Commentary

My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings I’ve been a police officer a long time here in Tuscola. Add to this I was born in Tuscola in the old Jarman Hospital and have never lived anywhere else. I’m a Tuscola spirit through and through. It used to be in my career I knew just about every family that resided…

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HumankindNESS: To Help or Not to Help

By: Jennifer Richardson I am a firm believer in being a helper and a force for good in the world. But while I aspire to leave the world a better place, I also want to promote balance and habits that encourage real strength and growth. In our well-intentioned quest to help, provide, and protect we…

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Back in the Day – March 13, 2019

10 YEARS AGO March 17, 2009 After the death of Douglas County Chief Deputy Tommy K. Martin in 2007, William B. Thomson, of Chicago, was offered a plea deal of admission of guilt on March 11, 2009 in the Macon County Courthouse. Thomson was charged with natural life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree…

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Yellow Farmhouse; White Rocking Chair

By Kayleigh Rahn The good news is the Rahns are not moving to Missouri. Yes, just after the new year, William was presented with a potential for promotion that would have meant a move just across the state line to the west suburbs of St. Louis. The promotion would have given William new responsibilities–the next…

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Real Life Wellness: What happened to my bag of chips?

By Bill Hemmer Last week I started talking about the effect T.V. has on your nutrition. The first effect is it molds your perception and opinions as to what is good for you to eat and second it allows you a mental escape and allows you to get lost in the sounds and images. If…

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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings I couldn’t stand it. Even though I knew I would be angry during and after, I watched the Michael Cohen testimony before the House Oversight Committee last week. I listened intently to every word. The House Democrats have held true to their words to start a bevy of investigations and hearings into…

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‘Wild’ Bill turns 1

Better late than never, Brian William Cordes Jr, affectionately referred to as “Wild” Bill was born on Feb. 26, 2018 at 6:09 p.m. at OSF Medical Center in Urbana. This last weekend he celebrated his 1st birthday in St. Louis with his older sister Hazel and parents, Brian and Joy Cordes of Tuscola. Weighing in…

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Back in the Day – March 6, 2019

10 YEARS AGO March 10, 2009 Six-year-old Kali Pierce was presented with a hometown hero award at the city council meeting for her bravery and quick action in summoning for emergency help when her mom, Kyli, collapsed at home. Kali was able to call 911, give her address, and unlock the door for the emergency…

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Real Life Wellness: How your TV is making you fat

By Bill Hemmer Last week I gave you another addition of why I think that failure is an important part of Real Life. This week I’m going to start talking about how our everyday lifestyle has led us to the battle against the bulge. I don’t know about you, but I think T.V. is mental…

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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings Way back in 1979 I was working full time for my parents at the family newspaper. I had never given any thought to becoming a police officer. Two things happened that threw my newspaper career off course. The first thing that happened was Chief Harris asked me if I would be interested…

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