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The office of Central Methodist University provost Rita Gulstad announced recently the students included on the fall 2021 Dean's List. Nearly 1,000 students across all campuses and online learning met the requirements for placement, including a grade point average of 3.50 or higher for the s…

With what seems a “never-ending” crucial shortage of blood at this time, the Peoria Red Cross will be holding a blood drive hosted by members of the Morton Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 2530 N. Morton Ave, Morton, Illinois.  The blood drive will be held …

Scouts BSA Troops 178 and 1178 are holding their annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction fundraiser on January 29, 2022, from 4-8 p.m., at the Morton United Methodist Church, 420 N. Tennessee Ave., Morton. Advance tickets are available for $7 per person for adults, $5 for seniors (60 and …

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point honored more than 2,350 undergraduate students for attaining high grade point averages during the fall semester of the 2021-2022 academic year. Among them was Morton’s Ashley Sauder, who earned Highest Honors recognition.

The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is now accepting nominations for the Senior Illinoisan Hall of Fame, open to adults age 65 and older who excel in the categories of community service, education, performance and/or graphic arts, and the labor force.

Southern New Hampshire University has announced that local students Sarah Garber of Eureka, Erin Kelly of Washington, Abbi Shenaut of Tremont, and Paige Crook of Germantown Hills have all been named to the fall 2021 President's List.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is urging residents to take time in the coming weeks to test their home for radon as part of Radon Action Month.  Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.  Radon relate…

Silvia Moreno-Garcia, the bestselling and award-winning author of Mexican Gothic, is coming to Illinois libraries. Thanks to a new collaborative effort Illinois Libraries Present, Morton Public Library will join 200 other libraries in hosting Moreno-Garcia and other notable authors through v…

The January 14 Senior Adult Ministry Luncheon will be held at the Deer Creek Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.  Doors open at 11 a.m., with a potluck brunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.  Featured entrée will be egg casseroles.  Coffee, juice and water will be provided.  Those attending are req…

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Dr. Elsburgh Clarke, emergency room (ER) doctor with EPSS Emergency Medicine Group at Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC), has a passion for ER medicine, embraces helping others, and understands the need to showcase firefighters as dedicated, all-hazard responders.

Local students Logan Barnard, Emilie Montoya and Joseph Yoder, of Morton; Emma Garcia, Olivia Hank and Tess Howley, of Washington; Samantha Boschulte, of Eureka; and Samantha Dodwell, of Metamora, have all been named to the fall 2021 Dean’s List at Western Illinois University.

The University of Evansville recently recognized students who received Dean's List Honors for the fall 2021 semester. Local students named to the list include Katherine Doty of Germantown Hills, studying Psychology; Claire Reiman of Morton, studying Exercise Science; Kayla Hughes of Germanto…

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The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that construction on North Main Street under Interstate 74 in Morton begins Jan. 10, weather permitting. 

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Due to extreme cold weather expected for Friday, January 7, 2022, Courier Newspapers offices will be closed and staff will work from home. Readers and clients can still reach Joi DeArmond (President) via email at joi67@courierpapers.com, or Dawn Farrar (Office Manager) at bookkper@courierpap…

Each December, Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC) honors employees who have had milestone employment anniversaries during the past year.  For 2021, 26 individuals were honored for their service at HMC, with years of service ranging from five years to 30 years. 

They say that when good things happen you should share them with others, and that is exactly what happened this past week.  To best understand the story, you must go back to Thanksgiving Day in Hopedale where each year, Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC) offers free holiday meals to the public. …

Every day, more children in Illinois are diagnosed with critical illnesses that would qualify them for Make-A-Wish. In fact, more than 112 wish children in Illinois are waiting today for volunteers to help grant their wishes. Start the year off by enriching your life and others through volun…

The DivorceCare recovery and support group for those who are separated or divorced will meet at Grace Church in the Fireside Room (off the foyer), located at 1325 E. Jefferson in Morton, on Thursdays from 6:45-8:30 p.m. for 13 weeks beginning on January 13 and running through April 14.

Linda Schopp, of Washington, has completed two scenes that are displayed this Christmas season at the Deer Creek Baptist Church.  The first scene depicts the Nativity of Jesus Christ, resembling a stain glass window, and was the backdrop for the “The Greatest Treasure” children’s Christmas p…

Many will be decking the halls to celebrate this holiday season. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) more than two of every five home decoration fires occur due to decorations being placed too close to a heat source. More than one-third of home decoration fires are s…

The Illinois Commerce Commission is announcing the addition of the 861 area code to counties and municipalities presently served by the 309 area code. The 861 area code will “overlay” the existing territory in order to supplement the telephone number supply. The 861 area code will be availab…

Aviation Ordinanceman 3rd Class Dawson Trapp, a 2017 Morton High School graduate, poses for a photo aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensur…

The Deer Creek Unit of Home and Community Extension will hold a regular meeting on December 9 at the Deer Creek Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 11:30 a.m.  Program for the day will be a Christmas Potluck.  Members should bring a dish to share and unwrapped toys for children at the Dee-Mack…

On Sunday, December 12, at 6 p.m., the children of the Deer Creek Baptist Church will present the Christmas pageant, “The Greatest Treasure”.  This event was postponed in 2020 due to Covid restrictions.  Christmas refreshments will be served following the pageant in the fellowship hall.  The…

The December 10 Senior Adult Ministry Luncheon will be held at the Deer Creek Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.  Doors open at 11 a.m., with a potluck luncheon served at 11:30 a.m.  Featured entrée will be chicken casserole.  Coffee and iced tea will be provided.  Those attending are requested…

The women of Morton United Methodist Church will be holding their Annual Cookie Walk on December 4, 2021, from 9-10 a.m. at the church on 420 Tennessee Avenue in Morton, with the proceeds going to Missions.   Homemade cookies, baked goods and candies will be available for purchase. Cookies a…

Each fall, Cubs Scouts fan out all across Morton to sell popcorn and raise funds to support their activities.  This year, Cub Scout Morton Pack 85 went into the community and sold 1,406 containers of popcorn, equaling a commission of $11,492 to support expenses such as membership dues, summe…