Back in the Day 2-19-20

10 years ago
February 24, 2010
Illinois State Police officers who pulled over a white Freightliner semi tractor-trailer on Feb. 15 a few miles north of Tuscola for following too closely got a little more than they bargained for. Officers discovered over two tons of cannabis, worth over $19 million, packed into crates of cabbage in the tractor-trailer. Defendants Eric M. Cabrera, Joshua S. Cornillez, and Jesus A. Guzman were arrested and appeared in court before Judge Chris Freese on Feb 16 at which time bond was set for each of them in the sum of $1 million. 

The youth group of Atwood Christian Church collected $500 for relief efforts in Haiti after they were devastated by a major earthquake. Group members included Landan Stone, Nicole Lough, Kenzie Smith, Jordan Ochs, Shelby North, Kaleigh Smith, and Youth Group leader Lisa Sopel. 

Senior cheerleaders, basketball players and Warriorettes were honored at the home game on Feb 19. Members of the teams included cheerleaders Cori Ponder, Emily Groves, Anna Frye, Morgan Short, and Liz Bosch; boys basketball players Matt Pflum, Christian Lehmann, and Heston Eveland; Warriorettes Jessica Knight, Laura Knight, and Ashlea Teak. 

The TCHS Scholastic Bowl team improved to 26-0 while winning the Masonic Tournament sectional advancing to the state Masonic Tournament on March 6. 

20 years ago
February 22, 2000
A $95,000 grant was awarded recently to the Douglas County Mental Health Center, which DCMHC director Carol Davis planned to use for patients in the psycho-social program. 

Results of the life safety study done on Tuscola schools showed there were $4 million in improvements deemed necessary to bring the Tuscola school district’s buildings up to standards. 

Tuscola student Sean Breen was the eighth-grade winner of the annual Douglas County American History essay award. 

TCHS seniors Crystal Obrecht, Holly Gilmore, Matt Moody, Katy Ochs, and Jenny Gensler received a little extra attention at the Feb. 18 basketball game. Designated as Senior Night for basketball, pom-pom, and cheerleading squad members. 

30 years ago
February 20, 1990
Sheriff Chub Conner retired Tuesday, clearing the way for Chief Deputy Chuck Talbott, who was seeking the office in the November general election. He would eb facing off with Gordon Cleland, a former Illinois State Police captain. 

Candidates in the Miss Tuscola Pageant this year included Jennifer Hettinger, Ginger Donnals, Michele Chappell, Lorianne Bauer, Danielle Mink, Marcy McCarty, Cynthia McCollough, and Shannon Donnals. 

The Larry Kresin home on North Main Street in Tuscola narrowly escaped catastrophic damage on Feb. 14 when an enormous branch on a tree in the yard fell form the weight of heavy ice. Loss of power and subsequent loss of residential heating were two major inconveniences experienced by many Tuscola residents when an ice storm blew through the area on Feb 13 and 14. 

The Argenta-Oreana Bombers inched by the Lady Warriors in a 53-51 win to end Tuscola’s season at the Monticello Sectional. The Warrior boys basketball team also suffered a two-point loss, theirs to the Arcola Purple Riders. 

40 years ago
February 19, 1980
Tom Crist, a senior at TCS, headed a list of Tuscola students winning honors at the annual Scholastic Art Awards Show held in Champaign. Crist’s pencil drawing won a Hallmark nomination, and receiving Certificates of Merit were Chris Clevidence, Jeff Little, Brice Bird, and Debbie Adkission. Receiving Gold Key status were Crist, Gina Brown, Fran Cothron, and Leanne McCartney. 

An application for a fast food service building had been approved by city inspector Harold Weber. The 2,400-square-foot structure, operating under the corporate name of Huck’s, would be located along Route 36 on a lot formerly occupied by Poplar Motel. 

Douglas County farmers averaged 134.9 bushels of corn per acre and 41.4 bushels of soybeans per acre in 1979, according to the Cooperative Crop Reporting Service. The ’79 corn figures were 8.4 bushels per acre above the 1978 yields while ’79 soybean yields were up 2.6 bushels per acre. 

50 years ago
February 26, 1970
Terry Lee Van Doren, age 19, of Tuscola was killed instantly when his auto reportedly swerved into the path of a semi-truck loaded with grain while both vehicles were traveling along Route 45 one mile south of Tuscola around 2 p.m. Feb. 23. 

The Life Award was presented to Dan Blausey at the annual Troop 95 Court of Honor held Feb. 17 at the Nunn Scout Building. Other awards presented by Scout-master Amos Albritton included Star Award to Phil Wills; First Class to Bruce Dunlevy, Harlan Smalling and Mark Halleck; Second Class to Robert Dunlevy, and Terry Kroening. 

The Tuscola Education Association held election of officers of the coming school year. Mrs. Anita Brown was names president, Mrs. Iris Miller was named Vice President, Mrs. Linda Hance was elected treasurer, and Mrs. Doris Pickett secretary.

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