5-Star rated Villa Grove State Bank one of the nation’s strongest banks
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 Coral Gables, Florida, BauerFinancial, Inc., the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm commends Villa Grove State Bank, Villa Grove, Illinois on its achievement of a 5-Star Superior Rating. Not only has Villa Grove State Bank earned Bauer’s highest (5-Star) rating for financial strength and stability, it has earned and maintained Bauer’s recommendation (5-Stars or 4-Stars) for…

County Personnel, Legal, and Management Subcommittee meeting held
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By Jim Allen The Douglas County Personnel, Legal, and Management Subcommittee convened at 9:00 a.m. on March 3, 2020.  All committee members were present.  The committee discussed the current policy concerning vacation days, personal days, bereavement days, and sick days.  The committee wanted to make sure that the policies for each of these were consistent…

Villa Grove Fire and Rescue Remind Drivers: Keep an Eye out for Emergency Vehicles
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On Monday, March 9, construction will begin on the Sycamore St. (Route 130) bridge. Traffic will be down to one lane and controlled by traffic lights at the four-way and the school. Traffic will likely be backed up in both directions before and after school. Consider coming in from the north to avoid delays. Please…

VG Teachers Recieve Empowering Education Grants from Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative on March 5
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Marci Howard Kindergarten teacher at Villa Grove Elementary (above) and Brian Cordes  (below) are the recipients of a $500 Empowering Education Grants from Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative. Howard is using the grant for purposeful play which includes purchasing classroom materials that encourage the development through play of math and reading skills. Cordes is using the…

Eat Right Bite by Bite
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The theme for this year’s National Nutrition Month 2020 is Eat Right, Bite by Bite. With the thought of spring around the corner the idea of trying to eat right and lose weight come to mind. Kristina Adams Smith, registered dietitian and owner of Sliced Right Nutrition services provides tips on what we can do…

Newspaper single copy, subscription cost to increase
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Greg Hoskins, publisher of The Journal, Arthur Graphic-Clarion, Southern Piatt Record-Herald, and Mt. Zion Region News newspapers has announced an increase to single copy newspapers, subscriptions, and E-Editions. “Due to the increased costs of printing and production, we unfortunately have to bear the costs of those budget additions,” stated Hoskins.  “Regrettably, like other newspapers across…

City Council approves marketing plan for Tuscola Outlets
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By Kendra Hennis The meeting of the Tuscola City Council was called to order on Monday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. The largest order of business was the approval of $55,000 to PGAV Planners in an effort to revive Tuscola Outlets. The agreement will provide a marketing analysis, marketing materials, and some development concepts to…

Faust prepares for reduced role as Reifsteck joins staff
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By Tony Hooker After more than four decades in the business, Bob Faust, the director of Joines Funeral Home in Villa Grove, is ready see his role reduced. Enter 2014 VGHS grad Jake Reifsteck, who is currently completing his internship at Joines, the final necessary step before completing a Bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science and…

Bridge Replacement Scheduled to Begin
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Illinois 130 bridge replacement begins in March. Sycamore Street in Villa Grove will get new bridge with multi-use path VILLA GROVE – The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that work to replace the bridge that carries Sycamore Street (Illinois 130) over the Embarras River in Villa Grove will begin the week of March 9. The…

A new generation of women engineers lead at Tuscola
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At 2 p.m. sharp, LyondellBasell Tuscola Plant engineers gather to discuss strategy. They come from all walks of life ranging in age, levels of expertise within the plant, and job responsibility. Yet, there’s one commonality between them that is evident, they are all women.  As a chemical engineer working at the LyondellBasell site, Laurie McNeil…