By TIM MITCHELL
Tuscola is more than simply the county seat of Douglas County.
It is the home of the Tanger Outlet Center, several industrial plants (including Cabot, Lyondell-Equistar, Syngenta and Cargill), the Iron Horse golf course and the Douglas County Museum.
Flesor´s Candy Kitchen in downtown Tuscola draws visitors from throughout the United States, and the Tuscola Warriors won the state football championship in 2006 and 2009.
Former U.S. Speaker of the House “Uncle” Joe Cannon spent several years in Tuscola in the 19th century before moving to Danville.
The 1975 Miss Illinois Jean Waters, three-time Olympic gymnast Linda Metheny, NFL football player Fred Wakefield and University of Iowa quarterback John Wienke all come from Tuscola. Wienke graduated from Tuscola High in 2008.
North Ward Elementary School was recently recognized as a No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School, and East Prairie Middle School was honored in 2007 for having the best history education program in the state.
Tuscola features two parks: Ervin Park on the community´s north side and Wimple Park, near the Hillcrest Subdivision.
Mayor: Daniel Kleiss, 835 Lakeshore Drive, 253-2675
City council: Dan Cleland, 102 W. Pinzon St., 253-4055
City council: Mark Maxey, 200 E. Ensey St., 253-5001
City council: Boyd Henderson, 708 S. Ohio St., 253-4674
City council: Tim Hoey, 204 W. Van Allen St., 253-3600
City council: Tim Seip, 301 N. Main St., 253-4150
City council: Dave Slaughter, 402 E. Daggy St., 253-6375
City council: Phyllis Truitt, 303 Pheasant Run, 253-4347
City council: Vacanet
City administrator: J. Drew Hoel, 253-2980
East Prairie Elementary School, 409 S. Prairie St., 253-2828
North Ward Middle School, 1201 N. Prairie St., 253-2712
Tuscola Community High School, 500 S. Prairie St., 253-2377