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McLean is Setting for Horror Novel
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McLean is Setting for Horror Novel

The Covid-19 lockdown in 2020 brought forth a lot of things, including the inspiration for Trevin Nichols’ My Tiny Town Just Got Put on Lockdown. Trevin Nichols grew up in Iowa but moved to Leroy, Illinois as a kid where he graduated from high school. Now he works building maintenance at Country Financial and has a wife, three kids, and two pets.   READ MORE...

Gilmore Joins the Mackinaw Police
Community Spotlight

Gilmore Joins the Mackinaw Police

Nicholas Gilmore was sworn in as a full-time Mackinaw Police Officer at the January 10 meeting of the Village Board of Trustees.  Gilmore officially started his duties on Monday, January 17.  READ MORE...

Lawyers Clash Over DNA in Bolin Case
Community Spotlight

Lawyers Clash Over DNA in Bolin Case

Update to the Bolin double shooting case: A dispute over DNA evidence is the latest disagreement between prosecutors and attorneys for the accused. The Illinois State Police crime lab is processing DNA evidence, which will likely use up all sample evidence, while defense attorneys have petitioned the court to allow their own expert to oversee the process to make sure it is done correctly. The Illinois State Police have argued against this, noting the risk of contamination of the sterile environment inside their lab.  READ MORE...

OMS To Perform “Robin Hood”
Community Spotlight

OMS To Perform “Robin Hood”

Olympia Middle School will present the play Robin Hood on Saturday, January 29, at 7:00 P.M.; and Sunday, January 30, at 2:00 P.M..  Tickets can be reserved by calling Wendy Wade  at (309) 379-5941, ext. 8330.   READ MORE...

Local News – Armington
Village Board Meeting

Village Board Meeting

Local News – Atlanta
Pre-School Screenings

Pre-School Screenings

Local News – Atlanta
Vaccination Clinic

Vaccination Clinic

Local News – Danvers
Popcorn and a Movie

Popcorn and a Movie

Local News – Mackinaw
Basketball Games

Basketball Games

Local News – Mackinaw
Early Dismisal

Early Dismisal

Local News – Mackinaw
Trivia Night at the Winery

Trivia Night at the Winery

Local News – McLean
Blood Drive

Blood Drive

Local News – Stanford
Speech Team Competes

Speech Team Competes

Local News – Waynesville
The Chosen Series

The Chosen Series

Obituaries
David Snider

David Snider

Obituaries
Marion Miller

Marion Miller

business
Mackinaw Valley Karate and Fitness
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Mackinaw Valley Karate and Fitness

Nestled in the Mackinaw business district, there lies a small building with enormous heart. If you drop in at 107 Fast Avenue, in Mackinaw, you’ll likely find Keyth Mooneyham practicing his craft - Shotokan Karate. Keyth, 43, practiced the art as a child, Keyth decided to return to it in 2007 when his children became school aged. In 2011, Keyth earned his blackbelt and, around the same time, took over the program from his former sensei. He described that transition as “flawless”, owing to the fact that he had spent years training in the building.  READ MORE...

agriculture
How Livestock Stays Warm During Winter
Farm News

How Livestock Stays Warm During Winter

With the cold temperatures we experienced this past week it was hard to stay warm even when walking from your car to inside a building. In my mind this raised the question, “How do farmers keep their livestock warm during the cold winter months?” By using prior knowledge and doing some additional research, I have come up with the answer to how farmers keep their animals warm. The process goes further in depth than just these things, but it really comes down to a few key strategies. 1. It is important to keep enough feed available to the animals. 2. Farmers make sure that they are shielding their livestock from the elements. 3.It is critical to protect the livestock from moisture (this one is a really big deal). 4. The fourth factor is to manage mud as much as possible. 5. Finally, the animals must have dry bedding and water available.   READ MORE...

entertainment
Licorice Pizza
Movies

Licorice Pizza

After a lot of thought, I gave this film a 2.5/5. On the one hand, I wanted to give it a 4 out of 5; on the other hand, a 1 out of 5.  I go into greater detail at the end of the review, but for now, I will just say that I had a significant issue with the story and how it was handled. There has been a lot of coverage about the handling of some dialogue and nearly “racist” comments in the film. I found those moments to be problematic, but in a way that you could tell it was to show the time and just how bad some acceptable things were. You could then argue my more significant issue with the film was the same, but I couldn’t look past it. I feel like somewhat of a hypocrite, and I am still processing a lot of the film. Please keep in mind that there are many dated things in this movie; it takes place in 1973 and doesn’t shy away from portraying how it was. The film itself was excellent, from the cast to the direction; that’s why it’s a shame that it had the issues it did. For a movie that runs a little over two hours, I was locked in the entire time; there weren’t a lot of slow moments. Throughout, some oneliners were brilliant, and the story itself was simple yet very effective. Alana Haim (who has a successful musical career with her sisters in the band “Haim”) and her co-lead Cooper Hoffman are both pretty much newcomers to the acting world. They manage to both be brilliant onscreen and play well off each other. Haim has some more experience with her music videos and different limited roles.  Sean Penn, Tom Waits, John C. Reilly, and Bradley Cooper all have more minor roles. Each manages to make the best of their time on screen. Reilly is a blink, and you’ll miss it, cameo, thankfully his voice is iconic and hard to miss.  One of the most complex parts of film critique is when you both enjoy and dislike a film, regardless of the reasons. Some say a 2.5 is a terrible rating, but by definition, it’s right in the middle (for me at least!) People will disagree with me, but I feel the 2.5 rating is when you’re entirely crossed and can’t decide. I usually don’t do this, but I need to explain my reasoning. If you haven’t seen the movie, please don’t read below because I hate the idea of spoiling anything for anyone. BE WARNED,  SPOILERS BELOW: So in the film, the lead actress (who is now 30) played a 25-year-old. Cooper Hoffman, the lead actor (now 18), played a 15-year-old. They have a “romance” in the film, and I can’t quite explain how uncomfortable it made me feel. Had these roles been reversed, people would be up in arms. The double standard here is beyond comparison. Could you imagine a film with a 25-year-old male and a 15-year-old girl? Ultimately director Paul Thomas Anderson said this was done intentionally. However, it made the film hard to watch. There was a chance to redeem the film in the end, yet he went in the opposite direction and just nearly ruined the entire experience. I’m sure I’ll receive some hate for this section specifically. Still, I feel Hollywood has enough issues to deal with right now without glorifying this type of relationship (which is also terribly toxic.)  READ MORE...

sports
NFL Playoffs
Football

NFL Playoffs

The NFL playoffs got off to a hot start with the Wildcard round taking place last weekend. In six games, only one game was decided by a single-digit score. Almost all of the higher-seeded teams dominated their game, except for the Dallas Cowboys who got beat by the San Francisco 49ers. The two seven seeds, the Pittsburg Steelers, and Philadelphia Eagles, were outscored by the two seeds, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, by a combined total of 37 points. This made many NFL fans question whether the seven seeds even belong in the playoffs. Just last season the NFL introduced the seven seed and they have gotten blown out in all four games. This is definitely something the NFL will have to reevaluate this offseason. Aside from the blowouts in the two vs seven seed games, there were also a pair of blowouts in games of the Los Angeles Rams coming out on top against the Arizona Cardinals and the Buffalo Bills coming out on top against the New England Patriots. The two closer matchups of Wildcard Weekend were the matchups of the San Francisco 49ers pulling out the victory against the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals getting the win against the Las Vegas Raiders.   READ MORE...

OHS Weekly Sports Recap
High School Sports

OHS Weekly Sports Recap

This week was very busy with sporting events for Olympia High School. Every day there was at least one competition going on, with multiple on many days.   READ MORE...

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