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Back in the Day 12-15-21

Ten years ago
December 21, 2011
Veterinarian Dr. Sally Foote and SAM Food Pantry director Betsy Stuerke teamed up to organize a pet food drive that resulted in a collection of 370 pounds of food and some cash donations. 

Two Villa Grove youths convicted of setting a fire that destroyed an historic downtown building in downtown Villa Grove were ordered to pay over $126,000 in restitution to building owners. 

Dan and Connie Lee of Tuscola celebrated their 50th anniversary on December 21, 2011. 

The 2011 Warrior football award winners were announced at the Dec. 19 awards night. Award winners included Brandon Evans, Ultimate Warrior; James Knight and Josh Brookins, Warrior Spirit; Philip Meyer, MVP; T.J. Onstott, Dietrich/Huber Tackle Award; Robert Lopez, Offensive Lineman Award; Sam Dailey, Defensive Lineman Award; and Austin Sexson, Special Teams Award. 

Tuscola High School honored the late Gene Murray, former teacher and coach for TCHS, at a ceremony with friends and family. 

A reindeer from the Nolan reindeer farm in Eldred was brought to the Douglas County Museum for two days to allow children to see Santa and meet a real reindeer. 

Twenty years old
December 18, 2001
Sixteen-year-old Tyrel Ledbetter soared to the rank of Eagle Scout after completing his project of installing a wood sign near the circle drive at Tuscola High School.

Eric Schweighart and Jesse Little were named to the News-Gazette All-Area First Team. Earning special accolades were Ryan Bonner, Cory Kleiss, Austin Hogue, and Tommy Pierce.

Chambry Gilmore turned in her best performance of the season, scoring 23 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in the Lady Warriors’ 70-64 victory over Mahoment-Seymour. 

The Warriors held off St. Joseph-Ogden 48-30 in the Leader Classic tourney opener, with Cory Kleiss scoring 15 points and having three rebounds.

Thirty years ago
December 17, 1991
First Federal Bank of Tuscola donated four IBM computers to the TCHS computer lab as a way of thanking the community for its support of the bank.

Cookie bake-off winners during the recent Christmastown celebration were Florence Phillips of Arthur, Mary Melton of Tuscola, and Pattie Wilson of Tuscola.

Past district governor Ted Mick was named a Melvin Jones Fellow at the Lions district convention recently.

Tuscola bounced back from defeat at the hands of St. Joe to claim victory against the Monticello Sages. Chris Spencer led the Warriors with 28 points.

Forty years ago
December 22, 1981
Charles “Chub” Conner of Tuscola announced his candidacy for sheriff of Douglas County. 

Helen Dallas, Chris Little, Ruby Huber, and Reg Sigler all received state awards at the recent tractor pull banquet held in Springfield.

Dr. J.N. Cunningham of Tuscola attended the Illinois Association Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons 82nd Mid-Winter Conference in Lincolnshire. 

Junior John Murray scored 16 points, 10 of them in the fourth quarter, and claimed 12 rebounds to spark the Warriors to a 61-54 win over St. Joe.

Fifty years ago
December 16, 1971
Jean Waters, Miss Tuscola 1971, was a potential Miss Missouri candidate from Northeast Missouri State College in Kirksville. Miss Waters was a freshman English major. 

Paul and Bob Taylor, managers of the Arco Station on Route 36 in Tuscola, announced their business would cease operation due to the widening and construction of the highway.

Legal steps necessary to the formation of the Tuscola Community Development Corporation were being completed early this week by attorney James Lemna, according to chairman William McCarty. 

Sophomore Phil Waters sank a pair of gift shots with eight seconds of play left to give Tuscola a 74-72 win over highly touted Sullivan on the Redskins’ court. Junior Doug Dietrich pumped in 32 points and hauled down 14 rebounds to pace the Warrior win.

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