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Ten years ago
February 8, 2012
Organizers worked to plan this year’s Relay for Life with the theme of “Get In The Game–Beat Cancer!”

Clickers week at Tuscola Community High School promoted safe driving practices at the school.

Those induced into Parkland’s Hall of Fame this year included Jesse Griswold (baseball ‘05), Billy Monk (men’s basketball ‘72), Dave Rear (baseball ‘80), Brooklyn Robbins (volleyball ‘06), Brenda Winkeler (volleyball coach), Jennifer Smith (contributor, former Parkland Student Services Advisor) and the 2005 Parkland College Baseball NJCAA World Series Runners Up.

Warriorettes Laura Murphy, Olivia Christy, and Kristen Dickens were named Rising Stars during the Tuscola IDTA regional dance competition. 

Tuscola’s girls basketball team fought their way to an Okaw Valley Conference Title with a 51-41 win over Argenta-Oreana. Erin Weaver led the ladies with 14 points in the game.

Kyle Ogden joined First Federal Bank of Tuscola as assistance vice president and agricultural loan officer. 

Twenty years ago
February 5, 2002
Gene Alcorn was presented a gold watch in appreciation of 30 years of service at Kelsey Furniture.

Mac Boyd, owner and president of Boyd Real Estate, Inc., was installed as the national president of the Realtors Land Institute.

Lady Warriors Coach Stan Wienke described their 44-41 victory over Cerro Gordo as “watching a trip to the Twilight Zone.” Jenna Wienke recorded 15 points and 16 rebounds, with Chambry Gilmore contributing 11 points and 11 boards.

Warrior fans were treated to a scare Friday night in back-in-forth action against Niantic-Harristown, but the Warriors held on to win 54. Cory Kleiss donated a team-high of 21 points, including three treys.

Thirty years ago
February 4, 1992
TCDC announced it had entered into a contractual agreement with Dr. J. Riley Hays to establish a new fulltime medical practice in Tuscola by Jan. 1, 1995.

Red Proffitt and Ed Norfleet, owners of Century Motors, agreed to sell their business to Phil Lamb and Tammi Lamb Chevrolet, pending approval from General Motors. 

Tuscola city council learned recently it would be the recipients of grants totaling $388,000 from DCCA. The money would be used solely as part of a housing rehabilitation program for qualified houses in Tuscola.

Chris Spencer was the big gun for Tuscola at Atwood-Hammond, as he poured in 34 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to help the Warriors maintain second place in the LOVC via the 89-88 win. A rebound basket and resulting converted free throw by Caleb Englehardt in the final six seconds of the game took the victory. 

Forty years ago
February 9, 1982
Lance Little, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Little of Tuscola, received first-place honors in the annual Illinois State Council on Nutrition poster contest.

Hardworking Tuscola Township snow removal crews received a reward for the many recent hours of overtime in the form of pies. Grateful ladies provided the home-baked goods in recognition of A.E. Kleiss and company’s almost round-the-clock snow removal efforts. 

Judge Harold Baker approved the chartering of First National Bank of Tuscola on Sunday, Feb. 7. Principals in the newly chartered bank were Coyn Richardson and Tom Faller, both natives of Charleston currently living in Springfield.

Bill Fruit was the scoring leader with 19 points and seven rebounds in the Warriors’ victory over Okaw league leader Monticello, 56-48.

Fifty years ago
February 3, 1972
Miss America Laurie Lea Schaefer was a featured guest at the Tuscola Auto Show, and spent some of her Sunday afternoon answering questions for members of the press.

Jeannette Iles, a senior at THS, was awarded a university honor scholarship to attend DePauw University. 

Tuscola City Clerk Keith Sunderland died at City Hall on Thursday, Jan. 27. Sunderland was elected in 1969 as city clerk, after retiring as a sheet metal salesman.

Coach Bill Burress claimed, “We won on guts,” after the Warriors claimed third place in the Okaw Valley Tournament. Tuscola defeated second-seed Unity 55-54 as Doug Dietrich broke a 54-54 deadlock by sinking a free throw with 27 seconds to play.

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