Senior potluck

The next senior potluck will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at the Arcola Center.

Free ‘record party’ to feature bluegrass

Bluegrass music from the late John Hartford will fill the Library Lounge from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Vault Art Gallery in downtown Tuscola.

Kirby Pringle, manager at the gallery, will play his collection of John Hartford records during the session. Pringle has been a longtime fan and enthusiast of Hartford and his unique style of bluegrass music since the late 1960s and has most of Hartford’s music on vinyl LPs.

Pringle has been collecting vinyl records since the early 1960s and has more than 1,500 albums in a wide variety of genres. He plays individual artists or genres on vinyl records from 3 to 5 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at the Vault Art Gallery.

The event is known as “Kirby’s Record Party.” Free beverages and light snacks will also be available. Donations are gladly accepted.

Ag scholarships available

Reminder — up to $2,000 in scholarships are available through the Farm Bureau to assist students pursuing a college degree in agriculture. Interested students may apply each year for consideration. Applicants also are sought for a $1,500  g scholarship provided by Joe and Sue Summerville. Deadline to apply for these scholarships is Friday, Feb. 23. Contact the Douglas County Farm Bureau at 253-4442 for more information, or stop in at 105 N. Main St. in Tuscola and ask for Tyler Harvey.

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Sarah Bush restricts visitors due to flu

Due to the recent viral outbreaks and the onset of the cold, flu and RSV season, Sarah Bush Lincoln has implemented visiting restrictions to all areas of the Health Center.

Pioneer clothes – Part 1 continued

Early settlers made their own shoes, boots, hats, etc.

EDITOR’S NOTE: this is a continuation of last week’s article on pioneer clothing. Due to space limitations, Part 1 was split into two parts.

By Bill Harshbarger

BUCKSKIN and other hides.

Pioneers commonly used deerskin for clothes and cattle hides for shoes. The first settlers tanned their own leather. The women converted tanned buckskin into hunting shirts, pantaloons, caps, moccasins, work coats, and pants. Buckskin was readily available and it resisted nettles, briars, insect stings, and rattlesnake bites. The women frequently added a fringe to the lower edge of hunting shirts and capes. Many men wore buckskin breeches and jackets. They also wore skin vests.

Birthplace of Johnny Gruelle, creator of
Raggedy Ann & Andy

Ivan Franco (24) dribbles around a Casey-Westfield defender. The 5-foot-8 sophomore guard finished the night with two points. See the sports section for more photos and info. Photo by Nancy Rairden.


Vivian Rayhel

Vivian Eleanor (Grant) Rayhel, 80, of Arcola, passed away 8:22 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at Huntington Place Nursing Home in Rockledge, Fla.

Betty Graham

Betty Jean Graham, 92, of Paris, formerly of Arthur, died at 2:50 a.m. Monday, January 8, 2018, at her residence in Paris.

Marsha Keeling

Marsha Lynn Keeling, 60, of Tuscola, formerly of Arthur, died at 12:51 a.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Carle Hospital, Urbana.

Bill Kroll

Norman William “Bill” Kroll, 87, of Arthur, died at 12:40 p.m. Monday, January 8, 2018, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon.

Nancy Baker

Nancy Sue Baker, 72, of Villa Grove passed away at 11:59 a.m. on December 30,2017, at Health Park Hospital, Ft. Myers, Fla.

Alma J. Kauffman

Alma J. (Herschberger) Kauffman, 87, of Arcola, passed away at 8:05 p.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at the David Otto residence.


Eighth grade boys win first round in conference tourney

By Daniel L. Chamness

The Arcola boys’ eighth grade team has been busy and has won three games in the last week and now boast a record of 17–2 overall.

Riders fall to towering Casey Westfield team

By Daniel L. Chamness

The Arcola Purple Riders tried everything they could against the Casey-Westfield Warriors on Tuesday night.

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