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Thanksgiving has arrived and that means many people will be working overtime in their kitchens. According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) data, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. U.S. fire depa…

Illinois Secretary of State offices and Commercial Driver License (CDL) facilities, and drive-thru facilities serving license plate stickers will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, in observance of Thanksgiving. All other Driver Services facilities are closed until Dec. 7 o…

Sports

With the cancellation of the IHSA State Cross Country Meet, Shazam Racing and Milesplit IL announced their joint venture to host the Shazam Championships. This provided qualifying elite athletes from across the state an opportunity to compete in post season championship races amongst the bes…

First Mennonite took the 2020 Morton Co-Ed Church Softball League tournament championship this season, winning two close matchups on the way to their final win. Team member include (front, from left) Krysten Wallace, Benji Cashdollar, Kyle Cashdollar, Holly Yordy, (middle, from left) Cassand…

Obituaries

Donald R. Wieland, 90, of Morton, went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 23, 2020, surrounded by his family. He was born on April 17, 19…

Bernice H. Kaiser, 89, of Morton, passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2020, at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria, after a brief illness.…

East Peoria resident, Lloyd H. Barth, passed away peacefully on November 13, 2020, with his wife by his side.  He was born on September 4, 193…

Celebrations

Daniel and Carolyn Pasquini, of rural Metamora, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  The couple celebrated the sacrament of ma…

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.