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Meet Mr. Fiscus, the new TCHS Principal

By Kayleigh Rahn The Tuscola Board of Education during its meeting Monday, March 26 hired incoming Tuscola Community High School Principal Steven Fiscus. Fiscus will replace outgoing principal Brad Allen who, after seven at TCHS, has taken a new role as principal of Prairie Central High School. Fiscus will make the transition to Tuscola after…

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Council hears proposed budget

By Craig Hastings Monday night’s city council meeting started 45 minutes early in order for members to review the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget. City Treasurer Alta Long had the floor and guided members through a step-by-step explanation of expected revenues and estimated proposed expenses. For the most part each department has held the line…

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Silver to give last sermon at First Baptist on Easter Sunday

Rev. Jerry Silver will give his last sermon as senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Tuscola, on Easter Sunday. A resident of Georgetown, his life as pastor, author, father, grandfather, son and brother is about to take a new turn. “It’s going to be a new adventure,” Silver told his congregation. Pastor Silver is not…

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Students learn about incredible, edible egg

This month in Ag in the Classroom we discussed chickens and eggs. We discussed that eggs contain minerals and vitamins along with protein. The high-quality protein in eggs is an excellent economical and nutritional choice. America’s egg farmers use a multitude of housing systems for chickens. Hens are provided with adequate space, nutritious feed, clean…

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Change at The Vault: Artists draw new ownership plan

By Kayleigh Rahn The artists of The Vault in downtown Tuscola have locked in a new phase of ownership as those affiliated with the gallery have created a cooperative to keep the doors open. The Vault Art Collective opened in the summer of 2013 when John McDevitt moved his collective from Sullivan’s The Factory to…

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Colton’s courage continues; flag football support wanted

By Kayleigh Rahn Colton’s courage has inspired many. The Tuscola boy won over Central Illinois when a feel-good story went viral online made him overnight local celebrity. Colton played host to member many of the University of Illinois football team during his biddy basketball game following an eye surgery. In the final minutes of the…

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Students to walkout for solidarity

By Kayleigh Rahn A group of Tuscola students–with the support of their principal and teachers–plan to not only walk out of class Wednesday, March 14 but to walk toward others and reach out with kindness. In solidarity with high school students across the country, a group of Tuscola Community High School students have worked with…

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TCHS introduces ‘Sound of Music’ to new generation

By Kayleigh Rahn Much like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, the TCHS production of “The Sound of Music” has been added to the list of a few of my favorite things. The 2018 Tuscola Community High School spring musical successfully introduced a favorite classic to a new generation of theater fans. Seniors Sydney…

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City Council moves forward with solar energy code

By Kayleigh Rahn The Tuscola City Council during its meeting Monday, March 12 took the initial step in the eventual adoption a solar energy building code ordinance. “As discussed at the last meeting, we are proposing adoption of the 2015 International Solar Energy Provisions,” said city administrator Drew Hoel. “State law requires 30 days of…

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BETHS Place closes doors

Tuscola’s only domestic violence shelter BETHS Place has announced it is in the process of closing its doors. “With a heavy heart, we must announce the closure of BETHS Place effective (March 23),” a Facebook post from the facility said Tuesday, March 6. “This decision was made by the Illinois Department of Human Services.” A…

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