East Prairie student receives 2019 DAR American History Award
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Mason Veach, son of Brad Veach and Stephanie Moore, was the 2019 East Prairie recipient of the Stephen A. Douglas Chapter, DAR American History Award. Mason was selected because he was a good student in class discussion and debate as well as bringing out thought provoking and relevant ideas. Andy Romine was the East Prairie…

Danville man charged with possession of methamphetamine
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The Danville man who caused quite the stir on the north side of town Friday, July 5 has been charged with four counts relating to the incident that resulted in a police pursuit and vehicle collision. Justin Alvis, 50, has been charged with two counts of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and two counts of aggravated…

Moultrie Douglas 4-H shares general show Grand Champions
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Animal Science Alexis Gee, Moultrie County Shining Stars, Allenville Clothing & Textiles – Sarina Voegel, Moultrie County Shining Stars, Sullivan Communications – Brady Stollard, Moultrie County Shining Stars, Sullivan Consumer Education- Grace Hutchison, Camargo Champs, Villa Grove Food & Nutrition- Lyndsay Zoch, Camargo Champs, Tuscola Electricity – Lena Emel, Moultrie County Shining Stars, Sullivan Entomology-…

Mayor thanks city for successful Sparks celebration
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By Kayleigh Rahn City Hall is in recovery mode following a busy Sparks in the Park Independence Day celebration. During the Monday, July 8 city council meeting Mayor Dan Kleiss thanked the city crews for their planning and work to produce the successful event again. “I heard from many members of the community regarding Sparks…

Danville man wrecks vehicle following pursuit
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A Friday night police pursuit ended with a vehicle accident on the north edge of town, according to Tuscola police officials. A TPD officer stopped a vehicle around 10:35 p.m. in the 300 block of North Carico Street. After the K9 alerted at the scene, the motorist, 50-year-old Justin Alvis, of Danville, was asked to…

Thompson Sworn in as Regional Superintendent
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Nearly nine months after his unopposed general election victory, Dr. Kyle Thompson was sworn in as Regional Superintendent on July 1, 2019.  Surrounded by Regional Office of Education #11 staff, Thompson repeated the oath of office at the Coles County Courthouse as directed by County Clerk Julie Coe. At 36, Thompson becomes the youngest Regional…

Hands-4-Paws utilizes Pay it Paw-ward fund
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A cat dragging a large metal hunting trap caught on his front leg was found in by a Good Samaritan. The trap had been on his leg for some time and was crushing and slowly killing the cat’s leg. The cat was clearly in severe pain and was taken to local veterinarian Dr. Kyla Kuhns…

Changes to the Douglas County Zipline after July 2
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The Douglas County Zipline is a new route offered through Dial-A-Ride public transportation. The route was implemented May 1. The Zipline runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last time to board the bus is between the 2 to 3 p.m. hour as the Zipline ends at 4 p.m. and…

‘Engineering is Everywhere’ for elementary students
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By Kayleigh Rahn Tuscola elementary teachers are hoping to create a new generation of problem solvers with the help of a grant from Cabot Corp. Under the leadership of Cabot employee Tammy Bennett, Cabot and Tuscola schools have created a partnership to bring an engineering-based science curriculum to each of the district’s elementary grade levels.…

Sparks in the Park set to fly Saturday in Tuscola
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Sparks in the Park are set to fly Saturday, June 6 at Ervin Park. And the City of Tuscola has planned a day of fun for all ages during the annual Independence Day celebration.  Tweens, teens and brave adults will be afforded the opportunity to show what they are made of in the Super Games…