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Warriors football team stymied by Shelbyville Rams

The Shelbyville Rams turned some heads in Tuscola this past Friday evening, Sept. 16, stunning the seventh-ranked Warriors 40-6 to remain unbeaten while handing coach Andy Romine’s squad its first setback of the season. The Rams jumped out early, didn’t look back, and answered each time the black and gold threatened to turn the tides. …

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Villa Grove sports wrapup

By Tony Hooker Volleyball Can’t weather Storm The Blue Devils fell in three sets to Salt Fork on Sept. 12, 25-21, 16-25, 21-25. Kalyn Cordes passed out 22 assists, Logan Lillard pounded down 13 kills and Maci Clodfelder hammered in six of her own. Remember Titans Kalyn Cordes had 17 assists to lead Villa Grove…

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Blue Devils defeat Broncos

By Tony Hooker The Villa Grove Blue Devils came into Friday night’s LPC conference road opener knowing they could score points, averaging nearly 26 per contest. If the first half of their 40-19 win over Cerro Gordo Bement (CGB) is any indication, they might be making great strides on the defensive side as they held…

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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings With just a little less than 120 days before the Illinois Safe-T-Act goes into effect January 1, 2023, only in the past week have the people of Illinois started to get concerned.  FOX NEWS and several other conservative national media outlets have recently brought to the forefront the ridiculous changes made to…

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Back in the Day- 9-21-22

Ten Years Ago  Sept. 26, 2012 Holding a giant cockroach was just one of many highlights for students at the 19th Annual Environmental Stewardship Day held at Walnut Point State Park in rural Oakland on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. The event was held for all sixth-grade students in Douglas County and is sponsored by Douglas…

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9/11 Memorial Ruck March through Tuscola

By Dominik Stallings Tuscola residents, first responders and veterans got together at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 11, to participate in the “ruck march” in honor of veterans and first responders during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The event was organized by the 217 VETS, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting veterans through camaraderie and community.…

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Douglas County Coroner resigns, former chief deputy takes over

By Dominik Stallings Heather Skinner resigned as Douglas County Coroner Sept. 1. Lisa Edwards, former Chief Deputy Coroner took over the position until the end of Skinner’s term, which ends in two years. Skinner said she decided to resign because of upcoming family issues. She said she needs to spend more time with her family,…

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Piercy discusses role in Camargo’s Victory Church

By Tony Hooker From Shreveport, Louisiana to Indianapolis, to Rend Lake College where she’s in their Hall of Fame, to SIUC to Villa Grove, to Camargo’s Victory Church, where her husband, Pastor Duane Piercy, refers to her as “co-pastor”, Cheryl Piercy has led an interesting life, to be sure. I recently caught up with her…

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City Council approves alley improvement

By Dominik Stallings The Tuscola City Council approved the bid award and contract authorization for phase one of the downtown alley improvement project. Cross Construction won the bid at $635,255. Drew Hoel, city administrator, said Clark Dietz engineers revised the estimates a few months ago to reflect rising public construction costs. The current bid is…

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Office expands mental health services in Tuscola

By Dominik Stallings Keri Powell Therapy is accepting clients in their new Tuscola location. The clinic had a soft opening and ribbon cutting earlier in April. Three clinicians, Tasha Shannon, Deene Younge and Jenny McNamer, work in the Tuscola office. Each of them has a wide range of skills, making them invaluable to opening the…

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