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  • January

    A brisk December of 2010 lead into a slightly balmier January when...

    Clay County receives news that Flora’s retired Police Chief and ESDA veteran Edwin L. Guyott, had passed away in Texas.

    After an accidental severing of a fiber optic line, much of the County is left without phone, Internet or even 911 service.

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  • January
    A brisk December of 2010 lead into a slightly balmier January when...
    Clay County receives news that Flora’s retired Police Chief and ESDA veteran Edwin L. Guyott, had passed away in Texas.
    After an accidental severing of a fiber optic line, much of the County is left without phone, Internet or even 911 service.
    For the first time in Flora High School basketball history – both the Wolfgals and Wolves win the Little Illini Conference Tournament Championship – both defeating Marshall in the finals.
    A vehicle fire claims two lives. The victims were Neal Gould, 42, of Louisville and Dora Fancher, 43, of Farina, who were only positively identified after an autopsy.
    North Clay finishes runner-up to Woodlawn in the Midland Trail Conference Tournament. However, for a third straight season – the Lady Cardinals will win at least a share of the MTC regular season crown.
    By January 13, the last of the allotted snow days had already been used by the Flora School District.
    Wolfgal basketball standout Hanna Golden will pass the 1,000 point mark for her varsity career. Golden will go on to sign with Millikin University to play both basketball and softball.
    The Clay County Coalition Against Drug Abuse sponsored their first prescription / over the counter take-back event at Clay County Hospital.
    The Lady Pups of Floyd Henson Junior High School, Flora wins the JNEC Basketball Tournament, and the Lady Indians of North Clay Junior High School win the JMTC Basketball Tournament.
    VFW Post 3999 of Flora announced the winner of their annual essay contest. The winner of the high school level Voice of Democracy was CCHS’ Cole Hildebrand while the winner of the elementary level Patriot’s Pen essay was Cody Buerster, also of Clay City.
    US Army SGT Michael Bartley of Barnhill was laid to rest after being slain in combat in Iraq.
    Flora standout catcher Austin Lewis signs with Lincoln Trail College to play baseball.
    An ice storm does heavy damage in Clay County, downing power lines and trees and making road travel difficult.
    Flora High School hosts what is billed as the ‘toughest Class 2A Boys Basketball Regional in the state’ with all five competing teams sporting winning records, including the Wolves at 21-5, and two of the five being state-ranked. Flora will be upset in the Regional’s opening round.
    Superintendent Bob Pierson compliments McEndree, Lincoln, Xenia and Floyd Henson Junior High Schools after they are named Illinois Spotlight Schools.
    The Wolfgals will finish Regional runner-up in Class 2A basketball, falling to arch-rival East Richland, of Olney, while the Lady Cardinals of North Clay will also finish runner-up, in a Class 1A Regional.
    A house at 315 Flora Avenue is destroyed by a fire, fortunately its owner, Edna Sebring was not home at the time.
    Page 2 of 5 - U.S. Census numbers show a drop in Clay County’s population from 14,560 in 2000 down to 13,815 in 2010.
    The Clay County Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry accepted donations from Monsanto and the decommissioned food bank of the Oak Street Baptist Church.
    North Clay baseball standout Jonah Zink, the all-time career hits leader for the Cardinals signs with Southwestern Illinois College, while Kya Warren signs with Lake Land College to play volleyball.
    Signs for the spring mayoral and city council elections begin showing up around Flora.
    The Clay County Health Department’s Teen REACH program begins to investigate alternative sources of funding after learning that their state aid was in jeopardy.
    Rains brought the waters of the Little Wabash far past their banks and the flood stage.
    McEndree School children and other students throughout the county “Rocked the ISAT,” a standardized test for children in grade three and up.
    Steve Persinger of Flora was named “Service Person of the Year” by the Illinois Oil and Gas Association.
    Clay City’s Casey’s held a grand re-opening of their convenience store, now including a sandwich counter.
    Both Paul Knapp and Nick Painter of Flora High are named to the Class 1A/2A Illinois High School Boys Basketball Association All-State teams.
    Local elections are held in Clay County with change-ups occurring in many offices. The Flora Mayoral race, however, saw incumbent Bob Tackitt retain his post.
    Cardinal baseball standout Bryan Harrington breaks the North Clay record for runs-batted-in.
    Years after the new hospital was constructed, the old Clay County Hospital building was demolished.
    Wolfgal track standout Cassie Kennedy sets a FHS record in the pole-vault – clearing seven-feet-six-inches.
    Dale Jones of Xenia, a Korean War veteran and former POW was honored by U.S. Congressman John Shimkus and was presented with medals due to him but un-awarded.
    Newly elected Jerry Stringer was sworn into the Flora City Council.
    Flora track and field standout Myles Ketelsen advances to the IHSA State Class 1A Finals in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, and the long jump, while Wolfgal track and field standout Jennie Block also reaches the State Finals, in 200 meters and long jump.
    The Flora Academic Foundation honored the hardest working students with their awards banquet.
    Osama Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan.
    The Wolfgals win their first softball Regional championship since 2005, taking the title at Vandalia despite being the third-seed going into the tourney.
    Clay County Hospital honors its nurses for National Nurses Week.
    In baseball, North Clay also wins a Regional Championship, in Class 1A, defeating arch-rival South Central in the finals, then upsets Dieterich to reach the finals of Sectionals.
    Page 3 of 5 - Floyd Henson Junior High School hosts law enforcement members at the school for their annual DARE Day.
    Caitlin CJ Johnson, the MTC MVP, signs to play softball with Kaskaskia College.
    North Avenue in Flora is shut down...for fun with the Kiwanis Spring Fling.
    The Lady Pups 4x100 relay team of Taylor Allen, Kaylee Lusk, Jessica Staley and Crimson Jones finish second in the SIJHSAA State Track and Field Finals.
    The holidays come early during the annual Depot variety show, dubbed “Stocking Stuffers,” which premiered at Flora High School.
    Schools bid farewell to the class of 2011 at Flora, North Clay and Clay City Schools.
    Lt. Col. Jerry Hogan (USA, Ret.) gives the keynote speech for the Memorial Day observances at Elmwood Cemetery.
    A line of storms passes through the area, causing damage and even destroying buildings in Clay City.
    Flora Public Library tries to keep kids reading in the off months with their summer reading program “A Midsummer Knight’s Read.”
    Bikers ride a century (100 miles) in the Tour De Clay County.
    The Clay County Health Department performs a drill simulating large scale immunizations at the Flora Public Works building.
    Clay County Hospital welcomes its new Chief Nursing Executive Amanda Goostree.
    Families take to the lake as the first annual Kids Fishing Day at Charley Brown Park is a successful one.
    The County mourns as Coroner, funeral director and public figure Gary Bright passes away following a brief illness.
    The Clay County Hospital Auxiliary donates new heart telemetry monitors to the hospital.
    Flora High Schools building trades house is opened to the public. This is the last house built by the class before the retirement of building trades teacher John Upton.
    Fireworks boom and flash as Clay County celebrates our Nation’s Independence.
    North Clay pitcher standout Andrew Grahn, who earlier signed to throw for Eastern Illinois University, is names to the Class 1A First-Team All-State.
    The clang of metal on metal is heard at the Flora Public Library as the women of Swords and Roses entertain area children with their renaissance themed show.
    Heritage Woods Supportive Living Facility in Flora hosts their first “Strut Your Mutt” dog show.
    Clay County holds its annual Fair, which runs from July 14 through July 23.
    The Flora 12U baseball team wins the 2011 Greater Midwest World Series.
    The Boy Scouts of Troop 282 depart for their annual summer trip, traveling over 3,500 miles total to travel to Yellowstone National Park.
    Flora and North Clay high school agree to co-op for the upcoming 2011 IHSA football season.
    Page 4 of 5 - Tyra Leonard is crowned Junior Miss Clay County while Anna Smith is crowned Miss Clay County at the climax of the Fair.
    GSI of Flora is honored after soldier Rickie Kistner compliments his former employer to the Defense Department for care packages sent to him while he was deployed as a National Guardsman overseas.
    An ESDA planning exercise simulated a 7.0 earthquake centered in southeastern Illinois.
    Motoring enthusiasts come from miles around to participate in the Clay County Cruisers Car Show, held at Charley Brown Park.
    ESDA holds a barbecue fundraiser.
    Clay County Hospital checks the health of the area with a Health Fair offering tests and information.
    Flora Schools welcome five new teachers.
    Little Toot gets even littler, unveiling pedal trains alongside the traditional miniature train.
    Clay County students head back to school.
    A designer drug forum is held at Flora High School to educate the public on the dangers of K2 and bath salts.
    Louisville Banking Company opens their new building along Route 45.
    Clay County Hospital “Goes Live” switching to all-electronic record.
    The Wolfgals of FHS win the championship of the Casey-Westfield Doubles Tennis Tournament, nosing out rival Teutopolis.
    The Flora Public Library and Fur A Good Paws Pet Assistance League team up for their “Feed the Furry” pet food drive.
    For a third straight season, the Lady Pups of FHJHS, Flora, win a Regional Championship in SIJHSAA play.
    Flora Mayor Bob Tackitt, attended by members of the Vinsans Trace Chapter of the NSDAR signs a proclamation observing Constitution Week in Flora.
    The annual Clay City Fall Festival, themed in honor of 9/11 kicked off.
    The National Wild Turkey Federation held their local JAKES Day, bringning area children into the outdoors.
    Moises Carro kicks what is believed a school record 36-yard field goal in football for the Wolves of Flora.
    Kids took to the streets in costume in Flora for the annual Kiwanis Kids Day Parade.
    The Flora High School Class of 2013 held a barbecue tailgate, the proceeds of which benefitted the Bryce Rinehart Scholarship Fund.
    The Flora Academic Foundation held their annual Appleknocker Festival, selling nearly 50,000 tickets for the event.
    People over the age of 55 take to the streets for the Elderwalk, sponsored by The Gym and the Beta Sigma Phi sorority.
    The FAF lets students know what’s out there in terms of money for education with their Scholarship Fair.
    The Wolfgals freshman/sophomore volleyball team wins both the St. Elmo and Flora volleyball tourneys.
    The Flora First United Methodist Church livens up the rummage sale scene with their annual “Rummage by Donation” sale.
    Page 5 of 5 - The Wolfgal duo of Lauren Putbrese and Jessica Gaither finish runner-up in doubles at the IHSA Sectional, and advance on to the IHSA State Finals.
    The City of Flora swears Randy Bukas, formerly of Olney, into the long vacant office of City Administrator.
    Wolfgal golfing standout, sophomore Ginger Williams, advances out of the Class 1A Regionals and onto the IHSA Sectional.
    Things get scary at Charley Brown Park for “Fright Night,” a haunted house put on to benefit the FHS Post Prom.
    North Clay Cardinal sophomore runner Garrett Rubsam advances out of the IHSA Class 1A Cross Country Regionals, and on to the Sectionals.
    The Xenia Volunteer Fire Department and the Village of Xenia host their first “Trunk or Treat” night for Halloween on Front Street.
    The Flora Chamber of Commerce and the Louisville Fall Festival both have weekend parades ending out the month.
    The FAF Radiothon brings in $21,775.
    Clay County Probation Officer Curtis Leib speaks to Floyd Henson Junior High Students for Red Ribbon Week.
    The Wolves of Flora finish runner-up at the St. Anthony Thanksgiving Boys Basketball Tournament, losing only to state-ranked (No. 2) Central, of Breese.
    On Veterans Day David Bryden spoke in Flora, Steve Taylor spoke at the Clay County Veterans’ Memorial and Clay City held a flag burning to retire old flags.
    Wolfgal basketball standout Lauren Putbrese passes the 1,000 point career mark in points.
    Flora saw a smokey night as the Flora Fire Department and other first responders conducted a mock fire on 2nd Street.
    The Vinsans Trace Chapter of the NSDAR named their good citizen award winners for 2011, who included Megan Kessler of Clay City High School; Gina Volkof East
    Richland High School; Lauren Putbrese of Flora High School; Hannah Clifton of North Clay High School and Beth Dunahee of West Richland High School.
    Flora Wolves basketball standout Nick Painter also passes the 1,000 point career milestone.
    The guffaw echoed through the halls as the spoof play “Harry’s Hotter at Twilight” was put on by the Flora High School Drama Class.
    Flora Clay County ESDA honored Becky Wiley as their member of the year.
    The City of Flora welcomed Jeff Bumgarner as the new Director of Public Works following the retirement of Dave Hemphill.
    Clay County Law Enforcement held another successful Shop with a Cop, helping around 100 total children to get Christmas presents.
    Clay County celebrated Christmas.
    Now, as we prepare for the New Year, we here at the Advocate-Press wish you a very healthy, happy and wonderful 2012!
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