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Back in the Day-5-11-22

Ten years ago
May 16, 2012
Tuscola High School students were awarded over $42,000 in scholarships at TCHS’ Honors Day.

Seven East Prairie Lady Hornets advanced to the State Track & Field Meet. Set to compete included Logan Hale in the high jump, Emma Henderson in the 800-meter run, Brooke Hennis in discus, Anna Watson in long jump, and the 4×400 relay team of Watson, Halle McCrory, Mikhala Sumption, and Lexi Sluder. 

Tuscola Woman’s Club prepared for a spring garden walk to feature six beautiful homes in the community. 

The Tuscola Tomahawks 11U travel baseball tournament won first place in the Mattoon Spring Tournament. This year’s team included Cameron Ochs, Luke Sluder, Brayden VonLanken, Cade Kresin, Noah Pierce, Dalton Grover, Logan Tabeling, Will Little, Lucas Kresin, Tyler Meinhold, Hayden Cothron, and coaches Josh Ochs, Lance Kresin, Todd Kresin, and Curt VonLanken.

TCHS senior Kylie Amick signed a letter of intent to play soccer for Parkland College. 

Twenty years ago
May 14, 2002
Tuscola Township offices were looking at additional land as the Tuscola Cemetery available burial space was limited to three sections on the north side. Officials expected it to be another 10 or 15 years before they would be completely out of room.

Tuscola Chamber of Commerce president Scott Kibler announced that Steve Holy would be the headline entertainment for the Tuscola Harvest Fest set to take place August 23-25. 

Justin Martin set a new school mark of 39.96 in the 300 hurdles at the Shelbyville Open. The 400-meter relay team made up of Martin, Ryan Bonner, Adam Scribner, and Jesse Little set a school record also with a time of 44.03.

Jenna Wienke qualified for the state track meet in discus and shot put, while two relay teams also qualified. The 800-medley team of Whitney McGillen, Anne Mecum, Aja Kohlbecker, and Nikki Corum qualified; along with the 1600-meter relay team composed of McGillen, Mecum, Caitlin Whittington, and Kohlbecker. 

Thirty years ago
May 12, 1992
Virginia Beightel was sentenced to 30 months of probation in the shooting death of her husband north of Hindsboro on April 30, 1991. The original charge of murder was reduced to involntary manslaughter and Beightel pleaded guilty but mentally ill.

Shelby Rahn, daughter of Fred and Debra Rahn of Tuscola, was chosen to recieve the 1992 Alpha Omicron scholarship. Rahn was accepted to Eastern Illinois University and hoped to become a special needs teacher. 

The Tuscola Lady Warriors avenged an earlier loss to Arthur in the Tuscola Open at the LOVC conference track meet, claiming the conference crown. Earning first place points for Tuscola were Kendra Blaudow in the long jump; Emily Smith in discus; Kim VonLanken in the 400-meter run; Toni Best in the 300 hurdles; and 800-medley relay team of Blaudow, Holly Sluder, VonLanken, and Best.

Caleb Englehardt hurled a two-hitter in the second game of a double-header with Arcola to give the Warriors a split. Tuscola lost the opener 3-1, then bounced back for a 10-1 win in the nightcap.

Forty years ago
May 18, 1982
After a quarter century in the classroom, Mrs. Olga Hall was retiring from the teaching profession. Hall taught social studies at TCHS for the past 19 years.

Jim Crowder, Steve Weemer, and Mark Zahm rode the furthest in the annual Cystic-Fibrosis Bike-A-Thon held at Tuscola’s Ervin Park.

ABC Auxiliary president Karen Best presented a check for $100 to Tuscola City Councilman Boyd Henderson and a check for $200 to ABC treasurer Dave Snyder. The money will be used for tree planting and fireworks and came from profits from the Miss Tuscola contest and style show.

TCHS freshman Kim Waugh claimed victories in the shot and discus at the district meet held Friday in Tuscola. Her discus throw of 106’2” was a personal best, and she tossed the shot 36’3/4.

Fifty years ago
May 11, 1972
Preparations were being made to build a 12-lane bowling alley in the Tuscola area, at an estimated cost of $300,000. Bobby Hack of Tuscola, manager of the Embassy Lanes in Arcola, had $40,000 committed to the project.

C.W. “Bill” Gordy, district manager for General Telephone Company, was recently named Boss of the Year by members of the American Business Women’s Association. 

Blue ribbon winners for 4-H public speaking and demonstrations were Jay Dee Wingler, Mark Sears, Pat Sears, Kim Hawkins, and Cindy Bateman.

TCHS athletic director and track coach Gene Murray dismissed several members of the track team for having hair styles that did not “please” him. The Board of Education ordered Murray to reinstate all the boys to the squad.

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