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Back in the Day 10-6-21

Ten years ago
October 12, 2011
The Book Warehouse at Tanger Outlet Center in Tuscola hosted a book signing featuring author Michael Kleen’s “Haunting Illinois: A Tourist’s Guide to the Weird and Wild Places of the Prairie State.”

Stephen and Kara Bosch of Tuscola were pleased to announce their engagement and approaching marriage. The couple planned to wed October 29, 2011 at Forty Martyrs Catholic Church in Tuscola. 

Tuscola’s Cameron Westjohn posted the top score at the regional golf tournament on October 4 and advanced to Sectionals. Other golfers advancing for the girls were Sydney Murray and Tiffany Davis. 

Tuscola native Katrina Hanners ran the Chicago half-marathon on September 11, 2011. Hanners was inspired by her father Dale and cousin Robert Hanners and completed two half-marathons and two full marathons in the last two years. 

Local industry partners Cabot, Dome Petroleum, Cargill, Syngenta, and Lyondell donated almost $31,000 in funds and labor to assist the Tuscola Fire Department expand and update their technical rescue training and equipment as well as create a training session for firefighters. 

Twenty years ago
October 9, 2001
Progress was being made in the first phase for the newest housing development, Forest Glen subdivision, with ground being broken down and paving beginning.

TCHS Student Council members took in a record 555 cans at a canned good drive they hosted during Homecoming festivities. The cans would be donated to SAM Pantry.

Brad Opperman raced to victory for the Warriors in a four-team cross country meet. Opperman bested Cumberland’s Dave Cash by eight seconds, completing the 3.1 mile course in 17:42.

The Warriors got back to their winning ways with a 40-6 victory over the Villa Grove Blue Devils. Tommy Pierce led the way, gaining 80 yards on 14 carries and scoring three times.

Thirty years ago
October 8, 1991
A petition in opposition to the proposed golf couse–signed by over 200 citizens–rocked City Hall, an effort which could put the project in jeopardy. 

Chris Korte, a 1983 graduate of Tuscola High School, was appointed branch manager for Carnegie Insurance Service Corporation in Merrillville, Ind.

Tuscola’s JFL closed out a successful season by sweeping Arcola. The victories over Arcola gave both teams a 5-2 record for the season.

The Tuscola Lady Warriors volleyball team plowed through the opposition without losing a game enroute to its sixth consecutive LOVC tournament championship.

Forty years ago
October 13, 1981
Jana Carie and Eric Hastings were elected Homecoming king and queen by the TCHS student body.

Pat Sullivan announced his return to Douglas County to join his brothers, Mike and Frank Sullivan, in their implement business. 

Clarence Warters, a soybean producer from Tuscola, was recognized by the Illinois Soybean Program Operating Board for his service to soybean growers and the soybean industry while serving as chairman of the program operating board. 

The St. Teresa Bulldogs walked away with a 14-7 victory over the Warriors, leaving behind a disappointed Tuscola Homecoming crowd. 

Fifty years ago

October 7, 1971

Mitchell’s Department Store celebrated its 21st anniversary by expanding and remodeling the building. 

Shorty Wetzel placed second in a corn-picking contest at Rockome Gardens Horse Farm Farming Days. Wetzel picked 25 ears of corn in one minute.

Tuscola standout Larry Ring scored twice for Eastern Illinois University to spark a 28-22 win over Illinois Wesleyan University.

Esther Skinner and Jean Waters were representing Tuscola as well as members of the North East Missouri State varsity cheerleading squad.

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