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Arcola High School band performs at Grand Ole Opry Choir performs at Graceland

April 9, 2024

The Grand Ole Opry showcases talented students through their Music City Performance Program. Arcola High School Band was welcomed by the Grand Ole Opry and its patrons on March 19. Read the rest of this story in the E-edition by subscribing to the County Chronicle.

Mathias wins third place in international art contest

April 9, 2024

By Dominik Stallings Josh Mathias won third place in the 2024 Chad Wildoner Memorial Art Contest. Mathias handcrafted a wooden charcuterie board adorned with an antler design for the contest. Read the rest of this story in the E-edition by subscribing to the County Chronicle.

Remains of Charles Brown to be buried this month at Humboldt

April 9, 2024

Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Charles Brown, a native of Arcola, who died aboard the USS West Virginia during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, will have his remains buried at 10 a.m., April 20,  in Humboldt Township Cemetery, with full military honors. Read the rest of this story in the E-edition by subscribing…

Students view solar eclipse

April 9, 2024

STUDENTS THROUGHOUT much of Illinois were let outside to view the solar eclipse Monday afternoon with special glasses. While totality was viewable at Effingham and further south, Douglas County residents were able to view about 99 percent totality. Above, Lane McCall, 13, and Gavin Cleland, 13, view the event at East Prairie Middle School in…

Arcola Kids in Development aims to increase daycare

March 27, 2024

By Dominik Stallings Arcola Kids in Development (AKID) is a new non-profit organization in Arcola. Their goal is to increase early childhood development and opportunities. Namely, increasing the number of licensed home daycares, establishing a birth-to-three program, and even a daycare and youth recreational center. The group’s executive director, Angie Gentry, said the organization is…

Edwards wins coroner primary; turnout low

March 27, 2024

By Dominik Stallings According to unofficial results from Douglas County officials, only 19.6 percent of the 11,303 registered voters turned out for the March 19 primary election. County Clerk and Recorder Judi Pollock said voter turnout was very low during the March 20 County Board meeting. Other counties in Illinois are seeing similar numbers, ranging…

Kneading the dough — Baking passion turns into a career

March 27, 2024

By Tony Hooker Growing up in Southern Illinois, some of Paige Bertrand’s fondest memories involve being in the kitchen, baking with her mother. Fast forward to today, and Paige has turned that love and passion into a career. “After many years of doing baking for fun, I decided to go to culinary school so I…

Miller wins Central Illinois All-Star Three-Point Contest

March 27, 2024

By Mike Monahan TOLEDO –Arcola’s Jackson Miller was one of 15 players on the Lincoln Prairie Conference all-star basketball team and one of eight competing (four from the National Trial Conference in the three-point contest. Prior to the 31st all-star game Miller was one of four to advance the finals by making 12-of-15 in 45…

Villa Grove Community Center Grand Opening Photos

March 20, 2024

AHS baseball starts 3-1; Griffith goes 9-13, 11

March 20, 2024

By Mike Monahan The Arcola Purple Riders that won a Class 1A regional last season, started the 2024 season strong going 3-1. On opening day Arcola beat Salt Fork 5-1. The next day the Purple Riders fell to LeRoy 10-4, but last Saturday AHS won a round robin at Arcola’s Moore Memorial Park blanking Oakwood…

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