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Back in the Day 7-1-20

10 years ago 
July 7, 2010 
43 musicians made history this weekend, as they were part of the inaugural Tuscola Community Band that performed a Sunday evening concert in the park to close out Tuscola’s Sparks in the Park 2010 celebrations. The group was made up on community members ranging from 10 to mature adulthood.

Sav-Mor Pharmacy set sights for a new storefront on US Route 36, following 40 years on the downtown Tuscola square. 

The Moultrie-Douglas County fair invited all to join in on celebrating its 80th birthday. Some highlighted events included a baking competition, the Miss Moultrie-Douglas pageant, and the Big Music Band on the mainstage. 

Illinois minimum wage raised to $8.25 an hour beginning July 2010. 

Caden Baer, a member of the Mooney Tuscola Little League team, pulled off an impressive feat in the 7-8 league. With bases loaded, the 7-year old single handedly managed a triple play by catching a pop fly, tagging first base, then running across the field to tag third base to retire the second-base runner. 

20 years ago 
July 4, 2000
November’s county board race just became a little more crowded with the formation of a new political party, the Property Rights Party, filling the necessary petitions to place three candidates on the general election ballot. Bruce Chancellor of rural Tuscola was seeking the District 1 seat, Roy Bird of Tuscola the District 4 seat, and Dean Scoggins of rural Villa Grove the District 5 seat. 

Chris MacGibbon, a recent graduate of TCHS, was named the Most Valuable Defensive Player for the East squad at the Eastern Star All-Star football game held recently at Millikin University in Decatur. 

Kim Harris, daughter of Steve and Debbie Harris of Tuscola, received her master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government on June 8, 2000. Kim completed the two-year program with concentrations in health care policy and the internal management of public and nonprofit organizations.

Shirley Zakowski may not have been a millionaire, but she has got a little taste of what it is like when her name, as a TNB customer, was drawn to win one day’s worth of interest on $1 million. Her “earnings” amounted to approximately $200. 

30 years ago 
July 3, 1990
Dr. Richard Davidson was named Rotarian of the Year, the honor coming in recognition for his civic involvement and efforts to save Jarman Hospital. Rotarian Jack Allen was also honored by being named a Paul Harris Fellow. 

The Tuscola City Council voted to approve the hiring of Ken Smith of Monticello to fill the newly created position of city foreman.

In light of the June 1, closing of Jarman Hospital, Gov. George Ryan authorized a community survey to determine what steps should be taken to ensure Douglas County residents had access to medical care. 

Cathy Short of Tuscola, a radiologic technician, was among three Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center employees to recieve the SBLCH Pacemaker Award for the month of June. The award recognized employees who set a good example or make a special contribution. 

Brian Hatfield was named the MVP in the News Gazette/McDonal’s Summer Showcase All-Star basketball game played June 30 at Danville Community College. Chad Graves of Arcola also played June 30 at Danville Community College. Chad Graves of Arcola also played in the game, draining two three-pointers.

40 years ago 
July 1, 190
The Red Cross bloodmobile made its semi-annual visit to Tuscola on June 25, collecting 129 pints of blood, during its six hours of operation and surpassing the 125-pint quota for the first time in two years. 

Mr. and Mrs. Grant Fuller of Tuscola recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a special reception held in the honor at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Rodenbaugh. The party was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gibson, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Harsh, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Holmes, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Kennedy, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Nayonis, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Parrish, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Rodenbaugh, and Mr. and Mrs. Max Simmons. 

Deputy Fred Galey from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department graduated recently from the 258-hour law enforcement basic training course in Springfield. 

Changes in rules for the Ervin Park swimming pool included no longer being allowed to wear cutoff shorts for swimming, and anyone with hair longer than five inches from the top of the ear must wear a swim cap.

50 years ago
July 9, 1970
The Tuscola Stone Company was just getting underway with a limousine quarry, with plans for the pit to be producing 500 tons of high-quality limestone per hour by Fall. 

Approximately 4,000 people braved the chilly 62-degree temperature Saturday to watch the second annual fireworks display, sponsored by the Tuscola Jaycees. The Tuscola Chamber of Commerce reported more than 500 chicken dinners were served that afternoon.

Douglas County Clerk Frieda Morris reported that 34 marriage licenses were issued in the county in June, topping last year’s record of 33 licenses for June brides and grooms. 

Olympic champion Linda Metheny of Tuscola was among hopefuls competing for a spot on the USA women’s gymnastic team, with tryouts to be held at Indiana State University.

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