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City tentatively approves an additional animal shelter

By David Porter The Tuscola City Council on Monday gave tentative approval for the county to build an addition to the animal shelter on city property. The county plans to use federal America Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to pay for the addition. County Board President Don Munson said the ARPA funds allow the county…

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Kent Brinkley looks back on Carnival Career

By Tony Hooker For the better part of 4 decades, Kent Brinkley and his company, Clay County Amusements,  has brought enjoyment to young faces all over Illinois, including Villa Grove Ag Days.  I was able to catch up with Kent about how his carnival came to be, and more importantly, what the future holds for…

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Tuscola Torpedoes send ten to All-Star Summer League Championships meet

By Margie Carter The Tuscola Torpedoes wrapped up their season by sending ten swimmers who qualified to represent the Central Illinois Swim Conference to one final meet on August 6. Athletes placing in the top eight in any individual event at the Conference Championships two weeks ago. Leading up to the meet, the team was…

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Wyninger transfers to Indiana University/Purdue University-Columbus

By Daniel L. Chamness Tuscola graduate Max Wyninger is on his way to Indiana University/Purdue University-Columbus after spending his first two years at Iowa Wesleyan University.  “Growing as a baseball player is second only to my academics,” said the former three-sport Tuscola athlete. “I feel like this school can help me do that. I know…

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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings While it isn’t official, it appears likely Donald Trump will run for President in 2024. The Conservative Political Action Conference was held in Texas this past week and in a straw poll Trump collected 70% of the vote with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis the rest.  I’m actually a little surprised with the…

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Back in the Day-8/10/22

Ten years ago August 15, 2012 The Douglas County Museum’s benefit concert was a big success in the community! The event featured a dozen local bands, a silent auction, and a new exhibit at the museum titled “Music, Music, Music.”  Ralph K. Brooks of rural Tuscola recently celebrated his 80th birthday with a birthday dinner…

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Notice for vote by mail ballot

ILLINOIS- Douglas County Clerk, Judi Pollock announced that all registered voters in the State of Illinois will receive by mail within the next few weeks a notice for vote by mail ballot in compliance with the following statute: (10 ILCS 5/19-2.5)     Sec. 19-2.5. Notice for vote by mail ballot. An election authority shall notify all qualified voters,…

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Lake Fork UCC Ice Cream Social Saturday, August 13

Lake Fork UCC is holding their annual ice cream social on Saturday, August 13.   You will find us at 345 N 1475 E Road (Piatt County), Atwood.  Ice cream will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 pm.  Available for dine in or carry out is our homemade vanilla, lemon, pineapple, and chocolate ice…

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Tuscola United Methodist Church to host Community Blood Drive August 25

Tuscola United Methodist Church will host a Community Blood Drive from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Thursday, August 25 at 901 N. Prairie St., inside Fellowship Hall What: Tuscola United Methodist Church Community Blood Drive When: Thursday, August 25th, 9:00 am ‑ 1:00 pm Where: Fellowship Hall, 901 N. Prairie St., Tuscola, IL  Appointments:…

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