Back in the Day–Aug. 30, 2017

10 YEARS AGO
Aug. 28, 2007

Wayne Ward, a charter member of the Tuscola Kiwanis Club was awarded the Luis V. Amador Medallion for exceptional and outstanding community service.

There would soon be an additional 35 lots on which to build homes in Tuscola following tentative approval of the final plat for Forest Glen subdivision’s second phase of development.

Morgan Day showed off a woolly worm she captured with friends Kodi Reinhart and Rosalee Miller. The girls were on the playground at North Ward during parent orientation at the elementary school.

A little (OK, a lot of) rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of TCHS students as they braved the elements to cheer on the Warriors in the football home opener.

The Illinois Department of Transportation workers added signage along Route 36 near the Interstate 57 interchange noting Tuscola’s status as a Sesquicentennial community.

20 YEARS AGO
Aug. 26, 1997

Douglas County’s deteriorating annex building was slowly being vacated, as the last of the agencies housed there announced a timeline for moving out. The Health Dept. had a Sept. 18 closing date set on its new quarters–the former Mathias Chiropractic building located east of Tuscola on Route 36.

Douglas County continued to be the scene for numerous pretrial hearings on the Brewer murder case, while out in the field the investigation into the triple homicide continued.

Stan Wienke, Brian Bradshaw, Bryan Smith and Chris Maxedon were the low gross winners of the Tuscola Chamber of Commerce golf outing held August 18 at Ironhorse Golf Course. The foursome shot a 9-under-par 63 at the first annual event.

Members of Les Sluder’s TCHS cross country team this season included Becky Wetzel, Erica Hall, Lindsey Snider, Stephanie Reinhart, Madalyn Davidson, Candy Ard, Tosha Stevens, Chrissy Matlin, Mark Quinn, Robert Hanners, Scott Groves, Brian McDaniel, Doug Anderson, Will Lucas, Tim Heyen, and Joshua Reeves.

30 YEAR AGO
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40 YEARS AGO
Aug. 25, 1977

The Douglas County Board voted 4-2 to appoint Chief Deputy Gene Wigall sheriff of Douglas County in a special meeting held Monday evening at the courthouse. Wigall would fill the unexpired term created by the resignation of Gene Miller, who left due to health reasons.

Jerry Wright of rural Tuscola was one of many people affected by a tornado that roared through Mattoon Lake Sunday afternoon. Wright, who owned a trailer home that was destroyed, was luckier than some. Five people were killed and millions of dollars in damage was done by the tornado.

Former Tuscola resident James Richard Allen recently completed his initial training at Delta Air Lines’ training school at the Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport and was now assigned to the airline’s Boston pilot base as a second officer.

For the third consecutive year, sudden-death playoff was needed to determine the men’s Douglas County Golf Tournament. Steve Shrader of Arcola was the winner over Bob Joines of Newman and Jeff Holmes of Villa Grove.

50 YEARS AGO
Aug. 31, 1967

Ten-year-old Nancy Kennedy of Tuscola underwent emergency surgery on her left eye after a knife being thrown by playing children at a water balloon missed its mark and struck her. Doctors at Mercy Hospital were confident Nancy’s vision would be saved.

Cake baking and floral arranging contests were being added to the lineup of event for this year’s Old Fashioned Days festival. Cash prizes of $5 for first place, $3 for second, and $2 for third would be awarded to the winners.

Janet Broady of Tuscola was a winner in the eighth annual Talent Rally held on campus at Lincoln Christian College in Lincoln earlier this month. Miss Broady received Honorable Mention in the Female Vocal solo division of the rally, which annually attracts between 5,000 and 6,000 people.

There were but five returning lettermen on Coach Gene Murray’s football squad for the coming season. Back on the gridiron were Jim Foster, Mat Morey, Bill Leonard, Larry Strohl and Tim McGuire.