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  • Sewer plant closer to reality in Tonica

    TONICA — Water was the main topic again at the meeting of the Tonica Village Board on Aug. 18. However, the news was good for a change.The v ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Ford wins ILA Crosman Award

    Maria Ford, formerly of Tonica and director of the Hudson Area Public Library District, is the 2014 recipient of the Illinois Library Associ ...
    Aug. 7, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Tonica Grade School hosts registration

    Claire Leffleman (left) and Kari Leffleman fill out Tonica Grade School registration papers for the Leffleman family, while Gus Leffleman (r ...
    Aug. 7, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Emmaus, First Lutheran do charity work

    Donna Forney (left) and Pastor Ann Ziegert work to put together personal care bundles of two bars of soap, toothbrush and toothpaste all wra ...
    Aug. 7, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Tonica businesses help IVCC baseball

    Liz Weiden (from left), John Hiester and Joyce Obermiller hold a sponsorship banner of Tonica businesses for the Illinois Valley Community C ...
    Aug. 7, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • First Person — Nicole Larson

    Name: Nicole Larson. City: Lostant. Where did you grow up: Dimmick Township. Family: Two boys, ages 14 and 11. Pets: A beagle dog. Occupatio ...
    Aug. 7, 2014 - 4:00 pm
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  • Lostant water tower breaks down

    LOSTANT — A boil order has been issued for the village of Lostant.The current well that is used for ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 10:57 am
  • Nelson Family Scholarships awarded

    MCNABB — The annual Nelson Family Scholarships have been awarded to students from Tonica, Mark, Lostant, McNabb, Hennepin, Granville and Magnolia. Ala ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Tonica Fest schedule

    TONICA — Tonica Fest takes place this weekend, Aug. 22, 23 and 24, with a slate of fun for the entire family and some last-minute additions will make ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • TGS hosts back to school event

    TONICA — Tonica Grade School hosted its first Back to School Bash from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Tonica parents and students were invited to come meet t ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • On the street

    What was the best project you did this summer? “I enjoyed time with family and friends this summer.” ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Felton trial delayed again

    OTTAWA — It’s been just over a year since Richard Felton, with accomplices Jimmy Members and Jeremy Wade, allegedly broke into the home of a 92-year-o ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • ‘A’ means ‘always driven’

    TONICA — Many people who own antique cars store them away. They spend the days up on blocks and only come out for car shows and the occasional summer ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Sewer plant closer to reality in Tonica

    TONICA — Water was the main topic again at the meeting of the Tonica Village Board on Aug. 18. However, the news was good for a change.
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • First person — Sandra Malahy

    City: Lostant. Where did you grow up: Lemont. Family: Three children. Pets: A Golden Retriever named ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Meeting Calendar Aug. 18-20

    Aug. 18 Lostant Grade School Board, 5:30 p.m., Lostant Grade School. Tonica Village Board, 7 p.m., ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • William Kays

    FINCASTLE, Va. — William Robert Kays, 87, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at his daughter’s home in Fincastle, Va.
    Aug. 8, 2014 - 12:12 pm
  • Eileen Dilts

    TUCSON, Ariz. — Grace Eileen Dilts passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz.Eileen was b ...
    July 17, 2014 - 3:17 pm
  • Russell 'Coonie' Alleman Jr.

    TONICA — Russell “Coonie” Alleman Jr., 87, of Tonica died Sunday, July 13, 2014, in Unity Point Health at Methodist Hospital in Peoria.
    July 15, 2014 - 10:22 am
  • Duane Huss

    OCALA, Fla. — Duane D. Huss, 78, of Ocala, Fla., passed away peacefully at the Legacy House Hospice in Ocala, Fla., on Thursday, June 19, 2014, from t ...
    July 14, 2014 - 2:40 pm
  • Albert Cook

    MUSTANG, Okla. — Albert J. Cook of Mustang, Okla., died at Mercy Hospital on Tuesday July 8, 2014. H ...
    July 11, 2014 - 9:00 am
  • Laverne 'Bud' Wiesbrock

    LOSTANT — Laverne J. “Bud” Wiesbrock, 91, of Lostant, passed away, Thursday, June 12, 2014, at his home.
    June 20, 2014 - 4:40 pm
  • Northern Illinois Valley Shrine Club will host screening clinic on Aug. 27

    PERU — The Northern Illinois Valley Shrine Club of Peru will hold a screening clinic for Shriners Hospitals for Children from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 27 at S ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Sign language for beginners

    LASALLE — The Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living will offer sign language classes for beginners in September at the IVCIL, 18 Gunia Drive, ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Peru Public library to host program

    PERU – "Wiggles and Giggles," a program for children ages 1 to 3 begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Peru Public library. The program introduces the fun ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Lostant residents encouraged to sign up for fall garage sales

    LOSTANT – Lostant residents are encouraged to sign up for the fall garage sale map. A condensed list of the items on the garage sale and a $5 advertis ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Engle Lane will offer scholarships

    STREATOR — Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Community Players of Streator Inc. scholarship program.
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Volunteers needed for upcoming community walks

    PERU — Volunteers are needed at Baker Lake in Peru on Sept. 7 to help set up and staff this year’s LaSalle County Out of the Darkness Walk for the Ame ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • IVCIL to host autism workshop

    LASALLE — Family Matters PTIC and Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living will present a workshop on children with autism spectrum disorder and ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 11:17 am
  • Edgewood Ladies League

    MCNABB – The Edgewood Ladies League played golf on Aug. 5 with hostesses Cyndi Palm and Jan Booker. Play of the day was net. Winners included: A fligh ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Tonica Grade School Menus Aug. 18-22

    Breakfast Aug. 18 — Cereal or yogurt, toast, fruit, juice, white or chocolate milk. Aug. 19 — Mini-p ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Bridges Senior Center Aug. 18-22

    Aug. 18 — 9 a.m., Tai Chi; 11 a.m., sewing circle; 12:45 p.m., bingo; 1:30 p.m., open cards. Aug. 19 ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Considerations by Nedda

    We all have a long list of reasons to be grateful. In fact, it is suggested we occasionally remind ourselves of those reasons. Good mental health and ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: The following is another column in the ongoing series by former BCR Staff Writer Barb Kromphardt and her battle with breast cancer.
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Our own personal casting call

    Want something impressive? Watch Batman.Want something even more impressive? Going from 121 pounds o ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • A new car? Not so sure!

    I own two cars. Well, one-and-a-third actually. While my car title is free and clear, I’ll be paying off my wife’s car probably three years after it g ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: This is an ongoing column from Barb Kromphardt regarding her journey with breast cancer.
    Aug. 7, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • A couple of goats

    I'm giving somewhat serious thought to the possibility of reading a book. OK, in reality, probably only semi-serious thought. Actually more of a passi ...
    Aug. 7, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Facebook, not Factbook

    As a rule, the human race loves bad news. Yes, it’s really cute and lovely when a dog rescues a cat from drowning, but you will never see that lead th ...
    July 31, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Field of Dreams

    My oldest first cousin, Russell (Coonie) Alleman Jr., passed away on July 13. Our grandparents were Amos and Bertha (Kessler) Alleman. My father, Walt ...
    July 31, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: This is another installment in a series by former staff writer Barb Kromphardt.After ...
    July 24, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Weather or not

    Bear with me on this one, but it will make sense eventually.Last July, I went to the LaSalle and Mar ...
    July 24, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Illini State Bank in Tonica celebrates 100 years

    TONICA — The Illini State Bank has announced its Tonica facility is celebrating its 100th year anniversary of providing services to the local communit ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • IVCC's CPT program helps LaSalle man get job

    Matt Dresbach of LaSalle made a pivotal career decision less than a year ago, and it’s already paying dividends.
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • American Board of Otolaryngology certifies Musgrave

    PERU — Dr. Brandon Musgrave, an ear, nose and throat specialist on the medical staff at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru, has been certified ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Taglia named Five Star Professional

    OTTAWA – Linda Taglia of 1st Farm Credit Services has been chosen as a Five Star Professional for 2014.
    July 31, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Illinois Valley SHRM officers

    The Illinois Valley Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2014 Board members are Beth Heaton (front row, from left), president; JoAnn Johnson, ...
    July 31, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Fall harvest outlook availble Aug. 12

    SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural StatisticsService (NASS) wi ...
    Aug. 1, 2014 - 9:14 am
  • Illini State Bank offers investment services

    OGLESBY — Illini State Bank introduces Illini Investment Services, a new division aimed at providing its customers and communities with the investment ...
    July 24, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Ficek Electric wins state contract

    LASALLE — Jennifer Bias, president of Ficek Electric and Communications Inc., LaSalle, has announced that on July 8, the state of Illinois officially ...
    July 24, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Champion retires from Illini State Bank

    LOSTANT — Carol Champion has retired from Illini State Bank after a 28 year career of serving the customers at the Lostant branch. Her last day was Ju ...
    July 29, 2014 - 1:34 pm
  • Blackburn earns certification

    SPRING VALLEY — Lisa Blackburn, St. Margaret’s director of human resources, recently earned certification as a senior professional in human resources ...
    July 24, 2014 - 3:00 pm