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Back in the Day-3-2-22

Ten years ago
March 7, 2012
The TCHS Drama Club prepared for this year’s spring musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. The cast included Chandler Kerns, Courtney Davis, Sarah Lemke, Olivia Christy, Kathy Orchard, Emily Icenogle, Kaley Slaughter, Rachel Craddock, Taylor Hart, Cody Pankau, Rebecca Maree, Samantha Thomas, Kendra Hennis, Haleigh Zorn, Allison Hemmer, Alyssa Davis, Kayce Patton, Mark Crawford, Philip Spillman, and Dylan Kleiss. 

The family of Rosemary Dixon Graham celebrated her 90th birthday on March 18. 

Randy Bergeson, Chuck Knox, and Thomas Hettinger were the candidates running in the primary for the Douglas County Board. 

TCHS girls basketball award winners included Jessica Hardwick, Warrior Spirit; Susan Ponder, Most Improved; Erin Weaver, MVP/Most Free Throws/Most Rebounds; Audrey Mooney, Warrior Spirit; and Samantha Kohlbecker, MVP/Defense Award. 

Boys basketball players awarded at awards night included Garrett Miller, Warrior Spirit; Dustin Haake, MVP/Most Free Throws; and James Knight, Defense Award.

The TCHS Warriorettes awarded at awards night included Olivia Christy, Most Improved; Kylie Amick, Most Creative; Rachel Craddock, Most Outstanding; and Rachel Pflum, Best Sportsmanship. 

Twenty years ago
March 5, 2002
Wayne Ward of Camargo was appointed interim engineer for Douglas County until a replacement could be found for Duncan MacGibbon, who resigned effective March 1, 2002.

The Tuscola Board of Education gave its blessings to support the city to go ahead with proceedings to extend and expand the current TIF district. The city would like to extend the life of its TIF distinct, which includes the downtown area, South Main Street, and Route 36, to the year 2021.

TCHS graduate Sara Vest, daughter of Rick and Judy Vest of Tuscola, was named to the President’s List for Academic Excellence for the fall semester at McKendree College.

Rodney and Lora Zimmer welcomed a daughter, Emma Marie, on Feb. 25. Emma was welcomed home by big brother Kyle, 20 months. 

Thirty years ago
March 3, 1992
James Hausman and James Albritton each came away $10,250 richer after the 1992 ABC car raffle. The two held the last two tickets on Saturday night, and John Baird bought their chances on a ‘92 Dodge Grand Caravan or a ‘92 Chrysler Fifth Avenue. 

Ollie’s Lounge in Tuscola would be moving from Liga’s building to the former Huck’s convenience store on Route 36. The new enterprise would be named Rumor Has It Bar & Grill, and the proprietors were Don and Donna Walker. 

The Lady Warriors’ season came to an end with a 44-30 loss to the Monticello Lady Sages in the Heritage Sectional. The defeat brought to a conclusion a 20-8 season that included winning the LOVC Tourney and conference titles and the Tolono Regional title.

The Tuscola Warriors boys basketball team lost the championship game of the St. Joe Regional tournament in a 72-63 battle against top-seeded St. Joseph Ogden. 

Forty years ago
March 9, 1982
Mark Whitley of Atwood met the approval of Tuscola city council members as new patrolman for the Tuscola Police Department.

Rosellen Truitt, a 16-year employee of the ASCS of Douglas County, was honored recently with a retirement dinner held at The Embassy in Arcola. 

More than 60 people attended and participated in the World Day of Prayer service held in Tuscola on Friday, March 5. Rev. Roedder of the United Church of Christ spoke at the service.

Tuscola pushed Monticello to the wire in the opening round of regional play before bowing 61-52. With only four minutes left to play the score was tied at 46, then the Sages threw free throws, scored seven unanswered points, and the game was out of reach.

Fifty years ago
March 2, 1972
Construction of a new Monical’s Pizza and Tastee Freez began this week on Route 36, east of the present Tastee Freez.

The Waddington Funeral Home was sold to Charles W. Brewer of Tuscola, and he would assume ownership and full management of the firm on March 1. 

Dike Eddleman, former U of I track and cage star, was to be the guest speaker for the annual Biddy Basketball dessert banquet and awards night.

The Tuscola Fire Department was called to the Harold Hackett home in rural Tuscola when a furnace explosion caused a fire. David Hackett received first- and second- degree burns on his side and hip but was reported in good condition at Jarman Hospital.

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