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"Dad" goes to war Augusta man joins fight against Germany – at age 56

John Newcomb was decades older than just about all of his comrades, but that didn’t stop him from joining the fight during World War I.

   The Augusta nursery owner was born March 29, 1861 – 160 years ago Monday. Newcomb turned 56 just days before America formally entered World War I in April 1917. He had already fought in the Spanish American War, but still had plenty of patriotic gusto.

   No one is exactly sure why the military allowed an older man appropriately nicknamed “Dad” to serve. But, conversely, there were some signees who were legally too young to register.

   In any event, Newcomb would become the oldest enlisted man in the Army National Guard’s 33rd Infantry Division. Officers marveled that he was in better shape than men half his age.

   The expert marksman served as a guide for American troops in Europe. He was honorably discharged on July 15, 1919, and was involved in veterans’ affairs at the national and local levels the rest of his life.

   Marriage was the one adventure Newcomb hadn’t experienced, but he finally renounced bachelorhood at age 63.  He and Maggie Stuart of Augusta tied the knot on Jan. 26, 1924, at the home of her brother in Quincy.

   Age finally caught up with Newcomb in August 1956, when he died at 95. He and Maggie are buried at Woodlawn Cemetery south of Augusta.

   In a tribute, The Augusta Eagle newspaper said "Dad is a true patriot at all times and inthe instances requiring the exercise of true Americanism."

HANCOCK COUNTY REPORTS FIFTEEN COVID-19 CASES SINCE MARCH 19, 2021

Carthage, IL – March 28, 2021 – The Hancock County Health Department and Memorial Hospital report fifteen laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases since March 19, 2021.  Cases include three males in their 50’s, one male in his 30’s and one male in his teens.  In addition, female cases include, one female in her 60’s, one female in her 30’s, and eight females in their teens.  There have been a total of one-thousand-seven-hundred-four (1704) COVID-19 cases in Hancock County, one-thousand-six-hundred-fifty-five (1655) people have recovered, fourteen (14) people are currently isolated, one (1) hospitalized, and thirty-four (34) have passed.  

  If you are experiencing symptoms and would like to get tested you can contact 217-357-0617.  Remember, stay home when ill, wash hands often, clean and disinfect highly touched surfaces and wear a face covering when 6 ft. distancing cannot be maintained. Check-out Memorial Hospital and Hancock County Health Department’s Covid-19 case updates at  https://www.mhtlc.org/news-resources/coronavirus-covid19-informaiton/ 

As of today, March 28, 2021, 3,691 people or 20.68% of the population in Hancock County have been fully vaccinated. Thus far,  7,826 vaccines have been administered. The Hancock County Health Department, Memorial Hospital, HyVee Pharmacy in Hamilton and the Adams County Health Department are currently offering COVID-19 vaccinations to those currently eligible.  For more information you may visit any of these websites or Facebook pages. 

HANCOCK COUNTY REPORTS TWO COVID-19 CASES SINCE MARCH 8, 2021

Carthage, IL – March 18, 2021 – The Hancock County Health Department and Memorial Hospital report only two laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases since March 8, 2021.  Cases include one female in their 40’s and one pre-teen female.  There have been a total of one-thousand-six-hundred-eighty-nine (1689) COVID-19 cases in Hancock County, one-thousand-six-hundred-fifty-two (1652) people have recovered, three (3) people are currently isolated, none are hospitalized, and thirty-four (34) have passed.  

  If you are experiencing symptoms and would like to get tested you can contact 217-357-0617.  Remember, stay home when ill, wash hands often, clean and disinfect highly touched surfaces and wear a face covering when 6 ft. distancing cannot be maintained. Check-out Memorial Hospital and Hancock County Health Department’s Covid-19 case updates at  https://www.mhtlc.org/news-resources/coronavirus-covid19-informaiton/ 

As of March 18, 2021, 3,122 people or 17.50% of the population in Hancock County has been fully vaccinated. A number of options are now available for those eligible at this time to get their vaccination; Hancock County Health Department, Memorial Hospital, HyVee Pharmacy in Hamilton and the Adams County Health Department. For more information you may visit any of these websites or Facebook pages.

HANCOCK COUNTY REPORTS ELEVEN COVID-19 CASES March 1-7, 2021

HANCOCK COUNTY REPORTS ELEVEN COVID-19 CASES March 1-7, 2021

 

Carthage, IL – March 8, 2021 – The Hancock County Health Department and Memorial Hospital report eleven laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases March 1-7, 2021.  Cases include one male in 80’s, two males in their 70’s, one male in his 30’s, one male in his 20’s and two males in their teens.   In addition, one female in their 70’s, one female in her 50’s, one female in her 40’s, and one female in her 30’s. There have been a total of one-thousand-six-hundred-eighty-seven (1687) COVID-19 cases in Hancock County, one-thousand-six-hundred-forty-two (1642) people have recovered, ten (10) people are currently isolated, one (1) is hospitalized, and thirty-four (34) have passed.  

Symptoms of COVID-19 can vary, they can be mild or severe depending on the person and their health conditions. If you are experiencing symptoms, stay home, and contact your healthcare provider to determine if you should get tested. 

  Stay home when ill, wash hands often, and clean and disinfect highly touched surfaces.  Additionally, people should wear a face covering when 6 ft. distancing cannot be maintained.  A person should quarantine at home while waiting for COVID-19 test results to return.  This will lessen the spread of illness.  If the test result is positive, isolating away from others in your household and others will help lessen the chances of them getting sick.   Close contacts of a positive are asked to quarantine in an effort to limit exposure to others they typically would come in contact with.   Everyone has a role in reducing the spread of illness.  Check-out Memorial Hospital and Hancock County Health Department’s Covid-19 case updates at  https://www.mhtlc.org/news-resources/coronavirus-covid19-informaiton/ 

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Joy Swearingen from the Legacy Theater on Real Country in the Mornings

The Legacy Theater in Carthage is continuing its series of regional performance videos, “Continuing the Legacy,” with a piano duet and solos.

This show features Joanne Chang from Western Illinois University and Alvin Ho. It can be viewed beginning Thursday, March 4,  on the theater’s website and Facebook page.

“Continuing the Legacy” is a free video series that showcases regional talent offered by The Legacy Theater this spring while the theater is not able to host live entertainment.

Joanne Chang is faculty assistant and staff pianist at Western Illinois University. She holds bachelor and masters degrees in piano and is a doctoral candidate in piano performance and literature at Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music. Her performance projects and recitals have taken her to Mexico, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hawaii and many other sites in North America .

Ho is currently a conducting fellow and assistant conductor at BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He was assistant conductor at the Indiana Opera and Ballet Theater from 2017 to 2020, where he earned a masters in orchestral conducting from Jacob School of Music.

The piano video by Chang and Ho as well as the vocal performance by Rick Marshall that launched the series in February, are accessible at any time at www.thelegacytheater.com or on Facebook at “The Legacy Theater.”

In future weeks, additional video performers include Bluegrass fiddling by Kirk Brandenberger of Keokuk, Iowa; contemporary Christian music by the E Free Church Worship Team; country rock group Mad Hoss Jackson of Mt. Sterling. These performers are recorded on stage at The Legacy Theater.

This video series continues the  mission of The Legacy Theater, which is to bring great entertainment to region, even while the theater is closed.

 “We are saddened that our theater has been dark for nearly year,” said Doug Groth, chairman of The Legacy Theater Foundation board. “This is one way for the theater to provide entertainment and highlight some great performers from this part of the Tri-State area.”

While there is no charge for viewing the “Continuing the Legacy” series, viewers can choose to make a donation on the web page.

 Go to www.thelegacytheater.com or go to The Legacy Theater page on Facebook to see the video series.

HANCOCK COUNTY REPORTS TWELVE COVID-19 CASES FEBRUARY 23-28, 2021

Carthage, IL – March 1, 2021 – The Hancock County Health Department and Memorial Hospital report twelve laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases February 23-28, 2021.  Cases include two males in their 60’s, one male in his 40’s and one male in his 20’s.   In addition, two females in their 70’s, two females in their 60’s, one female in her 50’s, one female in her 30’s, one female in her 20’s and one female in her teens. There have been a total of one-thousand-six-hundred-seventy-six (1676) COVID-19 cases in Hancock County, one-thousand-six-hundred-twenty-three (1623) people have recovered, nineteen (19) people are currently isolated, no one is hospitalized, and thirty-four (34) have passed.  

Symptoms of COVID-19 can vary, they can be mild or severe depending on the person and their health conditions. If you are experiencing symptoms, stay home, and contact your healthcare provider or the illness clinic at 217-357-0617 to determine if you should get tested. 

  Stay home when ill, wash hands often, and clean and disinfect highly touched surfaces.  Additionally, people should wear a face covering when 6 ft. distancing cannot be maintained.  A person should quarantine at home while waiting for COVID-19 test results to return.  This will lessen the spread of illness.  If the test result is positive, isolating away from others in your household and others will help lessen the chances of them getting sick.   Close contacts of a positive are asked to quarantine in an effort to limit exposure to others they typically would come in contact with.   Everyone has a role in reducing the spread of illness.  Check-out Memorial Hospital and Hancock County Health Department’s Covid-19 case updates at  https://www.mhtlc.org/news-resources/coronavirus-covid19-informaiton/ 

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