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Villa Grove BOE appoints Tom Lillard to board vacancy

October 19, 2021 |

By Kendra Hennis The meeting of the Villa Grove board of education was called to order at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 18.  The first order of buisness was the approval of Tom Lillard to fill the vacancy on the board. Lillard then gave the School Board Member Oath of Office and was officially sworn…

For VG’s Jane Faust, it’s all about the team…and the kids

October 19, 2021 |

By Tony Hooker Jane Faust was quick to defer any credit to her colleagues, Marci Howard and Jimmie Kay Vandeventer. That’s just the makeup of a humble teacher, pulled out of retirement by a school district that needed her.  The truth, though, is that she’s amazing. A tag that she bristled at when I hung…

Council discusses drainage issues, Tree Lighting Festival

October 19, 2021 |

The Villa Grove City Council met on Tuesday, October 12 for its regular, voting meeting. All were in attendance other than aldermen Cheely and Garrett. Also attending were Mayor Eversole Gunter, Clerk Osborne, Administrator Athey and Public Works director Lake. After stating the pledge, Mayor Eversole Gunter moved to the consent agenda which consisted of…

Tuscola approves Drive-BOO; trick-or-treat hours

October 19, 2021 |

By Kendra Hennis The meeting of the Tuscola city council was called to order on Tuesday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. with all members present.   The first order of business was the council’s approval of Halloween weekend events. The council approved Tuscola Tourism and the Tuscola Public Library’s Drive-BOO at Ervin Park on October…

County Budget and Finance discuss raises for Douglas county employees

October 19, 2021 |

By Jim Allen The Budget and Finance Committee met on 0-15-21 with chair Don Munson and members Dick Hein and Phil Morris in attendance. Munson’s update on possible projects to be funded by the American Rescue Plan Act was brief. To date there is no solid information on how the funds may be used. However,…

Douglas County Road and Bridge discusses country road repair

October 19, 2021 |

By Jim Allen The Road and Bridge subcommittee met on 10-13-2021. Jim Crane gave an update on the Harvest Ridge post construction road repairs. Beniach began work on September 7, 2021 and has completed 12 percent of the work to date. The contractor is focusing work on CR 2350 E and CR 2450 E. These…

For Eversoles, “Fight Like a Blue Devil” is personal

October 12, 2021 |

By Tony Hooker For the past several years, Villa Grove schools have held “Fight Like a Blue Devil” activities during breast cancer awareness month, in honor of DeDe Eversole, who fought valiantly against the terrible scourge until the very end, when she ultimately lost the fight. To date, over $30,000 dollars has been raised and…

Henry tells the story of “The Amazing Chinese Goose”

October 12, 2021 |

By Kendra Hennis  Tuscola’s Susan Kelley Henry and the Friends of the Goose tells the story of the Crystal Lake Goose, Goose, in her book, “The Amazing Chinese Goose”  Goose’s story began in 1986 when he was left at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana, Illinois. Goose is a Chinese Goose, rather large and white, tan,…

Different risk factors for the likelihood developing breast cancer

October 12, 2021 |

No two women are the same. But when it comes to breast cancer, women from all walks of life share various risk factors for a disease that the World Health Organization indicates is the most frequent cancer among women. Risk factors are anything that affects the likelihood that individuals will get a certain disease. In…

DCHD’s Gold and Silver Spoon Awards

October 12, 2021 |

By Aaron Patrick Congratulations to the following food establishments which received the Gold Spoon Award.  This is awarded for no priority violations, no more than 1 priority foundation violation, and excellence in training of Certified Food Protection Managers and Food Handler Staff at the required levels at all times.  The awardees for the months of…