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Bird found with West Nile virus in Tazewell County

TAZEWELL COUNTY, Ill. (WMBD) — The Tazewell County Health Department (TCHD) reported the first West Nile virus in a bird for 2021, which was found in Morton in mid-September. TCHD Environmental Health Director Melissa Goetze said in a press release, “West Nile virus can cause serious illness in some people....
TAZEWELL COUNTY, IL
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Bird found in Morton tests positive for West Nile

MORTON (Heart of Illinois ABC) -- A bird found in Morton has tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The Village of Morton says they were notified by the Tazewell County Health Department. The health department said in a release that the bird was found in the village in mid-September...
MORTON, IL
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Woofstock raises money for no-kill animal shelter

Peorians celebrate German heritage, culture at Oktoberfest. Normal Police say man found shot multiple times Sunday morning. Juveniles, adults arrested after Peoria High fights. People challenge themselves during Saturday obstacle course. Illinois Wesleyan hosts language and culture festival. Man dies after motorcycle crash. Drivers urged to watch out for farm...
PEORIA, IL
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Town and Country Gardeners Bee Program

Washington Town and Country Gardeners invite you to learn about “Bees in your Backyard” at their meeting on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1209 Kingsbury Road, in Washington. Trudy Yazujian began keeping bees in...
WASHINGTON, IL
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Virginia FFA team joins horse evaluation event

Virginia FFA members Raegan Masters (from left), Hannah Carpenter and Melaina DeLay recently participated in the Section 12 Horse Evaluation Career Development event at 4 Rocks Arena in Hopedale. They placed fourth in the overall team event. Horse evaluation includes judging halter classes for balance, muscling, structure and quality; judging pattern classes for how well a horse follows a pattern, its brokenness and its quality of movement; and judging western pleasure classes for brokenness and quality of movement.
HOPEDALE, IL
Lincoln Courier

Olympia FFA wins horse judging contest

Members of the Olympia FFA placed first out of 16 teams at the the Section 9 FFA Horse Judging Career Development Event (CDE) at Timber Creek Stables near Shirley, IL. There was a three-way tie for first place overall individual. Shelby Lynch, Kassidy Tackett, and Trista Davis each had a score of 199 and represented Olympia FFA. Tarah Hilt was tied for 10th place overall, Chase Ragar was 13th, and Kiara Marler placed 14th out of 64 individuals total.
SHIRLEY, IL
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Pet adoptions soaring across central Illinois

NORMAL – Pet adoption is on the rise across Central Illinois, as one animal shelter recorded significant amounts of pet adoptions last month. Jane Kahman with the Central Illinois Humane Society said August was a good month for the shelter; however, there are still over 100 pets left to be adopted.
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County Deputy rescues stray cats in her spare time

GERMANTOWN HILLS - To Eryn Pearson, caring for cats often means caring for people. The Woodford County Sheriff’s Deputy is becoming more and more known for her work with stray cats. She is trying to fill a small part of a big hole, as the county's animal control ordinances address no animals but dogs, a line the board has drawn based on finances.
WOODFORD COUNTY, IL
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Watch now: Central Illinois veterinarians overbooked in wake of 'pandemic pups'

NORMAL — Bellatrix and all of her puppy energy have only been in Bill Perry’s life for 10 months, but she’s already required a few veterinary visits. “She was just better at finding things that were not good for her,” said Perry, a biologist from Normal who brings the 14-month-old Labrador mix out to the field with him. “It’s like having a small child and puppy-proofing the house. ... She is so much better now.”
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Allsup: Fall Armyworm

The larvae of a moth may be wreaking havoc on your lawns right now and could be exacerbated by the lack of rain leaving behind lots of dead grass in its wake. Recent sightings of large fall armyworm infestations of turf have been reported in Bloomington-Normal this week. Fall armyworm...
BLOOMINGTON, IL
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East Peoria woman steps up to create cat assistance program in Woodford County

WOODFORD COUNTY, Ill. (WMBD) — Eryn Pearson is on a mission to save the cats of Woodford County. Pearson, a deputy at the Woodford County Sheriff’s Office, teamed up with her friend Traci Kraemer and Woodford County’s sole Animal Control Officer, Heather Leman, to launch a pilot program in August that gauges the demand for cat services.
WOODFORD COUNTY, IL
Peoria Journal Star

This Woodford County sheriff's deputy is helping stray cats because her county won't

GERMANTOWN HILLS — To Eryn Pearson, caring for cats often means caring for people. The Woodford County sheriff’s deputy is becoming more and more known for her work with stray cats. She said she is trying to fill a small part of a big hole, as the county’s animal control ordinances address no animals but dogs, a line the county board has drawn based on finances.
WOODFORD COUNTY, IL
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Wish Bone hires new shelter director

BLOOMINGTON — Patrice Rusk of Normal has been hired as the new shelter director for Wish Bone Canine Rescue. The organization described Rusk as an animal advocate with more than 20 years of management experience. She will oversee daily operations at the Bloomington nonprofit, 2020 Bunn St. For the past...
BLOOMINGTON, IL
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Watch now: A big year for birding in McLean County

BLOOMINGTON — Ben Guo is having a “big year.”. That’s a term that birders use for seeing the biggest number of species in a single year in a certain geographic area — a county, state, country or the world. In Guo’s case, his big year is within the borders of...
MCLEAN COUNTY, IL