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10 years ago 
October 21, 2009
Chamber members gathered to welcome Bee Active Toys and owner Brad Curry to the Tanger Outlet Center with a ribbon cutting on October 16. Pictured at the ribbon cutting included Chamber members Dave Butler, Lynn Selen, Jason Maus, John Davis, Linda Kocher, owner Brad Curry, Katona Hall, Miss Tuscola Lauren Hunt with Little Miss Carly Wetzel, Tanger representatives Karen Dukeman and Morrie Mendenhall, and TEDI director Brian Moody. 

A candlelight vigil for BETHS Place was held on Sunday evening, October 8 in downtown Tuscola, in recognition of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

Dylan Walker and Miriam Romine were the winners of this years TCHS SAR and DAR Good Citizens award. 

Kaitlyn Refisteck, age 6, daughter of Tim and Jennifer Reifsteck of Tuscola, won a Nintendo Wii game system. Kaitlyn was the grand prize winner of a train safety contest, sponsored by the Canadian National Railway Company.

20 years ago 
October 19, 1999
Charles “Chub” Conner formally declared his candidacy for state representative at a press conference held on the grounds of the Douglas County Courthouse, where he spent time as a former county sheriff and current county board member. 

A rapidly expanding practice led to Dr. Bill Hemmer’s decision to move his Tuscola Pain & Wellness clinic to a new location, the new three-year old business now ensconced at 304 E Southline Road along Route 36. 

Tuscola Fire Department personnel introduced North Ward students to the TFD’s newly acquired Smokehouse, a teaching tool which simulates room conditions during a fire. 

The Warriors clinched at least a tie for the LOVC football conference championship with a 35-0 victory over Illiopolis. The win kept the Warriors undefeated on the season with just one game, against Oakland, left to play. 

30 years ago 
October 17, 1989
Cabot Corporation announced it was building a $55 million fumed silica plant in the United Kingdom. Cabot received a $7 million British grant, the first of its kind, to locate the plant in Barry, Wales. 

Dr. Robert Beasley resumed his chiropractic practice in Tuscola on Monday, after a three-year absence. He joined Dr. James McCumber’s office on Center Street. 

“Celebrity” baggers at IGA added a little fun to a countywide cancer drive this week. Helping out at the event were Deputy Terry Lane, Mayor Dan Kleiss, TCHS Principal Mike Damler, Tuscola IGA store manager Tony Scribner, Deputy Chuck Talbott, Alderwoman Phyllis Truitt, Coroner Dennis Dietrich, and Juanita Brace of First National Bank and Trust. 

The Gibson City Greyhounds hosted the Tuscola Warriors Friday night for Homecoming and shut out the Black and Gold by a 20-0 victory. The Warriors defense was led by Brain Hatfield’s seven solos and eight assists, supported strongly by Rob Hardwick’s five solos and five assists. 

40 years ago 
October 16, 1979
Mark Oakley and Tami Fortney were named TCHS Homecoming royalty at the coronation ceremonies prior to the dance. On hand to crown them were last year’s royalty, Mark Lake and Dee Anne Coon. 

The City of Tuscola was granted an additional $96,677 over previous engineering fees toward the planned wastewater treatment plant at Wimple Park, added to the $129,825 already granted by the EPA. 

A superb defense effort contributed tot eh 10-0 Warrior Homecoming victory Friday against Mahomet, keeping the Warriors’ playoff hopes alive. 

50 years ago 
October 16, 1969
Trucks loaded with golden new corn were unloading at a rate of approximately 750 bushels every three minutes at the new Cargill facility, which went on stream at Tuscola last week. 

Clearing of the Scattering Fork drainage area was about 99 percent complete, with 20 percent of the excavation work done according to Joe Fasig of Douglas County Soil and Water Conservation. 

An evaluation of the approximately 1,600 buildings in Tuscola was being conducted, to help provide for a uniform taxing system for the county. 

In Freshman football action, Rick Izquierdo accounted for five touchdowns in the 60-6 Tuscola Warriors victory over the Arcola Purple Riders. 

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