Area News

Lighten Your Load at the Tuscola Laundromat

By Kayleigh Rahn The Tuscola community has a new place to help lighten their loads with a new bright spot in the Tuscola Laundromat. John and Julie Kennedy purchased the laundromat, located at 201 S. Main St., June 4, and the couple has been hard at work overhauling the space into fresh, clean work area…

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TCHS Drama Club invites community to ‘Almost, Maine’

By Kayleigh Rahn Despite what the temperature reads in Tuscola, Illinois, the TCHS Drama Club is ready for winter romance and heartbreak in “Almost, Maine.” The 2018 fall play–which will be staged Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 14 at 2 p.m.–will transport the Tuscola cafeteria to…

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Cronus executes milestone contract with thyssenkrupp

Cronus Fertilizers has executed a lump-sum turnkey contract with thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (TKIS) for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of its Tuscola, fertilizer plant, according to an announcement from Cronus Monday afternoon. “The contract is a critical step forward for the project and will provide Cronus with a highly experienced partner for the project’s…

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Butler, Kalmar, Cook share Tuscola memories, road to success

By Kayleigh Rahn Janet Spence Butler – Class of 1968 Janet Spence Butler says she attended TCHS in a different time, what she called the olden days. She mentioned the gas wars, days without cell phones or GPS tracking, no female athletics, and strict dress code that required girls to wear dresses or skirts. “When…

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LyondellBasell Global Care Day Volunteers Deliver Facelift to Nursing Home

LyondellBasell Tuscola employees and their families focused on bringing beauty to the Tuscola Health Center as part of the company’s Global Care Day. Now in its 19th year, the event encourages LyondellBasell staff around the world to collectively participate in community service projects. “With more than 50 volunteers, we’re able to provide a lot of…

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County board votes against wind farm ordinance moratorium

By Kayleigh Rahn Following months of discussion and research, the Douglas County Board during its meeting Wednesday, Sept. 19 voted against issuing a moratorium on the wind energy ordinance. Tom Glenn abstained from the vote, while Bibby Appleby voted in favor of the moratorium. Though the moratorium was defeated by four votes against. “I had…

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Bates named September Rotary Student of the Month

Tuscola Community High School senior Natalie Bates, daughter of Steve and Sandy bates, was selected as Tuscola Rotary Club’s September student of the month. She has a 4.0 GPA and is ranked first in her class of 67. During her high school career, Natalie has been a four-year member of Student Council, T Club, and…

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School board takes final look at 2018-2019 budget prior to hearing

By Kayleigh Rahn The Tuscola Board of Education during its meeting Monday, Sept. 24 heard cautious good news regarding the 2018-2019 budget. “There is some good news,” Superintendent Michael Smith said. The district on Monday received $3.6 million in Douglas County tax money. By the end of the fiscal year, Smith has projected the district…

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County K9s invited to fun run for Kuno

By Kayleigh Rahn K9 Kuno has invited all area dogs and their humans to the Kiddos & K9s Fun Run on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Tuscola’s Ervin Park. The 4-year-old Belgian malinois has been a part of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for more than two years, and Deputy Kaitlin Washburn, who has been with…

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Tuscola’s Okaw Veterinary Clinic welcomes Dr. Kyla Kuhns

By Kayleigh Rahn Though the face of Okaw Veterinary Clinic has changed over the decades, local quality animal care has remained a constant. And, after 30 years under the care of Dr. Sally Foote, the clinic will undergo a new phase as Dr. Kyla Kuhns takes over this week. Dr. Foote came to Tuscola in…

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