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  • Going underground through Putnam County

    HENNEPIN — When one thinks of the Underground Railroad, it’s usually thought of as one heroic individual in an area or happening far to the ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:01 pm
  • Nelson Family Scholarships awarded

    MCNABB — The annual Nelson Family Scholarships have been awarded to students from Tonica, Mark, Lostant, McNabb, Hennepin, Granville and Mag ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:21 pm
  • Under the Big Top in Granville

    The Culpepper-Merriweather Circus will be in Granville at Putnam County High School presenting two shows at 5 and 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 22. The ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • PCJH Pumas take doubleheader

    MCNABB — The Putnam County Junior High School Pumas opened the 2014 baseball season by taking both ends of a doubleheader on Aug. 16 against ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Lady Pumas take three this week

    MCNABB — The Putnam County Junior High School Lady Pumas took on the Logan Lady Lions of Princeton on Aug. 15 and won in a strong decision, ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • PCHS officially starts 2014 volleyball season

    Putnam County head coach Amy Kreiser talks with her varsity volleyball team about the upcoming volleyball campaign for the Lady Panthers at ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
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  • 'Bobby Ray,' 'Starvin’ Dog,' come to Princeton

    PRINCETON — It was almost 35 years ago that Jim Dossett and his wife, Brenda, first began visiting Princeton and Bureau County.
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Under the Big Top in Granville

    The Culpepper-Merriweather Circus will be in Granville at Putnam County High School presenting two shows at 5 and 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 22. The Perez Trio ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • IVCC July Board meeting minutes

    OGLESBY — To spur fall enrollment, Illinois Valley Community College will offer a free three-hour class to a specific student population, IVCC Preside ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • On the street

    What was your favorite vacation and why? “I like going down to the Lake of the Ozarks every year. It ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Developing a healthy workplace

    PRINCETON — The Bureau/Putnam County Health Department is one of 32 organizations statewide to receive "Illinois Healthy Worksite Designation."
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • More EAB confirmations

    The destructive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been confirmed in Peoria and Tazewell counties, raising the number of infested Illinois counties to 36.
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Meeting Calendar Aug. 20-21

    Aug. 20 Hennepin Village Board, 6 p.m., Hennepin Village Hall Aug. 21 Magnolia Village Board, 7 p. ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • All aboard!

    HENRY — The first passenger train to stop in Henry in more than 30 years is coming on Sept. 13.The p ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Nelson Family Scholarships awarded

    MCNABB — The annual Nelson Family Scholarships have been awarded to students from Tonica, Mark, Lostant, McNabb, Hennepin, Granville and Magnolia. Ala ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:21 pm
  • Mautino receives the ‘Jim Guilinger’ Legislative Award

    Mautino receives the ‘Jim Guilinger’ Legislative Award from the Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Happenings

    GOLF Solorio Memorial Outing SPRING VALLEY — The Frank Solorio Memorial Golf Outing will be held Sa ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Putnam County Hall of Fame seeks nominees

    GRANVILLE — The Putnam County High School Athletic Hall of Fame needs help. The committee needs help from the community to nominate deserving athletes ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • IVCH 5K now a Starved Rock Runners circuit race

    PERU — Now in its fourth year, the annual Illinois Valley Community Hospital Healthy Choices, Healthy You Fall Fitness 5K has been added to the list o ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Edgewood Ladies League

    MCNABB — The Edgewood Ladies League played on Aug. 12 with hostesses being Kathy Kline and Judy Moriarty. The play of the day was best poker hand. Win ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • PCHS officially starts 2014 volleyball season

    Putnam County head coach Amy Kreiser talks with her varsity volleyball team about the upcoming volleyball campaign for the Lady Panthers at the first ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Ali Ciucci scores in Prep tourney

    Putnam County resident Ali Ciucci participated in the Prep Tour at the El Paso Golf Club. Ciucci made a birdie putt on hole 17 of the 18 hole course. ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Lady Pumas take three this week

    MCNABB — The Putnam County Junior High School Lady Pumas took on the Logan Lady Lions of Princeton on Aug. 15 and won in a strong decision, 16-1. Hale ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • PCJH Pumas take doubleheader

    MCNABB — The Putnam County Junior High School Pumas opened the 2014 baseball season by taking both ends of a doubleheader on Aug. 16 against Peru Park ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Edgewood Ladies League

    MCNABB – The Edgewood Ladies League played golf on Aug. 5 with hostesses Cyndi Palm and Jan Booker. Play of the day was net. Winners included: A fligh ...
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Putnam County junior golfers light up the summer tourneys

    HENNEPIN — Ali Cuicci, 12 and sister Gracie Cuicci, 9 along with Ian Roach, 12 have been awful busy this summer. The trio have been chasing little whi ...
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • 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
  • Theresa Deisinger

    MUNDELEIN — Theresa Diane (nee Sepanek-Sczcepanek) Deisinger, 87, of Mundelein since 1965 died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Libertyville.
    Aug. 5, 2014 - 4:45 pm
  • Berna Winship

    PUTNAM — Berna Mae (Jacobs) Winship, 94, Putnam, passed away at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at her farm home at Putnam.
    Aug. 4, 2014 - 5:00 pm
  • Mary Roberts

    MENDOTA — Mary L. Roberts, 78, of Mendota died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Rockford Memorial Hospital. ...
    Aug. 4, 2014 - 2:04 pm
  • William Heinzeroth

    HENNEPIN — William L. Heinzeroth, 65, of Hennepin died Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at his residence in Hennepin.
    Aug. 4, 2014 - 8:15 am
  • Robert Deisinger

    MUNDELEIN — Robert A. Deisinger, 85, of Mundelein since 1965 died Friday, July 25, 2014, in Libertyville.
    July 31, 2014 - 2:53 pm
  • David McDonald

    MCNABB — David A. McDonald, 75, of rural McNabb passed away at 12:17 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at St. Margaret's Hospital in Spring Valley.
    July 28, 2014 - 11:05 am
  • IVCC prepares for fall theater season

    OGLESBY — Illinois Valley Community College’s theatre department will be busy this fall with four productions — all performed off campus as the Cultur ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Reddick Mansion to host herb program

    OTTAWA — At 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, the Reddick Mansion Association will present Introduction to Culinary Herbs, by Holly Hughes, master gardener an ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • John Gorka to open Princeton Coffeehouse season

    PRINCETON — Singer-songwriter John Gorka, famed for his albums and his live performances, will ap ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Food court 8-20

    We’re getting into the last days of summer heat; how about some cooling summer drinks that will cool you all off? Everyone likes a cold drink in the s ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • By the Book

    HENNEPIN — Join the library for game day at 3 p.m. Aug. 22. Participants will enjoy all sorts of games including Wii Play, Wii Sports, Rock Band and m ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Thank you for your support

    To the Editor, The Putnam County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post would like to thank everyone for supp ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Visions support group meeting

    SPRING VALLEY — Visions, a support group for anyone with any type of visual problem, will meet from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Aug. 21 in St. Margaret’s first fl ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Testin-Wink

    Kelly Marie Testin of Wenona and Ryan William Ethan Wink of Standard were united in marriage Aug. 2 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wenona.
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Putnam County School menus Aug. 25-29

    Breakfast Aug. 25 — Whole grain bagel with cream cheese or cereal, fruit, juice, milk. Aug. 26 — Bis ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Artisan Market planned

    PRINCETON — The second annual Hornbaker Gardens Artisan Market will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 6.
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 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. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • 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
  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: The following is another column in the ongoing series by former BCR Staff Writer Barb Kromphardt and her battle with breast cancer.
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Fun at the Field of Dreams

    This is to acknowledge the great time Diana and I had on Aug. 8 at Darrell and Jeanne Alleman’s Field of Dreams north of Granville. Thanks to their ho ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: This is an ongoing column from Barb Kromphardt regarding her journey with breast cancer.
    Aug. 5, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Field of Dreams

    The Putnam County Community turned out big July 26 to celebrate the life of Betty King Cimei at the Jim Goldasich Memorial Hall in McNabb. For more th ...
    Aug. 5, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Taking my own pilgrimage

    I’ve been thinking a lot about pilgrimages lately, how we are all on them, whether we realize it or not.
    July 29, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • Field of Dreams

    My oldest first cousin, Russell (Coonie) Alleman Jr., passed away on July 13. Our grandparents were Amos and Bertha (Kessler) Alleman. My father, Walt ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: This is another installment in a series by former staff writer Barb Kromphardt.After ...
    July 22, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Weather or not

    Bear with me on this one, but it will make sense eventually.Last July, I went to the LaSalle and Mar ...
    July 22, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Game winners announced at the M-P Fair

    HENRY — The M-P Fair Special Events Committee sponsored many contests for the 2014 Fair.In the spiri ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Verucchi's Ristorante marks 100th year in business

    SPRING VALLEY — Five generations of "famiglia" or family has kept the doors open of Verucchi's Ristorante in Spring Valley, which recently celebrated ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Illini State Bank receives five-star rating

    TONICA — Illini State Bank in Tonica has received a five-star rating from BauerFinancial Inc., the nation’s bank rating firm. Illini State Bank has re ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • IVCH nurse earns ABCGN certification

    PERU — Chris Debosik, a registered nurse at Illinois Valley Community Hospital, has been certified by the American Board of Certification for Gastroen ...
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Ficek Electric wins state contract

    LASALLE — Jennifer Bias, president of Ficek Electric and Communications Inc., LaSalle, has announced that on July 8, the state of Illinois officially ...
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • IVCC nursing program gets $20,000 donation

    OGLESBY — The Illinois Valley Community College nursing program recently received $20,000 for instructional equipment from the Adele Bucar estate.
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Illinois Valley SHRM officers

    The Illinois Valley Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2014 Board members are Beth Heaton (front row, from left), president; JoAnn Johnson, ...
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • 40 under Forty nominess needed

    OGLESBY — The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Illinois Valley Community College will host its fourth annual “40 Under Forty” event and i ...
    Aug. 5, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • TCOC elects officers

    ROCK FALLS — Officers of the Tri-County Opportunities Council's Community Action Agency were elected at the council's annual meeting on June 24.
    Aug. 5, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Health department releases scores

    The Bureau/Putnam County Health Department makes routine and unannounced visits each month to various food service establishments in Bureau and Putnam ...
    Aug. 5, 2014 - 4:01 pm