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  • Steel mill update

    Putnam County Board Chairman Duane Calbow has confirmed most of the mill will be razed and scrapped for metal. The rest of the 50 year-old building wi ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 11:12 am
  • Manufacturing career Expo held for area students

    OGLESBY — The world of manufacturing has come a long way from the grimy image many people envision when they think of a factory career, and local high ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • November is Native American Indian Heritage Month

    MAGNOLIA ­— November is National American Indian Heritage Month. The first Americans have had a unique history around the Putnam and LaSalle county ar ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • A state’s attorney vacancy

    HENNEPIN — The Putnam County Board heard from current Putnam County State’s Attorney Jim Mack at the monthly board meeting last week.
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • First person — Erin Keenan

    Town: Granville. Family: Michael and Lisa Keenan-parents, Nick-brother. Pets: Three cats-Zoe, Willie ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • It’s time to stop smoking

    Cancer. It’s a word that elicits a shudder of fear in nearly every person who hears it and changes the life of anyone who hears it as a diagnosis. Mor ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • McNabb: Pay now or pay more

    MCNABB — McNabb village residents behind in utility payments may soon find penalties accruing on their bills. The question of how to deal with those w ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Helmig arraigned

    JOLIET — Charles W. Helmig, 77, of Peru, a Putnam County attorney, was arraigned in Will County last week where he has been indicted on one count of u ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Hennepin steel mill facility sold?

    HENNEPIN — The Hennepin Steel Mill has finally found a buyer. It’s been reported a company from Michigan named IPS Steel has purchased the mill which ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 11:16 am
  • Auction Calendar

    Nov. 20 – BAN Limited Partnership and John Nordstrom Trust, farmland, 10 a.m., sale day location, 401 W. Main St. (The Shed), Wyanet, Rediger Auction ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Happenings

    RUNNING Turkey Trot OGLESBY — The 36th annual Oglesby 3-mile Turkey Trot will be at 9 a.m. Nov. 27 b ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Bouncing into a new basketball season

    Members of the Putnam County Panther basketball squad practice last week in R.M. Germano Gymnasium. The Putnam County Lady Panthers will be playing th ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Prairie Conference champs

    The Peru Catholic School eighth grade girls basketball team, the defending champions from last year, won the Prairie Conference Tournament. Team membe ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Fall conditioning program held for PC/Hall wrestlers

    GRANVILLE — Ask any area wrestling coach what it takes to prepare a team for competition and they will tell you one word: practice. The Putnam County/ ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • PC grads learning to play for IVCC women’s team

    GRANVILLE — For some athletes moving from high school to college sports can be a very big challenge. However, Putnam County residents Daniela Pavlovic ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Fieldcrest knocks out PC

    ORION — An amazing season played by the Putnam County Lady Panthers came to its final phase as they lost in two sets 25-9, 25-14 to the Fieldcrest Lad ...
    Nov. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Hall of Fame Committee still accepting applications

    GRANVILLE — The Putnam County High School Athletic Hall of Fame is still accepting applications for the next Putnam County Athletic Hall of Fame class ...
    Nov. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • IV Dolphins swim against Fox Valley

    PERU — The Illinois Valley YMCA Dolphins hosted their second in a row home swim meet last week against the Fox Valley YMCA Foxes. The Dolphins swam st ...
    Nov. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Happenings

    VOLLEYBALL PTVBC signups PRINCETON — The Princeton Tiger Volleyball Club is looking for girls intere ...
    Nov. 11, 2014 - 3:59 pm
  • PC pushes on to sectional finals

    ORION — Barely a word of excitement could be heard from the hallway outside of the Putnam County Lady Panthers' locker room after their thrilling thre ...
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 12:10 pm
  • Charles 'Ken' Alden

    HENNEPIN — Charles Kenneth “Ken” Alden, 83, of Hennepin died at 2:36 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at Heartland Health Care Center in Henry.
    Nov. 3, 2014 - 11:35 am
  • Michael Hamilton

    HENRY — Michael O. Hamilton, 53, of Henry died Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in Hennepin. Michael was born ...
    Oct. 28, 2014 - 9:07 am
  • Bruce Conibear

    ATLANTIC, Iowa — Bruce Edwin Conibear of Atlantic, Iowa, formerly of Peoria, departed this life on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Cass County Memorial Hosp ...
    Oct. 21, 2014 - 3:15 pm
  • Georgeanna Leary

    GRANVILLE — Georgeanna S. Leary, 76, of Granville passed away at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.
    Oct. 20, 2014 - 3:17 pm
  • Elmer 'Tubby' Lunn Jr.

    GRANVILLE — Elmer R. "Tubby" Lunn Jr., 73, of Granville passed away at 12:47 a.m. Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
    Oct. 20, 2014 - 3:06 pm
  • William Tonarelli

    GRANVILLE — William "Bill" Tonarelli, 87, of Granville passed away Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at home. H ...
    Oct. 15, 2014 - 10:25 am
  • Deborah Gamble

    LOMBARD — Deborah Ann Gamble, nee Decker, age, 55, devoted wife of Michael Gamble; loving mother of Kelsey Ann and Audrey Elizabeth Gamble; fond siste ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 5:37 pm
  • Benjamin Mecum

    MCNABB — Benjamin H. Mecum, 83, of McNabb died on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at his residence.Services ...
    Oct. 10, 2014 - 8:45 am
  • Lawrence Fleming

    TONICA — Lawrence “Larry” R. Fleming, 73, of rural Tonica died Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.
    Oct. 6, 2014 - 8:30 am
  • Karen Rennels

    GRANVILLE — Karen Sue Rennels, 53, of Granville passed away Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at her residence surrounded by her family.
    Oct. 3, 2014 - 10:50 am
  • PCES fifth-graders grow gardens

    Lettuce and other salad vegetables are easy to grow and thrive in cooler temperatures during the fall. They can be ready to harvest in as little as 30 ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • PCJH book fair is Nov. 18-21

    MCNABB – Putnam County Junior High School will sponsor a book fair Nov. 18-21 in the media center. Students will visit the book fair through their reg ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ singers needed

    Musicians in the area are working to perform a Random Act of Culture event at a Peru business at 1 p.m. Dec. 6.
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • PCES prepares for holiday concert

    Members of the Putnam County Elementary School fourth-grade class practice with music teacher Carol Eckwall for their upcoming Christmas concert at 6: ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • PC Legion honored

    HENNEPIN — The Putnam County Seat Post 1044, also referred to as Hennepin American Legion, has been recognized recently two times for membership achie ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Putnam County Schools menus Nov. 24-28

    Breakfast Nov. 24 — Cereal and toast, fruit, juice, milk. Nov. 25 — Sausage and toast or cereal, fr ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • By the Book 11-19

    HENNEPIN — Thursday, Nov. 20 the library will host a movie night at 6 p.m. Join the library for “Jack and the Cuckoo–Clock Heart,” rated PG. Based o ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Hennepin to hold free electronics recycling

    HENNEPIN — The village of Hennepin will have a free electronics recycling collection on Nov. 22 including free data destruction.
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Holiday workshop in Henry

    HENRY — There is still time to sign up for The University of Illinois Extension Marshall-Putnam 4-H Holiday workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 22. The ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Figge hosts College Invitation art show

    DAVENPORT, Iowa — The seventh annual College Invitational opened at the Figge Art Museum Nov. 8 in the Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery.
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 3:59 pm
  • Refresher course

    One part of my job which I truly enjoy are the opportunities I have to visit area schools. Sometimes I’m there to do an interview or take a photo, whi ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Bailey’s Bits

    Trees are missing leaves.Grass no longer has flowers.Dark approaches quickly,Leading to dreary night ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Field of Dreams

    The Putnam County girls volleyball team had a standout season but lost to Fieldcrest at the Class 2A Orion Sectional championship game. They finished ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Thank you from a veteran

    To the Editor, I attended another great Veterans Day program at our junior high school. This is al ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 10:15 am
  • Hunting deer hunters

    On this particular day, I'm looking through the news headlines and I'm definitely losing my faith in my fellow man.
    Nov. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Field of Dreams

    I am writing today about World War II Navy veteran Bill Tonarelli, who passed this year on Oct. 13. The Bill I knew was a good talker and a great inte ...
    Nov. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Food Court 11-13

    How about trying some different stuffing recipes for your Thanksgiving meal or even for Christmas. It’s fun to try something different and surprise ev ...
    Nov. 11, 2014 - 3:59 pm
  • Field of Dreams

    My farmer friend, Darrell Chambers, turned 100 years old in October this year. He now resides in Liberty Village in Peru. An open house was held in hi ...
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Pondering politics

    I know about bipartisan issues. You see, I grew up in a bipartisan household. Grandpa was a Republican; Grandma was a Democrat.
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • ‘Five Days Left’

    Grandma was right. Darn it.Every year, when November rolled around and you longed for the holidays, ...
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 3:59 pm