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10 years ago 
November 11, 2009
State Representative Chapin Rose presented a certificate from the State of Illinois to county board member Chuck Knox. An open house held at the courthouse marked the 150th anniversary of Douglas County’s formation.

At the 2009 fall sports awards banquet cheerleader Emily Groves received the leadership award, Claudia Christy received most improved and Racheal Sapp received the spirit award. 

Robert Henderson, vice commander of the 19th district, awarded Douglas County American Legion Post 27 Commander Mike Holmes a plaque for 100 percent membership at last Saturdays post meeting. 

The Heartland Senior Line Dancers performed for Jarman Center residents over the weekend. The dancers are a group of senior citizens who perform around Central Illinois.

The Tuscola Warriors travelled to Mount Sterling on Saturday to compete against the Brown County Hornets who were the number one seed in class 1A. 

20 years ago
November 9, 1999
First Christian Church minister Stan Killebrew won a cruise to Mexico through a WBGL radio station promotion. 

Special Community angels taking charge of the Salvation Army Angel Tree this year were Sarah Holmes, Debbie Reed, and Cindy Lamb. 

Tuscola High School students recently inducted into the National Honor Society were Johnathan Jones, Matt McCumber, Meagan Penny, Rachel Cronk, Christine Danielson, Mike Woods, Jahaun Shirazi, Katy Ochs, Valerie Donnals, Justin Quick, Andrew Hagler, Steve Pangburn, Kenny Hogue, Katie Arseneau, Jeff Damler, Shane Pangburn, Jenny Mosley, Casey Roberts, Jared Blaudow, Cara Chaplin, Jordan Hanke, Kristy Quick, and Stacy Anderson. 

Jared Vandeventer and Eric Schweighart connected five times during the Warrior football game for 69 yards as Tuscola advanced in the Class 2A playoffs by defeating the Sesser-Valier Red Devils 35-28 on a last minute touchdown by Kenny Hogue. 

30 years ago
November 7, 1989
Douglas County residents made it clear they did not want to pay any additional taxes when they defeated all tax referendums on Tuesday’s ballot. Among those was the Jarman Hospital proposition that was defeated 2,369 to 1,956. 

Theresa Bowles of Tuscola was the grand-prize winner of the Tuscola Review/Chamber of Commerce Christmas in October drawing, meaning she would have one hour to spend $300 in any of the participating stores. 

Marine PFC Jason Pantier completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Cal. Pantier joined the Marine Corps in June 1989, shortly after high school graduation. 

The Lady Warriors had two volleyball players- Tisha Little and Sarah Coatney- who were named LOVC First Team All-Conference players. Kristy Leamon and Elizabeth Spomer were Second Team All-Conference and Missy Erixon received honorable mention. 

40 years ago
November 9, 1979
Tuscola resident Tom Ellis, a line foreman with CIPS, was honored recently for actions credited with saving the life of an Indiana man who suffered a heart attack while battling a fire in his tractor-trailer. Ellis assisted state troopers in applying CPR techniques to revive the man. 

Incumbent coroner Ron Keith and incumbent circuit clerk Tom VanVoohris both announced their intentions to seek re-election to their respective Douglas County positions. 

The Tuscola Warriors concluded this years football season with a 28-0 thumping of St. Joseph-Ogden Friday night. Mark Oakley’s 166-yard performance pushed him over the 1,000-yard mark in rushing. 

50 years ago
November 6, 1969
The congregation of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tuscola was proceeding with construction of a new parsonage. A special groundbreaking ceremony for the structure, which would be a ranch style home with four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, would be held Sundays as part of the 9 a.m. worship service. 

The Tuscola city council approved a motion to annex Route 36 into the city limits. 

Brad Boyer of Tuscola was one of 69 men accepted for membership in the Varsity Men’s Glee Club at the University of Illinois. 

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