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Month: February 2018

New Digs For Eastland 6th-Graders

Move Hopes to Improve Student Outcomes by Housing ‘Middle Grades’ in Same Building RiverReader.org Staff Report  LANARK — At the special meeting of the Eastland Board of Education on Monday, Feb. 26, Superintendent Mark Hansen presented his recommendation that the District move ahead with a plan to move 6th grade from Eastland Elementary in Shannon to the Eastland Jr/Sr High School in Lanark starting with the 2018-19 school year. Consideration of the move began when the Board decided to add an additional section of 1st grade in 2018-19. This will provide three sections at both the Kindergarten and the...

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McCombie’s ‘Economic Development for Illinois’ Future’

Trio of Bills Will Increase Job Opportunities, Provide Stable Economic Growth, and Make Home Ownership More Affordable Across the Entire State RiverReader Staff report SPRINGFIELD — State Representative Tony McCombie, IL-71st, filed three pieces of legislation, House Bills 5469, 5503, and 5736, creating the Economic Development for Illinois’ Future Legislative Package to restart Illinois’ sluggish economy and compete with neighboring states. “Living and operating a small business near the Illinois–Iowa border gives me the opportunity to see the effects of jobs and businesses crossing the Mississippi River into Iowa every single day,” McCombie said Feb. 23, when the legislation...

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Savanna Marketing Consultant Hired

New Marketing Consultant, Brienna Junk, Will Promote Its Assets, Ready for Action BY MICHAEL MILLER For RiverReader.org SAVANNA — Look for Savanna’s assets to get a strong push in the coming weeks and months, thanks to the city’s hiring of a new Hotel/Motel Marketing Consultant, Brienna Junk. Junk, whose hiring was approved at the Savanna City Council’s Feb. 13 regular meeting, grew up in Bellevue, Iowa, and went to school at FIDM in Los Angeles, where she obtained a degree in marketing and visual communication. Later, she attended Iowa State University to broaden her design studies. She also currently works...

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West Carroll FFA Wins 6 Proficiency Awards

6 Members Advance to the District I FFA Proficiency Awards in Geneseo RiverReader.org Staff Report PEARL CITY — The West Carroll FFA Chapter won six FFA Proficiency Award areas at the Section 1 FFA Proficiency Awards CDE held on Feb. 19 at Pearl City High School. Winning awards for West Carroll and advancing to the District I FFA Proficiency Awards held at Geneseo High School on March 7 are Olivia Charles in Equine Science Entrepreneurship; Emma Aljets, Ag Processing; Leland Houzenga, Diversified Crop Production Placement; Cory Simpson, Electrical Technology; John McCombie, Outdoor Recreation; and Isabelle Wheetley, Veterinary Science. Other...

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OSD Committee Supports Little League, Food Pantry

OSD Talent Show Returns — Plan on Homegrown Fun at 2018 Lanark Old Settlers Days BY TOM KOCAL RiverReader.org 815-275-3025 LANARK — Lanark’s annual Old Settlers Days celebration, set for June 22, 23 and 24, offers live music, great food, games and more for a weekend of family fun in the Lanark City Park. Old Settlers Days Chairman Ariel Martz said the committee is making plans to revive a talent show at its festivities in June. “If you or anyone you know has ‘got talent,’ consider entering the competition. It may be your ‘stepping off point’ for a chance...

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Honor a Veteran

Nominate a Veteran for Illinois’ Bicentennial HONOR 200 Campaign RiverReader.org Staff Report SAVANNA — State Representative Tony McCombie, IL-71st, encourages residents of the 71st District to nominate veterans for HONOR 200. “Illinois will be recognizing veterans and their contributions to their communities during the bicentennial celebration,” said McCombie.  “This is another way people can recognize and say thank you for the contributions of our veterans. I gained an appreciation for our military when I was young, because I grew up and lived across the country as part of an Army family. The HONOR 200 program is a small way for...

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Linda (Muth) Meador

Linda (Muth) Meador — April 16, 1954 – February 4, 2018 Lindy Meador, 63, passed away peacefully on February 4, 2018, after a long illness, with her two sons by her side. She was a devoted mother to the boys, Jeff and Josh Meador. She is also survived by three grandchildren Madelynn, Grace, and Brayden Meador, a sister Patti Muth, brothers Mike, Norman, Mark, and Rick Muth. Lindy was a 1972 graduate of Harrison High School in Colorado Springs. She was the wife of a US soldier and was able to travel and see parts of the world. The last few years she enjoyed her grandkids, arts and crafts, making amazing quilts. She will be missed by her family and...

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Hands Unite: Do Your Part

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, an Effort to Raise Awareness About Abuse in Teen Relationships Dear Citizens of Carroll County: Although dating violence amongst teens is sometimes seen and heard, it is talked about far too little. Every year, millions of teens experience abuse from a dating partner. However, many parents never talk to their children about being a respectful partner, or about what to do if a partner becomes abusive. These are very difficult and sometimes awkward topics to bring up with a teen, but in order to put an end to violence in teen dating...

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A Tale of Two Candidates

Illinois Family Institute’s 2018 Primary Voter Guide Exposes Significant Differences in the Race for the 89th District House Seat, Endorsement Goes to Chesney BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-275-3025 LANARK — Candidates are set for the March 20 Primary Election. One of the contested primary races affecting Carroll County and Northwestern Illinois is for the 89th District State Representative seat. But a recent 2018 Primary Election Voter Guide published by the Illinois Family Institute, sheds some light on the differing views of two of the three candidates in the 89th District, resulting in its endorsement of Freeport’s Andrew Chesney for...

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Under Pressure

Below Zero Temperatures Cause Water Main Break — and Cold Hands for Maintenance Crew RIVERREADER.ORG STAFF REPORT LANARK — There couldn’t have been a worse day for a main break than today. Well, it could have been colder. With temperatures and wind chill well-below zero, the City of Lanark Maintenance Department responded to a water main break Thursday morning, Feb. 8, on North Broad St. “Our men started working as soon as they got the J.U.L.I.E. locate,” said Mayor Ken Viglietta. “They are trying to beat the forecast of heavy snow.” (RiverReader photo courtesy of Ken...

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Eastland Recognizes Counselors Pilgrim and Prowant

February 5 to 9 is National School Counselors’ Week LANARK — During National School Counselors’ Week, Eastland wants to use this opportunity to recognize its wonderful School Counselors. Anne Pilgrim serves as Counselor to support students and staff at Eastland Jr/Sr High School. Jessica Prowant works primarily at Eastland Elementary. Anne and Jessica work every day to:  Assist with crisis planning and crisis management  Provide 1:1 and small group counseling  Participate on District-level committees Link families to community resources for healthcare  Advocate for children  Refer students and families for clinical services as needed  Communicate with families  Develop, organize and deliver an articulated character education curriculum...

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Jean Marie Herold

Jean Marie Herold — May 28, 1936 – February 5, 2018 Jean Marie Herold, 81, of Pearl City, IL, passed away on February 5, 2018. She was born on May 28, 1936 in Sturgis, South Dakota to Alfred and Ruby Gardner. Jean married William A. Herold on December 12, 1954 in Sturgis, South Dakota. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Pearl City, a member of UMW, American Legion Auxillary, and a life member of FFA Alumni. Survivors include her Husband, William Herold; Son, William (Linda) Herold; Daughter, Diane (Rory) Bardell; Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, Sisters, Sally (Jerry) Huffman and Ruby Huck. Jean is preceded in death by her parents, daughter Christine, and son Steven. Funeral service will be held on Saturday February 10, 2018 at 11 AM, with a visitation from 9 AM until time of service, at the United Methodist Church in Pearl City, with Pastor Matthew Smith officiating. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery in Pearl City. A memorial has been established in her...

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Mary Kelley

Mary Kelley — January 9, 1929 – February 5, 2018 Mary Kelley, age 89, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away Monday, February 5, 2018 at Big Meadows Nursing Home, Savanna. A Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 10, 2018 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.  Burial will take place in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Savanna. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the Mass from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Church.   Memorials may be given for charity in Mary’s honor.  Family and friends are invited to share in Mary’s life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Mary was born January 9, 1929, in Savanna, Illinois, the daughter of Carl and Ella (Bowers) Orto. She graduated from Savanna High School with the Class of 1947. On August 21, 1949, Mary married James Kelley. They celebrated 49 years of marriage and raised three children, Steven, David and Joan.  James passed away September 27, 1998. Mary was a homemaker and cherished taking care of her family. She also worked as a telephone operator. She owned and operated Kelley’s Toyland, and she worked at the Coast-to-Coast Hardware Store and the Gambles Store in Savanna. She was a member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the Church Choir. She enjoyed gardening, canning, and freezing. She especially loved spending quality time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mary will be dearly missed by her son,...

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Al-Anon Meeting Closes In Fulton

Other Sites Remain Open In Mount Carroll, Shannon, Polo, Pearl City, Sterling, Rock Falls, Galena, Moline and Rock Island RiverReader.org staff report Al-Anon has been meeting in Fulton, but is closed as of now (look for schedule of other meetings in the Calendar). It is hoped that it will reopen in the future. Al-Anon is for family members, or friends, affected by another person’s drinking. In meetings worldwide, attendees share experience, strength and hope to overcome the devastation and chaos that surrounds excessive drinking (or drugs). Media attention has focused on the addiction crisis in our nation. Drinkers have serious...

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Attention Poets, Musicians and Artists

‘Prairie Wind’ Magazine Now Accepting Submissions For 2018 Edition RiverReader.org staff report FREEPORT — Submissions are now being accepted for the 26th annual Prairie Wind art and literary magazine. The Prairie Wind is a collection of original poetry, prose, visual art, and recorded music contributed by students, staff, alumni, and other members of the Highland Community College District. All writers and artists residing in the Highland District of Stephenson, Ogle, Carroll and Jo-Daviess counties may submit work to be considered for publication. The annual magazine publishes in May. Submission guidelines are available at www.highland.edu/community/prairiewind.asp. The deadline is Feb. 28. More information is available from the magazine’s faculty advisors: Bob Apolloni bob.apolloni@highland.edu 815-599-3479 Tracy...

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The Groundhog Was Right: Winter Storm On Its Way

Winter Weather Advisory for Northwestern Illinois Causes Cancellations and May Cause Travel Delays RiverReader.org staff report MOUNT CARROLL — The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Carroll County and surrounding areas until 10 p.m. Snow is expected to begin early this afternoon and 4 to 6 inches is expected. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department said that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties, snow covered roads, and limited visibility. “Please use caution if you have to drive and if you don’t have to drive, don’t,” said Sheriff Jeff Doran. School cancellations have also been announced,...

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 How to Apply for Positions Within the Thomson Penitentiary

Administrative United States Penitentiary (AUSP) Thomson Workshop — Veterans receive hiring preference! Open to the Public  – 2 Sessions Your Illinois Department of Employment Security invites you to attend a Workshop What:    How to Apply for Positions within the Thomson Penitentiary When:   10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 7, 2018                11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Where:  American Job Center                 500 42nd Street, Suite 1                 Rock Island, IL  61201 AUSP Thomson, located in Thomson, Illinois, is presenting a workshop on How to get Hired at the Thomson Administrative United States Penitentiary. You must be younger than 37...

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Wanted: Actors at TLP

Timber Lake Playhouse Announces Local Auditions For Its 2018 Season  RiverReader.org staff report MOUNT CARROLL – Timber Lake Playhouse, the premier professional summer theatre of Northwest Illinois, announces Local Auditions for the 2018 Summer Season productions of Beauty and the Beast, Born Yesterday, The Full Monty and Fiddler on the Roof to be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb 17 at the West Carroll Middle School in Mt. Carroll. TLP’s Artistic Director, Paul Stancato, will be on hand to cast several youth and adult actors for the following roles:   ONE child for the role...

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Rauner’s State of the State – Ready to Capitalize on Economic Potential

State of the State: Illinois ready to capitalize on tremendous economic potential Governor urges laser focus on jobs and returning power to people SPRINGFIELD (Jan. 31, 2018) — Striking themes of its place in history and returning power to its people, Gov. Bruce Rauner today said that Illinois is in a “state of readiness” to capitalize on tremendous, but as-yet unrealized, economic potential. He cited his administration’s advances in ethics policies, education funding, criminal justice reform, spending restraint and technology deployment as the seeds for future growth. The governor likened the opportunity for the coming legislative session to the...

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1099-G Tax Forms for Individuals Who Received UI Benefits

Doing Your Taxes? 1099-G tax forms for individuals who received UI benefits If you collected unemployment insurance last year, you will need the 1099-G tax form from IDES to complete your tax returns, both federal and state. The 1099-G tax form is available here: http://www.ides.illinois.gov/Pages/1099G%20form.aspx If you did not register for the email notification, the 1099-G tax form has been mailed to your home. IDES sent out 371,000 1099-G forms; 254,000 went out electronically and 116,000 were sent out via regular mail. Individuals who have not created a username and password to manage their account will be prompted to do so. Once registered, a notice will be emailed in January with instructions on how to print the document from IDES’ website. Individuals who have a username and password, but have not used it 90 days, should create a new password. Individuals who have not established a UI username and password to manage their account will first be prompted to do so. For those who opted to receive their 1099-G form electronically: IDES will send an email notification that your form is ready to view and print.  If you do not remember receiving this email, follow the steps above to access your 1099-G. For those who opted NOT to receive their 1099-G form electronically: Paper forms have been mailed. Additionally, these claimants may access and print their 1099-G information online by...

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National Recognition for Illinois History

Twenty-five places were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2017 SPRINGFIELD, IL – Efforts by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to preserve and promote the state’s heritage paid off in 2017 with 25 properties being added to the National Register of Historic Places. The places recognized are scattered across the state and include two archaeological sites along the Cherokee Trail of Tears, a Chicago movie palace, and the place where Lincoln and Douglas met to schedule their senatorial debates. Places are added to the register by the National Park Service based on recommendations from...

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Fri 21

Lena Community Blood Drive

September 21 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mon 24

Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

September 24 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 24

Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

September 24 @ 7:00 pm
Mon 24

Savanna Alcoholics Anonymous meets

September 24 @ 8:00 pm
Sat 29

All Alumni Reunion – Milledgeville High School

September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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