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Local Youth Grabs Gold
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Local Youth Grabs Gold

Local teen Jadon Nafziger traveled with his family to Hillsdale, Michigan last weekend to compete in the National Junior Paralympics Regional Championships, where he brought home the gold medal for precision shooting. Jadon competed in the under 15 para standing precision air rifle event over the course of 3 days, shooting twice in competition. This week, The Mail was granted exclusive access to The Champ to find out more.  READ MORE...

HMC Staff Honored at Awards Ceremony
Local News – Hopedale

HMC Staff Honored at Awards Ceremony

Focused on patients, residents, staff and community, Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC) Employees strive each day to advance the mission and vision that is rooted in the foundation of the medical complex.  Each month, HMC Employee Empowerment hosts an awards ceremony for those employees, who are recognized by their peers, for the outstanding work that they are doing in one of the numerous departments that are a part of the HMC campus.  READ MORE...

Palm’s Grill Cafe to Become a Bakery
Local News – Atlanta

Palm’s Grill Cafe to Become a Bakery

Missy Gaither who runs Missy’s Cupcakes, Cookies, and More is opening up her own bakery storefront in Atlanta at the old Palm’s Grill Cafe venue. Missy got the lease on May 1st  and the bakery will be open for business come the beginning of June. Missy has run Missy’s Cupcakes, Cookies, and More for 10 years and up until she acquired the lease in Atlanta, she has run the business out of her home. Missy used her Facebook page to take orders and would then deliver the orders to her clients or have them pick them up. Now that she will have her own storefront she won’t have to run around delivering orders which will save her a lot of time. There will also be a wider variety of flavors of cupcakes and cookies with the opening of the storefront and she will offer a Route 66 cookie as well.  READ MORE...

Teen Assailants Are Well Known to Area Police
Local News – Mackinaw

Teen Assailants Are Well Known to Area Police

More information has been uncovered about the criminal histories of the young men who allegedly assaulted Danny Hale at Casey’s gas station on the evening of Wednesday, May 11th. Court documents obtained by The Mail show that the assailants are well known to local police.  READ MORE...

McLean Police Chief Speaks at Trinity Lutheran
Local News – McLean

McLean Police Chief Speaks at Trinity Lutheran

This week Chief Blair of the McLean Police Department had the opportunity to speak at Trinity Lutheran School in Bloomington. He was able to talk to several classes about police work and give tours of the squad car.  READ MORE...

LaHood and Davis Opens Military Service Academy Applications Process
Local News – Peoria

LaHood and Davis Opens Military Service Academy Applications Process

Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) announced today that he is accepting applications from students who wish to seek a nomination to one of our nation's service academies for the Class of 2027.   READ MORE...

Olympia Middle School Teacher Receives Grant From WGU
Local News – Stanford

Olympia Middle School Teacher Receives Grant From WGU

Jake Steve, an eighth-grade science teacher at Olympia Middle School in Olympia CUSD 16, has received a $1,000 grant through WGU’s “Fund My Classroom” initiative. The funds will be used to purchase materials for his students to engineer their own model cars and use them to test out different variables that make a car speed up and slow down. Steve learned he was selected for the grant on May 11 when WGU staff surprised him with a check presentation at his school.  READ MORE...

agriculture
Wine Country in Your Own Backyard
Farm News

Wine Country in Your Own Backyard

Last week we discussed what agritourism is and some of the agritourism that our area has to offer. Mackinaw Valley Winery is located on Route 9 just a few miles outside of Mackinaw, IL between the towns of Mackinaw and Danvers. 2022 is the 19th Anniversary of the winery being open for business and the 25th year that the vineyards have been in operation. Paul Hahn is the founder of the winery and his wife, Diane Hahn, is the manager. Diane explained, “My husband Paul founded the winery and vineyards. He started growing in 1997 and in 2003 we opened to the public with the winery tasting room.”   READ MORE...

entertainment
I'd Say This Was Just a Little More Than a Spark
Movies

I'd Say This Was Just a Little More Than a Spark

MOVIE REVIEW Firestarter (2022)   –     READ MORE...

sports
Reds Throw Combined No-Hitter and Lose
Baseball

Reds Throw Combined No-Hitter and Lose

Last Sunday, May 15, the Cincinnati Reds wrapped up their series in Pittsburg by throwing a no-hitter against the Pirates. Unfortunately for Cincinnati, the Pirates managed to get one run across while holding the Reds' offense to no runs in the game. The Reds became the first team since 2008 to throw a no-hitter and lose the game. Reds’ rookie pitcher Hunter Greene and reliever Art Warren combined to allow zero hits in a complete game. Hunter Greene went seven and a third innings and had nine strikeouts and only three walks before the eight inning, when he walked two batters. Art Warren came in and walked one batter to load the bases. The Pirates then managed to get a groundout to the second baseman that drove in their only run of the day.   READ MORE...

Olympia High School Weekly Sports Recap
High School Sports

Olympia High School Weekly Sports Recap

This was regional week for the softball and baseball teams! To begin, the baseball team played Clinton on Monday night, coming away with a 3-2 win. This advanced them to play Pontiac on Thursday. The Spartans were not as good as Pontiac’s baseball team and lost 1-14. Pontiac is now going to the regional championship game on Monday vs Tremont. Olympia High School hosted all these regional baseball games. The high school baseball season has now ended and the boys are ready to play travel ball. The baseball program is grateful for finally having a full season that was very fun and memorable, too!  READ MORE...

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