Colton’s courage continues; flag football support wanted
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By Kayleigh Rahn Colton’s courage has inspired many. The Tuscola boy won over Central Illinois when a feel-good story went viral online made him overnight local celebrity. Colton played host to member many of the University of Illinois football team during his biddy basketball game following an eye surgery. In the final minutes of the…

Students to walkout for solidarity
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By Kayleigh Rahn A group of Tuscola students–with the support of their principal and teachers–plan to not only walk out of class Wednesday, March 14 but to walk toward others and reach out with kindness. In solidarity with high school students across the country, a group of Tuscola Community High School students have worked with…

TCHS introduces ‘Sound of Music’ to new generation
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By Kayleigh Rahn Much like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, the TCHS production of “The Sound of Music” has been added to the list of a few of my favorite things. The 2018 Tuscola Community High School spring musical successfully introduced a favorite classic to a new generation of theater fans. Seniors Sydney…

City Council moves forward with solar energy code
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By Kayleigh Rahn The Tuscola City Council during its meeting Monday, March 12 took the initial step in the eventual adoption a solar energy building code ordinance. “As discussed at the last meeting, we are proposing adoption of the 2015 International Solar Energy Provisions,” said city administrator Drew Hoel. “State law requires 30 days of…

BETHS Place closes doors
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Tuscola’s only domestic violence shelter BETHS Place has announced it is in the process of closing its doors. “With a heavy heart, we must announce the closure of BETHS Place effective (March 23),” a Facebook post from the facility said Tuesday, March 6. “This decision was made by the Illinois Department of Human Services.” A…

Local girl, family receive gift from ATI Foundation
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By Kayleigh Rahn Before her head hit her pillow Wednesday night 8-year-old Dilynn Wilson knew what she’d be wearing to school Thursday morning. She proudly wore her new, bright red T-shirt from ATI Physical Therapy. Although the shirt might have been the highlight of the even for Tuscola grade schooler Dilynn, the article of clothing…

Seventeen Tuscola residents named to Parkland Dean’s List
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In honor of their outstanding scholastic achievement, the following Tuscola residents have been named to the Parkland College Dean’s List for fall 2017. To make the list, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 grade scale for the semester in which they are being honored. Students who earn less…

Rauner discusses school funding, Cronus during visit to Tuscola
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By Kayleigh Rahn Editor’s Note: Illinois’ Gov. Bruce Rauner stopped by The Tuscola Journal office on Tuesday, Feb. 27. The staff had 24 hours to prepare for the visit that would include a 15-minute conversation with the governor regarding his 2018 budget address. The quick visit included a chat with troopers of the Illinois State…

Family tractor more than iron and steel
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By Kayleigh Rahn For Jerry Baird it was a machine made of iron and steel. A tool used to get the job done. But two generations later, the hunt to return his 1968 John Deere 4520 Kinze Re-Power to the family was a quest taken on by his tireless grandson Jerrod Baird. In 1971 the…

National Groundwater Awareness Week–Test your private well water
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The Douglas County Health Department has officially joined National Groundwater Awareness Week (#GWAW2018), an annual observance established by the National Ground Water Association to highlight the responsible development, management, and use of water. National Groundwater Awareness Week is also a platform to encourage yearly water well testing and well maintenance to prevent waterborne illnesses. The…