Lane closed in Tuscola

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that traffic on U.S. 36 in Tuscola will be restricted to one lane beginning Monday, Sept. 25, weather permitting. The closure is necessary to accommodate repairs to the bridge that carries Interstate 57 over U.S. 36. The work is expected to be completed by Thursday, Oct. 5, weather permitting. You didn’t want to go to Tuscola, anyway.

New contributor at Record-Herald

The Record-Herald welcomes Kim Buckley as a part-time contributor. You can see that she’s already making an improvement with several items this week. She has contributed photos and ideas in the past, so we finally said, hey, why don’t you come work for us. She also works at the Arcola Public Library and will continue there.

Show your pride

We’re working on our annual Distinguished Alumni special section. This year, we’re expanding it to include the 100th birthday celebration for Arcola High School. If you’re an alumni, you can show your pride, too. Check out the announcement on page 3 for details.

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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

PATTY EADIE, far right, has always used the library. She would bring her grandchildren to the library. Seven years ago, preschool for her granddaughter Lacy came to an end. So, Eadie and a couple other ladies started to meet at the library to read to kids in a group setting. After preschool started back up, Eadie and her stories stayed. She started what is now “Story Time at the Arcola Public Library.” She has devoted every Wednesday morning to the library. She has a new story each week and plans a craft to go along with the stories. There is always music; one of the kids’ most-loved songs is “Sticky Bubblegum.” The kids look forward to story time and “Miss Patty,” as all the kids over the years call her. She has a smile that can light up the room. Eadie holds story time every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. She welcomes everyone to join in. Photo by Kim Buckley.


No decision on trash franchise

By David Porter

Perhaps in a perfect world, a single trash truck traverses a city with its friendly staff emptying dumpsters and picking up yard waste and recyclables, all for a low rate. If only it were that simple.

Mertz painting to be auctioned for AHS

Nancie King Mertz has created Arcola’s Past & Future to commemorate 100 years of learning in the Arcola High School building.

Mulligan: Achieving goals takes resources

By David Porter

It’s not enough to identify a goal. It’s not enough to measure progress. For some educational goals, it’s going to take money. Whether that’s paying teachers more to reduce turnover, buying curriculum and paying program fees, hiring additional teachers or investing more in technology equipment, Dr. Tom Mulligan wasn’t specific. But he told the Arcola School Board last Wednesday that they are going to need to put resources toward goals if they want to see those goals achieved.


Merna Gilbert

Merna Grace Gilbert, 81, of Charleston, formerly of Mattoon, passed away at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at her residence.


Sports editor’s notebook

Catching up with recent graduates

By Daniel L. Chamness

MADIE BUDD, an Arcola graduate, and the rest of the Illinois College volleyball team are trying to reach the .500 mark.

Purple Riders slip to 2–2

Size versus speed in loss to Bombers

By Daniel L. Chamness

On Saturday night, the Argenta Oreana Bombers were bigger, stronger and in great shape.

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