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By Caleigh Parsley FFA Officer Olivia Fulk attended the Illinois FFA Leadership Camp held at Allerton Park in Monticello July 23-27. She stayed in a cabin at the park and was in Group 21: The Alpacattack with members from other chapters across the state. The focus of this camp is to promote leadership qualities and…

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Local has success at Ford Youth World show

Natalie Lane of Tuscola was a finalist in Adequan Level 2 Aged Geldings at the 2019 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show on Aug. 1, 2019 at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.  Lane showed the American Quarter Horse Style To Skip To. The 2002 Sorrel Gelding by Don’t Skip Zip and out…

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Tuscola stylist makes connections at home

By Kayleigh Rahn Tuscola native Dani Carter has had a lifelong love for art.  However, as a professional, she doesn’t use a traditional canvas or work with her preferred ceramics. Today, her medium for art is styling hair. Dani is the newest hairstylist at Studio 36 Hair Salon, 304 E. Southline Rd., Tuscola. Following graduation…

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VG City Council approves final water plant payment

By Tony Hooker The Villa Grove City Council met Monday, August 12 for the first of their two regular meetings, with all aldermen in attendance. After leading the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Gunter then called for approval of the minutes of the July 8 meeting, and of the closed session meeting from July 1, and…

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Villa Grove schools introduce several new faces

Change is truly inevitable, and each year, the Villa Grove schools undergo changes of varying degrees.  Each year, we say thanks to those educators who have moved on, and say hello to those who come in to fill the void.   With that being said and without further ado, I would like to introduce you…

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Tuscola schools welcome new teachers, support staff

Name: Rachel Henderson Town of residence: Tuscola Family: My mom, Suzanne Henderson, retired from Tuscola school district after 39 years of teaching. Subject matter/grade level/other assigned duties: Pre-Algebra and Algebra I/9th grade/Sophomore Class sponsor Hometown: Tuscola Education: • High school attended/graduation year: TCHS, 1997 • College attended/degrees earned/graduation year: EIU, Master of Arts in Mathematics…

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Motorists should slow down, give space for buses

By Kayleigh Rahn Slow down and give them space.  Those are at least two of the reminders, Shane Gould, president of Gould Transportation, has for the community as area students head back to class.  With four school districts including 2,000 students to transport daily, Gould Transportation takes school bus safety seriously. And the 2019-2020 school…

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Villa Grove Car Show unites against veteran suicide for Mission 22

The 2019 Villa Grove Car Show, held Saturday Aug. 3 in conjunction with the Ag Days Celebration, raised about $1,500 for Mission 22.  Mission 22 is a nonprofit organization works to end veteran suicides by providing funds for awareness, treatment, and support for veterans returning home.  Around 200 vehicles packed Harrison Park. Top 30 cars…

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Around the Halls

By Caleigh Parsley East Prairie Boys Basketball hosted a shootout that featured 14 teams on July 11 and 12. The teams involved were seventh grade: Decatur Hope Academy, Villa Grove, Paris Mayo, Shiloh, Unity, Blue Ridge, and Tuscola; eighth grade: St. Joe, Villa Grove, Paris Mayo, Shiloh, Unity, Blue Ridge, and Tuscola. Both seventh and…

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Douglas County Sheriff’s Office receives 3,000 drug deactivation kits from RALI

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a donation of approximately 3,000 Deterra Drug Deactivation System kits from the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI).  These kits allow citizens to dispose of unused prescription pills, liquid, or patches in an environmentally safe way and do not require you to locate a prescription pill drop-off site to dispose…

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