Adams Smith slices into homegrown nutrition business
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By Kayleigh Rahn Kristina Adams Smith grew up playing in the dirt with her mother and grandmother. And, from the women in her family, she learned at a young age to collect a garden harvest and transform the goods into delicious, healthy meals for the family. Working in the kitchen with the spoils from the…

Mayor Kleiss declares Jan. 3, 2019 Joe Slaughter Day
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By Kayleigh Rahn Joe Slaughter doesn’t care to draw much attention; however, Monday, Jan. 14 the Tuscola Mayor Dan Kleiss saw it appropriate to put the 95-year-old in the spotlight. Kleiss presented Slaughter with a proclamation declaring Jan. 3, 2019–Slaughter’s 95th birthday–Joe Slaughter Day in Tuscola. “…Joe and his late wife Ruth raised a family…

Tuscola Community High School releases Fall 2018 Honor Roll
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Freshmen High Honor Roll Caden Baer, Amelia Bosch, Kathryn Dean, Kyla Gough, Caleb Haste, John Hegarty, Rajan Patel, Maddie Stahler, Logan Wallace, Victoria Wells Honor Roll Alexandra Arroyo, Thomas Brown, Jaslyn Earl, Kenzie Fornshell, Haven Hatfield, Dylan Homann, Sophia Kremitzki, Taylor Musgrave, James Parsley, and Skylar Wilkins Sophomores High Honor Roll Taylor Arends, Matthew Bennett,…

East Prairie shares second quarter honor roll
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Fifth Grade High Honor Roll Chloe Fowler, Haydyn Gabbard, Ryker Gough, Logan Kurtz, Claire Leonard, Gael Medina, Braxton Moody, Seth Stahler, Izabella Taylor, Jazmine West, Delanie Yantis Honor Roll Sidnie Barnes, Mary Bensyl, Boyd Brewer, Kady Cler, Willow Cravens, Reese Davis, Kamden Flenner, Michael Ford, Elliott Hatfield, Sunnie Heal, Austin Jones, Cameron Jones, Liam Jones,…

Kiwanis recognizes East Prairie students’ achievements
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B.U.G. (Bring Up Grades) is a Tuscola Kiwanis program that gives students attending East Prairie Middle School a goal of improving their grades. East Prairie and the Tuscola Kiwanis Club work together to support the program. The following students are being recognized as B.U.G. winners for improving their grades for the first quarter grading period…

Around the Halls
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By Caleigh Parsley The seventh annual Tuscola Music Boosters dinner/concert fundraiser “Colour My World” is Saturday, Feb. 23 in the TCHS gymnasium. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the concert will follow at 7 p.m. TCHS is having a Winter Dance – casual wear – Saturday, Jan. 23 from 7-10 p.m. All proceeds…

IHSA issues curve ball for the gridiron
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By Lenny Sementi In an attempt to stabilize athletic conferences around the state a proposal was initiated early last summer, and on Monday, Dec. 17, the IHSA approved Proposal 23 in its annual by law referendum. That proposal will implement a district scheduling system for football beginning with the 2021 season. Proposal 23 will replace…

Mattingly to compete in state fair queen pageant
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Miss Moultrie-Douglas County Fair Queen, Ashley Mattingly, will be one of 71 young ladies competing for Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Title at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield the weekend of January 17-20, 2019. Mattingly’s interview portion will be held on Friday, Jan. 18. Her preliminary—which consists of speech, swimsuit, and evening gown–will be…

Clean and Silver Spoon Awards
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Submitted by Aaron Patrick, Environmental Health Specialist The Douglas County Health Department would like to recognize the following food establishments with a “Silver Spoon Award” for a perfect inspection or a “Clean Spoon Award” for an inspection score of 95 or higher earned during the month of December, 2018; Inspections are spread over an entire…

Around the Halls
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By Caleigh Parsley TCHS SADD hopes everyone buckled up, did not text and drive, and arrived safely to their destinations over the wonderful holiday season. Tuscola FFA donated 35 blankets to the Douglas County Animal Shelter for the Christmas season, FFA members of the month during October, November, and December were Blake Cruzan, Shelbi Fleener…