Back in the Day – Nov. 21, 2018

10 YEARS AGO
Nov. 25, 2008

Kim Higgins was expecting to chair the annual Thanksgiving luncheon hosted by the Tuscola Chamber of Commerce, though, what she wasn’t expecting was being named the 2008 Volunteer of the Year. The well-deserved accolade came as a surprise to no one but the recipient herself.

Outgoing Douglas County Board members Wayne Schable (District 1) and Kathy Rhodes (District 4) accepted parting gifts from board chairman Chuck Knox. Schable and Rhodes chose not to run for re-election.

Servers from the Tuscola school district and Pizza Hut who worked at the Help-A-Child night at Pizza Hut included Kathie Pflum, Laurie Mooney, Jamie Goodman, Pam Masuga, Kelsey Masuga, Amy Lacey, Angie Patton, Stephanie Simpson, Katie Hatfield, Kate Saunders, Jessica Knight, and Brittany Foy.

The East Prairie cheerleading squad included: Kristin Dickens, Paige Stokes, Allison Hemmer, Carmen Comerford, Macie Edwards, Susan Ponder, Madison Frerichs, Hannah Scribner, Laura Murphy, Sarah McCrory, Anna Martinez, and Jenna Jacobs.

20 YEARS AGO
Nov. 24, 1998

Tuscola residents would soon enjoy eating at Denny’s Classic Dinner with a tentative opening date of Dec. 31 planned.

TCHS student Shane Pangburn showcased his Warrior spirit in a unique way by painting the side of the family shed in honor of the Tuscola mascot. The artistry was on display at the Pangburn family home in the 700 block of East Pinzon Street.

The Tuscola Womans Club Tour of Homes featured seven houses including the homes of: Susan and Larry Harbaugh, John and Nancy Kenny, the Bowels home, Duncan and Karen MacGibbon, Wayne and Joann Ward, Mary B. Meyer, and Bill Carson and Heidi Meyer.

The Lady Warrirors’ varsity basketball team included: Rachel Kohlbecker, Cara Chaplin, Casey Roberts, Erica Ochs, Amy Cruzan, Mindy Lehmann, Amanda Griffith, Lauren Huber, Jenny Mosely, Jenna Wienke, Rachel Robertson, Becka Stephenson, and Janeen Sutherland.

30 YEARS AGO
Nov. 22, 1988

Circuit Clerk Helen Fortney was the lady of the hour when Republicans and friends met at Kaskaskia Country Club to stage a retirement dinner and dance. Judge Frank Lincoln was the master of ceremonies.

After 32 years at his location, Dr. John Cunningham, a local osteopathic surgeon, announced he would be moving his offices from the McCumber Building on South Central Avenue to the second floor of the Douglas Jarman Memorial Hospital.

The 1988-89 boys’ varsity basketball team included: Mark Kalmar, Matthew Washburn, Steve Weemer, Geoff Miller, Roger Warner, Brian Hatfield, Koby Williams, Tag Adkisson, Jamie McDonald, Scott Zane, and Gary Alexander.

Ray Burgener received his 20-year award from Dave Gordon, area superintendent with Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, Tuscola.

The Tuscola Lady Warriors started out their 1988-89 basketball season with a 21-point win over Cumberland.

40 YEARS AGO
Nov. 23, 1978

Charlotte Richards was elected Worthy Matron of the Tuscola Chapter No. 44 of the Eastern Star.

According to Joyce Lewis and Carol Hausmann, owners and operators of the Sears Catalog Store in Tuscola, the Christmas rush had already begun. Lewis and Hausmann, sisters and essentially life-long Tuscola residents, applied for and received a Sears contract in 1973.

The most positive aspect of the Parent Awareness meeting at Tuscola High School was the large turnout. Estimates of attendance ranged from 500-800 parents, students, and interested community members.

The Warrior boys’ basketball team included: Dan Lovekamp, Phil Warnes, Andy Wood, Dick Dietrich, Ron Bateman, Greg Campbell, Mark Murray, Dan Cunningham, Jim Whitmore, Colby Decker, Tom Weemer, Brad Dickson, Mark Oakley, and John Buck.

Susan Bechtel and Cindy McDuffee presented the first annual Greg Weaver memorial cross country award to John Kleiss at the all-sports fall awards banquet at TCHS.

50 YEARS AGO
Nov. 21, 1968

The new Robowash, the newest innovation in self-service car washing, was opened for business on South Main Street by Mr. and Mrs. Dean Carmien. Two minutes was all it took to emerge with a sparkling clean car.

William R. Cook, Tuscola, submitted his resignation as tax assessor for the Town of Tuscola in a letter to Town Clerk Robert Hastings. Cook served two years.

A brick was hurled through the front picture window of the William Butkovich home at about 10:30 p.m. Mr. Butkovich, who was lying on a davenport under the window at the time, was showered with falling glass. He was not injured.

Warrior varsity basketball players included: Tom McCumber, Phil Rome, Jon Surma, Steve Leonard, Charles Wilson, Mark Seip, Dave Brown, Dennis Ochs, Mike Waters, and Rick Welborn.

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