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Back in the Day – July 31, 2019

August 5, 2009
Three Tuscola residents participated in the Champaign Park District mini-triathlon on Aug. 1 at the Sholem Pool in Champaign. The residents were Nicole Mannen, Rachel Mannen, and Cecilia Yoakum. Nicole placed second in her age group with a time of 47.22. Cecilia placed first in her age group with a time of 45.21. They had to swim 400 meters, bike 6 miles, and run 2 miles. 

Stan Wienke and Steve Hilgendorf donated a lot of time and effort to replace the siding on the press box at TCHS over the summer to prepare for the fall season of Warrior football. 

The TCHS class of 2004 held their five-year class reunion at Ironhorse in Tuscola. Those who were able to attend the reunion were Jon Chambers, Adam Slaughter, Adam Kearns, Craig Roberts, Andy Pollock, Micki Lucero, Justin Bozarth, Austin Arseneau, Elizabeth (Hall) Henningsen, Cassie Wesch, Steve Rogers, Dustin Benner, Brian Anderson, Sean Breen, Terry Franklin, Tori (Pierce) Franklin, Kaci Payne, Ashely Brian, Tiffany Long, Becki Conner, Tiffany Carter, Stephanie Pflum, Kerri Kearney, Lindsey (Tabb) Hall, Jason Milner, April Maulding, Amber VonLanken, Megan Watts, Ashlee Wehrle, Megan Lehmann, Angie Green, Jessica Gordy, Jessica Laley, Jessica Kleiss and Marlaina Dyke. 

The Tuscola Foundation donated $1,000 to the Tommy Martin scholarship fund, which is awarded to a TCHS student pursuing a law enforcement degree. The 2009 recipient of the Tommy Martin scholarship was Zach Bosch.

Aug. 3, 1999
Douglas County Coroner Joe Victor formally announced his intention to seek a third four-year term in the next general election. In addition to his coroner position, Victor was also serving as part-time sheriff’s deputy and head of the county ESDA program. 

Outgoing TEDI president Jim Kleiss presented certificates of appreciation to Julie Hoetker and Kathy Mattix, who were completing their tenures with the organization. 

The Tuscola Ambucs recently built special handicap-useable beds for the Ted Berry family of Tuscola. The beds were padded on all sides, to keep the children from hurting themselves during the night. 

First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust was recognized with a 1999 BESI award at the annual meeting of the East Central Illinois Development Corporation. BESI stands for Business Ethics and Social Involvement. 

TCHS cheerleader Jenny Gensler would be traveling to Australia in April as part of the UCA All-Star cheerleading squad, to perform at the Australian Bowl and Royal Easter Show. Gensler was named to the prestigious squad while attending the UCA camp at the University of Illinois in June. 

Aug. 1, 1989
Emily Lynn Coon, the 8-year-old daughter of Donna Coon, was named Little Miss Tuscola at the annual pageant. First runner-up was Hannah Crawford, daughter of George and Candy Crawford. Lara Hoeft, daughter of Gene and Paula Donnals, was second runner up. 

E. Martin Hennings, the artist who painted the two large murals at the Douglas County Courthouse circa 1912, has become famous for his Western art. His major works were selling for up to $300,000. 

Julie Little, Carolyn Kissinger, and Gigi Snyder graduated from Parkland College with their associate’s degrees in nursing in May. All three were planning to continue their education and obtain bachelor’s degrees in nursing from the U of I. 

Tuscola residents performing in Villa Grove Community Theatre’s summer production of “Hello Dolly” included Billie Mitchell, Susan Patterson, Johanna Morgan, Laura Arwine, and Leigh Ann Jolley. 

The TCHS cheerleading squad was named national champions, receiving a first-place rating overall at U.S. Cheerleading Association camp in Bloomington. Squad members included Carrie Brian, Missy Chappell, Leigh Ann Jolley, Tiffany Dick, Dawn Coile, Erica Bishop, Trisha Truitt, Shelby Rahn, Tangie Rahe, and Toni Snyder. 

Aug. 2, 1979
Attending ribbon cutting ceremonies at the new Hayes Clothing store were Barbara Utterback, Betty Hayes, Dennis Hayes, Clarence Snyder, Miss Tuscola Tracy Maxey, Mayor Chris Hill, Melanie Cler, and Dorothy Stirrett. 

Management of the Tuscola IGA announced that Burnie Campbell had returned to the store to manage the meat department. Former department manager Terry VonLanken asked to be relieved of the position so that he could devote more time to his farming interests. 

Maggie Parker left her position as society editor of the Tuscola Review to return to college for her master’s degree. Janice Davis replaced Parker as society editor. Loren Lewis returned to the Review and was to serve as its new editor. 

Members of the Tuscola POW-WOWS met at the home of Rudy and Mary Kalmar to organize activities for the coming year. The group voted to purchase vinyl pompons for the cheerleading squad at a cost of $150. 

July 31, 1969
Bud Rice of Tuscola handed out more than 200 red safety flags to tractor drivers participating in the tractor trek to Washington, D.C. The group planned to hold meetings with the Senate Agriculture Committee before returning home. 

Tack Green, owner of Waddington Funeral Home, announced that ambulance service in the city would be terminated. Increases in state regulations and restrictions, and the demand for specified equipment and trained personnel, were cited by Green as reasons for the ambulance shut down. 

Tuscola Jaycees presented a proposal to develop a park on 31 acres owned by the city south of the new sewer plant. A large excavation would eventually become a 10-acre lake. Jaycee president Larry Foltz said the group would design, build and equip a free-access public park.  

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