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Month: January 2019

New Scholarship Announced for Eastland High School Seniors

The Friends of the Lanark Public Library (FLPL) announce the FLPL Student Scholarship in the amount of $250 for Eastland High School seniors who are patrons of the Lanark Public Library. Applicants will be asked to write an essay about their involvement with the Lanark Public Library. Eastland’s guidance counselor, Anne Pilgrim, will provide specific details for acceptance and collect completed essays, which are due February 20, 2019. The scholarship will be presented on May 9, 2019, by a representative from the Friends of the Lanark Public...

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Carroll County Sheriff Warns of New Scam, Targets are Verizon Customers

FROM THE CARROLL COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE January 30, 2019 MOUNT CARROLL — Reports have been received about a new scam which is targeting Verizon Wireless customers. Telephone calls are being received from people who claim to be from Verizon Wireless. These scammers will “inform” you that a required update was not done to your cell phone, and that cell service will be suspended if an update is not done. They will then offer to assist you with the update over the phone. While speaking with them, they will send a code to your phone. They will then ask you to...

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Eastland High School Cancellations and Postponements – January 29th, 2019

The following activities have been cancelled or postponed: Today, Tuesday, January 29th: Scholastic Bowl @ Milledgeville will rescheduled for a later date. Jr. High Girls Basketball @ Forreston has been rescheduled for Friday, February 1st at 4:00 p.m. HS Girls Basketball @ Stockton has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 2nd at 6:00 p.m. The Fresh/Soph Girls Basketball Tournament @ Eastland on Saturday, February 2nd has had another schedule change. Court 1 9:00am Eastland vs Dakota 10:00am Winnebago vs Dakota 11:00am Winnebago vs Eastland Court 2 9:00am LeWin vs Byron 10:00am Forreston vs Byron 11:00am LeWin vs Forreston Tags: Carroll County...

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LIHEAP Offers Winter Heating Assistance

Energy Assistance Available Springfield – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced that income qualified households can apply for winter heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). If your last thirty day income has been affected by the federal shutdown, if you lost your job, if you are a student living away from home struggling to pay your utility bills, LIHEAP can help. A single-person household can qualify with a monthly gross income of up to $1,518; a two-person household up to $2,058; a family of three up to $2,598; and a...

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE MAKE ARREST IN FATAL CRASH THAT TOOK THE LIFE OF TROOPER CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approves Felony Charges for Reckless Homicide Springfield, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announce the arrest of Scott A. Larson (M/61) for his involvement in the January 12th, 2019 fatal crash which resulted in the death of Trooper Christopher Lambert. On January 12th, 2019 at approximately 4:45 p.m., Trooper Christopher Lambert #6527 was on-duty on I-294 northbound near Willow Road standing outside of his patrol car investigating a three unit crash. Trooper Christopher Lambert positioned his patrol car in the left lane of traffic, with his emergency lights activated, in order to protect...

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Farm Bureau At a Glance – by Chastity Welch – January 29, 2019

BY CHASTITY WELCH Ladies, registration is now available for the 2019 Women in Agriculture conference at Jumer’s Casino in Rock Island.  I would love to tell you how long we have been co-sponsoring this conference, but years have run together. I know it has been at least 7 now! This year’s conference is set for a new date….Thursday, March 14th.  Past years we have held it on a Friday but this year it was time to change. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with the conference kicking off at 8:30 a.m.   This year’s keynote speaker will be Tyne...

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Staying Warm and Safe During Sub-Zero Weather

Tuesday through Thursday, Carroll County will experience temperatures and wind chills that most homes’ heating systems are NOT designed for. -20 to -30-degree temperatures with wind chills into -40 and up to -50+. Newer homes will struggle to maintain temperature and older homes will NOT maintain temperature and the temperature WILL drop while the heating system is working at full capacity. 1. Please raise the temperature in your home on Monday, 2 to 4 degrees above your normal setting. 2. Take all programmable thermostats out of setback mode and set on a permanent HOLD. 3. If you have a...

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Lois M. (Mitchell) Tucker

Lois M. (Mitchell) Tucker — July 10, 1931 – January 20, 2019 Lois M. (Mitchell) Tucker age 87 of Stockton, IL, died peacefully Sunday Morning, January 20, 2019 at FHN Hospital in Freeport. Born July 10, 1931 in Freeport, IL, she was the daughter of Beulah Endress and Fred Mitchell. She married Harold E. Tucker on July 27, 1949. She worked at the Telephone Company, McNess, Carl Sandburg School Kitchen and assisted her husband in window treatments and farming. She was also a stay at home mother and loving wife. She loved her dogs and Elvis music. She had a strong...

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Gail D. Bowman

Gail D. Bowman — March 9, 1959 – January 24, 2019 Gail D. Bowman, age 59, of Savanna, Illinois, died suddenly on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center North, Clinton. A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church, Savanna. Burial will take place in the Savanna Township Cemetery, Savanna. A memorial fund has been established in Gail’s memory. Gail was born on March 9, 1959, the daughter of Herman and...

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Timber Lake Playhouse Announces Local Auditions for Its 2019 Season

MOUNT CARROLL – Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP), the premier professional summer theatre of northwest Illinois, announces Local Auditions for the 2019 Summer Season productions of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Noises Off, Into the Woods, Mamma Mia, Man of LaMancha, Steel Magnolias and Newsies to be held upstairs at Henry’s Double K in Mt. Carroll. Auditions will be Sunday, February 3 from 2:00 until 6:00. TLP’s Artistic Director, Paul Stancato, will be on hand to audition actors interested in positions in our 2019 Resident Company, guest artists, and ensemble. There are no youth roles being cast for the 2019 season....

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Carroll County Sheriff’s Blotter – 01/11/2019-01/24/2019

01/11/19 at 6:50 am Gerald L Rucker, 19 of Freeport, was arrested by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on a contempt warrant. Bond was set at $10,000.00 10% applies. Rucker was released time served. 01/11/19 at 9:14 am Christopher J Nortunen, 34 of Savanna, was arrested for application to increase bond. Bond was set at $20,000.00 10% applies. Nortunen remains in custody. 01/13/19 at 10:58 pm Eric S Hayen, 31 of Savanna, was arrested by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office for Driving while suspended. Bond was set at $3,000.00 10% applies. Hayen was issued a $3,000.00 recognizance bond and...

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Chadwick-Milledgeville CUSD#399 Board Meets, Bond Funds Received

  SYNOPSIS Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 7:00 PM Milledgeville High School Library CALL TO ORDER/ ROLL CALL AT 7:03 P.M. All Present APPROVED THE AGENDA  APPROVED CONSENT AGENDA  Approved Minutes of the December 17, 2018, Regular Board Meeting and Closed Session. Approved Bills for January 2019 Approved Treasurer’s Report for December 2018 Approved Hot Lunch Report for December 2018 Approved Student Activity Fund Account Summary for December 2018 SUMMARY OF BUDGET REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES TO DATE  Superintendent Schurman reported that as of December 31, 2018, we have received 28.24% of our projected revenues and made 39.31% of our...

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Village of Thomson Board Meets, Accepts Resignation of Village Attorney – Michael Miller Reports

BY MICHAEL MILLER At their January 14th meeting, the Thomson Village Board accepted, with regret, the resignation of Village Attorney Colleen Buckwalter, who has accepted a new position as Assistant State’s Attorney for Whiteside County.  One of the provisions of the position requires her to give up all other practices.   Moving swiftly on the heels of this item, the board voted unanimously to allow Trager to sign a contract with Attorney Nicholas Heid, contingent upon his agreement, to become the new village attorney. OTHER BUSINESS The board elected to donate $25.00 to help send local students to the...

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Winter Weather – A Note From Eastland Superintendent Dr. Hansen

To: All Eastland Parents, Students, Staff, and Board Members From: Dr. Mark Hansen We are moving through what may be an extended period of winter weather watches, advisories and warnings.  As we do, please keep the following information in mind: Winter weather forecasts are “predictive;” the meteorologists perform an important public service, and we make many decisions based on the information they provide us, but they cannot predict with certainty the timing of a storm, whether it will produce snow, rain or freezing rain in a specific area, how much, or how cold it will be. Preparedness is important.  Please make sure...

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Local Reps Sign Onto Illinois Fair Maps Legislation

McCombie and Chesney Sign Onto Fair Maps Legislation Tuesday, January 22, 2019 State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) and Andrew Chesney (IL-89th) have both announced that they are joining 42 of their House Republican colleagues by co-sponsoring HJRCA 10. Implementation of this constitutional amendment will take the shady redistricting process out of the control of corrupt politicians. Rep. Chesney said, “For far too long, Illinois politicians have picked their voters instead of the voters picking their politicians,” said Rep. Chesney. “It is a fixed system benefiting whoever is in power instead of benefiting voters. It’s wrong when Republicans do it...

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Hit and Run in Savanna Has Police Asking for the Public’s Help

Last night, at approximately 1:50 am, Savanna Police were dispatched to 623 Chicago Ave., to investigate a hit and run incident. A parked 2015 Nissan Altima and 2008 Town and Country Van were both damaged. The Nissan was extensively damaged. A newer model black truck was seen leaving the scene and headed East on Chicago Ave. The Black Truck was reported to have major damage to the front and passenger side. No one was in either of the parked vehicles at the time. If you have any information, please contact the Savanna Police Dept at the non emergency number...

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The Amish Cook – Jumping For Chocolate

BY GLORIA YODER As I contemplated on what areas of our lives to fill you in on, I thought to myself, “There’s nothing really new going on.” But then with a family of five little ones there are constantly new things on all sides. Some exciting and others not so great. The children are always in the process of mastering something new, with jump roping ranking as the latest “go”. Our evenings are spent cheering, instructing, and twirling jump ropes.  At seven years old Julia does outstanding. It’s not uncommon for her to come home from school with  a, “Mom look!” as...

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Carroll County Farm Bureau at a Glance – January 22, 2019

BY CHASTITY WELCH IFB members step up their engagement in calls to action in order to send the right message regarding a number of federal and state issues. We had thousands of contacts made by several thousand members as we communicated with lawmakers and elected officials. More is always needed but I want to say thank you to those who engaged! The transition of state government leadership through a newly elected Governor and forty plus new members of the Illinois General Assembly began months ago and has already provided opportunity for input. We have positions on the Governor elect’s...

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Amidst Winter Doldrums, Eastland 1st Graders Grow in Surprising Ways

Featured photo, above: Back row, standing, left to right: Scott Bares, Kelly Bares, Carl Erbsen Middle row, sitting, left to right: Tavin Sturtz, Ryker Manthey, Isla Horner Middle row, standing, left to right:  Mason Parkinson, Jeremiah Belander Sapp, Sawyer Cusanelli, Colin Dapkus, Trevor Knutti. Front row, left to right: Marissa Wilson, Toni Frazer, Ella Sweitzer, Oaklee Waller, Ethan Gunderson, and Ben Hanviriyapunt BY SARAH HANVIRIYAPUNT Shannon — Eastland Elementary first graders get to experience something that not many students get to do. Their classroom has been gifted an aeroponic Tower Garden so they can grow plants indoors, with no soil! Teacher Carl...

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Eastland Parents Invited to Complete Survey

The Illinois State Board of Education and Eastland Superintendent Dr. Mark Hansen ask Eastland parents to complete the 5 Essentials Survey. Click or tap HERE to get started. In a note to all Eastland parents, Dr. Hansen outlines the importance of the survey, and how it is used. It allows districts to compare performance over time, and it also allows them to compare performance to established norms. The survey is not valid without a large enough group participation, so all parents, students and teachers are urged to participate. Please fill out a survey for both schools if you have students...

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More Severe Winter Weather on its Way for Carroll County

 Winter Weather Advisory from January 21, 2019 at 11:56 AM for Carroll County Issued by the National Weather Service WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FROM 6AM CST TUE UNTIL 12AM CST WED …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TUESDAY TO MIDNIGHT CST TUESDAY NIGHT… * WHAT…MIXED PRECIPITATION EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO ONE TENTH OF AN INCH EXPECTED. * WHERE…PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL IOWA AND NORTHWEST ILLINOIS. * WHEN…FROM 6 AM TUESDAY TO MIDNIGHT CST TUESDAY NIGHT. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…PLAN ON SLIPPERY ROAD CONDITIONS. THE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS COULD IMPACT...

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York Township Public Library Hosts Presentation Discussing Societal Impacts of Incarceration

Illinois Humanities presents “Social and Economic Impacts of Incarceration,” a discussion in its statewide series, The Country and the City: Common Ground in the Prairie State?, at York Township Public Library, Thomson, January 31 Illinois Humanities will present “Social and Economic Impacts of Incarceration,” the fifth event in its statewide program series, The Country and the City: Common Ground in the Prairie State?, at York Township Public Library in Thomson on Thursday, January 31. Doors will open and free refreshments from Dusty’s Pizza Plus in Thomson will be available at 5:30 PM.  The program will begin at 6 and conclude...

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National Weather Service: Carroll County Special Overnight Severe Weather

Special Weather Statement Weather Updated: Jan 20 1:26AM Issued by the National Weather Service For Carroll County, Illinois SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT UNTIL 4:30AM CST SUN …BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILLS OVERNIGHT… TEMPERATURES IN THE SINGLE DIGITS ABOVE AND BELOW ZERO COMBINED WITH NORTHERLY WINDS OF 5 TO 10 MPH, WILL RESULT IN BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILLS RANGING FROM 10 BELOW TO AROUND 20 BELOW ZERO. IF YOU WILL BE VENTURING OUTDOORS OVERNIGHT BE SURE TO DRESS IN SEVERAL WARM LAYERS, COVERING AS MUCH EXPOSED SKIN AS POSSIBLE. ALSO, BE SURE TO WEAR A HAT AND...

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Lee, Carroll and Whiteside U of I Extension Office January 2019 Schedule

Lee County 4-H Project Pool: A Fun Morning for Everyone! University of Illinois Extension, Lee County is holding 4-H Project Pool for kids ages 5-18 on Saturday, February 16 at the Lee County Fair Grounds. The morning will start at 9am and end at 12pm.  It is a short, educational fun filled opportunity for kids in 4-H and out of 4-H. We are excited to have many different classes available including; arts, food decorating, food science, vegetables, dogs, weather, catapult engineering, forestry and more! Each participant will be able to choose three projects to learn about.   Children between...

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Chadwick-Milledgeville CUSD #399, School Board Agenda

CHADWICK-MILLEDGEVILLE COMMUNITY DISTRICT #399 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING AGENDA Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 7:00 PM Milledgeville High School Library CALL TO ORDER/ ROLL CALL (ACTION ITEM) APPROVE THE AGENDA (ACTION ITEM) CONSENT AGENDA (ACTION ITEM) Minutes of the December 17, 2018, Regular Board Meeting and Closed Session. Bills for January 2019 Treasurer’s Report for December 2018 Hot Lunch Report for December 2018 Student Activity Fund Account Summary for December 2018 SUMMARY OF BUDGET REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES TO DATE  COMMENT FROM THE PUBLIC Thank you notes from the Administrators for the Christmas gift certificates. Thank you to the Carroll...

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IDOT Urges Public to Avoid Unnecessary Travel

Snow, plummeting temps, strong winds bring challenging travel conditions this weekend IDOT prepared for winter storm, urges public to avoid unnecessary trips SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning the public that a winter storm arriving this evening will make travel a challenge throughout much of Illinois, with some areas possibly receiving up to 8 inches of snow. Motorists should be prepared for high winds and colder temperatures persisting through the weekend, causing drifting and icing even on treated surfaces. “The IDOT snow-and-ice teams will be working throughout the weekend making roads as safe as possible,” said...

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Eastland and Highland Activity Cancellations – January 18, 2019

January 18, 2019 Due to the Winter Storm Warning in effect for our area, all evening activities tonight, and all activities scheduled for tomorrow, have been cancelled or postponed. Please refer to the following list for more information: Today, Friday, January 18th: No p.m. practices Wrestling at Rockford Lutheran has been cancelled Cinema Club has been cancelled Boys Basketball @ River Ridge has been rescheduled for Monday, January 28th at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, January 19th: No practices Jr. High Wrestling @ Byron has been cancelled Freshmen Basketball @ River Ridge has been cancelled Scholastic Bowl @ Stateline Quiz Bowl...

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Carroll County Braces for Winter Storm Warning in Effect Until Saturday

From 3:00pm CST, Fri Jan 18 until 12:00pm CST, Sat Jan 19 Action Recommended: Make preparations per the instructions Issued by: National Weather Service, …WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO NOON CST SATURDAY… * WHAT…HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES EXPECTED. WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 35 MPH. * WHERE…PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST IOWA. * WHEN…FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO NOON CST SATURDAY. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…TRAVEL COULD BE VERY DIFFICULT. PATCHY BLOWING SNOW COULD SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE VISIBILITY. THE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS COULD IMPACT THE EVENING COMMUTE....

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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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