Area News

City to receive $328,100 state grant for park improvements

By Kayleigh Rahn It’s not everyday local government officials receive good news from the State of Illinois. However, during the Monday, Feb. 11 council meeting, city administrator Drew Hoel announced that the city will be receiving a $328,100 matching grant to help pay for various upgrades and maintenance at Ervin Park. The project will include…

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2018 Douglas County tentative multiplier announced

Douglas County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, 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 FBLA sold $1 Valentine’s Day Crush Cans at lunch Monday, Feb. 4 until Friday, Feb. 8. They sold orange (for friendship), purple (for crushes), and red (for love). Key Club had their monthly meeting Wednesday, Feb. 6 where they congratulated the top three service hour volunteers for the second quarter: Morgan Jones,…

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Shopko announces closure of Tuscola store

Shopko has extended its list of store closures to include the Tuscola and Monticello locations. The extended list, released Wednesday, Feb. 6, more than doubles the number of closures announced last month when the company filed bankruptcy and a court-supervised financial restructuring began Wednesday, Jan. 16. According to the Shopko restructuring website, the Tuscola location is slated…

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Music students to show colours of world during Feb. 23 concert

Tuscola’s music students are preparing to “Colour My World” during the seventh annual Tuscola Music Boosters Dinner/Concert Fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Each year music teachers Jeannie Craddock and Alison Bowen create and develop the theme and music selection for the fundraiser. The theme this year is Colour My World. The missions of…

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Around the Halls

By Caleigh Parsley A huge thank you to Joe’s Pizza for giving 10 percent off the entire bill to families who mentioned #TuscolaKind! Despite having two snow (wind chill) days on Wednesday and Thursday, #TuscolaKind week continued and ended with “Get in the Spirit of Kindness!” The Junior class won the Pack the Pig contest…

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LyondellBasell takes leadership role in global effort to end plastic waste

LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world today announced CEO Bob Patel has joined with Proctor & Gamble CEO David Taylor and Veolia CEO Antoine Frérot in leading the newly announced global Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW). The AEPW is the first-ever international coalition of chemical and plastics…

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Douglas County dispatchers to receive software upgrade

By Kayleigh Rahn The Douglas County Board, during its meeting Wednesday, Jan. 16, approved a $274,917 purchase through the sheriff’s office to upgrade the dispatching software. The software licensing and service system from Zuercher Technologies, which will be financed through Arcola First Bank, will update the public safety software suite used by Douglas County E911…

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Around the Halls

By Caleigh Parsley The Tuscola Class of 2020 is currently fundraising for Prom in April with mini-baked cookies and fan flags – MLB, NFL, and NCAA. You can also order online and find a bigger selection of items that can be shipped right to you. Make sure to find a TCHS Junior to buy something…

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Applicants sought for Douglas County Ag Center Scholarships

The Douglas County Ag Center Committee is accepting scholarship applicants for students with an interest in agriculture to apply for the Douglas County Ag Center Scholarship. Scholarship winners have something in common: they have a love for agriculture and want to pursue that passion as a career. For Mark Snider of Tuscola, he knew what…

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