Tuscola plant honors four heroic employees with CEO Lifesaver Award
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When Cris Irace, an administrative assistant at LyondellBasell’s Tuscola Plant started her work day one cold January morning, she never imagined it would result in saving a life. Irace quickly took action and engaged the onsite emergency response team when a colleague began to experience a personal medical emergency, resulting in the loss of consciousness.…

Around the Halls: Welcome Back
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By Caleigh Parsley Welcome Back… to school and Around the Halls! I hope your summer break was great! It was a big summer for Tuscola FFA! Back in June, FFA members from the TCHS Chapter attended the State FFA Convention held in Springfield at the Bank of Springfield Center. Members attended award ceremonies, competitions, career…

Tuscola students tackle summer speech clinic
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By Kayleigh Rahn About 22 Tuscola Tigers had the opportunity to continue their work in speech and language thanks to work by North Ward Speech Therapist Kathy Fair and the Tuscola Community Foundation. The TCF Summer Speech Clinic was made possible by a $1,500 grant from TCF, and Fair says she was happy to bring…

City road improvements to get underway next week
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By Kayleigh Rahn It may not be the best timing, as school begins Wednesday, Aug. 22; however, after the Monday, Aug. 13 city council meeting, road improvements will be underway throughout the community beginning next week. During the meeting, the council approved a contract with Mircosurfacing Contractors of Bridgeton, Mo., at the cost of $263,188.69,…

Touring Tuscola goes live in conjunction with WCIA Our Town
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By Kayleigh Rahn The City of Tuscola will launch a virtual tour of Tuscola this week, and community members are invited to give the interactive website a walk through during the Our Town event Friday. The five virtual tours – Historic Homes, Cemetery Walk, Businesses, Streets & Subdivisions, and Points of Interest – highlight 100…

Real Estate Tax bills mailed Friday
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Douglas County Real Estate Tax bills were mailed on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. The first installment due date is Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, and the second installment due date is Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. “This year we are again using a mailing service,” a press release says from the Douglas County Treasurer’s office. “You will…

Summer upgrade at schools include TCHS office, windows, teachers’ lounge
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By Kayleigh Rahn Soon the hallways will be buzzing with student activity; however Tuscola Community Unit Schools have seen plenty of action through the summer work as contractor’s wrap up the summer 2018 construction. “It’s taken us a while to weed through some of these things that are less than exciting,” said Tuscola school Superintendent…

LyondellBasell experiences power outage, ‘significant flaring’
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If passersby noticed the thick, black smoke billowing from the LyondellBasell plant to the blue sky Sunday afternoon, a power outage was the cause. At approximately 1 p.m., the plant located west of Tuscola on Route 36, experienced a power failure that resulted in significant flaring, according to company representatives. “Flares are a safety feature…

Clean and Silver Spoon Awards
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Submitted by Aaron Patrick, Environmental Health Specialist The Douglas County Health Department would like to recognize the following food establishments with a “Silver Spoon Award” for a perfect inspection or a “Clean Spoon Award” for an inspection score of 95 or higher earned during the month of July 2018; Inspections are spread over an entire…

Cypress Creek makes pitch for solar farm along Egyptian Trail
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By Kayleigh Rahn In the coming weeks the Tuscola city council will take time to consider a proposal for a solar array farm – Southland Solar LLC – to be located south of town along Egyptian Trail. The 2-megawatt, 9,000-panel solar facility would sit on 22 acres on the west side of the road, at…