Back in the Day 4-29-20

10 years ago
May 5, 2010 
Dr. Rick Davidson was named Tuscolian of the Year as well as Rotarian of the Year for District 6490 at the Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner for “giving tirelessly to make Tuscola a better place to live and work.” 

TCHS Student Council held their yearly teacher appreciation dinner for all TCHS faculty and staff. The theme for the evening was “A Day on the Farm” and members were dressed in their farm best attire complete with bandanas and cowboy hats. 

The Tuscola Rotary Club hosted a luncheon on April 27 to honor TCHS freshmen, sophomores, and juniors with 4.0 averages. The guests of honor included Kaci Williams, Breanna Raney, Katelyn Haake, Kelsey Cleland, Kara Williams, Lauren Ovca, Erin Weaver, Cameron Westjohn, Anthony Morrison, and Rachel Craddock. 

The Warrior 800-meter relay team of Alex Kemp, Gunnar Edwards, Jerrod Baird, and Jordan Baird broke the Spartan Classic meet record with a time of 1:31.18. 

20 years ago
May 2, 2000
The TCHS junior-senior prom, held April 29, included the coronation of Matt Moody and Adrienne Surma as king and queen.

At a special board meeting held April 29, the Tuscola school board voted to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the city to purchase 10 acres of land from Jim Hilligoss, at a cost of $200,000, on which to build a new elementary school. 

After months of meetings and hours of revisions to a proposed zoning ordinance, the interim zoning commission ultimately elected to “just say no” to comprehensive zoning regulations in the county.

Five people were arrested and were facing charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver following a record drug bust in Tuscola April 25. Police officers recovered 140 grams of crack cocaine, packaging materials, and smoking devices at the resident on East Daggy Street.

Warriors Kenny Hogue and Ryan Bonner had their names added to the TCHS record board following standout performances at the Monticello Invitational. Bonner’s 10.6 clocking in the 100 and Hogue’s 44-6.5 triple jump were both record breakers. 

30 years ago 
May 1, 1990
New shops opening for business in downtown Tuscola included Douglas County Office Products, Hair Affair, and Floral Expressions. 

Judge Frank Lincoln officiated the April 19 wedding ceremony uniting Angela K. Wamsley and Thomas F. Hawkins in marriage.

Chosen as Tuscola High School prom royalty for 1990 were queen Angie Cothron and king Scott Beeson. 

TCHS would soon be performing its spring musical, “Fiddler on the Roof.” Cast in the principal roles were Matt Werner as Tevye, Amanda Smith as his wife Golde, and cast as their five daughters were Tammy Mitsdarffer, Jill Little, Heather Kappes, Leigh Ann Jolley, and Rachel Middleton. 

40 years ago 
April 29, 1980
Linda Bartley was chosen Miss Tuscola 1990 from among a field of 11 contestants, including first runner-up Jill Holden and second runner-up Amy Tague.

Raymond Lee announced that his son James D. Lee joined his firm as a practicing attorney, Jim Lee, a 1973 TCHS grad, earned his bachelor’s degree from the U of I, and his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School. 

The Tuscola High School track squad celebrated the first meet on its new track with a 94-52 triumph over Arcola. The Warriors swept the shot put, discus and 1600-meter run.

Tuscola girls’ track team stretched its winning streak in dual meets to three. In the meet against Arthur, Beth Wood grabbed first place in the 100-meter dash and 400-meter run to pace Tuscola, along with Kathy Dukeman’s wins in the 800 and 3200-meter runs.

50 years ago
May 7, 1970 
No less than nine break-ins and robberies were currently under investigation by Douglas County Sheriff Gene Miller and his deputies. Items were taken from Galton Grain Company, Galton Elevator, Pete’s Marathon station in Arcola, Lamb and Turner in Villa Grove, Golden Q in Arthur, and at private residences in Tuscola and Villa Grove.

Robert Trimble announced his resignation as a teacher and coach at Tuscola High School to accept a similar position at Monticello High School. Trimble was a PE and physical science teacher, as well as serving as an assistant coach for football, track, and basketball.

The Rev. Wallace Wadland and his family were guests of honor at a farewell party in the United Presbyterian Church.

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