In celebration of the life and legacy of late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Western Governors University (WGU) has announced it will award $100,000 in scholarships to those who have dreamed of furthering their education but have faced challenges in their lives that have pre…

The second year of the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s (IDOA) Fall Covers for Spring Savings Program ended with 768 applications requesting over 185,000 acres submitted to IDOA. The discount program opened the application period at 12:01am December 15 and saw the acreage limit met withi…

Young hunters between the ages of 10 and 17 can apply now for the Youth Wingshooting Clinics and Pheasant Hunts scheduled for Saturday, March 6, 2021 at Pere Marquette State Park in Jersey County and Saturday, March 20, 2021 at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex (WSRC) in Randolph County.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has made public the names of undergraduate students receiving semester honors for the fall 2020 semester. Students who earn a 4.0 grade point average, which represents all "A" grades, receive highest honors. High honors go to students earning 3.99 to 3.7…

The House Executive Committee advanced an election bill that would make permanent some of the expansions to mail-in voting that were passed for the 2020 general election.

The Illinois Central College Educational Foundation is seeking nominations from the community for its two alumni awards – the Distinguished Alumnus and Alumnus of the Last Decade awards. The awards are presented in October as part of the college’s Community Celebration event, held annually t…

Sixty percent of those with Alzheimer’s disease will wander at some point during their diagnosis. This is a significant safety concern for the more than 230,000 people living with Alzheimer’s in Illinois. A person living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia may not remember his or her name o…

The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is joining forces with the Fire Fighter Cancer Support Network and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) to raise awareness about the increased risk of cancer amongst fire fighters. The goal of this campaign is to provide f…

Ipava State Bank is pleased to announce that Kanika Jones of Peoria, Illinois has joined its Board of Directors. Jones is the Vice President of Jones Electrical Contractors Inc., a minority/veteran-owned union business. Currently, Jones is responsible for contracts, certifications and human …

Republicans in the Illinois House said last week that they hope to use legislation, instead of a constitutional amendment, to change the way state legislative and congressional district lines are redrawn every 10 years.

The Deer Creek Unit of Home and Community Extension will hold its January 14, 2021 meeting at 1 p.m. at the Deer Creek Community Center.  Presenter for the day’s program will be Mary Eschelbach.  Her topic will be “How much does that interest rate matter”.  Members should turn in their volun…

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The State of Illinois is sponsoring a temporary, mobile COVID-19 testing site at Woodford County Health Department, located at 1831 S Main St in Eureka, on January 12, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The testing will involve a simple nasal swab and is offered to everyone, regardless of residency…

Old movies bring out the best in characters from the past and lets us laugh at the black and white films and ourselves.  Reponses to budgeting sessions from “Blondie and Dagwood” are not too different from those of us who have lived through 2020.  We can ignore or we can beg (Blondie wants a…

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced last week that it remains committed to implementing newly announced federal unemployment benefits and relief measures as quickly and effectively as possible. After nearly a week of delays, President Trump signed the omnibus spen…

A new variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been identified in the United Kingdom.  Cases have been reported in two states and are not known to be linked to travel, which could indicate community spread.  No cases caused by this new variant have been confirmed in Illinois yet.  As mo…

When a new year begins in Illinois, there typically are dozens if not hundreds of new laws going into effect.

The Prairie Wind Ensemble is pleased to announce its 43rd annual Student Soloist Competition.  Due to the many restrictions of the current school year, this will be a virtual competition. This competition is open to any high school student in central Illinois who plays a wind or percussion i…

While visiting their grandparents Mick and Sheila Boles for the holidays, Sojo Price, age seven, and Wells Price, age six, wanted to do something for others. They decided to go door to door through their grandparents’ collecting food donations for the Washington Helps its People food pantry.…

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The car wash station at Uftring Chevrolet Washington is open and has no plans of closing.  The Clothmatic bay on the far east side of the building, however, is out-of-order for the time being, due to a freak accident early last week.

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The car wash station at Uftring Chevrolet Washington is open and has no plans of closing.  The Clothmatic bay on the far east side of the building, however, is out-of-order for the time being, due to a freak accident early last week.

Leah Youngman of Washington, who is majoring in International Relations and Matthew Bailey of Groveland, who is majoring in Ed Studies - Secondary and English Literature were named to the Knox College Dean’s List for the fall 2020 semester.