Ten years ago
March 14, 2012
Contestants in the 2012 Miss Tuscola pageant included Kylie Amick, Emma Comerford, Madison Frerichs, Kayce Patton, Leslie Borries, and Courtney Kennedy. Junior Miss contestants included Karissa Langellier, Mariah Lemay, Sophia Christy, Ashley Mattingly, Andrea Murphy, Madeline Claubaugh, and Kiera Bialke.
Former Arcola Police Officer Rogelio Javier Gutierrez was arrested following a two-month Illinois State Police investigation.
TCHS senior Elise Hackett, daughter of Dave and Marcia Hackett, was chosen as the Rotary Student of the Month for March.
Little Miss contestants in the 2012 pageant included Mia Bratten, Lauren Woods, Zoe Hochstetler, Skylar Wilkins, Kaci Beachy, and Anjalei McCollum.
The Eighth grade Hornets volleyball team claimed the regional and sectional titles, advancing them to the state competition on March 17. This year’s team included Halle McCrory, Jordan Ochs, Bonnie Carter, Nicole Lough, Karli Allen, Mikhala Sumption, Brooke Hennis, Jessica Ramirez, Anna Kauffman, Madison Cleland, Mariah Lemay, Courtney Brewer, Anna Watson, Ashley Root, and Sabrina Turner.
Twenty years ago
March 12, 2002
The Tuscola community lost a longtime fixture on March 8 when R. B. Colwell passed away. Colwell had served 55 years with the Corn Belt, 40-plus years with the school district, and had lived 68 years in the same house.
Alumni chapter member Wayne Meyer presented the Tuscola FFA chapter with a restored pony plow that was over 100 years old. The plow is included on the FFA emblem as the symbol for labor and tillage of the soil.
High winds whipped through East Central Illinois, tearing off the rubber coating on the flat roof of the Douglas County Manor building, knocking over the communications tower at the Arrow-Carle ambulance bay and blowing a camper top from Bissey’s Service station through the glass door at Douglas County Human Services office.
Justin Martin, a senior at TCHS and son of Jeff and Carol Martin, was named the Rotary Student of the Month for March. Martin was involved in numerous activities while a student at TCHS and would be valedictorian for his graduating class.
Thirty years ago
March 10, 1992
Tuscola city council voted unanimously to withdraw its offer of a 55/45 cost sharing split with Arcola to pay for a 21-mile pipeline from Northern Illinois Water Company.
Vladimir Kovalenko, a Siberian bicyclist touring through America, stopped by the Tuscola Review office on his way to the West Coast. He had traveled through 37 states thus far, and would ultimately finish his trip by arriving in California in late August.
Maranatha Christian Center sponsored an event where Jess Marlow, adopted son of entertainer Liberace, shared his life story, including his battle with drug addiction.
Kendra Blaudow, standout athlete student at TCHS, signed a letter of intent to play basketball and volleyball for Illinois Central College in Peoria.
Forty years ago
March 16, 1982
The theft of 2.5 ounces of 14-karat gold and 5 ounces of silver from a locked desk drawer in the TCHS art room were reported recently. The stolen metals were valued at $290.
Tom Harriss defeated incumbent sheriff Gene Wigall by 264 votes in the most significant primary election race in Douglas County.
Sav-Mor Pharmacy announced the purchase of the Wendell Warren building for expansion purposes.
Graduating senior Lady Warriors playing in their final varsity game in the regional tourney matchup against Shiloh included Jana Carie, Adele Esgar and Lori Gangloff. Tuscola lost the game 15-11.
Fifty years ago
March 9, 1972
Junior Doug Dietrich received the Rotary Club-sponsored Most Valuable Player award at the annual Squaw Club Banquet.
Vern Wright, Patti Waters, and Dick Parker were appointed as the by-claws committee for the Tuscola Community Development Corporation.
Roy Snyder and Rudy Kalmar found picketing the lobby of Tuscola National Bank the most effective way of collecting from Bill McCarty on a wager involving the results of the Monticello-Chrisman basketball game.
Former TCHS standout Mark Seip recently completed his first full season of college basketball at Northeast Missouri State. During that time he scored 250 points and averaged 10.2 per game. He led NMS in free-throw percentages, making 60 of 77, shot .455 from the field and had 170 rebounds.