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Back in the Day-9-29-21

Ten years ago
October 5, 2011
The cast of last year’s Hee Haw fundraiser show reprised their roles for the Hee Haw Rides Again Variety Show performed Nov. 4-6 at the Amishland Red Barn. All proceeds were going to ARTCo’s renovation efforts on their Sale Street building. 

Lighthouse Insurance Agency held an open house/ribbon cutting on Friday at their Route 36 building in Tuscola. 

The Tuscola City Council voted to approve a wind turbine at the sewer plant, new bleachers at Ervin Park, and a new concrete surface at Tanger Outlet Center. 

The Warriors cross country team wrapped up a successful week with second place team finishes at the Unity meet. 

The Tuscola Warriors football team crushed Central A&M 49-29 during their Friday night face-off.

The TCHS graduating classes of 1986, 1976, 1971, and 1956 celebrated their class reunions during homecoming festivities. 

Twenty years ago
October 2, 2001
Tuscola CUSD #301 was recognized as one of the top 30 overachieving districts in the state as far as academics were concerned when the ISAT results came in. Tuscola students in grades three, four, fine, seven, eight, and 11 took part in the tests. 

Local farmers took the day off from their own fields to harvest crops at the John Allen farm in Newman to help the family after Allen, his wife Kathy, and grandson Dustin were killed in an auto accident on July 8. 

Both Lady Hornet basketball teams were off to a 3-0 start for the season. The seventh-grade team took a 50-0 victory over Oakland, with a follow-up 52-4 victory by the eighth-grade team.

The TCHS golf team held a fundraiser at Ironhorse Golf Course, with 500 numbered balls dropped on the green by a crane. Lisa Corley’s ball was the closest to the hold and walked away with $500.

Thirty years ago
October 1, 1991
Chris Spencer and Jenny Stuerke were chosen to reign over the 1991 Homecoming court. The two were crowned during coronation ceremonies after the Warriors hosted Warrensburg-Latham.

Michelle Albin of Camargo was appointed for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council.

Susanna Ross, a 1988 graduate of TCHS, was one of 10 young women chosen as a member of the 1991 University of Illinois Homecoming court.

Tuscola Lady Warrior Kendra Blaudow recorded 10 kills as the Warriors beat visiting Arthur to go 13-1 heading into the LOVC tournament. 

Forty years ago
October 6, 1981
Christen Hance, daughter of Don and Linda Hance, was chairperson of Dad’s Day activities at Illinois Wesleyan University. Hance, a 1978 TCHS graduate, was a senior nursing student at Wesleyan. 

The annual Crop Walk for World Hunger netted a record $4,575 with 95 people attending. Two-year old Angela Ross was the youngest in attendance, while Nellie Burnett and Jessie Watkins, age 79, were the oldest participants. 

CIPS announced they would be reducing rates 17 percent as part of the utility company’s summer-winter rate differential program.

TCHS freshman football coach Dennis Fredric tendered his resignation and was replaced by his assistant, Gene Murray.

Fifty years ago
September 30, 1971
Rain halted many Old Fashioned Days activities, but many merchants throughout the community reported booming sales.

1970 TCHS graduate Carolyn Miller was one of 10 girls in the newly-formed Big 10 Flag Corps at the University of Illinois. 

Tuscola Unit School Board approved a proposition giving elderly citizens (65 or older) free admission to school district-sponsored activities. 

Victor Wiley, a senior at Tuscola High School, was named a semi-finalist in the 1971-72 National Merit Scholarship Program.

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