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Back in the Day 4-28-21

Ten years ago
May 4, 2011
2011 prom royalty included Chase Little and Katy Yoakum. 

The Journal received five awards from Illinois Press Association 2010-11 Editorial and Advertising Contest. 

Senior Pat Yoakum was named the Tuscola Rotary Student of the Month. 

TCHS underclass students were honored for holding a 4.0 GPA at a special Rotary Club Auction on April 26. These included juniors Kaci Williams, Kara Williams, Rachel Craddock, Lauren Ovca, and Kelsey Cleland; sophomore Erin Weaver, and freshmen Jenna Jacobs, Marnie Leonard, and Katie O’Hearn. 

Eight-year-old Jake Dyer from Tuscola ran in the Illinois Marathon on April 29. He finished sixth in his division (10 and under) out of 123 entrants. 

The Tuscola Tomahawks baseball 10U travel baseball team placed third in the recent Mattoon Spring Classic Tournament. The team was coached by Lance Kresin and Josh Ochs and included Luke Sluder, Brayden VonLanken, Cade Kresin, Cameron Ochs, Dylan Campbell, Dalton Grover, Lucas Kresin, Noah Pierce, Will Little, Tyler Meinhold, Blake Shultz, and Logan Tabeling. 

Twenty years ago
May 1, 2001
Kathryn Brewer and Michael Ruggles announced their approaching nuptials. The couple was planning a June 2 wedding at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tuscola.

Johanna Wienke, East Prairie seventh grader, rewrote the record book by throwing 108-4 in the discus during the Hornets victory over Cerro Gordo,

Plans were well underway for the 2001 Flower Fairy and Garden Festival being put on by Tuscola Mainstreet. Nine area residents were opening up their gardens for the walk. 

Lyn Leithliter was presented the 2001 Tuscolian of the Year award by Barb Utterback at the Tuscola Chamber of Commerce annual dinner. 

Thirty years ago
April 20, 1991
First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Tuscola was being offered for sale by the Resolution Trust Corporation, which had been managing the institution since August 1990.

The annual dinner of the Tuscola Chamber of Commerce featured guest speaker Tom Trone from the College of Buisness at the University of Illinois. Sally Foote and  Kent McGillen were set to serve as Chamber co-presidents for the upcoming year.

North Ward students raised $3,322.59 for the American Heart Association during a Jump Rope for Heart event. Amy Cruzan collected $125.35, the most money by an individual jumper. 

Marc Crossman was a high flier for the TCHS track team. He won the high jump and placed fourth in the triple jump at the Spartan Classic held in St. Joe. 

Forty years ago
May 5, 1981
The Tuscola Journal and The Tuscola Review were cited as award winners at the annual spring convention hosted by the Illinois Editorial Association. The Tuscola Journal collected seven awards in the Small Weeklies division, while the Tuscola Review received one honor in the Large Weeklies division. 

Larry Nees was the recipient  of a crisp new $100 bill in the Flock Electronics drawing held during its recent re-decoration Sell-A-Bration. Nees then became a first customer by making a purchase with the money.

Kenneth and Beneta Schweighardt were pleased to announce the birth of their son, Matthew John. He was weighed in at 8 lbs., 5 oz and was 21 1/2 inches long.

The Warriors gained a doubleheader split versus the Atwood-Hammond Rajahs. Tuscola walked away with a 3-2 victory in the first game, while succumbing to them 8-4 in the second game. 

Fifty years ago
April 29, 1971
Tuscola Police Dept. upgraded its training program with the addition of an indoor firing range. Chief Terry Stevens and officer Ronnie Earl constructed a target backdrop by setting up a portable target in the ambulance garage.

Rev. Warren L. Furnish was ordained into the Christian ministry of the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. Rev. Furnish was also installed as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Tuscola and the Shaw Memorial Presbyterian Church at Newton. 

Linda Metheny of Tuscola presented a dance entitled “I Am Capricious” at Krannert Center as a partial requirement for a Master of Arts degree at the University of Illinois. Linda was, through the dance, attempting to decide which she-type she would like to be–the vigorous tomboy or the dainty little girl.

TCHS sophomores should recieve a large part of the credit for the Class B Mattoon Carnival victory. The underclassmen scored 12 of Tuscola’s 18 points in the 26-team meet.

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