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TUSCOLA, June 26 . —( AP )—Douglas county tomorrow will make a concentrated effort to reduce the chinch bug population. Earl Heacock, superintendent of the Douglas county relief office, has assigned men on relief rolls to assist farmers in constructing creosote lines to halt and destroy the pests. [Daily Illini, 27 June 1934]

By Mary Ann Dunscomb
As we start another year, I'm not sure whether it is a time to reflect upon what the past year held or a time to present dreams for the year 1972, but since nothing can be changed concerning last year, let's dwell on the future.
Business wise, our area lost several during the past year so it is my hope that in 1972 the area will be able to capitalize on the work which has been going on during the past year to bring more business to the area, and things will begin to move for us.
It is a good opportunity for 1972 to be THE YEAR for Atwood to get a doctor. Along with a doctor we would stand a good chance for a pharmacy. And the nursing home which is being considered for Atwood, backed by many of us, may become a reality in 72. If it does, not only are our chances for doctor and pharmacy heightened, but many other businesses may be forthcoming on the strength of it.
I would still like to see the area move forth in the area of something for the youth of the community to have for recreation. A pool room, a teen center with snack bar, community sponsored teen dances periodically, a restaurant which is open after ball games, dances, etc. and one which caters to the youth at that hour are all areas which could help not only the youth of the community, but their parent as well.
And how about some type of recreation for we oldsters like a bowling alley, tennis courts, golf course or a badminton club which could use the school facilities maybe on weekends.
Other areas which I would like to see strengthened or improved, but which I readily admit having no control over would be;
1. An active Chamber of Commerce which digs in and works for improvements and additions to the community. We understand what they have done in the way of service to the community at Halloween and Christmas, but the sponsorship of those two events does not to my way of thinking constitute a group which is working for their community to the utmost. If the Chamber of Commerce is NOT going to hold regular meetings and work on events and improvements for out town then it is time for those of us who are interested to form a group of our own and be willing to give it more than token effort and time.
2. More time and effort put forth by some members of the CIC to help those who have worked hard this past year trying to improve and build our community.
3. More energy and time for the members of the Junior Women's Club who have given and given during the past year for many projects so that they can continue right through 72.
4. A better solution to the ambulance service situation.
5. Members of all groups and organizations in the community to work right now forward the planning a great Centennial Celebration.
And what we
really need, which would solve all of the above mentioned items, is a community which is 100% behind each and every person in it and one in which each and every member of it is willing to give and give of their time and talents for improvement in their community. I'll try, will you?
A lot to ask? Sure is, but if none of us have dreams for a better life for ourselves, our children, and our friends, there is no future is there?
[The Atwood Herald January 6, 1972 Transcribed by Mary Jean Palma]

Pam Walkup to graduate
The fiftieth class to graduate from Decatur Memorial Hospital School of Nursing will have its commencement exercises on the afternoon of Jan. 8 at 2:00 at the Kirkland Fire Arts Center at Millikin University. Miss Pamela Walkup, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Walkup, Atwood, is member of this class.
After completing state board examinations in Chicago Miss Walkup will enroll at Millikin University for her final semester there. She has been selected to be one of two school nurses during this final semester. Their duties begin when the regular nurse leaves for the day and weekends.
[The Atwood Herald, January 6, 1972 - Transcribed by Mary Jean Palma]

DAR-SAR awards announced
Debbie Decker and Mike Mayhall, both seniors, have been selected to receive the DAR-SAR awards at Atwood-Hammond High School.
Debbie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Decker of Hammond and Mike is the son of Mrs. Charlene Mayhall and the late Ed Mayhall of Atwood. Mike has been very active in sports- - participating in football, basketball, and baseball. He has been quarterback for the football team the past two years.
Mike has played basketball all four years of high school and has been on the A-H baseball team both years since it was organized. This year he is president of Letterman's Club, as a freshman he was a Homecoming escort and as a senior, Homecoming King. Mike plans to further his education after high school, but is undecided as yet as to his choice of school.

Debbie has been active on the student council all four years of school and served as secretary last year and is serving as president this year. Other four year activities for Debbie are cheerleading, F.A.A., and chorus. Debbie has been quite in the school's art program and has worked in this area for many school activities. She is a member of the Hammond United Methodist Church and is currently serving on the church board as their youth representative. Debbie has had numerous experiences in the 4-H program on the local, county and state level. She is serving as President of the Piatt County 4-H Federation for this year. Homecoming honors were extended to her as a sophomore when she was named her class attendant and this year when she was the Grand March Leader. Debbie is an Illinois State Scholar and will attend the University of Illinois next fall majoring in Women's Physical Education.
[The Atwood Herald, January 6, 1972 - Transcribed by Mary Jean Palma]

Phalen initiated into fraternity
James Elliott, chancellor (president) of the Illinois Beta chapter of Alpha Zeta honorary fraternity of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, accepted the pledge class key from new initiates of the organization as the fall term can (came)to an end.
Among the eight new members of AZ are John Krukoff, Berwyn; Kent Phalen, Atwood; John Chambers, Bluff Springs; and Thomas Witwer, Winchester.
Alpha Zeta is an honorary organization in agriculture for which high grades and leadership qualities are criteria for membership.
Ken is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Phalen of rural Atwood.
[The Atwood Herald, January 6, 1972 - Transcribed by Mary Jean Palma]

Take It Or Leave It
By Jane Dorjahn
Atwood Herald fights News Suppression
This past week the Atwood-Hammond DAR and SAR award winners were published in a Tuscola newspaper. A few weeks ago this same information was published in the AtO-Hi, our local high school publication. The Atwood Herald has yet to receive a news release concerning these awards.
We try to cover local news thoroughly as best we can but it seems that The Atwood Herald would certainly enter more homes in the area that would be interested in the local happenings and local school system news than a neighboring town newspaper or the high school newspaper.
This is not the first time that news has been suppressed, pertaining to A-H High School activities. We recently had to get the information from a neighboring town paper of an FFA activity in which one of our local students was the highest scoring individual in a contest.
As a rule, most townspeople cooperate willingly with us but it seems the high school activities have to be kept hush hush until the AtO-Hi has published it. Now this is bit much, I recall one time the news was so old by the time we were allowed to have it that we didn't bother, and it concerned an honor one of the students had received.
This sort of thing places us at a disadvantage as well as the students because they don't receive the recognition from their local paper that they should and it looks as though we really don't care, which is not true.
I've tried to keep still and just get along with the situation but when these important local happenings appear in neighboring town papers and no attempt has been made to include us in the know, I can't remain silent any longer.
In the years that The Atwood Herald has been back in Atwood, owned by a local person who cares about the town and the people, we have strived diligently to serve the community as best we could. We have succeeded in bringing you better news coverage and are still striving for an even better local newspaper for you.
We hope to be able to continue to bring you all the local news to the best of our ability, in spite of the fact that in certain areas, the news will no doubt continue to be suppressed from us.
[The Atwood Herald, January 6 1972 - Transcribed by Mary Jean Palma]


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