Students receive $112,055 in scholarships on Honors Day
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Tuscola Community High School students received $112,055 in the form of 135 scholarships during the Class of 2019 Honors Day ceremony Friday, May 17. The awards, scholarships, and certificates distributed included: Music Boosters Camp Scholarships: Sabrina Alcorn ($300) and Meadow Picazo; TEA Scholarships: Grace Dietrich ($600), Caroline Rominger ($100), Ashton Smith ($100), McKinlee Miller ($100),…

Goodmanns find ‘needle in haystack’ family tractor
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By Kayleigh Rahn “It’s that old ugly one there,” Clint Goodmann says as he points into the machine shed. Parked front and center is a 1973 Series I Cougar Steiger–a mean and green, beefy and boxy piece of farm equipment. The paint is worn and the engine needs work, but Clint and his sons Hans,…

Real Estate Tax bills mailed May 17
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Douglas County Real Estate Tax bills were mailed on Friday, May 17, 2019. The first installment due date is Friday, July 5, 2019, and the second installment due date is Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019.  Please look over your tax bill(s) and make sure all of the information is correct. Please read the back of your…

Tuscola fire evacuates two women, eight dogs during exterior fire
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The Tuscola Fire Department assisted two women and eight dogs from a Tuscola home just after 8 p.m. Monday, May 20. The fire crew was dispatched to the 900 block of East Pembroke Street for an active fire at a white mobile home. The fire crew found the mobile home with an exterior fire on…

Ag in the Classroom shares details of seed vault
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This month in Ag in the Classroom, older students learned about the “Doomsday Vault” in Norway, and other seed vaults across the world. There are more than 1,700 seed vaults globally. These vaults house seeds and plant materials to be used in case of crop failure. Weather, disease, and man-made events can devastate a region’s…

North Ward lot development on deck for council consideration
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By Kayleigh Rahn Editor’s Note: The Tuscola City Council works in smaller subcommittees in order to efficiently study issues in-depth, this includes the Tax-Increment Financing Subcommittee. While committees cannot make final decisions on issues, the members make recommendations, on issues they have studied, to the full City Council for final votes on issues. Discussions during…

Tuscola native gives life to ‘Unbelievable Oliver’
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By Kayleigh Rahn The Unbelievable Oliver may be quite clueless when it comes to properly navigating the third grade. But the lovable character with square-frame glasses and unruly hair has been brought to life in a soon-to-be-released children’s chapter book by a familiar Tuscola name. “The Unbelievable Oliver and the Four Jokers” will be released…

Watson named May Rotary Student of Month
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Tuscola Community High School senior Sidney Watson, daughter of John and Kate Watson, was selected as Tuscola Rotary Club’s May student of the month. She has a 4.0 GPA and is ranked first in her class of 67. Sidney is a four-year member of the volleyball and softball teams and FBLA, serving as treasurer in…

Florinda Martin “True Daughter” to be honored at Arthur Cemetery
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By Kent A. Stock Florinda Wood Martin was a resident of Arthur who moved from her native Virginia. She settled, raised 16 children, and passed away at the age of 97. She is buried in the Arthur Cemetery. Her father was Alexander Wood, a Revolutionary War veteran. According to the Daughters of the American Revolution,…

Around the Halls
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By Caleigh Parsley FCCLA Section 7 Officers met for the first time on Tuesday, April 30 at the Mattoon Army National Guard for team building and leadership training. They then went to lunch to decide positions and plan the rest of the year. The FCCLA Section 7 Officers includes: Caleigh Parsley (Tuscola) and Madi Jones…