Back in the Day 4-14-21

Ten years ago
April 20, 2011
The 2011 senior prom king and queen candidates included Katy Yoakum, Chris Ransom, Lindsay Troike, Chase Little, Becky Hemmer, Jack Leonard, Claudia Christy, Trace Quinn, Alex Brown, and Pat Yoakum. 

Newly installed 2011-2012 Tuscola FFA officers include Taylor Kauffman, treasurer; Kati Ponder, vice president; Elise Hackett, president; Leslie Borries, reporter; Andrew Foy, historian; Kaela Miller, secretary, and Jeff Miller, sentinel. 

Tuscola Football Coach Rick Reinhart decides to stay at Tuscola High School for the upcoming season despite other offers. Citing “I realized the last three years coaching in Tuscola have been the happiest in my coaching life. All of a sudden, the money didn’t seem very important.” 

The eighth grade boys track team claimed three consecutive track meet wins to start off their 2011 season. 

Family Fun Night was held at North Ward Elementary School on April 15. The annual event included a number of activities where kids could earn prizes for participating. 

Winners in the fifth-grade talent shows for 2010-11 at East Prairie Middle School were Sydney Hoel, Graham Rodmaker, and William Penne. The trio shared the traveling trophy. 

Twenty years ago
April 17, 2001
Lyn Leithliter became the newest member of a select club when she was named the 14th person to recieve the Tuscolian of the Year award. Leithliter was recognized for her contributions to the arts in the Tuscola community, as the guiding force behind the establishment of the Fine Arts Center of Tuscola and ARTCo. 

TCHS and U of I grad Fred Wakefield was in the wait-and-see mode as he awaited the National Football League draft taking place in the coming weekend. 

Senior Cara Chaplin, daughter of Dennis and Cathy Chaplin, was named April Student of the Month by the Tuscola Rotary Club.

ARTCo’s current production, “Godspell,” offered an entertaining look at the messages of Jesus in a modern-day setting. Steve Rayburn was directing the show, which featured a ten-person ensemble cast. 

Thirty years ago
April 16, 1991
Lt. Rick Mooday, the son of Dale and Toppy Mooday, talked about his experiences in Operation Desert Storm while home on a two-week leave from Iraq. He was serving in the Navy as a navigator/bombardier.

Students at East Prairie and North Ward schools were treated to a question-and-answer session with Staff Sgt. Robert Hanners, who returned recently to Tuscola from Saudia Arabia, where he trained and evaluated emergency deployment teams.

Mr. and Mrs. James Lamb of Tuscola were going to be honored at an open house Sunday, April 21 in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. The event was going to be held at Tuscola United Church of Christ. 

The Warrior basketball team dropped a double-header to conference favorite Villa Grove to put a serious damper on its bid for the LOVC title, with but six games remaining on the conference schedule.

Forty years ago
April 21, 1981
Douglas County probation officer Drusilla Taylor was selected as this month’s outstanding volunteer by the Illinois Service Unit of the Salvation Army.

Local UMW (United Mine Workers) members were not optimistic about a resolution coming soon in the ongoing miners’ strike, which had already lasted one month.

Winners of $50 prizes during the Old-Fashioned Days Bingo event held recently included Tracy Flesor, Kevin Lynch, Marilyn Davidson, and Audrey Groves. 

Seventeen East Prairie students and another three from TCHS attended the Illinois State Historical Society contest in Raymond, Ill. recently. The students were accompanied by teacher-sponsors Linda Hance and Bill Hill. Those Tuscola students receiving blue ribbons for Superior ratings included Gary Teak, David Naive, Katrina Ross, Tim Borries, Lisa Nickel and Mary Hance. A special honor was given to David Porter for his article on the Bryant Cottage, which was published in the February issue of Illinois History.

Fifty years ago
April 15, 1971
Alfred E. Kleiss was successful in his second election within five days, as he was returned to the Tuscola school board after having been elected Tuscola Township highway commissioner five days prior. He and Althea Deaver, both running unopposed, were returned to the board.

Art Moss was installed exalted ruler of Tuscola Elks Lodge Recently, and would be joined by Bill Deem as leading knight, Maurice Stanaford as loyal knight, Al Zimmerman as lectoring knight, Tom Atwell as secretary, and Russ Sofforf as treasurer.

Approximately 500 children participated in the Easter egg hunt at Ervin Park sponsored by Tuscola Jaycees and Jayettes. 

Tuscola placed ninth out of a 14-team field at the Paris Tiger Relays Saturday. TCHS winners were Rick Izquierdo in the 100-yard dash and Gary Foltz in the shot put.

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