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Back In The Day- 4-1-20

10 years ago
April 7, 2010
With the help of auctioneers Jim Kleiss and Rudy Huber the Tuscola Rotary Club raised $12,000 at their annual auction on March 30 at Ironhorse Clubhouse. 

Lindsay Troike broke the school record, previously held by Erin Henderson, in the 1600-meter race. The junior broke the record with a 5:31.04 time. 

The Future Buisness Leaders of America sent four members to their State Competition. Competitors included Taylor Turner, state vice president from the Central Area; Jessica Bosch, local co-president; Carson Alexander, local co-president; and sophomore Lauren Ovca. Each girl competed in a different event, and two brought home top-ten finishes at state. 

Third-graders at North Ward Elementary school competed in an egg decorating contest on April 1. Luke Sluder won 1st place; Emily Kemp, McKinlee Miller, and Lukas Gower had a three-way tie for 2nd place; and Cade Morgan took home 3rd place. 

20 years ago 
April 4, 2000
Cooper Motel was the site of a major drug bust March 31 by the Tuscola Police Department and DEA agents. A late-night raid of the motel yielded methamphetamines, crack cocaine, and lab equipment. The motel manager and his son were taken into custody. 

Drew and Christy Hoel were proud to announce the birth of their first child, a daughter named Sydney Rose, on March 15, 2000 at 7:45 a.m. She weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz. and was 20 inches long.

This year’s Tuscola Rotary Club auction, with fast talking Bill Huber at the helm, raised $9,000 for high school scholarships and other philanthropic causes championing for the club. 

Contestants in this year’s Miss Tuscola contest were Stacy Anderson, Katie Arseneau, Lindsey Binder, Sonja Carter, Tasha Carter, Erica Hall, Lauren Huber, Lindsey Long, Chrissy Mattlin, Johana Morgan, Jenny Mosely, and Adrienne Surma. 

Craig Knight continued to rewrite the track and field records at East Prairie, touring the 400-meter oval in 54:36 during a March 27 meet with Bement to break the record of 54.7 set by Gary Alexander in 1985. 

In Warrior baseball and softball action this week, the boys beat Atwood-Hammond 12-1 but lost to St. Joe 1-0 and Centennial 13-3. The girls suffered four losses, including a 28-0 and 13-3 doubleheader against Argenta-Oreana, dropped a 13-5 contest to Sullivan, and a 13 -10 defeat by Oakwood.

Thirty years ago
April 3, 1990
The Tuscola Rotary auction reached a new zenith when bidders paid about $4,500 for new and slightly used items of a wide variety. 

Tuscola residents Dick and Kay Lake joined 65 American and Canadian volunteers participating in a five-day building effort constructing an 8,500 square-foot childcare center in Americus, Georgia. The center would be utilized by volunteers and employees at the international headquarters of Habitat For Humanity. 

W.A. Bozarth of Tuscola was selected as one of the 11 delegates from Illinois to attend the 1990 Biennial Convention of the American Association of Retired Persons, to be held in June in Orlando, FL. 

Forty years ago 
April 1, 1980 
Sheriff Gener Wigall hosted a farm crime prevention seminar at the Douglas County Farm Bureau. Statistics were showing the greatest increase in crime was happening in small rural communities. 

Former Tuscolian Vicki Runyan was among workers in the John Denver Celebrity Pro-Am Tournament in Heavenly Valley in South Lake Tahoe, Cal. Runyan drove the celebrity bus and worked with personalities including Clint Eastwood, George Hamilton, Steven Stills, Barbie Benton, Barbara Mandrell, and Mac Davis. 

Tuscola Masonic Lodge members recognized at a recent meeting for attaining 50 years of continuous membership were Clyde Colwell, Frank Vest, and O.B. Smith. Lodge Master Mike Woods made the inductions. 

Colby Decker, a Tuscola High School senior, signed a letter of intent to attend Evansville University in Evansville, Ind. on a football scholarship. The 18-year-old planned to major in buisness at the university, which has a student enrollment of 4,500.

Fifty years ago
April 9, 1970
An official change in ownership of The Tuscola Review, from the longtime publisher Burt Quckenbush to Robert Hastings, went into effect with the publication of this edition.

Amos Albritton was presented the Man of the Year Award at the annual Tuscola Chamber of Commerce dinner, chosen for his many civic and community activities over the past several years. With the presentation, Albritton joined a select group of previous winners that included Dennis Dietrich, Glen Smith, and Dick Lake. 

Three test wells were being drilled by Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Co. approximately four miles north of Tuscola, to determine if the company wished to exercise an option on approximately 800 acres of land for natural gas storage. 

Six Warriors earned their varsity letters in the first track and field outing of the season, the Charleston Invitational. They included Rick Izquierdo, Kenny Burke, Greg Lindsay, Tom Gossett, Greg Sebens, and Jim Cox. Coach Gener Murray was pleased with the fifth-place team finish in the competitive meet.

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