Mayor Dan Kleiss recognized for 30 years of service
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By Kayleigh Rahn Mayor Dan Kleiss called his first meeting to order Dec. 12, 1988, and 30 years later, the work continues. It’s been three decades since Mayor Dan Kleiss first took the gavel before the Tuscola City Council, and during the Monday, Dec. 10 meeting, colleagues and family surprised him for his years of…

Jarman News
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The holidays are in full swing at our cozy nest on Main Street. We have spent the week putting up trees and hanging wreaths. There are tinsel and holly where the pumpkins and turkeys once stood, and the parakeets have taken up residence in a new corner of the lobby. They are situated perfectly to…

TIF Notes: Committee hears Cronus update, discusses next step for open properties
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By Kayleigh Rahn Editor’s Note: The Tuscola City Council works in smaller subcommittees in order to efficiently study issues in-depth, this includes the Tax-Increment Financing Subcommittee. While committees cannot make final decisions on issues, the members make recommendations, on issues they have studied, to the full City Council for final votes on issues. Discussions during…

East Prairie becomes site of county’s first disc golf course
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By Kayleigh Rahn East Prairie Middle School has become the home of the first disc golf course in Douglas County with support from the Kiwanis Club and community members. Kiwanian Dave Morgan spearheaded the effort, but he says the accomplishment came with big support from his club and the greater community. “The Kiwanis mission is…

Decker retires after 35 years with sheriff’s office
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By Kayleigh Rahn The Douglas County board during a special meeting Thursday, Nov. 29 approved the tentative budget and levy for the coming fiscal year and took action on a personnel item that comes with the close of 35-year career for a county employee. The board approved a request from Sheriff’s Office executive administrator Sandra…

Little named November Student of Month
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Tuscola Community High School senior Will Little, son of Lance and Julie Little, has been named the November Rotary Student of the Month. Will has earned a 3.94 GPA and is ranked 15th in his class of 72. Will is a four-year member of the football, basketball, and baseball teams and has participated in FFA…

Moultrie Douglas Fair elects new officers and director
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The Board of Directors for the Moultrie Douglas County Fair and Agricultural Association recently elected Jim Fleming of Arthur as the new president for the fair. Fleming becomes the 14th president for the fair and takes over from Sandy Hoke of Tuscola. Also elected was Sarah Reedy of Tuscola as vice president. Joining Fleming and…

DAR announces 2018-2019 Good Citizens
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The Stephen A. Douglas Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution would like to announce this year’s selection of Good Citizens. Each year since 1937 the Stephen A. Douglas Chapter DAR has recognized the outstanding high school senior of each of our county’s schools who most closely represents the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.…

Douglas County Agriculture November
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By Larry Dallas President, Douglas County Farm Bureau There hasn’t been a lot of progress in the field in November. Some of the crop remaining in the field has been harvested, but statewide, about 6 percent of the soybeans and 4 percent of the corn is still in the field. The weather hasn’t allowed much…

Thompson appoints Standerfer to ROE #11 assistant position
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Coming off an unopposed general election, Regional Superintendent-Elect Dr. Kyle Thompson has appointed Dr. Zakry Standerfer to work alongside him at the Regional Office of Education #11 beginning July 1, 2019. The search for an Assistant Regional Superintendent drew a larger than expected number of applicants. Thompson noted that Standerfer’s knowledge, integrity, and ideas for…