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Gawthorp and Linstead recognized among ROE Excellence Award winners

The Regional Office of Education #11 is pleased to announce the 2022 third Annual ROE #11 Recognition of Excellence Award Recipients. The Regional Office of Education #11 requested nominations from each school district within the region seeking to highlight a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educator who has modeled excellence in education. Nominees included exceptionally skillful…

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Kate Foltz talks her successful and field East Prairie track season

By Kendra Hennis  Kate Foltz, daughter of Amanda and Doug Foltz, has had a very successful track season her eighth grade year at East Prairie Middle School. Foltz competes in pole vault, the 1600-meter run, and the 800-meter run. Over the course of the season, Foltz has broken the pole vaulting record multiple times. Her…

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Lady Warriors track and field team brings home a gold haul

By Lenny Sementi  Coach Drew Sterkel’s girls track team collected some precious medals last Friday evening securing seven of the gold variety and three of a silver nature. All of which led to a second place outing at the Central Illinois Conference track meet finishing behind a very good Shelbyville squad.   Senior Alyssa Williams…

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State trend continues for Tuscola Warriors boys track team throwers

By Lenny Sementi Tuscola track has a throwing tradition like not many others, and once more throws coach Stan Wienke has a star pupil to carry the torch. Chris Boyd placed at state a year ago as a sophomore, after he was shorted his freshman campaign, and the junior just keeps getting better.  He has…

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Six VG athletes punch tickets to junior high state track meet

By Tony Hooker  Six Villa Grove athletes punched their tickets to state at the IESA class 2A sectional meet, held at Assumption on Saturday, May 7. Seventh grade girls Baylee Martin finished fourth in the long jump and Evalice Callison took second in the high jump to qualify for state. Seventh grade boys Jacob Golightly…

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Villa Grove Blue Devils high school spring sports wrap

By Tony Hooker VGHS Softball Shoot down Bombers Emma Bratten-Noice went 2-3 with a homer, three RBI’s and two runs scored to lead Villa Grove to a 9-6 win over Argenta Oreana on Monday, May 2. Running mate Maci Clodfelder hit her tenth bomb of the season, which is believed to tie the school record…

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Vollmer: Putting things in perspective end of senior year

By Tony Hooker As with most high school students, Ava Vollmer wasn’t entirely sure of her college plans.  It took a friendly nudge from her dad, Rod, to get the ball that would eventually lead to her going to Greenville University to throw the shot put. I recently caught up with the busy VGHS senior…

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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings If you weren’t convinced that America is on the edge of failing our own democracy before this latest scandal, you certainly should be calling it into question now. If you haven’t been paying attention to the news this past week, what I’m referring to is the leak from the Supreme Court’s own…

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Real Life Wellness-Stomach Acid is Your Friend!

By Dr. Bill Hemmer This subject is one of my favorite things to talk about because strong Stomach acid is the most important thing within your digestive system to keep you healthy. Sadly, it has been under attack for the last three decades. Simply put, if you don’t have enough Stomach acid, your ability to…

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