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Metheny enters U of I Athletic Hall of Fame

September 28, 2022 |

City of Tuscola dedicates Sept. 24 to Linda Metheny Mulvihill By Dominik Stallings Tuscola local Linda Metheny-Mulvihill joined the University of Illinois’ Athletic Hall of Fame Sept. 23. Through a mayoral declaration, the City of Tuscola declared Sept. 24 to be “Linda Metheny Mulvihill day” in honor of her achievements as an Olympic athlete and…

Downtown Improvement Project construction slated for coming month

September 28, 2022 |

By Dominik Stallings According to Drew Hoel, city administrator, project construction will tentatively start Oct. 4 and is projected to finish Nov. 30. Next week they will finalize temporary construction easements with private property owners. During the Tuscola City Council meeting, Sept. 26, the Council approved a number of ordinances.  The Council approved a resolution…

Beth Pugh – Current Coach, former teacher, future parade marshall

September 28, 2022 |

By Dominik Stallings Beth Pugh retired from teaching last school year after a long and celebrated career coaching junior high girls’ basketball. She’s now coaching cross country and will be the 2022 Tuscola Homecoming parade marshal.  Pugh has a long history with Tuscola and also with sports. In high school, she played not just a…

Picture this – U of I chief sports photographer TCF guest speaker

September 28, 2022 |

If a picture is worth a thousand words, well, let’s just say that photographer Mark Jones of Arthur would never have to speak again. But thankfully, he is not heeding that adage and will serve as guest speaker for Tuscola Community Foundation’s 2022 annual reception, taking place Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Ironhorse Clubhouse in Tuscola.…

TCHS Hall of Fame inductees to be honored

September 28, 2022 |

The three Hall of Fame inductees—Cynthia Gates, PhD (Class of ‘72), Ann Flesor Beck, PhD (Class of ‘72), and Devon Flesor Story (Class of ‘80)—will be honored at the Alumni Association’s luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Methodist Church, 901 N. Prairie, Tuscola. The event will take place during Homecoming weekend on Saturday, Oct. 1,…

Local teacher flies drones with agriculture students

September 28, 2022 |

By Dominik Stallings Callie Parr, agriculture teacher at Villa Grove High School, brought out Casey Hettinger to demonstrate precision agriculture in her intro to agriculture class.  Students got to see how the local farmer uses UAV technology for agriculture and were able to participate as well. She had them fly smaller, cheaper drones. These drones…

Villa Grove sells water and wastewater systems

September 28, 2022 |

By American Water Pressroom Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, announced Sept. 22, the acquisition of the City of Villa Grove water and wastewater systems for $11 million. The newly acquired systems add approximately 1,489 water and 1,069 wastewater customers to the Company’s eastern Illinois service area. “Our team is excited to serve…

City files lawsuit against ‘Castle Mall’ owners

September 22, 2022 |

By Dominik Stallings The City of Tuscola, represented by attorney Andrew Bequette, filed a complaint against the owners of the “Castle Mall” because of the unsafe and dangerous condition it is in following a fire there July 9. The first court hearing for the case was set for 11 a.m. on Oct. 7. The building…

Italy trip reunites Tuscola students with retired teacher

September 22, 2022 |

By David Porter Tuscola was well represented in Italy for 11 days this summer during a group tour of the European country known for its art, food, wine and wiseguys. Retired Tuscola science teacher Marty Marx was on the trip but found 11 of his former students also on the tour as well as Tuscola…

Aides at impasse with Tuscola School Board; talks to resume with federal mediator

September 22, 2022 |

By David Porter Negotiations between teachers’ aides and the Tuscola school district have reportedly stalled leading to federal mediation, according to a press release from the newly formed Tuscola Education Support Professional Association (TESPA), which represents the aides, officially known as paraprofessionals.  The top priorities for the aides are wages and working conditions, according to…