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  • Law strengthening GDL program took effect July 1

    SPRINGFIELD — The law proposed by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to further improve Illinois’ Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program took e ...
    July 24, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Treasures a-plenty in Tonica

    TONICA — The old saying says “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” There are a lot of hidden treasures located in Mitch Urban’s lot behind his ...
    July 24, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • 5,000 same-sex marriages reported in Illinois

    More than 5,000 same-sex couples have been married in Illinois since the law allowing same-sex marriages took effect on June 1, according to a news re ...
    July 24, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • On my honor ...

    OGLESBY — Fifty-two girls from Oglesby, Tonica, Lostant, Peru, LaSalle and surrounding areas attended the Girl Scout Service Unit Camp held in Lehigh ...
    July 24, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • A break in at Lostant Library

    LOSTANT – The Lostant Library was the victim of a break in, which happened between the afternoon of July 12 and the morning of July 14.
    July 24, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • TGS hires two staff members

    TONICA — Tonica Grade School added two teachers and some technical assistance to the payroll at its July 16 meeting. Karen Jones was hired as the new ...
    July 24, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • On the street

    What was your favorite vacation and why? “To Florida because I got to see the ocean. I stayed at Mol ...
    July 24, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Standard Fire Department hosts tractor pull

    The Standard Fire Department hosted its annual Tractor Pull on July 20. More than 1,000 people watched the pull, enjoyed food and excitement. The proc ...
    July 24, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Bullying targeted in Illinois schools

    The issue of school bullying is being addressed by Illinois officials. A bill has been signed by Gov. Pat Quinn which will crack down on bullying in a ...
    July 17, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • Appellate Court rules in favor of IVCC

    OGLESBY — The Third District Appellate Court recently ruled in favor of Illinois Valley Community College concerning its ongoing litigation involving ...
    July 17, 2014 - 4:02 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
  • Duane Rose

    HOOKSETT, N.H. — Duane H. Rose, 71, of Hooksett, N.H., died at home on Thursday, May 29, 2014.He was ...
    June 3, 2014 - 11:57 am
  • Rowes will celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Rowe will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today, July 25.Jerry Rowe from ...
    July 24, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • PCCC Menus July 28-31

    July 28 — Barbecue pork chop, baked beans, roasted garlic cauliflower, apricots and wheat bread. Jul ...
    July 24, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • 'Evening Under The Stars'

    UTICA — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Starved Rock State Park will present "Evening Under The Stars" on Aug. 1.
    July 25, 2014 - 3:07 pm
  • Illini State Bank sponsoring blood drive

    TONICA — Illini State Bank will sponsor an American Red Cross blood drive from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Tonica United Methodist Church, 423 Waupon ...
    July 28, 2014 - 3:35 pm
  • Library Corner July 25

    LaSalle Public Library — From 6 to 8 p.m. July 31 join the LaSalle Public Library for pajama story time. Come in your favorite pajamas (a stuffed anim ...
    July 24, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • ICC releases spring president’s list

    EAST PEORIA — Illinois Central College recently recognized students for academic excellence for the spring 2014 semester. The president’s list honors ...
    July 17, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • PCCC Lunch Menus

    July 21 — Beef stroganoff, spinach, orange, fruit juice, wheat bread and wheat roll. July 22 — Grill ...
    July 17, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Class of '43 hosts reunion

    PERU – The Hopkins Township High School Class of 1943 held a class reunion commemorating its 71 years since graduation on June 28 at Mario's Maples in ...
    July 17, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • On the road with the Tonica News

    Sharon Terrill Keutzer took a copy of the Tonica News with her to Talkeetna Lodge in Talkeetna, Alaska. Mount McKinley is visible to her left. Keutzer ...
    July 17, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Alzheimer support group to meet

    PERU — The Alzheimer's Caring Friends support group for caregivers, family and friends meets at 6 p.m. July 22 at the Red Cross office, 1530 Fourth St ...
    July 17, 2014 - 4:00 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
  • Readin', writin' and CPR...

    On June 5 this year, Gov. Pat Quinn sent a law through that might have gone under the radar for most of us. I caught it, but it got shuffled to the ba ...
    July 17, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Sounds a little corny

    I was driving down Main Street the other day, and I did a double-take. The sweet corn person had set up shop again, and there were quite a few people ...
    July 17, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: This is the second installment in an ongoing column by Barb Kromphardt. On Monday mor ...
    July 10, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • A letter back home ...

    Editor’s note: The following correspondence was received from former Tonica resident Neil Walgenbach.
    July 10, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Considerations by Nedda

    Since we are remembering the invasion of Europe, the American flag’s birthday, Fourth of July and Memorial Day in just a few weeks’ time, I thought I ...
    July 3, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • In this case ...

    The Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision June 30 that will have repercussions for a long time to come. It’s a case that was guara ...
    July 14, 2014 - 3:37 pm
  • The dog days of summer

    I’m sitting here with my dog, Harley, on our front steps and I tell him, “Tomorrow is gonna be big.” He looks up at me not even understanding a word, ...
    June 26, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • When I grow up, I want to be ...

    There are those who, from an early age, show exceptional God-given talent and skills or are driven by a strong inner desire to achieve great things wh ...
    June 26, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • 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 24, 2014 - 3:00 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
  • 40 under Forty nominees needed

    OGLESBY — The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Illinois Valley Community College will host its fourth annual “40 Under Forty” event and i ...
    July 17, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Ag Summary

    Corn silking jumped to 62 percent last week, well ahead of the five-year average of 48 percent.Tempe ...
    July 17, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Dollars and sense

    Year after year, in bull and bear markets, investors make some all-too-common blunders. They have been written about, talked about and critiqued at so ...
    July 10, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • TCOC elects officers

    ROCK FALLS — Officers of the Tri-County Opportunities Council's Community Action Agency were elected at the council's annual meeting on June 24.
    July 10, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • St. Margaret’s awarded an 'A' in hospital safety study

    SPRING VALLEY — Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the latest Hospital Safety Score ...
    July 10, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Northern Illinois Agronomy Day is July 10

    HENRY — The Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center will be hosting its summer Agronomy Day on July 10 in Shabbona. Transportation will be provided ...
    July 3, 2014 - 3:00 pm