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.

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker surpassed 100 bills signed as he put his signature on more than 30 new laws last week. They included a measure to increase penalties on texting drivers who cause great bodily harm, and another to allow certain recipients of food stamps to use them at state-co…

Eureka College has earned a STARS Bronze rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System measures and encourages sustainability in…

Community residents find relief from the recent heat wave that blanketed central Illinois at the Metamora Pool.  Temperatures ranging from 100-115 degrees were reached during the extended period of heat and humidity. 

Bridge maintenance has been underway on the Walnut Creek overpass on US 24 in Eureka, reducing traffic to one lane controlled by a temporary traffic signal and slightly increasing drive time for drivers traveling on the route. The bridge, originally constructed in 1963 and reconstructed in 1…

Seventeen Boy Scouts and seven adult leaders from Boy Scout Troop 165 in Germantown Hills spent a fun filled week at Ingersoll Scout Reservation. The reservation, a nearly 1000-acre resident camp of the W.D. Boyce Council of the Boy Scouts of America, is located just outside of London Mills,…

A total of 51 children braved the heat for the Eureka Greater Area Fishing Derby at Eureka Lake on July 4. The derby winners were (left) Aiden Walsh, age six, of Congerville and Alexis Knollenberg, age 10, of Washington. With the only two fish caught during the event, Aiden won with a 10-inc…

Metamora’s Black Partridge Park was the scene of the second annual “Party in the Park” last Saturday, July 13. The event featured food trucks, lawn games, bounce houses for kids, a car cruise in, a magic show and live bands. Dexter O’Neal and the Funkyard took the stage 7:30 p.m. Proceeds fr…

Advocate Aurora Health welcomes Colin Carroll as Practice Manager for Advocate Eureka Hospital’s family medicine clinics in Eureka and El Paso and Advocate Medical Group’s practice in Roanoke.

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On Saturday, July 20, 2019, the Tazewell County Republicans will host the annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast at the Morton American Legion Post 318 from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2019. This breakfast is an opportunity to honor veterans by providing a delicious breakfast, which is f…

As had been widely reported, residents of southern California recently experienced a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.  To this day, residents continue to experience significantly powerful aftershocks. The event served as a stark reminder that earthquakes can happen anywhere in the world and at any …

The Tri-County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is a collaborative undertaking to highlight the health needs and well-being of residents in the Tri-County region, Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties. Several themes are prevalent in this assessment, the demographic composition of t…

The Tri-County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is a collaborative undertaking to highlight the health needs and well-being of residents in the Tri-County region, Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties. Several themes are prevalent in this assessment, the demographic composition of t…

A special week for children is planned at the Goodfield Baptist Church, 201 E. Robinson, Goodfield, Illinois.  Members of the church will host the Five Day Club, July 22-26, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.  Those attending will participate in story time, music, fun activities and enjoy refreshments.

Whey Jennings, grandson of legendary country singer/songwriter Waylon Jennings performed at Webb’s Roadhouse in Washburn on Friday, July 6.  Hundreds flocked to outdoor concert at the small-town venue.  Jennings performed original music, as well as some old country favorites, including the t…

It is time again to share the harvest with neighbors. On Friday, July 12, beginning at 10 a.m., the second annual Vegetable Swap at Heartline and Heart House will be held at 300 Regan Drive in Eureka, across from Eureka College. This program is open to all who want to give or receive vegetables.

The Metamora Flames fast pitch softball team defeated some strong teams and battled hot weather to take first place in the US Cellular Summer Showdown this past weekend. Winning the tourney puts the girls’ overall record at an impressive 48-10 mark on the season. Pictured are (standing, from…

Anyone who donates a sturdy new backpack for Springfield school children in July will get free admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. All backpacks will benefit the students of Springfield Public School District 186. The backpacks should be new and sturdy enough fo…

The Woodford County Retired Teachers’ Association will meet Friday, July 19, 2019 at the Maple Lawn Gathering Place in Eureka, Illinois with registration and paying dues at 10 a.m. The program by Jim Nolan, Ph.D, a past State Rep., professor at Knox and U of I, author and columnist, will be …

Baseball players ages six through eight from Germantown Hills and Metamora recently competed in the annual GHAA (Germantown Hills Athletic Association) and MYSA (Metamora Youth Sports Association) Championship Game.  Teams who win their respective organizations’ End of Season Tournament earn…

GospelFest Ministries will present a free concert of gospel music featuring the New Speer Family from Nashville, Tennessee, along with the GospelFest Singers and Choir under the direction of Shawn Degenhart, on Saturday, July 6 at 7 p.m. at Five Points Washington.