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Back in the Day 12-18-19

10 years ago 
December 23, 2009
Decorations at the stately home of Frank and Marlene Lincoln cast a beautiful glow on a recent winter evening. Judges deemed the home’s decorations worthy of the Old-Fashioned Award in the Tuscola Chamber of Commerce’s annual holiday lighting contest.

TCHS band students who were chosen to participate in the EIU High School Honor Band festival included Deanna Allen, Rachael Sapp, Brittany Foy, Mackenzie Quinn, Cameron Baer, Katherine Orchard, Mike Adams, Anthony Morrison, Chase Kauffman, and Michael Elder. 

Members of the Tuscola Warriors varsity boys basketball team included Taylor Leibovitz, Chris Ransom, Kyle Miller, Chance Little, Blake Smith, Cody Shelmadine, Pat Yoakum, Philip Meyer, Josh Scribner, Matt Pflum, Christian Lehmann, Jud Wienke, Brett Clifton, Chase Little, Jake Stark, and Heston Eveland. 

20 years ago 
December 21, 1999
A homemade but not-quite-finished dollhouse Backy Wax gave to her 9-year-old daughter Kimberly 20 years ago was recently completed by the pair so Kimberly’s daughters, ages 2 and 3, could enjoy it. 

Douglas County board members made the “shocking” decision to purchase three automated external defibrillators to be housed in the courthouse, county jail, and on-duty squad car, in the event of a cardiac emergency. 

Warren Lee joined the Provena Covenant Family Care Network as a family practice physician assistant. 

Drivers were being warned by Douglas County State’s Attorney Diane Sipich that driving 40 mph or more over the speed limit could result on jail time and hefty fines, with the passage of a new law by the Illinois legislature. 

30 years ago 
December 19, 1989
After two full terms as Douglas County sheriff, Chub Conner announced he would not seek re-election to the position. Deputy sheriff Chuck Talbott would be seeking the office, as would recently retired ISP District 10 commander Gordon Cleland. 

The Tuscola school district would again be seeing less money next year, despite a slight increase in the overall proposed levy approved by the school board. The culprit was declining farmland values. 

Clothing manufacturer Vanity Fair was considering Tuscola as a site for an outlet store, company officials announced recently. 

The Tuscola Warriors boys basketball team made it seven in a row and 27 straight at home after the Warriors won a thriller against Villa Grove as Brian Hatfield nailed a 10-foot jumper at the buzzer to make it 65-63. 

40 years ago 
December 18, 1979
Tuscola resident Bob Riley was turning in his badge after 30 years with the District 10 Illinois State Police in Pesotum. 

TCHS seniors Jill Holden and Mark Murray were named the TCHS DAR and SAR Good Citizens this year. 

A mock disaster drill to test the capabilities of Jarman Hospital to personnel to handle a disaster situation was conducted recently. Dennis Dietrich coordinated the drill, that simulated a bus wreck. 

Decatur St. Teresa now stood alone at the head of the pack in Okaw Valley’s circles, having disposed of their last undefeated challenger- Tuscola- in a 47-44 victory on the Warrior basketball court. 

50 years ago 
December 25, 1969
Water leaks under the floor of the east corridor at Tuscola High School were discovered last week. Approximately 108 feet of pipe had rotted away and had to be replaced, with the main leak under the floor in the trophy case area. 

Six DeMolay boys- Mark Weaver, Mike Cornwell, Mike Weaver, Charles Bowles, and John and Tom Ray- showed true Christmas spirit by walking all over town and the outlying additions to collect canned food for needy families. About 500 cans were collected by the boys. 

Poor free-throw shooting got the better of the Warriors, who were 11 for 20 from the gift line in a 61-51 loss to St. Joe Saturday night. Fred Hausmann paced Tuscola with 20 points. 

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