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  • Toys, toys and more toys for area girls and boys

    Brenda Trump, one of the many volunteers for Christmas For Kids, and Pastor Doug Kirkpatrick of the Princeton Wesleyan Church show a small portion of ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 4:47 pm
  • Bell ringers needed

    With only 18 days remaining in the Red Kettle Campaign, The Salvation Army is extremely concerned about kettle donations as well as Angel Tree donatio ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 4:48 pm
  • Focusing on the vision

    PRINCETON — In October, the city hosted three community vision workshops where residents from all walks of life, met and brainstormed ways to revitali ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 4:50 pm
  • Easing the pressure

    PRINCETON — The USDA recently announced program changes which will assist farmers with conservation easement options. When agricultural land is threat ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 4:11 pm
  • Christmas for Kids

    This county/community effort will bring smiles to area children’s faces on Christmas morning. The ef ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 4:11 pm
  • Public access

    MondayDePue Village Board, 7 p.m., village hallMineral Village Board, 6:30 p.m., village hallSheffie ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 4:04 pm
  • SV clerk’s office will begin accepting petitions Monday

    SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley City Clerk and local election official Becky Hansen has announced her office at 215 N. Greenwood St. will be open from 9 ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 4:48 pm
  • What is your favorite part of the Christmas season?

    "My favorite part of the Christmas season is gathering on Christmas with all of my family."Shirley S ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:47 pm
  • Holiday concert on Tuesday

    The Illinois Valley Community College Jazz Ensemble will present a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the auditorium. Admission is free ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:43 pm
  • Little town ... Big band

    Editor’s note: This is the second story in a three-part series on Princeton High School’s music programs.
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:27 pm
  • Saturday sports update

    Rock Falls made a clean sweep over Princeton in nonconference girls and boys basketball at all levels at Rock Falls Saturday.
    Dec. 10, 2016 - 8:52 pm
  • Friday night sports update

    The Hall Red Devils gained their first win of the season, defeating Stark County 70-40 at home Friday.
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 11:11 pm
  • Boiler Girls double up St. Bede

    KEWANEE — Admissions to watch IHSA games aren’t free. That is unless you ask SBA coach Tom McGunnigal.
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 4:45 pm
  • North sends coach out a winner

    BRADFORD — The Bureau Valley North Storm sent longtime coach Ken Wilcoxen out a winner. The Storm d ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 4:40 pm
  • BCR Leaderboard

    A look at the top area returning players for the 2016-17 season:Boys basketballScoring g pts ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 4:32 pm
  • Newcomers boost this year’s Colmone Classic at Hall

    SPRING VALLEY — There will be new teams and familiar faces coming to this year’s 43rd annual Colmone Classic basketball tournament, which tips off Mon ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 11:14 pm
  • Hall girls, DePue boys ranked in first AP poll

    The first AP rankings are out for the 2016-17 basketball season, and they are some local cagers drawing immediate interest.
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 4:33 pm
  • Colmone Classic champions

    1974 - Western1975 - Western1976 - Western1977 - DePue1978 - Hall1979 - Wenona1980 - Putnam County19 ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 4:32 pm
  • Basketball standings

    Boys basketball standings BCR teams DePue (1-0 TCC) 7-0 St. Bede (1-0 TRAC-E) 4-3 Bureau Valley ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 11:20 pm
  • Tigers split TRAC triangular

    Princeton split a Three Rivers triangular wrestling meet at Fulton Tuesday, defeating Hall/Putnam County/Midland 55-24 and falling to the host Steamer ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 4:40 pm
  • Leslie Renner

    WALNUT — Leslie Renner, 85, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Leslie ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 1:32 pm
  • Robert Manning

    PRINCETON — Robert Lee Manning, 70, of Princeton passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.
    Dec. 8, 2016 - 8:29 am
  • Stanley Eickmeier

    WHITE HEATH — Stanley E. Eickmeier, 77, of White Heath passed away peacefully at 12:23 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at the Farmer City Rehab and Health ...
    Dec. 7, 2016 - 1:16 pm
  • Betty Bickett

    LACON — Betty J. Bickett, 89, formerly of Hollowayville, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Lacon.
    Dec. 6, 2016 - 2:25 pm
  • Ryan Eble

    OROVILLE, Calif. — Ryan Ukiah Eble, 41, of Oroville, Calif., died unexpectedly Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, at Enloe Hospital in Chico, Calif. He had bee ...
    Dec. 6, 2016 - 2:16 pm
  • Natalie Clark

    ALBIA, Iowa — Natalie Clark, 57, of Albia, Iowa, passed away Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at her home in Albia, Iowa.
    Dec. 6, 2016 - 2:07 pm
  • Richard Hansen

    BRADFORD — Richard E. Hansen, 79, of Bradford died at 5:42 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
    Dec. 6, 2016 - 2:12 pm
  • Inez Ackland

    KEWANEE — Inez Evelyn Ackland, 101, of Kewanee died at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at Kewanee Care Home.
    Dec. 6, 2016 - 12:24 pm
  • Charles Loebach

    GRANVILLE — Charles Henry Loebach, 89, of Granville died peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in his residence with his loving family by his side.
    Dec. 6, 2016 - 9:25 am
  • Robert Stabler

    KEWANEE — Robert R. “Bob” Stabler, 97, of Kewanee, formerly of Neponset, died at 5:52 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at the Kewanee Care Home.
    Dec. 5, 2016 - 4:06 pm
  • Spring Valley Police

    Deer accident• A vehicle driven by Shelby A. Bertrand, 37, of Spring Valley struck a deer on Peru-Pr ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:46 pm
  • Nighttime enforcement patrols

    LASALLE — Illinois State Police (ISP) District 17 announced the results of Nighttime Enforcement (NITE) patrols in LaSalle County during November.
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:19 pm
  • ISP announce results of Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols

    LASALLE — Illinois State Police (ISP) District 17 announced the results of Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols (STEP) in LaSalle County during Novembe ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:30 pm
  • ISP announce RSC results

    LASALLE — Illinois State Police (ISP) District 17 announced results of a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) held in LaSalle County from late night Nov. 19 to ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:29 pm
  • ISP announce results of OREP patrols

    LASALLE — Illinois State Police (ISP) District 17 announced the results of Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) held in LaSalle County during ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:30 pm
  • Bureau County Sheriff

    Leaving the scene of accident Travis E. Weitzel, 30, of Sterling was charged with leaving the scene ...
    Dec. 8, 2016 - 8:39 am
  • Spring Valley Police

    Battery Steven C. Marroquin, 52, of Spring Valley was charged with battery at 211 E. St. Paul St. ...
    Dec. 8, 2016 - 8:35 am
  • Princeton Police

    Violation of order of protection Nicholas J. Cain, 21, of Princeton was charged with violation of or ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 2:31 pm
  • Illinois State Police

    Accident A tractor semi-trailer driven by Charles R. Dunlap, of Anniston, Ala. ,was traveling westbo ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 2:31 pm
  • Spring Valley Police

    Deer accidentA vehicle driven by Melissa R. Bosnich, 48, of DePue struck a deer on Route 29 near Ver ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 2:31 pm
  • The dreaded Christmas letter

    Dear Friends and Family,As you well know, I don’t write Christmas letters. You have never received o ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 4:16 pm
  • Denied!

    There seems to be somewhat of a pattern ...• A splash pad: Denied.• A vendor fair: Denied.• An ice s ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:47 pm
  • The headache

    My head hurts. It’s all because a board, completely unprovoked, smacked the top of my cranium early this morning. In all honesty, my head hit the boar ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:47 pm
  • Merry Christmas ... Happy Holidays?

    With Christmas approaching, I’m reminded of how some are offended by “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.”
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:45 pm
  • Obamacare: The first time some families got health insurance

    Several people wrote Letter to the Editors urging people to vote for pro-life candidates. Some religions urged their congregation to do the same.
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:45 pm
  • Teacher shortages reflect state’s turmoil

    The teacher shortages popping up around the country, especially in poor rural as well as troubled urban districts, probably reflect the consequences o ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:44 pm
  • O Christmas tree: When do you normally put up your Christmas tree, and how soon do you take it down after the holidays?

    This is an easy question. Again this year, my Christmas tree will remain in the basement. No, I’m not a Scrooge. No, I’m not boycotting the holiday. N ...
    Dec. 6, 2016 - 4:55 pm
  • From the editor's desk

    If you’re reading this column, you’re probably thinking, “What the heck is this weekly column doing on Page 2?” And you’re right. You are used to seei ...
    Dec. 6, 2016 - 4:44 pm
  • Seeing eye to eye with my son

    I had a disturbing parenting epiphany the other night. This was the sudden realization that left me reeling — my son will soon be taller than me.
    Dec. 7, 2016 - 9:16 am
  • The death of Fidel Castro ...

    On the afternoon that Fidel Castro’s ashes were buried in Cuba, I picked up the phone and called the Illinoisan who may have known him the best – form ...
    Dec. 7, 2016 - 9:18 am
  • Counting our agricultural blessings

    ‘Tis the season for giving thanks, counting our blessings and reflecting on the past as we move into a new year. As a farmer, I can’t help but think a ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:21 pm
  • Longtime bowler becomes alley's new owner

    PRINCETON — A man who considered a bowling alley his second home growing up in Princeton is the new owner of Pin Splitters Lanes.
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:25 pm
  • Beattie named Starved Rock Regional Center president, CEO

    OTTAWA — Tracy Beattie will operate as president and CEO of Starved Rock Regional Center for Therapy and Child Development (formerly Easter Seals LBC) ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:16 pm
  • Health department releases inspection scores

    The Bureau/Putnam County Health Department makes routine and unannounced visits each month to various food service establishments in Bureau and Putnam ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 10:42 am
  • LaSalle State Bank earns 5-star rating

    LASALLE — The LaSalle State Bank announces it has once again earned a 5-star superior rating from BauerFinancial, a bank rating firm. To earn Bauer's ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:21 pm
  • Midland States Bank to close north branch

    PRINCETON — The north branch office of Midland States Bank in Princeton at 1407 N. Main St. will be closing Feb. 28, 2017.
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 4:51 pm
  • Fifth warmest November and second warmest fall in Illinois

    CHAMPAIGN — November 2016 was the fifth warmest November on record for Illinois, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State W ...
    Dec. 6, 2016 - 5:35 pm
  • Casey’s General Store opens Thursday

    PRINCETON — The grand opening is this Thursday for the Casey’s General Store, located at the intersection of Ace Road and North Main Street in Princet ...
    Dec. 7, 2016 - 10:32 am
  • Walmart truck drivers raise $2,639.60 for L-P

    SPRING VALLEY — The Spring Valley Walmart transportation office has chosen LaSalle-Peru Township High School (LPHS) to receive a $2,639.60 donation as ...
    Dec. 6, 2016 - 3:13 pm
  • Heartland donates to United Way

    Heartland Bank and Trust employees raised $4,069.80 through payroll deductions for Bureau County United Way’s (BCUW) annual campaign. Pictured are Fra ...
    Dec. 6, 2016 - 3:14 pm
  • Make Someone Happy

    • Happy anniversary on Sunday, Dec. 10, to Phil and Pam Kaufmann. From your friends at Princeton Rotary.
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:42 pm
  • Diabetes meeting offered monthly at PMH

    PRINCETON — The diagnosis of diabetes is becoming more common than many other health conditions. Ongoing management of diabetes is important in limiti ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:42 pm
  • Community Notes

    Music jam plannedPRINCETON — A bluegrass, gospel and country music jam will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Fri ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:42 pm
  • Widmark Wednesday event to salute star’s birthday

    PRINCETON — Princeton’s own hometown Hollywood movie star was born 102 years ago this month.In celeb ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:42 pm
  • IVADA in Peru

    PERU — The Illinois Valley Activity Director’s Association held a meeting Nov. 14 at Liberty Village in Peru.
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:38 pm
  • Enjoying the first snow of the year

    Brandon Carlson submitted this picture of his daughters, Tessa and Sophia, enjoying the first snow of this season in Timber Ridge in Princeton.
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:38 pm
  • Fine arts grant opportunity

    PRINCETON — The Gamma Phi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a society of women educators, is offering the opportunity to apply f ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:43 pm
  • Tampico American Legion performs Veterans Day service in Reagan Park

    Tampico American Legion Post 574 performed its annual Veterans Day service at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 in Reagan Park. Pictured are Color Guard: Stan A. Calsyn ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:35 pm
  • Donations made to area food pantries

    The Bureau County Township Officials Association held its fall general membership meeting on Oct. 26 at Wise Guys in Princeton. The membership approve ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:36 pm
  • Little town ... Big band

    Editor’s note: This is the second story in a three-part series on Princeton High School’s music programs.
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:27 pm