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Metamora coach fired from position, says the school district is "retaliating"  CIproud.com

A Metamora father is outraged after he says he was wrongly fired from coaching 6th graders at Metamora Grade School.



Daniel Baker  Woodford Times

Marine Cpl. Daniel Baker, 21, of Tremont, was one of five KC-130J crewmen lost in an aerial refueling mishap over the Sea of Japan on Dec. 6, 2018. Baker was ...



Journal Star boys basketball holiday tournament preview  Woodford Times

At State Farm Holiday ClassicWhen: Wednesday-SaturdayArea teams: Peoria Christian, El Paso-Gridley, Olympia, Fieldcrest, Metamora, Peoria HighOutlook: In ...



Federal court denies school district's request to dismiss Metamora father's lawsuit  CIproud.com

A federal court has decided a lawsuit against a local high school will go forward.



Life of Chase White celebrated  Woodford Times

PEORIA — Saturday was not just a day of mourning but also a celebration of life for former Peorian Chase White, the U.S. deputy Marshal slain last month in ...



14 Peoria area schools 'exemplary' on Illinois Report Card data  Peoria Journal Star

PEORIA — Fourteen schools in the Tri-County Area have been listed as "exemplary" on the new Illinois Report Card, released this week by the Illinois State ...



Police find 3 'persons of interest' in Metamora shooting threat  Peoria Journal Star

METAMORA — High school and grade-school districts in Metamora and Germantown Hills canceled classes Tuesday following a "credible" social-media threat ...



Voters increase sales tax for Woodford County schools  Peoria Journal Star

EUREKA — The second time was the charm for a Woodford County Schools Facilities Sales Tax.The tax passed with 65 percent of the vote. With 100 percent of ...



Journal Star-area Class 3A boys basketball supersectional outlook  Peoria Journal Star

At DeKalbAt Northern Illinois UniversityMetamora (20-11) vs. Chicago Heights Marian Catholic (24-5), 6 p.m.Outlook: First-time sectional winner Metamora has ...



Journal Star Player of Game: Keenan Hailey  Peoria Journal Star

METAMORA — Joliet Catholic senior running back Keenan Hailey is Journal Star Player of the Game after a 49-20 victory over Metamora High School on ...



Metamora Village Board fires police Chief Mike Todd  Woodford Times

METAMORA — Mike Todd's absence from his job as Metamora police chief became permanent Tuesday night. By a unanimous vote, at the conclusion of their ...



To infinity and beyond: Gaming growing with eSports  Peoria Journal Star

WHY IT MATTERS: ESports is a $600 million industry, projected to nearly triple by 2020. High school teams are already playing, college scholarships are ...



Woodford County tries again to pass sales tax for county school districts  Peoria Journal Star

EUREKA — Woodford County's nine public school districts would split an estimated $1.8 million a year in sales tax revenues if voters say yes to raising the ...



Peoria police offer Halloween tips  Woodford Times

PEORIA — The Peoria Police Department reminds the public that trick or treating on Halloween should be held between 5 and 8 p.m. Wednesday.PPD tips for ...



Metamora's Pat Ryan picked for high school football coaches' hall of fame  Peoria Journal Star

Longtime Metamora football coach Pat Ryan on Monday was named to the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame class for 2016.



Marian Catholic Basketball Team Is State Bound  Chicago Heights, IL Patch

State-Bound Spartans! - Chicago Heights, IL - The Marian Catholic High School boys basketball is in the IHSA State Finals for the first time ever after a dramatic ...



Carolyn Jackson  Woodford Times

Carolyn A. (Barnes) Jackson, 76, of Pekin, passed away at 12:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was born Jan.



Real-estate transactions: July 6, 2018  Woodford Times

These transactions, recorded the week of June 25, are compiled from information on file with the respective counties. They represent sales of $78000 or more.



Washingtons Guedet signs with Minnesota  Woodford Times

Washington all-state football player J.J. Guedet will get a head start on his college career as a January enrollee at Minnesota. The 6-foot-7, 307-pound offensive ...



Pekin womans story promotes scoliosis awareness  Woodford Times

PEKIN — Jill Davis-Forgy's battle with scoliosis over the past three decades has given her firsthand insight into the challenges of living with the condition and the ...



Dr. Elaine Heffner: Mothers matter  Woodford Times

Mothers matter whether they are stay-at-home mothers or working outside the home mothers. Yet, an ongoing controversy flares up periodically about who is ...



This week in prep football  Quad-Cities Online

Time: 7 p.m. at VanDyke Field. Twitter: @TDuckett_DA. GameNight: Both teams will enter the game looking to get their offenses going. The Maple Leafs had an ...



Last-second 3-pointer sends Richwoods past Metamora  Peoria Journal Star

METAMORA — An early nominee for best basketball game of the season didn't really have much on the line. But it would be hard to convince the Richwoods ...



Indoor Knockerball facility opening at Northwoods Mall  Peoria Journal Star

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Top stories of 2018: Hurricane season  Woodford Times

After a brutal 2017 hurricane season, tropical storms in 2018 were watched closely.In late August, Hurricane Florence – a Category 4 hurricane— hit North and ...



2019 Peoria Historical Calendar Features Local Hotels  Woodford Times

The 2018 Peoria Historical Calendar is now available. This year, the calendar features photographs of local historic hotels that once provided visitors to Peoria ...



Downtown Peoria listed on National Register of Historic Places  Woodford Times

PEORIA — Much of Peoria's Downtown has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.The designation for the Downtown Peoria Historic District, ...



Real-estate transactions: June 1, 2018  Woodford Times

These transactions, recorded the week of May 21, are compiled from information on file with the respective counties. They represent sales of $78000 or more.



BASKETBALL: Pekin’s defense is a big deal for Little Giants  Woodford Times

Defense paved the way for the Pekin boys basketball team Saturday night. The Dragons didn't allow Canton to score in double figures in any quarter and beat ...



LTHS Ranked Among States Best For 2018: US News  Homer Glen, IL Patch

Lockport Ranked Among Illinois' Best High Schools - Homer Glen-Lockport, IL - U.S. News & World Report released its annual list of best high schools in the ...



Dear Monty: Should a homeowner allow others to use property  Woodford Times

Reader Question: I own a home that sits on about one-and-a-half acres that is very close to a high school. The back part of my plot is a 20,0000-square-foot plot ...



Susan Sparks: Lessons from a Christmas cactus  Woodford Times

Don't you think it's odd that the time of year when we celebrate the light of the world -- the Christ child -- is also the darkest time of year? At least here in the ...



Nick in the AM: After religious-freedom clash, new policy for West Prairie schools  Woodford Times

Good morning, troops. It's Thursday, Dec. 20.Longtime Nick in the Morning readers might remember a conflict last May between a Macomb-area school district ...



Alcohol abuse a long, slow suicide for young Germantown Hills woman  Peoria Journal Star

GERMANTOWN HILLS — Chelsea Oesterle's stunning green eyes flashed a brilliance that reflected her fierce sense of independence. Her outgoing nature ...



The time is now for Morton all-state basketball player Tenley Dowell  Woodford Times

METAMORA — Unique only begins to describe Tenley Dowell.The Morton senior handles the ball with ease, defends fiercely and exhibits a near picture-perfect ...



Memorial service set for Tremont Marine lost in training accident  Woodford Times

TREMONT — A memorial *service* for a Tremont Marine who died last week when his aerial refueling tanker crashed off the coast of Japan will be held on ...



Thrice as nice: Texas high-schooler aces PSAT, SAT and ACT  Woodford Times

Westwood High School senior Pooja Enagala always has been an achiever.Her kindergarten teacher at Laurel Mountain Elementary in Austin suggested Pooja ...



Police locate deceased female in submerged vehicle in Illinois River  Woodford Times

UPDATE:After a search party was organized today to look for a missing 69-year-old Manito woman, authorities discovered a submerged vehicle with a deceased ...



Peoria Art Fair ranked No. 2 in the Midwest  Woodford Times

PEORIA - The Peoria Art Guild's annual fine art fair was rated No. 2 in the Top 5 Best Midwestern Fine Art Fairs in America.The 2018 Peoria Art Guild Fine Art ...



Dave Ramsey: Make sure it’s a gift  Woodford Times

Dear Dave,I'm on Baby Step 4 of your plan. I'm debt-free, and I'm currently putting lots of money toward retirement. Now, I want to go back to school and get an ...



Pekin offering winter break activities for children living in and outside the city  Woodford Times

Pekin organizations are offering a variety of activities this December and January for central Illinois children looking for something to do during winter break.



Susan Sparks: The struggle behind the gift  Woodford Times

It's the time of year when traffic snarls, check-out lines explode to epic proportions, and shoppers channel characters from “Apocalypse Now.” Ah, the angst of ...



BASKETBALL: Deja vu for Dragons ... they lose to Raiders  Woodford Times

Not again. Yep, it was a familiar script Thursday night for the Pekin girls basketball team. The Dragons relinquished a late lead -- this time, 13 points with three ...



It Is What It Is: Make this holiday season about presence, not presents  Woodford Times

The holidays are a unique time of year, right? The vibe everywhere is festive and frantic and jubilant and high energy because we're on a hard deadline to make ...



Top stories of 2018: The North Korea Summit  Woodford Times

On June 12, President Donald Trump made history by meeting with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. This meeting was a culmination ...



Movie review: ‘On the Basis of Sex’ doesn’t do RBG justice  Woodford Times

If you saw the marvelous documentary “RBG,” you know Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is obsessed with opera. Next to the law, it's her highest ...



WRESTLING: Freshman’s win puts Pekin in spotlight  Woodford Times

The spotlight was on Pekin freshman Tyler Haynes. Literally. Facing Morton's Tristan Parker in a key match, Haynes won 9-4 and sent the host Dragons off to a ...



Letter: Devil display is political correctness gone awry  Woodford Times

Regarding your Dec. 5 article “Satanic Temple monument added to Statehouse rotunda holiday displays”:Seriously? The devil has a holiday display at the ...



Top stories of 2018: Saudi Arabias Mohammed Bin Salman  Woodford Times

Since Mohammed Bin Salman was named the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia in June of 2017 – a move the Trump administration supported-- the country has ...



Today’s Workout: Keep your balance doing this front lunge  Woodford Times

Variations help add a little spice and pizzazz to life.Today we are switching up our fitness routine.Our move is a front lunge with a double arm extension.



Networx: Use the Pantone Color of the Year in your home decor  Woodford Times

Announcing the new Pantone Color of the year. The chosen color for 2019 is … Living Coral. Take a look at what this cutting-edge hue is all about and how you ...



Today’s Workout: Leg curl will strengthen your backside  Woodford Times

Today's move is a donkey leg curl. This move will be working your glutes and hamstrings.Start by placing yourself on all fours on the floor. Square your body and ...



Journal Star scholar-athlete of the week: ROWVAs Bryce Selman  Woodford Times

Journal Star scholar-athlete of the weekBRYCE SELMANROWVA SENIORClass rank: FirstGrade-point average: 4.0Sports: Cross country — Most Improved ...



Susan Sparks: Sun Mo manger  Woodford Times

There's no room here or at the Holiday Inn, the Days Inn, or the C'mon Inn,” the desk clerk said, shaking his head. “The Shriners have a gathering downtown; the ...



UnityPoint Health announces the area's most popular baby names in 2018  Woodford Times

PEORIA — With 2018 drawing to a close, UnityPoint Health announced the most popular baby names chosen by parents who gave birth at its Peoria and Pekin ...



Its Election Day. Whats on your ballot?  Woodford Times

It's Election Day — meaning the long-running primary campaign season is at an end.By the end of the evening, voters will have selected Republican and ...



Walkowicz: Five myths about space - Opinion  Woodford Times

Space is literally all around us, but it's difficult to wrap our minds around it. Given the hundreds of billions of stars and planets that make up our galaxy alone, who ...



Meth is back: Overshadowed by opioids, hospitalizations surge  Woodford Times

The number of people hospitalized because of amphetamine use is skyrocketing in the United States, but the resurgence of the drug largely has been ...



Peoria doctor encouraged by new cancer treatment options  Woodford Times

PEORIA — Earlier this month, when the Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to a pair of immunotherapy researchers, it was just one of many exciting ...



Strain: Stop pretending the working class is helpless  Woodford Times

Since Donald Trump became president, many elected officials and public intellectuals have joined the populist left and right in arguing that the American ...



Jimmy Dean is recalling sausage because it might contain pieces of metal  Woodford Times

If you eat Jimmy Dean sausage with your breakfast, you might want to check the package.According to a health alert Monday, the company recalled more than ...



This holiday season could be the busiest ever for travelers  Woodford Times

More people will travel for the holidays this year than ever before, according to a new report.AAA forecasts that more than one-third of Americans will travel this ...



Good news for Trump: He’s getting a tax refund  Woodford Times

Amid what has been described as one of the worst periods of President Donald Trump's 23 months in office, there is some good news for the president: He's ...



Farmingtons Jarod DePriest picks South Dakota State  Woodford Times

Farmington lineman Jarod DePriest committed to play football South Dakota State, according to social media post made Sunday night.The 6-foot-5, 290-pound ...



You can get a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts for just $1 on Wednesday  Woodford Times

Tis the season. No, not that one. It's the most wonderful time of the year! That's right, Krispy Kreme is bringing back an extra-special doughnut promotion.



Apple plans new $1 billion Texas campus, 5,000 more jobs  Woodford Times

Apple Inc. is planning to spend $1 billion to build a new 133-acre corporate campus in North Austin that initially will employ up to 5000 people, cementing ...



2017 Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Jake Gillum, Metamora  Peoria Journal Star

Metamora coach Chuck Danner struggled to find words to describe Jake Gillum's senior season on the track.But the veteran coach still gave it a shot.



Tremont Marine spoke to family before tragic flight  Woodford Times

PEORIA — Be it divine providence or a young man trying to stay awake before a long training mission, Daniel Baker picked up the phone and called his family ...



The Farr Side: Test your holiday movie IQ  Woodford Times

You've been busy decking the halls, wrapping gifts, baking cookies and everything thing else that adds to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.But have ...



Fleur de Lolly: Holiday cheese ball heads list of party treats  Woodford Times

My love of cheese is legendary. So it stands to reason that a mixture of cheeses, mixed together with my favorite Italian herbs and then rolled in pecans would be ...



Luciano: In Feeoria, A late addition for Snideness  Woodford Times

Terry Beachler offers a late addition for our monthly Random Axe of Snideness.I recently did a couple of columns regarding Peoria's new public *service* pension ...



Portions of Kickapoo Creek Road closed for utility work next week  Woodford Times

PEORIA — Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 26, Limestone Township will be closing portions of Kickapoo Creek Road at Farmington Road to allow Ameren Illinois ...



Wellness in the water: Olympic gold medal swimmer Jason Lezak visits Peoria  Woodford Times

PEORIA — A golden opportunity swam its way to area youth swimmers on Sunday."Fast Freestyle with Jason Lezak," hosted by the Peoria Area Water Wizards ...



Bears find their roar to clinch division title, playoff berth  Woodford Times

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears ended their playoff drought.With a 24-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field, the Bears ...



6 places to watch fireworks  Woodford Times

1. INDEPENDENCE PARK, MARQUETTE HEIGHTS The Marquette Heights Men's Club of Central Illinois' FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA provides food, fun ...



Test Drive: All-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta  Woodford Times

Entry Price: $18545Price as Tested: $25815This week, were driving the all-new seventh generation 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, delivered in SEL trim and powered ...



Journal Star top sports stories of 2018: No. 10 top-ranked Washington football stuns SH-G  Woodford Times

Editor's note: The Washington football team's unbeaten regular season and subsequent run through the Class 6A playoffs comes in at No. 10 on the Journal ...



Struggling Blues put goalie Chad Johnson on waivers  Woodford Times

ST. LOUIS — The struggling St. Louis Blues have placed backup goaltender Chad Johnson on waivers and called up Jordan Binnington to take his place.



Simpson: Don’t try telling my wife how to vote  Woodford Times

Don't go there: I keep hearing the claim that women who voted for Trump did so because their husbands told them to. Hillary Clinton made that argument. Lately ...



Cars We Remember: The Saga of Young Joe: Part 1 of two safe driving holiday articles  Woodford Times

Again this 2018 holiday season, more and more drivers of all ages are expected on the road. So, as we do each year, it's time for our yearly column with updated ...



Real-life prison break gets TV treatment in Showtime's 'Escape at Dannemora'  Woodford Times

LOS ANGELES — The escape of two prisoners and a forbidden prison love story at New York's Clinton Correctional Facility created a media firestorm in 2015.



Nick in the AM: Colton Underwoods Bachelor set already spewing spoilers (UPDATED)  Woodford Times

Good morning, troops. It's Thursday, Nov. 1. The new season of "The Bachelor" doesn't begin until January. But there already is plenty of intrigue regarding the ...



Illini volleyball team advances to Final Four with win over Wisconsin  Woodford Times

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois won the rubber match with Wisconsin and punched its ticket to the Final Four of the NCAA women's volleyball tournament with a four-set ...



Report: 16 percent of 2018 Tremont High School graduates in Illinois community colleges had to take remedial classes  Peoria Standard

In a year when 86 percent of Tremont High School seniors graduated on time, 16 percent of those who attended Illinois community colleges had to enroll in ...



Banking while black: Ohio man who tried cashing paycheck says race led teller to call police  Woodford Times

An Ohio bank is apologizing after employees called 9-1-1 to report a black man who was attempting to cash his paycheck.That man, Paul McCowns, believes ...



Heartland Festival Orchestra announces its 10th season  Woodford Times

WASHINGTON — The Heartland Festival Orchestra will present six concerts in its 10th season, which kicks off Sept. 15 with all shows starting at 7:30 p.m. at Five ...



Movie review: Mary Poppins Returns follows the original, provides a strenuous, jolly holiday  Woodford Times

Families could do a lot worse this holiday season than to take out a home equity loan for a bucket of multiplex popcorn and take in "Mary Poppins Returns," ...



Notre Dames Brian Kelly chosen AP college football coach of the year  Woodford Times

Notre Dame's Brian Kelly is The Associated Press college football Coach of the Year and the third coach to win the award twice since it was established in 1998.



Metamora grad Kenny Robertson on undercard for UFC Fight Night: Hidalgo  Peoria Journal Star

After being dropped by the Ultimate Fighting Championship circuit five years ago, Metamora High School graduate Kenny Robertson is back with the UFC and ...



Straight Talk | Bad timing  The Community Word

I won't argue the city council's decision about its two top management hires, though I could. The creation and hiring of a chief diversity and inclusion officer and ...



PolitiFact: Trumps top 10 falsehoods of 2018  Woodford Times

President Donald Trump has twice garnered PolitiFact's Lie of the Year recognition.Numerous news and fact-checking initiatives have chronicled Trump's ...



Monmouth-Roseville football comes up just short in Class 3A quarterfinals  Woodford Times

HERSCHER — The Monmouth-Roseville football team left everything on the field Saturday in a tough 24-20 loss to Herscher in the Class 3A football ...



Nick in the AM: Major accident closes U.S. Route 24 near Glasford  Woodford Times

GLASFORD — A two-vehicle accident early Monday closed U.S. Route 24 for almost six hours near Glasford, southwest of Peoria.Shortly before 5:15 a.m., ...



Local Lists: 4 Places to Recycle  Woodford Times

The Tri-County area offers many options for recycling, here are just a few.



East Peoria man arrested for mini-storage thefts  Woodford Times

EAST PEORIA — An East Peoria man was arrested Tuesday for possession of stolen property and is a suspect in the theft of hundreds of items from Woodford ...



Santa Claus Parade, Yule Like Peoria set for Nov. 23  Woodford Times

PEORIA — Jim Thome, recent Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, will serve as Grand Marshall for this year's Santa Claus Parade on Friday, Nov. 23.



Who, What & Where: Wednesday, June 22  Peoria Journal Star

WHO, WHAT & WHERE: UPCOMING EVENTS FOOTBALL Metamora JFL signups are Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Metamora High School. Tackle football ...



STEVE STEIN’S SPORTS NOTEBOOK: Bethel Lutheran boys win historic state championship  Pekin Daily Times

TOP STORY: Bethel Lutheran School teams dominated the Lutheran Sports Association of Illinois grade school track and field championships at Concordia ...



Four charged in large Pekin drug busts  Woodford Times

Four people face lengthy prison terms if they're convicted in two unrelated cases of possessing large amounts of meth and cocaine for sale in Pekin. In the larger ...



The Farr Side: Paula Abdul on stage is a dream come true  Woodford Times

Paula Abdul made this guy's high school dream comes come true. The pop star performed recently at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Michigan to a sold-out ...



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