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Back in the Day 12-9-20

Ten years ago 
December 15, 2010 
Tuscola chiropractor Bill Hemmer extended his services to include massage therapy with the addition of Wendy Reifsteck and Sarah Binion to the staff.

Members of the 2010-2011 Warrior basketball cheerleading squad included Lydia Swinford, Allison Hemmer, Hannah Leese, Kayce Patton, Breanna Douglas, Paige Stokes, Natasha Martin, Katie Haake, Emma Comerford, Jenna Jacobs, Anna Martinez, Laura Murphy, and Michelle Porter. 

The eighth grade Lady Hornets finished in the elite eight following an 18-7 record and a state title run.

This year’s boys basketball team included Eli Kauffman, Caleb Wilson, Jordan Scribner, Brett Clifton, Chase Little, Cody Pankau, Dakota Gilpin, Chance Little, Chris Ransom, Cody Shelmadine, Dan Yoakum, James Knight, and Pat Yoakum. 

The Tuscola Lady Warriors varsity basketball team featured Jodi Twedell, Erin Walker, Jessica Hardwick, Lindsay Troike, Erin Weaver, Susan Ponder, Lisa Ponder, Leslie Borries, Madison Frerichs, Amber Miller, Audrey Mooney, Olivia Morris, Kati Ponder, Kelsey Cleland, and Sam Kohlbecker. 

Twenty years ago
December 12, 2000
The long awaited Amishand’s Country Buffet, located on the west side of the “big red barn” known as Amishland Village, would officially be opening for buisness on Dec. 13.

Two Tuscola Warriors–Andrew Parker and Kenny Hogue–made the First Team of the News-Gazette All Area Team. Matt Wesch was named to the Second Team; and Jared Vandeventer, Tommy Pierce, Darren Lewis, and Eric Schweighart earned Special Mention status.

Lance and Julie Little of Tuscola were proud to announce the birth of their son, Will Matthew Little, who arrived Dec. 12 weighing 9 lbs. 6 oz. and measuring 21 1/4 inches long. He was also welcomed home by 3-year-old sister Morgan. 

Tuscola resident Danny Cleland was recently named Douglas County Republican of the Year. 

Erica Ochs led the Lady Warriors to a 63-31 victory, pouring in a team-high 14 points. 

After losing to the Unity Rockets 60-38, the Warriors bounced back to claim a decisive 81-49 victory over the Arthur Knights. Jeff Damler pumped in 20 points in the contest.

Thirty years ago
December 11, 1990
A proposed factory outlet mall for Tuscola was on its way to becoming reality. Tuscola City Council signed an agreement with Cohen Development Company to develop a retail shopping center with not less than 100,000 square feet of space for lease. 

Local farmer Wayne “Buck” Meyer returned last month from a fact-finding mission in the Soviet Union. The purpose of the trip was for the team of U.S. feed grain producers to talk with their counterparts in Eastern Europe and the U.S.S.R. about issues affecting grain procurement, feed manufacturing and livestock production. 

The Monticello Sages downed host Tuscola Warriors 61-51 to end the Warriors’ 32-game winning streak at home. The last time Tuscola lost on its own court was Feb. 6, 1987, when the Warriors dropped a controversial 55-54 contest to Arcola. 

Susan Harris of Tuscola was the starting center for Millikin University women’s basketball squad. Harris, a 5-11 junior at Millikin, was a three-time All-Conference selection while at TCHS.  

Forty years ago 
December 16, 1980
New traffic control lights recently installed along Route 36 in Tuscola were now operational, and motorists were being urged to use caution at the Route 36/Embarras Street intersection. 

Roger Long was promoted to the position of gas distribution and service supervisor for Cilco’s Tuscola area, effective Jan. 1, 1981. 

Due to an increase in assessed valuation in the Tuscola school district and to the corporate tax replacement payments, the TCUSD levy was reduced by about $50,000, according to Superintendent Jack Williams. 

Randy and Maureen Bergeson of rural Tuscoal announced the birth of a daughter, Carrie Jane, born at 7:03 p.m. Dec 3, 1980 in Mercy Hospital in Urbana. She weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was also welcomed home by big sister Betsy, age 1. 

Fifty years ago 
December 10, 1970
The Girl Scout movement was alive and well in Tuscola, with the community now boasting five Brownie troops, two Junior Girl Scout troops, one Cadette troop and one Senior Scout troop.

Senior favorites were elected last week at Tuscola High School. The results were : Most Intellectual–Robert Heath and Jane Mason, Most Musical–Jim Cox and Debbie Allen, Most Friendly–Dennis Chaplin and Johne Huber, Best Sense of Humor–Charles Studnicka and Jan Dietrich, Most Likely to Succeed–John Waters and Beth Quinn, Best Dressed–Ken Ogden and Jane Phillips, Best Personality–Dennis Ryan and Jean Waters, Most Athletic–Larry Ring and Sara Metheny, Most Unpredictable–Greg Lindsay and Madonna Gallagher, Most Flirtatious–Marc Kleiss and Susan Betzold. 

Greg Skinner of Tuscola was twice named Lineman of the Week on the Northeast Missouri State football squad, and was a nominee for All-Conference tackle. Skinner was playing his final year of college football.

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