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Back in the Day–May 9, 2018

May 13, 2008

After more than 30 years of selling gas, Bob Minear had to temporarily stop selling. Very costly structural changes were needed on the underground pumps to pass inspection.

Bill and Carol McCarty were honored with a fund established in their name with the Tuscola Community Foundation. The honorees would decide how the funds should be allocated.

The TCHS math team placed 14th in state competition. Team members were Chris Adams, Darren Timlin, Chase Little, Stephanie Swaney, Tim Smith, and Chris Ransom.

The Lady Warriors’ softball team had an overall record in the Okaw Valley Conference of 10-1, and JV Warriors’ baseball team held a 7-3 record. Warriors’ varsity baseball team was honoring their seniors: Shaheen Shabrou, Josh Nichols, Clayton Meyer, Dane Winn, Tyler Sapp, and John Wienke.

The paper’s TCHS Seniors special section was bursting of “congratulations” and “good luck” ads going out to the Class of 2008.

May 12, 1998

Madalyn Davidson and Brett Lehmann reigned as prom queen and king. Prom was held at Round Barn Center in Champaign.

Jody Russell of Tuscola released her CD “Just In Time.” She also had a nationwide tour scheduled, with her first stop being in her hometown before continuing to all major U.S. cities.

East Prairie Science Olympiad finished in second place in regional contests. This earned them advancement to State Competition.

Three TCHS boys were chosen to attend Boys State. Chris Brian, David Kleiss, and Jeff Rairden were chosen based on character, academics, and interest in political science. Nominees were sponsored by the American Legion.

Boys’ track had four champions in the Tuscola Premier Meet. Robert Hanners in the 1600 meter run, Kenny Hogue in long jump, Luke Little in high jump, and the 3200 relay team of Joe Sutherland, Justin Snider, Brian McDaniel, and Robert Hanners all took first place in competition.

May 10, 1998

The Douglas County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee developed a new Ag in the Classroom program, “Beanie Grows Up.” Vicki Luth wrote the story and created an accompanying coloring book.

Leo Plaszczynski was re-elected Post Commander of the Tuscola VFW. Paul Wisovaty, Harold Crist, Larry Anderson, Mike Kirschner, Harold Weber, and Ron Stabler were also elected into various positions.

The Lady Warriors’ track team won the Little Okaw Valley Conference. The girls were down one point against Sullivan until Chris Rogers, Jennifer Watters, Kerri Pickens, and Angie Henderson placed in the one-mile relay. The final score was 105-99.

The TCHS boy also won their conference meet. Gary Alexander set a new school record with a time of 23.04 in the 200-meter dash.

May 11, 1978

James Coyler updated the fallout shelter program in Tuscola. The idea shifted from thick, massive shelters to using small communities as host cities to larger, more populated areas.

Perry Albin was appointed Assistant State’s Attorney for Douglas County. Albin replaced James Devine.

The Tuscola Woman’s Club honored members C. E. Helm, Miss Grace Vice, Mrs. Jess Brock, and Mrs. Plum Winn for more than 50 years of service as club members.

A Law Day mock trial was held at the Douglas County Courthouse. Members of the Douglas County Bar Association who attended were Mark Petty, Chester R. Keller, Robert Crossman, Darrell Price, Michael Carroll, Emmerson Moore, and Perry Albin.

Carl Bradshaw attended six weeks of training in digital electronics. The training was required by his employer, General Telephone, due to advances in communications technology.

May 9, 1968

Woman’s Club Officers were installed at their annual luncheon. Mrs. Virgil Ross, Mrs. Ed Wetzel, Mrs. Jack Williams, Mrs. N.D. Kellogg, Mrs. Glenn Bricker, Mrs. Kathryn McCumber, and Mrs. H.W. Gillian were all installed into various positions within the club.

Rotary honored 17 TCHS students for high grades. Students honored were Rita Duensing, Eileen Kleiss, Joyce Ochs, Janet Strohl, Cindy Thode, Darrell Price, Mona Froman, Marjorie Todd, Nancy Townsend, Byron Benner, Robert Heath, Lynn Beltz, Jane Mason, Tonya Sallee, Cathy Weber, John Cox, and Jack Holden.

TCHS underclassmen won a track meet against Unity and Monticello. Tuscola won the meet with 57 points. Unity came in second with 52, and Monticello scored 49 points.

Over 400 high school students attended Law Day at the Douglas County Courthouse. Douglas County attorneys who attended were Jim Jurgens, Tom Monahan, George Nichols, James Lemna, H.J. McCown, Frank Lincoln, Raymond Lee, Jr., James Sherrick, and John Rutledge. Judge Albert Webber III declared the court in session.


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