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Back in the Day 12-8-21

Ten years ago
December 14, 2011
Local veterans joined with the 328th Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol for a wreath-laying ceremony held at the Douglas County Courthouse on December 10. Wreaths were presented in memory of armed services who fought and died while serving in America. 

Hillard Agency co-owner Phil Beachy retired after 36 years with the Tuscola insurance agency.

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to a 14 year prison term, tied to 18 counts of corruption. 

North Ward third and fourth graders performed their yearly Christmas Concert. 

Jessica Hardwick received first place in the TCHS Talent Show on December 7. Hardwick organized a fashion show of friends modeling her own designed and sewn dresses.

The 2011 Warriors varsity basketball team included Cody Pankau, Christian Wood, Garrett Miller, Dan Yoakum, Sharom Shabrou, James Knight, Dustin Haake, Philip Meyer, and Eric Crist. 

Twenty years ago
December 11, 2001
Over 130 children benefited from this year’s Angel Tree program, thanks to the hard work of Salvation Army volunteers. Connie Meyer, Susie O’Dell, Chuck Holmes, Kathy Rhodes, Sara Holmes, Angie Hastings, and Cindy Little spent their Saturday working on gift distribution. 

Jackie Hornlein, longtime city hall employee; and volunteer extraordinaire Paul Wisovaty served as grand marshals for the Christmastown parade.

Dusty Burk, former Tuscola standout, announced transfer from Illinois State University to Truman State in Kirksville, Mo. Burk was recently named to the Gateway Conference’s All-Academic First Team.

Cory Kless, Matt Kincaid, Austin Hogue and Darren Lewis all hit double digits in the Warriors’ 67-41 victory over the Arthur Knights. 

Thirty years ago
December 10, 1991
Tom Ray’s home at 315 Douglas Drive took first place in the home holiday lighting contest, with Wayne Pickens on Egyptian Trail taking second. Jim Hausmann, Phil Lamb, and Harlan Henderson took honorable mention. 

Chicago Bears scout Gary Smith was the guest speaker at the Tuscola Rotary Club meeting. Smith was a high school classmate of Rotary member Jim Voyles.

Senior center Chris Spencer led the Warriors to a 64-49 rout of Atwood-Hammond. The victory moved TCHS to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference. 

Kendra Blaudow led the Lady Warriors with 15 points and Char Carpenter contributed 14 more in a 48-30 victory over Arcola.

Forty years ago 
December 15, 1981
The William Patterson family was hosting foreign exchange student Rasha El Ramly of Egypt for the school year. 

Craig Hastings was hired on as a city investigator on the recommendation of Chief Ronnie Earl. Hastings had been serving as a patrolman for two years.

Harlan Henderson was elected secretary-treasurer of the Illinois Auctioneer’s Association.

Dan Meyer’s shooting carried the Warriors to their first victory of the season over Mahoment 48-44. Meyer was seven for 11 from the field and 11 for 11 at the charity stripe. 

Fifty years ago
December 9, 1971
Mr. and Mrs. John Stickel of Tuscola announced the engagement of their daughter, Carol, to Mike Woods of Tuscola.

Jeffrey Beals, Debra Carney, Nancy Wenskunas and Jack Quinn received Outstanding Teenager of America awards at Tuscola High School.

Patricia O’Bryan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gaylord O’Bryan, and Jerry Frye, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Frye, were named the DAR/SAR award winners at Tuscola High School. 

Tuscola shot a sizzling .555 for its first win in the New Okaw League. Doug Dietrich contributed 25 points, which led the team to a 69-49 victory over Warrensburg-Latham.

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