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  • First person — Carol Spangler

    City: Wenona. I grew up in Wenona too. Family: Husband-Bob, son-Brandon, stepdaughter-Sandie. Pets: Four dogs — Ginger, Bella, Domino and Co ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Endocrinologist joins IVCH medical staff

    PERU — A board-certified endocrinologist is joining the Illinois Valley Community Hospital medical staff.Babak Pazooki, MD, will begin recei ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 3:28 pm
  • Open house — Kunkel

    An open house to celebrate the 90th birthday of Al Kunkel of Lostant will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 31 at his home, 113 N. 16th Road, Lo ...
    Aug. 28, 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.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
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  • Two-vehicle accident in Tonica

    TONICA — A two-vehicle accident on Route 251 and N. 20th Road in Tonica at 6:22 p.m. on Sept. 15 blocked traffic for more than an hour.
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 10:30 am
  • It takes more than a village to raise a child

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released its annual report on the cost of raising a child from birth to age 17. The latest study puts th ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • How far does your Benjamin go?

    Where is $100 not $100?According to the independent tax policy research organization Tax Foundation, ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • First person — Carol Spangler

    City: Wenona. I grew up in Wenona too. Family: Husband-Bob, son-Brandon, stepdaughter-Sandie. Pets: ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Vehicle renewal receipt soon a valid license tag

    SPRINGFIELD — Legislation proposed by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to allow a printed receipt from the Secretary of State to serve temporar ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • More news for medical marijuana users

    As Illinois slowly moves toward starting its medical marijuana program, a new study by the Journal American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medici ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Illiteracy still a problem in the United States

    There are certain things many of us take for granted: Our homes, our cars and freedom come to mind. For a majority of us, another thing taken for gran ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Lostant Fall Festival is Sept. 20

    LOSTANT — Lostant’s bi-annual Fall Festival is coming up fast. The celebration on Sept. 20 will dominate the downtown area and the village park with a ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Tonica Volunteer Fire Department

    TONICA — The Tonica Volunteer Fire Department was busy during the month of August. During the September monthly meeting, firefighters were told the co ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Meeting calendar Sept. 17-18

    Sept. 17 Lostant Grade School Board, 6 p.m., Lostant Grade School Sept. 18 Tonica School Board, 6:45 ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 4:00 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
  • Wallace Committee needs volunteers

    OTTAWA — The WHL Wallace Memorial Committee is looking for volunteers to help with their major fundraising event, “Civil War ‘64” on Sept. 19-21. The ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Bridges Senior Center Sept. 15-19

    Sept. 15 — 9 a.m., Tai Chi; 10 a.m., sewing circle; 12:45 p.m., bingo; 1:30 p.m., open cards. Sept. ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Putnam County Community Center menus Sept. 15-19

    Sept. 15 — Salisbury steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, succotash, ambrosia salad, wheat bread. Sept ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • IVCH offers flu clinics

    PERU — Illinois Valley Community Hospital has set dates for public flu immunization clinics at different locations in September and October. IVCH nurs ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 11:29 am
  • Parent Power session to be held Sept. 17 at L-P

    LASALLE – The LaSalle-Peru Township High School Counseling Department will host a Parent Power Session on “Preparing for College Athletics” from 6 to ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Lostant Grade School menus Sept. 15-19

    Breakfast Sept. 15 — Mini pancakes, cereal or yogurt, toast, fruit, juice, white or chocolate milk. ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Tonica Grade School menus Sept. 15-19

    Breakfast Sept. 15 — Sausage, egg and cheese tortilla, cereal or yogurt, toast, fruit, juice, white ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Phillips earns degree

    EAST PEORIA — Jeffery Phillips of Tonica received an Associate in Applied Science degree from Illinois Central College during the spring 2014 semester ...
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Bridges Senior Center Sept. 9-12

    OTTAWA — The Bridges Senior Center is located at 221 W. Etna Road, Ottawa. All events are held at the center unless noted otherwise. Questions may be ...
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Putnam County Community Center menu Sept. 8-12

    Sept. 8 — Ham with raisin sauce, sweet potatoes, Brussel sprouts, pear, wheat bread. Sept. 9 — Roast ...
    Sept. 4, 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
  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: The following is an ongoing series on former BCR Staff Writer Barb Kromphardt's ordeal with breast cancer. After failing a mammogram te ...
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Out-standing in our field

    I tend to be a creature of habit. In other words, I seldom stray too far from my basic routine, especially when it comes to the mundane tasks in my wo ...
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Searching for the right word

    I have heard several news reports through various media outlets recently about some new words being officially added to our vocabulary. Evidently both ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Is it race or rage?

    July 2 marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The legislation is considered a landmark piece of civil rights legislation in the ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 4:00 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 ...
    Sept. 5, 2014 - 3:42 pm