Area News

County postpones wind farm vote

By Kayleigh Rahn The county board has tabled a decision for the building permit requested by EDPR to construct Harvest Ridge Wind Farm in northeast corner of Douglas County. Monday, June 3, the board voted to postpone the vote to allow the subcommittee, that overseeing the Wind Energy Conversion System ordinance and the application, to…

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School Board appoints Jessi Young to fill open seat

By Kayleigh Rahn Tuscola’s Jessi Young will join the table to become the seventh member of the Tuscola Board of Education following the board appointment approved during a special meeting Monday, June 3. Young was appointed following interviews of two candidates out of a total of six who applied. The board interviewed two candidates–Young and…

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East Prairie recognizes students with end-of-the-year awards

Fifth Grade Perfect Attendance Deondra Cook, Sunnie Heal, Cailin Munson Fifth Grade Excellent Attendance (three or less days) Willow Cravens, Reese Davis, Chloe Fowler, Cameron Jones, Lillyanna Kurtz, Natalie Lane, Braxton Moody, Bailey Ritter, Caiden Russo, Kalen Shinn, Draven Warner, Cooper Wigall, Phoebe Wilkins, Reegan Willoughby, Delanie Yantis Sixth Grade Perfect Attendance Carly Ochs Sixth…

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East Prairie releases Honor Roll for fourth quarter

Fifth Grade High Honor Roll Ryker Gough, Claire Leonard, Braxton Moody, Seth Stahler Honor Roll Kayden Allen, Kayleigh Bales, Chloe Bowden, Kady Cler, Aubrey Coombs, Willow Cravens, Reese Davis, Kamden Flenner, Kate Foltz, Chloe Fowler, Haydyn Gabbard, Wrigley Hackett, Sunnie Heal, Austin Jones, Cameron Jones, Lilly Kurtz, Logan Kurtz, Natalie Lane, Lidia Manzella, Waylan Martin,…

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Davidsons celebrate 75th wedding anniversary

Colin and Frances Davidson of Tuscola are in the smallest of percentiles. The couple, who spent most of their lives in Newman, will be celebrating 75 years of marriage and according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics only about 1 percent of all married couples make it past 70 years of marriage. So, join the Davidsons…

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2019 Moultrie Douglas 4-H week window winning club

The Tuscola Country Clovers 4-H club tied for the 2019 4-H Week window winner. The following suggestions were given to clubs to include in the window display: Make sure to include the 4-H Clover. Try to incorporate the 4-H Week Theme into your display. This year’s theme is: Inspire Kids to Do Include the club…

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East Prairie’s Mr. Huffman retires, again

By Kayleigh Rahn East Prairie’s Duane Huffman has spent more than four decades educating young people in both Illinois and Indiana. However, with the close of this school year, Huffman will be retiring, again. Yes, again. Huffman taught in his Indiana hometown for 26 years before retiring for the first time. Following his first retirement,…

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Douglas County Retired Teachers hear from master gardene

The May meeting of the Douglas County Retired Teachers was held at the Methodist Church in Arcola Wednesday, May 15 and was called to order by president Fred McDonald who opened the meeting with a humorous survey. Linda Jent led the pledge and Butch Guennewig gave the prayer. A delicious meal was served by the…

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Students receive $112,055 in scholarships on Honors Day

Tuscola Community High School students received $112,055 in the form of 135 scholarships during the Class of 2019 Honors Day ceremony Friday, May 17. The awards, scholarships, and certificates distributed included: Music Boosters Camp Scholarships: Sabrina Alcorn ($300) and Meadow Picazo; TEA Scholarships: Grace Dietrich ($600), Caroline Rominger ($100), Ashton Smith ($100), McKinlee Miller ($100),…

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Goodmanns find ‘needle in haystack’ family tractor

By Kayleigh Rahn “It’s that old ugly one there,” Clint Goodmann says as he points into the machine shed. Parked front and center is a 1973 Series I Cougar Steiger–a mean and green, beefy and boxy piece of farm equipment. The paint is worn and the engine needs work, but Clint and his sons Hans,…

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