Back in the Day- 4-22-20

10 years ago 
April 28, 2010
Seniors Brooke Harris and Christian Lehmann were crowned TCHS prom king and queen. They were joined alongside 2009 prom king and queen Justin Hood and Racheal Brewer, and their fellow homecoming attendants.

Alan Shoemaker, manager of the Tuscola Stone Company, received an award from the Illinois State Geological Survey for “outstanding cooperation” while Tuscola’s Stone Company’s quarry served as one of the filming locations for the History Channel’s series “How the Earth Was Made.” 

TCHS junior Stephanie Swaney was among 10 finalists remaining in Ford’s national contest “Belt It Out”, a campaign to sing for safety. Swaney wrote an original song about the importance of safe driving. 

Nikki Henderson of Tuscola completed the Boston Marathon on April 19. Henderson was among 26,790 racers to complete the 26.2 mile course. She noted that the day was an “incredible mix of elation and exhaustion.” 

20 years ago 
April 25, 2000
An official groundbreaking ceremony on April 21 christened the new $3 million wastewater treatment plant in Tuscola.

A proposed zoning ordinance for rural Douglas County would not be moving forward, as the zoning commission voted 4-3 on April 24 not to send the document on to the full county board for consideration. Overwhelming public disapproval of the proposed regulations was registered at many meetings throughout the county. 

Douglas County Democrats met recently to assign committee heads and establish local party headquarters. Mike Woods would serve as chairman, Brian Moody as first vice president, Tom Doud as second vice president, Patty Miller as third vice chair, Andy Manna as secretary and Kandi Lane as treasurer. 

Senior Doug Opperman and junior Jeff Damler combined to pitch a no-hitter as the Warriors defeated Arcola 11-1. Eric Schweighart went 3 for 4 from the plate with a double and four runs batted in. 

Coach Steve Spears’ Warrior track-and-field team battled winds gusting over 20 mph and a constant rain to win a ninth constant rain to win a ninth consecutive Tuscola Open title. 

30 years ago 
April 24, 1990
A feasibility study was approved by city council members for a proposed 18-hole municipal golf course that would be located northeast of Tuscola near the sewer plant. If approved, construction of the course would begin in September. 

School board members learned declining valuation of farmland was the reason for an $868,223 loss in total district valuation from last year. In other school board business, treasurer Robert Colwell’s monthly salary was raised from $110 to $150. 

Tuscola’s “Santa House,” designed by industrial arts teacher Jon Hart and being constructed by students in his IA class, was expected to be completed by the end of the school year. 

Dawn Coon, 18-year-old daughter of Charles and Pauline Coon of Tuscola, was a semifinalist in the 1990 Miss Illinois Teen-USA pageant to be held in early May. 

The boys Warrior track team turned in a number of gutsy efforts during the Tuscola Open and as a result took home the second-place trophy. The 4×200 meter relay team of Scott Zane, Tim Smith, Brent Washburn, and Greg Carter broke the tape in 3:36.4.

40 years ago
April 22, 1980
A trio of females from Michigan– Joyce Lukaczar, Nany Henry and Henry’s 4-year-old daughter Sierra– attracted a lot of attention while passing through Tuscola in a horse-drawn covered wagon while heading “somewhere out West” to find some acreage to farm and live off the land. 

The Tuscola Board of Education re-elected Carl Conner board president, and also elected were Don Chappell as vice president and Al Borries as secretary. 

Carol McCarty of Tuscola was elected president of the Mothers Association at University of Illinois. McCarthy and her husband, Bill, are both Illinois alumni, daughter Kim is a junior there, and son Bill graduated from UI last May. 

50 years ago
April 30, 1970 
The Immanuel Lutheran Church dedicated its new parsonage Sunday in a brief service following the morning worship at church. The ride of dedication was read by Pastor M.D. Hilgendorf. 

New hires within the Tuscola school district included Wayne Truman as guidance counselor, Carol Davis for girls P.E., and Majorie Cox for English and Latin.

Stars who would be appearing in the summer lineup of entertainment at Little Theater on the Square in Sullivan included James Drury in “A Thousand Clowns,” Harvey Korman in “Little Me,” Betty Grable in “Born Yesterday,” Meredith MacRae in “Cabaret,” Mr. and Mrs. Pat O’Brien in “Me And Thee,” Ray Milliand in “Critic’s Choice,” Eileen Fulton in “Star Spangled Girl,” Alan Sues in “Something Different,” and Gisele MacKenzie in “Mame,”

Coach William Butkovich received an invitation for Tuscola to join the newly formed Apollo Conference, composed of Charleston, Newton, Robinson and Paris. Other schools under consideration for the Apollo included Unity, Effingham, Mattoon, Monticello, Sullivan, St. Joseph-Ogden, Vandalia, and Shelbyville.

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