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Back in the Day- 4-6-22

Ten years ago
April 11, 2012
All princesses were invited to attend a luncheon feast with 2011 Moultrie Douglas County Fair queen Rachel Craddock and pageant queens from surrounding counties at Ironhorse Golf Course. 

Pat Damler was the lucky winner of a quilt donated by the Tuscola Quilt Club in the TCHS Key Club raffle to raise funds for The Eliminate Project. 

Lisa Ponder was the top runner for Tuscola girls in the Shelbyville Invite. Ponder finished the 3200-meter run in a time of 12 minutes and 13 seconds. 

The Lady Warriors softball team went 3-0 for the week with big wins against Arcola and Urbana. 

There was a full house present for Vintage Karma’s April 10 ribbon cutting in downtown Tuscola. 

U. S. Representative John Shimkus came to Tuscola High School to speak to students about the U.S. constitution. 

Twenty years ago
April 9, 2002
Sara Holmes was named the recipient of the Business Ethics and Social Improvement awards given by the East Central Illinois Development Corporation. Holmes was nominated for the award by Kathy Rhodes, executive director of TEDI.

TCHS senior Jessica Pohlig was named the April Student of the Month by the Tuscola Rotary Club. Pohlig, who carried a 4.867 GPA, was a very active member of the high school and community. 

The annual Tuscola Rotary Club auction brought in $9,562 towards the club’s annual scholarship fund. Tuscola Stone Company’s donation of 200 tons of rick brought the highest bid at $1,900. 

TCHS track and field members repeated as champions of the Georgetown-Ridge Farm Mixed Relays. The teams won nine events and racked up 135 points to hold on to the first-place trophy. 

Thirty years ago
April 7, 1992
Tuscola native Jeff Cunningam was the writer, producer and host of a new WILL-TV Channel 12 monthly series that focused on people and places in central Illinois. 

Tuscola National Bank president Lloyd Murphy announced that Phil Waters would be joining TNB asa loan officer. Waters would serve as the primary real estate loan officer and as a consumer loan officer.

Robert Bennett, second-year law student at the U of I, was one of 12 selected to compete in the final round of the 1992 Frederick Green Moot Court before the Fourth District Appellate Court of Illinois. Bennett is a 1986 graduate of Tuscola High School.

The Tuscola Warriors opened the baseball season by beating the Newman Redskins 13-2 in a five-inning affair. Toby Ring and Brian Reed each had three hits to lead the Warriors. 

Forty years ago
April 13, 1982
Tuscola Rotarians recognized for perfect attendance were Emerson Moore, eight years; Orville Frye, 17 years; Melvin Lossman, 27 years; C.A. Rice, 31 years; and W.A. Bozarth, 37 years.

Arndt’s Store, originally Wellworth’s, would be closing its doors May 1 after 20 years of business at the corner of Main and Sale streets. 

The Tuscola City Council voted to award financing of the new South Main firehouse to Tuscola National Bank at a rate of 10 percent for five years. Low bid for the project was $59,717.

Superintendent of Schools Jack Williams estimated damage to the roof of the high school at more than $30,000. Approximately 8,000 square feet were damaged during a recent windstorm. 

Fifty years ago
April 7, 1972
Jerry Frye and Gwen Small were named Outstanding Christian Boy and Girl at the annual youth banquet at First Christian Church.

A 35-year-old building complex at DeKalb was razed recently to make room for additional parking, driveway and landscaping.

Earl Pendergrass was appointed assistant cashier by George Edwards, president of the First National Bank and Trust Company.

Staff Sgt. Dennis L. Scheu, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Scheu of Tuscola, was stationed at Da Nang Air base in Vietnam. He was a vehicle mechanic with the Pacific Air Forces and a 1965 graduate of Tuscola High School.

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