Back in the Day 9-9-20

Ten years ago 
September 15, 2010 
Scott Zorn, Doug Foltz, and Curt McDaniel wanted to give something positive to the community on a day forever scarred by national tragedy, organizing a 9-11 project day in Tuscola. Roughly 75 community members joined in on cleaning up the downtown area, North Ward, and the north park pavilion. 

This year’s TCHS Homecoming theme was ‘all around the world’, and themed dress up days included Super Hero day, Miss/Mr. America day, Class Color Day, Around the World day, and Black and Gold friday.

The Warriors trampled Sullivan-Okaw Valley during their homecoming game with a 55-28 victory. 

The city council voted to purchase the downtown Midwest Galleries building in their Monday night meeting. 

Scott and Kelly Clarkson were proud to announce the birth of their son, Macowen James Clarkson on Friday, June 18, 2010. 

The Lady Warriors volleyball team continued to dominate their season, moving to 5-0 after a win against Arcola. 

Twenty years ago
September 12, 2000
Four Seasons Auto Plaza owners Phil and Tammi Lamb were celebrating 20 years in the auto buisness, the last four years in the auto buisness, the last four years of it spent in its current location. 

Billie Lee, widow of Tuscola attorney and Scout advocate Raymond Lee, cut the ribbon at the Sept. 9 dedication of the Prairielands Council’s Raymond Lee Scout Service Center in Champaign.

For the second time this season, Andy McGillen earned medalist honors when fired off a 39 at Kaskaskia Country Club during a Sept. 5 golf match. Jared Blaudow and Austin Arseneau each checked in with rounds of 41, and Matthew Hall fired a 42. 

Tuscola’s offensive line proved too much for the Cerro Gordo Broncos Friday night, as the Warriors rolled to a 57-0 victory to move 3-0 on the season. 

The Lady Warriors volleyball squad opened LOVC play at Broadlands, defeating Heritage in two games, 15-4 and 15-12. Tuscola also swept Heritage in the JV match by counts of 15-3 and 15-12. 

Thirty years ago
September 11, 1990
The Pilgrim Degree of Merit, the highest honor in the Loyal Order of the Moose, was conferred upon Fran Earl Wilhelm of Tuscola. He was only the third Tuscola member to receive the distinction in its history. 

The consensus of the city council members was to retain the city building within the confines of the downtown area. There had been talk of moving City Hall to another location outside of the downtown area, but public opinion was running high against the idea.

Lady Warriors upped their season record to a perfect 7-0 by beating Marshall Sept. 6 and winning the Windsor Tournament over the weekend. Coach Kerry Kincaid’s squad beat Lovington, Moweaqua, Findlay, and Windsor to capture the tourney title.

Doug Cottle was the Tuscola workhorse in the Warriors’ football game against Villa Grove, netting 115 yards on 25 carries, but that fine performance was not enough to save the day. Villa Grove bested Tuscola for the first time since 1981, 30-8, dropping the Warriors to 0-2 on the season. 

Forty years ago 
September 16, 1980
TCHS Homecoming festivities this year would include a nursery rhymes theme. Candidates for king and queen were seniors Theresa Mattix, Carrie Greger, Linda Pankau, Tina Cleland, Andrea Collier, Terry Young, Mark O’Bryan, Robert Anderson, Steve Kalmar, and Rick Mooday. 

Among the most popular events at the recently conducted Old-Fashioned Days weekend was the talent contest. Top finishers in the various categories were Jill Little (6 and under), Kristen Ray (6-13), Susan Jacob (13-high school), and Susan Patterson (all ages).

New teachers in the Tuscola school district who were recent luncheon guests of Tuscola Rotary Club included Maribeth Opperman, Patricia Norbom, Millie Buck, Cathy Chaplin, Susan Yorde, Jeanne Taylor, Ann Wright, and Peggy Griffith. 

A costly last-minute turnover by the Warriors resulted in a 14-7 win by the Villa Grove Blue Devils over Tuscola in Friday night football action. That put the Warriors’ record at 1-1 and Villa Grove 2-0 on the season. 

Fifty years ago 
September 17, 1970
Serving as hostesses during the recent Western Night were Mrs. Gene Cronell, Mrs. Darrell Ford, Mrs. Glen Smith, Mrs. Ned Ferguson, and Mrs. William Burress.

Pat Keen of Tuscola survived the first two cuts of the Robinson Open golf tournament to advance to the quarterfinals in the pro-am contest. 

The Douglas County Heart Association reported that 270 of the deaths in Douglas County last year, 117 were caused by diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) accounted for 86 of those deaths. 

Returning lettermen for the Tuscola Warriors this football season were Larry Ring, Dennis Chaplin, Mark Owen, Randy Eaton, Gary Foltz, Dennis Ryan, Mike Horn, Barry Henby, and Paul Tinglery.

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