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Nicholson gets lighter sentence for aggravated battery conviction

GALESBURG — A man whose 25-year sentence had been reversed by the Illinois Third Appellate District court earlier this year has received a new sentence, this time for 22 years and six months. Knox County State’s Attorney Jeremy Karlin announced this Thursday afternoon, noting that on a re-sentencing hearing, Sterling...
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Unidentified Body Found in Knox County Mobile Home Fire

Authorities in Knox County are investigating a fatal mobile home fire. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office reports emergency personnel responded to the trailer fire in rural Knox County early Monday morning. Fire crews discovered an unidentified body in the remains of the residence. An autopsy will be performed to determine...
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Editor's Notebook: Let us tell your COVID-19 stories

Summer is cruising along and, as it does, we’re beginning to return to whatever normal will be when this pandemic finally fades. It’s good to see events such as Cafe in the Park and Railroad Days and the longest running Labor Day parade get back on track, even if it means some restrictions.
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17-year old charged for aggravated battery to a nurse.

On Wednesday, June 9th, Galesburg Police were dispatched to St. Mary’s Medical Center in response to a disturbance complaint. According to police reports, a 17-year old Galesburg male came into the Emergency Room complaining of having despondent thoughts. The 17-year old became increasingly agitated and refused to follow a physician’s requests. When the physician told the male to lay on a bed, he grabbed the doctor by the throat. A female nurse came to the physician’s aid where the 17-year old grabbed the nurse by the arm and refused to calm down. The male finally began to calm down after additional hospital staff helped get the male into a hospital bed. The physician sustained a laceration to his hand and his throat during the struggle. The teen was placed under arrest and taken to the Knox County Jail for processing then on to the Mary Davis Home. The teen is facing two counts of aggravated battery to a nurse.
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Vaccine tracker: 42% of people fully vaccinated in Knox County

Knox County has administered more than 43,044 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, as of June 14, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health. That's up 2% from the previous week's tally of 42,364 COVID-19 doses administered. In Knox County, 42% of people are fully vaccinated as of...
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Man leads police on brief car chase with children in the vehicle

A little after 5:00 pm on Friday, June 11th, Galesburg Police were dispatched to the 1900 block of Grand Avenue – the Shell Gas Station – to make contact with 27-year old Danny Britt of Peoria. Police were familiar with Britt due to previous encounters – and were attempting to keep him at the scene so Knox County Sheriff’s Deputies could serve him child custody paperwork. While at the gas station, Britt continually refused to comply with police commands and eventually entered his rental vehicle and drove off down Grand Avenue at a high rate of speed. Three children in car seats were inside the vehicle at the time according to police reports. Britt refused to identify the children and continually yelled profanity at officers. Police followed Britt who was recklessly speeding down East Main Street as he pulled into Dollar General on East Main Street and went inside to make a purchase. His refusal to comply with police commands continued until additional officers arrived and he was placed under arrest. Britt was transported to the Knox County Jail and charged with Obstruction / Resisting a Peace Officer, Obstructing Service of Process, Reckless Driving, Endangering the Life / Health of a Child, and a Henry County Warrant. One of the children was released to her mother, the others were released to Britt’s mother.
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Knox County adults with at least one vaccination shot up to 55.7%

GALESBURG — COVID case numbers in Knox County went up last week for the first time after weeks of decreases in infections. The Knox County Unified Command announced 10 new cases Tuesday as being found in the county since Friday, June 11, bringing the county total for positive cases to 5,700.
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FC Galesburg holding tryouts on Saturday, June 19th

FC Galesburg traveling soccer is holding tryouts on Saturday for the 2021-2022 year at the Knox County YMCA. Any youth between five and nineteen years old interested in playing soccer is encouraged to attend. “It’s..an opportunity – we play a lot of games in the Quad Cities….Peoria,” organizer Zac Cox said. “Otherwise, the only other opportunity for kids around the Galesburg area is to play for the YMCA. You’ll get some good training, and just get better at soccer.” Tryout times on Saturday are at 9:00 am, 9:30 am and 10:00 am for the different age groups. “We will take kids as young as five years old. Those first few years they just play four versus four on a small field. We don’t need a whole lot of players for a team at that young age group, but we need people to sign up for the tryouts so we know how many players we’ll have for the teams.” Players need to bring their own cleats, shin guards, and water bottles. The tryouts are free but will cost around $50 once teams are established. Cox added that volunteers are still needed at every level. Register online here.
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Knox County Health Department resumes in-person services

GALESBURG — After over a year of reduced services outside of the emergent needs of COVID-19, the Knox County Health Department is re-establishing all in-person services at the Health Department and Community Health Center. This comes after “steady improvement in metrics,” the Health Department said in a press release announcing...
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Health officials expand rural vaccine access in Knox County

GALESBURG — After weeks of operating out of the former Bergner’s-turned-Knox County Vaccine Center, the Knox County Health Department is making its way out of Galesburg. This month, the health department is moving into smaller communities in the county for clinics that will serve smaller towns like Wataga, Maquon and Oneida.
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Only 10 COVID cases over past week in Knox County

GALESBURG — The Knox County Health Department announced five new cases of COVID-19 Friday. These cases, added to the total from June 8-10, bring the total positive case number to 5,960. They include a girl under the age of 10, a man in his 40s, a woman in her 50s, a man in his 50s and a man in his 60s.
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Knox County business leaders: Labor, equipment in short supply

GALESBURG — Leaders of five key industries in the region say the COVID-19 crisis forced them to innovate and has spurred permanent changes and some continuing struggles in the ways they do business. The Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development hosted a panel discussion Thursday at the Orpheum Theatre...
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Knox County Sheriff’s Office K9 Brenna sworn in

KNOX Co., Ill. (KWQC) - Knox County officials on Monday swore in K9 Brenna. Officials with the sheriff’s office announced K9 Brenna was sworn in by Sheriff David Clague in a small ceremony. “Deputy Holman was assigned to be K9 Brenna’s handler in March 2021 and immediately began their intense...
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Henry County Court: Banks to plead not guilty to drug charges

Jamar Whiteside Banks will plead not guilty to drug charges at a jury trial July 26, following a preliminary hearing at the Henry County Courthouse Monday that found probably cause to proceed. Galva police in May pulled over Banks' vehicle near first street after Chief Kraig Townsend reported that a...
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Vaccination rate up 7% over previous week in Knox County

GALESBURG —Knox County has administered more than 42,364 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, as of June 7, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health. That's up 7% from the previous week's tally of 39,640 COVID-19 doses administered. In Knox County, 41% of people living in Knox County...