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Back in the Day 11-24-21

Ten years ago
November 30, 2011
The City of Tuscola prepared for transformation into Christmastown for this weekend’s festivities. A Vendor Fair, parade, and Breakfast with Santa were all planned to help celebrations 

At the Tuscola BOE meeting, administrators voted to change East Prairie’s colors to black and gold. 

The TCHS Warriors football team, runners-up in this year’s Class 1A championship, had many members also earning a special recognition. Philip Meyer and TJ Onstott were named to the 1A All-State football team and Jimmy Knight and Dillon Hoel earned a spot on the All-State Academic Team.

A home on Tuscola’s Hillcrest Drive was burglarized during the daytime hours of 1 and 3 p.m. on November 21. 

Christie Clinic in Tuscola welcomed three women from surrounding communities to their team. These included Tracie Harp from Tuscola, Janelle Dodds from Tolono, and Kim Kopp form Villa Grove. 

The Lady Warriors spread out the scoring wealth during their season opener against Arthur-Lovington. The Warriors came out with a 22-point victory.

Twenty years ago
November 27, 2001
The homes of Lou and Kathy Rhodes, Gene and Lucielle Murray, Steve and Libby Fox, and George and Andrea Rotramel were going to be featured on the Tuscola Woman’s Club house walk held during Christmastown activities.

Jennie Wiesener, sixth grade teacher at East Prairie, was initiated into the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, International Education Sorority. 

The Lady Warriors brought home the consolation bracket championship in the Mt. Zion Ladr Brave Classic tournament. Tuscola lost its opening round to Urbana but came back to defeat Decatur Eisenhower and Monticello.

Senior volleyball player Aja Kohlbecker drew postseason honors, being named to the News-Gazette’s All-Area Special Mention roster as an outside hitter and setter, and the Decatur Herald’s Honorable Mention list. 

Thirty years ago
November 26, 1991
Tuscola Mayor Dan Kleiss was one of six Douglas County citizens participating in the “Kiss A Pig” fundraising contest held by the Douglas County AHA and Pork Producers. The top money raiser would earn the right to choose one of the other contestants to kiss a pig at the end of the Tuscola Christmastown parade.

Michelle Swihart, a senior at Tuscola High School, was elected president of the Douglas County 4-H Federation for 1991. Also elected were Ellen Guthridge of Hindsboro as vice-president, Amber Wilkinson of Tuscola as secretary, and Stacey Kappes of Tuscola as treasurer. 

Pat Pierce earned both the Ken Huber Tackle Award and the MVP trophy. Chris Spencer received the Sportsmanship Award, while Doug Pickett was named Most Improved Player for the second consecutive year. 

Heidi Gaddy connected on seven of eight field goal tries and finished with 15 points to lead the Lady Warriors to victory over the ever-tough Lady Raiders of Shiloh at Shiloh High School.

Forty years ago
December 1, 1981
The first Thanksgiving luncheon, sponsored by the Tuscola Chamber of Commerce and community service clubs, was an outstanding success. Approximately 200 people were present to hear Mike Carroll discuss the history of Tuscola.

Douglas County farmer Harold Hackett announced his candidacy for election to the Douglas County Board.

Katrina Ross of Tuscola was presented with the “I Dare You” award for her outstanding work in 4-H over the past year.

Leigh Ann Jolley, Margie Nauta, and Lisa Schultz qualified for the Class IV super sectional gymnastics meet to be held at Eureka College on Dec. 5. All three girls competed in the 9-11 age group. 

Fifty years ago
November 25, 1971
Principal William Butkovich was notified that the TCHS high school gym was selected as the site for a “small school” Illinois High School Association sectional.

Welch’s Family Restaurant held its grand opening. 

Linda Metheny of Tuscola won the overall championship in the U.S. Olympic trial meet held over the weekend at the U of I. She was headed for Japan where she would be representing the U.S. in an international meet featuring teams from Japan and Russia.

Kenny Burke topped the list of the Class B All-East Central Illinois cross country team members. Burke was accorded in Class B since he went undefeated in his group.

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