Community Thanksgiving

A Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Arcola United Methodist Church, 121 S. Locust St. Many of Arcola’s youth will be involved leading the service. Everyone is invited.

Flag ceremony kicks off state’s 200th birthday

The Illinois Bicentennial Commission has requested that every county participate in a simultaneous flag raising ceremony at noon on Monday, Dec. 4. Illinois was admitted to the Union on Dec. 3, 1818. This Dec. 4 begins a year of activities to mark the state’s 200th birthday. Judi Pollock, Douglas County clerk and recorder, said all community leaders, elected officials and the public are invited to attend the flag ceremony at the courthouse in Tuscola.

House Walk Dec. 3

The Arcola United Methodist Women will sponsor their annual Christmas House Walk from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. There are five homes on the House Walk and they belong to Robert and Allison Biggs, Delbert and Jeanie Dowell, Josh and Lindsey Headrick, Byron and Leslie Karcher and Eric Walters.

Tickets for the Christmas Walk can be purchased at Vyverberg’s, My Favorite Things, The Arcola Depot and the Arcola United Methodist Church office. Tickets will also be available at the church and at each

featured home on the day of the walk. On the same day as the Christmas Walk,The First Sunday Circle of the United Methodist Women will be sponsoring the

Candy Cane Café located in the church basement at 121 S. Locust St. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and a variety of desserts will be offered at the café from 1 to 4 p.m. There will also be a display of holiday table tops and Christmas trees. A visit to the Candy Cane Café is included in the price of the Christmas Walk ticket. Something new has been added to the Café this year: The Christmas Cookie Bazaar. Visitors may fill a carryout box with a variety of homemade Christmas Cookies for the requested donation. Call Sharon Bickel for more information at 217-268-4493 or 217-202-2127. Watch the paper for more information, too.

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ARH News Stand Locations:

  1. In Arcola: Casey’s General Store, Arcola Valu Buy, Browne’s Pharmacy, Arcola Country Store & Gas, Vyverberg’s, Country Charm, Hen House and Jack Flash

  2. Rural Arcola: Country Salvage
    • In Chesterville: Korner Cafe
    In Hindsboro: Quick Gits (formerly Five N’s)
    In Tuscola: Tuscola IGA


School hedges revenue bet with tax levy

By David Porter

The Arcola School District is expected to hold a truth-in-taxation hearing Dec. 13 in regard to its levy. Such a hearing is required when the proposed levy exceeds the previous year’s levy by 5 percent.

Civil War program at museum

The Douglas County Museum in Tuscola is hosting a display of Civil War-era firearms starting with a lunch program at 12 noon, Dec. 9.


Julian Thoman

Julian E. Thoman, 90, of Tuscola, passed away at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at Carriage Crossing, Arcola.


Purple Riders suffer loss to Oakwood

By Daniel L. Chamness

The Arcola Purple Rider girls' basketball team is off and running.

The Riders had their first game of the year on Monday night, losing a 59-34 decision to Oakwood.

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LITTLE MISS ARCOLA Eliza Lewis draws the winning ticket in the Chamber of Commerce’s holiday quilt raffle during the Holiday Open House last week. The winner was Arcola’s Winnie Stortzum. Pictured behind Eliza from left are Pre-teen Miss Arcola Ella Chupp, Miss Arcola Madysen Melton and Jr. Miss Arcola Hadley Laster.

Photo by

Roberta Porter Brennan

ABOUT FOUR DOZEN local veterans visited Arcola schools Friday where the student body saluted them for Veterans Day. Local scouts presented colors, and the Kindergarten students led the Pledge of Alligeance. About 80 people RSVP’d at the school for lunch. See additional photos on page 9. Photo by David Porter.