Douglas County Health Department spotlights volunteer Tammy Bennett

April 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Colleen Lehmann DCHD public health liaison The COVID-19 pandemic has been a true crisis from any measurable standpoint. But in the midst of grappling with this global calamity, acts of kindness, caring, and compassion have emerged as well.  Douglas County has been the fortunate recipient of such benevolence, including in the form of numerous volunteers…

Road and Bridge discusses improvements

April 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Jim Allen The Road and Bridge Committee met on Wednesday, April 14, at 9:00. Chairman Don Munson and committee members Dick Hein and Gary Luth were in attendance. Also present were County Engineer Jim Crane and members of the public.  The work on Cronus Chemicals is ongoing. However, the recent scarcity of materials and…

SAM Food Pantry Update

April 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

The SAM Food Pantry located at the Tuscola United Methodist Church at 901 N. Prairie St. in Tuscola will be changing their hours of operation for the months of May and June. Beginning Wednesday, May 5 and ending on Wednesday, June 30, the pantry will be open for food distribution during the hours of 7:30…

VG Honor roll

April 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

Eighth Grade High Honor Roll * No grade lower than an “A”** Lila Bessent**, Cooper Clark**, Jobella Crafton**, Blake Davis, Carly Eads**, Violet Erl Soper**, Cassie Farris, Destiny Gray, Madison Hinds, Scarlett Howard**, Kirstyn Jones, Olivia Jones, Noah Kelly, Peyton Martin, Chance McClain**, Nolan Morse, Lukas Shadwick**, Chase White, Madeline Wicklander**, Kurt Zimmerman** Eighth Grade…

VG’s Mike Cline reflects on long career in engineering

April 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Tony Hooker To say that Mike Cline was born to work on protecting the environment through sound practice in the field of waste water really isn’t too much of a stretch of the imagination. Cline, a registered professional engineer who calls Villa Grove home, grew up in the industry, as his grandfather owned a…

VG city council discusses the town’s waste options

April 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Villa Grove city council met on Monday, April 12 for their regular meeting. Mayor Eversole Gunter called the role, and found all aldermen, plus city administrator Athey, Clerk Osborn, Public works director Lake and Chief of Police Rea in attendance. The first item on the agenda was approval of the consent agenda, which included:…

Tuscola Jarman Center expands to bed and breakfast

April 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Kendra Hennis  The Jarman Senior Living Center in Tuscola has been a staple in the community for many years. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic and all of the uncertainties surrounding it, owner Sally Foote has had to find ways for the center to adapt and expand. I recently got to catch up with her…

Douglas County Search and Rescue Team exemplifies skill with recent aid in locating a missing Pana man

April 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Doris Elmore Many times, Douglas County residents are unaware of just how fortunate they are with the different organizations and teams we have at our disposal. The Douglas County Search and Rescue Team is one of these groups. This team of individuals is not only available for our county, but to other areas as…

Personnel, Legal, and Management Committee held meeting April 6

April 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Jim Allen The Douglas County Personnel, Legal, and Management Committee met on April 6, 2021 at 9:00 with board members Don Munson, Tom Hettinger, and Dick Hein present.  Chairman Jim Mikeworth was not able to attend. Jim Crane was present to inform the committee that he would need to hire another technician.  Gary Doud…

Plat and Planning subcommittee discusses potential wind ordinance

April 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Jim Allen The Plat and Planning Committee met at 9:00 April 9, 2021 at the County Courthouse with Chair Tom Hettinger, and board members Dick Hein, and Gary Luth.  Jim Mikeworth was not able to attend.  Supervisor of Assessments Cindy Baer updated the committee on pending building permits.  The Supervisor of Assessments helps with…