Back in the Day 8-12-20

10 years ago
August 18, 2020 
New faces this fall at TCHS included Bryan Penne, new school librarian, and Miles Miller, who was hired to teach Algebra 1, Pre-Algebra, and Integrated Algebra. 

Gayle Page of Tuscola worked to organize Coles inaugural ALS walk to raise research money in honor of her son, Alan, who died in 2009 from ALS complications. 

Brett and Cathy Adkisson were pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Chaley Elizabeth Reinhart, to Paul Joseph Shipley of Tuscola. The two were wed on June 26, 2010 and spent their honeymoon in Montego Bay, Jamaica. 

Taking top honors at the Andy McGillen Memorial Golf Tournament on August 6 were Cameron Westjohn, Yale Westjohn, Mike Carroll, and John Coats. 

Participants of the Warrior football cheerleading camp were Anna Martinez, Macie Edwards, Allison Hemmer, Paige Stokes, Kirstin Kern, Natasha Martin, Claudia Christy, Hannah Leese, Lydia Swinford, Kayce Patton, and Breanna Douglas. 

20 years ago
August 15, 2000
Niles Street was back in working order after having been closed since the beginning of June for a $411,162.75 makeover. 

Tuscola couple Harold and Martha Pankau recently returned from a 6,245-mile trip across the country on their Goldwing motorcycle. 

Mr. and Mrs. Claud Conn were celebrating their 78th wedding anniversary at home with family members. The couple was married Aug. 15, 1922 in Wilmore, Kentucky.

The AmerenCIPS foursome of Jason Novak, David Quick, Eric Icenogle, and Mark Drawve blistered the Ironhorse Golf Course with a 12-under-par 60 to win the low gross category of the Tuscola Chamber of Commerce golf outing. Low gross for mixed foursomes went to the team of Susan and Gary Kling and Becky and Mike Carroll, who recorded an 8-under-par 64. 

Johnna Megeff brought home more than a bagel at this year’s Mattoon Bagelfest Celebration. The Tuscola resident was the first one across the finish line in the 5K Run For the Bagel. She placed first in the 30-34 age category with a time of 20:44. 

30 years ago 
August 14, 1990
Tuscola National Bank, located at 214 N. Main, was kicking off its 100th anniversary celebration Aug. 14 with six weeks of weekly prize drawings, cash and gift certificates. 

Results from a market feasibility study done on the proposed Tuscola golf course and subdivision showed the venture was not only feasible, it could garner a tiny profit and give a considerable boost to local property tax revenues. 

Jo Ann Miller of Tuscola and Gary Leroy of Sullivan were named valedictorian and salutatorian of 142 GED graduates at Lake Land College. 

Paul Jones of Tuscola was retiring from the U.S. Postal Service after 20 years of service. He said he’d miss the 8.5-mile course he walked every day on his route, and the people he loved to see each workday.

40 years ago 
August 19, 1980
The opening day of the school in the Tuscola district was set for Aug. 21, but a petition being circulated by parents who felt the date was too early was going to be presented at the August 25 school board meeting, in the hopes of moving the date back in subsequent years. 

Blythe Sawyer of Naperville was the fourth Miss Illinois to be appearing in the Tuscola Old-Fashioned Days parade. 

An open house was held recently in honor of Richard and Jackie Skuta’s 25th wedding anniversary. Hosting the party for their parents were LaShon and Greg Skuta. 

Carroll Brookins and Willa Dorsey introduced members of the champion Ambucs Little League major league team to the membership of the Ambucs. The team, who finished league play with a 12-3 record, were guests of ABC.

50 years ago 
August 20, 1970 
Robert Hausmann announced the sale of his buisness, Tuscola Milk Company, to Mike and Pamela Payne. Hausmann had owned the buisness for the last 13 years and was an employee of the company for the five years preceding the purchase. 

Hyde Park’s impressive Little League team would be representing Illinois this coming weekend in Kokomo, Ind. for the Central States Regional Tournament after winning the state tournament held in Tuscola’s Ervin Park. The team was just two wins away from the World Series in Williamsport. 

Douglas County 4-Hers whose county fair entries were judged good enough for state competition included Doris Baker and Corrine Conerty of Tuscola for arts and crafts, Joyce Hamon of Arthur for flower arranging, Daren Davis of Newman for room improvement, Patricia Sears of Arcola for food demonstration, and Peggy Crouse of Tuscola for clothing exhibit. 

Tuscola All-Conference tackle Greg Skinner would be among 19 lettermen reporting to grid practice at Northeast Missouri State. It would be Skinner’s third year as a starting tackler for NMSU.

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