Back in the Day 3-11-20

10 years ago
March 17, 2010
TCHS senior Cassie Grimm, daughter of Jim and Mindy Grimm, was named the Rotary Student of the Month for March. She maintained a 4.0 GPA earning high honor roll status every year, and was ranked first in her graduating class. 

The individual award winners for the Lady Warriors basketball team were Olivia Morris, defense award; Lindsay Troike, rebound award, MVP; Amber Miller, free throw award; Sammi Kohlbecker, Warrior award. 

Individual award winners for the TCHS cheerleading team at the winter sports awards night were Anna Frye, most improved; Lydia Swinford, spirit award; and Emily Groves, Leadership award. 

TCHS Scholastic Bowl member Chris Adams received a First Team All-Conference award and the team received the Regional Championship trophy. 

Some East Prairie students took part in a sing-off contest on Friday, March 12, as part of a morning of fun activities at the middle school to celebrate the conclusion of the ISAT testing. As part of the celebration, the East Prairie Student Council used money it had earned for rental of several inflatable games in the gymnasium. 

20 years ago 
March 14, 2000
High winds toppled a semi-trailer traveling on Interstate 57, two miles south of 72. The accident involved a truck out of Lovington, Mich. 

TCHS senior Ian Pearse was named the Rotary Student of the Month. 

Actors Rural Theatre Company was notified recently it was a finalist for a Governor’s Hometown Award. Winners would be announced at a June 21 awards dinner at the Springfield Hilton. 

Lady Warriors basketball Coach Stan Wienke was named the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association District 13 Girls Class A Coach of the Year. The honor came following the team’s 22-4 (10-0 in LOVC) season, which included a regional title. 

30 years ago 
March 13, 1990
The official arrival of Northrup King in Tuscola as marked by groundbreaking ceremonies on March 12 for the $3.3 million project, an event attended by more than 100 people. When the plan was completed in the fall, it would have a soybean seed capacity of over one million bushels. 

Clarence’s Family Restaurant and equipment were sold for $13,800 at auction recently to Haus, Inc., owned by Bill Huber, Rudy Huber, and Norm Willoughby. 

John Larroquette and Kristie Alley were starring in “Mad House,” the featured movie at Gem Theatre in Villa Grove. 

Laura Sue was the name Randy and Kathy Frye chose for their second daughter, born at 2:16 a.m. on February 28, 1990. She was welcomed home by “big” sister Katie, age 16 months. 

40 years ago
March 11, 1980
Chip Carter, son of President Jimmy Carter, would be campaigning for his father in Tuscola on Friday, March 14 according to Democratic county chairperson Garrett Eversole. Carter would be arriving at Dixie Trucker’s Home around 5 p.m. for a brief talk. 

Douglas County corn producers went along with the rest of the state in voting down a proposed corn checkoff referendum held throughout the state on March 6. The checkoff program would have taken a quarter-cent off each bushel of corn sold by a farmer, with the money going to programs for research in corn growing and marketing. 

Miss USA Mary Therese Friel was going to be a special guest at the Tuscola Auto Show being held Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16 at the Community building. 

It took Tuscola’s finest effort of the season to beat a tenacious Deland-Weldon basketball team and win its first-ever sectional tournament. After beating D-W 66-59 the Warriors would be playing Mt. Pulaski in the supersectional at Millikin University. 

Tuscola’s Tom Weemer and Mark Oakley were named to the First Team of this season’s All-Okaw Valley Conference squad, the only two Warriors to be named. 

50 years ago 
March 19, 1970
Three of the most fortunate people in Douglas County this week were Jim Kleiss, his daughter Marilyn Morey, and Percy Prowell. All three escaped from the Kleiss auto seconds before it was demolished by a northbound Illinois Central passenger train. 

Brenda Breen of Tuscola added another accomplishment to her long list of achievements when she was judged second runner-up in the Effingham beauty pageant. 

Four Warriors placed in the EIU Indoor Invitational Meet last Saturday. They included Larry Ring, third in 60 yard low hurdles; Greg Sebens, third in long jump; Rick Reinhart, fourth in shot; and Jim Cox, sixth in the 440. 

Award winners at the Squaw Club sports banquet included Jon Surma, leading scorer with 515 points and MVP; Dennis Ochs, sportsmanship award; Dennis Chaplin, free throw award; and Gale Cook, most improved player.  

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