10 YEARS AGO
Oct. 7, 2008
Seniors Kelsi Hoey and Kurtis Kinyoun were crowned king and queen of Homecoming. Crown bearers were Amelia Bosch and Spencer Elder.
The 2008 Rotary food drive was successful. The equivalent of 10,100 pounds of food was collected for SAM Food Pantry.
Ronnie Stabler was the guest of honor at an open house marking his retirement. Stabler was a 15-year employee of the city.
Bruce Wood’s home was the site of 250 carved pumpkins for the community to enjoy. The display was sponsored by the Tuscola Chamber of Commerce.
Motorcyclists lined up at the Tuscola McDonald’s for the annual Gold Wing Road Riders toy run. 140 motorcycles and 250 people participated to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield.
The Warriors won the Homecoming game against Central A&M 27-21. Tuscola’s record was 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
20 YEARS AGO
Oct. 6, 1998
The Harvest Bluegrass Festival was held in Tuscola. Parade marshals were Joan and Dean Mulligan.
Fire Chief Steve Hettinger started his new position as building/electrical inspector for the city. Hettinger was also the co-owner of Hettinger Construction & Electric, which remained in business with Larry Hettinger as the sole proprietor.
Ray Carlson was named Douglas County’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer. Carlson and Harold Weber were responsible for starting the senior citizen’s center in Tuscola, and Carlson also volunteered and took on many other endeavors for the city.
Four members of Son Light Gym’s Powerlifting Team took home first place honors from the World Powerlifting Championship held in Las Vegas. Dr. Darrell Latch, Linda Middleton, Leslie Dodd, and Darrell Kibler received trophies, and Kibler and Middleton set new records in their class.
The Tuscola football team fell short of a victory against the Cerro Gordo Broncos. They were defeated 26-19 in their first season loss.
30 YEARS AGO
Oct. 4, 1988
Matt Washburn and Marianne Albin were crowned Homecoming king and queen. Other court members were Tina Turner, Teri Kyle, Janet Roper, Heather Gaddey, Mark Kalmar, Tag Adkisson, Steve Weemer, and Ben Mingo.
Grain production was far below average but more than expected. Yields were too high to allow federal assistance, but too low to keep farmers in business.
The TCHS Cross Country team placed fourth in their meets in Chrisman and Urbana. Jamie McDonald was Tuscola’s top finisher.
The Lady Warrior volleyball team tied for third in a 14-team tournament. They fell only to Lovington and Bement.
Tuscola’s junior football heavyweights beat Maroa 22-12. Their record was 3-1 after the win.
The freshman-sophomore football team lost to Paxton 32-12, but the varsity football team won their Homecoming game against Argenta-Oreana 21-12.
40 YEARS AGO
Oct. 5, 1978
The Tuscola FFA Chapter claimed seven plaques in the livestock judging competition. Recipients were Jim Norman, Ralph Esgar, Mitch Schultz, Dennis Eastin, E.J. Eastin, and Steve Jacobs.
Eighteen trophies were awarded to Punt, Pass, and Kick winners. Those awarded were Chuck Johnson, Lance Landeck, Fritz Cross, Brian Dean, Tim Borries, Jeff Leininger, Robbie Taylor, Lon Tay, Mark Binion, Scott Schaffer, Drew Hoel, Sean Kyle, Mike Bready, Richard Rentz, Kim Waugh, Ignacio Izquierdo, John Brookins, and Mark Smith.
TCHS Homecoming King and Queen candidates were Tracy Kroening, Brian Hunt, Brad Taylor, Mark Lake, John Buck, Janet Pflum, Tracy Maxey, Deanne Coon, Kathleen Kleiss, and Beth Beranek.
TCHS Homecoming theme was “Hotel California,” and Fortunes Maid of Terre Haute was chosen to provide music for the dance.
The freshman-sophomore football team lost to St. Joe 21-6, and varsity lost 20-7 to the Monticello Sages.
50 YEARS AGO
Oct. 3, 1968
A one-in-a-million accident occurred when a Tuscola man attempted to start his vehicle and caused a 35-foot blaze. A ruptured gas line, caused by grading of the road, was directly below the parked car and ignited the moment the ignition was turned over. No serious injuries were reported.
Winners of the pet parade at Old Fashioned Days were Stephanie Decker, Jane Ann O’Brien, and Karen Koehnemann. The winners received trophies for their prize-winning pets.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Allen won first place in the Old Fashioned Days antique car competition. The Allen’s were driving a 1923 Model T Ford.
In Warrior football, the varsity team lost to the Monticello Sages 20-6, but the sophomore team was victorious against the Sages 18-7. The sophomore team held a perfect 9-0 record.