Back in the Day – Jan. 10, 2018
10 YEARS AGO
Jan. 15, 2008
Tuscola High School head football coach Stan Wienke announced his retirement. A coach since 1990, Coach Wienke had compiled a record of 149 wins, 51 losses, including two appearances in the Class 1A state title games and one championship trophy in 2006.
Monical’s Pizza finished exterior and interior renovations, costing $115,000 plus. The bias-cut wood exterior was replaced with cream stucco finish and a brand new sign. The interior’s makeover included new carpet, fresh paint, vinyl wall coverings, and new light fixtures.
20 YEARS AGO
Jan. 13, 1998
After five and a half hours of public meetings, the fate of North Ward School was still undecided. There were questions as to whether or not renovation of the building would have anywhere close to the same life expectancy as a new building. The site selection was still undecided, as well. Since no decisions were made, and another meeting was scheduled.
Tara Holmes, daughter of Terry and Harriet Holmes of Tuscola and Miss Moultrie-Douglas County Fair Queen, was preparing to compete for the state title. Seventy-one other young ladies were set to compete in the pageant.
30 YEARS AGO
Jan. 12, 1988
The Tuscola City Council decided to use revenue bonds to pay for the new sewer plant. They asked for “voters to support a $100,000 general obligation issue to pay for maintenance, repair, and renovation of the city’s public swimming pool facilities.”
Susan Harris set a new Tuscola basketball career scoring record. She broke Kim Waugh’s old record of 1,102 points and still had more games left in the season. They estimated, according to her average, that her record would be somewhere around 1,400 points.
40 YEARS AGO
Dec. 30, 1977
The city sought resident’s support for improving the Missouri Pacific and B&O Railroad crossings at Niles and Carico streets. Large holes and breaks on the tracks, along with deteriorated sidewalks, made the crossings dangerous for children who had to cross them to go to and from school. They also wanted signals at these crossings for additional safety. They encouraged residents to attend a hearing in Springfield in support of the improvements.
Hillcrest subdivision areas that bordered the east and south portion of the subdivision was zoned for mobile homes. George Barnett and Robert Gatschenberger, owners of Douglas Manor, asked for the zoning classification to be changed to residential.
50 years ago
January 11, 1968
Tuscola Warriors Basketball brought home the trophy from the holiday tournament. Players were Gary Neal, Steve Leonard, Mark Seip, Charles Wilson, Kevin Ray, David Brown, Tom McCumber, and Bill Cook. Coaches for the Tuscola Warriors were Bob Trimble, Bill Burress, and Gene Murray.
The City Council discussed putting in a mall downtown. After the fire Christmas Eve, citizens were concerned about the loss of businesses. The mall area would have possibly closed Sale Street between Parke and Main streets.