Patterson & Parsons begins construction of new dental clinic
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By Kayleigh Rahn Construction is underway for a new a dental facility in Downtown Tuscola. Husband and wife dentistry duo Drs. Aaron Parsons and Nikkole Patterson of Champaign have been a part of the Tuscola community since 2014 when the couple purchased Dr. Richard Davidson’s practice at 703 N. Niles. However, while the building has…

TCHS Drama Club brings fairytale to life
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By Kayleigh Rahn Once Upon a Mattress, there was a princess longing for sleep. And, of course, there was a prince looking for love. And a perfectly evil queen hoping to spoil it all Although the 2019 TCHS Spring Musical “Once Upon a Mattress” had all makings for an old-fashioned fairytale, it was anything but.…

Preschool Round Up set for April 8-10
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  Each year, the Tuscola School District and the Department of Early Childhood offer parents the opportunity to discover how their child is developing in the areas of speech, language, concepts, and motor skills during the Preschool Round Up. Vision and hearing screenings are also provided free of charge. This year’s round up will be…

Around the Halls
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By Caleigh Parsley Monday, Feb. 25 Key Club members: Emma Zimmer, Morgan Jones, Kelsey Slaughter, Justine Kauffman, and Caleigh Parsley attended the Kiwanis lunch meeting at Flesor’s where they were recognized for their outstanding service hours. TCHS Career Day 2019 was held on Thursday, Feb. 28 with more than 20 careers represented including: real estate,…

Agency to RISE with redefined mission
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By Kayleigh Rahn The individuals behind Douglas County Mental Health work tirelessly to help their clients RISE above the battles they face. And starting this month, the name of the agency will reflect that mission, as Douglas County Mental becomes RISE Behavioral Health and Wellness. Executive director Lauren Christina invited community members to the agency,…

Six seniors lead cast in 2019 Spring Musical
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By Kayleigh Rahn The Tuscola Community High School Drama Club will give a bittersweet farewell to six seniors with the 2019 Spring Musical staging of “Once Upon a Mattress.” Seniors Sabrina Alcorn, J.D. Barrett, Paul Nau, Caroline Rominger, Ashton Smith, and Anna Spillman have played significant roles for the drama club during their four years…

Planning commission recommends group home permits
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By Kayleigh Rahn The City of Tuscola planning commission, during its hearing Thursday, Feb. 28, recommended that two Tuscola properties be granted a special use permit to provide homes for adults with intellectual disabilities. The recommendations were approved with votes of 4-1-1 and 4-2 with the provision that the homes house no more than four…

Sheriff’s office working on digital upgrades
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By Kayleigh Rahn Several changes are in the works at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office with new Sheriff Joshua Blackwell at the helm since December. And it seems that many of Blackwell’s initial moves have a common theme of upgrading technology. “We want to use technology to our advantage,” Blackwell said. “We have had upgrades…

Gold and Silver Spoon Awards – A New Beginning
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By Lana Sanstrom, LEHP In 2009, the Douglas County Health Department started recognizing food establishments with a “Silver Spoon Award” for a perfect inspection and a “Clean Spoon Award” for an inspection score of 95 or higher. This has been a great program recognizing those food establishments that were having exemplary inspections to continue and…

School board sets TCHS Class of 2019 graduation for June 1
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By Kayleigh Rahn The Tuscola Community High School Class of 2019 will march to “Pomp and Circumstance” at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 1. The Tuscola Board of Education, during its meeting Monday, Feb. 25, set the high school graduation date and eighth grade promotion date – 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29. “They are later than…