Galesburg road closure begins May 30
The City of Galesburg Public Works Department announced a road closure beginning May 30. Weather permitting, the Galesburg Sanitary District will be closing Maple Ave. to through traffic from Fremont St. to Benard St. for sanitary sewer extension work. The work is scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30 and last Friday, June 2 at 4:00 p.m. Plans are to keep the outside lanes of traffic open during the non-working hours of 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Two Galesburg men arrested on drug and weapons charges
Galesburg, Ill.- The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrests of two Galesburg men on drug and weapons charges. According to a news release, at about 6:38 PM Wednesday, May 24th Knox County Deputies attempted to stop a vehicle for traffic violations in East Galesburg. The vehicle attempted...
Liquor ‘n’ Wine opens mega store in Galesburg. Here’s what they have to offer
Galesburg is officially home of one of downstate Illinois’ largest “one stop” liquor stores. Northern Illinois-based chain Liquor ‘n’ Wine opened its ninth store Wednesday morning at 1576 N. Henderson St., the former site of Northgate Lanes bowling center. The new store is about 40,000 square feet, including 28,000 square feet for the retail store that will carry around 4,000 items. A rentable 16,000 square foot banquet space called The Junction will seat approximately 700 people and is expected open within a month on the far south end of the building.
Meet the 2023 Knox-Lombard Athletic Hall of Fame Class
The 2023 Knox-Lombard Athletic Hall of Fame Class has been announced. The Hall of Fame Committee voted in six outstanding individuals and an impactful coach in April. Ted Boecker ‘70, Leslie Combs ‘94, Charles Edemba ‘16, Jodi Marver ‘15, Kris Nelson ‘98, Drake Sykes ‘17 and women’s basketball and women’s soccer coach Jane Stangl will officially be inducted into the Hall of Fame during Homecoming weekend 2023. Individual profiles of each 2023 inductee will be released on Wednesdays over the next month.
Lead Us Not Into Temptation
This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island. When the Reverend George Gale and his followers built their Eden on the Illinois prairie in 1836 as a place to train poor young men for the ministry, they took every precaution to keep the devil outside the gates. Unfortunately, this time the devil chose a much more devious disguise than a serpent. He called himself "Chicago."
Here's what is open, closed on Memorial Day
Another holiday is nearly upon us as Memorial Day prepares to kick off the unofficial start of summer. Many will look to honor the men and women who died serving in the U.S. military this weekend and on Monday in observance. Six Flags Great America:What you need to know about...
Galesburg’s Memorial Day Parade hits Main Street on Monday. Here are the details.
The Galesburg Memorial Day Parade steps off at 10 a.m. Monday. Parade participants are asked to arrive by 9:00 to line up at the corner of Chambers and Main Streets. The parade route will take participants down E. Main St. to Cherry St., then turn onto S. Cherry and travel past the Knox County Courthouse.
Vandalism turned into Art: Community members lend a hand to Judy’s Cafe
What began as an act of vandalism on a local, small business has turned into a feel-good story of the community banding together. Local family restaurant Judy’s Cafe owned and operated by Judy Wang now has a colorful mural on the west side of the building. Wang said that...
Deadline to Apply for Energy Bill Assistance is May 31
People who need help with paying their home energy bills may be able to get help from a nonprofit program, but they have a limited time to apply. Western Illinois Regional Council (WIRC) is one of many community action agencies around the United States that offers the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to income eligible households. WIRC officials say the deadline to apply is 4:00 p.m. on May 31, 2023, or until funding is exhausted.
Bus crashes through garage door in Mapleton
MAPLETON, Ill. – A bus went a bit further than expected in Mapleton Friday morning. Peoria County Sheriff Chris Watkins says the driver of a special needs bus was picking someone up at a house near Lake Camelot and Darlington Drivers around 8:30 A.M. He says the driver pressed...
Fact Check: Citizen threatens to start recall of Galesburg City Council member. Is that possible?
At the Monday, May 22 Galesburg City Council work session, a resident of Galesburg’s Fifth Ward threatened to start a recall petition to remove her representative — Fifth Ward alderperson Heather Acerra — for proposing to limit individual Public Comment time at city meetings. The resident said...
Speedy trial issues could lead to appeal in 2022 homicide case
PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — A man accused of killing another man over a money dispute almost a year ago will go to trial in November. Rev I. Blakes, 41, appeared in Peoria County Circuit Court on Thursday for a scheduling conference and his case was moved from the June 5 trial setting to Nov. 6. in the courtroom of Circuit Judge John Vespa.
Red Devils squeeze by Cuba in Thursday Sectional
By the thinnest of margins, the Hall Red Devils Baseball team advanced in the Knoxville Sectional Championship. On Thursday, Hall topped the Cuba Coop team 1-0. The only run in the game came when Joel Cook crossed the plate while Cuba was distracted trying to catch Hunter Meager in a rundown. Peyton Dye got himself out of a 4th inning jam to keep Cuba scoreless.
GPD investigating alleged internal theft by two former Bridgeway maintenance workers
A 65-year-old Galesburg man and a 42-year-old Knoxville man are being investigated for an internal theft at Bridgeway following the former employees’ terminations. Galesburg Police responded to a maintenance shed on Windish Drive owned by Bridgeway on Friday morning and met with employees. Staff was first tipped off on the internal theft when neither former maintenance worker turned in coins from the laundry machines for well over a year. The machines bring in around $3500 annually. Staff then learned the two had turned in numerous loads of scrap metal from Bridgeway, while in a Bridgeway maintenance truck, and collected the cash. GPD then learned the former employees each had a company credit card to purchase whatever tools and equipment they needed. The two made over 37 transactions at Menards totaling well over $1,000 in purchases. None of the equipment purchased could be located following their termination. At the time of the report, neither suspect had been questioned yet. The incident has been turned over to GPD’s Special Operations for an investigation.
Clinics bridge birth control gaps after Cottage Hospital closure
When Galesburg’s Cottage Hospital closed in January of 2022 and its affiliated clinics all closed within a few months later, Galesburg and the surrounding area were left with OSF HealthCare as the primary provider. While OSF stepped up in multiple ways and assured the community they were well equipped...
Speak now or … Here are 5 things to know about the history of public comment at Galesburg city meetings
Based on recent turnout at City Hall, Galesburg citizens appear to be more engaged and eager to speak on a variety of topics at meetings involving the Galesburg City Council. Now, the City Council is considering several proposed ordinance changes that could modify how and when the public can interact with their representatives.
Arc of a Career
MONMOUTH, Ill. – “The finest and most talented theatre student” that Monmouth College emeritus professor Jim De Young ever had has now become an emeritus professor himself. Doug Rankin has retired from teaching at his alma mater after 32 years, although his connection to the College goes...
Glasford residents say water quality in town needs improvement
GLASFORD, Ill. – Residents in the small Peoria County town of Glasford say the quality of the town’s water needs to be better. One of those residents is Richilynn Garcia. She tells 25 News that he water bill this month went up about $40 to around $200. But...
Knox County property transfers for May 18-24, 2023. See a list of home and other sales
The Knox County Assessment Office submits the following Illinois real estate transfer declaration transactions recorded in Knox County the week of May 18-24, 2023. Only the primary name as listed on the submitted sales report is published. Additional owners’ names that would be on the full deed may not appear in this list.
Arraignments held in two local stabbing cases
PEORIA, Ill. – Arraignments were held Thursday in Peoria County Circuit Court on two local stabbing cases, one of which resulted in Attempted Murder charges being filed. Alton Russell (pictured above), 54, pleaded not guilty to charges filed by a grand jury of Attempted Murder and Aggravated Domestic Battery.
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