Back in the Day – Aug. 8, 2018

10 YEARS AGO
Aug. 12, 2008

Stephany Hove’s daycare wrote letters to Hove’s cousin, Brad Ingram, who was stationed in Baghdad. They also held a garage sale to raise funds to buy supplies for Ingram’s unit.

John and Julie Kennedy hosted two German swimmers for an exchange visit. Their German guests were Denis Rupp and Jashca Fahr.

A check for $1,143.57 was presented to Tim Mooney and Richard Davidson, officers of the Robert Nunn Memorial Scout Building board. The money was for maintenance and improvements of the Scout building.

An overnight Girl Scout’s camp was held at Tuscola’s Ervin Park. Those who participated in the event were Mackenzie Campbell, Macy Benson, Stephanie Heasley, Katy Hudson, Rachel Mannen, Payton Campbell, Mya Irvin, Holly Olsen, Hali Simonton, Kara O’Hearn, Allison Muraski, Dena Miller, Kaitlyn Morse, Bryce Hudson, Ali Burwell, Ariel Aimone, Sammi Trinkle, Sadie Sequoye, Azriel Kelley, Diesher Hout, Abby Marler, Katie Derby, and Ariana Kelly.

20 YEARS AGO
Aug. 11, 1998

The summer recreation program “Jazzin Up the Park” was held at the Tuscola Community Building. Those involved with the program were youth leaders Rachel Cronk, Crystal Obrecht, Erica Hall, Lyndsey Gregor, and James Huffstutler; IRRDP representatives Jim Brademas and John Brewer; volunteers Bonnie Obrecht and Brittany Foster; Directors Heidi Lapin and Anne Olson; City Hall employees Jodi Deem and Jackie Hornlein; Treasurer Linda Watkins; and City Administrator Drew Hoel.

Tuscola residents Kathy Frye and Kay Higgins took second place in a tennis tournament. They were defeated by Sheryl Maxwell and Glenda Marks of Arcola.

The Senior Pony League took second place in conference play. Team members were Derek Minear, Corey Ingram, Justin Quick, Derek Wilkinson, Doug Opperman, Matt Schweighart, Zach Rogers, Steve Pangburn, Luke Patterson, Josh Addis, Jeff Rairded, Brad Hornaday, Jared Harris, Jeff Damler, Jared Blaudow, Matt McCumber, and Ben McGuire. Coaches were Dave Quick, Dennis Opperman, and Jerry Blaudow.

30 YEARS AGO
Aug. 9, 1988

Oliver’s, formerly Liga’s, was opened. Don and Donna Walker teamed up with Mark and Becky Weaver to open the restaurant.

Jill Little of Tuscola competed in the STARS beauty and talent contest in Springfield. Little placed third in her division.

The Warriors, under Coach Larry Bienias, were preparing for the upcoming season. The prior season left them with a heavy loss of team members Rob Bartley, Derrick Cothron, John Curtis, Spike Hanner, Marke Hatfield, Phil Hayes, Jerry Knight, Lance Little, Alex Meyer, Mike Middleton, Jeff Mills, Tim Stumeier, and Mark Zahm. However, there was still a great deal of talent on the team for the 1988-89 season.

40 YEARS AGO
August 10, 1978

A Tuscola man drowned after 5-plus inches of rain fell in Douglas County, turning a small stream into a raging river. The man accidentally drove into the Scattering Fork Drainage Ditch at the end of Ficklin Street.

Julie Doran, Miss Illinois County Fair Queen signed up to participate in the Old Fashioned Days Parade. She also had a supply of autographed photos to hand out to OFD visitors.

The antenna and home of Miss H.H. Holden in Southland Acres was struck by lightning. The lightning followed a path from one end of the home to the other, leaving behind a great deal of interior damage.

Carl McCarty presented a check to Tony Chiricosta for his services as Tuscola’s Youth Tennis instructor. The money was from the Cashford Memorial Fund for Tuscola’s youth and their activities.

The Wayne Meyer family of rural Tuscola received the State Conservation Award. The award was for conservation practices in their farming operations.

Winners of the second annual Moose Invitational Softball Tournament was the Tuscola Bates team. Team members were Steve Ashwill, Jim Nayonis, Phil Peach, Dave Jones, Tim Lindsey, Gene Martin, Tim Campbell, Terry Gallion, Jon Little, Shawn Rideout, Kim Waugh, and Larry Murray. The team was coached by Gary Bates,

50 YEARS AGO
Aug. 8, 1968

Joe Monahan withdrew his name for consideration for Associate Circuit Judge of Douglas County. James Sherrick announced that he was seeking nomination.

A truck carrying Radium 126 crashed into a utility pole on east North Central Avenue. Civil Defense authorities investigated to confirm the area was not contaminated.

Members of Brownie Troop 378 were graduating to Girl Scouts. Graduates were Laura Smith, Brenda Jones, Cathy Higgins, Donna Bissey, Mary Wineland, Cindy McDuffee, Lisa Cozier, Kathy Kalmar, Barbara Soards, Ginger Allen, Jackie Miller, Cheryl Conerty, Sandra Bodol, and DeAnna Dean.

The Summer Reading Program students displayed their antique project. Participating students were Martha Fauke, Anita Wilhelm, Kathy McCumber, Kathy Winsor, Carla Cook, Heidi Meyer, Mary Ann Brown, Kathy Kalmar, Chris Hance, and Debbie Cunningham.

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