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Enhanced YouthCare Program to Begin September 1 With Three Times as Many Providers as Current DCFS System

YouthCare to Offer More Providers to DCFS Youth in Care in Nearly Every Major Category With more than three times the number of providers and more providers across nearly every major category, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) announced that youth in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)…
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Wounded Warrior Program in Appropriations Bill

Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Heads to House Floor for Final Passage Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) helped pass a Legislative Branch Appropriations funding bill out of the powerful House Appropriations Committee that would fully fund the House Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program. This program, supported by Congresswoman Bustos, offers two-year paid fellowships to provide veterans with experience…
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Monmouth College Student Gabrielle Nance Uses Art to Protest Racism and Inequality

Monmouth College student Gabrielle Nance ’21 is using her art to make a statement that “serious change” is the only solution to the racial inequality she’s witnessed in America from an early age. Nance’s drawing “It’s A Lot” is part of an online exhibition at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Titled “Truths,”…
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“If It’s Too Hot For You Outside, It’s Too Hot For Your Pet”

As the heat of summer is here, it is important to remember your pets and keeping them cool, says Knox County Humane Society Director Erin Buckmaster: “If it is too hot for you outside, it’s too hot for them outside. You do have to make sure if you do have an outside pet, it has…
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East Euclid in Monmouth Will Be Closed Starting Monday for Water Main Replacement

Beginning Monday, July 13th, East Euclid will be closed for a couple weeks from the 100 block to 6th Street for City Crews to replace a water main. City of Monmouth Communications Director Ken Helms reports the project is funded under the State CDBG program: “Monmouth has had a lot of luck with those. We…
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Illinois State Police Conduct Death Investigation in Hancock County

On July 7, 2020, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of  Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Zone 4 to conduct a death investigation of a 37-year-old female in Tioga, Illinois.  ISP Zone 4 agents responded to the scene to collect evidence and interview witnesses.  An autopsy was conducted on…
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LOCAL SPORTS

David Blake First Repeat Galesburg All-City Golf Champ Since ’98-’99

The City of Galesburg crowned its 2020 Men’s All-City golf champion over the weekend. David Blake won his 2nd title in two years after shooting a 2-under par 70 at Soangetaha Country Club yesterday in the final round to score a 3-round total of 213. That was ten strokes better than runner up Mike Tapper…
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Monmouth College Trainers Keeping Student-Athletes Safe with New Training Room Protocols

MONMOUTH, IL – As the college sports scene prepares to reopen this fall, Monmouth College head athletic trainer Bob Foster has been busy this summer preparing for a new protocol to keep Fighting Scots student-athletes safe in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’ve been in contact with the NCAA through a number of webinars…
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IHSA Modifies Phase 4 Return To Play Guidelines

The IHSA received approval from the Illinois Department of Health on July 5th to move to the next phase of the Return to Play Guidelines. Since that announcement, two members of the Quincy Notre Dame football team and several athletes from Lake Zurich High School in the Chicago-area and Du Quoin High School in the…
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Sandburg Alumna McKenna Weaver Named Chargers Women’s Basketball Coach

McKenna Weaver, an assistant for the Carl Sandburg College women’s basketball team the past two seasons and an alumna of the program, has been named the new head coach of the Chargers. Weaver, a 2016 Sandburg graduate, takes over for her former coach, Mike Bailey, who stepped down in March to move into an academic…
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Galesburg All-City Golf Tournament Still On

The city of Galesburg will hold their All-City Golf Tournament this weekend. The 54-hole Men’s and Senior’s tees off tomorrow at Lake Bracken Country Club for the first of three rounds. There will be more golfers taking part this year than in 2019. There will be 18 men and 12 senior golfers vying for the…
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Mon-Rose Girls Basketball Coach Scott Weber Says IHSA in No-Win Situation

The IHSA recently announced they were moving to “Phase 4” in the Return to Play Guidelines. The move was approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The move was welcomed by many coaches and student-athletes but still contained many restrictions and protocols. A daily record of athlete’s temperatures, gatherings of 50 with social distancing…
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Catfish Dinner

July 17 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

At the Monmouth American Legion

Little Shop of Horrors

July 17 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

At the Prairie Players Civic Theatre

Pack the Lot Fundraiser

July 18 @ 6:00 am - 5:00 pm

At Granny’s Dinner Bell in Monmouth

Hamburger Fry

July 18 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

At the Monmouth American Legion

Little Shop of Horrors

July 18 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

At the Prairie Players Civic Theatre

Little Shop of Horrors

July 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

At the Prairie Players Civic Theatre

Gerlaw Christian Church Drive-Thru Ice Cream Social

July 19 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Ice cream will be available in individual 8 ounce servings for a free will donation alongside various desserts. Proceeds benefit stained glass restoration campaign. Pre-order by calling 309-734-4013.

Monmouth Maple City Cruise Night has been Cancelled

July 31

Back to School Supply Donations

August 4

Karla Wallace is once again collecting school supplies for children aged Kindergarten through 12th Grade. The supplies will be distributed using social distancing at an event in August at South…

Piecemakers Bi-Annual Quilt Show Has Been Cancelled

August 8 - August 9

The Galesburg Piecemakers Quilt Guild’s Bi-Annual Quilt Show “Homegrown” scheduled for August 8 & 9 at the Carl Sandburg College gym has been cancelled and rescheduled for August 7 &…

OBITUARIES

Charlene E. Blacklidge Higgins

Mrs. Charlene E. Blacklidge Higgins, 76, of Knoxville, Illinois died 11:53 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2020 at her home.  She was born January 10, 1944 to Jo Glenn and Geraldean (Blevins) Blacklidge.  She married Melvan L. Higgins, June 10, 1962 in Galesburg.  He survives. Also surviving are her children, Diana (and Clint) Dowdy of Springfield,…
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Barbara L. Merry

Barbara L. Merry, 69, of Monmouth, IL, passed away at 12:00 p.m., Sunday, July 12, 2020 at OSF St. Mary’s Medical Center, Galesburg, IL.  She was born on November 4, 1950 in Monmouth, IL, the daughter of Lee and Rita (Sage) Palmer.  Barb was raised and educated in Monmouth and graduated from Monmouth High School…
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Cora Mae Page

Cora Mae Page, 96, a longtime resident of Galesburg, Illinois, died Thursday, July 9, 2020, at Magnolia Hospice in Riverdale, Georgia. She was born October 24, 1923, in Moberly, Missouri, to Harry G. Sr. and Anna Paige Davis.  She married Donald Wallace on July 8, 1943.  She later married Cassell Page on November 5, 1960.…
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Brian Daniel “Danny” Sickels

Brian Daniel “Danny” Sickels, age 61, of Oquawka, Illinois, passed away Thursday, July 9, 2020 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. He was born August 29, 1958 in Burlington, Iowa, the son of James and Cornelia Mosher Sickels. On November 20, 1995, he married Diane Parrott in Oquawka. Mr. Sickels…
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Betty J. Bunch

Betty J. Bunch, 75, of Galesburg, died July 8, 2020 in Northwestern Hospital in Chicago. She was born February 9, 1945, in Centreville, Mississippi, the daughter of Napolen and Carrie (McGhee) Stafford. She married Rodney E. Bunch on June 28, 1969, in Maywood, Illinois. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Rodney; two…
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Michael D. Tenhaaf

Michael D. Tenhaaf, 40, of Galesburg, died at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born October 20, 1979, in Galesburg, the son of Douglas W. and Vicki L. (Yelm) Tenhaaf. He is survived by his parents, Doug and Vicki Tenhaaf of Galesburg; a sister, Erin…
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Jeffrey O. Davis

Jeffrey O. Davis, 60, of Oquawka, IL, passed away at 10:08 am, Thursday, July 9, 2020 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm. Friday, July 17, 2020 at McGuire & Davies Funeral Home and Crematory, Monmouth, IL.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  Memorials may be given to…
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William F. “Bill” Gustafson III

William F. “Bill” Gustafson III, 67, formerly of Galesburg, died at 3:08 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Prairie City Rehab and Health Care Center. He was born December 17, 1952, in Galesburg, the son of William F. and Ruth Elaine (Williams) Gustafson Jr. He is survived by a sister, Christina Campbell of North Henderson;…
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Local Spotlight

Warren Achievement Center Receives Grant to Bring Learning and Entertainment to Residential Facilities

Throughout the pandemic the Warren Achievement Center Day Program has been shut down and the residents have been sheltering in place. Staff can now bring learning and enjoyable experiences to their residences virtually using a grant that was received to place smart TVs and iPad’s to each location, says Marketing Coordinator Sean Cavanaugh: “Those living…
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Stoneware Museum in Monmouth Reopening July 31st By Appointment Only

The Stoneware Museum of Monmouth Illinois, located at 507 South Sunny Lane, features the comprehensive and unique private collection of Western Stoneware will be reopening on Friday, July 31st by appointment only, says Curator Carol Parrish: “We have over 800 pieces in our collection. The Brinkman’s have still been collecting and I am still researching…
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Current Monmouth City Hall Built To Last

Story Courtesy of Jeff Rankin, Monmouth College Historian Author and Literacy Critic. To earn the trust of their customers, banks have traditionally constructed sturdy buildings with architecture reflecting strength and permanence. Evidence of that can be found in Monmouth’s current city hall building, which originally housed a bank and still stands proudly after more than…
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Outside Isn’t Canceled: 12 Ways to Get Your Kids Outside and Away From a Screen

It’s no surprise to most of us that our kids could do with less screen time. Although we are forever grateful to the creative teachers and resourceful schools that successfully adapted two months of curriculum to virtual delivery, the season left our heads reeling with Zoom meetings and Google hangouts. Times of stress and uncertainty…
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Downed power lines can kill

The dangers of downed power lines hit all too close to home June 29 when a 54-year-old man was apparently electrocuted in Champaign. He hit a utility pole with his car, got out, and was exposed to live, stray voltage from the downed line and died. “Although your first instinct might be to get out…
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