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Galva High School graduates named

Twenty seven seniors received diplomas Sunday afternoon at the one hundred and forty seventh Galva High School graduation. The processional and recessional was performed by the Galva High School band. Kurtis Smyth the Galva Junior Senior High School Principal gave the welcome. Joshua Dunn, the co-President of the class gave...
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Panther Girls Survive Storm Scare

The EP Panther girls softball team weathered a Bureau Valley comeback Tuesday afternoon and held on for a 7-3 win. The win moves the Panthers into the Regional Championship game Friday at 4:30 in Kewanee against the winner of the Kewanee/Sherrard matchup Wednesday afternoon. The favored Panthers jumped out to...

Eagle Scout builds bridges for Rotary Park

LASALLE – Two bridges were built for LaSalle’s Rotary Park, as part of a Peru man’s Eagle Scout project. 18-year-old Cooper Vaske, of Eagle Scout Group #123, presented his project to the LaSalle’s City Council on Monday night. With the help of community donations and helping hands, Vaske built two bridges that would lead to an area where the proposed disc golf course will be. Vaske says the idea to do the project at Rotary Park stemmed from his love for disc golf and the desire to base his work at the park his father helped create, Rotary Park Foundation Treasurer, Chris Vaske. City Engineer Brian Brown says the area will be called Prarie Park and the bridges will allow disc golfers to cross some deep ravines for years to come. The overall cost of the project was $1400 however Brown says the city received up to $10,000 of materials through various donations.

Applications being taken for Little Mr. and Miss Firecracker

The Galva: Ready to Grow Group will sponsor the Little Mr. and Miss. Firecracker contest. All boys and girls, ages 4-8 years old, within the Galva School District are invited to participate. To enter, participants must return the attached release form, along with two recent 4 by 6 photos. Entries...

Annawan High 2022 Graduation

The 21 graduating seniors in the Annawan High School Class of 2022 were taken on a trip down memory lane at commencement exercises held Sunday, May 15, in the high school gym. Kelly Frankenreider, a member of the Annawan High School class of 1996, told the graduates that the recorders they played when they were third graders “maybe wasn’t really about the recorder…The recorder may have taught you teamwork.”

Eagle Scout builds two bridges in La Salle’s Rotary Park

Disc golfers will be able to travel through ravines at La Salle’s Rotary Park thanks to the volunteer work of Eagle Scout Cooper Vaske and Troop 123. 18-year-old Vaske of Peru was recognized Monday night by La Salle’s city council for his dedication to building two bridges in the park for a disc golf course.

Mendota man arrested after Peru gun incident

PERU – A Mendota man is in custody after an investigation into an attempted car theft in Peru. The Peru Police Department say that on Sunday morning they were called to the 2000 Block of 4th St. for a call of a man allegedly attempting to steal a vehicle. The vehicle owner confronted the individual, who then reportedly brandished a handgun. After an investigation, authorities took 26-year-old Ryan J. Johnson of Mendota into custody on a charge of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. Peru Police noted the Glock handgun allegedly used in the incident was reported stolen out of Peoria. Johnson was taken to the LaSalle County Jail with bond yet to be set.

Beverly J. Foster

Beverly J. Foster, 87, of Sheffield, IL, died on Friday, May 13, 2022 in Dahinda, IL. Beverly was born September 7, 1934 and raised in Blandinsville, IL, the daughter of Carl and Hazel (Olson) Bray. She graduated from Northwestern High School in 1953. On October 20, 1957, she married Robert Foster in Blandinsville. He preceded her in death on January 13, 2017. Beverly worked as a secretary for most of her life and belonged to the United Church of Christ in Sheffield. She enjoyed spending time with her family, bowling and reading.

Williamsfield 17-year-old set to become RN

GALESBURG – Caitlin Evans came home one day and had a question for her parents. Who is Doogie Howser?. As Evans gets set to graduate today, May 19, from Carl Sandburg College’s associate degree nursing program at only 17 years old, it’s understandable that she’s drawn comparisons to the teenage doctor played by Neil Patrick Harris on the 1990s sitcom.

Ridgewood Roundup

The Cambridge Vikings seventh grade girls had to make room on the team bus for an extra passenger on Saturday, May 14th, the first place IESA State Championship trophy had boarded the bus back to Cambridge! The seventh grade girls took home the first place trophy topping the 49 other teams down in Peoria. The Vikings scored points by placing in all seven of their events they had qualified for including two first place finishes scoring 47 points.

Hospital In Ottawa Gets Top Safety Grade

It's report card time for hospitals across Starved Rock Country. The patient safety watchdog Leapfrog Group has put out its spring safety grades for more than 100 hospitals statewide. OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa was given an “A”. That's the same grade they received in the fall. Both St. Margaret's Health hospitals in Spring Valley and Peru received “C” safety grades. That's the same grade for the Spring Valley hospital as in the fall while it's a downgrade from a “B” grade for the Peru facility from the fall.

Neponset Historical Society puts $5,000 grant to good use with upgrades

It started with a postcard in the mail and ended with a $5,000 grant to help the Neponset Historical Society make up for fundraisers cancelled during the pandemic. "Last summer, my dad and I applied for a grant to help out the Neponset Historical Society," said Jessica Seiden, referring to a postcard the historical society received from a non-profit organization, Illinois Humanities.

High School Sports 5-16

(Heart of Illinois ABC) - Washington baseball moved its Mid-Illini record to a perfect 13-0 with an 11-3 win over East Peoria on Monday night. Morton was also a winner in conference play with a 7-1 victory over Dunlap. Normal U-High, meanwhile, beat Metamora 13-5. In softball, Metamora raced past...