Commentary

Hook, Line, and Sinker

By Tony Hooker After writing somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 columns, sometimes topic ideas escape me. This is one of those times, so if you have any ideas about what I should focus on, let me know. This week, I’m going with a couple of topics that I write about on occasion. On the…

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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings Tesla, Autonomous driving, Autopilot, all fixated with one idea; no drivers needed. I’m from the 1970’s first time driver’s generation, the height of the muscle car era, and the beginning of performance killing smog regulations. The aftermarket performance replacement parts industry (SEMA) was at the top of it’s game. Every part they…

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Holding it all Together: Our College Playground

By Amy McCollom Well, it is here. The time when my baby girl, Portia, will start college is at hand. I am excited and a little apprehensive. Autism is challenging on its own. I know she has shown great progress, yet I wonder if she is ready. She sometimes has difficulties in loud, crowded environments…

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Yellow Farmhouse; White Rocking Chair

By Kayleigh Rahn William and Nora stopped by the office late Monday afternoon.  Between newspaper prep and a meeting to cover, I wanted to spend a few minutes with them to check in and learn about their days before they headed home for the evening.  Nora charged around the front counter and ran full force…

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Back in the Day – Aug. 21, 2019

10 YEARS AGO  Aug. 26, 2009 TCHS student council members decorated the sidewalks with chalk outside of North Ward Elementary School the evening before the first day of school.  Lance Little of Tuscola took first place at the Illinois State Fair tractor pull on Aug. 18, winning the 10,000 Pro Stock Class.  Nu-Ag’s Mike Bergner…

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Hook, Line and Sinker

By Tony Hooker Sound the alarm!   It’s time to alert the FBI, the CIA, the PGA, the NFL or any other acronym that you can think of! Fireball is missing.  I’m not talking about the cinnamon-y goodness that makes daddy wake up a little queasy on occasion. And I’m not talking about the song…

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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings I’m not the one that usually pays much attention to television commercials unless they are automotive related, are announcing an upcoming new television series, or those promoting not for profit organizations i.e. St. Jude’s, Shriners, etc. I still prefer print advertising over audio/graphic advertising, because I prefer the opportunity to read over…

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Holding it All Together: If I Win the Lottery

By Amy McCollom When a winning lottery ticket is sold in your own hometown, it brings to mind the faded possibility of sudden life-changing wealth. Here is my take on winning the lottery, in the style of the book, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff. If I win the lottery, I…

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Back in the Day – Aug. 14, 2019

10 YEARS AGO Aug. 19, 2009 The Provena Covenant satellite clinic in Tuscola closed its doors permanently on Aug. 14 at the Jarman Center building. They had been leasing the space since January 1995. Dr. Kenneth Brown and Warren Lee, PA-C, migrated to other regions, and the Tuscola PMG clinic transitioned to the Christie Clinic…

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HumankindNESS: An Ordinary Life

By Jennifer Richardson My grandmother Mary passed away in 2007, at the age of 87. Affectionately known as Granny by the time I knew her, she was a storybook grandparent. Going to her house was an adventure. She lived on a farm with cows wandering in the back yard, a fort built just for us,…

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