Micaela Arseneau voted by colleagues as 2020 Advanced Practice Registered Nurse of the year
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Micaela (Lucero) Arseneau, a 2004 graduate of Tuscola High School, was recently voted 2020 Advanced Practice Registered Nurse of the year by colleagues in her Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt where she resides in Nashville, Tennessee. Micaela, daughter of Patricia Damler, obtained her Bachelor’s in Nursing degree…

Villa Grove’s Grace Hutchinson named to the Illinois Journalism Education Association All-State team
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By Tony Hooker Grace Hutchison has never worked at a newspaper, radio or TV station. That doesn’t, however, mean that she’s not an award-winning journalist. You see, Hutchison, a 2020 VGHS grad, was one of 12 students state-wide to be named to the Illinois Journalism Education Association All-State team.  I recently caught up with the…

Tuscola High School celebrates 2020 graduates
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By Kendra Hennis At 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, the community was invited to join in celebrating the 76 TCHS Graduates of 2020. The commencement ceremony was compiled of videos of the graduates as they crossed the stage. It is not the graduation ceremony anyone would have expected if you asked them in fall.…

Relay for Life announces 2020 race cancelation
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Friends and Participants of Relay For Life of Douglas County, The health and safety of our Relay participants has always been our top priority. While we had been making plans for summer 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recommendations of medical experts, we have decided to cancel our in-person event for this year.…

State’s Attorney response to COVID restrictions
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In response to the growing concerns of criminal liability for the reopening local businesses and churches, I am notifying Douglas County residents that it is not my intention as the Douglas County State’s Attorney to file charges against such businesses or churches that reopen within our county when sufficient social distancing protocols are in place.…

LyondellBasell donates $10,000 to Food Pantry
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LyondellBasell today announced it has donated $10,000 to SAM Food Pantry. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted various facets of people’s lives and created hardships for many. Food banks all over the world are on the front lines of this international pandemic providing food assistance to millions facing hunger, with demand increasing every day. LyondellBasell aims…

Boyer and Sappenfield Investors: Planning for the future while concerned about the troubles of today
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By Tony Hooker With COVID-19 continuing to dominate our lives, I thought it would be good to check in with local businesses to see how they’re adapting. This week, we’re catching up with a long time financial services advisor who also coaches a little basketball, Dan Sappenfield of Boyer and Sappenfield Investment Advisors. How long…

Tuscola’s Mrs. Craddock retires after thirty-three years
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By Kendra Hennis  Tuscola schools have been very lucky over the last thirty-three years to have Jeannie Craddock as their choral director. Craddock brings unmatched skill and dedication to the job and her students.  Craddock was born in Durango, Colorado, but grew up in Aurora, Illinois. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Education…

Embarass River Basin Agency responds to COVID-19
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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has thrust our community into unknown territory. We recognize this is a frightening time and that many in our community have faced both health and economic impacts. The Embarras River Basin Agency, Inc. is here. If you have been affected by circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit our website…

Tuscola announces cancellation of Sparks in the Park
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By Kendra Hennis  The meeting of the Tuscola City Council was called to order at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 11.  The first order of business was the reading of submitted public comments. The council noted that due to the unusual circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, only written comments were accepted for Public Comment at…