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Month: August 2018

IDNR to Conduct Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Public Informational Meetings

LENA, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has scheduled a series of public meetings to provide information about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), its effect on future deer populations, and IDNR’s efforts to control the disease. IDNR staff will also be available to answer questions about this disease. Landowners, hunters, and concerned citizens are encouraged to attend. CWD is an important issue that will dominate deer management discussions in northern Illinois for many years. CWD is an always fatal neurological disease that is threatening the long-term health of white-tailed deer in Illinois. First documented in Illinois in...

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July Ag Economy Barometer from Purdue University Center for Commercial Agriculture

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 James Mintert & Michael Langemeier Producer Sentiment Plummets on Price Weakness and Trade War Concerns Ag producer sentiment fell sharply during July as the impact of commodity price declines and concerns about ag trade prospects weighed on producers’ perceptions of both current and future conditions in the agricultural economy. The Ag Economy Barometer declined 26 points to a reading of 117 in July, driven by sharp reductions in both the Index of Current Conditions, which fell from 138 to 99, and the Index of Future Expectations, which fell from 146 in June to 126 in...

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Be Prepared to Weather the Storm

(Family Features) For many people, inclement weather can be frightening. When the wind is blowing, the rain is pouring and the trees are rustling, it can be hard to remain calm. However, it’s important to remember certain safety tips and how to use tools properly in case of emergency. Having a plan in place before a storm, hurricane or tornado hits can help make sure everyone is on the same page and ensure safety in the event of a sudden power outage. Portable generators can serve many purposes after severe weather strikes, including providing power needed for safe food...

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Giving For Good

Make an impact in your community (Family Features) Inspiration to give back to your community can come from any number of places, from a personal desire to make a difference to fulfilling a graduation requirement for community service hours. No matter the reason or the origin, chances are strong that you can make an impact. Giving back may be as simple as writing a check to an organization that works to further a mission you care deeply about. Or it may mean lending a hand to put on a fundraising event in your community. Perhaps you have a skill...

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“Strategy 2018” Conference to Feature Keynote Speaker Congressman Jim Jordan

WHEATON, IL. – The Illinois Conservative Union (ICU) is a growing and energized coalition of Illinois grassroots organizations which support conservative principles. Today, on the Stephanie Trussell Show on WLS-AM Radio, Carol Davis announced the keynote speaker for the ICU September 14-15th Third Annual Conference, and a change in venue. Davis was excited to name conservative icon Congressman Jim Jordan, who will appear as keynote speaker Saturday evening. Due to concerns for space, the “Strategy 2018” Conference has moved to the Midwest Conference Center, 401 W. Lake Street in Northlake, a western suburb of Chicago, north of Oakbrook. The conference opens Friday at 5:00 with a Meet...

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Rosemarie Susanne Phillips

Rosemarie Susanne Phillips — January 3, 1955 – August 27, 2018 Rosemarie Susanne Phillips, age 63, formerly of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, lost her battle with Breast Cancer on Monday, August 27, 2018 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Illinois. She was a ten-year Breast Cancer survivor. Cremation Rites have been accorded. A gathering will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at the First Lutheran Church in Mt. Carroll. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 7:00 p.m., immediately following the gathering at the church. Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in...

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Dawn Rogers

Dawn Rogers — June 20, 1963 – August 29, 2018 Surrounded by her loving family, Dawn Rogers passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at FHN Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness. Dawn will forever be remembered for her kind heart and generous spirit. Dawn opened up her home to anyone in need, willingly sharing everything she had. One of her great joys was watching others receive the gifts she had chosen for them. She was an avid reader and expressed her thoughts and feelings eloquently in notes and cards. Dawn adored her children and grandchildren, cherishing the time she spent...

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Raymond Muntean

Raymond Muntean — December 4, 1944 – August 26, 2018 Raymond Muntean, age 73, of Mt. Carroll, died Sunday, August 26, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Raymond was born December 4, 1944 in Sterling the son of John and Edna (Eden) Muntean. He married Diana Spencer on June 11, 1965 in Rock Falls. Raymond was employed with the Labor Union Local 727 for 50 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and tractors. Survivors include his wife, Diana of Mt. Carroll; one daughter, Kim (Rodney) Haan of Clinton, Iowa; one son, Jason Muntean of Mt. Carroll; three sisters, Elda Wangelin of...

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Keith R. Ludewig

Keith R. Ludewig — January 5, 1956 – August 29, 2018 Keith R. Ludewig, 62, of Forreston died Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Monroe Clinic Hospital. He was born January 5, 1956 in Freeport to Marvin J. and Gladys (DeVries) Ludewig. On April 9, 1983 he married Marlys L. Buisker in Woosung, IL. Marlys passed away March 28, 2011. Keith farmed and was a industrial technician at Etnyre Manufacturing upon retiring in 2015. He was a member of Prairie Dell Presbyterian Church. Surviving is his daughter Eloyce (Theda Williams) Promenschenkel of Crab Orchard, KY; brothers Gale (Nancy) Ludewig of Forreston and...

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Lanark’s Pie on the Porch Fundraiser Location Change

The Annual Friends of Lanark Public Library Pie on the Porch fundraiser is being held Aug. 31 & Sept 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The location has changed to the Lanark Methodist Church, which is the North Side of East Locust Street. The church borders the beautiful Victorian home owned by Lynn and Keith Collins, which was the original location of the event. Handicraft and artwork displays will be in the big barn for viewing and purchasing. It is a great opportunity to start Christmas shopping: 407 E Franklin St. Lanark, IL Pie gift certificates are...

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Back-to-School Expenses Could Yield Tax Benefits

Taxpayers should save receipts to take advantage SPRINGFIELD –  With back-to-school time upon us, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) reminds taxpayers that they may be able to claim school expenses for their K-12 student on their 2018 Illinois individual income tax return. Qualified education expenses include tuition, and book and lab fees in excess of $250 paid to the school where the student is enrolled on a full-time basis.  For home schooled students, tuition, book rental and lab fees greater than $250 are eligible when attending a qualified home school program.  IDOR reminds parents to keep their receipts...

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First Human West Nile Virus Death In Illinois For 2018

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human West Nile virus-related death in Illinois for 2018.  A LaSalle County resident over 65 years who became ill during the first part of August and tested positive for West Nile virus has died. “Although we’re moving toward the end of summer, West Nile virus remains a risk until the first hard frost,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “It’s important for everyone to continue taking precautions like using insect repellent, wearing long sleeve shirts and pants, and staying indoors between dusk and dawn.”...

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Fight for Dean! Benefit to Benefit Nelson Family, of Chadwick

Dean Nelson is a husband and father of six. He’s a brother, a friend, an Air Force Veteran, and a Firefighter/EMT of 20 years. Dean started out volunteering with the Chadwick Fire Department, and he has been serving several communities and services throughout Carroll County, including CGH Emergency Services of Whiteside County. Nelson was also in the Air Force between 2004 and 2008, honorably discharged as a Firefighter. But to everyone who knows him, Dean is just a great guy. Earlier this year, Dean began noticing some pain in his left ear that felt to him to be like...

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The Amish Cook – Gloria: What I Like About Being Amish

BY GLORIA YODER A while ago I received a letter from a reader with a unique question. After thinking it over, I decided that maybe I should share the answers with all of you! Thanks to Mrs. Moore from Ohio who inquired, “What five things do you enjoy the most about the Amish way of life?” First I will insert that there really are more different types of Amish that I could count and not all Amish are alike. Second, just because I have come to love our culture, I do not view it better than all others. May you all be blessed as you seek God where He calls you! What I appreciate the most about my heritage is really quite near and dear to my heart. Thankfully it is not limited to the Amish, yet it really is the very core of our lives. It is to be taught about our Savior, Jesus Christ. Only because of his death and resurrection are we washed free from all sin and guilt and have a connection with God as our father. This alone gives us joy and peace regardless of what we face. Other things I do enjoy about our way of life, is having a “quieter” life without radios, television, or other social media. Recently I became appreciative of this aspect in a new way. After we had...

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New Law Strengthens Effort to Combat Opioid Crisis

Requires continuing education for prescribers on safe dispensing SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner took another step today to strengthen the state’s effort to combat the opioid crisis by requiring medical professionals to take 3 hours of existing continuing education on how to safely prescribe opioid medications. The education requirement became law when he signed Senate Bill 2777 amending the Illinois Controlled Substance Act. “We’re fighting this opioid crisis every day,” Rauner said. “It’s impacted too many families here in Illinois. We’ve given people who struggle with substance use more opportunities to get the help they need. We’ve started a...

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Illinois Department Of Public Health Moves To Lower Action Level For Lead In Blood

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) moves to lower the level at which public health interventions are initiated for children with blood lead levels from 10 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) to 5 µg/dL.  IDPH has submitted rules to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) to adopt the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) childhood lead reference level.  JCAR must approve the proposed change. “The new lower action level means that more children will be identified as having lead exposure, allowing parents, doctors, public health officials, and communities to take action earlier to reduce the...

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Free Educational Materials Available Through University Of Illinois Extension

University of Illinois Extension is offering “touchable” museum artifacts and lessons in kits that are available for check out to area educators and youth organizations. “An Artifact Speaks examines a variety of ancient cultures including; Rome, Greece, Mesopotamia, Egypt, China and India. Each kit contains lessons, artifacts, games, folktales and hands on activities that are available for loan from the Whiteside County Extension office, through a grant developed by staff of the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures. Teachers, librarians, youth and adult group leaders, home schooling parents and volunteers who may be interested in borrowing these FREE kits should...

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Illinois 4-H Foundation Honors Three Local Volunteers

The Illinois 4-H Foundation annually recognizes 4-H volunteers for exemplary service to the Illinois 4-H program.  This year, 67 new members including three from Carroll, Lee and Whiteside counties were inducted into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame during a celebration Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. This year celebrated the 14-year anniversary of the award, said Angie Barnard, Illinois 4-H Foundation executive director.  “These long-time volunteers fully embody what 4-H strives to instill in youth,” Barnard said. “They are caring, dedicated, generous leaders, and the Illinois 4-H Foundation is extremely proud to be able...

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West Carroll Welcomes New Staff, Gets Back to Business

By Michael Miller Mount Carroll — The West Carroll School District welcomed several new staff members at its first meeting of the new school year on August 22nd at the district office in Mt. Carroll. New Middle School Principal Brady Knop, High School Athletic Director Matthew Leitzen, and Special Education Coordinator Mike Noble were all welcomed by District Superintendent Julie Katzenberger.  She said that a new staff orientation meeting took place on August 14th and that it had been a big success.  Sports Boosters News Laura Shelley, president of the West Carroll Sports Boosters Club, told the board that...

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School Bus Safety 101

(Family Features) For millions of school-age children in the United States, each day begins and ends with a bus ride. While the school bus is the safest way to travel to and from school, according to the National Association of Pupil Transportation (NAPT), itís important for parents to teach their children how to stay safe in and around the school bus as obstructed views, distracted drivers and more can put kids at risk. These tips from the experts at NAPT and the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) provide parents with some additional measures to take and lessons to...

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Be the Hero of Your Grill This Summer  

(Family Features) Nothing brings people together like a barbecue. There seems to be something about being outdoors and the sizzle of fresh food on the grill that makes you want to gather with family and friends.   This summer, you can be the hero of your grill with a few simple tips and tricks: A great meal starts with great meat. Make sure to use versatile, high-quality and tender cuts like Smithfield Fresh Pork ribs, chops and tenderloins.  Cut down on time, not flavor. Look for pre-seasoned meats such as pork chops, or slice, dice or cube larger cuts like...

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Eastland’s Dr. Hansen Set to Retire at Conclusion of 2018-2019 School Year

Superintendent Hansen will be retiring as superintendent of the Eastland Schools at the conclusion of the 2018-19 school year. The Eastland Board of Education has begun a search for a new superintendent, and has hired the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) to assist in the search process. According to a web page at iasb.com/whatis, IASB “is a voluntary organization of local boards of education dedicated to strengthening the public schools through local citizen control. Although not a part of state government, IASB is organized by member school boards as a private not-for-profit corporation under authority granted by Article 23 of...

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Illinois First and Only State To Improve Essential Health Benefit

CMS approves benchmark plan with mental health and opioid-related additions SPRINGFIELD, Ill – The Illinois Department of Insurance today became the first and only state in the nation to obtain approval for a revised Essential Health Benefit– benchmark. The new Access to Care and Treatment Plan includes measures to reduce opioid addiction and expand access to mental health services in Illinois. “The Access to Care and Treatment (ACT) Plan is a critical component in the state’s efforts to provide adequate and compassionate mental health treatment, and combat the opioid crisis,” said IDOI Director Jennifer Hammer. “This isn’t just about...

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Noel Chico

Noel Chico — April 17, 1942 – August 18, 2018 Noel Chico age 76, of Savanna, Illinois passed away Saturday, August 18, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna. A memorial visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established in Noel’s memory. Noel was born on April 17, 1942 in San Juan, Puerto Rico the son of Augustine and Juanita Perez...

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Ethics Violation In 89th District Race

Documents Show Friends of Nick Hyde Campaign Committee Officials Using Taxpayer Resources for Campaign Work on Government Time RiverReader Staff report GALENA — Public documents show that on 12 separate occasions, during taxpayer funded working hours, Mary Beth Hyde, the elected Galena City Clerk who also serves as campaign treasurer for Nick Hyde, Democrat candidate for state representative in the 89th district, used city owned equipment and public resources paid for by taxpayers to send and receive partisan campaign communications in violation of state law. “For the Nick Hyde campaign to be so blatant in their disregard for State...

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2018 Superior Young Dairy Producer Award State Fair Winners

The 2018 Superior Young Dairy Producer Award (SYDPA) program was held August 18, at the Illinois State Fair. Twenty 4-H dairy project members from across Illinois took part in the event. The purpose of the contest is to create an educational activity that promotes youth development, career development, and personal growth through increased knowledge of the dairy industry. This three-phase competition emphasizes the youth’s knowledge of the dairy industry. Carroll County 4-H member Rachel Scidmore from Chadwick placed in the “top three” in the first and second phase of the event which placed her in the “top three” overall....

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IRS Warns of New Twist on Phone Scam

Crooks direct taxpayers to IRS.gov to “verify” calls WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service has warned of a new twist on an old phone scam as criminals use telephone numbers that mimic IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) to trick taxpayers into paying non-existent tax bills. The IRS and its Security Summit partners – the state tax agencies and the tax industry – urge taxpayers to remain alert to tax scams year-round, especially immediately after the tax filing season ends. Even after the April deadline passes, the tax scam season doesn’t end. In the latest version of the phone scam,...

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Shannon Honors Bill and Rose Moll

 Life-long Shannon Residents Selected As 2018 Homecoming Parade Marshals BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-275-3025 SHANNON — Bill and Rose Moll, a quiet, unassuming couple who made Shannon their home almost 60 years ago, will be honored as Parade Marshals for the 2018 Shannon Homecoming Parade, set for Monday, Sept. 3, part of the community’s Labor Day celebration Sept. 1-3. Bill, 82, was born and raised in Shannon. Rose, his wife of 59 years, was raised in Freeport. Married for 59 years, the couple farmed around Shannon all their lives. Bill said Rose has been a wonderful partner, mother and...

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Thomson Village Board Votes to Table IMRF Participation

By Michael Miller Thomson, IL — After months of debate and review, the Thomas Village Board voted to table the village’s proposed participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund for one year, at the board’s regular meeting on Monday, August 13th, 2018 at Village Hall in Thomson. At the last meeting, the board voted to let the Finance Committee have time to review the complex issue before making a recommendation to the board.  After review, Finance Committee Chairman Tyler Vanderdooren said that the committee did not recommend going ahead with participation until the village’s financial picture was clearer. He...

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Mon 21

Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

January 21 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 21

Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

January 21 @ 7:00 pm
Mon 21

Savanna Alcoholics Anonymous meets

January 21 @ 8:00 pm
Mon 28

Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

January 28 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 28

Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

January 28 @ 7:00 pm

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