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  • ISBE cancels 5Essentials results at PHS

    PRINCETON — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will not provide survey results of the 5Essentials Survey to Princeton High School (PHS).
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 3:37 pm
  • Weaver to host coffee chat in Princeton

    PRINCETON — Illinois State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria), District 37, will host a coffee chat event from 8 to 9 a.m. on Friday, March 10, at the Big A ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 1:27 pm
  • MAPing it out for parents

    LAMOILLE — Students in the LaMoille School District take the Measures of Academic Growth (MAP) test three times a year, which has lead to questions as ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 2:09 pm
  • ‘Your mission, should you choose to accept it’

    PRINCETON — Volunteers and agents of the Mission Possible Kids program at First United Methodist Church gathered on the evening of Feb. 16 at the chur ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 2:09 pm
  • Cemetery clean-up announced

    SPRING VALLEY — Spring clean up and grounds preparation at Valley Memorial Park Cemetery in Spring Valley will begin the week of March 1 or as weather ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 2:11 pm
  • Public access

    MondaySpring Valley City Council, 7 p.m., city hallPrinceton Elementary School Board, 5:30 p.m., Log ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 1:25 pm
  • What does Illinois needs to do to solve its financial problems?

    "I feel the first step in solving the financial problems would be to fire all of the state legislators. We need to get rid of the corrupt ones.”
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 1:25 pm
  • The eagle has landed

    This American Bald Eagle comes in for a landing with a transmitter attached to its back, along with a tag around his leg. Apparently the bird is being ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 2:11 pm
  • Citizens Electric Utility Advisory Committee created

    PRINCETON — Seven people were appointed to the Citizens Electric Utility AdvisoryCommittee at Tuesda ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 2:12 pm
  • Smoky house fire

    PRINCETON — A discarded cigarette was the cause of a house fire at 1:18 p.m. Wednesday at 620 S. Euclid Ave., according to Fire Chief Chuck Woolley.
    Feb. 23, 2017 - 8:39 am
  • Bravettes win state

    The Annawan Bravettes captured their second IHSA Class 1A State championship, defeating Mendon Unity 39-37 Saturday night at Redbird Arena.
    Feb. 25, 2017 - 10:58 pm
  • Tigers fall to Lions in regional finals

    WILMINGTON - The Princeton Tigers spotted the Lisle Lions a 10-0 lead and found themselves playing catch-up the rest of the night in Friday's 2A regio ...
    Feb. 25, 2017 - 8:43 am
  • Little Giants break through with regional title

    SHABBONA – A 10 minute, 19 second scoreless stretch wiped out a big lead for the Indian Creek boys basketball team, as well causing its season to come ...
    Feb. 25, 2017 - 8:40 am
  • All Dwight

    SPRING VALLEY - The Hall Red Devils got out Foxed in the second half. One of the top players in 2A ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 11:01 pm
  • Friday night sports update

    The DePue Little Giants captured their first regional championship in 28 years, defeating host Indian Creek 46-38 at Shabbona in 1A postseason play Fr ...
    Feb. 25, 2017 - 8:37 am
  • Tigers slow down Comets

    Wilmington — The Princeton Tigers stamped their ticket to their third straight regional championship appearance by defeating Braidwood Reed-Custer 82- ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 3:35 pm
  • Little Giants beat Clippers

    SHABBONA — In a packed gym with a rowdy Amboy student section, DePue and Amboy traded buckets all game, but in the end the Little Giants outlasted the ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 3:33 pm
  • Area cagers receive All-State honors

    Annawan junior Jayde VanHyte, Hall senior Hunter Galassi and LaMoille/Ohio’s Lexi Loftus have received All-State recognition by the Associated Press.
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 3:33 pm
  • Twice as nice for Logan Volleyball

    The Princeton Logan seventh-grade volleyball team rallied to defeat Peru 2-1 to capture the SRC championship game and finish the season at 18-0.
    Feb. 25, 2017 - 10:39 pm
  • 1991-92 Princeton Tigers: Where are they now?

    Darren FergusonThen: Senior reserve.Now: The father of two (Jake and Delilah) lives in Lombard. He i ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 3:29 pm
  • Arthur Reed

    BRADFORD — Arthur R. Reed, 85, of Bradford passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at the Aperion Nursing Home in Spring Valley.
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 2:07 pm
  • Timothy Thompson

    BUREAU — Timothy Nicholas "Easy" Thompson, 57, of 231 N. Chicago St., Bureau, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, after a long battle with Muscular D ...
    Feb. 23, 2017 - 5:01 pm
  • Ruth Blazier

    WALNUT — Ruth Jean Blazier, 98, of Walnut died Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, at Heritage Health in Walnut after suffering a stroke.
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 12:07 pm
  • Nellie Ballerini

    LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Nellie Marie Ballerini, 95, of Lafayette, Ind., formerly of Peoria Heights, passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at Creasy Springs Hea ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 11:39 am
  • Sammy Thiemes

    VAN ORIN — Sammy Clifton Thiemes, 85, of Van Orin died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 12:26 pm
  • Fred Boher

    TUCSON, Ariz. — Fred Lewis Boher, 81, of Tucson, Ariz., died of heart failure Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at home with Mary Ann and members of their fami ...
    Feb. 20, 2017 - 1:18 pm
  • Shirley Drawyer

    KEWANEE — Shirley A. Drawyer, 71, of Kewanee died at 3:38 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
    Feb. 20, 2017 - 10:53 am
  • Ruth Pinter

    LADD — Ruth M. Pinter, 97, of Ladd passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in St. Margaret's Hospital in Spring Valley.
    Feb. 20, 2017 - 9:47 am
  • George Essl

    LASALLE — George J. Essl, 94, of LaSalle died peacefully in his home on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. A Ma ...
    Feb. 20, 2017 - 9:45 am
  • Nellie Ballerini

    LADD — Nellie Ballerini, 95, of Lafayette, Ind., formerly of Ladd, passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Creasy Spring Health Campus in Lafayette, Ind ...
    Feb. 20, 2017 - 9:42 am
  • Spring Valley Police

    • A single-vehicle accident involving Pamela M. Torchia, 56, of Spring Valley occurred in the parki ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 2:56 pm
  • Spring Valley Police

    Driving while license revoked Joseph W. Hirsch, 33, of Spring Valley was charged with driving while ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 1:02 pm
  • Tri-DENT makes felony drug arrest for delivery of fentanyl

    At 9:08 a.m. Feb. 14, Mendota Police arrested Esat Aliu, 37, of 7 N. 42nd Road, Mendota, in the 1400 block of 13th Avenue on a LaSalle County arrest w ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 3:41 pm
  • Tri-DENT arrests

    • PERU — At 3:39 p.m. on Feb. 16, LaSalle County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a traffic stop on Route 6 at Cleveland Street in Peru. As a result of th ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 11:46 am
  • Tri-DENT agents arrest LaSalle man

    LASALLE — Tri-DENT agents, assisted by LaSalle Police investigators and officers, conducted a buy/bust operation in the 400 block of Bucklin Street in ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 3:42 pm
  • Bureau County Sheriff

    • John C. Christmann, 76, of Princeton was involved in an accident at 4:35 p.m. Feb. 17 at the intersection of Newell and Princeton streets in DePue
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 2:58 pm
  • Spring Valley Police

    Person injuredAt 10:24 p.m. on Feb. 16, Spring Valley Police responded to a pick-up truck vs. pedest ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 2:11 pm
  • Illinois State Police

    Interstate 80 accident• Nicole McNair, 32, of Spring Valley was injured in a two-vehicle accident at ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 2:55 pm
  • Bureau County Sheriff

    Possession of cannabis Michael R. Adams, 49, of Bradford was charged with possession of cannabis, 10 ...
    Feb. 17, 2017 - 1:52 pm
  • Johnson sentenced to probation for cannabis possession

    Bo M. Johnson, 43, of Tacoma, Wash., was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty on Feb. 14 to the Class 4 felony of unlawful possessio ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 3:43 pm
  • ‘Give him a chance’

    I sit here watching the news this morning and see where there are protestors out there protesting that they don’t recognize Donald Trump as our 45th p ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 1:23 pm
  • Making — or not making — ‘The List’

    We are not classroom educators.While we consistently find ourselves in the hallways of education, co ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 1:23 pm
  • The true meaning of perfection

    In order for this little saga to make any sense at all, I have to introduce you to my grandparents. I've written about them a lot, but for those who d ...
    Feb. 23, 2017 - 4:15 pm
  • No tax dollars paid

    To the Editor,I am one of the taxpayers that has been following the budget fight by Gov. Rauner and ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 9:00 am
  • It’s that time: Pitchers, catchers report

    Catchers and pitchers reported last week.Those are some of the best words I love to read or hear at ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 9:00 am
  • Manners always impress me

    Last week I had the pleasure of being the pronouncer at the Bureau County Spelling Bee, held Wednesday at the Bureau County Metro Center. Regardless o ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 3:46 pm
  • The Oscars will be awarded Sunday. What are a few of your favorite movies of all time? Why do you like them?

    My movie favorites run the spectrum from old to new, dating back to a classic Hitchcock thriller, "The 39 Steps." It's a great spy movie set in Great ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 3:24 pm
  • There’s no ‘butt’ in beautification

    There’s been a lot of talk about the beautification efforts of Princeton. There’s been plenty of work done; things do look nicer; and I think these ar ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 3:22 pm
  • Historically speaking

    Many years ago if I mentioned I was researching local black history, the invariable response was, “what history?” It has largely been an untold story. ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 3:20 pm
  • Wake up, taxpayer!

    The chickens have come home to roost. It was just a few years ago when I, along with others, tried to tell the Hall Board of Education and Mr. Struna ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 3:18 pm
  • Hometown National Bank donates $3,000 to IVCC

    Hometown National Bank of LaSalle recently donated $3,000 to become the lead sponsor for the first Illinois Valley Community College Foundation Giving ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 1:14 pm
  • Kirley announces retirement

    PRINCETON — Debbie Kirley, a senior branch office administrator in the Princeton office of the financial services firm Edward Jones, recently announce ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 1:13 pm
  • Phone-a-thon

    PRINCETON — Gateway Services, Inc. has announced its annual phone-a-thon will be held Monday, March 6, and Tuesday, March 7, at their professional ser ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 4:50 pm
  • Donations, volunteers needed for Tribute to Veterans

    PERU — On May 20, the Illinois Valley Regional Airport in Peru will present the second annual reunion of TBM Avengers and other various aircraft, both ...
    Feb. 23, 2017 - 2:32 pm
  • Hospice of the Rock River Valley welcomes new staff

    Hospice of the Rock River Valley (HRRV) is announcing the addition of Sheila Smithto the hospice tea ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 2:33 pm
  • National Ground Water Awareness Week

    PRINCETON — The Bureau County Health Department and the Bureau County Farm Bureau are partnering with the National Ground Water Awareness Association ...
    Feb. 20, 2017 - 10:49 am
  • Valentine’s Day royalty at Liberty Village

    Liberty Village crowned their Valentine’s Day kings and queens on Feb. 14 during a musical performance by Rich Selquist. Pictured are Wilbur and Doris ...
    Feb. 20, 2017 - 10:54 am
  • Midland, Centrue to merge

    Midland States Bancorp Inc. and Centrue Financial Corporation recently announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Midland wil ...
    Feb. 20, 2017 - 10:51 am
  • Agronomy Night set for Feb. 21

    OGLESBY — University of Illinois Extension invites ag producers, agri-businesses and others interested to attend “Agronomy Night” on Tuesday, Feb 21. ...
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 9:08 am
  • Soil fertility seminar set for Feb. 28

    PRINCETON — Soil fertility, crop production practices and environmental stewardship will be the focus of the upcoming seminar sponsored by University ...
    Feb. 15, 2017 - 10:04 am
  • Community Notes

    Fundraiser in CherryCHERRY — The Ladd After School program’s chicken dinner fundraiser will be from ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 4:07 pm
  • Manlius Fire Department meets

    MANLIUS — The Manlius Fire Department held its February meeting at the Manlius Fire Hall. The meeting was conducted by president Robert Reglin with 10 ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 1:22 pm
  • Soccer help needed for Spring Valley program

    SPRING VALLEY — Soccer parents and grandparents of children in the Hall High School District are urged to lend a hand.
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 1:20 pm
  • Pub crawl benefits Western Bureau County Food Pantry

    The third annual ShamRock-N-Roll Pub Crawl is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, March 11. This fundraiser for the Western Bureau County Food Pantry makes stops ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 1:21 pm
  • Card shower

    Former Ladd Grade School teacher John Kopina will be celebrate his birthday on March 1. Cards can be sent to: Box 744, Gilbert, AZ 85298.
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 4:04 pm
  • Make Someone Happy

    • Happy birthday on Saturday, Feb. 25, to Annette Schnabel. From your friends at Princeton Rotary.• ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 1:20 pm
  • Bureau County Retired Teachers Association announces scholarship

    PRINCETON — Harlan Ehmen, BCRTA president, invites area college sophomores and juniors majoring in education to apply for an IRTA Foundation Scholarsh ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 1:17 pm
  • BVHS Renaissance Program honors January students, staff of the month

    MANLIUS — On Jan. 31, the Bureau Valley High School Renaissance Program held a breakfast to honor the Students of the Month and the Staff Member of th ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 1:18 pm
  • LaMoille FFA members compete

    LaMoille High School FFA members recently participated in the Geneseo FFA Alumni Invitational livestock judging competition at Black Hawk East Horse A ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 1:18 pm
  • Black Hawk College - East releases honors lists

    GALVA/KEWANEE — Black Hawk College – East Campus (Galva/Kewanee) has released its fall 2016 honors lists.
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 1:17 pm