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Robert D. Stewart

Robert D. Stewart, Sr., 78 of Hugo, passed away at 9:20 a.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, at the Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola. Burial with military rites conducted by the Arcola VFW and the Arcola American Legion will be in…

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Karen Harper

Karen L. Harper, 66, of Villa Grove passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at her home. Karen was born on January 30, 1956, in Urbana to Gordon and Mary (McClintock) Watkins. She married Larry Harper on May 10, 2003, in Villa Grove; he survives. Also surviving is one son, Robert “Bobby” (Stacy) Button; three step…

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Barbara Cavinder

Barbara Ellen Cavinder, 90 of Tuscola, passed away at 11:58 p.m., Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana.  Her wishes were to be cremated. Private graveside services will be held in the spring. She will be buried alongside her mother and father in LaPorte, Ind. Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home is…

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Kohlbeckers crew takes first step

By Lenny Sementi Tuscola’s girl’s basketball team took the first step of defending their Central Illinois Conference tournament championship this past Saturday running away from Meridian in the opening round of the league tourney. Coach Tim Kohlbecker’s crew held the Hawks scoreless through one quarter of play and a mere 2-points in the first half…

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Musgrave comes up big for boys basketball

By Lenny Sementi Colton Musgrave saved his best for last in a big Central Illinois Conference showdown with a very good Clinton squad. The senior guard hit a late three, propelling the Warriors to a win in the low scoring affair this past Friday keeping coach Justin Bozarth’s squad still in the driver’s seat for…

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Villa Grove sports wrapup

By Tony Hooker Boys Basketball Jousted by Knights Villa Grove got 25 points from Layne Rund and 18 from Robert Fancher, but it wasn’t enough, as they dropped a 69–57 decision to ALAH on Jan. 17. Fancher also handed out 4 assists, while Peyton Smith dished out 3 dimes of his own to go along…

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Back in the Day- 1/25/23

10 Years Ago Jan. 30, 2013 Illinois-American announced new water to their customers. The council will study the rate increases and make a decision on which direction the city may need to proceed. A prom dress sale sponsored by Sandy Hoke, director of the Moultrie-Douglas County Fair Queen Pageant, was a rousing success. THere were…

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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings With the latest addition of three billion dollars added to the total amount the United States, you and me, has already given to the Ukranians to fight their war with Russia, we’re into this for twenty-seven billion dollars.  It seems to me that just about every two or three weeks the Ukrainian…

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Kiwanis recognizes East Prairie students’ academic achievements

B.U.G (Bring Up Grades) is a Tuscola Kiwanis program that gives students attending East Prairie School a goal of improving their grades. East Prairie School and the Tuscola Kiwanis Club work together to support this program. The following students are being recognized as B.U.G. winners for improving their grades from the 1st nine-week grading period…

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TIF consultants help Villa Grove build for the future

By Tony Hooker Tax Increment Financing, better known as TIF districts, have been helping communities create economic growth for many years. The city of Villa Grove recently renewed its commitment to this development tool, and Moran Economic Development was there to assist. I recently caught up with two of Moran’s associates, Emily Calderon and Jake…

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