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  • First Person — Becky Johnson

    Name: Becky Johnson City: Magnolia. Where did you grow up: Adair, Ill. Family: Husband, Brandon; daughters, Ashley, 15, Cassie,12, Sarah, 8. ...
    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 fa ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • Cook, Wink are 4-H Ambassadors

    HENRY — Meagan Cook of the Wenona Highlighters and Megan Wink of the PC Progressors were crowned as the new Marshall-Putnam 4-H Royal Ambass ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:10 pm
  • Putnam County Golf Invitational a success

    MCNABB — The annual Putnam County Golf Invitational was held July 26 at Edgewood Golf Course. The event was organized by Eric and Mandy Ciuc ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • Cast and chorus members for 'The Little Mermaid Jr.'

    The cast of River Valley Players Youth Theatre production of “The Little Mermaid Jr.” impressed audiences July 18-20 with the delightful pro ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Extreme bull riding comes to the BC Fair

    PRINCETON — Get ready for heart-pounding, bone breaking action as SEBRA Extreme Bull Riding comes to the 159th Bureau County Fair in Princet ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:01 pm
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  • Are we really what we eat?

    When a person hears the phrase “genetically modified food,” it sometimes brings Frankensteinian images to mind from science fiction: Food that can hel ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:10 pm
  • PCCC hires new outreach coordinator

    STANDARD — The Putnam County Community Center has a new officer. Gwen Bray has been added to the staff as the new outreach coordinator. The outreach c ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:10 pm
  • Cook, Wink are 4-H Ambassadors

    HENRY — Meagan Cook of the Wenona Highlighters and Megan Wink of the PC Progressors were crowned as the new Marshall-Putnam 4-H Royal Ambassadors on J ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:10 pm
  • Bird tests positive for WNV

    PRINCETON — Area surveillance for the West Nile Virus (WNV) has confirmed a dead crow in Sterling has tested positive for the virus.
    July 29, 2014 - 4:10 pm
  • Standard Fire Department hosts tractor pull

    The Standard Fire Department hosted its annual Tractor Pull on July 20. More than 1,000 people watched the pull, enjoyed food and excitement. The proc ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:10 pm
  • Putnam County Schools: In the black

    GRANVILLE — The Putnam County School District Board received good news in regards to the final numbers of the 2013-14 school budget. The fiscal year e ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:10 pm
  • Route 71 set for work through Standard

    CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new state capital construction bill that invests $1.1 billion in road and bridge projects to improve transportation, ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • Meeting Calendar

    August 5 Granville Village Board, 6:30 p.m., Granville Village Hall.Mark Village Board, 7 p.m., Mark ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • Putnam County to hold delinquent properties auction

    HENNEPIN – Putnam County, as trustee, has completed their tax deed proceedings on real estate properties that were delinquent for 2010 and prior real ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • First Person — Becky Johnson

    Name: Becky Johnson City: Magnolia. Where did you grow up: Adair, Ill. Family: Husband, Brandon; dau ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • Putnam County’s Sabotta keeps running

    MCNABB – For Jon Sabotta, a soon to be sophomore, it’s all about genetics. The “its” is running and Sabotta has been enjoying long distance running on ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • Lady Pumas, Panthers host softball camp

    Coach Chris Walker (left) demonstrates stretching exercises to Gracie Ciucci, Tori Balma, Grace Ebel, Gabbie Smith, Emma Edens, Linzee Fay and Abigail ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • PC/Hall wrestlers attend seminar

    GRANVILLE — Putnam County/Hall head wrestling coach Jerry Kriewald never stops looking for ways to assist his young team in getting better over the su ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • Lady Panthers continue summer league play

    Paige Griffith returns the ball during a game on July 24. The Lady Panthers will play one more summer league set of games on July 31.
    July 29, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • Putnam County Golf Invitational a success

    MCNABB — The annual Putnam County Golf Invitational was held July 26 at Edgewood Golf Course. The event was organized by Eric and Mandy Ciucci and pro ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • Happenings

    GOLF SVWC golf outing SPRING VALLEY – The Spring Valley Walleye Club 4-man golf scramble will be hel ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Team of the Week — Magnolia Cheetahs

    The Illinois Valley Scene visited with the Magnolia Girls Instructional League team and asked them about a few of their favorites. Here are their repl ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Instructional League girls learn their skills

    Magnolia Cheetahs batter Kacie Coleman (right) gets ready to hit during the Instructional Girls Softball League Magnolia vs. Hennepin contest on June ...
    July 22, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Team of the Week

    Illinois Valley Scene asked the Hennepin Girls Instructional Softball League team two questions: What is your favorite position to play and who do you ...
    July 22, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Happenings

    TENNIS Tiger Classic PRINCETON — The Tiger Tennis Classic will be coming up with singles play this w ...
    July 22, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Robert Deisinger

    MUNDELEIN — Robert A. Deisinger, 85, of Mundelein since 1965 died Friday, July 25, 2014, in Libertyville.
    July 31, 2014 - 2:52 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
  • Gerald Perzee

    MANGNOLIA — Gerald Lee Perzee, 67, of Magnolia died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
    July 24, 2014 - 8:20 am
  • Albert Cook

    MUSTANG, Okla. — Albert J. Cook of Mustang, Okla., died at Mercy Hospital on Tuesday July 8, 2014. H ...
    July 11, 2014 - 9:00 am
  • Michael Vaskie Jr.

    MCNABB — Michael James Vaskie Jr., 70, of McNabb died Sunday, July 6, 2014, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
    July 9, 2014 - 9:28 am
  • Dave O'Connor

    HENNEPIN — Pierce David "Dave" O’Connor, 83, of Hennepin died Sunday, July 6, 2014, at his residence with his family by his side.
    July 9, 2014 - 8:35 am
  • Dave O’Connor

    HENNEPIN — Dave O’Connor, 83, of Hennepin died Sunday, July 6, 2014, at his residence in Hennepin.Ar ...
    July 7, 2014 - 8:50 am
  • Mike Vaskie

    MCNABB — Mike Vaskie of McNabb died Sunday, July 6, 2014, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
    July 7, 2014 - 8:50 am
  • Jennie Balestri

    PERU — Jennie Balestri, 95, of Liberty Village, Manor Court, Peru (formerly of Hennepin) passed away on Friday, June 27, 2014.
    June 30, 2014 - 9:41 am
  • Betty Cimei

    MCNABB — Betty J. Cimei, 84, of McNabb passed away Friday, June 20, 2014, at Heartland Health Care in Henry.
    June 23, 2014 - 8:25 am
  • MagnoliAffaire coming Aug. 15-17

    MAGNOLIA — Magnolia’s summertime celebration MagnoliAffaire is scheduled for Aug. 15, 16 and 17 with a full slate of fun and entertainment.
    July 29, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • PCPS school supply lists available online

    HENNEPIN — Putnam County Primary School parents can check out their children’s school supply lists online. All of the school’s supply lists are now po ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • 'Evening Under The Stars'

    UTICA — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Starved Rock State Park will present "Evening Under The Stars" on Aug. 1.
    July 29, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Hennepin UMC prepares for Harvest Home

    HENNEPIN — Preparations are underway at the Hennepin United Methodist Church for the 102nd annual Harvest Home celebration to be held Sept. 20.
    July 29, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Archery event planned for MagnoliAffaire

    MAGNOLIA — MagnoliAffaire will play host to a 3-D archery tournament on Aug. 16.The 3-D Archery Clas ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Golf fundraiser for MagnoliAffaire Aug. 23

    MCNABB — A golf outing fundraiser for this year’s MagnoliAffaire will be Aug. 23 at Edgewood Golf Course south of McNabb on Route 89.
    July 29, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Cast and chorus members for 'The Little Mermaid Jr.'

    The cast of River Valley Players Youth Theatre production of “The Little Mermaid Jr.” impressed audiences July 18-20 with the delightful production. T ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Putnam County Ag Museum Open House

    HENNEPIN — The Putnam County Historical Society will celebrate its Agricultural Museum Open House on Aug. 24 in Hennepin.
    July 29, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • IVCC Adult Education offers free classes

    OGLESBY — The Adult Education program at Illinois Valley Community College is offering free General Educational Development (GED), Adult Basic Educati ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Master Gardener class at U of I Extension office

    HENRY — The Marshall-Putnam Extension Master Gardeners will present an educational gardening program on Aug. 12.
    July 29, 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
  • Field of Dreams

    If you wanted to see a real live cow, pig, horse, chicken or cars smoking each other, the 93rd annual Marshall-Putnam Fair was the place to be. The fa ...
    July 22, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Readin', writin' and CPR...

    On June 5 this year, Gov. Pat Quinn sent a law through that might have gone under the radar for most of us. I caught it, but it got shuffled to the ba ...
    July 28, 2014 - 10:25 am
  • Field of dreams

    I have known since I was a child growing up on a dairy farm that cows are special animals. Recently I read an article written by Jerry Nine in the Mid ...
    July 15, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: This is the second installment in an ongoing column by Barb Kromphardt.On Monday morn ...
    July 8, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • In this case ...

    The Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision June 30 that will have repercussions for a long time to come. It’s a case that was guara ...
    July 14, 2014 - 3:37 pm
  • Field of Dreams

    I know I speak for all Dads because Father’s Day has been every day since my first child, Debby, was born on March 23, 1952, followed by Kim, Janeen a ...
    July 1, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Illini State Bank offers investment services

    OGLESBY — Illini State Bank introduces Illini Investment Services, a new division aimed at providing its customers and communities with the investment ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • MCH hosts food service course

    MENDOTA — A food service sanitation manager certification course will be offered at in Conference Room C at Mendota Community Hospital, 1401 E. 12th S ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • Salzman to speak at luncheon

    OGLESBY — The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Illinois Valley Community College and Starved Rock Startups are hosting a noon luncheon Th ...
    July 29, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • Taglia named Five Star Professional

    OTTAWA – Linda Taglia of 1st Farm Credit Services has been chosen as a Five Star Professional for 2014.
    July 29, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • Dollars and sense

    Year after year, in bull and bear markets, investors make some all-too-common blunders. They have been written about, talked about and critiqued at so ...
    July 22, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Blackburn earns certification

    SPRING VALLEY — Lisa Blackburn, St. Margaret’s director of human resources, recently earned certification as a senior professional in human resources ...
    July 22, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • St. Margaret’s awarded an 'A' in hospital safety study

    SPRING VALLEY — Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the latest Hospital Safety Score ...
    July 15, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • North Central Bank receives five-star rating

    HENNEPIN — North Central Bank has received a five-star rating from BauerFinancial Inc., the nation’s bank rating firm. North Central Bank has received ...
    July 15, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Nielsen joins AgVenture Pureline

    PRINCETON — AgVenture Pureline Seed Co. has welcomed AgVenture yield specialist Becky Nielsen to the team. Nielsen will work with customers across nor ...
    July 15, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic welcomes Dr. Brackett

    PRINCETON — Perry Memorial Hospital is announcing the addition of Dr. E. Boone Brackett to the Perry Memorial Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic.
    July 8, 2014 - 3:00 pm