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  • Photo contest winners announced

    UTICA — Winners have been announced for Starved Rock Lodge Photography Club’s recent photo contest.Ben Just of McNabb took first place with ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Who killed ‘Trader Jack’ Redshaw?

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on unsolved mysteries in the Illinois Valley.GRANVILLE — The sleepy village of Granv ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Ethan Phillips earns admittance to IMSA

    LOSTANT — Ethan Phillips, the son of Mike and Lisa Phillips of Lostant, has earned admittance to the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academ ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Princeton DAR becomes commemorative partner

    PRINCETON — The Princeton-Illinois chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has become a commemorative pa ...
    Oct. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Schaack still helping others

    BARRINGTON — There comes a time in everyone’s life when you slow down and take it easy, kick back in your chair and enjoy the freedom of res ...
    Oct. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Megan Wiesbrock wins contest

    Lostant School’s Megan Wiesbrock competed in the Prairie Conference free throw contest on Oct. 15. The Prairie Conference was held at Dimmic ...
    Oct. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
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  • Man on the street

    Who is your favorite football team, and how are they doing so far this season? “The Bears are my tea ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Who killed ‘Trader Jack’ Redshaw?

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on unsolved mysteries in the Illinois Valley.
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Crime prevention tips

    Illinois Valley Crime Stoppers, which serves LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby, Spring Valley and Utica, recently released a list of crime safety tips to conside ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Manufacturing career expo held for area students

    OGLESBY — The world of manufacturing has come a long way from the grimy image many people envision when they think of a factory career, and local high ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • PCCC Fall Fling is Nov. 1

    STANDARD — The annual Fall Fling at the Putnam County Community Center is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 1, at the center at 128 First St. ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Poverty: More widespread than you think

    The U.S. Census Bureau has released a report that says more than 48 million Americans live in poverty.
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Do you have a sweet tooth?

    Brooke Schiffbauer (left) and Isabella Lambert serve up desserts for the Tonica United Methodist Church annual turkey dinner last week. Dinners were e ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Ebola: How safe are we?

    About two months after news of the Ebola virus in Africa became an international concern, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has establis ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Calling all veterans

    LOSTANT — The Lostant Student Council, along with the student body, would like to honor veterans and their service to the country during an assembly s ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Discussing the possibilities at LGS

    LOSTANT — Board member Mike Phillips gave the Lostant Grade School Board some possible good news at its meeting on Oct. 22, which would allow the scho ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Seth Foote

    BARTLETT — Seth Daniel Foote of Bartlett, born Oct. 15, 2012, went home to be with Jesus, just two days before his second birthday.
    Oct. 21, 2014 - 8:40 am
  • Lawrence Fleming

    TONICA — Lawrence “Larry” R. Fleming, 73, of rural Tonica died Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.
    Oct. 6, 2014 - 8:30 am
  • Lois Swift

    TONICA — Lois E. Swift, 89, of Tonica died at 9:34 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Manor Court of Peru.
    Oct. 2, 2014 - 2:54 pm
  • Library Corner

    LaSalle Public LibrarySolidarity Forever: Workers and Protest Music in Illinois – 6 p.m. on Nov. 4.S ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Photo contest winners announced

    UTICA — Winners have been announced for Starved Rock Lodge Photography Club’s recent photo contest.B ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Ethan Phillips earns admittance to IMSA

    LOSTANT — Ethan Phillips, the son of Mike and Lisa Phillips of Lostant, has earned admittance to the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy’s (IMSA) ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Visions support group schedules meeting

    “Visions,” a support group for anyone with any type of visual problem, will meet from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 6 in St. Margaret’s first floor presen ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • St. Margaret’s offers free prenatal classes

    SPRING VALLEY — St. Margaret’s prenatal/Lamaze classes for expectant mothers, called “1-2-3-4 What To Expect From Labor/Delivery and More,” will be fr ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Tonica Grade School menu Nov. 3-7

    Breakfast Nov. 3 – Sausage, egg and cheese tortilla, yogurt or toast, cereal, white or chocolate mil ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Visit the library after voting

    LOSTANT — Residents of the Lostant Library District are invited to visit the library for free refreshments and an open house after voting at village h ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Lostant Grade School menu Nov. 3-7

    Breakfast Nov. 3 – Egg, cheese and bacon wrap, yogurt, cereal, white or chocolate milk, fruit, juice ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Quilting guild to meet

    HENRY — The Marshall-Putnam Quilters’ Guild will meet Nov. 12 at the Henry Presbyterian Church, located at 511 Wirt St. in Henry.
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Annual holiday luncheon for seniors

    LOSTANT — Lostant School District will host the annual holiday luncheon for senior citizens on Dec. 11, beginning at noon, in the school cafeteria. A ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: After failing a mammogram test earlier this spring, Barb Kromphardt entered the world of breast cancer treatment. Following a surgical ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Field of Dreams

    My farmer friend, Darrell Chambers, turned 100 years old in October this year. He now resides in Liberty Village in Peru. An open house was held in hi ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Bye-bye quality education

    Say goodbye to the quality of education for your children. In Illinois, it's as endangered as the dodo bird; yes, that means barring a sudden rise of ...
    Oct. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Fall-ing into memories

    My grandfather was a fairly stoic man. Of German decent, his heritage taught him strict work ethics, and he worked tirelessly throughout his entire li ...
    Oct. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • We have to start talking about domestic violence

    A few weeks ago, I covered my first domestic violence awareness event hosted by Freedom House.I can ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Rauner give Illinois hope

    Gov. Pat Quinn has had more than five years to guide Illinois toward a brighter fiscal future. Inste ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Civil War? What Civil War?

    “History is written by the victors.” Winston Churchill (rumored, not proven).I used to believe that ...
    Oct. 9, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Appreciating a little mess

    Sometimes a little mess in the house looks nice to me.A couple weeks ago, our nephew, Andy, and his ...
    Oct. 2, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: After failing a mammogram test earlier this spring, Barb Kromphardt entered the world of breast cancer treatment.Following a surgical b ...
    Oct. 2, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Just another manic morning

    Let me just start by saying I’ve had a good share of birthdays. While I will be eternally grateful for every birthday I have, many of you will underst ...
    Sept. 25, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Event highlights iFiber network

    OGLESBY — Illinois Fiber Resources Group (iFiber) partners were joined by legislators, state officials, local mayors, community anchor institutions (C ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Ag Summary Oct. 24

    Three weeks of wet conditions have left the ground saturated in parts of the state. Limited harvest of corn and soybeans occurred last week, however ...
    Oct. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • 40 under Forty Class of 2014

    On Oct. 2, the 40 Under Forty Class of 2014 was recognized during a ceremony at the Deer Park Country Club. About 140 people attended the reception. T ...
    Oct. 27, 2014 - 4:37 pm
  • Advance Auto Parts opens store in Peru

    PERU – Advance Auto Parts Inc. has announced it will open its first store in Peru at 1600 36th St. across the street from Peru Mall. The opening has b ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Decker celebrates 25 years at ISB

    OGLESBY — Jolene Decker is celebrating 25 years at Illini State Bank this month. The bank is encouraging customers to celebrate this accomplishment wi ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Ag Summary Oct. 3

    Warm, dry conditions last week allowed farmers 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork. Activities included cutting hay and harvesting corn, soybeans and sorg ...
    Oct. 2, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Ag Summary Sept. 21

    Producers continued with corn harvest last week, however progress remains behind normal. There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week endin ...
    Sept. 25, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Endocrinologist joins IVCH medical staff

    PERU — A board-certified endocrinologist is joining the Illinois Valley Community Hospital medical staff.
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 10:13 am
  • Carus looking for memories

    LASALLE — Carus Corporation will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2015 and is asking the community to share memories, stories and photos which help ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Ajster honored by Super Lawyers

    PERU — Attorney Julie Ajster of Ajster Law Office has been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as a 2015 Illinois Rising Star.
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm