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Lisa Jones Baker at the Arthur Public Library

PICTURED IS INSPIRATIONAL FICTION AUTHOR Lisa Jones Baker at the Arthur Public Library giving a presentation entitled, “From Start to Finish” on how to get a book published. Baker was shared her journey of becoming a published author with patrons at the Arthur Public Library on Saturday afternoon, April 6. She grew up in Weldon…

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Pollinator program

The Moultrie-Douglas 4-H is hosting a youth workshop coordinated with Pat Titus from the Central Illinois and American Daylily Society Association and the Coles County Master Gardener. Titus is a local 4-H leader. The Pollinator Plants Program offers an opportunity for youth to dive into the colorful world of pollinators and their vital role in the ecosystem.…

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Remains of Charles Brown to be buried this month at Humboldt

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…

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Students view solar eclipse

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…

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Former alderman to run for mayor

Former Alderman Bruce Allen spoke during the public comments section of the April 1 Villa Grove City Council meeting. He announced his intention to run for mayor in the next election. The meeting was moved to April 1 after the Council failed to attain a quorum for their March 25 scheduled meeting. Read the rest…

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Approve mini-golf funder on trial basis

At the April 1 meeting of the Arthur Village Board, local resident Nolan Lee presented a novel idea that could provide financial support to nonprofit organizations in the community. Lee’s vision involves the creative use of a portable Mini Golf set, equipped with LED lighting, to be set up at the gazebo parking lot. Read…

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Budget projects $5.5 million end balance

The Tuscola City Council held a budget workshop Monday before the regular Council meeting. City Treasurer Alta Long said the city should end the next fiscal year with $5.5 million in operating and revenue funds despite $4.5 million in planned capital projects. Read the rest of this story in the E-edition by subscribing to the…

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Arcola Kids in Development aims to increase daycare

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…

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Tuscola School Board- Reining in the spectators

By Dominik Stallings The Tuscola School Board discussed the first reading of the sportsmanship spectator code of conduct. If it passes next month, visitors asked to leave a sporting event may miss out on 50 percent of the rest of the season’s school events, including concerts, plays, and even graduation. Superintendent Gary Alexander said a…

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