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Back in the Day- 6-29-22

Ten years ago
July 4, 2012
There were 11 young ladies competing for the crown of Miss Moultrie-Douglas Fair queen this year; including Kylie Amick of Tuscola, Elise Hackett of Tuscola, Christine Fortney of Arcola, Tabitha Davis of Sullivan, Britney Wierman of Atwood, Kayce Patton of Tuscola, Sara Tondini of Villa Grove, Michelle Porter of Tuscola, Courtney Kennedy of Tuscola, Stephany Helmuth of Arcola, and Carli Plank of Arthur.  

Villa Grove resident Carl Martin was found alive after a 23-hour search for him by search-and-rescue teams. Martin, an Alzheimer’s patient, wandered away from his home on Hancock Drive and was found alive the next day. 

Record-high temperatures in Douglas County saw thermometers registering in excess of 100 degrees, and essentially no rainfall for several weeks left lawns, gardens, and fields baking. 

Tuscola Rotary Club awarded its coveted Rotarian of the Year award to the fledgling Douglas County Rotaract Club it sponsored. Accepting the award were Mallory Davidson, Jessie Kleiss, Ashley Brian, Jana Davis, and Carly McCrory. 

Winners in the Tuscola Chamber of Commerce golf scrabble included Chad Hausmann, Dale Boyer, Caleb Englehardt, and Toby Ring with a 57 and Nikki Henderson, Jerry Hinkle, Michele Wilcox, and Lee Green with a 61. 

Twenty years ago 
July 2, 2002
Sixteen girls were set to compete for the title of 2002 Miss Moultrie-Douglas County Fair queen. Contestants from Tuscola would be Lyndsey Greger, Megan Quick, Erica Hall, Amber Hector, and Stephanie Premer. Jessica Pohlig of Tuscola was the reigning 2001 Miss Moultrie-Douglas.

The future of Mainstreet Tuscola organization remained uncertain after Kathy Rhodes confirmed that the state was dropping funding for the Illinois Mainstreet program.

Tuscola National Bank was the sole bidder for the new former Dairy Queen restaurant, offering $457,925.04 which represented the amount of the first mortgage at the time of bankruptcy. The property was placed back on the real estate market in hopes that it could be back up and running quickly. 

Toby Ring and Chad Hausmann ran away from the field of golders, accumulating 111.5 points to make them the champions of the first half of the Wednesday Night Men’s League. Randy Hastings and Paul Norfleet leaped over a couple of teams to capture second place with 103.5 points. 

Thirty years ago
June 30, 1992 
In a 5-1 vote, the Douglas County Board rejected a proposed contract with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department unionized personnel last week, after the union had unanimously ratified the contract on June 12.

Gaylord Schweighart, a lineman since 1986 for Central Illinois Public Service at Tuscola, retired recently after more than 34 years of service. 

Kendra Blaudow scored 11 points and received the Leadership Award for the South Team during the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game held at Illinois Central College in East Peoria. This was the third and final game for Blaudow in her prep career. 

Sherry Miller and Geoff Miller took home championship trophies and a 6-0, 6-1 win against Steve Hilgendorf and Mary Butler in the Douglas County Lucky Doubles tennis tournament.

Forty years ago
July 7, 1982
Residents of Fairlane Drive in Parkview subdivision had their own river last Saturday as floodwaters spilled into the area. The water reached a depth of 3’6” and caused several cars to become stranded.

Tuscola Police Chief Ronnie Earl reported that bicycles worth more than $600 had been recovered. Nine juveniles were apprehended in connection with the thefts. 

Dean Foreman retired from General Telephone after 40 years in the industry. Foreman was service manager and central office equipment supervisor for seven GTE exchanges. 

Mike Carroll won the low gross title in the first Tuscola Open Golf Classic held June 28 at Tri-City Country Club in Villa Grove. His score of 71 beat second runner-up Orville Frye by one stroke. 

Fifty years ago
June 29, 1972
“Creatures the World Forgot,” “Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde,” and “Frogs” were fine films being featured at the Tuscola Drive-In. 

Tuscola Airport Day attracted more than 2,000 visitors, exceeding all expectations according to Willis Winn. Jack Leininger flew a helicopter around that was on loan from the U.S. Army. 

Dana Bishop was commissioned a second lieutenant upon completing the U.S. Air Force Reserve officers training corps program at the University of Illinois. Bishop is a 1967 graduate of Tuscola High School and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bishop. 

The ABC Little League team ran its record to 10-0. Team members were Mark Murray, Darren Cooper, Randy Hastings, Jim Grimm, Doug Tonne, Phil Warnes, Ron Bateman, Jim Metheny, Terry Becker, Jeff Harris, Gary Marshall, and Coach Joe Harris.

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