Back in the Day 5-5-21

Ten years ago
May 11, 2011
Record-high gas prices fuel concern among motorists as prices hit $4 just after May Day. 

Christopher & Banks and Sketchers joined Tuscola’s Tanger Outlet. 

TCHS senior Stephanie Swaney, daughter of Troy and Rita Swaney, was named the Rotary Student of the Month. 

Rachel Rotramel, Kylie Amick, Natasha Martin, and Patrick Manselle painted a mural on the doors to the senior hallway at Tuscola High School. 

Mark Snider, Nick Kemp, and Philip Spillman were awarded the Ernst Otto Award from Anna Marie Fuhrig of the German American National Congress for their entry in the Illinois History Expo. 

Sixth grader Kaleb Williams pitched a perfect game in the Little League game against Tolono on May 6.

TCHS alumni Kelsi Hoey was selected to the All-Tournament Team following her performance in the Junior College Region 24, Division II Softball Tournament with the Parkland Lady Cobras. 

Twenty years ago
May 8, 2001
The congregation of Tuscola United Methodist Church was looking forward to making their official move into their new church facility, located at 900 North Prairie on May 13.

Kenny Hogue, son of Ken and Sunhi Hogue, was chosen as the May Student of the Month by the Tuscola Rotary Club.

Bruce Hall took over the reigns as president of Tuscola Chamber of Commerce from outgoing president Brian Moody.

Nikki Corum ran her best open 800 meters of the season by posting a time of 2:36.1 to claim the individual title for the Lady Warriors at the annual Tuscola Frosh-Soph Girls Track and Field Meet.

Thirty years ago
May 7, 1991
Doug Cottle was named prom king and Elizabeth Spomer was named prom queen at the class of 1991’a senior prom.

Tuscola bats seemed to be warming up just as the weather outside was, as the Warriors won three straight outside games. The Warriors swept the Bement Bulldogs by the 10-run rule twice in a conference doubleheader, and then went on to beat Bethany 11-1 a few days later.

Approximately 30 employees and family members from Quantum worked with the City of Tuscola personnel and Mayor Dan Kleiss to clean up trash from several areas in Tuscola, in an effort to demonstrate commitment to improving environmental quality. 

Virginia Beightel, 61, of Hindsboro, was charged with the shooting death of her estranged husband. Also, in other legal matters, the trial of Ronald Sturgeon ended with the jury unable to decide on a verdict. Sturgeon was accused of murdering Arthur “Artie” Fornshell of Clinton in a barroom dispute. 

Forty years ago
May 12, 1981
Juney Rowe of Tuscola was named Woman of the Year by the Douglas County Business and Professional Women’s Club. Mrs. Rowe was honored for her dedication to the club and community contributions.

Kathy Dukeman would be making her fourth consecutive trip to compete in the state finals of the IHSA Girls’ Track Meet. She was set to compete in the 1600-meter run.

While making renovations to their home, Mr. and Mrs. Matt Leonard unearthed a tombstone bearing the inscription of “Walter Beaver, 1816-1860.” The tombstone was found under bricks that had been placed below the concrete. 

Clarence Snyder took the reigns of office from Chris Hill as mayor of Tuscola. City treasurer Dick Parker; city clerk Harold Scheu; and alderman Bob Beasley, Paul Flock, Frank Lincoln, William Henderson, and Boyd Henderson were all sworn in. 

Fifty years ago
May 6, 1971
The Warrior track-and-field crew added another first-place trophy to its 1971 collection as they breezed to the Class A Cerro Gordo Invitational Relays championship with a record 148 points.

Three persons were injured seriously when a Villa Grove man allegedly drove his auto from the Interstate 57 exit ramp, crossed westbound, lane of Route 36 into the eastbound lane and struck an eastbound auto almost head on.

Bill Cain, owner of Cain Oil Company, began semi-retirement after 25 years of continuous service in the oil business. He spent 15 of those years operating his own station and ten years with Standard Oil.

Plans were well underway for upgrades to be made to the city sewage system to bring the system up to compliance with the requirements of the Environmental Control Agency.

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