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  • Lostant students study cells

    LOSTANT — On Sept. 26, Danell Mertes was a guest speaker in the third- and fourth-grade science class at Lostant Grade School. The students ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • 'Welcome back to Lostant'

    On Sept. 24, the Lostant Grade School Student Council held a “Welcome back to Lostant” activity. During ninth hour, the students were able t ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • What kind of weather will we have this winter?

    Wondering how brutal this winter will be? According to popular folklore, you just need to step outside and look for some indicators.• Channe ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • TGS announces Student of Month program

    Tonica Grade School has started a Student of the Month program. Each month, a teacher committee will choose a student from each class groupi ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • At home in the spotlight

    LOSTANT — “There’s a spotlight waiting, no matter who you are.” — Rock and Roll Heaven.For some of us, the spotlight doesn’t have to wait ve ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:02 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 accompl ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm
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  • LGS students map the cells

    Ethan Phillips displays his giant cell from science class and Sydney Miller reviews her giant diagrammed cell. The fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grade st ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • What kind of weather will we have this winter?

    Wondering how brutal this winter will be? According to popular folklore, you just need to step outside and look for some indicators.
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • At home in the spotlight

    LOSTANT — “There’s a spotlight waiting, no matter who you are.” — Rock and Roll Heaven.For some of u ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • Midwest Food Bank assists area food pantries

    BLOOMINGTON — It started with a dream in 2003. The Midwest Food Bank was created on a farm to help feed area people patronizing 10 food pantries in th ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • Revisiting the 2013 flood

    LOSTANT — The specter of the April 2013 floods came back to haunt the Lostant Village Boards during its Oct. 13 meeting, as the board continues to loo ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • Property expansion at Starved Rock

    OGLESBY — Starved Rock State Park near Oglesby is among several Illinois state parks recently receiving funding for land acquisition and improvement p ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • TVFD members attend multiple training classes

    TONICA — The Tonica Volunteer Fire Department meeting was recently held at the fire department. Reports of training for individual firefighters domina ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • TVFD responds to calls

    TONICA — The Tonica Volunteer Fire Department (TVFD) was called out for a corn crib fire at 675 North 19th Road on Oct. 11. In accordance with structu ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Meeting Calendar

    Oct. 20 Tonica Village Board, 7 p.m., Tonica Village Hall.Oct. 22Lostant Grade School Board, 6 p.m., ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Keeping your joints healthy

    Jim Pettit of Granville is no stranger to knee replacement. He's had two knee surgeries in less than a decade, and he noticed a big difference between ...
    Oct. 9, 2014 - 4:02 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 Library: The LaSalle Public Library is inviting families to join in stories with the library’s “Reading Loving Therapy Dogs!” This year ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • IVCH Red Cross blood drive Oct. 31

    PERU — Illinois Valley Community Hospital will host an American Red Cross blood drive between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 31 in the conference room of the ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Library Corner

    LaSalle Public LibraryThe LaSalle Public Library is inviting families to join in stories with the li ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Tonica Grade School Menus

    Breakfast Oct. 20 – Breakfast pizza, cereal, yogurt or toast, fruit, juice, milk. Oct. 21 – Pancakes ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Lostant students study cells

    LOSTANT — On Sept. 26, Danell Mertes was a guest speaker in the third- and fourth-grade science class at Lostant Grade School. The students have been ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • 'Welcome back to Lostant'

    On Sept. 24, the Lostant Grade School Student Council held a “Welcome back to Lostant” activity. During ninth hour, the students were able to play gam ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Breakfast with Santa at St. Bede

    PERU — St. Bede Academy will again hold Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to noon on Dec. 13 at the Academy.
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Lostant Grade School Menus

    Breakfast Oct. 20 — Egg, cheese, bacon wrap, yogurt, cereal, fruit, juice and milk. Oct. 21 — Bluebe ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Festival of Trees seeking sponsors, vendors

    UTICA — Easter Seals of LaSalle and Bureau Counties will host the second annual Festival of Trees presented by US Silica from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Nov. ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • TGS announces Student of Month program

    Tonica Grade School has started a Student of the Month program. Each month, a teacher committee will choose a student from each class grouping which i ...
    Oct. 16, 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
  • More than just a typical vacation

    I have a deep love for mountains covered in pine trees, the nothingness of South Dakota, the moon-like Badlands, the big sky of Montana, the weirdness ...
    Sept. 25, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Playing 'punchout' is not a game

    I do use Facebook. It helps me keep up with friends I don't see very often. Sometimes, I wish it didn't.
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • The yellow ribbon

    This column is often filled with little snapshots from my past. Growing up on a Bureau County farm with all the trials, tribulations, comforts and opp ...
    Sept. 11, 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 ...
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 2:37 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
  • Bringing Cajun to McNabb

    MCNABB — It's more than 850 miles from McNabb to Lake Catherine, La., on the east end of New Orleans — just a touch more than 14 hours. It sits on the ...
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • 2014 end of August crop evaluation

    As we near September, our 2014 corn and soybean crop appear to be taking a leisurely trip to maturity.
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Endocrinologist joins IVCH medical staff

    PERU — A board-certified endocrinologist is joining the Illinois Valley Community Hospital medical staff.
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 3:28 pm