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Back in the Day 12-22-21

Ten years ago
December 28, 2011
Hundreds of kids and adults visited the Douglas County Museum on Friday, December 23 as Santa and his helpers appeared with a live reindeer. 

Tuscola Rotary Club hosted a family gathering on December 19 to thank Tuscola firefighters for their service. 

The operator of Tuscola’s Tuscany restaurant was being sued in Douglas County court for alleged nonpayment of rent and withholding the premises. 

Colleen Lehmann was the very excited recipient of a $500 IGA grocery shopping spree, her ticket the winner in a raffle fundraiser to benefit the eighth grade Washington D.C. trip.

Santa Claus made a special trip to visit the very good residents at Tuscola Health Care Center. 

Mrs. Boyer’s first grade class at North Ward collected and donated canned goods for the SAM Food Pantry this holiday season. 

The Tuscola Warriors boys basketball team competed in the Monticello Holiday Hoopla over the Christmas break. 

Twenty years ago
December 25, 2001
The Tuscola Board of Education officially named the new school on Prairie Street North Ward Elementary. Board members voted to keep the tradition going after receiving over 30 suggested names.

Gene and Leta Maloney of Tuscola were set to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 28.

Mark Petty of Arcola was named Republican of the Year by the Douglas County Republican Party.

The Lady Warriors rallied in the fourth quarter to knock off the Lady Riders on their court, 41-36. Aja Kohlbecker and Jenna Wienke contributed 12 points each in the victory. 

Thirty years ago
December 24, 1981
Bill McCarthy was retiring from the helm of Tuscola National Bank, where he had been employed for the last 30 years. Lloyd Murphy was to become president, effective Jan. 1. 

The Tuscola Volunteer Fire Department donated funds to the Ronald McDonald House in memory of Paul McCollam. Funds came from proceeds of the firemen’s annual breakfast.

Kendra Blaudow tossed in 20 points and nine other Lady Warriors entered the scoring as Tuscola dumped the Atwood-Hammond Lady Rajenes 65-30 on TCHS turf.

Chris Spencer broke several records during his four-game rampage by scoring 105 points in the Spartan Leader Classic tournament. Both Spencer and David Henderson made the All-Tournament team. The Warriors ended up in second place, losing the championship to St. Joe.

Forty years ago
December 30, 1981
A short circuit in an election typewriter was the apparent cause of a Christmas Day fire at Tuscola First National Bank, which resulted in $12,000 in damage.

Gene Williams, superintendent of city services, was instructed by the city council to put up the signs designating the snowmobile routes in Tuscola. The council also agreed to publish the routes as soon as possible. 

More than 50 pairs of sore feet brought in $5,850.72 in pledges for the Walk For Hunger support in CROP.

Tuscola overpowered Newman in the final three quarters to advance to the championship bracket of the 16-team Shiloh Holiday Tournament. The Warriors claimed a 71-36 victory in the contest.

Fifty years ago
December 23, 1971
Tuscola city council members voted to employ Donald Lee Herbert of Mascoutah as chief of police during a special meeting.

Kay Boyer was appointed supervisor of vocational education at a meeting of the Tuscola School Board.

C.R. Schodt announced that J.W. Ragsdale had joined the Country Companies Insurance staff as an agent.

Tuscola’s seventh graders completed the 1971 portion of the season unblemished as they bombed Sullivan 63-38. The win improved their record to 8-0, while eighth-grade Hornets blasted Sullivan 53-17 for a 7-1 record.

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