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Back in the Day 9-2-20

Ten years ago
September 8, 2010
A slew of counterfeit $20 being used at area garage sales led to the arrest of two Arcola residents. 

This year’s Warriorettes include Lexi Wasiloski, Alex Brown, Becky Hemmer, Chloe Kerns, Sarah McCrory, Kylie Amick, Kristin Dickens, Rachel Craddock, Taylor Harris, Katilyn Carter, Jami Knight, and Rachel Pflum.

Joan and Doss Heath of Tuscola celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The two were wed on September 9, 1950 in Cape Girardeau, MO and celebrated with their children at a family dinner. 

Proud parents Brad and Leslie Hornanday announced the birth of their son, Noah, on August 19. 

The Lady Warriors volleyball team began their season with a 3-0 run after a dominating sweep against Lovington and Villa Grove. 

2010 football cheerleaders included Anna Martinez, Macie Edwards, Allison Hemmer, Paige Stokes, Kirstin Kern, Natasha Martin, Claudia Christy, Hannah Leese, Lydia Swinford, Kayce Patton, and Breanna Douglas. 

Twenty years ago
September 5, 2000
Tuscola students were sent home early three days last week due to temperatures in the high 90s that created sauna-like condition in the classrooms. 

The Tuscola school district was on solid financial footing, with projected revenues exceeding expenses by $264,859 in the proposed budget. 

TCHS cheerleaders this year included Erica Hall, Blair Wilson, Chambray Gilmore, Ashley Hall, Lauren Ochs, Cassie Minear, Elizabeth Hall, Lesley Hettinger, Stephanie Pflum, and Megan Watts. 

Tuscola Warriors got contributions from their offense, defense and special teams Friday night in posting a 50-0 shutout over South Piatt in LOVC action at Bement. Kenny Hogue finished with his second 100-yard rushing game of the young season, picking up 111 yards in eight carries to go with his three touchdowns. 

Thirty years ago
September 4, 1990
New teachers in the Tuscola school district were luncheon guests of Tuscola Rotary Club. They included Ann Randell, Shelli Nafziger, Lori Griffith, Bonnie Petty, Duncan McHugh, Jeff Jones, Stan Weinke, and Bill Englehardt. 

Dale Richeson of Tuscola recently claimed first place in his class in a national car show in Kansas City with his 1966 Ford Mustang. 

The 1990 edition of the Tuscola Lady Warriors volleyball team posted conviction victories over Champaign Central and Heritage teams, with the Champaign contest being won in two sets of 15-11 and 15-7. 

Barb Coffey fired a 41 on the final nine holes to take a three-stroke victory with a 173 in the 1990 version of the Ladies Douglas County Golf Tournament held Aug. 25-26. Mary Lou Payne’s 176 earned her second place. 

Forty years ago 
September 9, 1980
Tuscola was preparing for 10,000 to 20,000 guests during Old-Fashioned Days this weekend, with more than 30 special events planned for the annual two-day celebration. 

A new two-year labor contract was signed Tuesday morning by representatives of the USI plant near Tuscola and Local 515 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. Local 515 was represented by Joe Harris, James Hawkins, Leo Moreland, Bob Clark, Lindley Dauderman, Ken Merritt, Jim McKibben, and Dick Robbs. 

Beth Woods of Tuscola was a member of the Parkland College volleyball team, which has over 30 games from Illinois, Indiana, and Kansas during the upcoming season. 

A young squad and rain-soaked field contributed to a number of fumbles and mishandled snaps, but the Tuscola Warriors were still able to prevail and pull out a 21-12 victory over Casey-Westfield Friday night. 

Fifty years old ago
September 10, 1970
Robert Betzold, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Betzold of Tuscola, was one of 1,410 freshmen cadets entering the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 1974. 

Approximately 100 people–including area mayors, bankers, industry officials, and members of various media–attended ground-breaking ceremonies at Tuscola’s USI Chemicals plant where a $14,500.000 ethyl alcohol plant was now under construction. 

There was a capacity crowd at the Douglas County Board of Supervisors meeting, most of the assembled being county residents protesting the proposed ordinance. They were being represented by Mattoon attorney Joseph P. Smith Jr.

Mrs. Rhoda Murphey, Tuscola’s oldest citizen, would be marking her 101st birthday on Sept. 12. Until very recently, Mrs. Murphey had made her home at 110 W. Van Allen since 1904.

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