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Newman City Council: Income too high for siren grant approval

By Dominik Stallings Alderman Rick Dorsett said Newman’s median household income is too high for the city to receive a grant to pay for a new tornado siren for the town. Dorsett said the siren costs about $28,000, a cost the city might have to cover in full. Mayor Dennis Kibler said the city is…

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Arthur Village Board: Approve TIF grant

By Ariana R. Cherry At the most recent meeting of the Arthur Village Board meeting, a tax increment financing (TIF) construction grant request was made by Marsha Boyer for the building at 210 S. Vine St. The grant request included an engineering fee, which typically is not something that TIF pays for. The building, being…

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Tuscola City Council: Pool rate hike under consideration

By David Porter The cost to swim at the Tuscola pool may be going up this summer. The City Council is considering a staff proposal that would increase the individual season pass $10 to $45, and the cost to rent the pool for a party would go to $250, up from $200. City Administrator Drew…

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Villa Grove’s Snack Packs program helps the hungry

By Tony Hooker It’s hard enough to focus on your studies as a child, but having to do so when hungry makes it even more difficult. Emily Nusbaum, Bridget Taylor and Tami Kestner each attended Villa Grove schools, so they saw firsthand the importance of the school’s “Snack Pack” Program. The program, which started several…

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Pullen and Medina named Arcola Rotary’s Seniors of the Month

Ashley Pullen and Vicente Medina were recognized by the Arcola Rotary Club as the Arcola High School Seniors of the Month at the club’s weekly meeting on January 11, 2024. The club sponsors the monthly school year awards, which are given to seniors at AHS for their outstanding academic work and extracurricular and community activities.…

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Villa Grove yearbook class earns third place in state competition

By Dominik Stallings Villa Grove’s Yearbook class earned third place overall in the first division of the Illinois Journalism Education Association yearbook 2022-2023 contest. There are eight categories in which the books are judged: copywriting, divider pages, graphics, layout & design, overall coverage of the school year, overall coverage of sports, photography and theme development.…

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East Prairie Middle School seeing success with new learning program

By Dominik Stallings East Prairie Middle School is seeing success with increased MAPS assessment scores through the help of IXL Learning, a subscription-based program that supplements the regular curriculum. Principal Jared Vanausdoll said teachers use IXL in different ways. Students can use the program during study hall periods, at home, or when they have extra…

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ERBA receives $15,000 anonymous donation for mortgage, tax assistance

The Embarras River Basin Agency (ERBA) received an anonymous donation of $15,000. The grant is to be used by ERBA’s Housing Counseling Department for mortgage assistance and past due property taxes. The donor requested the grant be named after ERBA’s former executive director, Marsha Roll. Jerry Pacholski, ERBA Board president, reflected upon Roll’s dedication, loyalty…

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