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Back in the Day 1-29-20

10 years ago
February 3, 2010
East Prairie girl’s volleyball was raising money for the Susan G. Komen foundation with a Volley For the Cure event during their February 11 game with Okaw Valley. Taking part in the event would be team members Kenzie Smith, Skylar Stevens, Rachel Ransom, Rachel Pflum, Erin Walker, Olivia Christy, Taylor Grace, Chelsea Sexson, Brooke Little, Morgan Little, Amber Tabeling, Noura Sutton, Michelle VanCleave, Peyton Shelmadine, Grace Hardwick, Maria Meyer, Kayleigh Smith, Taylor Bosch, Lani Little, and Annie Heinz. Pink shirts were made for the event and were sold for $8 each. The proceeds for the shirts and admission to the game would go to the Komen Foundation. 

Parkland College announced its lists of graduates from the fall of 2009. Those graduated from Tuscola included: Janet S. Dukeman, Rebecca Lynn Endres, Erin Michelle Hagler, Kimberly A. Hanners, Heather Marie Jeffers, Pamela Nicole Lantz, Alisa Kristine Mecum, and Kaci D. Payne. 

East Prairie Boys basketball won their Regional Tournament held at Tuscola. Members of the Regional Championship team were Jarrett Wallace, Josh Knight, Marcus Alexander, Tommy Watson, Zach Bates, Griffin Day, Tyler Hale, Joe Johnson, Gunnar Campbell, Clayton Turner, Bryce VonLanken, Cody Lewis, Cole Evans, Shayne Luth, and Blake Woodard. The Hornets were coached by Andy Romine, Lincoln Estes, and Bob Taylor. 

20 years ago
February 1, 2000
Rogers Flourist, a mainstay in the Tuscola community for over 52 years, was now known as El’s Flowers & Gifts. Former owners Bill and Irene Rogers sold their family business, located at 605 N Niles to Ellen Leonard. 

Tuscola High School was giving serious consideration to adding an agriculture curriculum to the offerings, perhaps as soon as the 2001-2002 school year. 

Bob McKown and Tony Redenbaugh of Champaign were the new owners of R-Place Inn, a bar and grill located approximately 1.5 miles west of Tuscola on Route 36, in the building that was formerly Hannah’s Restaurant. 

In a game where Tuscola dominated every aspect, the Lady Warriors moved to 7-0 in the conference with an 82-22 drubbing of the Shiloh Raiders. Janeen Sutherland had nineteen points, Rachel Robertson contributed eighteen, and Jenny Mosely hit double digits with ten. 

30 years ago
January 30, 1990
Northrup King Company announced plans to build a $3.3 million seed bean plant near Tuscola. Construction on the 65,000-square-foot plant was to begin March 1 and the facility would begin handling soybean seeds October 1. Lou Rhodes would be the Tuscola plant manager. 

Quantum Chemical Co. USI Division in Tuscola was back in operation after being shut down nearly three weeks due to problems with the wastewater treatment process. 

Monical’s Pizza was offering a budget pleaser special- large thin-crust pizza, family-size salad and pitcher of soft drink- for $9.95. Or you could choose a large thin-crust pizza for $6.95. 

TCHS boys’ basketball Coach Kerry Kincaid recorded his 100th win with a January 16 victory over Bement, reaching the century mark faster than any coach in Tuscola history. Kincaid took over the program after the 1984-85 season. 

40 years ago
January 29, 1980
Saying they would stick by their agreement of the past 21 years, member of Tuscola City Council refused to accept proposals for improvements in the Hillcrest subdivision in return for access over the subdivisions roadway. 

Joe Kramer was the overall winner and Doug Kimball placed second in the Pack 80 Cub Scout Pinewood Derby competition held recently in Tuscola. The craftsman Award went to Chris Davis. There were twenty-eight entries in this years’ derby. 

Recent promotions at Tuscola National Bank included Dave Lecher as vice president and cashier, Les Hall as assistant vice president, and Carol Randall as assistant cashier in charge of the TNB facility at IGA. 

EIU students on the honor roll included Tuscola products Franklin Hausmann, Kim Higgins, Brenda Jones, Kathy Kalmar, Terry Kroenung, Curtis Marsh, Elizabeth Meyer, and Karen Quinn, 

50 years ago
February 5, 1970
Bulldog Products, a division of Allan Marine, had returned to full production of water sporting equipment and marine accessories at its Tuscola plant on East South Central Ave. 

Douglas Allen was named plant manager of the USI company plant in Tuscola. Allen returned to the Tuscola facility after having left there 18 years ago to serve as chief technologist at the USI plant in Houston Texas. 

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Rahn were guests of honor at a farewell supper held recently, with 120 folks in attendance. Mr. Rahn, who works for Pioneer Seed Co., accepted a position as district manager in the seed division of F.S. Service and the family was moving to Morton.  

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