2018 Douglas County tentative multiplier announced
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Douglas County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue. The property assessment equalization factor, often called the “multiplier”, is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law. This equalization is particularly important because some…

Around the Halls
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By Caleigh Parsley FBLA sold $1 Valentine’s Day Crush Cans at lunch Monday, Feb. 4 until Friday, Feb. 8. They sold orange (for friendship), purple (for crushes), and red (for love). Key Club had their monthly meeting Wednesday, Feb. 6 where they congratulated the top three service hour volunteers for the second quarter: Morgan Jones,…

Shopko announces closure of Tuscola store
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Shopko has extended its list of store closures to include the Tuscola and Monticello locations. The extended list, released Wednesday, Feb. 6, more than doubles the number of closures announced last month when the company filed bankruptcy and a court-supervised financial restructuring began Wednesday, Jan. 16. According to the Shopko restructuring website, the Tuscola location is slated…

Music students to show colours of world during Feb. 23 concert
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Tuscola’s music students are preparing to “Colour My World” during the seventh annual Tuscola Music Boosters Dinner/Concert Fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Each year music teachers Jeannie Craddock and Alison Bowen create and develop the theme and music selection for the fundraiser. The theme this year is Colour My World. The missions of…

Around the Halls
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By Caleigh Parsley A huge thank you to Joe’s Pizza for giving 10 percent off the entire bill to families who mentioned #TuscolaKind! Despite having two snow (wind chill) days on Wednesday and Thursday, #TuscolaKind week continued and ended with “Get in the Spirit of Kindness!” The Junior class won the Pack the Pig contest…

LyondellBasell takes leadership role in global effort to end plastic waste
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LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world today announced CEO Bob Patel has joined with Proctor & Gamble CEO David Taylor and Veolia CEO Antoine Frérot in leading the newly announced global Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW). The AEPW is the first-ever international coalition of chemical and plastics…

Douglas County dispatchers to receive software upgrade
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By Kayleigh Rahn The Douglas County Board, during its meeting Wednesday, Jan. 16, approved a $274,917 purchase through the sheriff’s office to upgrade the dispatching software. The software licensing and service system from Zuercher Technologies, which will be financed through Arcola First Bank, will update the public safety software suite used by Douglas County E911…

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By Caleigh Parsley The Tuscola Class of 2020 is currently fundraising for Prom in April with mini-baked cookies and fan flags – MLB, NFL, and NCAA. You can also order online and find a bigger selection of items that can be shipped right to you. Make sure to find a TCHS Junior to buy something…

Applicants sought for Douglas County Ag Center Scholarships
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The Douglas County Ag Center Committee is accepting scholarship applicants for students with an interest in agriculture to apply for the Douglas County Ag Center Scholarship. Scholarship winners have something in common: they have a love for agriculture and want to pursue that passion as a career. For Mark Snider of Tuscola, he knew what…

Adams Smith slices into homegrown nutrition business
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By Kayleigh Rahn Kristina Adams Smith grew up playing in the dirt with her mother and grandmother. And, from the women in her family, she learned at a young age to collect a garden harvest and transform the goods into delicious, healthy meals for the family. Working in the kitchen with the spoils from the…