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  • 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
  • Emmaus, First Lutheran do charity work

    Donna Forney (left) and Pastor Ann Ziegert work to put together personal care bundles of two bars of soap, toothbrush and toothpaste all wra ...
    Aug. 7, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Tonica businesses help IVCC baseball

    Liz Weiden (from left), John Hiester and Joyce Obermiller hold a sponsorship banner of Tonica businesses for the Illinois Valley Community C ...
    Aug. 7, 2014 - 4:01 pm
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  • LaSalle County Sheriff reports accident

    TONICA — On Aug. 17, the LaSalle County Sheriff’s deputies investigated a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Illinois Route 251 and North 20t ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Fewer concealed carry applications issued

    SPRINGFIELD — Applications for concealed carry permits are slowing down in the state of Illinois, while the system for the process is getting easier.
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Unpack the Backpack night at LGS

    LOSTANT — Lostant Grade School hosted its annual Unpack the Backpack night on Aug. 21. Kindergarten through eighth-grade students and their parents we ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • What’s it take to be a firefighter?

    TONICA — They’re on duty 24 hours-a-day, and a phone call can take them away from some of life’s great joys — a child’s graduation, Christmas with the ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • On the street

    What are you looking forward to as you go back to school? "I feel good when I come to school. I play ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Accident on Illinois Route 251 bridge

    PERU — There were injuries to local residents in an accident on Aug. 21 on Illinois Route 251 bridge.
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Bliss at the Fest

    A young girl enjoys a ride during the TonicaFest activities Aug. 23. Even short periods of rain couldn’t dampen the spirits with people turning out fo ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Lostant water tower breaks down

    LOSTANT — A boil order has been issued for the village of Lostant.The current well that is used for ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 10:55 am
  • Nelson Family Scholarships awarded

    MCNABB — The annual Nelson Family Scholarships have been awarded to students from Tonica, Mark, Lostant, McNabb, Hennepin, Granville and Magnolia. Ala ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Tonica Fest schedule

    TONICA — Tonica Fest takes place this weekend, Aug. 22, 23 and 24, with a slate of fun for the entire family and some last-minute additions will make ...
    Aug. 21, 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
  • 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
  • Putnam County Hall of Fame seeks nominees

    GRANVILLE — The Putnam County High School Athletic Hall of Fame needs help. The committee needs help from the community to nominate deserving athletes ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Birth — Goff

    Julie Rietgraf of Tonica is the parent of a daughter born Aug. 10 at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Orthopedic clinic

    STREATOR — The Streator Elks 591 Lodge, in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corporation, will sponsor a free children’s orthopedic a ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Volunteers are needed for upcoming walk

    PERU — Volunteers are needed at Baker Lake in Peru Sept. 7 to help set up and staff this year’s LaSalle County Out of the Darkness Walk for the Americ ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 4:00 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, Lostant.
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Blood drives

    The American Red Cross will hold the following blood drives: from noon to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 2 at the American Red Cross, 1530 Fourth St., Peru; from 2 t ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Northern Illinois Valley Shrine Club will host screening clinic on Aug. 27

    PERU — The Northern Illinois Valley Shrine Club of Peru will hold a screening clinic for Shriners Hospitals for Children from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 27 at S ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Sign language for beginners

    LASALLE — The Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living will offer sign language classes for beginners in September at the IVCIL, 18 Gunia Drive, ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Peru Public library to host program

    PERU – "Wiggles and Giggles," a program for children ages 1 to 3 begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Peru Public library. The program introduces the fun ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Lostant residents encouraged to sign up for fall garage sales

    LOSTANT – Lostant residents are encouraged to sign up for the fall garage sale map. A condensed list of the items on the garage sale and a $5 advertis ...
    Aug. 21, 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 ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: This is an ongoing column from Barb Kromphardt regarding her journey with breast cancer.
    Aug. 7, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • A couple of goats

    I'm giving somewhat serious thought to the possibility of reading a book. OK, in reality, probably only semi-serious thought. Actually more of a passi ...
    Aug. 7, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Facebook, not Factbook

    As a rule, the human race loves bad news. Yes, it’s really cute and lovely when a dog rescues a cat from drowning, but you will never see that lead th ...
    July 31, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Field of Dreams

    My oldest first cousin, Russell (Coonie) Alleman Jr., passed away on July 13. Our grandparents were Amos and Bertha (Kessler) Alleman. My father, Walt ...
    July 31, 2014 - 3:00 pm