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Back in the Day 12-1-21

Ten years ago
December 7, 2011
Christmastown in Tuscola marked the beginning of the holiday season! This year’s Santa Chase attracted 60 participants; and the top finishers were Mike Burgess in 19:13.17, John Evans in 19:45.16, and Dawson Dodds in 20:14.24.

Terra Carter-Smith and her husband, Ron Smith, opened Star Dolls & Gifts in Tuscola.

Jim Hausmann, through the Hausmann Charitable Foundation, donated two semi trucks full of food to the SAM Food Pantry. 

Winners for the Christmastown Kids Contest were Linus Goodmann, Taylor Haines, Gabby Baier, Shelby Smith, Sawyer Cleland, Jaycee Cleland, Brit Smith. 

Members of the eighth grade East Prairie boys basketball team included Zach Mcallister, Evan Sutton, Zeke Brickey, Ethan Hearnley, Jackson Mooney, Brandon Stewart, Nick Bates, David Spillman, James Ross, Zach Rach, Keagan Kibler, and Alex Wilson.

Twenty years ago
December 4, 2001
The Dianne Moss and A.E. “Sonny” Kleiss families contributed memorials given in honor of them to purchase a beautiful timepiece to be installed at Festival Plaza.

Valerie Donnals, a 2001 TCHS graduate, was one of 50 students named to the Leadership Council of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

The Lady Warriors upset Champaign Central 54-48 after playing six games in nine days. Senior Jenna Wienke had her best performance of the season, scoring 25 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.

Warrior linebacker Jesse Little and wide receiver Ryan Bonner were named to the Decatur Herald’s football All-Area First Team. Running back Tommy Pierce and quarterback Eric Schweighart were accorded Honorable Mention honors.

Thirty years ago
December 3, 1991
Tuscola Fire Chief Dennis Dietrich was honored for 30 years of service to the Tuscola community.

Bill and Suzanne Huber were guests of honor at a 40th wedding anniversary family dinner at Kate’s Restaurant. The couple’s six grandchildren also attended the event.

Marvin Jones was concluding his relationship with the Douglas County Board after 25 years of service. He was recalled as one of the most ardent supporters of Jarman Hospital, a strong political leader, and deeply involved in attracting tourism to the county. 

The Tuscola Warriors had four players reach double figures in the scoring column during the team’s season opener against Heritage. Caleb Englehardt led the way with 16 points, followed by Dave Henderson with 15, Matt Daniel with 14 and Chris Spencer with 13 in the 71-63 victory. 

Forty years ago
December 8, 1981
Longtime Tuscola resident, George Lasseter, was appointed building inspector at the November 24 city council meeting.

Rev. Kenneth Roedder began his service as new minister for the Zion United Church of Christ and the Tuscola United Church of Christ.

Rodney Thomas of Tuscola was uninjured after the semi he was driving collided with an automobile driven by a Salem man. The car attempted to make a U-turn after pulling out of the L&K Restaurant Drive when it hit Thomas’ semi. 

The Tuscola Warriors dropped a disappointing 69-58 contest to Mt. Zion, after leading 34-31 at halftime. 

Fifty years ago
December 2, 1971
Norman Meeker was appointed acting police chief following the resignation of Paul E. Francis. The measure was a temporary one until a permanent replacement could be found. 

Morris W. Weaver was presented a silver emblem in recognition for 15 years of service with the Internal Revenue Service.

An armed robbery at the Cooper Motel netted the thief $48 in cash. Night clerk Elmer Little was threatened by a man with a small caliber pistol, who ordered Little to lie face down while he emptied the cash drawer.

Coach Bill Burress’ Warriors bowed to Mattoon 77-57 in the squad’s season opener. Junior Doug Dietrich paced Tuscola scorers with 15

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