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January 25, 1939

It was a big sports night in the area Friday with a number of basketball games throughout the land.

Antigo defeated Tomahawk in a hard and close game in the Wisconsin Valley Conference, 25-22, with Diercks and Voss involved in much of the action. It was the seventh victory for Antigo for the season.

In another very tight game, Birnamwood lost its first game of the season, 24-23, to Tigerton, Mattoon won by a wide margin over Scandinavia, 23-11 and White Lake won its fifth over Argonne, 23-16.

An editorial today discusses attacks on Conservation Department Director MacKenzie and his drive to do his job honestly and well. Groups with special interests are mounting that campaign.

Most of the editorial discusses his start with the department as a warden in Langlade County a number of years ago, when that position was not very popular here. In fact, he was attacked by a violator with an ax and nearly died of the injuries. The piece has hopes that Governor Heil will leave MacKenzie and the operation of his department alone, away from political pressure.

A report is printed today showing that fine progress is being made on the addition to the Junior High School complex. It is substantial project that despite winter weather is moving ahead with speed.


January 25, 1964

It is Saturday and sports is the headline news today. The Antigo basketball team ran into a buzz-saw last night when the hot Rapids squad came rolling out on their home court. They set a scoring record during the 87-70 defeat of the Antigo team. 

It set is the most points ever scored against the Robins.

There was another notable game last night. Rhinelander’s win string was ended at the hands of Marshfield in a stunning 74-72 thriller. The Hodags were favored coming into the game, held on the Rhinelander floor. With fans going wild, it took two overtimes to decide the victor.

Elcho and White Lake games were postponed because of difficult travel conditions.

In the romance story of the week, Eddie Fisher said he hopes to clear up his divorce dealings with Elizabeth Taylor before he leaves for the Olympics in Innsbrook, Austria on Monday. This action has drawn tremendous publicity.

A Shawano judge has engaged a security guard for a run-down home south of that city after its male resident, a former railroader, was found wandering in the neighborhood this week. He was hospitalized and police went to remove a dog from the residence. That’s when they discovered cash everywhere. So far, securities valued at a half-million dollars or more have been found and the search has been very limited.

Work has started on the new St. Philomena Catholic Church in Birnamwood. The former church was gutted by a fire on Aug. 19 and razed.

The forms have been placed at the site of the old church for the new structure with a completion date of June 30 already set. It will measure 85 x 73 feet and will be erected for $72,000, which does not include furnishing or fees.

Rev. Donald Laux, who has led the church since 1960, is in charge of the project.


January 25, 1989

Hockey backers, including the victim’s father, are urging the public not to blame the sport in the death of a 15-year-old Fond du Lac boy who was killed when he was struck in the chest by a puck during a game earlier this week. Although entirely tragic, officials are calling the incident a fluke as players are commonly hit with zero repercussions.

There’s a photograph today of the winners of the “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contest sponsored by the Antigo Knights of Columbus Council. The honorees included Nicole Statezny, Beau Fermanich and Andrea Wahleithner from grades one and two, Robbie Cornelius, Jim Hermann and Ryan Parker in grades three and four and Greg Kretz, Nancy Fox and Cathy Bardelmeier from grades five and six. Max Tucker presided over the contest.

The gals on the Antigo girls basketball team picked up a huge win over D.C. Everest last evening, beating the Evergreens in a 62-58 overtime thriller. In addition to starters Julie Thomae, Pam Simon and Wendy Pavek, Coach John Reetz credited the play of Michelle Marczak, Steph Pavek, Jenny Bures, Glenda Spaulding, Chris Meharg and Coralie Yakel as keys to the win.

Speaking of sports, the Elcho boys team is gearing up for a big game versus Three Lakes as the two squads, along with Wabeno, are tied for second place in the Northern Lakes Conference. Marty Sprangers, Jim Krueger, Chris Wagner and Perry Curran serve as the squad’s senior leaders.

Super Bowl XXIII, which ended with a San Francisco 49ers win over the Cincinnati Bengals, was the top draw for TV viewers last week, according to the Nielsen ratings. The bowl’s post game was number two followed by sitcoms “The Cosby Show,” “Cheers,” and “Roseanne.”


January 25, 2004

Snowy weather is being blamed in a tragic crash near Wittenberg yesterday which claimed the life of an Aniwa couple. Officials said the pair was heading to Green Bay on Highway 29 when the driver ahead of them slowed due to whiteout conditions. Their car struck the rear of the slowing vehicle, the impact spun them around and it was hit by another vehicle.

Jesse Hoffmeister has been cast as Seymour and Megan Hendrickson will play Audrey in the Antigo High School production of “Little Shop of Horrors” which will go to stage in early March. Betsy Frey-Neufeld is serving as director of the musical.

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Antigo, WI 54409
Phone: 715-623-4191
Fax: 715-623-4193
Mail to: Fred Berner
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612 Superior Street,
Antigo, WI 54409
Phone: 715-623-4191
Fax: 715-623-4193
Mail to: Fred Berner
MapOnUs Location: (local)

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