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Back in the Day-5-18-22

Ten years ago
May 23, 2012
Tuscola schools honored retiring personnel at their May board meeting. Retiring personnel at the end of the 2011-12 school year were teachers Carey Wood, Jonna Green, and Andrea Englehardt; and maintenance supervisor Gary Dallas. 

The University of Illinois explosive ordinance team was called to the home of a recently deceased Tuscola resident. Live artillery was discovered and removed from the home. 

Ronda Jo Hodge and Blane Dennis Reinhart, both of Tuscola, were proud to announce their upcoming marriage. The couple planned to be married June 23 at Ironhorse Golf Club. 

TCHS senior Alex Kemp signed to continue his academic and athletic career with Millikin University in the fall. Kemp signed to play soccer and run for the school. 

Tuscola softball and baseball each earned a regional title. The win made for the sixth straight regional title for the Lady Warriors. 

Tuscola’s boys track and field team claimed the sectional championship. Moving to the state championship for Tuscola would Broc Smith in the 100-meter dash; Smith and Jeff Broch in the 200-meter dash; Alex Kemp in the 400-meter dash; Eric Ponder in the 3200-run; the 4×100 relay team of Broch, Smith, Kemp, and Brandon Mills; and the 4×11 relay team of Smith, Broch, Kemp, and Chris West. 

Twenty years ago
May 21, 2002
Bump-outs or no bump-outs was the topic of conversation at a meeting hosted by the City of Tuscola in an effort to improve downtown. After questions were fielded by Mark Cline of the engineering firm of Hannum, Waggle, and Cline, it was shown by the majority that bump-outs at the end of the blocks, and not in the middle as originally proposed, would be done. 

North Ward teachers Jonna Green and Peggy Blanchard were honored at the eighth annual Education Is The Key awards banquet sponsored by the Regional Office of Education. Green and Blanchard were recognized for their contributions in the field of education.

The Warriors baseball team clinched the Tuscola Regional championship with an 8-2 victory over Unity. Tusola scored eight runs on nine hits, Eric Schweighart led the way with a 2-for-2 performance at the plate.

Johanna Wienke became a four-time state champion during the IESA State Track and Field Meet. Her winning distances were 33-7 in the shot put and 104-1 in the discus. Wienke’s efforts earned Tuscola fourth place as a team at the meet.

Thirty years ago
May 19, 1992
Tuscola Review publisher Bob Hastings was honored by Tuscola Community Development Corporation for his many hours of leadership and service to the organization. Hastings was stepping down as TCDC secretary because of health reasons.

Reigning over the 1992 Tuscola junior-senior prom were king Nick Leonard and queen Michelle Swihart. 

Kurt Hettinger, a freshman at TCHS, advanced to the state meet in gymnastics. Hettinger would be competing in the vault competition.

TCHS sophomore pitcher Caleb Englehardy pitched nine out of ten innings in two five-inning contests against Bement, which ended in 9-5 and 4-1 victories for the Warriors.

Forty years ago
May 25, 1982
An eight percent salary increase for Tuscola school district personnel was voted in by the school board. That increase raised base salary pay for teachers with a bachelor’s degree to $14,000, and to $15,000 for those with a master’s degree.

James C. Davis, a senior at Tuscola High School, won an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy. He planned to continue his Air Force career with flight training following graduation from the academy.

The Tuscola City Council, following a public hearing, voted to request more than $300,000 in State Community block grants for sewer lines in Meadowview and Southland Acres subdivisions, which the city planned to annex in November 1982.

Steve Bates, David Melanson, Mark Smith and Nate Izquierdo qualified for the state track meet in the 400- and 800-meter relays; Smith in the 400-meter dash; and Melanson in the 200-meter dash.

Fifty years ago
May 18, 1972
There were to be 136 seniors in this year’s graduating class at TCHS, with 56.1 percent of the class choosing to further their education at various colleges and universities.

Donald L. Herbert was relieved of his duties as Tuscola police chief, just four months after he was hired. James Pohlig was named to replace Herbert.

John Kalmar was the new president of the Junior Academy of Science in Champaign-Urbana. As president, Kalmar participated in a free, three-week trip to West Virginia to attend a conference also attended by President Richard Nixon.

TCHS Warrior records broken in the Unity Invitational track meet included Ken Burke in the mile and two-mile runs; Steve Mick in the 880-yard run; and the Warrior freshman relay team of Kleiss, Jacobs, French, and Gilstrap.

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