Washington Middle School was this year’s IESA Class 8-3A eighth grade boys basketball host for Regional 5 and Regional 6 brackets plus the Sectional 3 Championship.  Eureka won the Regional 5 Bracket, defeating Spring Valley Kennedy, Pontiac and Metamora.  Washington Central won the Regional…

Washington’s Devon Vanderheydt makes a mid-range jump shot in the second quarter while being well guarded by Justin Taphorn and Brady Grashoff of Pekin. Washington hosted Pekin for a Mid-Illini varsity boys’ basketball match-up on Saturday, February 15. The Panthers and the Dragons were tied…

  Washington Community High School art students Connor Atchison and Korian Chronowski, seniors, and sophomore Laura Pokarney have been awarded three prestigious “American Vision Awards Nominations” at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards January 26 at Springfield High School. Only five Amer…

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Hailey Avis of Washington, IL, has earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Washington Community High School is getting ready for the second season of IHSA boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, the latest sport added to the high school’s athletics. This includes Metamora and Eureka High School kids as the co-op between all schools allow those kids to participate. Now is the ti…

Leagues are forming now for the Washington Park District Spring and Summer youth athletics programs which include Youth Soccer 4-12 years of age, instructional soccer for 2-4 years of age, Tee Ball 4-5 years of age, Baseball and Softball ages Kindergarten – eighth grade, and Youth Lacrosse (…

Washington Middle School was this year’s IESA Class 8-3A eighth grade boys basketball host for Regional 5 and Regional 6 brackets plus the Sectional 3 Championship.  Eureka won the Regional 5 Bracket, defeating Spring Valley Kennedy, Pontiac and Metamora.  Washington Central won the Regional…

Washington’s Varsity Boys Basketball Team hosted Dunlap for a Mid-Illini Conference Game on Friday Night, February 7th.  Washington controlled the game most of the night and easily won with a final score 75-34. 

On February 1, 2020, a benefit was held at Plaza Lanes for Steve Summer, who was diagnosed with Stage IV kidney cancer on December 26, 2018.  Words can’t even describe how amazing this event turned out to be!  The parking lot was packed and at one point I believe we were told they were parki…

Washington Helps Its People Food Pantry (WHIP) has been granted 501(c)3 status by the Internal Revenue Service and is now able to provide donors with written receipts for federal income tax charitable contribution deductions. Acknowledgement letters will be sent to each individual and busine…

Five Points Washington’s initiative, Five Points Cares (#FivePointsCares), is a way for us to show you and the communities we serve how much we care. Throughout the year, we have chosen to partner with local organizations to either donate needed items, volunteer time, and provide programs an…

East Peoria Community High School hosted this year’s Mid-Illini Wrestling Conference Tournament on Saturday, January 25th.  Washington won the Conference Championship for the 11th Consecutive Year with a total score of 227.0.  Pekin finished 2nd with 129.0, and East Peoria finished 3rd with …

Braden Ogden of Washington, Illinois, has been named to the Knox College Dean's List of distinguished students for the 2019 Fall Term. To be named to the Dean's List, a student must have earned at least 2.5 credits in the term, with a grade point average of 3.6 or better (on a 4.0 scale).

Washington Community High School is getting ready for the second season of IHSA boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, the latest sport added to the high school’s athletics. This includes Metamora and Eureka High School kids as the co-op between all schools allow those kids to participate. Now is the ti…

 Boy Scout Troop 163 will hold an open house for those interested in learning about the fun that scouting has to offer on February 10, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Crossroads United Methodist Church, located on the corner of Main Street and Route 24 in Washington.

The Washington Chamber of Commerce welcomed Zeek’s Comics & Games as a 1- star member on January 29, 2020. Zeek’s Comics & Games is located at 2263 Washington Plaza, Washington and offers a customer service focused and community driven comic and game store. They have a variety of pro…

Over 1,300 students received their degrees from Northern Illinois University in December. Included among the graduates was Gregory Whightsil of Washington who earned a Bachelor of Science in Technology - Applied Manufacturing Technology.

The Washington Community High School speech team, led by coaches Lisa Stout, Erin Craig and Teresa Noe, braved the winter weather to compete in the Eureka High School speech tournament held on Saturday, January 18, 2020. 

Bank of Farmington and Ipava State Bank have announced a long-term agreement allowing customers of both banks to use ATMs interchangeably without fees. The “customer first” decision will give customers of Bank of Farmington and Ipava State Bank access to a total of 13 ATMs spreading througho…

The Washington Chamber of Commerce will host its 61st Annual Washington Meet & Mingle, previously named Washington Day Banquet, on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at Five Points Washington.  The doors will open at 6 p.m., with Countryside Banquet Facility serving food stations throughout th…

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will sponsor a candidate forum for the Peoria Public School Board candidates for District #3 to be held on Monday, February 3, at 6 p.m. in the Peoria Public Library Lakeview Branch at 1137 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria.  

Aurora University congratulates the more than 1,300 undergraduate students who earned Dean's List honors for the fall 2019 semester. The Dean's List recognizes students who have earned a 3.6 GPA or higher. Students recognized with high honors (*) have earned a perfect 4.0. Students included …

A total of 665 students earned academic degrees or post-baccalaureate certificates after the Fall 2019 semester at Western Illinois University.

Farm women are generating a cultural tide in American agriculture that is moving management, assets and opportunities to a new wave of farmers across the country. At Annie’s Project courses, farm women become empowered to be better business partners or sole operators through networks and by …