Back in the Day 10-21-20

Ten years ago
October 27, 2010
Lydia Swinford was named the Rotary student of the month for October. Swinford is the daughter of Erwin and Jenny Swinford and was involved in drama club, cheerleading, band, honor’s choir, National Honors Society, key club, and art club during her time at TCHS. 

Tuscola’s board of education discussed future cost reductions for the 2011 school budget at their monthly meeting. All board members and Superintendent Voyles agreed that cutting costs would be a major goal over the next couple of years. 

Senior Pat Yoakum was named WAND’s Athlete of the Month for October during a student assembly. WAND donated $1,000 to the TCHS athletic department in Yoakum’s honor. 

Justin and Jacqui Long were proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Alydia Joleigh Long, who was born on September 20. 

Volleyball players Katy Yoakum, Olivia Morris, and Lindsay Troike were honored during their senior night game against Meridian. 

Twenty years ago 
October 24, 2000
Tuscola High School seniors Katie Arseneau and Matt McCumber were named the DAR and SAR Good Citizens Award winners for Tuscola. Katie is the daughter of Dave and Joyce Arseneau, and Matt is the son of Doug and Rhonda McCumber. 

Former Tuscola resident Dick Helm was back in town recently to announce the establishment of the Harley C. and Doris L. Helm charitable trust, which would benefit the Tuscola Community Foundation. 

Construction began recently on a new Dairy Queen facility along Route 36 near Progress Boulevard. It would replace the current ice cream restaurant located further west on Route 36. 

Korean War Veterans National Museum and Library representatives Sharon Corum and Wilma Keigley of Tuscola were special guest speakers at a Sept. 29 reunion of the 24th Infantry Division in Ft. Mitchell, Ken. Over 500 vets attended the reunion. 

The TCHS varsity volleyball team split the final two matches of its regular season to end in a three-way tie for the LOVC championship, sharing the title with Oakland and Arcola. 

Junior tailback Tommy Pierce had the best football game of his career Friday night in a 39-8 win over Illiopolis, with 195 yard rushing and three touchdowns. The win gave Tuscola sole possession of second place in the LOVC. Tuscola’s JV ended the season with a perfect 7-0 record. 

The entire Tuscola High School/Atwood-Hammond cross country squad qualified for sectional competition during the Oct. 21 regional meet held in Tuscola. Members included Seth Fleener, Brian Anderson, Tony Reinhart, Brad Opperman, Steve Pangburn, David Hays, and Sasan Shabrou on the boys side; and the girls team members Tosha Stevens, Erica Hall, and Jessica Gordy. 

Thirty years ago 
October 23, 1990 
Joyce Moorhead was inducted into the Tuscola Rotary Club, making her the first female to become a member of the traditionally male service organization. Tuscola had been trying for quite some time to recruit its first woman member. 

Three Tuscola buildings would be getting new roofs as a result of TIF funding, when the council approved a $14,000 loan to Betty Hill for re-roofing buildings located at 100-104 West Sale Street. 

Holley Kappes, a 1990 graduate of TCHS, was the guest speaker this week at Tuscola Rotary Club, reporting on her recent five-week visit to Russia. 

The Warriors held on to eke out a 12-11 victory on the road at Riverton last Saturday afternoon. Tuscola’s defense rose to the occasion, not allowing the Riverton offense to score after the first quarter and allowing only four first downs the entire game. 

Forty years ago 
October 28, 1980 
Tuscola city officials hosted a town meeting Oct. 22 at the Community Building to talk about past and future plans for the town. Planned improvements to city streets, fire department, city building and revamping of the sewer plant were named, the only holdup to starting all these projects–a shortage of funds.

“Neighbors Getting to Know Neighbors” was the theme of the block party hosted by new neighbors Dennis and Meribeth Opperman of Southland Acres. They were assisted with the party by Clem Marsh, Elsie Marsh, Gerald Hurt, and Gary Weber. 

Junior John Kleiss, who had been Tuscola’s number-one runner for most of the season, regained that distinction by qualifying to run in this week’s sectional cross country meet. He finished 18th overall in the three-mile with a time of 18:14. 

With their 34-14 triumph over St. Joe Friday night, the Warriors did what many people at the start of the season thought they wouldn’t be able to accomplish–post a winning season record. 

Fifty years ago 
October 29, 1970 
The possibility of a high school baseball team moved a little closer to reality at Monday night’s school board meeting, where it was affirmed through a recent poll to high school boys that 93 students expressed an interest in a school baseball program. 

Judge James Sherrick appointed Mrs. Drusilla Taylor as interim adult probation officer, the action required due to the sudden death of Fred W. Ringer. Mrs. Taylor has served for a number of years as juvenile probation officer for Douglas County. 

Miss Jacqueline Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Wilson of Tuscola, became the bride of Gerald R. Sharp of Homer in a double-ring ceremony solemnized Saturday, October 10. 

In a first, the Tuscola Warriors defeated the Unity Rockets on the Rockets’ home turf with a smashing 26-0 shutout. Tuscola combined a fine running game with devastating defense. Larry Ring again paced the Warriors with 117 yards on 17 carries and also had an 80-yard pass interception return for a total of 197 yards.

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