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VG United Methodist Church to hold Cunningham Fundraiser

November 9, 2021 |

On November 13, the Villa Grove United Methodist Women, with the support of the Villa Grove United Methodist Church congregation, will again be holding their fall fundraiser for Cunningham Children’s Home in Urbana, Illinois. For over 15 years the Villa Grove UMW have held a craft/bake sale and sold tickets for an opportunity to win…

Limited Outdoors talks deer hunting equipment co.

November 9, 2021 |

By Tony Hooker When friends Cody Miller and Terry Costa used to look for products and information regarding Deer Hunting equipment, their options were usually limited. (pun intended)  So, the two lifelong hunters decided to do something about it, and from that frustration, their business, Limited Outdoors, came to be.  I recently sat down with…

Museum readies for annual photography contest

November 9, 2021 |

The Douglas County Museum is gearing up once again for their seventh Annual Photography Contest for kids and adults! Cash prizes! Entries are due by Monday, November 22, although you can drop off your photos anytime during normal business hours before that day! Photos will be judged anonymously by artists outside of the museum staff.…

Tuscola receives positive feedback on 2021 audit

November 9, 2021 |

By Kendra Hennis  The meeting of the Tuscola City Council was called to order at 7:30 p.m. on November 8 with members Terra Waldrop and Dave Slaughter absent.  The council first heard from Curtis Root from auditing firm Larsson, Woodyard, and Henson about the city’s FY 2021 audit. Root stated that their opinion letter of…

Wienke nominated for Illinois Coaches Association HOF

November 9, 2021 |

By Lenny Sementi Tuscola’s own coach Stan Wienke garnered another accolade this past week: the longtime Warrior track coach was selected for induction to the Illinois Track, Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame class of 2022. Wienke has been part of the track family at Tuscola since 1990 assisting early on with…

Jesse White announces office is changing web address to ILSOS.gov A “.gov” web address is designed to help combat fraud

November 2, 2021 |

Secretary of State Jesse White announced that the Illinois Secretary of State’s office has changed its official web address from “cyberdriveillinois.com” to “ILSOS.gov.” The change is designed to help combat fraud. A “.gov” website address designates it as an official government website, which is exclusively provided to federal, state and local government entities. “Changing the…

East Prairie Middle School first quarter honor and high honor roll

November 2, 2021 |

Fifth Grade High Honor  Isabella Arroyo, Kylan Gardner, William Gibson, Tell Guthridge, Charlotte Hawkins, Noah Hornaday, Ava Kleiss, Lydia Koch, Amelia Manus, Elijah Moody, William Pettry, Mia (Maria) Vitale, Beau Whitson Fifth Grade Honor Roll Ayriana Alholwani, Samuel Bubb, Frances Burlew, Issac Chaplin, Meadow Cravens, Allyannah Dobson, Alexander Elder, Grace Ellis, Kora Gilpin, Linus Goodmann,…

Douglas County monthly agriculture update for October 2021

November 2, 2021 |

By Larry W Dallas The harvest slowed to a crawl as we moved from September into October. Persistent rain has kept us from making much progress on soybeans and now many corn fields are soft and hard to work in. I have talked to farmers that are nearly finished with their corn but have not…

Korean War Educator, a non-profit in Tuscola, awarded $5,000 grant from Illinois Humanities

November 2, 2021 |

A non-profit organization in Tuscola, Douglas County is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from  Illinois  Humanities,  with  funds  from  the  National  Endowment  for the  Humanities  and  the  American  Rescue  Plan  Act  of  2021.  The Korean War Educator, a foundation established and operated by Lynnita Aldridge Brown of Tuscola, was one of 254 organizations in…

VG Christmas Tree Lighting Festival continues to grow

November 2, 2021 |

By Tony Hooker Born out of a place of love in Kristi Bird’s heart and fueled by Cassandra Eversole Gunter’s drive for excellence and enhanced by a host of Community Members, the Villa Grove Christmas Tree Lighting festival has continued to evolve and grow since its inception. I recently sat down with these two movers…