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  • Varsity boys golf takes first and second

    MCNABB — The Panther boys varsity golf squad took a first and a second place in meets recently.On Sept. 17, the Panthers hosted Midland High ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Cyclones Silver fall to the East Peoria Raiders

    Blade Raigins (left), Zach Schwanke, Dante Rosa and Fairall break from scrimmage as the Marshall County Cyclones Silver drop their contest 3 ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • JV Panthers run well at BV Invitational

    WALNUT — The Putnam County Panthers cross country squad ran in the 35 team Bureau Valley High School Invitational on Sept. 20. The junior va ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Field of Dreams

    I for one will miss the stories Stanley Kays would always tell me whenever we could see each other ... and then his heartfelt laugh after he ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Harvesting happiness

    Justice Petersen (left) paints a gold Panther paw on the cheek of a young girl during the Hennepin Harvest Home Celebration on Sept. 20. Pet ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • PC farmer visits preschool

    Putnam County preschool students stand in front of local farmer Luke Holly’s John Deere combine in the school parking lot. Holly brought his ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:01 pm
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  • It takes more than a village to raise a child

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released its annual report on the cost of raising a child from birth to age 17. The latest stud ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Putnam County Rotary hands out dictionaries

    Madison Boggio (right) and Gavin Cimei look through their new dictionaries from the Putnam County Rotary. Each year the Putnam County Rotary hands out ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • PC School Board gears up for election

    GRANVILLE — Putnam County CUSD 535 will have three school board seats to be filled at the April 7, 2015, consolidated election. Candidates who are ele ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Street work nearing completion in Mark

    MARK — Work continues on street projects in Mark with most work expected to be done before the end of the month. That was the news delivered by Villag ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Vendor fair to benefit endometriosis sufferers

    HENNEPIN — There will be a vendor fair during the Hennepin town-wide garage sales on Sept. 27 with charity at its heart.
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Hennepin presents Deck Vocational scholarships

    HENNEPIN – The Hennepin Village Board met on Sept. 17. At the top of the agenda was the presentation of the annual Deck Vocational scholarships.
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Granville a step closer to codifying ordinances

    GRANVILLE — The Granville Village Board began its Sept. 16 meeting with a moment of silence for long-time village employee Karen Richardson. Richardso ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • EV-D68 not yet in Putnam County

    HENNEPIN — So far, Putnam County has apparently been spared the respiratory virus that’s sweeping through the state. Illinois is among 12 states repor ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Harvesting happiness

    Justice Petersen (left) paints a gold Panther paw on the cheek of a young girl during the Hennepin Harvest Home Celebration on Sept. 20. Petersen was ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Democrat upcoming events

    Oct. 4 — The Committee to Elect Brad Popurella Golf Outing will be held at Edgewood Golf Course in McNabb. Registration and lunch will be at noon with ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • ...And then there were four

    NORMAL — The Putnam County Lady Pumas' first round of the IESA Junior High Girls Softball Tournament was everything a championship level game should b ...
    Sept. 26, 2014 - 9:18 pm
  • Cyclones Silver fall to the East Peoria Raiders

    Blade Raigins (left), Zach Schwanke, Dante Rosa and Fairall break from scrimmage as the Marshall County Cyclones Silver drop their contest 3 to 1 agai ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Edgewood Ladies League plays Sept. 16

    MCNABB – The Edgewood Ladies League played on Sept. 16. Hostesses were Marge VanNess and Donna Berry. The Play of the day is Best Poker Hand. Winners ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • PC takes second

    MCNABB — The Putnam County Lady Panther varsity golf team took second place in a close loss in their meet last week. LaSalle Peru took the win with a ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Putnam County takes two

    GRANVILLE — The Lady Panthers varsity volleyball squad got back on track this week with two wins against Tri-County Conference opponents.
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Varsity boys golf takes first and second

    MCNABB — The Panther boys varsity golf squad took a first and a second place in meets recently.On Se ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Varsity Panthers win two over the weekend

    WINDSOR — The Putnam County Panthers varsity baseball squad won both ends of their doubleheader on Sept. 20. The Panthers beat Odin High School 4-3 an ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Pumas heading into regional finals

    WENONA — The Putnam County Junior High School Pumas won their Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) semifinal regional contest easily on Sept. ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • JV Panthers run well at BV Invitational

    WALNUT — The Putnam County Panthers cross country squad ran in the 35 team Bureau Valley High School Invitational on Sept. 20. The junior varsity squa ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Happenings

    RUNNING L-P Cavs 5K LASALLE — The LaSalle-Peru Cavalier 5K run/walk will be held Sept. 28. Registrat ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 3:59 pm
  • Robbie Tonarelli

    MINOOKA — Robbie W. Tonarelli, 59, of Minooka, formerly of the Illinois Valley area, passed away suddenly Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.
    Sept. 26, 2014 - 1:53 pm
  • Georgiana Conibear

    ATLANTIC, Iowa — Georgiana Conibear of Atlantic, Iowa, formerly of Peoria, departed this life on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at Heritage House in Atlanti ...
    Sept. 26, 2014 - 12:15 pm
  • Anthony 'Tony' Huchel

    CARLOCK — Anthony Eugene "Tony" Huchel, 63, of Carlock passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Lake City, Minn.
    Sept. 25, 2014 - 12:40 pm
  • Bradley Phillips

    OHIO, Ill. — Bradley R. Phillips, 61, of Ohio, Ill., died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at the Walnut Manor Nursing Home in Walnut.
    Sept. 22, 2014 - 2:00 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. 22, 2014 - 3:45 pm
  • 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 - 8:34 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 - 10:09 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
  • PC farmer visits preschool

    Putnam County preschool students stand in front of local farmer Luke Holly’s John Deere combine in the school parking lot. Holly brought his combine t ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Pumpkins, produce and crafts

    GRANVILLE — The annual craft show for local crafters is Sept. 27 and 28 at Boggio’s Orchard and Produce in Granville. The event is always held on the ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Bike ride planned for families

    PRINCETON — A G.R.A.N.T. (Get Riding 4 Autism's New Tomorrow) ride has been scheduled for Sept. 27 in Princeton. This event is an Autism Awareness bik ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Putnam County Community Center menus

    Sept. 29 — Chicken and dumplings, peas and carrots, gelatin salad, apple juice, wheat bread. Sept. 3 ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Princeton Moose Lodge will host autism fundraiser

    PRINCETON — The Princeton Moose Lodge will host an Easter Seals Autism Awareness fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Moose Lodge, 1339 N. Euclid ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Utica’s inaugural Angel of HopeFest is Oct. 5

    UTICA — On Oct. 5, downtown Utica will play host to a legendary Chicago blues band, dozens of talented artisans and one very inspiring artist.
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Adler Theater hosts Festival of Praise Tour

    DAVENPORT — The Festival of Praise Tour 2014, featuring multiple Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award-winning recording artists Fred Hammond and Donnie McCl ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Scarecrow Festival celebrates fall

    DIXON — The 18th annual Scarecrow Festival presented by Hicks Insurance will be in downtown Dixon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 27. This year, the even ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Putnam County Schools menus

    Breakfast Sept. 29 — Cereal and toast, fruit, juice, Gogurt, milk. Sept. 30 — Sausage and toast or c ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • RVP presents ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’

    HENRY — The River Valley Players will take theater-goers back to the ‘50s when they present “The Marvelous Wonderettes” on Oct. 24, 25 and 26, and Nov ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • More than just a typical vacation

    I have a deep love for mountains covered in pine trees, the nothingness of South Dakota, the moon-like Badlands, the big sky of Montana, the weirdness ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Field of Dreams

    I for one will miss the stories Stanley Kays would always tell me whenever we could see each other ... and then his heartfelt laugh after he got to th ...
    Sept. 23, 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
  • 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 ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • 'Tis the season ...

    Putnam County farmers Jim Berg and Chris Berg combine a field of corn outside of Hennepin off Route 26 on Sept. 17.
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 4:00 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