A Native American artifacts exhibit will be on display June 22, 2019 following the Mack-Ca-Fest Parade. The public is invited to view from 1:30-4:00 p.m. at the Mackinaw Community Center, located at the corner of Fast and Orchard streets. The event is sponsored by Mackinaw Area Historical So…

Morton Park District programs are in full swing and the recent mild temperatures make being outdoors quite enjoyable. Members of the Northwoods Nature Nuts explored the creek last week, observing animal tracks, water creatures, erosion and collecting clay to mold into sculptures. 

The Morton Premier U8 girls team took home the championship in the River City Invitational held over the June 7-9 weekend. They scored a combined 16 goals throughout the tournament on their way to a perfect 3-0 record. Team members include (front, from left) coach Norman Ramos, Addison Calde…

The Morton Premier U10 Boys Red team placed second in the River City Invitational tournament held over the June 7-9 weekend. The team scored a combined 19 goals with two shut outs on their way to a 3-1 tournament record. Team member include (front, from left) Crew Martin, Max Nestrud, Jon An…

The Morton Premier U10 Girls Red team wrapped up their play in the River City Invitational as tournament champions. Their overall record in the tournament, held over the June 7-9 weekend, was 4-0, with a combined 25 goals and two shut outs in their dominant, perfect-record performance. Team …

The Morton Premier U14 girls team went home as tournament champions after playing in the River City Invitational held over the June 7-9 weekend. The team scored a combined 10 goals over the weekend with two shut outs, including their 3-0 shutout performance in the championship game, finishin…

Chloe Schonert, a resident of Washington, recently attended the Indiana Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar held at University of Indianapolis June 6-9. Schonert joined more than 145 other young high school leaders from the region. Representing Morton High School, Chloe is the daughter of …

Abby Winstead of Morton bunts safely against Farmington on the way to an 11-0 win.  The 16U Morton Mystics and the Morton Girls Softball Association hosted a shortened version of their annual "Battle at Birchwood" tournament on June 16, after all games were rained out on June 15. 

State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) and State Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) are collaborating to host a health fair for local seniors on July 9. The free event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Oasis Senior Center in Lincoln.

The 108th Hopedale High School Alumni Banquet will be held Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the Living Hope Community Church, 326 NW Jefferson Street, in Hopedale. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m. Reservations are $20 per person.

The Morton Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) partnered with Morton Public Library to offer the May session of GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science). Girls, grades four through seven, focused on putting the “A” in STEAM with an art session entitled “Fun with Duct …

Each year, Morton Community Unit School District 709 honors teachers and support staff with three awards: The Potter’s Hand (support staff), The Dana Ashby Memorial Service Award (outstanding special educator) and The Master Potter (outstanding teacher). These are the highest awards District…

On Sunday, June 30, friends and members of The Barn (First Pres Church of Morton) will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special service beginning at 10 a.m. followed by lunch and an open house from 2-4 p.m.  Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to help celebrate the occasion.

Ellie Lockwood crushes a two-out, three-run homerun against the Streator Storm in bracket play at the Pontiac Summer Sizzler on June 9. The 16U Mystics came from behind to win, 4-2.

The 16U Morton Mystics opened up their summer tournament schedule at the Pontiac Summer Sizzler tournament on June 8-9.  The Mystics went 4-2 on the weekend and took second place out of the 14 teams in their division.  They will host their own tournament at Birchwood Park on June 15-16.  

These first-grade students from Bethel Lutheran School have become proud members of the 500 Club for the 2018-2019 school year. Students earn membership by reading 500 or more books or chapters during the school year. 

Woodford County Health Department will host a free household hazardous waste collection event sponsored Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The collection will take place at Woodford County Highway Department, 301 S. Main St. Roanoke, IL …

A new amendment to the Class D Liquor License has opened the door for large drug stores to sell liquor in Morton. The amendment was passed at the June 3 Village Board Meeting.

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During Memorial Day proceedings, the Illinois House of Representatives paused for the adoption of House Resolution 367, offered by State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield). The resolution honored the life and service of Tremont native and U. S. Marine Corps Cpl. Daniel Baker, who pass…

Join PumpkinLand Community Events and Friends in The Indulgence Tours - The Tomatoes on Thursday, June 6 starting at 3 p.m. in Morton.  Participating businesses, their hours and their offerings are listed online at www.mortomagnet.com, on Facebook (PLaCE – PumpkinLand Community Events), and …

The Little Ryman Opry will perform live at the Morton Knights of Columbus Hall on Friday, June 7 at 7 p.m., with special guest Harmony Grits. Tickets are just $10 at the door. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Be sure to mark your calendars for this fun, family friendly Branson…

Anne Schlafly Cori, daughter of Phyllis Schlafly and head of Eagle Forum, will be the guest speaker at the next Morton Tea Party meeting. Her presentation is entitled “Is the Equality Act equal?”. This free event is open to the public, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Morton Freedom Hall, 349 W. Birc…

Antique cars are not the only automobiles displayed at the Wheels O’Time Museum. On June 22 and June 23, the museum will feature a new, temporary outdoor exhibition titled “Cars through Time”. A variety of selected vehicles will represent the evolution of the automobile industry over a hundr…

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus in Illinois for 2019.  DuPage County Health Department staff collected the positive mosquitoes on May 21, 2019 in Wayne, Illinois.  No human cases of West Nile virus have b…

When you have aging parents or have to become a caregiver for a loved one, it can be overwhelming emotionally and physically. Many times, you are thrown into the role of decision-maker due to a crisis situation, leaving you unprepared and unsure of what questions to even ask. “Do I have lega…

Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF), serving central and mid-southern Illinois, will take its third 2019 Honor Flight on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, departing from Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in honoring 87 American Veterans. On board LLHF Mission No. 56 to Washington, DC, will…

The Hands of Love Women's Summer seven-week Bible study session is set to begin on Tuesday, June 11 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Germantown Hills Fire House, located at 313 Prairie Avenue. This is a DVD study, "The Gospel of Mark," by Lisa Harper.

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For most Americans, Memorial Day is little more than a three-day weekend and a chance to fire up the grill. Some of us will take time out to remember our loved ones who have passed away, often decorating their graves with flowers or keepsakes. Many of us will take a moment to honor our veter…

Morton Premier Soccer Club will hold Fall Player Evaluations for players born 2001-2013 interested in playing competitive travel soccer on June 1-2 at Carper Field (Morton High School turf field).  To register for fall and for more information on specific times for each age group's evaluatio…

Morton Pack 85 held their last meeting of the year at Oakwood Park on May 17, 2019. The parents and scouts enjoyed fellowship as they hiked, played on the playground, roasted hot dogs, toasted s’mores, watched skits and enjoyed Scout fellowship.

Lettie Brown School raised a record breaking $4,438.62 for the children at St. Jude Research Hospital. This is the most money the school has raised in a week for St. Jude. The students and staff sold t-shirts, held a classroom competition for raising the most money (with the winning class ea…

The Lady Potters Track and Field team had seven athletes participate in last weekend’s Illinois State Championships in Charleston.  The Potters earned 21 points, which finished them ninth in the 2A competition.  The Lady Potters had four All State Performances from their distance runners, wi…

Morton Senior Nick Guerra leads off with a double against East Peoria in the regional semifinal on May 22 at Westwood Park. The Potters showed off their offensive power, hitting four home runs in the outing.  Jack Brennan hit two, Nick Guerra hit one and Bryce Brown had a grand slam to help …

The Morton Premier U10 Red boys’ soccer team finished as tournament champions at the East Moline Quad Cities Shoot Out held over the April 27-28 weekend. Team members include (from left) Wyatt Null, Nick Soderstrom, Jax Doran, Max Nestrud, Eli Opel, Joe Anders, Blake Smith, Parker Griffin, C…

The Morton Premier U14 girls’ soccer team recently took second place at the East Moline Quad Cities Shoot Out held over the April 27-28 weekend. Team members include (front, from left) Jorja Ferrell, Arlie Akers, Molly Shook, Abbey Pollard, Naomi Steffen, Hannah Epkins, Lola Kaiser, Madison …

The Morton Premier high school boys’ soccer team recently finished as tournament champions at the East Moline Quad Cities Shoot Out held over the April 27-28 weekend. Team member include (top, from left) coach Oz Bakirdan, Logan Cupi, Caleb Stoops, Mustafa Bakirdan, Lucas Fontana, Justin Har…

The Morton Premier U7/8 boys’ soccer team recently took second place at the East Moline Quad Cities Shoot Out held over the April 27-28 weekend. Team members include (from left) Hayes Kraft, Brady Nightingale, Gavin Selke, Landon Blake, Nixon Albers, Kyle Holmgren and Ben Volpert. Standing b…

The Morton Fury U12 girls’ soccer team recently competed with a first place finish in the Quad City Shootout held over the April 27-28 weekend. Team members include (back, from left) Carly Whitaker, Izzy Peterson, Gabbie Hutchinson, Ruby Brubaker, Paige Selke, Emerson Timmons, Harper Strube,…

The Morton Fury U12 boys’ soccer team recently finished in first place at the Quad Cities Shoot Out held over the April 27-28 weekend. Team member include (back, from left) Brayden Ahlers, Andrew Brooks, Lucas Drake, Alex Mckie, Ian Bair, Caleb Saunders, (front, from left) Uan Chatwell, Max …

The Morton Fury U10 girls recently won the Quad City Shootout held over the April 27-28 weekend. Team members and coaches include (front, from left) Brynleigh Vance, Lucy Rapp, Jade Pflederer, Hadley Lovell, Jolie Farrell, Miley Darche, Bella Joos, (back, from left) coach Jeff Brooks, Mary G…

Morton Junior High celebrated Grandparents Day on Friday, May 3, with over 500 Grandparents were in attendance.  This year the event was split up to allow enough room for all grandparents to attend.  The eighth-grade students had breakfast with their grandparents and the seventh-grade studen…

Nick Guerra (24) greets Jack Brennan at home plate after Brennan hit his second home run of the night against East Peoria on May 1.  The Potters beat the Raiders 13-4 at Mike McDonald Field.  The Potters picked up three more wins last week and are currently 20-4 overall, 8-2 in the Mid-Illin…

Josh Weeks and Yonas Wuthrich led the second lap of the 1600-meter run.  They went on to finish in first and second place, respectively, beating both the Morton school and Tazewell County record time for the event. Weeks finished with a time of 4:50.26, with Wuthrich finishing just behind at…