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Local Youth Grabs Gold
Top Story  |  May 22, 2022

Local Youth Grabs Gold

Local teen Jadon Nafziger traveled with his family to Hillsdale, Michigan last weekend to compete in the National Junior Paralympics Regional Championships, where he brought home the gold medal for precision shooting. Jadon competed in the under 15 para standing precision air rifle event over the course of 3 days, shooting twice in competition. This week, The Mail was granted exclusive access to The Champ to find out more.  READ MORE...

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
Summer Kick-Off Cruise-In

Summer Kick-Off Cruise-In

To kick-off summer, the Atlanta Public Library and Museum and Logan County APA will sponsor a car cruise-in event with raffles and entertainment. The event will take place in the Dairy Queen parking lot. Cars & coffee will run from 8-10 am, then a Dairy Queen lunch special from 10 am-2:30 pm. Attendees with cars are asked to make a $5 donation, but all are welcome!

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
Summer Reading Programs Are Beginning

Summer Reading Programs Are Beginning

Summer Reading programs are beginning! Sign-up is now open through June 2nd at the Atlanta Public Library. Events take place every Saturday in June free of cost to all children age 14 and under. Call the library to sign-up and get more information.

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program

Registration for the Danvers Township Library’s Summer Reading Program begins on May 31st. The Program is for ages 0-17 and there will be an event one day per week for an hour. The first will happen on June 7th at 10:00 am at the Historical Society and will host Wild Times Exotic Animals, an exotic animal program based in Springfield. The Program will continue throughout June and until July 1st. Only books that are borrowed from the library will be counted towards the weekly reading goal and when your time goal is met for the week you will receive 1 prize bag for that week. This is a fun and exciting event for kids of all ages so make sure to register to join in on the fun.

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
2022 Murph Challenge

2022 Murph Challenge

The Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting their 2022 Murph Challenge on May 30th from 7:00 to 10:00 am. The Challenge will consist of a mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 air squats, and a one-mile run. “Murph” is a classic CrossFit workout known as a Hero Workout of the Day which is made by CrossFit to honor the men and women that have fallen in the line of duty. The Murph Challenge at the Wellness Center is specifically to honor Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005. The Challenge is for all fitness levels and modifications are offered for those who need it. The Wellness Center will also be accepting donations for St. Jude at this event. It is a great way to support the community and have fun. No registration is required, all you have to do is show up within the time frame and get your workout in.

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

On Saturday, July 2nd the Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting their annual Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k. This 5k Run/Walk will honor U.S. Marine Major Reid B. Nannen, a Hopedale native, who gave his life in service while training at TOPGUN NAS in Fallon, Nevada on March 1, 2014. For a limited time registration for the race is only $30 so sign up as soon as you can before the deal is gone. You can do this through either the Hopedale Wellness Center’s website or on their Facebook page. You must be registered by June 12th to be guaranteed your shirt size and after this date, it will be first come first serve based on availability.

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
No Off Season Training

No Off Season Training

Student-athletes who want to continue training throughout the summer have an opportunity at the Hopedale Wellness Center. The Wellness Center is offering the purchase of a No Season punch card for $120 for 12 sessions with a certified trainer. These sessions will consist of weight lifting programs designed for each participant based on age, abilities, and goals. The sessions will be group training with individual programs and each training session is 60 minutes and will be supervised by athletic trainer, Josh Grant. Training times will be Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. If you are interested stop by the Wellness Center front desk or call 309-449-4500 to get more info and register.

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
Early Dismissal

Early Dismissal

On Thursday, May 26, Dee-Mack schools will be letting students out at 1:30 P.M.

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
Music, Wine, and Craft Beer Festival

Music, Wine, and Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, May 28th, the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will be hosting a Music, Wine, and Craft Beer Festival from 11:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. and then again on Sunday May 29th from 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. The event includes live music both days and will be held rain or shine. $15 per person.

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
Yard Waste Pickup Day

Yard Waste Pickup Day

Monday, May 23rd is the official Yard Waste Pickup Day for Mackinaw. Dry landscape waste bags must be placed out at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on the day it is to be collected.  Pick-up will occur on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
 Campout on the Lawn

Campout on the Lawn

Sugar Grove Nature Center is having a Campout On The Lawn on Saturday, June 4- Sunday, June 5 from 1 pm-10 am. There will be plenty of crafts and activities to do with the family, including roasting hot dogs and s’mores at the campfire. Make sure to bring a sleeping bag and tent. Registration and payment are due by May 31st. It costs $12 per person and forms can be found on the Facebook page or website. 

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
Nature Journaling Session

Nature Journaling Session

The Sugar Grove Nature Center will host a Nature Journaling session on Wednesday, May 25th from 9 am-12 pm. Ellen Dietz is hosting the workshop to eliminate “production anxiety,” send you home with art supplies, ramp up creativity, and show you how to observe, explore, sketch, and write about the local landscape with nature journaling. Cost is $30 per person and registration forms can be found on their Facebook page. 

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
May Story Hour

May Story Hour

The H.A. Peine District Library hosts their May Story Hour on Tuesday, May 24th from 11:00 to 11:30 am. Space is limited so be sure to call the library at 309-392-3220 to register and secure your spot and make sure to bring a blanket to the Story Hour to sit on during the story.

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
Dog Day for Kids

Dog Day for Kids

The Waynesville Christian Church is having a “Dog Day” for kids on Friday, May 27th from 1-2:30 pm. A trainer from Canine Companion, Nancy Reinhart, will bring her puppy, Rocco. Then, she will teach the children all about service dogs and how they help people. K-5th grade students are welcome. 

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
Summer Reading Programs in Waynesville

Summer Reading Programs in Waynesville

Summer Reading programs at the Waynesville Library have just been announced! There will be programs every Wednesday at 2 pm from June 15th-July 27th. All ages 3 and up are welcome to attend. 

Local News – Atlanta  |  May 22, 2022
Palm’s Grill Cafe to Become a Bakery

Palm’s Grill Cafe to Become a Bakery

Missy Gaither who runs Missy’s Cupcakes, Cookies, and More is opening up her own bakery storefront in Atlanta at the old Palm’s Grill Cafe venue. Missy got the lease on May 1st  and the bakery will be open for business come the beginning of June. Missy has run Missy’s Cupcakes, Cookies, and More for 10 years and up until she acquired the lease in Atlanta, she has run the business out of her home. Missy used her Facebook page to take orders and would then deliver the orders to her clients or have them pick them up. Now that she will have her own storefront she won’t have to run around delivering orders which will save her a lot of time. There will also be a wider variety of flavors of cupcakes and cookies with the opening of the storefront and she will offer a Route 66 cookie as well.

Local News – Hopedale  |  May 22, 2022
HMC Staff Honored at Awards Ceremony

HMC Staff Honored at Awards Ceremony

Focused on patients, residents, staff and community, Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC) Employees strive each day to advance the mission and vision that is rooted in the foundation of the medical complex.  Each month, HMC Employee Empowerment hosts an awards ceremony for those employees, who are recognized by their peers, for the outstanding work that they are doing in one of the numerous departments that are a part of the HMC campus.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  May 22, 2022
Teen Assailants Are Well Known to Area Police

Teen Assailants Are Well Known to Area Police

More information has been uncovered about the criminal histories of the young men who allegedly assaulted Danny Hale at Casey’s gas station on the evening of Wednesday, May 11th. Court documents obtained by The Mail show that the assailants are well known to local police.

Local News – McLean  |  May 22, 2022
McLean Police Chief Speaks at Trinity Lutheran

McLean Police Chief Speaks at Trinity Lutheran

This week Chief Blair of the McLean Police Department had the opportunity to speak at Trinity Lutheran School in Bloomington. He was able to talk to several classes about police work and give tours of the squad car.

Local News – Peoria  |  May 22, 2022
LaHood and Davis Opens Military Service Academy Applications Process

LaHood and Davis Opens Military Service Academy Applications Process

Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) announced today that he is accepting applications from students who wish to seek a nomination to one of our nation's service academies for the Class of 2027. 

Local News – Stanford  |  May 22, 2022
Olympia Middle School Teacher Receives Grant From WGU

Olympia Middle School Teacher Receives Grant From WGU

Jake Steve, an eighth-grade science teacher at Olympia Middle School in Olympia CUSD 16, has received a $1,000 grant through WGU’s “Fund My Classroom” initiative. The funds will be used to purchase materials for his students to engineer their own model cars and use them to test out different variables that make a car speed up and slow down. Steve learned he was selected for the grant on May 11 when WGU staff surprised him with a check presentation at his school.

Top Story  |  May 15, 2022
Assault at Casey's Leads to Arrests

Assault at Casey's Leads to Arrests

A large altercation involving multiple teenagers occurred at Casey’s gas station, in Mackinaw on Wednesday, that lead to the arrests of 4 teenagers by the Mackinaw Police Department. Some time that evening, the teens exited the gas station and created a disturbance in the parking lot, at one point surrounding the vehicle of a 31 year old mother who had chided the teens for their misbehavior, witnesses say. At one point, the teens indicated that they were willing to resort to violence, however, local resident Danny Hale stepped in. 

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Summer Kick-Off Cruise-In

Summer Kick-Off Cruise-In

To kick-off summer, the Atlanta Public Library and Museum and Logan County APA will sponsor a car cruise-in event with raffles and entertainment. The event will take place in the Dairy Queen parking lot. Cars & coffee will run from 8-10 am, then a Dairy Queen lunch special from 10 am-2:30 pm. Attendees with cars are asked to make a $5 donation, but all are welcome!

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Summer Reading Programs Are Beginning

Summer Reading Programs Are Beginning

Summer Reading programs are beginning! Sign-up is now open through June 2nd at the Atlanta Public Library. Events take place every Saturday in June free of cost to all children age 14 and under. Call the library to sign-up and get more information.

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
May Story and Craft

May Story and Craft

The Danvers Township Library will be holding their May Story and Craft on Tuesday, May 17th. The stories for this month will be The Bad Seed and another gardening-themed book. After the stories, there will be pots to decorate which will then be used to plant flowers. The Story and Craft will start at 9:30 am on Tuesday. The library needs to know how many flowers and pots to purchase so make sure to RSVP for the event. You can do so on their Facebook page where you can click “Going” on the event link or by emailing them at danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com. 

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Spring Sugar Cookie Decorating Class

Spring Sugar Cookie Decorating Class

On May 19th the Danvers Township Library will be hosting a sugar cookie decorating class for ages 6th grade and up. Time slots for the class are from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm. There are limited spots available for the class so make sure you get your spot reserved. To do so you can call the library at 309-963-4269 or email them at danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com.

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program

Registration for the Danvers Township Library’s Summer Reading Program begins on May 31st. The Program is for ages 0-17 and there will be an event one day per week for an hour. The first will happen on June 7th at 10:00 am at the Historical Society and will host Wild Times Exotic Animals, an exotic animal program based in Springfield. The Program will continue throughout June and until July 1st. Only books that are borrowed from the library will be counted towards the weekly reading goal and when your time goal is met for the week you will receive 1 prize bag for that week. This is a fun and exciting event for kids of all ages so make sure to register to join in on the fun.

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
2022 Murph Challenge

2022 Murph Challenge

The Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting their 2022 Murph Challenge on May 30th from 7:00 to 10:00 am. The Challenge will consist of a mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 air squats, and a one-mile run. “Murph” is a classic CrossFit workout known as a Hero Workout of the Day which is made by CrossFit to honor the men and women that have fallen in the line of duty. The Murph Challenge at the Wellness Center is specifically to honor Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005. The Challenge is for all fitness levels and modifications are offered for those who need it. The Wellness Center will also be accepting donations for St. Jude at this event. It is a great way to support the community and have fun. No registration is required, all you have to do is show up within the time frame and get your workout in.

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

On Saturday, July 2nd the Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting their annual Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k. This 5k Run/Walk will honor U.S. Marine Major Reid B. Nannen, a Hopedale native, who gave his life in service while training at TOPGUN NAS in Fallon, Nevada on March 1, 2014. For a limited time registration for the race is only $30 so sign up as soon as you can before the deal is gone. You can do this through either the Hopedale Wellness Center’s website or on their Facebook page. You must be registered by June 12th to be guaranteed your shirt size and after this date, it will be first come first serve based on availability.

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Decade of Decadence

Decade of Decadence

Saturday, June 4th, from 7:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard presents “Concert at the Vineyard - Decade of Decadence”, a tribute to 80’s Hair Band era. Tickets are $5 per person, no advance tickets available.

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Honky Tonk Happy Hour

Honky Tonk Happy Hour

Thursday, May 19th, the Deer Creek American Legion is hosting K&R Country for Honky Tonk Happy Hour. The event starts at 11:00 P.M.

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Spring Clean up Day

Spring Clean up Day

Reminder: Saturday, May 21st is Mackinaw’s Spring Clean Up Day. Items for disposal must be on the curb by 6:00 A.M. More requirements can be found at mackinawil.gov under the “Upcoming Events” section.

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Nature Journaling Session

Nature Journaling Session

The Sugar Grove Nature Center will host a Nature Journaling session on Wednesday, May 25th from 9 am-12 pm. Ellen Dietz is hosting the workshop to eliminate “production anxiety,” send you home with art supplies, ramp up creativity, and show you how to observe, explore, sketch, and write about the local landscape with nature journaling. Cost is $30 per person and registration forms can be found on their Facebook page. 

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Summer Help Needed

Summer Help Needed

Sonshine Daycare is looking for summer help! You must have a high school diploma and be at least 18 years old. In addition, volunteers are always welcome for summer activities or reading to the classes. If you are interested in a summer job with children please contact Janelle at 309-874-2522. 

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Food Drive

Food Drive

The Waynesville United Methodist Church youth group will be having a food drive on Wednesday, May 18th from 6:30-8 pm. The students will be going door to door picking up donations. For anyone wanting to contribute with non-perishable goods, please set them outside your door. Specific items needed are granola bars, poptarts, cereal bars, cookies, crackers, individual size cereal, and other snacks. Thank you for your help!

Local News – Hopedale  |  May 15, 2022
HMC Named a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital

HMC Named a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital

HOPEDALE – Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC) was recently named one of the top 20 critical access hospitals (CAHs) for Patient Satisfaction in the country. The top 20 CAHs, including Hopedale Medical Complex, scored best among CAHs as determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health for Patient Satisfaction. The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, Mo.

Local News – Hopedale  |  May 15, 2022
Hopedale Medical Foundation Seeking Nursing Scholarship Applications

Hopedale Medical Foundation Seeking Nursing Scholarship Applications

Hopedale Medical Foundation is currently accepting applications from current nursing students and high school seniors pursuing a nursing career for its 2022 Rural Hospital Nursing Scholarship.  This scholarship opportunity is in addition to the annual high school senior/college freshman scholarships which are announced in April of each year.  To qualify, candidates must intend to apply or already be accepted or attending an accredited nursing program by June 10, 2022.  

Local News – Mackinaw  |  May 15, 2022
Rural Route One Meat Company

Rural Route One Meat Company

Though Rural Route One Meat Company is fairly new, the company is built off of generations of experience. Starting with Randy and Marj who, in 1976, started a hog farm on Rural Route One, the knowledge of farming has stayed in the family. However, like many businesses, 2020 proved to be a tough year. Emily Schmidgall explains, “It was through the struggle of 2020 that Rural Route One Meat Company was established. Because of several supply chain difficulties, our farm was unable to sell pork to our standard buyers. Our family and friends observed this struggle and wanted to help alleviate the load by purchasing pork direct from our farm rather than their usual outlets. The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive as customers enjoyed not only the taste and quality of the product, but also the ability to buy and support local farmers.”

Local News – Stanford  |  May 15, 2022
“Little Shop of Horrors” at OHS

“Little Shop of Horrors” at OHS

The Olympia High School spring musical this year was the classic Little Shop of Horrors. The show ran on May 12, 13, and 14 in the evening in the OHS auditorium. Olympia High School was granted the permission to perform Little Shop of Horrors by the Music Theatre International. 

Top Story  |  May 8, 2022
Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is a holiday celebrated in multiple countries throughout the world to honor our mothers, but where did this holiday come from?. In the modern form we know today, the holiday originated in the United States and is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Many countries follow this date but others celebrate the day at different times of the year. 

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading programs are beginning! Sign-up is now open through June 2nd at the Atlanta Public Library. Events take place every Saturday in June free of cost to all children age 14 and under. Call the library to sign-up and get more information.

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
An Evening With Michelle Zauner

An Evening With Michelle Zauner

The Danvers Township Library will be hosting Michelle Zauner, a musician, and author, as she discusses her music career and her beloved bestselling memoir “Crying in H Mart” with Jessica Hopper joining her in conversation. Michelle has won acclaim from major music outlets around the world for song releases like Psychopomp and Soft Sounds from Another Planet and her song Jubilee is currently nominated for two Grammy Awards. The discussion will happen on May 18th and will begin at 7:00 pm. To join the event you can visit the Danvers Township Library Facebook Page and find the event link to the discussion which will take place on a zoom call.

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
May Story and Craft

May Story and Craft

The Danvers Township Library will be holding their May Story and Craft on Tuesday, May 17th. The stories for this month will be The Bad Seed and another gardening-themed book. After the stories, there will be pots to decorate which will then be used to plant flowers. The Story and Craft will start at 9:30 am on Tuesday. The library needs to know how many flowers and pots to purchase so make sure to RSVP for the event. You can do so on their Facebook page where you can click “Going” on the event link or by emailing them at danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com. 

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
Spring Sugar Cookie Decorating Class

Spring Sugar Cookie Decorating Class

On May 19th the Danvers Township Library will be hosting a sugar cookie decorating class for ages 6th grade and up. Time slots for the class are from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm. There are limited spots available for the class so make sure you get your spot reserved. To do so you can call the library at 309-963-4269 or email them at danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com.

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
2022 Murph Challenge

2022 Murph Challenge

The Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting their 2022 Murph Challenge on May 30th from 7:00 to 10:00 am. The Challenge will consist of a mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 air squats, and a one-mile run. “Murph” is a classic CrossFit workout known as a Hero Workout of the Day which is made by CrossFit to honor the men and women that have fallen in the line of duty. The Murph Challenge at the Wellness Center is specifically to honor Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005. The Challenge is for all fitness levels and modifications are offered for those who need it. The Wellness Center will also be accepting donations for St. Jude at this event. It is a great way to support the community and have fun. No registration is required, all you have to do is show up within the time frame and get your workout in.

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
Colt Ball and Stumpy Joe

Colt Ball and Stumpy Joe

On Thursday, May 12th, at 6:00 P.M. The Deer Creek American Legion presents Colt Ball and Stumpy Joe “Bendin’ Strings and Tapping Toes”. Head on down for a healthy portion of Feel Good Music!

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
Spring Clean up Day

Spring Clean up Day

Saturday, May 21st, is Spring Clean Up Day in Mackinaw. Items intended for pickup must be on the curb by 6:00 A.M. and must be able to be loaded by 2 men. Please see mackinawil.gov for more restrictions.

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
20th Anniversary

20th Anniversary

The Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Library is celebrating its 20th anniversary of the current building on Saturday, May 14th. Come out from 10 am- 1 pm to celebrate!

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
Blood Drive

Blood Drive

The Mt. Hope-Funks Grove FPD will host a blood drive on Thursday, May 12th from 1-6 pm. You may contact EMS Coordinator, Brenda McCallister, at 309-874-2532 to schedule an appointment. 

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
Ceramic Wallkeep Class

Ceramic Wallkeep Class

On Wednesday, May 11th, Sugar Grove Nature Center will host a Ceramic Wallkeep class. This event will be held from 12-3 pm. Ceramic artist, Claire Hedden, will lead the class. These wallkeeps will be glazed and fired, and then available to pick up 2 weeks later. All materials will be provided for just $30. Participants must be 18+. Register with Angela Funk at angela@sugargrovenaturecenter.org or 309-261-6894. 

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
Free Family Photos

Free Family Photos

Meghann Kindred will be offering free family photos at the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Park District on May 7th and May 14th. Then, the digital copy will be uploaded online for future printing. The spots are filling up fast, so call soon to book a session.

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
Summer Help Needed

Summer Help Needed

Sonshine Daycare is looking for summer help! You must have a high school diploma and be at least 18 years old. In addition, volunteers are always welcome for summer activities or reading to the classes. If you are interested in a summer job with children please contact Janelle at 309-874-2522. 

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
Student Council Color Walk

Student Council Color Walk

On May 14th from 9 am to 12 pm the Olympia High School Student Council will be holding their first-ever Color Walk. Proceeds from the walk will benefit a foreign exchange fund for next year’s foreign exchange students at Olympia. The Color Walk will begin at the new southeast parking lot. Fill out pledge forms for donations and register online on the Olympia website. Be sure to wear white!

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
 Comfort & Care Group

Comfort & Care Group

The next Comfort & Care group will meet Thursday, May 12th at 6:30 pm. This takes place at the Waynesville UMC. For more information, please contact Cindy White. 

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
Community Breakfast

Community Breakfast

The Waynesville Christian Church will host a Community Breakfast on Saturday, May 14, between the hours of 8am-10am. 

Local News – Armington  |  May 8, 2022
Local Schools Make the Grade

Local Schools Make the Grade

Local News – Atlanta  |  May 8, 2022
Atlanta Car Cruise-in Event Set to Kick-Off the Summer

Atlanta Car Cruise-in Event Set to Kick-Off the Summer

Atlanta, Illinois announces its first car cruise-in of the season, sponsored by Atlanta Public Library and Museum and Logan County APA, for May 29 from 10am-2:30pm at Atlanta’s new Dairy Queen land Truck Stop located at 102 Empire Street. This event is free to attend and may be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

Local News – Deer Creek  |  May 8, 2022
Meet Deer Creek’s New Police Chief

Meet Deer Creek’s New Police Chief

The Village of Deer Creek gained a new police chief last week after former Chief Brad Potts retired. Potts will be replaced by Dr. Bill Lally. Lally was sworn in at the Deer Creek Community Center on Sunday, May 1st, during a public gathering known as “Coffee with a Cop”. Besides the swearing in ceremony, attendees were able to see a county K-9 and its handler, take a fun mugshot, sit inside a squad car, and even try on a police vest and other gear. 

Top Story  |  May 1, 2022
Local Born Songwriter Turns Children's Author

Local Born Songwriter Turns Children's Author

If you could go back 5 years to ask Atlanta native Jimmie Barr if he was ever going to author a children’s book, the answer would have been a resounding “No”. While Jimmie was no stranger to written word - he had been writing music for quite some time and even has an award or two under his belt, the thought of writing a book had never seriously crossed his mind. However, when the family added another member in the form of daughter Carlee, Jimmie was inspired.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Armington Village Board Meeting

Armington Village Board Meeting

The monthly board meeting for the Village of Armington will be held on May 4th. These are at 6:30 pm at 103 N. Main Street. For questions contact Amanda Dronenberg, the Armington Village Clerk.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Hiring Servers

Hiring Servers

The Country-Aire Restaurant is currently hiring servers. Applicants must be flexible on hours and weekends. Ask for Joy or Crystal Tuesday-Friday to apply.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
May Story and Craft

May Story and Craft

The Danvers Township Library will be holding their May Story and Craft on Tuesday, May 17th. The stories for this month will be The Bad Seed and another gardening-themed book. After the stories, there will be pots to decorate which will then be used to plant flowers. The Story and Craft will start at 9:30 am on Tuesday. The library needs to know how many flowers and pots to purchase so make sure to RSVP for the event. You can do so on their Facebook page where you can click “Going” on the event link or by emailing them at danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com. 

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Spring Sugar Cookie Decorating Class

Spring Sugar Cookie Decorating Class

On May 19th the Danvers Township Library will be hosting a sugar cookie decorating class for ages 6th grade and up. Time slots for the class are from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm. There are limited spots available for the class so make sure you get your spot reserved. To do so you can call the library at 309-963-4269 or email them at danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Ice Cream Day

Ice Cream Day

The Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting another Ice Cream Day at the hospital main entrance behind Veterans Memorial. Catton’s Creamery will be selling the ice cream and the price for a scoop is $2. Stop by any time between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to get your scoop and consider donating $2 to the Wellness Center to buy a scoop for a resident in the Nursing Home or Hopedale Commons.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
K&R Country at the Legion

K&R Country at the Legion

Thursday, May 19th, the Mackinaw American Legion welcomes the band known as K&R Country. Show starts at 11:00 P.M.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Mother’s Day Masterpiece Painting Class

Mother’s Day Masterpiece Painting Class

Sunday, May 8th, from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.MThe Mackinaw Valley Vineyard is hosting a Mother’s Day Masterpiece Painting Class. Take your Mother out for wine flights and a painting class. Check the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard website for more details.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Sunday Funday at Pub 52

Sunday Funday at Pub 52

“Sunday Funday” at Pub 52 on Sunday, May 1st, from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. The Pub will have live music, food, and drink specials. No cost to attend.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Blood Drive

Blood Drive

The Mt. Hope-Funks Grove FPD will host a blood drive on Thursday, May 12th from 1-6 pm. You may contact EMS Coordinator, Brenda McCallister, at 309-874-2532 to schedule an appointment. 

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Ceramic Wallkeep Class

Ceramic Wallkeep Class

On Wednesday, May 11th, Sugar Grove Nature Center will host a Ceramic Wallkeep class. This event will be held from 12-3 pm. Ceramic artist, Claire Hedden, will lead the class. These wallkeeps will be glazed and fired, and then available to pick up 2 weeks later. All materials will be provided for just $30. Participants must be 18+. Register with Angela Funk at angela@sugargrovenaturecenter.org or 309-261-6894. 

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Free Family Photos

Free Family Photos

Meghann Kindred will be offering free family photos at the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Park District on May 7th and May 14th. Then, the digital copy will be uploaded online for future printing. The spots are filling up fast, so call soon to book a session.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Monthly Board Meeting

Monthly Board Meeting

The Village of McLean’s monthly board meeting will be on May 2nd at 7 pm. This meeting will be held at the Village of McLean Office Building. All are welcome to attend.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Paint a Flowerpot

Paint a Flowerpot

Paint a Flowerpot at Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Library is on May 7. Call the library at 309-874-2291 to reserve a time.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness First Aid

Sugar Grove Nature Center has a Wilderness First Aid class on Saturday, May 7th from 9 am-5 pm. This class is led by Rich Harden and Gabrielle Martin, geared toward outdoor professionals. The cost is $10 per person, which covers lunch and materials. Participants must be 15 years or older. For questions contact Angela Funk at angela@sugargrovenaturecenter.org or 309-261-6894. 

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Family Fun Night at Olympia West

Family Fun Night at Olympia West

The Olympia West Elementary School PTO will be hosting a family fun night on Friday, May 6th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. The event will host carnival games, inflatables, temporary tattoos, a cakewalk, a Glow Run, a silent auction, and food. Presale tickets are available for 4 for a dollar and tickets bought at the door will be 3 for a dollar. This will be a fun night for all and if you want more info on the event you can contact the office at Olympia West for more details.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Kids’ Craft Day

Kids’ Craft Day

The H.A. Peine District Library will be hosting their Kids’ Craft Day on May 4th from 2:30 to 4:00 pm. The craft for this month’s Craft Day will be Star Wars themed. To get more info on the event you can call 309-392-3220. The library is located at 202 N. Main, Minier.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Benefit for Sherry Ruble Wilson

Benefit for Sherry Ruble Wilson

On May 7th there will be an event at the Waynesville American Legion to support Sherry Ruble Wilson's recovery from several months of hospital care. There will be a variety of live entertainment, a silent auction, a bags tournament, pulled pork meals, and more.

Local News – Atlanta  |  May 1, 2022
Area Town-Wide Garage Sales

Area Town-Wide Garage Sales

It’s spring cleaning time and townwide garage sales are happening! Several local garage sales will be occurring on the weekend of May 6th and 7th: Armington, Hopedale, McLean, and Atlanta. See our special Garage Sale section in the center of this issue for a map of garage sale locations.

Local News – Hopedale  |  May 1, 2022
Burress and Hauter to Answer Questions at Candidate Forum

Burress and Hauter to Answer Questions at Candidate Forum

You are invited to a Candidate Forum including a panel discussion between the Republican candidates for 87th District of the Illinois General Assembly House. The candidates are Mary Burress and Bill Hauter.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  May 1, 2022
Pannier Recognized for Academic Achievement

Pannier Recognized for Academic Achievement

JOPLIN, MO – Students from each academic area were honored during an Academic Achievement Recognition Ceremony held on April 27 at Missouri Southern State University. 

Local News – Mackinaw  |  May 1, 2022
Sign Dreamers Yard Card Greetings in Mackinaw

Sign Dreamers Yard Card Greetings in Mackinaw

With a new home based business, Mackinaw resident Kate Brown has plenty to celebrate while also hoping that you do as well. This is because the mother of 3, along with her husband, have recently started a business called “Sign Dreamers”, that rents large signs in the yards of customers who are celebrating a special event. Kate originally saw a Sign Dreamers sign in the Chicagoland area in 2021. She and her family were attending the birthday party of a child who had a Sign Dreamers sign in the front yard. Intrigued, Kate spent some time looking into the business and by the end of September 2021, Kate had her assigned territory and became a business owner.

Local News – McLean  |  May 1, 2022
McLean and Stanford Respond to Truck Fire

McLean and Stanford Respond to Truck Fire

On Sunday, April 24th, at approximately 9:21pm the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove  Fire Department was dispatched to a semi trailer on fire on I-55 mile marker 153. Dale Township Fire Department and Allin Township Fire Department were dispatched as well. Dale Chief 1400 arrived on scene and reported the entire trailer was fully involved and not much left of the trailer. Engine 151 arrived to extinguish the fire with the other departments arriving shortly after.  

Local News – Minier  |  May 1, 2022
Minier Lanes Hosts Benefit for Chris Durham

Minier Lanes Hosts Benefit for Chris Durham

On Saturday, May 7th, Minier Lanes is hosting a 9-Pin Midnight Bowling benefit for Hopedale resident Chris Durham, who is currently battling cancer. 

Top Story  |  April 24, 2022
Drinking Water System Improves

Drinking Water System Improves

Issues with manganese in the drinking water of the town of Danvers have been resolved, according to village officials. In January, residents were notified that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency had found manganese levels in the city’s drinking water to exceed their threshold of .150 PPM. In response, village officials determined that a media filter was the cause and made plans to replace it. However, shipping issues arose and work to replace the filter had to be delayed.

Obituaries  |  April 24, 2022
Charlene R. Moser

Charlene R. Moser

Charlene R. Moser, 86, of Tremont, passed away Saturday, April 16, 2022 at Hopedale Nursing Home. 

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
Armington Village Board Meeting

Armington Village Board Meeting

The monthly board meeting for the Village of Armington will be held on May 4th. These are at 6:30 pm at 103 N. Main Street. For questions contact Catherine Ingram, the Armington Village Clerk.

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
Community Breakfast

Community Breakfast

The Village of Armington will be having a community breakfast on April 30th from 7-11 am at the community building. 

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
Atlanta Business Directory

Atlanta Business Directory

Businesses in Atlanta and the surrounding area, you are invited to complete this form to be featured in our upcoming Business Directory. You can also pick up a paper copy from City Hall from 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
Water Pollution and How to Prevent It

Water Pollution and How to Prevent It

The Danvers Township Library will be hosting the Ecology Action Center who will be teaching a fun, interactive class on Water Pollution and How to Prevent It. The event will feature a model town that has a lake filled with real water as they read a story. Throughout the story, they will demonstrate how pollutants are added to the water. There are still several spots available and if you want to reserve your spot call 309-963-4269, email danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com, or stop in the library. The event is on April 27th and will begin at 2:45 pm.

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
Blood Drive at Wellness Center

Blood Drive at Wellness Center

On Thursday, May 5th the Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting a blood drive. The drive will be going on from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. In order to give blood, you have to schedule an appointment which can be done at www.bloodcenter.org. The Drive is in association with Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community so make sure to get your appointment scheduled.

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
Hopedale Townwide Garage Sales

Hopedale Townwide Garage Sales

The Hopedale Townwide Garage Sales will be held on Friday, May 6, 2022, and Saturday, May 7, 2022, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. To have your sale listed on the map call the Hopedale Community Banking Center at 309-449-3393. Please provide the following information: name, address, phone number, and whether your sale will be held on both days or not. Due to space limitations, a brief description of items will be included on the map. To have your sale included on the map, all information must be submitted to the bank by Friday, April 29, 2022. Maps will be available for pickup at Hopedale Bank, Hopedale Casey’s, and other locations on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. There will be a special trash pickup (clean-up day) following the sales on Monday, May 9, 2021.

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
Early Dismissal

Early Dismissal

On Monday, April 25th, is an early dismissal day for Dee-Mack schools. Students will be released at 11:30 A.M.

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
Spring Market VIP Shopping Night

Spring Market VIP Shopping Night

Friday, April 29th, from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will be hosting their Spring Market VIP Shopping Night. Vendors will be on the grounds and food concessions will also be available. $5 per person.

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
Sunday Funday at Pub 52

Sunday Funday at Pub 52

“Sunday Funday” at Pub 52 on Sunday, May 1st, from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. The Pub will have live music, food, and drink specials. No cost to attend.

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
Free Family Photos

Free Family Photos

Meghann Kindred will be offering free family photos at the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Park District on May 7th and May 14th. Then, the digital copy will be uploaded online for future printing. The spots are filling up fast, so call soon to book a session.

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
McLean Townwide Garage Sales

McLean Townwide Garage Sales

The spring townwide garage sales are May 6th-7th. The scheduled time is 8 am-3 pm on Friday and Saturday. To be put on the map, contact Sherri Hester at 309-261-5401 or mommajo09@frontier.com. 

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
Monthly Board Meeting

Monthly Board Meeting

The Village of McLean’s monthly board meeting will be on May 2nd at 7 pm. This meeting will be held at the Village of McLean Office Building. All are welcome to attend.

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
Open for the Season

Open for the Season

Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup is now open for the season! New this year is walnut sirup, but only in limited stock. Store hours are Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm, Saturday 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday 1-5 pm.

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
Paint a Flowerpot

Paint a Flowerpot

Paint a Flowerpot at Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Library is on April 28, April 30, May 5, and May 7. Call the library at 309-874-2291 to reserve a time.

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
Sign and Wine

Sign and Wine

The next Sign & Wine at the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Park District will be on Friday, April 29th at 7 pm. This will be making a beautiful patriotic sign led by Kari Leach. All the supplies and snacks will be provided for just $20. Make sure to bring your favorite drinks! Pre-register at 309-874-2382 or mhfgpd@frontier.com. 

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness First Aid

Sugar Grove Nature Center has a Wilderness First Aid class on Saturday, May 7th from 9 am-5 pm. This class is led by Rich Harden and Gabrielle Martin, geared toward outdoor professionals. The cost is $10 per person, which covers lunch and materials. Participants must be 15 years or older. For questions contact Angela Funk at angela@sugargrovenaturecenter.org or 309-261-6894. 

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
Family Fun Night at Olympia West

Family Fun Night at Olympia West

The Olympia West Elementary School PTO will be hosting a family fun night on Friday, May 6th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. The event will host carnival games, inflatables, temporary tattoos, a cakewalk, a Glow Run, a silent auction, and food. Presale tickets are available for 4 for a dollar and tickets bought at the door will be 3 for a dollar. This will be a fun night for all and if you want more info on the event you can contact the office at Olympia West for more details.

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
In-Person Story Hour

In-Person Story Hour

Story Hour at the H.A. Peine District Library is coming up on Tuesday, April 26th at 11 am. Registration is required in order to attend. To register and reserve your spot stop by the library or call 392-3220. Attendees should bring a blanket to sit on. Space is limited so register now to make sure you get a spot.

Area Roundup  |  April 24, 2022
Paint Night

Paint Night

The Waynesville Library will have a Paint Night hosted by Joyful Painting on Monday, May 2nd from 6-8:30 pm. The cost is $35 per person with snacks provided. Please RSVP by April 26th.

Local News – Danvers  |  April 24, 2022
Danvers Lions Club Donates 40 Baskets of Flowers to Area Churches

Danvers Lions Club Donates 40 Baskets of Flowers to Area Churches

Again this year the Danvers Lions Club is donating 40 spring flower baskets with 10 going to each of the Danvers Churches. These were grown by the Olympia FFA led by Bryce Hoffman, with cards they designed and attached.

Local News – Hopedale  |  April 24, 2022
Neil Alford Awarded HBA Scholarship

Neil Alford Awarded HBA Scholarship

The Hopedale Betterment Association (HBA) is proud to announce it’s 2022 scholarship winner, Neil Alford. 

Local News – Mackinaw  |  April 24, 2022
Mushroom Season Comes to Central Illinois

Mushroom Season Comes to Central Illinois

It’s that time of year again - mushroom hunters will be out in full force during the next few weeks, and the target on their radar is the elusive morel. For many local hunters, mushrooming spots are considered top secret and are often “handed down” from family members. The mushrooms commonly appear after warm, wet spring weather, with daytime temperatures in the high 60’s or 70’s, and nighttime temperatures hovering in the 50’s. For central Illinois, this usually occurs in late April and into mid, or even late May. 

Local News – Minier  |  April 24, 2022
Bob Quarello Memorial Scholarship

Bob Quarello Memorial Scholarship

The Minier Police Department is proud to announce that they are accepting applications for the Bob Quarello Memorial Scholarship.  Officer Quarello served with the Minier Police Department and other law enforcement agencies for nearly 40 years.    

Local News – Stanford  |  April 24, 2022
Olympia High School Transition Program Visits Tadoughs

Olympia High School Transition Program Visits Tadoughs

Olympia High School’s Transition Program recently had the opportunity to visit Tadoughs in Pekin where they got to learn about donut making. The students in the program were led through the process of making the dough, frying the donuts, and dipping the donuts in icing and toppings. They also were able to learn about the different kinds of jobs at the donut shop including the baker, box makers, and front sales.

Local News – Waynesville  |  April 24, 2022
Community Lunch Held in Waynesville

Community Lunch Held in Waynesville

The Waynesville Christian Church hosted a Community Lunch on Tuesday, April 19th, beginning a regular event to be held every third Tuesday for the residents of Waynesville.

Obituaries  |  April 24, 2022
Aileen R. Gilbert

Aileen R. Gilbert

Aileen R. Gilbert, 93, of Atlanta, passed away at 11:57 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2022, at Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln. 

Obituaries  |  April 24, 2022
Sandra L. Phelps

Sandra L. Phelps

Sandra Lou Knobeloch Phelps, 58, of Minier, gained her way to her heavenly home on Friday, April 15, 2022. 

Obituaries  |  April 24, 2022
Loren R. Huth

Loren R. Huth

Loren Robert Huth, 91, of Waynesville, passed away at 5:49 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at OSF St. Joseph Hospital in Bloomington.  

Top Story  |  April 17, 2022
Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Area service organizations and churches hosted Easter Egg Hunts for area youth.

Community Spotlight  |  April 17, 2022
Little Learning Chiefs Academy in Mackinaw

Little Learning Chiefs Academy in Mackinaw

Pre-school isn’t just about the sand box anymore. As the world becomes more complex and intertwined, the need to update and improve the educational experience of the youngest members of our society becomes a bit more obvious. In Mackinaw, we are lucky that Krista Sands is meeting this challenge head on with her “Little Learning Chiefs Academy”. Not only is the academy providing stimulating lessons for preschoolers, the program is also providing real life teaching experience for high schoolers who are interested in the teaching profession.

Local News – Tremont  |  April 17, 2022
Tremont Robotics Team Set to Travel to Texas

Tremont Robotics Team Set to Travel to Texas

Putting their custom made robots to the test, members of the Tremont Robotics Team known as “The Roboteers” recently competed at the Expo Square Pavilion in Tulsa Oklahoma, April 7th-9th. Attended by fans, families, educators, and industry leaders the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition awarded several teams with honors that recognized design excellence, competitive play, and high impact partnerships between schools, businesses, and communities. Hoping to win an opportunity to compete at the FIRST championship in Houston, Texas, 36 robotics teams from around the country worked with professional mentors to design and build a robot over a six-week period that solved a problem using a kit of parts and a standard set of rules.

Area Roundup  |  April 17, 2022
Community Breakfast

Community Breakfast

The Village of Armington will be having a community breakfast on April 30th from 7-11 am at the community building.

Area Roundup  |  April 17, 2022
Museum Open for the Season

Museum Open for the Season

The Museum in Atlanta is now open for the season! Regular hours are Wednesday-Monday from 11 am-3 pm and Tuesday from 12-3 pm. Come out and visit the Atlanta Public Library and Museum. 

Area Roundup  |  April 17, 2022
Pixie Party

Pixie Party

Sunday, April 24th, K&M Village Tap is hosting a “Pixie Party” from 1:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Those in attendance will be able to purchase soap, candles, wax melts, and much more.

Area Roundup  |  April 17, 2022
April Tumbling

April Tumbling

Every month the Hopedale Wellness Center hosts 4-week tumbling classes and this month’s classes are fast approaching. Starting on April 18th the program will begin with Tiny Tots going on Monday from 6:00 to 6:30 pm. Then, on Wednesday, Little Beginners will go from 5:30 to 6:00 pm and Big Beginners will go from 6:00 to 6:30 pm. To get your kids enrolled in these classes all you have to do is call and register. If you want to learn more you can go to the Hopedale Wellness Center website at hopedalewc.com. Members pay $35 and non-members pay $50 for this 4-week session.

Area Roundup  |  April 17, 2022
Hopedale Townwide Garage Sales

Hopedale Townwide Garage Sales

The Hopedale Townwide Garage Sales will be held on Friday, May 6, 2022, and Saturday, May 7, 2022, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. To have your sale listed on the map call the Hopedale Community Banking Center at 309-449-3393. Please provide the following information: name, address, phone number, and whether your sale will be held on both days or not. Due to space limitations, a brief description of items will be included on the map. To have your sale included on the map, all information must be submitted to the bank by Friday, April 29, 2022. Maps will be available for pickup at Hopedale Bank, Hopedale Casey’s, and other locations on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. There will be a special trash pickup (clean-up day) following the sales on Monday, May 9, 2021.

Area Roundup  |  April 17, 2022
Ninja Kids

Ninja Kids

Do you have an active kid? Is your kid fascinated with ninjas? The Hopedale Wellness Center is opening up their Ninja Kids 4-week program for April starting on April 22nd. The program “offers the athleticism of gymnastics paired with the excitement of freestyle movement”. Kids will learn tumbling, strength, flexibility, and how to master obstacle maneuvers. The Little Ninjas sessions are for ages 3-6 and are from 4:30 to 5:00 pm and the Big Ninjas sessions are for ages 7-12 and are from 5:00 to 5:30 pm. If you want to register you can visit the front desk or call the Wellness Center. 

Area Roundup  |  April 17, 2022
Olympia West Family Fun Night

Olympia West Family Fun Night

The Olympia West Elementary School PTO will be hosting a family fun night on Friday, May 6th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. The event will host carnival games, inflatables, temporary tattoos, a cakewalk, a Glow Run, a silent auction, and food. Presale tickets will be available soon and will be 4 for a dollar and tickets bought at the door will be 3 for a dollar. This will be a fun night for all and if you are willing to help Olympia West’s PTO they are also looking for some more items for their silent auction. These can be new toys, gift cards, or gift baskets, all of which can be dropped off in Hopedale. 

Area Roundup  |  April 17, 2022
Red Cross Blood Drive

Red Cross Blood Drive

On Tuesday, April 26th, the American Red Cross will be in the old gym at the Dee-Mack high school from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. for blood donations. If you would like to donate, email bdailey@deemack.org to set up a time.

Area Roundup  |  April 17, 2022
St Jude Rides Sporting Clays Event

St Jude Rides Sporting Clays Event

Saturday, April 30th from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. the Oak Ridge Sportsman Club is hosting their 6th Annual St. Jude Rides Sporting Clays Event. Head out to shoot some clay pigeons for a great cause. 

Area Roundup  |  April 17, 2022
Free Family Photos

Free Family Photos

Meghann Kindred will be offering free family photos at the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Park District on May 7th and May 14th. Then, the digital copy will be uploaded online for future printing. The spots are filling up fast, so call soon to book a session.  

Area Roundup  |  April 17, 2022
Paint a Birdhouse

Paint a Birdhouse

The Paint a Birdhouse event at the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Library will be on Thursday, April 21st from 1-7pm and Saturday, April 23rd from 9am-1pm. Call the library to reserve a time. 

Area Roundup  |  April 17, 2022
Sign and Wine

Sign and Wine

The next Sign & Wine at the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Park District will be on Friday, April 29th at 7 pm. This will be making a beautiful patriotic sign led by Kari Leach. All the supplies and snacks will be provided for just $20. Make sure to bring your favorite drinks! Pre-register at 309-874-2382 or mhfgpd@frontier.com. 

Area Roundup  |  April 17, 2022
Spring Town Wide Garage Sale

Spring Town Wide Garage Sale

The spring townwide garage sales are May 6th-7th. The scheduled time is 8 am-3 pm on Friday and Saturday. To be put on the map, contact Sherri Hester at 309-261-5401 or mommajo09@frontier.com. 

Area Roundup  |  April 17, 2022
Bags, Baubles, and Beads Sale

Bags, Baubles, and Beads Sale

On Saturday, April 23rd the H.A. Peine District Library will be holding a bags, baubles, and beads sale. Starting at 9:00 am and ending at 1:00 pm the sale will include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, bags, and purses. This sale is great for kids, dads, and husbands to shop for mothers day and also a fun way to spend time with friends and family. There will also be raffle tickets at the sale for a chance to win a Michael Kors purse and more. All proceeds from this event will go towards supporting the kids’ program at the library.

Area Roundup  |  April 17, 2022
Annual Plant and Garage Sale

Annual Plant and Garage Sale

ANNUAL PLANT & GARAGE SALE. April 22-23, 8am-4pm. 2709 E 1200 North Road, Stanford. Tomatoes, Houseplants, Tools, Antiques, and Much More.

Area Roundup  |  April 17, 2022
Paint Night

Paint Night

The Waynesville Library will have a Paint Night hosted by Joyful Painting on Monday, May 2nd from 6-8:30 pm. Cost is $35 per person with snacks provided. Please RSVP by April 26th.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  April 17, 2022
Bradley Hawkins Gets Experience at Clerk’s Office

Bradley Hawkins Gets Experience at Clerk’s Office

The Tazewell County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds Office was proud to welcome Bradley Hawkins of Deer Creek-Mackinaw CUSD 701 today for an “Job Shadowing Experience”.

Local News – Stanford  |  April 17, 2022
Allin Twp. Fire Dept. Awarded Grant

Allin Twp. Fire Dept. Awarded Grant

Just recently the Allin Township Fire Department was awarded a $23,000 grant from Firehouse Subs. Every year Firehouse Subs has a grant program that many stations can apply for, so it came as a surprise to the Department that they were chosen to be awarded this grant. For small-town departments getting grants like these really help them and the community out as their budgets are smaller meaning they can’t afford some of the more expensive technology and equipment. As Chief Brian Foley stated in my interview with him, “The grants really help us to be able to get things we normally couldn’t have.”

Local News – Waynesville  |  April 17, 2022
Al and Kay Furman Celebrate 60th Wedding Anniversary

Al and Kay Furman Celebrate 60th Wedding Anniversary

Al and Kay Furman of Lincoln, formerly of Waynesville, are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on April 20, 2022. Allen Furman married Kay Correll on April 20, 1962 at the Waynesville United Methodist Church. Shirley (Correll) Furman and Steve Furman were their attendants. They are the parents of Tom (Michelle) Furman, Saint Amant, LA and Amber Ealey, Morton IL. They have 6 grandchildren, Bonnie, Emily, Jacob and Sam Furman, and Katherine and Teagan Ealey and one great grandchild, Daisy Furman. Al is retired from the petroleum industry and was a co-owner of Illinois Oil Marketing in Pekin IL. He was also involved in farming. Kay worked as a speech therapist at Chester East Lincoln school as well as the Lincoln State School and Logan County Health Department.

Obituaries  |  April 17, 2022
Vernon B. Berkley

Vernon B. Berkley

Vernon B. Berkley, 91, of Lincoln, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

Obituaries  |  April 17, 2022
Dorothy J. Springer

Dorothy J. Springer

Dorothy J. Springer, 94, of Minier, Illinois passed away at 4:15 pm Monday, April 11, 2022 at The Christian Village, Lincoln Illinois.

Obituaries  |  April 17, 2022
Jeffory L. Lancaster

Jeffory L. Lancaster

Jeffory L. Lancaster, 70, of Minier, passed away peacefully at his home in Minier Thursday, April 14, 2022 with his family by his side. 

Top Story  |  April 10, 2022
Windmill Farm Planned

Windmill Farm Planned

Construction on a windmill farm in Tazewell county known as the “Rail Splitter II” could begin as early as 2023. Rail Splitter II Wind Farm will be located  north of the town of Lincoln. The wind farm is near the townships of Boynton, Hopedale, Hittle, and Little Mackinaw. The company behind the project, EDP Renewables North America, claims that the wind farm will bring numerous benefits to area residents and mention financial, environmental, and even national security concerns. 

Community Spotlight  |  April 10, 2022
Meet Clarissa Colombini, Foreign Exchange Student

Meet Clarissa Colombini, Foreign Exchange Student

In a continuation of our past article with Angie Reedy who works with the International Cultural Exchange Services, The Mail was able to sit down and speak with Mackinaw’s current exchange student and her host mother. Clarissa Colombini is an outgoing 18 year old from north east Italy who arrived in the U.S. in January and stays with the Kaiser family: Derek, Meaghan, and their 3 young children. I didn’t expect to be greeted by a shy student, as I doubted that an introverted 18 year old would be willing to travel halfway around the world to stay with a family for the better part of a year; however, I didn’t expect to be greeted by a such an outgoing and gregarious young lady whose host mother was equally as extroverted. It took about 2 minutes to realize that this was going to be an incredibly fun interview.

Obituaries  |  April 10, 2022
Glenna M. Sauder

Glenna M. Sauder

Glenna M. Sauder, 94, of Morton, formerly of Tremont and Groveland, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton.

Area Roundup  |  April 10, 2022
Armington Easter Egg Hunt

Armington Easter Egg Hunt

The Armington American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor an Easter egg hunt on April 16th at 10 am. This will be open to kids thru 5th grade at Armington park. 

Area Roundup  |  April 10, 2022
Adult Easter Egg Hunt

Adult Easter Egg Hunt

Atlanta is hosting an adult Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 16th from 5-8 pm. The eggs will be filled with chips, shots, candy, and tickets for t-shirts. This event is brought to you by 217 Roadhouse. 

Area Roundup  |  April 10, 2022
Atlanta Easter Egg Hunt

Atlanta Easter Egg Hunt

There will be an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 16th at 10 am in Atlanta Park. There will be two age groups: ages 2-4 and ages 5-8. The winners will receive baskets and everyone else will walk away with candy!

Area Roundup  |  April 10, 2022
Yearbooks Wanted

Yearbooks Wanted

The museum in Atlanta is currently looking for donations of the Atlanta Elementary School yearbook called the Cardinal. They already have the years 1963-1970.

Area Roundup  |  April 10, 2022
Danvers Easter Egg Hunt

Danvers Easter Egg Hunt

The Danvers Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 16th at 1:00 PM in Danvers Park.

Area Roundup  |  April 10, 2022
Paint Night

Paint Night

The Danvers Township Library will be hosting a paint night on April 25th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the historical society and will be led by local artist Joan Maney. There is a $15 fee per person attending and there are only 10 spots available. Sign-ups will be available now through April 15th for Danvers residents and if there are still spots available they will be open to the public after this date. To reserve your spot or get more info call 309-963-4269 or stop by the library.

Area Roundup  |  April 10, 2022
Health and Wellness Education

Health and Wellness Education

The Hopedale Wellness Center is hosting health and wellness education sessions where they will tackle various topics designed to provide a clear understanding of your health and wellness. The topic for April will be “Why Exercise?” and will be on April 20th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the White Fence Estate. The speaker at this session is Greg Eberle, a CES Wellness Center Manager. These sessions will happen every 3rd Wednesday of each month and will be $10 per session with each month having different speakers that address a variety of topics about health and wellness.

Area Roundup  |  April 10, 2022
March Tumbling

March Tumbling

Every month the Hopedale Wellness Center hosts 4-week tumbling classes and this month’s classes are fast approaching. Starting on April 18th the program will begin with Tiny Tots going on Monday from 6:00 to 6:30 pm. Then, on Wednesday, Little Beginners will go from 5:30 to 6:00 pm and Big Beginners will go from 6:00 to 6:30 pm. To get your kids enrolled in these classes all you have to do is call and register. If you want to learn more you can go to the Hopedale Wellness Center website at hopedalewc.com. Members pay $35 and non-members pay $50 for this 4-week session.

Area Roundup  |  April 10, 2022
Ninja Kids

Ninja Kids

Do you have an active kid? Is your kid fascinated with ninjas? The Hopedale Wellness Center is opening up their Ninja Kids 4-week program for April starting on April 22nd. The program “offers the athleticism of gymnastics paired with the excitement of freestyle movement”. Kids will learn tumbling, strength, flexibility, and how to master obstacle maneuvers. The Little Ninjas sessions are for ages 3-6 and are from 4:30 to 5:00 pm and the Big Ninjas sessions are for ages 7-12 and are from 5:00 to 5:30 pm. If you want to register you can visit the front desk or call the Wellness Center. 

Area Roundup  |  April 10, 2022
Easter Egg Hunt at Westwood Park

Easter Egg Hunt at Westwood Park

On Saturday, April 16th the Mackinaw Lions Club will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt at Westwood Park Pavillion at 2:00 P.M. Ages 0-11 are welcome to come out and hunt.

Area Roundup  |  April 10, 2022
Spring Market

Spring Market

Friday and Saturday, April 29th and 30th, the Mackinaw Valley Winery will host their first ever “Spring Market” event. Friday’s festivities will run from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., while Saturday will run from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Area Roundup  |  April 10, 2022
Ebenezer UMC Easter Egg Hunt

Ebenezer UMC Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter egg hunt at Ebenezer United Methodist Church will be on April 16th at 10 am. Ages up to 5th grade are welcome. Meet in the fellowship hall for instructions, bring your Easter basket, and dress for the weather! The contact person is Janet Canfield.   

Area Roundup  |  April 10, 2022
Sonshine Daycare Easter Egg Hunt

Sonshine Daycare Easter Egg Hunt

Sonshine Daycare is having their annual Easter egg hunt on Friday, April 15th for their children. If anyone is able to donate plastic Easter eggs, candy, or other trinkets they would be greatly appreciated. Sonshine is also in need of Spring items such as all kinds of tape, stickers, craft supplies, sand buckets, and shovels. 

Area Roundup  |  April 10, 2022
Spring Town Wide Garage Sale

Spring Town Wide Garage Sale

The spring townwide garage sales are May 6th-7th. The scheduled time is 8am-3pm on Friday and Saturday. To be put on the map, contact Sherri Hester at 309-261-5401 or mommajo09@frontier.com. 

Area Roundup  |  April 10, 2022
Bags, Baubles, and Beads Sale

Bags, Baubles, and Beads Sale

On Saturday, April 23rd the H.A. Peine District Library will be holding a bags, baubles, and beads sale. Starting at 9:00 am and ending at 1:00 pm the sale will include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, bags, and purses. This sale is great for kids, dads, and husbands to shop for mothers day and also a fun way to spend time with friends and family. There will also be raffle tickets at the sale for a chance to win a Michael Kors purse and more. All proceeds from this event will go towards supporting the kids’ program at the library.

Area Roundup  |  April 10, 2022
Stanford Easter Egg Hunt

Stanford Easter Egg Hunt

The Stanford Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 16th at 2:00 PM in Pippin Park for ages 1 through 4th grade.

Area Roundup  |  April 10, 2022
Waynesville Easter Egg Hunt

Waynesville Easter Egg Hunt

On Saturday, April 16th at 1 pm there will be an Easter Egg Hunt. Please bring your own basket and come to Waynesville Gingerbread Park. 

Local News – Atlanta  |  April 10, 2022
EVs on Route 66 Cruise-in in Atlanta

EVs on Route 66 Cruise-in in Atlanta

On Saturday, April 16, Atlanta is playing host to EVs on Route 66 Cruise-in. 

Local News – Mackinaw  |  April 10, 2022
Dr. Bill Hauter Announces for State Representative in the 87th District

Dr. Bill Hauter Announces for State Representative in the 87th District

Tazewell County Board member and Morton physician Bill Hauter announced his campaign for the new 87th District of the Illinois General Assembly. Dr. Hauter is a double board-certified physician actively practicing in both Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine in Peoria. 

Local News – McLean  |  April 10, 2022
McLean Payment Portal E-Check Functionality Down

McLean Payment Portal E-Check Functionality Down

The third-party service that hosts and manages our online payment portal has made updates that took the entire portal down. The ability to pay via E-check is not functioning. It may be a month before this feature is up and running. We will take this message down when this functionality is restored. We apologize for the inconvenience. Payments can only be made via check, cash or money order for the time being.

Local News – Minier  |  April 10, 2022
Bob Quarello Memorial Scholarship

Bob Quarello Memorial Scholarship

The Minier Police Department is proud to announce that they are accepting applications for the Bob Quarello Memorial Scholarship. Officer Quarello served with the Minier Police Department and other law enforcement agencies for nearly 40 years.

Local News – Peoria  |  April 10, 2022
LaHood Appointed to Committee on China

LaHood Appointed to Committee on China

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) was appointed by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy as a Core Conferee from the House Ways and Means Committee to the Conference Committee negotiating legislation related to China. Congressman LaHood released the following statement after the appointment.

Local News – Stanford  |  April 10, 2022
Republic’s Garbage Pickup Day in Stanford in Doubt

Republic’s Garbage Pickup Day in Stanford in Doubt

Republic trash service sent out a letter saying that pickup days would be changed to Wednesday’s, starting April 6th. However, a Stanford resident contacted Republic directly and they claimed to still have the village’s pickup day scheduled for Tuesdays.

Local News – Stanford  |  April 10, 2022
Stanford Gears up for Another Grocery Bingo

Stanford Gears up for Another Grocery Bingo

The residents of Stanford are having an interesting event on April 13th. The 2nd month of Grocery Bingo will be at the Allin Township Community Building at 1 pm. Grocery Bingo is a new event dedicated to helping the senior residents of Stanford. It costs $2 to play with two Bingo cards. Grocery Bingo is unique, they play until everyone’s a winner! Whenever you win, you get to go up to the table full of groceries and take whatever you need, no questions asked. There are a variety of different grocery items available and suggestions for prizes for next time are encouraged by the participants.

Obituaries  |  April 10, 2022
Marian J. Thompson

Marian J. Thompson

Marian J. Thompson, 86, of Atlanta, passed away on Friday, April 1, 2022, at Castle Manor in Lincoln.

Obituaries  |  April 10, 2022
Dr. William Baumgartner

Dr. William Baumgartner

William (Bill) Baumgartner (“Dr. B”) of Hopedale, in his 80th year, left this world on April 6, 2022 in the Hopedale Nursing Home.

Obituaries  |  April 10, 2022
Heather N. Wagner

Heather N. Wagner

Heather Nicole Wagner, "Little Star", 38, of Mackinaw passed away March 28, 2022 at OSF in Peoria. 

State News  |  April 10, 2022
House Republicans Ask for a Performance Audit of DCFS

House Republicans Ask for a Performance Audit of DCFS

SPRINGFIELD – In the wake of the recent deaths of five children who were in contact with the state’s child protection agency and eight contempt citations against the agency’s director, House Republicans on Wednesday asked for a performance audit at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

State News  |  April 10, 2022
Pritzker Taps Former Rauner Chief of Staff for Review Board

Pritzker Taps Former Rauner Chief of Staff for Review Board

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday named a former Cook County judge and the chief of staff of his Republican predecessor to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board.

Top Story  |  April 3, 2022
Catalytic Converter Thefts

Catalytic Converter Thefts

Thefts of catalytic converters are on the rise nationwide and central Illinois is seeing more than its fair share of the crime. A catalytic converter is an emission control device that converts toxic gasses and pollutants into cleaner air by way of a chemical reaction. Thieves target converters because they contain three valuable metals: platinum, palladium, and rhodium. Rhodium, the most valuable of the 3 metals, is currently selling for $600 per gram. Typically, these thefts occur between midnight and 5:00 A.M. and involve the thief getting under a vehicle and cutting the part out with a saw. A skilled thief with the proper tools can cut a converter out and be gone in under 3 minutes. The Mail reached out to two local police chiefs - Mackinaw’s Michael Kemp and Stanford’s Dustin Carter - for their perspective on the issue.

Community Spotlight  |  April 3, 2022
Erin Dederich Awarded Multiple Scholarships

Erin Dederich Awarded Multiple Scholarships

Erin Dederich, a correspondent for the Mail Newspapers, has achieved multiple scholarships and recognitions throughout her senior year. Erin was chosen by the OHS staff as the nominee for the Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship for Olympia High School and was awarded this scholarship at Olympia. She also got the National Honor Society Scholarship and was awarded the scholarship at the national level. 

Obituaries  |  April 3, 2022
Ryle J. Embree

Ryle J. Embree

Ryle James, “RJ”,  Embree, 2, of Tremont, passed away Friday, March 25, 2022 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center PICU in Peoria. 

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Tremont Easter Egg Hunt

Tremont Easter Egg Hunt

Tremont Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 16th at 10 AM in City Park for ages 1- through fourth grade. Their will be four areas for the kids, and the ability to take pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Armington Easter Egg Hunt

Armington Easter Egg Hunt

The Armington American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor an Easter egg hunt on April 16th at 10 am. This will be open to kids thru 5th grade at Armington park. 

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Village Board Meeting

Village Board Meeting

The monthly board meeting for the Village of Armington will be held on April 6th. These are at 6:30 pm at 103 N. Main Street. For questions contact Catherine Ingram, the Armington Village Clerk.  

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Adult Easter Egg Hunt

Adult Easter Egg Hunt

Atlanta is hosting an adult Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 16th from 5-8 pm. The eggs will be filled with chips, shots, candy, and tickets for t-shirts. This event is brought to you by 217 Roadhouse. 

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Atlanta Easter Egg Hunt

Atlanta Easter Egg Hunt

There will be an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 16th at 10 am in Atlanta Park. There will be two age groups: ages 2-4 and ages 5-8. The winners will receive baskets and everyone else will walk away with candy!

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Coloring Contest

Coloring Contest

The Atlanta Public Library will host a coloring contest from April 3rd-9th. This is also National Library Week. Ages 13 and under are welcome to participate. The coloring sheets are already available for pick up. Then, they must be returned by April 9th.

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Paint Night

Paint Night

The Danvers Township Library will be hosting a paint night on April 25th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the historical society and will be led by local artist Joan Maney. There is a $15 fee per person attending and there are only 10 spots available. Sign-ups will be available now through April 15th for Danvers residents and if there are still spots available they will be open to the public after this date. To reserve your spot or get more info call 309-963-4269 or stop by the library.

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Health and Wellness Education

Health and Wellness Education

The Hopedale Wellness Center is hosting health and wellness education sessions where they will tackle various topics designed to provide a clear understanding of your health and wellness. The topic for April will be “Why Exercise?” and will be on April 20th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the White Fence Estate. The speaker at this session is Greg Eberle, a CES Wellness Center Manager. These sessions will happen every 3rd Wednesday of each month and will be $10 per session with each month having different speakers that address a variety of topics about health and wellness.

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Hopedale Easter Egg Hunt

Hopedale Easter Egg Hunt

Hopedale Easter Egg Hunt is next Saturday, April 9th for ages 1-9 at Noon. Age groups are 1-2, 3-5 and 6-9. If it's your first time please ask what area your child should be in. There are designated areas to claim prizes if you are lucky enough to find a prize egg. We do ask that you donate the eggs back so that we can keep our expenses down. Hope to see you next weekend and yes there is a Bunny that will be there for photos.

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Hopedale Town Wide Garage Sales

Hopedale Town Wide Garage Sales

The Hopedale Town Wide Garage Sales will be held from Friday, May 6th to Saturday, May 7th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on both days. If you want your sale listed on the map you can call Hopedale Community Banking Center at 309-449-3393. When calling you will need to provide the following info: name, address, phone number, and whether the sale will be held on Friday, Saturday, or both. A brief description of your items will be included on the map and the submission deadline is Friday, April 29th. Maps will be available on May 4th at the Hopedale Bank, the Hopedale Casey’s, and other locations.

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Women’s Self Defense Class

Women’s Self Defense Class

On Saturday, April 16th from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm the Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting a women’s self-defense class instructed by Kelly O’Keefe who has over 40 years of experience in martial arts and self-defense training. This class is hands-on and interactive, partners aren’t required but are encouraged, you must be 13 years or older to attend, and the price of the session is $25. Registration for this event is due by Wednesday, April 13th and you can do so by calling the Wellness Center front desk at 309-449-4500.

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Circuit Kickboxing

Circuit Kickboxing

Starting on Thursday, April 14th, Mackinaw Valley Karate and Fitness will be holding weekly “Circuit Kickboxing” classes. Classes will be every Thursday from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. and will last for 8 weeks. Cost is $90 per person.

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Mackinaw Easter Egg Hunt

Mackinaw Easter Egg Hunt

Mackinaw Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 16th at 2 PM in Westwood Park for ages 0-11.

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
The Beverly KillBillies

The Beverly KillBillies

The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will be hosting another murder mystery theater, this one titled “The Beverly KillBillies” on Friday, April 8th, at 6:30 P.M. Admission is $50 and includes a buffet style dinner after the 1st Act.

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Wednesday Night Free for All

Wednesday Night Free for All

On Wednesday, March 9th at 7:00 P.M. The Hideaway Tap presents “Wednesday Night Free For All With Stumpy Joe”. “Stumpy” Joe Sweckard will be playing his unique blend of country. Rumors of a special guest abound. 

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Ebenezer UMC Easter Egg Hunt

Ebenezer UMC Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter egg hunt at Ebenezer United Methodist Church will be on April 16th at 10 am. Ages up to 5th grade are welcome. Meet in the fellowship hall for instructions, bring your Easter basket, and dress for the weather! The contact person is Janet Canfield.   

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Monthly Board Meeting

Monthly Board Meeting

The Village of McLean’s monthly board meeting will be on April 4th at 7 pm. This meeting will be held at the Village of McLean Office Building. 

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Pork Chop Dinner

Pork Chop Dinner

McLean American Legion Burger Benedict Post 573 at 213 E. Spencer St. is having a Pork Chop Dinner fundraiser on April 9, 2022. Serving times are 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm  Dinner includes a pork chop sandwich, 2 sides, dessert, and ice tea. A child’s meal of hot dogs is also offered. Carryout is available.

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Sonshine Daycare Easter Egg Hunt

Sonshine Daycare Easter Egg Hunt

Sonshine Daycare is having their annual Easter egg hunt on Friday, April 15th for their children. If anyone is able to donate plastic Easter eggs, candy, or other trinkets they would be greatly appreciated. Sonshine is also in need of Spring items such as all kinds of tape, stickers, craft supplies, sand buckets, and shovels. 

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Spring Town Wide Garage Sale

Spring Town Wide Garage Sale

The spring townwide garage sales are May 6th-7th. The scheduled time is 8am-3pm on Friday and Saturday. To be put on the map, contact Sherri Hester at 309-261-5401 or mommajo09@frontier.com. 

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Bunny Bop Easter Egg Hunt

Bunny Bop Easter Egg Hunt

The Olympia High School National Honor Society is partnering up with Lexington High School’s National Honor Society to hold an Easter egg hunt. The hunt will take place on April 10th at Olympia on the OHS football field from 1:00 to 3:00 pm and will be $5 per child. The age limit for this event are children aged 2-8. There will be an egg hunt, concessions, a bouncy house, face painting, and other fun activities throughout the event. All of the proceeds earned through the egg hunt will be going towards St. Jude. Reservations are recommended and to do so you can email amanda.hapgood@olympia.org or mking@lexington.k12.il.us.

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Road Closure

Road Closure

The McLean County Highway Department has posted the following Road Closure Notice:

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Stanford Easter Egg Hunt

Stanford Easter Egg Hunt

The Stanford Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 16th at 2:00 PM in Pippin Park for ages 1 through 4th grade.

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Food Pantry Collection

Food Pantry Collection

The Waynesville United Methodist Church Youth Group will be doing a canned food drive in the evening on Wednesday, April 6th between 6:30 and 8:00 PM.

Area Roundup  |  April 3, 2022
Risen

Risen

The movie Risen will be shown on April 10th at 6pm at the Waynesville Christian Church. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Local News – Atlanta  |  April 3, 2022
Atlanta Library Dedicated 114 Years Ago

Atlanta Library Dedicated 114 Years Ago

The Atlanta Public Library was dedicated on March 28th in 1908.

Local News – Danvers  |  April 3, 2022
Youth Art Month Concludes at Danvers Library

Youth Art Month Concludes at Danvers Library

Youth Art Month concluded at the Danvers Township Library with a craft project creating wax paper lanterns with crayons to celebrate National Crayon Day on March 31.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  April 3, 2022
April Is Autism Awareness Month

April Is Autism Awareness Month

Autism prevalence has increased 178% since 2000.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  April 3, 2022
Eli’s Coffee Finds New Home in Mackinaw

Eli’s Coffee Finds New Home in Mackinaw

Big news for Mackinaw this week as Eli’s Coffee announces that they are coming to Mackinaw in the near future. Eli’s, started in 2005 and looks to make Mackinaw the home of their 4th location. Other shops exist in Metamora, Morton, and Tremont. After the announcement of the big news, owners Weston and Rachael Berchtold were kind enough to talk to The Mackinaw Mail and tell us about their business and how Mackinaw was chosen as the next site.

Obituaries  |  April 3, 2022
Robert E. Wegman

Robert E. Wegman

Robert “Bob” E. Wegman, 91, of Hopedale, formerly of Mackinaw, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at Unity Point Health in Pekin.  He was born February 14, 1931 in Peoria to Lonnie and Blanche Mountjoy Wegman. He married Dolores Blickensderfer on April 26, 2014, and she survives. 

Obituaries  |  April 3, 2022
Phyllis J. French

Phyllis J. French

Phyllis Jean French, 90, of Minier, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2022 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. 

Obituaries  |  April 3, 2022
James L. Bailey

James L. Bailey

James Larry Bailey, 80, of Waynesville, passed away at The Loft Rehabilitation & Nursing of Normal at 12:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.

Community Spotlight  |  March 27, 2022
Minier Police Explorers: Preparing for Careers in Law Enforcement

Minier Police Explorers: Preparing for Careers in Law Enforcement

The Minier Police Explorers are part of the local Law Enforcement Agency. They are a community and government organization. The Minier Police Explorer Post 6007 helps introduce the youth of ages 14-21 into law enforcement. They work to prepare high school and college students for a career in law enforcement. 

Top Story  |  March 27, 2022
Accident Claims Lives of Two Sisters in Tremont

Accident Claims Lives of Two Sisters in Tremont

On Saturday, March 19th, at approximately 4:51 P.M. The Tazewell County Coroner’s Office was contacted to respond to a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Townline and Locust Roads in rural Tremont. At 5:51 P.M. Tazewell County Coroner Charles R. Hanley pronounced 22 year old Ashley Embree and her 16 year old sister, Sarae Embree, deceased at the scene. Both victims are residents of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota.  A recent CI Proud article quotes Tazewell County Sheriff Jeff Lower as saying that the UTV the sisters were riding in “ran a stop sign and collided in the intersection with a pickup truck that was traveling eastbound on Townline road.” 4 other people involved with the accident, including the driver of the UTV and the pickup truck, were transported to OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

Local News – Tremont  |  March 27, 2022
Sauder Is First State Proficiency Champion in Tremont FFA History

Sauder Is First State Proficiency Champion in Tremont FFA History

Lane Sauder, as a Junior, clenches the State Title in Ag Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Entrepreneur with his Supervised Agricultural Experience Project! Lane restores, rebuilds, and overhauls antique tractors for his project. He will now compete at Nationals in July!

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
Village Board Meeting

Village Board Meeting

The monthly board meeting for the Village of Armington will be held on April 6th. These are at 6:30 pm at 103 N. Main Street. For questions contact Catherine Ingram, the Armington Village Clerk.

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
Library Adds 65 Documentaries

Library Adds 65 Documentaries

The Atlanta Public Library recently purchased 65 documentaries with their current grant funds. They will be added to the catalogs as each one arrives. Check out what they have received so far!

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
Palms Grill Café Lease Available

Palms Grill Café Lease Available

The lease for Palms Grill Cafe in Atlanta is open. This building is located right on Historic Rt. 66. Anyone interested in managing this small town cafe must submit a Business Plan/Proposal by March 30th. More information can be found at http://www.atlantapld.org/palms-grill.

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
April Story and Craft

April Story and Craft

The Danvers Township library will be hosting their April Story and Craft on April 15th at 10:30 am or 2:30 pm. The books this month will be Catch the Easter Bunny by A. Wallace and A. Elkerton and When Spring Comes by K. Henkes. After storytime, there will be an Easter-themed craft. If you have any questions you can call 309-963-4269 or email danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
Comics and Cartoon Drawing Workshop

Comics and Cartoon Drawing Workshop

The Danvers Township Library is wrapping up Youth Art Month by hosting a Comics and Cartoon Drawing Workshop on March 31. This worship is taught by Lizzi Ogle and is targeted at kids aged 8 to 14 who are interested in cartoons and comics. At the workshop, kids will have the chance to learn a brief history about comics and cartoons, create their own, and get some materials to take home with them. This is a free workshop but there are only 12 spots available so register soon if you want to attend. You can also call the library at 309-963-4269 if you want to learn more or to reserve your spot.

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
Youth Art Month at Danvers Library

Youth Art Month at Danvers Library

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
Jigsaw Puzzle Swap

Jigsaw Puzzle Swap

The Hopedale Betterment Association is sponsoring a jigsaw puzzle swap on Monday, April 11th at the Community Building on Main St. from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Bring your used but still in good condition puzzles to the Community Room at 6:30pm and trade them for new to you puzzles. The swap will begin at 6:45pm. All sizes from kids to large puzzles are welcome.

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
Scoop 4 Scoop

Scoop 4 Scoop

The Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting an Ice Cream Day on Wednesday, May 4th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the hospital main entrance behind Veterans Memorial. The ice cream will be from Catton’s Creamery and will be $2 per scoop. If you want to also donate $2 the Wellness Center will then buy a scoop for a resident in the Nursing Home or Hopedale Commons. This is a fun event so make sure to stop by on May 4th and purchase your ice cream.

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
Food Pantry Pickup

Food Pantry Pickup

Wednesday, April 6th food pick ups from the Mackinaw Community Center Food Pantry Inc. will be available from 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. The Mackinaw Community Center is located at 101 S. Orchard Street.

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
Greg Williams Plays the Vineyard

Greg Williams Plays the Vineyard

Sunday April 3rd, The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard is hosting favorite local musician Greg Williams for a solo acoustic set starting at 1:00 P.M. and lasting until 4:00 P.M.

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
Mega Meatball Throwdown

Mega Meatball Throwdown

If you love meatballs, keep a spot open on your calendar for Sunday, April 3rd. Haynes on Main is hosting a “Mega Meatball Throwdown” starting at 3:00 P.M. Tasting Tickets will be sold to customers for $10.

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
First Responder Readiness Workshop

First Responder Readiness Workshop

Tuesday, March 29th the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove FPD will host a Responder Readiness Workshop from 6-10 pm. This is a one-day event for First Responders only. The training focuses on Performance, Persistence, and Prevention by exploring how trauma and stress impact lives. 

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
Horse Riding Classes

Horse Riding Classes

Breezy Bluff Riding Academy has horse classes for home school children on Thursday, April 7th. Each session will be 90 minutes long with four different time slots throughout the day. This class is designed for ages 7 to adult. You will be riding and learning all about horses. More information can be found on Facebook at Breezy Bluff Horse Day Camps.

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
Knitting Class

Knitting Class

A beginner knitting class will be held at the library on March 29th at 6:30 pm. Please bring scissors, a blunt tapestry needle, and size 8 straight knitting needles. Call 309-874-2291 to reserve a spot. Also, let the staff know if you are unable to provide your own supplies. 

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
Upcoming Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

The Village of McLean has two upcoming meetings. These will be held at the Village of McLean Office Building. The Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 29th at 6 pm. Then, the monthly board meeting will be on April 4th at 7 pm. 

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
Story Hour at Minier Library

Story Hour at Minier Library

The H.A. Peine District Library will be hosting their Story Hour on Tuesday, March 29th from 11:00 to 11:30 am. Space is limited so pre-registration is required for the Story Hour. To do so you can call 309-392-3220. Make sure to bring a blanket to sit on for the event, all are welcome to attend.

Area Roundup  |  March 27, 2022
Renaming of Stanford Festival

Renaming of Stanford Festival

The Village of Stanford and Allin Township are relaunching their festival in 2022 but with a new name. The towns are asking for ideas from kids in the Olympia area for the new name of the festival and the author of the chosen name will be featured in the parade. Entries for the name are due by Friday, April 15th at 5 pm and can be submitted to the Village of Stanford at 206 W. Main Street or through email to festival@stanford-il.org. This is open to all kids aged 5 to 18 that reside in the Olympia School District.

Local News – Atlanta  |  March 27, 2022
Happy Birthday, Atlanta

Happy Birthday, Atlanta

March 26, 1853 – The community of Xenia, Illinois in Logan County was incorporated. Because there already was a Xenia, the town was renamed in honor of Atlanta, Georgia in 1855. Today, the little town has one of the most attractive streetscapes on all of Route 66, with the historic Palms Grill Café, the giant “Tall Paul” and its octagonal library.

Local News – Pekin  |  March 27, 2022
Tazewell County Deputy Coroners Are Sworn-In

Tazewell County Deputy Coroners Are Sworn-In

John Ackerman, the Tazewell County Clerk, admnistered the oath of office to two new deputy Tazewell County coroners on Monday, March 23rd.

Local News – Waynesville  |  March 27, 2022
Kids Free Day of Fun in Waynesville

Kids Free Day of Fun in Waynesville

To kick off the first day of spring break, the Waynesville Christian Church held a “Kids Free Day of Fun”.

Obituaries  |  March 27, 2022
Patrick R. Lindsey

Patrick R. Lindsey

Patrick Ryan Lindsey, 69, of rural Danvers, passed away Friday, March 18, 2022 at his home. 

Obituaries  |  March 27, 2022
Wayne E. Diegel

Wayne E. Diegel

Wayne E. Diegel, 83, of Hopedale, passed away Friday, March 24, 2022 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin. 

Obituaries  |  March 27, 2022
William H. Wurster

William H. Wurster

William ‘Bill’ H. Wurster, 70 of Morton, IL, formerly of Mackinaw, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday March 16, 2022 at his home. 

Obituaries  |  March 27, 2022
Raymond M. Wood

Raymond M. Wood

Raymond Mallon “Grandpa” Wood, 70, of Minier, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2022 at his home surrounded by his loving family. 

Top Story  |  March 20, 2022
All-State, All-Conference Players Named

All-State, All-Conference Players Named

Just this past week the Illini Prairie All-Conference lists for boys and girls basketball were released with three Olympia High School basketball players making the list. Taylor Nowaskie, the senior player who broke Olympia’s all-time career scoring record, made first-team, Casey Wissmiller, also a senior, made second-team, and Saegen Pierce, a senior, was an honorable mention.

Community Spotlight  |  March 20, 2022
Foreign Exchange Program Seeks Hosts in Mackinaw

Foreign Exchange Program Seeks Hosts in Mackinaw

Local representatives of a group known as International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES) are currently looking for host homes in the Mackinaw area for the 2022-2023 school year. For those unaware, the ICES is an international non-profit student academic and exchange organization dedicated to promoting a peaceful world by increasing international awareness and cultural understanding. With the help of ICES, students from around the globe can study in America for a certain duration. Some students may stay for only a semester - others may stay as long as a full school year. The Mackinaw Mail spoke with Angie Reedy, local Field Manager for ICES, to find out a bit more.

Area Roundup  |  March 20, 2022
Dance Events at Union Hall

Dance Events at Union Hall

The Atlanta Library and Young Dance Inc. are running a full day of dance events at the Union Hall on Saturday, March 26th. All proceeds will go to the Humane Society of Logan County. Lessons cost $5 per person. Ballroom is from 1-2 pm, Latin from 2:15-3:15 pm, and West Coast Swing from 3:30-4:30 pm. In the evening is date night dance of Waltz, Rumba, and East Coast Swing from 7-9 pm at $20 per couple. Doors open at 6:45 pm. Kids programs will be offered downstairs during this time. For questions, contact youngdanceinc@gmail.com. 

Area Roundup  |  March 20, 2022
Palms Grill Café Lease Available

Palms Grill Café Lease Available

The lease for Palms Grill Cafe in Atlanta is open. This building is located right on Historic Rt. 66. Anyone interested in managing this small town cafe must submit a Business Plan/Proposal by March 30th. More information can be found at http://www.atlantapld.org/palms-grill. 

Area Roundup  |  March 20, 2022
Scrapbooking Events

Scrapbooking Events

Two scrapbooking events are coming up in Atlanta. Friday, March 25th, is Almost Midnight Madness from 5:30-11:30 pm. Then, Saturday, March 26th, is a Scrap & Chat event from 9:30 am-9:30 pm. Contact Cindy Schempp on Facebook or phone at 309-826-6279 for more information, including costs and location.

Area Roundup  |  March 20, 2022
Spring Break at the Library

Spring Break at the Library

The Atlanta Library will host public events at the Union Hall over Olympia’s spring break, March 21st-25th. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday the arcade will be open from 2:30-5 pm and 2-5 pm on Tuesday and Thursday. Other activities will also be running during this week. Tuesday is a craft of Kool-Aid playdough. Thursday will be collage projects and Friday will be making stress balls. More information can be found on the Atlanta Library's Facebook page or website. You can also call 217-648-2112 with any questions.

Area Roundup  |  March 20, 2022
An Evening With Jenny Lawson

An Evening With Jenny Lawson

Jenny Lawson is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy, a journalist, and a blogger. The Danvers Township Library will be hosting a zoom event with Jenny on Wednesday, March 30th where she will be joined in a conversation with R. Eric Thomas, a bestselling author, award-winning playwright, and screenwriter where she will discuss her most recent memoir, Broken. If you are interested you can go to the Danvers Township Library Facebook Page to learn more and this is also where you can join the event when it starts.

Area Roundup  |  March 20, 2022
Youth Art Month

Youth Art Month

As the Danvers Township Library continues its celebration of Youth Art Month they will be hosting another craft at the library on Monday the 21st. To also celebrate the International Day of Forests the craft will be spring tree thumbprint crafts. To reserve a spot or to get more info you can visit the library, call the library at 309-963-4269, or email them at danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com.

Area Roundup  |  March 20, 2022
Town Wide Garage Sales

Town Wide Garage Sales

The Hopedale Town Wide Garage Sales will be held from Friday, May 6th to Saturday, May 7th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on both days. If you want your sale listed on the map you can call Hopedale Community Banking Center at 309-449-3393. When calling you will need to provide the following info: name, address, phone number, and whether the sale will be held on Friday, Saturday, or both. A brief description of your items will be included on the map and the submission deadline is Friday, April 29th. Maps will be available on May 4th at the Hopedale Bank, the Hopedale Casey’s, and other locations.

Area Roundup  |  March 20, 2022
Meatball Tasting Contest

Meatball Tasting Contest

Sunday, April 3rd, Haynes on Main is hosting a “Meatball Tasting Contest”, starting at 3:00 P.M. Participants are needed: must bring 50 meatballs, with prizes awarded for the top 3 winners. Judges will be local “celebrities”. If you’d just like to eat some meatballs, tickets are $10.

Area Roundup  |  March 20, 2022
Spring Break

Spring Break

Dee-Mack schools will be releasing students at 1:30 P.M. on Friday, March 25th. Students will also be off for Spring Break from March 28th to April 1st, 

Area Roundup  |  March 20, 2022
Trivia Night at the Winery

Trivia Night at the Winery

Saturday, March 26th from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. The Mackinaw Valley Vineyards will be hosting Trivia Game Night. This is the last game of the year, so don’t delay. $5 per person.

Area Roundup  |  March 20, 2022
Arcade Open for Spring Break

Arcade Open for Spring Break

America’s Playable Arcade Museum will be open all week for Spring Break. The hours are Monday-Thursday from 10 am-8 pm, Friday-Saturday from 10 am-9 pm, and Sunday from 1-8 pm. There are open games at Arcadia and Pinball Paradise!

Area Roundup  |  March 20, 2022
Learn to Knit

Learn to Knit

A beginner knitting class will be held at the library on March 29th at 6:30 pm. Please bring scissors, a blunt tapestry needle, and size 8 straight knitting needles. Call 309-874-2291 to reserve a spot. Also, let the staff know if you are unable to provide your own supplies.

Area Roundup  |  March 20, 2022
Family Fun Night

Family Fun Night

The Olympia West Elementary School PTO will be hosting a family fun night on Friday, May 6th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. The event will host carnival games, inflatables, temporary tattoos, a cakewalk, a Glow Run, a silent auction, and food. Presale tickets will be available soon and will be 4 for a dollar and tickets bought at the door will be 3 for a dollar. This will be a fun night for all and if you are willing to help Olympia West’s PTO they are also looking for some more items for their silent auction. These can be new toys, gift cards, or gift baskets, all of which can be dropped off in Hopedale. 

Area Roundup  |  March 20, 2022
Fundraiser for Dog Park

Fundraiser for Dog Park

The Village of Minier is fundraising with Epicure in order to help fund the creation of a dog park in the town. For $25 you can purchase a fundraiser box that includes 5 dinners and a dessert. 40% of the proceeds from this fundraiser will go to help fund the dog park. If you are interested in helping out and purchasing a box, or would like more info, please stop by the village office and ask for Sasha.

Area Roundup  |  March 20, 2022
Cupcake Decorating

Cupcake Decorating

Cupcake Decorating with My Sweet Obsession with Kendra Hunt will be held on Monday, March 28th, from 6-7:30 pm at the Waynesville Library. Kendra will teach some of her amazing decorating techniques on cakes, cookies, and cupcakes. Adults, teens, and older kids are welcome with an adult. Please RSVP by March 23rd.

Area Roundup  |  March 20, 2022
Kid's Fun Day

Kid's Fun Day

Waynesville Christian Church will host a Kids’ Free Day of Fun! There will be crafts, games, movies, snacks, and so much fun. This free event will occur on Monday, March 21st, from 1-4 pm.

Area Roundup  |  March 20, 2022
Trivia Night at the Legion

Trivia Night at the Legion

March Trivia Night at the Waynesville Legion will be on Friday, March 25th. Cheeseburger and limited sides will be available from 5-7 pm. Then, the trivia game will begin at 7 pm. For trivia, come with a team of 1-6 players. 

For the Record  |  March 20, 2022
School Board Meeting Minutes – Olympia CUSD #16

School Board Meeting Minutes – Olympia CUSD #16

The Olympia Board of Education was called to order by President Kevin Frazier for a regular scheduled meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2022 in the Learning Center of Olympia High School.  President Frazier welcomed all visitors and opened the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

Local News – Atlanta  |  March 20, 2022
Big Turnout for Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

Big Turnout for Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

The Atlanta Volunteer Fire Department had a crowded house on Sunday, March 14th, for their annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast fundraiser.

Local News – Danvers  |  March 20, 2022
Missing Rural Danvers Man Found in Pond

Missing Rural Danvers Man Found in Pond

On Friday, March 18, 2022, the Tazewell County Coroner’s Office was contacted to respond to a rural Danvers property located in rural Tazewell County for an individual found deceased in a pond.  The individual was located after a water search by the Fon du Lac Park District Police Department’s Marine Law Enforcement Unit.

Local News – Stanford  |  March 20, 2022
Olympia FFA Plant Sale for 2022

Olympia FFA Plant Sale for 2022

The Olympia FFA will hold their annual plant sale on Saturday, April 30th and Saturday, May 7th, from 9AM-1PM, at the high school greenhouse. The Olympia FFA members have worked hard throughout the year to get plants ready for the sale. The FFA chapter is growing over 45 plant varieties including annual flowers, perennials, vegetables, herbs, and hanging baskets.

Obituaries  |  March 20, 2022
Evelyn M. Grill

Evelyn M. Grill

Evelyn M. Grill, 80, of Armington, passed away at her home on Sunday, March 13, 2022.

Obituaries  |  March 20, 2022
Samuel J. Lane, Jr.

Samuel J. Lane, Jr.

Samuel J. Lane, Jr., 80, of McLean, passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2022, at Liberty Village Nursing Home in Clinton.

State News  |  March 20, 2022
Petition Filing Ends With Crowded Field in Governor’s Race

Petition Filing Ends With Crowded Field in Governor’s Race

SPRINGFIELD – Seven teams of Republicans and one team of Democrats have lined up to challenge Gov. JB Pritzker and Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton in the 2022 elections.

Top Story  |  March 13, 2022
Pain at the Pump

Pain at the Pump

Gasoline prices have risen significantly in recent months and weeks. Naturally, average American citizens want to know the reasons behind this price surge that has set the national average for a gallon of gasoline at $4.32, with Illinois in front of the pack at $4.56 on average. It is important to note that gasoline prices rise and fall with the prices of crude oil, though that effect is not always in sync or to the same degree. We should also take into consideration that cause and demand play the biggest part in whether the price of gasoline rises or falls.

Community Spotlight  |  March 13, 2022
Neil Alford Named Mr. Spartan 2022

Neil Alford Named Mr. Spartan 2022

Friday, March 11th, the OHS Student Council hosted the Mr. Spartan event. Mr. Spartan is a fundraiser for the Student Council. This year, it was the 25th annual Mr. Spartan at Olympia High School. It also is the second biggest event for Olympia Spartan spirit aside from Homecoming week. Essentially, Mr. Spartan is a mock male beauty pageant for junior and senior boys. 

Area Roundup  |  March 13, 2022
Country-Aire Hiring

Country-Aire Hiring

The Country-Aire restaurant is currently looking to hire a reliable, full-time cook. To apply, come into the restaurant and ask for Nick or Jimmy. 

Area Roundup  |  March 13, 2022
Free Screenings

Free Screenings

Olympia South will have free developmental screenings for children ages 6 weeks-34 months old. These will take place on March 15, from 9-11 am. Call or text Michelle to reserve a spot at 708-689-3175.

Area Roundup  |  March 13, 2022
Palms Grill Café Lease Available

Palms Grill Café Lease Available

The lease for Palms Grill Cafe in Atlanta is open. This building is located right on Historic Rt. 66. Anyone interested in managing this small town cafe must submit a Business Plan/ Proposal by March 30th. More information can be found at http://www.atlantapld.org/palms-grill. 

Area Roundup  |  March 13, 2022
Scrap & Chat

Scrap & Chat

Two scrapbooking events are coming up in Atlanta. Friday, March 25th, is Almost Midnight Madness from 5:30-11:30 pm. Then, Saturday, March 26th, is a Scrap & Chat event from 9:30 am-9:30 pm. Contact Cindy Schempp on Facebook or phone at 309-826-6279 for more information, including costs and location.

Area Roundup  |  March 13, 2022
Youth Art Month at the Library

Youth Art Month at the Library

For their third week of celebrating Youth Art Month, the Danvers Township Library is hosting a craft night where kids can make a shamrock suncatcher. The craft is happening on the 17th from 2:00 to 4:30 pm and there will also be a storytime with the craft. To reserve a spot or learn more about the event you can call 309-963-4260 or email danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com.

Area Roundup  |  March 13, 2022
National Nutrition Month at HWC

National Nutrition Month at HWC

The Hopedale Wellness Center is celebrating National Nutrition Month by having their dietitians, Amy Sammis and Jennifer Hubert, share healthy and satisfying meals throughout March. Last week their recipe was asparagus pasta and this week’s recipe can be found on Hopedale Wellness’s Facebook page. If you are interested make sure to check out the page to find delicious and healthy meals.

Area Roundup  |  March 13, 2022
Youth Softball and Baseball

Youth Softball and Baseball

The Hopedale Sports League is looking for students in the surrounding communities for their youth softball and baseball teams. All skill levels and experience are wanted. Registration is currently open on their website www.HopedaleSports.com and is online-only, the deadline is April 10. This is a great league for kids who want to learn more about the game and have fun while doing it. Contact the Hopedale Sports Association at 309-825-9195 or email them at HopedaleSports@gmail.com for more information or if you have any questions.

Area Roundup  |  March 13, 2022
Early Dismisal

Early Dismisal

Monday, March 14th, all schools in the Dee Mack school district will be dismissing students at 11:30 A.M.

Area Roundup  |  March 13, 2022
Ladies Night

Ladies Night

Starting Thursday, March 24th, Ladies Night is back at Haynes on Main. Every Thursday will include food and drink specials, occasional vendors, and a chance to win some prizes.

Area Roundup  |  March 13, 2022
Trivia Night at the Winery

Trivia Night at the Winery

On Saturday, March 19th, the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard is hosting a Trivia Game Night from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. $5 per person and walk-ins are welcome.

Area Roundup  |  March 13, 2022
Kid's Art Day

Kid's Art Day

Mount Hope Funks Grove Library is having a kids’ art day on Saturday, March 19th. This event begins at 10 am. Please call 309-874-2291 to reserve a seat.

Area Roundup  |  March 13, 2022
Knitting Class

Knitting Class

A beginner knitting class will be held at the library on March 15 and March 29, at 6:30 pm. Please bring scissors, a blunt tapestry needle, and size 8 straight knitting needles. Call 309-874-2291 to reserve a spot. Also, let the staff know if you are unable to provide your own supplies. 

Area Roundup  |  March 13, 2022
Kid's Craft Day

Kid's Craft Day

On Thursday, March 17th the H.A. Peine District Library is hosting a Kids’ Craft Day. The craft is happening from 2:30 to 4:00 pm and has St. Patrick’s Day-themed crafts. Here kids will make the craft, color some coloring pages, and get to take home a snack. If you want to learn more call 309-392-3220.

Area Roundup  |  March 13, 2022
Scholarships Available

Scholarships Available

United Methodist Church scholarships are available. These churches give away more than 70 scholarships to cover undergraduate and graduate-level education programs. Applications are now open through March 24. Encourage your student to apply today at www.gbhem.org. 

Area Roundup  |  March 13, 2022
St. Patty’s Weekend Bash

St. Patty’s Weekend Bash

On Friday, March 18th, there will be at St. Patty’s Weekend Bash at the Waynesville American Legion Post. The fun will begin at 8 pm. There will be live music with the best covers and originals by Table Four 2. 

Area Roundup  |  March 13, 2022
The Chosen Series

The Chosen Series

Every Friday night at 7 pm, the Waynesville United Methodist Church will be showing “The Chosen” series. Everyone is welcome to come even if you missed the previous episodes! Season 2 started on February 25th. The series will run until March 25th. 

Local News – Pekin  |  March 13, 2022
Tazewell Surveys Broadband Needs

Tazewell Surveys Broadband Needs

The Tazewell Broadband Committee is launching a county wide household survey to gather information from citizens on their current internet speeds, providers, concerns and needs to inform planning efforts and guide the formulation of short and long term broadband infrastructure plans in Tazewell County.

Local News – Stanford  |  March 13, 2022
Grocery Bingo at the Community Center

Grocery Bingo at the Community Center

On Wednesday, March 9th, seniors gathered at the Allin Township Community Building to play a spirited game of Grocery Bingo.  Many thanks to Shirley Peek for organizing this event. 

Local News – Stanford  |  March 13, 2022
Notice From Stanford Police Department

Notice From Stanford Police Department

Spring is in the air!  We hope this post finds everyone looking forward to some warmer weather in the upcoming weeks!  

Local News – Waynesville  |  March 13, 2022
Waynesville Raffle

Waynesville Raffle

The moment most have you have been waiting for... we’re going to finish up our raffle tickets! Unfortunately we are not going to do our traditional fundraiser with a meal and auction.  However we are going to sell tickets and draw some winners on April 7th at our meeting! If you’ve purchased tickets for the 2020 drawing in the past or would like to purchase a few more your in luck!! You have until April 6th to do so! Disclaimer**** there will be no Cubs/ Cardinals tickets and no travel voucher (we extremely apologize!) But to sweeten the pot we will be adding 2 gas cards in the amount of $200 each in place of those! Please see members, message us on here or stop in to the legion to purchase your tickets before its to late!!!

State News  |  March 13, 2022
Madigan, McClain Plead Not Guilty to Racketeering Charges

Madigan, McClain Plead Not Guilty to Racketeering Charges

SPRINGFIELD – Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and former lobbyist Michael McClain on Wednesday pleaded not guilty in federal court to charges of racketeering, bribery, fraud and extortion.

State News  |  March 13, 2022
Tom Cullerton Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Tom Cullerton Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

SPRINGFIELD – Former state Sen. Tom Cullerton pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of embezzlement and could face more than a year in federal prison.

Top Story  |  March 6, 2022
Eimer Places 4th at State

Eimer Places 4th at State

On February 19th, Dylan Eimer earned a 4th place medal at the IHSA state wrestling tournament. With this finish, he is the only freshman in Olympia history to ever place at State! The state wrestling tournament was held at the State Farm Center in Champaign. Dylan had to win at the regional and sectional level first to even advance to the state competition.

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
Family Game Night

Family Game Night

On March 13 from 3:00pm to 6:30pm at the Community Building in Armington there will be a family game night. Families, friends, and neighbors are encouraged to join together for fun interactions playing card games, board games or games of strategy.

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
Palms Grill Café Lease Available

Palms Grill Café Lease Available

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
Pancake and Sausage Biscuit and Gravy Breakfast

Pancake and Sausage Biscuit and Gravy Breakfast

On Sunday, March 13th, the Atlanta Volunteer Fire Department will hold it's annual Pancake and Sausage, Biscuit and Gravy Fireman's Breakfast. This is the department's biggest fundraiser for the year.

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
Dietitian Consult

Dietitian Consult

The Hopedale Wellness Center has a variety of resources offered at the facility, one of them being their registered dietitian consult Amy. A dietitian is a professional that can “translate the latest in food science and research into practicable and actionable advice on foods that are right for you.” If you are interested in learning more about dieting and what one would fit you the Wellness center is offering a half-price dietitian consult from March 1st to March 31st with a $48 per hour session. If you are interested you can call the Hopedale Wellness Center at 309-449-4500 to get a session scheduled

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
March Tumbling

March Tumbling

Every month the Hopedale Wellness Center hosts 4-week tumbling classes and this month’s is fast approaching. Starting on March 7th the program will begin with Tiny Tots going on Monday from 6:00 to 6:30 pm. Then, on Wednesday, Little Beginners will go from 5:15to 5:45 pm and Big Beginners will go from 5:45 to 6:15 pm. To get your kids enrolled in these classes all you have to do is call and register. If you want to learn more you can go to the Hopedale Wellness Center website at hopedalewc.com. Members pay $35 and non-members pay $50 for this 4-week session.

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
Massage Therapy at the Wellness Center

Massage Therapy at the Wellness Center

With an array of different kinds of massage therapy, the Hopedale Wellness Center has multiple ways for one to relax and feel rejuvenated after a massage session. Some of these massages are deep tissue massages, craniosacral therapy, Swedish massages, prenatal massages, cupping, and aromatherapy. Massages are a great way to restore your body, prevent injuries, and are a rehabilitative treatment that enhances your health and well-being. An hour massage at the Wellness Center is $65 for a member and $80 for non-member and a 90-minute massage is $95 for members and $110 for non-members. To schedule an appointment call 309-449-4500.

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
Ninja Kids

Ninja Kids

Do you have an active kid? Is your kid fascinated with ninjas? The Hopedale Wellness Center is opening up their Ninja Kids 4-week program for March starting on March 11th. The program “offers the athleticism of gymnastics paired with the excitement of freestyle movement”. Kids will learn tumbling, strength, flexibility, and how to master obstacle maneuvers. The Little Ninjas sessions are ages 3-6 and are from 4:30 to 5:00 pm and the Big Ninjas sessions are for ages 7-12 and are from 5:00 to 5:30 pm. If you want to register you can visit the front desk or call the Wellness Center.

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
OHS Drama Department Fundraiser

OHS Drama Department Fundraiser

The OHS Drama Department has had struggles throughout the pandemic with their 2020 spring musical being canceled, no fall 2020 play, and the 2021 spring musical having limited attendance. Due to this Amanda Alford is trying to raise money to help the OHS Drama Department with their funds. There are four different donations people can make, $25-$49 is bronze, $50-$99 is silver, $100-$149 is gold, and over $150 is platinum. If you are interested in helping the Drama Department get onto their feet and would like to donate you can contact Amanda Alford on Facebook at Amanda Lacefield Alford.

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
Legion District Meeting

Legion District Meeting

Sunday, March 6th, the American Legion is hosting the 16th District Meeting starting at 11:00 A.M.

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
Music in the Tasting Room

Music in the Tasting Room

On Sunday, March 6th, from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Greg Williams will be playing a solo acoustic set in the Tasting Room at the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard.

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
St. Patty’s Day Party

St. Patty’s Day Party

Thursday, March 17th, Haynes on Main will be hosting a St. Patty’s Day party starting at 11:00 A.M. Live music starts at 2:00 P.M. and Irish fare will be served all day long.

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
Horse Riding Classes

Horse Riding Classes

Breezy Bluff Riding Academy has begun enrollment for the spring horse-riding classes. This riding schedule just began on March 5th. The lessons can be open, semi-private, or private depending on the request. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday:10 am-6:30 pm, Friday 10 am or 11 am, Saturday 8:30 am-1:30 pm, and closed on Sunday. 

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
New Items at the Library

New Items at the Library

Mt-Hope Funks Grove Library has added a lot of new books and DVDs. There are even additions to some of the collection series. Stop by to check it out!

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
Townwide Cleanup Day

Townwide Cleanup Day

TOWNWIDE CLEANUP DAY will be on Monday, May 23rd. Items should be placed at the curbside and pickup will begin at approximately 5:00 am Monday morning. Please do not put out hazardous materials/chemicals, paint, tires, cement or electronics, they will not be picked up.

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
Grief Support Group Meeting

Grief Support Group Meeting

Waynesville United Methodist Church will host a comfort and care grief support group on Thursday, March 10th, at 6:30 pm. Contact Cindy White for more information. 

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
Movie Night at WCC

Movie Night at WCC

On Sunday, March 13th, Waynesville Christian Church will host a movie night at 6 pm. They will be showing In His Steps. Everyone is welcome, but children under 6th grade must be accompanied by an adult. 

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
Scholarships Available

Scholarships Available

United Methodist church scholarships are available. These churches give away more than 70 scholarships to cover undergraduate and graduate-level education programs. Applications are now open through March 24. Encourage your student to apply today at www.gbhem.org.

Area Roundup  |  March 6, 2022
The Chosen Series

The Chosen Series

Every Friday night at 7 pm, the Waynesville United Methodist Church will be showing “The Chosen” series. Everyone is welcome to come even if you missed the previous episodes! Season 2 started on February 25th. The series will run until March 25th. 

Local News – Armington  |  March 6, 2022
Armington Fire and Rescue Retires Two Legends

Armington Fire and Rescue Retires Two Legends

On Monday, February 28th, Jerry Zimmer retired as a firefighter and EMT after 47 years with the department. HR Stroud retired as an EMT but will continue on as a firefighter. The community cannot thank them enough for the years of service they have devoted to the department, and the knowledge they have passed down to the next generation.

Local News – Atlanta  |  March 6, 2022
Palms Grill Café Lease Available in Atlanta

Palms Grill Café Lease Available in Atlanta

The lease for the Palms Grill Café on Historic Rt. 66 in Atlanta, Illinois is now open to interested parties wishing to manage this unique small town café!

Local News – Hopedale  |  March 6, 2022
Founder’s Day at Hopedale Medical Complex

Founder’s Day at Hopedale Medical Complex

On Wednesday, March 2nd, HMC celebrated the birthday of founder, Dr. Lawrence Rossi, Sr.  

Local News – McLean  |  March 6, 2022
Funk Prairie Home Museum Is Now Open for the Season

Funk Prairie Home Museum Is Now Open for the Season

The Funk Prairie Home Museum opened for the season on Tuesday, March 1st.

Local News – McLean  |  March 6, 2022
Ice Rescue Training

Ice Rescue Training

On Monday, February 28th, the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Fire Protection District, along with members of the Allin Township Fire Department and the Dale Township Fire Department were able to get some ice rescue training. The weather was great and the water/ice was perfect.

Local News – Pekin  |  March 6, 2022
Preparing for the 2022 Election

Preparing for the 2022 Election

Tazewell County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds John C. Ackerman participated this morning in a conference call with leadership of the Illinois State Police, the Illinois State Board of Elections, and Local Election Authorities throughout the State of Illinois. The topic was “Preparing for the 2022 Election: Security Threats” and covered Physical Security, CyberSecurity, and Dis/Misinformation efforts.

Obituaries  |  March 6, 2022
Audrey Yoder

Audrey Yoder

Audrey Yoder, 101, of Danvers IL, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 25, 2022 in Normal, IL. She was born July 3, 1920 in Bloomington, IL to the late Faye and Lawrence Weishaar. 

Obituaries  |  March 6, 2022
Jimmy R. Johnson

Jimmy R. Johnson

Jimmy R. Johnson, formerly of Minier, IL, passed away on Saturday February 26, 2022 at his home at 330 Jefferson Circle Drive, Fenton, MO. He was surrounded by his loving family.  

Obituaries  |  March 6, 2022
Phyllis Keim

Phyllis Keim

Phyllis Keim, 91, of Minier, passed from this life on March 2, 2022. 

State News  |  March 6, 2022
Feds Indict Madigan on 22 Counts

Feds Indict Madigan on 22 Counts

SPRINGFIELD – Longtime Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has been indicted by a federal grand jury on 22 counts for allegedly using his position as the top House Democrat to solicit “personal financial rewards” for himself and others, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Illinois.

State News  |  March 6, 2022
IDPH Director Ezike to Step Down

IDPH Director Ezike to Step Down

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike will resign on March 14 after three years leading the agency and two years navigating a deadly pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 32,000 Illinoisans. 

State News  |  March 6, 2022
Senators Unveil Bill to Empower Parents and Improve Opportunities

Senators Unveil Bill to Empower Parents and Improve Opportunities

A new package of legislation was unveiled last week aiming to help  Illinois parents not feel voiceless and in the dark when it comes to their children’s education.

World News  |  March 6, 2022
New Cold War Is Running Hot

New Cold War Is Running Hot

After spending more than a month amassing Russian soldiers near the Ukrainian border, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced, on February 24th, that “special military operations” had begun in eastern Ukraine under the pretext that his forces will “denazify” regions that fall under Russian control. Missile and artillery attacks began on Ukrainian air bases and the capitol Kyiv, along with Ukraine’s second largest city of Kharkiv. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy appealed to the international community for further sanctions on Russia, as well as shipments of arms to keep the Ukrainian military fighting. Many countries responded, with Germany - who just days before had halted the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea gas line project with Russia - said they would send 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 Stinger surface-to-air missiles. This move was significant for Germany as it meant a reversal of their policy to not send weapons into war zones. Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson committed similar military aid, including helmets and body armor.

Top Story  |  February 27, 2022
Pressure Mounts on State’s Attorney

Pressure Mounts on State’s Attorney

MACKINAW – As the rash of vehicular break ins and burglaries seems to continue unabated, the Mackinaw general public has one question on their minds: “Why are these adolescents allowed to continue with their crimes?” As a matter of fact, the Mackinaw Police Department seems to be wondering the same thing. On February 8th, at 9:05 A.M. The police department published a post on their public Facebook page which encouraged Mackinaw residents to contact the Tazewell County State’s Attorney’s Office, and even reach out to Stewart Umholtz via Facebook; with their questions or to air their concerns for the safety of the community. At 11:23 A.M. The Mackinaw Police Department changed the tone of their message when they edited out the contact information to Stewart Umholtz and his State’s Attorney’s Office. 

Area Roundup  |  February 27, 2022
Village Board Meeting

Village Board Meeting

The monthly board meeting for the Village of Armington will be held on March 2nd. These are at 6:30 pm at 103 N. Main Street. For questions contact Catherine Ingram, the Armington Village Clerk. 

Area Roundup  |  February 27, 2022
New Library Hours

New Library Hours

The Atlanta Public Library has changed its hours and they will now be open from 10 am-2 pm on Saturdays. The rest of the Library hours are as follows: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 am-3 pm; Tuesday & Thursday 10 am-6:30 pm; and closed on Sunday.  

Area Roundup  |  February 27, 2022
Comics and Cartoon Drawing Workshop

Comics and Cartoon Drawing Workshop

Comics and Cartoon Drawing Workshop The Danvers Township Library is going to be hosting a Comics and Cartoon Drawing Workshop on March 31st at 6:00 pm at the Danvers Historical Society. This beginners workshop is geared towards children aged 8 to 14 and will be taught by Lizzi Ogle. Lizzi will teach the kids a brief history of comics and cartoons, give them time to create their own, and the kids will receive great take-home materials. The workshop is free for Danvers Township Library patrons and there will be only 12 spots available so make sure to reserve your spot before they’re gone. To do so you can call the library at 309.963.4269, email danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com, or visit the library.  

Area Roundup  |  February 27, 2022
Youth Art Month at the Library

Youth Art Month at the Library

March is Youth Art Month and to celebrate the Danvers Township Library will be hosting art events throughout the month. To start the month off the library will be hosting a pipe cleaner animal crafts night on March 3rd at 4:30 pm. There will be other crafts throughout the month such as a St. Patrick's cereal rainbow craft and a wax paper lantern craft. Spots must be reserved so either call the library at 309-963-4269, email them, or visit the library to reserve spots.  

Area Roundup  |  February 27, 2022
Hopedale Birthday Calendars

Hopedale Birthday Calendars

This year's Hopedale birthday calendar is now available for purchase at the Hopedale bank, Hopedale Agri Center, Styles by Dawn, and the village clerk’s office. The calendar features 12 local businesses and includes history about the Hopedale park. If you would like to help support the Hopedale Betterment Association make sure to stop by any of the above locations and pick up your calendar.  

Area Roundup  |  February 27, 2022
Cash Drawing

Cash Drawing

It isn’t too late to sign up to win $2350 at Haynes on Main. Drawings are held Tuesday evenings and you must sign up before the day of the drawing.

Area Roundup  |  February 27, 2022
Early Dismisal

Early Dismisal

Wednesday, March 2nd, all Dee Mack schools will be letting out early at 1:30 P.M.

Area Roundup  |  February 27, 2022
Gilligan's Island of Death

Gilligan's Island of Death

Area Roundup  |  February 27, 2022
Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Service will be held on March 2nd, at 6:30 pm at the McLean UMC. The pastor will also be available for a short devotion and imposition of ashes from 11:30 am-1 pm. These events are open to anyone in the community.  

Area Roundup  |  February 27, 2022
Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout Troop 1065 is still selling Girl Scout cookies through March 20th. For more information contact troop leader, Kristine Dederich, at kdederich2002@yahoo.com and coordinate pickup or delivery.   

Area Roundup  |  February 27, 2022
Horse Riding Classes

Horse Riding Classes

Breezy Bluff Riding Academy has begun enrollment for the spring horse riding classes. This riding schedule begins on March 5th. The lessons can be open, semi-private, or private depending on the request. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday:10 am-6:30 pm, Friday 10 am or 11 am, Saturday 8:30 am-1:30 pm, and closed on Sunday.   

Area Roundup  |  February 27, 2022
Sirup for Scouts

Sirup for Scouts

Sugar Grove Nature Center will host “Sirup for Scouts,” or other groups and organizations, on Saturday, March 5th. Gather a group together to learn about how the sirup story came to be with learning about how the Native Americans and early settlers collected and prepared sap. Then, visit the Sugar Shack to smell how the delicious maple sirup is prepared. Finally, go out into the sugarbush to tap a tree. Tours start every half hour beginning at 9:30 am. Each tour lasts 2 ½ hours and the last tour departs at 11 am. Advanced registration is required at sugargrovenaturecenter.org. Fees are as follows: party size 1-5: $50; party size 6-10: $75; party size 11-15: $100; and party size 16-20: $150. For questions call 309-874-2174 or email info@sugargrovenaturecenter.org.

Area Roundup  |  February 27, 2022
Mr. Spartan

Mr. Spartan

The OHS Student Council will be hosting their annual Mr. Spartan contest on March 11th at 7:00 pm. Mr. Spartan is a male beauty pageant where juniors and seniors compete in different events to claim the Mr. Spartan title. This year there are nine contestants; Neil Alford, Ashton Campbell, Logan Farquar, Rogelio Hernandez, Shay Hunt Schroers, Jayson Michel, Ian Murphy, Carter Phillips, and Austin Swan. Tickets for this event are $7 and students can either buy them at school during lunch or tickets can be purchased at the door. Once the OHS auditorium is full though, tickets will no longer be available. Concessions will be sold by the Junior Class and the doors open at 6:30 pm.  

Area Roundup  |  February 27, 2022
Princess Tea Party

Princess Tea Party

The Olympia High School National Honor Society is hosting a Princess Tea Party on March 13th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. At this event, kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite princess or prince as the NHS members attending will also be dressing up. There will be refreshments and snacks provided along with lots of activities for the kids to enjoy. The Tea Party will be hosted at Olympia in the OHS Learning Center and will be a fun event for kids of all ages.  

Area Roundup  |  February 27, 2022
Blood Drive

Blood Drive

On Saturday, March 5th, Waynesville UMC will host a Blood Drive from 9 am-1 pm. To schedule an appointment, go to redcrossblood.org or call Sherie Ross at 217-949-3681. Make sure to bring a photo ID and your blood donor card. Please also wear a mask and social distance. We appreciate your support to make this a successful blood drive. 

Area Roundup  |  February 27, 2022
The Chosen Series

The Chosen Series

Every Friday night at 7 pm, the Waynesville United Methodist Church will be showing “The Chosen” series. The series will run until March 11th. Everyone is welcome to come even if you missed the previous episodes!  

Local News – Atlanta  |  February 27, 2022
Collecting Items for Local Food Pantries

Collecting Items for Local Food Pantries

Olympia South Elementary school student council members collect all the kindness items for local food pantries.

Local News – Danvers  |  February 27, 2022
Oly North Gets New Principal

Oly North Gets New Principal

Kristina Peifer will be the new Olympia North Elementary Principal beginning next school year. 

Local News – Minier  |  February 27, 2022
Minier Turns Out to Support Its Own

Minier Turns Out to Support Its Own

On Thursday, February 24th, despite bad weather and slippery roads, Minier residents turned out to support the Minier Fire Department’s Spaghetti dinner fundraiser to aid the recovery of Garrett Stockum, and assist his family.

Local News – Minier  |  February 27, 2022
Stanford Units Dispatched to Minier to Help Combat Fire

Stanford Units Dispatched to Minier to Help Combat Fire

At 1:00pm on Saturday, February 26th, Stanford units were dispatched as auto aid to Minier Fire Department for a structure fire on Olympia Road. 

Local News – Stanford  |  February 27, 2022
Illinois State Scholars Recognized at School Board Meeting

Illinois State Scholars Recognized at School Board Meeting

The 2022 Illinois State Scholars were recognized at the recent meeting of the School Board and at a reception prior to the meeting.

National News  |  February 27, 2022
WAR! Russia Invades Ukraine, Draws Swift Rebuke

WAR! Russia Invades Ukraine, Draws Swift Rebuke

Just before dawn on Thursday, February 24th, Russian military units began an extensive campaign into its neighboring country Ukraine. 

Obituaries  |  February 27, 2022
Deane May

Deane May

Deane May, 94, of Lincoln and formerly of Atlanta, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at Copper Creek Cottages in Lincoln, IL.

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