By Lenny Sementi Maddie Allen and Caylen Moyer came up big as Tuscola’s volleyball team rebounded from back-to-back losses to post victories over a long time rival and their first conference foe. The Lady Warriors opened the week with their … Continue reading
By Lenny Sementi Golf coach Matt Franks knows what he has with senior standout Seth Icenogle. This past week, however, another senior Cole Thomas who was the number one a year ago took big steps towards the front of the … Continue reading
By Missy Chappell In the Warriors’ first three games of the season, there had been a definite standout in the win, either special teams, defense, or offense. Last Friday, Sept. 16 was an entire team effort in the Warrior win … Continue reading
By Lenny Sementi Trent Ponder went out strong in his final Tuscola Cross Country Invite at Wimple Park and ended his day in 12th place overall out of 203 runners. His teammates were right there with him as the Warriors … Continue reading
By Susie Harbaugh As excitement mounts throughout Tuscola for Homecoming, 2016, Kathryn McCumber is celebrating an extra special milestone: her 75th year as a graduate of Tuscola High School! There were 65 students in McCumber’s graduating class of 1941; nearly … Continue reading
Lois E. Henderson, 84, of Pierson Station, passed at 4:50 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 at the Arthur Home, Arthur. Celebration of Life Service was at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 66 East US Highway … Continue reading
By Craig Hastings Tuscola has bid farewell to another long-time police officer, lifelong resident, and lifetime friend of mine. Clifford Ponder will join Richard Lamb and Butch Hall in retirement from a full-time role at TPD and into a part-time … Continue reading
I was just thinking…about my growing trove of rotting technology thingamabobs. Actually, they don’t “rot,” and that’s part of the problem. They need to make them biodegradable. Loyal readers know my thoughts on technology: I have gone screaming and kicking … Continue reading
Julie and Jonathan Forbes are proud to announce the birth of a son, Booker William, born Aug. 25 at Sutter Davis Hospital in Davis, Calif. Booker weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. and was 19 inches long. He was welcomed home … Continue reading
10 YEARS AGO
Sept. 19, 2006
Sweet memories are usually associated with high school homecomings, and with “Candyland” serving as the theme for the 2006 TCHS Homecoming it was almost guaranteed. The student council had made several changes to the activity-filled week with hopes of having the Tuscola community more involved in the celebration. The opponent for the homecoming football game was set to be Sangamon Valley.
Members of the First Christian Church gathered to literally “raise the roof” on the congregation’s new church, which was under construction. Mike Otto, Tom Nation, Russ Brown, David Meyer, Ron Winn, and Todd Martin were on hand to help with the task.
Warriors Joe Vandeventer, Wil Maxey, and Tyler Carter recorded interceptions during the 14-7 win over the Arthur-Lovington Knights.
The TCHS Classes of 1946, 1947, and 1948 gathered at the Douglas County Museum for a multi-class reunion.
20 YEARS AGO
Sept. 17, 1996
Nine-year-old Matt Rhodes of Tuscola had one of his drawings chosen as a winner for a design to be featured on all 40,000 University of Illinois football tickets sold for the Oct. 5 Illinois-Indiana game.
The current North Ward site went from the first choice to a last resort on the list of possible sites to build a new grade school, at a special Tuscola board of education meeting.
Tuscola residents Rev. Mike Eischen and Jeri Lake participated in the Habitat For Humanity 500-mile bike trek to raise money for the charity, cycling from Louisville, Ky., to Atlanta, Ga. BETHS Place in Tuscola would also be a beneficiary of their fundraising.
The Tuscola Warrior scoring machine, which averaged 41 points in its first two victories, revved up to defeat Illiopolis 33-12 this week, moving to 3-0 on the season.
30 YEARS AGO
Sept. 30, 1986
October 17 would be Gene Williams’ last day as city superintendent, but not his last day of work. He would be retiring from the city, but would be starting a whole new career in woodworking.
Rachel McCollough of First National Bank & Trust in Tuscola was rewarded recently for her alertness and efforts that resulted in the arrest of an Arkansas man on attempted forgery charges.
Construction began Thursday for one of three planned coal mines near Oakland that would be owned by Energy Resource Development Corp. The first mine would be just outside the southeast corner of Douglas County, in Coles County.
The TCHS cross country team walked away victorious from a triangular meet between Tuscola, Villa Grove and Unity. Freshman Eric Alexander tied for first place with Unity’s Robbie Biehl to boost the Warrior score.
Tuscola had two touchdowns nullified and still defeated Paxton 20-0 for their third consecutive win. Fritz Cross opened play by returning the kickoff 85 yards down the right sideline to the end zone. The TD was called back by a clipping penalty.
40 YEARS AGO
Sept. 16, 1976
Illinois State Police Lieutenant Gordon Cleland, operations officer of the Pesotum district, was promoted to the rank of captain in ceremonies held recently in Springfield.
Ted Cox, a 32-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service, retired from his position as distribution and window clerk Friday, Sept. 10. He was looking forward to devoting more time to his musical pursuits.
New teachers in the Tuscola school district who were recent luncheons guests of the Tuscola Rotary Club included Patricia Beeson, Tim Burk, Larry Kirby, Margaret Evangelista, Janet Chappell, Julia Payne, and Debbie Johnson.
Incredible scenery and exciting adventures hallmarked Greg Albritton’s recent 84-day, 4,250-mile bike trip. The bike-a-thon began in Oregon on May 16 and stretched diagonally across the U.S., concluding on Aug. 3 at Yorktown, Virginia.
The first employees for Littelfuse, a plant going on-stream in Tuscola, reported for work today, according to Ernie Anderson, company buildings and grounds manager.
50 YEARS AGO
Sept. 15, 1966
Mike Weber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Al Weber of Tuscola, would be returning to Colombia for another tour of duty with the Peace Corps.
New high school teachers in the Tuscola school system this year included Dennis Collier, Sue Loman, Sandra Engdahl, Carol McCormick, Kay Boyer, and Dan Simone.
Auctioneers Dale Hanna, Leroy Van Dyke, Chuck Gorrell, and Bill Huber were about as busy as four people could be last week, during the annual Huber & Sloan farm machinery auction. They provided the vocal entertainment for the more than 800 people who attended the event.
The Tuscola Warriors came through their first night inter-squad scrimmage with only minor injuries and appeared to be ready for the season opener with Paris this week.