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President Wyatt Provides Monmouth College Update

Like many colleges, Monmouth College has moved to online learning the rest of the semester, but is working to replicate as many of their spring traditions as they can virtually, including the Commencement Ceremony in May, says President Dr. Clarence Wyatt: “Later in the month we are going to be doing our Honors Convocation, which…
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Monmouth-Roseville Graduate Kendra “Ricketts” Tracy on Life as an Essential Health Care Worker

Monmouth native Kendra Ricketts Tracy is working as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in the Operating Room at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Tracy says she along with others have begun transitioning to the intensive care unit and there is a certain level of anxiety with being an…
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Dr. Martin Explains the Peak of COVID-19

The next two weeks are predicted to be the crucial time during this COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Dr. Cliff Martin, Chief Medical Operator at OSF HealthCare in the Western Region, offers more insight into the peak that is being referenced: “Most of the time when they are referencing the peak, they are looking…
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Staci Bass Talks Home Exercising

30 minutes of exercise a day can make such a positive impact on your physical and mental health. Fitness and Wellness Director at the Warren County YMCA Staci Bass offers some easy exercise to do at home to keep moving: “Walking. For those that are joggers, jogging. Like us at the YMCA here, we have…
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Mowen Discusses JCC Adding Seniors to Home Delivered Meal Routes

The Jamieson Community Center Senior Nutrition program is operating normally and they are currently adding more to the home delivered meal routes as the program will be receiving additional funding. Director Nancy Mowen reports they can now add seniors based on the COVID-19 stay at home order: “We have the capacity now to be able…
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New Financial Assistance Programs Courtesy of KCAP and GACC

Members of the Greater Galesburg business community, The COVID-19 crisis and its resultant shutdown is impacting every single business in our region. The Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the Knox County Area Partnership share your concerns and frustrations over this situation.  Multiple new financial assistance programs have been created at both the State and Federal…
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LOCAL SPORTS

Galesburg Police Department’s K9 Zeus has Received a Donation of Body Armor

Galesburg Police Department’s K9 Zeus has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by Nancy Pyron of Huson, Montana and embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love-Trained to Serve-Loyal Always”. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3)…
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Gov. Pritzker Kicks Off ‘All in Illinois’ to Reinforce State’s Stay at Home Message

PSA Videos from Illinois Celebrities Remind Everyone We Are ‘All In’ This Together Governor JB Pritzker launched a new statewide effort today called ‘All in Illinois’ to reinforce the state’s core message, backed by scientists and public health experts: stay at home and stay safe. As Illinoisans continue to practice social distancing to stay healthy,…
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USDA Announces Second Application Window for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program Funding

$72 Million Available to Help Rural Residents Gain Access to Health Care and Educational Opportunities U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand today announced that USDA is opening a second application window for funding under the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program. “Due to the COVID-19 National Emergency, USDA is…
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Sen. Tracy Asks Governor to Open Some State Parks

State Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) is asking Gov. J.B. Pritzker to allow some Illinois residents to make use of State Parks, especially now that the Governor has announced his intention to keep non-essential businesses and schools closed for another month. Tracy said the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) should be allowed to reopen those…
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Dairy Groups Call on USDA to Expedite Emergency Assistance During COVID-19 Crisis

Groups representing dairy farmers and cooperatives in the Midwest today urged the federal government to provide direct assistance to farmers and to expedite the purchase of additional dairy foods amid unprecedented disruptions in supply and demand due to the COVID-19 national emergency. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the groups cited the…
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Alex Tanney Eager To Get Back To Work With The New York Giants

Former Monmouth College football record-setting quarterback, Alex Tanney recently had his 2020 option picked up by the New York Giants. Tanney signed a 2 year, $1,825,000 contract with the New York Giants last season. Should he make the team following training camp this fall, Tanney will earn a base salary of $950,000 for this season.…
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Fused Glass Tea Lights *CANCELLED*

April 4 @ 11:00 am

11am Saturday, April 4 A favorite for all ages, call 309-734-3033 and reserve your spot today in the BCA classroom to create fused glass tea lights with Judi Minor. The…

Monmouth American Legion Carry-Out Burgers & Fries on Saturdays

April 4 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Call ahead for your order and allow 15 minutes before picking up.

Fairview Center United Methodist Church

April 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Sunday worship service 10 am on Facebook Live.

Creating Calm Within the Storm

April 6 @ 7:00 pm

Protecting your business begins with protecting you. Owning a business is stressful. Owning a business during this pandemic? Stressful on a whole new level. Join on Facebook Live, with Andrienne…

A Matter of Balance at Strom Center

April 7 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Pre-registration is necessary. There is NO cost for the class. Eight sessions of two hours each will be held on consecutive Tuesdays, beginning April 7th and ending May 26th. Program…

“The Changing Landscape of Energy”

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Roger Brown, a former Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs and Management department faculty member who now works as a consultant on energy development projects. This lecture will address the evolution…

A Matter of Balance at Strom Center

April 14 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Pre-registration is necessary. There is NO cost for the class. Eight sessions of two hours each will be held on consecutive Tuesdays, beginning April 7th and ending May 26th. Program…

“Eco-feminism”

April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

English Professor Amy Mossman. The event will include a viewing of the documentary “Living Downstream,” which follows ecologist and writer Sandra Steingraber’s scientific investigation of links between environmental contamination and…

A Matter of Balance at Strom Center

April 21 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Pre-registration is necessary. There is NO cost for the class. Eight sessions of two hours each will be held on consecutive Tuesdays, beginning April 7th and ending May 26th. Program…

“Climate Chaos: How Climate Change is Impacting Our Present and Will Alter our Future”

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Economics and Decision Sciences Professor Tom Sadler. Throughout this century, global warming will lead to climate chaos, including more wildfires, volatile storms, freshwater flooding and extinction. Our economic and energy…

OBITUARIES

Kathleen E.” Kathy ” Scott

Kathleen E.” Kathy ” Scott, age 75, of Gladstone, Illinois; passed awayat 11:05 pm on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 in the Emergency Room of GreatRiver Medical Center in West Burlington, Iowa. She was born on October24, 1944 in Burlington, Iowa, the daughter of Warren Jack and RenaEsther (Krow) Weaver. Kathy attended school in Henderson County…
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James M. “Jim” Moore

James M. “Jim” Moore, of Knoxville, Illinois, a kind man with a good heart, enjoyed life from September 8, 1932 until April 1, 2020.  He was 87 years old. Jim was born in Richland Grove Township, Illinois, the son of Ray and Edna (Pierce) Moore.  He grew up in the Viola area, making many wonderful…
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Diane L. Neal

Diane L. Neal, 79, of Monmouth, IL, passed away at 1:49 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at the Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria, IL.  She was born on May 20, 1940 in Canton, IL, the daughter of Clinton and Norma (Dahl) Reith.  Diane was raised and educated in Canton, IL till her sophomore year of…
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Charles Melvin Rakers

Charles Melvin Rakers, 88, of Galesburg, died at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at home. Charlie was born November 6, 1931 in Quincy, the son of Herbert George and Norma Ann (Heitkamp) Rakers.  Charlie married Helen Doran on January 28, 1950.  She preceded him in death on July 6, 1987.  He later married Dorothy…
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Salvador “Sal” “Chavillo” Campos

Mr. Salvador “Sal” “Chavillo” Campos, 25, of Roseville, Illinois formerly of Galesburg, Illinois died 9:39 a.m., Monday, March 30, 2020 in McDonough County.  He was born January 5, 1995 in Chicago, Illinois to Salvador and Celia Magallanes Campos.  Surviving are his parents of Galesburg, a sister, Cristina (and Abraham Tavera) Campos of Galesburg, a brother,…
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Ralph David Thielbert

Ralph David Thielbert, 80, of Galesburg, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family Sunday, March 29, 2020. Dave was born April 22, 1939 in Galesburg, the son of Ralph Clyde and Lucille Helen (Fillich) Thielbert.  Dave graduated from Galesburg High School in 1959 and later attended college in California.  He and his father…
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Francis J. “Frank” Thompson

Francis J. “Frank” Thompson, 67, of Monmouth, IL passed away at 8:37 pm, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at the Aledo Health and Rehabilitation Center, Aledo, IL.  Frank was a very kind, free spirited person. He touched many people’s lives and enriched his family, friends, and community in his lifetime. Francis “Frank” Joseph Thompson was born…
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Rodney D. “R.D” Johnson

Rodney D. “R.D” Johnson passed from his earthly home on February 6, 2020 at OSF St. Mary’s Medical Center his loving family with him. He was of the Catholic faith. R.D was born on October 16, 1945 to Julius “Buster” Johnson and Mary K. King Johnson.  R.D. married Carole P. Carter in 1964, and born…
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Local Spotlight

A Message from Interim President Martin Abraham & Macomb Mayor Michael Inman

So goes Western Illinois University, so goes the City of Macomb. Western Illinois University and the City of Macomb have a longstanding partnership, and together we work to ensure the town and gown relationship remains steadfast. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has left no one untouched – from businesses and organizations to school districts to communities…
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Understanding the Truths of Autism

The myths surrounding autism often overshadow the truths. Leading University of Illinois experts will provide insight into what autism is as they debunk myths during an online webinar from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. The program is offered jointly by Illinois Extension and The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP). Panelists include Amy Cohen, director of psychology services; Noa Hannah, clinical assistant…
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Monmouth College Greek Week Banquet is First in Series of Virtual Celebrations

Although Monmouth College has postponed or canceled the remainder of the school year’s events because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the College is replicating spring on campus by producing virtual events of the semester’s major celebrations of student achievement. First up: Monmouth’s annual Greek Week banquet, which has moved to an online watch party and will…
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Hemp Grower Spotlight: American Hemp Research

The University of Illinois Extension will continue with its “Grower Spotlight” webinar series on Monday, April 6th, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. This webinar series serves as a platform for our local producers and allow other growers, agribusiness professionals, university and private industry to come together to discuss agriculture. Not only will our…
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WBBM Newsradio editor, Zac Weber on the AM 1330/FM 94.1 WRAM Morning Show

Monmouth native, Zac Weber is the morning editor at WBBM Newradio in Chicago. Following obtaining a masters degree from Loyola University in Chicago, the 2007 Monmouth-Roseville High School graduate has been with WBBM since 2013. He was promoted to morning new editor in late 2016. Zac lives in downtown Chicago and says Chicagoans have adapted…
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