Ten years ago
August 17, 2011
New administrators and teachers in Tuscola School District included Michael Smith, Superintendent; Elizabeth Torbit, NW Principal; Brad Allen, TCHS Principal; Carol Munson. EP Principal; Drew Sterkel, NW pe teacher; Krisit Paulson, TCHS pe teacher; Ashleigh Nurdin, 1st Grade; Kathie Clapper, TCHS business teacher; Emily Munsterman, 1st Grade; Matt Franks, TCHS history, golf and boys basketball coach; and Nicole Henderson, speech-language pathologist.
The Pantry opened in Tuscola east of the Tanger Outlet Center. The Pantry was opened by the Mast Family and offers coffee, pastries, deli sandwiches, salads, desserts, and unique sodas.
Firefighters from 18 departments worked to put out a fire in Villa Grove’s downtown area of Main Street on Wednesday, August 10. The building, once Heirloom Upholstery, was destroyed in the fire believed to be started by juveniles.
Sally Doud was presented a plaque by Tuscola Health Care Center administrator Tom Stephenson to commemorate her 20-plus years of service during her retirement party on August 12.
Twenty years ago
August 14, 2001
A freak accident while replacing a sign at Fuel Mart on Route 36 in Tuscola resulted in the death of Richard Green of Herrin. Green and another co-worker were cutting the old sign away when it broke loose and knocked Green out of the bucket, causing him to fall to the pavement 70 feet below.
The now-closed Liga’s Restaurant was set to go on Bill and Rudy Huber’s auction block in September. In addition to the restaurant, the Liga home and lots surrounding the restaurant would be sold.
The Tuscola Senior League team capped off its season with a third-place finish in the league tournament. They finished their season with a 12-9 record, with Andrea Laley pitching all 21 games.
Tony Manzella and Mel Goodman took the lead in the Men’s Wednesday Night Golf League. The duo of Jeff Marker and John Lindbloom were only a half-point behind the leaders.
Thirty years ago
August 14, 1991
Zeigler Coal Company announced the Murdock mine would close October 1, 1991 after 45 years of operation. The closing would result in 134 lost hourly jobs and 33 salaried employees.
Tuscola Mayor Dan Kleiss presented a check in the amount of $54,829.20 to Tuscola Superintendent Jim Voyles to purchase an IBM computer system for the schools. The money was made available through TIF funds.
Shirley Beasley of Tuscola, executive director of Lincolnland Visiting Nurse Association, was elected to the board of directors of the IHS and was appointed to chairman of the Regulatory Affairs Committee.
Peggy Strange captured her first women’s Kaskaskia Club championship title, firing off a second 90 and holding off strong challenges by Brandy Patridge, Janice Dicks, Kenna LeBeau, and Eva Anderson.
Forty years ago
August 18, 1981
Theresa Mattix, Miss Tuscola and Miss Douglas County, was among 100 fair queens who attended a luncheon at the Illinois State Fair and visited with Gov. James Thompson.
Patti Waters would be hosting 15 former Miss Tuscolas who were coming home to participate in the Old Fashioned Days parade.
New programs set to be offered at TCHS this year would be data processing; “Single Living,” a home ec course targeted to get male students involved; practical math course; and a new program for sophomores.
The Mounties added the city slow pitch softball title to their league title, thumping the Distillery 15-4.
Fifty years ago
August 12, 1971
William Kibler, manager at Tuscola IGA< was informed that Tuscola was among 10 stores receiving the Award for Excellence at the Independent Grocers Alliance 45th anniversary convention in Chicago. The Tuscola store was recognized for its health and beauty aids department.
H.J. Rottman was elected president of the Tuscom Little League.
In an effort to raise funds to finance several promotions, the Tuscola Chamber of Commerce voted to apply for a bingo license, in order to hold bingo games twice each month.
Tuscola native Linda Metheny won one gold, two silver, and one bronze medal in the Pan Am games held recently in Cali, Columbia. The gymnast was the second highest scorer for the U.S. with 73.25 points.