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Back in the Day- 5-4-22

Ten years ago
May 9, 2012
Sixteen North Ward students from Tuscola rode their bikes a combined 95 miles to raise funds for Help-A-Child. Noah Endsley biked 14 miles for the cause. 

Bob and Arne Reece of Tuscola were pleased to celebrate their 69th wedding anniversary. The pair were married on May 8, 1943 at Harlington Air Force Base. 

Tuscola Rotary Club honored TCHS freshman, sophomores, and juniors who had maintained a 4.0 GPA. Honorees included Erin Weaver, Blake Woodard, Cameron Westjohn, Zach Bates, Marnie Leonard, Elizabeth Rund, Peyton Shelmadine, Annie Heinz, Katie O’Hearn, Jenna Jacobs, and Bridget Smith. 

Senior TCHS softball players Emma Comerford, Lexi Rogers, Kelsey Cleland, Sammi Kohlbecker, Taylor Kauffman, Kati Ponder, Audrey Mooney, and Samantha Ledbetter were honored during senior night. 

Warrior football players John Brookins, Philip Meyer, Robert Lopez, Caleb Wilson, T.J. Institute, Jordan Scribner, and James Knight were chosen to compete in the Order of the Eastern Star football game at Millikin University. 

Twenty years ago
May 7, 2002
Madalyn Davidson was presented the Distinguished Senior Award by the SIU Alumni Association and Student Alumni Council. Davidson, a dental hygiene major at SIUC, was a Dean’s List student and a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society.

Nikki Corum and Marissa McCumber were selected as representatives to Girls State 2002. Blair Wilson was selected as alternate. 

The Hornet boys track teams took the Junior High Okaw Conference meet on April 30. The seventh grade team scored a first place finish with 100 points and the eighth grade tied Okaw Valley for first with 95 points. 

Amanda Hance tossed a no-hitter, giving the Lady Warriors a 7-0 victory over Lovington. Holly Nichols was 2 for 3 in the softball game with a run scored and a RBI.

Thirty years ago
May 5, 1992
Trisha Truitt, daughter of Troy and Phyllis Truitt, was crowned Miss Tuscola at the April 30 Miss Tuscola pageant and style show. Heather Kappes was first runner-up, Dawn Coile was second runner-up, and Karen McCrory was named Miss Congeniality. 

Car enthusiasts were treated to the sight of 150 vintage automobiles during the Wheels Car Club Cruise Saturday night. Car owners took time out from their cruises to display the cars to the public in the parking lot of Dixie Truckers Home. 

Tamara Stickel, a 1989 graduate of Tuscola High School, was selected to become a member of Eastern Illinois University’s Tassels Chapter of Mortar Board. Stickel was a junior majoring in aeronautical engineering and the first Tuscola graduate to recieve the award.  

The Tuscola High School boys frosh/soph team claimed the Little Okaw Valley Conference championship. George Barnett took the gold in the shot put and discus events. 

Forty years ago
May 11, 1982
Grand-prize winners of brand new bicycles in the Tuscola Police Department bike rodeo were Fred Reynolds, Kelly Williams, Tom McCollum and Billy Benner.

A Decatur man and Jacksonville man were killed and another person injured in a two-car collision on Route 36, 1.5 miles east of I-57. The Decatur man was westbound on Route 36 when his car crossed the centerline and collided with the eastbound vehicle.

Tuscola voted to apply for nearly $400,000 in grants from the newly formed Community Development Block Program. The money would be applied to a new sewer system.

Jaci Meyer and Kim Ray would be representing Tuscola in the state track finals in Washington. Meyer took second place in the Class A 100-meter hurdles and Ray took first-place honors in the discus at the recent sectional meet in Monticello.

Fifty years ago
May 4, 1972
Linda Metheny gave a spectacular performance, hitting a high point of her gymnastics career as she won her third straight National AAU All-Around title in the gymnastics championship held at Billings, Mont. Linda scored a 9.75 on the balance beam and a 9.75 on the uneven bars, defeating the World Games silver medalist Cathy Rigby of Los Alamitos, Cali. 

Burlin Obrecht announced that expansion plans for his body shop on Parke Street would begin in two weeks. He planned to more than double the size of his present facility. 

Ted Anderson announced the sale of his dry goods building at the corner of Sale and Main Streets to Arndt’s Store, managed by Tony Ardnt. Anderson and his wife, LaVerne, had been in the business for 26 years.

Mrs. Howard Houser was elected president of the Tuscola Unit American Legion Auxiliary. Also elected were Mrs. E.C. Carpenter, first vice president; Mrs. Charles Andrews, second vice president; and Mrs. Urban Cannon, treasurer.

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