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Back in the Day- 3-30-22

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 Wood, 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
April 2, 2002
Dr. John Cunningham received the Public Health Achievement Award posthumously at the first annual dinner sponsored by the Douglas County Board of Health. Dr. Cunningham was recognized for his longtime support in the medical field and served as a past president of the Douglas County Board of Health and Tuberculosis from 1990 until his death in 2001.

Douglas County Nightingale Manor was treated to a visit from the Easter Bunny. Residents and staff members enjoyed the visit that was organized by Hop Conner.

The Tuscola Equistar plant was recognized by OSHA recently for its high level of safety performance and processes, by being certified a STAR site. 

Former Tuscola High School graduate Rick Reinhart received news he would be inducted into the Illinois High School Coaches Hall of Fame on April 6, after coaching for 27 years.

Thirty years ago
March 31, 1992
Ted and Gayle Mick were featured in an article recalling their trip to Australia as part of the Lions Club International convention. The trip was part of Ted’s stint as the Lions Club district governor.

Congressman Tom Ewing was the featured speaker at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner. Also attending were state assembly candidate Steve Ayers, Rep. Timothy Johnson, Rep. Mike Weaver, state Sen. Harry “Babe” Woodyard, and state Sen. Stan Weaver. 

Jerry Emrick and John Milburn, employees of GTE, were being honored at the annual employees recognition banquet. Emrick was honored for 40 years of service and John was recognized for 25 years of service with the company. 

Jerry Cassida of Villa Grove was elected head of the Douglas County Farm Bureau at the 72nd annual meeting. Serving along Cassida would be David Albin as vice president, Mike Green as secretary, and Darrel Thompson as treasurer. 

Forty years ago
April 6, 1982
High winds up to 60 mph tore through East Central Illinois late Friday, resulting in a few injuries and numerous reports of damage. The roof of Tuscola High School was partially torn off by the wind and steel fixtures ripped from the top of the school building. 

The Rev. Terry Lee Clark was appointed pastor of Tuscola United Methodist Church, effective June 16.

Tuscola City Clerk Harold Scheu was honored at the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner. Also recognized was Alice Ard, manager of Arndt’s Store, who was recognized for 20 years of community service. 

The Tuscola Warriors track and field team won its first meet of the year, defeating Sullivan and Arcola. First-place honors include John Murray in discus, Steve Bates in high jump, Dan Meyer in the 110-meter high and 300-meter low hurdles, Mike Davis in the 800-meter run, and Mark Smith in the 400-meter run.

Fifty years ago
March 30, 1972
Retiring Miss Tuscola Jean Waters crowned Miss Tuscola 1972 Carla Ford in front of a crowd of over 500 people.

Construction began at the new Church of the Nazarene as congregation members dug footings and poured foundations for the 5,878-square foot building. 

Doug Dietrich was named Most Valuable Player of the Warrior basketball team. Special guest speaker at the Rotary award dinner was Lee Cabutti, basketball coach at Champaign Centennial High School.

TCHS distance runner Ken Burke already broke the established Okaw Valley Conference two-mile record by 30 seconds on two occasions, and on Saturday went below Blaine Rideout’s 1933 mile Okaw record with a sizzling 4:28.1

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