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Dee-Mack’s, #11, Allison DeBolt lets a pitch fly against Delavan during the Lady Chiefs 3-2 victory in Mackinaw on Tuesday, May 11. 

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Hopedale, IL – Honoring the life of Lori Walsh, Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC) dedicated the Lori Walsh Memorial Garden on Friday, May 7, 2021.  Located just outside of the Hopedale Wellness Center’s main entrance, the garden was created in memory of Lori, who was an Administrative Support S…

Captivation Dance is under new ownership and making some big changes! New owner, Michelle White, a Morton native, has brought Emily Schumacher on board as Artistic Director. Emily and the other staff at Captivation are highly trained and qualified to bring top level dance training to student…

Morton Public Library Director, Alissa Williams, will highlight some of her favorite books releasing this summer at Summer Book Buzz on May 25 at 6:30 p.m. She'll have several advance reader copies available for attendees to take home and participants will get an exclusive first look at MPL'…

When James W. “Bill” Oxford of Lenoir, NC, National Commander of the American Legion, came to Peoria’s downtown War Memorial on May 12, he honored those who have served the United States military or are presently serving in the U.S. military and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.  …

More than 200 students were named to the Spring 2021 Dean's List at Iowa Wesleyan University. Students exemplifying academic excellence represent the United States and countries abroad. Criteria to be a part of IW's Dean's List include degree-seeking students taking 12 or more hours per seme…

The Peoria Heights Arts Collaborative has announced the 2021 Peoria Heights Fine Art Fair, featuring approximately 60 juried artists selling original works in a wide range of Media, will be held on Saturday, May 22, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Kennel Lake Sportsmen’s Club, located at 22172 Kennel Lake Drive which was established in 1948, has recently had two Bald Eagles spending time on the property. For more information about Kennel Lake check out www.kennellake.com. 

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Morton, IL— Now through Memorial Day weekend, the Morton Police Department is stepping up enforcement to remind motorists to “Click It or Ticket”.

URBANA, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension continues to address the needs of Illinois communities affected by the pandemic, and its work is being recognized by the National Association for Community Development Extension Professionals. Extension’s Local Government Education program was …

 The best leaders are those who also serve others. 4-H offers a wide variety of opportunities for youth to develop those servant leadership skills. The four 4-H Federation groups in Fulton, Mason, Peoria and Tazewell counties have worked hard over the past year encouraging others through 12 …

The Go Getters 4-H Club held a donation drive to benefit TAPS (Tazewell Animal Protective Society) and delivered the items on April 30, 2021. The club was able to collect numerous food items, cleaning supplies, and bedding materials. Go Getters would like to thank the communities of Deer Cre…

This summer, children will have the opportunity to explore energy through hands-on activities during a new, virtual 4-H camp. C.L.U.E. (Children Looking Undercover for Energy) Camp will take place on June 10, 17 and 24. Participants will meet via Zoom from 10-11 a.m. to learn about energy, d…

Three Illinois Central College agricultural students received the first-place team award in the National Professional Agricultural Student Conference Overall Livestock Specialty Division held virtually in March. Teams were scored on written tests, problem-solving, and a team presentation. Te…

Since 2016, Kona Ice of Peoria has been a welcome addition to the central Illinois community.  With their fundraising model and patented serve yourself ‘Flavorwave’, their shaved ice trucks have given back over $100,000 to central Illinois schools, non-profits and other entities needing fund…

The Deer Creek Unit of Home & Community Extension will hold a regular meeting on May 13 at the pavilion at Deer Creek’s Mischler Park at 11:30 a.m.  Program for the day will be “Spice Girls”. Presenter for the day’s program will be Mary Eschelbach.  Members will be treated to a sub sandw…

A special Mother’s Day Service will be held on May 9 at 11 a.m. in the Deer Creek Baptist Church.  This special service is being planned to honor God’s creation of motherhood.  It will involve a special video, songs, special music, and a message focusing on motherhood from God’s perspective.…

The Morton Community Church of Christ will hold its annual plant sale rain or shine on Saturday, May 15, from 8 a.m. to noon in the church parking lot and garage, located at 300 N. Main in Morton.

MONMOUTH, ILL. (04/24/2021) The Monmouth College softball team got a complete game shutout from Abby Leber (Tremont, Illinois) in game one of a double header Saturday but eventually settled for a split against Knox College. With a 7-0 win and a 5-2 loss the Scots are now 3-15 overall, 2-6 in…

Carter White, #15, delivers a pitch during the Dee-Mack Chiefs home opener in Mackinaw on April 26.  Dee-Mack defeated Gibson City 14-3. 

The Nixon Insurance Agency opened an office in Morton on May 3, 2021. The Agency, established in 1964, has been a part of the Central Illinois community based in Peoria, IL, for over 50 years and offers home, automobile, life and business insurance.

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The Morton Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) partnered with Morton Public Library to offer the April session of GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science).  Girls, grades 4-7, learned about the parts of the microscope and how to use the microscope to observe slides of…

Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC) is proud to showcase the outstanding employees that are a part of their complex.  During the month of April, HMC was honored to give an Employee of the Month Award and a COO (Character of an Outstanding Organization) Award to employees who embrace and advance t…

For five years, 4G STEM Camp has helped young women overcome barriers by introducing girls to careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). This year, the tradition will continue with a new hybrid delivery model! 4G (Girls + Games + Gadgets = Genius) STEM camp will include fi…

After the great pause of 2020, The Barn III Dinner Theatre and Event Center is thrilled to get open with their first show since February 2020. “Hat’s Off to Mom” - A Mother’s Day Tribute will play for one week only, opening Thursday, May 6 and running through Sunday, May 9 (Mother’s Day). 

Hopedale Medical Foundation is currently accepting applications from current nursing students and high school seniors pursuing a nursing career for its 2021 Rural Hospital Nursing Scholarship.  This scholarship opportunity is in addition to the annual high school senior/college freshman scho…

The Peoria County Genealogical Society guest speaker will be Joe Hutchinson, great-grandson of Illinois Volunteer Infantry soldier and member of the Illinois Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War on May 13 at 6 p.m. with an online Zoom meeting open to the public

MONMOUTH, ILL. (04/24/2021) Drew Thaxton (Decatur, Illinois) set a school record with a shot put throw of 17.15m (56' 3.25') to highlight the Scots performances Friday at the Big Blue Open hosted by Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. The Scots took the top two spots in the event as An…

During the month of May, the Hopedale Wellness Center is offering a diabetes workshop series led by Hopedale Medical Complex Registered Dietitian, Amy Sammis.  Program participants will meet each Thursday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Hopedale Wellness Center beginning on May 6 with completion …

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The Summer Reading Program has been planned at the Deer Creek District Library.  “Reading Colors Your World” is the theme of this summer’s program.  The library staff has asked that those participating in the program commit to reading 15 minutes a day for the six-weeks of the program, June 1…

Jessica Carithers of Mackinaw, IL, was one of more than 800 students at Central College who would have been honored at the college's annual Scholarship Celebration on Thursday, April 22. The event was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Scholarship Celebration in P.H. Kuyper Gymna…

Very little is known about what happened to Flying Tiger Line Flight 739, a military mission plane that went missing on March 16, 1962, with 93 US Army Soldiers on board and 11 crew members (including IL natives SGT Donald Aaron Barnes from Granite City, PVT Donald W. Henderson of Mount Aubu…

Hopedale Medical Foundation proudly announces its 2021 scholarship winners.  Candidate selections were made by an independent panel of judges who reviewed applications from graduating seniors from Olympia, Hartsburg-Emden, Tremont, Dee-Mack, Midwest- Central and Delavan high schools.

Illinois Central College agriculture students showcased their knowledge and skills in the 2021 Professional Agricultural Students (PAS) State Conference held virtually in February.

SPRINGFIELD – The annual Illinois Peace Officers Memorial Service to honor law enforcement officers killed in Illinois in the line of duty, including six who died in 2019 and 10 who died in 2020, will be held Thursday, May 6 at 11 a.m. at the Illinois Peace Officer Memorial sculpture on the …

For many cancers, early detection is the key to a full recovery from the disease. OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center strives to make life-saving cancer screenings available to everyone who needs one, and is holding a one-stop cancer screening event for uninsured community members be…

In 4-H, learning about horses means much more than learning to ride. Young people with a passion for horses participated in recent statewide educational contests related to the equine industry. 4-H’s educational programs enhance members’ knowledge of horse health, breed characteristics, mana…