Eastern Illini awards Empowering Education Grants
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Aspen Pirtle, Agricultural Education and FFA Advisor at Tuscola Community High School, has been awarded a $500 Empowering Education Grant from Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative. Pirtle to use the grant money for STEM projects related to wind and solar power. She hopes students can create small wind turbines and solar powered mini cars. Through Eastern…

Colton’s Courage
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By Kayleigh Rahn It starts with a boy who thought he needed some extra courage. That boy is Colton Rahn, a 9-year-old Tuscola kid who loves the Illini, plays ball with his friends, and happens to have cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy, or CP, is a term used to define a disorder that affects healthy movement…

Chopper’s family plans fundraiser to improve shelter facilities
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By Kayleigh Rahn Chopper lives the good life today. Evenings on the couch. Mile walks during the day. And plenty of love to go around in the Kohlbecker home. But that wasn’t always the case. The boxer mix was abandoned about three years ago and took up residency in the very far kennel at the…

See water; report it–City water and money going down drain
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By Kayleigh Rahn The City of Tuscola Street Department crew has found and, hopefully, repaired a major water leak that was causing a significant increase in the city’s water loss ratio. During the Monday, Feb. 12 meeting, the city council learned that in recent months City Hall has seen an increase in the water loss…

LyondellBasell provides two Tuscola firefighters with advanced training
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When team members at LyondellBasell’s Tuscola Fire Department were presented with the prospect to train outside their typical perimeters, alongside two professionals from the Tuscola Fire Department, they jumped at the opportunity. For three days 15 firefighters trained with live fires at Texas A&M, home to a comprehensive training facility used to train more than…

Around the Halls
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By Caleigh Parsley FFA Member of the Month for December was Morgan Stewart and January was Gabby Gunther who gave her speech on sustainable agriculture, receiving fifth place! Don’t forget to order your delicious strawberries; orders are due this week on Thursday, Feb. 15. Monday, Feb. 12 Key Club made Teacher Valentine’s, or as Ms.…

Watchdog group stirs conversation in Douglas County
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By Kayleigh Rahn Watchdogs or bullies? Fact checkers or nitpickers? Opinions or news? Maybe all the above or none at all, though John Kraft of Paris, Ill., isn’t particularly interested in titles. He’s simply on the hunt for those he believes are taking advantage of their public roles. The Edgar County Watchdogs is an alternate…

Pierce named January Student of Month
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Tuscola Community High School senior Noah Pierce, son of Pat and Bobbi Pierce, has been named the January Rotary Student of the Month. Noah has earned a 3.95 GPA and is ranked eighth in his class of 72. Noah has played football and baseball through his four years at TCHS. In his junior baseball season…

Students learn about horses during Ag in the Classroom
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By Ericka Crist Douglas County Ag Literacy Coordinator Today in Ag in the Classroom we learned about horses. There are more than 300 breeds of horses and ponies around the world! Horses have been used for hundreds of years. Today farm equipment and automobiles have replaced the horse. In the western United States, horses are…

Warrior fans issued license to show school pride
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By Kayleigh Rahn While the Friday night lights at Tuscola Community High School’s Memorial Field won’t light up the Douglas County sky for several months yet, the Arcola and Tuscola communities have one date circled on their calendars: Friday, Aug. 31–the return of the Cola Wars. For the first time since the 2011 semifinal game…