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Tuscola Stone and Alan Shoemaker receive Industry Leadership Award

By Jaclyn Henry

Tuscola Stone Company has mined stone in Illinois for 50 years and was recognized in December by the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers with the Industry Leadership Award.  IAAP President, Jack Keeler, said, “This company realizes how important it is for the public to understand what the industry does, and the benefits mining provides to…

Villa Grove’s Chip Stephens hitting all the right notes

By Jaclyn Henry

By Tony Hooker How does an acclaimed pianist, with work being featured on both Emmy and Grammy winning recordings, find himself living in Villa Grove? I recently caught up with Chip Stephens, renowned professor of music at UIUC, to ask him about that, and much more. Chip, where are you from? I grew up in…

Tuscola BOE discusses Intro to Trade Career class

By Jaclyn Henry

By Kendra Hennis  The regular session portion of the meeting of the Tuscola Board of Education was called to order at 7:16 p.m. on Monday, January 24. The board began the meeting at 6 p.m. in closed session for the purposes defined in 5 ILCS 120/2 (c) (1)-personnel, 5 ILCS 120/2 (c) (2)-negotiating matters, and/or…