Back in the Day – May 29, 2019

10 YEARS AGO
June 3, 2009

A four way stop was added to the intersection of CR 1050N and 1250. Due to the heavy traffic count and increase in accidents, that included two fatalities, county and township officials were prompted to make the intersection a four-way stop.

Tori Wasiloski and Cassidy Westjohn held a lemonade and cookie stand to help raise money for Hands 4 Paws. The girls collected $49.75. Hands 4 Paws was established in 2006 for the creation of a humane animal shelter in Douglas County. The group is not affiliated with the Douglas County Animal Shelter but strives to help out whenever they can.

Seniors earning high honors for the last semester of their high school career were Elizabeth Anderson, Lily Benner, Brian Kennedy, Elizabeth Murphy, Michelle Ogden, Michael Ovca and Rebecca Swaney.

Christie Clinic celebrated its 80th birthday. Since the Christie brothers started the clinic in 1929, Christie Clinic had grown to include more than 120 providers, more than 40 departments and 35 specialties, clinics and specialty centers in Champaign, Danville, Mahomet, Rantoul, Tuscola, and Urbana, and two convenient cares at County Market locations, making Christie Clinic the first provider in the area to offer health care in a retail environment by 2009.

20 YEARS AGO
June 1, 1999

The Warriors’ senior track star, Robert Hanners, crossed the finish line during the finals of the 1600 meters at the Illinois High School State track and field meet. Hanners finished fifth in the event with a school-record time of 4:22.8.

Ten TCHS senior honor students were treated to lunch by the Tuscola Rotary Club. They included Marci Lietz, Brian McDaniel, Katie Hettinger, Darcey Voyles, Lindsey Snider, Chris Brian, Carrie Bergeson, Amanda Griffith, Anna Hettinger, and Matthew Schweighart.

Tonya Poindexter received the Gwen Meyer Award as a member of the Illinois Wesleyan University softball team. The award is given to the player who gives 100 percent, shows support of the team, and is self-motivated.

30 YEARS AGO
May 30, 1989

Gene Murray, former coach, teacher and athletic director, would be leaving TCHS with more than three decades of memories. Murray started his career with TCHS at age 25, and just out of the Army, as a coach in 1958.

Mayor Danny Kleiss administered the oath of office to councilman Leonard Jackson at a recent meeting of city fathers. Other newcomers to city office who were sworn in were city clerk Beth Leamon and councilman David McCrory.

The Spicery Tea Room officially opened in an early 1900’s Sears and Roebuck house at the corner of Main and Scott streets. Owners Richard and Donna Kidwell were the proprietors of Tuscola’s newest business.

Ribbons of sheet metal and a disheveled clump of furniture were all that remained of the Bob Gonzales home after high winds ripped apart the trailer at Wright’s Trailer Court.

40 YEARS AGO
May 31, 1979

Tag Adkisson, 8-year-old son of Susan Adkisson, was announced as the year’s winner of the highly successful C. F. Bike-A-Thon. Tag rode 36 miles and collected $296.95 for the charity ride. Phil Beachy presented a $100 bill as the prize, representing the donor Hillard Agency.

Sgt. Robert Riley of Tuscola was presented a 30-year service pin by Illinois State Police. Sgt. Riley was a Tuscola native and a graduate of Tuscola High School.

Colby Decker placed eighth in the discus competition at the IHSA Class A track and field meet held on the EIU campus. Decker qualified for finals with a toss of 153-11.

Mayor Chris Hill signed a proclamation designating May 28 to June 3, 1979 as Vietnam Veterans Week. American Legion posts across the nation were planning in response to Commander John M Carey’s pledge to give the Legion’s full support of the Vietnam Veterans Week.

50 YEARS AGO
June 5, 1969

TCHS graduates that were selected as members of the National Honor Society were Sarah Romine, Connie Schrodt, Linda Hausmann, Joyce Ochs, Gary Neal, Rita Duensing, Debbie Summerlot, Jan Rice, Rick Burns, Bill Cook, Tom McCumber, Cindy Thode, Janet Strohl, Sandy Harsh, and Nancy O’Bryan.

The pharmacy department was officially opened at the Tuscola Sav-Mor. Joe Steinberger of Decatur was the pharmacist on duty.

Patrick Keen was among six people at the University of Illinois who received a varsity letter in golf. Keen, a sophomore at the U of I was the number one golfer during the spring.

Mike Stephenson of Atwood was the winner of an all-expense paid trip for two to Hawaii. He won the trip by filling out a questionnaire in the TV Guide.

William Betzold presented a request for an increase in the school bus contract at a regular board meeting. The amount of the increase would be $2,403.

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