FauxFection brings real talent to commercial, residential properties
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By Kayleigh Rahn Sure faux means fake, but the talent is genuine at FauxFection where owners Gina Smith and Jeff Bell create one-of-a-kind finishes on surfaces throughout area homes and businesses. Smith is a decorative painter who is able to transform a plain surface into something quite spectacular, and partner Jeff Bell is a contractor…

Hastings chosen for HOBY camp
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Lukas Hastings, son of Craig Hastings and Kalee Hastings, was chosen to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) camp this summer. Each year, sophomores from across the country are selected to attend a seminar that allows students to recognize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, school,…

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 October, 2018; Inspections are spread over an entire…

Tuscola Community School District #301 Teacher Renews National Board Certification
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Jean Holmes, a Computer teacher at Tuscola High School is one of 4,446 teachers across the United States to renew their certification as a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT). The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is excited to celebrate these teachers along with the more than 20,000 teachers currently pursuing Board certification – seen…

Around the Halls
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By Caleigh Parsley The Tuscola community school district had a great Red Ribbon Week last week! SADD thanks all students and staff for their participation. Remember that life is your journey – travel drug free and bully free. Sunday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in the TCHS gym the following students were inducted into the…

Planning commission does not recommend group home permit
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By Kayleigh Rahn A company that provides residence for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities has filed two special use permit requests to establish two new group homes in Tuscola neighborhoods. However, the request has been met with resistance from potential neighbors. Following the Thursday, Oct. 25 hearing regarding the permit requests, the city’s planning…

No contested races at local level for Nov. 6 election
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Unlike the high-profile gubernatorial race and various statewide and regional races, Tuscola township voters heading to the poll Tuesday, Nov. 6 will see familiar faces but no contested races at the local level. On the county level, seven seats are up for reelection; however, each race is uncontested. As city officials, incumbents County Clerk Judi…

Dietrich named October Rotary Student of the Month
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Tuscola Community High School senior Grace Dietrich, daughter of Doug and Christine Dietrich, was selected as Tuscola Rotary Club’s October student of the month. She has a 4.0 GPA and is ranked 1st in her class of 67. Grace is a four-year member of the basketball team and has worked each year with the seventh…

Harvest Ridge Wind Farm plans public open house
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The Harvest Ridge Wind Farm, under development by EDP Renewables, is holding a public open house on Thursday, November 1, at the Newman Community Center. Community members are invited to come anytime between 4 and 8 pm to learn more about the proposed wind farm and EDP Renewables. In addition, there will be educational materials,…

East Prairie announces first quarter honor roll
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Fifth Grade High Honor Roll Zoey Laws, Claire Leonard, Braxton Moody, Seth Stahler, Izabella Taylor Honor Roll Kayden Allen, Kayleigh Bales, Sidnie Barnes, Mary Bensyl, Willow Cravens, Reese Davis, Reid Edwards, Kamden Flenner, Chloe Fowler, Haydyn Gabbard, Ryker Gough, Dylan Graves, Wrigley Hackett, Sunnie Heal, Austin Jones, Cameron Jones, Liam Jones, Hannah Kidwell, Logan Kurtz,…