School board approves teacher contracts for 2018-2022
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By Kayleigh Rahn The Tuscola School Board of Education during its meeting Monday, Aug. 27 approved the Tuscola Educators Association contracts for 2018-2022. The contract was approved following of closed session discussion of negotiations. Also during the meeting, the school approved the preliminary budget review, which is about 80 percent solidified as the district is…

City Council gives OK for solar facility with modifications
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By Kayleigh Rahn & William Rahn The Tuscola City Council during its meeting Monday, Aug. 27 approved a special use permit for a solar facility proposal to be located along Egyptian Trail. The proposed 2-megawatt solar facility would sit on 22 acres on the west side of the road, at 1298 Egyptian Trail, according to…

Broc Winn Memorial Golf Outing raises $6,500
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Pictured are the 98 participants of the 2018 Broc Winn Memorial Golf Outing gather on Saturday, Aug. 18 at Ironhorse Golf Course. This year the event profited $6,500 for the memorial fund that honors the late Broc Winn, a 2007 TCHS graduate who died tragically in 2014. Friends of Winn, who was a standout Warrior…

Around the Halls: Big opportunity for 2 local FFA members
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By Caleigh Parsley Tuscola FFA, for many years, has sent several FFA members to Illinois FFA Leadership Camp, and this year was no exception. Senior and FFA Officer Gabriella Gunther and Junior Hannah Lemay attended Illinois FFA Leadership Camp held at the Allerton Park in Monticello July 24-27. Both stayed in cabins at the park…

County Board continues discussion of proposed wind farm
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By Kayleigh Rahn The Douglas County Board members were once again greeted with a full house during the Wednesday, Aug. 15 meeting. The high attendance rate throughout the summer months has been thanks to a proposed wind farm by EDP Renewables and a request by neighboring landowners and residents for the county board to amend…

Tuscola plant honors four heroic employees with CEO Lifesaver Award
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When Cris Irace, an administrative assistant at LyondellBasell’s Tuscola Plant started her work day one cold January morning, she never imagined it would result in saving a life. Irace quickly took action and engaged the onsite emergency response team when a colleague began to experience a personal medical emergency, resulting in the loss of consciousness.…

Around the Halls: Welcome Back
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By Caleigh Parsley Welcome Back… to school and Around the Halls! I hope your summer break was great! It was a big summer for Tuscola FFA! Back in June, FFA members from the TCHS Chapter attended the State FFA Convention held in Springfield at the Bank of Springfield Center. Members attended award ceremonies, competitions, career…

Tuscola students tackle summer speech clinic
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By Kayleigh Rahn About 22 Tuscola Tigers had the opportunity to continue their work in speech and language thanks to work by North Ward Speech Therapist Kathy Fair and the Tuscola Community Foundation. The TCF Summer Speech Clinic was made possible by a $1,500 grant from TCF, and Fair says she was happy to bring…

City road improvements to get underway next week
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By Kayleigh Rahn It may not be the best timing, as school begins Wednesday, Aug. 22; however, after the Monday, Aug. 13 city council meeting, road improvements will be underway throughout the community beginning next week. During the meeting, the council approved a contract with Mircosurfacing Contractors of Bridgeton, Mo., at the cost of $263,188.69,…

Touring Tuscola goes live in conjunction with WCIA Our Town
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By Kayleigh Rahn The City of Tuscola will launch a virtual tour of Tuscola this week, and community members are invited to give the interactive website a walk through during the Our Town event Friday. The five virtual tours – Historic Homes, Cemetery Walk, Businesses, Streets & Subdivisions, and Points of Interest – highlight 100…