Area News

Thompson appoints Standerfer to ROE #11 assistant position

Coming off an unopposed general election, Regional Superintendent-Elect Dr. Kyle Thompson has appointed Dr. Zakry Standerfer to work alongside him at the Regional Office of Education #11 beginning July 1, 2019. The search for an Assistant Regional Superintendent drew a larger than expected number of applicants. Thompson noted that Standerfer’s knowledge, integrity, and ideas for…

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Douglas County Museum announces photo contest winners

By Kent A. Stock The Douglas County Museum held their Fourth Annual Photography Contest with more than 120 photos entered into the competition. Judging took place on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The panel of four judges consisted of the following people: Caleb Voorhees, Heather Chism, Alex Lugo and Kent Stock. The photographs were all judged anonymously…

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Residents continue wind farm discussion at county board meeting

By Kayleigh Rahn Many Douglas County residents continue to speak to the Douglas County Board members regarding their opposition to a proposed commercial wind farm. The residents are opponents of a proposed wind farm application submitted by EDP Renewables, which has worked for nearly a decade to get the 200-megawatt, 49-turbine site wind farm off…

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Around the Halls

By Caleigh Parsley On Thursday, Nov. 15, Ms. Jean Holmes took Hack Club to the Department of Defense and got a tour to see how they test paint. They also got to see a shaker that they put structures on to test how they would stand up in an earthquake. Then, they were able to…

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Students learn about Turkey Tom with Ag in the Classroom

This month, Ag in the Classroom lessons compared the first Thanksgiving meal with our Thanksgiving menu. Pilgrims may have eaten a bronze colored wild turkey, while today most of us enjoy a large white breed turkey. This “White Breasted Tom” has more breast meat and meatier thighs than early turkeys. Students learned how these birds…

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Tuscola schools considered ‘commendable’ on state report card

By Kayleigh Rahn The Tuscola Community Unit School Board of Education during its meeting Monday, Nov. 26 received a crash course in a state-provided district report card. TCHS Principal Steve Fiscus, East Prairie Principal Carol Munson, and North Ward Principal Jason Wallace presented the state report, which provides a district snapshot of various topics regarding…

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City Council votes 5–3 in favor of 2 group homes

By Kayleigh Rahn & William Rahn The city council during its meeting Monday, Nov. 226 voted 5–3 against the planning commission’s recommendation and has allowed a special use permit for two group homes in Tuscola. The two properties are located at 916 N. Center St. (just inside the Parkview subdivision) and 15 Raymond Dr. Marion…

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Honor 200 Illinois veterans on Dec. 3, 2018

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Illinois Bicentennial Office announced the recipients of Bicentennial HONOR 200, honoring the work of 200 veterans who continue to make extraordinary contributions to the people of Illinois. Selected as one of the 200 veterans is Tuscola’s Arleigh Jones, an Army veteran. He was nominated for the recognition…

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Council approves redevelopment agreement along Rt. 36

By Kayleigh Rahn & William Rahn It’s an empty field today; however, in the coming months City Council members and administrators are hopeful that the Roxanne Moore property on the southeast corner of town will be a business center filled with activity. During the Tuesday, Nov. 13 city council meeting, the City Council approved a…

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Love’s Travel Stops piece of redevelopment agreement along Rt. 36

By Kayleigh Rahn A Kentucky based developer has applied for a redevelopment agreement with the City of Tuscola that would be the next step in a months-long discussion to develop the Roxanne Moore property adjacent to Interstate 57. The Tuscola City Council, due to the observance of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 12, will meet…

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