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LOCAL NEWS

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Wanted Suspect by U.S. Marshals Service

The Illinois State Police (ISP) District 7 arrested Michael L. Bombard, a 34-year-old male from Rochester, NY for Felony Obstruction, Resisting Arrest, Sex Offender Registration Violations, and a U.S. Marshal’s Warrant for Sex Crimes. On June 23, 2022 at approximately 12:23 a.m., a District 7 Trooper made a traffic stop on Tompkins Street at Cedar Street in…
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GPD Make Theft and Identity Theft Arrest

On June 22, 2022, the Galesburg Police Department arrested Diane J. Wall (female, age 57) on an arrest warrant issued by the Knox County State’s Attorney’s Office for multiple counts of theft and identity theft in excess of $500,000. An investigation in conjunction with the US Inspector General’s Office and the Knox County State’s Attorney’s…
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Dan Swanson Defeats Matthew Rauschert for Republican Nomination in 71st District

Dan Swanson will be the Republican Candidate in newly drawn 71st district for Illinois Representative come November challenging Democrat Christopher Demink (DUH – MINK) come this fall in the General Election. Demink from Sherrard was un-opposed in yesterday’s General Primary Election. Swanson from Alpha, has been a state representative since 2017 and defeated Matthew Rauschert…
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Esther Joy King and Eric Sorensen Win Nominations for Open 17th Congressional District

It will be King vs Sorensen for open 17th Congressional seat. Esther Joy King defeated Charlie Helmick Jr with 69 percent of the Republican vote for the 17th congressional district in Tuesdays General Primary election. If the results are confirmed, King will move on to November where she will face Democrat Eric Sorensen, who won…
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Celebrate Safely this 4th of July

The Fourth of July holiday upon us. While fireworks, including sparklers, are illegal in Illinois, Monmouth Fire Chief Casey Rexroat has these tips for individuals to remember when celebrating: “Although fireworks are not legal in Monmouth, I still know that there are going to be people out there purchasing fireworks and lighting them off and…
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Annual Fly-In Breakfast at the Monmouth Municipal Airport is Back This Fourth of July

The Monmouth Fly-In Breakfast is back this Monday, July 4th from 7 to 10 am at the new Monmouth Municipal Airport hangar. All for a freewill donation, pancakes and sausage will be served, the Monmouth Municipal Band will begin playing at 8:30, and planes will be flying in. With the new location of the hangar,…
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LOCAL SPORTS

Area High School Baseball Players Ready for Quad Cities Metro vs. Quad Cities Area All-Star Game

A Quad Cities Metro vs. Quad Cities Area High School All-Star Baseball Game is scheduled for tonight at Douglas Park in Rock Island. The double header starts at 5:00. It’s the first time since 2014 a high school all star baseball game will be played in the Quad Cities. The game will feature 34 local…
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New United Red Storm Volleyball Coach Courtney Lakin Happy With Summer Results

New United Red Storm volleyball coach Courtney Lakin spoke with Prairie Communications Sports Director Shawn Temple after the United/Monmouth-Roseville “Smash Scrimmage” on Friday, June 24th
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WIU Alumna Reflects on Her “Dream Round” Going Into the 2022 John Deere Classic Tournament

From the greens at WIU to John Deere green, Western Illinois University Supply Chain Management alumna and former Leatherneck golfer Allison Farrell got to live out a dream of golfing at the John Deere Classic last summer with none other than John Deere CEO John May serving as her caddy. “This was an absolute dream for me,”…
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Director of Athletics Daniella Irle Retiring from Knox College

Daniella Irle, director of athletics, has announced her retirement from Knox College. Daniella’s last day at Knox will be Tuesday, July 5, 2022. Scott Sunderland, associate director of athletics, will serve as interim director of athletics as the search begins for a new director of athletics. A search committee is being formed and Michael Schneider,…
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High Gas Prices Impacting Illinois High School Football Playoffs Plan

A change to the Illinois High School Association’s prep football playoff system won’thappen after all. Back in February, IHSA board members voted to change its playoff seeding system formost football classes, approving a 1-to-32 seeding proposal for Class 1A through Class6A. Class 7A and Class 8A already followed the format. The switch would take effectthis…
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Midwest Conference Announces Brand Identity Refresh

GRINNELL, Iowa – The Midwest Conference (MWC) is proud to announce a refreshed brand identity, developed in partnership with a full range of conference stakeholders. Beginning in January 2022, the conference set out to evaluate the status of its existing identity and reimagine how its story could be told in an exciting and meaningful way.…
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Monmouth Park Summer Program

June 8 - July 8

The Park Program will begin June 8th and run through July 8th, Mondays through Fridays, 10 am to noon each day.

The Orpheum Theatre’s Throwback Thursday FREE Summer Movie Series

June 30

A highly anticipated Galesburg tradition, The Orpheum Theatre’s Throwback Thursdays FREE summer movie series will enter its twelfth year of screening films at least 20 years old, and this year it’s…

Monmouth Farmer’s Market

July 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce’s Farmer’s Market will be held Fridays in the Fortress Bank Parking Lot, 300 Block of North Main in Monmouth.

Lipanda Day

July 2 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A celebration of Congolese independence. This event will be held at the Park Plaza on Main Street in Galesburg.

West Central FFA Alumni 11th Annual Truck & Tractor Pull

July 2 @ 5:00 pm

A fundraising event for the West Central FFA Chapter held at 8th & Knox Street in Oquawka.

Monmouth Flying Club Fly In Breakfast

July 4 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 am

Breakfast will be a free will donation this year. We will be serving pancakes, sausage, milk, orange juice, coffee or water.

Henderson County Historical Society 45th Annual BBQ

July 4 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Held at St. Patrick’s Community Center outside of Raritan. On the menu: grilled chicken and pork chops, baked beans, applesauce, homemade desserts, and beverages. Dine-in or carry-out. Free will donation.

Alexis Farmer’s Market

July 5 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Held every Tuesday in the Alexis Park. Stop, shop, browse, and chat. Eight vendors, including Lee’s Bakery will be set up from 4 to 6:30 pm. New vendors are always…

The Orpheum Theatre’s Throwback Thursday FREE Summer Movie Series

July 7

A highly anticipated Galesburg tradition, The Orpheum Theatre’s Throwback Thursdays FREE summer movie series will enter its twelfth year of screening films at least 20 years old, and this year it’s…

Midwest Bank Relay for Life Cookout

July 8 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Cookout will be at Midwest Bank, 200 East Broadway in Monmouth. All proceeds will benefit Relay for Life of Warren-Henderson.

OBITUARIES

Mary Kathleen Knapp

Mary Kathleen Knapp (Wataga), 87, passed June 26th at Knox County Nursing Home, Knoxville, IL. Kathy was born on March 10, 1935 in Galesburg, the daughter of Warren E. and Frances J (Regan) Thomas. Kathy graduated from Corpus Christi High School in 1953. She met George L. Knapp at the American Legion Hall where he…
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Judith L. Schmidt

Judith L. Schmidt, 83, of Altona, Illinois, passed away at 8:27 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2022 at Seminary Manor in Galesburg. She was born August 11, 1938 in Victoria, Illinois, the daughter of Elmer and Louise (Rowe) Smith. Judy was reared in educated in Illinois. She received her GED and then went on to receive…
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Ivan D. Lant

Ivan D. Lant, age 85, of Media, Illinois, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2022 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center is Peoria, Illinois.  He was born January 13, 1937 in Rozetta, Illinois, the son of Samuel and Elsie Ahlers Lant.  On January 16, 1954, he married Catherine Irene Link in Kahoka, Missouri.  She preceded him…
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Scott Donald Erickson

Scott Donald Erickson, 95, of Altona, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on June 24, 2022 at 8:14 PM. Don was born at his childhood home in Altona, on April 7, 1927. He was the son of Scott A. and Ernestine E. (Tarleton) Erickson. Don met the love of his life,…
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Maurice Junior Hickerson

Maurice Junior Hickerson, 94, of Avon, IL, died at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, Illinois, on June 22, 2022.  He was born May 9, 1928, in Sample, Kentucky, to Judson W. and Cora Mae (Hook) Hickerson.  He spent his early years in Kentucky and the rural Cameron-Abingdon area, graduating from Shortsville School in rural Warren…
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Professor Henry Joe

Professor Henry Joe, age 94, of Monmouth, Professor Emeritus at Knox College passed away at 5:25 pm on Saturday April 2, 2022, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg, Illinois. Henry was born on July 2, 1927, in Bingham, Utah and is the son of Young-ho and Sung Kum Joe. He grew up in…
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Bonny J. Bellinger

Bonny J. Bellinger, age 64, of Monmouth, Illinois; passed away after a long illness at her home in Monmouth on June 23, 2022 at 8:25 pm. Bonnie was born on February 23, 1958 in Galesburg, Illinois and is the daughter of James Ray and Ruth Marie Walkermeyer McCormick. Bonny was raised in Maquon, Illinois where…
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Stephen “Steve” Joe Wagher

Stephen “Steve” Joe Wagher, 77 of Abingdon, passed away at 12:54 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.   He was born December 6, 1944 at Galesburg Cottage Hospital, the son of Irvin and Lillian (Badgett) Wagher.  He married Kathleen Kilpatrick on July 29, 1973 at the Abingdon Christian…
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Local Spotlight

Hammond Elected President of State Ag and Rural Leaders

State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) has been elected to serve as President of the Board for State Agriculture and Rural Leaders (SARL), where state leaders find the answers they need on agriculture and rural policy issues. Hammond was elected President at SARL’s June 17th board meeting. She previously served as 1st Vice President of State Ag and Rural Leaders…
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Keeping Summer Swimming Safe

Summer is now well underway. The warmer weather and longer days mean frequent trips to the lake, heading out to the local pool, or finding somewhere else nearby to cool off.  Swimming is one of the most popular summer activities among people of all ages. It also is a great form of exercise. According to…
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Edward Jones Presents Financial Focus ‘Take Steps Toward Financial Freedom’ with Advisor Ryan Painter

Next week, we observe Independence Day, an opportunity to celebrate all the liberties we enjoy in this country. Of course, there are different types of freedoms – such as financial freedom, which can open the doors to many other opportunities. What steps can you take to gain your financial independence? Here are a few suggestions:•…
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Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau Scholarship Recipients for 2022-2023 Academic Year

The Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau Foundation is proud to announce this year’s scholarship recipients, which can be seen below:
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Illinois DCFS Increases Monthly Financial Support for Foster Parents to Help Offset Increased Living Costs for Families Who Have Opened their Homes to Youth

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is increasing the financial support provided to foster parents, caregivers and older youth in care to help offset the recent increases in cost of living expenses experienced by families throughout the state. DCFS had already planned on providing these families and youth a 3 percent cost…
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