Area author Bonnie Engstrom will be at the Eureka Public Library, 202 S. Main, at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, November 4 to share the story of her son’s stillbirth and how, through the intercession of Venerable Fulton Sheen and for the glory of God, he came back to life after being without a pulse …

A fall craft and vendor fair will be hosted by Hopewell Grange on Saturday, October 26, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Grange Hall, located at 474 Grange Road, Washington.

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SPRINGFIELD – Current and former leaders of the Illinois Air National Guard said Tuesday the obesity rate in the United States has become a national security threat and they urged state lawmakers to invest more in early childhood education programs that focus on nutrition, health and physica…

It was time once again for the Annual Blessing of the Pets at St. Mary of Lourdes Church in Germantown Hills on Sunday afternoon, October 6. Fr. Greg Jozefiak said a special blessing over each and every cat, dog and even a herd of cattle. 

Construction on the Combined Services Building in Eureka is coming right along. In a few short months, Eureka’s city hall and the police department will share the same roof. This is especially good news for the police department, since the roof at the current location is collapsing. But the …

Boys Scouts from Germantown Hills Pack 165 improvised natural shelters as they worked toward earning the Wilderness Survival Merit Badge this past weekend. Scouts need to spend the night in their shelters and show competence in other skills such as mirror signaling and fire starting (without…

An October Blood Drive will be held at Five Points Washington on Monday, October 14 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. Appointments are preferred and can be scheduled by downloading the Mobile Blood Donor app from the American Red Cross, going to www.redcrossblood.org, or by calling Shelley at 309-444-750…

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Shirley Blackburn knows a thing or two about apples. If you visit Partridge Point Orchard in Metamora and you’re fortunate enough to talk to her, chances are you’ll leave with a wealth of knowledge.  She can tell you which apples make the best crisps, or how to read freckles on apples to kno…

Metamora’s Boy Scout Troop 64, lead by Scout Master Scott Craig, has produced its sixth Eagle Scout in three years.  The latest of these, Carter Pearson, was initiated as Eagle Scout in a Court of Honor held Sunday, August 18 at Snyder Village.  That is also where Carter coordinated and lead…

Fall soccer season is in full swing in Germantown Hills. The Germantown Hills Athletic Association (GHAA) offers both travel and in-house programs for children in grades Pre-K through sixth. 

Last weekend was a great weekend to go fishing.  Twelve-year-old Drew Lueddecke of Germantown Hills was all smiles after he caught this five-pound, seven-ounce largemouth bass in a lake near Metamora last Sunday evening. 

The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will present a workshop at the Metamora branch of the Illinois Prairie District Public Library on Thursday September 19 at 10 a.m.

Mended Hearts, located at 1431 Lourdes Road in Metamora, recently joined the Germantown Hills Chamber of Commerce and Metamora Area Business Association and hosted an After-Hours event for both groups.

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The Annual Washington Community High School Marching Panther Invitational will be held Saturday, September 7 at WCHS’s Babcook Field from 1-9:15 p.m. Gates will open at noon and cost for adults will be $8, $5 for Seniors and K-12 students. Washington School District #50, District #51, Distri…

The Germantown Hills Chamber recently held a ribbon cutting for Tara Lintz Photography and J. Belle Gaming, located at 361 Old Germantown Road in Germantown Hills, during her grand opening celebration.  

Preschoolers at MudPie University Preschool in Germantown Hills celebrated the start of a new school year by making mud pies and visiting with some furry friends.

SPRINGFIELD – Leading Illinois Republicans acknowledged the stark political reality their party faces in the state at a joint breakfast of the state central committee and county chairmen’s association Thursday, but said the state’s “aggressive progressive” swing to the left this year offers …

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The Fifth Annual Kayak Fun Challenge Obstacle Course Race will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Eureka Lake, Eureka, IL beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at noon. Proceeds from the race are supporting Heartline and Heart House of Eureka, which services to women and children in crisis situat…

OSF Senior World in Morton is hosting a free community event offering entertainment, education and healthy living tips on August 21 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Brandon Wood Retirement Center, located at 730 W. Jefferson Street.

Eureka Lake Disc Golf course is one of the venues for the 2019 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships held all week in cities across the area including Peoria, Washington, Morton and Eureka.  The event is expected to brings thousands of spectators and participants into town. The Eur…

The Washington Park District and the Arts Festival Committee would like to announce that the 2019 Washington Arts Festival will be held the weekend of August 17-18 at Washington Park, 815 Lincoln Street in Washington, Illinois. Juried exhibitors have already registered and are looking forwar…

Illinois State Representative Ryan Spain hosted his third annual Summer Reading Party at Shore Acres Pool in Chillicothe on August 8.  Children in grades K-6 residing in the 73rd District were treated to a fun evening of swimming and ice cream for reading at least eight books over the summer. 

It is time to get kids ready for #VaxToSchool. As the upcoming school year quickly approaches and you start on your back-to-school plans, make sure your kids are up-to-date on their required vaccinations. Use the hashtag #VaxToSchool on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to encourage others to…

SPRINGFIELD – The State of Illinois received an extension for submitting a request to the federal government for a major disaster declaration related to severe storms and flooding that occurred between late February and early July. The original deadline for such submission was August 2. The …

The Illinois Prairie District Public Library hosted a pool party at the Metamora pool on Friday, July 26.  More than 150 kids and their parents celebrated their reading accomplishments during the summer reading program which ran from June 3-July 26. Magic by Ryan was also on hand to entertai…

The IWLA Woodford County Chapter, located at 725 Seven Hills Road in Metamora, is holding their annual picnic on August 4, 2019. This event is open to the public.

Summer might be drawing to a close, but the need for blood is constant.  With Labor Day weekend just around the corner, a time when many regular donors may go on vacation, the American Red Cross reminds eligible individuals that they can donate blood every 56 days.