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Back in the Day 8-19-20

Ten years ago 
August 25, 2010
A new addition to the TCHS teaching staff was Johanna Steffens, who was adding teaching English III to her current responsibilities of TCHS Drama Director.

Tuscola Boy Scouts from Troop 95 Christian Ray, Mark Timlin, Mark Snider and John Evans attended the Boy Scout National Jamboree at Fort AP Hill, Virginia, over the summer. 

The Tuscola golf team moved 4-0 in their early season, with Stephanie Swaney and Chris Ransom leading the team. 

Participants in the 8th annual Apple Dumpling Festival Baby Pageant included Addyson Revell of Tuscola, Brody Sanders of Camargo, Lily Lacine of Tuscola, and Logan Kurtz of Tuscola.

Gary Zimmer, a safety-regulatory compliance training manager for BP Products North America, was in town to conduct free training sessions for local trucking companies, industry workers, and fire departments for how to handle a rollover semi truck. 

Twenty years ago
August 22, 2000
This edition of the Tuscola Review may have seemed a bit off kilter since editor Randy Hastings was out of the office on Monday when the paper was being put together, leaving the staff to fend for themselves. He and wife, Angie, were seeing to a special addition of their own with the birth of a new son, Robert Turner. 

In an effort to better serve the residents of Douglas County in their service area, Arrow Ambulance personnel met with 911 director Shirley Schable and other members of the county 911 board for a training session on road coordinates. 

Entertainment acts lined up for the Old-Fashioned Band and Beer Fest in Tuscola included hometown girl Allison Branca, Sojourn, Brat Pack, Miscellaneous Good Times Band, and Crow Jane. 

The Tuscola Warriors would be opening the 2000 gridiron season this Friday against the Arcola Purple Riders under the guidance of Stan Weinke, Ron O’Hearn, Lance Landeck, Leonard Sementi, and Brian Bradshaw. 

The team of Tom Chamberlain and Yale Westjohn widened their lead in the second season of the Men’s Wednesday Night Golf League at Ironhorse. Entrenching themselves in second place was the duo of Lou Rhodes and Doug Childers.

Thirty years ago 
August 21, 1990
The Douglas County Museum was scheduled to open October 7 but was in desperate need of money to cover its $12,000 mortgage payment and for several thousand dollars in property taxes. 

Drivers in Tuscola were dismayed to see gas prices jump from $1.03 per gallon to $1.29.9 in a matter of days recently, following the Iraq-Kuwait conflict. 

A model train owned by 15-year-old Andy Anderson of Tuscola of Tuscola won first place in the locomotive and structures category at the Illinois Central Historical Society competition held in Indianapolis, Ind. August 11. 

Young beauties in Tuscola who earned tiaras at the recent pageant included Little Miss Sweetheart, Christen Gunning as Little Miss Tuscola, and Allison Branca as Junior Miss Tuscola. 

Jill Owen took home two first-place trophies in the Douglas County Tennis Tournament held at Ervin Park. She was the women’s singles title winner, and paired with Sharon Jackson to win the women’s doubles title as well. Dan Defend took the men’s singles title, and the duo of Eric Leisner and Sean Miller captured men’s doubles hardware. 

Forty years ago
August 26, 1980
Douglas County 4-H youths raised a total of $32,118 at the annual 4-H auction held at Ervin Park in Tuscola. A total of 62 animals were sold, including a county fair grand champion steer raised by Dennis Eastin of rural Tuscola that brought the top price of $1.31 per pound. 

Joe H. Harris of Tuscola was promoted to president of Local No. 515 International Union of Operating Engineers, with headquarters in Arcola. 

The selection of three former Rotarians for honorary membership constituted a first for the Tuscola club. The three hororees were Dr. Austin Baker, Curtis Marsh and Wilbur Hoel. 

Two-time Douglas County women’s singles champion Sherry Miller became a three-time winner with her victory over LeAnn Waugh, and Gary Sequin defeated Doug McCumber to take the men’s title. 

Fifty years ago 
August 27, 1970
The USI plant would soon be breaking ground on an ethyl alcohol plant with capabilities of producing 66 million gallons of product a year. The new plant would replace the alcohol manufacturing facility that had been operating in Tuscola since 1954. 

Following the first day of classes, the Tuscola superintendent of schools reported a total student enrollment of 1,710. There were 243 students at South Ward, 367 at North Ward, 420 at East Prairie, 550 at Tuscola High School, 110 kindergarteners and 20 EMH students. 

Among the gentlemen at the speakers table for the State Little League tournament official banquet were U of I assistant baseball coach Lou Ryneic, program chairman Bill Butkovich, district director Wayne Neal, W. A. Bozarth who gave the invocation, Mayor Frank Marler, Chamber president and emcee Gene Cornell, general chairman Dr. Morris Galey, and Tuscom Little League president Burnie Campbell. 

Coach Lynn Strack, entering his second year as a varsity football coach at TCHS, greeted 50 candidates for the start of gridiron practice. Included among them were senior lettermen Dennis Chaplin, Randy Eaton, Gary Foltz, Barry Henby, Mike Horn, Mark Owen, Larry Ring, Dennis Ryan, and Paul Tingley.

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