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Change To Food Stamps Could Affect Up To 140,000 Illinois Residents

A change to food stamps could affect up to 140-thousand Illinois residents.  The new rule was announced by President Trump’s administration this week and goes into effect on April 1st.  Able-bodied people will be taken off the federal SNAP program as the administration says they are able to work.  The rule only applies to people…
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Two Galesburg Escapees Still On The Loose

The manhunt continues for the final escapees from Galesburg’s Mary Davis Juvenile Detention Center. Five teens broke-out of the center last month. Authorities in Rock Island County say they captured one of the five last weekend. Two others have also been caught. Police do not know where the remaining two escapees have gone.
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Dickens on the Square

The 25th Annual Dickens on the Square is taking place this Friday Night and Saturday in Downtown Macomb. Kristin Terry, City of Macomb Downtown Development Director, shares how the event came to be: “It came from Charles Dickens and what it does is we put our historic downtown back into that era. We have Victorian…
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Bustos Brings Local Stories To House Floor To Stress Importance Of Lowering Prescription Drug Prices

wATCH: BUSTOS SPEAKS ON HOUSE FLOOR URGING PASSAGE OF THE LOWER DRUG COSTS NOW ACT In case you missed it: yesterday evening, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) took constituent stories to the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to stress the importance of lowering prescription drugs prices by passing the Lower Drug Costs Now Act.…
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LOCAL SPORTS

The WMOI/WRAM High School Athletes of the Week for the week ending Dec 1st, 2019

Here’s the WMOI/WRAM Athletes of the Week for the week ending Dec. 1st, 2019: The Monmouth-Roseville Titan Athlete of the Week is junior boys basketball player, Quincy Talivaa. In the first varsity action of his career, Quincy put together a good enough week to place him on the Orion Tip-Off Classic All-Tournament Team. He scored…
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Local High School and Junior High Sports Update for Dec. 5th, 2019

Basketball The Monmouth-Roseville Titan girls basketball team won their 2nd straight game this week, getting a 68-59 win at Kewanee Wethersfield. Carly Gillen led the (7-1) Titans with 20 points. Ryley Huston scored 18 and Hannah Braun had six, big 3rd quarter points on her way to a double figure scoring night with ten points.…
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Monmouth College Men Win, Women Lose in MWC Opener vs. Illinois College

Men MONMOUTH, IL – Monmouth held off a hard-charging Illinois College squad to post a 73-70 win in the Midwest Conference opener for both teams. The Scots came back from a nine-point first half deficit to take a 36-34 halftime lead. Tied at 32-all with 1:51 left in the first 20 minutes, D.J. Swift drained…
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Knox Men and Women Basketball Split With Lawrence

Men APPLETON, Wisconsin—The Knox Prairie Fire men’s basketball team fell to the Lawrence Vikings by a final score of 58-78 today in Appleton. The loss opens up a two-game conference stand and moves their overall record to 2-3 on the young season.  In the first half, the Prairie Fire struggled to get much going on…
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Festival of Trees at the Discovery Depot

December 5 @ 5:00 pm

Doors open at 5pm. Complimentary food and drink. Live auction and silent auction. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Discovery Depot Children’s Museum, 128 South Chambers…

Ritzy Rerun & Bake Sale

December 6 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

OSF Holy Family Medical Center Auxiliary will be having their Ritzy Rerun and Bake Sale in the Wellness Classroom at OSF. Enter from the Specialty Clinic’s north parking lot. In…

Christmas on the Square

December 6 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

2nd Annual Christmas on the Square in Downtown Monmouth, IL. Business Open House Event. Decorated Windows. Santa will be on hand for pictures. Tree lighting on the square. Carriage Rides.…

Country Financial Christmas Open House

December 6 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

During the Monmouth Chamber’s Christmas on the Square. Located at 201 N Main Street in Monmouth, directly south of Tiffany Cole’s office, enter through the door on the corner. Bring…

Fused Glass with Judi Minor

December 7 @ 11:00 am

Fused Glass Snowman Ornament Class 11am Saturday, December 7. The fee is $15 and includes instruction, materials, and refreshments. Class size is limited and registration is required. Students 18 years…

Fundraiser for Juri

December 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Knox County Police Department is requesting donations to raise money for Juri’s continuing training equipment. A fundraiser will be held at Big E’s Auto, 12 N Chambers. For more…

Monmouth Community Blood Drive

December 10 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Monmouth Community Blood Drive to be held Tuesday, December 10 Monmouth, IL – A Monmouth Community blood drive will be held from 2:30 pm to 5:15 pm on Tuesday, December…

Farm Bill Informational Meeting

December 10 @ 6:00 pm

Tuesday, December 10th at 6:30 pm at the West Central High School in Biggsville

Monmouth American Legion Blood Drive

December 11 @ 11:30 am - 4:30 pm

1110 N 11th Street in Monmouth

Christmas Party At Oquawka Strom Center

December 11 @ 12:00 pm

All Seniors are invited to an afternoon of fun at the Oquawka Strom Senior site. After the meal there will be BINGO and additional surprises throughout the afternoon.

OBITUARIES

Frank H. Rice

Mr. Frank H. Rice, 91, of Galesburg, Illinois (formerly of Cameron) died 3:42 a.m. Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg.  He was born December 13, 1927 in Herman, Illinois to Charles and Edna (McBeth) Rice.  He married Mary Elaine Brush March 21, 1948 in Granite City, Illinois.  She survives.  Also…
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Alice Dvirnak

Alice Dvirnak, 101, went to be with Jesus on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. She was born in McLean County, North Dakota, March 27, 1918, the daughter of Jack and Lena (Honcharoff) Fannik, the eldest of five children. Alice attended rural schools and high school in Max, North Dakota.  While she enjoyed traveling her heart was…
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Antonia Padilla

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Antonia Padilla who was surrounded by her beloved family on Monday, December 2, 2019.   Antonia is survived by one son, Richard Padilla (Kim) and granddaughter Ashley Padilla, of Springfield. One daughter Lisa Padilla, of Galesburg.  Antonia leaves behind loving siblings, all of Galesburg and Texas.   On Friday, December…
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Eloise Sue West

Eloise Sue West, 77, of Galesburg, died at 2:08 p.m. Friday, November 28, 2019 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg. Eloise was born October 19, 1942 in Kewanee, the daughter of Nicholas and Veronica (Babarsky) Kopen.  She married Charles R. “Dick” West.  They later divorced but remained close friends.  She is survived by two…
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Billie “Bill” J. Murphy

Billie “Bill” J. Murphy, 80, of   Oquawka, IL passed away at 6:09 am, Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at the Oak Lane Rehabilitation Center, Stronghurst, IL. He was born June 19, 1939 in Columbus Junction, IA, the son of Raymond and Cora Jane (Jackson) Murphy. Bill was raised and educated in Louisa County, IA. He later…
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Joan Annette Fleisher

Mrs. Joan Annette Fleisher, 78, of Galesburg, Illinois formerly of Knoxville passed away peacefully at 6:50 pm Monday, December 2, 2019 at Heartland Healthcare Center with her daughter by her side. Joan was born November 27, 1941 in Galesburg the daughter of Clifford and Moleta Napier Gordon. She married William H. Watkins, Jr on January…
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William E. “Percy” Kane

William E. “Percy” Kane, 72, of Little York, died at 2:47 p.m. Tuesday November 26, 2019 at Heartland Health Care and Rehab, Galesburg. Cremation rites have been accorded.  A celebration of life will be held starting at 12 p.m. Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the The Corral, 1685 Grand Ave., Galesburg, IL 61401.  Arrangements have…
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Linus C. Thornton

Linus C. Thornton, 83, of Monmouth, IL, passed away at 6:15 a.m., Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Roseville Rehab and Health Care, Roseville, IL.  He was born on October 7, 1936 in Monmouth, IL, the son of L.C. and Clara (Garret) Thornton.  Linus was raised and educated in Monmouth and graduated from Monmouth High School…
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Local Spotlight

19th Annual Freezing for Food

The 19th Annual Freezing for Food community food drive with Sunny 97.7 WMOI and AM 1330/FM 94.1 WRAM outside Save A Lot Food Stores in Monmouth will be collecting cash donations and food for Jamieson Community Center and Roseville Helping Hands until Friday, December 6th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. This community event…
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IEMA Highlights Holiday Safety in December

Tips offered for shopping, travel, winter heating and more With the holiday season in full swing, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is offering tips to help people stay safe now and into the new year.  From decorating the tree to traveling to grandma’s house with a sleigh full of new toys, be sure to…
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Meridian Delays and Denials Cost OSF HealthCare Millions

As announced last week, after months of discussions with Meridian, OSF HealthCare issued a notice of termination to Meridian effective December 15, 2019. “We are unfortunately at a standstill with Meridian because for years they have failed to honor the most basic components of our agreement and will not come forward to resolve outstanding accounts,”…
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ISP District 7 Service Calls

Illinois State Police District 7 announced that during the month of October 2019, Troopers handled 1,900 calls for service and assistance. Of these calls, 183 were to help motorists whose vehicles were disabled on area highways. Traffic enforcement activities resulted in 280 drivers cited for speeding and 93 cited for seat belt violations. Driving under…
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City Council Meeting Summary 12.02.2019

Next City Council Meeting – December 16th, 2019 at 6:00 PM Official Minutes available at www.cityofmonmouth.com 1– Presentations Or Citizen Inquiries No citizens addressed City Council this evening. 2- Building and Zoning Report – Director Clark • Asbestos abatement has been completed at 830 North Main Street. Zoning will be collecting sealed bids for demolition…
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