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Back in the Day 2-26-20

10 years ago
March 3, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ledbetter, of Tuscola, were celebrating their 25th anniversary. They were married on March 3, 1985 at Oakland Christian Church. They are the parents of three children Tyrel, Caleb, and Samantha. 

Continuing its mission to support the education of youth in Pamida communities, the Pamida Foundation proudly announced its 2009 donation of $158,000 to local schools. This generous donation will be divided, then distributed to schools or organizations in the communities that Pamida serves. The Tuscola Community Unit District 301 was to receive a check in the amount of $750 to enhance various learning programs for its students. 

East Prairie fifth-grader Jessica Kittle was the winner of the county spelling bee held in Arthur earning herself the right to move on to the regional tournament competition held at Millikin University on March 20. 

Junior Olivia Morris came away from the three-point shot contest held in Normal with a ninth-place finish, just three baskets off the mark of the top finisher in preliminaries. Morris was ninth out of approximately 500 others. 

20 years ago 
February 29, 2000
Ed and Lu Gregg, Duane and Mac Boyd, Darla Bates, Katy and Roy Gould, and Ken Snyder were the final five names drawn during this years Tuscola Ambucs scholarship car raffle. 

After years in the planning stages, a new state of the art south wastewater treatment plant was a significant step closer to reality with Tuscola city council approval of an almost $3 million bid tendered by Wortman-Star-Walt, Inc. 

The Tuscola Salvation Army was notified recently its 1999 Christmas Kettle Drive placed in the top 10 in the state, placing seventh on the list. 

It was a record setting season for the Tuscola Lady Warriors this year, starting with the 22-4 win-loss record. The had a twelve-game win streak at one point, and advanced to sectional play after a seven-year drought. Senior Janeen Sutherland also eclipsed the previous career scoring mark by setting a new standard with her 1,496 points. 

30 years ago
February 27, 1990
Four happy people walked away with $5,000 and Orville Frye went home with a new car following the annual car raffle sponsored by the Tuscola Ambucs. The final four were Norman Little, BJT Investors, Denise Smith, and Nick Habel. 

The Tuscola Board of Education accepted letters of resignation form three pillars of the school district Monday night. East Prairie Principal Bill Sargent, coach and driver’s ed instructor Bill Burress, and teacher Annette Coulson. Teacher Bill Englehardt was appointed the new principal of East Prairie. 

Hundreds of collectors, dealers and other interested folks turned out Sunday for the historic sale of a large collection of clocks that belonged to the late Florin Aldridge. Some of clocks brought up to $1,500 at auction. 

Burlene “Bud” Weaver received a silver pin award to commemorate his 25 years of employment with the United States Postal Service. Weaver was surprised with an anniversary celebration planned by his co-workers at the Tuscola Post Office. 

40 years ago 
February 26, 1980 
The Tuscola Board of Education named Bruce Nofftz head track coach at Tuscola High School. William Englehardt was charged with running the East Prairie Junior High track program. Douglas County juvenile officer Ed Haton was now maintaining office hours at the Tuscola schools each Wednesday morning. 

Tuscola’s newest grocery store, Save-A-Lot Discount Foods, was now open for business on Route 36, just behind the newly located Monical’s Pizza restaurant. 

Mr. and Mrs. Alan Shoemaker announced the birth of their daughter, Stacy Luanne, at 11:51 a.m. Feb 19, 1980 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. The baby weighed 7 lbs. and was 21 1/2 inches long. 

With the edition of Tami Fortney’s twenty-one points in the second half, the Lady Warriors broke a three-game losing streak and handed host Sullivan a 55-45 setback. Fortney would end the game with thirty-three points. 

50 years ago 
March 5, 1970
Mining operations would soon be underway on one of the largest veins of limestone in the Midwest, located on the Larry Little farm east and south of Tuscola. 

Seven candidates would eb competing for the title of Miss Tuscola this year. Contestants included Carolyn Galloway, Jane Phillips, Bobbie McKinney, Johne Huber, Kay Jones, Nancy Alexander and Carolyn Jacobs. 

The Tuscola Warriors ended regular season conference play with a 53-46 win over Villa Grove to close out with a 10-1 record. Jon Surma scored seven points in slightly over a minute as the second half opened to push Tuscola into its largest advantage at 36-24.

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