Back in the Day–May 20, 2018

10 YEARS AGO
May 27, 2008

Eighty-four students graduated and became part of the alumni at TCHS. Hannah Williams and Linda Romine served as valedictorians.

A ceremony was held to dedicate a memorial to Douglas County Chief Deputy Tommy “T.K.” Martin. The memorial in Martin’s honor is on the grounds of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department.

Leo Plasczcynski of the VFW and Polish American Legion placed a flag on the grave of the unknown soldier in the Tuscola Township Cemetery. City workers also placed flags on the poles on Sale and Main streets in observation of Memorial Day.

The Warriors’ baseball team made history by advancing to the state tournament. They won the super sectional championship after defeating Oneida ROWVA 3-2.

The Lady Warriors’ softball team won the sectional championship after their victory against Arcola. For the second year in a row, the girls moved on to super sectionals.

The Warriors’ track and field team took third place in state competition. The IHSA State Meet was held at EIU.

20 YEARS AGO
May 26, 1998

Members of the Tuscola VFW conducted a Memorial Day ceremony at the Tuscola Cemetery. William McCarty gave an address to honor the nation’s service men and women.

The Douglas County Museum held a get-together for Korean War Veterans. They made plans for a reunion that fall.

East Prairie’s boys’ and girls’ track teams went to the state meet in Washington. Representing Tuscola for the boys’ team were members John Winans, Brad Wetzel, Scott Holt, Tony Reinhart, Ryan Bonner, Jake Lane, Cory Kleiss, David Hays, and Wade Headrick. Girls team members were Blair Wilson, Jenna Wienke, Jennifer Erixon, Natalie Cronk, and Melinda Kappes,

The TCHS boys’ track team made history with a victory at the sectional meet. This was the first sectional win in Tuscola history.

30 YEARS AGO
May 24, 1988

Mayor Clarence Snyder accepted a motion to approve a land development agreement with Wal-Mart Corporation. The land Tuscola was to purchase was 10 acres near where Liga’s Restaurant was located.

Members of the Tuscola United Methodist Church youth group traveled to New York City to learn first-hand about urban culture as it related to social issues. Members of the group from Tuscola who participated were Beth Baird, Jami Lamb, Susan Harris, Laurie Berg, Kyle Beachy, Elizabeth Lincoln, Susanna Ross, Loralee Smith, Ticia Travis, and Amy Griffith.

The East Prairie girls’ team track broke records at the regional track meet. Trisha Truitt broke the seventh grade girls’ record with a time of 6:17.78. Tina Rogers’ time in the 400 broke the record and qualified her for State. The eighth-grade girls’ 4×200 relay team of Kendra Blaudow, Shelby Best, Jamey Russell, and Tina Rogers set a new record with a time of 1:57.88.

In TCHS boys’ track, Gary Alexander and Mark Kalmar both qualified for State competition. Kalmar qualified in shot put, and Alexander in the 400-meter dash.

40 YEARS AGO
May 25, 1978

TCHS was preparing for graduation. Valedictorians for the Class of ’78 were Betsy Beltz and Chris Hance.

The Class of 1938 was planning their 40th reunion. It was their first class reunion since graduation.

George Barnett sponsored an art contest for grade schoolers at the local nursing home. Winners were Jason Farlow, Fritz Cross, Geoffrey Miller, Sandy Kohlbecker, Lisa Alexander, Lisa Claypool, Kim Ledbetter, Teresa Simpson, Rena Stenger, Shari Gensler, and Gigi Snyder. Kim Ledbetter’s artwork was sent to state competition. Cash awards were presented to all first, second, and third place winners by Mayor Chris Hill.

Warriors girls track team set a new school record at the State Track Meet. The 880 medley relay team of Carleen Borries, Karen Metzger, Pam Dallas, and Kelly Moore set the record with a time of 1:57.46.

The Warriors boys track team were represented at State by their mile relay team. Dirk Dietrich, Bob Laley, Glen Mick, and Randy Hastings qualified with a time of 3:38.66.

50 YEARS AGO
May 23, 1968

The one-lane bridge on Egyptian Trail was replaced with a two-lane bridge. The old one-lane bridge was constructed in the late 1800’s.

A truck driver from Terre Haute, Ind., rear-ended the driver’s ed training car. Student driver Richard Miller and instructor William Burress were injured in the accident, and the car was destroyed.

The Class of ’68 was nearing graduation. Plans reported by the students showed that out of the 86 students, 57 were going on to college, 7 planned to attend a trade school, and 5 were joining the military. Several others reported marriage plans or were already married.

The Tuscola Warriors’ track team participated in the Sullivan Quincathlon for the first time. Dale Hanners scored 337 out of a possible 500 and took second place. Charles Wilson was also entered to represent Tuscola. He placed ninth with 291 points.

TCHS junior Dave Brown placed 12th in state discus competition. Brown set a new school record with a toss of 158 feet 2 inches.

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