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Back in the Day – Oct. 31, 2018

Nov. 4, 2008

The Tuscola Chamber of Commerce was putting the schedule of events together for the Christmastown Celebration. A few highlights were a lighted parade, karaoke contest, and madrigal dinner.

The Tuscola FFA Forestry team took third at state competition. Dylan Walker, Shannon Breen, and Mollie Kresin were a part of the team but also won individual awards.

Forty Martyrs church members served their annual turkey dinner. Approximately 40 turkeys were roasted.

Tuscola Firefighters were called out to a combine/field fire along Airport Road. The combine fire was confined to the engine and was owned by Phil Kappes.

North Ward Elementary held their Harvest Festival. Students learned how the pioneers lived in the mid 1800’s during the festivities.

Warrior football players were preparing to face Mount Olive in playoffs after defeating Jacksonville Routt 31-12.

Nov. 3, 1998

TCHS students joined members of the Tuscola Woman’s Club to plant a rain tree on the east side of the high school. The planting was a gift in belated remembrance of Arbor Day.

North Ward students celebrated fall and harvest during their Harvest Festival. The children learned about a spinning wheel from Linda Smith and combines from Dan Meyer.

Douglas County DeputyTerry Lane and canine partner Rookie competed in the National Police Dog field trials. They placed second in team scoring and 25th overall.

A Halloween party was held at the Community Building. Dylan Walker as Dracula won the scariest costume award.

Robert Hanners won his race in the sectional cross country meet in Peoria. Hanners finished the 3-mile course with a time of 15:22.9 and advanced to state competition.

The Warrior football team lost their game to Virden 39-20 in the first round of playoffs. Too many turnovers were to blame for the loss.

Nov. 1, 1988

Fred Morrisette, deputy chief probation officer, received a certificate of recognition for his professionalism. The award was from the Illinois Probation and Court Services Association.

Area students took part in an auto-skid demonstration put on by the Country Companies group. The program was designed to promote defensive driving habits.

Douglas Manor nursing home received a visit from little goblins. Children from Douglas County home-based Headstart shared their Halloween costumes with residents of the facility.

Jamie McDonald finished an outstanding Cross Country season in 22nd place at the sectional meet. He finished his race with a time of 16:29, just shy of his personal best time of 16:14.

The Warrior football team clinched the play-off bid after defeating Heyworth 24-0. It was the third year for coach Larry Bienias to take a team into the play-offs.

Nov. 2, 1978

The race was on for Douglas County Sheriff. Gene Wigall was opposed by Chuck Talbott in the election.

Over 250 children attended the eighth annual Halloween Costume Party at the Community Building to compete for prizes. In addition to costume prizes was entertainment provided by the TCHS swing choir, Buford the Bear, and bobbing for apples.

Mrs. Debbie Rahn Presented “The Best of American Gardening” to Mrs. Cammie Seguin. The book was a gift to the Home Economics Library from the Homemakers Extension Association.

TCHS band members competed in a competition at Illinois State University. Tuscola competed against Tolono, St. Joe, and Monticello.

Tuscola Warrior football players of the week were Mark Oakley, Brad Taylor, Greg Campbell, John Buck, and Colby Decker. The team lost their game against St. Teresa 36-21. The Freshman team ended their season with a loss to Mahomet 45-14.

Oct. 31, 1968

The Annual PTA Halloween Carnival was held at the Community Building. Every child received a prize regardless of costume.

East Prairie school was near completion. They were hoping to be in the building after Christmas break.

The Warriors’ varsity football team lost to Unity 14-6, but the sophomore team ended their season with a perfect record after defeating Unity 26-7.

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