Thanksgiving has arrived and that means many people will be working overtime in their kitchens. According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) data, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. U.S. fire depa…

Illinois Secretary of State offices and Commercial Driver License (CDL) facilities, and drive-thru facilities serving license plate stickers will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, in observance of Thanksgiving. All other Driver Services facilities are closed until Dec. 7 o…

Christine Vuskalns, 40-year alumni of Dee-Mack High School, recently was notified that she will be inducted into the University of Louisville (UofL) Army ROTC Alumni Council’s (ARAC’s) Army ROTC Hall of Fame.

The Morton Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) partnered with Morton Public Library to offer the November session of GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science).  Girls in grades four through seven learned about the scientific method using worms from University of Illino…

Focused on employee empowerment, Hopedale Medical Complex awarded its November Employee Awards.  The COO (Character of an Outstanding Organization) and the November Employee of the Month Award, which is nominated and voted on by fellow HMC Employees, were presented.

With the cancellation of the IHSA State Cross Country Meet, Shazam Racing and Milesplit IL announced their joint venture to host the Shazam Championships. This provided qualifying elite athletes from across the state an opportunity to compete in post season championship races amongst the bes…

Be sure to mark your calendar for 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, 2020 to attend the annual Minier Christmas Parade. The theme this year is “It’s an Olympia-Spartan Strong Christmas”. Student organizations and community groups from the Olympia district will be featured this year.

The Gettysburg Address is Abraham Lincoln’s most famous speech. It helped change the way America viewed the Civil War and itself. Now the monumental address will be on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for two weeks.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is proud to relaunch a program aimed at highlighting our service men and women in agriculture. The Homegrown by Heroes program allows Illinois farmers, ranchers, fishermen and producers who have served or are still serving in any branch of the U.…

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) would like to recognize the almost 600,000 Illinois family caregivers providing an estimated 670 million hours of unpaid care during any given year. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and holiday season…

While the official start of winter is not for several weeks, those in Illinois know that winter weather is inevitable. Knowing what to do before a winter storm strikes can provide peace of mind and ultimately impact how well you respond and recover from any winter storm. To help Illinois res…

Save the date for Small Business Saturday on November 28. A tree lighting ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at Memorial Plaza along with a visit from Santa and friends, horse and buggy rides, and music by Cathy Rauch, sponsored by PLaCE. And don’t miss Hometown Holidays Specials available Nove…

Hopedale Medical Complex staff may not be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together with you at the Café, but they still want you to stop by. This year, HMC will host a drive-thru meal pickup so that you can enjoy all the delicious traditional holiday dishes to be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p…

Illinois Central College and its Workforce and Diversity division proudly celebrate this week’s fifth annual U.S. Department of Labor’s National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), November 8-14. The nationwide celebration brings together business leaders, labor, educational institutions and those in…

University of Illinois Extension staff from horticulture, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—Education (SNAP-Ed), and 4-H teamed up to provide training to teachers, administrators, parents, and master volunteers with the goal to help them understand how to start and maintain a school …

Hunters in Illinois should think safety before, during and after their time in the field this fall and winter as waterfowl, upland game, furbearer, and firearm and archery deer seasons provide ample opportunity to enjoy time in the outdoors in Illinois. 

The Morton Economic Development Council awarded Captivation Dance a MicroGrant on November 4, 2020. Captivation Dance, formerly Captivation Dance by Kaleigh, was bought by Michelle White. Michelle and team renovated the space, making room for two dance studios, with a goal of making two more…

On November 3, 2020, the Morton Economic Development Council awarded Seasons Gastropub a MicroGrant. Seasons Gastropub began renovations earlier this year, adding new furniture, redesign of the interior spaces and an addition of breakfast foods creating Seasons Griddle.  This new renovation …

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On Saturday, October 24, the girls and boys Morton Potters varsity cross country teams traveled to Black Partridge Park in Metamora to compete against a strong field of runners from central Illinois in the IHSA Regional Meet. The race format had runners toe the line in three heats for the gi…

The Board of Education held a Committee of the Whole meeting prior to the regular meeting for the purpose of having a walk-through at MJHS and MHS.  At MJHS, Board members were shown the new construction inside and out.  At MHS the tour included three science labs in the main hallway that wi…

When a tree is planted in someone’s honor, it is expected that the tree will outlive the memory of the person for whom it was planted.  On October 30, 2020, three new trees will hopefully fulfill that expectation.

Illinois Central College has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) to implement a new, innovative bridge and transition program titled the Gateway to Medical Laboratory Technician Careers Program.  

Centered around the concept of Mission Excellence, Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC) Employees surround themselves in a culture where the expectation is always for excellent performance and they recognize the work they do truly makes a difference in the lives of others each day.  For the month …

The Deer Creek Unit of Home and Community Extension will meet on November 12, at 1 p.m. at the Deer Creek Community Center.  COVID-19 restrictions will be observed.  The community center will have hand sanitizing stations available for use.