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Back in the Day 11-11-20

Ten years ago
November 17, 2010 
Veteran’s Day ceremonies were held throughout the community to say thank you to those who served for our country. 

Curves moved to its new location along Southline Road under owner Dianne Seaman. 

Dustin Gilpin and Courtney Smith were proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Kora Elizabeth Smith, born September 30. She was welcomed home by her big sister, Kali Samantha. 

Tuscola National Honors Society welcomed 20 new members at their November 10 induction ceremony. 

LyondellBasel sponsored an engineering sciences fair for eighth-graders at East Prairie Middle School. The day gave students an overview of the engineering field, and allowed them to participate in hands-on activities related to mechanical, chemical, and electrical engineering. 

The Tuscola Warriors football team defeated the Jacksonville Routt Rockets 35 to 14, advancing them to the semi-final game against the Brown County Hornets. 

Twenty years ago 
November 14, 2000
First Federal Bank announced the appointment of Douglas R. McCumber as president, effective Nov. 13, 2000. 

The Ervin Park Pool deck was the topic of conversation at a recent city council meeting, with council members trying to come up with an affordable remedy to alleviate the slick surface.

Rick Mooday and Teddie Sue Barich were recently united in marriage at the United Church of Christ, with Rev. Ken Roedder performing the ceremony. 

The TCHS fall play this year was an original work penned by TCHS student Shane Pangburn. “School Sells Out” would be performed in the North Ward auditorium Nov. 16-18.

For the second year in a row, the Unity Rockets provided the roadblock on the state football championship trail for the Tuscola Warriors. Unity dominated Tuscola on both sides of the ball to win the 2A quarterfinal 41-14 at Tolono. 

Thirty years ago
November 13, 1990
Radio fans were taken back to the glorious ago of yesteryear Friday night with a live performance from “The Whistler” radio series at the Douglas County Founders Night fundraiser dinner held at Douglas County Museum. 

The Country Mill Buffet was the site for a farewell gathering in honor of retiring Douglas County Clerk Jack Allen, who was stepping down after 16 years of service to county residents. 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Albin of rural Tuscola would be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 14 with an open house at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Villa Grove, hosted by their children and grandchildren. 

TCHS students taking home hardware from the fall sports awards night included football players Doug Cottle, MVP; Jason Wilson, Most Valuable Offensive Lineman; J.J. Donnals, Huber Tackle Award; Doug Pickett and Marc Crossman, Most Improved; and Travis Skinner, Sportsmanship Award. Volleyball players earning awards were Erin Alexander, Most Promising Underclassman; Shelby Best, Most Improved Player; Liz Spomer, co-MVP; Missy Erixon, co-MVP and Serving Percentage Award; and Cindy McCullough, Defense Award. 

Forty years ago 
November 18, 1980
A six-hour search for a missing elderly Newman man, 89-year-old George T. Dixon, ended with the discovery of his car partially submerged in Brushy Fork River on the east edge of Newman. Dixon was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Dr. Hector Cochrane was appointed technical director of Cabot Coproration’s Cab-O-Sil division, and would be based at the division’s technical center in Tuscola. 

Individual award winners at the TCHS fall sports banquet this year included cross country runner John Kleiss, Greg Weaver Memorial Award; football players Phil Bosch, Most Valuable Defensive Lineman; Steve Kalmar, MVP; Greg Porter, Most Improved Player; Andy Gangloff, Huber-Dietrich Tackle Award and Most Valuable Offensive Lineman; and Rick Mooday, Sportsmanship Award. 

“Headed for the Astroturf” was the chant in Atwood, as the Atwood-Hammond Rajahs prepared for a meeting with Lexington in the Class 1A finals Friday in Bloomington. 

Fifty years ago
November 19, 1970
Jim Lee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Lee of Tuscola, was awarded one of the highest awards in scouting recently when he was selected for the Vigil Honor by the Order of the Arrow scouting fraternity. 

Corn yields in Tuscola Township were down about 20 percent from last year’s crop, according to Duane Hibbitts of Tuscola Cooperative Grain Company. 

Six Tuscola Warriors were selected for All-Conference honors by Okaw coaches. Larry Ring was First Team quarterback and deep back, Randy Eaton as First Team center and Second Team interior lineman, Craig Romine First Team defensive end, Gary Foltz Second Team interior lineman and Second Team interior lineman and Second Team tackle, Barry Henby First Team guard, and Dennis Ryan Second Team end.

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