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Back in the Day- 1-19-22

Ten years ago 
January 25, 2012
Miss Moultrie Douglas Rachel Craddock was named in the Top 15 in the Miss Illinois State Fair Queen pageant.

The three-story Dotson Building at 128 and 130 W Sale was being demolished over the week.

Local CPA firm Larsson, Woodyard, & Henson was hired as the new auditor for the Douglas County Board.

Rachel Rotramel, daughter of Andrea and Dr. George Rotramel, was named the Rotary Student of the Month for January at Tuscola High School.

TCHS senior Samantha Ledetter signed her letter of intent to play softball at Olney Central College next year.

A fantastic game for sisters Susan and Lisa Ponder, with a combined 31 points, advanced the Lady Warriors against Sullivan in their January 16 matchup. 

A number of Douglas County veterans met with local state Representative Chapin Rose at the Douglas County Courthouse when he was in the area this January. 

Twenty years ago
January 22, 2002
University of Illinois President James J. Sturkel was slated to be the guest speaker at the next Tuscola Rotary Club meeting.

Douglas County Board members voted to raise the juror per diem and mileage reimbursement for county employees. Per diem would change from $15.50 to $25 and mileage reimbursement would increase from 34.5 cents per mile to 36.5 cents. 

The Warriors extended their winning streak to 11 games with an 11-point victory over the Purple Riders in the basketball version of the Cola Wars. Austin Hogue led the way with 17 points in the 55-44 victory.

Lady Warriors substitute Jessica Laley earned praise for stepping up her defense during Little Okaw action. The Lady Warriors took third in the LOVC tournament with a 33-24 victory over Arcola. 

Thirty years ago
January 21, 1992
Jack and Rhonda Ledbetter were proud to announce the birth of their second son, Caleb Stephen. Caleb weighed in at 8 points, 9 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.

Jeffrey Leiniger was the new lucky winner of a brand new Isuzu Rodeo after his key started the vehicle while enjoying some time skiing at Lake Tahoe.

Cold shooting in the second half led to 1 74-55 loss by the Warriors to the Villa Grove Blue Devils. Caleb Englehardt led Tuscola in scoring with 17 points.

The Lady Warriors fought hard for a 43-41 victory over Vila Grove without their leading scorer, Kendra Blaudow, who was out due to an injury, and captured the Little Okaw Valley Conference Tournament crown. 

Forty years ago
January 26, 1982
Illinois State Scholars named from Tuscola included Jim Davis, Jim Kestner, Greg Dukeman, Chris Clevidence, and Lori Ferguson.

Terri Defyk, Joyce Morehead, Leslie Hall, and Dave Lecher were promoted at the annual meeting of the board of directors of Tuscola National Bank.

Earl Pendergrass was elected president of Tuscola Community Development Corporation to replace Bill McCarty, who had served as president for 10 years. 

Tuscola athletics was expected to get a boost in 1983 when it would join the Little Okaw Valley Conference. Board of Education members voted to withdraw from the Okaw Valley Conference, effective at the conclusion of the 1981-82 school year.

Fifty years ago
January 20, 1972
Two explosions in the furnace area of the extraction unit of USI led to a shutdown of the plant, pending repairs. Damage was extensive and firemen battled the blaze from 4:30 to 6:30 a.m. in the subzero temperatures reported at minus 12. Employee Bob Jolley of Tuscola was taken to Jarman Center for treatment of slight burns and smoke inhalation. 

Negotiations to annex Meadowview into the city of Tuscola were moving in the fourth year, and the time seemed to be drawing near for a mutually satisfying conclusion, with the city facing a revamping of the sewer system. 

Jerome A. Buck of rural Tuscola was selected second alternate by Congressman William Springer for the Naval Academy at Annapolis for the class entering in June 1972.

Four technical fouls called on Arcola coaches was the turning point in a rough-and-tumble 79-73 JV victory by the Warriors. Arcola coaches objected to an official ruling and before the verbal exchanges between the coaches and officials had ceased, one coach was banished from the game and the second received three technicals. Phil Waters made three of the four gift shots.

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