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Back in the Day-3-25-20

10 years ago
March 31, 2010
The Miss Tuscola winners as judged at Saturday nights pageant are Jazman Bailey, Miss Congeniality; Katie Haake, first runner up; Olivia Morris, second runner up; and Emily Groves; 2010 Miss Tuscola. 

Bruce Robinson, owner of Hog Wrench, posed for a photo next to a 125cc Mini Chopper he planned to raffle off to benefit his racing team. Only 250 tickets were available to purchase and each ticket cost $20. The bike was to be raffled off May 8 during a racing sponsor day event from 12 to 5 p.m. 

Former Latin teacher Janet Cox utilized sophomore Jordan Scribner in demonstrating the proper way to wear a Toga. Cox was invited by English teacher Darcey Helmick to offer her wisdom on Roman culture as Helmick’s sophomore classes were in the midst of reading Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. 

The Easter Bunny posed with this years bike winners at the Easter Egg Hunt held at Ervin Park. Winners included Dakota Scott, Brayden Boyer, and Christopher Boyd. 

20 years ago
March 28, 2000
The third time was the charm for the new school referendum, as approximately 52 percent of eligible Douglas County voters gave the nod to the $350,000 property tax referendum in the March 21 primary election. 

Ralph and Scott Woodard of St. Joseph, of Woodard Development, purchased 68.5 acres of the 69 acres commonly referred to as the Maris property, located east of the new Tuscola United Methodist Church. Plans were to develop a single family residence subdivision. 

Approximately $9,000 was raised at Tuscola Rotary Club’s annual auction night, with proceeds going to help fund Rotary scholarships for graduating TCHS students as well as other civic projects. 

The Tuscola Warrior baseball team got the 2000 season underway last week with four non-conference games- losing 6-1 to Schlarman, beating Salt Fork 7-6, and splitting a double header with Argent Oreana. 

30 years ago
March 27, 1990
Danielle Mink was crowned the 1990 Miss Tuscola, and her court included first runner up Missy Chappell, second runner up Lorianne Bauer, and Miss Congeniality Shannon Donnals. 

Alcoholic beverages would be added to the menu for Tuscola’s future downtown restaurant, after city fathers approved a Class A liquor license for the corporation owned by Bill Huber, Rudy Huber, and Norm Willoughby. 

The Tuscola school board voted to terminate the contracts of a part-time Ag teacher, a speech pathologist, and pare down the salary of a part time social studies/ history teacher with the option of renewing those contracts and restoring the salary in the coming months once the districts financial picture became clearer. 

40 years ago
March 25, 1980
Miss Tuscola Tracey Maxey snipped the center of a long chain of $1 bills to officially announce the opening of Tuscola National Bank’s facility in the IGA shopping center. Those dollar bills were then donated to the Tuscola Senior Center. 

The Tuscola Community Building would no longer be the site of gatherings involving alcohol after city council voted to draft an ordinance limiting usage of the building to events excluding alcoholic beverages. 

In the only suspenseful county contest during the March 18 primary, Tuscola fire chief Dennis Dietrich unseated Ron Keith for the Republican nomination for coroner by a slim 1,534 to 1,507 margin. 

Andrea Huber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Huber, received glowing reviews for her performance as Lady Macbeth in Illinois Wesleyan University’s staging of “Macbeth.” 

50 years ago
April 2, 1970 
The Rev. Wallace Wadland, who had served as minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Tuscola for the past nine years accepted a call to a Presbyterian church in Youngstown, Ohio. 

A bomb treat, that ultimately turned out to be a hoax, prompted a delay to the start of the school day for East Prairie and Tuscola High School students. The call, which was believed to have been made by a teenager, warned of a bomb at East Prairie. A thorough search of the building turned up nothing. 

Miss Doris Romine , who had served 31 years in the office of the Douglas County treasurer, was completing her second term as treasurer when she died March 30 at Jarman Hospital, after having been in poor health for several months. 

The U of I golf team was being headed by team captain Pet Keen of Tuscola. Now in his junior year at U of I, Keen last year averaged 77.8 strokes, the lowest on the team.

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