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Back in the Day 2-3-21

Ten years ago
February 9, 2011
The recipients of the National Wild Turkey Federation scholarships this year included Christopher ransom (TcHS), Cody Miller (VGHS), Caleb Palmer (VGHS), Olivia Morris (TCHS), and Alexandria Brown (TCHS). In addition, TCHS senior Kolby Clough was awarded the Don Chappel Memorial Scholarship.  

A winter storm front came to Illinois, leading Douglas County to recieve a coat of ice, negative temperatures, and a snow day at most schools and businesses. 

Alberta Dallas of Tuscola celebrated her 90th birthday on February 19, 2011 with an open house of friends and family. 

This year’s Warrior Babes included seniors Dylan Stewart, Austin Masuga, Trace Quinn, Kolby Clough, Jack Leonard, Kyle Miller, Cody Shemadine, Chase Little, Jud Wienke, Pat Yoakum, Chris Ransom, Brett CLifton, Jonathan Turner, Blake Stokes, and Jared Hall. 

The Tuscola 8th grade Hornets defeated St. Joe 51-42 to win the Regional Championship. Tommy Watson led the Hornets with 18 points, ZAch Bates followed with 12, Clayton Turner tallied 11 points, Cole Evans contributed 9, and Marcus Alexander finished with one point. 

Twenty years ago
February 6, 2001
After 20 years of tending to customers’ accounts at First Federal Bank of Tuscola, Bettie Bird was retiring to devote herself full-time to family, flora, and traveling.

Susan Hays of Tuscola was settling into her new position as health educator for the Douglas County Health Department. 

Ken and Wilma Keigley of Tuscola observed their 58th wedding anniversary on Jan. 23, 2001. The couple are the parents of three adult daughters: Libby Fox, Sarah Lawrence, and Becky Carroll. 

Tuscola Lady Warriors honored on Senior Night this week were Lindy Pollock, Jenny Mosely, Lauren Huber, Erica Ochs, and Cara Chaplin. They capped off the night with a 57-29 win over Bement. 

A great deal of the credit for the success of the TCHS boys basketball season was being directed toward the Warrior bench, with junior Jesse Little and sophomores Ryan Bonner and Austin Hogue providing valuable minutes for regular starters. Not to be outdone, senior Jeff Damler finished 10 for 10 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds in a 61-38 victory over Niantic-Harristown. 

Thirty years ago 
February 5, 1991 
Governor Jim Edgar appointed Atwood natie Doug Whitley director of the Illinois Dept. of Revenue. Whitley is the brother of Tuscola resident Diane Little. 

Deputies and other Douglas County Sheriff’s Office personnel were taking preliminary steps toward unionizing, citing more job security as the primary reason for contacting Teamsters Local 26, based in Danville. 

The thermometer at Tuscola National Bank registered 51 degrees on Sunday, making it seem quite unlike the depths of winter. Many people took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to clean their vehicles and do some early spring cleaning.

Kendra Blaudow notched 26 points to lead all scorers and Dawn Barnett grabbed 10 rebounds in the Lady Warriors’ 59-53 down-to-the-wire win over host Casey-Westfield. The varsity girls made 17 of 22 throws in the evening

The Warriors used a balanced scoring attack, and were able to hold off a rally late in the game, to down the Broncos of Cerro Gordo by an 80-71 score. All five starters scored in double digits, Chris Spencer leading their way with 19, Tim Smith with 17, Andrew Lincoln contributing 16, and Mike Taylor and Dave Henderson with an even dozen each.

Forty years ago
February 10, 1981  
The old South Ward building was reduced to rubble Saturday by a bulldozer run by Gene Grigiski of Riverton. He anticipated having the land completely cleared in about ten days’ time. The school was closed at the end of the 1975-76 school year. 

Plans to proceed with the hiring of a city administrator was given a shaky approval with a 5-3 vote. 

For the second time in three years, an Illinois Wesleyan University student won the coveted Irene Ryan Award for Excellence in Acting at the American College Theater Festival. This year’s winner was Andrea Huber, senior music-theater major at IWU and a Tuscola native. 

With its 59-50 triumph at St. Joe-Ogden Friday night, the Tuscola Warriors inched closer to nailing down a first division finish in the Okaw Valley Conference. Steve Kalmar pumped in 26 points in the victory. 

Fifty years ago
February 4, 1971 
The Tuscola Warriors whooped it up in the locker room following their 85-66 win over Unity to claim the OVC championship. Team members included Doug Dietrich, Jon Surma, Dave Snyder, Larry Ring, Jim Stonecipher, John Stonecipher, Dennis Chaplin, Gary Henby, Greg Hastings, and Tom Gossett. Surma, Snyder, and Ring made the All-Tourney Team.

More than 100 persons attended the 100th anniversary inspection and dinner held by Melita Commandery No. 37. The festivities took place at the Tuscola Community Building. 

Melvin Marshall of Tuscola, a lineman for CIPS, was seriously injured Monday when the company truck he was driving was struck by an Illinois Central freight train at the Pesotum crossing. Marshall was responding to a call prompted by an earlier accident east of Pesotum which caused damage to a CIPS power line when his accident occured. 

Hornet eighth-graders overcame a 14-point third quarter deficit to halt Lovington’s bid to advance in the Douglas County Grade School Tournament on Saturday, managing a 39-25 victory over the Redbirds. The Hornet surge was paced by Randy Frye’s shooting and the rebounding of Bill McCarty and Craig Hastings.

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