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For Eversoles, “Fight Like a Blue Devil” is personal

By Tony Hooker For the past several years, Villa Grove schools have held “Fight Like a Blue Devil” activities during breast cancer awareness month, in honor of DeDe Eversole, who fought valiantly against the terrible scourge until the very end, when she ultimately lost the fight. To date, over $30,000 dollars has been raised and…

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Henry tells the story of “The Amazing Chinese Goose”

By Kendra Hennis  Tuscola’s Susan Kelley Henry and the Friends of the Goose tells the story of the Crystal Lake Goose, Goose, in her book, “The Amazing Chinese Goose”  Goose’s story began in 1986 when he was left at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana, Illinois. Goose is a Chinese Goose, rather large and white, tan,…

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Different risk factors for the likelihood developing breast cancer

No two women are the same. But when it comes to breast cancer, women from all walks of life share various risk factors for a disease that the World Health Organization indicates is the most frequent cancer among women. Risk factors are anything that affects the likelihood that individuals will get a certain disease. In…

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DCHD’s Gold and Silver Spoon Awards

By Aaron Patrick Congratulations to the following food establishments which received the Gold Spoon Award.  This is awarded for no priority violations, no more than 1 priority foundation violation, and excellence in training of Certified Food Protection Managers and Food Handler Staff at the required levels at all times.  The awardees for the months of…

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Ill. State Police investigation leads to felony charges in Hammond murder

On September 30, 2021, the Office of Piatt County State’s Attorney Sarah Perry charged Blayton M. Cota, a 19-year-old male of Granite City, Illinois and two juveniles, ages 16 and 17 of Springfield, Illinois with First-Degree Murder. As it relates to the First-Degree Murder charges (Class M Criminal Felony); Cota and the 2 juveniles are…

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Douglas County Health Dept. Gold and Silver Spoon Award Update

By Russell Anderson  The Douglas County Health department has updated their award qualification. To receive the Category I & II Gold spoon award, an establishment must have no priority violations, no more than 1 priority foundation violation, no more than five core violations, zero repeat violations, excellence in training of Certified Food Protection Managers and…

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Douglas County Board Plat and Planning subcommittee meeting

By Jim Allen Chair Tom Hettinger called the meeting to order on October 1, 2021 at 9:00 with committee members Jim Mikeworth and Dick Hein present. Cindy Baer, Supervisor of Assessments was also present with her monthly report. The first item on the agenda was an ongoing problem with a building permit for Laverne Schlabaugh.…

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IDPH adopts CDC recommendations for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine boosters

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is adopting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation for a booster shot of the Pfizer- BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in certain populations and a booster dose for those in high risk occupational and institutional settings.                      …

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Tuscola resident receives Master’s Degree from Western Governors University (WGU)

Linda Scribner, a resident of Tuscola, has graduated from Western Governors University (WGU) with a Master of Science in Nursing – Education. Scribner participated in the nonprofit, fully online university’s virtual commencement ceremony in late August, where she and thousands of other graduates were recognized and celebrated for their achievements. Scribner, who currently works as…

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VG city council sets trick-or-treat hours for 5-7 p.m.

The Villa Grove city council met on September 27, 2021, for their monthly committee of the whole meeting, with all council members, minus Pangburn and Johnson in attendance. Also present were Mayor Eversole Gunter, administrator Athey, Clerk Osborn, Police chief Rea and Public works director Lake. After reciting the pledge of allegiance, mayor Eversole Gunter…

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