Back in the Day – Dec. 12, 2018

10 YEARS AGO
Dec. 16, 2008

Third grader Andrew Erickson visited with Lt. Matthew Frost who took “Flat Andrew,” a two-dimensional, paper version of the real Andrew, on a tour of Germany while stationed with the Army’s 2nd Cavalry regiment. Frost returned “Flat Andrew” to the real Andrew and visited with his classmates while home on leave.

FBI Special Agent Dan Cain, a 1976 TCHS graduate, authored the 76-page affidavit in support of Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s arrest. Cain had been a special agent for more than 22 years.

The Tuscola girls’ basketball team went on the road to Marion and returned with a smile after posting a convincing 43-26 victory. The win moved them to 3-1 in the Okaw Valley Conference and 5-6 overall.

Cheering for the Tuscola boys’ basketball team were Breanna Douglas, Emily Grove, Amie Burgess, Sara Pangburn, Mariah Brookins, Kelsey Robinson, Morgan Short, Jazman Bailey, Cori Ponder, Leslie Borries, Emma Comerford, Lydia Swinford, Kayce Paton, and Hannah Leese.

20 YEARS AGO
Dec. 15, 1998

Working to make Christmas a little more cheerful for those less fortunate were the Salvation Army representatives and volunteers including Stacey Barr, Connie Meyer, Debbie Reed, Amanda Laswell, Cindy Lamb, and Kent McGillen.

City council members had to weeks to ponder a slightly 4.8 percent increased 1999 tax levy before being required to vote on it at the next regularly scheduled meeting.

Tuscola farmer Dan Meyer returned from a 10-day trip to England, courtesy of the Mid-Sussex Farm Management Discussion Group. Jem Sewell, an English farmer and leader of the group, served as Meyer’s host.

Zach Norman of Tuscola was one of the 1,200 participants in the Land of Lincoln Pigeon Association 7th annual all breeds pigeon show held at the state fairgrounds. Zach and his indigo-colored hen won the grand champion junior sporting trophy.

30 YEARS AGO
Dec. 13, 1988

The North Ward Christmas program “Christmas on Sesame Street” was set for production at the grade school auditorium.

Dan Kleiss was elected acting mayor by the Tuscola City Council after Clarence Snyder submitted his resignation. Snyder said he recommended either Kleiss or Dr. R. R. Smith to succeed him.

Cerro Gordo proved to be one of the more stubborn teams the Warriors have faced in the 1988 season, through the 74-47 score indicated otherwise. The Warriors ran up a 23-3 advantage before the Broncos could get their offense in gear.

Doris Pickett and Ann Albin accepted a $1,000 donation to the Douglas County Youth Organization from United Way.

40 YEARS AGO
Dec. 14, 1978

Proceeding under the assumption that it takes about six months to plan a successful Old Fashioned Days, committee members took the first step by reviewing last year’s event, discussing complaints, and appointing new general chairman Jerry Reynolds.

More than 50 angry residents packed City Hall to oppose passage of a recreational vehicle ordinance. After heated discussion, the ordinance–that would have regulated the parking of recreational vehicles on private property–was voted down.

Coach Gene Murray gave much credit to a second half zone defense by the Warriors for their initial win in the young cage season. Tuscola and Unity were as evenly matched through three quarters as any team could be, but in the end the Warriors were tops with a 46-39 victory.

Santa greeted nursing home residents as Ambucs accompanied his annual visit with holiday songs. Each resident received a gift, including a fruit package, provided by Ambucs and Ambdoes.

50 YEARS AGO
Dec. 12, 1968

Clarence Warters, Tuscola, was reelected chairman of the Douglas County Planning Commission. Earl Riggins, Newman, was elected vice chairman, and Paul Bretz, Villa Grove, secretary-treasurer.

Eastern Illinois Water Company personnel worked through the night in an effort to bring the water supply back to normal in Tuscola. A shortage developed early in the morning and residents began complaining to the city by 10 a.m.

Seven tombstones were turned over and torn form their base at Tuscola Cemetery over the weekend. Damage was estimated in excess of $100.

Winners of warm up jackets in the Little League Christmas Tree Sales contest were Billy Groves, Bill McCarty, and Joe Sudduth.

A slow start and fast finish gave the Tuscola Warriors a 28-point win over Sullivan and improved their season record to 3-0.

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