Students learn about dairy cows during Ag in the Classroom lesson
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Dairy cows are an amazing animal, able to turn grass and silage into milk by the gallons. A dairy cow will eat 100 pounds of feed and drink 25-50 gallons of water each day. A cow then can produce seven to eight gallons of milk per day. It takes about two days for milk to…

Around the Halls
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By Caleigh Parsley TCHS SADD and FCCLA joined together again for an art supply drive for our Douglas County Mental Health Department. There was a green paper Christmas tree put up outside of Mrs. Harriss’ room and members were asked to grab an ornament from it, then buy what they grabbed. We were able to…

Smith announces candidacy for Regional Superintendent
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By Kayleigh Rahn Tuscola schools superintendent Michael Smith has made two announcements in the last three weeks. First, you will find his name on the March 2018 Republican primary ballot as a candidate for Regional Superintendent of Schools and second, no matter the outcome of the election, he will not renew his contract with Tuscola…

Kleiss returns to Tuscola for career, family
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By Kayleigh Rahn It’s all familiar territory for Cory Kleiss. The 2002 TCHS graduate has returned to his hometown to continue his career as a financial adviser–a role he’s served for the last decade–in an office that has been under his family’s name for more than 35 years. All in all, Cory’s new role is…

CAOS breaks out in Tuscola art community
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By Kayleigh Rahn The local art scene is adding another shade of color to its canvas with the arrival of CAOS (Creative Arts on Sale (Street)) to Downtown Tuscola. Owned by Gina Smith and Jeff Bell, the new studio and gallery will showcase handmade art in all its forms. “We are going to be one-of-a-kind,…

State education conference ideas shared
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Local school officials from Tuscola CUSD #301 have returned from the state’s largest school management conference, where they met with thousands of Illinois school board members and other education leaders from around the state. “This conference provides so much knowledge and insight that can directly aid our district,” said Mrs. Khristi Boyer, board president. “New…

One Minute with an Educator: Mr. Todd
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Name: Shawn Todd Years in education: Since 1995 Subject/Grade assignment this school year: Advanced Algebra, Algebra 2, Physics, Digital Photography What was your favorite subject in school? Math What is your favorite weekend activity? Being with my family What is your favorite holiday? Easter What are you most looking forward to in your curriculum this…

Local Girl Scout Troops send soldier care packages
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Two Tuscola Girl Scout Troops, Daisy Troop 2839 and Junior Troop 2274, completed their first community service project of the year at their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Hero Box is a not-for-profit organization that helps soldiers receive messages and care packages while stationed serving our country. Soldiers who are currently deployed sign up for…

Around the Halls–Wednesday, Dec. 6
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By Caleigh Parsley Tuesday, Nov. 28 FCCLA had their Fall Party. It was a great turnout with about 25 chapter members who all had a good time and left with full stomachs. We made five tie blankets for Mills Breast Cancer in Champaign, and we collected non-perishable food items for SAM’s Food Pantry. Look for…

Douglas County Agriculture update for November
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By Larry W. Dallas, President Douglas County Farm Bureau Harvest is pretty well finished in Douglas County on Nov 22. There are only a few fields left to harvest as you drive around. Tillage ahead of next year’s crops is proceeding and fertilizer applications are being made. A relatively new fall activity for some is…