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  • Learning about the 1920s

    Taylor Kennedy (left), Hailey Maurice and Lindsey Rimes present a timeline for the 1920s during the decades enrichment class at Tonica Grade ...
    April 18, 2014 - 8:52 am
  • Schneider hopes for development

    Editor’s note: This is another story in a series, as the Tonica News talks with members of the boards in the Tonica/Lostant area and gets th ...
    April 18, 2014 - 8:50 am
  • Villarreal noted for teaching excellence

    OGLESBY — English instructor and Honors Program and Writing Center Director Nora Villarreal is the 2014 winner of Illinois Valley Community ...
    April 18, 2014 - 8:49 am
  • Learning to grow

    HENRY— The Marshall-Putnam University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners with the Toluca Coal Mine Association will be offering a class ...
    April 18, 2014 - 8:38 am
  • Lights ... camera ... action

    TONICA — Tonica Grade School (TGS) has had great success with its adoption of the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program ...
    April 18, 2014 - 8:40 am
  • Scholastic Bowl at Lostant Grade School going strong

    Lostant Grade School Scholastic Bowl is going strong as they finish up their season with a 5-3 record. The team includes (front row, from le ...
    April 18, 2014 - 8:41 am
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  • Maddie in the Magic Kingdom

    Maddie Hubbard is getting a different type of college education than most of her peers. While her friends may be attending Illinois Valley Community C ...
    April 18, 2014 - 8:46 am
  • Villarreal noted for teaching excellence

    OGLESBY — English instructor and Honors Program and Writing Center Director Nora Villarreal is the 2014 winner of Illinois Valley Community College’s ...
    April 18, 2014 - 8:49 am
  • Meeting Calendar April 21-23

    April 21 7 p.m., Tonica Village Board, Tonica Village Hall April 22 7 p.m., Tonica Grade School, To ...
    April 17, 2014 - 10:59 am
  • Schneider hopes for development

    Editor’s note: This is another story in a series, as the Tonica News talks with members of the boards in the Tonica/Lostant area and gets their views ...
    April 18, 2014 - 8:50 am
  • Convoy Against Cancer is May 3

    LADD — The 2014 “Convoy Against Cancer” BIG Truck Show returns to Route 89/Main Street in Ladd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3. 
    April 18, 2014 - 8:48 am
  • Quinn announces $100 million for road and street repairs

    CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn announced $100 million from the Illinois Jobs Now! construction program to will go to repair municipal and township infrastru ...
    April 17, 2014 - 11:04 am
  • TVFD holds monthly meeting

    TONICA — Tonica Volunteer Fire Department members spent a large part of March in training.The monthl ...
    April 17, 2014 - 10:57 am
  • LaSalle County Sheriff report

    On April 8 LaSalle County Sheriff deputies arrested Robert F. Grimm, 28, of Wenona on a LaSalle County arrest warrant issued for domestic battery. Gri ...
    April 17, 2014 - 11:11 am
  • Illinois Valley Community College meeting minutes

    OGLESBY — Noted Chicago artist John Adduci will construct a 14-foot tall stainless steel sculpture in front of Illinois Valley Community College’s Pet ...
    April 17, 2014 - 11:03 am
  • On the street

    What is your favorite dessert, and who makes it the best? “It’s a frozen pistachio ice cream dessert ...
    April 17, 2014 - 10:52 am
  • Marjorie Jean Henning

    TONICA — Marjorie Jean (Clift) Henning, 89, of Tonica passed away peacefully in her home, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, with her family at her side.
    April 9, 2014 - 8:40 am
  • Elmer Tarr

    LEONORE — Elmer “E.T.” G. Tarr, 79, of Leonore died at 9:02 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Asta Care Center in Toluca.
    April 2, 2014 - 4:11 pm
  • Judith Ebner

    PERU — Judith A. “Judy” Ebner, 64, of Peru, formerly of Oglesby, passed away Monday, March 10, 2014, at Manor Court of Peru.
    March 11, 2014 - 2:23 pm
  • Carol Straughn

    OGLESBY — Carol Joan Straughn, 76, of rural Oglesby passed away in her home on Saturday, March 8, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. She pas ...
    March 10, 2014 - 11:24 am
  • Elmer Tarr

    LEONORE — Elmer Tarr, 79, of Leonore died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Asta Care Center of Toluca.Cr ...
    March 6, 2014 - 9:36 am
  • Villarreal noted for teaching excellence

    OGLESBY — English instructor and Honors Program and Writing Center Director Nora Villarreal is the 2014 winner of Illinois Valley Community College’s ...
    April 18, 2014 - 8:49 am
  • Library Corner April 17

    Lostant — April 22 and 29: Families First, a state-funded early childhood grant, is a program for families with children ages birth to 3. It is sponso ...
    April 17, 2014 - 10:40 am
  • Casting call for Stage 212's 'Annie'

    LASALLE — Director Robert Kinsella has announced that auditions for Stage 212’s summer 2014 production of “Annie,” the heartwarming musical by Charles ...
    April 17, 2014 - 10:29 am
  • Putnam County Community Center menu April 21-25

    April 21 — Chicken with broccoli rice bake, spinach, sliced pears, fruit juice, wheat roll. April 22 ...
    April 17, 2014 - 10:43 am
  • Bridges Senior Center April 21-25

    The following events will be held at the Bridges Senior Center at 221 W. Etna Road, Ottawa. April 21 ...
    April 17, 2014 - 10:44 am
  • Starved Rock spring events

    Starved Rock Lodge is offering some springtime events.A variety of tours and hikes are available dur ...
    April 17, 2014 - 10:29 am
  • O’Brien named to Mu Alpha at IVCC

    OGLESBY — Illinois Valley Community College’s Mu Alpha chapter of the Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society for two-year colleges recently inducted ...
    April 17, 2014 - 10:29 am
  • Tonica Grade School April 21-25

    Breakfast April 21 — Oatmeal with dried fruit, chocolate chips, brown sugar, cereal, yogurt or toas ...
    April 17, 2014 - 10:45 am
  • Lostant Grade School April 21-25

    Breakfast April 21 — No school. April 22 — Doughnuts, cereal, milk, juice, yogurt. April 23 — Eggs a ...
    April 17, 2014 - 10:45 am
  • 11th annual Starved Rock Indian Artifact Show

    LASALLE — The 11th annual Starved Rock Indian Artifact show will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at Celebrations 150 Ltd., 740 East Route 6, LaSalle ...
    April 17, 2014 - 10:30 am
  • No more splashing

    When I was a kid, I didn’t want to be a reporter or an astronaut or a fireman. My goals were a bit loftier, or lower depending on your point of view.
    April 17, 2014 - 10:50 am
  • All about the shoes?

    Back then, it was all about the shoes. The black patent leather ones were placed at the back of the closet, and the new shoe box sat patiently on the ...
    April 17, 2014 - 10:55 am
  • Enjoying the ‘madness’

    On a Sunday afternoon in March, as I write this column, I am sitting on my couch, laptop in hand, and my television tuned to the NCAA basketball tourn ...
    April 10, 2014 - 8:43 am
  • At a loss for words

    As I waited for my meal to be delivered in a local restaurant, I couldn’t help but notice the older gentleman sitting across from me. Though his face ...
    April 10, 2014 - 8:46 am
  • Considerations by Nedda

    Walking down to the Gulf shore was the first thing for me to do in the morning. I spent as much time as I could on the beach, and watching others enjo ...
    April 3, 2014 - 10:01 am
  • Marking time

    It was a day I had been waiting for ... and to be quite honest, I didn’t think it would ever come. I don’t mind telling you I’m sharing this long-awai ...
    April 3, 2014 - 9:59 am
  • Of baldknobbers and other gobbledygook

    Baldknobber.While it’s a word that has a very grisly story behind it, the word has always amused me. ...
    March 27, 2014 - 10:35 am
  • The Rebuttal

    Little kids can say the darndest things. Like when, during casual conversation, a grown-up uses an adult phrase like “He has big teeth like Potsie,” o ...
    March 27, 2014 - 10:32 am
  • Death and taxes ... mostly taxes

    By now, it's likely most of you have already filed your taxes, possibly receiving your refund or sending Uncle Sam more of your hard-earned paycheck. ...
    April 7, 2014 - 10:06 am
  • Not so savvy

    You probably think I know a lot about technology, especially since I use a computer for about 90 percent of all my tasks at the newspapers and magazin ...
    March 20, 2014 - 8:57 am
  • Illinois grain stocks

    Corn stocks in all positions on March 1 totaled 1.22 billion bushels, up 55 percent from March 1, 2013. On-farm stocks totaled 550 million bushels, wh ...
    April 17, 2014 - 10:57 am
  • Illinois hog and pig inventory at 4.35 million

    Illinois inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1 was 4.35 million head, down 6 percent from Dec. 1, 2013, and down 5 percent from last year. Breedin ...
    April 22, 2014 - 1:41 pm
  • Extension to hold ag night

    PRINCETON — The University of Illinois Extension, Bureau-LaSalle-Marshall-Putnam Unit will hold an agronomy night to provide research results for 2013 ...
    April 10, 2014 - 8:47 am
  • Livestock farmers urged to keep good records

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia reminded livestock producers aff ...
    April 4, 2014 - 9:34 am
  • WIC program celebrates 40 years

    OTTAWA — The WIC program in Illinois is celebrating 40 years of service. It’s a successful program used by nearly 40 percent of the babies born in the ...
    April 3, 2014 - 10:05 am
  • Illinois farm prices

    The United States preliminary All Farm Products Index of Prices Received by Farmers in March, at 111 percent, based on 2011=100, increased five points ...
    April 4, 2014 - 9:34 am
  • Illinois prospective planting

    • Corn growers intend to plant 11.9 million acres in 2014, down 1 percent from 2013.• Soybean plante ...
    April 3, 2014 - 9:59 am
  • Heartland Health Care Center receives top honor

    HENRY — Heartland Health Care Center of Henry was named among the country’s “Best Nursing Homes” by U.S. News & World Report.
    March 27, 2014 - 10:39 am
  • Farmland values settle; grain prices at fault

    The rate of increase in the value of Illinois farmland has flattened and lower grain prices are to blame, according to presentations made at the Illin ...
    March 27, 2014 - 10:46 am
  • Manor Court wins major award

    PERU — Manor Court of Peru has been named among the country’s Best Nursing Homes by the U.S. News and World Report. U.S. News determines its annual ra ...
    March 27, 2014 - 10:12 am