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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.

Care, compassion and excellence comes from many departments at Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC), but the September Employee of the Month Awardees’ impacts are felt throughout the campus daily.  With over 300 dedicated employees and healthcare professionals, HMC is excited to showcase Jessica C…

The Illinois Department of Transportation began removal and replacement of overhead lighting at the intersection of Illinois 9 and Springfield Road, west of Tremont in Tazewell County, on October 12. The work will require daily lane closures and is expected to last about three weeks. 

The Deer Creek Unit of Home and Community Extension will hold a regular meeting on October 14 at the Deer Creek Community Center at 1 p.m.  Program for the day will be “ACE: Adverse Childhood Experiences”. Presenter for the day’s program will be Carol Schlappi.

The Morton Chamber of Commerce (MCOC) held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, September 30 for JR’s Landscape Services. The ceremony was held at 4 p.m. at the business headquarters in Groveland and included a meal, as well as some fun giveaways after the ribbon cutting. 

Past board members and supporters of the Morton Community Foundation gathered on Friday October 8, 2021 for the announcement of the final 135 leaves that were added to the Giving Tree.  The leaves on the tree recognize special donors, as well as the specific funds held at Morton Community Fo…

Family and friends of Cordus Pearce invite all to join together in the effort to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention by participating in Cord’s Fight for Suicide Awareness fundraiser. The event will be held on Sunday, October 10 from 3 – 6 p.m. at Idlewood Park in Morton.

Emily Schoenfelder, AAUW volunteer, presented the 4-H program, “Flight Plan” for the September session of GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science).  Participants used the scientific method to see how far a paper airplane would go. The girlS used five different types of papers to see which …

As hunting season opens, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) wants to remind hunters to take precautions against tick bites to prevent contracting diseases they may carry, like Lyme disease.  Other tick-borne diseases include Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tularemia, Ehrlichiosis …

The Deer Creek Unit of Home and Community Extension will hold a regular meeting on October 14 at the Deer Creek Community Center at 1 p.m.  Program for the day will be “ACE: Adverse Childhood Experiences”. Presenter for the day’s program will be Carol Schlappi.

The October 8 Senior Adult Ministry Luncheon will be held at the Deer Creek Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.  Doors open at 11:30 a.m.  A potluck luncheon will be served at noon.  Featured entrée will be lasagna and chili.  Coffee and iced tea will be provided.  Those attending are requested …

The Morton VFW is excited to announce a complete transformation of the Morton Civil War Days, renaming the event to, “A Call to Arms: Homefront to Battlefield”, and will take place on October 1-3, 2021, a departure from the normal first weekend of May schedule.

Colonel Jori A. Robinson, US Air National Guard, received a promotion to Brigadier General on September 18, 2021, in Annapolis, MD.  General Robinson is the newest general promoted by the U.S. Air Force.  Her promotion occurred on the 84th birthday of the Air Force.

Tazewell County Genealogical and Historical Society is now holding its 17th annual sale of Terri Lynn nuts, one of the society's most successful annual fundraisers.  

ScaleTrains, a manufacturer of HO, N and S Scale model trains, will be visiting the River City Model Railroad Club for a meet and greet at the Pekin Park Administrative Building , Mineral Springs Park, 1701 Court St. Pekin, on Thursday, September 30 from 7-9 p.m. The event is free and open t…

Take the time to care for you or someone that is important to you with the Diabetes Workshop Series at the Hopedale Wellness Center.  This four week diabetes series will be taught by Hopedale Medical Complex Registered Dietitian, Amy Sammis.  Program participants will meet each Thursday from…

The Heart of Illinois Blue Star Mothers (BSM) will pack items for the 10th annual “Bit of Home” at Roanoke-Benson High School in October. The Bit of Home program supplies care packages for deployed US troops, which will be put together from donated items from an Amazon Wishlist. This wish li…

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The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that certified child passenger safety technicians are offering free car seat safety checks throughout the state as part of Child Passenger Safety Week this week, highlighted by National Seat Check Saturday on Saturday, Sept. 25. 

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With the nation racing toward civil war, President-elect Abraham Lincoln sat down and wrote an inaugural speech that he hoped would pull America back from the brink. It urged patience. It insisted the North and South must remain friends. It asked everyone to heed their “better angels”.

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Illinois Central College has announced the names of students who earned Dean's List honors during the summer 2021 semester. Dean's List recognition is earned with a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.99. Among those named to the honors list are the following area students:

On Friday, September 24, 2021, Heartland Bank and Trust Company will host its “More for You” event. Local offices are extending an open invitation to customers, residents and businesses to join the event online or in-branch. The celebration includes gifts, one-day-only offers and a chance to…

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Every region has its own twists on folk and roots music, and the mission of the Red Prairie Ramblers is to celebrate the musical traditions of downstate Illinois. The quartet performs Sept. 30 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Illinois Central College has announced students who earned President's List honors during the summer 2021 semester. President's List recognition is achieved with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Among those named to the honors list are the following area students:

Need to clean out and safely dispose of important paper documents? Morton Community Bank is hosting its annual “Community Shred Day” on Saturday, September 25, 2021, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the west end of the Morton Community Bank Main Bank parking lot, 721 W. Jackson Street, Morton…

Tazewell County Genealogical and Historical Society is now holding its 17th annual sale of Terri Lynn nuts, one of the society's most successful annual fundraisers.  

Collin Weigle is one of 272 University of Iowa students who are members of the 2021 Hawkeye Marching Band, one of the "top ten college marching bands in the nation," according to CNN Headline News and one of the Big Ten Conference's marching bands whose halftime show is "worth the watch," ac…

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The Morton Community Foundation recently received accreditation with the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations establish legal, ethical and effective practices for community foundations everywhere.

Join PumpkinLand Community Events (PLaCE) and friends on Tuesday, September 7 for a Taste of the Market to welcome the return of Market Food Trucks one more time in 2021 in Church Square (across from Jefferson School) from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Stop by and grab some deliciousness from th…

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Anyone who wants to aid in telling the story of the nation’s 16th president has the opportunity when the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum welcomes new volunteers at an orientation session, Wednesday, Sept. 8.

The calendar still says August, but the Illinois Department of Transportation is looking for qualified individuals to apply for seasonal positions to help with snow-and-ice removal across the state through its annual “snowbird” program. The temporary snowplow drivers are hired by IDOT every …

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) last week announced an updated consumption advisory for sport fish caught in Illinois waters, including Lake Michigan.  These changes are the result of continued sampling by the Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program (FCMP).