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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.



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Nick in the AM: Eventually, Metamora school officials get it right  Peoria Journal Star

Good morning, troops. It's Wednesday, Oct. 4. Things around Metamora schools appear to be returning to at least some semblance of normality. Schools there ...



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 ...



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 ...



Metamoras 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.



EP man accused as child sex predator  Woodford Times

A rural East Peoria man could go to prison for decades if he's convicted of preying on two minor girls for sex over three years. Levi Robertson, 38, was indicted ...



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.



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 ...



WRESTLING: Small lineup, big accomplishments for Morton  Woodford Times

Small but mighty. That's a trite but true way to describe the Morton wrestling team, which has overcome problems caused by a lineup filled with empty slots to ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Germantown Hills woman is second area death from cold exposure  Woodford Times

GERMANTOWN HILLS — An unidentified 72-year-old woman died Thursday night from cold weather exposure, the second death attributed to the ...



Real-estate transactions: Jan. 4, 2019  Woodford Times

These transactions, recorded the week of Dec. 24, are compiled from information on file with the respective counties. They represent sales of $78000 or more.



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 ...



Regional Volleyball: Fike leads Galesburg in 3 sets  Galesburg Register-Mail

“It was phenomenal. Everything that we've wanted and pushed for is times like this,”. METAMORA — Galesburg High School's Kylie Fike isn't listed on the roster ...



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 ...



The 2018 Tree of Lights campaign raised a record amount  Woodford Times

PEORIA — The Salvation Army's 2018 Tree of Lights Campaign raised a record $1762700.The total was announced Friday evening during a victory celebration ...



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 ...



TV: ‘One Day at a Time’s’ astounding Justina Machado deserves our attention  Woodford Times

Justina Machado is doing excellent work on Netflix's Norman Lear reboot and it's time the TV world took notice.Pardon me for a moment while I scream this from ...



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.



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.



Indoor Knockerball facility opening at Northwoods Mall  Peoria Journal Star

PEORIA — An indoor Knockerball facility is opening at Northwoods Mall.The activity allows participants to don air-filled plastic balls that encase one's torso and ...



Real-estate transactions: Dec. 21, 2018  Woodford Times

These transactions, recorded the week of Dec. 10, are compiled from information on file with the respective counties. They represent sales of $78000 or more.



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 ...



LOCAL HISTORY COLUMN: ‘Leader of the Band’ Lawrence Fogelberg  Woodford Times

The Pekin Public Library's Local History Room collection naturally focuses on Pekin's history, but the collection also encompasses a wider geographical circle of ...



Rock icon Bob Seger forever linked to youthful memories  Woodford Times

PEORIA — Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band played Anderson Arena, the basketball arena on the campus of Bowling Green State University in Ohio, ...



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 ...



Local man killed in snowmobile crash  CIproud.com

A local man from central Illinois died in a snowmobile crash from this weekend.



One weekend, four classes? IHSA discussing schedule change to basketball state finals  Woodford Times

The state finals basketball tournaments could undergo a major scheduling change in two years, and the state wants to know your thoughts. The Illinois High ...



Gameball Run: Meet Kyle Davis and His Family  Woodford Times

MORTON - The Morton High School boys' basketball team and Coach Matt Franks are hosting the 7th annual Gameball Run event to raise money and ...



Nick in the AM: C-U later? Proposed IHSA hoops-tourney format imperils Peoria reign  Woodford Times

Good morning, troops. It's Friday, Feb. 15. From time to time, Nick in the Morning has opined about the decline and fall of the boys high school basketball state ...



Nick in the AM: Washingtons Colton Underwood makes Bachelor debut Monday  Woodford Times

Good morning, troops. It's Thursday, Jan. 3.Colton Underwood is ready to no longer be a bachelor. But not for a few more months, at least on television.



Penguin Project celebrates 15 years with Hairspray Jr.  Woodford Times

EAST PEORIA — The Penguin Project is marking 15 years with the 2019 production of "Hairspray, Jr." opening Jan. 18 at Eastlight Theatre, East Peoria ...



Retired BU choir director John Jost is still making music with Lumière  Woodford Times

PEORIA — Though John Jost retired last spring after 29 years as the choir director at Bradley University, he is still bringing beautiful music to central Illinois.



Advocate for Washington tornado victims charged with retail theft  Woodford Times

WASHINGTON — A candidate for the Washington Community High School board has been charged with retail theft, according to authorities.April Crotts was ...



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 ...



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.



WIU Welcomes 31st​ Annual Showcase of Bands  Western Illinois University News

MACOMB, IL -- The 31st annual Western Illinois University School of Music Showcase of Bands will be held Friday-Saturday, Feb. 23-24 in the College of Fine ...



Local Lists: 4 Places to Recycle  Woodford Times

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



Movie review: There’s too much downside in ‘The Upside’  Woodford Times

The Upside,” a remake of the smash 2011 French hit “The Intouchables,” is little more than a standard-issue buddy comedy. The jokes are lame, save for an odd ...



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., ...



One man and a child killed in Galesburg house fire  Woodford Times

GALESBURG — Authorities said Thursday that two people died in a fire at 406 Clark St. early Wednesday.“It has been determined that there were unfortunately ...



Peoria area lands $1.8 million in homelessness assistance grants  Woodford Times

PEORIA — Central Illinois homeless assistance programs will share $1.8 million in federal funds, as part of more than $101 million in grants announced ...



Top stories of 2018: Brett Kavanaughs confirmation  Woodford Times

In the summer of 2018, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he was retiring from the court. Kennedy was long held as the “swing vote” on the ...



Daytona 500: Ford’s hopes rest in new Mustang  Woodford Times

Ford held its head high and beat its chest after the 2018 season and with good reason.Its venerable Fusion — driver Clint Bowyer referred to it as a “rental car” ...



BASKETBALL: Two Pekin girls qualify for 3-point sectionals  Woodford Times

They're not done yet. Even though the Pekin girls basketball team has been eliminated from the Class 4A postseason, two players have moved on to the ...



What to watch when Bradley travels to face Illinois State  Woodford Times

BRADLEY AT ILLINOIS STATE. 7 p.m. Saturday, Redbird Arena, Normal. Radio: WMBD-AM (1470), 100.3 FM Television: ESPN2. BRADLEY (14-12, 6-7) PPG ...



Illinois House approves $15 minimum wage  Woodford Times

Illinois House members Thursday voted to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.The House voted 69-47-1 to pass Senate Bill 1, a vote that ...



Ineffective immunization: Vaccine storage too often fails to meet standards  Woodford Times

By correcting one potential error, the Ventura County (Calif.) Health Care Agency accidentally made another — and jeopardized vaccines given to thousands of ...



Nick in the AM: Tony Bennett set to perform this spring at Peoria Civic Center  Woodford Times

Tony Bennett's concert May 25 at the Peoria Civic Center Theater should be one for the ages. Or at least one for the aged. The 92-year-old crooner is to take the ...



How Trump chose his guests for the State of the Union  Woodford Times

WASHINGTON — The Americans invited to sit with the first lady during the State of the Union on Tuesday night provide a window into the various themes the ...



Editorial: Thank you to those who help us survive winter  Woodford Times

OUR VIEWWe've seen it all this winter: snow, sleet, ice, rain and a mix of all four. And then there were the frost quakes. Yes, it's been cold and nasty — the kind ...



New Bruce Rauner ‘marriage’ ad includes profane clergyman  Woodford Times

A campaign ad featuring a mock wedding officiated by a foul-mouthed clergyman joining Democratic governor candidate JB Pritzker and House Speaker ...



What to watch when Illinois State opens its 2018-19 mens basketball season  Woodford Times

Florida Gulf Coast at Illinois State. 6 p.m., Redbird Arena, Normal. 2017-18 records: FGCU 23-12, ISU 18-15. Series: FGCU leads 1-0. TV: NBC Sports Chicago.



Murphys Law? Twilight Zone? The Braves are caught in between  Woodford Times

PEORIA – Just when you think things cannot get worse for the Bradley men's basketball team, they do. The Braves, who lost to Drake 69-52 on Wednesday to ...



Libertarian Kash Jackson discusses governors race platform  Woodford Times

PEORIA — When voters go to the polls Tuesday, Grayson "Kash" Jackson is betting the "extreme unpopularity" of the major-party candidates for governor will ...



The Farr Side: Super Bowl halftime show is exceptional  Woodford Times

Adam Levine and Maroon 5 delivered a spectacular Super Bowl LIII halftime show, despite being urged to drop out.The band faced months of criticism for ...



Annual WIU Marching Band Classic is Oct. 21  Western Illinois University News

MACOMB, IL – The 36th annual Western Illinois University Marching Band Classic, for high school bands, will be held beginning at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 ...



Photos: Ron Johnson: Favorite Photos of 2017  Peoria Journal Star

RON JOHNSON/JOURNAL STAR Illinois State Trooper Miles Walsh hugs Korean War veteran Alfred Neuendorf upon his return with fellow veterans from the ...



Where have all the female coaches gone? The dynamics of gender in the coaching ranks  Peoria Journal Star

It usually serves as the concession area during sporting events in the Metamora High School gymnasium.But on one September evening, the space served as ...



Daytona 500 audio: Listen to quick-hits of all 60 episodes of the Great American Race  Woodford Times

A new podcast, “Daytona 500 Inside Victory Lane,” is streaming now and features all 60 Daytona 500s in three-minute-or-less clips with the most recent revealed ...



Fresh Market to close Peoria, Normal locations  Woodford Times

PEORIA — The *Fresh* Market grocery store in the Westlake Shopping Center will close, the company announced Monday. It's one of 15 stores in Georgia, Illinois ...



Podcasts to Listen To: The Ringer NBA show and the best NBA podcasts to listen to  Woodford Times

Now that the Super Bowl has passed, the focus of the sports world will turn to the NBA. The NBA All-Stars Game is this weekend (Feb. 17). Afterward, teams will ...



Mark Buhl  Woodford Times

Mark Allen Buhl, 62, of Pekin, passed away at 9:25 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, at his home. He was born July 11, 1956, in Pekin to William and Patsy (Davin) ...



Part vaudeville, part circus, Pretty Things Peepshow hits Peoria Feb. 28  Woodford Times

PEORIA — "The Pretty Things Peepshow" 10-year anniversary tour will be presented at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Contemporary Art Center, 305 SW Water St. The ...



Letter: It's 2019, time to get past gender inequality  Woodford Times

RE: Man from Bartonville, welcome to 2019.In a recent reader forum written by Charles Emig of Bartonville, the man said women “need to try and go to work ...



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 ...



Goofy Ridge residents dispel myths about reputation  Woodford Times

It's been said that a bad reputation can be similar to a shadow — always following and hard to hide from. For residents of Goofy Ridge, the small Mason County ...



Pets and pot: Number of stoned dogs, cats getting higher at veterinary offices  Woodford Times

If Bruno or Fluffy is acting a bit strange, perhaps depressed, wobbly on their feet or sensitive to light or sound — and you are missing a few THC-infused ...



Movie review: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ a holiday treat  Woodford Times

Mary Poppins Returns,” Disney's follow up to its Oscar-winning 1964 original, is just the spoonful of sugar to dilute the bitter medicine needed to combat these ...



Gun confiscated from locker at the Peoria Civic Center  Woodford Times

PEORIA — A 62-year-old Peoria Symphony Orchestra patron who left his loaded handgun in a locker at the Peoria Civic Center will have to retrieve it from the ...



Runners’ Corner: Finding the joy of winter running  Woodford Times

If you're a runner in cold climates, what do you do during the winter?The answer is, of course, you run. But you have to out-smart winter's challenges to truly ...



Shayne Looper: Love a spouse can trust  Woodford Times

The radio and television host Larry King was asked in an interview about his marriages. He has been married eight times to seven different women. So he must ...



Movie review: Aquaman makes a wildly entertaining, campy splash  Woodford Times

You have to give credit to James Wan that "Aquaman" is as good as it is. The "Saw" and "The Conjuring" filmmaker doesn't do anything halfway. He took a ...



Dragon Wok to replace Grand Village Buffet in East Peoria  Woodford Times

EAST PEORIA — The former Grand Village Buffet will continue its Oriental theme with another restaurant on the site. Signs on the building indicate that a new ...



Movie review: ‘Lego Movie 2’ is a big block party  Woodford Times

Having achieved so loftily on Earth, the “LEGO Movie” franchise had nowhere to go but up - all the way to the alternate DUPLO universe, home to the ...



Today’s Workout: Bear crawl strengthens your whole body  Woodford Times

If you think about it, you can turn just about any activity into a workout. Whether it's vacuuming, switching the laundry from the washer to the dryer, or even ...



Youngsters Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz stun seeds in Australian Open  Woodford Times

MELBOURNE, Australia — Frances Tiafoe rolled up his white shirt's right sleeve, flexed his biceps and slapped the muscle five times. Then he pounded his ...



Jennie Geisler: Try this raspberry-topped cheesecake recipe for Valentine’s Day  Woodford Times

I've made cheesecake before, I said. This is old hat, I said. We'll just make it pretty and tasty, red for Valentine's Day, and be done with it. One recipe and out.



Raymond Moschel  Woodford Times

Raymond Charles “Ray” Moschel, 81, of Manito, passed away at 1:42 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at UnityPoint Heath — Pekin emergency room. Born Aug.



Sweeping federal indictment targets 15 suspected Bomb Squad gang members  Woodford Times

PEORIA — Fifteen members of the notorious Bomb Squad street gang conspired with each other to murder, extort and to commit acts of violence within the city of ...



Lee Ann Womack Finds Comfort Recording 'Back Home'  WGLT News

Lee Ann Womack's 2017 album “The Lonely, The Lonesome, And Gone” turns to darker themes than her critically acclaimed 2014 release “The Way I'm Livin'.



Daytona 500: Will NASCAR and International Speedway Corp. merge?  Woodford Times

When NASCAR founder Big Bill France began plans to build Daytona International Speedway in 1953, he formed a company specifically for the purpose of ...



Wood carver transforms stumps into art  East Peoria Times-Courier

EAST PEORIA — When Robert Prunty sees a wooden stump he wonders what type of animal he could carve into it. Prunty, 65, of East Peoria said he has ...



Scott Marek 'Can't Wait' For Success  WGLT News

Downers Grove native Scott Marek is an aspiring country singer/songwriter/bandleader ready to up his game. "It's so much fun to get up on stage and sing,"



Lost in Suburbia: Looking in my crystal ball  Woodford Times

I decided I may actually have psychic abilities. I was able to predict with complete accuracy that within 24 hours of paying an obscene amount of money to have ...



Real-estate transactions: Dec. 1, 2017  Woodford Times

These transactions, recorded the week of Nov. 20, are compiled from information on file with the respective counties. They represent sales of $78000 or more.



Irma Bohanon  Woodford Times

Irma S. Conley Bohanon, 98, of Delavan, formerly of Mackinaw, passed away at 6:10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at Pekin Manor. She was born March 31, 1920, ...



Luciano: Bergner's is closing, but memories shine  Woodford Times

PEORIA — It seems almost impossible, Peoria without Bergner's.For 128 years, the retailer has been part of the fabric of Peoria — quite literally. If you're reading ...



Young Morton brothers set world records at Steamboat Classic  Peoria Journal Star

PEORIA — While the professional runners were pushing for top positions in the Steamboat Classic 4-mile race, a pair of world records were set Saturday by a ...



Peoria Area Civic Chorale presents "An American Family Christmas" Dec. 16-18  Peoria Journal Star

WASHINGTON — The Peoria Area Civic Chorale, with featured soloist Kate Tombaugh, will present "An American Family Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17 ...



Iowa Football Recruiting: Hawkeye Commits in Class of 2019 Have Up & Down Week  Black Heart Gold Pants

It was a tough week for the Iowa Hawkeyes as they lost a heart-breaker to the Wisconsin Badgers, but things went much better for several of the commits in the ...



2016 PARCC test results  Chicago Tribune

The Tribune reviewed the passing, or proficiency, rate on the PARCC exams across both reading and math in all grades tested at some 3,700 schools, ...



Jim Thome ready to finally join his family in the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame  Peoria Journal Star

PEORIA — The Thome family will get one for the thumb when Jim Thome is inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame on April 11. While it will be a ...



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