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  • Summer school in the Illinois Valley

    DEPUE — Each summer, families migrate the area from places like Mexico and Texas for seasonal agricultural work. Some of these families are forced to ...
    July 29, 2016 - 4:56 pm
  • PES efforts paying off

    PRINCETON — Superintendent Tim Smith talked end of the fiscal year finances at the Princeton Elementary School (PES) Board meeting Monday, July 25.
    July 29, 2016 - 4:43 pm
  • The state of the district

    MANLIUS — Bureau Valley (BV) School District Superintendent Steve Endress gave a state of district report — basically an overview of the district — to ...
    July 29, 2016 - 5:23 pm
  • Making a splash in DePue

    The 2016 DePue PRO National Boat Races continue this weekend in DePue. Event-goers will get to watch the finest racers in the country, as they converg ...
    July 29, 2016 - 4:37 pm
  • Junior Miss contestants

    Junior Miss Bureau County Fair Queen contestants ...
    July 29, 2016 - 3:23 pm
  • Little Miss contestants

    Little Miss Bureau County Fair Queen hopefuls ...
    July 29, 2016 - 3:22 pm
  • Cover crop management training series

    OGLESBY — The promotion and use of cover crops is increasing, and farmers are searching for technical information about management considerations in a ...
    July 29, 2016 - 3:10 pm
  • On target with archery donation

    Kivi Jackson (from left), Jon Jackson and Cindy Jackson — all part of the Coldwater Creek Chapter of the Whitetail Deer Association — presented a chec ...
    July 29, 2016 - 5:07 pm
  • The next set of tiger stripes

    PRINCETON — Hard as it is to believe, the new school year is only a few weeks away, and the Princeton High School (PHS) Board laid out the initial sta ...
    July 29, 2016 - 5:06 pm
  • Walnut woman charged with Class X felony

    WALNUT — On July 15, a Walnut woman was indicted for aggravated battery to a child, a Class X felony.
    July 29, 2016 - 5:12 pm
  • Tigers reunite with Snyder’s hometown Panthers

    The Princeton Tigers went through football camp this week and had some visitors in camp for two days at Little Siberia.
    July 29, 2016 - 3:58 pm
  • Here's to you

    DePue boat races kicked off Friday. ...
    July 29, 2016 - 4:29 pm
  • Remembering Larry

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    July 29, 2016 - 3:57 pm
  • DePue Racer Profile

    Hometown: Center Point, Iowa.Age: 15.Years in boat racing: Four years.Who/what got you started in ra ...
    July 29, 2016 - 3:58 pm
  • Holes in one continue at Spring Creek

    Golfers in the clubhouse at Spring Creek Golf Course can heard to be saying, “Jack must be placing the holes in just the right places.”
    July 29, 2016 - 4:18 pm
  • LaMoille takes third

    LaMoille-Ohio finished third in the 2016 B League Tournament. Team members are (front row, from left) Cassidy Geiger, coach Leo Lopez, Brooke Motter, ...
    July 29, 2016 - 3:53 pm
  • A’s finish fourth

    The Princeton Athletics finished fourth in the 2016 B League Tournament. Team members are (front row, from left) Madison Shepard, Emily Irizarry, Aary ...
    July 29, 2016 - 3:51 pm
  • IV Men’s Open comes to Edgewood Sunday

    MCNABB — The first round of the 2016 Illinois Valley Men’s Golf Championship opens Sunday, July 31, at Edgewood Park Golf Course in McNabb.
    July 27, 2016 - 1:44 pm
  • Smoke on the water

    DEPUE — The fastest things on water will return to Lake DePue for the 2016 PRO National Boat RacesTh ...
    July 27, 2016 - 1:42 pm
  • Doubles teams compete at classic

    PRINCETON — The Tiger Tennis Classic doubles action was held July 23 at Princeton High School’s tennis courts.
    July 28, 2016 - 8:11 am
  • Elaine Merkley

    PRINCETON — Elaine Merkley, 93, of Princeton passed away Friday, July 29, 2016, at Hawthorne Inn at Liberty Village.
    July 29, 2016 - 1:44 pm
  • Jack Smith

    PRINCETON — Jack F. Smith, 86, of rural Princeton died at 1:24 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.
    July 29, 2016 - 10:18 am
  • Melvin Plym

    LADD — Melvin L. Plym, 91, of Ladd passed away at 5:26 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016, at the Illinois Veterans Home in LaSalle with his wife, Char, at ...
    July 28, 2016 - 3:59 pm
  • Melton Howard

    DIXON — Melton L. Howard, 86, of Dixon died Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at Dixon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
    July 29, 2016 - 10:40 am
  • Karl Fivek

    PERU — Karl W. Fivek, 74, of Peru died Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Peru. Dr. Fivek was born in Chica ...
    July 28, 2016 - 3:08 pm
  • Terry Dyer

    PRINCETON — Terry Dennis Dyer, 68, of Rock Falls, formerly of Princeton, passed into heaven at 8:37 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at the Rock Falls Reh ...
    July 27, 2016 - 1:03 pm
  • Robert Rueter

    PRINCETON — Robert Michael Rueter shuffled off this mortal coil on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria after being diagnosed with ...
    July 27, 2016 - 8:17 am
  • Guy 'Rocky' Hopper

    PRINCETON — Guy "Rocky" Hopper, 82, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2016, with his loving family by his side.
    July 25, 2016 - 12:30 pm
  • Ruby Ringle

    GALVA — Ruby M. Ringle, 96, of Galva, and most recently Courtyard Estates, died at 1:05 a.m. Sunday, July 24, 2016, at Seminary Manor in Galesburg.
    July 25, 2016 - 11:43 am
  • Suzanne Dale

    OHIO, Ill. — Suzanne Dale, 86, of Ohio, Ill., died Thursday, July 21, 2016, at Heritage Health in Walnut.
    July 21, 2016 - 1:57 pm
  • Princeton Police

    Domestic battery Allen M. Hauck, 33, of Princeton was charged with domestic battery in the 500 block ...
    July 27, 2016 - 2:17 pm
  • TRIDENT arrests

    SPRING VALLEY/MENDOTA — An Ohio man was charged with a Class 1 felony after police found methamphetamine in his possession during a routine traffic st ...
    July 28, 2016 - 8:08 am
  • Princeton Police

    TheftLucinda J. Kessel, 30, of Amboy was charged with theft from Walmart at 10:18 a.m. July 23. ...
    July 27, 2016 - 2:17 pm
  • Bureau County Sheriff

    AccidentRafael Gonzalez, 55, of DePue and Barry D. Burke, 67, of DePue were involved in a two-car ac ...
    July 27, 2016 - 2:17 pm
  • Bureau County Sheriff

    ArrestsGabrielle D. Schafer, 26, of Kasbeer was charged with a suspended driver's license on Route 2 ...
    July 22, 2016 - 3:11 pm
  • Spring Valley Police

    Disorderly conductChristian Hass, 24, of LaSalle was charged with disorderly conduct at 30 Cambridge ...
    July 22, 2016 - 3:11 pm
  • Princeton Police

    Aggravated battery Percy A. Johnson, 45, of Princeton was charged with aggravated battery and aggrav ...
    July 22, 2016 - 3:11 pm
  • Spring Valley Police

    City ordinance violation Pamela A. Uranich, 49, of Peru was charged with a city ordinance violation ...
    July 22, 2016 - 3:11 pm
  • Bureau County Sheriff

    AccidentsA parked motorcycle owned by James A. Cromwell of LaMoille was struck by a tow truck on Wes ...
    July 22, 2016 - 3:12 pm
  • Illinois State Police

    DUI arrestsMichael A. Terrel, 55, of Chicago was charged with driving under the influence of drugs o ...
    July 15, 2016 - 3:17 pm
  • Purrcee for President

    OK, I’ve spent the past two weeks watching the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Eve ...
    July 29, 2016 - 12:39 pm
  • 8,566

    As I write this, global warming is apparently taking place somewhere in my armpit region because there is a terrifying stench wafting past my nostrils ...
    July 29, 2016 - 12:39 pm
  • Our boys of summer

    As I sit down to write a new column, we are heading into a few days of extreme heat and humidity. So high of real feel temperature that 48 hours of he ...
    July 27, 2016 - 3:23 pm
  • A black mark in our nation’s history

    Over the weekend I was finishing up an article I’d been working on all week. The write-up ran in Tuesday’s issue with the headline, “The national divi ...
    July 27, 2016 - 2:01 pm
  • ‘Slanted and inflammatory’

    For those of us who were alive and supportive during the 1960s civil rights movement, comparing it to the Black Lives Matter activism is an outrage. I ...
    July 27, 2016 - 2:02 pm
  • Right on the money

    Here's my two cents' worth: I couldn't be happier that dollar bills are being revamped to include more women and minorities.
    July 26, 2016 - 6:48 pm
  • College students and alcohol

    Gov. (Bruce) Rauner signed a bill to allow the board of trustees of public universities and community colleges to decide whether to allow the sale of ...
    July 25, 2016 - 2:12 pm
  • Coloring outside the lines ...

    I absolutely love to color which is why my column is called, “Coloring outside the lines.” My mom says I’m practically a coloring fanatic which I am. ...
    July 25, 2016 - 2:45 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    Well last week was the hottest and most humid days of the year, which often equates to the same time the Bureau County 4-H Fair rolls into the Bureau ...
    July 25, 2016 - 2:42 pm
  • Like father, like son

    Greg Wallace had a wonderful article a few weeks ago highlighting Larry Wilcoxen’s caring attitude as an umpire. Those of us who have been around Larr ...
    July 22, 2016 - 3:08 pm
  • ‘Living the dream’

    Over the years I have tried to keep a positive attitude in everything I did. This includes when people ask me, “Clay, how are we doing today?” My go-t ...
    July 29, 2016 - 12:16 pm
  • Birkey’s Farm Store earns Pinnacle status for excellence

    CHAMPAIGN — Birkey’s Farm Store Inc. has been recognized by Case IH for achieving Pinnacle excellence recognition in all areas of the business (sales, ...
    July 29, 2016 - 12:18 pm
  • Soy Checkoff sets tone for future farmer profitability

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Together, the U.S. soybean industry can achieve more. That’s a key takeaway from the five-year plan the United Soybean Board (USB ...
    July 29, 2016 - 12:16 pm
  • Short and sweet

    PRINCETON — In the sweet and spicy world of succulent smoked barbecue, there are two rules to live by … do it well, and do it consistently.
    July 27, 2016 - 3:19 pm
  • Unions donate to IVCC campaign

    Illinois Valley Building and Construction Trades Council, Illinois Valley Construction Industry Labor-Management Group and the Illinois Valley Contrac ...
    July 27, 2016 - 1:51 pm
  • Opiate dependence

    There is a health epidemic occurring in the United States, and many people are unaware of the danger it represents. The leading cause of accidental de ...
    July 27, 2016 - 1:48 pm
  • Spring Valley City Bank earns high rating

    SPRING VALLEY — BauerFinancial Inc. of Coral Gables, Fla., announces that Spring Valley City Bank has once again earned its highest five-star rating.
    July 27, 2016 - 3:19 pm
  • Nutrient and crop cover seminar is Aug. 2

    OGLESBY — Continuing the nutrient loss reduction focus of its recently announced soil research partnership, Illinois Valley Community College and the ...
    July 25, 2016 - 2:52 pm
  • Walnut’s Michael Ganschow to participate in nutrient issues tour

    BLOOMINGTON — In an effort to continue reducing nutrient losses to Illinois waterways, local farmer Michael Ganschow of Walnut, along with 19 Illinois ...
    July 22, 2016 - 1:09 pm
  • IVCC partners with U of I for ag research

    OGLESBY — Already working closely to build and expand the Illinois Valley Community College agriculture program, IVCC and the University of Illinois E ...
    July 22, 2016 - 1:14 pm
  • Where in the World — Jensen

    Lance Jensen of Tiskilwa spent the summer of 2015 in Koblenz, Germany, doing an internship at TRW Automotive. He graduated in May with a bachelor’s de ...
    July 29, 2016 - 1:32 pm
  • Where in the World — Bickett

    Proud Hawkeye fans Dave and Amy Bickett of Wyanet, Larry Thomas of Princeton, Mimi Casey of Sumter, S.C., and Emily Moats of Princeton took along a co ...
    July 29, 2016 - 1:32 pm
  • Where in the World — Gustafson

    Roger and Linda Gustafson are pictured atop the Acropolis at the Parthenon in Athens during a 11-day Greek Islands cruise with stops in Rome, Crete, A ...
    July 29, 2016 - 1:32 pm
  • Where in the World — Carlson

    Jim and Nancy Carlson took along a copy of the BCR when then spent five day in Cuba in January. They visited a tobacco farm, met children attending an ...
    July 29, 2016 - 1:32 pm
  • Where in the World — Garland

    Mike and Diane Crowley (from left) of Spring Valley and Roger and Mary Lou Garland of Tiskilwa are pictured with a copy of BCR in Krakow, Poland. The ...
    July 29, 2016 - 1:31 pm
  • St. Bede students on a mission to serve others

    PERU — Thirteen St. Bede Academy students, accompanied by St. Bede Chaplain Father Ronald Margherio, O.S.B., and Kathy Martin of Spring Valley, spent ...
    July 29, 2016 - 12:38 pm
  • Community Notes

    90th Eckhoff reunionDOVER — The 90th Eckhoff reunion will be at noon Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Dover B ...
    July 29, 2016 - 12:37 pm
  • Rotary Club of Walnut donates school supplies

    Freedom House received a donation for school supplies from the Rotary Club of Walnut. Shown accepting the donation are Michael Zerneck (from left), ex ...
    July 29, 2016 - 12:38 pm
  • Make Someone Happy

    • Happy birthday on Sunday, July 31, to our uncle, Nick Roberts. Have a great day, Love, Tyler, Valerie and Buck.
    July 29, 2016 - 12:37 pm
  • Monmouth students recognized during honors convocation

    MONMOUTH — Monmouth College students from Illinois and eastern Iowa received recognition at Monmouth College’s Honors Convocation, which was held late ...
    July 29, 2016 - 12:35 pm