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Back in the Day 1/8/20

10 years ago 
January 13, 2010
Significant snowfall in the area the last week had residents stuck at home. More than five inches of snow fell to the ground causing increased hazards along with blowing and drifting. School was cancelled, the mall, the courthouse and various other businesses were closed for the day. ISP stated that Thursday morning district 10 was responding heavily to vehicle crashes and slide offs on the interstates. 

Due to the large outbreak of the H1N1 virus, there were several flu vaccine clinics held the area. Children ages six months and up were encouraged to get the vaccine. This vaccine was a double dose, meaning you received one shot then twenty-eight days later you needed to receive a second shot. 

Christie Clinic in Tuscola welcomed Richard Snowden, MD, to the Department of Internal Medicine. In the department Dr. Snowden diagnoses and treats nonsurgical illnesses in adults. Dr. Snowden received his bachelor’s degree and master’s candidacy in zoology from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, and his medical degree from Southern Illinois University at Springfield. He then completed his residency at Southern Illinois University Affiliated Hospitals, Springfield. 

20 years ago
January 11, 2000
City council members were investigating the desirability of establishing “home rule” in Tuscola, which would allow local government to exercise limited powers above and beyond what state legislature specifically provided for. 

Three Douglas County residents- Susie Harbaugh of Tuscola, David Albin of Newman, and Gray Luth of Allerton- were named to the Agricultural Advisory Committee by Republican congressional candidate Sam Ewing. 

Lt. Gina (O’Brien) Beattie, daughter of Ruthie and the late Tom O’Brien of Tuscola, received the Top Tiger Award after completing the T-37 phase of specialized undergraduate pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas. The award is given to the student demonstrating the best overall officer ship, flying and academic skills. 

30 years ago
January 9, 1990
Following a sludge leak at Quantum over the New Year’s weekend, the Illinois EPA warned citizens of Tuscola and Arcola not to drink or cook with tap water. That warning was followed on the evening of January 3 by a ban on bathing with the water. A leak in a plastic line allowed some 750,000 gallons of water out of a sludge-retaining pit and into the Kaskaskia River. 

Quantum USI voluntarily shut down its Tuscola plant on January 9 because it had no more capacity to store treated wastewater affluent. The temporary shutdown caused the Cabot plant to cease operations, as the two plants feed each other’s resources. 

TCHS students Angela Ray and Ginger Donnals were named Student of the Month at Decatur Area Vocational Center. Ray earned the honor in the basic nursing assistant program, and Donnals in the cosmetology program. 

40 years ago
January 8, 1980
Police continued to be baffled by the strange selections of robbers during recent home thefts. At the Ron Winn residence, a vacuum sweeper was taken but other valuable items were left undisturbed. In another residence, a billfold and purse were stolen while the homeowner lay sleeping on a couch just a few feet from where they sat. One downtown business reported cash stolen from a hiding place while other more valuable items were left untouched. 

Installed into office at the Tuscola Masonic Lodge #332 were Roy Hopkins, N.H. Wakefield, William Gower, Ralph Allen, Burl Green, Earl Pendergrass, Gene Williams, Michael Woods, and Robert Rhodes. 

A report issued recently at the Douglas County circuit clerk’s office showed 5,146 cases filed during 1979, compared to 4,785 cases in 1978. Traffic cases increased by 11.75 percent and criminal cases by 7.25 percent. 

50 years ago
January 15, 1970
TCHS senior Debbie McCarty was named the school’s 1970 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow. 

Miss Tuscola and Miss Moultrie Douglas County Fair Queen Brenda Breen would be competing over the weekend in the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen contest in Springfield. 

Tuscola City treasurer O.B. Smith reported that in 1969 the city received a total of $6,621 in interest in special deposits. 

In the Tuscola Personals column, it was reported several parties and family dinners planned for last week had to be postponed due to below-zero temperatures and drifting roads, as well as prevalence of chicken pox. 

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