Illinois EPA Director John J. Kim announced the completion of a large used tire removal action at the former Harmon Auto Salvage, located on Route 29, south of Pekin in Tazewell County. Illinois EPA has authority under the Illinois Environmental Protection Act to carry out used tire removal …

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced it has received the Excel Award, the top honor for communications work from the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials. The recognition from fellow state departments of transportation in the TransComm Skills Awar…

Mediacom and C-SPAN announce the start of this year’s annual student documentary competition and encourage middle school and high school students to participate in the video documentary competition known as “StudentCam”. Students are asked to create a short video documentary and submit it on…

The Central Trojans baseball team hosted Tremont on Wednesday, September 9.  Central scored one run in each of the first two innings. Both teams were scoreless in the third inning.  In the fourth inning the Trojans got their bats working and scored seven runs to take a 9-0 lead.  Tremont was…

WCHS hosted both a boys and girls cross country triangular meet at Oak Ridge Park on Saturday, September 5.  The other two teams were Metamora and Morton.  Team totals for the girls were Washington 34, Metamora 43 and Morton 45.  Team totals for the boys were Metamora 31, Morton 35, and Wash…

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The Washington High School girls’ co-op swimming and diving team hosted Pontiac Township High School at Five Points on Thursday, September 3.  Pontiac took first in the one-meter diving and 100-yard Butterfly events.  Washington took first in the other seventh events offered.  For the overal…

During the last few months, people have had a renewed interest in spending time in nature and bringing nature into their homes.  The Town and Country Gardeners Club of Washington is offering a program on Tuesday, September 22, at Five Points Washington featuring information about popular hou…

Cullinan Properties, Ltd. and The Levee District are partnering with The City of East Peoria and Fondulac District Library to host a pet supply drive in support of two local nonprofit pet rescue organizations. The drive, which runs through September 30, will benefit TAPS No-Kill Animal Shelt…

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SPRINGFIELD – The COVID-19 test positivity rate fell to 3.6 percent statewide Monday, decreasing in two regions that have faced increased economic restrictions due to high rates.

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning. As we learned this spring with the COVID-19 pandemic, disasters don’t wait. They can strike at anytime and anywhere. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), and …

The Panther’s varsity boys’ golf team hosted Limestone at Quail Meadows Golf Course on Monday, August 31.  The match took place on the back nine.  Washington came away with a win as the team scores were Washington 170 and Limestone 174.  Senior Tyler Bass on the 16th tee holding his finish a…

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recent announcement on changes regarding COVID-19 testing protocols, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding all Illinois residents of the importance of getting tested, including after close contact with so…

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In preparation for the 2020 elections, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has issued guidance to protect the safety and health of voters as they cast ballots at polling locations throughout the state during early voting and Election Day.   The "COVID-19 Guidance for Election Pol…

The Illinois Department of Transportation shares a common goal with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Illinois law enforcement – to eliminate impaired driving. As the unofficial end of summer approaches, MADD, IDOT, the Illinois State Police and law enforcement agencies throughout the state …

Washington, IL— The Washington Chamber of Commerce welcomed Chef’s Catering as a one - star member on August 17, 2020.  Chef’s Catering opened their new location at 50 Valley Forge Drive, Washington.  Chef Monty Watson is the heart and soul of Chef's Catering. Chef Monty worked as a food sup…

The Town and Country Gardeners met August 25 and installed new officers.  The garden club beautifies Washington spots such as Five Points’ planters, The Square planters and fountain, and the post office pots. Other activities include a plant sale, field trips, speakers, as well as other lear…

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American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Monday, September 14 from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Five Points in Washington.  For an appointment call, 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.  All blood donations are now being tested for Covid-19 antibodies. For more informatio…

Washington District Library will distribute craft kits and other activities for kids, teens and adults Thursday, September 3 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the main library.  Items will be available in the lobby outside the library front door while supplies last. For further information, please co…

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MORTON, IL - With the goal for this year’s Roaring Pumpkins and All That Jazz to shop and support local, the Chamber and Festival Advisory Committee developed creative programs to celebrate local businesses and Chamber members. Favorite parts of Festival return in modified formats and new ad…

American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Monday, September 14 from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Five Points in Washington.  For an appointment call, 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.  All blood donations are now being tested for Covid-19 antibodies. For more informatio…

When Glioblastoma, a form of aggressive brain cancer, took the life of Washington basketball coach Kevin Brown last June, it left a big void in the hearts of family, friends and the students he left behind.