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Back in the Day 10-7-20

Ten years ago 
October 13, 2010
TCHS Principal Kyle Ransom announced his resignation at the end of the school year to the board of education. 

Sav-Mor Pharmacy prepared for their big move from Sale Street location to their new shop on US Route 36. 

Tuscola High School Drama Club was hard at work rehearsing for their fall play, Little Women. Cast included Katie Kenny, Eric Kennedy, Rachel Craddock, Alyssa Davis, Kayce Patton, Patrick Manselle, Katie Haake, Chandler Kerns, Rebecca Hemmer, Allison Hemmer, Claudia Christy, Lauren Ovca, and Leslie Borries. 

Myron and Nola Pangburn of Tuscola celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on October 14, 2010 with a family dinner at the Ribeye. The two were married October 14, 1945 at the First Christian Church in Charleston. 

Anthony Morrison and Claudia Christy were chosen as the 2010 SAR/DAR Good Citizen recipients. 

Golfers moving to the Sectional meet included seniors Chris Ransom and Pat Yoakum, junior Stephanie Swaney, and sophomore Cameron Westjohn. 

Twenty years ago
October 10, 2000
Developers Jim and Margaret Stilwell were the proud “parents” of the newly opened Amishland Country Village complex, an 80,000-square-foot facility housed in a red pole barn and featuring numerous shops and a large buffet-style restaurant. 

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, organizations and residents, a thermal imaging camera (TIC) would soon be purchased by the Tuscola Fire Department, helped in a large part from the Cabot Foundation. 

Two little cuties tied for first place in the Cutest Lil’ Punkin contest held during the weekend’s Harvest Bluegrass Festival. Sharing the cute factor were Kassandra Brookins and Anthany Smith. 

The Tuscola Warriors took over undisputed possession of first place in the LOVC last week on the strength of victories over Niantic-Harristown and Arthur. TCHS junior Aja Kohlbecker was named to the Casey-Westfield Fall Classic All-Tournament team.

Despite losing the ball four times in the first 15 minutes of the game and being whistled for 11 penalties, the Tuscola Warriors put together a strong second half to beat Villa Grove 34-6. Senior tailback Kenny Hogue rushed for 179 yards on 24 carries with three touchdowns. The tag-team combo of Jeff Damler and Eric Schewighart produced 249 yards passing, the best single-game outing of the season. 

Thirty years ago 
October 9, 1990 
Downtown Tuscola would be receiving a much-needed shot in the arm later in the month with the opening of a new down-home family-style restaurant and lounge. Owners Bull Huber, Rudy Huber and Norm Willoughby were the partnership behind what would probably be dubbed Kate’s Huber Haus. Another eatery, fast-food sandwich maker Subway, would soon be opening along Route 36. 

Forty Martyrs parish in Tuscola was celebrating the 125th anniversary of its founding in 1865. Special events included a parish birthday party for children, anniversary golf tournament, publication of a parish history book and parish cookbook, and anniversary mass dinner. 

The Tuscola Lady Warriors volleyball squad went 5-1 last week by defeating LOVC foes Atwood-Hammond and Cerro Gordo before posting a 3-1 mark in the Casey-Westfield round robin tournament. Shelby Best and Kendra Blaudow were named to the All-Tournament team. 

A very talented Sullivan Redskins team bested the Warriors 40-20 Friday night to hand Tuscola its fifth loss in six games. 

Forty years ago
October 14, 1980
A portion of The Store complex would be reopening for buisness in a few days, according to general manager Betty Hill. This marked the completion of phase one as approximately one-half of the remodeled and expanded downton gift and card store was completed. 

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Borries of rural Tuscola would be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary on October 15, 1980. They were the parents of seven sons and two daughters, and had two grandchildren. 

Orville Frye was selected the 1980-81 Paul Harris Fellow of the Tuscola Rotary Club, making him the seventh Tuscola Rotary member to recieve this honor. 

Senior Dave Cavanaile, running his last home cross country meet, came out of nowhere to set a new school record and give Tuscola its first individual first-place finish in cross country this year. His 15:53 clocking over the 3.1-mile course was 1:30 faster than any previous outing. 

The Tuscola Warriors came away with a narrow 8-6 defeat over the Decatur St. Teresa Bulldogs in Friday night football action. The victory put the Warriors at 3-3 on the season and 2-2 in conference play. 

Fifty years ago 
October 15, 1970 
The opening of Interstate 57 was anticipated to be happening in the next month or two. Once that occurred, there would be work done on Route 36 to provide a four-lane pavement through Tuscola, with islands in the middle at intersections. 

Atwood resident Ruby Bryson, two of her daughters, and a 2-year-old niece from Arcola died in a train/auto crash, Albert Likens of Arthur miraculously escaped injury when the car he was driving was demolished in a wreck with a C&EI train one mile west of Bourbon.

Darrell Ford was recently appointed vice president at Tuscola National Bank. 

Quarterback Larry Ring carried for 163 yards to spark the Tuscola Warriors to a 20-0 win over conference foe Cerro Gordo Friday night. He was also the leading tackler for the game, credited with eight solos and nine assists for 67 points–a new season high.

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