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See something, say something leads to felony arrests in Wilmington

A call to the police by an alert citizen resulted in two arrests for theft over the weekend. The Wilmington Police Department reported that on Saturday, Aug. 6, at approximately 3:02 p.m., officers responded to a call from a business inside the Elion Logistics Park regarding theft of construction materials in progress.
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Spud Schlipf was father of modern Fairbury stock car racing

Elias Samuel "Spud" Schlipf was a colorful car salesman and dealership owner in Fairbury. He is credited with starting midget car racing at the Fairbury race track in 1946. Over the years, car racing has expanded until today's Prairie Dirt Classic races, with more than 8,000 people visiting Fairbury to attend these races.

Retired Chicago Cop Tabbed As New Streator Police Chief

There's a new top cop in Streator. Retired Chicago Police Department Commander John Franklin has been appointed Streator's new police chief, effective September 1st. He has 28 years of experience with the Chicago P.D. Franklin also has been chief in Dolton and Jacksonville, Arkansas. He replaces Robert Turner who retired...

Gilman man accused of pushing kids out of moving car

IROQUOIS COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — A 40-year-old man from Gillman was arrested last week in connection to an incident of children being pushed out of a moving car. Jesse McGehee was charged with two counts each of domestic battery, reckless conduct and endangering the life of a child, along with a violation of an order […]

Goodrich Park equipment to remain off limits in Braidwood

Goodrich park on Maple Street has sat idle throughout the spring and summer, unable to play host to neighborhood children who hope to play on the park equipment. Members of the Braidwood Park District Board of Commissioners said unfortunately, things don’t look to get better any time soon. The...

Stuckey's CEO to speak at Route 66 conference

The seventh annual Miles of Possibility Route 66 Conference will be held Oct. 20-23, in Pontiac with the theme “America's Main Street Welcomes the World.”. Stephanie Stuckey, CEO of Stuckey's Inc. and granddaughter of Stuckey's founder W.S. “Sylvester” Stuckey Sr., will present the keynote speech, “Roadside Revival: Bring Back Stuckey's,” on Friday morning, Oct. 21.

Sez MEE: City golf tournament needs some rebuffing

I have to admit a shortcoming of mine regarding the golfing world around the Greater Pontiac Metropolitan Area. I'm not that in tune with what is going on with the local golfing scene. I bring this up because I've been sitting on information for a hole-in-one at Dwight Country Club...

Olivet Announces New University Chaplain

Olivet Nazarene University announces Antonio “Tone” Marshall ’13/M.A. ’16 as the university chaplain. He has already assumed his new responsibilities as the start of the fall semester approaches. Since fall 2021, Tone has held the position of associate chaplain in the Office of Student Development at...
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A jury has been selected for man accused of triple homicide

LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Ill. (WMBD) — The jury has been selected for the man accused of a triple homicide on Christmas in 2019 in Livingston county. Clifford Brewer has pled not guilty to six counts of first-degree murder. He is accused of murdering Shirley Brewer, Norman walker and Christian Brewer in Cullom, near Pontiac.

National Night Out spurs good natured fun in Braidwood

A night of fun for families, entertainment, and prisoner exchange. This year’s National Night Out went above and beyond in Braidwood, providing for the community not only a night of entertainment, but a light hearted rivalry that played out over the past week on social media. Police Chief Todd...

Trial of man accused of killing family on Christmas in 2019 begins

LIVINGSTON COUNTY (25 News Now) - The trial of a man accused of killing his family Christmas Day three years ago is underway. Clifford Brewer faces six counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of his wife, son and a family friend on Christmas Day in 2019 in the quiet town of Cullom.

Sharefest Success in Wilmington!

Area churches pitched in for the third annual Sharefest event on Aug. 6, and this year the amount of food given away was impressive. Vehicles lined up on the service road from Wilmington High School to Steven’s Intermediate School where over 9 tons of food including fresh produce, dairy, cereals, egg whites and canned items were loaded.

Looking Back

A talk with George Decker, now with the National League club of Chicago, elicited the information that he will soon be transferred from his present position in right field to first base, taking Capt. Anson's place. Capt. Anson will retire from active participation in the game and simply manage the team.

4-H Auction Grosses $140,778

This year’s 4-H livestock auction on Saturday narrowly missed the $142,837 mark reached in last year’s auction. Local businesses and individuals always show generous support to this event, and this year was no different. Will Wright, Herscher Hustlers, had the Grand Champion Pork Premiere and his animal earned...

John E. Bertone Jr.

WILMINGTON—John E. Bertone Jr., 53, of Wilmington, passed away Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 at his home with his wife and friends by his side. Born June 30, 1969 in Melrose Park, IL, he was a son of John E. Sr. and Josephine (Loucks) Bertone. John graduated from Morton East High School, and owned and operated an auto repair shop. On May 17, 2022 he married his longtime partner and love of his life, Michelle McDonagh. John enjoyed fishing, riding dirt bikes and motorcycles. He was a good friend to many, deeply loved and will be dearly missed.