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Back in the Day 8-18-21

Ten years ago
August 24, 2011
“Our Town Tuscola” was featured on WCIA throughout the week of August 22-26. The news station broadcasted stories about Tuscola in the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts, featuring the people and unique opportunities. 

New officers of the Tommy K. Martin VFW Post #10009 included Leo Plaszczynski (trustee and service officer), Paul Wisovoty (quartermaster), Jim Beeson (commander), Doss Heath (post adjutant) Jim Harbaugh (senior vice commander), Glen Stumeier (chaplin), and Andrew Tarby (junior vice commander).

Tuscola Public Library received a $2,500 donation from the Tuscola Community Foundation to purchase three new computers. 

The 2011 Warrior Varsity volleyball team featured Madison Frerichs, Kara Williams, Hannah Scribner, Katie O’Hearn, Audrey Mooney, Sammi Kohlbecker, Kelsey Cleland, Mackenzie Seip, and Jessica Hardwick.

A 14-year-old Villa Grove teen was in custody on charges that they participated in setting fire to an abandoned building in Villa Grove that burned to the ground earlier in August. 

Twenty years ago
August 21, 2001
Sutter’s Bed and Breakfast, located at 400 South Main, sold on the auction block for $240,000 to Ray Miller of Arthur. Miller’s plans were to partner with Jeff Edwards of Arcola to turn the building into a funeral home. 

The Douglas County Health Department was the recipient of 100 booster seats from Ford Motor Company. The seats would be available to county residents for whom it would be a financial hardship providing their child with a seat. 

Micah Killebrew, son of Stan and Dawn Killebrew, of Tuscola, took fifth place in the Decorated Diaper Contest at the Illinois State Fair with his peacock-decorated diaper. 

Tony Manzella and Mel Goodman continued to hold on to the top seat in the Wednesday Night Men’s Golf League, with Toby Ring and Chad Hausmann one point behind them.

Thirty years ago
August 20, 1991
THS student Scott Branca was Tuscola’s newest entrepreneur with his newly acquired Tropical Sno franchise. 

Doug Opperman showed the grand champion pair of barrows at the Douglas County 4-H Fair. One of the barrows went on to become the champion at the Sullivan fair and the Champaign County Fair. 

John Milburn was named GTE’s manager for the Tuscola area. He and his wife, Terry, would be relocated to Tuscola in the near future. 

Gage Reynolds of Tuscola captured both the singles and doubles titles in the recent Douglas County tennis tournaments. 

Forty years ago
August 25, 1981
Paul and Mary Jones were planning to close Klean Rite Cleaners, Tuscola’s only dry cleaning business, on December 1. The Jones have operated the business for 25 years. 

Douglas County jail prisoners threatened a class-action lawsuit against officials, claiming they were denied medical treatment and phone calls, their uniforms and linens were not changed often enough, that belongings were stolen from lockers, and that some prisoners were threatened and harassed while in their cells. 

Most residents of Tuscola appeared to favor annexing Meadowview and Southland Acres subdivision. A key issue in the move by the city to entice the subdivisions was the problem with sanitary sewer lines. 

Tuscola’s entry in the Arthur Progress Slow Pitch Classic places second to We Care of Sullivan Saturday night after eight grueling games, seven of which were played Saturday afternoon. Dave Dietrich led the club with three homers and a batting average of .615.

Fifty years ago
August 19, 1971
Approximately 40 people were in attendance at a public meeting designated to gauge interest in upgrading the Tuscola airport to a commercial operation.

Ray McDuffee of Tuscola came out of a two-year retirement to win the championship game in the Bellflower Regional Softball Tournament. 

A daylight raid on a Tuscola home netted authorities quantities of various narcotic drugs, approximately 5,000 pounds of shotgun and rifle ammunition, more than 50 cartons of cigarettes, fishing equipment believed to have been stolen goods, and three homemade “hash” pipes.

The girls traveling softball league gained revenge over Arcola this week by winning 13-6. Linda Leonard was the winning hurler for Tuscola.

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