Toys for Tots shares successful holiday season, council purchases truck
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By Kayleigh Rahn Douglas County Toys for Tots volunteers were quite busy this holiday season. The crew was able to collect and distribute toys for more than 400 children in the Douglas County area, and after more than doubling their collection from last year, administrator Sean Conner gave a little something back for the community…

TCHS students create unique barn quilts
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By Kayleigh Rahn It’s difficult to imagine how a teen of the social media, smart phone, and instant streaming age could connect to and, ultimately, appreciate a traditional barn quilt. Yes, the beautiful patterns displayed on the side of barns and out buildings throughout rural America – the concept doesn’t seem to fit a classroom…

First Baptist Church welcomes new pastor
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Tuscola’s First Baptist Church has announced their new pastor Michael B. Wilder. Wilder and his wife Connie have three grown children, six grandchildren, and a few great-grandchildren. He was born and raised in Joliet in Will County. “Pastor Mike knew at the age of 21 that he had a calling,” a press release from the…

Tuscola police arrest two suspects following two-county pursuit
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Two suspects were arrested and one female remains at large following a vehicle pursuit from the Tuscola outlet mall, according to a press release from Tuscola Police Department. At 7:03 p.m. Tuscola police were dispatched to Carter’s at the Tuscola outlet mall in reference to a grab and run shoplifting report, according to TPD. Carter’s…

Six file candidacy for April school board election
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By Kayleigh Rahn Six community members, including two incumbents, will be on the ballot in the April 2 consolidated election in hopes of joining the Tuscola Board of Education. Dec. 17 was the deadline to file as a candidate with a name on the ballot. However, with the township and range system of representation, tallying…

Gary Alexander hired as next school superintendent
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By Kayleigh Rahn The Tuscola Board of Education during its meeting Monday, Dec. 17 hired Gary Alexander as the next superintendent of Tuscola schools. Alexander is a 1989 TCHS graduate and says he’s happy for the opportunity to bring his family to Tuscola. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Education, Master of Science in…

Tuscola students attend Youth Advisory Council
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Dozens of high school students from across the 51st Senate District participated in a unique, hands-on experience in public policy, state government, and leadership and heard from local leaders on issues as part of State Sen. Chapin Rose’s Youth Advisory Council. A total of 78 students from 25 schools took part in the all-day event…

Rominger named March Rotary Student of Month
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Tuscola Community High School senior Caroline Rominger, daughter of Ian and Suzanne Rominger, was selected as Tuscola Rotary Club’s December student of the month. She has a 4.0 GPA and is ranked first in her class of 67. Caroline is four-year member of scholastic bowl, softball, and Drama Club as a cast member of the…

Ag in the Classroom: Christmas tree farms in the US
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There are almost 15,000 Christmas tree farms in the United States. Every year, there are approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees sold. Real trees are a renewable resource. For every tree that is harvested, one to three seedlings are planted. The average growing time of a tree is seven years. The top Christmas tree producing…

MTSS Spotlight: High school students have crash course in justice system
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By Kayleigh Rahn With dozens of hit TV shows highlighting the thrilling aspects of the criminal justice system, more than 30 Tuscola Community High School students are taking an in-depth look at justice and forensics careers during the Multi-Tiered System of Support advisory period. The class that meets Tuesdays and Thursdays doesn’t apply to graduation…