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Tuscola teachers announce retirement plans

By David Porter Two Tuscola teachers declared their intent to retire at the end of the 2024-25 school year. Third grade teacher Ron O’Hearn and Kindergarten teacher Jennie Porter submitted letters of intent to retire. The School Board accepted the letters at its Sept. 26 meeting. The declaration makes the teachers eligible for a salary…

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Delbert Willison

Delbert Willison, 83, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 2:47 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, 2022 in Mattoon, IL. Burial in the Cartwright Cemetery in Tuscola, IL will be held at a later date. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Del was born on August 11, 1938, in Newman, IL, to Sylvan and…

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Villa Grove Mayor Eversole Gunter looks back on 2021

By Tony Hooker You’re a graduate of Villa Grove high school, right? Yes, from the class of 1987. You moved away for a while, but then you moved back, and your family has a history of being involved in city government? Right, my grandfather was on the city council. Is that where your drive to…

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Earl E. Benschneider

Earl Edward Benschneider, age 86 of Allerton, Il., passed away April 8, 2021 at Carle Hospital in Urbana, Il. Funeral services were held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday April 12, 2021, visitation was two hours prior to the service in the Joines Funeral Home, Villa Grove, Il., with Pastor Duane Piercy officiating, burial was in…

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IDPH says its game on for sports

By Lenny Sementi In the old days, when you were a kid in the city you played ball in the street. It was game on when there were no cars and game off when one was coming your way. That’s how high school sports have been in Illinois since March as the Illinois Public Health…

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Emanuel “Chris” Welch makes history as first Black Illinois House speaker; Issues call for unity while Durkin blasts former Speaker Madigan

By Peter Hancock  Capitol News Illinois Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch made history Wednesday by becoming the first Black person elected speaker of the Illinois House, succeeding Rep. Michael Madigan, who leaves the job after serving for 36 of the past 38 years. The House came into session Wednesday afternoon to begin the 102nd General Assembly…

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Warriors post big win over St. Anthony

By Lenny Sementi Tuscola’s baseball team opened the Annual Tuscola Round Robin with a five-run win, 10-5, over Eastland-Lanark in their opener of the two-day event. They then backed it up with a signature 7-5 win over an Effingham St. Anthony team that entered the game with 10 wins and just one loss on the…

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Bernice Powell

Goldie Bernice (Warfel) Powell, 100, of Atwood, peacefully transcended into the arms of her Lord and Savior at 11:20 a.m., Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Arthur Home, Arthur. Services will be conducted by Pastor Mike Drake and assisted by Leroy and Danny Powell. Bernice will be laid to rest beside her husband Merle at…

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Lady Warriors tackle tough tournament slate

By Lenny Sementi Tuscola volleyball trudged through a long week and a tough Saturday where they played five matches in all, three of which went to three sets, and ended the week with seven matches in five days. Saturday’s slate was not only tiring it was great competition for coach Lydia Miller’s squad as they…

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Tuscola Moose Lodge celebrates century of service

By Kayleigh Rahn The Tuscola Moose Lodge #729 has invited the community to celebrate its century of service and brotherhood during a 100th anniversary open house Saturday, July 21. The day-long celebration will include breakfast, lunch and live music, and, while the lodge is typically a private club, the anniversary celebration is open to the…

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