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Back in the Day – Feb. 27, 2019

10 YEARS AGO
March 3, 2009

Harry and David partnered with USO to help support our troops that were overseas. In all 143 stores across the nation, there was a designated drop off container to donate snacks that people had purchased from Harry and David. These containers of snacks were sent to the troops stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq in their USO care packages.

Tuscola sixth grade boys’ basketball took home the first-place trophies in the Villa Grove tournament beating Villa Grove 27-12. Among the winning team were: Coach Curt VonLanken, players Tommy Watson, Gunnar Campbell, Bryce VonLanken, Cody Lewis, Shayne Luth, Zach Bates, Josh Knight, Griffin Day, Mike Rotramel, Marcus Alexander, Mark Timlin, Tyler Hale, and Clayton Turner.

A few new programs were implemented within the Tuscola community and schools. Among them was “Caring Counts,” a pay it forward concept that included color-coded footprints within the three different schools. These footprints were used to show that no matter the age, people are helping others and doing the right things every day. The idea was that when a student did the right thing or something kind, big or small, that they write the act down on the footprint of their color and all of the footprints were displayed up and down the floors of North Ward Elementary. “Backpack Buddies” was a way to help children who were in need at home. The idea was to fill backpacks with child friendly, non-perishable food discretely to students in need on the last day before the weekend or holiday break. “The Great Book Giveaway” was used to collect gently used books and distribute them to students that wanted to have books of their own that they were not required to return to the library.

20 YEARS AGO
March 3, 1999

Members of the CITDO attended the National Boat and Sport Show in St. Louis to promote central Illinois and Illinois Amish. Some of those who attended were Jodi Padgett, Marge Heissenger and Margaret Stillwell.

Jennifer Bialeschki was recognized by McKendree College President, James M Dennis, for her participation at the Presidential Award Competition recently held at McKendree.

In honor of American Heart Month, Lisa Griffith from the Carle Heart Center visited East Prairie to discuss heart disease and prevention and the effects of second-hand smoke.

30 YEARS AGO
Feb. 28, 1989

Margaret Trapani, history teacher from Newman, was honored as the “Outstanding History Teacher of the Year” by the Steven A. Douglas Chapter of the Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution.

Members of the Lifesavers peer-counseling group at Tuscola High School, which deals with drug and alcohol abuse, have been working “undercover” as clowns at North Ward Grade School. One of the clowns, who goes by the name of “Herbie” urged students to “just say NO.”

Helen Teeters, of Tuscola, was pledged at the breakfast meeting of Alpha Omicron at Sandy Dolan’s new pizza parlor, “Sandos,” in Arthur. President, Alice Osborne, and pledge Chairman, Eleanor Coleman, conducted the ceremony. Teeters, who teaches second grade, was sponsored by her second grade teacher, Leta Maloney, who was the first pledge of the sorority in 1962.

40 YEARS AGO
March 1, 1979

Tuscola TV fans should have access to cable within six months, according to an agreement and ordinance approved by the city council. The council also voted unanimously to grant a non-exclusive franchise to Tuscola Cablevision, Inc.

Nine Tuscola High School girls have now entered the Miss Tuscola contest. Angie Jordan, Laura Oye, Joanne Grimm, and Kathy Morris have joined the five other previously announced candidates for the title.

Participating in a panel discussion on drug abuse held at Jarman Hospital were hospital administrator Randy Frank, Dr. Robert Arrol, Fred Leeds, Sandi Miller, Janet Beavers, and Bill Hughes.

The Douglas County Board approved a county road numbering system. Total cost of implementing the plan was estimated at $43,500.

50 YEARS AGO
Feb. 27, 1969

The sixth hour bookkeeping class completed their study unit on automated data processing with a tour through the I.B.M. Room at the U.S. Industrial Chemical Company. Lawrence D Noonan, Communications and training supervisor arranged the tour. Veldon Hutton explained the machines and programs.

The Tuscola Rotary Club named new directors Dr. Austin Baker, Ned Ferguson, George Hillard, Kenton Hall, Frank Lincoln, and Neil Tay.

The Century Motors family welcomed Chuck Deal of Champaign to Tuscola. Chuck was to be involved in the sale of the entire line of Century cars.

Tuscola High School presented Lerner and Loew’s “Camelot” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 27, 28 and March 1 at 7:30pm. General admission was from $0.75 to $1.25.

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