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19 Comments

  1. Anonymous on September 2, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Very disappointed in the residents of Tuscola, we all need to get better about wearing our masks if we are ever going to turn this mess around.

  2. Anonymous on September 3, 2020 at 8:46 am

    With fall just around the corner beautiful mums at IGA and Do It Best.

  3. Anonymous on September 3, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    My husband and I have enjoyed spending time at Ervin Park in Tuscola. Sometimes we pick up a meal and enjoy it while sitting in the pavilion. But the last time we stopped by, there was trash all through the East end of the pavilion. I didn’t pick it up because I didn’t have any gloves. I think the park board should consider putting trash cans with lids, that are hinged. To keep birds and squirrels from pulling the trash out! But…..I know that isn’t a solution if humans are the ones littering! PEOPLE, PLEASE PICKUP AFTER YOURSELVES! TAKE PRIDE IN THIS PARK! THANK YOU!

  4. Anonymous on September 7, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    It has now been 2 weeks since the Get together at the Cast Iron Pub that caused the Health Department to publicly shame them in their reports, social media posts and the media. The incubation period is now up and the significant impact of this gathering has not evolved.

    Even to the last report the health department published it still refers to this event and lists one infected there and 2 possibly from there.

    2 things should happen. The should address hat they were wrong for publicly trying to negatively impact a local business by reporting the event over and over again and secondly they should stop the fear reporting. They state they don’t have time to report recoveries but can continue to re-report the Pub event over and over again.

    • Anonymous on September 14, 2020 at 4:15 pm

      Please continue to protect your health and those around you. COVID-19 numbers are continuing to be high. This is a new virus and even though most people are recovering or not even showing symptoms, there may be longer term consequences that we are not even aware of yet.

      I have found that the IDPH dashboard for schools and the Case Rate per 100k Metric is really useful. This is available by county here: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/countyschool?county=Douglas

      For the person saying in last week’s paper that the case locations should be disclosed, you can get the information by zip code here: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid19-statistics

  5. Anonymous on September 14, 2020 at 11:25 am

    Thank you to the Tuscola School district for trying your best during these unprecedented times. I was disappointed to read a social media post where a parent identified that if a child’s parent has an unpaid milk bill that the child is given water while the other Students drink their milk. This is wrong. Put the unpaid PARENT’S milk bill in the office, and we as the community can pay the bill. While we can not control every factor of a child’s success, its imperceptive that we give them equal opportunity for success. Allowing a child to be punished for the lack of actions of their parent is embarrassingly archaic, and not the Tuscola i will grow old in.

  6. Anonymous on September 21, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    I would like to ask for support to our nursing homes, assisted living, and senior living apartments at this time. There is a delicate balance between protecting the residents and allowing visitors to sit, hug and converse closely. The most important step to prevent COVID spread is to wear masks, and stay six feet apart. No hugs, kisses, singing or laughing close. This is how we usually show love, but now it can spread the disease which is deadly to the elderly. The majority of recent COVID cases have been spread at family gatherings, weddings and community events. How can a senior community trust that Grandma was not hugged, kissed and everyone stayed six feet apart?

    When we limit family visits to an outside area, masked and following contact tracing, it is to protect everyone. When we require reporting of exactly where a resident travels to ( the doctor’s office for example) and verify that safe practices were followed, it is to protect everyone. No judgement on anyone – just safety.

    One positive carrier, without symptoms hugging thier grandma, sitting close, unknowingly has infected not only Grandma but possibly others. Now Grandma has to be in quarantine, isolated from all her friends awaiting test results. This is the scenario at many resident homes and it can be avoided by cooperating with safety policies.

    We can work through this if we all do our part. Yes it is unfair. Yes it is unnatural. Yes, our “rights” have been diminished. I think it is a temporary, small price to pay for the greater good of suppressing this virus. Please be kind as you are asked to be masked, sit outside, or in a lobby to visit. As an owner of a senior living center, I thank all of the families, residents and staff who have co operated with the structure to keep our residents safe.

    Sally J Foote DVM, Jarman Center Senior Living Tuscola

  7. Anonymous on September 23, 2020 at 10:27 am

    While I agree with comments in last week’s paper that it is distasteful to see political signs with derogatory name calling against a female candidate, I think it is also very hypocritical to not consider the moral character of female candidates when their male counterparts are often vilified for their past transgressions whether falsely accused or otherwise. As a woman in the modern age, I feel I should be able to have a past, just as men do but if public figures are not allowed to have a past, then female candidates should be subject to the same scrutiny as men. Frankly, I am more interested in what they do for their country than what they do in their personal life.

  8. Anonymous on September 30, 2020 at 11:09 am

    The Presidential Debate was one the most embarrassing things I have ever watched. It made me ashamed that this is the image that we put forth to the world, that, this is what democracy should look like. Shame on both candidates. I wish there was a realistic alternative. I don’t want to vote for either candidate.

  9. Anonymous on October 12, 2020 at 10:29 am

    The current COVID-19 positivity rate in Douglas County is 9.3 percent. I know we all want the virus to go away, but just wishing it away won’t make that happen. I beg everyone to follow the guidance provided by lovely and hard-working health department to keep everyone in our county safe!

  10. Anonymous on October 12, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Congratulations to Makenna Fiscus and the rest of the Tuscola golfers on a great season thus far.

  11. Anonymous on October 12, 2020 at 10:30 am

    The speeding in town has gotten really out of hand lately. Please slow down!

  12. Anonymous on October 12, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Thank you Tony for your great articles every week, I am glad we have you share the Villa Grove news!

  13. Anonymous on October 19, 2020 at 6:56 am

    The Tuscola City Park needs a Skate Park for the middle age teens. Our children are all grown up so this is for other children in town.

  14. Anonymous on October 19, 2020 at 6:57 am

    Great season for the Villa Grove cross country and golf teams!

  15. Anonymous on October 19, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Kuddos to the Tuscola Fire Department for the last 2 weeks of fighting fields and battling the extremely high winds and dry conditions. Thank you for your dedication.

  16. Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 9:58 am

    I say NO to the Governor and his closing stores. Who says he can pick and choose who says open and who closes. Restaurants have to close but Walmart and grocery stores can stay open. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want them to close either, but I don’t think people elected him to make these types of decisions. He’s not God. Let the public make up their own minds wether they should go out to dinner or not. Gov. Pritzker, stay out of our business. It’s our choice not yours.

  17. Anonymous on November 3, 2020 at 8:50 am

    I wanted to express how very disappointed I am in our local businesses! Every local business in Tuscola had a great opportunity to participate in Trunk or Treat at the park on Halloween for all the kids in Tuscola. All you had to do was decorate your car and buy some candy! Unfortunately only a few did. All we hear are small businesses complaining how people should shop local and support you so your business doesn’t close, But you don’t want to do anything to promote your business. You had the perfect opportunity to hand out flyers, coupons, etc. There were over 500 kids that came out. That’s a lot of parents that would have read about your business. Thank you to the 6-clubs, 2-banks, 1-preschool, 1-church and 2-businesses that took the time to make sure kids in Tuscola still had a great Halloween. Also thank you to the residents that handed out candy or put a bowl out for kids to take candy on Halloween. The kids shouldn’t have to give up Halloween because of COVID! Thank You City of Tuscola for doing Trunk or Treat!

  18. Anonymous on November 10, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    The Tanger Outlets CEO says, “A crisis doesn’t build character, it reveals it.” During the past nine months we’ve witnessed this firsthand in our community. We’ve seen our family and friends text and call to check in on us more. But we’ve also noticed some stop talking to us because of our political views. We’ve witnessed businesses pivot and readjust to stay open for us. But we’ve also been encouraged to turn in a business that isn’t following some certain protocol. We’ve been blessed with pastors who vowed to keep the doors to the church open for the sake of our souls. But we’ve also seen people fear temporal death more than eternal death. During this crisis, our community’s character has definitely been revealed.
    “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” — Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address
    Lauren Braaten

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