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Back in the Day- 9-21-22

Ten Years Ago 
Sept. 26, 2012
Holding a giant cockroach was just one of many highlights for students at the 19th Annual Environmental Stewardship Day held at Walnut Point State Park in rural Oakland on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. The event was held for all sixth-grade students in Douglas County and is sponsored by Douglas County Farm Bureau. Katie Dana from the University of Illinois entomology department engaged the middle-schoolers with a variety of caterpillars, spiders, millipedes and other insects. Most students were excited with the chance to see these exciting living specimens.

First-year head cross country coach Kristi Paulson and assistant coach Shannon Smith are starting to see results. Both the girls’ and boys’ teams have set personal records the past two weeks, and are looking to peak come regional time. 

The Tuscola Warriors inched above .500 and kept their playoff hopes alive with a 38-14 road victory at Warrensburg last Friday night, a win that marked the arrival of freshman quarterback Nick Bates as a new weapon in Tuscola’s offensive arsenal. Bates teamed with senior quarterback and cousin Eli Kauffman as the pair took turns roasting the Cardinals to the tune of 390 yards of total offense.

20 Years Ago 
Sept. 24, 2002
Homecoming royalty for TCHS this year were senior king candidates Sean Lamkin, Joe Sluder, Austin Hogue, Steve Fox, Danny MacGibbon, and Ryan Bonner. Queen candidats included Nikki Corum, Brittany Alexander, Blair Wilson, Marissa McCumber, Monica Woodworth, and Megan Quick.

Structures erected on the First Christian Church property for use as temporary classroom space were going to have to go, following action at a zoning board of appeals meeting held recently. 

James Edward Crane was hired as Douglas County’s new highway engineer. He would start in his new position Oct. 1, 2002. 

 City foreman Denny Cruzan with honored with a reception at City Hall on Sept. 18, marking 30 years of employment with the City of Tuscola. 

Blair Wilson, a senior at TCHS, was chosen the Rotary Student of the Month for September. 

Thirty-six holes of golf, undertaken Sept. 14-15, determined the best of the best at Ironhorse Golf Course. Mike McNeely shot twin rounds of 73 to win first place. Tim Madden came in second with 153, and Mike Carroll shot 154 to finish third. 

30 Years Ago
Sept. 22, 1992
A change-of-venue request to Clinton was granted for murder suspect Janet Luster of Tuscola. She was facing three counts of first-degree murder in the death of her husband, Dale, on June 15. 

Dick Helm, a 1951 graduate of Tuscola High School, would be the featured speaker at the Oct. 10 Tuscola All-School reunion. Helm was completing his sixth season as an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Tuscola tailback Pat Pierce was the workhorse for the Warrior football team, hammering away at the Illiopolis Pirates defense to the tune of 293 yards in 39 attempts and leading the Warriors to a 28-21 win. It was the first game and win for Tuscola as a member of the Meridian Conference. 

40 Years Ago 
Sept. 28, 1982
Candidates for Homecoming king and queen this year included TCHS seniors Melanie Myers, Kim Ryan, Diane Kohlbecker, Mary Liga, Kathy Clarkson, Eric Adams, Dan Meyer, Jon Murray, Bill Fruit, and Kevin Quinn. 

The Douglas County Board voted 4-3 not to furnish a free residence to the next county sheriff. The four Republican board members who voted against providing the living quarters for the sheriff indicated they thought continuing the benefit might interfere with plans to build a new jail. 

A budget of $3,346,712 for the 1982-83 fiscal year was accepted by the Unit 301 Board of Education at Monday night’s meeting. The figure represented a 5.5 percent increase from the previous fiscal year. 

Members of this year’s TCHS cross country team included Marti Crist, Bob Davis, Jeff Thompson, Mark Pankau, Marc Korte, Ted Ferguson, April Hanner, Eric Adams, Jim Nayonis, Jeff Davis, Bruce Bird, Mark Kohlbecker, and Mark Smith. 

50 Years Ago 
Sept. 21, 1972
New teachers to Tuscola honored at the annual Rotary luncheon included Nancy Wolters, Diana Eddleman, Deborah Sanders, Deborah Conlin, Joyce Pingry, Robert Barrett, Gary Little, and Andrea Surma Englehardt. 

In an effort to halt work on the Lincoln Reservoir Project, petitions were filed in Douglas County circuit court by Scattering Forks Drainage District of Douglas County, naming Gov. Richard Ogilvie and other state officials as defendants. 

Philip S. White, editor and publisher of The Tuscola Journal for almost 25 years, died Sept. 17, 1972 at Jarman Hospital, only two hours after being stricken with a circulatory ailment at his home. 

Rick Reinhart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Reinhart of Tuscola, received a partial scholarship from the University of Illinois following two weeks of practice with the varsity football team this Fall. 

Warrior Steve Owen—with 17 assists, four solos, and one interception—paced the Warrior defense with 76 tackle points in Tuscola’s 16-14 victory over Villa Grove. Doug Dietrich was the game’s leading rusher, with 78 yards on eight carries.

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