Area News

Clabaugh to participate in State Queen Pageant

Miss Moultrie-Douglas County Fair Queen, Madeline Clabaugh, will be one of 72 young ladies competing for Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Title at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield the weekend of Jan. 19-21, 2018. Madeline’s interview portion will be held on Friday, Jan. 19. Her preliminary—which consists of speech, swimsuit, and evening gown–will be…

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DAR December meeting included diverse agenda

The December meeting of the Stephen A. Douglas Chapter, NSDAR had a diverse agenda. The Clinical Director of ATI, Jessica Ray, accompanied by Julie Shields, Sales and Marketing Director of ATI, spoke about the benefits of physical therapy and how to know when a person needs that kind of help. The chapter National Defense Chairman…

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Rock University rolls into The Vault

By Kayleigh Rahn Tuscola, get ready to rock. On Monday, Feb. 1 The Vault Art Collection will welcome a new face to their crew with Rock University, a business providing instrument lessons for all ages. Marty Gibson–an English teacher in the Neoga school district and founder of Rock University, or Rock U–has taught private guitar…

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LyondellBasell provides year-round help to SAM Food Pantry

When Betsy Stuerke reflects on her life, she feels very blessed by the opportunities that she has been given. So blessed, she felt it was her social responsibility to volunteer her time and efforts to the SAM (Social Action Ministry) Food Pantry in Tuscola for 16 years. “In today’s economic environment, people are making choices…

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East Prairie releases second quarter honor roll

Eighth Grade High Honor Roll Amelia Bosch, Kathryn Dean, Kyla Gough, Caleb Haste, John Hegarty, Dylan Homann, Rajan Patel, Maddie Stahler, Logan Wallace, Victoria Wells Honor Roll Alexandra Arroyo, Caden Baer, Landon Banta, Grace Belcher, Mark Boyd, Thomas Brown, Jaslyn Earl, Kenzie Fornshell, Haven Hatfield, Jacob Middleton, Taylor Musgrave, Riley Nolan, Darcee Norman, James Parsley,…

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Kiwanis recognizes East Prairie students’ achievements

B.U.G. (Bring Up Grades) is a Tuscola Kiwanis program that gives students attending East Prairie School a goal of improving their grades. East Prairie School and the Tuscola Kiwanis Club work together to support this program. The following students are being recognized as B.U.G. winners for improving their grades from the first quarter grading period…

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One semester in, MTSS transition is successful

By Kayleigh Rahn Tuscola schools have seen a shift in how teachers are responding to and interacting with students in need of a classroom boost. With a state-mandated need for an approach to intervention of at-risk students, this year Tuscola schools have adopted the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) practice that allows teachers to facilitate…

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City Council closes out 2017 with quick meeting

By Craig Hastings The last council meeting of 2017 might well have been the year’s shortest. In less than ten minutes the council concluded business. The only business of notable interest was a brief discussion on the sale of the outlet mall to Long Island Company, Mason Asset Management. This newspaper had broken this story…

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New owners hope to create better shopping experience at mall

By Kayleigh Rahn Outlets of Tuscola is under new ownership by Mason Asset Management, and the new company is looking forward to continuing–and improving—the retail shopping center. President of Mason Asset Management Elliot Nassim said the acquisition was a partnership between his company and Namdar Reality, both companies from the Long Island area. Mason Asset…

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County Board paves way for Cronus roadwork

By Kayleigh Rahn It’s no secret the preparation work on the proposed fertilizer plant west of town has taken time. However, throughout the more than three years since Cronus Chemicals executives and state leaders announced the plant’s location on the Tuscola Township road–known locally as Hog Market Road, work to coordinate the project’s many moving…

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