Area News

Upcoming vaccine clinic information from the Douglas County Health Department

Upcoming vaccine clinics information: Please note the following changes in scheduled vaccine clinics for Douglas County residents for the upcoming weeks. Because of anticipated smaller dose allotments, only one clinic will be held per week, rather than two. There will be both a second-dose portion and a first-dose portion within each weekly clinic. Thursday, Feb.…

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Tuscola BOE approves construction bonds and contract

By Kendra Hennis The February meeting of the Tuscola Board of Education was called to order at 7 p.m. on February 22 with all members present. The search is over for Tuscola schools as the Tuscola Board of Education voted to approve a contract with Omni Energy Company as the Qualified Energy Service Company to…

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City Council dissolves Ironhorse Special Service Area

 By Kendra Hennis  The Tuscola City Council met for their second monthly meeting on February 22 at 7:30 p.m. with all members present.  During their reports, Mayor Dan Kleiss thanked city workers for their extra work with all of the snow last week. Treasurer Alta Long then notified the council that the Tuscola Tourism report…

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Board approves bridge repair throughout county

By Kendra Hennis  The monthly Douglas County Board meeting was called to order at 9 a.m. on February 17 with all members present.  During discussion of the consent agenda, the board approved 21-R-6, the approval of the renewal of County Aid Township Bridge (CATB) petitions for fiscal year 2021. These petitions include: * The relining…

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Tuscola alumni Dr. Harris named superintendent of the year in Lake County

Barrington 220 is proud to announce Dr. Brian Harris, Superintendent of Schools, has been named the 2021 Lake County Superintendent of the Year by the Lake County Superintendents’ Association.   Dr. Harris was selected for the recognition by his peers, which includes the 55 Superintendents from all Lake County school districts. He currently serves on…

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COVID Vaccine information from Illinois Department of Human Services

Across the world, news is cycling regarding the long-awaited arrival of a safe and effective vaccine to prevent COVID-19. With the authorization of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in December, we have reached an exciting turning point in this pandemic. As we enter this new phase, the Illinois Department of Human Services is committed to…

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Personal, Legal, and Mgt. subcommittee meeting

By Jim Allen The Personnel, Legal, and Management committee met at 9:00 on February 2, 2021.  Present were Jim Mikeworth, chair, Dick Hein and Don Munson.  Also present was Attorney Lorna Geiler to advise the committee on possible changes to the the current personnel policy.  The discussion came about due to a current probationary employee…

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Entomology students host Insect Fear Film Festival

The 38 Annual Insect Fear Film Festival (IFFF) Featuring Fleas will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2021 and will be hosted by the Entomology Graduate Students Association in the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The 2021 festival will be online via Zoom at https://publish.illinois.edu/uiuc- egsa/ifff/. Registration is required but…

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Road and Bridge subcommittee holds meeting

By Jim Allen The Douglas County Road and Bridge Committee met at 9:05 a.m. on February 10, 2021 with Chair Don Munson, Dick Hein, and Gary Luth present.  Also present were Jim Crane, County Engineer and others The work on the rebuilding of the roads in the Wind Turbine Complex is continuing with Chastain and…

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VG Scholastic Bowl finishes regular season undefeated

By Tony Hooker The 2021 VGHS varsity scholastic bowl squad has picked up right where their talented predecessors from the previous season left off, finishing the regular season portion of their competition season with a perfect 10-0 mark.  As you may recall, the 2018-19 and 2019-20 squads competed at nationals, coming away as the number…

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