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Doemelt named Rotary’s ‘Citizen of the Year’

Gary Doemelt sought to do something good for Arcola, the city that he says has been very good to him. That goal led to the construction of the Arcola Masonic Community Center. Located at 111 S. Locust (the address of the former Illinois Amish Interpretive Center), the new Masonic Community Center will be available for various group functions as well as for organizations to have their meetings. It was Doemelt’s dream to develop the Community Center, and the realization of his dream has also resulted in him being honored as the 2017 Arcola Citizen of the Year by the Arcola Rotary Club.

Doemelt will be recognized at a banquet in his honor at the Masonic Community Center Sunday, Aug. 13. The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a catered meal. The ceremony recognizing Doemelt will follow the meal.

The public is invited to attend the luncheon and ceremony. Anyone who would like to attend is asked to call Arcola Rotarian Judy Smith’s cell phone at 217-254-4278. The deadline to RSVP is Wednesday, Aug. 2. There is a cost to attend.


On the group photo of the Arcola community youth mission trip, Elizabeth Humphry was misidentified as Elizabeth Seals. We apologize for the error.

A bit of awesomeness

Nathaniel Daum Ginder, M.D., Ph.D. received his child and adolescent psychiatry degree on June 23 from UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. He will continue with his research for another year at UCLA. Ginder is the grandson of the late Bernice and Chester Daum of Arcola. His parents are Dr. Roger and Rochelle Daum Ginder of Ames, Iowa.

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LT. GOV. EVELYN SANGUINETTI, center, visited Mi Raza in Arcola last Thursday to learn how the center is helping the Hispanic community and sent a message that they have a friend in the Statehouse. Sanguinetti is the daughter of a Cuban refugee and Ecuadorian father. She said she is the first latinan the U.S. elected to the position of lieutenant governor. When asked how her Republican politics square with a growing anti-immigrant attitude nationally, she expressed her interest in “getting government out of the way, less taxes, more jobs.” But she also expressed her support of driver’s licenses for undocumented workers as well as in-state tuition for immigrants regardless of their status. She said she and Gov. Bruce Rauner are “immigrant friendly.” She said it’s important to deliver a sense of hope and to enable dreams. “I love that Illinois is immigrant friendly,” she said. She praised the support Mi Raza provides to the Hispanic community in Arcola and the surrounding area. Pictured from left are Daniela Lopez, Arcola, Eusabio Briseno of Arthur, Ricardo Diaz of the University of Illinois Extension Office and the Immigration Project board, Sanguinetti, Emma Ambriz, visiting from Mexico, and Rolando Ambriz of Arcola. Photo by David Porter.


School’s finances better than budgeted

By David Porter

The Arcola School District No. 306’s finances are in better shape than budgeted, according to Dr. Tom Mulligan, superintendent. The district had budgeted to lose $267,678 but ended up $146,834 in the black.

Paring, park project

By David Porter

The Arcola City Council on Monday approved spending

$178,143.63 out of Tax Increment Financing funds to help pay for infrastructure related to the Libman Company expansion on the city’s northeast side. The TIF committee had previously approved the expenditure as well.


David Rich

David Rich, 75, of Urbana, passed away at 7:10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Vernon Billman

Vernon Francis Billman, 81, of Tuscola, passed away at 11:25 a.m., Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

From 4-0 as a freshman to 14-2 as a sophomore

by Daniel L. Chamness

While Taylor Edwards, an Arcola graduate, finally lost a game at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign this year. But, as her sophomore pitching record indicates, she was far, far from asophomore jinx.

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