Back in the Day 6-2-21

Ten years ago
June 8, 2011
An after-school celebration was held for North Ward retiring employees Ann Lamkey, Principal; Maylee McGee, speech pathologist; Maureen Bergeson, first grade teacher; Sherry Miller, first grade teacher; Maribeth Opperman, special education teacher; Warner Eiben, teacher; and custodians Wayne Hardiwck and Wanda Hardwick.

The Lions Club’s Walk for Sight Fundraiser consisting of thirteen Lions Club Communities in the area raised over $7,000 for the cause.

The Wheels Car Club held its annual car cruise on Saturday.

The Tuscola 10U Tomahawks team placed second in the Memorial Day Weekend Gold Glove Tournament. Members included Logan Tabeling, Luke Sluder, Dylan Campbell, Cameron Ochs, Brayden Vonlanken, Cade Kresin, Tyler Meinhold, Noah Pierce, Lucas Kresin, Will Little, Blake Schultz, Jonah Pierce, and Dalton Glover and was coached by Lance Kresin and Josh Ochs.

98 participants joined the June 4 C F Erin’s Annual Fight for Cystic Fibrosis 5K/Walk in downtown Tuscola. 

Twenty years ago
June 5, 2001
Korean War Veterans National Museum and Library hosted a premier open house at the office’s new headquarters at Tanger Outlet Mall in Tuscola. 

Brian Moody was installed as president during the Tuscola ABC officer installation ceremony. Others installed were Jon Hensley, first vice president; Mark Maxey, second vice president; Louie Badger, sergeant-at-arms; Don Chappel, treasurer; and Bill Hemmer, outgoing president. 

Tuscola Warrior baseball players Eric Schweighart, Elliott Harriss, Cory Kleiss, and Darren Lewis were named to the Little Okaw Valley All-Conference First Team.

Tuscola city council members passed an ordinance limiting public hours at Festival Corner due to continued vandalism and undesirable behavior from some teens and young adults who frequent the area.

Thirty years ago
June 4, 1991
Shelby Best, Jerrod Coatney, Gina O’Brien, and Jason Rahn, along with chemistry teacher Kay Kleiss, received first place at the 16th annual High School Chemistry Contest held at Eastern Illinois University. 

Chana Allen and Todd Ray announced plans to marry on June 13. Their wedding would take place at Cartwright Methodist Church, west of Tuscola.

Tuscola IGA manager Tony Scribner presented a check for over $800 to the East Prairie Student Council towards its Hugs Not Drugs program.

Tom McCollam and Travis Skinner were honored as Decatur Area Vocational Center “Students of the Year.”

Forty years ago
June 9, 1981
Tuscola school board members unanimously approved a 13 percent increase in teacher salaries after several months of negotiations with the Tuscola Education Association. 

A.J. Flanigan was presented a certificate of commendation for his long years of loyalty to the American Legion. He had been serving in Post 27 since 1935.

Joe Wills was in his 33rd year of insurance business in Tuscola. To celebrate the occasion, his son Phil presented him with a watch.

Tuscola city police were investigating damage to a vehicle parked at Huck’s Convenience Store and to curbing of the store. This came in light of a string of vandalism and theft reports over the past three days.

Fifty years ago
June 3, 1971
Eleven hypodermic needles were found by city police on a stairway landing to apartments in downtown Tuscola. All of the needles were empty when found. 

Bill Huber talked about his family hobby of quarter horses during the program time at the Tuscola Rotary Club meeting.

Jarman Hospital and East Prairie School participated in a mock disaster drill. Both facilities passed the test with flying colors. 

Damage exceeding $1,000 was the result of vandalism at the Tuscola Drive-In. Mrs. Froman reported that four speakers were torn from their mounting and hurled through plate glass door.

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