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Karan Hurst - Obituaries  Woodford Times

Karan Elizabeth (Aleshire) Hurst, 74, of Montevallo, Ala., formerly of central Illinois, passed away on Nov. 29, 2018, at home in Montevallo. She was born to the ...



Happening Today - News  Woodford Times

Sign and singThe Pekin Public Library's "Sign and Sing Storytime" will be at 10:15 a.m. in the library's Youth Services Department, 301 S. Fourth St., Pekin.



Four Corners: John Dean - Opinion  Woodford Times

John William Dean was born Aug. 28, 1875, in rural Deer Creek, Illinois, son of John D. Dean and Eliza Jane Swayze. The family moved to East Peoria about ...



Gary Meinen - Obituaries  Woodford Times

Gary Richard Meinen, 71, of Pekin, passed away on Thursday, April 25, due to complications from surgery to repair an aortic aneurism. Gary was born on Dec.



Bill Tinsley: Rewriting 'the rules' - Lifestyle  Woodford Times

It is always important to know the rules. We have rules at school, rules at work and rules at home. We establish laws to govern traffic: speed limits, stop signs, ...



Bridgett McDonald - Obituaries  Woodford Times

Bridgett I. McDonald, 65, of Pekin, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria. She was born Aug. 2, 1953, in Pekin to Thomas ...



ICC baseball sweeps Spoon River - Sports  Woodford Times

EAST PEORIA — After scoring a one-run victory in the opening game of a doubleheader Friday, Illinois Central College baseball pounded Spoon River 18-0.



Sharon Gillespie - Obituaries  Woodford Times

Sharon Kay Gillespie, 71, of San Antonio, FL passed April 15, 2019. Sharon was born to Wilford and Nellie Thannert, October 26, 1947, in Peoria, IL.



Art and music events in central Illinois: April 28, 2019  Woodford Times

Items for the Arts Plus calendar need to be submitted 10 days prior to publication. Send information to Jennifer Adler at jadler@pjstar.com or by mail to the ...



Paul Mitchell - Obituaries  Woodford Times

Paul Alan Mitchell, 94, a veteran of World War II and a longtime engineer with Caterpillar Tractor, died on April 29, 2019, at his home in Marquette Heights, ...



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.



Art and music events in central Illinois: April 21, 2019  Peoria Journal Star

Items for the Arts Plus calendar need to be submitted 10 days prior to publication. Send information to Jennifer Adler at jadler@pjstar.com or by mail to the ...



LHS Chosen For Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival  Lemont, IL Patch

LHS Competes At Illinois SuperState - Lemont, IL - Lemont, which previously participated in this event in 2001 and 2017, is scheduled to perform at 5:45 p.m. on ...



Where's Jake's cell? Old Joliet Prison finally unlocks the gates  Woodford Times

At the start of "The Blues Brothers," the 1980 comedy classic, "Joliet Jake" Blues walks out the front gate of Joliet Correctional Center, a looming, limestone ...



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 ...



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 ...



Nick in the AM: Colton Underwood's '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 ...



What you need to know for Tuesday's local elections  Woodford Times

Voters will set the course for the next several years Tuesday, which marks election day for many municipal, school and park boards across the Tri-County Area.



Real-estate transactions: Jan. 4, 2019 - News  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.



Susan Sparks: Resurrection biscuits - Lifestyle  Woodford Times

Easter reminds me of resurrection. Which reminds me of death. Which reminds me of my grandmother's biscuits. Ganny, as we called her, lived in a tiny little ...



Journal Star Player of Game: Keenan Hailey - Sports  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 ...



Eureka College to Host Teen Jamboree Conference March 13  Woodford Times

EUREKA — While the majority of its students are away on spring break, Eureka College will welcome high school freshmen from Woodford County to campus for ...



Bill Tinsley: When life overwhelms - Opinion  Woodford Times

My cousin calls it “clumping:” those times when demands upon our life converge in a perfect storm. We face demands from employees, employers, clients and ...



Bill Tinsley: Resurrection faith - Lifestyle  Woodford Times

Several years ago I preached at the funeral of a woman I had known for 45 years. By the time she ended her long battle with breast cancer she was in her ...



Nick in the AM: Wicked winter weather pays off for Cissna Park boys basketball  Woodford Times

NOTE: Nick in the Morning is on assignment Friday, so this space will be empty. That means no school-closing list, in case the last gasp — we hope — of winter ...



Tests, costs may be making Illinois' teacher shortage worse  Woodford Times

SPRINGFIELD — The high cost and restrictive nature of teacher licensure tests may be contributing to the teacher shortage, according to some education ...



Real-estate transactions: July 6, 2018 - News  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.



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 ...



Metamoras depth prevails at Ottawa ABC Invitational  Woodford Times

OTTAWA — The Metamora boys track and field team finished second in each flight and scored the most overall points Saturday at the 13-team Ottawa ABC ...



5 tips for high-schoolers to get summer college credit  Woodford Times

Are you trying to decide whether you should spend next summer studying a textbook or rereading the “Harry Potter” saga? Spending time with the Hogwarts ...



In Good Faith: Spiritual wallflowers - Opinion  Woodford Times

I used to dread middle school dances. The angst began with the whole decision over whether to even go or just bag the whole thing. Among my circle of friends, ...



Budget analysts: Evidence-based school funding model working, needs more funding  Woodford Times

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois' new evidence-based school funding model is effectively driving added funding to the state's neediest school districts, but the state must ...



Woodford County girl reported missing - News  Woodford Times

EUREKA — The Woodford County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a 16-year-old girl. Zoe Schmidt has been missing since Saturday, the ...



Regulation of personal robots might be in Illinois' future  Woodford Times

SPRINGFIELD — Futuristic technology could give Illinoisans their own personal robots that follow wherever they go and carry supplies suxh as groceries.



Shayne Looper: The most damaging lie - Opinion  Woodford Times

One of the most pernicious and damaging lies, also one of the most pervasive, told by people to others and to themselves is: “It's no use.” Variations on this ...



Lost in Suburbia: This old house - Opinion  Woodford Times

Twenty years ago, in the dead of winter, after a year and a half of working with a realtor and losing every home we liked in a bidding war, I decided to take the job ...



Falling ice and snow from bridge damages 9 vehicles  Woodford Times

PEORIA — A near record snowfall this late in the season caused nine vehicles to sustain damage Sunday afternoon from falling ice and snow off the Murray ...



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.



EP man accused as child sex predator - News  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 ...



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 ...



BASEBALL: Potters extend Pekin's losing streak - News  Woodford Times

It doesn't appear the defending Class 3A state champion Morton baseball team has lost any of its momentum from last season. The Potters pounded Pekin 14-2 ...



Free rides Friday for CityLink passengers - News  Woodford Times

PEORIA — CityLink passengers can ride the bus *service* for free on Friday.The agency will be celebrating its annual passenger appreciation day in ...



Nursing site ranks Bradley University No. 5 statewide for nurse training program  Woodford Times

PEORIA — Bradley University has been named the state's fifth-best program for training registered nurses, according to a five-year evaluation of 78 accredited ...



Plant presentations prepare Pekin YWCA Child Care students for summer  Woodford Times

PEKIN — Children enrolled in YWCA Pekin's Child Care programs will spend part of the coming summer beautifying their small corner of the community.



Foul-up on FEMA grant application leaves Illinois frozen out  Woodford Times

Illinois communities may not be able to compete for millions of dollars in federal money to prevent disaster-related problems because of an error.The exact ...



Peoria airport sets March passenger record — again - News  Woodford Times

PEORIA — March keeps becoming busier at Peoria's passenger airport. The Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport set another record for ...



Starbucks makes big changes to rewards program ... and not everyone's happy  Woodford Times

Next time you open the Starbucks app, things will look a lot different.Starting Tuesday, the Seattle-based coffee chain has revamped its rewards program.Before ...



Washington driver wins at Peoria Speedway - Sports  Woodford Times

PEORIA — It was Econo night racing at Peoria Speedway on Wednesday night, and Bob Gardner of Washington won the featured race after starting in the ...



First-quarter Peoria area home sales show slight decline  Woodford Times

PEORIA — Fewer people had their homes on the market during the first quarter of 2019, and overall sales were down slightly compared to the same period last ...



'Incredibly cool' Peoria native says of his time on 'Wheel of Fortune'  Woodford Times

PEORIA — As a kid, Joey Kouri loved game shows and would rush home to watch them.And on Wednesday night, a national television audience got to see the ...



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 ...



Local neurosurgeon recalls his 58-year career in autobiography  Woodford Times

PEORIA — The 4-year-old girl who died on Christmas Eve 1961 still brings Dr. Patrick Elwood to tears. Sitting in the living room of his Peoria Heights home ...



Inspection work on McClugage Bridge begins Monday - News  Woodford Times

EAST PEORIA — Bridge inspection work beginning Monday will cause intermittent lane closures on the McClugage Bridge.The routine work on the westbound ...



Smoke killed five in Goodfield mobile home fire  Woodford Times

GOODFIELD — Smoke inhalation killed five people, three of whom were children, in a horrific mobile home fire late Saturday night near Goodfield, the Woodford ...



Dunlap School Board ballot shrinks to 10 candidates - News  Woodford Times

PEORIA — The ballot for Dunlap District 323 School Board is a little smaller, with only 10 candidates seeking four seats.A Peoria County election board ...



Real-estate transactions: June 1, 2018 - News  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.



March Madness: basketball, brackets ... and vasectomies? - News  Woodford Times

March Madness has arrived and Brad Sheely is joining the crowd this year.Not the crowd of people filling out brackets (he does that annually). He's joining the ...



Child's near-tragedy inspired mom to create CPR Wrap  Woodford Times

Felicia Jackson knew how to do CPR. As a physical therapist, she had to be trained on a regular basis, but 16 years ago, all of her training went away the ...



Book Notes: Passionate storytelling brings mystery to life  Woodford Times

The Last Woman in the Forest” By Diane Les Becquets. Berkley, 2019. 352 pages. $26Women. Wilderness. Danger. Three words often viewed in close proximity ...



WRESTLING: Small lineup, big accomplishments for Morton - News  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 ...



Today's Workout: Time-saving frog plank works your whole body  Woodford Times

Busy, busy, busy ... this is the story of our lives most days.We have our “have-to-dos” on our plate so our “want-to-dos” either get shortened, or completely ...



Hundreds turn out to honor slain Illinois Deputy Jacob Keltner  Woodford Times

HUNTLEY — Dozens of American flags waved in the chilly air Tuesday afternoon as hundreds of mourners visited a Huntley funeral home to pay their respects ...



Movie review: 'La Llorona' makes good on the idea that it can be fun to be scared  Woodford Times

Linda Cardellini's amazingly all-over-the-place two-decade acting career (check out her résumé on IMDB.com) makes a smooth move into the horror genre with ...



Today's Workout: Jumping lunge combines cardio and leg strengthening  Woodford Times

I am beginning to think that spring is my favorite season of the year. The sun is warming up, yet the gentle breeze is keeping the temperature just right.So why ...



Brandi Carlile to play Peoria Civic Center in August  Woodford Times

PEORIA — Brandi Carlile, the three-time Grammy Award-winning folk rock and Americana artist, will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Aug. 3.



Missing woman, 19, found dead in southern Illinois - News  Woodford Times

CARMI — A southern Illinois woman missing since Sunday was found dead Friday evening, according to Illinois State Police.The body of Brooke S. Naylor, 19, ...



Maple Leafs prepared for the next step  Geneseo Republic

Things can change fast on the diamond. After three consecutive regional titles, the Geneseo baseball team had to overhaul the roster during a season plagued ...



Ick! Study finds men's beards have more germs than dog fur  Woodford Times

Bad news for fans of facial hair: Beards are swimming in germs, according to a newly released study.TV station KPLC reports that the Hirslanden Clinic in ...



Alexis Scott's disappearance to be featured on national TV show  Woodford Times

PEORIA — On Friday, several people will gather at a Downtown Peoria lounge to watch the nationally syndicated “Steve Wilkos Show” hoping to get answers ...



Dave Ramsey: Time to fix the real problem  Woodford Times

Dear Dave,I've heard you tell people to avoid debt consolidation companies. Why do you think debt consolidation is such a bad thing?- TomDear Tom,The main ...



Traffic signal work in Pekin set May 15 - News  Woodford Times

PEKIN — The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that traffic signal modifications at the intersection of Third and Margaret streets (Illinois 9/29) in ...



Looking Up: Coming soon ... the next Full Moon  Woodford Times

The Moon is growing and brightening every night this week, heading to another Full Moon on Friday, April 19.We tend to take it for granted these days, but who ...



Blue Bell's iconic ice cream sandwiches are finally back in stores  Woodford Times

Ice cream sandwiches are more than 100 years old, but the ones we know now — with the chocolate wafers and vanilla ice cream inside — date back to at least ...



SOFTBALL: Dragons 'click,' but lose to Washington - News  Woodford Times

Losing two of three games this week didn't make it a losing week for the Pekin softball team. The young Dragons opened the week with a 10-4 win Monday over ...



Meet the couple who got engaged on the Masters golf course  Woodford Times

Nothing could stop Matthew Kleineck — not even Mother Nature.As steady rain pelted down on Amen Corner, the famed section of the Augusta National golf ...



Suzette Martinez Standring: Reiki, prayers and recovery - Opinion  Woodford Times

I had a premonition about my husband's life. On Sunday I prayed, “Please keep him safe. Whatever this terrible feeling is, please show him mercy.” Four hours ...



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.



Auto Bits: Save $50 by changing your cabin air filter without tools in 5 minutes  Woodford Times

Tip of the WeekDealerships can charge up to $65 to change a cabin air filter. Here's how you can do it at home for under $15 without using tools. Spring is here ...



There's no mocking Tiger's game or his Masters chances  Woodford Times

The word is out.Tiger Woods will rock the mock this week. He'll don the throw-back mock turtleneck that he used to wear during his prime for his opening round ...



'Dateline' broadcast Friday to focus on Eureka killer of Washington state girl  Woodford Times

NBC News' "Dateline" program Friday evening will focus on the case of a Eureka man arrested last year in the slaying of a Washington state girl.Robert ...



New UnityPlace coalition to transform central Illinois' behavioral health system  Woodford Times

PEORIA — The shortage of psychiatrists and other behavioral health professionals in central Illinois is one of many issues the newly created UnityPoint Health ...



Shortstop Luke Shadid keeps the hits coming as Bradley wins home opener  Woodford Times

PEORIA — Wednesday was the home opener for the Bradley baseball team against Division III MacMurray at Dozer Park.There was no parade, no motorcade ...



BASEBALL: Dragons crown reigning state champs, end losing streak  Woodford Times

Now that's the way to end a losing streak. The Pekin baseball team ended a four-game skid Friday when it defeated defending Class 3A state champion Morton ...



Man stabbed in Kappa; police looking for Normal man  Woodford Times

KAPPA — Woodford County sheriff's deputies are searching a man in connection with a Tuesday morning stabbing in Kappa that left one with ...



Five parked vehicles vandalized in front of South Peoria houses  Woodford Times

PEORIA — At least one vandal scratched five vehicles extensively late Monday or early Tuesday along a South Peoria thoroughfare, according to police.



Fleur de Lolly: Add some bold, savory flavor with mushrooms  Woodford Times

April 16 is National Mushroom Day, and mushrooms are one of the staples in my kitchen. They are relatively inexpensive, there are dozens of types to ...



Prolific sci-fi writer Gene Wolfe, of Peoria, dies at age 87  Woodford Times

PEORIA — Gene Wolfe, the iconic and prolific science fiction writer who made Peoria his home in later years, has died at age 87.The sci-fi website tor.com cites ...



Rivermen center Ben Blasko named SPHL Rookie of Year  Woodford Times

PEORIA — Peoria Rivermen center Ben Blasko capped off his historic season with another league honor on Tuesday.Blasko was named SPHL Rookie of the ...



New superbug Candida auris is not in central Illinois — yet  Woodford Times

PEORIA — Illinois currently has the second highest number of confirmed cases of a new superbug spreading across the United States. Candida auris, a new ...



Woman arrested for allegedly leaving 6-month-old child unattended in locked car  Woodford Times

PEORIA — A babysitter was arrested Tuesday after she left an infant locked alone in an automobile for almost two hours, authorities stated.The incident took ...



SOFTBALL: Two bad innings hurt Dragons in loss to Canton  Woodford Times

Pekin outhit Canton on Tuesday in a Mid-Illini Conference softball game. The Dragons had 12 hits and the Little Giants had nine. But two big innings propelled ...



Regional Volleyball: Fike leads Galesburg in 3 sets - Sports  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 ...



Journal Star scholar-athlete of the week: Kewanee's Willie Terry  Woodford Times

Journal Star scholar-athlete of the weekWILLIE C. TERRY IIIKEWANEE SENIORClass rank: NinthGrade-point average: 3.872Sports: Football (center) ...



Tazewell children's advocacy center fundraising with annual trivial night this month  Woodford Times

The trivia question is: How many children has the Tazewell County Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) in Pekin assisted since its establishment in 1999?



Pekin girls soccer beats Canton 7-0 - Sports  Woodford Times

PEKIN — The Pekin girls soccer team experienced an offensive explosion for its first Mid-Illini Conference victory of the 2019 season.The Dragons got seven ...



Lawsuit claims UnityPoint-Methodist pressured patient into abortion  Woodford Times

PEORIA — A Peoria woman, in a lawsuit filed Thursday, alleges UnityPoint Health-Methodist paid her $2000 to have an abortion after the mistaken ...



Real-estate transactions: May 25, 2018 - News  Woodford Times

These transactions, recorded the week of May 14, are compiled from information on file with the respective counties. They represent sales of $78000 or more.



Woman found dead on I-74, coroner announces - News  Woodford Times

EAST PEORIA — A woman was found dead in a vehicle parked on the shoulder of Interstate 74 between East Peoria and Morton, the Tazewell County Coroner ...



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