Commentary

Hook, Line and Sinker

My hometown, like all small towns, has issues.  In our case, we fight an almost constant battle regarding public perception.   We all know the most common themes, so I’m not going to bother listing them.   The most troubling piece is when those who live here perpetuate them through social media whining. It’s one…

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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings I haven’t worked a Friday night patrol shift since sometime in May of this year. The reason being is I have accumulated vacation time and I don’t go on vacation. I did take four days last November to follow my son and his crew out to Las Vegas where they were competing…

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Holding It All Together

By Amy McCollom Because of That Tree I must admit, it was an ugly old tree.  It was very tall; towering above our neighbor’s 2-story house.  It was crooked, balding, and cartoonish as if it were plucked right from the pages of a Dr. Seuss children’s book.  It leaned as if it were falling in…

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Back in the Day

10 years ago  October 14, 2009 F.H. Jones Lumber owners Steve Hilgendorf and Alan Michener entered into a merger agreement with Tuscola Do It Best. The newly formed company, to be known as Tuscola Do It Best Home Center, becomes official as of November 1, 2009.  Workers were on site at Bob’s Super Service for…

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HumankindNESS

By Jennifer Richardson I remember complaining to my mom during a conversation about small town living while I was a high school student. Most of the discussion centered on my frustration with feeling like no one could make a move that others did not observe and report–and embellish if the details were not interesting enough.…

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Hook, Line and Sinker

By Tony Hooker It smells like teen spirit. And I’m not talking about the feminine beauty product. According to popular lore, the late Curt Cobain found inspiration for his generational anthem “Smells like Teen Spirit” when a young lady in his company teased him about smelling like the women’s deodorant.   No, what I’m talking…

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Back in the Day

10 YEARS AGO Oct. 7, 2009 Susan Hall and Becky Kappes of Becky’s Buddies Relay For Life team accepted an award for the fundraising prowess at this year’s Illinois Relay For Life summit in Itasca.  SAM Food Pantry volunteer Betsy Stuerke accepted a $200 check from TCHS Student Council members Cori Ponder and Elizabeth Bosch.…

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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings How does someone get a cold when the temperature outside is 80 degrees plus? Well, I did this year. I can’t remember the last time I had a cold in say the last six years. You would think this is good news. After all, no cold in five or six years? What’s…

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Lyrical Impressions

By Amy McCollom It’s not my fault, really. My hearing is going bad, I have a wild imagination, and words do not mean the same thing now as they did when I was younger. So when I heard a song on the radio, my brain decoded what I thought I heard, and I just sang…

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Yellow Farmhouse, White Rocking Chair

By Kayleigh Rahn It was a small off-white card taped to the cement wall of Colleen Lehmann’s office. I’d been in the office once before as a sixth grader from Mrs. Fogerson’s class while job shadowing Colleen as a journalist. Though this particular card did not strike me as a child. It wasn’t until years…

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