Applicants Sought for Joe and Sue Summerville Agricultural Scholarship

January 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Joe and Sue Summerville Agricultural Scholarship. Wishing to preserve and grow the agricultural community, the Summerville Agricultural Scholarship will help a student pursue their education in an agricultural related field of study. Having grown up on a family farm, Sue is offering this scholarship in memory of…

Farm Bureau Foundation scholarships available

January 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Douglas County Farm Bureau Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to the youth of Douglas County. Up to $3,000 in scholarships are available to assist students pursuing a college degree in Agriculture.  Interested students may apply each year for consideration. Applicants can receive up to one award per year of school; however, the applicant…

Star gas station: a piece of history in rural Camargo

January 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Tony Hooker It’s no wonder that Brian Carr has an interest in history.  His dad, Pat Carr, was the long time librarian at Villa Grove Schools.  For Brian, however, his historical interests are a bit different than his father’s.  Brian has an active interest in all revolving around automotive history, so when an opportunity…

Tuscola City council waives liquor license fees for 2021

January 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Kendra Hennis  The meeting of the Tuscola city council was called to order at 7:30 p.m. on January 11 with all members present. Following the approval of the consent agenda, Mayor Dan Kleiss gave his report. Kleiss reported that the Douglas County Health Department would begin using the Community Center to distribute the COVID-19…

Tuscola BOE okays issuing $5MM in working cash bonds

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By Kendra Hennis  The Tuscola board of education gathered January 6 at 6 p.m. for a special meeting. Board president Cathy Mannen was absent so the meeting was led by vice president Rick Quinn.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the school’s working cash fund bonds and potentially issue new bonds. The board…

The Journal’s headlines and highlights of 2020 Part 2

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By Kendra Hennis Continued from last week we have The Journal’s headlines and highlights of 2020. Thank you to all of our readers for your support, and we are excited to bring you the news in 2021! July Superintendent Norm Tracy was thanked by the Villa Grove Board of Education for his help with the…

Cronus expands partnership with thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions

January 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

Cronus Fertilizers announced important changes to its partnership with thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (tkIS) that will enhance the success of Cronus’ proposed Tuscola, Illinois, fertilizer plant. Cronus has extended its fixed price, lump-sum turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (tkIS) through June 30, 2021, and is finalizing an additional operations and…

Eversole Gunter reflects on the past, looks to the future

January 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Tony Hooker With 2020 coming to a close, we decided that it was time for a “state of the city” discussion with Villa Grove Mayor Cassandra Eversole Gunter.  The mayor recently took time from her crazy schedule to give us a review of the challenges of 2020, along with a preview of things to…

Villa Grove City Council hears options of TIF payout

January 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Villa Grove City Council met on December 28 for a very short Committee of the Whole, non-voting meeting, with all members of the council, plus Mayor Eversole Gunter, Administrator Athey and Public Works Director Arbuckle in attendance.  Athey acted as clerk in the absence of City Clerk Osborne. The meeting was called to order…

The Journal’s headlines and highlights of 2020

January 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

File Photos: Stephanie Wierman Pictured from Villa Grove High School is SAR recipient Samuel Reno, with his parents Chad and Cindy Reno, and DAR recipient, Grace Hutchison, with her parents Stuart and Bridget Hutchinson. Pictured from Tuscola High School is DAR recipient Kelsey Slaughter, with her parents Bob and Julie Slaughter. The SAR recipient, Emma…