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Local library launches Charlie Cart Project

By Gabriella Agius The Camargo Township District Library utilized money donated in Memoriam of Dr. Bill Jones to fund a Charlie Cart: a food education program for kids. When Dr. Bill Jones passed away, his family chose to donate a large amount of his memorial fund to the Camargo Township District Library. Dr. Jones served…

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Upcoming economic development for Tuscola in 2023

By Dominik Stallings Tuscola has several economic developments in sight for 2023, including new construction, remodeling of older buildings and possible road projects. City Administrator Drew Hoel said the city and the Council are working on several projects. The public works building will receive an addition which includes an improved firing range for the police…

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Tuscola receives bid for ‘Castle Mall’ demolition

By Dominik Stallings Tuscola received a $74,900 bid for the demolition of the “Castle Mall” property. The low bid came from Ezell Excavation, which operates in Villa Grove. Before any demotion work can begin, the title transfer from the previous owners, Daniel and Sara Escalera must come through. City Administrator Drew Hoel recommended that the…

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Tuscola School Board to vote on scoreboard Feb. 13

By David Porter The Tuscola School Board set a special meeting for 6 p.m. Feb. 13 to vote on whether to proceed with video boards costing about $400,000 or a scoreboard only for the football field at a cost of $67,000 plus installation. Wade Wilcox has led a Board effort to secure sponsorships for the…

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Villa Grove High School to replace windows

By Dominik Stallings Villa Grove schools needs approximately $1.2 million to fully fund window replacements for the school and the gym. Currently, the school has $540,000 available in funds from ESSER money, which is federal money that enables schools to provide safe school operations and academic recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. The exact scope for…

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Local teen found dead in Atwood

By Doris Elmore                 The Village of Atwood has had two tragedies of young people recently, Karen Fennessy on December 23, 2022 and Eian Urban on January 20, 2023. The loss of these residents, one 20 years old and one 19, is upsetting to everyone. Whether you knew them or not, it is difficult to…

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Oval Dunwoodie

Oval E. Dunwoodie, 88, of Tuscola, IL, passed away at 11:10 a.m., Saturday, January 21, 2023 at the Lena Living Center, Lena, IL  Private Family Services will be held. Burial will be in the Tuscola Township Cemetery. Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, Tuscola, IL is entrusted with the arrangements.  Oval was born on January 24, 1934…

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Lance Tay

Lance A. Tay, beloved son, brother and uncle, passed away on January 16, 2023, at his home in Chicago.  Lance was born to Neal and Jan Tay on August 31, 1968, and was raised in Camargo. After graduating from Villa Grove High School, he attended Illinois State University and graduated in 1991 with degrees in…

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Janet Lamb

Janet M. Lamb, 87, of Monticello, passed away at 10:24 p.m., on Friday, January 13, 2023, at the Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 29, from 3–5 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, Bement. Celebration of Life services will be held at 10 a.m., on Monday, January 30, also…

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Judy Price

Judy Price, 85, of Arcola, passed away on Monday, January 16, 2023, at 1:37 a.m., at her residence in Arcola. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 21, at the Hinds Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Bement. Pastor Pat Tieman officiated. Visitation was held prior to the services at the funeral home. Graveside services were Saturday…

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