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Back in the Day 5-19-21

Ten years ago
May 25, 2011
Tuscola High School graduated 63 seniors in the class of 2011. 

Mayor Dan Kleiss proclaimed June 14, 2011 as “Hop Conner Day” in recognition of Conner’s upcoming 90th birthday and his community minded-ness. 

Chelsea Dallas and Andy Cravens were proud to announce the birth of their first child, a son named Payton Cravens, born May 2, 2011. 

Tuscola school children banded together as “Kids Against Cancer” to donate their change to benefit the R&R Rebels Relay for Life Team, raising over $1,400 for the cause. 

Six Warriors qualified for the State Track Meet, these included: Alex Kemp in the 200-meter dash; Jack Leonard in shot put; Jud Wienke in shot put; the 4×100 relay of Jared Hall, Blake Stokes, Broc Smith, and Alex Kemp; and the 4×200 of Jeff Broch, Broc Smith, Blake Stokes, and Alex Kemp. 

Seventh-grader Brooke Hennis brought home the bronze medal with an 83 foot throw in discus at the 2A IESA State track-and-field meet in East Peoria.

Twenty years ago
May 22, 2001
Douglas County Relay For Life raised over $29,000 for the American Cancer Society in the county’s first such event.

East Prairie seventh-grader Johanna Wienke came home with a pair of first-place finishes from the IESA meet. She tossed the shot put 33-5 and the discus 160-0 to earn the two medals. 

Tuscola residents Delbert Allen, Robert Middleton, Deborah Troike, and Carl Troike competed in the Race Against Breast Cancer half-marathon in Indianapolis.

Brody Little, Holly Nichols, Chelsey Chenoweth, Hannah Lake-Rayburn and Zach Laley were luncheon guests of the Tuscola Kiwanis Club after being awarded Bringing Up Grades certificates for several grading periods. 

Thirty years ago
May 21, 1991
Dave Osborne, local manager for GTE, was set to retire after 20 years of service with the company. 

The Hillard Agency, Inc. of Tuscola was named one of the top 10 agencies representing Milwaukee Insurance. Bill Hancock, president of the Hillard Agency, was on hand to accept the award.

Jeff Hettinger and David Smith placed second in their events at the Monticello Sectional and qualified for state in sicus and the 400 meters, respectively. 

Warrior baseball advanced to the regional title game after beasting Arcola 8-0. The Warriors were then ousted by the Villa Grove Blue Devils 7-6. 

Forty years ago 
May 28, 1981
Bill Baird was a patient at Burnham City Hospital, recovering from neck and wrist injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident after running into a cow.

Barbara DeVore of Tuscola was selected to be a member of the Sounds of Hope for the 1981 European concert tour.

David Dietrich, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Dietrich, lettered in football and basketball at the annual MClub Awards Night at Monmouth College.

Forty Martyrs Altar Society held its first annual mother-daughter banquet, with approximately 200 attending.

Fifty years ago
May 20, 1971
TCHS senior honor students recognized by Tuscola Rotary Club included Beth Quinn, Lynn Beltz, Byron Benner, Jane Mason, Jim Cox, Karen Pulley, Robert Heath, and John Waters. 

Mary Candace (Candy) Taylor was set to graduate from St. Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute, Ind. She majored in psychology and minored in math and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Taylor. 

The Tuscola United Church of Christ was set to dedicate its new sanctuary, as the entire interior of the building had been redecorated.

TCHS senior band and chorus members enjoyed a trip to Chicago. The group met at George Diamonds for dinner, and then attended the theater presentation of “Promises, Promises.”

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