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Veteran author shares her story at Tuscola parade

By Dominik Stallings “I am a warrior. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit and I will never leave a fallen brother or sister. If they are hurt, I will carry them. If I can’t carry them, I will drag them. I will help them face their enemies, including the demons from within.…

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Army veteran Brad Ingram speaks to Tuscola students about leadership

By Dominik Stallings Would you know how to flip over a rug while standing on it and without touching the floor? How about directing four other people to do so? It seems silly at first, but this exercise was a lesson to show Tuscola students how important leadership is – and how difficult it is…

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TIF trick: City gets more revenue while residents pay less

By Dominik Stallings The proposed tax levy for Tuscola is 25 percent higher than last year but would result in a lower tax rate due to the retirement of two tax increment finance (TIF) districts. With the ending of the TIF districts, $16 million in additional property value (equalized assessed valuation) will be going back…

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Hettinger discusses career with Mary Kay

By Tony Hooker When Mary Kay Ash started her company in 1963, she was looking for a business that would allow her the flexibility to remain active in her church, her family and her community.  Fifty-nine years later, her company, Mary Kay Cosmetics, has achieved all that and more, not only for her, but for…

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DAR and SAR good citizen awards

Brogan Rennert, daughter of Jason and Amanda Rennert, was chosen as our Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen this year. Grant Kauffman, son of Kevin and Stephanie Kauffman, was chosen as our Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Good Citizen.  Rennert has been part of many extracurricular activities in her High School Career.…

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Transitional period for girls basketball

By Tony Hooker The Villa Grove Girls basketball team is undergoing a significant period of transition, as several factors, including the dissolution of the co-op and the decision of several good athletes not to play, has resulted in the cancellation of the varsity season for 2022-23. I recently caught up with Girl’s coach Jeff Carleton…

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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings I had one of those “It was meant to be” events last week.  Any of you that have been reading my column for some time know I’m a car junkie.  I have been since the age of about fourteen back when I used to bug Ned Ferguson and Tom O’brien every Saturday…

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Back in the Day-11/16/22

10 Years Ago  Nov. 21, 2012 Sometimes, hen you want to do something special for someone, a little subterfuge is in order. And so it was at this year’s Tuscola Chamber of Commerce Thanksgiving luncheon, where longtime residents and non-stop volunteers Joe and Ruth Slaughter were named Volunteers of the Year at the Nov. 13,…

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Fall season wrapup

By Tony Hooker Here’s a list of all VGHS athletes who earned post season accolades. Cross Country Scarlett Howard and Kurt Zimmerman were named to the all Lincoln Prairie conference team Golf Gavin Kiser, Maci Clodfelder and Ella Schweighart Volleyball Logan Lillard-made the All-Lincoln Prairie conference team and set school records for Most Kills in…

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Mustangs run past Warriors in the IHSA State Quarterfinals

Ridgeview utilized a power running game and took full advantage of Tuscola miscues to upend the Warriors in the IHSA State Quarterfinals last Saturday, Nov. 12, in Colfax. The Mustangs scored on their first two possessions of the game and never relinquished the lead in a 41–6 victory.  “It just wasn’t our day,” commented coach…

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