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Back in the Day- 6-22-22

Ten years ago
June 27, 2022
Organizers of the first Marilyn Davidson High Heel Dash presented a check for $2,102.96 to the Tuscola School Board. 

Members of The Walldogs traveled from all over the world to complete 15 murals in downtown Arcola. 

Tuscola Health Care Center celebrated resident Clare Crawford’s 100th birthday on June 23.

Tuscola Resident Harold Pankau’s lovingly restored ‘55 Chevy won first place in a first-ever All Chevy Show he competed in recently. 

Tuscola participants in the annual Order of the Eastern Star All-Star football game played on June 23 included Caleb Wilson, Jordan Scribner, James Knight, Robert Lopez, Philip Meyer, T.J. Onstott, Josh Brookins; coaches Ted Minger, Rick Reinhart, Pat Pierce, Josh Shelmadine, and Drew Sterkel; and waterboys Patrick Pierce, Noah Pierce, Will Little, and Dalton Hoel.

The Tuscola Tomahawks 10U baseball team went undefeated to earn first place in the Illini Central 10 conference for 10 and 11U travel baseball. 

Twenty years ago
June 25, 2002
Douglas County Board members and Tuscola City Council members approved jurisdiction changes to transfer the section of North Prairie Street from Northline Road to Pheasant Run Road to Tuscola’s care. This was sparked by discussion of marking the Northline/Prairie Street intersection at a four-way stop. 

Superintendent Jim Voyles brought community members up to date on various construction projects going on. It looked as if teachers and staff of North Ward Elementary would be moving to their new quarters, hopefully by month’s end or the beginning of July.

Warrior outfielder Elliott Harriss was named to the All-Area First Team by the Decatur Herald & Review.

Shortstop Cory Kleiss and catcher Eric Schweighart were named to Second Team, while Darren Lewis was an Honorable Mention selection. Coach Bryan Smith was named Area Coach of the Year.

Toby Ring and Chad Hausmann were leading the Wednesday night golf league with 98 points as they were one week shy of finishing the first half of the season. Close behind them with a 92 were Shane and Larry Ring.

Thirty years ago
June 23, 1992
Janet Luster of Tuscola was charged with the June 15 shooting death of her husband, Dale. Luster was set to face three first-three degree murder charges and one charge of concealment of a homicidal death.

The former South Ward School site on Niles Street was home to the second annual tent sale sponsored by Century Motors, Tim Mooney Ford, and Phil Lamb Chevrolet. Great deals were offered by the dealerships and the Tuscola National Bank and First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust.

Tuscola schools were saying goodbye to an administrator and teacher. North Ward Principal Darrell Sy and East Prairie sixth-grade teacher Kenneth Schwengal accepted administrative points in Sheldon and Petersburg, respectively. 

The Tuscola Super 8 Motel was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the chain’s international headquarters. The certificate was presented for “greatly exceeding company standards for cleanliness, service, and quality for second, third, and fourth quarters of 1991 and the first quarter of 1992.”

Forty years ago
June 29, 1982
The Rev. Terry L. Clark was the newly appointed minister of the First United Methodist Church in Tuscola. Clark moved to town with his wife, Janice, and their children, Rachel, Jennifer, and Rebekah.

Juli Carie made Tuscola history by becoming Miss Tuscola after the original queen relinquished her title. Amy Brown had to give up her title because she was relocating and would not be able to participate in scheduled events. 

The Tuscola City Council formed a committee to develop an ordinance to license “newly fangled” video amusement machines such as Space Invaders and Pac Man.

Dale Best won the low gross title in the annual American Business Club golf classic held at Norton Knolls in Oakland. Best shot 85 to edge Wendell Wiley, who shot 86.

Fifty years ago
June 22, 1972
A quantity of pure marijuana was turned over to Sheriff Bob Hausmann by a 12-year-old Tuscola youth, who found the narcotic securely bound in a plastic soup bean sack. 

Ivan Tippett, Douglas County adult probation officer, announced he would retire from the office in August. He had served Douglas County with the highway department, law enforcement and as a probation officer for the past 22 years. 

The Tuscola City Council rescinded its previous approval for a rock concert at Ervin Park. Nearly 70 people, the majority of whom were against the counselor, attended the council meeting.

Gary Campbell of Tuscola, son of Mr. and Mrs. Burnie Campbell, was the winner of the 12-year-old age group in the Major League Baseball hit and throw competition held recently in Mattoon.

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