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Scary Scandinavian Stories in Bishop Hill

Scary Scandinavian Stories and Creatures program by Dr. Kimberly La Palm of Augustana College will begin at 7:30PM on October 25 at the Colony School in Bishop Hill, located at 405 W. Main Street in Bishop Hill, Illinois. This is a free program open to the public. Refreshments will be available following the program. Attendees are encouraged to wear a costume or crazy hat/clothing.


Dr. La Palm spent her career focusing on Scandinavian folklore and literature. She holds a position as Assistant Professor of Scandinavian Studies at Augustana, which she has held for the past 2 years. She actively participates in the American-Scandinavian Association at Augustana.


The Vasa Order of America is a Swedish-American fraternal organization that promotes Nordic heritage and culture in the US and Canada. We welcome women and men over 14 years of age who are committed to the promotion and advancement of Nordic heritage and culture. For more information, contact Kathy Cuff at the Vasa National Archives 309-927-3898 or VasaArchivist@gmail.com

Week 8 Area Varsity Football


Princeton 42 - Monmouth/Roseville 13

Orion 55 - Bureau Valley 0

Hall 33 - Fulton 32

Kewanee 22 - Sherrard 14

St. Bede 24 - Erie/Prophetstown 23

Morrison 27 - Rockridge 13

Sterling 49 - United Township 13

Dixon 47 - Winnebago 0

Mendota 26 - Rock Falls 21

Amboy/LaMoille 25 - Milledgeville 8

Sycamore 45 - LaSalle/Peru 0
Kirkland Hiawatha 49 - Marquette 20

Illinois Valley Central 48 - Bloomington Central Catholic 34

Annawan/Wethersfield 48 - West Central 18

Mercer County 8 - Princeville 7

Stark County 37 - Mid-County 15
Fieldcrest 21 - Eureka 17

Morris 35 - Kaneland 30

Rock Island 35 - Quincy 19

Alleman 27 - Galesburg 14

Moline 42 - Geneseo 6



Newman at Riverdale


8-Man Football
Low Point/Washburn at Lake Forest

Tigers Top Titans In Senior Night At Bryant Field

The Princeton Tigers used another strong rushing game from Ronde Worrels to win their regular season home finale in a 42-13 win over Monmouth-Roseville at Bryant Field.  The junior back had scoring runs of 18 and 66 yards in staking the Tigers to a 14-0 lead after one quarter.  Worrels' 5 yard run stretched the lead to 21-0 in the second quarter.  The Titans got on the scoreboard on Colton Russell's 21 yard TD run in the second quarter.  Worrels' scored again with just 6 seconds left before halftime on a 1 yard run.  Wyatt Davis and Max Taylor each had an interception to lead the Tigers defense in the first half as they went into the locker room up 28-7.  Princeton QB Tyler Gibson tossed a 12 yard scoring pass to Wyatt Davis to push the lead to 35-7 in the third quarter.  Later in the quarter, Gibson connected with Davis again on a 47 yard TD strike to make it 42-7.  The Titans' Rashaun King scored on a QB keeper to cut the Tigers lead to 42-13 midway through the fourth quarter.  Neither team would score the rest of the way.  Worrels led the Tiger attack with 12 carries for 126 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Tyler Gibson was 10 of 14 passing for 208 yards and 2 TDs.  Wyatt Davis caught both of those scores and finished with 6 receptions for 120 yards while Noah Atkinson added 88 yards receiving on 4 catches.  Junior kicker Jaimie Reinhardt made all 6 of his PAT kicks for the Tigers.  Princeton improved to 7-1 while Monmouth-Roseville dropped to 3-5.  The Tigers are 5-0 in confrence play and are on the road for their regular season finale at Erie-Prophetstown.  Norm Vandermoon and Curtis Odell will have the broadcast on WZOE-AM 1490 and streaming live at princetonnewsnow.com and the princetonnewsnow.com WZOE Facebook page.


Here are the Tigers scoring plays...


Following the game PHS junior back Ronde Worrels visited with the Norm and Curtis...


Storm Still Looking For First Win After Week 8 Loss At Orion

The Bureau Valley Storm dropped a 55-0 matchup to Orion on Friday night in week 8 varsity football action.  Lineman Bryce Taylor was named the BV Offensive Player of the Game.  Defensive Player of the Game honors went to Storm senior tackle James Krieger.  The Chargers improved to 5-3 and became playoff eligible.  Bureau Valley fell to 0-8 and will again look for their first win of the season when they host Riverdale in Senior Night at Turbine Field in Manlius in the Storm's season finale.  Tim Catton and Dave Shepard will have the broadcast on Z98 and streaming live at Z98's Facebook page.


Following the game, BV Head Coach Mat Pistole spoke with the Z98 broadcast crew...


Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team Make Arrest In Mendota

On Friday, October 11, 2019, the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team (TRIDENT), along with Mendota Police arrested Matthew D. McPheeters (38) at his residence located at 111 S. 13th Ave in Mendota, IL on an original LaSalle County Arrest Warrant for two (2) counts of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Cocaine (Class 1 Felony.)


The arrest warrant was obtained, with the assistance of the LaSalle County States Attorney’s Office, following an investigation by TRIDENT, into cocaine sales in Mendota. During the investigation TRIDENT Agents conducted several controlled purchases of cocaine from McPheeters.


As a result of the investigation a search warrant was also obtained to search McPheeters residence of 111 S. 13th Ave in Mendota, IL. During the search TRIDENT located over 40 grams of cocaine, cocaine processing material and firearms.


McPheeters was later transported to the LaSalle County Jail where he is being held on the warrants ($500,000.00 – 10%.) Further charges from the items located in the search warrant are  under review of the LaSalle County State’s Attorney.

All subjects are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team Make Arrest in Princeton

On October 15, 2019 at approx. 3:48pm, the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team (TRIDENT) conducted a buy/bust operation on West Peru St. in Princeton, IL. 


During the operation TRIDENT Agents conducted a controlled purchase of approx. one (1) gram of methamphetamine from Phillip P. Castelli (36) of Tiskilwa, IL. Following the purchase Agents took Castelli into custody. During the arrest another individual, Paul C. Hayden (36) of Princeton, IL had over six (6) additional grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia that was located near him. 


Both Castelli and Hayden were transported to the Princeton Police Department by Bureau County Sheriff’s Deputies to continue the investigation. 


Following the investigation Castelli was charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine – Class 2 Felony and Hayden was charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine – Class 2 Felony.


Castelli and Hayden are being held at the Bureau County Jail.


All subjects are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

TRIDENT consists of LaSalle, Streator, Princeton, Oglesby, Ottawa and Mendota Police Departments along with LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam County Sheriff’s Offices.

Boy Scout Troop 1063 Recruitment Event

Princeton Boy Scout Troop 1063 will be holding a recruitment event on Saturday, October 26th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM for any boy in 5th grade and at least 10 years of age, but not yet 18 years old.  The event will be held near the horseshoe pit of Bureau County Fairgrounds in Princeton.


Various scouting activities will be showcased during this event and include rope making, Dutch oven cooking, para-cord making and camp fire building.  Each boy attending will be able to take home the rope and para-cord that they made and try out the food made in the Dutch oven. There will also be a first aid demonstration and an archery stations.  An event that has something for everyone!


Troop 1063 meets troop meets year-round on Monday nights at 7:00 PM at the Hampshire Colony Church in Princeton.  Anyone interested in learning about Boy Scouts or this event may contact our Scoutmaster, Jeremy Whitfield at 815-866-7966.


Upcoming Events at the Princeton Public Library

Annual Halloween Costume Party


The Princeton Public Library Youth Services Department will host its annual Halloween Costume Party for Pre-K through 4th grade on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. The evening will start at 6:00 pm with gathering songs and a story, followed by a costume parade and judging. Costumes will be judged in four categories, Funniest, Spookiest, Cutest, and Judges’ Choice, in two age categories, Pre-K to 1st grade and 2nd grade and up. After awards are presented, magician and artist Dan Laib will be our special guest, bringing his Magic and Art Show to the library main circulation area.


Advanced sign-up is requested—stop by the Youth Services desk or call 815-875-1331, ext.220.




Thirteen local artists present “Behind the Inspiration”, a biennial exhibit featuring original works of art by art teachers of Bureau County. The exhibit will include a variety of media including ceramics, acrylic paintings, silk screen printing, photography, watercolor and jewelry.  Each artist has been or continues to be a teacher of art in Bureau County. 

Schools represented include Princeton elementary and High School, Bureau Valley schools, Depue, Peru, and Illinois Valley Community College. 


An opening reception will be held on Friday, November 8th, at 6:00 and will include refreshments. The artists will be available at that time to answer questions about their pieces.  This exhibition  will remain displayed through November 22nd,during regular library hours. 


The Princeton Public Library Receives Generous Donation


The Princeton Public Library received generous donations from Linda Gustafson and memorials made for Roger Gustafson. These gifts have provided the library with a new outdoor addition of a paved area, plantings and a 500 pound frog named Jeremiah. The area of pavers connects the handicap parking area to the entrance of the library. Jeremiah lends a whimsical aesthetic to the existing water fountain feature. Two benches matching the existing bench on the southeast part of the front lawn will be added soon to offer patrons the opportunity to sit and enjoy the surroundings.


Roger Gustafson was a great contributor to the community and the particularly the library. He dedicated his time and wisdom as a member of the board of trustees from September, 2013 until the time of his passing in November, 2016. Roger was a very active supporter and patron of the library. He also enjoyed being outdoors and gardening, making the creation of this park-like area especially appropriate in tying together two things that were important to him. Roger’s wife, Linda worked closely with Josh Schnaitor of Prairie Nursery and Landscaping to produce a sitting area that reflected Roger’s personality as it would complement the existing landscaping maintained by Jane Morris, The Gardening Governess. Board Member Jan English also participated in the planning as a representative of the library. Together, these individuals have provided a comfortable outdoor area that all library patrons in the community can enjoy for years to come.



 There will be a free seminar about retirement and investing.  It will be put on by Cyr Financial and they will talk about - how much do you need to retire, how to protect your portfolio, and social security & pension answers.  This seminar will by held on Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:30 at the Princeton Public Library.  This program is free and all are welcome to attend.  Register by calling 815-925-7501 or CyrFinancial.com.


On Thursday, October 24th at 6:30 Bill Schnabel will be presenting a program on Biking the Lewis & Clark Trail.  He will talk about the origins of the Lewis & Clark Trail, the drive behind the ride, and the people, places and events of the trip.  This free program will be held at the Princeton Public Library and all are welcome to attend.


On Saturday, October 26th there will be a Tractor Show in the Parking Lot of the Princeton Public Library from 10:00-3:00.  The Indian Valley Antique Club will be co-hosting this event.  There will be Antique Tractors and other farm equipment on display.  The club members will be happy to talk to you about their tractors and answer any questions you might have.  The Indian Valley Antique Club will also be selling food and refreshments during the show...so come for lunch.  If you have an Antique Tractor, feel free to bring it to the show and display it for all to see.  This will be a fun day for the whole family, so come and enjoy.  This event is free and all are welcome to attend.




On November 6th, the Bureau County Historical Society will present the much anticipated showing of Bill Lamb's original motion pictures from the 1950s and 1960s.  Bill Lamb was a photographer and a native of Princeton from 1922-2013. His collection includes photographs, motion pictures and news articles “From Out of the Past.”  A reception will begin at 5:30 PM at the Downtown Pub, 432 South Main Street, Princeton, followed by the red-carpet premiere of Bill Lamb films on the big screen at Princeton's historic Apollo Theater.


Guests at this event will enjoy hors oeuvres catered by Four and Twenty Cafe' and treated to our new signature “BCHS Old Fashioned” drink.  Attendees will receive a commemorative BCHS glass for the occasion. There will be a photo booth to have your photo taken on the red carpet.  


Special thanks go to Jay and Lara Schneider for donating the use of the Apollo Theater for this special showing.  Join us for this very memorable occasion to celebrate the life and work of Bill Lamb – who knows, you may even see yourself on the silver screen!  All proceeds from this event will go to the Bill Lamb Preservation/Archiving costs. Tickets for this exclusive event are available by contacting BCHS Curator, David Gugerty at 815 875-2184.


Patyk Family donates to IVCC Ag in parents' Memory

 The Patyk family recently made a donation to the Illinois Valley Community College Foundation to support the college’s ag program and keep the memory of their parents alive.


The monetary gift was made in memory of the late Henry and Bernice Patyk of rural Lostant by their six children: John (Debbie) of Peru, Terry (Laura) of Lostant, Marybeth (Bill) Koenen of St. Germain, Wis., Kristie (Larry) Laio of La Salle, Karen (Randy) Bacidore of Riverside and Jannell (Fran) Bichl of Chicago.


“We could not think of a more appropriate thing to do for mom and dad,” said Terry Patyk, President of the La Salle County Stockman’s Association. “Supporting ag education is a fitting tribute to them.”


Laura Patyk, a longtime elementary school teacher in Spring Valley, said to her husband, “Education was something your parents believed in.”


IVCC agriculture instructor and co-program coordinator Willard Mott said the donation would be used to purchase equipment for an introductory animal science course that begins this spring. Eventually, that course and all others will be taught in the ag complex to be built just south of campus.


Henry and Bernice farmed in the Tonica-Lostant area for more than 40 years. Bernice died Christmas day 2016 at age 92. Henry died in 2007.


Terry farmed alongside his father until the day Henry died and lived at home until his marriage to Laura.


“When I left for the church on my wedding day, my father said, ‘There goes my best friend.’”

Terry added, “I hope in some small way this gift can keep their memories alive.”

Meet the Ghost of Edgar Allan Poe in Bishop Hill

The Bishop Hill Creative Commons is hosting an evening of ghost stories with “The Ghost of Edgar Allan Poe.”  Storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis portrays Poe’s ghost who has come back from the grave to set the record straight and dispel the myths of madness and mayhem! Fox tells some of Poe’s most famous tales of the macabre as well as the stories behind the tales. Woven with Poe’s biography and a challenge to explore the things that haunt each of us, this is a unique opportunity to celebrate Halloween that promises to be both entertaining and inspiring.


The performance will start promptly at 7:06 pm on Friday, October 25th. There is limited seating, so advance tickets are highly encouraged. Folks can reserve their seats via Eventbrite on the Bishop Hill Creative Commons Facebook page or their website bishophilcommons.com 


Come early to enjoy the museums and shops of Bishop Hill or to have dinner at The Filling Station.


Fox has been performing Poe’s stories for more than 30 years and has given more than a hundred performances as The Ghost of Edgar Allan Poe at libraries, schools and chautauqua across the country. The performance includes a mix of some of Poe’s best known and lesser known stories including “The Tell Tale Heart” and “The Mask of Red Death” among others.


This is the first of a monthly series of storytelling concerts in Bishop Hill. Next month, Fox will share Black Hawk’s View of Illinois History to celebrate our state bicentennial on November 13th. And in December he will share Swedish Christmas stories as part of the annual Lucia Night’s Celebration. 


Planning committee meets Oct. 23

The Illinois Valley Community College board’s planning committee will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the board room, C307, to review several annual reports.


Agenda items include the program review report, personal assessment of the college environment, national community college benchmark project, high school market penetration report, integrated postsecondary education data system feedback report, an article from WBEZ radio of Chicago entitled “Cannabis on the syllabus in Illinois college classrooms,” annual plans update, geographic analysis of enrollment trends, and a board policy.

Perry Pride Goes to Chicago

Perry Memorial Hospital’s Perry Pride Committee is sponsoring a bus trip to downtown Chicago for Christkindlmarket, on Saturday, November 16th. Gather your friends and family for fun, fashion, and food at Illinois’ most distinctive collection of holiday shopping and dining. Enjoy the deluxe motor coach ride, shop the Magnificent Mile, and take in the sights. Departure will be from the Perry Plaza, 526 Bureau Valley Parkway, Princeton, at 8:30 a.m. and will arrive near State Street, Macy’s Department Store. Take a brief walk to the open air market and shop ‘til you drop for holidays. Wave goodbye to Chicago’s Christkindlmarket at 6:00 p.m. Estimated arrival time home to Princeton is 8:30 p.m. The cost per person is $25. Call 815-876-2254 to reserve your seat. Reservations and payments are due by Friday, October 31st. 


IVCC Transfer Academy Open House Oct. 23

Illinois Valley Community College will host an open house for its Transfer Academy from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at its Ottawa Center, 321 W. Main St.


The event features a brief presentation, ‘Q & A’ with Academy leaders, optional registration, take-home material and refreshments.


Transfer Academy courses offer dual credit opportunities for high school juniors and seniors who are released in the afternoon to attend classes at Ottawa Center or main campus. Dual credit allows students to earn college and high school credit simultaneously.


“Transfer Academy allows students to start a robust college curriculum while in high school,” said Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Bonnie Campbell.


Ottawa Center Transfer Academy courses are directed toward students pursuing studies in humanities, social sciences and those undecided on majors.


STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) courses – along with humanities and social sciences courses – will be offered on main campus.


Academy courses receive a 25 percent tuition discount and students qualifying for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch program will pay just the $5 registration fee. 


Spring registration begins Wednesday, Nov. 6; classes begin Thursday, Jan. 9.

RSVP for the open house at (815) 224-0800.

Canadian Singer-songwriter Performing in Bishop Hill

Singer-songwriter Noah Derksen will perform a live concert Tuesday, October 22nd at Bishop Hill Creative Commons, located at 309 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill, IL. The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM, and is open to guests of all ages. A $10-20 donation is suggested.


An American-citizen born and raised in the heart of the Canadian prairies while maturing on the west coast of British Columbia, roots / Americana singer-songwriter Noah Derksen writes with the groundedness of harsh Manitoba winters mixed with the optimism of British Columbia’s coastline. He currently lives in the West End neighbourhood of Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Ever seeking motion and progression, Noah has spent the past three years honing his live performance skills across Canada and the United States, playing concerts from BC to Nova Scotia, and New York to California. Since 2018, Noah played at renowned venues and events such as the National Arts Centre (Ottawa, ON), Northwest Folklife Festival (Seattle, WA), Club Passim (Cambridge, MA), Philadelphia Folksong Society (Philadelphia, PA), and the Winnipeg Folk Festival (Winnipeg, MB).


In 2019 Noah released his third full-length album entitled America, Dreaming. The album was produced by JUNO-award winning producer Murray Pulver, and features artwork by another JUNO-award winner Roberta Landreth. The album represents an observation of the United States and Noah's identity as an American-citizen; an observation of how things change with time, and internal, on his own shift in perspective.


Plus, Noah's got long, flowing auburn hair and a twinkle in his eye. What's not to love?


For more information please visit bishophillcommons.com.


To learn more about Noah Derksen please visit noahderksen.com.

Palmer, Kenny Capture IVCH 5K Titles

Dan Palmer, 42, of Roscoe, Illinois, won the Illinois Valley Community Hospital Fall Fitness 5K race for the second year in a row when he crossed the finish line Saturday (Oct. 12) in a time of 17 minutes and 56 seconds.


The run through the streets of Peru was organized by the IVCH Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Aquatics as a fundraiser for the IVCH Foundation.


The first female finisher, Candis Kenny, 40, of Peru ran the course with a time of 22 minutes and 46 seconds.


Kenny and another race entrant, Jheri Emmerling of Spring Valley, both ran in and completed the Bank of America Chicago Marathon the next day.


IVCC hosts "A Gender Journey" presented by Aiden Ethington

Illinois Valley Community College’s Student Services, Gay-Straight Alliance, Diversity Team and Safe Journeys present “A Gender Journey,” with IVCC alum and transgender activist Aiden Ethington at noon Monday, Oct. 21 in Room C316.


Ethington has a master’s in political science and is a Department of Children and Family Services Clinical Domestic Violence Specialist, Central Region, for the State of Illinois. The event is free and the public is welcome. 


Perry Memorial Auxiliary Quarter Auction

Get in on the fun. Perry Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring the 1st Quarter Auction benefitting the Perry Memorial Hospital and Auxiliary healthcare scholarships.   Mark your calendar and plan on attending Thursday, October 24. Doors will open at the Downtown Pub, 432 South Main, Princeton, at 5:00pm and games will begin at 6:00pm.


Arrive early to purchase your paddles and view auction items. Your first paddle is $3 and 2 for $5, or buy FOUR and get one FREE.  Limited Golden Paddles will be available for $25 each. These paddle numbers are entered into the drawing for every auction item, without needing any quarters to bid. Help the evening run smoothly by bringing your own quarters please.


The Quarter Auction will also feature "mystery bags" for purchase, baked goods, and a 50/50 raffle.  Food will be available for purchase from Alexander's Park Tavern. Beverages will be available for purchase from the Downtown Pub.


For more information about the Auxiliary Quarter Auction, contact Jean Welte, President Perry Memorial Auxiliary at 815-876-2293.  


About the Perry Memorial Auxiliary: The Auxiliary has provided well over 40,000 hours of volunteer service and has produced over half-a-million dollars to purchase much-needed small hospital equipment for patient care for the last 70 years.   


llinois association for Home and Community Education Week in Illinois

The week of October 14-18, 2019 has been proclaimed as Illinois association for Home and Community Education Week in Illinois, in commendation of IAHCE members for their dedication and commitment to the welfare of local communities throughout our state.


The purpose of IAHCE is to empower individuals and families to improve their quality of living through continuing education, leadership development and community service.

IAHCE is a voluntary, nonprofit organization functioning in cooperation with the University of Illinois Extension. It was founded in January 1924 as Illinois Home Bureau Federation. The Illinois Home Bureau (Farm Bureau) Federation became the Illinois Homemakers Extension Federation in 1962. Then in 1993 the name was changed to Illinois Association for Family and Community Education.


The hope of the Illinois Association for Home and Community Education is to strengthen families and communities through:

    Leadership Development

    Community Action

    Educational Support    

    Research-based education from the University of Illinois Extension.


Enjoy camaraderie, 

Lifelong friendships,

New experiences and service….


· Acquire great tips and smart solutions for your home, health and family

· Experience personal growth and develop your leadership, decision making and people skills

· Inspire others through educational and social programs

· Share your experiences and information

· Enjoy fun-filled activities, educational trips and events that foster new friendships and increase knowledge of our community and state

· Grow as a community  volunteer and leader

 · Collaborate with other organizations on common goals to make a difference in today’s world

· Learn important facts about community, state and global environmental issues

· Discover ways to support and influence home and community life

· Learn how to make programs sparkle

· Support the organization through involvement in decisions, service projects, education and leadership


For more information on Bureau County HCE, contact the University of Illinois Extension office at 815-875-2878.



 Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announce the arrest of Michael A. Lancaster, 63 years old of Rock Falls, Illinois, for two counts of Criminal Sexual Assault (Class 1 Felonies) and one count of Unlawful Restraint (Class 4 Felony). 



ISP Agents conducted a thorough investigation into allegations made by a victim who stated she had retained Lancaster as her attorney and was allegedly sexually assaulted during a scheduled meeting in his office located at 15 E. Third St. in Sterling, Illinois. ISP Agents executed search warrants at Lancaster’s Sterling office and his Rock Falls, Illinois residence, searching for evidence to corroborate the victim’s complaint. On Thursday, October 10, 2019, at approximately 2:25 p.m., ISP Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Agents arrested Lancaster. Lancaster was lodged at the Whiteside County Jail on $150,000 bond. 


Lancaster has been practicing law in Whiteside County for over 30 years. The Whiteside County State’s Attorney has requested the Rock Island County State’s Attorney handle the case to avoid any perception of a conflict of interest. Anyone wishing to provide additional information is encouraged to call the ISP at (815) 632-4010 Ext. 229. 


All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

Details of natural gas project to be announced Oct. 14 at press conference in Wenona

Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) and Representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) will be joined by local business leaders and elected officials Oct. 14 to announce details of a major natural gas infrastructure improvement project in Southern LaSalle County.


Ameren Illinois recently completed a natural gas line upgrade from IL-71 and IL-251, south along IL-251 to just west of Tonica. The $5.4 million project replaced approximately 3.25 miles of 4-inch high pressure pipe with new 8-inch high pressure pipe, increasing capacity and pressure on this segment of the line as well as downline in communities like Wenona and Toluca.


Senator Weaver and Representative Spain, along with representatives from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, worked with Ameren Illinois leaders to accelerate the timeline for the project on request of local elected officials.  The additional energy capacity created by the project is expected to pave the way for business and agriculture-industry growth in the region. 


  • When: Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Where:  Hearthside Foods – 775 IL-251, Wenona, IL
  • Time:  10:00 a.m.
  • Interviews
    • Senator Chuck Weaver
    • Representative Ryan Spain
    • Daetta Jones, Ameren Illinois
    • Local Business Leaders & Local Elected Officials

Folk/Blues Artist Performing in Bishop Hill

Andrew Hibbard will perform a live concert Saturday, October 19th at Bishop Hill Creative Commons, located at 309 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill, IL. The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM, and is open to guests of all ages. A $10-20 donation is suggested.


Andrew Hibbard is a musician, and singer songwriter from rural southern Ohio. Growing up in the river towns and land of crops he began writing and singing. He plays a mixture of folk, blues, and country music that is depicted and interpreted in his own style which is what makes him so original. Whether paying tribute to tradition, or performing his own music that matches his musical mentors, Andrew Hibbard is a truly original and intoxicating artist. 


For more information please visit bishophillcommons.com.


To learn more about Andrew Hibbard please visit andrewhibbard.com.

Saturday Morning Coaches Corner

It was a chilly and windy Friday night filled with great high school football action and on this Saturday morning we sat down to talk to Bureau Valley Storm and Princeton Tigers head coaches Matt Pistole and Ryan Pearson to discuss all the events that transprired Friday night.



Storm Drop Homecoming Matchup To Rockridge

The Bureau Valley Storm had their highest scoring output of the season but it wasn't enough in a 36-20 Homecoming loss to Rockridge Friday night in week 7 varsity football action.  Mac Nugent had a big night on offense for the Storm with touchdown runs of 1, 17, and 43 yards.  The senior finished with 180 yards on the ground to go along with the 3 scores.  He was named the BV Offensive Player of the Game.  Defensive Player of the Game honors went to Storm Junior linebacker Tommy Blanford.  The Rockets improved to 3-4 with the win while Bureau Valley fell to 0-7 and will again look for their first win of the season when they visit Orion in week 8.  Tim Catton and Dave Shepard will have the broadcast on Z98 and streaming live at Z98's Facebook page.


Here are some highlights from the game...


Following the game, BV Coach Mat Pistole spoke with Z98's Tim Catton.


Week 7 Area Varsity Football


Princeton 49 - Kewanee 7

Rockridge 36 - Bureau Valley 20

Hall 35 - Sherrard 0

Monmouth-Roseville 20 - St. Bede 0

Morrison 26 - Erie-Prophetstown 0

Fulton 36 - Riverdale 12

Morris 13 - LaSalle-Peru 0

Kaneland 61 - Ottawa 7

Marquette 49 - South Beloit 14

Genoa Kingston 35 - Dixon 12

North Boone 48 - Rock Falls 12

Stillman Valley 44 - Mendota 6

Herscher 16 - Streator 9

Mercer County 16 - United 0

Princeville 31 - Stark County 13

Eastland-Pearl City 27 - Amboy-LaMoille 6

Sterling 53 - Moline 26

Rock Island 14 - Geneseo 13


Orion at Newman

8-man football: Low Point-Washburn at Bunker Hill