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Top Story  |  October 17, 2021

Halloween Events

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Top Story  |  October 17, 2021
The Origins of Halloween

The Origins of Halloween

One of the world’s oldest holidays, the origins of Halloween pre-date much of recorded history. A form of Halloween was being celebrated by Celtic peoples in Northwestern Europe, Ireland, and the United Kingdom long before Julius Caesar fought for control of those areas. Since those times, Halloween has evolved in a fashion that would come to mirror the traditions and values of each country it is celebrated in. 

Community Spotlight  |  October 17, 2021
Harry Potter Escape Room

Harry Potter Escape Room

As many Halloween activities kick off in October, the Danvers Library is hosting a Harry Potter Escape Room. Two escape rooms were planned, and the first one has already been held last Monday on the 11th for younger kids. The second escape room is being held on the 23rd and is for those 15 and up. The first escape room was primarily puzzles laid out on tables. The escape room hosted on the 23rd will feature hidden keys, locked boxes, and “a small, but interesting, twist” according to Chantel Sisco who is running the two escape rooms. There are one-hour time slots with six people allowed in each time spot.       The library decided to host this escape room as they “wanted to do something Halloween adjacent for the month of October with a literary foundation”. The escape room hosted on the 11th went smoothly and the library hopes “that the people who signed up and completed the escape room enjoyed it as much as we loved hosting”. This is the first time the library has hosted an escape room but there is already a conversation about hosting others, with different themes. This opens up even more opportunities to participate in the escape rooms if you couldn’t get a spot this time.

Community Spotlight  |  October 17, 2021
A Brief History of Mackinaw

A Brief History of Mackinaw

Originally the first seat of government for Tazewell County, Mackinaw draws its name from the local Kickapoo Indian tribe that was said to live in the western and south-western parts of the county. During this time, local tribes were still dealing with some upheaval caused by local events and friction between tribes. For a period of time, the Kickapoo Indians were not considered friendly to non-natives, but were subdued in part due to influence from the local Potawatomi tribe. Luckily, the Potawatomi tribe was superior in numbers compared to surrounding tribes. Eventually, Kickapoo Chief Mackina would come around and begin the process of building neutral, if not friendly, relations with local settlers. Unfortunately, due to national events in 1832, local tribes would largely evacuate from the state of Illinois.

Local News – Armington  |  October 17, 2021
Garage Sales

Garage Sales

The residents of Armington will be holding Garage Sales throughout the village beginning on October 21, and ending on October 23. 

Local News – Armington  |  October 17, 2021
Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

The Armington Park District is hosting their 45th Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast from 6:00 AM until 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 6 at the gymnasium on South Griffin Street in Armington. A free will offering will be accepted and the proceeds of the event benefit the programs of the Park District. Crafts, antique tractors and antique engines will also be on display. For more information call 309-824-6528.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  October 17, 2021
Hallo-wine DJ Dance Costume Party

Hallo-wine DJ Dance Costume Party

On Saturday October 30th, The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will host “Hallo-wine DJ Dance Costume Party & Salsa Lessons” from 7:30 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. Come for an hour of Salsa dance lessons at 7:30, followed by a dance party with awards for top costumes. $15 per person and reservations are strongly suggested. For reservations, call 309-359-9463

Local News – Mackinaw  |  October 17, 2021
Pumpkin Painting at the Legion

Pumpkin Painting at the Legion

The Deer Creek American Legion is hosting a Kids Pumpkin Decorating Party on Saturday October 23rd, from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Lunch and treats will be provided when you are finished decorating your pumpkin. Call 309-447-6776 to sign up.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  October 17, 2021
Tail Gate Party

Tail Gate Party

Friday October 22nd, John Zaiser - Country Financial is throwing a tailgate party for the last high school football game of the season. Food, drinks, and activities for the children will all be available from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M.

Local News – Waynesville  |  October 17, 2021
Youth Group Soup Supper

Youth Group Soup Supper

The Waynesville Christian Church Youth Group is hosting a Soup Supper on Saturday, October 23, between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM at the WCC Fellowship Hall.  The meal will consist of Soup and Grilled Cheese or Ham and Beans with Cornbread.

Obituaries  |  October 17, 2021
Kenneth R. Martin

Kenneth R. Martin

Kenneth R. Martin, 70, of Atlanta, passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 7:55 a.m. at Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.

Obituaries  |  October 17, 2021
Georgia Mae (Phelps) Sobolewski

Georgia Mae (Phelps) Sobolewski

Georgia Mae (Phelps) Sobolewski, of Waynesville, IL, succumbed to heart failure at 3:06 PM Friday, October 8, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL. She was 80 years old. Graveside services were held at 12:30 PM Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville, IL with David Taylor officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the Waynesville Christian Church. The daughter of Oscar Phelps & Ada (Johnson) Phelps, Georgia was born in Waynesville, IL on May 4, 1941. She spent many beloved childhood years on a farm near Rock Creek, four miles east of Waynesville, before graduating from McLean-Waynesville High School in 1959. Gifted with a lovely singing voice, Georgia worked to develop her vocal talents much of her life and often provided great musical enjoyment to those around her. In April of 1960 she was joined in marriage to Theodore C. Long of Clinton, IL. This union was blessed with three healthy children. A fourth, sadly, arrived still born. After years spent as a homemaker and occasional clerical worker, Georgia ultimately settled into a career in the Life-Health Underwriting Department at State Farm Insurance in Bloomington, IL. She retired from this position in 2004. In 1981, Georgia remarried to Warren Sobolewski. The couple enjoyed many happy years until Warren’s passing in 1997. Surviving Georgia are one sister, Susie (Jim) White; three children, Shari (Mike Floyd) Long; Anthony (Joey) Long; Tracy (Veronica) Long, and one stepdaughter, Roxanne VanValey, six grandchildren, Kristen (Nathan) Beard; Lindsay (John Hilton) Long; Toni (Matt) Morquecho; Annye Long; Hunter Long; & Zachary Long. Seven great grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Darlene Phelps; Virginia (Loren) Huth; Donald (Carol) Phelps; Selby (Barbara) Phelps, and son, Bryan David Long.

Obituaries  |  October 17, 2021
Roger A. Martens

Roger A. Martens

Roger A. Martens 84 of Heyworth, IL, and Macks Creek, MO formerly of Waynesville, IL passed away 2:20 PM October 5, 2021 at Martin Health Center, Bloomington, IL. Services were held at 11 AM Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Trinity Lutheran Church Bloomington, IL with Pastor Billy Newell officiating. Burial folowed at Randolph Cemetery, Heyworth, IL. Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church or Carle Hospice. Roger was born January 11, 1937 in Bloomington, IL the son of Virgil and Grace (Schultz) Martens. He married Reta Dagley November 17, 1956 in Bloomington, IL. Survivors include his wife, Reta Martens, Heyworth, IL, children, Roxanne (Martens) Schmid, Heyworth, IL; Ryan (Sherri) Martens, Bloomington, IL; and Roger Reed Martens, Bloomington, IL; grandchildren, Bryanna Schmid; Andrew (Kaylee) Schmid; Katherine (Tristan) Easley; Clayton Martens; Dylan Martens; and Colton Martens, along with longtime friend, Jarrod Campbell, Macks Creek, MO. Roger was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and a son, Russell K. Martens. Roger farmed all of his adult life in Waynesville and was a security guard at BroMenn Regional Medical Center. He and Reta retired to Missouri raising black angus cattle for 23 years. He was a lifelong member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington.

Top Story  |  October 10, 2021
OHS Homecoming

OHS Homecoming

To begin the Olympia High School Homecoming Week a kick-off assembly was held. In this assembly, the School Song competition was first where students competed to see who could be the loudest while singing the school song. The seniors took first with the juniors coming close behind. Slime Time was held after the School Song competition. The contestants for Slime Time were Maddie Conway, Taylor Nowaskie, Michael Bagby, Jayden Kavanaugh, and Mrs. Brown. Students bid on who would get to slime each contestant, the highest bid being $231 from Andrew Litwiller to slime Taylor Nowaskie. The dress-up theme was to dress like your elementary self. 

Top Story  |  October 10, 2021
Dee-Mack Homecoming

Dee-Mack Homecoming

The Dee-Mack Chiefs gave fans an exciting show as part of their Homecoming festivities on Friday night in a game that had fans on their feet. 

Local News – Hopedale  |  October 10, 2021
Life Days 2021

Life Days 2021

The Christian Life Academy is hosting its annual Life Days beginning on October 9 and continuing through October 16. 

Community Spotlight  |  October 10, 2021
Sonshine Daycare

Sonshine Daycare

Looking for a good, quality daycare for your children? Then look no further. Sonshine Daycare in McLean is a ministry of the McLean United Methodist Church community which exists to provide quality child care in a Christian environment for children in McLean and the surrounding communities. Sonshine was established in July 1993 at the Methodist church, but then as it grew, expanded and now housed in the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Park District (old grade school) building since June 2006. The Olympia school district provides bus transportation to and from the daycare for all children attending Olympia South. The hours of operation are 7 AM to 6 PM Monday through Friday.

Local News – Armington  |  October 10, 2021
Garage Sales

Garage Sales

The residents of Armington will be holding Garage Sales throughout the village beginning on October 21, and ending on October 23. 

Local News – Armington  |  October 10, 2021
Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

The Armington Park District is hosting their 45th Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast from 6:00 AM until 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 6 at the gymnasium on South Griffin Street in Armington. A free will offering will be accepted and the proceeds of the event benefit the programs of the Park District. Crafts, antique tractors and antique engines will also be on display. For more information call 309-824-6528.

Local News – Atlanta  |  October 10, 2021
13 Nights of Halloween

13 Nights of Halloween

The Atlanta Public Library and City of Atlanta have teamed up to bring you two weeks of Halloween fun! Every night from October 19 through October 31 at Union Hall. You must register with the Library for October 19th's Scarecrow Graveyard in advance. There is no cost to participate, but we will need shirt sizes for this event.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  October 10, 2021
Cash Drawing

Cash Drawing

Tuesday October 12th, Haynes on Main will again hold their cash drawing sometime between 6 P.M. and 8 P.M. The amount this week is $1,925! Remember, you must be signed up before the day of the drawing.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  October 10, 2021
Music on the Patio

Music on the Patio

On October 17th, The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will be hosting musician Greg Williams for “Music on the Patio”. The show runs from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. No cover charge. Chocolatier chocolates and Ropp Jersey cheese will also be available.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  October 10, 2021
Water Main Flushing

Water Main Flushing

Reminder: The Village of Mackinaw will be flushing hydrants in Mackinaw and Heritage Lake October 11th through the 15th and October 18th through the 22nd. Residents may experience loss of water pressure and/or a slight discoloration of water.

Local News – Stanford  |  October 10, 2021
Pecan Pie Muffins

Pecan Pie Muffins

Many thanks to Shirley Peek for submitting this recipe for Pecan Pie Muffins. 

Local News – Waynesville  |  October 10, 2021
Youth Group Soup Supper

Youth Group Soup Supper

The Waynesville Christian Church Youth Group is hosting a Soup Supper on Saturday, October 23, between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM at the WCC Fellowship Hall.  The meal will consist of Soup and Grilled Cheese or Ham and Beans with Cornbread.

Top Story  |  October 3, 2021
The Town Well Closes

The Town Well Closes

The Town Well restaurant in Stanford closed its doors on October 1st, due to their lease not being renewed, but with hopes of finding a new location someday soon. The small-town bar and grill was well-known for its top-notch food and service, recently receiving multiple recognitions in The Pantagraph’s Reader’s Choice Awards including 2nd in “Best Cheeseburger,” 3rd in “Best Horseshoe,” and in the top 5 for “Best Steak.”

Local News – Hopedale  |  October 3, 2021
Life Days 2021

Life Days 2021

The Christian Life Academy is hosting its annual Life Days beginning on October 9 and continuing through October 16. 

Community Spotlight  |  October 3, 2021
Emery Joseph Whisler

Emery Joseph Whisler

For this week's profile, I had the opportunity to dust off a little project I haven’t quite gotten around to trying to: track the details surrounding the military service of Emery Whisler, a son of Mackinaw. Take a visit to Veterans Park and you’ll find a memorial inscribed with the words “Priv. Emery J. Whistler 122 M.G. Bn. 33 Div. 1898-1918”, indicating that young Emery was a member of the 122nd Machine Gun Battalion of the 33rd Division during World War One. Starting with this information, here is what I’ve been able to piece together.

Community Spotlight  |  October 3, 2021
HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes

HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes

HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes is a local 501c non-profit with the mission to give back to wounded soldiers. Four out of the five board members are Olympia graduates. To complete their mission HOOAH provides outdoor activities to these wounded soldiers. This includes events such as turkey hunts, fishing trips, deer hunts, and pheasant hunts. These activities are supervised by volunteers and every aspect is formatted to fit the needs of each soldier.

Local News – Armington  |  October 3, 2021
Garage Sales

Garage Sales

The residents of Armington will be holding Garage Sales throughout the village beginning on October 21, and ending on October 23. 

Local News – Atlanta  |  October 3, 2021
13 Nights of Halloween

13 Nights of Halloween

The Atlanta Public Library and City of Atlanta have teamed up to bring you two weeks of Halloween fun! Every night from October 19 through October 31 at Union Hall. You must register with the Library for October 19th's Scarecrow Graveyard in advance. There is no cost to participate, but we will need shirt sizes for this event.

Local News – Danvers  |  October 3, 2021
Fall Townwide Garage Sales

Fall Townwide Garage Sales

Danvers town wide garage sales are happening this Saturday, October 9th. Along with various homes around town there will be a large sale at the former House of Bounce location. (Behind the Fast Stop) and a multi family sale at the Township Building. Sales begin at 8:00 AM Saturday morning. Lots of great stuff to be had! Stay tuned for a more detailed post of what will be available at the Township building.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  October 3, 2021
Pumpkin Mandalas and Wine

Pumpkin Mandalas and Wine

Pumpkin Mandalas and Wine at the Mackinaw Valley Winery on Thursday, October 7th from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. If you feel your home needs a little extra Halloween decor, come out and paint ceramic pumpkins! The cost is $45 and, of course, includes a wine tasting.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  October 3, 2021
Second Dose

Second Dose

Reminder for those who attended last week's vaccination clinic at the Mackinaw United Methodist Church and need their second dose: the date to do so is October 14th.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  October 3, 2021
Tail Gate Party

Tail Gate Party

On Friday October 22nd from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Zaiser Country Financial will host a tailgate party for the final home Dee-Mack football game of the season. Food and drinks will be available, as well as plenty of activities for the children, and even some giveaway items. Mark your calendar and come out to support the Chiefs!

Local News – Stanford  |  October 3, 2021
Spartan Spirit for Homecoming Week

Spartan Spirit for Homecoming Week

During our Homecoming Football game on Friday October 8th we would like to spotlight as many of our Olympia Community Businesses as possible.  If your business and/or employees show some Spartan Spirit between now and October 6th, we will recognize your business over the loudspeaker during the game.  All it takes to get mentioned during the game is for somebody from your place of business to fill out this short survey: Show Us Your Spartan Spirit . 

Local News – Waynesville  |  October 3, 2021
Gingerbread Cookies Sell Out

Gingerbread Cookies Sell Out

Thanks to a huge showing at the Clinton Apple & Pork Festival this year, the Waynesville Women's Club were able to sell-out of their famous Gingerbread cookies before 10:00 AM on Sunday. 

Local News – Waynesville  |  October 3, 2021
Youth Group Soup Supper

Youth Group Soup Supper

The Waynesville Christian Church Youth Group is hosting a Soup Supper on Saturday, October 23, between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM at the WCC Fellowship Hall.  The meal will consist of Soup and Grilled Cheese or Ham and Beans with Cornbread.

Obituaries  |  October 3, 2021
Donna J. Schlappi

Donna J. Schlappi

Donna J. Schlappi, 92, of Mackinaw, passed away and went to be with her Lord on Monday, September 27, 2021 at Apostolic Christian Home in Eureka.

Obituaries  |  October 3, 2021
Laura A. Benedict

Laura A. Benedict

Laura A. Benedict, 65, of Lincoln, formerly of McLean, passed away at 3:18 p.m. on Friday, September 24, 2021, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Obituaries  |  October 3, 2021
Weldon Walker

Weldon Walker

Weldon Walker passed away at his home with his family on September 27, 2021, near McLean, Illinois. Weldon was born on December 1, 1946, in Lincoln, Illinois. He grew up near Armington, Illinois, and enjoyed the farm life throughout his childhood.

Top Story  |  September 26, 2021
The Lines Are Drawn

The Lines Are Drawn

Despite opposition from Republicans as well as reform groups, Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday signed into law the revised state legislative district maps that lawmakers passed in August, opening the door to almost certain court challenges.

Community Spotlight  |  September 26, 2021
Payton Rich Recovers From Surgery

Payton Rich Recovers From Surgery

In May of 2021, Payton Rich was at her last middle school basketball practice of the season when she went to do a pivot move and bent her knee backward. This movement resulted in a stretched/swollen ACL and multiple bone bruises. On May 10th, a week after her injury, Payton went to go see a knee surgeon about her injury. Over the summer she spent time resting it, hoping at a chance to play in her freshman basketball season. Payton was in a wheelchair and wearing a leg brace for some time to help in the healing.

Local News – Armington  |  September 26, 2021
Harvest Meal 2021

Harvest Meal 2021

The Armington Christian Church is offering a harvest meal again this year. Each order features 1 pound of pulled pork, 4 buns, 4 bags of chips, 1 quart of coleslaw, 4 slices of apple pie or 4 pumpkin bars.

Local News – Atlanta  |  September 26, 2021
Bitcoin Meet Up

Bitcoin Meet Up

Bitcoin and Ballet Cryptocurrency Wallet Meet Up to discuss and learn about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The host, Kent Hieronymus, will explain what cryptocurrencies are and will demonstrate how you obtain them and then store them in an appropriate cryptocurrency wallet. Kent has good knowledge and experience in Cryptocurrencies. He especially wants to help anyone who is interested in learning more about cryptocurrencies. The Ballet Wallet will be presented as a way to store cryptocurrencies, especially for beginners. The Ballet Wallet makes storing cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, easy. All newcomers are welcome and are encouraged to attend. This is a free meet up.

Local News – Atlanta  |  September 26, 2021
Missing Signs Returned

Missing Signs Returned

As an update to a local news story last week about the missing Route 66 signs, both signs have been returned, and are back on the wall outside the park.

Local News – Danvers  |  September 26, 2021
Fall Townwide Garage Sales

Fall Townwide Garage Sales

It's time for Danvers Townwide Fall Garage Sales. Multi-Family Set Up at House of Bounce (Behind the Fast Stop) and at The Danvers Township Building. To be added to the map or to secure a spot at the multi-family locations, please email danverstownwidegaragesales@gmail.com before 5:00 PM on  Wednesday, October 6th.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  September 26, 2021
Animal Reiki Training

Animal Reiki Training

Wednesday October 6th, Yoga4Life will host an Animal Reiki Training starting at 6:30 P.M. Come learn how to bond with your pet and how this practice is beneficial to an animal's health. Tickets are $20 and may be obtained by calling 309-349-1041

Local News – Mackinaw  |  September 26, 2021
Family Night at NCBC

Family Night at NCBC

Local News – Mackinaw  |  September 26, 2021
Sunday Funday at the Vineyard

Sunday Funday at the Vineyard

Sunday October 3rd, The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard presents SUNday FUNday with musical guest Brushville, from 3 P.M. to 6 P.M. $10 per person, 12 and under are free. Bring a lawn chair!

Local News – Mackinaw  |  September 26, 2021
Tuesday Night Cash Drawing

Tuesday Night Cash Drawing

Head up to Haynes on Main and get signed up for their Tuesday Night Cash Drawing. For every week the pot is not claimed, $25 will be added. One lucky winner could take home $1,875 this coming Tuesday! The drawing is held sometime between 7 P.M. and 9 P.M. and participants must be signed up before the day of drawing. 

Local News – McLean  |  September 26, 2021
October Open House

October Open House

The Funks Grove Country Store will be hosting an October Open House with Funks Grove Beef. The open house will be held on Saturday, October 2 from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM, and will feature antiques, primitives, vintage decor, and their own style of “Funky” junk. Funk’s Grove Beef will also be joining, serving up delicious tidbits of home grown beef and selling a variety of choice cuts.

Local News – Minier  |  September 26, 2021
Color Run

Color Run

Looking for some color in October? 

Local News – Waynesville  |  September 26, 2021
Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed

The Waynesville Community Fire Protection District is looking for motivated individuals wanting to help give back to the community. No experience necessary. They have openings for fire, EMS and just about everything in between from help with station maintenance to office work.

Meet The Chief  |  September 26, 2021
Eric Fulk

Eric Fulk

Eric Fulk joined the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Fire Department on January 8th, 2000. After years of hard work and determination, he was hired as a full-time EMT and promoted to Fire Chief on May 1st, 2011. As a young boy, Fulk spent many hours around other family members in the fire service including his late father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was extremely proud that his father was instrumental in bringing Advance Life Support to McLean County.

Top Story  |  September 19, 2021
Summer Gives Way to Fall

Summer Gives Way to Fall

Fall is personally my favorite season, from the colorful trees and the crunch of fallen leaves, to the chilly nights and childhood memories of Halloween. It is a beautiful season full of all kinds of fun celebrations and traditions. Even if Fall isn’t your favorite season, it is still an enjoyable season packed full of all kinds of fun.

Community Spotlight  |  September 19, 2021
Dee-Mack Boosters Club

Dee-Mack Boosters Club

Should you decide to attend a Dee-Mack sporting event, you’ll likely find a group of people dedicated to supporting student athletes as well as Chiefs faculty. This group is the Dee-Mack Booster Club and, this week, The Mackinaw Mail was able to speak to Treasurer Sara Wilkins to get some insight into how the group operates and what the local community can do to support their overall mission.

Local News – Hopedale  |  September 19, 2021
Charity Golf Outing

Charity Golf Outing

The Hopedale Medical Foundation will be hosting a Charity Golf Outing on Friday, September 17, 2021, at Pine Lakes Golf Club in Washington, IL. Since 1980, the foundation has awarded over $600,000 in scholarships to local area students.

Local News – Hopedale  |  September 19, 2021
Veteran's Memorial Benefit

Veteran's Memorial Benefit

On Wednesday, September 22, between the hours of 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM, the Pizza Ranch in Morton will host a fundraising event to raise money for the Hopedale Area Veteran's Memorial. All tips, and 10% of of the profits during these hours will be donated.

Local News – Armington  |  September 19, 2021
Harvest Meal 2021

Harvest Meal 2021

The Armington Christian Church is offering a harvest meal again this year. Each order features 1 pound of pulled pork, 4 buns, 4 bags of chips, 1 quart of coleslaw, 4 slices of apple pie or 4 pumpkin bars.

Local News – Atlanta  |  September 19, 2021
Vandalism At Route 66 Park

Vandalism At Route 66 Park

On Saturday, September 18, at approximately 8:15 PM, a teenaged girl was reportedly spotted removing a Route 66 sign off the wall in front of the park. 

Local News – Danvers  |  September 19, 2021
Otto Sworn In As ESDA Director

Otto Sworn In As ESDA Director

Jason Otto, seen here taking the Emergency Management Agency Oath, will serve Danvers as Director of their Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA).

Local News – Mackinaw  |  September 19, 2021
Concert at the Vineyard

Concert at the Vineyard

On Saturday September 25th, The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard welcomes “Highway J” for their Concert at the Vineyard series. There is a cover charge of $5 per person and you may also reserve deck seating for an additional $5 per person. Outside food is welcome, no outside beverages.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  September 19, 2021
Music Ministry

Music Ministry

At noon on Sunday September 26, The New Castle Bible Church will be hosting Music Ministry Informational. Lunch will be provided as Tysin Smith speaks about how teens and adults may be able to intertwine music and ministry.  

Local News – Mackinaw  |  September 19, 2021
Paint Nite Event

Paint Nite Event

On Monday September 20th at 7 P.M. The Deer Creek American Legion will be offering “Paint Nite: Hummingbird Takes Flight”. Tickets are $27 per person and may be purchased at yaymaker.com. This is a 21+ event.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  September 19, 2021
Vaccination Clinic

Vaccination Clinic

On Thursday September 23rd, Mackinaw United Methodist Church will be hosting a free Covid-19 vaccination clinic from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM Both Pfizer and J&J vaccinations will be available to those age 12 and older. No appointment needed, this is a walk-in only event. For those who chose the Pfizer vaccination, the follow-up date is October 14th for the second dose.

Local News – McLean  |  September 19, 2021
CORE Celebrates 10 Years

CORE Celebrates 10 Years

On Tuesday, September 7th, CORE of McLean celebrated its 10th Anniversary. The organization was officially registered with the state on September 7, 2011.

Local News – McLean  |  September 19, 2021
Rest Area Closed

Rest Area Closed

The Funks Grove rest area and parking lots on Interstate 55 at milepost 149, south of Bloomington, will be closed for three months because of Interstate construction. 

Local News – Minier  |  September 19, 2021
Hog Roast

Hog Roast

What do you get when you combine delicious pork with hayrack rides, bounce houses, a corn hole tournament and the band Toocan? Answer: Minier Christian Church's Hog Roast.

Obituaries  |  September 19, 2021
Karen Kay Brand

Karen Kay Brand

Karen Kay Brand, 59 of McLean, passed away at 6:00 pm Monday September 6, 2021 at Carle BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, IL. Karen was born December 6, 1961 in Bloomington, IL., the daughter of Donald Herman & Clara Jean(Foley) Heck. She married Ronald D. Brand Jr. on March 22, 1985. Surviving are her husband, Ron, Mclean; her 2 children; Nicholas (Kristal) Brand, Clinton, and Emily Brand, Mclean ; 2 grandchildren: Lachlan and Brecklan Brand, Clinton. Also surviving are her mother: Clara Jean Heck, Mclean, and 2 sisters: Debra (Samuel) Yost, Bloomington & Nancy (Larry) Tallent, Mclean. Karen was preceded in death by her father, Don Heck. Karen worked at Country Companies for 40 years until her retirement in March 2021. She was loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. Karen was selfless at heart and was excited for a future full of grandchildren and family. She will be sincerely missed by all. A graveside service was held at 11:30 AM on Friday, September 17 at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, Rev. Don Doty officiated.

Top Story  |  September 12, 2021
Atlanta Fall Festval

Atlanta Fall Festval

The Atlanta Fall Festival ran from September 9th-12th at the park. The festival is an annual event for all ages because it has many different activities to enjoy, including a parade, karaoke contest, rides, vendors, inflatables, games, food, bingo, and live music! 

Top Story  |  September 12, 2021
Fire At The Roadhouse

Fire At The Roadhouse

In the early morning hours of Sunday September 5th, a structure fire occurred at The River Roadhouse, 30573 IL-9 in Mackinaw. According to Training Officer Roger Benhoff, of the Mackinaw Fire Department, firefighters reacted to the initial alarm at approximately 4:37 A.M. and 13 firefighters were soon on the scene. Before long, the decision was made to also bring in units from both Tremont and Minier Fire Departments for extra assistance. Working under clear conditions, firefighters battled the blaze for about 4 hours before being able to extinguish the flames, with no injuries reported.      Referring to an Illinois State report that The Mail has yet to obtain, Training Officer Roger Benhoff reported that the fire is believed to have started in the southwest corner of the building as a result of a faulty electrical box. When asked about the damage that occurred to the interior of the building, Roger responded “Gutted. I believe it will be a total loss.” A dollar estimate of damage is not immediately available.       The Mail has reached out to the owners of The River Roadhouse and the Illinois State Fire Marshal. Neither were available for comment at  time of publication.  

Local News – Hopedale  |  September 12, 2021
Town Wide Fall Garage Sale

Town Wide Fall Garage Sale

September 17 and 18: Fall Garage Sales will be going on in Hopedale. The hours are: Friday 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM, and Saturday 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Maps will be available at Casey's and Hopedale Bank on Thursday, September 16.

Local News – Armington  |  September 12, 2021
After School Bible Club

After School Bible Club

The Armington Christian Church is restarting its After-School Bible Club (ABC) again this fall for children in first through fifth grades. ABC will begin at 3:00 PM and end at 5:00 PM on each Monday it meets. Parents are welcome to drop off and pick up their children, or parents can inform the transportation director to drop their children at the stop closest to the church.

Local News – Danvers  |  September 12, 2021
Frey Retires From Library

Frey Retires From Library

Cathy Frey retired from the Danvers Township Library on September 10. Frey served the library for 18 years. Congratulations Cathy!

Local News – Mackinaw  |  September 12, 2021
Music at the Vineyard

Music at the Vineyard

On Saturday September 13, The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard is hosting “Backseat Radio” from 7:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. $5 per person cover, 12 and under are free. Bring a lawn chair!

Local News – Mackinaw  |  September 12, 2021
Paintball Golf

Paintball Golf

Thursday September 16, at 6:00 P.M., head on down to Pub 52 for Paintball Golf. Make your way around the course and enjoy drinks after!

Local News – Mackinaw  |  September 12, 2021
Women's Bible Study

Women's Bible Study

Tuesday September 14, The New Castle Bible Church will be having a Women’s Bible Study from 6:45 P.M. to 8:15 P.M. Focus will be on the book of Acts

Local News – McLean  |  September 12, 2021
Reporter Joins Writing Staff

Reporter Joins Writing Staff

The Mail Newspapers are proud to announce the addition of Taylor Huffington to the writing staff of The Mail Newspapers as a correspondent for the Olympia area. Taylor is from McLean, Illinois, and is a Junior at Olympia High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the recording secretary of Student Council, and a softball athlete.

Local News – Minier  |  September 12, 2021
Minier Lanes Mixed Bowling League

Minier Lanes Mixed Bowling League

Minier Lanes is looking for two teams and two individuals to fill a team for this fun every other Sunday league. League consists of 4 person teams, 18 years of age and older. League begins September 19, and bowls at 4:00 PM every other Sunday. Please call with any questions. 309-392-2134.  

Local News – Stanford  |  September 12, 2021
Olympia Road work begins

Olympia Road work begins

Starting on Wednesday September 8th, there will be work performed on Olympia Road that will cause the road to be down to one lane at times.  McLean County also has scheduled a replacement of the culverts under the roadways leading into OMS.  They will start with the one on the west drive and then once that one is complete, they will begin work on the one on the east drive.  Please be cautious navigating through this stretch of road during the construction process.

Local News – Tremont  |  September 12, 2021
Artistry in Wood

Artistry in Wood

Help support the Tremont  Museum and Historical Society while having a good time, too! Meet local artists and see their amazing work, (some items will be for sale). There will be raffle baskets, a chain saw demonstration, a silent auction and refreshments. Event will be held Sunday, September 19, between the hours of 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM.

Meet The Chief  |  September 12, 2021
Ryan Sweeney

Ryan Sweeney

Ryan Sweeney grew up in Bloomington, Illinois. He began volunteering in the Secor Fire Department in 2004, and in 2006 he joined the Armington Fire and Rescue Department. In 2007 Ryan moved to the rescue side of the fire department, and just a little over a year ago he became chief of the rescue department. Overall Ryan has been volunteering and helping those in need for over 17 years.

Obituaries  |  September 12, 2021
Lora Jane Sparks Ash

Lora Jane Sparks Ash

Lora Jane Sparks Ash, 91, of Atlanta, passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at the Christian Village Nursing Home in Lincoln.

Obituaries  |  September 12, 2021
Jaclyn M. Bramble

Jaclyn M. Bramble

Jaclyn was a wife.  She loved her man and he loved her. That love was expressed in the simple tear that she shed upon hearing Vince whisper “I love you” as she passed from this World into the arms of Jesus.

Top Story  |  September 5, 2021
Under The Big Top

Under The Big Top

The traveling Culpepper and Merriweather Circus came to Atlanta, Illinois, on Thursday, September 2. This was a great event sponsored by the city of Atlanta for both the locals and tourists alike. The event was set up at the Atlanta ballfields in the morning. Guests were able to come by and see the raising the Big Top and then take a free tour learning all about the performers, the animals, and the history of the C&M Circus.

Community Spotlight  |  September 5, 2021
Piper Evelsizer

Piper Evelsizer

Numbers are hard to come by, but there are an estimated 70 million stray cats in America. The Chicagoland area, alone, is estimated to have 200,000 strays. As one could guess, very few of these cats are spayed/neutered. The good news is that there is a local group working to bring those local numbers down by housing these strays until they can find their “forever homes”. This week, I sat down with a member of that group, TLC Fosters, to get the full scoop.

Local News – Armington  |  September 5, 2021
After School Bible Club

After School Bible Club

The Armington Christian Church is restarting its After-School Bible Club (ABC) again this fall for children in first through fifth grades. ABC will begin at 3:00 PM and end at 5:00 PM on each Monday it meets. Parents are welcome to drop off and pick up their children, or parents can inform the transportation director to drop their children at the stop closest to the church.

Local News – Armington  |  September 5, 2021
Missing Cat

Missing Cat

The cat pictured has gone missing. His name is Prowler or DB. If you see him, please contact Dotty or Rick at 309-296-8694.

Local News – Atlanta  |  September 5, 2021
Decorating for Halloween

Decorating for Halloween

The City of Atlanta is looking for help in decorating the historic downtown for Halloween. The city's Tourism Department is seeking donations to assist in purchasing the decorations needed. Donations are accepted via Venmo (visitatlantail), Paypal (tourismatlantail@gmail.com), or Paypal.me (visitatlantail). Those wishing to contribute can also make direct purchases using an Amazon wishlist located at www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2UYYIM381OF7L.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  September 5, 2021
Burt Mercier Memorial Claybird Classic

Burt Mercier Memorial Claybird Classic

The Burt Mercier Memorial Claybird Classic is being held at the Oakridge Sportsmans Club on Thursday September 23 from 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. This event will feature 10 shooting stations and all proceeds will go to the Burt Mercer Endowment Fund at Easter Seals Timber Pointe Center.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  September 5, 2021
Newcomers Breakfast

Newcomers Breakfast

Sunday September 12 from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. The New Castle Bible Church is hosting a Newcomers Breakfast. 

Local News – Mackinaw  |  September 5, 2021
Vineyard Brings ZA FUNK

Vineyard Brings ZA FUNK

On Saturday September 11 from 7 to 11 P.M. Mackinaw Valley Vineyard is hosting the band ZA FUNK. $5 per person, 12 and under are free. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Local News – McLean  |  September 5, 2021
Race Shirt Pickup

Race Shirt Pickup

For those who purchased a 6.6 on Route 66 shirt and haven't received them, they are available for pickup at the McLean Depot. Shirts can be picked up during regular business hours. Location and hours are available on their website located at: https://mcleandepot.com/.

Local News – McLean  |  September 5, 2021
Reporter Joins Writing Staff

Reporter Joins Writing Staff

The Mail Newspapers are proud to announce the addition of Erin Dederich to the writing staff of The Mail Newspapers as a correspondent for the Olympia area. Erin is from McLean, Illinois, and is a senior at Olympia High School. She is involved in many extracurricular activities, ranging from sports to Student Council and yearbook, and comes to us highly recommended.

Local News – Stanford  |  September 5, 2021
Everybody's Cookies

Everybody's Cookies

Many thanks to Shirley Peek for submitting this recipe for Everybody's Cookies. This recipe was perfected by Carol K. and Shirley. Rumor has it they are all the rage in Stanford!

Local News – Stanford  |  September 5, 2021
Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch

There has been some interest expressed lately about putting together a Neighborhood Watch Program in the Village of Stanford. Stanford Police Chief Dustin Carter would like to better understand how many people would be interested in learning more about what this would look like and brainstorming together.

Local News – Waynesville  |  September 5, 2021
Farm Fellowship

Farm Fellowship

Another night of food, fun and fellowship is planned at the Marvel’s machine shed, 10979 South Road, Waynesville. The event will be held on Saturday, September 11 starting at 5:00 P.M.

Obituaries  |  September 5, 2021
Donald H. Heck

Donald H. Heck

Donald Herman “Don” Heck age 89 of McLean, IL passed away at 4:04 PM, Sunday, August 29, 2021 at Carle BroMenn Normal, IL. His graveside service was held at 10:00 AM Thursday, September 2, 2021 at East Lawn Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. Rev. Don Doty officiated. Military rites were accorded at the cemetery by the Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard. The family suggests memorials be made to Ebenezer Church, McLean, IL or Mt. Hope Funks Grove Fire Department. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL is in charge of arrangements. Don was born May 17, 1932, in Stanford, IL the son of Hubert and Lyda Carpenter Heck. He married Clara Jean Foley on January 25, 1953, in McLean, IL. She survives. Also surviving, his 3 children Debra (Samuel) Yost, Normal, IL, Nancy (Larry) Tallent, McLean, IL, Karen (Ronald) Brand, McLean, IL, 2 grandchildren, Nicholas (Kristal) Brand, Clinton, IL, Emily Brand, McLean, IL, 2 great-grandchildren, Lachlan and Brecklan, Brand, Clinton, IL, 3 sisters, Marjorie Meiser, Barbara Hindman, Rose Liscom, all of Florida and several nieces and nephews. Don is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers Clifford and James Heck, and 3 sisters, Gladys Williams, Marie Hammons, Esther Rapp. Don served in the US Army from 1954-1956, he was a lifetime farmer in the McLean area. Don enjoyed spending time with his family. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Obituaries  |  September 5, 2021
Linda M. Butler

Linda M. Butler

Linda Marie (Schmidgall, Hartman) Butler passed away peacefully when the Lord called her home on July 4, 2021 at the age of 75.  We will always remember her patience, generosity, and unconditional love. 

Obituaries  |  September 5, 2021
William A. Noack Sr.

William A. Noack Sr.

William A. Noack Sr., 90, formerly of Tremont, passed away Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Phelps Health in Rolla, MO. 

Obituaries  |  September 5, 2021
Phyllis J. Winter

Phyllis J. Winter

Phyllis Joan Winter, 91, of Bloomington, passed away at 10:45 a.m., Thursday, September 2, 2021, at Bickford House Assisted Living. She was born on May 12, 1930 in Clinton, the daughter of Earl and Christina (Frantz) Rich.

Top Story  |  August 29, 2021
As Cases Surge, Mandates Are Back

As Cases Surge, Mandates Are Back

The statewide mask mandate indoors is back, and educators and health care professionals will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Thursday amid an ongoing surge in the pandemic that first arrived in Illinois in March 2020.

Community Spotlight  |  August 29, 2021
Pastor Shelly Forrest

Pastor Shelly Forrest

Born in Owatonna MN, Shelly Forrest knew from a young age that the ministry was her calling. Speaking of her childhood, Shelly describes brownie scouts, piano lessons, singing in both high school and church choir, as well as her summer trips to church camp. As a senior in high school, Shelly was invited to a denomination-wide retreat put on by the Methodist Church meant to encourage those who were exploring the call to ministry. By the end of the weekend, she was sure that is exactly what she wanted to do.

Local News – Atlanta  |  August 29, 2021
Decorating for Halloween

Decorating for Halloween

The City of Atlanta is looking for help in decorating the historic downtown for Halloween. The city's Tourism Department is seeking donations to assist in purchasing the decorations needed. Donations are accepted via Venmo (visitatlantail), Paypal (tourismatlantail@gmail.com), or Paypal.me (visitatlantail). Those wishing to contribute can also make direct purchases using an Amazon wishlist located at www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2UYYIM381OF7L.

Local News – Atlanta  |  August 29, 2021
The Circus is Coming

The Circus is Coming

The circus is coming! On September 2, at the Atlanta Ballfields (Atlanta Sports Complex on North Street), the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will be holding two separate shows, one at 5:00 PM and another at 7:30 PM.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  August 29, 2021
Congregational Meeting

Congregational Meeting

New Castle Bible Church, located at 17931 Dee Mac Rd, is holding a Congregational Meeting on Sunday August 29 at 6:00 P.M. The event may be attended on-line or in person. Childcare will not be available.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  August 29, 2021
Grape Stomp Festival

Grape Stomp Festival

Sunday September 5th, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will be hosting their annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival from 12:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. Come enter the Lucy Look-a-Like contest at 3:30 P.M. for the chance at winning a $50 for the Best Lucy!

Local News – Mackinaw  |  August 29, 2021
K & R Country at Pub 52

K & R Country at Pub 52

On Saturday September 4th, K&R Country will be playing at Pub 52 in Mackinaw. No cover charge, 21 and over only.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  August 29, 2021
Masterpiece Painting Class

Masterpiece Painting Class

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard is hosting a Masterpiece Painting Class on Sunday August 29th from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. This event is open to everyone and tickets can be found at merlotandmasterpiece.com

Local News – McLean  |  August 29, 2021
Golf Cart Inspection

Golf Cart Inspection

All golf carts/gators must be inspected by the Village of McLean PD. After a successful inspection, you will be given a "Slow Moving Vehicle" permit, along with a sticker that must be displayed on the back of your golf cart/gator. You must also have with you valid insurance when asked for if ever stopped by a law enforcement officer.

Local News – Stanford  |  August 29, 2021
Olympia Job Openings

Olympia Job Openings

The Olympia District still has several open positions for the 2021-22 school year.  If you are interested in being a classroom aide in one of our buildings, there are several positions available at Olympia South, Olympia West, and Olympia High School.   Additionally there are a few homebound teaching opportunities within the District as well as a one on one registered nurse position.   We are also always looking for substitutes in all of our job categories from teachers and aides to custodians, bus personnel, and cafeteria staff.

Local News – Waynesville  |  August 29, 2021
Clean Up Day

Clean Up Day

The Village of Waynesville will be having Clean Up Day on Saturday, September 18, 2021, from 8:00 AM until NOON, for VILLAGE residents ONLY. Village residents must bring their items to the North end of town to the Sewer Mound property. THERE WILL BE NO HOUSE TO HOUSE PICKUP.

Local News – Waynesville  |  August 29, 2021
Farm Fellowship

Farm Fellowship

Another night of food, fun and fellowship is planned at the Marvel’s machine shed, 10979 South Road, Waynesville.

Obituaries  |  August 29, 2021
Darrell Q. Finger

Darrell Q. Finger

Darrell Q. Finger 90 of Waynesville, Illinois passed away 5:19 PM August 22, 2021 at his family residence, Waynesville, Il. Graveside Services were held at 10 AM, Thursday, August 26, 2021 at East Lawn Cemetery, Bloomington, IL with Pastor Tami Werschey-Kessinger officiating and Military Honors. Memorials may be directed to The Waynesville United Methodist Church. Darrell was born September 5, 1930 in DeWitt Co., IL the son of Charles “Chap” and Marie Ernestine (Cunningham) Finger. He married Phyllis Stone. He later married Barbara Jean Wall January 7, 1978 in Bloomington, Il. She passed away June 23, 1993. Darrell then married Jean Hauffe. She passed away in 2006. Survivors include his children, Allen (Josette) Finger, Clinton, IL and Eric (Karen) Finger, Decatur, IL; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren; and brother, Larry (Marilyn) Finger, Bloomington, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents and good friend, Donna Cunningham. Darrell served in the US Army from 1951 – 1953 and was a member of the Waynesville American Legion. He farmed most of his life, was a die-hard Cubs fan, and enjoyed fishing.

Top Story  |  August 22, 2021
Danvers Days and Waynesville Fling Return

Danvers Days and Waynesville Fling Return

This weekend brought back two loved events in our community. Danvers Days was a Friday through Sunday event and the Waynesville Fall Fling was a Friday and Saturday event. Both celebrations were filled with activities for community members to enjoy. If you missed the fun, here is an overview of the events that occurred!

Local News – Armington  |  August 22, 2021
Pork Chop Dinner a Success

Pork Chop Dinner a Success

The Armington Fire and Rescue Department had a successful Pork Chop dinner. The department depends on the support of the community at fundraisers like the pork chop dinner to be able to afford to purchase and maintain their equipment.

Local News – Atlanta  |  August 22, 2021
Free Library Opens

Free Library Opens

A free library has been constructed at the corner of SW 4th and Temple. It is currently stocked mostly with kids books, but expect to find more young adult and adult books in the future. The library consists of donated books, including former school and library books so you may see some stickers on them.

Local News – Atlanta  |  August 22, 2021
The Circus is Coming

The Circus is Coming

The circus is coming! On September 2, at the Atlanta Ballfields (Atlanta Sports Complex on North Street), the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will be holding two separate shows, one at 5:00 PM and another at 7:30 PM.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  August 22, 2021
Reporter Joins Writing Staff

Reporter Joins Writing Staff

The Mail Newspapers are proud to announce the addition of Erik Malmgren to the writing staff of The Mail Newspapers as our correspondent for the Mackinaw, Deer Creek and Heritage Lake communities. Erik moved to Mackinaw in the summer of 2019. He is an avid reader, and bluegrass enthusiast.

Local News – McLean  |  August 22, 2021
New Pavement for Run

New Pavement for Run

There is GREAT news for people who plan to participate in the annual 6.6 on Route 66 run/walk next weekend: Old Route 66 has brand new pavement! It’ll be a smooth ride from the sirup shop into McLean. And so far, the weather is looking just about perfect.

Local News – McLean  |  August 22, 2021
Ruby's Rescue Plans Silent Auction

Ruby's Rescue Plans Silent Auction

Ruby's Rescue and Retreat will be holding a silent auction and adoption event on the McLean town square, following the 8th annual Get Your 6.6 Walk/Run. In addition to great silent auction items, they will be selling sweatshirts, long sleeve t-shirts, 3/4 length t-shirts, t-shirts, and what is left of their hats (colors are red, black, and white). Get there early for best size selection.

Local News – Minier  |  August 22, 2021
Minier Assembly of God Church Celebrates 50 Years

Minier Assembly of God Church Celebrates 50 Years

Minier Assembly of God Church celebrated its 50th anniversary with a Community Appreciation Day.

Local News – Stanford  |  August 22, 2021
Chat With The Chief

Chat With The Chief

The Stanford Police Department is interested in getting community feedback on possible topics/presentations starting this Fall/Winter that the department can present and/or invite guest speakers to come in to talk with the village about as part of their “Chat with the Chief” Program.

Local News – Waynesville  |  August 22, 2021
Waynesville Road Closed

Waynesville Road Closed

Waynesville Rd, which is also County Highway 45 or 700 East Rd, between DeWitt County Line & US Route 136, will be closed to through traffic daily starting Monday, August 23, through Friday, August 27, weather permitting, from 5:30 AM until 5:00 PM, for road work in this area.

Obituaries  |  August 22, 2021
Gage L. Klein Schmitgall

Gage L. Klein Schmitgall

Gage Lee Klein Schmitgall, 17, of Emden passed away Sunday, August 15, 2021 in Mason County.  

Obituaries  |  August 22, 2021
Donald Fensterman

Donald Fensterman

Donald Fensterman, 72, of Tremont, passed away Friday, August 20, 2021 at Unity Point Health Methodist.

Obituaries  |  August 22, 2021
Philip C. Schmid

Philip C. Schmid

Philip Charles Schmid, 58 of Waynesville, IL passed away 3:20 PM August 13, 2021 at his family home, Waynesville, IL. Services were held at 10 AM, Friday, August 20, 2021 at the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL with Cassandra Benton officiating. Burial followed at Rock Creek Cemetery, Waynesville, IL. Memorials may be directed to the Philip Charles Schmid Memorial Fund. Philip was born June 28, 1963 in Bloomington, IL the son of Edward Charles and Joyce Elaine (Wakefield) Schmid, Jr. He married Roxanne Martens. He later married Margaret Kohler on June 12, 1996 in Waynesville, IL. She passed away September 20, 2020. Survivors include his children, Bryanna Schmid, Monticello, IL and Andy (Kaylee) Schmid, Bloomington, IL; step-sons, Alex Villanueva, Decatur, IL and Dusty Norby, Normal, IL; grandchildren: Fynlee Schmid and Ajaye Reetz, both of Bloomington, IL; Mia Grace, Sonny, Bella, Dominic, and Letty Villanueva, all of Clinton, IL; siblings, Judy Mowery, Heyworth, IL; Larry (Kathy) Schmid, Waynesville, IL; Marti (Rene Stidham) Schmid, Macks Creek, MO; Christine (Fritz) Robinson, Kenney, IL; Bonnie Schmid, Clinton, IL; Paul (Laurie Burk) Schmid, Waynesville, IL; and Kevin (Debby) Schmid, McLean, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Steve. Philip attended Wapella Schools and graduated in 1982. He worked for Wallace Press, Clinton, IL and currently was working for Starcrest Cleaners-Hermes Management, Bloomington, IL. Philip was a member of the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL. He loved horses and he especially loved his dog, Angus.

Top Story  |  August 15, 2021
Pacesetters 4-H Club at County Fair

Pacesetters 4-H Club at County Fair

The McLean County Fair was deemed a success by fair manager, Mike Swartz. After a “minimal” fair last year due to COVID, Swartz was very excited to see the success that the fair had this year. Last year, the fair only consisted of a private junior livestock show and seven total vendors for a food fest. With less COVID restrictions this summer, the McLean County Fair was back and better than ever. Swartz said that “Saturday was the biggest Saturday I’ve ever seen in my 17 years as the fair manager.” 

Local News – Hopedale  |  August 15, 2021
HMC Restricts Visitors

HMC Restricts Visitors

Please be advised that effective August 13, HMC will no longer be allowing visitors inside the hospital facility. This includes but is not limited to the hospital, ambulatory surgery, and outpatient testing. This restriction will be in effect until further notice.

Local News – Hopedale  |  August 15, 2021
Park Shelter Project is Progressing

Park Shelter Project is Progressing

The old park shelter has been removed, making way for the construction of the new facility.

Local News – Armington  |  August 15, 2021
Pork Chop Dinner

Pork Chop Dinner

The Armington Fire and Rescue Department will be hosting its 4th Annual Pork Chop Dinner on Saturday, August 21 between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. The meal will include: Pork Chop, Baked Beans, Chips, Cookie and a Drink. Donations are requested to receive a dinner. All donations will go to the purchase of new tools and equipment for the department.

Local News – Atlanta  |  August 15, 2021
Watercolor Map Magnets, Prints, and Postcards

Watercolor Map Magnets, Prints, and Postcards

Atlanta watercolor map magnets, prints, and postcards are currently available to purchase with the proceeds going to the Atlanta Betterment Fund. The prints are currently wait list only, please let the City of Atlanta’s Tourism Department know if you would like a 8x10 or 11x14 and they will place your request on the wait list. Thank you @turnofthecenturies for the wonderful map.

Local News – Minier  |  August 15, 2021
Police Department is Hiring

Police Department is Hiring

The Minier Police Department is accepting applications for the position of full time patrol officer as well as part-time patrol officer.    Minimum qualifications include:   United States Citizen, Basic Law Enforcement Certification or Part-time Police Certification preferred, Minimum age 21, Valid Driver’s License, No Felony Convictions, Applicants must undergo extensive background investigation., Applicants must complete physical examination and drug screen prior to employment paid by the Village of Minier., Successfully complete 6 month probation period.   Compensation package includes:   Full Time: $21.50 per hour with double time for holidays worked, $800.00 Uniform Allowance, Health Insurance/I.M.R.F. Retirement Fund.   Part-Time: $19.32 per hour with double time for holidays worked, $600.00 per year uniform allowance.   Applications may be picked up at the Minier Village Hall at 110 W. Central St.  Questions should be directed to Chief Daryl Weseloh at 309-392-2442, ex. 6 or e-mail weseloh@minier.com.  

Local News – Stanford  |  August 15, 2021
2021 Bicycle Rodeo

2021 Bicycle Rodeo

The Stanford Police Department and the Allin Township Fire Department - Stanford, IL are proud to host the 1st Annul Bicycle Rodeo taking place on Saturday, August 21st at 9am. Additional details are included in the attached flier. Physical copies of the flier will be available at the Stanford Village Hall, Post Office, Library, The Town Well, and Pippen Park Swimming Pool.

Obituaries  |  August 15, 2021
Lawrence D. Nehmelman

Lawrence D. Nehmelman

Lawrence D. Nehmelman, 88, of Delavan, passed away Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at his home.

Obituaries  |  August 15, 2021
Petros Petsas

Petros Petsas

Petros C. Petsas, 67, of Minier, passed away, August 8, 2021 at his home.

State News  |  August 15, 2021
Census Shows Population Drops in Most Illinois Counties

Census Shows Population Drops in Most Illinois Counties

Nearly every county in Illinois lost population over the past decade, mirroring a national trend of greater concentrations of people leaving rural areas and moving to larger metropolitan areas.

State News  |  August 15, 2021
Masks Mandated at Schools, Day Cares, Long-Term Care Facilities

Masks Mandated at Schools, Day Cares, Long-Term Care Facilities

Masks will be required at all Illinois long-term care facilities, day cares and Pre-K-12 schools, Gov. JB Pritzker announced amid a nationwide surge of COVID-19.

Top Story  |  August 8, 2021
Bumper Crop of Local Produce

Bumper Crop of Local Produce

Looking for local and fresh produce? No need to look any further! We have lined up a list of where you can find fresh produce in our Central Illinois area. Our first find begins in Atlanta, IL.

Local News – Hopedale  |  August 8, 2021
Fall Baseball Team

Fall Baseball Team

The Christian Life Academy is in need of a few more players in order to field a baseball team this fall. CLA students or home schooled kids grades 5 through 8 are all welcome. Contact the Christian Life Academy or Josh Horning for more information.

Community Spotlight  |  August 8, 2021
Church Celebrates 150 Year Anniversary

Church Celebrates 150 Year Anniversary

McLean’s Ebenezer United Methodist Church celebrates their 150th anniversary! A committee was set up to plan events for this whole year to celebrate, but like many other things, the pandemic forced the church to halt their plans. One thing from the agenda that was able to be accomplished was a history book that holds information from the start of the church to current day. The book is available to be seen in the church and contains interesting artifacts. These artifacts include: pictures, recipes, and items from events such as weddings, Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving celebrations. 

Community Spotlight  |  August 8, 2021
Don’t Miss Getting Your Kicks at the 8th Annual Get Your 6.6 On Route 66

Don’t Miss Getting Your Kicks at the 8th Annual Get Your 6.6 On Route 66

Participants can get their kicks on Route 66 in this much-anticipated 6.6k (4.1-mile) run/walk from Funks Grove to McLean on Saturday, August 28, 2021. Registrants receive a super-soft cotton t-shirt, brunch ticket, vouchers to Country-Aire in Atlanta and Parkview Inn in Bloomington, a commemorative shot glass, and other gifts from sponsors. Register by August 4th to guarantee a t-shirt in your size. After that, quantities will be limited and given based on order of registration, so be sure to sign up soon!

About Town  |  August 8, 2021
Vickie Glenn

Vickie Glenn

Vickie Glenn has been the village clerk for thirty years. Vickie is a Danvers Village native, having lived there her whole life. She graduated from Olympia High School. Vickie has had three children, of which all grew up in Danvers. Vickie is a family first person, so her children and grandchildren are very important to her. Vickie has been married to her husband, Dan, for forty years. All three of Vickie’s children are out of college now and have started their working careers. 

Local News – Armington  |  August 8, 2021
Ice Cream Social

Ice Cream Social

The Armington Christian Church is hosting its annual homemade ice cream social on Saturday, August 14 in person. From 4:00-7:00 pm, they will serve sandwiches, chips, baked beans, desserts, and three flavors of their own homemade ice cream. Costs for the meal are by donation.

Local News – Armington  |  August 8, 2021
Pork Chop Dinner

Pork Chop Dinner

The Armington Fire and Rescue Department will be hosting its 4th Annual Pork Chop Dinner on Saturday, August 21 between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. The meal will include: Pork Chop, Baked Beans, Chips, Cookie and a Drink. Donations are requested to receive a dinner. All donations will go to the purchase of new tools and equipment for the department.

Local News – Atlanta  |  August 8, 2021
Cornhole Tournament

Cornhole Tournament

The Atlanta Public Library is hosting a Cornhole Tournament as a part of its Annual Block Party. The tournament will be held on Saturday, August 14, and starts at 3:00 PM behind the library. The tournament is for adults only, and requires two people per team.

Local News – Atlanta  |  August 8, 2021
Missing Horse Found

Missing Horse Found

Kevin Blythe had his horse returned home. The horse, missing since July 28, was found on Monday, August 2 at the North Greens Golf Course.

Local News – Danvers  |  August 8, 2021
Fast Stop Sign Says It All

Fast Stop Sign Says It All

The Fast Stop in Danvers has posted a sign that speaks for all of  Danvers.

Local News – Minier  |  August 8, 2021
Oly West Backpack Give Away

Oly West Backpack Give Away

Olympia West students are invited to the Minier Christian Church to get a free backpack with supplies. The give away is on Monday, August 9, between the hours of 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM.

Local News – Waynesville  |  August 8, 2021
Library is Hiring

Library is Hiring

Waynesville Library is currently hiring for an assistant library position. This position consists of approximately 10 hours per week. Hours may vary but Wednesday afternoons are a must.

Top Story  |  August 1, 2021
Olympia's Return to School Plan

Olympia's Return to School Plan

With the end of summer arriving and the start of school getting closer and closer, there have been many questions throughout the community about what school will look like this year. Will students wear masks, will social distancing be enforced, will the COVID vaccination be required, will students have to quarantine? All of these questions were answered at Olympia’s recent board meeting. 

Local News – Hopedale  |  August 1, 2021
Euchre Classes

Euchre Classes

Julie Burke has offered to teach beginners how to play euchre. Classes would be on Tuesdays in August from 6:00 PM until 6:45 PM at the Community Building on Main St.

Community Spotlight  |  August 1, 2021
K & R Country Band

K & R Country Band

K & R Country Band is a local band that performs classic and outlaw country music. The band consists of six members who are: Kelly VanDyke, Roger VanDyke, Jimmy Birkey, Rick Tackett, Marty Davis, and Mark Martin. The band began in the spring of 2019 when Kelly and Roger VanDyke would play music at the Kentuckiana Kampground outside of Hopedale, IL. They would have 15 to 20 other people from the campground sit and listen to songs, and even sing along. Roger and Kelly began the band as a duo, and they would play for small venues. They invited Jimmy Birkey to a practice, and they all clicked together perfectly. It didn’t take much time for Marty Davis and Rick Tackett to join. Kelly VanDyke plays the rhythm guitar and leads vocals, Roger VanDyke plays the rhythm guitar and does vocals, Jimmy Birkey plays the lead guitar and does vocals, Rick Tackett plays the bass guitar, Marty Davis plays the drums, and Mark Martin does the soundboard. 

Community Spotlight  |  August 1, 2021
OHS Adds Chicken Coop in Honor of Local Farmer

OHS Adds Chicken Coop in Honor of Local Farmer

The Olympia High School agriculture department has recently added a chicken coop outside of the school where they will raise hens and have hands-on learning opportunities. Richard “Dick” Johnson of Atlanta passed away last year, and his family chose Olympia FFA to be one of the organizations to donate some memorial money to. Johnson was a local farmer who had an egg delivery business, so the Olympia agriculture department found it fitting to buy a chicken coop for the school. The high school agricultural science class already raises chickens every year as part of their class experience. The class does a feed trial to learn about animal nutrition and the basics of taking care of animals. In the past, the hens would be sent to a local farm, but the new chicken coop offers the opportunity to keep the hens on campus for a year-round experience with the animals.

Local News – Armington  |  August 1, 2021
Ice Cream Social

Ice Cream Social

The Armington Christian Church is hosting its annual homemade ice cream social on Saturday, August 14 in person. From 4:00-7:00 pm, they will serve sandwiches, chips, baked beans, desserts, and three flavors of their own homemade ice cream. Costs for the meal are by donation.

Local News – Atlanta  |  August 1, 2021
Horse Still Missing

Horse Still Missing

Kevin Blythe of Atlanta is missing a horse. Two young ladies went out riding with his missing horse to help keep it in shape, when one of the horses tripped and fell on its rider.  The other rider dismounted quickly to render assistance to her friend. The horse that did not trip, did not stop after it's rider dismounted, and was almost assuredly spooked by lights and sirens of the arriving ambulance.

Local News – Danvers  |  August 1, 2021
Danvers Days Grand Marshall Announced

Danvers Days Grand Marshall Announced

The Danvers Days Committee has announced the Grand Marshall of the Danver Day Parade will be Joe and Heather Dehn.

Local News – Stanford  |  August 1, 2021
Porch Produce Pantry

Porch Produce Pantry

The Porch Produce Pantry at the Helping Hands Community Center is stocked with sweet corn, blackberries, and cucumbers.

Local News – Waynesville  |  August 1, 2021
Freeman Last Day

Freeman Last Day

Saturday, July 31, was Susie Freeman's last day  as assistant librarian at the Waynesville Township Library. She will be greatly missed.

Meet The Chief  |  August 1, 2021
Chief Kemp Plans to Retire

Chief Kemp Plans to Retire

Danvers Chief of Police Michael Kemp has recently decided that he will be retiring from his position as Chief on Friday August 13. Chief Kemp has been the Chief of Police for the Village of Danvers since 2013, making many connections with locals during that period of time. Chief Kemp says, “I have greatly enjoyed every moment that I have served the citizens within our jurisdiction.” Chief Kemp was always thinking of what was best for the Village of Danvers. After eight years of being the Chief for Danvers, it is a given that a special connection between Chief Kemp and the community members has been built. 

Obituaries  |  August 1, 2021
Christine R. Scott

Christine R. Scott

Christine R. Scott, 78 of Danvers, passed away at 4:35 am Sunday July 25, 2021 in Normal, Illinois. Christine was born September 5, 1942, the daughter of John & Ruth (Martin) Lilienthal. She married Charles Scott on November 28, 1959 in Danvers, Illinois. He survives. Also surviving are four children: David Scott of Danvers, Rebecca (George) King of Bloomington, Terry Scott of Canton and Greg (Cynthia) Scott of Danvers; 9 grandchildren & 7 great-grandchildren; and 2 brothers: John (Dorothy) Lilienthal of Bloomington and Rick (Karen) Lilienthal of Downs. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, 2 sisters and 1 grandson. Christine was a waitress for many years, working at Bob Knapps and retiring from Denny’s Restaurant. A graveside service was held at 10:30 am Thursday, July 29, 2021 at Park Lawn Cemetery, Danvers. Otto-Argo-Calvert Memorial Home, Danvers was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Donor’s choice.

Obituaries  |  August 1, 2021
Franklin O. Walters

Franklin O. Walters

Franklin O. Walters, 85, a 51-year resident of Wapella, IL passed away 2:55 PM July 25, 2021, at Heritage Health, Bloomington, IL. Memorial Services will be 3 PM Saturday, August 14, 2021, at the Wapella Christian Church, Wapella, IL with Pastor Steven Evans officiating with military honors to follow across the street at the Veteran Memorial. Visitation will be 2 – 3 PM Saturday at the church. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites. Memorials may be directed to the Wapella Christian Church. Franklin was born December 19, 1935, in Decatur, IL the son of Merle A. and Ruby La Vera (House) Walters. Franklin married Beverly Jo Ann Mathews October 21, 1955, in Decatur, IL. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Beverly Jo Ann Walters, Wapella, IL, children: Franklin Michael (Susan) Walters, Heyworth, IL and Lori Ann (Richard) Orthen, Stuart, FL; four grandchildren: Chris (Laura) Walters, Sycamore, IL; Nick (Amanda) Walters, Normal, IL; Ashleigh (Cullen) Metzler, Mesa, AZ; and Zach (Melissa) Orthen, Hialeah, FL; six great-grandchildren: Cole and Hunter Walters; and Charlotte, Caroline, Clementine, and Claire Metzler. Franklin was preceded in death by his father, mother, and step-father. Franklin was a US Army veteran and member of the Wapella Christian Church where he was a past Board Member and taught Jr. High Sunday School. He was the owner of Franklin O. Walters Land Surveying and worked as the Village of Heyworth Engineer from 1995 – 2002. Also, he was a member of The Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association and received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Franklin was a past Board Member of the Wapella Fire Department and the Wapella School Board. He enjoyed spending time with his family and loved watching his grandsons play baseball. Franklin was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Top Story  |  July 25, 2021
Mosquito Populations Explode

Mosquito Populations Explode

Mosquitoes are described as small flies that are part of the family of dipteran flies, with females that have organs adapted to puncture the skin of animals to suck their blood. Or, more simply stated, small flies that leave itchy, annoying bites. Mosquitos have hit hard in our area this year, especially in areas that have had a lot of rain the last few months. Knowing this, it is easy to wonder what our local governments are doing to fix the problem. Here’s the answer. 

Obituaries  |  July 25, 2021
Alma A. Wilson

Alma A. Wilson

Alma A. Wilson 94, of Hopedale, IL passed into the arms of her Heavenly Father, on Wednesday July 21, 2021 at Unity Point Health-Pekin Hospital, Pekin, IL. The daughter of Lawrence Harold and Golda Irene (Hull) Riley, she was born May 16, 1927, in Ohio. 

State News  |  July 25, 2021
Jeffrey Bieber Named Officer of the Year

Jeffrey Bieber Named Officer of the Year

Patrolman Jeffrey A. Bieber of the East Peoria Police Department has been named as the 2021 Most Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. He will be honored August 20 at the ILACP Annual Awards Banquet in Tinley Park, Illinois.

Local News – Hopedale  |  July 25, 2021
Summer Market

Summer Market

The Hopedale Betterment Association will be hosting a Summer Market at the Small Pavilion in the Hopedale Park every Wednesday between the hours of 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM. The Summer Market will run from July 28 through September 1.

Community Spotlight  |  July 25, 2021
6.6k Run/Walk on Route 66

6.6k Run/Walk on Route 66

The 8th annual 6.6k Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, August 28th in McLean. This run/walk is sponsored by CORE of McLean, a nonprofit organization for the benefit of the community of McLean. The 6.6k on Route 66 will be a point-to-point run/walk that starts in Funks Grove, with a shuttle service provided from McLean to Funks Grove. The participants will then run or walk on Route 66 to the new park under the old water tower in McLean. The new park in McLean was funded by previous proceeds from the 6.6k on Route 66. 

Local News – Armington  |  July 25, 2021
Pork Chop Dinner

Pork Chop Dinner

The Armington Fire and Rescue Department will be hosting its 4th Annual Pork Chop Dinner on Saturday, August 21 between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. The meal will include: Pork Chop, Baked Beans, Chips, Cookie and a Drink. Donations are requested to receive a dinner. All donations will go to the purchase of new tools and equipment for the department.

Local News – Atlanta  |  July 25, 2021
Cornhole Tournament

Cornhole Tournament

The Atlanta Public Library is hosting a Cornhole Tournament as a part of its Annual Block Party. The tournament will be held on Saturday, August 14, and starts at 3:00 PM behind the library. The tournament is for adults only, and requires two people per team.

Local News – Danvers  |  July 25, 2021
Community Puzzle

Community Puzzle

The first community puzzle at the Danvers Public Library has been completed. A new puzzle was started on July 21.

Local News – Danvers  |  July 25, 2021
St. Jude Olympia to Peoria Run

St. Jude Olympia to Peoria Run

Despite the obstacles of COVID, the St. Jude Olympia to Peoria Run team pulled together as a community and exceeded their goal, raising $60,000 for the kids of St. Jude.

Local News – Minier  |  July 25, 2021
Pre-K Story Hour

Pre-K Story Hour

The H.A. Peine District Library will be hosting an in-person pre-k story hour on Tuesday, July 27, from 11:00 am until 11:30 am.

Local News – Stanford  |  July 25, 2021
Bike Safety Event

Bike Safety Event

The Stanford Police Department is considering the idea of organizing a Bicycle Rodeo / Bicycle Safety event for kids. This event would involve different “stations” where the kids would do different activities on their bicycle followed by learning a bicycle safety rule. The department may potentially also hand out bicycle helmets and LED lights/reflectors to encourage those who ride bicycles to do so safely.

Local News – Waynesville  |  July 25, 2021
Grilling in the Legion Parking Lot

Grilling in the Legion Parking Lot

The Waynesville Community Fire Protection District will be grilling in the American Legion parking lot on Friday, July 30. Starting at 5:30 PM, the local fire department will be grilling burgers and hot dogs.

Obituaries  |  July 25, 2021
Carolyn B. Johnson

Carolyn B. Johnson

Carolyn B. Johnson, 98, of McLean, passed away at 1:30 a.m., Sunday, July 18, 2021, at her home, surrounded by her family and close friend.

Community Spotlight  |  July 18, 2021
Danvers Town Band

Danvers Town Band

To the outsider, small towns may seem boring and uneventful. However, we know that is not the case. From festivals to tractor pulls, there are lots of things that bring excitement to small towns. Town bands also bring excitement, and this week we spotlight the Danvers Town Band. President of the band, Andrew Argo, is unsure exactly when the band first started, but they have pictures of a Danvers Band from 1905. Many families have had generations of members in the band. Argo is a fourth-generation member. At the beginning of the 1900s, many little towns had a community band to give entertainment to the people living in each town, according to Argo. The Danvers Town Band began playing on Saturday nights, but changed performances to Sunday nights in the 1990s because it was easier to get members to play in the band. In over a century, the band has only missed two years of performances. These two years were during World War II.

Local News – Hopedale  |  July 18, 2021
Share Table

Share Table

Local gardeners have been stocking a community share table with lots of home-grown produce. Cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, and even a variety of peppers have recently been added. 

Top Story  |  July 18, 2021
Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is a program that many churches offer nationwide. The purpose of this program is to incorporate enjoyable activities that entertain the children, while also giving them an opportunity to learn more about their religion. Vacation Bible School is an easy way to get kids involved in church. Typically, Vacation Bible School is about a week-long event that takes place in the summer. During this week-long event, children usually attend around three or four hours each day. 

Obituaries  |  July 18, 2021
Vernon L. Lhamon

Vernon L. Lhamon

Vernon “Larry” Lhamon, 82, of Hopedale, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2021 at his home. 

Local News – Armington  |  July 18, 2021
Water Rescue

Water Rescue

On Friday, July 16 at about 6:50 PM, members of Lincoln Rural and Lincoln City water rescue were dispatched to rural Armington to assist Armington FD with a report of a vehicle stuck in flood waters. The vehicle became stuck in floodwaters on Highway 136 and 1600 avenue, south of Armington in Logan county.

Local News – Atlanta  |  July 18, 2021
Car Clubs Visit Market Weekend

Car Clubs Visit Market Weekend

The St. Louis, Illini, and Windy City BMW Car Club of America chapters stopped in Atlanta on Saturday, July 17, as part of Atlanta's first Market Weeken.!

Local News – Atlanta  |  July 18, 2021
Senator Turner Joins Story Time

Senator Turner Joins Story Time

Friday, July 16, the Atlanta Public Library's special guest reader for Story Time was State Senator Sally Turner. Senator Turner read three books to our group; "I'm a True Blue Friend", "I Love You Too, I Love You Three", and "Elmore".

Local News – Mackinaw  |  July 18, 2021
Traffic Signs Stolen

Traffic Signs Stolen

On Tuesday, July 13, the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department received a report on stolen traffic control signs. These signs were taken from the East Peoria, Washington, and Mackinaw areas. If you have any information regarding this case please contact Detective Glover at 309-478-5626. If you want to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 309-673-9000.

Local News – McLean  |  July 18, 2021
Fireworks Display Cancelled

Fireworks Display Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to considerable amount of rain in the area, the fireworks planned by the Mt. Hope - Funks Grove Park District were cancelled. The area that the fireworks are ignited was too wet and muddy. The company in charge of setting the fireworks up and shooting them off could not get their trucks and trailers into the area without getting stuck up to their axles.

Local News – McLean  |  July 18, 2021
Ice Cream Social

Ice Cream Social

The Ebenezer United Methodist church will host its annual ice cream social July 24th from 4-6 pm.  As in the past all ice cream is home made. BBQ sandwiches and hot dogs will be served along with homemade pie and cake. Ebenezer is celebrating its 150th Anniversary. Please join us for good food, good times, and good fellowship. Bring your friends and neighbors. A free will offering will be collected.  

Local News – Minier  |  July 18, 2021
Pre-K Story Hour

Pre-K Story Hour

The H.A. Peine District Library will be hosting an in-person pre-k story hour on Tuesday, July 27, from 11:00 am until 11:30 am.

Local News – Stanford  |  July 18, 2021
Fire Dept Provides Escort to Runners

Fire Dept Provides Escort to Runners

The Allin Township Fire Department supplied an escort for the St Jude Olympia to Peoria runners, as they made their way through Stanford.

Obituaries  |  July 18, 2021
Lisa A. Hibbard

Lisa A. Hibbard

Lisa A. Hibbard, 56, of Minier, passed away Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at her home.

Obituaries  |  July 18, 2021
Merle D. Nafziger

Merle D. Nafziger

Merle Dean Nafziger, 92 of Minier, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2021 at Hopedale Nursing Home in Hopedale.

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