10 YEARS AGO
June 10, 2018
City streets in Tuscola were flooded and caused some serious issues for residents and motorists. The floodwaters trapped some residents in their homes and vehicles stranded. Jackie Stenger expressed her concerns to City Council about the flooding on Timmons Drive. Plans to redo the ditches and culverts were mentioned at the meeting. The Hayes Branch ditch was also discussed due to its need for expansion, but it would be a costly and time-consuming project. A surge basin was suggested to help with excess draining, as well.
The Wheels Car Club Spring Fling was held downtown Tuscola. Music was also played by Jim Easter and The Artistics.
A ribbon cutting was held for “Dazzle Me Dresses.” The business was opened by Bill and Sandy Hoke.
Tuscola 2 girls’ softball team claimed a victory over Mahomet 8-0. Tuscola 1 boys’ baseball team scored 11 runs in the first inning against Tolono and won the game 14-6.
20 YEARS AGO
June 9, 1998
The newly renovated Ervin Park Swimming Pool held its grand re-opening ceremony. Amy O’Dell won a free pool pass; Tiffany Long, free pool party, and Carly McCrory won the honor to be the first person down the new slide.
Julie Slaughter’s 5-year-old preschool class graduated to kindergarten. A ceremony was held at Forty Martyr’s church hall.
The TCHS boys’ track team held their awards banquet. Those recognized for their standout performances were Justin Snider, Robert Hanners, Dusty Burk, and Luke Little.
Tuscola seniors Matthew Waldrop and Chris Roberts were named to the First Team All Little Okaw Valley Conference baseball team. Matt Schweighart, Luke Patterson, and Derek Wilkinison were named to the Second Team, and Ben McGuire was named to the Honorable Mention list.
30 YEARS AGO
June 7, 1988
James Damler was named principal of TCHS. Damler came from the Bernard Ward Middle School in Watseka.
The King & Wills Insurance Agency was recognized by the Illinois Historical Society. The agency was founded in 1879.
Larry Nees opened a new store on Route 36. Tuscola Auto Parts officially opened for business May 1, 1988.
Platolene 500 had their Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the new convenience store/filling station. There was a traffic jam at the pumps as people waited to fill up and get a snack from Twinkie the Kid.
Steve Hettinger and the Tuscola Fire Department presented a $500 check to Erin Hettinger for Cystic Fibrosis. They also donated $500 to Hospice of Lincolnland.
4-H students showed their pets at the annual Douglas County Dog & Cat Show. Amy Hall showed the award winning cat, and Amy Melton showed the award winning dog.
40 YEARS AGO
June 8, 1978
The Class of ’78 assembled for the last time at TCHS. A.E. Kleiss presented their diplomas.
Charlotte Hausmann and Byford Hancock joined the real estate team at the Hillard Agency. Charlotte began her employment in the insurance department in October 1972 prior to obtaining her real estate license.
Tony Liga announced the expansion of Liga’s Italian Patio. The 35×45 foot expansion was added for a dining area and cocktail lounge.
The First National Bank & Trust of Tuscola honored Roy Hopkins by designating June 16, 1978 as “Roy C. Hopkins Day.” The tribute was paid for his 25 years of devoted service to the bank.
Perry Albin was the main speaker for services at the Tuscola Cemetery on Memorial Day. The Assistant State’s Attorney also gave a speech to the guest who attended.
The County Mountie Softball team won the Arcola Rookie Slowpitch Softball Tournament. Team members were Greg Hastings, Dave McCrory, Kevin Conner, Rick McGuire, Eric Foster, Neil Oakley, Doug Dietrich, Wayne Huber, Fred Galey, Gary Henby, and Gary French.
50 YEARS AGO
June 6, 1968
Tuscola held its first Sesqui-Centennial Pageant at the Community Building. 300 people attended the showing.
Terry Binion presented Girls State and Boys State awards. Recipients were Tom McCumber, Gary Neal, and Cindy Thode.
The largest crowd over a 10-year period attended the Memorial Day Services at the Tuscola Cemetery. Frank Lincoln was the speaker at the observance.
William Kissinger was chosen to serve as sectional instructor at the 14th annual summer music camp held at Purdue University. About 400 junior and senior students were expected to attend.