Back in the Day 2-5-20

10 years ago
February 10, 2010
TCHS senior Brooke Harris, daughter of Kevin and Leslie Harris, was named Rotary Student of the Month for February. She had a 3.94 GPA and was ranked sixth in her graduating class. 

Tuscola Women’s Club members helped East Prairie teacher Carmen Morgan’s fifth-grade class put together Valentine’s Day boxes of treats and well wishes for soldiers fighting overseas. A few items that were included in these boxes were magazines, slim jims, and well wishes from handmade cards. 

TCHS Warriorettes celebrated after qualifying for the IDTA state finals in the Class A Pom Dance category. Laura Knight also qualified for state with her solo performance and Jessica Knight was selected as a Rising Star for the day. 

WCIA Channel 3 came to TCHS to film the Class 1A state champions and students for a segment to be included on a Channel 3 Sunday morning sports talk show called “Tell It Like It Tis” that centered on the upcoming Super Bowl game. The show’s hosts came to speak to local football champions about their thoughts on who might win the 2010 Super Bowl game. 

The TCHS Warrior Babes showed off their moves for the dancers and fans during the IDTA regional held at TCHS on Saturday, Feb. 6. The members of the Warrior Babes included seniors Matt Pflum, Christian Lehmann, Josh Scribner, Tyler Clark, Jordon Baird, Jerrod Baird, Payton Artrip, Kyle Bowles, and Heston Eveland. 

20 years ago
February 8, 2000
The B.E.S.T. committee was hosting another planning session on February 13 to determine strategy and timetables in advocating for passage of a tax referendum to fund the construction of a new elementary school building. 

The TCHS Warriorettes won first place in the Class A Kick category of the IDTA Invitational hosted at the Tuscola High School on February 5. The girls qualified for March 11 super-sectional competition in Collinsville with the win. 

Robert and Dorothy Romine of Tuscola were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Bob and the former Dorothy Frantz were married February 12, 1950 at Cartwright Methodist Church in Tuscola. There are the parents of Sarah Cannon, Ward Romine, and Kathy St. Ledger. 

The Community Building underwent a transformation Saturday, from meeting room to golf course, courtesy of the Tuscola Elks. Kids enjoyed a free afternoon of miniature golf and other fun games, while the evening was reserved for the adults, as a fundraising event. 

30 years ago
February 6, 1990
Approximately 30 University of Illinois students, all members of Alpha Phi Omega, donated their time Sunday to help with interior work at the Museum Association of Douglas County building in Tuscola. 

Jim Ingram, Republican candidate for Douglas County clerk, announced he sold his controlling interest in Ingram Real Estate to John Wax of Newman. Ingram founded the agency in 1986 and formed a partnership with Wax in 1988. 

Tuscola High School standouts Steve Weemer and Matt Washburn were both extending their basketball playing days to the collegiate level, on the squad at Eureka College in Eureka. 

40 years ago
February 5, 1980
First Federal Savings and Loan recently honored brothers Clyde and R.B. Colwell, to commemorate their many years of service to First Federal and Cornbelt Savings and Loan. Together the Colwells had accumulated 106 years of service to the companies. 

The storeroom at Jarman Hospital’s emergency room had become a favorite target for theft, as for the second time in three months drugs and other items were stolen following forced entry. 

Tuscola native Jo Huber, a senior center, was leading the Eastern Illinois University women’s Panther basketball team in both scoring (sixteen points per game with a season-high of thirty-one points against Chicago State) and rebounding (eleven  per game). Huber was also second on the team in steals. 

The Warriors’ six-point win over Sullivan Friday night at home kept Tuscola in the thick of the race for the Okaw Valley Conference basketball title. Last week Mark Oakley went to the line twenty-three times and connected on seventeen to nail down a win; this time he was twelve of fourteen from the stripe to help secure the victory. 

50 years ago
February 12, 1970
Congratulations were in order for Jarman Memorial Hospital, which was marketing the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Original Sarah A. Jarman Memorial Hospital. A new milestone was reached in 1969, when a record of more than 2,000 patients admission were recorded at the facility. 

Eagle Scout James D Lee of Tuscola was one of 31 Eagle Scouts from Boy Scout councils in the state who celebrated State Citizenship Day on Feb 3 in Springfield. 

Mr. and Mrs. William Burke of Tuscola purchased the Tastee-Freeze located on Route 36 from Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Thompson. The Burkes were remodeling the interior of the building, to reflect the black and gold colors of Tuscola High School. 

The Tuscola JV team was thought to have set some kind of scoring record when it recorded a 110-39 victory over Bement recently. Twins John and Jim Stonecipher had seventeen points between them in the first quarter alone. Doug Dietrich, Dave Snyder, and Greg Hastings paced Tuscola rebounding with eight, nine and ten respectively. 

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