Washington Community High School student Gabriela Strong recently won first place at the state level with her essay entry into the 2019 McLean and Tazewell County Coloring, Poster and Essay Contest, sponsored by the Normal Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. She will advance to the national …

Chloe Schonert, a resident of Washington, recently attended the Indiana Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar held at University of Indianapolis June 6-9. Schonert joined more than 145 other young high school leaders from the region. Representing Morton High School, Chloe is the daughter of …

State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) and State Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) are collaborating to host a health fair for local seniors on July 9. The free event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Oasis Senior Center in Lincoln.

The Washington Cobra softball program under the direction of the Washington Park District is taking coaching applications for the 2019-2020 travel softball season. Coaching positions are for 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U travel softball teams. A questionnaire is available at the Washington Park …

All are invited to visit and join in on the fun, food, shopping and fellowship at this year’s annual Spring Fling, sponsored by the Golden Agers Club, at Leisure Acres Apartments on Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch for guests will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The John L. Hensey Elementary School gymnasium will be a host site for a summer lunch program that offers free lunch meals to anyone under the age of 18. The program will be available from June 17 through August 2, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays (excluding the July 4 holi…

Select Washington Community High School student athletes were recognized during the WCHS Spring Sports Awards Night event held on Thursday, May 30, hosted by the Panthers Boosters in the high school’s multi-purpose room. WCHS Athletic Director Herb Knoblauch served as Master of Ceremonies fo…

Last weekend was recital weekend for the Washington studio of Kim’s Academy of Dance. This year’s theme was “One Hit Wonders”.  The recital was held at the Peoria Civic Center theatre on June 7-8.  Proceeds from this event were donated to Saint Jude Midwest affiliate. 

Woodford County Health Department will host a free household hazardous waste collection event sponsored Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The collection will take place at Woodford County Highway Department, 301 S. Main St. Roanoke, IL …

The Community Running Club will be hosting its third annual Donut Run on Sunday, June 9 at 3:30 p.m. This year the club is excited to be holding the event on the Washington High School track. As with previous years, competitive and non-competitive options will be available to participants. T…

Two CPS students enjoyed a ride to school in a police car thanks to a bid at the Central 51 Trojan Gala on Saturday, March 2. Quinn and Riley were escorted by Officer Taylor, Central 51’s D.A.R.E Officer.

Homecoming is more than a current high school fall event as alumni from the Washington Community High School Class of 1979 will gather to laugh, reminisce, reflect and perhaps pull a prank or two.  Together they will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their graduation on September 28, 2019 fr…

The Knights of Columbus will be selling pork chop sandwiches, brats and hot dogs on Saturday, June 8 at Hillcrest Golf Course with all profits going to Special Olympics. This is the rain-out date from April 27. Come out for lunch and maybe a round of golf or miniature golf and help support t…

The Friends of Fondulac District Library will host their annual Big Book Sale June 6 through June 8 at Fondulac District Library on 400 Richland Street in East Peoria. Hardback and paperback books, as well as other media for all ages will be sold at reasonable prices.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus in Illinois for 2019.  DuPage County Health Department staff collected the positive mosquitoes on May 21, 2019 in Wayne, Illinois.  No human cases of West Nile virus have b…

When you have aging parents or have to become a caregiver for a loved one, it can be overwhelming emotionally and physically. Many times, you are thrown into the role of decision-maker due to a crisis situation, leaving you unprepared and unsure of what questions to even ask. “Do I have lega…

Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF), serving central and mid-southern Illinois, will take its third 2019 Honor Flight on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, departing from Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in honoring 87 American Veterans. On board LLHF Mission No. 56 to Washington, DC, will…

The Hands of Love Women's Summer seven-week Bible study session is set to begin on Tuesday, June 11 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Germantown Hills Fire House, located at 313 Prairie Avenue. This is a DVD study, "The Gospel of Mark," by Lisa Harper.

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For most Americans, Memorial Day is little more than a three-day weekend and a chance to fire up the grill. Some of us will take time out to remember our loved ones who have passed away, often decorating their graves with flowers or keepsakes. Many of us will take a moment to honor our veter…

The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) is pleased to announce that Herb Knoblauch, Athletic Director at Washington Community High School, has been recognized by this association as a Certified Athletic Administrator.

Washington Community High School will present the annual academic awards ceremony on May 14, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room.  The program will recognize the academic achievements and scholarships of the senior class.

The Washington Community High School Athletic Booster Club is currently taking nominations for the Hall of Fame. In its second year, the Hall of Fame will honor and recognize students, alumni, teams, coaches, sponsors and friends of WCHS that have exhibited a high degree of success and or ma…

Kroger will be hosting a community blood drive on Friday, May 17 from 3-6 p.m., located at 20 Cherry Tree Shopping Center in Washington, inside the Bloodmobile that will be on site for the event. To donate, please contact Phyllis Branstetter at (309) 444-8585 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.o…

The WCHS boys’ varsity baseball team hosted Canton for a double-header on Saturday, May 4. The Panthers swept the Little Giants by winning game one 2-0 and game two 6-2. Caleb Fisher goes up high to try to avoid the tag, but was ultimately called out at home plate. 

Senior student-athletes on the WCHS boys’ track and field team gather together after being recognized for senior day. The Panthers’ boys track team hosted Peoria Manual and Peoria Christian on Wednesday, May 1.  Washington recognized their Senior student-athletes during the meet.  Team score…

The Lady Panthers’ track team hosted Peoria High and Peoria Richwoods on Monday, April 29.  It was Washington’s Senior Night as 19 of their senior student-athletes were recognized during the meet.  The team scores were Washington 59, Richwoods 35 and Peoria High 6. Hillary Kulavic (above) ru…

Ila Pruitt (left) and Carol Williams pose together to promote Washington Christian Village’s second annual Raffle and Bake Sale in support of St. Jude’s Memphis to Peoria Run. The sale was held on Friday, May 3 to raise funds for the St. Jude event, in which Pruitt will be participating in. 

Women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer's crisis. This burden on women is never more apparent than on Mother's Day, when families come together to celebrate their mothers and grandmothers. The disease places an unbalanced burden on women at work and at home, forcing them to make difficul…

There will be a work day at Meadow Valley Park (Legion Road side) Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to noon to clear invasive shrubs from the site. Boy Scout Troop 163 will be helping to plant wildflower seedling plugs.

Washington Community High School will present the annual academic awards ceremony on May 14, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room.  The program will recognize the academic achievements and scholarships of the senior class.

Do you have the cutest baby in Washington? Entries are now being accepted for the 2019 Good Neighbor Days Beautiful Baby contest. This will be the 11th year for this adorable contest to be part of the Good Neighbor Days festivities. New chairperson for the event, Jessica Hilst, is excited to…

The Washington Community High School Athletic Booster Club is currently taking nominations for the Hall of Fame. In its second year, the Hall of Fame will honor and recognize students, alumni, teams, coaches, sponsors and friends of WCHS that have exhibited a high degree of success and or ma…

The Washington Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominees for the 2019 Good Neighbor Award. Nomination forms are available on the Chamber’s website at www.washingtoncoc.com or by email request at info@washingtoncoc.com. Nominations close on Friday, May 10, 2019.

The Lady Panthers’ varsity lacrosse team hosted Hampshire High School Friday night, April 26.  Washington’s Anna Doty scored within the first 30 seconds of the game, and the Lady Panthers controlled the entire game on their way to a decisive 13-0 victory. Anna Doty (above) celebrates after s…

The WCHS boys’ tennis teams hosted defending State Champion Normal U-High on Monday, April 22.  All the boys played hard, but U-High came away from the matchup winning all the matches, 9-0. Senior Ethan Sabotta’s match (above) was a battle and went to a tie-breaker. 

The Panthers’ varsity baseball team hosted the Pekin Dragons on Monday night, April 22.  The game was a great battle including a lightning delay.  The lead changed four times, coming down to the last two innings.  After being tied 1-1 through five innings, Pekin scored one run in the top of …

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While Central School District 51 students enjoyed their first day of a long weekend, teachers and staff engaged in ALICE School Safety Training in an effort to enhance current school safety policies across the district on Thursday, April 18.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is taking steps to increase vaccination rates across the state, in response to Illinois’ seven measles cases and CDC reports of more than 600 cases across the country in 2019, 71 reported last week alone. These steps include increasing accessib…