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DAR presents Tuscola middle school American history award

June 27, 2018 |

Kyla Gough, daughter of Rick and Angie Gough, was the 2018 East Prairie recipient of the Stephen A. Douglas Chapter, DAR American History Award. Great participation in historical discussions and debates were among several reasons for her selection by her teacher, Andy Romine. Carol Patterson, Stephen A. Douglas Chapter member, presented the award to Kyla.…

New Economic Opportunity Zones include areas in Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie and Shelby counties

June 27, 2018 |

State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) reported that Gov. Bruce Rauner announced 327 Opportunity Zone Census tract recommendations submitted by the State of Illinois have been approved by the U.S. Treasury Department. These zones cover more than 85 counties throughout the state and aim to support the future of Illinois through economic growth and investment. “Opportunity…

Ag in the Classroom shares farm machinery lesson

June 27, 2018 |

This month the Ag in the Classroom lessons were about farm machinery. A farmer uses many kinds of machinery and equipment. The equipment used today helps grain and livestock farmers produce better quality products in larger amounts. We talked about five basic machines:  the tractor that pulls other machines, the cultivator that prepares soil for…

2018 Moultrie Douglas 4-H week window winning Club

June 27, 2018 |

The Tuscola Country Clovers 4-H club are the 2018 4-H Week window winners. The following suggestions were given to clubs to include in the window display: Make sure to include the 4-H Clover. Try to incorporate the 4-H Week Theme into your display. This year’s theme is: Discover Yourself in 4-H Include the club name…

County Search and Rescue Team recognized for quick response

June 27, 2018 |

By Kayleigh Rahn Twelve team members of the Douglas County Search and Rescue team were recognized Thursday, May 17 for their speedy response that ultimately saved a life. Douglas County EMA Coordinator and coroner Joseph Victor said the volunteer crew was activated Thursday, April 26 when a rural Arcola resident wondered from her home. Forty…

School board sets registration fees, says farewell to Allen

June 27, 2018 |

By Kayleigh Rahn The Tuscola Board of Education during it meeting Monday, May 21 approved registration fees for the 2018-2019 school year. Registration will remain flat for all areas except Parkland College tuition, which increased by $50 for those high school students enrolled at the college. “We’ve kept all the fees that we control the…

Tuscola students receive $81,000 on Honors Day 2018

June 27, 2018 |

Tuscola students received a record $81,000 in the form of 150 scholarships during the Tuscola Community High School Honors Day ceremony Friday, May 18. The awards, scholarships and certificates awarded included: Music Boosters Camp Scholarships: Justine Kauffman ($300), Sabrina Alcorn ($300), Meadow Picazo ($300); T.E.A. Scholarships: Makenna Boyd ($300), Ellen Brown ($300), Samantha Kidwell ($300),…

Health Department recognizes upcoming retirement of Susan Hays

June 27, 2018 |

Submitted by Lana Sanstrom, LEHP Douglas County Health Department The Douglas County Health Department would like to announce the upcoming retirement of Susan Hays, RN. Susan began her nursing career at OSF Presence as a floor nurse working in Oncology & Hospice before working at Carle in a State of Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services…

Strong wind causes wreck on 1-57 Sunday

June 27, 2018 |

A strong gust of wind caused a personal injury accident in Douglas County around 11:50 a.m. Sunday, May 20. According to the Illinois State Police preliminary investigation, Ryan P. Romero, 32, Bonfield, was northbound in the right lane of Interstate 57 near mile post 208 on a 2013 Harley Davidson Road Glide with passenger Ashley…

Man arrested following Interstate 57 wreck

May 30, 2018 |

One man arrest was following two vehicle collisions near Tuscola on Interstate 57 on Tuesday, May 8. According to Illinois State Police, the initial collision took place at 1:56 p.m. near I-57 Milepost 218 where Jess Plunkett, 41, of Paragould, Ark., was traveling northbound on I-57 in a 2016 Freightliner semi. Rayna Murphy, 23, Willow…