On July 20, from 10 a.m. to noon, there will be Splash Day at the Deer Creek Baptist Church.  Children, parents and friend are invited to join members of the church to celebrate summer fun on the side yard of the church.  The church is located at 207 N. Main Street, Deer Creek, Illinois.

Hopedale Medical Complex will be hosting a community blood drive event on Thursday, July 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the Wellness Center Gym, located at 222 NW Grove St. in Hopedale. To donate, please contact the Community Blood Center by calling (217) 241-7550 or visit www.bloodcenteri…

Morton United Methodist Church and other area youth recently completed the 12th Mission Survivor event, a stay-at-home mission trip hosted by the church and held from July 7-11, 2019. Seventh, eighth and ninth graders connected to the community and “served the servant” from Monday through We…

Chloe Thompson of the 16U Morton Mystics rounds third base against Game 7 on June 13 at Rotary Park in Decatur.  The 16U Mystics played in the USA Softball of Illinois 16UB State Tourney last weekend.  They went 4-2 on the weekend and finished in third place overall. They beat the Whiplash 1…

The 16U Morton Mystics traveled to Decatur to play in the USA Softball of Illinois 16UB State Tourney July 12-14.  They went 4-2 on the weekend and finished in third place overall. They beat the Whiplash 10-9 Friday night, then beat Game 7 Saturday afternoon, 12-8.  They fell to eventual cha…

The Morton Girls Softball Association Red Senior Team made a great run at the ASA Class C State Tournament at EastSide last weekend with a second-place finish. The tournament is designed to give recreation league all-star teams a chance to compete against one another. The MGSA Red Senior Tea…

The Morton Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) partnered with Morton Public Library to offer the June session of GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science).  Girls in grades four through seven learned about helping the monarch butterfly from Lisa Reed. The Reed Family y…

Over a hundred Morton residents and live music enthusiasts came out to this season’s fourth showing of Morton’s “Arts in the Park” live concert series last Thursday. The audience enjoyed the warm weather and music presented by JC and the Redemption at the Idlewood Park theater. The concert s…

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On Saturday, July 20, 2019, the Tazewell County Republicans will host the annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast at the Morton American Legion Post 318 from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2019. This breakfast is an opportunity to honor veterans by providing a delicious breakfast, which is f…

As had been widely reported, residents of southern California recently experienced a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.  To this day, residents continue to experience significantly powerful aftershocks. The event served as a stark reminder that earthquakes can happen anywhere in the world and at any …

The Tri-County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is a collaborative undertaking to highlight the health needs and well-being of residents in the Tri-County region, Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties. Several themes are prevalent in this assessment, the demographic composition of t…

The Tri-County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is a collaborative undertaking to highlight the health needs and well-being of residents in the Tri-County region, Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties. Several themes are prevalent in this assessment, the demographic composition of t…

PumpkinLand Community Events (PLaCE) is inviting all little boys and girls, and even the adults to come to downtown Morton dressed as their favorite hero for fun, freebies and a special time together. All are encouraged to come out – from moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas to aunts and unc…

Kyra Killion, Morton Mystics 16U catcher, snags a pop up during the championship game of the Lenz Field "Play the Turf" Tournament in Jacksonville on July 7.  The Mystics worked hard, playing six games in a 28-hour period, and winning the first five games by a total of 51-3.  They unfortunat…

The Morton Mystics 16U softball team traveled to Jacksonville to play in the "Play the Turf" Tournament at Lenz Field on July 6-7.  The Mystics worked hard, earning a number one seed overall, winning their first five games while scoring 51 runs and giving up only three.  The championship gam…

Anyone who donates a sturdy new backpack for Springfield school children in July will get free admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. All backpacks will benefit the students of Springfield Public School District 186. The backpacks should be new and sturdy enough fo…

Bethel Lutheran pitcher Jeff Fandel lobs the ball to a Northfield Christian Fellowship batter on June 25 in Morton's Slow Pitch Church League.  Bethel won the game, 15-7.  Not long after the beautiful sunset, strong storms rolled through the area, cutting short Bethel's second game of the night. 

Morton sophomore Kaitlyn Baumann puts down an errant Metamora pass during ICC summer league on June 24.  The Potters competed in the June ICC summer league session, and will continue to prepare for the 2019 season by playing in the July Illini Elite league. 

Morton residents took to the streets on their bikes last Thursday for the “Community Bike Ride to Idlewood” event. Riders traveled a three-and-a-half-mile loop beginning at Idlewood Park and taking them through downtown Morton before returning to the park in time for the Arts in the Park liv…

GospelFest Ministries will present a free concert of gospel music featuring the New Speer Family from Nashville, Tennessee, along with the GospelFest Singers and Choir under the direction of Shawn Degenhart, on Saturday, July 6 at 7 p.m. at Five Points Washington.

Potter’s Alley will celebrate a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Morton Chamber of Commerce on July 2, 2019 at 5 p.m. Along with the ribbon cutting, Potter’s Alley will hold an open house from 4:30-6:30 p.m. featuring appetizer and pizza samples, as well as a drawing for a 2019 Summer Bowlin…

Members of the Morton Potters volleyball program enjoy a light-hearted moment after scoring a point on June 17 during ICC Summer League.  The Potters once again earned the no. 1 seed in their pool during the June session and will wrap up summer competition on June 24.  The Potters look to co…

Emma Heath of the 16U Morton Mystics makes a shoestring catch in right field against the Warren Wave on June 23.  The Mystics played in the BNGSA Field of Dreams tournament over the weekend.  They were undefeated in pool play, earning a no. 1 seed and a first-round bye in bracket play.  They…

The Morton High School dance team held their annual Kiddie Camp at Morton High School, where participants learned dance techniques and performed routines they learned on Friday, June 14.