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  • Is your car seat safe?

    HENNEPIN — Seatbelts save lives; something most people realize. In accordance, child safety seats save lives as well. However, if not used c ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Alleman thanks all who made Aug. 8 a success

    “Build it, and they will come.” There is so much truth in that statement; the Putnam County Rotary and the Alleman Field of Dreams hosted a ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Puma baseball 3-0 this past week

    MCNABB — The Putnam County Junior High Puma baseball team took on three challengers this past week and emerged victorious in each contest.On ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Varsity Panthers lose opening meet

    PRINCETON — A young Putnam County High School varsity Panther golf squad took on their first meet for the 2014 on the road at Chapel Hill Go ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Lady Panthers varsity 1-1 on the week

    MCNABB — The Putnam County Lady Panthers varsity golf team went 1-1 in two home meets this past week.On Aug. 19, the squad took on the Princ ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Lady Panther varsity hard at work

    Putnam County Lady Panther varsity volleyball players get a workout at practice this past week. The contest was to return the ball by server ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
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  • World’s largest national mock election accepting enrollees for 2014 midterms

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Schools and teachers nationwide are encouraged toenroll now for the National Stud ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • On the street

    What are you looking forward to when you go back to school? "I don't really know. Well, maybe some o ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • ‘A’ means ‘always driven’

    TONICA — Many people who own antique cars store them away. They spend the days up on blocks and only come out for car shows and the occasional summer ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 10:05 am
  • Back to school ... back to budget

    GRANVILLE — The tentative budget for Fiscal Year 2015 was presented to the Putnam County School Board of Education at their monthly meeting on Aug. 18 ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Property taxes due Sept. 9

    HENNEPIN — Kevin Kunkel, Putnam County treasurer, reminds area residents the second installment of the Putnam County property taxes are due Sept. 9. P ...
    Aug. 29, 2014 - 11:40 am
  • Codification of village ordinances

    GRANVILLE — The Granville Village Board wasted little time churning through a very light agenda at its Aug. 19 meeting, with the topic garnering the m ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Commission OKs rezoning for medical marijuana

    HENNEPIN — The Hennepin Village Planning and Zoning Commission met on Aug. 20 and held a public hearing regarding the possible rezoning of property no ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Is that a drone in Putnam County?

    HENNEPIN — Reviewing ordinances and the appointment of people to various boards were on the top of the agenda at the Hennepin Village Board meeting on ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Class of 2027 ... welcome to recess!

    Fernando Pompa (left) Isaac Mocu, Veronica Mack and Chloe Parcher race with the new bouncing balls at recess during school last week. The children are ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Street work continues in Mark

    MARK — The road repairs will continue in Mark. At its Aug. 19 meeting, the village board accepted the bid for the next street project.
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Lady Pumas beat Midland, Marquette

    MCNABB – The Putnam County Junior High School Lady Pumas played in away games this past week and won them both.
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Happenings

    BOCCE BALL Labor Day Tournament TOLUCA — The annual Labor Day Bocce Ball Tournament will be held Su ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Lady Panther varsity hard at work

    Putnam County Lady Panther varsity volleyball players get a workout at practice this past week. The contest was to return the ball by servers and see ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Lady Panthers varsity 1-1 on the week

    MCNABB — The Putnam County Lady Panthers varsity golf team went 1-1 in two home meets this past week.
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Varsity Panthers lose opening meet

    PRINCETON — A young Putnam County High School varsity Panther golf squad took on their first meet for the 2014 on the road at Chapel Hill Golf Course ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Puma baseball 3-0 this past week

    MCNABB — The Putnam County Junior High Puma baseball team took on three challengers this past week and emerged victorious in each contest.
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Open house — Kunkel

    An open house to celebrate the 90th birthday of Al Kunkel of Lostant will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 31 at his home, 113 N. 16th Road, Lostant.
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 11:13 am
  • Circa ‘21 will present ‘White Christmas’

    ROCK ISLAND — Located in downtown Rock Island, the Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse has been treating audiences to the absolute finest in dining and profess ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Figge hosts Two Americans in Paris exhibit

    DAVENPORT, Iowa —Two Americans in Paris: Stuart Davis and Grant Wood will be the first exhibition to open in the newly named Katz Gallery on the secon ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • State Fair 4-H winners announced

    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Fair is one of the highlights of the summer for many youth in Marshall-Putnam. To earn the honor of taking your 4-H p ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ comes to the Adler Theatre

    DAVENPORT, Iowa — As haunting and unforgettable as ever, “Jekyll & Hyde” is back and coming to Adler Theatre in Davenport Sept. 30. Tickets went on sa ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • IVCC schedules auditions

    OGLESBY — Auditions for Illinois Valley Community College’s theatre department’s fall productions will be at 4 p.m. Aug. 27 and 28 in room C 316. Audi ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • IVCIL to host autism workshop

    LASALLE — Family Matters PTIC and Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living will present a workshop on children with autism spectrum disorder and ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Food Court 8-27

    Seventy-five years ago, the Nestle Toll House Morsel hit the shelves of our grocery stores. It’s difficult to believe that delicious little chocolate ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • SMH offers CPR class

    SPRING VALLEY — St. Margaret’s Hospital and the American Heart Association will offer a CPR class at 6 p.m. on Sept. 2 in the first floor presentation ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Visions support group to meet

    SPRING VALLEY — Visions, a support group for anyone with any type of visual problem, will meet from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sept. 4 in St. Margaret’s first fl ...
    Aug. 26, 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
  • 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
  • American Board of Otolaryngology certifies Musgrave

    PERU — Dr. Brandon Musgrave, an ear, nose and throat specialist on the medical staff at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru, has been certified ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Bringing Cajun to McNabb

    MCNABB — It’s more than 850 miles from McNabb to Lake Catherine, La., on the east end of New Orleans — just a touch more than 14 hours. It sits on the ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 10:03 am
  • Local entrepreneurs create economic development initiative

    Starved Rock Country Alliance, a group of local entrepreneurs, has launched a new initiative to promote economic development in the upper Illinois Val ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 4:00 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