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Back in the Day 10-27-21

Ten years ago
November 2, 2011
Fourteen students were nominated by teachers/building staff at Tuscola High School were invited to attend the new Breakfast Club program at the school. The program offers kudos to students who exhibit exemplary behavior and effort. 

Senior football players Dan Kneipp, Robert Lopez, Cole Stanfield, Dillon Hoel, Jimmy Knight, Philip Meyer, John Brookins, Jordan Scribner, Caleb Wilson, TJ Onstott, and Chance Little were celebrated during their final regular season game on October 21. The Warriors then moved to the second round of playoffs following a win against Cerro Gordo. 

Kelsey Cleland was chosen as the October Rotary Student of the Month. 

The East Prairie Hornets eighth grade girls basketball team claimed the JHOC girls basketball championship. 

2011 graduates Pat Yoakum and Lindsey Troike were honored before Saturday’s football for being named the Champaign area High School Athletes of the Year by the News Gazette the prior summer. This was the first time both the male and female athlete of the year came from the same school.

Twenty years ago
October 30, 2001
Severe thunderstorms struck most of Douglas County, causing roughly $300,000 worth of damage. Several sheds and buildings along Route 133 and a machine shed were completely leveled in Filson.

Ben Snider and Katrina Kappes were named the 2001-2002 DAR and SAR recipients.

East Prairie seventh and eighth grade Lady Hornets basketball teams claimed the Junior High Okaw Tournament titles with clean-sweep victories over their opponents. 

Seniors Tommy Pierce and Eric Schweighart conjoined for 216 yards to lead the Warriors to a first-round playoff victory over Blue Ridge, 49-7.

Thirty years ago
October 29, 1991
John and Sharon Wax held a grand opening for their full-service flower shop, Petals and Plants, in their downtown Tuscola location.

Randy Bissey was promoted to supervisory branch manager in Tulsa, Okla. for Cooper Industries’ Cooper Energy Services. 

Tuscola resident Steve Harris was named the new store manager at Tuscola IGA.

Lady Warrior spikers took third place in the Mt. Pulaski Tournament as they headed into post-season play. The number-one seeded Tuscola squad was set to face Atwood-Hammond in the first round of competition.

Forty years ago
November 3, 1981
Francis Tullis was named Woman of the Year by the Buisness and Professional Woman’s Club of Douglas County. 

Friends and neighbors of Clarence Warters came together to harvest crops on the Warters’ farm after Mr. Warters passed away.

TCHS juniors David Porter and Mark Smith were the local reporters for Parkland College radio station WPCD FM’s new High School Hotline. The program, which aired twice a week, included news from TCHS, East Prairie, and North Ward.

Monticello walked off the Tuscola football field with a 14-7 victory over the Warriors. Tuscola controlled the ball for nearly the entire two final quarters, but only got into the end zone one time.

Fifty years ago
October 28, 1971
Kevin Wilhelm and Dan Blausey of Tuscola advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout, one of the highest honors in the scouting organization.

The Tuscola City Council appointed Don Reasor a patrolman. Art Lewis was appointed as a part-time patrolman and ambulance attendant. 

Groundbreaking ceremonies took place to start the $150,000 addition to Nightingale Manor Nursing Home near Hillcrest Subdivision in Tuscola. 

Scott Brewer won the frosh-soph segment of the Douglas County cross-country meet with a 16:06 clocking. Kenny Burke set a new course record of 14:33 with an easy win in the varsity portion.

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