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Back in the Day 7-21-21

Ten years ago
July 27, 2011
An official ribbon cutting took place at the recently reopened Tuscany Resturant during a VIP dinner on July 25. 

A moment of silence was held for Douglas County probation officer Steven Zumbahlen, who had passed, during the Douglas County Board meeting. 

New hires for the Tuscola School District included Drew Sterkel as NW pe teacher, Kristi Paulson as TCHS pe teacher, Carrie Brian-Miller as EP library clerk, Eric Lecher as NW evening custodian, Patrick Quinn as EP evening custodian, and Matt Franks as TCHS golf coach.

Information was sought regarding a burglary at Pop’s Ice Cream Shop in Villa Grove. 

8U All Stars Ella Boyer, Taylor Campbell, Carissa Denny, Alex Frerichs, Jessica Martin, Kendal Martin, Caleigh Parsley, Abigail Pettry, Marissa Russo, Maddie Stahler, and Brynn Tabeling shined in their first softball tournament experience. 

The TCHS Class of 1991 held their 20-year class reunion.

Twenty years ago
July 24, 2001
Jessica Pohlig of Tuscola was crowned the 2001 Miss Moultrie-Douglas County Fair queen. Meghan Murphy of Lovington and Andrea Fay of Atwood tied for second runner-up and Lyndsey Greger og Tuscola was named first runner-up and Miss Congeniality. 

ARTCO was set to perform the beloved musical masterpiece by Rodgers and Hammerstein, “The King and I.”

Orville Frye was welcomed to the First State Bank board of directors with almost four decades of banking experience. 

The Tuscola 11- and 12-year-old All-Star team claimed the title with their own victories over Arthur, Villa Grove, Shiloh, and Arcola twice. 

Thirty years ago
July 23, 1991 
D & M Discount was celebrating 20 years in business in Tuscola. Vicki Thompson, daughter of the original owners Don and Mary Young, was now serving as store manager.

Jacqui Wingstrom was named the Jr. Miss Tuscola 1991, with Jennifer Gensler being named Little Miss Tuscola 1991, and Myranda Kroll earned the title of Little Miss Tuscola Sweetheart 1991. 

Tuscola was once again well represented at the Mo-Do County Fair Demo Derby, with veteran William Hawk taking second place in the overall competition.

Tuscola Little League All-Stars bowed out of the National Little League Tournament with a second-place finish in district play held in Marshall last week.

Forty years ago
July 28, 1981
Architects were hired at Monday night’s city council meeting to begin drawing plans for a city building on South Main Street to house the fire and police departments. 

Jill Kincaid and Carl Bauer were Douglas County’s representatives at the 1981 state 4-H conference held at the University of Illinois campus. 

Carl Bradshaw marked 41 years of service with General Telephone Company by enjoying a retirement with fellow employees and retirees.

Leigh Ann Wilcox was voted Most Valuable Player as the Tuscola junior girls traveling softball team defeated Sidney 12-11.

Fifty years ago
July 22, 1971
USI announced that construction of its 66 million gallon-per-year ethyl alcohol plan in Tuscola was 50 percent complete. 

Mr. and Mrs. Carter Hayes observed their golden anniversary with an open house held in their honor. 

Douglas County Sheriff Bob Hausmann destroyed two truckloads of cannabis valued at $20,000 found recently growing wild on a farm near Newman.

Tuscola All-Stars defeated Paris 2-1 in the opening round of the National Little League tournament. Tuscola then advanced to the Beardstown district.

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