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Back in the Day – April 3, 2019

April 8, 2009

Mike, Katie and Doug Ruggles, along with mother-in-law Linda Brewer, were treated to an all-expenses-paid trip as VIP guests for the Monster Truck World Finals in Las Vegas, Nev. The family got to stay in the Imperial Palace, take pictures with Blue Thunder who was the winner of the 2009 Monster Truck World Finals, and Mike was the winner of a brand-new Ford F-150 truck.

TCHS senior Rebecca Swaney committed to playing as a middle infielder for the Olney Central College Blue Knights. She was a four-year softball player for Tuscola. Those who were in attendance for her signing were Onley head Coach Nick Short, Troy and Rita Swaney, TCHS athletic director Ron O’Hearn, and TCHS softball coach Lenny Sementi.

April 6, 1999

Hannah Brandenburg, daughter of Sarah and Sam Brandenburg and a student in Mrs. Taylor’s third-grade class, had an original poem “The Sun” published in the Children’s Anthology of Poetry.

Jordan Ochs, 18-month old daughter of Josh and Paylee Ochs, won first place in the 15 to 23-month old category pf the Most Beautiful Baby contest. She also placed first in the category in the Sweetest Smile competition.

A new custom-built rescue pumper was added to the Tuscola Fire Department fleet. The truck, built by Luverne Fire Apparatus at a cost of $267,995, was delivered on April 1.

April 4, 1989

Newspaper education week concluded with an essay contest at East Prairie Elementary School. Robert Hastings and Carolyn Adkins presented cash prizes. Heidi Gaddey received $15 for first place and Jill Little received $10 for second place.

Carrieann Wright, daughter of Walt and Kathy Wright, received notification that her 4-H records won the state competition in woodworking. Because she won on the state level, she was awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to the national 4-H Club Congress.

Don and Donna Walker, owners of Ollie’s Lounge on Route 36, reopened the restaurant, located in the same building under the name Ollie’s Beef House.

April 5, 1979

Honored for 50 years of membership at the Tuscola Masons Lodge No. 332 Past Masters Night were Charles Clay and his wife Ruth.

Retiring Miss Tuscola Linda Hillard presented the crown of royalty to Tracy Maxey, who was among 12 candidates for the coming year. Angie Jordan was selected runner-up and Jill Holden second runner-up.

Amos Albritton presented certificates of appreciation for “outstanding contribution to the growth and progress of the Tuscola community” to W.A. Bozarth and Ray Wulliman at the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner.

April 10, 1969

Richard Lake, of Lake Bros. Construction, was named “Man of the Year” at the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner.

The Douglas County Tuberculosis Sanatorium Board annually sponsored the tuberculosis skin-testing program in the Douglas County schools for school personnel and pupils in the first, fifth, and ninth grades. The 1969 program was completed with approximately 1,471 school personnel and pupils examined.

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