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The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that certified child passenger safety technicians are offering free car seat safety checks throughout the state as part of Child Passenger Safety Week this week, highlighted by National Seat Check Saturday on Saturday, Sept. 25. 

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With the nation racing toward civil war, President-elect Abraham Lincoln sat down and wrote an inaugural speech that he hoped would pull America back from the brink. It urged patience. It insisted the North and South must remain friends. It asked everyone to heed their “better angels”.

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Illinois Central College has announced the names of students who earned Dean's List honors during the summer 2021 semester. Dean's List recognition is earned with a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.99. Among those named to the honors list are the following area students:

On Friday, September 24, 2021, Heartland Bank and Trust Company will host its “More for You” event. Local offices are extending an open invitation to customers, residents and businesses to join the event online or in-branch. The celebration includes gifts, one-day-only offers and a chance to…

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Every region has its own twists on folk and roots music, and the mission of the Red Prairie Ramblers is to celebrate the musical traditions of downstate Illinois. The quartet performs Sept. 30 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Illinois Central College has announced students who earned President's List honors during the summer 2021 semester. President's List recognition is achieved with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Among those named to the honors list are the following area students:

Washington Town and Country Gardeners invite you to learn about “Bees in your Backyard” at their meeting on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1209 Kingsbury Road, in Washington. 

The Friends of Washington Library (FOWL) will sponsor a book sale at the Five Points library.  Please wear a mask. The sale will open on Friday, October 22, and will run from 1-5 p.m.  All items will be $1 except for the newest best sellers.

Are you ready to take on everyday life with intention and purpose? If so, then this workshop is for you. The Way of the Warrior Leadership Academy will host a series of sessions that will continue throughout the fall season.  The first workshop will focus on goal setting and its relationship…

The Washington Chamber of Commerce, along with Washington Community High School and Good Neighbor Days sponsors, are excited to announce a Homecoming fireworks display will be held on Friday, September 24, 2021, after the WCHS Homecoming football game.  This year’s fireworks is part of the G…

Washington Specialty Shops will be hosting their annual Autumn Fest on Saturday, September 25 from 4:30-8:00 p.m. at the Square in Washington. Enjoy an early fall evening of local shopping, music and entertainment for the whole family.

Set the date for another great all-you-can-eat breakfast fundraiser hosted by Taylor Masonic Lodge 98 on Saturday, September 18 from 7-10 a.m. The breakfast will be held at the lodge located at 119 N. Wilmor Road (between Walgreens and Acrylic Dreams), and will be $8 per person, $4 for child…

In 1879, city councilman Ernest Rapp proposed the construction of a bandstand in the center of the city square for use by the Cornet Band, and his motion failed.  Fast forward to June of 1885 and the first bandstand was constructed on the Square at a cost of around $100, which today would be…

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When event coordinator Tom Berlett planned the 20-year anniversary memorial of the destructive events on September 11, 2001, he wanted to honor first responders who go above and beyond to help in time of need.  A special recognition was given to nurses who have helped during periods of crisis.

During the final weekend before classes began, this year’s City Tournament between the Beverly Manor, Central Intermediate School, St. Patrick’s and Washington Middle School junior high baseball teams was held August 13-14 at the Washington Park District fields near Lincoln Grade School.  A …

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Anyone who wants to aid in telling the story of the nation’s 16th president has the opportunity when the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum welcomes new volunteers at an orientation session, Wednesday, Sept. 8.

The calendar still says August, but the Illinois Department of Transportation is looking for qualified individuals to apply for seasonal positions to help with snow-and-ice removal across the state through its annual “snowbird” program. The temporary snowplow drivers are hired by IDOT every …

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) last week announced an updated consumption advisory for sport fish caught in Illinois waters, including Lake Michigan.  These changes are the result of continued sampling by the Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program (FCMP).

Did you know research shows that 120 minutes a week in nature leads to better health and overall well-being? Youth, parents, families and all – Nature Trails Day is back! Volunteers organizing the September event say they are looking forward to welcoming people with lots of activities that e…

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Central School District 51 is pleased to announce that Ms. Kimberly Martin has accepted the position of assistant principal at Central Intermediate School for the 2021-22 school year. She steps into the position vacated by Ericka Bush, former assistant principal at CIS, who was named the pri…

The Washington Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Park District, along with all Good Neighbor Day sponsors are excited to announce the Family Movie Night to be held on Saturday, August 21, 2021 beginning at 5 p.m. and ending after the movie is over around 9:30 p.m. This year’s Family Mov…

Washington Community High School will formally introduce all of the fall sports participants for the 2021 fall season at the annual Inside Panther Night on Friday, August 20, 2021. The evening will include a meal provided by the WCHS Athletic Booster Club from local food trucks. No tickets r…

The American Red Cross has an emergency need for lifesaving blood amid the ongoing severe blood shortage. Blood donations continue to be critical to meet hospital demand and the public is urged to make an appointment to give now.

EAST PEORIA – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the ramps from Pinecrest Drive to eastbound Interstate 74 and from westbound I-74 to Pinecrest in East Peoria will close Aug. 11. 

Washington Chiropractic & Massage is excited to be sponsoring the 18th Annual Family Bike Ride as a part of Good Neighbor Days – Summer Long Events on Saturday, August 21.

Central School District 51 is pleased to announce that Mrs. Ericka Bush has accepted the position of principal at Central Intermediate School for the 2021-22 school year. She replaces long time principal Brian Hoelscher, who is taking an assistant principal position at Eureka High School. Mr…