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Woodford County Health Department (WCHD) officials have recently received a report that a deceased bat collected from a private residence in Eureka tested positive for rabies. There was no human exposure to the bat. This is the second bat to test positive for rabies in Woodford County in 2021.

The Woodford County Go Getters 4-H Club held their first meeting of the new year at Deer Creek Park on September 30, 2021. Officers were elected for the 2021-22 year.  They are co-presidents Zoe Bauman and Mercy Thacker, co-secretaries Ben McQuellon and Summer Finley, co-reporters Melody and…

Woodford County Health Department (WCHD) received a grant from the Community Foundation of Central Illinois, Maurice Elbert Charitable Fund for the project “Metamora Community Needs”. WCHD is partnering with Open Arms Food Pantry in Metamora using grant funds to distribute diapers to familie…

Set the date for another great all-you-can-eat breakfast fundraiser hosted by Taylor Masonic Lodge 98 on Saturday, October 16 from 7-10 a.m. The breakfast will be held at the lodge located at 119 N. Wilmor Road (between Walgreens and Acrylic Dreams), and will be $8 per person, $4 for childre…

Metamora Township High School will present the 46th annual Madrigal Dinner Friday through Sunday, December 3-5, 2021. Doors will open at 6 p.m., show starts at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 3 p.m. on Sunday, with a show time of 3:30 p.m.

Sports

The Washington Panthers JV and varsity soccer teams hosted their Moline High School counterparts on Saturday, October 9 at Babcook Field.  The JV game was scoreless at the half before Moline opened up the scoring with a goal in the second half. The Panthers took over from there, scoring thre…

E.J Baez (7) heads to the end zone with the game winning touchdown for DeeMack in Mackinaw on Friday, October 8 against LeRoy.  The homecoming victory puts DeeMack at 5 - 2 for the year. 

The Metamora Grade School Redbirds softball team placed second in the IESA State Tournament on Saturday, September 25, finishing the season with an impressive 21-3 record. 

Obituaries

Brian J. Wirth, 68, of Morton, passed away on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice in Peoria. He was born on September…

William Ernest Lincoln, 86, of Washburn, passed away at 7:10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at Independence Senior Living in Peoria.

Kay (Connell) Reeser, 83, of Morton, passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2021 peacefully at Reflections Memory Care in Morton. She was born on …

Celebrations

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Chuck and Connie Franklin of Washington celebrated their 50th anniversary with a family gathering in June. Connie Walter married Chuck Frankli…

Kaitlyn MacDonald, daughter of Randy and Kim (Koch) MacDonald of Washington, IL, and Brandon Maize, son of Bob and Debbie Maize of Franklin Pa…

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