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Back in the Day – Oct. 24, 2018

10 YEARS AGO
Oct. 28, 2008

Tuscola resident Bruce Wood had a Halloween display of carved pumpkins at 3 different locations at his house on Scott Street, another in Arthur, and the third in Atwood. More than 700 pumpkins were distributed between the three locations. Students and community members helped with the carvings.

Sewing by Kathy, owned by Kathy Sievers, held its ribbon cutting ceremony. Best Friends K-9 Center, owned by Kim Koester, also had its grand opening with a ribbon cutting.

TCHS held a fall festival. Festivities included pumpkin carving, a “mummy wrap,” hayrack ride, and apple bobbing.

The eighth grade Lady Hornets’ basketball team won their fifth straight game. Their fifth victory was against Monticello 34-29.

The TCHS volleyball team ended their regular season. Their final game was a victory against the Meridian Hawks.

Tuscola football beat Argenta-Oreana 35-8. The win sealed the team’s eligibility for playoffs.

20 YEARS AGO
Oct. 27, 2018

TCHS senior Matt Schweighart was nominated for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. He was among 11,000 of the most accomplished high school male and female scholar-citizen athletes.

1997 graduate of TCHS Leslee Howard signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Mo. She also was offered a full scholarship.

Members of the 1953 Okaw Valley Conference Championship Tuscola Warriors football team and cheerleaders held a 45th reunion. Those who attended were coach Robert Brigham, assistant coaches Gene Maloney and Paul Gilpin, Phil Flanigan, Ronnie Schultz, Carl Quinn, Max Warnes, Tom Atwell, Everett Decker Jr., Larry Little, Lowell Hill, Theo Houser, Tom Meyer, and cheerleaders Phyllis Wetzel Burris, Clarice Ulrich Hausman, and Nancy Shrader Wehlage.

The Warrior football team was victorious against Oakland-Kansas 34-26. This ended the regular season, and the team went into the Class 1A State Playoffs with a 7-2 record.

30 YEARS AGO
Oct. 25, 1988

Judd Nogle, a frequent flyer at the Tuscola Airport, experienced a troublesome landing when part of his landing gear failed. No injuries were reported, but the accident cause $3,000 in damages to the aircraft.

Jamie McDonald advanced to sectionals after a cross country meet with Mahomet-Seymour. McDonald finished in fifth place with a time of 17:44 on the 3.1-mile path.

The Lady Warriors’ volleyball team brought home the trophy from the Little Okaw Valley Conference. Team members were Elizabeth Spomer, Cindy McCullough, Summer Holmes, Kendra Blaudow, Sarah Coatney, Heather Gaddey, Kim Sievers, Janet Roper, Tisha Little, Jenny Willoughby, Krisiti Leamon, and Shelby Best.

In Football, the Warriors played against the Martinsville Blue Streaks. The coach believed they could have scored at least 90 points had he not used the least experienced players, but they still won the game with a score of 42-12.

40 YEARS AGO
Oct. 26, 1978

The Tuscola Drama Club presented “Winnie the Pooh.” Angie Jordan played Pooh under the direction of Julie Payne.

The first hookup at the FS anhydrous ammonia plant located north of Tuscola was completed. The first truck arrived carrying 18 tons of chemicals to fill the 30,000-ton storage tank. It was estimated that it would take 25 days to complete the operation.

Members of the Tuscola Lions Club collected $435 to aid the blind. They raised the money through their annual candy sales.

Douglas County Democrats held a cornbread and bean dinner for candidates. The dinner was held at the Tuscola Community Building.

The Freshman and Sophomore Warriors football teams both lost their games to Sullivan. The Sophomores lost 30-0, and the Freshman 25-16.

The Warrior football players of the week were John Buck, Mark Oakley, Brad Taylor, and Colby Decker. The varsity team also lost their game to Mahomet 33-21.

50 YEARS AGO
Oct. 24, 1968

Congressman William L. Springer presented Mrs. Martha Powell, president of Jarman Hospital Auxiliary, with a United States flag that had flown over the White House.

Young ladies from Tuscola showed support for Richard Nixon for president. Among the supporters were Linda Leonard, Renee Fortney, Janet Strohl, Marsha Fortney, Chris Harsh, and Cindy Thode.

Lyle Lindsay and son Greg took a hunting trip to Wyoming. They got a 4-point buck with a .30-30 rifle.

Tuscola Freshmen lost their third game of the season to Sullivan 12-0. They held a record 0-3-2.

Unity and Tuscola football teams were preparing for a game that would mean a winning season for the victor. Tuscola was shooting for a 4-3 record but had to defeat Unity and Arthur. The Warriors had tied with Villa Grove 20-20 in a previous game.

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