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…

Police investigate perceived threat, determine students safe
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Police have determined Tuscola schools are safe following an investigation into a perceived threat in a social media post made by a student. The post, made Sunday evening, was reported to school administration. “Upon receiving the information, the high school administration immediately contacted the Tuscola Police Department,” said a letter to parents late Monday morning.…

Russo sisters at home on the basketball court
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By Kayleigh Rahn The first basketball court the Russo sisters shared wasn’t in a gymnasium with bright lights and hardwood floor. It was the driveway at their family home. “We’d play for hours, even after dark, with the neighborhood kids,” said Cassie Russo. “We’d play until we had to go inside for the night.” While…

Local woman dies from flu, pneumonia, coroner says
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On Feb. 14, 2018 the Douglas County Coroner’s Office released preliminary autopsy findings on Chantelle Clark, 24, of rural Tuscola. Ms. Clark passed away as a result of an unidentified flu strain and pneumonia. The County Officials of Douglas County would encourage all citizens within Douglas County to obtain an up-to-date flu shot and follow…

DAR/SAR honorees recognized during luncheon
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The Villa Grove United Methodist Church hosted the 63rd annual Stephen A. Douglas Chapter, DAR/SAR (National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution/Sons of the American Revolution) Good Citizens’ Luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. There were approximately 45 in attendance including the awardees, parents, DAR members and guests. Front Street Market from Hume…

Around the Halls
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By Caleigh Parsley Tuesday, Feb. 13 SADD had their monthly meeting making positive Valentine’s for all of the TCHS students and continuing to plan for our “Is It Worth the Risk” campaign for prom and graduation season. National FFA Week is Tuesday, Feb. 20 through Friday, Feb. 23. FCCLA Week was Monday, Feb. 12 through…

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…