School board hopes to fill vacancy by May meeting
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By Kayleigh Rahn The Tuscola Board of Education is on the hunt for a community member to join their table to fill the seventh, vacant seat. Those interested in serving the local school board will be able to find the application on the school’s website or at the district office located at East Prairie Middle…

Miller named April Rotary Student of Month
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Tuscola Community High School senior McKinlee Miller, daughter of Sean and Carrie Miller, was selected as Tuscola Rotary Club’s April student of the month. She has a 4.0 GPA and is ranked first in her class of 67. Miller is a four-year member of the TCHS volleyball and track teams and has participated in FFA…

Illinois EPA will host Fall 2018 Household Hazardous Waste Collection events
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Illinois EPA Director Alec Messina has announced the Agency has scheduled household hazardous waste collections for the spring of 2019. Illinois EPA household hazardous waste collections are held to encourage residents to safely dispose of unused or leftover household products commonly found in homes. Five collection sites are confirmed for the fall. Douglas County has…

Ashley Wishard receives EIU Rising Star Award
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Ashley Wishard of Tuscola, received the 2019 Rising Star Award from Eastern Illinois University (EIU)’s College of Education at its award ceremony on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Wishard returned to school full time along with graduate assistantship responsibilities to earn a master’s degree in special education at EIU with licensure as a Learning Behavior Specialist.…

2018 Douglas County final multiplier announced
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Douglas County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue. The property assessment equalization factor, often called the “multiplier”, is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law.  This equalization is particularly important because some…

Sheriff’s office shares results of directed patrol
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On Saturday, April 13 the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office conducted a directed patrol on Interstate 57, to increase enforcement of violations of Scott’s Law, Distracted Driving, and Speeding, according to a press release from Sheriff Joshua Blackwell. The results of this four-hour detail are as follows: Citations Scotts’ law violations – 3 Speeding – 11…

Around the Halls
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By Caleigh Parsley Many Key Club members helped with the annual Kiwanis Easter egg hunt at Ervin Park on Saturday, April 20 from 8-11 a.m. FCCLA will be having a bake sale from Wednesday, April 24 until Friday, April 26. TCHS SADD held a meeting to discuss the rest of the year. SADD members also…

Douglas County Zip Line bus route to open May 1
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By Kayleigh Rahn Residents who hope to make a zip around town will soon have a new option for public transportation to make it possible Dial-A-Ride, a service of Douglas County, will roll out a Douglas County Zip Line that will run a one-hour route from Arcola to Tuscola three days each week. The Zip…

Tuscola students invited to gain trades experience
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By Kayleigh Rahn It’s no secret that the face of education for students who are not college bound has shifted over the last decade. Fewer districts, including Tuscola schools, offer onsite industrial arts curriculum in a traditional format. However, projects like the Summer Construction Education Program hope to offer students who are interested in studying…

Ag in the Classroom: Soybeans are ‘miracle crop’
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Soybeans are called the miracle crop because they contain all three of the main nutrients needed for good nutrition. They contain complete protein, carbohydrates, and fat. They are especially high in calcium and iron. Across the globe, 1 in 7 people are malnourished. A program called World Initiative for Soy and Human Health (WISHH) is…