Back in the Day (11-20-19)

10 years ago
November 25, 2009
Members of the 2009 Hornet seventh grade basketball team were Gunnar Campbell, Bryce VonLanken, Shayne Luth, Cole Evans, Cody Lewis, Clayton Turner, Zach Bates, Jarrett Wallace, Josh Knight, Tommy Watson, Blake Woodard, Tyler Hale, Griffin Day and Marcus Alexander. 

Members of the 2009 Hornet eighth grade basketball team were Austin Martin, Tanner Robinson, Tucker Robinson, Kyle Stenger, Kyle Pugh, Dylan Taylor and Tristan Williams. 

Nancy Simpson of Camargo was the winner of the raffle for $500 worth of groceries from Tuscola IGA. The raffle was held by the East Prairie eighth graders going to Washington D.C. in June. Student Lauren Moss sold Simpson the winning raffle ticket. The raffle fundraiser raised $3,000 for the trip. 

Tuscola High School’s Gunnar Edwards was named to Class 1A All-State First Team by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association. Edwards, a senior, was names as a wide receiver/running back after posting 650 yards receiving and nine touchdowns at that point in the season. 

20 years ago
November 23, 1999
Loose Bricks and unstable windows prompted the City of Tuscola to send a notice of dangerous building to the owner of the “Dotson building” at 126 W Sale Street. 

New Pledges inducted recently into the Beta Sigma Phi sorority Tuscola chapter included Vicki Durham, Tina Kibler, Cindy Rodmaker, Diane Lee, and Kendra Pence. 

Homes to the Tuscola Woman’s Club Christmas house tour this year included Clyde and Nancy Snyder, Mike and Mindi Bosch, and Christine Lewis. 

A twenty-two point, ten-rebound effort by Janeen Sutherland helped the Lady Warriors to a 74-27 victory over the Mahomet-Seymour Lady Bulldogs in Tuscola’s opening game. Fellow senior Rachel Robertson added seventeen points and eight rebounds. 

30 years ago
November 21, 1989
Michelle Swihart of Tuscola and Mike Smith of Newman were named as Outstanding Boy and Girl for 1989 at the annual Douglas County 4-H Achievement Night. 

Jarman Memorial Hospital would be getting a six-month reprieve and at least a $600,000 subsidy as a result of recent action by the county board. The FY 1990 budget adopted by board members included a $384,000 cash subsidy from the General Fund and another $294,000 in payments for social security, retirement and liability insurance for the hospital and its employees. 

Tracy and Tammi Kroenung of Tuscola announced the birth of their second child, a daughter named Kaela Alaine. She was born November 12 at 8:12 p.m., weighing 7 lbs. 14 oz. and measuring 20 inches long. 

Coach Angie Dilliner’s Lady Warriors opened the 1989-90 basketball season in style, crushing the visiting Cumberland Pirates 71-39. Junior Elizabeth Spomer led the way with twenty-nine points and fourteen rebounds. Tisha Little had eighteen points, eight steals and four assists; and Kendra Blaudow chipped in fifteen points, including two three pointers. 

40 years ago
November 20, 1979
Carrier Watch, a program designed to offer assistance to elderly citizens in an emergency, was being formed by the City of Tuscola in conjunction with eh Tuscola post office, police department, and senior citizens club. 

American Flags were stolen from two Tuscola businesses in the past week, one from First National Bank and another from IGA. 

Football players receiving individual awards recognition at the fall sports banquet included Andy Gangloff, Most improved; Greg Campbell, Dietrich-Huber Tackle award co-winner; Tom Crist, Offensive Lineman award; Colby Decker, Defensive Lineman award and Dietrich-Huber Tackle award co-winner; and Mark Oakley, Sportsmanship award. 

Tuscola had a Second Team member in Tami Fortney and an Honorable mention in Laurie Cross for the All-Okaw volleyball squad. 

50 years ago
November 27, 1969
One-way traffic on Sale Street, from Main to Parke, was scheduled to start December 15 in hopes of reducing the number of traffic accidents. There had been twenty-three accidents reported this year, not counting a number of fender-benders and scratched cars that went unreported. 

Congratulations were in order for two Douglas County 4-Hers, Scott Shearer who was on the U of I livestock judging team and Perry Albin on the state 4-H livestock judging team. Both would be judging at the upcoming International Livestock Exposition in Chicago. 

Tuscola residents certified as election judges included Marian Ponder, Tuscola 1; Corinne Hettinger,  Tuscola 1; Blanche Pflum, Tuscola 2; and Margaret Pettit, Tuscola 4. 

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