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Month: December 2018

Special Weather Statement Issued for Carroll County

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT UNTIL 8:15PM CST MON …RAIN MIXING WITH OR CHANGING TO SNOW… AS TEMPERATURES COOL TO NEAR FREEZING, RAIN WILL MIX WITH OR CHANGE TO ALL SNOW THIS EVENING. MINOR ACCUMULATIONS OF LESS THAN 1 INCH ARE POSSIBLE WHERE THE SNOW BECOMES MODERATE OR BRIEFLY HEAVY. AFTER THE STEADIER PRECIPITATION ENDS IN THE NEXT FEW HOURS, EXPECT PERIODS OF LIGHT SNOW OR FLURRIES, AND POSSIBLY PATCHY FREEZING DRIZZLE INTO EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. ONLY A DUSTING OF ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED AFTER 9 PM. IF YOU ARE TRAVELING TONIGHT, ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION AND DRIVE...

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Lanark’s Twice Sold Tales Offers Extra Savings!

Well, color us red. The Friends of the Lanark Public Library are suffering from an embarrassment of riches. Your generous donations of gently used books to Twice-Sold Tales, our used bookstore, have exceeded our wildest expectations, but leave us in a pickle. Books have come in faster than they have gone out, leaving our storage area bulging. Our problem is your good fortune, however. To make room, we plan a series of special offers throughout January and early February to clear room for our new arrivals. The specials are as follows: Bargain Basement books will be half off their...

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Farm Bureau At A Glance – By Chastity Welch – Week of December 26th

BY CHASTITY WELCH While Christmas just passed earlier this week, I thought you may all enjoy this. The Ten Reasons Why Santa Claus Could Have Been A Farmer: He works all year, just to give his stuff away. He’s good with livestock. He knows how to get by with the same equipment season after season. He works outside, even in bad weather. He’s good with kids. His wife is an excellent cook. He could stand to lose a few pounds (see reason #6). He’s used to getting in and out of tight places. He covers a lot of ground...

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Netflix Phishing Scam: Don’t Take the Bait

December 26, 2018 by Colleen Tressler Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Phishing is when someone uses fake emails or texts to get you to share valuable personal information – like account numbers, Social Security numbers, or your login IDs and passwords. Scammers use your information to steal your money, your identity, or both. They also use phishing emails to get access to your computer or network. If you click on a link, they can install ransomware or other programs that can lock you out of your data. Scammers often use familiar company names or pretend to be someone you know. Here’s...

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Christmas is Here – by Tiffany Bruce

BY TIFFANY BRUCE Listening to laughter and pitter-patter running down the hall, a delightful announcement is made, “Christmas Is Here!” Looking outside the picture window, the hoped for, fresh white glistening snow blankets the ground. The fresh aroma of gourmet coffee and hot apple cider fills the room. With eyes all aglow, the tiny tots ask, “Mom and Dad, can we please open presents?” Everyone gathers around the Christmas tree, Mom’s and Dad’s hearts warmed by the delighted. The presents are passed out and off go the bows and wrapping paper. Thankfulness sweeps the room, and everyone is pleased...

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Carroll County Sheriff’s Blotter – December 9th to December 23rd

12/09/18 at 12:54 am Earnest M Walls, 24 of East Dubuque Ia, was arrested by Savanna Police Department for driving on a suspended license. Bond was set at $1,500.00 10 % applies. Walls was able to post bond and released with a court date. 12/10/18 at 10:59 am Shannon L Crete, 37 of Clinton Ia, was arrested by The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on a Contempt warrant. Bond was set at $7,500.00 10% applies. Crete was released when time was served. 12/12/18 at 8:48 am Darlene Moore, 39 of Lanark, was arrested by Lanark Police Department for violating order...

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Allen “Alfie” Ray Belk

Allen “Alfie” Ray Belk — March 10, 1949 – December 19, 2018 Allen “Alfie” Ray Belk, age 69, of Savanna, IL, died Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, IA. A celebration of Alfie’s life will be held for family and friends at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna, IL from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Saturday, December 22, 2018. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com Aflie was born March 10, 1949 in Savanna, IL, the son of Leonard and Emma (Olson) Belk. He married Diane (Neiss) and had three daughters. Later in life, Alfie married...

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Margaret “Peg” Dauphin

Margaret “Peg” Dauphin — February 11, 1950 – November 18, 2018 Peg’s life was centered around caring for and service to others, whether it was caring for her family and friends, serving in her church and community, or tending to her patients as a nurse. Margaret “Peg” Dauphin, age 68, of Savanna, Illinois passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 27, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, Savanna. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at...

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Eastland School District to Welcome New Superintendent

At their Regular Meeting of December 19, 2018, the Eastland Board of Education approved the hire of Alex Kashner as their next Superintendent of Schools. Alex will start in his new position on July 1, 2019 and will replace Dr. Mark Hansen, who will be retiring at the end of the 2018-19 school year. Kashner was selected from a group of 29 applicants and (5) five finalists who interviewed with the Board of Education. The search process was facilitated by Dr. Jim Helton of the Illinois Association of School Boards’ Executive Search Service. After earning his Bachelors Degree through Illinois Sate University in Bloomington-Normal, Kashner started his teaching...

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Details of the New IHSA Classification Policy

IHSA’s Classification Policy: An Explainer In June 2018, the IHSA Board of Directors approved significant changes to the way the schools will be classified in sports that use a multiple-class system. These changes were formalized in Policy 17 and will go into effect next school year (2019-20). The text of the new policy is here. This explainer boils down the language of the new policy to its essentials and gives examples of how classifications will be determined in the future. SUMMARY OF MAJOR CHANGES Two-year classification cycle: All multi-class sports (along with music and Scholastic Bowl) will be classified...

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The Amish Cook – Winter For the Birds at the Yoders

BY GLORIA YODER How is everyone? Ready to settle down after the holidays and have a quieter schedule? I know winter does tend to be long and cold and gray, but I do enjoy having less work with not having a garden to care for or a yard to look after. Summer and Fall is also a busier time for us with canning and freezing garden bounties. I confess, I do miss those perfect Fall days though, for the children to go outside and play. They love spending time outdoors; in fact Jesse has shed many a tear when he couldn’t...

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Frank “Marty” Gilmore

Frank “Marty” Gilmore, age 67, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away on December 10, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa. Cremation Rites have been accorded.  A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. A memorial gathering will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. Marty was born February 3, 1951, the son of Orville and Fayetta (DeSpain) Gilmore in Savanna.  He attended Center Hill Elementary and Mt. Carroll High School, graduating with the Class of 1970....

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Village of Chadwick to Hold Special Board Meeting – Agenda

Special Board Meeting December 17, 2018, 6:00 P.M. Village of Chadwick 225 Main Street Chadwick, IL  61014 Roll Call Pledge of Allegiance Acceptance of Minutes of previous meeting Approval of Agenda (additions of items) President’s Report Citizen’s Comments (3 minutes per Citizen up to 5 citizens) Consent Agenda Presentation and Acceptance of Village Bills Treasurer’s Report Clerk’s Report Committee reports: Finance Police Parks and Trees Streets, Alleys, and Sidewalks Water, Sewage, and Garbage Economic Development Public Works Supervisor Old Business New Business Improvements to the Sewer Collection System and available funding and/or applicable motion Water Meter Proposal and/or applicable motion...

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Carroll County Sheriff’s Blotter – December 2, 2018 – December 9, 2018

12/02/18 at 8:19 am Kole S Miller, 28 of Savanna, was arrested by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office for aggravated Battery, Interfering report domestic violence, and Unlawful restraint. Bond was set at $45,000.00 10% applies. Miller was able to post bond and was released with a court date. 12/02/18 at 8:23 pm, Milan T Milanovich, 26 of Savanna, was arrested on an out of county warrant. Milanovich was able to post bond and released with a court date. 12/02/18 at 10:58 pm, Chelsea E Steele, 29 of Savanna, was arrested on an out of county warrant. Steele was able...

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Group Helps Carroll County Parents Do the “Right Steps” in Early Childhood

Featured image (above): The toy room with a large selection of age and activity appropriate toys. (RiverReader photo/Michael Miller) BY MICHAEL MILLER Some of the brightest jewels are the ones that are hidden; Right Steps Family Center Director Darcie Feltmeyer wants the public to be aware of one such jewel right here in Carroll County and the benefits that group provides to the West Carroll School District, parents, children and the community in general. Funded by the Illinois State Board of Education, The Right Steps Family Center has a new home in Carroll County, with three recently refurbished offices (thanks...

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Local Football Players Invited To Illinois High School Shrine Game

Two local football players have been invited to the 45th Annual Illinois High School Shrine All Star Football Game. The game will be played on June 15th, 2019, at 11am on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan at Tucci Stadium. Forreston’s Offensive Lineman Mitch Heinz has been invited, as well as EPC’s Defensive Lineman Addison Keltner. Forreston’s head football coach is Kyle Zick, and Eastland’s Head Coach is Jarod McNutt. Congratulations, Mitch and Addison! What an honor to be invited to this prestigious game. Tags: Carroll County News, EPC Wildcatz, Football, Shrine Game,...

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Chadwick-Milledgeville CUSD #399 Board Meeting Agenda – December 17th, 2018

CHADWICK-MILLEDGEVILLE COMMUNITY UNIT DISTRICT #399 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING Agenda December 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM CST Milledgeville High School Library I. CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL (ACTION ITEM) II. APPROVE THE AGENDA (ACTION ITEM) III. CONSENT AGENDA: (ACTION ITEM) Minutes of the November 19, 2018, Regular & Closed Session Meeting  Bills for December 2018 C.  Treasurer’s Report for November 2018  D.  Hot Lunch Report for November 2018 Student Activity Fund Account Summary for November 2018 IV. COMMENT FROM THE PUBLIC  V. OLD BUSINESS Approve adoption of 2018 Tax Levy (ACTION ITEM) Accept the withdrawal of Sjostrom & Sons bid...

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West Carroll FFA #1 in Agronomy Competition

Featured photo (above): Varsity team picture:  Front, Left to Right:  Olivia Charles, Ashlynn Williamsen and Jaycie VanKampen. Back, Left to Right: Riley Getz and Shane Houzenga. The West Carroll FFA Agronomy Team of Jaycie VanKampen, Ashlynn Williamsen, Shane Houzenga, Olivia Charles and Riley Getz placed 1st at the Section #1 Agronomy CDE held at Warren High School December 12.  West Carroll had a team score of 606.  An Agronomy Contest consists of identifying 25 weed specimens, 25 crop seeds, and 20 pieces of farm machinery.  Contestants also took exams on agronomy and soils and judged classes of corn and...

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Eastland CUSD #308 Board Meeting Agenda for December 19th Meeting

Agenda Regular Board of Education Meeting Eastland Community Unit School District #308 Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. District Office Eastland Jr/Sr High School 500 S. School Dr., Lanark, IL 61046 A. Call to Order and Roll Call B. Review/Adoption of the meeting agenda – action item C. Consent Agenda – action item D. Board Input E. Recognition of Visitors F. Communications G.    Old Business Approval of proposed facility improvement projects for 2018-19 – action item Approval of resolutions of levy for December, 2018 for the 2019-20 fiscal year – action item Report on planning for implementation...

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Dutchtown Church to Hold Children’s Program

An invitation from Pastor Rich Koch, of the Dutchtown Church of the Brethren, located at: 25257 Dutchtown Rd Milledgeville, Illinois Today I offer you an invitation. For many of you, my dear Faith Book Family, it has been a while since you have been in Church. Maybe you were recently in one to attend a Wedding or perhaps a Funeral, but when was the last time you were there just for yourself? And I mean that, not to go for a family member or friend pressuring you, but to go because there you will find folks just like yourselves...

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89th District Representative Andrew Chesney Announces Office Opening

Featured photo, above: Andrew Chesney poses for a photo outside his newly opened office at 50 West Douglas Street Suite 1001 in Freeport. The office may be reached at (815) 232-0774 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Chesney’s website is www.repchesney.com. FREEPORT – On Tuesday, December 11th, State Representative Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) announced his office is open and ready to serve constituents.  Rep. Andrew Chesney has named Sally Huggins as his Legislative Assistant in his Freeport legislative office. Huggins, who has nearly 20 years of experience working with both Rep. Jim Sacia and Sen. Brian...

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Maurice LeRoy Rogers

Maurice LeRoy Rogers — February 8, 1928 – December 10, 2018 Maurice LeRoy Rogers, age 90 (10 months and 2 days), departed this life on Monday, December 10, 2018 in his home in Clinton, Iowa. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the York Community Congregational Church, Thomson, Illinois.  Burial will take place in Woodland Cemetery, rural Mt. Carroll, Illinois. A visitation will be held from 11:00-1:00 p.m., prior to the service at the church. Maurice was born on February 8, 1928, the son of Carl B. and Nevada (Toepfer) Rogers in Carroll County, Illinois.  Maurice...

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35th Annual Bald Eagle Watch is Coming Up Soon!

On January 5th, 2019, the Clinton Bald Eagle Watch will hold its 35th Annual day of appreciation for the US National Bird. The Bald Eagle was chosen as the United States’ national bird because of its majestic beauty, great strength, and long life. It is also native to North America and has become quite populous in the lower 48 United States. Hundreds of Bald Eagles visit the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge lands each year, from late fall through early spring. The Annual Bald Eagle Watch is held throughout the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish...

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Donald G. Pinnick

Donald G. Pinnick — June 13, 1936 – December 10, 2018 Donald G. Pinnick, age 82, of Chadwick, Illinois, previously of Steward, Illinois, died Monday, December 10, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Mt. Carroll, Illinois. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll. A memorial gathering for family and friends will be held from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, prior to the service at the funeral home. Donald was born June 13, 1936 in West Baden, Indiana, the son of Claude and Fern (Abel) Pinnick. He...

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Wintery Weather Hitting Carroll County Today and Tomorrow

December 11, 2018 Hazardous Weather Outlook Hazardous Weather Outlook National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL 1238 PM CST Tue Dec 11 2018 Buchanan-Delaware-Dubuque-Benton-Linn-Jones-Jackson-Iowa-Johnson- Cedar-Clinton-Muscatine-Scott-Keokuk-Washington-Louisa-Jefferson- Henry IA-Des Moines-Van Buren-Lee-Jo Daviess-Stephenson-Carroll- Whiteside-Rock Island-Henry IL-Bureau-Putnam-Mercer-Henderson- Warren-Hancock-McDonough-Scotland-Clark- 1238 PM CST Tue Dec 11 2018 This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of north central Illinois...northwest Illinois...west central Illinois...east central Iowa...northeast Iowa...southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri. .DAY ONE...THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT A winter weather advisory is in effect for portions of eastern Iowa and northwest Illinois, roughly along and north of Interstate 80. This is for late tonight into Wednesday morning. A mix...

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Farm Bureau At A Glance – By Chastity Welch – Week of December 12th

BY CHASTITY WELCH This past week, all county farm bureaus were joined together at the Illinois Agricultural Association Annual Meeting in Chicago. Delegates and members attending the 103rd Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Annual Meeting capped a frustrating year with some good news: U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jingping agreed to a ceasefire in their escalating trade war.  In addition to the opportunity to listen to keynote speaker Captain Mark Kelly and receive county and Young Leader awards, members also enjoyed a visit from U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and set policy for the coming...

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Lanark’s Trinity Lutheran Church Hosts Caroling and Fellowship

Christmas Caroling Friday, December 14, 2018 The group will meet up at the Eastland Jr./Sr. High School parking lot between 5:30 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. Caroling will begin at 6:00 p.m. Join us! After caroling: Fellowship, BBQ, chips, homemade cookies and hot chocolate at the H.S. Any questions? Leave a message at Trinity Lutheran Church:...

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Michael W. Miller

Michael W. Miller — July 9, 1971 – December 6, 2018 Michael W. Miller, 47, of Chadwick, IL, died Thursday December 6, 2018 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA. Funeral services will be at 12 noon on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home with Rev. Father Slawomir Zimodro, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Morrison, officiating. A visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 7th at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Interment will be in Fairhaven Cemetery, Chadwick. A memorial to the Chadwick...

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Vintage 405

March 21 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

March 25 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

March 25 @ 7:00 pm
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Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

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