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The Morton High School boys’ basketball team and Coach Matt Franks are hosting the Eighth Annual Gameball Run event to raise money and awareness for Children's Hospital of Illinois (CHOI). Each school in District 709 has selected a Miracle Family to represent the services provided by Childre…

Natalie Daugherty of Morton, IL, earned the distinction of Faculty Honors for Fall 2019 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 4.0 academic average for the semester.

Do you love succulents? Get ready to get your hands dirty and create your own mini succulent arrangement!  Start by choosing from over five different planters. Personalize your garden by choosing your succulents and décor charms.

District 709 kindergarten pre-registration and screening for the 2020-2021 school year will be held on March 19-20, 2020 at 1050 South Fourth Avenue.  Call 263-2581 for an appointment. Children who will be five (5) years old by September 1, 2020, are eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall.

Sports

Morton Mystics 18U catcher Kyra Killion tags a USSSA Illinois Pride 18U runner out at home in the February Shootout tournament at the Avanti's Dome on February 16.  The Mystics finished second place in their pool, but fell to the Pride, 3-1, in bracket play. The Mystics will now take a break…

Washington Middle School was this year’s IESA Class 8-3A eighth grade boys basketball host for Regional 5 and Regional 6 brackets plus the Sectional 3 Championship.  Eureka won the Regional 5 Bracket, defeating Spring Valley Kennedy, Pontiac and Metamora.  Washington Central won the Regional…

Washington’s Devon Vanderheydt makes a mid-range jump shot in the second quarter while being well guarded by Justin Taphorn and Brady Grashoff of Pekin. Washington hosted Pekin for a Mid-Illini varsity boys’ basketball match-up on Saturday, February 15. The Panthers and the Dragons were tied…

Obituaries

Terry L. Teske, 71, of Morton, formerly of Rochester MN, passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at his home.

Raymond William “Bill” Wilson, 81, of Washington, IL, passed away at 4:52 p.m.  Monday, February 17, 2020, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center i…

Shirley A. Houghton, 84, of Morton, passed away Monday, February 17, 2020, at her home.

Celebrations

Alysa Greenwood, daughter of Aaron and Caitlin Greenwood of East Peoria, and Andrew Almasy, son of James Almasy and Kathy Bolander of East Peo…

Lindsey Key, daughter of Dave and Sharon Key of Morton, and Jacob Tuttle, son of David and Susan Tuttle of Trivoli, announce their engagement.

Fred and Shirla Joos of Washington celebrated their 60th anniversary with a family dinner on September 6, 2019.