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Veteran author shares her story at Tuscola parade

By Dominik Stallings “I am a warrior. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit and I will never leave a fallen brother or sister. If they are hurt, I will carry them. If I can’t carry them, I will drag them. I will help them face their enemies, including the demons from within.…

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Army veteran Brad Ingram speaks to Tuscola students about leadership

By Dominik Stallings Would you know how to flip over a rug while standing on it and without touching the floor? How about directing four other people to do so? It seems silly at first, but this exercise was a lesson to show Tuscola students how important leadership is – and how difficult it is…

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TIF trick: City gets more revenue while residents pay less

By Dominik Stallings The proposed tax levy for Tuscola is 25 percent higher than last year but would result in a lower tax rate due to the retirement of two tax increment finance (TIF) districts. With the ending of the TIF districts, $16 million in additional property value (equalized assessed valuation) will be going back…

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Hettinger discusses career with Mary Kay

By Tony Hooker When Mary Kay Ash started her company in 1963, she was looking for a business that would allow her the flexibility to remain active in her church, her family and her community.  Fifty-nine years later, her company, Mary Kay Cosmetics, has achieved all that and more, not only for her, but for…

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DAR and SAR good citizen awards

Brogan Rennert, daughter of Jason and Amanda Rennert, was chosen as our Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen this year. Grant Kauffman, son of Kevin and Stephanie Kauffman, was chosen as our Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Good Citizen.  Rennert has been part of many extracurricular activities in her High School Career.…

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Vault Art Gallery to host events in November and December

A full range of events is coming to the Vault Art Gallery in November and December – from swing jazz music to musical dogs. “We view ourselves as a community art center that tries to offer something for everyone and our busy holiday schedule reflects that,” board member Cindy Pringle said. Those events include: –…

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Tuscola’s Greg Hastings retires after 49 years in printing industry

By Dominik Stallings Greg Hastings retired from the printing industry in late September after working in Tuscola for 49 years.  He started his printing career when he went to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale for a year to take printing classes. He learned the letterpress process, where you press a raised inked surface to paper.…

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Villa Grove discusses funds for new Community Center

By Tony Hooker Villa Grove City Council discussed the sale of $3,000,000 worth of bonds during the special meeting Thursday, Nov. 3. The funds will be used toward the construction of the new Community Center at Richman Park. Afterward, Mayor Cassandra Eversole Gunter, Administrator Jacki Athey, Public Works Director Randy Lake and Clerk Michelle Osborne…

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Small towns are not immune to the threat of school violence

By Tony Hooker It’s an unfortunate fact that active shooter incidents are on the rise throughout the world.  At this year’s homecoming bonfire show, a student brought a BB gun to the event. During a fight, that student dropped the realistic-looking gun, causing others to panic. Even small towns like Villa Grove are no longer…

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Tuscola United Method Church hosts LGBTQIA+ workshop

By Dominik Stallings Tuscola United Methodist is inviting the public to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community Nov. 13. Uniting Pride, an advocacy organization for the LGBTQ+ community, will have their director of operations, Nicole Frydman host the educational workshop. Pastor Terri Haas said the workshop is important for them since the United Methodist Church…

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