Area News

Man arrested following Interstate 57 wreck

One man arrest was following two vehicle collisions near Tuscola on Interstate 57 on Tuesday, May 8. According to Illinois State Police, the initial collision took place at 1:56 p.m. near I-57 Milepost 218 where Jess Plunkett, 41, of Paragould, Ark., was traveling northbound on I-57 in a 2016 Freightliner semi. Rayna Murphy, 23, Willow…

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Around the Halls

By Caleigh Parsley Wednesday, May 2 was the last Key Club meeting of this school year where the Kiwanis Club provided pizza. They inducted the 2018-2019 Officers which are Sabrina Alcorn (President), Ryan Bartley (Vice President), Justine Kauffman (Secretary), Kelsey Slaughter (Statistical Secretary), Emily Kemp (Social Media Editor), and Dillan Alcorn (Sophomore Director). Thursday, May…

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Dog days of summer are near

With warm weather here to stay it’s safe to say dog owners will have their furry friends along for walks throughout every corner of town. Dogs may accompany owners anytime on the public right of way; however, all pets must be in direct, effective, physical control once they are off your property, according to the…

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Community puts down roots during springtime project

By Kayleigh Rahn It seems as though the world burst into color overnight. Brilliant springtime blooms and bright green leaves have covered our region; however, one particular blooming beauty has caught the attention of a few residents. Thanks to a Tuscola Rotary Club grant, a descendent of an original Johnny Appleseed tree was planted on…

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County Board OKs energy audit process

By Kayleigh Rahn The Douglas County Board, during its meeting Wednesday, April 18, approved a proposal that will allow SmartWatt to perform a free energy audit of the county’s facilities. SmartWatt is a regional energy optimization company that focuses on enhancing facilities for optimal financial savings, energy savings and environments, according to its website. County…

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Community begins to open difficult discussion

By Kayleigh Rahn It’s time to talk about the first day. That first day when a young adult from Douglas County should have the self confidence and self love to walk away from a harmful substance, but instead feels a pressure deep enough to say “just this once.” That’s the first day of a lifelong…

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2017 Douglas County tentative multiplier announced

Douglas County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0193, according to Constance Beard, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue. The property assessment equalization factor, often called the “multiplier”, is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law. This equalization is particularly important because some…

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Around the Halls

By Caleigh Parsley Tuesday, April 24 Chris Herren, a father of three who travels the country advocating for recovering drug addicts from his personal experience while being a NBA Basketball Star, talked to all of Douglas County’s high schools plus East Prairie seventh and eighth grade at 1 p.m. and another open to the public…

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City gives support for proposed downtown restaurant

By Kayleigh Rahn Irma Lou Bailey was known for her delicious food as well as–and maybe more importantly–her hospitality. In the Bailey household on South Main Street everyone had a seat at the over-sized dining room table, and her grandson Kenny Hogue Jr. is hoping to continue that tradition with a new restaurant in downtown…

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Tuscola school board approves new public comment policy

By Kayleigh Rahn The Tuscola Community Unit School Board of Education during its meeting Monday, April 23 approved, by a vote of 6-1, a new policy regarding public comment during open session. The policy was introduced during the March school board meeting for board consideration, and was drafted following guidelines used by the Tuscola City…

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