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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hog City Will Not Sleep Till There is Bovine Justice

I hereby pledge the full faith and resources of to stop this crime and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The Clinton Police Department is seeking the public's help investigating a burglary to a local business.

According to the Department, Toohill Beef located at 600 East Van Buren Street was burglarized some time on November 20
th. Officers indicate the owner of the business discovered that a person or persons had broken out a window on the south side of the business. The suspect(s) then entered the business and made off with some choice and prime meat products, a cell phone, and an undisclosed amount of cash. The burglary is believed to have occurred late on November 19th or early on November 20th.

If you have any information regarding these crimes or any other crimes please call Clinton Crime Stoppers at 935-3333. Callers remain anonymous and will receive a cash reward up to $1,000 for any information leading to an arrest.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Mean Woman on Friday Afternoon

Enjoy a Mean Woman with Eric Clapton and Carl Perkins from an old HBO special. 2X the Guitar Power. Perkins costume and haircut is pure Hog City. Clapton looks like he has been watching Miami Vice.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

11/11 Veterans Saluted

As always salutes those who served the country in military service. Here's a piece from the Clinton Public, re-arranging a celebration in honor of 2 regiments from DeWitt County. Waving the flag high today.

September 1, 1864


The following are the proceedings of a public meeting held in Clinton on the 26th of August 1864.

On motion, Col. J. J. KELLY was appointed Chairman, and H. S. GREENE, Secretary.

Whereas, The citizens of DeWitt county in extending a reception to the returned members of the 41st Regiment of Illinois Volunteers, on the 25th inst., and which reception was intended for all returned soldiers, unintentionally omitted to tender a formal invitation to the members of the 20th Regiment and other volunteers, and

Whereas, It is the desire of the people to manifest their regard for all our brave soldiers alike. Therefore be it

Resolved, That a public dinner be tendered by the citizens of DeWitt county to the 20th and 41st Regiments, and that all the gallant men who are or have been in the service of the United States, be cordially invited to attend.

Resolved, That said dinner be given at Clinton, at the hour of 2 o'clock, on the 9th day of September next.

Resolved, That Col. J. J. Kelly be a committee of one, to procure speakers.

Resolved, The Chairman appoint a committee of six persons to make arrangements for said dinner.

The Chairman therefore appointed the following persons to constitute said committee: John P. Mitchell, M. A. Morris, H. G. Tyler, William Haynie, R. H. Wheeler and F. E. Morgan.

Resolved, That the following named persons be a committee on finance: Barzilla Campbell, James DeLand and W. B. Smith of Clintonia; W. Y. McCord, of Santa Anna; W. H. Lafferty, of Rutledge; John Johnson, of Wilson; I. F. Emery, of Wapella; Wm. Robb, of Waynesville; Jacob Swigart, of DeWitt; G. B. Lemon, of Harp; J. R. Hall, of Barnett; W. H. Martin, of Nixon; I. Davenport, of Creek; Jonah Lingal, of Texas; J. A. Kinley, of Tunbridge.

Resolved, That the ladies of the county be earnestly requested to cooperate with the managing committee above named, in furthering the objects of this meeting, and that said committee take steps to secure the aid of the ladies of the county.

Resolved, That Captains North, Dannison and Harrell, and Lieut. Kelly, and all the other returned officers, be requested to procure the attendance of their respective commands, and of all who have at any time served the Nation as American soldiers.

Resolved, That the above proceedings be published in the CLINTON PUBLIC.

J. J. Kelly, Ch'mn
H. S. Greene, Sec'y

September 1, 1864

Arrangements for the Soldiers' Dinner.

The following committees have been appointed:
On Flags and Banners— N. E. Wheeler.
On Vocal Music— W. B. Smith, M. M. DeLevis and A. M. Werner.
On Provisions and tables:

Mrs. M. Danison Mrs. H. Crossley
Mrs. B. Campbell Mrs. J. Conklin
Mrs. R. R. Crang Mrs. J. H. Hill
Mrs. D. Crang Mrs. D. Hall
Mrs. Geo. Armstrong Mrs. N. W. Smith
Mrs. Joel Wilson Mrs. W. Catterlin
Mrs. J. E. Wightman Mrs. O. F. Morrison
Mrs. Ab. Phares Mrs. M. M. DeLevis
Mrs. E. Orahood Mrs. T. S. Dickerson
Mrs. O. Lakin Mrs. Wm. Bishop
Mrs. M. Donahue Mrs. C. P. Ford
Mrs. Wm. Clagg, Jr. Mrs. G. F. Phillips
Mrs. F. H. Bogar Mrs. Stevens
Mrs. J. B. Hunt Mrs. J. Lisenby
Mrs. R. Phares Mrs. S. Smith
Mrs. J. Wightwick Mrs. E. Kent
Mrs. Dr. Wright Mrs. J. J. Kelly
Mrs. L. D. Hovey Mrs. A. Argo
Mrs. I. N. Coltrin Mrs. Richards
Mrs. S. Edmiston Mrs. R. H. Wheeler
Mrs. M. Mohrle Mrs. M. A. Morris
Mrs. L. S. McGraw Mrs. Dr. Edmiston

The lady committee is expected to have the exclusive charge of the tables, provisions and all the arrangements of the same, before and during the Dinner. They are requested to wear a narrow blue ribbon as a distinguishing badge.

Citizens of the town and county are expected to deliver their contributions of provisions to the committee of arrangements, who will be found at the Jewelry store of R. H. Wheeler, and at the Fair Grounds after 8 o'clock on the morning of Friday.

The procession will form on the East side of the Court House, at 10 o'clock a.m., under direction of Jas. DeLand, Chief Marshal.

Monday, November 9, 2009 Mourns the Passing of James Roy Troxel

James Roy (Dugan) Troxel, 78, of rural Dewitt died Thursday, Oct. 29, at St. John's Hospital, Springfield. Cremation rites were accorded at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton.
Dugan was the son of Jay and Nellie Crum Troxel of Troxel Brothers Grocery in Wapella. He was a graduate of Wapella High School Class of 1949.
He married Shirley Ann Reynolds in Decatur, Oct. 19, 1968. She survives along with a daughter, Tawnya Fogarty, Chattanooga, Tenn; a stepson, Rick Reynolds, Wapella (WHS 80) and a sister, Iona (Vincent) Murphy (WHS 45), Wapella. His parents, two brothers, Eugene (who taught and coached at Wapella High) and Dean Troxel, a son, Terry Joe Troxel and a stepson, Larry Reynolds Jr preceded him in death.
He was a tool maker for R.W. Corp. for 42years and a retired member of I.A.M. He was an avid motorcycle rider, fisherman and camper.

Our condolences to the Troxel and Reynolds families.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Wapella Man Honored

Dennis "Black Jack" Toohill has been honored for his work in the field of Health Care. Toohill (WHS '82) went to Peoria for the award, where he was feted at a tradeshow. The Board of Wapella Historians has officially seconded this honor with the coveted Noveau Nomme de Guerre, Black Jack.

Panatagraph Story Below

CNA's honored

BLOOMINGTON - Hannah O'Neil and Dennis Toohill, certified nursing assistants at Heritage Manor, Bloomington, were nominated for the Illinois Health Care Association CNA of the Year award. Each was presented with a certificate of achievement during the recent 59th annual IHCA Convention and Tradeshow in Peoria.

O'Neil has worked at the nursing home for six years and is described as a hard worker who exhibits a positive attitude, promotes teamwork, is an excellent advocate for the residents and a mentor for new employees.

Toohill, formerly a business manager, went back to school to obtain his CNA certificate and became a licensed nursing home administrator. He is described as a team player whose goal is to improve the lives of all residents.


Way to go Black Jack!

Update: Happy 45th Birthday Black Jack!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Taylorville Man Defeated in Big Election

Jon Corzine, a 1965 graduate of Taylorville High School has been defeated in New Jersey's gubernatorial election, by a man named Chris Chritie, who kind of looks like former pro-wrestler Paul Christy, show at left with his manager Miss Bunny Love. Paul and Miss Bunny were known as the Bonny and Clyde of Pro Wrestling, (though I am not sure of the outlaw reference, would that be better as Bunny and Clyde?).

Paul and Miss Bunny are first-ever husband and wife team to be honored by the Cauliflower Alley Club. It's the pinnacle of a whirlwind career that has brought Christy money, fame -- and love.

Paul went to Mt Carmel High School on Chicago's South Side, the same high school as Donovan McNabb, Antoine Walker and Denny McClain, before taking up a career in the square circle.

Reflecting on a career spanning more than three decades led Christy to recently write a book, The Many Faces of Paul Christy. It's the story of Christy's life as he wrestled with the ups and downs of the mat game. He can't wait for this year's Cauliflower Alley Club ceremony to swap stories with fans, family, and friends alike.

To order a copy of The Many Faces of Paul Christy, please call 1-888-280-7715.

Jon Corzine (who kind of looks like DePaul Blue Demon and Chicago Bull Dave Corzine) g
rew up on a small family farm in Willey Station, Illinois and near Taylorville. After completing high school at Taylorville High School where he had been the football quarterback and basketball captain he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and graduated in 1969, earning Phi Beta Kappa honors. While in college, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and served from 1969 until 1975, attaining the rank of sergeant. In 1970 he enrolled in the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, from which he received a Master of Business Administration degree in 1973.

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