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10 years ago 
October 28, 2009
The members of the TCHS student fan group Black Pack sported Halloween costumes during the October 22 volleyball action against Meridian. 

North Ward students put pennies they collected in the wishing well. The students started a penny drive to benefit Sgt. John Wright, a Tuscola native who was injured in Afghanistan while serving out Country. 

North Ward first graders posed with a big $500 check from Champion Fitness after being on of four schools to win the prize for new equipment for their school. Along with the students, those posed were PE teacher Bonnie Petty, Champion Fitness owner Jeff Schade, PE teacher Teresa Sisk, and Champion Fitness’ Danielle Quinn. 

Volleyball seniors recognized at October 22’s game included Brittany Foy with mom Lori, Jessica Bosch with parents Phil and Denise Bosch, Anna Frye with parents Randy and Kathy Frye, Lauren Hunt with parents Brad and Chris Hunt, and Taylor Turner with parents Gloria and Brad Turner. 

The 2009 football seniors included Tyler Zyskowski, Travis Gould, Gunnar Edwards, Mike Adams, Kyle Bowles, Jordon Baird, Jordan Knerr, Jerrod Baird, Tyler Clark, Heston Eveland, Christian Lehmann, Josh Scribner, and Matt Pflum. 

20 years ago 
October 26, 1999
The federal government’s Welfare Reform Act, which mandated a single disbursement unit for all child support checks issued in the state was wreaking havoc with payments owed to custodial parents in Douglas County as well as the other 101 counties in Illinois. 

An incident earlier in the month in which a man exposed himself to four young girls resulted in increased patrolling at North Ward and East Prairie school yards. 

Janeen Sutherland and Jenny Gensler were named Tuscola’s DAR and SAR Good Citizen Award winners for 1999-2000. 

Tuscola senior citizens had a special treat last week, as members of Mrs. Bergner’s fourth-grade class serenaded them with songs about Johnny Appleseed. The program took place under the direction of North Ward music teacher Donna Jolley. 

30 years ago 
October 24, 1989
Negotiations for a factory outlet shopping mall for Tuscola were still ongoing according to Mayor Dan Kleiss, but it would likely be two weeks or more before any new information was released. 

Douglas County board members voted to borrow money to supplement the county’s general fund, which showed a balance of $5,000, in order to pay its bills through the rest of the fiscal year. The cash flow problem was caused by subsidizing Jarman Hospital. 

Tuscola city police were investigating an armed robbery that occurred Saturday night at R-Jay’s Package Liquor. The suspect, brandishing a handgun, fled on foot after taking an undisclosed amount of cash. 

For the first time in seven years, TCHS would have a full team representation at the IHSA cross country sectionals. Team members included Jamie McDonald, Eric Alexander, Nick Leonard, Scott Beeson, Ben Sluder, Aaron Lewis and Travis Truitt. 

40 years ago 
October 24, 1979
Design work would begin soon on the proposed wastewater treatment plant, after council members agreed to accept the federal EPA. Construction would probably take place next year. 

Illinois farmers were turning in record harvests for soybean and corn production. Figures released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated an all time high of 1.26 billion bushels of corn would be harvested by Illinois farmers this year, while soybean harvest should reach 268.6 bushels.

Ray Coombs, soild conservation technician at Tuscola, was honored with a merit award and cash prize for his work with the Douglas County Soil and Water Conservation District. 

Decatur St. Teresa’s 8-3 victory over the Warriors Friday night eliminated Tuscola from the Okaw Valley Conference race. Mark Oakley led Tuscola in rushing with 89 yards in 18 attempts. 

50 years ago 
October 23, 1969
The Beecher Drive home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jones and their seven children was badly damaged by fire on Monday afternoon, with damages upwards of $10,000. 

Tuscola Scout, Steve Mick, was recently presented his Life Scout rating at a recent Court of Honor held for Scout Troop 95. Making the presentation was Scoutmaster Amos Albritton. 

Airman and Mrs. Robert Metheny would be making their hoe in Germany, where he was stationed wit the U.S. Air Force for a three year tour of duty, following the October 4 nuptials of Metheny and the former Marjorie Kay Schweighart. 

The Tuscola Warriors held the Villa Grove Blue Devils to just six first downs in a 16-6 victory in the road at Villa Grove. Quarterback Larry Ring led Tuscola’s offensive attack, running for 97 yards and passing for 75, completing seven of 18 passes. Tom Harriss placed second in total yardage running for 55.  

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