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  • From Germany with speed

    DEPUE — The last time Yvonne Koening of Dresden, Germany, stepped out of the waters of Lake DePue, she did so as the national champion in th ...
    July 31, 2015 - 4:17 pm
  • SV meets its match

    STERLING — The Spring Valley All-Stars knew they would have their hands full trying to avenge an earlier loss to the unbeaten Warren Park Wa ...
    July 31, 2015 - 4:14 pm
  • Sanctioned testing

    Sanctioned testing of the open classes was held Thursday at Lake DePue in preparation for three days of racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday w ...
    July 31, 2015 - 4:01 pm
  • An international experience ... at the Academy

    PERU — St. Bede Academy has kicked off its second year of international summer camp.The school is hosting 16 students from Mexico, who are g ...
    July 31, 2015 - 4:40 pm
  • Festival 56 alum Shannon Hill enters spotlight

    PRINCETON — Many hands and voices contribute behind the scenes at Festival 56, but what the audience sees onstage comes down to the vision o ...
    July 31, 2015 - 4:45 pm
  • BVHS students participate in TRAC art conference

    Bureau Valley High School art students competed in the TRAC Art Conference. Students who participated are (front row, from left) Addison Mor ...
    July 31, 2015 - 3:03 pm
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  • Grandkids: A source of Pride & Joy?

    SPRING VALLEY — The Hall Township Food Pantry has found a unique way to start a collection for its most demanded item during the summer months.
    July 31, 2015 - 4:38 pm
  • Of water and wheels

    Firefighters understand the balance and focus necessary during operation. They are fine-tuned on the speed of ignition and the importance of every com ...
    July 31, 2015 - 4:38 pm
  • Bike path work progressing

    Workers began putting rock in Big Bureau Creek Monday, July 20, in the continuing project to repair the Hennepin Canal bike path between Locks 6 and 7 ...
    July 31, 2015 - 4:39 pm
  • The eyes scream for ice cream

    Kiyrra Morris attempts to eat her serving of ice cream during an ice cream eating contest during the annual Pow Wow Days celebration in Tiskilwa Thurs ...
    July 31, 2015 - 4:39 pm
  • An international experience ... at the Academy

    PERU — St. Bede Academy has kicked off its second year of international summer camp.The school is ho ...
    July 31, 2015 - 4:40 pm
  • The state of the Bureau Valley School District

    MANLIUS — The State of the Union Address ... the state of the Bureau Valley Union Address that is ... was given Tuesday, July 28, at the BV District o ...
    July 31, 2015 - 4:40 pm
  • Festival 56 alum Shannon Hill enters spotlight

    PRINCETON — Many hands and voices contribute behind the scenes at Festival 56, but what the audience sees onstage comes down to the vision of one pers ...
    July 31, 2015 - 4:45 pm
  • Drug felonies filed against couple

    After an investigation into drug activity, TriDENT Drug Task Force Agents, with the assistance of LaSalle County Sheriff’s Detectives, arrested a Peru ...
    July 31, 2015 - 2:41 pm
  • Bureau County royalty ready to pass on their crowns

    The Bureau County Fair Queens of 2014 will finish their reigns this Sunday, Aug. 2, when the 2015 queens are crowned.
    July 29, 2015 - 4:33 pm
  • The long way home for PES

    PRINCETON — The Princeton Elementary School Board met Monday, July 27, and the financial state of PES District No. 115 heading into the new fiscal yea ...
    July 29, 2015 - 4:23 pm
  • From Germany with speed

    DEPUE — The last time Yvonne Koening of Dresden, Germany, stepped out of the waters of Lake DePue, she did so as the national champion in the 700 Hydr ...
    July 31, 2015 - 4:17 pm
  • Slattery atop IV leaderboard

    Defending champ Collin Slattery of Princeton heads a tight field in this year’s Illinois Valley Men’s Golf championship.
    July 31, 2015 - 4:15 pm
  • SV meets its match

    STERLING — The Spring Valley All-Stars knew they would have their hands full trying to avenge an earlier loss to the unbeaten Warren Park Warriors in ...
    July 31, 2015 - 4:14 pm
  • Sports Shorts

    Hall sports updateSPRING VALLEY — Hall Red Devil football season tickets will go on sale from 4 to 7 ...
    July 31, 2015 - 3:58 pm
  • DePue Boat Racer Profile

    Name: Yvonne Koening.Hometown: Dresden, Germany.Age: 28.Years in boat racing: 14.Who/what got you st ...
    July 31, 2015 - 3:59 pm
  • Notes from Day 1 at Lake DePue

    Champions in the first half of Friday’s opening day included:MacKenzie Hellsten of Orlando, Fla., sw ...
    July 31, 2015 - 3:59 pm
  • Sanctioned testing

    Sanctioned testing of the open classes was held Thursday at Lake DePue in preparation for three days of racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday when nation ...
    July 31, 2015 - 4:01 pm
  • A few twists in store for DePue Boat Races

    DEPUE — While the landscape may look a little different this weekend, the waterfront promises to bring more of the same exciting boat racing that draw ...
    July 30, 2015 - 9:13 am
  • Rally for the Valley

    The Spring Valley All-Stars waited out an hour-long lightning delay, then performed some thunder of their own in Tuesday’s Junior League State Basebal ...
    July 30, 2015 - 9:13 am
  • DePue Racer Profile

    Name: Pete Kelly.Hometown: Lakeland, Fla.Age: 46.Years in boat racing: 22.Who/what got you started i ...
    July 29, 2015 - 4:03 pm
  • Thomas 'Ced' Strouse

    BUDA — Thomas Cedric “Ced” Strouse, 85, of rural Buda joined his longtime buddy, Burton Doty, in heaven on Sunday, July 26, 2015, after dying at home ...
    July 30, 2015 - 11:01 am
  • Joyce Manning

    BRADFORD — Joyce Lea Manning, 82, of Bradford died at 6:59 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at Liberty Village of Princeton.
    July 29, 2015 - 4:37 pm
  • Vicki Engels

    WEST BROOKLYN — Vicki S. Engels, 64, of West Brooklyn died Monday, July 27, 2015, in her West Brooklyn residence.
    July 28, 2015 - 2:13 pm
  • Bonnie Meyer

    LAMOILLE — Lilley Mae "Bonnie" Meyer, 94, of LaMoille died Monday, July 27, 2015, in her residence, surrounded by her loving family.
    July 28, 2015 - 10:59 am
  • Ruby Jean Roberson

    PRINCETON — Ruby Jean Roberson, 81, of Princeton passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at home surrounded by her family.
    July 27, 2015 - 2:12 pm
  • Ireta Merkley

    PRINCETON — Ireta L. "Rita" Merkley, 85, of Princeton died at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2015, at Liberty Village of Princeton.
    July 27, 2015 - 1:53 pm
  • Vernon Miller

    SHEFFIELD — Vernon Kaye Miller, 70, of Manlius died at 2:18 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Unity Point Health in Peoria.
    July 27, 2015 - 2:48 pm
  • Barbara Swingel

    LADD — Barbara M. Swingel, 79, of Ladd died peacefully in her home on Saturday, July 25, 2015. She w ...
    July 27, 2015 - 10:34 am
  • Thomas Strouse

    BUDA — Thomas Cedric “Ced” Strouse, 85, of rural Buda died Sunday, July 26, 2015, at his home. Arran ...
    July 27, 2015 - 7:47 am
  • SCPO Luther 'Steve' Speakman

    SAN JUAN, Texas — SCPO Luther "Steve" Speakman lost his battle with brain and lung cancer on Monday, July 20, 2015, at the age of 80 in San Juan, Texa ...
    July 24, 2015 - 8:22 am
  • Spring Valley Police

    Warrant arrest Taj M. Besowshek, 19, of Spring Valley was picked up in the 200 block of West Saint P ...
    July 31, 2015 - 2:37 pm
  • Illinois State Police

    DUI David P. McLachlan, 34, of Mendota was charged with driving under the influence on Fourth Road n ...
    July 31, 2015 - 2:36 pm
  • Illinois State Police

    Following a one-vehicle accident, Raymond, J. Hess, 59, of Utica was charged with driving under the influence, improper lane usage and no insurance on ...
    July 31, 2015 - 2:37 pm
  • Princeton Police

    Unlawful visitation Michelle L. Glancy, 41, of Princeton was charged with unlawful visitation interf ...
    July 31, 2015 - 2:36 pm
  • Princeton Police

    Disorderly conduct Joseph J. Johnson, 44, of Magnolia was charged with disorderly conduct in the 500 ...
    July 29, 2015 - 3:43 pm
  • Spring Valley Police

    Domestic battery Jeremy E. Sands, 39, of Spring Valley was charged with domestic battery in the 200 ...
    July 29, 2015 - 3:43 pm
  • Bureau County Sheriff

    Jequann O. Johnson, 21, of Kewanee was charged with an accident involving injury and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on Route 34 near 200 East St ...
    July 29, 2015 - 3:43 pm
  • Bureau County Sheriff

    AccidentsLaura A. Favia, 49, of Princeton swerved to miss a fallen tree in the road and struck a tre ...
    July 29, 2015 - 3:43 pm
  • Bureau County Sheriff

    AccidentDonald E. Lawson, 83, of Tiskilwa backed into a gas pump in the 100 block of East Main Stree ...
    July 24, 2015 - 2:48 pm
  • Bureau County Sheriff

    Amanda M. Stoner, 26, of Kewanee was charged with operating an uninsured motor vehicle and no driver’s license in the 3000 block of Kentville Road in ...
    July 24, 2015 - 2:49 pm
  • Richard Widmark: A Princeton legend

    Gail Castner returned to Princeton in November 1944, after serving 13 months as a civilian flight instructor at Randolph Field in Schertz, Texas, duri ...
    July 31, 2015 - 2:49 pm
  • Sex: Who makes the rules?

    I talked with a missionary friend the other day, and he shared this principle with me. “If something ...
    July 29, 2015 - 1:00 pm
  • Accountable reporting

    I write this wondering why the BCR wrote their story on TCI. The paper concentrated on the negative and ignored the positive that Thursday’s meeting p ...
    July 29, 2015 - 1:00 pm
  • Some colorful remarks on Z-Tour

    Responding to the Z-Tour event ... It’s wonderful to see so many people come out to support a good c ...
    July 29, 2015 - 12:59 pm
  • Not that kind of family

    My dad's 78th birthday was this month, and since I'm in the unique position of being able to write a column he'll see in his newspaper, I'm going to d ...
    July 28, 2015 - 4:00 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    Congratulations to St. Louis Catholic Church and its parishioners, who celebrated 150 years of service to the Princeton community on Sunday. Growing u ...
    July 27, 2015 - 1:24 pm
  • The Help Desk?

    My real job is in the technology field. You know — computers, servers and phones — the stuff you love to curse at. I know I do. And what happens when ...
    July 27, 2015 - 1:24 pm
  • ‘What has happened to America?’

    On Nov. 13, 1965, Conchita, (One of the seers of Garabandal) had a long conversation with the Lady of Garabandal and Albrecht Weber, a German author o ...
    July 22, 2015 - 12:30 pm
  • Full steam ahead at BV?

    I couldn’t believe what I just read in the BCR! Despite public outcry for further study, the Bureau Valley School Board is moving ahead full steam in ...
    July 22, 2015 - 12:30 pm
  • County administrator: Not needed

    Once again our county board members have hired a county administrator. The last time this action was taken was in 2005, about nine years ago. After he ...
    July 22, 2015 - 12:31 pm
  • Conservation expo planned

    Bureau County’s first-ever conservation expo, organized by the Illinois Land Improvement Contractors Association (ILICA), The Wetlands Initiative (TWI ...
    July 29, 2015 - 3:44 pm
  • Valley Radiation Oncology participating in National Veterans Choice Program

    PERU — Valley Radiation Oncology announced it will participate as an oncology provider for the national Veterans Choice Program (VCP).
    Aug. 2, 2015 - 2:29 pm
  • Witek joins staff at SVCB

    SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley City Bank has announced that Justin Witek has joined the bank as vice president/senior lending officer. He specializes i ...
    Aug. 2, 2015 - 2:29 pm
  • Firm honors SVCB

    SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley City Bank has earned BauerFinancial Inc.’s highest (five-star) rating for strength and stability. Achievement of this fi ...
    Aug. 2, 2015 - 1:55 pm
  • St. Margaret’s buys former Sullivan’s property

    St. Margaret’s Health recently announced the purchase of the former Sullivan’s Foods property at 1916 N. Main St. in Princeton. Community members from ...
    July 29, 2015 - 3:15 pm
  • PMH starts balance screening progream

    PRINCETON — Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton is announcing the Perry Memorial Rehabilitation Department has launched a Balance Screening program. ...
    July 29, 2015 - 3:11 pm
  • On the road ... with cattle on my mind

    Summer is finally here, and my summer has been filled with many different types of road trips.The be ...
    July 24, 2015 - 12:42 pm
  • Agricultural rescue course offered

    The Bureau, Henry and Stark County Farm Bureaus along with the Kewanee Fire Department will sponsor a course for fire, rescue and EMS providers to pro ...
    July 24, 2015 - 12:42 pm
  • IVCH earns ACR mammography accreditation

    PERU — Illinois Valley Community Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the A ...
    July 22, 2015 - 3:14 pm
  • IVCH receives CAP accreditation

    PERU — The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Illinois Valley Community Hospital based ...
    Aug. 2, 2015 - 2:25 pm
  • Community Notes

    PHS Class of 1990 plans reunionPRINCETON — The Princeton High School Class of 1990 will hold a reuni ...
    July 31, 2015 - 2:35 pm
  • BVHS students participate in TRAC art conference

    Bureau Valley High School art students competed in the TRAC Art Conference. Students who participated are (front row, from left) Addison Moreland, sec ...
    July 31, 2015 - 3:03 pm
  • Make Someone Happy

    • Happy birthday on Monday, Aug. 3, to Ron Arnold. With love from all your family and friends.• Happ ...
    July 31, 2015 - 2:35 pm
  • Warlings celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Robert Warling of Princeton celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at home with their children.
    July 31, 2015 - 2:33 pm
  • Back to school event

    SHEFFIELD — The Sheffield United Methodist Church will host its back to school event for students on Saturday, Aug. 8. They will help with school supp ...
    July 31, 2015 - 2:33 pm
  • 4-H members plant tree

    Dover-Berlin 4-H Club members (front row) Reese and Brody Reviglio, and (back row) Jake and Jack May, plant a tree at the Bureau County Fairgrounds.
    July 31, 2015 - 2:33 pm
  • Antique, unique items wanted for display

    PRINCETON — The 160th Bureau County Fair in Princeton is seeking antique and unique items to display in the fair museum building, which will be open d ...
    July 31, 2015 - 4:24 pm
  • Community Notes

    Jammin’ 4 Jamie benefitPRINCETON — A benefit to support Jamie Russell-Polhemus will begin at 4 p.m. ...
    July 29, 2015 - 12:57 pm
  • Entries are now being accepted for the 2015 Princeton Junior Woman’s Club baby contest

    PRINCETON — Entries are now being accepted for the 2015 Princeton Junior Woman’s Club baby contest.E ...
    July 30, 2015 - 9:11 am
  • Make Someone Happy

    • Happy birthday on Friday, July 31, to my uncle, Nick Roberts. Hope you have a great day! Can’t wait to go riding with you! Love, Tyler.
    July 29, 2015 - 12:57 pm