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Month: January 2019

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 a, 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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Older Adults Should Be Aware of Health Hazards During the Winter

IL Department on Aging Tips for Winter Weather Preparedness Health hazards to be aware of during the winter that could affect older adults Springfield, IL – To prepare for the dangers of the winter weather storms predicted over the next few days, the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) today urged older Illinoisans and their families to recognize that winter poses a special threat to seniors and has compiled a list of tips and signs to look out for to avoid serious safety and health complications. The environmental conditions during winter in Illinois poses a health risk to all residents,...

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USDA: Popular Chicken Nuggets Recalled Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Perdue Foods LLC Recalls Simplysmart Organics Gluten Free Chicken Nugget Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination Class I Recall 002-2019 Health Risk: HighJan 17, 2019 Congressional and Public Affairs Selena Kremer (202) 720-9113 Press@fsis.usda.gov WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2019 – Perdue Foods, LLC, a Perry, Ga. establishment, is recalling approximately 68,244 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically wood, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The ready-to-eat chicken nugget items were produced on Oct. 25, 2018. The following product is subject to recall: [View Labels(PDF only)]...

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JB Pritzker Signs Controversial Gun Dealer Licensing Bill – Rauner Would Have Vetoed

By Sarah Hanviriyapunt Sen. Anderson: Gun dealer licensing bill detrimental to law-abiding dealers New regulations will not prevent crimes Springfield – State Senator Neil Anderson releases the below statement regarding Governor J.B. Pritzker’s decision to sign Senate Bill 337 into law. SB 337 is a controversial gun dealer licensing bill that was passed during the 100th General Assembly, but held for seven months by the sponsor under a procedural motion. “The State of Illinois has more gun regulations than just about any other state, and now we’re adding even more,” said Sen. Anderson. “This new law will be detrimental to...

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Toys for Tots Announces Year End Totals and Report

Toys for Tots 2018 Year End Totals $3,646.00 was collected in Carroll County; this number includes cash, checks and online donations. $1,000 Grant awarded by ShopKo. $4,646.00 was the total amount received from Carroll County Residents in 2018. A Total of 1,003 Toys were Collected in Carroll County 143 Books were Collected in Carroll County 725 Stocking Stuffers in Carroll County 996 Toys were donated by Various Toy Companies which Sponsor Corporate Toys for Tots 421 Toys and Books were Purchased with Carroll County Donation. 170 Stocking Stuffers were Purchased with Carroll County Donations. Grand Total of Toys Distributed...

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Toys For Tots 2018 Fundraising A Huge Success – A Note of Thanks from Regina Vesely

Toys for Tots 2018 Campaign Was a Huge Success! On behalf of Carroll County Toys for Tots 2018 Campaign I would or Regina would like to thank everyone in our Wonderful Community For all there generosity and kindness throughout the Christmas season. Thank you, to each and every one of you, who gave the Children and Families in our Community have a Very Merry Christmas! From each one of your donations of toys, books, stuffed animals etc. and put it in our drop box locations- to monetary donation such as cash, checks and online donation to- all the participating...

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Charlene E. Huso

Charlene E. Huso — August 28, 1921 – January 10, 2019 Charlene E. Huso, age 97 of Stockton, IL, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Liberty Village in Freeport. She was born August 28, 1921, in Stockton to the late James Sr. and Alice (Stephenson) Baber. Charlene married B.T. (Doc) Huso on January 5, 1944, in Stockton. Doc passed away on August 31, 1972. Charlene graduated from Stockton High School in 1939 and furthered her education at Iowa State Teachers College, now known as University of Northern Iowa, graduating in 1943. She briefly taught in Aurora, IL, before beginning...

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Grant Money Offered to Public School Teachers

The Illinois Retired Teachers Association (IRTA) Foundation is offering a total of $36,500 in grant money to public school educators (Pre-K through 12) for special classroom projects statewide.  Please see the enclosed flyer for all the details.  This flyer will be included in the Illinois Principals Association’s upcoming e-mail news publication.  In order to apply for the grant, public school educators must download, complete, and submit the application online from the IRTA website (www.irtaonline.org). Applications must be submitted by June 1, 2019. All public school educators are invited and encouraged to apply for this grant money. If you have...

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Eastland School Board: SROs First Two Weeks of Learning, Solar Arrays Proposed

Regular Board of Education Meeting Eastland CUSD #308 January 16, 2019 President Heeren called to order the Regular Meeting for January, 2019. Members approved the minutes of the December 19 Regular Meeting. They also approved payment of all bills and claims, the Treasurer’s Report, and a motion to keep closed executive session minutes from January, 2017 through May, 2018. Eastland School Nurse Brittany Becker Shares Information, Board Discusses Plans to See Demonstration Clorox 360 Machine During Board input, members discussed plans to see a demonstration of a Clorox 360 machine used to clean rooms or spaces using electrostatic technology to...

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Leonard F. Hose

Leonard F. Hose — July 19, 1934 – January 14, 2019 Leonard F. Hose, 84, of Shannon, died Monday, January 14, 2019 at FHN Memorial Hospital. Leonard was born July 19, 1934 in Pine Creek Township (Ogle County), Illinois, the son of Frederick and Verna (Lohr) Hose. Leonard married Phyllis Good on September 23, 1960 in Mt. Morris. Leonard proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He farmed for many years in the Shannon area. In his free time, he enjoyed gardening, antiques, playing cards, and going to auctions. Surviving is his wife, Phyllis Hose of Shannon; son, Richard (Phyllis...

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James R. “Jim” Elmer

James R. “Jim” Elmer — December 19, 1945 – January 11, 2019 James R. “Jim” Elmer, 73, of Freeport, died Friday, January 11, 2019 from complications following a stroke he suffered in late October. Jim was born December 19, 1945 in Monroe, Wisconsin, the son of Fred and Flora (Bowles) Elmer. He married MaryAnn Byrnes Brinkmeier on May 20, 1989. Jim had a big heart and would do anything to help others. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He also enjoyed building and flying Radio Controlled Model Airplanes, fishing and fixing anything mechanical. If you told him “It can’t be...

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Eastland Girls Host Basketball Shootout Tournament Amidst Heavy Snow

The Eastland Girls’ Basketball Team hosted a Shootout at Eastland Jr./Sr. High School in Lanark, on January 12th. There was a snow storm happening, especially to the south of Carroll County, and various teams who were scheduled to make the tournament could not make it, or they got stuck in the snow. The schedule of the tournament got a little bit jumbled up, but the resulting games proved to be extremely competitive and fun for everyone who came to watch. Kaci Woodard was at the tournament, and she took some great photos, below: Stockton player Kenze Haas, a freshman,...

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Carroll County Farm Bureau at a Glance – January 16, 2019

A date has been set for the Elizabeth Rath Benefit here in the Naaman Diehl Auditorium.  We will be hosting the event on Sunday, February 24th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will be having a BBQ lunch for a donation.  Along with the lunch, there will also be a silent auction.  If you are not able to stay and join us for lunch, there will be carryouts available as well. Watch for details of some of the silent auction items.  2018 was a trying year for ag, but it also had some legislative successes.  Here are a...

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Eastland-West Carroll ThunderCats Wrestlers Win at Erie Tournament

On Friday, January 11, 2019, the Eastland-West Carroll ThunderCats High School Wrestling team took home two place medals from the Erie JV Wrestling Tournament in Erie, Illinois. Congratulations to these Thunder Wrestlers! The #22 ranked ThunderCats took on #12 ranked Erie-Prophetstown tonight at West Carroll Primary School in Savanna, at 5:30pm for a dual wrestling meet. Several ThunderCat wrestlers are ranked or recognized by the Ilinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA): Class 1a – Ethen Doty is the #4 ranked 126lber, and Eli Dertz is the #9 ranked 182lber. Briar Nevills (113lbs) and Trapper Hartman (120lbs) are listed...

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Savanna Public Works To Purchase New Vehicle – By Michael Miller

BY MICHAEL MILLER The City of Savanna’s Public Works Department has been approved for a new vehicle, thanks to the action at the Savanna City Council meeting on January 8, 2019. Alderman Pat Sanchez delivered the Finance Committee report, including a request for funds for a new vehicle for Public Works. This is a budgeted item, Superintendent of Public Works John Lindeman noted, which will replace the department’s current 2006 Chevy Colorado, which has amassed about 152,000 miles.  Lindeman said this vehicle had experienced multiple issues in the past year and was no longer safe to put on the road. ...

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IHSA January Board of Directors Meeting Recap: Robert Gibson To Join IHSA Staff as New IT Director

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met at its regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA office in Bloomington on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, where the Board approved the hiring of Robert Gibson as the IHSA’s Director of Information Technology. Gibson is slated to begin his time at the IHSA later this spring. He will work in tandem with current IHSA Assistant Executive Director and Director of Information Technology Scott Johnson until Johnson’s retirement. “I am excited to join the IHSA family,” said Gibson. “The responsibilities that lie ahead of me seem to fit perfectly into my...

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Dixon Man Arrested by Milledgeville Police – Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child

On January 14, 2019, The Milledgeville Police Department, assisted by the Dixon Police Department, arrested Eric W. Myers, a resident of Dixon, Illinois. Myers had been under investigation for Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child. In this case, the child in question was under the age of 13 at the time of the offense. Because of the age of the child, the name will not be reported. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If Myers is found guilty, he will spend a minimum of 6 years in prison, depending on the...

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Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Carroll County

Weather Updated: Jan 14 1:06PM Issued by the National Weather Service For Carroll County, Illinois WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FROM 3PM CST MON UNTIL 9AM CST TUE …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST TUESDAY… * WHAT…FREEZING DRIZZLE EXPECTED. * WHERE…PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST IOWA AND NORTHWEST ILLINOIS. * WHEN…UNTIL 9 AM CST TUESDAY. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…THE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS COULD IMPACT THIS EVENINGS COMMUTE, AND POSSIBLY THE MORNING COMMUTE ON TUESDAY. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW, SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. EXPECT SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES,...

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Illinoisans Encouraged to Prepare for Cold, Snow This Weekend

SPRINGFIELD — With the threat of accumulating snow this weekend, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) has begun coordinating with other state agencies on response capabilities if assistance were to become necessary. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued multiple winter storm watches throughout our state as a way to notify the public of the impending weekend weather. According to the National Weather Service, heavy snow is likely over portions of central and southwest Illinois, with accumulations of six inches or more. State and local emergency officials urge the public to take time now to prepare your family, home and...

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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
Mon 28

Savanna Alcoholics Anonymous meets

January 28 @ 8:00 pm
Mon 04

Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

February 4 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 04

Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

February 4 @ 7:00 pm

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