By Lenny Sementi Tuscola’s volleyball team took another step toward the post season upending a good Monticello squad in two games dropping the Lady Sages on Tuesday, Oct. 3 by 25-20 and 25-22. The Lady Warriors hope to carry their … Continue reading
By Lenny Sementi Tuscola’s girls’ golf team defended their home turf Wednesday, Oct. 4 taking second place overall in the first round of the IHSA post season. Head Coach Doug Bauer and Toby Ring’s squad took advantage of course knowledge … Continue reading
By Missy Chappell “It was a damn good high school football game,” said Head Coach Andy Romine after last Friday night’s victory in Decatur over the Bulldogs of St. Teresa. If you were in attendance, you already know that nothing … Continue reading
By Kayleigh Rahn The eighth grade East Prairie girls’ basketball team walked away from the annually tough Mahomet-Seymour tournament with a second place title last week. “The Mahomet-Seymour Tournament is a very competitive tournament,” said head coach Beth Pugh. “Its … Continue reading
By Lenny Sementi Tuscola cross country head coach Dustin Dees’s and assistant Shannon Smith’s squad is pushing toward the post season, and they took one more step this past Saturday. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams competed against some of … Continue reading
Ed Willmore of Tuscola announces his intent to run on the Republican ballot in the March 2018 primary for Douglas County Sheriff. Willmore, an experienced law enforcement professional, spent nearly 30 years employed at Douglas County. During those decades, he … Continue reading
By Kayleigh Rahn
We’ve undergone a week’s worth of transition at The Tuscola Journal.
We are under new ownership by Better Newspapers with the home office based in Mascoutah, Ill., and the press located in Altamont, Ill.
I know many readers saw last week’s news story or learned of the change over coffee; however, I wanted to share the news personally.
And here is what I know for sure: We are still here, the same crew, working tirelessly to share our community’s news in the best way we know how.
Stephanie Wierman, who is a familiar face to many, is our new manager, with Aaron Hastings and Clyde Sims still working with our advertising customers. Michelle Coartney will remain our design extraordinaire, and I will stay behind the editorial desk.
Our photographers (Douglas Cottle and Rachel Ray) and sports writers (Missy Chappell and Lenny Sementi) will continue their second-to-none coverage, and each of our familiar columnists have been asked to remain a voice in our pages.
What I’m hoping to convey is that we are still your local newspaper. Our mission remains; our attitude remains.
In the coming weeks, we hope to share exciting news of new options available to our readers that will help move our newspaper further into the digital age without sacrificing the print edition.
This month marks three years since I started my journey at The Journal, and everyday I’m thankful to the Hastings family for the opportunity they’ve given me. They took a chance replacing the beloved Colleen Lehmann with a very green journalist. When they offered me the job I was 25 with just three years of professional writing experience under my belt.
However, Tuscola is home, and I believe the Hastings saw I’ve had a lifelong love for this town. It wasn’t just a job offer; their offering was a welcome home.
I grew up reading Randy Hastings and Colleen Lehmann every week in The Tuscola Review, and I followed along as Bev, Craig, and the rest of the Hastings family brought back The Journal. I was in journalism school at Eastern Illinois University at the time studying all things media in this age (dying newsprint and all). I was amazed at the drive and passion of a newsroom that could grow from a restart and take on the competitors in town.
What a story; what a newsroom!
Newspapers have always been a part of my life. My first job as a preteen was delivering papers. A 90-paper route in Parkview that I had taken over when Mr. Griffith let it go. The money was more than enough for a kid to dream big, but 90 papers was a lot to handle on my bike in the middle of August.
Around that time, while in Mrs. Fogerson’s sixth grade class, I job shadowed Colleen for a class assignment. My dad helped arrange the meeting that would eventually alter my career goals. I never take for granted that I now sit in the same office space at the same desk.
At The Journal, we don’t always get it right, and I’m well aware I have decades of knowledge left to gain, but I’m up to the task. The challenge is what makes the time worthwhile, and we appreciate your patience and most importantly your support throughout this journey.
With the sale of the paper, we hope to continue the stellar tradition the Hastings family created and grow this paper to meet the needs of today’s residents and families.
As we trudge on and work through the kinks, let me now what you think. My inbox, phone line, and office are always open for feedback, and we remain on a constant mission to uncover new story ideas and leads. Continue sending us your accomplishments and family additions, and we will continue sharing the details that make our community ours.
We’ll still be here. The same newspaper, the same newsroom; where the same old becomes the news.
Charles E. “Chuck” Crowder, 89, of Tuscola, passed away at 4:20 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 at the Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Funeral Services were Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 South Main Street, Tuscola. … Continue reading
By Craig Hastings “Well, was that the last story you’re going to write for the paper?” I guess my explanation of what my role would be after the sale of The Journal last week wasn’t clear enough. I’ve been asked … Continue reading
Will and Dusty (Jones) Cannon are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Dorothy ‘Dottie’ Rae Cannon. Dottie was born Sept. 5, 2017 at Presence Covenant Medical Center at 8:42 am. She weighed 8 lb. 2 oz. and was … Continue reading