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  • Putnam County final multiplier announced

    SPRINGFIELD — Putnam County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to Brian Hamer, director of the Illin ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:44 pm
  • More news for medical marijuana users

    As Illinois slowly moves toward starting its medical marijuana program, a new study by the Journal American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medici ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • Medical marijuana users skyrocket

    The Illinois Department of Pubic Health is reporting a higher than expected number of people wanting applications for medical marijuana use.
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • Illiteracy still a problem

    There are certain things many of us take for granted: Our homes, our cars and freedom come to mind. For a majority of us, another thing taken for gran ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • Ehrhardt resigns as PCEMA coordinator

    HENNEPIN — Putnam County will have to look for a new Emergency Management Agency coordinator. Veterinarian Dr. John Ehrhardt has turned in his resigna ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • McNabb ordering back-up pumps

    MCNABB — The village of McNabb has taken a step toward preventing future water problems. At the village board meeting on Sept. 10, board members appro ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • No red ink ...

    PRINCETON — The Bureau/Putnam County Health Department is working with an annual budget of more than $1 million in revenue.
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • PC Courthouse displays Sept. 11 flags

    Putnam County Treasurer Kevin Kunkel (left) and Putnam County Clerk and Recorder Dan Kuhn observe the Flag of Honor and Flag of Heroes which flew on S ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • BBB issues 'Granny Scam' advisory

    CHICAGO — Many scams and schemes run by con artists are cyclical in that they come and go. Sometimes it's every few months, or following a natural dis ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Meeting Calendar

    Sept. 17 Hennepin Village Board, 6 p.m., Hennepin Village Hall.Sept. 18 Magnolia Village Board, 7 p. ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Lady Pumas win Regionals

    The Putnam County Junior High School Lady Puma softball squad poses with coaches after winning the IESA Regional final contest against Henry Junior Hi ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 10:15 am
  • Hanson hits hole in one

    MCNABB — Chuck Hanson hit a hole in one on the 12th hole of Edgewood Golf Course on Aug. 30. The 12th hole is 128 yards, and Hanson used a seven iron ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Lady Panther golfers are 2-0 in week’s play

    MCNABB — The Putnam County Lady Panther varsity golf squad notched two wins on their scorecards this week in area play.
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Pumas clinch Little Tri-County Conference championship

    MCNABB — The Putnam County Pumas played a full week of games with much success going toward their upcoming Illinois Elementary School Association Regi ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 5:22 pm
  • Pack the Place Pink night

    GRANVILLE – The Putnam County Lady Panther volleyball teams will be hosting a Pack the Place Pink night on Sept. 25th at R.M. Germano gymnasium.
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Lady Panther volleyball practices their skills

    Junior Leann Smith (front), freshman Alivia Resurreccion, sophomore Kaitlyn Edgcomb and coach Carmela Rodriguez get ready to return a ball during prac ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Lady Pumas win first game of Regionals

    MCNABB — The Putnam County Lady Pumas took on their first opponent in the Illinois Elementary School Association Regional softball contest on Sept. 13 ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • PCHS varsity win two in Neoga

    NEOGA — The Putnam County Panthers played a double header on Sept. 13 and came out with a 2-0 record.
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Panther JV race well at Seneca

    PEORIA — The Putnam County Cross Country squad competed in the Peoria Woodruff Invitational Sept. 13, placing 40th as a team out of 63 teams. There we ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Flag football starts

    The weather on Sept. 6 was perfect for opening day flag football as the Marshall County Cyclones Silver Team played against the Washington Mighty Midg ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Anthony Huchel

    CARLOCK — Anthony Eugene "Tony" Huchel, 63, of Carlock passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Services will be held at a later date.
    Sept. 19, 2014 - 10:50 am
  • Valentina 'Tina' Myres

    HENNEPIN — Valentina “Tina” V. Myres, 37, of rural Hennepin passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at home with her family and friends by her side.
    Sept. 19, 2014 - 8:35 am
  • Karen Richardson

    GRANVILLE — Karen Diane Richardson, 66, of Granville passed away at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at her home.
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 10:25 am
  • Marian Christmann

    OTTAWA — Marian Christmann, 74, of Ottawa Pavilion passed away Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in the Ottawa Pavilion.
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 9:43 am
  • Linn Goldsmith

    HENNEPIN — Linn Carr Goldsmith passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Linn was born Dec. 14, 1934, to Fr ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 10:10 am
  • Gloria Morgan

    HENNEPIN — Gloria E. Morgan, 92, of Hennepin died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at Liberty Village in Princeton.
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 10:27 am
  • Marian Christmann

    OTTAWA — Marian Christmann, 74, of Ottawa passed away Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at the Ottawa Pavilion Nursing Center.
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 12:20 pm
  • Hazel Wilfong

    GRANVILLE — Hazel I. Wilfong, 83, of Granville passed away at 2:40 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
    Aug. 18, 2014 - 12:20 pm
  • Stanley Kays

    MCNABB — Stanley H. Kays, 96, of McNabb died on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at his residence. Stanley w ...
    Aug. 18, 2014 - 9:01 am
  • Howard Chesnut

    PERU — Howard H. Chesnut, 64, of Peru, formerly of Magnolia and Bloomington, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Per ...
    Aug. 11, 2014 - 8:14 am
  • Relay for Life team holding butterbraid sale

    HENNEPIN — Relay for Life’s Team Hennepin will be holding a butterbraid coffee cake and cookie sale with ordering available until Oct. 17.
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Move that way a little ... wait ... OK, looks good!

    This scarecrow in front of Illinois Valley Surveying and Consultants Inc. in Hennepin seems to be directing a co-worker. A scarecrow decorating contes ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Putnam County Community Center menus

    Sept. 22 — Beef stew with potatoes, butter beans, sliced peaches, dinner roll.Sept. 23 — Tuna casser ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Rain garden webinar

    HENRY — The public is invited to attend the an educational gardening webinar sponsored by the University of Illinois Marshall-Putnam Extension Office. ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Putnam County School menus

    BreakfastSept. 22 — Whole grain bagel with cream cheese or cereal, fruit, juice, milk.Sept. 23 — Bis ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • 21st Century Scholar and finalists announced

    OGLESBY — Tiernan Ebener of Peru was named 21st Century Scholar at the eighth annual 21st Century Scholars Society dinner Sept. 4 at Deer Park Country ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Dickens’ classic story to be presented in Streator

    STREATOR — Community Players of Streator Inc. has announced Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” will be presented on Dec. 13. Performances will be at ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • St. Margaret’s Hospital hosts bloodmobile

    SPRING VALLEY — St. Margaret’s Hospital is hosting a Red Cross Bloodmobile from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 23. The Bloodmobile will be held in t ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Food Court 9-17

    With fall coming on; it’s time for some more recipes using the fall ingredients. It won’t be long before you’ll be cleaning out the garden space.
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Alzheimer's support group to meet

    PERU — The Alzheimer's Caring Friends support group for caregivers, family and friends will have a meeting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the Red Cross offi ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: After failing a mammogram test earlier this spring, Barb Kromphardt entered the world of breast cancer treatment. Following a surgical ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Playing 'punchout' is not a game

    I do use Facebook. It helps me keep up with friends I don't see very often. Sometimes, I wish it didn't.
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • A new car? Not so sure!

    I own two cars. Well, one-and-a-third actually. While my car title is free and clear, I'll be paying off my wife's car probably three years after it g ...
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • The yellow ribbon

    This column is often filled with little snapshots from my past. Growing up on a Bureau County farm with all the trials, tribulations, comforts and opp ...
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Facebook, not Factbook

    As a rule, the human race loves bad news. Yes, it's really cute and lovely when a dog rescues a cat from drowning, but you will never see that lead th ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: The following is an ongoing series on former BCR Staff Writer Barb Kromphardt's ordeal with breast cancer. After failing a mammogram te ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Field of Dreams

    While Jeanne and I were sitting under the stars on Aug. 2 at Alfonso Mazzini Memorial Park waiting for the fireworks to start, during Mark’s Homecomin ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Is it race or rage?

    July 2 marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The legislation is considered a landmark piece of civil rights legislation in the ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Considerations by Nedda

    We all have a long list of reasons to be grateful. In fact, it is suggested we occasionally remind ourselves of those reasons. Good mental health and ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 8:46 am
  • Mautino is good for the Illinois Valley

    State Rep. Frank Mautino is an experienced leader who works for the benefit of everyone in the district — regardless of political party; and everyone ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • IVCC's CPT program helps LaSalle man get job

    Matt Dresbach of LaSalle made a pivotal career decision less than a year ago, and it’s already paying dividends.
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Nicor Gas decreases gas cost for September

    NAPERVILLE — With the heating season fast approaching, Nicor Gas is announcing a 19-cent per therm decrease to the Gas Supply Charge (GSC) for the mon ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Ag Summary

    Rainfall and warm temperatures continued throughout the state last week. A few cases of Sudden Death Syndrome in soybeans were reported in some parts ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Endocrinologist joins IVCH medical staff

    PERU — A board-certified endocrinologist is joining the Illinois Valley Community Hospital medical staff.
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 10:13 am
  • Endocrinologist joins IVCH medical staff

    PERU — A board-certified endocrinologist is joining the Illinois Valley Community Hospital medical staff.
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Carus looking for memories

    LASALLE — Carus Corporation will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2015 and is asking the community to share memories, stories and photos which help ...
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Ajster honored by Super Lawyers

    PERU — Attorney Julie Ajster of Ajster Law Office has been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as a 2015 Illinois Rising Star.
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • CCRH receives high scores

    Country Comfort Retirement Homes Inc. of both Henry and Princeton underwent a recent annual review by the Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH.
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Health department releases July scores

    The Bureau/Putnam County Health Department makes routine and unannounced visits each month to various food service establishments in Bureau and Putnam ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • IVCH honored with ISHS Centennial Award

    Illinois Valley Community Hospital was recognized by the Illinois State Historical Society as an official Illinois Centennial Hospital Aug. 16 at the ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 4:00 pm