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Back in the Day–Jan. 24, 2018

Jan. 29, 2008

Kiwanis Club members began volunteering at North Ward Elementary school to offer one-on-one assistance to students. Started by a club member and retired English teacher, Jeannine Fortney’s desire to volunteer made the program a success. Members who volunteered regularly were Jeannine Fortney, Pat Damler, Mike Damler, Janet Butler, Janet Cox, Jerry Hall, Clarice Hausman, Carol Burwash, and Ed Wachala.

All day kindergarten was approved by the Tuscola Board of Education. As state standards had increased, the extra classroom time to meet those standards became a necessity.

Tuscola and Tanger renewed their financial commitments to a redevelopment agreement. The agreement was to help ensure long-term viability for the outlet mall. Drew Hoel, City Administrator, expressed that the mall was essential to Tuscola’s economic growth.

TCHS Varsity Scholastic Bowl team won the Okaw Valley Conference. Shannon Breen, Zach Vincent, Lily Benner, Zach Bosch, Chris Adams, Michael Ovca, Sean Higgins, and Nick Moore, led by their coach Mark Sweeney, brought home the first place trophy.

Jan. 27, 1998

A break-in at East Prairie was under investigation. Tire tracks and footprints were left behind, but there were no suspects. The cafeteria, classrooms, and the vault were broken into, but little malicious damage was done. It appeared the only motive for the break-in was cash.

An incentive agreement was signed for Amishland Acres giving them the “go ahead” for the project. The plans were for country shops, a bingo hall, a 1,000-seat country music arena, and a buffet style restaurant in the main building, with a petting zoo, horses, and an arena for shows and flea markets in a separate barn. Future plans included a steakhouse, a country inn with suites to accommodate 60-80 guests, a movie theater, a wedding chapel, and a working Amish village.

JANUARY 26, 1988

Earnest Jolley celebrated his 101st birthday, and was believed to be the oldest living resident in Douglas County. He claimed the key to living a long life was never smoking, drinking, playing cards, or playing pool. Good health was extremely important to him. He said, “If you have it, when you get older you’d wish you had.”

Parents discussed improvements needing done at the Youth Center. Janice Ochs and Phyllis Truitt were amongst the 14 parents who attended the meeting.

The Warriors’ boys’ basketball team beat Cerro Gordo 96-60. JV boys had a victory over the Atwood-Hammond Rajahs, 57-34. Lady Warriors won 73-45 against Arcola, and their JV team beat Arthur 63-24.

Jan. 26, 1978

A proposal was made for an Eisner grocery store to be built on the South Ward Grade School property. This would have required the sector to be rezoned from residential to business. The northeast section of the lot, formerly McQueen’s, was already zoned for business.

Three very dedicated young people, Tom Crist, Angie Jordon, and Ed Beraneck, went the distance to raise funds for the Tuscola Medical Explorers Scout Post No. 73 and Jarman Memorial Hospital. They three danced 30 consecutive hours at the “Boogie Night” fundraiser event.

The Tuscola Police Department received the National Child Safety award. Chief Tom Harris was presented with a plaque by Safety Coordinator, Larry Barnes.

Jan. 25, 1968

Jack Williams was appointed superintendent of schools, and Terry Lee Stevens was hired as an officer at the Tuscola Police Department.

Wendell F. Rahn from Tuscola was commissioned an Army second lieutenant after he graduated from the officer candidate school at the Army Artillary and Missile Center at Ft. Sill, Okla.

The Tuscola Warriors, under coach Bill Burress, beat Oakland 61-56 in an Okaw Valley Tournament game. Tuscola Heavyweights outscored Newman 44-23, and Lightweights lost to Newman, 40-35. Greg Hastings received scoring honors with 11 points.

The TCHS student council donated $120 to an orphanage organization to help provide a child with food and clothing. In this program, they were given a name of their “adopted” child that they were sponsoring. The Student Council adopted a child named Yang Soon OK, which means “like a gem.”

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