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Back in the Day-3-16-22

Ten years ago 
March 21, 2012
Tuscola High School’s spring musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” spelled a huge success for the TCHS Drama Club. 

Tuscola Woman’s Club gathered at the Community Building to cook up some Irish fare for their annual St. Patrick’s Day luncheon. 

The 2012 TCHS Warriors varsity softball team included Katie O’Hearn, Amber Miller, Erin Walker, Lexi Rogers, Madison Frerichs, Carman Comerford, Amber Tabeling, Jenna Jacobs, Kelsey Cleland, Kati Ponder, Emma Comerford, Sammi Kolhbecker, Peyton Shelmadine, Kaela Miller, Taylor Kauffman, Audrey Mooney, Samantha Ledbetter, and Morgan Little. 

Cameron Baer, a junior at TCHS, qualified for the state Math Competition at the Univ

Tuscola High School’s varsity baseball team was comprised of Luke Heinz, Philip Meyer, Nolan Walsh, Dustin Haake, Chance Little, Dillon Hoel, Austin Cochennour, Josh Brookins, T.J. Onstott, Tommy Watson, Cameron Westjohn, Jacob Barr, Tristan Williams, James Knight, Andrew Foy, and Dan Yoakum.

The East Prairie Hornets eighth grade volleyball team’s historic season came to an end at Rocket Center. The Hornets traveled to the state competition for the first time in the school’s history and finished with a 24-1 season record. 

Twenty years ago
March 19, 2002
The Bourbon Elevator blazed to the ground on March 14, with close to 100 firefighters on the scene. The elevator was in the process of being razed and the fire was sparked by a cutting torch being used to cut metal posts. 

Eric Headrick of Arcola was, for the second year in a row, the winner of the dinner gun at the annual Ducks Unlimited banquet.

Congratulations were in order for the TCHS Science Olympiad students, who placed second as a team in regionals. Individually, the students earned five first place medals, four second place medals, and three third place medals. 

Cory Kleiss and Jenna Wienke were named Most Valuable Players for the Warriors and Lady Warriors basketball teams during the winter athletic awards night. Luke Johnson and Amanda Hance took the awards for Most Improved. 

Thirty years ago
March 19, 1992
Tuscola citizens voted 1,045 to 373 in favor of authorizing the city council to issue $4.9 million in revenue bonds to build a municipal golf course and subdivision. The referendum issue was on the March 17 primary election ballot. 

IGA meat department employees recently received first place in the Beef Roundup, a contest based on the tonnage of product passing through the meat department.

Virginia Bieghtel, charged in the slaying of her estranged husband William Bienghtel, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to a charge of involuntary manslaughter. 

Former Tuscola High School baseball and football standout Scott Michener made the roster of the Illinois college baseball team. Michener was tabbed an infielder for the Blue Boys. 

Forty years ago
March 23, 1982
First Federal Savings and Loan of Tuscola announced that Phillip A. Waters had joined the staff to set up an installment loan department. 

Tracy Maxey and JoAnne Whitmore were set to compete in the 1982 Miss Illinois-USA pageant. 

Three first-place winners were crowned in the second annual ping pong tournament hosted by the Tuscola Recreation Department at East Prairie School. Brent Johns defeated his brother, Brad; Harold Rutan downed Ralph Coffey; and David Albin outscored Phil Kennedy. 

No one was injured early Friday morning when four empty liquid propane tank cars derailed at the intersection of Niles and the Missouri-Pacific Railroad lines. The derailment occurred when another tank car went off the track at the Parke Street crossing.

Fifty years ago
March 16, 1972
Expansion and improvement of downtown business continued this week as Sav-Mor Pharmacy announced the purchase of the Wendell Warren building for expansion purposes.

Gene and Tracy Carpenter celebrated their 41st year in business at Carpenter’s Clothing Store. 

The series of burglaries and vandalism kept Tuscola police busy. A trailer belonging to General Construction Company, 14 50-gallon drums and three car batteries belonging to the Mobil Oil bulk plant were dumped into Scattering Fork. Other reports of vandalism and burglaries were reported. 

Boys basketball trophy winners at this year’s Squaw Banquet included Rick Smith, Free Throw Award; Greg Hastings, Most Improved; and Doug Dietrich, Most Valuable.

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