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  • Weathering ‘storms’ in Lostant

    LOSTANT — It was a night of blues and bad news for the Lostant Village Board at its monthly meeting Nov. 10. The only potential good news came in the ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Legion sponsors open house

    Tonica American Legion 260 Commander Lowell Beenenga reviews part of the display for the Korean Conflict. America’s forgotten war memorial was open on ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Turkey, Thanksgiving and traditions

    TONICA — Small towns are unique for many reasons. You will often find strong family ties and traditions in a small town.
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Survey says 92 percent plan on traveling this Thanksgiving

    When Americans hit the road this year for Thanksgiving family gatherings, 31 percent of Americans surveyed say they'll be traveling more than 500 mile ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Arnold family donates bugle

    Elin Arnold (right) and the Clifford Arnold family donated an automated ceremonial bugle to the Tonica American Legion Post 260 in loving memory of Cl ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • TVFD hosts live firefighting training

    TONICA — A unique training experience was held in rural Tonica at 1735 E. Third Road by the Tonica Volunteer Fire Department (TVFD) on Nov. 15.
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Tonica tax levy nudges upward

    TONICA — The Tonica Village Board set its 2014-15 tax levy at the November meeting on Nov. 17. The amount will include a $4,000 bump to $90,400. The i ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Thanks Neighbor

    The Tonica Cemetery road project is moving right along with a big monetary donation from the Don Fike family to seed the project. 
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • LaSalle County returns Republicans to office

    OTTAWA — The voters have spoken in the two contested races in LaSalle County. With just under 53 percent of eligible voters turning out for the fall e ...
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Tonica gets $350,000 CDAP grant

    TONICA — Another step in the renovation of Tonica’s wastewater system has been taken. The village recently received a Community Development Assistance ...
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Kenneth Baker

    TONICA — Kenneth Richard Baker, 97, of Tonica died at 8:36 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, in his home.
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 9:18 am
  • 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
  • LGS hosts senior citizen holiday dinner

    LOSTANT — Lostant School District will host the annual Holiday Luncheon for senior citizens beginning at noon Dec. 11 in the school cafeteria. All Los ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Bridges Senior Center

    Nov. 24 — 9 a.m., Tai Chi; 10 a.m., Sewing Circle; 12:45 p.m., Bingo; 1:30 p.m., blood pressure checks; 1:20 p.m., open cards.
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Students decorate homeroom doors

    LOSTANT — Lostant School students decorated their homeroom doors again this year for Red Ribbon Anti-Drug and Anti-Bullying Week.
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Halloween costume parade held in Lostant

    Lostant Grade School students participated in a Halloween costume parade on Oct. 31 ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Preschool storytime

    LASALLE — Preschool Storytime Express, for ages 3-5, will be at 11:45 a.m. Nov. 25, at the LaSalle Library.
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Tonica Grade School Menus

    Breakfast Nov. 24 – Breakfast pizza, yogurt, cereal, white or chocolate milk, fruit and juice. Nov. ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Putnam County Community Center menus

    Nov. 24 – Special $3 meal. Vegetable beef soup, sandwiches, sliced apples. Nov. 25 – Roast turkey, s ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Lostant Grade School Menus

    Breakfast Nov. 24 – Breakfast pizza, yogurt, cereal, white or chocolate milk, fruit and juice. Nov. ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Christmas sale

    LOSTANT — An “Everything Christmas” sale will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 22 at the American Legion Hall on Main Street in Lostant. There will also ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Blood drive set for Dec. 1

    TONICA — Illini State Bank will host a community blood drive from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 1 at the United Methodist Church, 423 Wauponis St., Tonica. For ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Refresher course

    One part of my job which I truly enjoy are the opportunities I have to visit area schools. Sometimes I’m there to do an interview or take a photo, whi ...
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • A rocky week

    Throughout the years, I’ve often found you are your own worst enemy. Whether it’s somehow self-sabotaging a job interview or saying the wrong thing at ...
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Hunting deer hunters

    On this particular day, I’m looking through the news headlines and I’m definitely losing my faith in my fellow man.
    Nov. 6, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Pondering politics

    I know about bipartisan issues. You see, I grew up in a bipartisan household. Grandpa was a Republican; Grandma was a Democrat.
    Nov. 6, 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
  • Amtrak adds trains for Thanksgiving

    To accommodate an expected increase in holiday passengers, Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation are offering additional round trips on ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Ag summary

    Corn and soybean harvest neared completion last week. Other fieldwork included fall tillage and applying fertilizers. There were 5.9 days suitable for ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Ag Summary Nov. 14

    Corn and soybean harvest continued last week. Activities included fall tillage and nitrogen application.
    Nov. 13, 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
  • 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