After careful consideration, the Illinois Valley Striders announce the 47th running of the Steamboat Classic will be held on Saturday, June 19, at 8 a.m. with special safety modifications.  Online registration is available now at www.steamboatclassic.org.  Event organizers outline the initia…

Like in most subject areas, there will always be myths, particularly when it comes to food and health. Jenna Smith, University of Illinois Extension registered dietitian and nutrition and wellness educator acknowledges five nutrition myths that she is happy to debunk.

Midwest Food Bank’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the ninth consecutive year that Midwest Food Bank has earned this top distinction.

The East Peoria Beautification Commission’s annual flower sale will take place from 9 a.m. until noon, or until sold out, May 1 at the Festival Building, 2200 E. Washington St.

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As part of a routine maintenance, the City of Washington Public Works Department will be flushing fire hydrants beginning at 8 a.m., Monday, April 19, 2021, weather permitting, and continue until all hydrants have been flushed; normally taking close to three weeks to complete.  Fire hydrant …

Hopewell Grange will host a craft and vendor fair on Saturday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grange Hall at 474 Grange Road, Washington. Shoppers are invited to visit enjoy the offerings of local entrepreneurs, and to shop for Mother’s Day, your spring graduates or to find something …

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Gov. JB Pritzker reiterated Thursday that all Illinois residents age 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday, April 12, as vaccine supply – but also virus transmission rates and hospitalizations – continues to increase.

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The Woodford County Health Department is partnering with the IL National Guard Rapid Response Team to offer the Janssen (also known as Johnson and Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic to be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 7 at Case New Holland, 600 Peoria St. in Goo…

Secretary of State Jesse White unveiled a new ad campaign last Wednesday featuring White Sox All-Star relief pitcher and longtime radio voice of the team, Ed “Farmio” Farmer, who died last year. The campaign marks the beginning of National Donate Life Month in April.

Illinois Central College will host two Open Houses this spring for potential students and their families. The Open Houses allow for people to explore the over 150 programs of study offered at ICC, meet in-person with faculty and staff, and begin the steps to enrollment.  

Acknowledging the significant financial impacts of COVID-19, the Illinois Central College Board of Trustees voted at their March 18 board meeting to freeze tuition for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year. Effective this summer, ICC’s in-district tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year will …

The Peoria Comic Book Convention will be held on Sunday, April 11November 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 relat…

Illinois Air National Guard (ILANG) Capt. Jennifer Weitekamp, of Athens, Illinois, did not set out to be a trailblazer with her military service, but when then-Senior Airman Jennifer Donaldson graduated from the Air National Guard’s pilot Counter Sniper School on April 14, 2001, she became j…

The Morton Potters varsity football team hosted the Washington Panthers on Friday, April 2.  Coming into Friday’s game, Morton was 1-1 and Washington was 2-0.  First half scoring was dominated by Washington as they scored with just under nine seconds left in the second quarter to go into hal…

After nearly a year and a half since the previous home varsity football game, the Washington Panthers hosted the Dunlap Eagles Friday Evening, March 26. After a scoreless first quarter, Dunlap got on the board first with a touchdown in the second and went into halftime with a 7-0 lead. Both …

The WCHS boys’ varsity soccer team hosted the Pekin Dragons on Tuesday evening, March 30.  Within the first minute of play Washington scored what turned out to be the game winning goal as the Panthers held the Dragons scoreless.  Washington scored four goals in the first half and added anoth…

Artist and Washington resident Ati Peterson donated her original watercolor of the Washington Fire Department’s Station 1, which was originally dedicated Jan. 1, 1996.  Watercolors are Mrs. Peterson’s preferred artistic medium, and she enjoys painting homes and buildings as she has a backgro…

Fondulac District Library announces the celebration of Star Wars Week April 4-10, 2021, with virtual programs and activities for all ages. The week of COVID-safe festivities commemorate one of the most beloved sagas of all time in lieu of the library’s annual Star Wars Day event.

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Friends of Washington Library (FoWL) will meet on Tuesday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Five Points banquet room C.  The membership will vote on support for library needs and projects such as the summer reading program, adult programs, young adult event supplies, and teen activities.  The Fo…

Hopewell Grange will host a craft and vendor fair on Saturday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grange Hall at 474 Grange Road, Washington. There will also be a raffle with items donated by many local merchants, home baked goods, and a food stand. This will be a good opportunity to shop…

The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Women to Women Leader Luncheon Awards. Nominations are due by Thursday, April 8. This event is a continuation of the longstanding tradition of the former YWCA Leader Luncheon Awa…

The Washington Park District and Washington Water Jets have opened up registration for the 2021 summer swim team. All returning 2019 water jet swimmers may register in-person at the Washington Park District. All potential new residents may register beginning Monday, April 12 either online or…

While it is important to educate people about nutritious eating, it is equally important to teach them how they can afford nutritious foods on a budget. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—Education (SNAP-Ed) staff at University of Illinois Extension staff offer Healthy Cents 12-part s…

The 9th annual race against child abuse is fast approaching, and the Pediatric Resources Center is taking their annual fundraising event virtual. Typically, the annual event is held at Kickapoo Creek Winery, but in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and CDC guidelines for social distancing, orga…

As part of Women’s History Month, the Illinois State Museum (ISM) last week announced the launch of its “In Her Footsteps Series” beginning this March through June. Each program in the series will occur online on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

As warmer weather approaches, motorcycles are becoming a common sight. In an effort to advocate for a safe riding season, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police have joined forces to kick off the latest “Ride Smart” safety campaign, reminding motorcyclists to…

With the arrival of spring, the Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to be on the lookout for crews picking up litter and asking the public to do its part by properly disposing trash and saving taxpayers millions of dollars a year in unnecessary costs.

In spring, cool-season grasses play an important role in providing habitat and food sources as they emerge, grow and flower. Learn to identify the wide variety of grasses in a free online webinar by University of Illinois Extension. 

Hull Maintenance Technician Fireman Apprentice Matthew Townsend, of Washington, grinds a bracket aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), in the Mediterranean Sea, March 17, 2021. The IKE Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Sixth F…

The WCHS girls’ volleyball season got underway mid-March and on Thursday, March 18, the Panthers hosted the Pekin Dragons for games across all levels.  It was the Panthers’ second set of games of the season and their first at home.  The Panthers’ teams swept the Dragons, with each team winni…

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The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that construction on both directions of Interstate 74 between Morton (exit 102) and Goodfield (exit 112) begins March 29. 

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This morning, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported a 2.3 magnitude earthquake occurred in southern Illinois, near Thompsonville in Franklin County.  While no damage has been reported associated with the tremor, the event serves as a real-time reminder that earthquake can happe…