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Kewanee police report heroin, meth bust

Early Sunday, the Kewanee Police Department concluded a narcotics operation that ultimately led to the seizure of approximately 4 ounces of methamphetamine and approximately 3 grams of heroin and the arrest of two individuals for various drug charges.
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Another clergyman opposes Pride event

A second Kewanee pastor has questioned the need for a Pride Festival in the city. A committee of the city government’s Human Relations Commission is planning the festival for June 10 in the downtown area. Pride events are a “celebration of LGBT identity, self-acceptance, legal rights and pride,” according to the website
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City Council makes deal for downtown parking lot

The city of Kewanee will sell another downtown parking lot, thanks to action at Monday’s City Council meeting. The council approved the sale of the parking lot at the northwest corner of First and Chestnut streets to Gustafson Ford. The property would allow expansion of the dealership’s downtown location.

Teen apparently shot himself accidentally, police say

Kewanee police are investigating an apparent accidental shooting of a 17-year-old male Sunday morning on Birth Place. According to Police Chief Nicholas Welgat, at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Kewanee police and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the 800 block of Birch Place on a 911 report of a male subject with a gunshot wound. Deputies and officers located a 17-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound to the buttocks.

Arrests made in South Grace Avenue shooting

Three people have been arrested in connection with a shooting incident early Thursday in the 100 block of South Grace Avenue in Kewanee. Kewanee Police Chief Nicholas Welgat issued a news release Saturday on the arrests. The release said police seized eight firearms, several hundred rounds of ammunition, methamphetamine, heroin, cannabis, packaging materials, more than $2,000 in cash and a vehicle.

Police: Shots fired at South Grace Ave. home

Another incident involving shots fired into a Kewanee residence occurred early in the morning of Thursday, Jan. 19. In a news release, Kewanee Police Chief Nicholas Welgat said that at approximately 5:14 am, officers were dispatched to the area of Willow Street and South Grace Avenue for a report of shots being fired.

What will the Hog Days 2023 tagline be?

The tagline for the upcoming Hog Days Festival will be “The feeling Never Gets Old: Kewanee Hog Days 2023” according to the co-chair of the Hog Days Committee. Larry Flannery said this year’s tagline came from an idea he had and it fits nicely with an “Earth, Wind & Fire” song that was chosen to be used for the Hog Days video.

Kewanee pastor says he opposes local Pride festival

A Kewanee pastor expressed his “heartfelt concern” to the City Council Monday about a Pride event planned for June in Kewanee. A subcommittee of the city’s Human Relations Commission has set June 10 as the date of the event, which is intended to promote awareness, raise acceptance and form a strong bond with the community, according to committee member August Wolf.

Nominations sought for Kewanee's 'Outstanding Citizen'

The Kewanee Chamber of Commerce is hoping residents know someone who fits the bill to be this year’s “Outstanding Citizen.”. Nominations for the award will be evaluated based on several criteria. The successful candidate must be a Kewanee resident or a former resident. The nominee’s area of service should be well-known to the community, and the nominee's personal community service should be in the areas of education, care or service of youth or disabled, environmental, economic development, community relations or heroic acts.

Midland Plaza expansion planned -- if city helps out

A major expansion of Midland Plaza in Kewanee is on the drawing board, and company officials are looking for financial help from the city for the project. Les Cohen, president and CEO of Cohen Development Group, the Peoria firm which owns the shopping center, outlined the expansion plans at Monday’s City Council meeting. Cohen said he hopes the project can be completed this year.

Routine traffic stop leads to drug charge for Kewanee man

A routine traffic stop for expired registration and failure to signal led to the arrest of a Kewanee man on Friday. Justin Stanley, 36, was placed under arrest for operating a motor vehicle with a revoked driver’s license. But following a search of his motor vehicle, officers located a stash of drugs, cash and a passenger, David Phillips, 38 of Kewanee.

Kewanee High students to present historical musical

The musical that Kewanee High School students will present later this month will be a multimedia presentation. There will be acting, singing and dancing, of course. But this musical will make full use of a new piece of equipment at KHS: a state-of-the-art projection system.

Commit2Fit Kewanee kicks off new year with cash prizes for weight loss

If weight loss and getting healthy are part of your New Year’s resolutions, why not compete for money and prizes while checking those goals off the list?. On Thursday, OSF Healthcare announced another round of Commit2Fit Kewanee- a free, seven-week community wellness challenge designed to motivate participants to adopt a healthier lifestyle. The challenge has become an annual event.