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Back in the Day – 9-7-22

10 years ago 
Sept. 12, 2012
Denny Cruzman has been running the streets of Tuscola for 40 years now… not in a racing sense, but rather as an employee of the city. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, Mayor Dan Kleiss presented Cruzan, foreman of city services, with a certificate of appreciation, a hearty handshake and some kind words for his four decades of service.

At the Sept. 10, 2012 council meeting, members unanimously approved entering into a professional services agreement with planning and design firm PGAV for a special events venue study, at a cost not to exceed $38,000.

Shelbyville coach Stan Wienke bit the hand that once fed him Friday night, as his Rams beat the visiting Tuscola WArriors 28–6 for their first win of the season.

John Evans crossed the line first Sept. 4, 2012, in a four-team meet hosted by Central A&M, while Eric Ponder broke the tape first a few nights later in Monticello, leading the Warriors to a pair of team wins. Susan Ponder was the top performer for the girls, taking second overall at A&M before collecting medalist honors with a first-place finish in Monticello on Thursday. Sept. 6.

The Tuscola Warriors junior varsity football team jumped out to a 22–0 lead en route to a 28–22 road win at Shelbyville Sept. 10, 2012, to improve to 3–0 on the young season. Freshman quarterback Nick Bates threw for 147 yards and rushed for another 68 to lead the way for the jayvees. Tanner Robinson also threw a touchdown pass to Josh Knight for the second time this season.

20 Years Ago 
Sept. 10, 2002
Sidewalk and road improvements in Meadowview subdivision were at the top of the wish list for folks in attendance at a recent Tuscola City Council meeting. 

The future was uncertain for Tuscola’s Dixie Truckers Home, as employees received word recently the restaurant/fuel/trucking facility would have to close its doors by month’s end. 

This year’s Warriorettes dance team members included Emily Lawrence, Katie Waters, Brittany Alexander, Stephanie Pruemer, Erica Wakefield, Amber VonLanken, Marlaina Dyke, America Ruggieri, Brittany MacGibbon, Ashley Ross, Audrey Beeson, and Lauren Meyer. 

The Tuscola Warriors defended their home turf in style on Friday night, with an impressive 28-0 shutout of the visiting Villa Grove Blue Devils. Tuscola limited Villa Grove to a mere 45 yards of total offense and two first downs while racking up 19 first downs and four touchdowns of its own. 

The Lady Warriors opened the 2002 volleyball campaign on the road the past week, dropping a match to Sullivan in two games, 5-15 and 4-15. 

The Warrior golf team finished second in a three-team match at Ironhorse. Andy McGillen carded a 40 to lead Tuscola, now 6-2 on the season, while brothers Eric and Austin Arseneau each posted 41. Tyler Surma was the fourth counter for the Warriors with a 47. 

30 Years Ago
Sept. 8, 1992
A three-year contract between the Tuscola Education Association and the Tuscola Board of Education–unanimously ratified on Fri., Sept. 5 following a seven-hour bargaining session the night before—called for teachers to receive pay raises average four to five percent over the contract. Board-paid retirement was also part of the deal. 

Tuscola Postmaster Carl Quinn announced his plans to retire Oct. 2, drawing to a close his association with the U.S. Postal Service that began in 1955. Quinn started his career fresh out of high school, as a mail carrier and clerk. He became assistant postmaster in 1966 and head honcho in 1979. 

The Illinois Commerce Commission recently handed down an order signaling its intent to close down the Carico Street railroad crossing in Tuscola within a year’s time. City officials were not happy with the decision and vowed to contest the decision. 

New teachers and a new administrator were guests at a recent Tuscola Rotary Club luncheon. Included were new teachers Mark Sweeney, Russ Binkley, Angela White, and Kirsten Jensen; and new North Ward principal Ann Randell.

The Lady Warriors evened their record with a win over the Villa Grove Blue Devils after dropping a tough season opener to highly touted Champaign Central. 

For the tenth year in a row, the Arcola Purple Riders defeated the Tuscola Warriors in the opening game of the season for both teams. This year, Arcola pummeled Tuscola 58-14. 

40 Years Ago 
Sept. 14, 1982
Tuscola City Council members expressed continued interest in annexing Southland Acres into the city, but an anticipated grant to help build sewage collection systems for the subdivision did not come through. A search committee was formed to come up with ways of funding the necessary infrastructure, which was thought to cost approximately $329,000. 

Dedication of the City of Tuscola mini-park, at the intersection of East North Central and Prairie streets, would be held Sept. 18 as part of the community’s 125th-year observance. 

Janet Marguerite West and Darrell William McCumber were united in marriage Saturday, Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. in St. Peter’s church of Christ, Champaign. Parents of the couple were Mr. and Mrs. Mace West of Sidney, and Mr. and Mrs. Dwight McCumber of Villa Grove. Grandparents were Mrs. Florence McCumber and Mrs. Frances Williams, both of Tuscola. 

Four turnovers by the Arcola Purple Riders were converted into touchdowns, the result being a 33-0 rout by the Tuscola Warriors Friday night as both teams opened their prep football seasons. Steve Bates ran for 204 yards, scored three touchdowns, and had another called back. 

50 Years Ago 
Sept. 7, 1972
A new two-year labor contract was signed by representatives of USI Chemical plant and Local 515. The new contract provided an hourly pay raise of 60 cents, and significant changes were also made on several working conditions. 

Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Bozarth hosted a retirement party for Janet Southard, who spent 46 years working in education, seven of those as Mr. Bozarth’s assistant in the office of Superintendent of Douglas County Educational Service Region. Bob D. Eckerty of Villa Grove was chosen as Miss Southard’s replacement. 

Two exchange students were currently attending Tuscola High School. Cynthia Nakpil from Manila in the Phillipines was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. N.D. Kellogg, and GunnarWranne of Orebro, Sweden was staying with the Dick and Kay Lake family. 

Coach Lynn Strack had 55 Warriors on his varsity football team this season, and predicted Monticello, Decatur St. Teresa and Tuscola should be strong competitors on the field in 1972.

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