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Back in the Day 6-17-20

10 years ago
June 23, 2010
Longtime city employee Jackie Hornlein was the guest of honor at a June 17 reception at City Hall on the occasion of her retirement after almost 34 years of employment. 

Tuscola resident John Best, a professor of psychology, was honored with top facility honors in the College of Sciences by Eastern Illinois University.

The top finishers in the 2010 Tuscola Open were Toby Ring and Mike Jacobs (73, third-place tie), Rich Erickson (72, second place), and Bill Boyd (71, first place)

There were new “bragging rights” following the 2010 Warrior Alumni Shootout when 2001 graduates Jared Blaudow, Matt McCumber, Jeff Damler, Justin Quick, Jared Harris, Luke Johnson (2002) and Brad Hornaday (2000) defeated the previous winners from the class of 2006.

Former Tuscola Warriors joining the Eastern Star All-Star football game on Saturday, June 4 included Jerrod Baird, Josh Scribner, Gunnar Edwards, Christian Lehmann, and Matt Pflum. 

20 years ago 
June 20, 2000 
Patrons of Tuscola’s Ervin Park swimming pool were cooling their heels elsewhere, as the facility was closed temporarily because of problems with a slick deck surface that had been resulting in a number of pool patrons slipping and falling. 

Tuscola Nightingale Manor owners were making plans to decrease the bed capacity at the nursing home due to failing occupancy rates. They were going to be consolidating all patients into one building, closing the west wing of the facility. 

After finishing just a few shots out of the money the past two years, Jim Scott earned the right to savor the sweet taste of victory June 12 by winning the Tuscola Open golf tournament at Ironhorse Golf Course. Scott schott a 75 to finish three strokes ahead of runner-up Mike Carroll. 

Kandi Lane of rural Tuscola took home the first-place prize in the Open Western Pleasure category at the Casey Saddle Club’s Added Money Show June 9. She also took second in the Walk/Trot for ages 19 and over. 

30 years ago 
June 19, 1990
Shelli Nafziger was given a teaching contract at East Prairie for the 1990-91 school year at the June 14 Tuscola Board of Education meeting. She would be filling the position left vacant when Bill Englehardt succeeded retiring principal Bill Sargent. 

Dave Dobson of Tuscola, who had served as principal of Shiloh High School since 1977, was retiring from the position June 29. He was leaving education after 31 years, the first 18 spent as a teacher and coach in the East Central Illinois area. 

Three Tuscola residents took home prizes in the National Counted Cross Stitch Show at Rockome Gardens. Shawn Bosch won first place in the Christmas category, Shirley Morris was awarded second place in the afghans category, and Debbie Harris had an honorable mention in the miscellaneous category. 

Tuscola residents Tom and Ruthi O’Brien and daughters were hosting an exchange student from Costa Rica, Grace Elizondo, through a 4-H sponsored exchange program. 

Two Tuscola High School players were chosen to compete in the News Gazette/McDonald’s Summer Showcase all-star basketball game. Brian Hatfield and Tisha Little, both recent graduates of TCHS, would be competing on the boys and girls Champaign-area teams. 

40 years ago 
June 17, 1980 
Douglas County Sheriff Gene Wigall announced the promotion of Deputy Bill Rogers to the command position of chief deputy sheriff.

Tuscola Police Chief Tom Harriss resigned his position in order to become an investigator in the Douglas County state’s attorney’s office. 

Mr. and Mrs. Warren Smith of Tuscola were pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Amy, to Dan Kleiss, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Kleiss, of Tuscola. The couple was planning an August 29, 1980 wedding. 

Seventy-three Tuscola youths got a chance to spin their wheels June 7 by competing in the fifth annual bicycle rodeo, sponsored by the Tuscola Police Department. First-place winners in the various age categories included Jason Hall, Jeff Hettinger, Mark Kalmar, Tiffany Stone, Scott Gower, Heidi Hettinger, Mike Bauer, and Patty Nickel. 

50 years ago 
June 25, 1970 
Advancements presented to members of Boy Scout Troop 95 at a recent Court of Honor included Phil Wills to Life Scout and Randy Tonne to First Class. The awards were presented by Scoutmaster Amos Albritton. 

New teachers recently hired by the Tuscola school district included Pattie Heath for North Ward fifth grade at a salary of $7,000, Donna Belvins as high school English teacher at $7,250, Suzanne Henderson for North Ward fourth grade at $7,500, and Bruce Nofftz as high school PE and coach at $8,725. 

State authorities recently found an extremely large growth of marijuana a few miles outside of Tuscola. More than 700 pounds was estimated to be growing along a fence crow about an eighth of a mile long. 

Pitching was the key to a pair of Little League wins this past week. Jeff Oakley allowed one but hit as Tuscola National topped Tuscola Lions 6-0, and Darrel Rich hurled no-hit ball against K of C as IGA won 15-1.

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