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…

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The KB Strong Foundation has donated $50,000 for glioblastoma and brain tumor research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria. The gift is from personal donations, community organization fundraising efforts and other fundraising efforts of the KB Strong Foundation, such as …

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…

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Before researching the City of Washington’s website concerning its city cemetery, these words were jotted down on a note pad, “How is Veterans Day, Glendale Cemetery in Washington, Illinois, American Heritage Girls Troop IL2415, and December 19, 2020 connected?”

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. 

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.  

Washington Community High School hosted “Boo Bash - Community Edition” last Thursday, October 29, a drive-thru trunk-or-treat event with four different locations across town. Student representatives from Washington High School and Central Intermediate School Student Council braved the cold w…

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The Washington Specialty Shops are partnering with Washington Helps It’s People (WHIP) beginning with their Holiday Open House on Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8. The Specialty Shops will be holding a drawing for gift basket worth over $200.  Tickets for the basket drawing will be give…

The Peoria Comic Book Convention will be held on November 1 at the Holiday Inn & Suites located at 101 Holiday St East Peoria. Admission is free and open to the public, and will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dealers specializing in comic books new and old, toys and related collectibles …

Harvest season is the time of year when some of the best aspects of Midwest agriculture can be experienced by all. Pumpkin patches and apple orchards in Illinois are open for visitors and the golden-brown fields of mature crops line rural roads across the state. But along with these markers …

Volunteers of University of Illinois Extension's Master Gardener program were recognized at a virtual awards ceremony October 2. The annual awards ceremony recognizes the work of the 2,700 volunteers who provide horticulture-related assistance to their communities.

In recent days, dry conditions and gusty winds have fueled countless fires destroying miles of farmland, valuable equipment, structures and in some cases severely injuring those involved. Fires can occur at any time of year and anywhere in the country, including remote rural areas, state or …

Sandy Tunnel (left), Jeff Alexander and Kathy Bridgeforth joined together and thanked Washington United Township Fund for its generous donation to MOMS Who Care at Beverly Manor. 

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This is the story of a Christmas present that was turned into a more comprehensive project that stirred creative power. It’s the story of how Noah Johnson, a junior at Washington Community High School, combined his imagination, adaptive capabilities, initiative and perseverance to achieve an…