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Back in the Day 12-4-19

10 years ago 
December 9, 2009
Jim Hausman from The Gold Center in Springfield donated over fourteen tons of food to the SAM food pantry. The Semi-trailer that transported the food included eighteen pallets of food, including 500 frozen hams, 2,160 pounds of ground beef, and 14 pallets of canned goods. It also came with a six-cubic-foot freezer to aid the Pantry in keeping more frozen food on hand. 

Local farmers experienced one of the latest harvests in memory, with tractors and combines literally burning the midnight oil to get the final acres from frozen fields. Because the summer was cool, corn was slow to mature and the fields remained wetter than usual, which meant farmers harvests were slowed down due to having to dry corn that would have naturally dried in a normal summer condition. 

The Tuscola community building offered photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, face painting, and numerous vendors selling crafts during Tuscola’s Christmastown celebration to kick off the holiday season. 

Tuscola’s win over Villa Grove on Saturday night marked a milestone for Lady Warrior coach Tim Kohlbecker. Entering his sixth season at the helm of Tuscola’s girls’ basketball program, Kohlbecker notched victory number 100 and raised his career win/loss totals to 100-56. 

20 years ago
December 7, 1999
Local shoppers would soon have another store in which to spend their dollars, with the construction of a Pamida store on the north side of Route 36 in Tuscola. The 34,498-square-foot store would be located on a 5.47-acre tract of land north of Amerihost Inn and Burger King. 

Family, friends, and supporters joined Chub Conner Saturday morning in christening the grand opening of his campaign headquarters. Conner, a state representative hopeful, would be conducting campaign business at 206 N. Parke Street, Suite B, of the Keigley Building. 

Festival Plaza was officially opened for public enjoyment Friday, December 3, with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by city officials and Chamber of Commerce representatives. 

TCHS Senior Janeen Sutherland was chosen as the Tuscola Rotary Student of the Month. 

The Tuscola Warriors withstood a late rally by St. Joseph-Ogden to post a 65-62 victory in the opening boys basketball game of the 1999-2000 season.

30 years ago
December 5, 1989
Members of the Douglas County Board and Jarman Hospital administrator Mark Fedyk were at odds with each other over Fedyk’s unpaid role in helping Newman try to secure a physician for the community. 

Georgia Stewart and Wayne Pickens were installed as worthy matron and worthy patron at the Tuscola Chapter #44 of the Order of the Eastern Star. 

Tuscola native Rick Reed graduated recently from the Illinois State Police Academy in Springfield. He was being assigned to ISP duty in LaSalle County. 

The Marshall Lions came to Tuscola trying to end the Warriors’ 23 game-winning streak but failed, as TCHS won the contest 74-63. Brian Hatfield erupted for 31 points. 

The Seventh Grade Lady Hornets were continuing their banner basketball season by advancing to state quarterfinal action after a 29-24 win over Litchfield. 

40 years ago
December 4, 1979
A bathroom in the Audrey Oye home was completely demolished due to a sewer gas explosion under the house. The house was being rented to Wayne and Wilma Rahn, who reported they had smelled gas earlier in the week and had CILCO checking for leaks several days before the explosion. 

Dennis Dietrich announced his intention to run on the Republican ballot as a candidate for Douglas County coroner in the 1980 primary. Dietrich had served the last three years as deputy coroner. 

Eleven Warriors notched the scoring column in an 88-65 victory over Warrensburg-Latham. Senior center Tom Weemer led the parade with 24 points. 

50 years ago
December 11, 1969
The question of where to house the ambulance to be used by the City of Tuscola was solved this week. Central Illinois Public Service (CIPS) agreed to allow the city to use a portion of the company’s building, which adjoins city hall, for its purpose and at no cost. 

South Ward School had reported someone had broken in and stolen two turkeys, twenty-five meat loaves, four dozen eggs and four loaves of bread from its pantry. 

Some 300 Farm Bureau members and guests gathered to pay tribute to 50 years of successful Farm Bureau operation at a banquet held Thursday at the Community Building. One of the special guests at the banquet was Mrs. John McCarty, whose husband was the first Douglas County Farm Bureau president. 

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