Area News

County Road and Bridge subcommittee meeting

By Jim Allen The Douglas County Road and Bridge Subcommittee met on July 8, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Present were Don Munson, Chairman and committee members Dick Hein and Tom Glenn.  Also present were Jim Crane, County Engineer, and members of the public. Jim Crane reported that the work is ongoing in regards to Cronus…

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Alumni events canceled for 2020 Homecoming

It is with deepest regrets and caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, that the TCHS Alumni Association Board has decided to cancel OUR events which are held during the Tuscola High School Homecoming Oct. 2 and 3, 2020. This cancellation involves only the All-School Reunion at the Community Building, the Alumni reception following the parade in…

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Superintendent’s fall return to school plan

July 17, 2020 – Hello, I am writing this letter to let you know the progress of our Return to School Plan. This situation is very fluid. The guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education has changed since it was first released. The Tuscola School District has been working in building-level committees to address…

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VG Board of Education approves fall reopening plan

By Kendra Hennis  The Villa Grove Board of Education meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. on July 20. Board members met in social distancing fashion and board member Zimmerman was absent. The board began by acknowledging the retirement of Alice McKeehan who worked in the cafeteria for 21 years and Glenda Trowbridge who…

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Munson: New VG Superintendent excited to get to work

By Tony Hooker Some folks seem to know what their career will be.   Others tend to start down one path, only for fate to intervene and send them off on a completely different tangent. Count Carol Munson, the new Superintendent of Villa Grove Schools, among the latter.  I recently caught up with her to…

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County Board extends the declaration of emergency

By Kendra Hennis  The monthly meeting of the Douglas County Board was called to order at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15. The board met in social-distancing fashion with Bibby Appleby joining in via Zoom.  During the consent agenda the board approved resolution 20-R-18, an extension of a declaration of emergency due to COVID-19 for…

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VG City Council presented with different utility options

The Villa Grove city council convened for its regular meeting on July 13, 2020 at 6 p.m., with all council members, Mayor Eversole-Gunter, Administrator Athey and Clerk Osborne in attendance. After the Pledge of Allegiance, the council heard from Gerald Hartman regarding the preliminary findings on his study of the community’s utility systems. Hartman, with…

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Letter from Carol Munson

Villa Grove CUSD #302 Families, Some districts have begun to release draft copies of their Back to School plan. We would like to update you on where Villa Grove is in the process. The administration has met to discuss Illinois State Board Guidance documents released to date. Last week we sent out a survey to…

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Fonner: finding purpose in loss of great grandmother

By Tony Hooker In the strange world we’re currently living in, it’s easy to think the worst.  The worst of a situation.  The worst of a generation.  The worst of everything.   And then, sometimes something amazing happens.  Sometimes you meet someone whose shine is so strong that it makes you rethink your doubt and…

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City Council moves forward with Ervin Park Improvement

By Kendra Hennis The meeting of the Tuscola City Council began at 7:15 p.m. on Monday, July 13 with a public hearing to discuss the fiscal year 2021 appropriations ordinance. The ordinances have been posted on the City of Tuscola website and available at City Hall since June 22. There were no comments on the…

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