Beginning October 15 and through December 7, 2019 you may change your current Medicare Part D Plan for prescription drugs or enroll in a Part D Plan for the first time. This enrollment will be effective January 1, 2020. You do not have to change your plan if you are satisfied with the one yo…

Boys and girls ages 11 to 17 are invited to see what Scouts BSA is all about at a special campout September 21 at Wilmor Sportsman’s Club, 17480 Washington Road, Morton. Jointly sponsored by Scouts BSA Troop 178 (all male) and Troop 1178 (all female), the outing will give visitors a chance t…

Members of the community of Deer Creek and those of surrounding communities are invited to attend a concert by the Farm Hands, an award-winning bluegrass gospel band, on Friday, September 13 at 7 p.m. in the Deer Creek Baptist Church, 207 N. Main Street, Deer Creek.

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The Annual Washington Community High School Marching Panther Invitational will be held Saturday, September 7 at WCHS’s Babcook Field from 1-9:15 p.m. Gates will open at noon and cost for adults will be $8, $5 for Seniors and K-12 students. Washington School District #50, District #51, Distri…

The Morton Varsity Girls Tennis team opened their season hosting the Potter Invitational on Saturday, August 24. The tournament was comprised of #1 and #2 singles divisions and #1, #2 and #3 doubles divisions with players from Geneseo, LaSalle-Peru, Metamora, Morris, Morton, Normal West, Pon…

The MHS boys golf team won the U of I invitational in Champaign on Monday, August 26.  Three individuals also placed in the top 10 with Collin Roche placing second, Connor Vicary placing eighth and Cade Coon placing 10th. 

Morton Potters Katie Krupa and Raquel Frakes (#10) seal the net against a Richwoods hitter in the Potterdome during the season opener on August 27.  The Potters overcame some first-match jitters to beat the Knights in two sets, 25-20, 25-12.  Morton swept the night, with the sophomore team w…

The public is invited to attend the fourth annual Night Under the Lights tennis event to remember and honor former Lincoln teacher and Morton High School tennis coach, Joal Stanfield.  Joal passed away unexpectedly five years ago, and this event was organized as a way to honor Joal's love of…

Gus Rugaard safely steals second base against Effingham during the Millard Invitational at Westwood Park on Saturday, August 24.  The eighth grade Junior Potters defeated the Effingham Mustangs 13-1 in the semifinal, after beating Parkside Friday night in eight innings, by a score of 2-1. Un…

The marriage of Jessica Rae Vance of Tremont, IL and Aaron Michael Hintz of Manito, IL took place on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Tremont United Methodist Church. The ceremony was performed by Pastor Larry Frank.

Morton High School kicked off the 2019 fall sports season on August 23 with their annual Cherry and Gray night. The evening featured scrimmages showcasing the volleyball, tennis and football teams as well as performances by the dance team and cheerleaders.  All fall sports teams were introdu…

Morton High School kicked off the 2019 fall sports season on August 23 with their annual Cherry and Gray night. The evening featured scrimmages showcasing the volleyball, tennis and football teams as well as performances by the dance team and cheerleaders.  All fall sports teams were introdu…

Morton High School kicked off the 2019 fall sports season on August 23 with their annual Cherry and Gray night. The evening featured scrimmages showcasing the volleyball, tennis and football teams as well as performances by the dance team and cheerleaders.  All fall sports teams were introdu…

Morton High School kicked off the 2019 fall sports season on August 23 with their annual Cherry and Gray night. The evening featured scrimmages showcasing the volleyball, tennis and football teams as well as performances by the dance team and cheerleaders.  All fall sports teams were introdu…

Grace Church in Morton is hosting the “Broken Into Beautiful Women's Conference” on Saturday, September 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Gwen Smith, the conference speaker and worship leader, will bring her passion for women to know and trust God's beautiful truth for them, in the very midst o…

The Morton Farmers Market N More will be ending its 2019 season on Tuesday, September 3. The Market will be open from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in the Village lot located across from Jefferson School, 225 E. Jefferson Street.

The Morton Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded its 2019 Laura Fuoss Memorial Grant to Stefanie Clarke, a pediatric nurse at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. She is a graduate of Morton High School and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cedarville …

SPRINGFIELD – Leading Illinois Republicans acknowledged the stark political reality their party faces in the state at a joint breakfast of the state central committee and county chairmen’s association Thursday, but said the state’s “aggressive progressive” swing to the left this year offers …

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The Fifth Annual Kayak Fun Challenge Obstacle Course Race will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Eureka Lake, Eureka, IL beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at noon. Proceeds from the race are supporting Heartline and Heart House of Eureka, which services to women and children in crisis situat…

OSF Senior World in Morton is hosting a free community event offering entertainment, education and healthy living tips on August 21 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Brandon Wood Retirement Center, located at 730 W. Jefferson Street.

Time to get ready for the Luck o' the Pumpkin! Isle of Erin will host Irish step dance classes at the library for four weeks leading up to the 2019 Morton Pumpkin Festival. Class participants age 6-13 will have the opportunity to join the dance troupe and other library dance students for a p…

The Morton Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) partnered with Morton Public Library to offer the July session of GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science).  Girls, grades fourth through seventh, learned about 3D Pens. The girls created 3D Eiffel towers, glasses and flowers.

The Washington Park District and the Arts Festival Committee would like to announce that the 2019 Washington Arts Festival will be held the weekend of August 17-18 at Washington Park, 815 Lincoln Street in Washington, Illinois. Juried exhibitors have already registered and are looking forwar…

Illinois State Representative Ryan Spain hosted his third annual Summer Reading Party at Shore Acres Pool in Chillicothe on August 8.  Children in grades K-6 residing in the 73rd District were treated to a fun evening of swimming and ice cream for reading at least eight books over the summer. 

It is time to get kids ready for #VaxToSchool. As the upcoming school year quickly approaches and you start on your back-to-school plans, make sure your kids are up-to-date on their required vaccinations. Use the hashtag #VaxToSchool on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to encourage others to…

SPRINGFIELD – The State of Illinois received an extension for submitting a request to the federal government for a major disaster declaration related to severe storms and flooding that occurred between late February and early July. The original deadline for such submission was August 2. The …

Morton catcher Kyra Killion (in red) tags out a Sting Elite runner at home plate during the 16UB Northern Nationals tournament in Bloomington, IN on July 27.  The Morton Mystics went 3-3 on the weekend and finished in the top 10 at the tournament against teams from Illinois, Indiana, Minneso…

Morton senior Amanda Lichtenstein (in red) hits a ball past the Normal Community blockers at the Illini Elite July volleyball league on July 22.  The Potters remain undefeated in league play with one week remaining.  They will wrap up summer scrimmages on July 29 and will have a short break …

Scouts from Troop 178 and Troop 1178 conducted a flag retirement ceremony July 22 at Oakwood Park in Morton. More than 50 American flags, collected over the past year, were retired in the prescribed manner by burning. 

Precious Pumpkin Baby Contest applications are now available at the Morton Public Library, Morton Chamber of Commerce office and the We Care, Inc. office as well as on their websites. This event is again sponsored by We Care, Inc. in conjunction with the Pumpkin Festival. Deadline for applic…

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker surpassed 100 bills signed as he put his signature on more than 30 new laws last week. They included a measure to increase penalties on texting drivers who cause great bodily harm, and another to allow certain recipients of food stamps to use them at state-co…