County hires Good Energy in hopes of capturing natural gas savings
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By Kayleigh Rahn The Douglas County Board, during its Wednesday, Feb. 20 meeting, agreed to participate in an electrical aggregation program with Good Energy in hopes of saving on energy costs. Good Energy will serve as the county’s broker in an attempt to solicit bids and purchase natural gas energy at a competitive rate during…

Sparks in the Park to fly July 6
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By Kayleigh Rahn & William Rahn This time of year it’s tough to imagine warm sunshine, green grass, and fireworks flying over Ervin Park. However, during the Monday, Feb. 25 meeting, the city council set the groundwork for the show in the sky during Sparks in the Park on Saturday, July 6. The city has…

Hastings named February Rotary Student of Month
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Tuscola Community High School senior Robert Turner Hastings, the son of Randy and Angela Hastings, was selected as Tuscola Rotary Club’s February student of the month. He has a 4.0 GPA and is ranked first in his class of 67. Hastings is a four-year member of the football and track teams and has been a…

Students learn about soil with Ag in the Classroom
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Ag in the Classroom lessons taught about soil this month. We discussed that soil is one of the essential building blocks of life on earth. We also talked about what we can do to protect the soil. The best soil allows air, water, and nutrients to reach the roots easily. The earth is covered by…

Area law enforcement arrest man involved with home invasion, multi-county pursuit
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A 34-year-old man is in custody following an early morning pursuit, according to Douglas, Cumberland, and Champaign county sheriffs’ offices. Around 2:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an armed home invasion in their county, according to a combined press release from the law enforcement offices. In this…

Sweet Souls to open Tuscola boutique
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By Kayleigh Rahn Dana Clark and Stacey Rea are two sweet souls who have been family friends for 13 years. And they’ve been shopping buddies for nearly as long. After countless shopping trips and innumerable unique finds throughout the region, the friends are opening their own boutique women’s clothing store Friday, March 1 at 101…

Downtown Tuscola is nearly a full house
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By Kayleigh Rahn Parking problems are a fantastic issue to have to overcome. Or at least that’s true if your job is overseeing the economic development of a community. “We’re as close to full occupancy (downtown) as we’ve seen in as long as I can remember,” says Brian Moody, director of Tuscola Chamber & Economic…

Douglas County students become CEOs
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By Kayleigh Rahn The 2019 class of Douglas County CEO is small at just six students hailing for the county’s four high schools; however, the students seem to prefer it that way. The six students meet every morning at 7:15 a.m. in business casual dress ready to think independently, speak with professionals, and work through…

Douglas County correctional officer graduates from academy
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On Feb. 18, Douglas County Sheriff Joshua Blackwell presented Douglas County Correctional Officer Dakota Mohr with a Letter of Commendation for his recent achievements and graduation from the Basic Correctional Officer’s (BCO) Academy. Ofc. Mohr, who resides in Tuscola, attended BCO in Sangamon County from Jan. 7 to Feb. 8. During graduation, Ofc. Mohr was…

City to receive $328,100 state grant for park improvements
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By Kayleigh Rahn It’s not everyday local government officials receive good news from the State of Illinois. However, during the Monday, Feb. 11 council meeting, city administrator Drew Hoel announced that the city will be receiving a $328,100 matching grant to help pay for various upgrades and maintenance at Ervin Park. The project will include…