirmed sighting was in 1952.
Diplomacy a contact sport in Kerry’s first year MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer
WASHINGTON — John Kerry has spent nearly half of his first year as secretary of state jumping on and off airplanes and diving headlong into some of the world’s most difficult problems. Since taking office Feb. 4, 2013, he has brought opposing sides to the negotiating table over Syria, Iran and Israel in high-stakes diplomatic gambles that promise big payouts but could fail with catastrophic results. Kerry’s major initiatives remain works in progress and so far they have yielded few concrete results. They have opened him up to criticism not only from expected political foes but also from traditional friends and allies. “Incomplete” may be the most appropriate grade to give to his first 12 months on the job. When the former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee reported for duty at the State Department, brandishing the diplomatic passport he was issued as a child, he hinted at an ambitious agenda. “What other job can you have where you get up every day and advance the cause of nation and also keep faith with the ideals of your country on which it is founded and most critically, meet our obligations to our fellow travelers on this planet?” he asked his new employees. “That’s as good as it gets.” Replacing Hillary Rodham Clinton would not be easy — “I have big heels to fill,” he joked — but the son of a diplomat, who developed his taste for international relations as a boy in post-war Europe, made it clear he would try. At the time, perhaps only a few realized just how hard. Of Kerry’s 365 days on the job, 152 have been spent on the road. He has flown more than 327,000 miles aboard his converted Air Force 757 to push Obama administration’s foreign policy objectives. That’s 114,000 more miles than Clinton logged in her first year and the equivalent of nearly 900 miles per day or 13 times around the earth’s circumference. Some might say he has turned the staid art of diplomacy into a contact sport. “He’s the Energizer Bunny of American foreign policy,” said Aaron David Miller, a former diplomat who served under six secretaries of state and is now an analyst at the Wilson Center, a Washington think-tank. “He’s in the middle of every mix. He is risk-ready, not risk averse. He believes in diplomacy and he believes in himself.” With his career in politics behind him, Kerry no longer has to worry about the vagaries of voters. Maybe more importantly, he has been freed from the constraints under which many presidents’ first-term secretaries of state operate. While the White House exerted near total control over all the big issues facing Clinton during President Barack Obama’s first four years, it has given Kerry largely free rein as it focuses on burnishing the commander-in-chief’s domestic legacy. Kerry has embraced that freedom and even policy critics are hard-pressed to question the passion and vigor he has brought to the job. Last November, Sen. John McCain likened the secretary of state to a “human wrecking
ball,” which is far from an accusation of inertia. Yet, questions abound about what he is pursuing with such passion. Despite Kerry’s intense diplomatic efforts, conditions in Syria continue to deteriorate and the government has yet to live up to its hard-extracted promise to give up its chemical weapons stocks. Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are nearing a nine-month target for a deal with little sign of progress. And difficult negotiations to get Iran to address international concerns over its nuclear program have not yet begun amid deep skepticism about any rapprochement with Iran, both in Congress and among allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia. Kerry has bounced around Europe and the Middle East so much he has quipped that his visits are becoming a “commute.” The manic travel pace has become part of his rejection of the growing sense that the administration’s foreign policy, particularly on the Middle East, has become disjointed and lacks broad vision. “I think the only person more surprised than I am by the myth of this disengagement is the Air Force pilot who flies the secretary of state’s plane,” he told business executives last month at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. At the same time, where Kerry isn’t or hasn’t been is also an issue. While he has traversed the Atlantic more than a dozen times as secretary of state, Asia experts lament that Kerry’s focus on the Middle East has distracted from the administration’s oft-stated ambition to rebalance to the Pacific Rim. A trio of foreign policy heavyweights from President George W. Bush’s tenure warned earlier this month that “friends and foes” are watching “to see whether the United States really has staying power in Asia.” Current officials counter that Kerry will soon be making his fifth trip to Asia and Obama plans a visit there this spring. Of the 39 countries Kerry has been to as secretary of state, just one — Ethiopia — has been in sub-Saharan Africa. He has visited only three countries — Brazil, Guatemala and Colombia — in Latin America in his first year on the job. Kerry supporters are quick to dismiss concerns that his itineraries reflect neglect of certain regions or issues. “Whether it is the four trips to Asia he has already taken, his work with regional partners to put the necessary pressure on North Korea or the daily calls about the situation on the ground in South Sudan over the Christmas holiday, Secretary Kerry has been deeply engaged in issues all over the world,” his spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. “He also has a team of talented Assistant Secretaries, he remains in constant contact with, who are working every day to move the agenda forward,” she added. The secretary’s impressive travel records, however, are not guarantees of success, as even his backers allow. On his three signature issues, Iran, Syria and the IsraeliPalestinian negotiations, Kerry has devoted a substantial amount of time, energy and jet fuel to set in motion a series of processes. Scoring better than “incomplete” will require actual outcomes.
SIREN REPORT Mattoon fire Firefighters responded to a false alarm at 1:22 p.m. Tuesday at the Odd FellowRebekah Center’s Harmony Center, 201 Lafayette Ave. The alarm was triggered by construction work. ——— Firefighters responded at 11 a.m. Friday for an activated fire alarm at 2121 S. Ninth St. The alarm was set off because of a system malfunction. ——— Firefighters responded at 5:01 p.m. Friday for a carbon monoxide investigation at 2400 Shelby Ave. Nothing was found at the scene. ———
Firefighters responded at 5:36 a.m. Saturday to a structure fire at 2414 Charleston Ave. The water heater at the house was smoking and had to be removed. Charleston fire Firefighters responded at 1 p.m. Monday for an activated fire alarm at 635 Division St. ——— Firefighters responded at 11:38 a.m. Tuesday for an activated fire alarm at 891 First St. The alarm was triggered because a heat lamp fell over in a chicken coop. Minor damage was done and no injuries were reported.