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Back in the Day – March 6, 2019

March 10, 2009

Six-year-old Kali Pierce was presented with a hometown hero award at the city council meeting for her bravery and quick action in summoning for emergency help when her mom, Kyli, collapsed at home. Kali was able to call 911, give her address, and unlock the door for the emergency responders when they arrived. When asked about how she knew what to do she said that she was “just doing what her mom had taught her to do.”

Kelly Burns graduated with a degree of Doctor in Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic. She was the fourth member of her family to graduate from Palmer College.

Douglas County Relay For Life fundraising chairperson, Susan Hall, accepted a check for almost $700 from the Tuscola Monical’s owner, Richard Smalling. Monical’s donated 20 percent of its profits from one day of business to the Relay For Life effort.

March 9, 1999

Preparations for the Miss Tuscola Pageant were underway, and the contestants looking to succeed Miss Tuscola 1998 were Rachel Kleiss, Lori Pollock, Katy Ochs, Jenny Gensler, Amy Hettinger, and Christy Rogers.

Diane Lee was promoted to head of the mortgage and installment loan department at First Federal Bank. She had been with the bank for 1992.

Carle Arrow Ambulance crew members gave a hands-on demonstration to several head start preschoolers on the ins and outs of what an ambulance looks like and does. The children were fascinated by the kind of equipment that comes with a rescue vehicle.

March 7, 1989

Matt Werner, Heather Gaddey, Eric Alexander and Jamie McDonald participated and placed in the Junior Engineering Technical Society scholastic competition at Parkland College under the direction of Kay Kleiss.

The Tuscola Warriors Boys’ Basketball Team won their sectional championship game against Monticello. The team was coached by Kerry Kincaid.

Amy Cottle, Tara Allen and Jennifer Wiesener were chosen to represent Tuscola High School in the state-wide FHA-HERO competition.

March 5, 1979

The Tuscola Warriors won their first Regional Tournament in six years. Tuscola beat Sullivan in a 70-67 triple-overtime contest.

Local daycare providers received letters from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services reminding them that the state law requires that sitters must be licensed. Area sitters, only two of whom are licensed, stated that the licensing forms were “clearly designed for…large metropolitan areas and should have little…significance…in a community the size of Tuscola.”

Mrs. Bob Grey won $50 and two steak dinners at Clarence’s during the Old Fashioned bingo fundraiser. Tuscola police patrolman Rex Hall graduated from a 258-hour Basic Police Training Course offered by the Illinois Department of Law Enforcement Training Academy in Springfield.

March 6, 1969

Tuscola native William M. Lear was awarded the “Silver Snoopy,” the highest award that can be granted to a civilian in the United States Space Program. Lear received his doctorate in general engineering from Purdue and is a member of the space technology team in California.

Kathy Walters of Tuscola completed her tenth month as the teacher on “Romper Room” broadcast in Decatur.

Mark Seip scored 24 points and set a Tuscola High School career record of 1,278 points during the recent 83-48 Warrior win over Cumberland.

The 49-bed Douglas Nightingale Manor nursing home welcomed 50 area business leaders for a pre-opening tour. The new facility would accept its first patients later in March.

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