Commentary

Hook, Line and Sinker-Potpourri

By Tony Hooker Hot stove or hot mess? It’s nearing Thanksgiving here in the river city, so of course my thoughts are turning to…baseball?   The Cardinals, after winning the NL Central and then defeating Atlanta in the first round of the playoffs, have offered Marcel Ozuna a qualifying $17.8 million-dollar one-year contract, which he…

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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings “So what’s up with all the traffic stops here in Tuscola, Chief. It seems your cops have people pulled over all the time.” I’ve addressed this question more times in the last twelve months than I have in my last thirty-four years as Police Chief here in Tuscola I think. I’ve not…

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Holding It All Together-I Never Got The Chance

By Amy McCollom Darla Sue Eslinger was born a few months before I was born.  She was a surprise baby to her older parents who thought their baby-making days were over.  They already had raised ten kids, and most of them had their own kids.   Her dad was old enough to be our Grandpa. …

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Back in the Day (11-20-19)

10 years ago November 25, 2009 Members of the 2009 Hornet seventh grade basketball team were Gunnar Campbell, Bryce VonLanken, Shayne Luth, Cole Evans, Cody Lewis, Clayton Turner, Zach Bates, Jarrett Wallace, Josh Knight, Tommy Watson, Blake Woodard, Tyler Hale, Griffin Day and Marcus Alexander.  Members of the 2009 Hornet eighth grade basketball team were…

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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings These are troubling times for sure in America when only an event of death by assassination can bring Americans together in celebration.  Yes, the supposed most civilized people in the world celebrated the death of not just one man but two and…I was one of those Americans.  Oh we didn’t celebrate by…

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Hook, Line and Sinker-The impact of new facilities

By Tony Hooker For years, athletes here in the river city have struggled to find places to practice.  Many is the time when the devilettes and their junior high counterparts have found themselves practicing in the study hall or cafeteria, which is ok, but not ideal.  You see, the members of each squad use certain…

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Holding It All Together-Food For Thought

By Amy McCollom In just two weeks, we will dine like kings!  Thanksgiving Day will be here and it is traditionally a day filled with family, fun, and lots of food!  There is usually so much food and lots of variety, that even the pickiest eaters can find something to fill their tummies. Every family…

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Back in the Day (11-13-19)

10 years ago  November 18, 2009 Harold and Mary Goeken of Tuscola were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house at the Ag Center. Harold and Mary were married in Pekin on November 19, 1949 by Rev. Arno Zimmerman.  Sixteen new members were inducted into the TCHS National Honor Society on November 11.…

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Hook, Line and Sinker

By Tony Hooker As the football, volleyball and cross-country seasons came to an end this weekend, as always, I was hit by the realization that the careers of many of the athletes I’ve covered had reached their conclusion.  I was also reminded of how fleeting the opportunity to compete at a high level really is.…

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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings Why does the commercial retail business community continue to compress the calendar months?  As if my time here isn’t passing me by swiftly enough already. I love Halloween, always have, and Halloween has for me always been my marker for the autumn season.  This is the time of year I pay attention…

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