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Back in the Day 8-4-21

Ten years ago
August 10, 2011
Tuscola All-Stars stood with their heads held high after a 3-2 defeat to Jackie Robinson West in the 9/10 Little League State Tournament championship. The All Stars claimed second place in the state tourney series, ending their season with a 16-2 record. 

Done to Death, the TCHS Drama Club fall play, starred Patrick Manselle, Leslie Borries, Alyssa Davis, Allison Hemmer, Kayce Patton, Sam Thomas, Jackie Adams, Kendra Hennis, Courtney Davis, Mark Crawford, Dylan Taylor, Dylan Kleiss, and Katie Kenny. 

Danielle Quinn of Tuscola was pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Jaycelyn Kay. Jaycelyn was born August 1 at 11:01 p.m. and weighed 8 lbs., 14 oz. and was 21 inches long. 

Tuscola Kiwanis President Mike Damler was presented with the prestigious Amador Medallion Award at the Kiwanis I-I District Convention. 

The foursome of John Coats, Yale Westjohn, Mike Carroll, and Curt Welch was the winning team of this year’s Andy McGillen Memorial Golf Tournament. The team shot a 51 to take the top spot at the Aug. 5 scramble. 

Twenty years ago
August 7, 2001
Demolition of the former Fannie and Charlie’s Restaurant at the intersection of Egyptian Trail and Niles Avenue was being done as part of efforts to make for a safer intersection.

Mike and Erica Kremetzki were proud to announce the birth of their first child, Sara Elizabeth, who was born on August 2. She weighed 12 lbs. 2 oz. and was 23 inches long. 

Meagan Penny, a 2001 THS graduate, was presented a $500 scholarship from the Tuscola Knights of Columbus.

The Tuscola 1 junior women’s softball fastpitch softball team finished its season earning fourth place in the 22-team Okaw Valley Tournament held in Villa Grove. This was believed to be the highest finish by any Tuscola entry.

Thirty years ago
August 6, 1991
Parkland College appointed Jon Surma of Tuscola as its director of business operations. He would oversee the daily operations of the business.

The home of Thelma Hatchel at 903 E. Overton in Tuscola suffered significant damage, estimated around $18,000, after catching on fire. It was suspected that a drop cord in the living room was the cause.

Sgt. James Conner, son of Hartland “Hop” and Nancy Conner left for service in the Persian Gulf on July 13, serving out his Springfield reserve unit. 

Barb Coffey and Marilyn Hancock took the victory over eight teams at the Lucky Doubles Tournament held by the Friday Morning Women’s Tennis League. 

Forty years ago
August 11, 1981 
Charles Beck of Tuscola recently won $5,000 playing the Illinois Lottery’s Instant Sweepstakes game.

Frank Lincolm of Tuscola was appointed to serve on the Grand Commander’s Address Committee at the 125th Annual Conclave of the Grand Commandry of Knights Templar of the State of Illinois.

Doris White Appreciation Night was held at the Tuscola Masonic Lodge. The event was sponsored by Eastern Star.

Chris Stiles and Bob Beasley were named champions of the Junior-Senior Tennis Tournament held at Ervin Park, sponsored by the Tuscola Recreation Department. The champions breezed through the four founds with only loss of set during that time.

Fifty years ago
August 5, 1971
Construction began to replace CILCO’s entire natural  gas underground system in Tuscola. The project included replacement of 18 miles of gas maines and 29 miles of gas service. 

The Tuscola Chamber of Commerce sponsored a teenage dance at the Community Building, with music being provided by the Baercats, featuring Jeff and Bob Baer of Tuscola. 

The Tuscola IGA store was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash and several cartons of cigarettes sometime after midnight July 28. Entry was gained through a west window and a cash drawer was broken into.

LaSalle eliminated Tuscola from National Senior Division tournament play 5-1. Tuscola received credible mound performance from Kevin Burke but six Tuscola errors proved costly.

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