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Back in the Day – Wednesday, April 17

April 22, 2009

Court was chosen for this years prom to take place on April 25. Senior Queen candidates included Rachael Brewer, Megan Riley, Molly Romine, Liz Murphy, and Amie Burgess. Senior King candidates included Caleb Little, Michael Ovca, Zach Bosch, Shane Albert and Justin Hood. Junior attendants were Taylor Turner, Josh Scribner, Raechel Buckner and Christian Lehmann.

Rachael Brewer and Molly Romine were selected by the Herald & Review to participate in the Herald & Review All-Star Game, representing the All-Area Team. The game featured the County All-Stars vs the All-Area Team. The All-Area Team came out on top with an 88-63 win.

Family Fun Night was a big hit at North Ward with several tables set up and fun things for kiddos to enjoy. The Sweets Table in particular saw a lot of visitors that was set up in the cafeteria by the Douglas County Relay For Life Team No Name. The team rang up almost $240 in sales to benefit the American Cancer Society.

April 20, 1999

Mrs. Smith’s third grade class were pioneers for a day in honor of the hardworking folks they have been studying on the Oregon Trail. Classroom activities for the day included dressing up, telling pioneer stories, preparing a campsite meal and eating on pie plates.

Mary Crowger was the lucky winner of the 1999 Spring Fling Giveaway. The winnings included a basket was filled with more than $200 in gift certificates and prizes donated by Atwood merchants.

Several high ranking and highly decorated Korean Marine Corps colonels were in Tuscola and Chicago to participate in the national fund raiser for the Korean War Veterans National Museum and Library. Part of their time in Tuscola was spent visiting the proposal site for the museum and meeting with Tuscola High School Principal Mike Damler about setting up an exchange program for high school students.

Craig Knight was quickly establishing himself as one of the top runners at the seventh grade level setting the school record for the 400 meter run at 58.34. In five meets against teams from Arcola, Cerro Gordo, Arthur, Blue Ridge, Atwood, Monticello and Mahomet, Knight has not been beaten in the 100, 400, or long jump. In addition to his personal performances, he was an anchor in the school record setting 1600 meter relay team combined of himself, John Paddock, Justin Bozarth, and Austin Arseneau with a time of 4:36.3.

April 18, 1989

Michelle Beeson, a sophomore at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., has been named to the President’s Honors List for the 1988 fall semester. Beeson is the daughter of James and Patricia Beeson of Tuscola. She is a graduate of Tuscola High School was studying music education. To be able to be on the President’s List a student must earn a 4.0 GPA on 14.5 or more semester credit hours.

The Science Olympiad team at East Prairie brought home the gold from the state competition and were named tenth in state. Members of the team were Abigail Middleton, Jackie Schweighart, Patrick Quinn, Kendra Pickens, Jeremy Corum, Scott Sequin, Tony Stenger, Holly Henderson, Jill Little, Ellen Nogle, Phillip Michener, Matt Brewer, Steven Manzke, Brian Byers, Erin Henderson, Brian Mitsdarffer, and instructor Bob Pearse.

Steve Weemer was chosen to play in the 1989 all-star high school basketball games at the Peoria Civic Center. Weemer was named to the southern Illinois all-star team by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.

April 29, 1979

Residents in Meadowview claimed that flooded and clogged sewer lines caused sewage to back up into bathtubs and sinks in their subdivision following recent heavy rains and flooding in the area.

In an “exceptionally large” turnout, voters elected newcomer Al Borries and incumbent Carl Conner to the Tuscola School Board.

The grant application for federal funds to cover the proposed new South Main fire station was rejected by the department of Housing and Urban Development. Tuscola officials had requested $495,000 for the project.

Completing a two-evening course on CPR were members and advisors of Explorer Post 911. The classes were taught by Karen Thorton.

April 17, 1969

Cindy Flock and Alan Gilmore were selected by the student body to be Daisy Mae and Li’l Abner for the 1969 Sadie Hawkins Day Dance. They received a free Sadie Hawkins marriage license and a bottle of Corn Huskers lotion. During the evening the girl could drag her date into Marryin’ Sam and buy a genuine unlawful marriage ceremony. Kevin McDonald was Marryin’ Sam and Steve Wetzel was his helper. The dance was a huge success and everyone who attended seemed to enjoy themselves. Tribe sponsored the dance.

Mickey McGuire received the highest excellent rating in the Sectional contest of the Latin II contest. Penny Stenger received an excellent rating in the District II contest. Jeanette Iles and Patti O’Bryan won Superior ratings in District competition. Jeanette also received an excellent rating in the sectional contest. Kathy McCumber received a Superior rating in both the District and Sectional contest. McCumber qualified to compete in the state contest held at the University of Illinois.

The standard price for a New Craftsman 20-inch, push-type rotary lawn mower was about $88 and for a Craftsman 26-inch riding rotary was $245.

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