Morton High School is honored to announce the Class of 2020 Illinois State Scholars. Since 1958, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has been recognizing the top Illinois students for their academic achievement with the Illinois State Scholar designation.

Thousands gathered in downtown Peoria to watch the 132nd Annual Santa Claus Parade. The parade, traditionally held the day after Thanksgiving, is the longest running holiday parade in the country.

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, grades 4-7, learned about magic from Char Gott, member and past President of the Peoria Magicians Ass…

American Heritage Girls (AHG), a faith-based character development program for girls ages five to18, is making an impact by serving in the community. Recently, the girls sponsored by First Baptist Church in Troop IL0516 served by packing nearly 100 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. 

School personnel will be better equipped to start school gardens next spring by participating in a four-session course offered by University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit.  The first class will be held on Tuesday, December 10 at 6 p.m. in the Extension office in Pe…

George Friedrich Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah, contains music of joy, grief, fury and jubilation.  He took the greatest story ever told, directly quoting selected verses from the King James Bible, and set them to music of profound beauty.

The Morton School District invites residents to a Free Developmental Screening for children ages birth through five years who are residents of Morton School District 709 on December 17, 2019 at Morton 709 District Office, located at 1050 S. Fourth Avenue in Morton. An appointment is necessar…

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On the first floor of Morningside of Washington, beyond the lobby, there is a wall dedicated to veterans--pictures of those who served their country and who now make their home at the assisted living facility.  There is one lady among them.  Her name is Annette Dyar Sherman. 

The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis are holding their Annual Motherhouse Bazaar on Friday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Motherhouse, 1175 St. Francis Lane, East Peoria.

The following local residents have earned their degree from Western Governors University (WGU). The online, nonprofit university held its 71st (Cincinnati, Ohio); 72nd (Anaheim, California); 73rd (Salt Lake City, UT); and 74th (Seattle, Washington) commencement ceremonies in the spring and s…

David K. Aaker IOM, internationally-recognized speaker, trainer and author on customer service will be the speaker in Morton on Tuesday, November 19 for a two-hour workshop entitled, “Customer Service: Inside & Out”. The event will be held at Freedom Hall, 349 W. Birchwood, from 11 a.m. …

Luminaria can be purchased in honor, support or memory of a loved one to light Memorial Plaza in Morton during the Hometown Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration to be held Friday, November 30.

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The Morton United Methodist Church, 420 N. Tennessee (on Route 150 just east of the soccer field), will be hosting a Craft & Market Sale on Saturday, November 9 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to join the fun and start their holiday shopping. 

More than 1,500 Illinois 4-H members care for dogs as part of their project work. Obedience training provides mental stimulation that keeps dogs mentally and physically healthy and provides structure for appropriate behavior.

Give back this holiday season by “spreading the cheer” through blood donation at the Illinois State Police Morton Forensic Science Laboratory, 1810 S. Main Street in Morton on Wednesday, November 13 from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

A Trivia Night for Easter Seals will be held on November 2 at Barracks Banquet Hall, 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway in Peoria. Cost is $15 and includes a meal. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner from 5:30-7 p.m. Trivia will be from 7-10 p.m.

The Peoria Train Fair pulls into the Illinois Central College East Peoria campus on schedule, Sunday, November 17. The fair runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and is sponsored by the Illinois Valley Model Railroad Club in Peoria and Pekin’s River City Model Railroad Club. Admission is just $3 for adul…

The Dee-Mack Boosters have awarded the first ever travelling trophy for business class participation to the Mackinaw District Library.  Wording on the trophy is: Paint the Town RED, Dee-Mack Spirit Decorating Contest.

Morton Community Unit School District would like to thank its school board members for their commitment to leadership and learning on November 15, 2019. The date is officially designated each year as School Board Members Day in Illinois to honor these public servants for their contributions …

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The KBStrong Foundation Board is hosting the First Annual BROWNFEST in memory of Coach Brown on November 2 at the American Legion in Washington and everyone is welcome to attend!

The Morton High School Marching Band will be holding its Community Performance Tuesday, October 29 at Carper Field in Morton, from 8-9 p.m. The community is welcome to attend the final performance of their 2019 production “Candyland”. The senior band members will be recognized after the perf…

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SPRINGFIELD – Current and former leaders of the Illinois Air National Guard said Tuesday the obesity rate in the United States has become a national security threat and they urged state lawmakers to invest more in early childhood education programs that focus on nutrition, health and physica…

Morton CUSD 709 would like to thank the Morton and Groveland community for supporting the students of the Morton Junior High. The student pledges and business sponsors raised $41,814.90 at this year’s annual Help-A-Thon fundraiser. Over the past seven years, the annual fundraiser has raised …

The Morton School District would like to recognize its office administration team for its service and dedication to the school district, schools, students, families and community. The leadership and mentor ship you provide is greatly appreciated every day of the year, especially on Boss’ Day…

Honorary drum major Mila Goggins salutes the crowd along with Morton High School's drum major Tori Sauder before the varsity football game at Carper Field on September 20. Mila’s family won the opportunity through a silent auction that benefitted St. Jude. 

Members of the Tremont High School Homecoming Court include (front, left) Queen Candidates - Nora Hodges, Hillary Mason, Tarlie Fitzanko, Kamryn Williams, Becca Saal, Maggie Bolliger; (back, left) King Candidates - Terrence Gardner, Landon Pflederer, Titus Thompson, Kendall Ehnle and Nate Ng…