Back in the Day – Oct. 10, 2018
10 YEARS AGO
Oct. 14, 2008
The Tuscola Fire Department recognized Fire Prevention Week by offering education and safety advice. Members went to the schools to teach students how to prevent home fires.
Bill and Carol McCarty were given thanks for their 50 plus years of community service and were wished well on their new adventure. The McCarty’s left Tuscola to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
The Lady Hornets took second place in a tournament. Their only loss was to the Mahomet-Seymore Bulldogs who hosted the tournament.
Golf sectionals were held throughout Illinois. Two TCHS golfers, Kurtis Kinyoun and Stephanie Swaney, made it to sectionals, but neither qualified for the state tournament.
The Lady Warriors’ volleyball team was 8-4 in their last 12 matches. They only had three wins in the first 12.
The Warrior football team was scoreless for the first time in more than 12 years. They were shutout by Maroa-Forsyth 31-0.
20 YEARS AGO
Oct. 13, 1998
Contestants were preparing for the annual Little Miss Sweetheart pageant. Contestants were Morgan Short, Alex Meeks, Jordan Parrott, and Kristen Given.
Equistar held a community open house. Tours of the facility and lab along with educational activities and demonstrations were held for the 160 attendees.
The Harvest Bluegrass Festival was a success. A few of the events were a kiddie tractor pull, a parade, and fingerprinting offered by officer Scott Reed. Some parade participants were Sheriff John Chambers, Tuscola Woman’s and Kiwanis Club members, and the Heavenly Strings Group.
The Boy Scouts were busy with activities to earn their badges. They braved inclement weather and camped out at East Prairie. They also held a flag raising ceremony the following morning.
The Warrior football team beat the Purple Riders 22-21. The victory put them in a three-way tie with Arcola and Illiopolis for the LOVC lead.
30 YEARS AGO
Oct. 11, 1988
Scott Flesor opened Tracy Lynn Candies on Route 36. Scott is the son of Paul Flesor and grandson of Gus Flesor, who owned the former Kandy Kitchen.
Oliver’s was preparing for a grand opening. Its menu was a variety of seafood and steaks, along with an extensive wine list.
Martha Reimer received her 25-year service award from Tuscola National Bank. Reimer was a teller under bank president William F. McCarty.
Tuscola Hornets’ girls’ basketball team got a new coach. Angie Dilliner, originally from Arcola, was hired for the 1988 season.
The Warriors football team was victorious over Sullivan 39-14, but the JV team lost to Cumberland in the fourth quarter 16-0.
The Tuscola Heavyweights ended their season with a 5-1 record. They held a second place standing in the Little Illini Football Conference.
40 YEARS AGO
Oct. 12, 1978
Ground breaking began for Ben Franklin Store. Participating in the ground breaking were Bill McCarty, Bill Cain, Marge Conn, President of the Chamber of Commerce; Mayor Chris Hill, Jerry Reynolds, Manager of IGA; Kent McGillan, Manager of Ben Franklin; and Robert Proctor, General Contractor.
Mark Lake and DeAnn Coon received their Homecoming king and queen crowns form retiring king and queen Randy Hastings and Chris Lewis.
The Junior Class took first place in the Homecoming float competition. Their float was a huge casket pulled by a hearse. Their theme was “The Mask of Maroon Death.”
R.B. Colwell of Tuscola received his 50-year Masonic pin. He was honored with a dinner at Edgewood Masonic Hall.
The Tuscola Warriors’ Homecoming game was spoiled by Unity. The Warriors lost 35-14.
50 YEARS AGO
Oct. 10, 1968
Robert Dwyer, Republican Candidate for Lt. Governor of Illinois, was the speaker at a GOP rally held in Tuscola.
Warriors Cross Country team defeated Cerro Gordo 29-27 in a dual meet. Mark Seip placed first in the 2.5 mile run with a time of 12:16.
The Warrior sophomore football team was victorious against Arcola 55-13 and remained undefeated. They held a record of 10-0.
The varsity football team was preparing to face Sullivan in their Homecoming game. Sullivan held a 2-1 league record.