Area News

Douglas County Zip Line bus route to open May 1

By Kayleigh Rahn Residents who hope to make a zip around town will soon have a new option for public transportation to make it possible Dial-A-Ride, a service of Douglas County, will roll out a Douglas County Zip Line that will run a one-hour route from Arcola to Tuscola three days each week. The Zip…

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Tuscola students invited to gain trades experience

By Kayleigh Rahn It’s no secret that the face of education for students who are not college bound has shifted over the last decade. Fewer districts, including Tuscola schools, offer onsite industrial arts curriculum in a traditional format. However, projects like the Summer Construction Education Program hope to offer students who are interested in studying…

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Ag in the Classroom: Soybeans are ‘miracle crop’

Soybeans are called the miracle crop because they contain all three of the main nutrients needed for good nutrition. They contain complete protein, carbohydrates, and fat. They are especially high in calcium and iron. Across the globe, 1 in 7 people are malnourished. A program called World Initiative for Soy and Human Health (WISHH) is…

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Devlin, Ingram, Spillman take school board seats

By Kayleigh Rahn The Tuscola Board of Education will have at least two new faces in the coming term following the April 2, 2019 Consolidated Election that saw Bob Devlin, incumbent Darold Spillman, and Brad Ingram take three of the board’s four open seats. Devlin led the race with 448 Douglas County votes, Spillman collected…

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Gold and Silver Spoon Awards – A New Beginning

By Aaron Patrick Congratulations to the following food establishments which received the Gold Spoon Award for excellence in training of Certified Food Protection Managers and Food Handler Staff at the required levels at all times for the month of March 2019: Jarman Center, Circle K-Villa Grove, El Rancho Grande, Monical’s Pizza-Villa Grove, Villa Grove School,…

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Douglas County Sheriff’s Office joins Scott’s Law safety initiative

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association would like to announce the 2019 Officer Safety and Scott’s Law Safety Initiative. Scott’s Law Chapter 625 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) 5/11-907(c), mandates that upon approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle, when the authorized emergency vehicle is giving a signal by displaying alternately flashing red and blue lights or…

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Local farmer directs donation to Douglas County Farm Bureau Foundation

Douglas County farmer Larry Dallas, directed $2,500 to the Douglas County Farm Bureau Foundation through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer. As part of their mission Douglas County Farm Bureau Foundation will use the funds to “award scholarships to assist Douglas County individuals perusing a degree and…

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Around the Halls

By Caleigh Parsley Tuesday, April 2, FFA members: Hannah Lemay, Morgan Jones, Coulson Poffenberger, Jimmy Rexroad-Campbell, and Parker Norman competed at Envirothon in Hoopeston. Key Club had their monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 3 where Kelsey Slaughter announced the third quarter highest service earners: Emma Zimmer, Caleigh Parsley, and Morgan Jones. Stay tuned for upcoming…

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City Council learns about sales tax hit, approves Tuscola Commons

By Kayleigh Rahn The Tuscola City Council, during its meeting Monday, April 8, approved the subdivision plat for the proposed Tuscola Commons Subdivision that is slated to become home to Love’s Travel Stop with hopes of additional development in the future. And, quite honestly, there may be no better time for new development as City…

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Tuscola resident recalls Grammys experience

By Kayleigh Rahn Tuscola native Brad Hanners has had lifelong love for music of all genres. And over the decades, he’s seen world-class names and small, local gigs but maybe none quite like a 1995 show by Paul McCartney at the old Bush Stadium in St. Louis. However, Hanners’ closest brush with the music industry…

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