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LOCAL NEWS

Monmouth College Will Welcome 800 Students to Campus This Fall

A very strong Freshman class will hit the Monmouth College campus this fall semester and classes will open at a significantly higher enrollment than years past with 800 total students from all over the United States and students will be able to enjoy several new improvements on campus says President Dr. Clarence Wyatt: Monmouth College’s…
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2nd Annual Monmouth Area Vocational Scholarship Fundraiser This Saturday

On Saturday, August 20th, the Monmouth VFW Post 2301, Monmouth Masonic Lodge 37, Boy Scout Troop 705, and the Warren County Girl Scout Service Unit 882 will host their second annual Monmouth Area Vocational Scholarship Fundraiser. The day will begin at 8am with a fishing derby at Citizen’s Lake for those 12 years old and…
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United School District to Use Traditional Snow Days Before E-Learning

At the recent United Board of Education meeting a hearing was held to set up an e-learning plan for the Regional Office of Education to have on file. Superintendent Jeff Whitsitt says e-learning days will be used when proven to be advantageous throughout the year: Teachers in the United district are back in the schools…
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Changes Coming to OSF HealthCare Western Region

When you need medical care for basic things such as the flu, sprains, minor lacerations, sports physicals, and upper respiratory infections, it is sometimes hard to determine when to seek treatment – and where to go. OSF HealthCare offers a variety of locations for community members to seek medical treatment. In west-central Illinois, some upcoming…
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United’s Tentative Budget Shows Deficits Due to Cost Fluctuations

The United Board of Education has set a tentative budget before locking in a final budget at the September meeting. Superintendent Jeff Whitsitt says there are two areas showing some deficits: Additionally, as part of the life safety plan at United, phones are being installed in all the classrooms in all school buildings, which will…
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Growers Urged to Inform Propane Suppliers of Expected Propane Needs

Corn producers are being urged to let their propane suppliers know if they will need more propane than normal for grain drying this year. Gary Crawford and Mike Newland with the Propane Education and Research Council report: ***Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture***
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LOCAL SPORTS

Illinois Radio Network’s Jason Goch Says Field of Dreams Game Needs to Be a Yearly Event

IRN’s Jason Goch says the MLB Field of Dreams Game in Dyersville, Iowa needs to become a yearly event. The first two MLB games there were a huge success, with the Cubs beating the Reds 4–2 there on Thursday night. The Cubs are off today before finishing their 3-game series against last night’s opponent, the…
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Chicago Cubs Defeat Cincinnati Reds at Field of Dreams Game in Iowa

DYERSVILLE, Iowa — The intimate crowd, the movie set, all that corn and simply playing a major league game in Iowa were the highlights for participants of Thursday’s second-ever Field of Dreams MLB game. The actual competition on the field didn’t live up to last year’s heroics when the White Sox won in walk-off fashion…
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84th Annual Monmouth Fastpitch Softball Old-Timers Game on Sunday

A decades-long Monmouth tradition is taking place again this weekend. The 84th Annual Fastpitch Softball Old-Timers Game will take place on Sunday at Monmouth Park. All former area softball players 40 years and over from Warren, Henderson, Knox and Mercer County are invited to play. Old-Timer Committee Chairman Tom Glenn describes what’s going to happen…
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Shortage Of Officials Threatens Iowa School Sports

A shortage of football officials in Iowa could sideline some middle school and high school teams this fall. Lewie [[ LOU-ee ]] Curtis with the Iowa High School Athletic Association says a shortage of officials could lead to schedule changes, especially at the middle school level. “Some of those lower-level games like that are really…
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All-Star Sports Academy Coming to Galesburg Community

A new sports academy will be opening in Galesburg. Knox County Area Partnership President Ken Springer says local entrepreneur Mike Spinx has acquired a property on Grand Avenue that will be torn down and a new facility constructed in its place: “The plan is to build a new structure and it is going to be…
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Kevwe Akpore Named Knox College Men’s Soccer Coach

GALESBURG, Illinois – Kevwe Akpore, formerly assistant men’s soccer coach at Knox, has been named head men’s soccer coach for the program. Brian O’ Connor has accepted the position of head men’s soccer coach at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia. Coach Akpore is no stranger to the Prairie Fire soccer program, and has been a…
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Eagle View Community Health System Sports Physical Special

July 26 - September 1

Through September 1st, sports physicals are being offered at a special $10 discounted price at any Eagle View clinic location, Oquawka Clinic, Stronghurst Clinic, or the school-based Health Center in…

Fall Outdoor Soccer 2nd – 3rd Grade

August 10 - August 17

League begins Friday, August 26th. Games will be held Saturdays beginning September 10th at the Knox County YMCA.

6th – 8th Grade Fall Outdoor Soccer

August 11 - August 18

League practice begins Friday, August 26th. Games will be played Saturdays beginning September 10th at the Knox County YMCA.

Warren County YMCA 4th-6th Grade Flag Football

August 15 - August 20

League begins Saturday, August 27th. Participants will learn football fundamentals without heavy contact. Games are played at the Warren County YMCA Fields on Saturday Mornings starting September 17th at 8:30…

Warren County YMCA 1st-3rd Grade Flag Football

August 15 - August 20

League begins Saturday, August 27th. Games begin September 17th and will be played at 10:30 am and 11:30 am each week.

4th – 5th Grade Fall Outdoor Soccer

August 15 - August 22

League practice begins Friday, August 26th. Games will take place on Saturdays at the Knox County YMCA.

‘Gateway2Galesburg’ Community Fair at Knox College

August 15 - August 25

We are excited to announce our 2nd Annual ‘Gateway2Galesburg’ Community Fair at Knox College! This event aims to allow YOU and your organization the chance to promote directly to Knox…

Free Wellness Program

August 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sponsored by the Warren County Health Department. Program will be held at Meks on Main, 201 North Main Street in Monmouth on July 25th, August 1st, August 8th, and August…

Alexis Farmer’s Market

August 16 @ 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

August 18

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…

OBITUARIES

James K. “Jimmy” Dutton

James K. “Jimmy” Dutton, 54, of Kirkwood, IL passed away at 12:38 pm, Thursday, August 11, 2022 at OSF Holy Family Medical Center, Monmouth, IL. Jimmy was born September 4, 1967 in Monmouth, IL the son of James D. & Carol D. (Hank) Dutton.  He was raised and educated in Kirkwood, IL, graduating from Yorkwood…
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Eugene Henry Likes

Eugene Henry Likes, 81, of Oneida, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family, Wednesday, August 10, 2022. Gene was born April 21, 1941 in Dahinda, Illinois, the son of Herbert Henry and Virgie (Adams) Likes.  He graduated from Galva High School in 1959.  Gene married M. Elaine Wessels Foglesong on December 20, 1976…
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Janice Kay Montgomery

Janice Kay Montgomery, 79, of Galesburg, died at 8:05 a.m. Sunday, August 7, 2022 at Seminary Manor, Galesburg. Janice was born January 22, 1943 in Canton, Illinois, the daughter of Laurel Calvin and Viva (Hedrick) Morey.  She graduated from Peoria Manual High School and attended Illinois Central College.  Jan worked for the Peoria Chamber of…
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Julie Alcorn Fitzsimmons

Julie Alcorn Fitzsimmons, age 54, of Peoria, passed away peacefully at her residence.  Julie is the daughter of Frank Alcorn & LeeAnn & Dennis Burns. Julie was raised in the Springfield area before moving to Abingdon where she attended high school. After High School she moved to Peoria.  She loved spending time with her family,…
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Holly M. (Boyer) Powell

Holly M. (Boyer) Powell, 83, of Avon, IL, passed away at 8:12 a.m., Sunday, August 7, 2022 at Roseville Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Roseville, IL. Holly was born November 18, 1938 in her home near Abingdon, IL in Knox County. She was the daughter of Vernon and Hilma (Roberts) Boyer. She married C. Terry Powell…
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Delores Jean Patch

Delores Jean Patch, 91, of Smithshire, IL, passed away Thursday, August 4, 2022, at 10:35 p.m. at Oak Lane Nursing and Rehab in Stronghurst, IL. She was born November 7, 1930 in Media, IL, the daughter of Erick and Irene (Hull) Rothzen. She married Ballard Waddell on October 13, 1948. To this union, one son,…
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Jeannie Lynn Westbay (Crow)

Our beloved Jeannie Lynn Westbay (Crow) went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at the age of 67 following an arduous battle with cancer, which she was determined to overcome until the end.  She was born in Galesburg, Illinois to Leonard Junior and Imogene Crow on November 24, 1954 and…
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Kelsey N. Lloyd

Kelsey N. Lloyd, age 38, of Galesburg, Illinois died at 10:15 P.M. on Sunday, July 31, 2022 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Galesburg, Illinois. She was born on March 21, 1984 in Galesburg, Illinois the daughter of Irving E. and Peggy (Moore) Farley. She married Martin A. Lloyd on March 29, 2003 in Galesburg,…
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Local Spotlight

Knox County Health Department Announces the Start of the Energy Assistance Program

The Knox County Health Department is pleased to announce that funds are available to assist income-eligible households with their natural gas, propane and electric bills and furnace assistance. The department will begin scheduling appointments for Knox County residents on Monday, August 22, 2022. Residents may schedule by calling, 309-344-2224, or walking into the Health Department (1361…
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​Governor Urges School Districts to Apply for Federal Clean School Bus Rebate Program

Governor JB Pritzker is urging Illinois school districts to apply for the federal clean school bus rebate program. Applications are due by August 19th, so if school administrators haven’t checked out the program yet, they may want to do so says Governor Pritzker. “There is a billion dollars available this year, thanks to the work…
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IDPH Offering a Back-to-School Shipment of 1 Million Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests for Illinois K-12 Public Schools

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced it is providing a one-time bulk shipment of 1 million over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 rapid antigen tests to K-12 public school districts outside of Chicago for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. The tests will be provided free of charge. The tests are being offered upon request and are…
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2022 IL State Fair Butter Cow Unveiled

Illinois State Fair officials unveiled the treasured Butter Cow in the Dairy Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Using the theme “Grow with Us,” sculptor Sarah Pratt’s creation brings together the interaction between the farmer, the land, and the animal. The sculpture features the iconic butter cow with a farmer kneeling beside her to tend…
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Treat Your Taste Buds to Food from Around the World at the IL State Fair

The Village of Cultures has become a staple at the Illinois State Fair. It’s a location on the fairgrounds where you can travel the world through your taste buds, but often the room you have in your stomach doesn’t allow for you to sample all the world has to offer. Which is why the Illinois…
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