TEN YEARS AGO
NOV. 18, 2003
Arrow Ambulance, Tuscola’s emergency services provider, said skyrocketing operating costs and reductions in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements were bleeding the company dry. Arrow was asking the city to contribute an additional $100,000 a year for the services it provides.
Debra Ann Ovca and Charles Michael Rogers were married Oct. 18, 2003 at Tuscola United Methodist Church. The Rev. Clyde Snyder officiated the candlelight ceremony, and a reception was held at Ironhorse Golf Clubhouse.
Comedians Jon Mott and Greg Lausch were the guys behind the laughs at a Comedy Night held at Ironhorse on Nov. 8. A cocktail hour and dinner preceded the show.
Douglas County State’s Attorney Diane Sipich announced she was seeking re-election to the office she has held since 1996.
Family members and friends of area residents stationed in Iraq gathered recently to pack boxes of donated items for mailing to soldiers in time for the holidays. Over 80 boxes were sent off, and more donations were being accepted at Sav-Mor Pharmacy in downtown Tuscola.
Showing off their first-place conference hardware were the seventh-grade Lady Hornets, who included Lindsey Mosely, Elizabeth Anderson, Rachael Brewer, Molly Romine, Megan Riley, Rebecca Swaney, Katie Harris, Allie Leithliter, Kelsi Hoey, Marissa Darling, Mariah Brookins, and Courtney Day.
Also earning first-place hardware were the eighth-grade Lady Hornets, including Megan Wakefield, Casey Schuckman, Jessica Lee, Alyssa Gordon, Ashley Wikoff, Kaela Kroenung, Kammy Kinyoun, Kaitlyn Inman, Elizabeth Otto, Krysta Conner, Mauri Robertson, Linda Romine, and Brandi Eaton.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
NOV. 16, 1993
The First Christian Church in Tuscola would be celebrating its 130th anniversary in Sunday, Nov. 21, 1993. Senior minister Tom Morris would preside over activities, and Don Green of Lincoln Christian College would be a guest speaker at the 10:15 a.m. worship service.
And speaking of anniversaries, Ace Ambulance would soon be marking 20 years on Nov. 29. The service was started by current owner Joe Victor and Don Thornton.
Shirley Laley of Tuscola was among three people honored recently at the 4-H Achievement Night ceremonies in Arthur. Laley received an Outstanding Service award for her contributions to 4-H.
Larry Hettinger of Tuscola downed a 12-point, 200-pound buck with his bow while hunting west of Tuscola.
Individual award winners at the Fall sports awards banquet were volleyball players Toni Best (MVP, Highest Serving Percentage), Kim Fauke (Most Improved), and Cortney Blaudow and Brittany Wilson (co-Most Promising Underclassmen). For football it was Chad Hausmann (Sportsmanship), George Barnett (MVP, Most Valuable Offensive Lineman, Tackle Award), Travis Russell (Most Improved), and Doug Hettinger (Sportsmanship). Cross-country runner Frank Tarantino earned the Greg Weaver Memorial Running Award.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
NOV. 22, 1983
At its November monthly meeting, the Douglas County Board voted to build a new jail rather than renovate the existing facility. Preliminary construction cost estimates ranged from $1.3 to $1.4 million.
Tuscola Township Board members voted to accept supervision and maintenance of the portion of Egyptian Trail Road running south from the southernmost portion of Southland Acres subdivision.
Dennis and Jane Kappes of rural Tuscola announced the birth of a daughter, Katrina Ann, on Nov. 8, 1983 at Carle Foundation Hospital. Katrina weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz., and was welcomed home by big brother Chad, age 9; and sister Stacey, age 6.
Juanita McCoskey of Hindsboro and Edgar Conner of Tuscola were married Oct. 29, 1983, in the presence of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Ann Livesay, daughter of the bride, and Chub Conner, son of the groom, were their attendants.
This year’s Tuscola Warriors varsity boys basketball team included Jeff Young, Tim Borries, Wade Wilcox, Brad Johns, Mike Nottingham, Steve Bates, Shawn Rideout, Justin Walker, Roger Harris, Robert Douglas, Mark Wilks, Jeff Leininger, and Frank Kalmar.
FORTY YEARS AGO
NOV. 22, 1973
Dale Mooday of Tuscola announced his candidacy on the Democratic ticket for the office of county clerk.
City police were investigating vandalism at Cooper Motel, where owner P.L. Cooper reported motel guests damaged two doors, knocked holes in the wall, broke a lamp and picture, and stole the change from a bed vibrator.
Mrs. Myrtle Benskin, age 93, did the honors at a ribbon cutting for the new home of the Church of the Nazarene. Mrs. Benskin was the only remaining charter member of the church, which was founded 40 years ago last Sunday.
Tuscola Co-Operative Grain Elevator was host to representatives from around the world during a recent four-day grain yield conference sponsored by the University of Illinois. Manager Duane Hibbetts explained the workings of the co-op to visitors from France, Norway, the Netherlands, and other countries.
With four of five regular starters back, Tuscola High School and Coach Bill Burress were set to begin what they hoped could be a 20-win basketball season. That fifth regular from the previous season was now-graduated Doug Dietrich.