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Back in the Day 12-29-21

Ten years ago
January 2, 2012
An evening chimney fire on January 2 resulted in damage to the Robertson’s rural Villa Grove home. 

The fresh/soph Warriors boys basketball team captured first place in the Paris round-robin Tournament over Christmas break. The team was comprised of Nick Henderson, Cole Evans, Jarrett Wallace, Josh Knight, Zach Bates, Blake Woodard, Eddie Durham, Stan James, Griffin Day, Jackson McCrory, Tyler Hale, Marcus Alexander, Devin Rose, Gunnar Campbell, Mark Timlin, Vrolock Martin, Tommy Watson, and Clayton Turner. 

The Tuscola City Council approved the demolition of the Dotson Building and the adjacent building to begin soon.

The Pamida Foundation donated $128,000 this Christmas season thanks to the support of customers during in-store fundraisers. 

The Coin Collectors Association announced their next stop in their world tour would be the Baymont Inn and Suites in Tuscola January 3-8. 

Twenty years ago 
January 1, 2002
Four Seasons Auto Plaza was the scene of a downed telephone pole and wires after a semi snagged them when making a delivery to the dealership.

Villa Grove Mayor Ron Hunt was making the rounds as he announced his candidacy for state representative of the 110th District. 

The Lady Warriors finished their first appearance at the Monticello Holiday Tournament with a 2-2 record. Jenna Wienke led the way, with 60 points scored in the four games. 

The Warriors finished third place in the St. Joe Leader Classic after holding off Chrisman 65-55 in the consolation game. Ryan Bonner led the way with 17 points and seven rebounds.

Thirty years ago
December 31, 1991
Tuscola volunteer fireman Gary Doud played a critical role in the recovery of Mrs. Bobbi Walker, the victim of an acute asthma attack while in downton Tuscola on Dec. 26.

Scott Michener, a THS graduate and freshman at Illinois College, was among 81 players receiving varsity letters at a post-season football banquet.

Dan Cleland harvested a buck in the last hour of shotgun season for 1991. The buck sported an 11-point rack and weighed in at 208 pounds.

Eric Horath, a student at Tuscola High School, was recognized for his outstanding work at Decatur Area Vocational Center during the month of December.

Forty years ago
January 5, 1982
James Lemna, a Douglas County attorney for 43 years, was honored by the Douglas County Bar Association on the eve of his retirement. 

Joseph Allen Diener of Arthur arrived at 3:50 p.m. on January 2 to become the first baby born at Jarman Hospital in 1982.

Faulty wiring was believed to be the primary cause of fire at Cooper Motel that started in the neon tubing that outlines the overhang. 

Dolph Shute, maintenance mechanic at Cabot Corporation, received recognition for 15 years of service. 

Fifty years ago
December 30, 1971
George Hillard of the Hillard Agency announced this week that Bill Hancock of Robinson would join the agency staff on January 1, 1972.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Wetzel were honored by their children on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary at the Brown Jug in Decatur. 

Myrtle Froman, manager of the Kerasotes Drive-In Theatre in Tuscola, won the Best Housekeeping Award given by the theater chain.

The Warrior freshman squad grabbed its fourth straight victory, knocking off Villa Grove 59-25. Chris Townsend fired 17 points to pace the Warriors, with Bill McCarthy chipping in 16 more.

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